Archinect - News 2017-07-28T09:11:32-04:00 Winners of the “Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA” giveaway Justine Testado 2017-07-24T20:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T20:14:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinectors recently had a chance to win&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA&rdquo;</a> by Sam Lubell. Published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phaidon</a>, this handy travel guide features over 250 Mid-Century Modern projects neatly organized into color-coded chapters that cover the&nbsp;Pacific Northwest region of Washington and Oregon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Diego.</p> <p>The lucky winners are:</p> <ul><li>Eric in Warwick, RI</li><li>Samson in Palo Alto, CA</li><li>Benjamin in Tampa, FL</li><li>Marcus in Chicago, IL</li><li>Th&eacute;r&egrave;se in Brooklyn, NY</li></ul><p>Congrats to all the winners! A big thanks to everyone who participated.</p> One brick per Bible verse in Napp Studio's enormous, lightbulb-infused "Archive of Light" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The imaginary realm of architecture frequently ventures off into scales that are improbable, if not outright impossible, on the politically and gravitationally constrained Earth (think <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Eacute;tienne-Louis Boull&eacute;e</a>, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lebbeus Woods</a>). In a similar if less secular vein, Napp Studio has conceived of an enormous, walkable brick wall that would feature every verse of the bible and/or other spiritual texts inscribed on titled, lightbulb-illuminated bricks. The idea here is to create the sensation of leafing through a book page by page, with each page being loosely represented by a brick.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the architects note, "The bricks are books written with text of living stories of the everyday reality, yet, a reality with hope. Hope is the most significant spiritual grain we rely on when facing the sometime harsh life, it provides us with strength and will &ndash; the light to live on." The massive scale of the project does not place it beyond the realm of the possible, although there's no word yet of an officia...</p> The NYC that could have been – 'Never Built New York' to be released this fall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-27T20:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:33:00-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The authors and curators behind 2013's&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built Los Angeles</a>,&nbsp;</em>a collection of fantastical and aborted projects from LA's 20th century urban history, have now turned their attention eastward, to New York City.</p><p>In <em>Never Built New York,</em>&nbsp;Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin (with a foreword by Daniel Libeskind) uncover nearly 200 urban projects from the last two centuries that, for any host of reasons, failed to launch. Some of the showcased never-beens are Buckminster Fuller's glass-domed (Brooklyn) Dodgers Stadium, Stephen Holl's Bridge of Houses (destined for the spot where the High Line is now), and what would have been&nbsp;Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s final project: his dream city, the Key Plan for Ellis Island.</p><p>The book comes out in the U.S. on October 1. More info <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T16:54:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the late 1950s, some of the world's most prominent architects gathered in Berkeley, California, to take part in a landmark psychological experiment on creativity and personality. Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra, William Pereira and dozens of other architects were put through a barrage of tests and surveys, to gain a better understanding of what creativity is, and its place in architecture. They also rated one another, and in the process exposed not only exposed their egos honestly, but also their insecurities.</p><p>For the first time, the story behind the study (along with its data and results) have been made public, in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Creative Architect</em></a>, by architect and author Pierluigi&nbsp;Serraino. I spoke with Serraino about the context of psychological research in the 1950s and the evolving personality behind being a &ldquo;creative&rdquo; architect.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#29 with&nbsp;<strong>Pierluigi Serraino</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>Soun...</strong></li></ul> Frenemies Forever: Hugh Howard brings famed relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to life in 'Architecture's Odd Couple', on One-to-One #28 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-20T15:07:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T14:56:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture writer and historian Hugh Howard has written many books on American architecture, telling stories that meld design and cultural history together in highly accessible and humanistic ways.</p><p>His latest book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson</em></a>,&nbsp;tracks the fruitful and contentious relationship between the two architectural frenemies&mdash;beginning with Wright&rsquo;s role in Johnson&rsquo;s pivotal &ldquo;Modern Architecture&rdquo; exhibition at MoMA in 1932, up until Wright&rsquo;s death in 1959. Through their relationship, Howard provides an excellent overview of midcentury architecture's context in the United States, and personalizes the architectural giants in the process.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#28 with&nbsp;<strong>Hugh Howard</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</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><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Frank L...