Archinect 2015-07-04T06:21:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a Trust for Public Land initiative will soon bring greener alleys to L.A. Justine Testado 2015-07-03T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T19:03:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ew0t2ffr1j0o53bt.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the project is scaled up, it could have a substantial impact on the urban fabric: Los Angeles has a total of almost 900 miles of alleys, roughly the length of the coast of California. Proponents believe that on a citywide scale, green alleys could act as significant rainwater sponges, mitigate the heat island effect, and reduce vehicle use, as well as bring social and health benefits to nearby residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tori Kjer, a program director of the Trust for Public Land, and her colleagues won support from local South L.A. communities for their proposed Avalon Green Alley Network Plan, which will transform the city's alleyways into more community-friendly spaces for playing and for bike and walking routes. The plan will start with the renovation of two alleys early next year.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131039979/0-to-1-approaches-special-needs-design-differently 0 to 1 approaches special needs design differently Alexander Walter 2015-07-03T18:18:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T18:34:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e8415f06a17134775ac8a0723925102.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most planners and architects can speak volumes about accessibility requirements [...]. Tamara Petrovic and Garner Oh, partners of the architecture and design firm 0 to 1, are intimately aware of such needs. To address their son&rsquo;s difficulty with balance and motor skills, the pair developed a range of products for the home that transform his living environment into a safe and appealing space for all members of the family and resist the institutional aesthetic often seen in special needs products.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/firms/project/130377528/a-battle-is-raging-even-you-re-not-awared-of-it-cardboard-pavilion-for-fallas-festival/130378343 A battle is raging even you're not awared of it - cardboard pavilion for fallas festival by pink intruder miguel arraiz 2015-07-03T16:50:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T16:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ww/wwof82hotiphntkc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pink Intruder&nbsp;has designed for the occasion of the annual traditional festival called &ldquo;<strong>Fallas</strong>&rdquo; held in&nbsp;<strong>Valencia</strong>&nbsp;in March, a structure made of 3,000 corrugated hexagonal cardboard boxes.</p><p>For five days, the corrugated cardboard pavilion occupied a plot of space in a tree-lined plaza, standing completely on its own with some of its lower hexagonal boxes filled with soil to properly anchor the structure to avoid movements due to windy condition.&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;The pavilion represented a cave, a refuge,&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;.</p><p>At the entrance of the structure, visitors are greeted with a explanatory text of the idea was shown</p><p><em>&ldquo;A battle is raging even if&nbsp; I&acute;m not aware of it. It is raging wether I like it or not.</em></p><p><em>I want to hide, disappear, run away from here.I want to return to my shelter but I can not, they will not let me. Do not know them, not the face they have, only know they are using weapons against words, threats against arguments, fears against dreams, fear is their great weapon and I can not feel safe anymore.</em></p><p><em>What if...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131024735/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-glass-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Glass" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-07-03T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T14:24:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7vda86l1x16pb23.jpg" width="514" height="384" 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 <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/glass/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Glass</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2o4mb5dio53jqwd5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/77311796/house-at-niihama/130447471" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Niihama, Japan by <a href="http://archinect.com/yamauchiarc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keikichi Yamauchi</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/ypbr6vr3r5ak6dep.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/richard-bauer/project/meinel-optical-sciences-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meinel Optical Sciences Building</a> in Tucson, AZ by <a href="http://archinect.com/richard-bauer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rich&auml;rd+bauer architecture, llc</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isngdoi36i6czpjv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/62341677/little-red-elisabeth-irwin/129106680" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Little Red Elisabeth Irwin</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/abastudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">abastudio / Andrew Bartle Architects</a>; Photo: Durston Saylor Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w4/w4dbq63nmp340523.