Archinect - News 2017-07-27T12:31:22-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150017231/lille-france-and-sydney-australia-named-as-world-design-capital-2020-finalists Lille, France and Sydney, Australia named as World Design Capital 2020 finalists Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:59:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qo/qoei1rwdajmalo4l.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The World Design Organization today announced that Lille, France and Sydney, Australia have made the shortlist to become&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/317703/world-design-capital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Design Capital 2020</a>, for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development in their cities.&nbsp;City visits will be conducted prior to final WDC 2020 selection, to better assess the scope and capacity of each of the cities&rsquo; proposed programs. The winner will be announced on 14 October 2017 in Torino, Italy during WDO&rsquo;s 30th General Assembly.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Once an industrial center facing economic upheaval,&nbsp;<strong>Lille</strong>&nbsp;aims to engage its 2.1 million inhabitants (including companies, local authorities, research and training centers, cultural destinations and civic spaces) in collaborative design-driven projects. Under the theme,&nbsp;<em>Eldorado: the greatest design experiment</em>, it places design at the heart of its economic, societal and environmental transformation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/124638/sydney" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney</a></strong>,&nbsp;in collaboration with Parramatta and other surrounding suburbs,&nbsp;wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015492/kengo-kuma-designs-an-eco-luxury-hotel-for-paris-rive-gauche Kengo Kuma designs an "eco-luxury hotel" for Paris-Rive Gauche Nicholas Korody 2017-06-30T12:50:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T12:34:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gg/ggj0c31uy86xiz6q.jpg" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6132/kengo-kuma-and-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma &amp; Associates</a> have been commissioned to design an "eco-luxury hotel" building perched above the railways of the Paris-Rive Gauche district. Part of a larger development, the building is meant to serve as a landmark for the neighborhood.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nu/nu642lw2od25gomn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nu/nu642lw2od25gomn.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Luxigon / Mir&nbsp;</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;In the context of repetitive volumes along the avenue, our design strategy was to create a sculptural shape as formed by natural erosion that will let the sky come down to the street. The work on the volume is defined by the modularity of the wooden structure,&rdquo; write the architects. &ldquo;As particles, dispersed facade panels together with the volumetric decomposition come to blur the shape of the building. The warm materiality of the wood is combined with the soften reflection and aerial touch of the metal panels. The building will come alive with the light.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4r/4rg0gmy3xe96qqdd.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4r/4rg0gmy3xe96qqdd.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Luxigon / Mir </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/mn/mnzccw3m1z04s8jj.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/mn/mnzccw3m1z04s8jj.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Luxigon / Mir</figcaption></figure><p>In total, the building has a floor area of 12,700 square meters. It will include a sport facility, business center, youth ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015314/tadao-ando-to-design-a-museum-inside-a-former-paris-stock-exchange Tadao Ando to design a museum inside a former Paris stock exchange Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T20:59:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T16:24:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xe/xe3sm5hz40p0g9vf.jpg" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Ando plans to build a circular structure with three levels of galleries inside the round building, which is bound by strict historic preservation norms. It will have 32,000 square feet of exhibition space and an underground auditorium. The museum, which will only showcase contemporary art &mdash; including pieces from Mr. Pinault&rsquo;s collection of more than 3,000 works &mdash; will be renovated and run by his family&rsquo;s company...</p></em><br /><br /><figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fv/fvhaj920klp9l0gr.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fv/fvhaj920klp9l0gr.jpg"></a><figcaption>Photo: &copy; Artefactory Lab; Tadao Ando Architect &amp; Associates; NeM / Niney &amp; Marca Architects; Agency Pierre-Antoine Gatier / Courtesy of Collection Pinault</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Is this the first time a former stock exchange has been transformed into a museum?&nbsp;Either way, the new design should be open to the public by 2019, as noted in this article:</p> <p><em>Mr. Pinault, who is one of the world&rsquo;s top collectors and also owns Christie&rsquo;s, said the museum would open in early 2019 after a renovation of the Bourse de Commerce, a former grain exchange that was later used as a stock market, and more recently to house the Chamber of Commerce. The building is modeled on the Pantheon and situated between the Louvre and the Pompidou Center, France&rsquo;s pre-eminent contemporary art museum.