Archinect - News 2015-10-08T19:51:03-04:00 Chris Downey on designing inclusive "multisensory" environments for the visually impaired Justine Testado 2015-07-06T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:08:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people view GPS and similar emerging interior-wayfnding technologies as a way to 'solve the blind wayfnding challenge.'...Architects still need to be better multisensory placemakers to design and create effective environments for the blind and visually impaired.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chris Downey, whose story as a blind practicing architect was recently documented in the AIA's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Look Up" campaign</a> this past May, dishes in on his own experiences with embossing printers, wayfinding devices, and graphic input tools, and other emerging technologies that have the potential to vastly improve how architects&nbsp;&mdash; both visually impaired or not&nbsp;&mdash; will work. However, he also warns about relying too much on those technologies and that architects must uphold the responsibility of designing effective environments that are accessible to everyone of all abilities.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title='AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect</a></p> Ibañez Kim Studio wins Folly 2015 with "Torqueing Spheres" Justine Testado 2015-03-18T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:35:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architectural folly is an opportunity for architects to bring out their eccentric side in the design process, which makes it an entertaining approach when creating a (temporary) public installation. In this spirit, the Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York hosts the international Folly competition. Launched in 2012, the competition calls for early-career architects and designers to submit proposals that are described as contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. The winning entry is then constructed as a temporary public outdoor installation at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York City.</p><p>Cambridge and Philadelphia-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iba&ntilde;ez Kim Studio</a> was announced as the Folly 2015 winner with their design, "Torqueing Spheres". IK Studio's distinctive proposal features a series of connected spherical forms that form a social-interactive space.</p><p>More project details below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Torqueing Spheres combines a simple concept &ndash; a straig...</p> Hello Wood to give 5,000 pieces of Christmas Charity Tree firewood to Budapest community Justine Testado 2014-12-22T19:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-23T00:50:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Getting caught up in holiday madness has become so normal that it's easy to forget that the holidays can act as a reminder that caring for each other -- no matter how simple the act -- can go a long way. Architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, who built the 11-meter Christmas tree <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made out of 365 sleighs</a> last year, recently built another Christmas tree installation in Budapest called the Charity Tree.</p><p>This time around, Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to construct the 11-meter Charity Tree, which was built in 5 days from 5,000 pieces of firewood that weigh 150 quintals (or about 30,000 lbs.).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Visitors can also walk inside the tree to find a chapel-like interior space. At night, the tree glows with lighting effects by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philips Hungary</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, all the wood used to make the installation will be given to local families in need. The Charity Tree addresses the issue of the many Hungarian families lacking daily heating during...</p> A look at the results of the CANactions 2014 “User-generated Kyiv” competition Justine Testado 2014-07-10T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T14:41:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ukraine's largest architectural event CANactions held its 2014 ideas competition, whose theme was "User-generated Kyiv". Based on reinforcing the valuable idea that a city is shaped by its citizens, the competition sought architectural ideas to help Kiev further develop towards the ideals of creativity, peace, justice, and of course, happiness.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a look at the three top-prize winning entries:</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>1st prize:</strong> connecTABLE by Anna Dobrova, Dima Isaiev, Dasha Zaichenko,Daryna Bagachuk, Anna Kamushan (Vienna, Austria).</p><p><strong>2nd prize:</strong> POP-UP KIEV by Polina Timofeeva, Galyna Tolkachova, Pavel Bartov (Perm, Russia).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>3rd prize: </strong>Reload the symbols by Kateryna Bokatova and Frederic Vincent (Bordeaux, France).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> UPDATE: KSR Architects’ fluorescent “chandelier” pavilion at the Camden Create Festival Justine Testado 2014-05-20T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:55:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being chosen to have the winning design in the competition, KSR Architects got to realize their proposal for the Camden Town Pavilion at the iconic Britannia junction during the town's first Camden Create Festival that recently occurred in Camden, London. KSR Architects' colorful pop-up pavilion must've been quite the statement piece to celebrate the town's unique creative culture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out some photos of the pavilion:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> MVRDV’s shiny Collection Building for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam Justine Testado 2014-03-10T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:20:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MVRDV has the winning proposal to design the Collection Building for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The bowl-like public art depot will let the public see the ins and outs of the museum's daily activities, and also let private art collectors store their own collections in ideal museum conditions. Completion of the project is expected in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Diagrams:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson chosen to redesign MLK Library in D.C. Justine Testado 2014-02-18T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T22:00:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alas! The winning team to renovate the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has been selected. That team would be Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson, who won over notable finalists Patkau + Ayers Saint Gross and STUDIOS + Freelon. Upon contract approval, Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson will begin working with library staff and consultants to finalize the new library's design scheme.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl? Donna Sink 2014-01-02T10:44:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T20:43:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ready, Set, Hike! A Trial Trek to MetLife Stadium The officials planning Super Bowl XLVIII want it to be the Super Bowl of public transportation. They are not just discouraging fans from walking to MetLife Stadium on game day in February &mdash; they are forbidding it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A reporter attempts to walk to MetLife Stadium.&nbsp; Most likely the reason one won't be allowed to walk into the Super Bowl is "terror"-related, but the article raises again the question of why our pedestrian environment is so degraded. Why have we allowed our cities to be built in such a way that the owners of publicly-financed sports teams and their multi-billion-worth corporate sponsors can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">helicopter in</a> to the game, but a regular person can't find infrastructure to make it safe and possible to walk in even if they *were* allowed to?</p> <p> An assignment: look at your local stadium, most likely financed by public (your) money, on Google Maps and assess whether it's walkable.&nbsp; How does it rate on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walk Score</a> scale? (Indianapolis' rates a 72.) And a design problem: what could be done to make it better for a pedestrian, a family, perhaps a team of<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> football-playing dogs</a>?</p> FABRIC's zoetrope-inspired "Trylletromler" pavilion in King's Garden, Copenhagen Justine Testado 2013-11-04T19:27:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:20:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The "Trylletromler" pavilion by Dutch firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FABRIC</a> has attracted plenty of public attention in King's Garden, Copenhagen since its public opening this past September. The installation was built after FABRIC won a temporary-pavilion design competition earlier this year. (Check out our previous coverage <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> on our sister site Bustler)</p> <p> The concept of Trylletromler comes from the Danish word for the 19th-century zoetrope device, which gives the illusion of movement in a still image. Based on this idea, the pavilion's fence is built as a paradoxically transparent maze that creates the illusion of motion as one walks through it.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Here's a more detailed project description and some recent photos we received from FABRIC:</strong></p> <p> "...The Renaissance garden design of Rosenborg Castle is the oldest known example of garden design in Denmark. The design draws heavily on principles of Euclidean geometry. This language of absolute space was long regarded as the construction principle of the worl...</p> Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Design Places Journal 2012-01-16T15:56:00-05:00 >2012-01-18T16:49:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last decade, much has been written about architecture for the greater good, and it would seem that the field, as a whole, is invested in bringing design to underserved communities. Yet all of this talk &mdash; at conferences, in the press, at universities &mdash; has focused hardly at all on how to put together a career in social design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Virginia Tech graduate Will Holman gives an honest report of his experiences volunteering, studying and working at Arcosanti, Rural Studio, and Youth Build. Does the architecture profession need to do more to support young architects who take this path?</p>