Archinect - News 2016-12-08T21:28:14-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149980644/students-explore-structural-concrete-strategies-in-weave-x-from-aa-summer-dlab-orange Students explore structural concrete strategies in “Weave.X”, from AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE Justine Testado 2016-11-29T13:52:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T12:22:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ho/hosoyokk77indsr8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Twenty-one participants from 11 countries got to hone their skills in computational design and research during the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948018/aa-summer-dlab-2016-orange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE</a> workshop at <a href="http://archinect.com/architectural-association" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA</a>'s London campus this past July. Building upon the last two <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/447862/aa-summer-dlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer DLAB</a> cycles, students worked side by side in researching and developing innovative architectural strategies&nbsp;to construct 3-D interwoven concrete structures. With guidance from AA Summer DLAB tutors and collaborators, students also&nbsp;applied techniques related to&nbsp;geometry rationalization, material behavior, and robotic&nbsp;fabrication.</p><p>The three-week program culminated with the creation of a full-scale, working&nbsp;prototype installation called &ldquo;Weave.X&rdquo;, which now stands on display in the midst of&nbsp;Hooke Park.</p><p>Keep reading for more about the fabrication process behind Weave.X.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qw/qw056v3gdkcrmeit.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Initial computational form-finding techniques explore the generation of a network of interwoven elements via a bundling algorithm developed in Grasshopper. The algorithm enables the user to locally different...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980020/grafton-architects-utec-vertical-campus-wins-inaugural-riba-international-prize Grafton Architects' UTEC “vertical campus” wins inaugural RIBA International Prize Justine Testado 2016-11-23T19:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:46:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cz/cztas55ult2ndywb.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>RIBA awarded their inaugural International Prize today to The Universidad de Ingenier&iacute;a y Tecnolog&iacute;a (UTEC) in Lima by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12595/grafton-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> and Shell Arquitectos. Open to architects worldwide, the Prize is RIBA's very&nbsp;own&nbsp;recognition award for&nbsp;&ldquo;civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and progress&rdquo;, RIBA President Jane Duncan said. The grand jury, led by architect Richard Rogers, traveled to visit all <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5262/six-buildings-shortlisted-for-riba-international-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">six finalist buildings</a> before making their final decision.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/27/27s7to2aqh64c62v.jpg"></p><p>Irish practice Grafton Architects and Shell Arquitectos from Lima designed the brutalist vertical campus&nbsp;for UTEC, a 50-year-old engineering university that enables&nbsp;young Peruvians to gain engineering qualifications, and therefore encourage social mobility.&nbsp;The jury praised the UTEC building as a bold, masterful project that depicts Grafton Architects' years of experimenting with space and form.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4j/4j9j6r1sjd334utm.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ig/igaa1gk1si0prysa.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979521/the-new-silhouettes-of-new-york The New Silhouettes of New York Nam Henderson 2016-11-20T20:58:00-05:00 >2016-11-21T12:23:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qa/qayyurmwf2fdep3q.jpg" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to new concrete technologies, we have witnessed an eruption of very slender, very tall (some might say very crass) buildings. But for every heroic skyscraper, there are more than a few more humble, human-scale ventures &mdash; a salt shed, a library, a residential hyperbolic paraboloid (see No. 10, above).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Matt A.V. Chaban compiles a list of new(ish) architectural/urban projects in NYC, with help from various&nbsp;shapers and observers (ranging from Dean Amale Andraos to&nbsp;David Rockwell) of the city.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978584/tadao-ando-s-landmark-manchester-piccadilly-gardens-wall-to-be-destroyed Tadao Ando's Landmark Manchester Piccadilly Gardens wall to be destroyed Ellen Hancock 2016-11-16T01:45:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:45:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dz/dzypy342jdyoid9s.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pictures of a planned &pound;10m revamp of a Manchester landmark described as a "concrete monstrosity" have been revealed. Manchester City Council said it had taken public opinion into account to remove the current wall and pavilion in Piccadilly Gardens. It said it will improve the quality and safety of the area. The plans, to be funded by leaseholders Legal &amp; General, will go before the executive committee on 16 November.