</em><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012925/mvrdv-s-ilot-queyries-blends-history-modern-sustainable-density-in-bordeaux-france MVRDV's Ilot Queyries blends history + modern sustainable density in Bordeaux, France Julia Ingalls 2017-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:10:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oyv5ehq9solm4ka.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects create livable, breathable spaces that not only honor the history of a region, but anticipate the global population increase? This is partly the mission of MVRDV's 300-unit residential apartment/mixed use&nbsp;Ilot Queyries, which is located adjacent to the&nbsp;ZAC Bastide-Niel masterplan East of the River Garonne, and is&nbsp;designed to create a new neighborhood that prizes density and green, sustainable features while organically integrating the history of the region.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view</figcaption></figure><p>As MVRDV's Winy Mass explains, "For the Bastide Niel master plan we make an update of the European city: based on the values of the historic city that is intimate, dense and mixed, whilst at the same time proposing new objectives like sunlight for all, even on the ground floor, new energy supplies with solar panels, integrated water system and more green spaces. The concept of the cuts of the volumes is introduced here at Ilot Queyries which can be interpreted as a pilot project of the master plan Ba...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010172/paris-launches-international-competition-to-redesign-31-underused-sites-including-3-old-metro-stations Paris launches international competition to redesign 31 underused sites including 3 old metro stations Nicholas Korody 2017-05-31T12:20:00-04:00 >2017-05-31T12:27:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4o/4oroa556kcaxz5s5.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They are known as the ghost stations: 16 stops on the Paris M&eacute;tro system barred and padlocked nearly 70 years ago. In the past seven decades, many ideas for their reinvention have been floated, including turning one into a swimming pool and others into bars and nightclubs. None have come to anything, but their allure remains. Now, Paris city hall has put three of the phantom stations into an international competition to develop unused subterranean space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dubbed 'Reinvent Paris', the initiative aims to transform a total of thirty-four sites owned by regional authorities into economic, cultural or social spaces. The three unused metro stations are at the Champs de Mars in the 7th arrondissement, the Croix-Rouge in the 6th and Saint-Martin, between the 3rd and 10th arrondissements.</p><p>Architects and developers should submit their proposal outlines by November and a shortlist will be made in 2018. Final selection will happen in November 2018. Head <a href="http://www.reinventer.paris/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for more information.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009322/meet-the-link-a-new-office-tower-for-paris-business-district Meet “The Link”, a new office tower for Paris' business district Justine Testado 2017-05-25T17:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T17:42:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/wegeam9tkktby7em.jpg" width="650" height="1034" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Philippe Chiambaretta's architecture practice <a href="http://www.pca-architecture.com/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PCA-STREAM</a> unveiled the scheme for <a href="http://www.pca-architecture.com/en/#http://www.pca-architecture.com/en/2017/05/the-link-lavenement-de-la-nouvelle-defense/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Link</a>, a new office tower in Paris' La D&eacute;fense business district. At 244 meters tall, The Link will be the district's tallest tower, PCA says. In 2018, a 6,500 square-meter plot will be cleared out for its construction.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i30xvffre0evl709.jpg"><br><em>&copy; PCA-STREAM</em></p><p>PCA-Stream designed The Link as two towers interconnected by thirty platforms, addressing the lack of horizontality and connectivity in the typical office tower. Each of these &ldquo;links&rdquo; will be at least 8 meters wide with terraces and hanging gardens on each floor, and will serve as collaborative working and meeting spaces for employees. &ldquo;They act as real &lsquo;village squares&rsquo; within the high-rise tower,&rdquo; the architects describe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v3/v3soxcxsjcxxripe.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8h/8hemtkgc9tf8lg5t.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/iii1sdp2nyz3dkvc.jpg"><br><em>&copy; PCA-STREAM</em></p><p>The 52-floor building will comprise a total of 120,000 m2 of floor space, and can accommodate up to 10,000 employees. The scheme also includes two sky lobbies, three auditoriums, restaurants and cafes, and recreational sports facilities. Con...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008911/this-contemporary-medieval-style-castle-is-being-built-using-only-medieval-tools This contemporary medieval-style castle is being built using only medieval tools Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T19:27:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/90/90f25aedioinyd8a.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Funded mainly by tourist dollars, the French site of <a href="http://www.guedelon.fr/en/architectural-and-historical-context_81.