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/68968125/starhill-gallery/128147101" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starhill Gallery</a> in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by <a href="http://archinect.com/sparkarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARK</a>; Photo: Lin Ho, Tim Nolan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/momgza5kfd9ptgdw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/urbanprojectsbureau/project/a-hard-working-house2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Hard Working House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/urbanprojectsbureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Projects Bureau</a>; Photo: Richard Leeney</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rd/rdydzloxe914dxah.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/42410/bitexco-financial-tower/125887881" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bitexco Financial Tower</a> in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42410/carlos-zapata-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlos Zapata Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0htigscuj89maz4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/27420952/office-machelen/128105335" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office</a> in Machelen, Belgium by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/27420952/wil-ma-architectenbureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wil-Ma Architectenbureau</a>; Photo: Stijn Bollaert</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yx22l9o0pw6gqtwz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/1490/ratner-residence/127721533" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ratner Residence</a> in California by <a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>; Photo: Roger ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131023128/salt-releases-global-tools-1973-1975 SALT releases "Global Tools 1973-1975" Orhan Ayyüce 2015-07-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T14:03:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6iy2yxm3iagz5m72.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am so pleased to announce that Global Tools is now out. Edited by Valerio Borgonuovo and Silvia Franceschini, contributions by Manola Antonioli, Valerio Borgonuovo, Alison J. Clarke, Beatriz Colomina, Silvia Franceschini, Maurizio Lazzarato, Franco Raggi, Simon Sadler, and Alessandro Vicari. If Graham Foundation wants to "like" it, there is a facebook page -Vasif Kortun, SALT</p></em><br /><br /><p>GLOBAL TOOLS &nbsp;1973-1975</p><p>In January 1973, a gathering took place in Milan at the editorial office of the magazine &lsquo;Casabella,&rsquo; involving, among others, the architects and designers Ettore Sottsass Jr., Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Riccardo&nbsp;Dalisi, Remo Buti, Ugo La Pietra, Franco Raggi, Davide Mosconi, and members of the groups Archizoom, 9999, Superstudio, UFO and&nbsp;Zziggurat. Together with the conceptual artists and intellectuals Franco Vaccari, Giuseppe Chiari, Luciano Fabro and Germano Celant, they founded Global Tools - a system of workshops that would last until 1975.</p><p>For the first time in the forty years that have passed since its formation, the experience of the Global Tools counter-school has been brought together in book form by <a href="http://saltonline.org/en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SALT</a>, uniting the images and archive documents that were produced over the few short years of its existence. This volume is compiled to chronicle and evaluate the three years of seminar activity that took place between Florence, Milan and Naples i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131021521/detroit-issues-arrest-for-vandal-shepard-fairey Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-03T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T18:46:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f25f8uojoooagi8b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World famous street artist Shepard Fairey - the man whose &ldquo;Hope&rdquo; poster massively boosted Obama&rsquo;s 2008 presidential campaign &ndash; has described an attempt to arrest him by Detroit police as &ldquo;hilarious&rdquo; after he was commissioned to do a mural in the city. Last night authorities issued an arrest warrant for Fairey, 45, on graffiti charges with Police Sergeant Rebecca McKay issuing a statement warning: &ldquo;Just because he&rsquo;s a well-known artist does not take away from the fact that he is also a vandal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit's most recent charge against Fairey is for damages amounting to $9,100, caused by nine of Fairey's works. Detroit police are asking that he turn himself in, and say that he'll be arrested should he ever return to Detroit. Fairey doesn't seem to be phased, calling the charges "hilarious".&nbsp;Throughout his career, Fairey has been arrested 17 times.&nbsp;</p><p>More accounts of so-called "vandalism", both solicited and not:</p><ul><li><a title="Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121203889/detroit-s-struggle-to-distinguish-between-graffiti-boo-and-murals-yay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)</a></li><li><a title="Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Kant is a moron&quot; graffitied on the philosopher's home " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></li><li><a title="Art Critic or Vandal?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60170/art-critic-or-vandal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Critic or Vandal?