Archinect - News 2015-11-26T18:16:09-05:00 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 >2015-09-21T00:14:22-04:00 <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 >2015-09-23T02:22:31-04:00 <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> Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Charles Anderson of WERK Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-22T09:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-23T18:57:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I want to see the relationship between architecture and other infrastructure and landscape architecture strengthened, so that we&rsquo;re building good infrastructure that relates well to the landscape and is sustainable.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Charles Anderson FSLA is the president/principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WERK</a>, a landscape architecture firm based in what he calls &ldquo;the heart of LA in a lot of ways, at least for the strange people,&rdquo; Venice Beach. Living and working next to the Pacific, Anderson has seen firsthand the power and presence of the planet&rsquo;s water system, and how the drought and rising sea levels, wrought by climate change, have wreaked havoc on California&rsquo;s landscape.&nbsp;</p><p>After graduating with a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard&rsquo;s GSD, Anderson has worked to combine an appreciation of wild landscapes with his love of contemporary art. Respecting an area&rsquo;s natural flora is a major motivation for his landscapes &ndash; California&rsquo;s relatively dry biome was not meant for thirsty plants, but the landscape that's been built here has put unnecessary stresses on the region. Much can be learned from the plant life in similar climates, like Greece&rsquo;s, where water simply isn&rsquo;t as much of a necessity.</p><p></p><p>Aside from respecting California...</p> Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-20T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T01:19:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Allison Arieff is the editorial director of SPUR, an urban planning advocacy non-profit based in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Known in full as San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, SPUR is primarily focused on improving urban planning efforts and policy in the San Francisco Bay Area.&nbsp;We are excited and honored to have Allison as a jury member for our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition.</p><p>Previous to her role at SPUR, Allison served as editor in chief at <em>Dwell</em>&nbsp;magazine, which she helped found back in 2000. She is also a contributing writer to the Atlantic&rsquo;s CityLab, the New York Times and SPUR&rsquo;s The Urbanist.</p><p></p><p>Her work with SPUR and <em>Dwell</em> have brought popular attention to sustainable design initiatives and policy, and as a resident of San Francisco, she is well aware of the strains the drought has put on the state. But based on her work with local government and planning officials, she's also seen time and time again how inefficient or straight-up nonexistent our laws regarding water co...</p> Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T21:15:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">successes in water conservancy</a> and summer rainfall in the state, the California drought is still &ldquo;probably worse than most people recognize,&rdquo; according to Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and juror on Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>. Famiglietti spoke with Jos&eacute; D&iacute;az-Balart on MSNBC&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Rundown&rdquo; earlier this morning, about the current state of California&rsquo;s water crisis and Dry Future&rsquo;s call to action for architects to respond.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While the drought has been receiving widespread media attention, both within the state and nationwide, it can still be difficult to convince people of the severity of the situation. &ldquo;No snow in the mountains, reservoir levels are exceptionally low, groundwater levels are declining," Famiglietti told D&iacute;az-Balart. "We&rsquo;re in pretty rough shape.&rdquo;</p><p>Famiglietti&rsquo;s research on groundwater depletion began twenty years ago, working with NASA&rsquo;s GRACE project (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) to track an...</p> Archinect launches "Dry Futures" competition in response to California's historic drought Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T21:10:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Golden State's nickname has taken on a grave new meaning. The agricultural and economic powerhouse of the country is in the midst of a historic drought pervading the whole U.S. Southwest, at once turning sprawling front lawns into golden-brown scratch pads and inciting&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chinatown</em>-style disputes</a> among developers, farmers, and residents over water rights. The situation is dire, and while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conservation efforts are succeeding</a>&nbsp;to a degree, plans must extend into the far future in order to contend with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">depleted reservoirs and record low-levels of groundwater</a>. Cities can't always count on free-flowing taps.</p><p>Believing that&nbsp;architects are in a unique position to imagine how the built environment must adapt,&nbsp;Archinect is launching&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dry Futures&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;</strong>&ndash; a&nbsp;new competition seeking imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or perhaps even dystopic, design proposals for the future of California&rsquo;s drought. And the stakes couldn't be higher: in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a recent op&shy;-ed for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>, Jay Famiglietti, senior w...