</p> Author of 'Interactive Architecture' on the built environment in the age of ubiquitous computing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-09T20:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T20:02:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architects Michael Fox (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FoxLin</a>) and Miles Kemp (Variate Labs and Series Design/Build) put together the first version of&nbsp;<em>Interactive Architecture</em>&nbsp;in 2009, as a "process-oriented guide" to creating spaces that, with the help of emerging technologies, could interact with inhabitants in a variety of "pragmatic and humanistic" ways. Within just the last few years, thanks to advancements in computation and environmental design, the interactive potentials of architecture and urban spaces has expanded even more, leading to a rich experimental culture for architects and designers.</p><p>To honor these new prototypical experiments in interactive architecture, and update the 2009 text, Michael Fox has gathered eighteen global case studies together in&nbsp;<em>Interactive Architecture: Adaptive World</em>. Fox penned an introductory piece for Archinect to herald in this new age of interactive urbanism, which you can read below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong><em>Catalyst Design in a Connected World</em></strong></p><p>by Michael Fox</p><p>As we embrace a world in which the line...</p> Casing the joint: Geoff Manaugh discusses his latest book, "A Burglar's Guide to the City" on One-to-One #26 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-06T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-06-14T00:30:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Writer and BLDGBLOG founder <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh</a>'s latest book, <em>A Burglar's Guide to the City</em>, isn't just a set of case studies on bank vaults and getaway routes&mdash;it's a dialectic for public and private space.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s definitely the first book I&rsquo;ve come across classified jointly under &ldquo;architecture&rdquo; and &ldquo;true crime&rdquo;, and it's full of fascinating insights into how burglars exploit architecture to pull off the perfect crime, as well as the extent architects go to prevent that from happening.</p><p>Geoff spoke with me about the research behind the book, and how a personal experience with burglary changed his ideas about privacy in architecture. For more podcasting with Geoff, check out our conversation about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles on Archinect Sessions #43</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#26 with&nbsp;<strong>Geoff Manaugh</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</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;...</li></ul> Celebrate Zaha Hadid's life at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on April 8th Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T14:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T18:09:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in London Friday, you can celebrate the late, great Zaha Hadid at a public memorial held at the Magazine restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., visitors can sign books of condolence and pay respects to her surviving family members, which include her brother Haytham, nephew Hussein Haytham, niece Rana Haytham, as well as the family of her late brother Foulath Mohammad.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Dame Hadid's work, life, and passing:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The remarkable early paintings of the late Dame Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media</a></li></ul> Archinect's 2015 holiday guide to architecture books Nicholas Korody 2015-12-17T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T02:16:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No matter how prepared I think I am, December is always a frenzy. Between wrapping up end-of-the-year projects and remembering to buy wrapping paper, the days disappear faster than my coworker&rsquo;s toffee. If you&rsquo;re anything like me, the holidays are heralded by a panicky visit to the mall and a desperate scramble to find the right gift. Chances are that gift will be a book (sorry, sis).</p><p>Luckily for you, we&rsquo;ve put together a handy guide to some of this year&rsquo;s most exciting titles. Have an architecture student in the family? No problem. A vegan, card-carrying eco-warrior aunt? Perfect. A cousin who just loves design? We&rsquo;ve got you covered.</p><p>And if you have a long-haul flight coming up, treat yourself to one of these great titles and you&rsquo;ll arrive at your destination before you know it!</p><p><strong>The Young-at-Heart</strong></p><p>Architecture is always changing and it can be hard to catch up. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Young Architects 16: Overlay</em></a> highlights the six emerging American firms who won the prestigious Architectural League Prize, an...</p> Neil Denari’s Chroma_topia: Generally Different Towers for Shanghai research studio Sponsor 2015-12-07T12:51:00-05:00 >2017-07-14T19:16:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA Architecture and Urban Design</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<br><p>&ldquo;<em>Chromatopia, at first, aims to be a collective project designed by eight individuals, a collective enterprise that negotiates its individual differences within a regime of agreement. The utopic overtones (or undertones?) openly engage the premise of a new and different world, yet the world depicted here is made up of the existing impulses of Shanghai. More towers, more programs, more color &mdash; to offer at a political level more publicness too, which may be more atopic in its mission, that is, to make a borderless utopia, one that would infect the life and spirit of the city.