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guedelon</a> has been building a medieval-style castle for the last 17 years using only the technology and tools that would have been available circa 1245. The result, which has created a living lab of craftspeople visited by curious schoolchildren, is helping archaeologists to understand not only what it was like to live and work in the Middle Ages, but also is reviving physical crafting techniques that are increasingly archaic, if not forgotten, in a digital age. In addition to inducing a desire to visit wine country, this video explains how the castle design itself was conceived:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001282/check-out-lascaux-iv-the-international-centre-for-cave-art-designed-by-sn-hetta-and-casson-mann Check out Lascaux IV: The International Centre for Cave Art designed by Snøhetta and Casson Mann Nicholas Korody 2017-04-04T12:42:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T12:42:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wt3ow2r30vdf9no2.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 20,000-year-old cave paintings of Lascaux are considered among the most important examples of Paleolithic art in the world, and one of the greatest treasures of European patrimony. The Norwegian architecture firm <a href="http://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, alongside scenographer Casson Mann, has designed a new museum for the cave in Montignac, France, entitled the The International Centre for Cave Art or Lascaux IV. The museum features &ldquo;state-of-the-art experiential storytelling technology&rdquo; as well as a facsimile of the caves, offering &ldquo;visitors an opportunity to discover the caves in a unique way that reveals a sense of wonder and mystery, as if they, too, were the first group of adventurers to stumble upon the cave paintings,&rdquo; according to the press release.</p><p>The architects describe the museum as a &ldquo;fine cut in the landscape&rdquo;&mdash;an area sandwiched between a protected, densely-forested hillside and the agricultural V&eacute;z&egrave;re Valley. They argue that the contemporary design of the center avoids falling into the &ldquo;potentia...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999137/daniel-libeskind-to-design-spiraling-garden-tower-and-new-east-thiers-station-in-france Daniel Libeskind to design spiraling garden tower and new East Thiers Station in France Justine Testado 2017-03-23T18:36:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T12:14:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ph/ph7xuyfr9hv3zsvx.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's a double-win for <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a>, who was recently selected to design two mixed-use projects in France: the Occitanie Tower in Toulouse and the East Thiers Train Station in Nice. The projects unveil a new development strategy for both cities that was set forth by commercial real estate firm&nbsp;Compagnie de Phalsbourg.</p><p>As Toulouse's first skyscraper, the Occitanie Tower will take over the former site of the Gare Matabiau postal sorting center in the city's evolving business district.&nbsp;The &ldquo;curvaceous&rdquo; tower will be a 150-meter-tall glass structure wrapped in a spiraling &ldquo;ribbon&rdquo; of vertical gardens (designed by landscape architect Nicolas Gilsoul) that will start from street level up to the 40th floor &mdash; a reference to the Canal du Midi that winds through the city, according to the architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i4/i4kvuivdy8aldkpm.jpg"><br><em>Occitanie Tower, Toulouse.&nbsp;Rendering by MORPH.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qf/qffpwwof8a6rnel7.jpg"><br><em>Occitanie Tower, Toulouse. Rendering by LUXIGON.</em></p><p>The scheme includes 11,000 square meters of office space, a Hilton hotel, 120 apartment units...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996312/tour-paris-brutal-landmarks-with-this-new-architectural-guide Tour Paris' Brutal landmarks with this new architectural guide Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-04-25T21:05:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fes2c1rsv0x0h8e2.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paris is not only the City of Lights, but also one of the great repositories of Brutalist buildings. "Brutalist Paris Map," a new architectural guide book put together by photographer Nigel Crow and edited by Robin Wilson of the Bartlett, marks the sixth in a series of publications touring various architectural genres in different cites.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7ax42o300w9c9g3e.jpg"></p><p>The book will point you to monuments such as&nbsp;Les Choux de Creteil, Les Orgues de Flandre Les Damiers,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Bourse by Travail among a slew of others.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hpr2auwoifh4vyzn.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991772/the-marly-house-employs-neighborly-design-strategies The Marly House employs neighborly design strategies Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T15:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T01:10:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rp/rphebnlmzqp0cid8.jpg" width="650" height="639" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the town of Marly-le-Roi, just outside of Paris, a new <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/23676/house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residential project</a> by Karawitz Architects gives new meaning to the idea of curb appeal. Set on a leafy street lined with fenced-in houses, the Marly House strives to open up to the street through a series of innovative strategies. It still has a fence, but perforations give passers-by a glimpse into the garden.