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d552bbc2cd05abed18fc5a9ceb4ed67.jpg"></p><p>Read more UK related stories here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976664/zaha-hadid-architects-to-design-new-stadium-for-the-forest-green-rovers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to design new stadium for the Forest Green Rovers</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149975487/construction-of-the-pinnacle-to-continue-despite-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum result</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149977505/zaha-hadid-architects-just-opened-a-new-office-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects just opened a new office in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976501/british-transport-minister-decries-cult-of-ugliness-in-brutalism-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British transport minister decries "cult of ugliness" in brutalism, modernism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971231/great-brutalist-buildings-it-turns-out-have-soul "Great brutalist buildings, it turns out, have soul" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-29T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T17:17:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg" width="650" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this thoughtful ode to the unexpected charms of brutalism, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/sep/28/grey-pride-brutalist-architecture-back-in-style" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Felix Salmon</a> explores why the formerly nightmarish architectural style is experiencing a renaissance, or at least a renewed appreciation. Salmon's observation that ubiquitous, unimaginative glass towers have replaced brutalism as the new hated icon of class strife is ace:</p><p>"The international style evolved, and not well. What used to be aspirational started becoming an in-your-face statement of conspicuous consumption. The gauche gaudiness of was embraced not only where you might expect it (the Wynn towers of Las Vegas, say), but also in places with real history, such as New York City. Go to Columbus Circle today, for instance, and you&rsquo;ll see Christian de Portzamparc&rsquo;s billionaire condos at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/71438/one57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One57</a> face off against 'a 1950s international style glass skyscraper in a 1980s gold lame party dress,' as Muschamp described&nbsp;the Trump International Hotel. Such erections generate almost as much hatred today as the worst mistakes of brut...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968710/the-architecture-of-grief-inside-oma-s-an-occupation-of-loss The architecture of grief: inside OMA's "An Occupation of Loss" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:14:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ts/tswbv7e60ow119fu.jpg" width="650" height="511" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In OMA and artist&nbsp;Taryn Simon's&nbsp;"An Occupation of Loss," professional mourners create unique performances of grief into an enormous sculpture of eight 45 foot concrete inverted wells that act as "a discordant instrument." It's not just for professional criers: during the day, visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculpture, exploring their own grief while recordings of the previous evening's performance are played in the background.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/883d428glpzlqbvt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7d/7dx4qdjwf6q9qxbo.jpg"></p><p>On display at the&nbsp;Park Avenue Armory&rsquo;s Wade Thompson Drill Hall through September 25th, the sculpture will be moved to the Artangel in London next year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c8/c84rsqebewx8euu3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fr701yjn8z3qm4xf.jpg"></p><p>As OMA's Shohei Shigematsu noted,&nbsp;&ldquo;The design was sonically-motivated, focusing on the performative act of loss&nbsp;rather than its physical manifestation, which has been historically marked by multiple scales &ndash; from tombstones to the World Trade Center Memorial. The industrial wells were configured into a readymade ruin that responds to both personal and monumental dimensions."</p><p>For the latest on OMA:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966545/oma-mad-herzog-de-meuron-among-2016-designs-of-the-year-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OM...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963858/scientists-develop-a-flexible-concrete-that-is-stronger-than-traditional-mixtures Scientists develop a flexible concrete that is stronger than traditional mixtures Nicholas Korody 2016-08-17T19:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:23:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o5/o5mo6yvjwxyn2sgx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have invented a new type of concrete that is flexible yet stronger than traditional concrete. Named ConFlexPave, the concrete "allows the creation of slim precast pavement slabs for quick installation, thus halving the time needed for road works and new pavements," according to the <a href="http://media.ntu.edu.sg/NewsReleases/Pages/newsdetail.aspx?news=ae52df54-ad8b-4a26-b57c-edda67be8cf0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>.</p><p>According to the inventors, the new concrete will cut down on on-site work and construction time, as well as reduce inconveniences caused by road maintenance. Precast ConFlexPave slabs are much thinner and lighter than traditional concrete slabs, so they can be more easily installed.</p><p>The new concrete uses polymer microfibre which allows the material to bend under pressure and improves skid resistance. According to the lead researcher, Assistant Professor Yang En-Hua, the "key breakthrough" was understanding "how the components of the materials interact with one another mechanically on a microscopic level."