</em>&rdquo; &mdash; Neil Denari</p> <p><img src=""></p> <p>&uarr;&nbsp;Chroma_topia: Generally Different Towers For Shangai installation at RUMBLE, 1025</p> <p>Two defining images of Chinese modernity have been circulating the media circuit for the past thirty years: 1) the image of a seemingly endless stretch of vertical density on the form of high rise towers, captured in elevation as the stacking of bal...</p> Win "30 Years of Emerging Voices" from the Architectural League of New York Justine Testado 2015-12-01T12:30:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T12:55:44-05:00 <img src="" width="538" height="668" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since its establishment in 1982, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s Emerging Voices program continues to highlight distinctive architects and designers coming to the forefront of contemporary architectural design and research. In honor of this, the ArchLeague along with publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Princeton Architectural Press</a> released "30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance". Readers get to flip through a visual chronicle of the 250 North American design firms who won in the program's first 30 cycles.</p><p>Thanks to the Princeton Architectural Press, Archinect is giving away "30 Years of Emerging Voices" to five of our readers!</p><p><strong>HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: </strong></p><ol><li>Follow Archinect on <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a> (@archinect)</strong>&nbsp;and/or <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Instagram</a> (archinecthq)</strong></li><li><strong>On Twitter: </strong>Retweet <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this post</a> on your account. Add <strong>#archinectgiveaway</strong> to your tweet.<br><strong>On Instagram: </strong>"Like" <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this photo</a>. For more chances to win, repost that photo on your Instagram account + include "30 Years of Emerging Voices" and&nbsp;<strong>#archinectgiveaway</strong> in the caption.</li></ol><p>Five wi...</p> Win Steven Holl's new monograph! Justine Testado 2015-11-20T18:50:00-05:00 >2015-12-04T20:51:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Steven Holl has a new monograph that any diehard fan would love to get their hands on. Authored by writer and architecture critic Robert McCarter &mdash; who has known and taught with Holl for more than 30 years, the book features a comprehensive analysis behind Holl's most significant built and unbuilt works, starting from 1974 to the present day.</p><p>Thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phaidon</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the monograph to our readers!</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Simply answer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a> by the deadline on November 25, 2015**, end of day. Five winners will be selected at random. Good luck!</strong></p><p><strong>**UPDATE: The deadline has been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">extended to DECEMBER 11</a>!</strong></p><p>Read on for more about the book.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From seasoned practitioners to first-year students, readers can gain unique insight into Steven Holl's design process, ideas, methods, and construction materials. The monograph showcases hundreds of colorful photographs of projects like the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, the St. Ignatius Chapel in Seattle, a...</p> Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers Alexander Walter 2015-11-11T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo first found herself drawn to air traffic control towers in 2006 on a flight into LaGuardia when she first studied the architectural details and circular windows of that now inactive structure [...] I viewed each tower as both an essential aviation artifact and a vessel with a powerful presence&mdash;watching over the vastness of the airport and sky; a non-judgmental cultural greeter [...] In the presence of the tower, I sensed the complex orchestration of humans</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden.</p><p>See more photos from Carolyn Russo's new book&nbsp;<em>The Art of the Airport Tower</em> (Smithsonian Books, 2015) and read an interview with her over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li></ul> A peek into The Now Institute's "Haiti Now" publication + giveaway winners Justine Testado 2015-11-10T11:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:07:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking back at the Season 1 finale of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> this past summer &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featuring Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi</a>, our listeners had the chance to win a copy of "Haiti Now". The book is a visual almanac of the "Haiti Now" project from the NOW Institute. Founded by Thom Mayne, the Now Institute is an urban research center at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design that applies strategic urban thinking to real-world issues.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo via The NOW Institute.</em></p><p>Haiti Now is a cross-disciplinary research-driven project that is dedicated to addressing Haiti's contemporary urban issues and potential for future development as thoroughly as possible. The project began in 2011 when the Now Institute was asked to be involved in the development of Haiti, after the Institute completed a design for the Make It Right foundation and a proposed masterplan for the city of New Orleans.</p><p>"It is our hope that this book can provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding of Haiti and many issue of development to uni...