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the architects, &ldquo;Everything is a pretext to awaken the curiosity of the passers-by, [from] the pre-grayed larch cladding that envelops the whole thing right up to the rafts, thanks to the absence of covers, to the fold of the main facade&mdash;which opens a perspective towards the garden.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sw/sw4ndwraj21t394k.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wk/wkija30j2yu1t7a8.jpg"></p><p>The Marly House is raised up and access is made from this underground space, which doubles as a carpark. Inside, the ground floor is marked by fluid connections between the three primary spaces, which orbit around a central fireplace and a prefabricated steel staircase.</p><p>Check out more images as well as drawings in the image gal...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984928/poissy-galore-artfully-frames-green-public-space-on-the-banks-of-the-seine "Poissy Galore" artfully frames green public space on the banks of the Seine Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T13:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:02:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg" width="650" height="696" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Situated in Carri&egrave;re-Sous-Poissy&nbsp;in France along the River Seine, "Poissy Galore" by Armengaud Armengaud Cianchetta (AAC) and Herlach Hartmann Frommenwiler (HHF) is designed primarily as an ecological public space for both Parisian residents and far-flung visitors. Consisting of an observatory, an insect museum and a visitor center, the project title is an apt play on the James Bond film, both in terms of its expansiveness and playfulness. The inventive timber construction and visually arresting angular framing is as much a part of the project's allure as its nuanced integration into its 113 hectare site.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4h/4hm4ls1tto8u2eka.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain, "With the exception of the observatory, which is a steel construction,&nbsp;the collection of pavilions and small 'follies' is based on a modular wood system, repeating and combining different sized and angled timber frames."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6v/6vdvt3lzwbzqkltf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eb/ebffxkguoh8nl3w9.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the public spaces, the project also has private offices and storage, including facilities to raise insects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j22fxjdrtn5tine1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n3/n3b8xfne1ltwnrjd.jpg"></p><p>The latest in F...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983662/inventively-clad-gentrification-in-the-form-of-bordeaux-s-urban-dock Inventively-clad gentrification in the form of Bordeaux's "Urban Dock" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T13:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-01T16:29:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cx/cxb1x974xu23z762.jpg" width="650" height="782" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take an abandoned industrial neighborhood in Bordeaux, France, affix a masterplan by urbanist Nicholas Michelin to it, and then add in an inventive cladding system over a 56-unit apartment building, and you have the fundamental makings of "Urban Dock," a recently completed project by&nbsp;Hamonic + Masson &amp; Associ&eacute;s. The title is rooted in a metaphor, the kind of idealistic gentrification that parachutes into a depressed urban swath and attempts to liven things up. Whatever one's feelings about that, the undulating series of extruded porches and shifting color schemes is eye-catching:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0j18sy0afkb9sy4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/va/varubixcdm9qvo1j.jpg"></p><p>As a press release explains, "The building is clad in metal, which is occasionally perforated in order to allow loggias to appear whilst also highlighting the articulation of projections and recesses, creating intriguing vertical patterns. The cladding also produces an iridescent &lsquo;double skin&rsquo; with different transparencies and a shell-like effect, with a shimmering exterior that provides a contrast to the wh...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982133/jean-nouvel-s-court-battle-over-the-philharmonie-continues Jean Nouvel's court battle over the Philharmonie continues Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-09T14:33:00-05:00 >2016-12-19T12:10:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzwpzo3c7nxvrazu.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Taking the view that the owner of the Philharmonie had modified and thus defiled his architectural work, Jean Nouvel had sued ... asking the court to order the owner to perform all works necessary for the restoration of his work so as to comply with the architectural plans he had initially drawn. [...] The case at hand renews the debate on the difficulties of granting remedies which constitute an acceptable way to balance the proprietor's rights and the moral rights of architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on Nouvel's dispute with the Philharmonie:</p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122138612/jean-nouvel-files-for-court-order-against-philharmonie-de-paris-dispute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981475/frank-gehry-on-trump-i-m-very-worried-about-him Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-05T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T22:57:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1n/1ng348zbw9imjihq.jpg" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the dual Canadian-American citizen expressed serious concerns about the incoming commander-in-chief. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know whether we should get into politics here because some of you may think Trump is OK, but I&rsquo;m very worried about him,&rdquo; said Gehry, 87. &ldquo;I remember in 1937 and being in Canada and listening to Hitler&rsquo;s speeches on radio &ndash; and this resounded similar to me. It&rsquo;s just frightening.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quoted above from a recent discussion at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frank Gehry told the audience that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he was not leaving the U.S. for France</a>, while facing the imminent future of a "frightening" Trump presidency. In a previous interview with&nbsp;<em>Le Figaro</em>, a French newspaper, Gehry had mentioned French president Francois Hollande's offer for him to seek self-exile in France.</p><p>More Gehry on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979025/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-to-receive-presidential-medal-of-freedom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979851/lawsuit-alleges-frank-gehry-s-iac-building-is-melting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149976668/frank-gehry-s-sunset-strip-mixed-user-unanimously-approved-by-l-a-city-council" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council</a></li><li><a title="Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149969454/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-accepted-by-eisenhower-family" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980926/new-territories-projects-forward-in-its-retrospective-at-the-frac-centre-in-val-de-loire-france New-Territories projects forward in its "retrospective" at the FRAC Centre in Val de Loire, France Nicholas Korody 2016-11-30T20:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:27:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/09/09tbe7fnrqce9lb5.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Architects corrupt discourse, manipulate competition, make morality their banner and social responsibilities into an amulet or agit-prop," writes <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/655727/new-territories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories</a>, the constantly-mutating Bangkok-based, French-born architecture studio, previously known as <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/14321/r-sie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">R&amp;Sie</a> and elsewhere as M4 (MindMachineMakingMyths). &ldquo;They live and breathe the profound hypocrisy of human nature, with which they are consubstantial. Space is their playground, their control and coercion lever."</p><p>Deferring the authorial power assumed by architects stands as a central concern for New-Territories, which is integrally associated with the architect Fran&ccedil;ois Roche (despite his best efforts). Founded in 1993, New-Territories is officially &ldquo;headed&rdquo; by the &ldquo;Avatar&rdquo;, a digitally-generated androgynous figure, who tethers together a practice that is more fragmented than unitary. The &ldquo;Avatar&rdquo; also stands-in for a diverse roster of collaborators, including the artists Pierre Huyghe and Camille Lacadee. It is therefore a strange ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected Nicholas Korody 2016-11-15T19:04:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:17:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u8/u8h9hgieqcik6y09.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry has revealed that French president Francois Hollande has given him his word that he could self-exile to France now that Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. [...] With the bleak prognostic becoming a reality, the starchitect might see himself emigrating to a new country, with a big welcome from its leader.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gehry said this during an interview with the French newspaper&nbsp;<em>Le Figaro,&nbsp;</em>where he also railed against critics who don't consider him an artist, as well as most buildings. In fact, Gehry claims a correlation between people's ambivalence towards uninteresting architecture and support for President-Elect Trump.</p><p>Apparently, there's actual beef between Gehry and Trump. Gehry built Beekman Tower, which surpassed the Trump Building next door by a few centimeters, claiming the title of "tallest residential building in New York". <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977225/the-creative-arithmetic-of-donald-trump-s-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apparently, the President-Elect&nbsp;<em>really</em>&nbsp;cares about building height</a>.</p><p>Anyway, no word yet on if Gehry is actually going to abandon the City of Angels for the City of Lights.</p><p>More on President-Elect Trump:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Respond to the AIA&rsquo;s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s 2016 US Presidential Election Guide: How Trump and Clinton Stand on the Issues Architects Care about Most</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978464/aia-chicago-responds-to-aia-ceo-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Chicago responds to AIA CEO's statement in support of President-el...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976299/the-treasures-of-ch-teau-de-fontainebleau The Treasures of Château de Fontainebleau Nam Henderson 2016-11-02T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-11-02T12:14:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9h/9hom2i6zyagsyfer.