</p><p>&ldquo;The hard materials give a ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961508/will-gehry-s-l-a-river-plan-result-in-water-savings Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:36:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg" width="650" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For decades, the concrete-lined L.A. River has been more famous for being a bone-dry iconic conduit for films like <em>Terminator 2</em> than a major watery artery, but that may change: in a talk with Christopher Hawthorne on Monday, Frank Gehry mentioned that his design may just save the city significant amounts of cash when it comes to buying water. Per the <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/frank-gehry-calls-la-river-916397" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a>:</p><p><em>The river, which was bound in concrete beginning in the late 1930s after a series of damaging floods, is also frequently blamed for wasting water, one of Los Angeles&rsquo; most embattled resources. Because the river&rsquo;s concrete binding was designed to channel floodwaters swiftly into the ocean and away from properties on the banks, the city now loses more than 28.6 billion gallons of water a year, according to River L.A.,&nbsp;a nonprofit working with Gehry&rsquo;s firm and funded in part by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;We think we can save the city one-third of what it now pays for imported water,&rdquo; Gehry said in conversati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960956/los-angeles-is-giving-away-1-000-pieces-of-its-demolished-6th-street-bridge Los Angeles is giving away 1,000 pieces of its demolished 6th Street Bridge Alexander Walter 2016-08-01T19:21:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T22:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4mit5j0p69bpx0a0.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Missing L.A.&rsquo;s iconic, historic 6th Street Bridge? Never fear &ndash; soon you may be able to keep a piece of it for yourself. At &ldquo;Rock Day L.A.,&rdquo; an Aug. 13 event [...], officials will be handing out around 1,000 pieces of the demolished bridge for anyone to take home [...] Demolition crews have been steadily dismantling the bridge since February, after an alkali silica reaction in the concrete, known as &ldquo;concrete cancer,&rdquo; forced the city to move forward with a plan to replace it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147661460/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-slow-jams-101-freeway-closure-announcement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147903395/take-a-look-at-6-an-experimental-documentary-that-memorializes-the-recently-demolished-sixth-street-viaduct-in-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at "6," an experimental documentary that memorializes the recently-demolished Sixth Street Viaduct in LA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146816074/a-final-hurrah-for-l-a-s-sixth-street-viaduct" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59641528/hntb-maltzan-ac-martin-win-6th-street-bridge-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958556/editor-s-picks-450 Editor's Picks #450 Nam Henderson 2016-07-19T11:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T01:16:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qn/qn86jlhmqfs5hdwo.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/patrik_schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> penned an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>, wherein he makes the case for seeing Brexit as a chance to roll back the interventionist state and unleash entrepreneurial creativity.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> summed up "<em>Filed under, a case for neo/post deregulation and probable reregulation.</em>" For his part architect <a href="http://archinect.com/chriswilliamson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Williamson</a> responded with his own <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149957963/brexit-exposed-a-britain-divided-and-architects-must-now-redouble-our-efforts-to-be-at-the-forefront-of-quality-and-innovation-op-ed-by-chris-williamson-of-weston-williamson-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>, wherein he argues British architects/designers "<em>need to redouble our efforts to be at the forefront of quality and innovation...We all have to redouble our efforts to compete for investment from a wider world and not rely on Europe</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> published a two (<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149955321/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956364/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>) part interview with Deborah Natsios and John Young (of Natsios-Young Architects) behind the twenty year old project, Cryptome (and sister archive Cartome).&nbsp;The two are interested "<em>in decentralized zones where architecture and public infrastructures intersect</em>", democratic society, "<em>the corrosive apparatus of national security secrecy</em>" and how surveillance operates "<em>in the city?</em>"...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957665/shitting-bricks-researchers-experiment-with-making-concrete-from-sewage Shitting bricks: researchers experiment with making concrete from sewage Julia Ingalls 2016-07-13T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:38:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/up/up8f71yjbfuokfem.jpg" width="650" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Malaysia has too much sewage sludge and not enough concrete, a problem which naturally prompted an "aha!" moment among researchers. By burning and drying wet sewage sludge cake and then grinding and sieving the dry cake to produce Domestic Waste Sludge Powder (DWSP), the Malaysian researchers are attempting to create an additive that can be mixed with cement to produce concrete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5y/5yiodb7cbstjp2t6.jpg"></p><p>So far, they've found a mixture of between 3% to 15% DWSP in cement produces fairly strong concrete, although the higher percentage of DWSP, the less strong the concrete becomes. Variables abound: according to <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/researchers-try-making-conc7rete-hum7an-excr7ement/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this report</a>, higher incineration temperatures can produce better DWSP, and the more DWSP in the concrete, the higher the water absorption.</p><p>More waste-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935294/geotectura-s-zerohome-turns-waste-into-shelter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956791/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-08T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:12:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg" width="650" height="868" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjn5bdlzekwj9uig.