Archinect 2015-04-02T03:51:20-04:00 Jack White studied at the GSD, and other celebrities' hidden architectural pasts Julia Ingalls 2015-04-01T21:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T23:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In our Snapchat attention-span world, we forget that celebrities often had different careers before they became international superstars. Did you know that Brad Pitt once worked for Frank Gehry, or that Robert Irwin very nearly became an architect instead of an artist? Herewith, a look back at the design pasts of several major celebrities.</p><p>5. Alejandro Innaritu, Film Director</p><p>When Best Picture-winning Birdman was still just a one-shot dream in his subconscious, Alejandro Innaritu was the executive assistant to architect Josep Iluis Sert, helping him keep his calendar and gather materials for meetings with city planning officials. Innaritu frequently attributes his signature layered, non-linear and often narratively challenging storytelling to the early years spent managing a formidable and unrelenting schedule.</p><p>4. Elon Musk, TESLA</p><p>As an intern on the design of the flagship building of General Motors&rsquo; corporate HQ, Elon Musk picked up substantial design inspiration for his later career a...</p> The fascinating world of Grimm City Alexander Walter 2015-04-01T21:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T21:02:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Later this summer, London's Flea Folly Architects&mdash;Pascal Bronner &amp; Thomas Hillier&mdash;will be running a workshop in what they broadly call "narrative architecture" at the Tate Modern. "What would a town inhabited by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Man Ray look like?" they ask. [...] Their own project, Grimm City, is perhaps an example of what might result.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundations Taps NC Modernist Houses' Masters Gallery kimweiss 2015-04-01T20:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T20:54:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=7509835c-a888-4ec8-8155-3cc27f1ba9ae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation</a>&nbsp;(PRHF) in New York City has designated North Carolina Modernist Houses&rsquo; online archive as the official index for the residential work by the former dean of the Yale School of Architecture who inspired a generation of architects. &nbsp;</p><p>As the official archive,&nbsp;<a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=7509835c-a888-4ec8-8155-3cc27f1ba9ae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina Modernist Houses&nbsp;</a>(NCMH) will maintain and update the&nbsp;<a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=7509835c-a888-4ec8-8155-3cc27f1ba9ae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph section of its archive</a>&nbsp;as houses are sold, changed, or threatened. NCMH has modified the page to add the PRHF logo, link, and connection. The Heritage Foundation is now directing visitors to the NCMH website exclusively for Rudolph-designed houses.</p><p>&ldquo;This is an innovative and groundbreaking partnership between an architecture foundation and our Masters Gallery archives,&rdquo; said NCMH Executive Director George Smart. &ldquo;We are honored to be the official site for Paul Rudolph&rsquo;s residential work, which will allow the PRHF to devote more of its resources towards protecting and saving Rudolph&rsquo;s non-residential buildings across A...</p> Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #63 Justine Testado 2015-04-01T19:02:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T19:02:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's <em>Employer of the Day</em>. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, <em>Employer of the Day</em> is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p><p>In case you missed them, check out the latest <em>EOTD</em> features:</p><p>1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Booth Hansen</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Heitler Houstoun Architects</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>James Koster Architect</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring:<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Mid-level Designer / Vectorworks Drafter</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>4. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Project M Plus</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Full-time Mid-Level Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>5. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>James Cleary Architecture</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To follow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Employer of the Day</em></a>, like Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions Nicholas Korody 2015-04-01T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T20:28:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday imposed mandatory water restrictions for the first time on residents, businesses and farms, ordering cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce usage by 25%... [amounting] to roughly 1.5 million acre-feet of water (an acre-foot of water equals about 325,000 gallons) over the next nine months... "We're in a new era," Brown said. "The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that's going to be a thing of the past."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brown's executive order will also mandate:</p><ul><li>Require agriculture to report more on their water usage so as to better "enforce against illegal diversions and waste"</li><li>A ban on watering lawns on public street medians</li><li>Significant cuts in water use for large landscapes like universities, golf courses, and cemeteries.