</p> Winners of the "Archi-Graphic" book giveaway Justine Testado 2015-11-04T13:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-04T13:20:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Archinect's latest giveaway, readers had a chance to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">win a copy</a> of "Archi-Graphic: An Infographic Look at Architecture". Authored by&nbsp;Frank Jacobus, an assistant professor at the&nbsp;University of Arkansas' Fay Jones School of Architecture, "Archi-Graphic" is a new book of fun architectural infographics that anyone can enjoy.</p><p>The giveaway winners are:</p><ul><li>Nic S., OR</li><li>Skyler M., CA</li><li>Gregory N., WA</li><li>Chris W., IL</li><li>Christopher F., NJ</li></ul><p>Congrats! Thanks to everyone who participated.</p> Win the "Thomas Heatherwick: Making" monograph! Justine Testado 2015-10-01T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T08:46:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Thomas Heatherwick: Making" compiles over 20 years' worth of work by the acclaimed British designer and his London practice into one hefty yet sleek 640-page book. Co-authored by Thomas Heatherwick himself, the revised and expanded version of the 2012 monograph delves into the details behind 140 projects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Heatherwick explains the fundamental design question each project is based on, followed by the creative and practical processes used to address the question. The book contains hundreds of images of works like the recently completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning Hub at the Nanyang Technological University</a> in Singapore, the sea urchin-like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK Pavilion</a> at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2012 Olympics London Bus, the hotly debatable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>, and of course, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spun Chair</a>.</p><p>Thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Monacelli Press</a>, Archinect is giving away "Thomas Heatherwick: Making" to five of our lucky readers!</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Fill out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a>&nbsp;by end of day October 9th, 2015. Five winners will be selected. Good luck...</strong></p> New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops Alexander Walter 2015-09-04T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T15:34:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In western Europe, the bus stop is the most humble of building types, a meanly utilitarian structure that adds little or nothing to the roadside. But in the old Soviet empire, from the shores of the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the norm is &ldquo;wild going on savage&rdquo;, as Jonathan Meades writes in a beautiful new photobook featuring 159 bus stops, each illuminating &ldquo;the Soviet empire&rsquo;s taste for the utterly fantastical&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more of these beauties photographed by Christopher Herwig for the new book <em>Soviet Bus Stops</em>&nbsp;over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Class Architects Design Bus Stops in Austria</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin</a></li></ul> Winners of the "Young Architects 16: Overlay" giveaway Justine Testado 2015-08-14T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T13:19:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="918" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last month, Archinectors had a chance to win a copy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Young Architects 16: Overlay"</a> from the Architectural League of New York. The League's Program Director Anne Rieselbach gave some insight into the book, which delves into the six winning projects of the "Overlay"-themed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League Prize</a> competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2014</a>. The annual Prize showcases the research processes and practices of today's emerging generation of architects.</p><p>The five winners of the giveaway are:</p><ul><li>Marc C.</li><li>Brian S.</li><li>Yida N.</li><li>Jose E.</li><li>Yelta K.</li></ul><p>Congrats! Thanks to everyone who participated.</p> Win a copy of "Young Architects 16: Overlay" from the Architectural League Prize Justine Testado 2015-07-17T09:41:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T13:18:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="918" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since 1981, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural League of New York</a> has showcased the latest emerging design talent in the annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League Prize</a>. Every year, the Architectural League selects three previous winners for the League Prize committee, who are tasked to develop the competition theme that engages certain aspects of architectural form and practice that are most relevant to their fellow young practitioners.</p><p>The 2014 edition took an intrinsic approach with the theme <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Overlay"</a>, which had entrants contemplate how the interactive, incremental processes inform and direct their work. Participants examined their own creative processes and presented how their developed techniques are activated over time with additional layers of meaning as they further explore architectural concepts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Earlier this month, the Architectural League published the winning entries from this competition in <em>Young Architects 16: Overlay</em>. The book highlights six American firms: Young &amp; Ayata (Brooklyn), The LADG (Los An...</p> Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification Justine Testado 2015-04-08T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Loft Living was first published, artists&rsquo; laments about real estate in New York City mirrored the concerns that have plagued residents for much of the last century. Namely, it&rsquo;s tough to find a suitable and affordable place to live. Since the late &rsquo;80s, the tenor of that complaint has shifted from one of anxiety to one of fear...