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/conservatoire-of-music-dance-and-dramatic-arts-belfort2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts</a> in Belfort, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c9/c932cb8f9nxnez7t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/city-of-westminster-college/135701192" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Westminster College</a> in London, GB by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/68qy2skzkoy746yy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects/project/concrete-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in Johannesburg, South Africa by <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3afi1mejkajmhqu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/65641/tian-shan-mountain-house/149938238" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tian Shan Mountain House</a> in Almaty, Kazakhstan by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65641/audrey-matlock-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Audrey Matlock Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j6/j664bo8xtzb3rnoe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/73841048/antalya-aquarium/144175787" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antalya Aquarium</a> in Antalya, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/73841048/bahad-r-kul-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/of/ofm8nygt19yl4uxs.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/casa-nirau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Nirau</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: PCW</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4cighxxa67u6s44v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/office-building-with-super-market/149941129" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Building with Super Market</a> in Bielefeld, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a>; Photo: Csaba Mester</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e0n93vbqul6tdtmr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/aosarchitects/project/richards-medical-research-laboratory-renovations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richards Med...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956616/five-dead-after-eight-metre-concrete-wall-collapses-in-birmingham-england Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-07T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-07T17:49:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tm/tmcvnj2owxcvc127.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Police were called to the Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant at 8.45am today after a large concrete wall containing metal collapsed. Paramedics tried to free the men, including one who had suffered a heart attack, however West Midlands Police pronounced all five victims dead at the scene. A sixth man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries. The victims have yet to be identified.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Police investigation is underway, but next to nothing is known at the moment as to why the wall at a Birmingham recycling centre collapsed. Responding to the tragedy, Brian Rye of the construction union UCATT commented:&nbsp;&ldquo;Information on how and why this accident occurred is currently very limited. However this tragedy underlines that in dangerous industries it is imperative that the Health and Safety Executive plays an active and high profile role in ensuring safety is maintained.&rdquo;</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941443/berkeley-balcony-collapse-investigation-no-criminal-charges-from-the-da-but-five-contractors-could-face-license-revocation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation</a></li><li><a title='Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a title="Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884892/developer-and-architects-of-collapsed-taiwan-apartment-building-arrested" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested</a></li><li><a title="Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></li><li><a title="Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147446387/crane-collapses-in-manhattan-one-dead-and-two-seriously-injured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954862/to-pour-concrete-in-mid-summer-phoenix-wait-until-the-moon-comes-out To pour concrete in mid-summer Phoenix, wait until the moon comes out Alexander Walter 2016-06-29T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T23:03:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6rytu5lqy7s45is6.jpg" width="580" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of construction workers is pouring concrete onto the frame of a structure that will eventually become a wastewater treatment plant. It's 1 a.m. on a clear night in the suburbs of Phoenix. The temperature is still in the high 80s. But that's way down from the area's recent record high temperatures, up to 118 degrees. [...] "We try to pour and place and finish concrete when it's below 90 degrees," says Daniel Ward, the construction company's project director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137273636/l-a-s-urban-heat-island-effect-accounts-for-temperatures-up-to-19-degrees-hotter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s urban heat island effect accounts for temperatures up to 19 degrees hotter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91680625/can-phoenix-un-suburbanize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Phoenix un-suburbanize?