Archinect - News 2016-05-25T12:55:20-04:00 Win two tickets to 'Conversations at Clerkenwell' as part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 Ellen Hancock 2016-05-21T00:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T19:19:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In conjunction with this years <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clerkenwell Design Week</a>, we are giving away two free tickets to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Reimagining a design icon: The transformation of the Commonwealth Institute into the new Design Museum</strong></a>&nbsp;talk as part of Conversations at Clerkenwell.&nbsp;</p><p>The new Design Museum will reopen its doors on the 24 November this year in a brand new home &ndash; the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. The complex, a unique 1960s Grade II* listed building which has stood vacant for over a decade, is being transformed by a design team led by John Pawson. &nbsp;Join Senior Architect Chris Masson, the Design Museum Deputy Director Alice Black and Roger Cunliffe, who ran the original Commonwealth Institute design team, as they reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime design project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Clerkenwell Design Week provides a world-class showcase of leading UK and international designers, brands and companies across showroom events, exhibitions, live talks, workshops and installations and opens this Tuesday 24th until Thursd...</p> World Architecture Festival 2016 – last chance to enter your work! Sponsor 2016-05-17T19:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T00:06:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a> (WAF) has announced that this year&rsquo;s event will take place at the Arena Berlin in Germany from 16-18 November.</p><p>Returning for its ninth edition, and following four successful years in Singapore, the Festival returns to its European roots and will be housed in Franz Ahrens&rsquo; historic former bus depot, now known as Arena Berlin.</p><p>WAF and its co-located sister event INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, will welcome more than 2,000 of the world&rsquo;s leading architects and designers to the city for three days of conference programmes, awards, exhibitions and fringe events.</p><p>The German capital provides the perfect cultural backdrop for the world&rsquo;s largest annual celebration of architecture. Berlin&rsquo;s eclectic and constantly evolving cityscape owes much to the city&rsquo;s turbulent history, and features an assortment of architectural styles, from Prussian Classicism through National Socialist design to Postmodernism...</p> Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:54:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget the life and death drama of heart transplant surgery&mdash;what about the insane pressure to expertly fold a piece of origami in under 15 minutes? Located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s Okayama prefecture, Kurashiki Central Hospital&nbsp;is holding fierce recruitment competitions in which surgeons must assemble tiny models&mdash;in one case, a piece of sushi with a single grain of rice&mdash;to demonstrate their fine motor skills (and coolness in a complicated deadline situation: sound familiar, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">model builders</a>?). Here's the video of the tryouts:&nbsp;</p> Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:43:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers on Monday chose logo A &mdash; a stark indigo-and-white checkered circle &mdash; as the games&rsquo; replacement emblem after the original design was scrapped last year amid claims of plagiarism. The Tokyo 2020 Logo Selection Committee chose the logo from a shortlist of four following a competition open to any resident of Japan aged over 18. Almost 15,000 entries were submitted. The winning logo was designed by Asao Tokolo, a 46-year-old artist [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The design comprises 45 interconnecting pieces forming a checkered pattern known as ichimatsu moyou. Use of the color indigo is intended &ldquo;to express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.&rdquo;"</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design</a></p><p>More stories about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Kengo Kuma copy elements of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li></ul> 2016 AZ Awards finalists are revealed + vote for the People's Choice now! Archinect 2016-04-20T18:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:36:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Azure Magazine</a>'s annual&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AZ Awards</a>, architects, designers, manufacturers, and students across the globe have a shot at getting their best work internationally recognized.</p><p>Now in its sixth edition, the AZ Awards competition continues to grow. This year's call for submissions reeled in 826 entries from 52 countries. After sifting through the submissions, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five-member jury</a>&nbsp;picked 66 finalists. In the meantime, the public is invited to participate in the 2016 People's Choice, where people can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vote</a> for their favorite projects in all 18 categories now until May 6.</p><p>Then on June 17, the winners, People's Choice, and finalists will be celebrated during the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto's&nbsp;Evergreen Brick Works.