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Guernica magazine interviewed sociologist Sharon Zukin following the 25th-anniversary release of her 1989 landmark book "Loft Living" last year. Revisiting her timely book -- which focuses on NYC's SoHo neighborhood when upscale real estate properties took over industrial lofts and artists' studios -- Zukin discusses urban theorist Jane Jacobs, perpetually soaring rent rates, NYC's changing demographics and affordability, and the influential yet seemingly overlooked role that arts communities play in the complex American "pastime" that is gentrification.</p> Winners of the MORPHING book giveaway Justine Testado 2015-03-20T21:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T21:19:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest book giveaway</a>, we received over 100 responses for <em>MORPHING: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers</em>. Authored by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Topology Lab</a> founder Joseph Choma, <em>Morphing</em> is a pedagogical guide that can help architects, designers, students, and enthusiasts to understand in greater depth the trigonometric transformations and functions behind the digital design tools they use.</p><p>The three lucky winners are:</p><ul><li><strong>Brian</strong>, Columbus</li><li><strong>Chris</strong>, New York</li><li><strong>Nicholas</strong>, Vancouver</li></ul><p>Congrats! And a great big thank you to everyone who participated.</p><p>Joseph Choma shared more details about <em>Morphing, </em>which you can read <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma Justine Testado 2015-03-10T14:11:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>MORPHING: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers</em> is not your high school math coursebook. Authored by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Topology Lab</a> founder Joseph Choma, <em>Morphing</em> is a pedagogical guide that can help architects, designers, students, and whoever is interested in the topic to understand in greater depth the trigonometric transformations and functions behind the digital design tools they use.</p><p>Since its release in January by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laurence King Publishing</a>, <em>Morphing</em> has garnered positive reception. "I am particularly curious to see how readers of <em>Morphing</em> may identify alternative approaches to the inquiry, " Choma shared via email. "After all, <em>Morphing</em> can be seen as a guide through my own thought process into mathematics."</p><p><strong>With that said, Archinect is giving away <em>Morphing</em> to three of our readers!&nbsp;To enter the book giveaway, fill out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a>&nbsp;by Wednesday, March 18, end of day. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!</strong></p><p>Scroll down further for more insight into the book f...</p> Book: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Şafak Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-12T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:52-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sinan&rsquo;s life was extraordinary, spanning the rule of three sultans, responsible for hundreds of buildings and for shaping the face of Istanbul even to this day, and he was considered on a par with Michelangelo in the West.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Elif &#350;afak's (pronounced Shafak)new novel<em> The Architect&rsquo;s Apprentice</em>&nbsp;the city is the real star, the teeming bustle of the streets, the whorehouses and palaces, the markets and mosques, the dungeons and bridges. And as the narrative progresses, the work of Sinan, Jahan, and Chota the elephant begins to take on greater meaning, the constant construction and destruction, the endless reinvention and renewal, acting as powerful metaphors. At one point Jahan realises that the secret of his master&rsquo;s success lies not in toughness or indestructibility, &ldquo;but in his ability to adapt to change and calamity, and to rebuild himself, again and again, out of the ruins&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s this kind of depth and breadth of scope that makes The Architect&rsquo;s Apprentice an absorbing and moving piece of work.</p> All those new museums? Now, the facts… Alexander Walter 2014-11-13T15:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:26-05:00 <img src="" width="442" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, the Fondazione di Venezia&mdash;a well-endowed and entrepreneurial foundation with its historic roots in Italy&rsquo;s regional banking system&mdash;launched an architectural competition for a cluster of buildings in the centre of Mestre, one of the mainland urban areas of Venice. [...] The three accompanying essays, by Marco De Michelis, Aaron Betsky and M9 architect Matthias Sauerbruch, are less granular. They provide an overview of and perspectives on the museum-building boom [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of the "Writing Architecture" book giveaway Justine Testado 2014-10-23T19:21:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:54:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Written by Yale University lecturer and practitioner Carter Wiseman, <em>Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment<em> </em></em>is a guidebook recently published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trinity University Press</a> that discusses the techniques of writing architecture that is accessible and appealing, especially to non-architectural folks.</p><p>In our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giveaway</a>, Archinectors shared some of their biggest hurdles when writing about architecture (sometimes with a little snarky humor). It was pretty tough picking only five. But without further ado, here are our lucky winners:</p><ul><li>Jean Pierre Walker, NY</li><li>ArchKatie, MN</li><li>Pawlz, VA</li><li>tint, CO</li><li>mohiashi, Brazil</li></ul><p>Congrats! And best of luck with all your writing endeavors. Last but not least, thanks to everyone that participated.