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They developed a succession of structures and styles that span many centuries and yet &mdash; magically, convincingly &mdash; cohere in a pleasing whole...Some of France&rsquo;s greatest architects &mdash; Philibert Delorme, Ange-Jacques Gabriel and Andr&eacute; Le N&ocirc;tre among them &mdash; fashioned buildings, courtyards, interiors and elaborate grounds...What greets the visitor today is the single greatest assemblage over time of French architecture and d&eacute;cor still in its original state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thad Carhart recently made the case that no site in France can compare as a royal residence, and serve as a testament to the classic ideals of French architecture and decorative arts.</p><p>For more on Ch&acirc;teau de Fontainebleau&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Fontainebleau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">see</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947988/were-neanderthals-the-first-architects Were Neanderthals the first architects? Alexander Walter 2016-05-27T15:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-27T18:17:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/790efa2561d3a2d661f8b94c16582b71.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the stalagmite rings were older than any known cave painting. It also meant that they couldn&rsquo;t have been the work of Homo sapiens. Their builders must have been the only early humans in the south of France at the time: Neanderthals. The discovery suggested that Neanderthals were more sophisticated than anyone had given them credit for. They wielded fire, ventured deep underground, and shaped the subterranean rock into complex constructions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145283017/the-age-of-the-anthropocene-a-change-as-big-as-the-end-of-the-last-ice-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Age of the Anthropocene: a change as big as "the end of the last ice age"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107671475/a-man-renovating-his-home-discovered-a-tunnel-to-a-massive-underground-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775719/massive-tomb-complex-unearthed-in-beijing-suburb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive tomb complex unearthed in Beijing suburb</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945240/artist-daniel-buren-spruces-up-gehry-s-fondation-louis-vuitton-with-colorful-intervention Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention Justine Testado 2016-05-13T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T14:12:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k1/k12hcbkkjb2vzeh8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to in situ artist Daniel Buren, the white glassy curved sails of the Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris have received a generous splash of vibrant color &mdash; or 13 colors, to be exact...Developed in collaboration with Frank Gehry, Buren's temporary piece, titled &ldquo;The Observatory of Light&ldquo;, made its official debut this past Wednesday. It took 29 nights over a period of five weeks to apply the dyed filters and white 8.7 cm-wide strips throughout the building's 3,528 glass panes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9rlc36t1oakkztpr.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jd/jd5f97e76c1dxa1c.jpg"><br><br>Read more about Buren's intervention <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4880/a-closer-look-at-daniel-buren-s-colorful-intervention-at-the-fondation-louis-vuitton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943892/the-first-us-exhibition-on-pierre-chareau-coming-to-the-jewish-museum The first US exhibition on Pierre Chareau coming to the Jewish Museum Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T21:53:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oa/oa8aq203tsx38bht.jpg" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This fall, the Jewish Museum will present what it&rsquo;s billing as the first United States exhibition devoted to the work of Pierre Chareau, a French Modernist who for decades fell out of the mainstream history of art and architecture [...] Chareau (1883-1950) was a prolific designer and art collector in France, and best known for his Maison de Verre (&ldquo;Glass House&rdquo;), a landmark building in Paris created in 1928 in collaboration with the Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibition, entitled "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design", is the third exhibition in a trilogy of design exhibitions, following surveys of the work of Isaac Mizrahi and Roberto Burle Marx.</p><p>The French architect and designer also had an impressive collection of art, which will be on view in the exhibit.</p><p>The exhibition will be designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63443/chareau-chareau-oh-chareau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chareau Chareau, Oh Chareau</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39746/maison-de-verre-s-nouveau-propri-taire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maison de Verre's nouveau proprietaire</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940802/the-reluctant-architect-15-minutes-with-liz-diller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938702/hugely-overwrought-oliver-wainwright-on-the-newly-reopened-les-halles "Hugely overwrought": Oliver Wainwright on the newly-reopened Les Halles Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T12:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yj/yjnvfb9mpso4nvds.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unveiled this week, the &euro;1bn redevelopment is the largest infrastructure project that Paris has undertaken in decades, aiming to fix the messy tangle where Europe&rsquo;s biggest underground station disgorges 750,000 passengers a day into a labyrinthine warren of shops [...] It is hugely overwrought, the layered steel roof pulled to and fro in tortured twists and turns, forming a contorted rollercoaster of curved trusses and angled bracing...