</p><p>Check out a few of this year's finalists:</p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in the category "Interiors - Commercial and institutional:" Kanonb&aring;dsvej Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark by 3XN Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in the category "Interiors - Residential:" SPenthouse in S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil by Studio MK27</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in th...</p> Is it time to rethink the culture around competitions? Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T12:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:22:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Working for free has been a reality for architects for decades. The hallmark of the practice is the open competition&mdash;a scourge on the financial and cultural health of the profession. But the argument against them has always seemed moot: as long as clients keep launching them, architects will keep entering them. Choosing not to participate, for some, seemed like a pointless act of professional self-sabotage.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But in New York...a group of AIA chapters have shown that architects do have the power to push back against the wasteful and inefficient culture of open competitions."</em></p><p>We've seen a lot of conversations about the culture surrounding competitions in 2016. Just a few weeks ago, a controversial call for proposals for a wall along the US/Mexico border <a href="" target="_blank">generated</a> a heated discussion in the architecture community.</p><p>For more on the issue, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">When innovation runs shallow: What's the commotion with eVolo winner New York Horizon?</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Hustle &amp; Bustle: A conversation about competitions and the relaunch of Archinect's sister site Bustler, on Archinect Sessions #56</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Architects tell all in a global survey about the future of design competitions</a></li></ul> RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research Ellen Hancock 2016-04-15T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T17:16:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is calling for applications from students, academics and practitioners interested in conducting research in architecture during 2016/17.<br><br>The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field, providing an opportunity for imaginative, original research, and travel.<br><br>In 2016, one scholarship worth &pound;5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can be during a period of international work experience).<br><br>The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offering grants of up to &pound;10,000 each, available to support original independent architecture research by practitioners, academics and recent graduates.<br><br>The judging committee particularly welcomes applications from practice-led researchers.<br><br>The RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship is worth &pound;18,000 outside London or &pound;20,000 in London annually to a student who wis...</p> Act Fast - Only One Week Left to Enter the 2016 Core77 Design Awards Sponsor 2016-03-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T12:26:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Core77 Design Awards</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>With only seven days left before the Final Deadline hits on April 6th, at 9pm Eastern, designers, educators and strategists from all over the globe are putting the finishing touches on their entries for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Core77 Design Awards</a>. Once the Final Deadline passes, the entries from the program&rsquo;s 14 categories will be reviewed and critiqued by internationally distributed jury panels of design experts who will decide which projects deserve the coveted honors and the Core77 Design Awards Trophy.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To commemorate the 2016 season, Core77 commissioned a limited-edition, eye-popping poster from The Pressure design studio of Portland, OR. Every person who enters the Design Awards this Friday, April 1st, between midnight and 11:59pm Eastern will receive the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">poster for free</a>. In addition to the poster, entrants will also receive a copy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing HERE/NOW</a>, a global selection of objects, concepts and spaces for the future based upon entries i...</p> You may have Airbnb to thank for that low hotel rate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-21T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-03-21T15:16:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nationwide, Airbnb lists about 173,000 units, equal to about 3.5% of the more than 5 million rooms rented out by traditional hotels &mdash; not enough to pose a serious threat to the hospitality industry, according to a study by CBRE's hotel research arm. [...] The study goes on to say that Airbnb properties have started to pressure hotels to keep rates low in a handful of cities where home-sharing units are plentiful, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and [New York].</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the short-term rental market:</p><ul><li><a title='Airbnb intentionally misconstrued data to "garner good press", according to new report' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb intentionally misconstrued data to "garner good press", according to new report</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads</a></li><li><a title="Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></li></ul> US/Mexico border wall competition provokes controversy Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T17:08:00-04:00 >2016-03-21T12:36:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dominated another round of primaries last night...further securing his position as the party&rsquo;s frontrunner. His polemical campaign continues to provoke criticism from both his own party and from Democrats, as concern over his inflammatory, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric transforms into panic. The debate breached into architecture after a competition was announced last week for design responses to Trump&rsquo;s call for a wall along the US/Mexico border.