Archinect - News 2016-10-25T16:56:07-04:00 Waukegan, IL: future home of the Lucas Museum? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T16:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-08T12:20:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the future of a Lucas Museum on Chicago's lakefront in doubt, the city of Waukegan is asking the organizers to look a little to the north. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley reached out to Mellody Hobson, a Chicago financial executive and the wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, about locating the proposed museum featuring digital, traditional and narrative art on Waukegan's lakefront, a city spokesman said on Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After a shake-up Tuesday wherein Chicago-based&nbsp;Friends of the Parks (which was taking a 30-day break from suing to prevent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a> from being built) announced that it wasn't going to budge on its anti-LMNA position, George Lucas announced that he was seriously considering other locations. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a> Lucas' wife, Mellody Hobson, noted that&nbsp;"this process has been co-opted and hijacked by a small special interest group." On Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that&nbsp;Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">asked his Law Department Wednesday afternoon to ask a federal appeals court to reject the Friends of the Parks case before it is tried</a>. Could the force be with the industrial shoreline of Waukegan, Illinois, population 90K?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>You can conquer the box-office, but stakeholder groups are a whole different echelon:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ch...</a></li></ul> buildingcommunityWORKSHOP launches The People's Design Library buildingcommunityWORKSHOP 2016-03-11T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T01:59:12-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The People's Design Library is a digital library maintained by buildingcommunityWORKSHOP for anyone looking for help in improving their community. The three collections - guides, inspiration, and [bc] publications - provide practical advice and examples of the wide range of resources out there for citizens doing community work. It&rsquo;s the right of the People to shape their city, let's exercise that right and have some fun doing it!"</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are countless design, policy, and organizing guides created by different organizations to help&nbsp;citizens navigate how to make lasting change in their neighborhoods. We created <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The People&rsquo;s Design </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library</a> to bring these resources together in one place.&nbsp;If you know of, or have created, a great guide, you can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">submit&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a resource to the library</a>! The more people contribute to the library, the better it will be. Topics covered by&nbsp;the guides posted so far include how to conduct effective community outreach, how to convert underused&nbsp;street parking spaces to a public amenity, and how to map existing neighborhood conditions using&nbsp;balloons and kites. New resources will be posted every two weeks.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The People&rsquo;s Design Library is the latest project of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People Organizing Place (POP)</a>, the participatory city&nbsp;shaping initiative of nonprofit community design center <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">buildingcommunityWORKSHOP</a>. POP puts local stakeholders in collaboration with outside expertise to proactively&nbsp;shape their neighborhood&rsquo;s ...</p> U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p> Autodesk Foundation established to further support impact-design organizations Justine Testado 2014-03-07T18:16:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Major 3D design software company <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autodesk</a> recently announced the launch of the Autodesk Foundation to further invest in influential individuals and non-profit organizations who use impactful design to find solutions for various pressing global issues. And to increase contribution to the Foundation's goals, Autodesk will encourage their more than 7,000 employees worldwide to volunteer with or donate to their organizations of choice.</p><p>Through the Impact Design Program, the Foundation will collaborate and provide select design-oriented non-profit groups with software, training, and funding to support the group's causes. Some of the Foundation's first grantees include initiatives like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KickStart International</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D-Rev</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20K House project</a> from Auburn University's Rural Studio.</p><p>The Foundation will also incorporate Autodesk's Technology Impact program. Established during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, the Technology Impact program committed to donating $7.5 million...</p> SEED Award winners for Excellence in Public Interest Design Justine Testado 2014-01-31T18:58:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T14:11:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners were recently announced in the fourth annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design. The SEED Awards acknowledges design projects that highlight pressing social, environmental, and economic issues in the world. Winning projects received a US$1,000 honorarium and an all-expenses-paid trip for one team representative to present at the Structures for Inclusion conference in New York City on March 22-23, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury selected six winning projects:</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>Towns Association for Environmental Quality Green Building Headquarters</strong>, Sakhnin, Israel<br><br><strong>Comunidad Ecologica Saludable</strong>, Puenta Piedra, Lima, Peru<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Can City, </strong>Sao Paulo, Brazil<img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Manica Football for Hope Centre, </strong>Bairro Vumba (Vumba neighborhood), Manica, Mozambique&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Community How-To-Guides, </strong>Detroit, MI, USA&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>The Potty Project</strong>, New Delhi, India&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Three honorable mentions were also awarded to:<strong> Dimen Kam Minority Cultural Heritage in China</strong>, Dimen, China; <strong>Walk [Your City]</strong>, Raleigh, NC; and <strong>People Organizing Place</strong>, Dallas, Texas.