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The whole thing has a forlorn droop when seen from the west, as if sagging under the weight of expectation. Nor does the colour help. Ranging between sand and rancid butter depending on the light, the yellow steelwork casts a jaundiced pallor across the scene, lending the interiors a decidedly institutional air."</em></p><p>From marketplace to open pit to "custard-coloured flop" &ndash; more on Les Halles here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11674/a-new-vision-for-paris-les-halles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new vision for Paris' Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11432/les-halles-days-to-go" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Les Halles, Days to Go...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/8905/eyeing-the-belly-of-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyeing the 'Belly of Paris'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/6869/rebuilding-les-halles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937233/a-look-at-sou-fujimoto-s-proposed-sustainable-timber-frame-tower A look at Sou Fujimoto's proposed sustainable, timber-frame tower Julia Ingalls 2016-03-30T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yh/yhwcrx93wbngmywf.jpg" width="650" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/laisneroussel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laisn&eacute; Roussel</a> and&nbsp;developer Pitch Promotion, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a>'s proposed 50-meter tall mixed-use timber-frame structure Canopia would be the tallest of its kind if built. Riffing a bit off the swirling form of Fujimoto's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134127656/a-brief-history-of-twisted-apartment-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abre Blanc</a> apartment building, the proposed structure includes 199 residential units, over 3,700 square meters of commercial offices,&nbsp;a panoramic bar and roof gardens, and 500 square meters of retail space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t4/t4eldpwsr9cdkytp.jpg"></p><p>In addition to being a part of the phase two development of the Amargnac sector of the Bordeaux Saint-Jean&nbsp;Belcier ZAC (urban development zone), Canopia is&nbsp;designed&nbsp;to be environmentally sustainable. Aside from&nbsp;attempting&nbsp;to&nbsp;achieve&nbsp;"Biosource" certification by using cross-laminated spruce or silver fur timber for the flooring and beams, sustainability is partly achieved by the rooftop gardens, which are connected by raised walkways and allow residents to wander among fruit trees, water&nbsp;reservoirs, and vegetable gardens before hitting the bar/re...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935481/two-wooden-towers-to-rise-in-bordeaux Two wooden towers to rise in Bordeaux Alexander Walter 2016-03-18T15:30:00-04:00 >2016-03-19T18:47:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/26/2642a167ee5f26c52c3b5c7c3ca8a18e.jpg" width="650" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>France is to make its first attempt at timber tower construction with two tall wooden buildings in Bordeaux. The towers, reaching 50m and 57m in height, will be developed in the centre of the city by Bordeaux Euratlantique, a public body involved in modernising Bordeaux. The project team for &ldquo;Hyp&eacute;rion&rdquo;, the 18-storey (57m) residential tower, will include Eiffage, specialist wood contractor Woodeum, social landlord Clairsienne and architect Jean-Paul Viguier &amp; Associ&eacute;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143912781/world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-at-least-for-now-under-construction-in-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s tallest wooden skyscraper (at least for now) under construction in Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50271792/wood-that-reaches-new-heights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wood That Reaches New Heights</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149276078/claude-parent-the-last-parisian-supermodernist-dies-at-93 Claude Parent, the "last Parisian Supermodernist", dies at 93 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-29T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:24:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qm/qmjy9turxhaq712c.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Claude Parent, architect and theoretician of &ldquo;oblique function&rdquo;, passed away this past Saturday at the age of 93.</p><p>Trained at the Acad&eacute;mie des Beaux-Arts, Parent studied under Le Corbusier and collaborated with the philosopher Paul Virilio to form the idea of &ldquo;oblique function&rdquo;. Jean Nouvel in <a href="http://www.domusweb.it/en/architecture/2010/05/28/claude-parent-portrayed-by-jean-nouvel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domus</a>, on the occasion of the 2010 retrospective on Parent at the Cit&eacute; de l&rsquo;Architecture in Paris, describes the architect&rsquo;s theoretical interests as preoccupied with &ldquo;interior spaces in continuation, based on sequences of oblique and horizontal planes. The radicalism and expressiveness of these principles scramble all the conventions of orthogonal modernity.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rb/rb1fpwyuu3ch4vvp.jpg"></p><p>Parent&rsquo;s built work is small in number but highly impactful. His Maison Drusch (Versailles, FR) and Church Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay (Nevers, FR) exemplify his &ldquo;oblique&rdquo; theories, constructing dramatic, sloped spaces to provoke inhabitants into being more self-aware. His &ldquo;utopian&rdquo; preoccupations and methodology has inspired many architect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147884083/playtime-first-look-at-a-contemporary-extension-on-a-classic-house Playtime: first look at a contemporary extension on a classic house Julia Ingalls 2016-02-11T12:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T22:37:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3x/3xjm676mqx8qjix6.