</li><li>Switching out some 50 million sq. ft. of lawn for "drought tolerant landscaping"</li><li>A temporary rebate program for consumers to replace their appliances with water efficient models</li><li>Prohibiting new homes and developments from using potable water in their irrigation systems unless using efficient drip irrigation systems</li></ul><p>Here's hoping these mandates are enough to somehow provide the <strong>11 trillion gallons of water</strong>&nbsp;that California needs to recover from this very real and unprecedented natural disaster...</p> Henry N. Cobb: Hypostyle 2015-04-01T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T17:37:19-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Learning from/in Latin America 2015-04-01T17:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T17:29:58-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bernard Khoury lectures at the University of Miami School of Architecture jp88 2015-04-01T16:22:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T17:20:10-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This week <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernard Khoury</a> gave a lecture at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Miami School of Architecture</a> as part of their &lsquo;Currents&rsquo; lecture series.&nbsp; &lsquo;Currents&rsquo; casts a wide net of different speakers with varying topics, but usually focused on work being done in the present.&nbsp; Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury gave a warm welcome to the lecture hall, introducing Bernard as a fellow Lebanese architect and Rhode Island School of Design Alumnus, and that in their native Beirut; Bernard has achieved a status of a &ldquo;rock star&rdquo; or &ldquo;national treasure&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Khoury (Bernard) began his lecture with a brief history of his life and his personal connections to war-torn Beirut.&nbsp; From 1975 &ndash; 1990 is engaged in a period of violence and upheaval, with various parts of the city suffering vast amounts destruction.&nbsp; The work he presents, whether academic, professional, or as visual art, is a reaction to the events that occurred and the ill-fated reconstruction plans that never materialized for the city.&nbsp; His academic project, &ldquo;Evolv...</p> "The Hole Idea" celebrates the simple joys of creating "spontaneous architecture" Justine Testado 2015-04-01T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T15:19:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural design can be as playful as a child's imagination and still be taken seriously. Coated in a sunny yellow and candy-colored circular openings, "The Hole Idea -- Now in Technicolor" in Winnipeg is a snow tunnel that may seem like a kids-only zone at first glance, but is an engaging installation that can spark the curiosity of anyone who is trudging by in the snow. Since it was first installed in January after winning the popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warming Huts 2015 competition</a>, The Hole Idea has attracted visitors of all ages. The project's success continues with its recent win of an Ontario Association Of Architects Award.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by Toronto-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weiss Architecture + Urbanism</a>, the playful concept for The Hole Idea -- which was named after a 1955 Looney Tune animation of the same name -- evokes childhood memories of Saturday morning cartoons, colorful playgrounds, and building snow forts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The firm worked alongside Blackwell Engineering and the Canada Culvert fabrication team to complete th...</p> Israel okays plan of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-01T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T16:24:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I had doubts about accepting this project. I didn&rsquo;t want to become a pawn for politicians, but the residents gave me a mandate. The public understood that it could act collectively in order to improve its situation - Architect</p></em><br /><br /><p>Project's architect <a href=";_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senan Abdelkader&nbsp;</a>is well known to NY Times a few years back via Nicolai Ouroussoff.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A distinct aesthetic language from Senan Abdelkader: an apartment building in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem.</em></p><p><em><img alt="" src=""></em></p><p><em>An apartment building, designed by Senan Abdelkader, in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem</em></p><p>Let's just say this is not another maneuver by Netanyahu government to ease off the international pressure on Israeli-Palestinian relations.</p> Curbing violence through better architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T13:52:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alastair Graham hopes Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading, an initiative of the government of Cape Town, South Africa, will end better. He calls the effort, which has been revamping areas around train stations since 2006, part of &ldquo;a package of potential solutions &hellip; either improving safety, or improving socioeconomic situation, or improving quality of life.&rdquo; The project is aimed at curbing violence by augmenting the public spaces in which violent crime frequently occurs [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas on the Smart Landscape and Intelligent Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-04-01T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T22:30:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture has entered into a new engagement with digital culture and capital&mdash;which amounts to the most radical change within the discipline since the confluence of modernism and industrial production in the early twentieth century. Yet this shift has gone largely unnoticed, because it has not taken the form of a visible upheaval or wholesale transformation. To the contrary: It is a stealthy infiltration of architecture via its constituent elements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this brief but sweeping consideration of the place of architecture under today's "digital regime," Koolhaas displays (again) his unique insightfulness.