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bustler, Archinect's sister site, declined the opportunity to post a competition calling for design responses to Donald Trump's calls for a border wall, which has since generated a good deal of controversy. Read about why &ndash; then join the debate on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>For related content, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo Project Details Life Along U.S.-Mexico Border</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual Border</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US border fences threaten ecosystem</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecology of the Border Fence</a></li></ul> Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon Alexander Walter 2016-03-15T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:49:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dr. Orr revealed that Denver won the bid to host this biennial event, in which student teams compete to design, build, and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered houses. [...] The competition is planned to be staged near a new development close to Denver International Airport. The area around the 61st and Pe&ntilde;a Commuter Rail Station is positioned to become a national model for sustainable, transit-oriented, greenfield development [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect coverage of previous Solar Decathlons:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency</a></li></ul> Central Park Summer Pavilion Competition, 2nd Prize 'the plaYform'_Chang Kyu Lee + Dokyung Kim 2016-03-14T11:43:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:01:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Central Park Summer Pavilion Competition was open to international undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduate of architecture. The CPSP was envisioned as a meeting point for&nbsp;different cultural and leisure circuits, with the goal of using the same space for a broad range of daytime and nocturnal activities in a sustainable fashion that respects its surroundings. The idea was for it to become an obligatory stop for visitors to Central Park.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Chang Kyu Lee New York based architectural designer and Dokyung Kim from University of California, Los Angeles won the second prize on this competition with a project challenges definition of linear gesture.&nbsp;The &lsquo;plaYform&rsquo; proposes a &ldquo;space of experiences&rdquo; - simply pushed-down a plaTform connects human and nature as a &lsquo;plaYform&rsquo; at the same time a simple linear gesture defines a whole proposal that shows as an object.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>A gigantic Central Park is the emblematic piece of urban break space in New York City. Central Park is the most visited p...</p> Don’t Miss the March 8 Regular Deadline to Enter the 2016 Core77 Design Awards Sponsor 2016-03-04T13:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-04T14:03:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Core77 Design Awards</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>With the Regular Deadline for entry right around the corner on March 8th, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Core77 Design Awards</a>&nbsp;invites designers from all over the world to put their best work forward and&nbsp;participate in this annual celebration of design enterprise and intent. The program embraces a wide range of design practice:&nbsp;commercial, cultural, social and environmental. Each year, thousands of professional and student designers submit their projects and&nbsp;ideas to be critiqued and honored by globally distributed panels of juries. The result is a collection of projects that inspire a broader&nbsp;discussion about the current state and future of design.</p><p>Each year, the 14 categories of entry are juried by independent Jury teams assembled and lead by design thought leaders from around&nbsp;the world. This year's Jury Captain line up includes:</p><ul><li>Arthur Huang, Miniwiz - Built Environment Jury Captain</li><li>Alexis Lloyd, Creative Director, New York Times R&amp;D Lab - Interaction J...</li></ul> Finalists of "Reimagine a NYC Icon" contest announced Julia Ingalls 2016-03-03T17:51:00-05:00 >2016-04-26T16:10:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in September, we told you about a competition to conceive a redesign of the MetLife Building. Earlier this week, the six finalists of the &ldquo;Reimagine a New York City Icon&rdquo; competition were announced. The competition, sponsored by Metals in Construction magazine and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, isn&rsquo;t part of any actual process in the works to modify the Midtown office tower, but are fascinating ideas of what could be. Perhaps these ideas will be put into use at other buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volley Studio</a> are among the six finalists for the competition, which encouraged entrants to&nbsp;reimagine the MetLife Building &ldquo;with a&nbsp;resource&#8208;conserving, eco&#8208;friendly enclosure &ndash; one that creates a highly efficient envelope with the lightness and transparency sought by today&rsquo;s office workforce &ndash; while preserving and enhancing the aesthetic of the building&rsquo;s heritage.