</p> "Blue Urbanism" book takes urbanism out to sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:15:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are the &lsquo;blue planet&rsquo; and everything we do here in cities is connected to and impacts the oceans. But we don&rsquo;t in the urban planning community think of connecting our work to oceans and ocean conservation.&rdquo; [...] Blue Urbanism ... explores the ways cities and oceans connect, such as through food, trash, the need for energy and commerce.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Life and Death of an Impossible City Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City of Darkness Revisited is a photo book and cultural history of Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned, densely populated enclave within Hong Kong.[...] It was like nothing else in Hong Kong: a mass of interconnected 12- and 14-story buildings forming a single huge structure, its facade glowing from the light of hundreds of apartments and shops. Clearly there was no administrative oversight. It was too dense, too ad-hoc, too unrestrained. All this was clear before even entering the place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> helped photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot fund and complete the new edition of their book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>City of Darkness Revisited</em></a>, about life in Hong Kong's legendary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kowloon Walled City</a>.</p> Winners of the "Behind the Green Door - A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects" book giveaway Justine Testado 2014-08-07T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T13:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time to announce the winners of the Rotor + Oslo Architectural Triennale <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Behind the Green Door" book giveaway</a> we had last month.</p><p>Based on the acclaimed exhibition and one-year-long research of Belgian creative collective Rotor for the 2013 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oslo Architectural Triennale</a>, <em>Behind the Green Door</em> questions the concept of sustainability, its paradoxes, and its widespread influence in architectural development and urban planning in recent decades.</p><p>The winners are:</p><ul><li><strong>Jenny V.</strong> - Chicago, IL</li><li><strong>Wendy L.</strong> - New York, NY</li><li><strong>Michael B</strong>. - San Antonio, TX</li><li><strong>Yaprak H</strong>. - Montreal, Canada</li><li><strong>Chuck F.</strong> - Los Angeles, CA</li></ul><p>Congrats! Thanks to everyone who participated.</p><p>Want to enter another giveaway?<strong> </strong>Check out the <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Agrave;lvaro Siza book giveaway</a></strong> we just launched!</p> Win a copy of the reprinted “ÁLVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA” Justine Testado 2014-08-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T19:01:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The popular<em> &Aacute;LVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA</em> book tells the personal stories of renowned Portuguese architect&nbsp;&Aacute;lvaro Siza through his own collection of drawings. Upon the success of the first edition, Red Publishing recently reprinted the book -- and guess what, Archinect is now giving away five copies to our readers!</p><p><strong>To enter the book giveaway, fill out <a href=";formkey=dGI5aVV2WWdwYzBkVWRzRXEzOVU2V1E6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a> by Wednesday, August 13, end of day. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The book presents 53 drawings that Siza created over a period of 60 years, beginning in Porto to the end of the 1950s when he made his way into the architecture world. In an interview, Siza talks about his most significant encounters with colleagues and friends, and the lasting relationships that were established.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Authors Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino worked with Siza himself in selecting which drawings to publish from his numerous sketchbooks and diaries. Digitally reproducing the drawings involved an in-depth study on materials and a digital ...</p> Rotch Scholar Christopher Karlson publishes yearlong research on European performing arts-based architecture Justine Testado 2014-07-24T20:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T09:40:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After Christopher Karlson <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the coveted Rotch Travelling Scholarship</a> in 2011, he was required to document his research as images, drawings, and text to be submitted as a compilation report to the Rotch Trustees. Now, that report is finally available to the public as a print-on-demand book.</p><p>The 363-page document shows Karlson's yearlong journey to 35 European performance arts landmarks as an exploration of commercialized culture in the 'post-Bilbao' period (1997 to the present).</p><p>More details on Karlson's research right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"<strong>Research Brief: </strong>A total of 35 examples of performing-arts-based architecture - spanning almost 240 years of civic metamorphosis - was observed in 28 autonomous cities using Europe&rsquo;s crowded and competitive urban network as a point of reference and comparative analysis."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The intention is to investigate the results of such completed projects that all encounter distinctive urban scales, cultural settings, and political footing - with focus on engagement in urban re...</p>