</p><p>Here are some highlights:</p><ul><li>"For thousands of years, the elements of architecture were deaf and mute&mdash;they could be trusted. Now, many of them are listening, thinking, and talking back, collecting information and performing accordingly."</li><li>"The tech world&rsquo;s gradual colonization of architecture is taking place without the collaboration of its host. As technology triumphs, architecture is simply left behind."</li><li>"With safety and security as selling points, the city is becoming vastly less adventurous and more predictable. To save the city, it may have to be destroyed. . . ."</li><li>"In the service of the ubiquitous digital regime, a hyper-Cartesian order is being imposed on the countryside, paradoxically leaving the city to take on the poetic and arbitrary appearance once reserved for the pastoral."</li><li>"If the digital is about to deliver us to a sensor cul...</li></ul> Get Lectured: Cal Poly Pomona, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-04-01T12:43:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T12:53:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our latest poster comes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California State&nbsp;Polytechnic University, Pomona</a> Department of Architecture. Their Spring '15 Architecture Lecture Series starts this Friday, April 3.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All lectures to take place @ the IDC,&nbsp;Building 89A at 12:00 p.m., unless&nbsp;otherwise noted.* Lectures may take place at an alternate location TBD. Open to the public.</p><p>April 3<br>David Freeland / Freeland Buck</p><p>April 10<br>Andrew Kovacs / UCLA AUD</p><p>April 17<br>Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena / Escher GuneWardena Architecture</p><p>April 24<br>Leo Marmol / Marmol Radziner Architects*</p><p>May 8<br>Dwayne Oyler...</p> Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-01T09:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T13:29:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Walking into the enormous Hercules building on UCLA&rsquo;s IDEAS campus, in the tech-infused suburb of Playa Vista, feels a bit like a traveling through a rip in space-time. The Hercules building is a giant airplane hangar &ndash; now, it&rsquo;s neighbor to YouTube&rsquo;s offices and a twin hangar where film studios stage scenes for steroidal Hollywood blockbusters like Transformers and Avatar, and formerly, it housed Howard Hughes&rsquo; Spruce Goose. And since last fall, the hangar has played host to another audacious promise of transportation technology: the Hyperloop.</p> Archinect Project Collections presents your Folly 2015 proposals! Justine Testado 2015-03-31T20:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T19:23:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent conclusion</a> of the official Folly 2015 competition, Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> invited everyone who participated to share their entries by posting them right on their Archinect profiles.</p><p>We already started our Folly 2015 list, which you can now check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Here's a little preview at some of the Folly 2015 entries we've added so far:</p><p><strong><a title="KaleidoScape - Folly 2015" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KaleidoScape by Mazdak Jafarain, Shima Mlabadi, Gregory Serweta </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong><a title="FOLLY 2015: MERRY-GO-GROUND" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MERRY-GO-GROUND by Julien Leyssene </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong><a title="The Anamorphic Hut / Folly 2015" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Anamorphic Hut by OP.AL w/ HiJac</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mochi by Hou de Sousa</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong><a title="Folly 2015 : Scroll" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scroll by derek pirozzi </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong><a title="Folly 2015: so&#862;o&#712;p&#601;rflo&#862;o&#601;s SHED" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">so&#862;o&#712;p&#601;rflo&#862;o&#601;s SHED by Alfredo Pimentel </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong><a title="Remnant, Folly 2015" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Remnant by Atelier of Digital Design (ADD) </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong><a title="Balloon Swing, Folly 2015" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balloon Swing by Lockhart Krause Architect </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>If you haven't gotten the chance to upload your project to be added to the list, no problem. Project Collections is ongoing, so we'll continuously add more proposals as you post them onto your Archinect profiles.</p><p><strong>TO SHARE YOUR COMPETITION ENTRY:</strong></p><p>Simply create an Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">people</a> or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">firm</a> profile. Just click the "Log in/Join" button on the l...</p> Detroit's P. Funk-inspired Mothership is ready to get the party started Justine Testado 2015-03-31T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T09:56:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Most people would probably be envious of the lucky DJs that got to spin tunes in The Mothership (I know I am). Ann Arbor-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anya Sirota + AKOAKI</a> looked to legendary funk collective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P-Funk</a> and their iconic album <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mothership Connection</a></em> to design the swanky modular DJ and broadcast booth for Detroit's North End neighborhood and its local music scene.