&rdquo;</p><p>Here is&nbsp;FXFOWLE, Thornton Tomasetti, and Dagher Engineering's entry, described as "Harnessing Urban Energies":&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here is AECOM and Volley Studio's "Vertimeme":</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And here's a look back at Archinect's coverage of the Pan Am/Met Life building:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building High Anxiety</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Josef Albers's Manhattan mural could return to New York</a></li></ul> Request for Qualifications (RFQ) BoxSpot Architectural Services Sponsor 2016-03-02T12:37:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:06:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burten, Bell, Carr Development</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Burten, Bell, Carr Development (BBC), a non-profit community development organization is seeking qualifications from architects with experience designing shipping containers for commercial and/or office space use. The consultant must demonstrate previous experience with container based structures at all phases of development including schematic design, design development, and the construction procurement process. It is the goal of BBC to hire a consultant that establishes a set of approved technical specifications and construction drawings for a modular product line of habitable container structures.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to download a copy of the RFQ</a></p><p><em><strong>C</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>su</strong><strong>l</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>t</strong><strong> qualifications</strong><strong> </strong><strong>w</strong><strong>il</strong><strong>l be acc</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>pted</strong><strong> </strong><strong>until March 14, 2016</strong><strong>.</strong></em></p><p>RFQ BACKGROUND</p><p><strong>Key Partners</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc</em></a><br>BBC is the lead entity in the creation of the Container Retrofitting Business, is a nonprofit neighborhood development organization founded in 1990 that serves th...</p> MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-02T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T12:49:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[MIT's] team was awarded the top prize, and...Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands were the next runners-up. [...] Musk took questions from the audience on everything from what inspired him to create the Hyperloop idea (being stuck in LA traffic), what advice he had for the winning teams (lots of dry runs), and what "crazy idea" he is working on next (electric jets &mdash; Musk says he thinks he's close to something, but said precious little about how they'd work).</p></em><br /><br /><p>MIT's design will go on to compete at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop test-run competition</a> this summer, hosted at a bespoke race track being built near Hawthorne, CA &ndash; SpaceX's headquarters. Here's the complete list of winners from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a>, hosted by Texas A&amp;M University:</p><ul><li>Best Overall Design Award:&nbsp;MIT Hyperloop Team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li><li>Pod Innovation Award:&nbsp;Delft Hyperloop, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Badgerloop, University of Wisconsin-Madison</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Hyperloop at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;HyperXite, University of California Irvine</li></ul><p>Other teams advancing include:</p><ul><li>rLoop (non-student team)</li><li>uWaterloo Hyperloop, University of Waterloo</li><li>UWashington Hyperloop, University of Washington</li><li>University of Toronto, University of Toronto</li><li>RUMD Loop, University of Maryland and Rutgers University</li><li>GatorLoop, University of Florida</li><li>Team HyperLynx, University of Colorado-Denver</li><li>Hyperloop UC, Univers...</li></ul> Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project Julia Ingalls 2015-12-17T12:55:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T00:07:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever you think of the initial "Tall Emblematic Structure in Dubai" prompt, there's no doubt that some fairly significant changes were made to Fernando Donis' winning design for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame</a> and the actual monument as it is being constructed. As Archinect commenter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> noted, "The proposal shows the frame section being an extruded square. The project being built has angled mitered corners. Angled mitered corners recall the traditional shape of a picture frame, and mitered corners are not Modern. In something as simple as this, changing the corner connection completely changes the cultural resonance of the form.&nbsp;In short, the designer is right to be pissed."</p><p>Archinect had the opportunity to speak directly with designer Fernando Donis about how he ultimately didn't get paid for his work due to a fraught contract signing process, his open letter to Dubai Municipality,&nbsp;and his advice to architects thinking about entering future open design competitions.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Archinect:</strong>&nbsp;What happe...