</p> The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:38:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leila Araghian was 26 when she came up with Tabiat bridge. Five years on, the 270-metre structure is a reality, despite sanctions, garnering awards and paving the way for a new, more avant garde generation of Iranian designers [...] Tabiat (&ldquo;nature&rdquo;) bridge, the largest of its kind in Iran, was architect Leila Araghian&rsquo;s first project. She designed it five years ago while a student, winning a local competition for a plan to connect two parks separated by a highway in north Tehran.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Need some inspiration to submit to the "Bigger Than A Breadbox" competition? Take a peek at Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:17:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We caught a glimpse behind the curtain of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>&rsquo;s hand-over-hand process in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey&rsquo;s latest piece</a>, where the principal&rsquo;s meticulous and dogged drawing exercises helped push the firm&rsquo;s formal development. Taking a look back at one of their earlier pavilions, &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cube</a>&rdquo;, initially built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, helps draw the contingency from line drawing to taught steel.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> previously described in her introduction to &ldquo;The Cube&rdquo;, the sculpture/pavilion &ldquo;transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece&rdquo;, complicating the supposedly concrete notion of an ideal form, the perfect cube. The pavilion is a clear elaboration on previous work, such as their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taipei Sales Center</a> or the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stormcloud</a> pavilion at SCI-Arc, where solid volumes are stretched and torn by lines and suspensions, testing the spatial limits of what they consider &ldquo;pure&rdquo; forms.&nbsp;OWC has also designed two other pavilions at SCI-Arc, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netscape</a> and Centerstage, which fit clearly ...</p> Knight Cities Challenge announces its selection of 126 finalists Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T15:07:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How do you choose 126 good ideas for cities from the more than 7,000 proposals submitted to the first Knight Cities Challenge? It wasn&rsquo;t easy. &nbsp;But, as of today, we&rsquo;ve asked 126 happy finalists to submit final applications in three weeks with more details about their ideas. [...] Each of the 26 Knight communities had at least one applicant named as a finalist, and Detroit had the largest number of applicants: 1,365! Detroit also had the largest number of finalists: 25.</p></em><br /><br /><p>These are the 126 finalists for the inaugural <a href="" target="_blank">Knight Cities Challenge</a>:</p><p><strong>Aberdeen, S.D.</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Aberdeen SD Welcome and Relocation Center</strong>&nbsp;by Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce (Submitted by Gail Ochs): Strengthening newcomers&rsquo; attachment to Aberdeen by creating a new welcome and relocation center.</li></ul><p><strong>Akron, Ohio</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Akron League of Creative Interventionists Headquarters</strong>&nbsp;by the League of Creative Interventionists (Submitted by David Swirsky): Establishing a space for the creative community to hold meetings, workshops and programs, and brainstorm interventions designed to break down barriers between diverse populations.</li><li><strong>Better Block International Hostel and AirBnB</strong>&nbsp;by Team Better Block (Submitted by Jason Roberts): Strengthening the city&rsquo;s sense of place by turning a vacant property into a cultural hub and hostel centered on a specific immigrant population.</li><li><strong>Chickadee Society</strong>&nbsp;(Submitted by Chris Horne):<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Fostering a love for Akron through a subscription service that delivers Rubber City goods and opportunities ...</li></ul> INABA's Flatiron Plaza installation adds a frame to NYC landmarks Archinect 2014-12-26T17:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-28T16:57:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="818" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in September, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect published</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>'s winning entry for the first-ever <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition</a>. Titled "New York Light," the public artwork was recently installed for the holidays and is now open to the public on...well<em>, Flatiron Plaza</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Project description from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>:</strong></p><p>The Flatiron Plaza is a unique space in New York.</p><p>Standing in the middle of the plaza people can see two of the city&rsquo;s great landmarks: the Flatiron and Empire State buildings. It is a place to experience the magnificence of Manhattan&rsquo;s urban plan &ndash; with a dramatic view of Broadway cutting diagonally through the famous grid. And because Madison Square Park creates a clearing in the urban fabric, the plaza is one of the few places in the heart of the city to see the skyline from street level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Our public art installation &lsquo;New York Light&rsquo; pays tribute to the special urban experiences from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. Designed to echo the form of the plaza&rsquo;s namesake building, the prow of the st...</p> Stereotank’s HEARTBEAT wins 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T19:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's one for you lovers out there: in the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry "HEARTBEAT." The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month to couples and singles alike on February 9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More information on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> OMA to design Shanghai’s Lujiazui Exhibiton Center Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T15:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA appears to be rolling up their sleeves before the holidays: last Friday, we published new details on their Norra Tornen twin towers in Stockholm, and now we're kicking the week off with a recent competition win in China, the Lujiazui Exhibiton Center at the banks of the mighty Huangpu River in Shanghai. Conceptualized as a "spatial armature," the exhibition center will rise on the grounds of the former Shanghai Shipyard and aims for completion by the end of 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more images and project details.