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Akoaki created The Mothership to mark the start of the collaborative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O.N.E. Mile</a> initiative, which brings together architects, designers, and artists to revive the public spaces along historic Oakland Avenue for a series of experimental cultural events all year long. The Mothership made its debut during O.N.E. Mile's free (and unprecedented) Mothership Launch event this past October, where 12 honorary members of Parliament-Funkadelic did a special live performance in an empty garage on Oakland Avenue. The mobile unit is still stationed there but has more future public appearances in tow.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Mothership is constructed by an aluminu...</p> The 2015 Core77 Design Awards 2015-03-31T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T19:24:24-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dean’s Lecture Series: Joshua Prince-Ramus delivers the MCHAP Lecture 2015-03-31T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T19:17:42-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AA Athens Visiting School 2015 2015-03-31T19:06:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T19:06:36-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AA Istanbul Visiting School 2015 2015-03-31T19:06:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T19:06:48-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Construction in Seoul’s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story – amid safety concerns Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T18:35:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the completion of the 100th floor, Lotte Group invited a group of reporters on Thursday to take a peek at the Lotte World Tower, still under-construction, in Jamsil, southern Seoul. The building is currently the tallest building in Korea. [...] While the view is awe-inspiring, the fate of the Lotte World Tower hangs in balance, especially after the 2014 Sewol disaster which resulted in more than 300 people dead.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></p> A Couple Travels the World in Search of "the Human City" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T20:41:38-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Fernando Casado and Paula Garc&iacute;a, the founders of the Towards the Human City project, [are] travelling the world to find how cities are trying to be more people-oriented...Trends like smart cities make us believe that large structures are needed to change urban spaces, yet there are countless examples of transformative bottom-up initiatives that have come from a simple idea and flourished without public money. It is this citizen-led type of urbanism that they hope to highlight and champion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UCLA professor and "parking guru" Donald Shoup to retire Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T17:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T12:47:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 41 years of teaching at UCLA, Donald Shoup, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will retire on June 30. [...] Shoup is widely known as the &ldquo;parking guru&rdquo; whose ideas on parking policies have been implemented in cities around the world. His influential book, "The High Cost of Free Parking" ... has led a growing number of cities to adapt new policies for parking requirements and to charge fair market prices for curb parking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parking is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic factor</a> in determining how cities in the U.S. look and function, and no one knows that better than Donald Shoup. Any parking study worth its salt is indebted to Shoup's research.</p> UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T17:23:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T17:24:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The lightweight "Better Shelter" was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the ...UNHCR... Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for 3 years &mdash; far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which last about 6 months.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the Verge article notes, the announcement comes at a time when there are nearly 4 million people left without homes from the ongoing wars in Syria alone. Globally, there are 45.2 million people currently displaced by conflict and persecution according to a UNHCR <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>. And even that number doesn't account for the millions currently being displaced by drought, famine, rising sea levels, resource scarcity or other ecological disasters.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Ikea Foundation's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Better Shelter"</a> houses comprise three individual parts: the frame, the panels, and the photo voltaic system. They can be assembled on site without any additional tools or equipment. While lightweight and transportable, the units are designed to last three years. The solar panels charge an LED light that can be used at night for four hours or to charge a mobile phone.</p><p>In an article posted last year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a>, I consider other design projects addressing the global refugee crisis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case Justine Testado 2015-03-31T15:32:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T17:12:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials have offered a $170,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the arsonist behind the blaze that consumed a seven-story building in the Da Vinci apartment complex and damaged the freeway and neighboring buildings. Investigators believe the suspect 'torched that building up from the freeway side and then escaped'...