</p> Next time you need to go in Minturn, Colorado, visit America's Best Public Restroom Alexander Walter 2015-11-17T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:12:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But this year&rsquo;s champion bathroom, crowned by voters on Cintas&rsquo; website, is not nestled inside some upscale restaurant in a major city. It&rsquo;s a public restroom in Minturn, Colorado. A collaboration between the town of Minturn, LaN Architecture&rsquo;s Monika Wittig, LGM 3d Studios, and Noble Welding, the restrooms are meant to resemble a passageway into a Rocky Mountain mine. &ldquo;The town rallied together and showed the value of a restroom that&rsquo;s creative and memorable for guests,&rdquo; [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's Best Restroom Contest</a> website:</p><p><em>Founded in 1904, Minturn is rich in mining history and its new public restrooms reflect its past. The unique digitally fabricated shape of the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s restrooms resemble an adit (horizontal passage way) into a Rocky Mountain mine. The concept is the product of several key players: the Town of Minturn, LaN Architecture - Monika Wittig, LGM 3d Studios and Noble Welding. The team came together to produce &ldquo;functional art&rdquo; that&rsquo;s already captured community attention! &ldquo;Our public restrooms prove how great it is to combine art, architecture and creativity. It changes moods, places and people,&rdquo; said Janet Hawkinson, director of design and construction for the public restroom project. &ldquo;It would be the best to win the contest and show the country what can be accomplished when everyone works together to create something truly memorable, as we did in small town Minturn!&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For those with discriminating taste, a competi...</a></li></ul> For those with discriminating taste, a competition for the best public restroom in the U.S. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-21T20:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T12:22:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;An out-of-the-ordinary restroom is very telling about the business itself,&rdquo; said John Engel, spokesman for restroom cleaning and supply company Cintas, which runs the competition. &ldquo;If they pay that kind of attention to their restroom experience you can bet the overall experience will be phenomenal too.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Analogue Sustainability: The Climate Refugees of San Francisco," 3rd place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-01-21T13:48:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Analogue Sustainability: 'The Climate Refugees of San Francisco,'</strong></em> by Rosa&nbsp;Prichard<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The project is sited on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The scheme tackles the Californian paradox of too much vs too little water. While the area is in a state of drought, San Francisco Bay is still at risk of flooding both from seasonal heavy rainfall and rising sea levels. The project is an inhabited flood defence wall that wraps around the island, housing those displaced by rising sea levels in the bay. A field condition of maize is planted over the island to draw out the radiation remaining from the island&rsquo;s naval occupation. The island becomes a self-sustaining system, where analogue technologies that hark back to industrial mechanisms are used. The island offers a celebration of a more simple and natural way of life, in contrast to that of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Sustainable systems of water purification and energy production become central to the building. The burning of the maiz...</p> "Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-11-22T15:41:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Grassroots Cactivism</strong></em>, by Ali Chen<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>California is entering the fourth year of an epic drought. Urban households have reduced water usage by 25%. However, legislation does not apply to farmers, while 80% of the state's water usage goes towards agricultural production. A large percentage of that water goes towards crops that feed livestock. Efforts to conserve water need to target these water-intensive aspects of the farming industry.</p><p>California's unique arid and mediterranean climate plays host to a variety of indigenous species. Among these is the drought-tolerant nopales cactus, otherwise known as the prickly pear. It has existed as a food source in local culinary traditions for many centuries, and is also commonly used as fodder for livestock in times of drought.</p><p><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There is another lesser-known use of the nopales: its pulp acts as a cleaning agent for water. Locals in Mexico have often dumped the water used to cook cactus into polluted rivers and streams. The 'mucilage' or inner cactus ...</p> "Liquid Bank", 2nd place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-11-22T14:49:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Every drop counts</em></p><p><strong><em>Liquid Bank</em></strong>, by Juan Saez</p><p>Liquid Bank confronts California&rsquo;s drought from both a local and global perspective. The project addresses the relationship between domestic water consumption and the global water crisis with the development of water related infrastructure in emerging countries. Ultimately, the project aims to address California&rsquo;s drought emergency situation by causing a behavioral shift amongst California residents.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Liquid Bank is a platform (app and website) that offers a system of rewards and incentives that encourage users to use water responsibly in both their domestic and corporate life.