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953071/an-ode-to-brutalism An ode to Brutalism Alexander Walter 2016-06-21T15:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:31:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism will never happen again. Our stock of Brutalism is limited, and sadly under constant attack. The demolition and &lsquo;refurbishment&rsquo; of great buildings by Rudolph, I M Pei, Denys Lasdun and other giants of the movement should be taken as seriously as would the loss of buildings by Donato Bramante, Christopher Wren or Frank Lloyd Wright. Brutalism deserves far better than the wrecker&rsquo;s ball: it was the pinnacle of world architecture through all of history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings #SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings Alexander Walter 2016-06-02T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg" width="650" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Surfing on this social media hype, the German Architecture Museum (DAM) and the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation have started using the hashtag #SOSBrutalism to make these buildings visible worldwide in order to contribute to saving those that are currently threatened. "Brutalism represents an anti-attitude, an anti-idyll," says campaign co-initiator Philip Kurz, of the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation. [...] The German Architecture Museum also plans to create an exhibition next year based on its online campaign.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Some 900 buildings - from London to Abidjan, from Tokyo to Caracas - are already documented on the website <a href="http://www.sosbrutalism.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sosbrutalism.org</a>. Among the structures featured in the database, some have already been demolished while others are currently endangered."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944693/new-glow-in-the-dark-cement-could-illuminate-roads-structures New glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate roads & structures Alexander Walter 2016-05-11T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:07:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y9/y9apn5a5brfl6gsf.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A scientist in Mexico has created glowing cement that absorbs solar energy during the day and emits light after sun-down. Claiming the engineered cement can last a hundred years, he says it could make roads and structures glow in the dark, cutting the cost of street-lighting. The patent is the first for Mexico&rsquo;s University of San Nicolas Hidalgo, says the researcher behind the invention, Dr. Jos&eacute; Carlos Rubio, according to Investigaci&oacute;n y Desarrollo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935858/upcycling-co2-into-a-concrete-competitor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Upcycling CO2 into a concrete competitor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934541/greg-lynn-the-future-of-glue-in-architecture-is-bright" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn: The future of glue in architecture is bright</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to turn Martian soil into concrete</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944474/kahn-brought-back-to-new-life-gorgeously-renovated-yale-center-for-british-art-due-to-reopen Kahn brought back to new life: gorgeously renovated Yale Center for British Art due to reopen Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg" width="650" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The greatest work of art at New Haven&rsquo;s Yale Center for British Art is arguably the landmark building itself&mdash;and Louis Kahn&rsquo;s last structure is due to reopen this month after a 16-month renovation of its public galleries and lecture hall, and an upgrade of its accessibility, security, mechanical and electrical systems. This is the third phase of a $33m conservation project that began in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"George Knight of Knight Architecture, who led the conservation work, says: &ldquo;The thing that kept me up at night was [thinking] how can we preserve the building, which is so architecturally rich, and do all this surgery so as not to disfigure the patient in any way?""</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxn9nmd0ch8m2lov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pq9viqq3j6d89dv9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abkzwimh2h9r7j01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dly896ai67zkfuaj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bs/bs47h8wuqd12z813.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4du9l6559a29yq2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/eksj1yb8goasvibj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eclef93zn5qg4rw3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0p627qdhmbzqdyi.jpg"></p><p>All images courtesy of the <a href="http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for British Art</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942171/yale-architecture-students-interview-dean-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137490508/deborah-berke-named-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture-will-succeed-robert-a-m-stern-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935858/upcycling-co2-into-a-concrete-competitor Upcycling CO2 into a concrete competitor Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-21T17:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:54:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/50/5036b5768f16639e8e65fec73f57aca8.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[UCLA's team of interdisciplinary researchers'] plan would be to create a closed-loop process: capturing carbon from power plant smokestacks and using it to create a new building material &mdash; CO2NCRETE &mdash; that would be fabricated using 3D printers. [...] &ldquo;We can demonstrate a process where we take lime and combine it with carbon dioxide to produce a cement-like material ... We&rsquo;re trying to develop a process solution, an integrated technology which goes right from CO2 to a finished product."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?