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Well, L.A. fire officials are revealing <em>some</em> details. The L.A. Times reports that L.A. Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Ruda informed Echo Park neighborhood council members last week that authorities have surveillance footage allegedly showing the suspect of the fire that engulfed a 7-story structure in the Da Vinci apartment complex last December. A few weeks later, federal investigators <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">determined the fire was arson</a>. City officials estimate the December blaze caused between $25 million-$30 million in damage.</p><p>Ruda described that the footage shows the suspect parking their vehicle on the 110 Freeway and then walking into the half-built structure with cans of fuel. While the suspect is said to still be at large, the LAFD and law enforcement are continuing further investigation into the case. However, further details of collected evidence are not currently being released "to protect the integrity of the investigation," according to Ruda.</p><p>Footage of the possible suspect has not been...</p> Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T14:06:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:51:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Glasgow-based Page\Park Architects have been appointed from a shortlist of five companies who bid for the role. They will now start work on a detailed plan for restoration. Work is expected to begin in spring 2016 with hopes for academic access from 2017/2018. The art school is continuing efforts to raise &pound;20m to pay for the restoration of the Mackintosh and its contents. [...] They were lead designers for the Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project from 2007-2009.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If all goes to plan, the library that was damaged by a fire in May of last year will reopen for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Glasgow School of Art has provided additional information regarding Page\Park's restoration and working relationship with the School in a press release, presented here in a slightly condensed form:</p><p>"The Glasgow-based architects have an extensive track record in both restoring and reinvigorating major historic buildings.&nbsp; They have also worked across the spectrum of Mackintosh's designs from the domestic at the Hillhouse, through commercial at the former Glasgow Herald offices - now the Lighthouse, to his finest cultural and academic work at the School of Art itself &nbsp;- as lead designers for the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project (2007-9)<br><br><em>&ldquo;The team assembled by Page \ Park Architects impressed us not only with their deep knowledge of the building, but of the wider work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh,&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>says Professor Tom In...</p> Google doodle honors Eiffel Tower's 126th opening anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T13:55:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:03:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower, one of Paris's most visited attractions, welcoming almost seven million visitors per year, was completed 126 years ago today - and there's a Google Doodle to mark the anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the <em>Telegraph</em> quote above, the Eiffel Tower was actually completed on March 15. Today's anniversary honors the <em>public opening</em> on March 31, 1889.</p><p>Joyeux anniversaire, old friend!</p> Gehry's new Facebook campus opens for business Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T23:37:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the Facebook building is something different. [...] For one, it&rsquo;s more subdued. ... Gehry held back for Facebook. &ldquo;From the start, Mark wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact, and cost effective,&rdquo; Gehry says in statement, referring to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. &ldquo;He did not want it overly designed.&rdquo; [...] The open floor plan has become a cliche. But Facebook helped set the cliche&mdash;and it takes the idea so much further than most.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mountain Wood by Walker Warner Architects Thomas Hendricks 2015-03-31T12:53:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T12:53:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Mountain Wood residence comprises separate buildings arranged to create a variety of complementary indoor-outdoor spaces accommodating varied living experiences. A barn frames the stone entry of the residence beyond. Reminiscent of regional agrarian compounds in form and function, the buildings are defined by their strong asymmetrical lines. A material palette of stone and western red cedar is contrasted by contemporary elements of exposed steel, and large expanses of glass.</p> Screen/Print #30: SOILED's "Cloudscrapers" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T09:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T19:55:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>SOILED</strong></a> is back, dirtier than ever. Our first-ever&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Screen/Print</em></strong></a>&nbsp;featured <strong>SOILED'</strong>s <em><a href="" target="_blank">Windowscrapers</a></em>,&nbsp;and for its next issue, the Chicago-based publication devoted to making &ldquo;a mess of the built environment and the politics of space&rdquo; set it sights a bit higher up. After scraping the windows, it gazes to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Cloudscrapers</a></em>, centering its architectural storytelling into the upper reaches of our atmosphere.</p>