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Playtime Agence d'Architecture, this 45 square meter glass and pre-lacquered white aluminium&nbsp;extension of a traditional French house is striking without being out of place.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzicv7d3mduo0pdr.jpg"></p><p>Landscape features heavily in the design's conception: built in order to have "architecture and nature dialogue on a constant basis" as a press release states, the extension affords views of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Monts du Lyonnais and is sited carefully to preserve the property's numerous hundred-year-old trees. Price tag: &euro;180,000 ex VAT.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wm/wmmj102vwcfyxm1q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qtmy9y7dl4034uov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjh7rxwe21uh1zwn.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146816071/olafur-eliasson-to-storm-versailles Olafur Eliasson to storm Versailles Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T15:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:39:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c9/c9tsyemw0bzpb49s.jpg" width="598" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palace at Versailles has announced that Olafur Eliasson will display his artworks at the palace and its gardens this year. The Icelandic-Danish artist's exhibition will be on view from June through October, following the well-received installations of contemporary art at the baroque symbol of absolute monarchy by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, and French artist Xavier Veilhan...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146040687/olafur-eliasson-wins-a-crystal-award-for-improving-the-state-of-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135028638/olafur-eliasson-opens-ship-themed-pedestrian-bridge-in-copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142821980/france-moves-to-block-tor-ban-free-and-public-wi-fi France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-07T15:20:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/04/04j4462hvfhhb4cc.jpg" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to leaked documents France's Ministry of Interior is considering two new proposals: a ban on free and shared Wi-Fi connections during a state of emergency, and measures to block Tor being used inside France. The documents were seen by the French newspaper Le Monde. According to the paper, new bills could be presented to parliament as soon as January 2016. These proposals&nbsp;are presumably in response to the attacks in Paris last month&nbsp;where 130 people were murdered.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report published by <em><a href="http://www.lemonde.fr/attaques-a-paris/article/2015/12/05/la-liste-musclee-des-envies-des-policiers_4825245_4809495.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Monde</a></em>, the French Ministry of Interior has developed two frightening new security proposals that may be presented to parliament early next years.</p><p>The first, as reported by&nbsp;<em>Ars Technica</em>, would block free, public WiFi during a state of emergency. On November 20, France extended its state of emergency &ndash; implemented in the immediate aftermath of last month's terror attacks &ndash; to three months. Blocking signals could be difficult to implement, if still possible, and have potentially massive implications, leaving many without internet access for extended periods of time.</p><p>The second proposal is to block and/or forbid use of Tor. Originally developed by the US Government to protect intelligence communication, Tor is a free software that enables anonymous communication and internet access. While often used for illicit purposes, notably access to the darknet in order to purchase black market items, it's also vital for whistleblowers, journalists and politic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140091375/temporary-wooden-ferris-wheel-hotel-proposed-for-the-seine-river Temporary wooden ferris-wheel hotel proposed for the Seine River Justine Testado 2015-10-30T21:18:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T20:04:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fm/fmwhfj6l8tllva59.jpg" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French architects [SCAU] are planning to build a 'water wheel hotel' on the banks of the Seine, which resembles the London Eye but with 'room capsules' that would rotate constantly. ...[However,] the wheel hotel is not intended to be a permanent structure. 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McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125294062/jason-f-mclennan-selected-to-design-leonardo-dicaprio-s-restorative-eco-resort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136265786/can-a-massive-makeover-turn-montparnasse-into-the-times-square-of-paris Can a massive makeover turn Montparnasse into the Times Square of Paris? Alexander Walter 2015-09-09T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T15:14:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gr/grqhvgfkcgu99trj.jpg" width="650" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has suggested the area around the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper could become the Times Square of the French capital. Now its owners plan to try and make that dream come true. 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