</a></li><li><a title="Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133039152/bacteria-laden-concrete-helps-cracks-fix-themselves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves</a></li><li><a title='Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Concrete&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a title="China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete How to turn Martian soil into concrete Julia Ingalls 2016-01-07T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:47:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xfgvvex121bch8e8.jpg" width="650" height="575" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to the work of Lin Wan and pals at Northwestern University...these guys have worked out how to make Martian concrete using materials that are widely available on Mars. And, crucially, this concrete can be formed without using water, which will be a precious resource on the red planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more of Archinect's coverage of extra-terrestrial architectural news, check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138962693/nasa-launches-competition-for-structures-built-in-situ-using-martian-resources" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA launches competition for structures built in situ using Martian resources</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6afzxrz1d2rzp9n1.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05ujesycuovh9c6d.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132492446/esa-proposes-a-village-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESA proposes a village on the moon</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6cckppdehubt1mgr.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T12:17:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T11:31:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9e/9eda75057565e1ff2eb87acc1562d953.jpg" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s the legacy of Brutalism being such a negative term. It begins the conversation with negativity about these buildings, and this falls into the misreading of them as harsh, Stalinist, or some other kind of monstrous, mean architecture. The name plays into that mischaracterization that&rsquo;s grown around a lot of them. I think &ldquo;Heroic&rsquo;&rdquo; is a better title for what their actual aspirations were. The architects had a real sense of optimism. They were developing architecture for the civic realm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137728749/tarmac-has-invented-a-thirsty-concrete-to-help-mitigate-flooding Tarmac has invented a "thirsty concrete," to help mitigate flooding Nicholas Korody 2015-09-28T16:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T13:55:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/01/0187b43f924ea055ec7d3e530680fd5f.jpg" width="650" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During the first few weeks of August 2007, the American Midwest was devastated by heavy and repeated flash flooding as a result of Hurricane Dean and Tropical Storm Erin dumping massive amounts of rain on several states. And of the US$549 million or so in property damage that came from it, more than two-thirds was caused by water running off pavements or overflowing from drainage systems. So what's the solution?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alongside a video that's quickly circulating on social media, Tarmac has announced a new type of porous concrete meant to help mitigate flooding by absorbing water.<br><br>Capable of taking in some 4,000 litres in the first minute and an average of 600 liters per minute, per meter squared, the concrete has been named "Topmix Permeable."</p><p>The material comprises a permeable surface layer of large pebbles, with an "attenuation layer" below that diverts the water flow back to groundwater and drainage systems, helping to not only prevent flooding, but reduce waste as well.&nbsp;<br><br>Alas &ndash; the concrete wouldn't work in freezing temperatures, so it's only really applicable for regions that are both temperate and vulnerable to flooding.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.sciencealert.com/watch-this-new-thirsty-concrete-absorbs-4-000-litres-of-water-in-60-seconds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Science Alert</a><br><br>Check out the video below:<br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aw/aw9ztbemi6xrfmqc.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T19:57:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T15:16:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ea/eadd5274238b7570a16b59a6bed0b0ab.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldfinger&rsquo;s [brutalist] buildings were decreed &ldquo;soulless.&rdquo; Inhabitants claimed to suffer health problems and depression from spending time inside of them. Some of Goldfinger&rsquo;s buildings were vacated because occupants found them so ugly. Yet, architects praised Goldfinger&rsquo;s buildings. [...] This divide&mdash;this hatred from the public and love from designers and architects&mdash;tends to be the narrative around buildings like Goldfinger&rsquo;s. Which is to say, gigantic, imposing buildings made of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Roman Mars, host of the design-centric podcast "99% Invisible", blogs for Slate on the polarizing quality of brutalist architecture &ndash; beloved by architects and hated by pretty much everyone else. Discussing the history of concrete in building architecture, Mars also puts brutalism in perspective as a contested term, one that architects are still arguing about, and that is commonly interpreted by non-architects simply as "gigantic, imposing buildings made of concrete."</p><p>More on brutalist architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133537965/la-forum-releases-summer-newsletter-on-brutalism-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><li><a title="Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119980904/brutal-london-cutout-replicas-commemorate-iconic-brutalist-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark Justine Testado 2015-07-29T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:38:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/66/66jgnj56wkrnu8wm.