</p><p><em>All images courtesy OMA</em></p> Finalists and Jury of Global Holcim Awards 2015 entering the homestretch Alexander Walter 2014-12-03T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T14:16:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The results of the five regional contests are in for the International Holcim Awards competition, and now all eyes are on the upcoming selection of the three final Global Awards winners. [...] The jury tasked to judge the 15 finalists from the regional contests will be headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>These five Regional Gold Award winners automatically qualified for the Global Award competition round:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold - Europe: Anthropic Park</strong>: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation, Saline Joniche, Italy<br>Main authors: Francisco Leiva, Grupo aranea, Alicante,Spain; Marco Scarpinato, AutonomeForme, Palermo, Italy.<br>Further authors: Marta Garc&iacute;a Chico, Grupo aranea; Lucia Pierro, AutonomeForme</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold 2014 - North America: Poreform</strong>: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA<br>Main authors: Amy Mielke, Water Pore Partnership, New York, NY, USA; Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, Water Pore Partnership, Woodbridge, CT, USA<br>Further author: Keller Easterling, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, USA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold 2014 - Asia Pacific: Protective Wing</strong>: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand<br>Main authors: Jariyawadee Lekawatana, Architectkidd, Bangkok, Thailand; Singh Intrachooto, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand; Chak Cherdsatirkul, Kaomai L...</p> World Health Organization One Roof Proposal Jaakko van 't Spijker 2014-11-12T12:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:17:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Health Organization</a> Geneva Headquarters <a href=";view=article&amp;id=1390:who-headquarters-building-extension-geneva&amp;catid=37:open-competitions&amp;Itemid=50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a>&nbsp;team jvantspijker proposed a transformation of the existing building from a Slab to T-typology and to renew the connection to the landscape. The vertical concentration of functions reinforces the centrality of the complex. The two connecting axes create a strong sense of place and centrality. Concentration is the key environmental and sustainable principle. The new central active landscape becomes "The Place to Be" with a smooth flow into the lush garden.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Design Team:</p><p>Jaakko van 't Spijker<br>Julio Gil Fari&ntilde;a<br>Paul van den Bergh</p> Designers chosen for Louvre’s €60m storage outpost Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:04:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five architectural firms are on the shortlist to design the Louvre&rsquo;s new storage facility, planned to open near the museum&rsquo;s satellite in Lens, northern France. Corinne Vezzoni &amp; Assoc and Zig Zag architecture, both from France, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten from the Netherlands, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners from the UK and Estudio Arquitectura Baeza from Spain were chosen from 173 applicants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Minneapolis picks architecture finalists for stadium-area park Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T14:36:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three landscape architect-led teams have been named finalists by the city of Minneapolis to design the new two-block long park called the Commons near the new Vikings stadium. [...] The three finalists are: The Olin Studio, Philadelphia and Snow Kreilich Architects, based in Minneapolis Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco, Damon Farber Associates, Minneapolis and VJAA, Minneapolis WORKSHOP Ken Smith, New York and Perkins + Will, Minneapolis</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New competition launched for National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T13:43:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international jury choosing an architect to design a new National Gallery, which will also provide a new home for the Ludwig Museu in the Hungarian capital, has invited seven leading practices to take part in a new competition after a first competition did not produce a winning design. The seven architects invited to compete for the high-profile commission are: Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Nieto Sobejano, Renzo Piano, Sanaa and Sn&oslash;hetta.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Buffalo’s jewel-box art museum to grow Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T13:33:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is preparing to launch its first major expansion effort in more than 50 years. [...] In 2012, the board commissioned the architectural firm Sn&oslash;hetta to produce a master plan for future growth, but the details of this project have remained under wraps. Museum leaders told the Buffalo News that they are interested in holding an architectural competition for design proposals following their meetings with the public.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:11:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Barack Obama still has two long years left to cement his legacy as something between &ldquo;yes we can&rdquo; and &ldquo;at least I tried&rdquo;. Regardless of how history remembers him, Obama will always represent a shift from the old guard, an idealistic starting point for what (and who) future presidents could be. For now, though, his official museum, his keeper of secrets: couldn&rsquo;t that still be a tangible change we can believe in? At least an architectural one?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>