Archinect - News 2015-11-25T17:36:30-05:00 Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design Nicholas Korody 2015-11-05T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:49:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the issues of serving openly in the military and same-sex marriage now largely resolved, the fight for all-gender restrooms has emerged as the latest civil rights issue in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) community &mdash; particularly the &ldquo;T&rdquo; part. Schools and universities (...), museums (...), restaurants (...) and even the White House (...) are recasting the traditional men&rsquo;s/women&rsquo;s room, resulting in a dizzying range of (often creative) signage and vocabulary.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Building a collaborative practice: Caroline Bos of UNStudio lectures at LACMA Justine Testado 2015-10-30T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T20:06:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Students and professionals nearly filled up the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Tuesday night to listen to guest lecturer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caroline Bos</a>, co-founder and principal urban planner of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>. Bos spoke about UNStudio&rsquo;s design process that continues to shift even after her 27 years of practice with co-founder Ben van Berkel and their growing international office. In highlighting a selection of the firm's projects, she outlined their focus on collaborative, research-driven design, with the ultimate goal to consistently create inventive, inclusive and &ldquo;socially aware&rdquo; architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Caroline Bos and&nbsp;Ben van Berkel of UNStudio.</em></p><p>To frame the discussion of UNStudio's design methods, Bos began her lecture by quoting from Richard Sennett&rsquo;s 2008 book, <em>The Craftsman</em>. &ldquo;Knowledge is gained in the hand through touch and movement," and, "Technical understanding develops through the powers of imagination&rdquo;. According to Bos, the quotes in an architectural context describe the int...</p> Seeking identity through city fonts Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:17:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Decimated by manufacturing losses, some smaller cities are turning for help to an unlikely group of people: typeface designers. Can new fonts really breathe life into the postindustrial city? [...] Type has a lot of effect on the atmosphere of a place, he says, calling it &ldquo;the voice of the city&rdquo;: &ldquo;I think cities that don&rsquo;t have this very dynamic energy, they don&rsquo;t feel the need to change their identity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> HdM's Triangle skyscraper continues to divide Paris over its historic identity Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T12:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-29T09:41:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alexandre Gady, conservationist, historian of French architecture and professor of modern architecture at the Sorbonne, argues that changing or &ldquo;renewing&rdquo; Paris diverts from its real need to look outwards. Paris, he says, is a &ldquo;finished&rdquo; city that does not need improving or anything more doing to it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not that we should be doing this or that &ndash; we should not be doing anything in central Paris ... any plan is a diversion from the need of the city to grow outwards,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected</a></p> The Cyprus 2014 Venice Biennale pavilion seeks the island’s identity through architectural allegory Justine Testado 2014-05-28T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:03:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="540" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cyprus took an allegorical approach with their 2014 Venice Biennale pavilion, titled the "Anatomy of the Wallpaper". Curated by architects Michael Hadjistyllis and Stefanos Roimpas, the Wallpaper symbolizes the reconstruction of the island's complex national identity that has been affected by outside influences throughout its history. To convey Cyprus' multi-layered history, the pavilion will be covered in the timeless and appropriate medium of collages.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details about the pavilion on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Details into the Korean Peninsula’s “Crow’s Eye View” pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-05-27T20:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:03:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the Korean Peninsula's response to the 2014 Venice Biennale theme of rediscovering national identity through architecture, the "Crow's Eye View" pavilion explores the divided state of North and South Korea, and extends that discussion to the global state of architecture itself. The multi-themed pavilion uses architecture as a key to discovering new narratives of the peninsula's complex past, present, and future in an architectural and social perspective.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find details of the pavilion on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>A rare look at North Korean architecture, brought to you by non-Koreans</strong></a></p> Latino Placemaking: How the Civil Rights Movement Reshaped East LA Alexander Walter 2014-03-25T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T22:06:42-04:00 <img src="" width="504" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Latino Placemaking goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination. The Latino quest for cultural identity parallels the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960&rsquo;s and early 1970&rsquo;s, which has its genesis in protests &ndash; many of which were carried out in public spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> London's Current Obsession: Its Own Identity Crisis Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-03-12T19:19:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is London in danger of losing its soul? The question may sound melodramatic, but this is just what many of the British capital&rsquo;s commentariat have been discussing over the past few days. [...] Barely a day goes by without a local news story about the phenomenal rise of London property values. In just the past few weeks, we've learned that price levels are "approaching madness." [...] London buyers start to bid consistently 25 percent above the asking price.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-14T18:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T19:53:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last night on the bucolic hilltop campus of Occidental College, Los Angeles Mayor&nbsp;Eric Garcetti spoke with the Los Angeles <em>Times</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, about the state of L.A. urbanism. This broad topical platform positioned Hawthorne's interview not as a political interrogation, nor as a staged public appearance, but as a relaxed discourse for Garcetti to mention policy while riffing on the kind of place he believes L.A. is becoming. You can review Archinect's live-tweets of the event <a href=";src=typd&amp;f=realtime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The discourse of L.A. urbanism is often bogged down by insufficient comparisons and false dichotomies -- sprawl vs. density, cyclists vs. drivers, liberals vs. libertarians, east vs. west, etc. -- that doggedly try to force the region into the conventions of other, completely incomparable cities. Early on, Hawthorne made clear that "Los Angeles" has to be thought of on the "regional scale", and shouldn't copy the developmental models of radically different cities. Garcetti ce...</p> Calatrava's Transit Hub adds background to NY's new driver’s licenses Archinect 2013-03-18T16:00:00-04:00 >2013-03-19T18:19:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the old-school images might seem odd, the new production method and a barrage of features both seen and unseen will make the licenses, officials say, virtually impossible to forge.</p></em><br /><br /><p> New York has unveiled a new design for their driver&rsquo;s licenses, showcasing Santiago Calatrava's WTC Transit Hub in the background.</p> Can a Font Help a City Make a Comeback? Alexander Walter 2012-03-08T13:26:00-05:00 >2012-03-09T12:27:38-05:00 <img src="" width="450" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Around the world, only a few hundred people make a living as fulltime typeface designers. Two of them happen to live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, population 167,000, where they've embarked on an ambitious project to distill the city's artistic and entrepreneurial spirit into a font called Chatype. The goal is to help the city and its businesses forge a distinct and cohesive identity through custom typeface [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>