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At what cost? The LAVA plan could be difficult to manage structurally, cost a significant amount of money and see Sirius occupants relocated anyway. But it could also be a more sustainable option than knocking down and rebuilding.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6o/6o5lhzvmnvggp7l7.jpg"><br><em>SIRIUS in 2014.</em></p><p>Alas, the curse of the "brutalist eyesore" continues with the <a href="http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/insidethecollection/2013/05/sirius-on-the-rocks/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">historic SIRIUS apartment building</a> in Sydney, designed by architect Tao (Theodore) Gofers in 1978-79. Adding a third option to the demolish-preserve debate that typically ensues, local architecture firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/52226868/lava-laboratory-for-visionary-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAVA</a> proposed the addition of "clip-on" curved balconies as an amenity upgrade that the firm says would spruce up the building's appearance while also preserve the original structure.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></p><p><a title="Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130791045/paul-rudolph-s-government-center-won-t-be-saved-despite-preservationist-pleas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas</a></p><p><a title="Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121446283/now-sitting-empty-brutalist-berkeley-art-museum-building-faces-unclear-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future</a></p><p><a title="Brutalism's Bullies" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101803501/brutalism-s-bullies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's Bullies</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133039152/bacteria-laden-concrete-helps-cracks-fix-themselves Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-29T17:06:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T22:00:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a5/a54666e9eba1ff46231eb4086ec008a8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inspired by the human body, Jonkers, who works at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, created self-healing concrete. He embeds the concrete with capsules of limestone-producing bacteria, either Bacillus pseudofirmus&nbsp;or&nbsp;Sporosarcina pasteurii, along with calcium lactate. When the concrete cracks, air and moisture trigger the bacteria to begin munching on the calcium lactate. They convert the calcium lactate to calcite, an ingredient in limestone, thus sealing off the cracks.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More concrete news:</p><ul><li><a title='Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"</a></li><li><a title='Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Concrete&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a title="Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?</a></li><li><a title="China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132288763/editor-s-picks-424 Editor's Picks #424 Nam Henderson 2015-07-20T09:23:00-04:00 >2015-07-20T14:08:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i8/i88rsr7s87o94vqt.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>News&nbsp;</strong><br>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that Zaha Hadid Architect's design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympic Stadium </a>would be scratched in favor of a complete redesign.&nbsp;Prior to the cancellation Tadao Ando (chairman of the design committee) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stated</a> "<em>We shouldn&rsquo;t drop Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s design, otherwise we&rsquo;ll lose credibility internationally</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/JaimeRobertsArchitect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jaime Roberts</a>&nbsp;believes "<em>The world is holding architects to higher expectations of budget control on projects...If you get paid millions for a design, you should be able to hire good cost estimators and value engineers.</em>"&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> was disappointed "<em>That's too bad, I thought the design was attractive.</em>" <strong>midlander</strong>&nbsp;argued "<em>Those who suggest that architects are shirking some responsibility here fail to observe that no one else is good at cost control either...Its simply unrealistic to expect a government to project realistic budgets; they would be rejected immediately.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;provided some local perspective "<em>It is most certainly very little about Zah...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party" Justine Testado 2015-07-15T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-06T09:01:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vj/vjyq89jijd3r55nt.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long inspired by historic modernist concrete structures throughout the last century, Mumbai-based product designers&nbsp;Nitin Barchha and Disney Davis of <a href="http://materialimmaterial.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Material Immaterial</a> made an artful ode to concrete's lasting architectural influence in <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/27507881/SPACES" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"SPACES"</a>, a collection of miniature blocks cleanly carved into charming homes.</p><p>The designers made each humble yet sophisticated abode using a particular concrete mix to replicate the material's smooth finish. Each of the nine pieces&nbsp;&mdash; which measure at 62 x 62 x 51 millimeters&nbsp;&mdash; has its own design of volumes and voids that enable numerous arrangements when grouped altogether in the central "Kund".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvru0jh1k0em1d92.jpg">&nbsp; <img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hk952hbyekclw520.