<br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Project winners announced for Public Interest Design Global Justine Testado 2013-12-12T13:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T18:53:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After tight competition and vigorous deliberation from the jury, six Project winners were selected for the Public Interest Design Global. The winners will present their projects and discuss social impact design at a public global convening at the Ecole Sp&eacute;ciale d&rsquo;Architecture in Paris on April 18-19, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The six winners, announced by the Ecole Sp&eacute;cial d&rsquo;Architecture, Design Corps, and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network are:</p> <p> <strong>Umusozi Ukiza "Healing Hill" - Butaro Doctor Housing</strong> - Burera District, Rwanda (see cover image)<br><br><strong>Can City</strong> - Sao Paulo, Brazil</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>TAEQ Green Building Headquarters</strong> - Sakhnin, Israel</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Walk [Your City]</strong> - Raleigh, North Carolina</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Comunidad Ecologica Saludable</strong> [Healthy Ecological Community] - Lima, Peru<br><br><strong>Joler Jonno Utshob</strong> - A Dug Well Pavilion - Dhaka, Bangladesh</p> <p> For more, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #293 Nam Henderson 2012-12-11T02:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T12:26:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA as well as Folkwang Library by Max Dudler. The Folkwang Library took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself. Save Western pointed out "It looks like the original proposal was for actual marble, which came back astronomically expensive, so they VE'd to curtain wall instead."</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA</a> as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folkwang Library by Max Dudler</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Villa Solaire in Pied de La Plagne, Morzine, France is an ancient farmhouse converted into a luxury rental villa. The project made use of a traditional technique of decorative cut-outs within the wood strips resulting in a uniform perforated cladding, which wraps the whole facade.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Folkwang Library located in Essen-Werden, Germany is an institutional project which , combined musicological programs/collections from three institutions under one roof. The Folkwang Library also took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself.</p> <p> <strong>royc</strong> commented "<em>it's a bit too literal of a reinterpretation for me...I love the knife edge though, it's nicely done. I'd be really interested to see the interior of that space, with the stairs/atrium</em>". <strong>Save Western</strong> pointed out&nbsp;...</p> Public Interest Design 100 honors people for their commitment to dignifying design for all Keith Zawistowski 2012-12-06T13:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:51:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a growing movement afoot in design. It has assumed many names over the years, all of which emphasize the public good and the engagement of too-often marginalized voices. Of late, we've seen life-saving products, more dignifying environments, and more efficient systems, all designed for the betterment of all.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The University of Minnesota College of Design,&nbsp; Tandus Flooring, and introduced&nbsp; Public Interest Design 100.</p> <p> The list is, a comprehensive look at 100 individuals and teams working at the intersection of design and service.&nbsp;While there are many designers, there are a great many more people working in roles essential to movement-building--as educators, communicators, connectors, funders, and more.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Dignifying Design Archinect 2012-10-07T18:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:31:13-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though unemployment is widespread among designers and architects, there exists a world of products, places and processes in desperate need of redesign. Imagine if designers &mdash; uniquely trained to listen and observe, and to improve the way things function, feel and look &mdash; were, like the Enterprise Rose fellows, embedded in schools, nonprofit organizations, health clinics, religious institutions and government offices, where they could experience community needs and behavioral patterns firsthand.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes exhibition Archinect 2012-10-05T18:14:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:15:53-04:00 <em><p>The heroes of public interest design are bringing the benefits of good design to those who need it most. Join us as we celebrate these design pioneers and unveil 12 new exhibits about their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Editor's Picks #270 Nam Henderson 2012-06-25T00:49:00-04:00 >2012-06-27T18:04:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>G&uuml;nther Domenig passed away on June 15, 2012. Wolf D Prix, design principal at Coop Himmelb(l)au, released the following statement "I insist that G&uuml;nther Domenig was one of the most important Austrian architects. Important in terms of being weighty. Meanwhile our own tammuz felt "his steinhous is an beautiful and seminal poem of architecture"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G&uuml;nther Domenig passed away on June 15, 2012</a>.&nbsp;Wolf D Prix, design principal at Coop Himmelb(l)au, released the following statement "<em>I insist that G&uuml;nther Domenig was one of the most important Austrian architects. Important in terms of being weighty. In my opinion the former Z-Bank branch in the Favoritenstra&szlig;e in Vienna was one of his best buildings. Long before the convoluted computer architects started using parametric tools to give their lame design a boost, Domenig had not only designed the first threedimensional facade, but actually built it, too.</em>"&nbsp;</p> <p> Meanwhile our own&nbsp;<strong>tammuz</strong>&nbsp;felt "<em>his steinhous is an beautiful and seminal poem of&nbsp; architecture</em>"&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dimitri Kim</a> wrote "<em>Finally, an english speaking journal covered the late great Gunther's death. He's work was radical beyond he's time, beyond he's predecessors (Coop Himmelblau, Zaha hadid, EOM, and etc), and clearly beyond mainstream fabric of contemporary architecture.</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT Commercial section published a 30-Minute int...</a></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="600" height="399" 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>