</p><p>Users sign-up for a profile at and begin earning the Liquid Bank&rsquo;s digital currency, Aquo. Users can earn Aquos through implementing a variety of water-saving habits: installing low flow shower heads or faucet aerators, incorporating container gardening or drought resistant plants, reducing their household water bill or, as an enterprise, developing a plan...</p> "Liquifying Aquifer", 1st place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-12-21T19:36:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>What if the Valley could have multiple wells placed around the city in contingent locations for maximum water replenishment back into the Aquifer?</em></p><p><em><strong>Liquifying Aquifers</strong></em>, by Lujac Desautel</p><p>The story of water in the San Fernando Valley is the by-product of the American frontier to the West and the seemingly unattainable ambitions to protect the mythicized image of lush palm trees and turquoise swimming pools. But, the illusion of water is on the cusp of extinction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The San Fernando Valley is conceptualized as an archipelago of islands characterized by the infrastructures that sever its own territories. In between these forgotten corridors are the conduits, transportation networks, and energy easements that are a crutch to the livelihood of the Valley.</p><p>The largest of these corridors, the Tujunga Wash cuts the valley in half by a 13 mile artificial river that sends every drop of water to the Pacific Ocean. Its adjacencies are anything but monotonous, rich, poor, industrial, mega malls, and th...</p> "Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles," 2nd place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-06T12:42:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles</strong></em>, by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geofutures @ Rensselaer School of Architecture</a> / Muhammad Ahmad Khan (student); Chris Perry (program director), Ted Ngai, Fleet Hower, Kelly Winn, Lydia Xynogala (program faculty).&nbsp;Acknowledgements: Evan Douglis, Dean of the Rensselaer School of Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Urban Swales proposes a series of medium-scale urban excavations throughout the City of Los Angeles, micro-reservoirs that, in addition to collecting periodic storm water runoff for remediation, storage, and redistribution to local communities, provides a new typology of shaded &ldquo;urban caverns&rdquo; for human as well as nonhuman forms of occupation. As such, Urban Swales not only functions as a distributed form of water management infrastructure, the general ambition of which is intended to relieve the city&rsquo;s excessive dependence on imported water, but a new form of public space and wildlife refuge as well.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Located at select intersections throughout the city, these &ldquo;swal...</p> Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Peter Zellner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T08:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:44:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Peter Zellner comes to Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> jury with a diverse architectural background, having worked for large, infrastructurally-minded firms like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>, while previously designing smaller-scale art spaces under his own firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZELLNERPLUS</a>. In September of 2015, Peter will launch <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZNc Architects</a> with partner Paul Naecker. ZNc is a nimble, LEED accredited and NCARB certified architecture firm located in the LA Arts District.</p><p>We recently interviewed Peter at length on an episode of Archinect Sessions (listen <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>). Based in Los Angeles, Peter has seen the drought progress and intensify firsthand.</p><p></p><p>Peter's mindset on the drought combines experience living in the dry climates of Australia and southern California, to reflect on prior reactions (urban and not) to drought conditions. While conservation and sourcing are important, using every drop more efficiently by adopting large-scale recycling techniques will make the biggest impact on drought defense. Certain Californian municipalitie...</p> Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T11:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T02:14:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Geoff Manaugh is a design and architecture writer, contributing to publications such as <em>Dwell</em>, <em>New Scientist</em> and <em>The New Yorker</em>, as well as authoring several books and the long-running design and architecture site, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDGBLOG</a>.</p><p></p><p>Manaugh&rsquo;s perspective on the drought focuses on the ripe opportunities for improving California&rsquo;s remarkably inefficient, and in some ways, &ldquo;undesigned&rdquo; water systems, extending from its physical infrastructures to the economic market for buying and selling water rights. &ldquo;I think that the actual pragmatic, ecosystem-based solutions to this &ndash; as well as the rethinking of agriculture on a statewide basis, as well as individual water use &ndash; I think is something that is really exciting and interesting about this contest.&rdquo;</p><p>In collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smout Allen Architectural &amp; Design Research</a>, Manaugh will be participating at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> this fall.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p>... Only one week left to submit to Archinect's Dry Futures competition! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-25T16:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T16:28:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Got a sketchy blueprint for a greywater purifier lying around? An unfinished section drawing for the next drought-friendly Californian front yard? Some e-commerce market for exchanging water rights? Designs for a better reservoir? Gussy up those plans and submit them to Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition! Only one week left to submit your future-focused design solution to California's drought. Submission deadline is <strong>Tuesday, September 1 at 10pm PST.</strong></p><p>We're accepting submissions in two categories, with winners announced for both: <strong>Speculative</strong> and <strong>Pragmatic</strong>. "Speculative" refers to proposals of the sci-fi variety, perhaps involving technologies that don't yet exist, or imagining alternative future scenarios for a drought-affected California. "Pragmatic" are the more standard, realistic proposals &ndash; ones that could feasibly be implemented today.</p><p><strong>1st place</strong> winners in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a custom one-week survival kit, including a back pack. Just so you...</p> How is water used in California? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-25T12:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T20:10:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No California resident can claim ignorance of the current drought conditions: things are bad, and they'll probably stay that way for a while. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Governor Jerry Brown called for statewide water restrictions earlier this year</a>, and news coverage of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dwindling supplies</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dry rivers</a> and sinking farmland have flooded the local and national media for months. While the drought is on every Californian&rsquo;s mind in some way, it can still be hard to imagine the sheer physical extent of our water: where it comes from, and how exactly we use it. Making drought conditions tangible can be difficult for anyone, in or out of California.</p><p>In the final week of Archinect&rsquo;s open call for submissions to our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition, we&rsquo;ve compiled some helpful stats and figures for better understanding water use in California. These are basic numbers, intended to be used as a framing context for how water flows through the state. But first, let&rsquo;s clarify some <strong>water-based terminology</strong>, courtesy of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US Geological S...</a></p> Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Ian Quate and Colleen Tuite of GRNASFCK Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-24T14:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T19:28:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ian Quate and Colleen Tuite are the co-founders of &ldquo;nomadic landscape architecture studio&rdquo; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a>, based in New York City. The two began collaborating as graduate students at RISD in 2011, bringing Quate&rsquo;s knowledge of botany and landscape architecture together with Tuite&rsquo;s art practice background to focus on &ldquo;the geologic past and speculative future&rdquo;. Tuite is currently an independent art practitioner and Quate works as a designer for Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.</p><p></p><p>Their work under GRNASFCK is not that of an average landscape architecture firm, instead focusing on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;unsettling easy or comfortable ideas about the relationship between architecture and ecology&rdquo;</a> &ndash; and their approach to the drought is no different. Their critical focus on geological time frames California&rsquo;s drought as unique in the historical context of human civilization, where the overwhelming tendency in dealing with droughts is to simply up and leave.</p><p>From GRNASFCK's position on the opposite side of the coun...</p> Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Jay Famiglietti of NASA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-23T09:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T14:01:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drought is more of a climatological phenomenon, but it&rsquo;s important to recognize that we need to sustain available groundwater to help us get through these periods of very little rain and snow.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the senior water scientist at NASA&rsquo;s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jay Famiglietti has been studying groundwater depletion globally since 1995. With his team at JPL, Famiglietti has tracked freshwater availability using satellites and developed computer models to better understand how supplies are changing.</p><p>While human water consumption draws on many sources, we rely particularly heavily on groundwater during droughts. As periods of minimal rain and snow will continue to occur, Famiglietti stresses the importance of the broader public understanding how water systems work, and how different supply chains intersect: &ldquo;I think [the drought&rsquo;s] really underscored the need for communication &hellip; to really help people understand where their water comes from, and those supplies can either be fluctuating wildly or decreasing or both.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>And just as the public can no longer be indifferent to water usage, the architecture profession must also refresh its standards of water efficiency. &ldquo;Architecture a...</p>