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/ea7tqzex816y29rj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f28626ogvh15qrxj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/webfd9iijxfyxq2x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gka3w8uzp33osqra.jpg"></p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.ignant.de/2015/07/14/concrete-miniature-buildings-celebrate-classic-architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ignant</a></p><p>Check out more of these crafty architectural designs on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126538317/stephanie-clark-s-embroidered-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119347379/artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on-the-daily" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119424546/these-stalaclights-are-a-witty-tribute-to-the-forever-growing-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These "Stalaclights" are a witty tribute to the forever-growing skyscraper</a></p><p><a title="Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100938778/deconstructing-architectural-icons-with-gifs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!</a></p><p><a title='"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 Airbnb listings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89302472/birdbnb-exhibits-elaborate-birdhouse-replicas-of-over-50-airbnb-listings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings" Julia Ingalls 2015-06-24T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:49:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eh/eh3v8kq58sxsd4w1.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Modern architecture is a defining artistic form of the 20th century at considerable risk, often due to the cutting-edge building materials that characterized the movement." -Deborah Marrow</p></em><br /><br /><p>In news that will surely make <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/540461/prince-charles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prince Charles</a> sigh with displeasure, the Getty Foundation announced it is awarding $1.75 million of grants to help preserve 14 structures in the modern style, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4673/frank-lloyd-wright" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>&rsquo;s Unity Temple, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14374/walter-gropius" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a>&rsquo; residence &lsquo;The Gropius House,&rsquo; and the&nbsp;Rietveld Schr&ouml;der House. This is the second year the foundation has awarded the grants, and has chosen the buildings because (ironically)&nbsp;concrete as a building material has proven to be less than solid.&nbsp;&ldquo;The use of concrete, while visually striking and radical for its time, has created a unique set of challenges for conserving some of the world&rsquo;s most important modernist structures,&rdquo; noted Antoine Wilmering, a senior program officer at the Getty Foundation. &ldquo;Our new grants offer an excellent opportunity to advance research and conservation practices for this material. The accumulated knowledge that will result from the projects will be of tremendous benefit to the field.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9ylq832nkvdfa3b2.jpg"></p><p>While&nbsp;the&nbsp;first year's gra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-06-19T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-21T13:16:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yv/yvu8hfcn5xt7mja5.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mw/mw1qgomq4tg015u9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects/project/desert-courtyard-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Courtyard House</a> in Scottsdale, AZ by <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendell Burnette Architects</a>; Photo: Bill Timmerman photographs</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9p8eurgm5q13s9nr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/83908089/peribere-residence/120890549" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peribere Residence</a> in Miami Beach, FL by <a href="http://archinect.com/STRANGarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">[STRANG] Architecture</a>; Photo: Claudia Uribe-Touri</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rp/rppmn42wyjl9nmuy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/chrofi/project/lune-de-sang-sheds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lune de Sang Sheds</a> in NSW, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/chrofi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHROFI</a>; Photo: Brett Boardman Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ye/yelswdg8n2ggo5pv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/122080766/song-chu-bending-band/123784848" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Song-chu Bending Band</a> in Yangju, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/leau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L'EAU Design</a>; Photo: Park Wan-soon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4azqxb1xyj5tf6ni.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/19160/sebastopol-barn-house/115272742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barn House</a> in Sebastopol, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/andersonanderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anderson Anderson Architecture</a>; Photo: Anthony VIzzari, Anderson Anderson Architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7b55zwm1l2ahbxp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/st-edward-s-university-doyle-hall/109639525" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Edward's University Doyle Hall</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8zzlermy1d23f7y7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/106450501/deha-proje-office/120411221" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deha Proje Office</a> in Ankara, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/venarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ven Architecture</a>; Photo: Gurkan Akay...</p>