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/blog/article/131012682/a-world-of-difference A World of Difference Vincent DeFazio 2015-07-03T12:47:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T00:20:38-04:00 <p><strong><em>2 WTC Finalizes Ground Zero's Masterplan</em></strong></p><p>September 11, 2001 will forever be ingrained in the minds of all Americans and many others around the world. &nbsp;It was on this day that America lost its sense of safety and became more vulnerable than it ever had before. &nbsp;Almost 15 years later, the memories still seem recent and the pain has yet to substantially subside but the proud people of the United States have progressed and life has continued. &nbsp;Shortly after Ground Zero had been cleared, the abysmal scars sent residual shockwaves through those that watched the towers crumble on that somber day. &nbsp;It was determined that in good American fashion, life needed to proceed and the scars that we wore would have to be dressed to heal and grow once again. &nbsp;Shortly thereafter the masterplan for the site of the horrific tragedy was set and the buildings began to sprout up shrouding the two deep cuts that remained in place as a reminder to never forget what happened and the pain that accompanied. &nbsp;</p><p>Fas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130972585/could-google-s-sidewalk-labs-help-alleviate-urban-city-problems Could Google's Sidewalk Labs help alleviate urban city problems? Justine Testado 2015-07-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t7jeaj3kktvpdy0.jpg" width="514" height="195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this inevitable dichotomy between data and real life that will likely define [Google's] Sidewalk Labs...There&rsquo;s a naivety to their worldview that might help to get things done inside a company but could prove a hurdle to progress in the public realm. Yes, the region does need more housing, but the politics of how, where, and when that housing is built are far more nuanced than Google can apparently handle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cloud of speculation surrounding Google as of late only grows bigger with the tech giant's&nbsp; recent launch of its independent start-up, <a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>. Charging further into Google's real-world endeavors, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/technology/sidewalk-labs-a-start-up-created-by-google-has-bold-aims-to-improve-city-living.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"urban innovation company"</a> vies "to improve city life for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" like curbing energy use, creating more affordable housing, cutting pollution, and streamlining transportation. Could Sidewalk Labs potentially ease the growing pains of real-life urban cities, or is Google just spewing more technocratic rhetoric?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131012683/employers-have-greater-leeway-on-unpaid-internships-court-rules Employers Have Greater Leeway on Unpaid Internships, Court Rules b3tadine[sutures] 2015-07-03T11:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T12:33:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rd/rd9br2hca9hwg5m1.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Employers have considerable leeway to use unpaid interns legally when the work serves an educational purpose...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Writing for a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge John M. Walker Jr. held that the Labor Department&rsquo;s criteria were both out of date and not binding on federal courts.</em></p><p><em>He argued that the proper way to determine workers&rsquo; status was to apply a &ldquo;primary beneficiary test&rdquo; &mdash; a concept proposed by Fox in which the worker can be considered an employee only if the employer benefits more from the relationship than the intern.</em></p><p><em>Judge Walker wrote that he and his fellow judges on the panel &ldquo;agree with defendants that the proper question is whether the intern or the employer is the primary beneficiary of the relationship.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>He further argued that the test should hinge largely on the internship&rsquo;s educational benefits: for example, whether the internship was tied to the intern&rsquo;s formal schooling and whether it occurred in an educational setting.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T21:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlrh13jga33v6bam.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the drought is a gusher for a growing number of tech startups in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, the buzzy term for the trend of connecting devices and data in the physical realm to the Internet. Getting more sensors into the environment will help thousands of farms, businesses and cities figure out where water is going and how it can be diverted for the most efficient use. Agriculture is the area most ripe for collecting more and higher-quality data.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36 Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T20:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:00:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2ojh6bs014pj194z.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, we dip into the swamp of whether so-called "poor doors" (separate entrances for affordable and market-rate housing tenants) are discriminatory, highlighting discussion points made in the wake of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's decision to make them illegal</a>. We also follow up on the investigation into a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">balcony collapse in Berkeley, California</a> that led to six deaths, and ask Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions' Legal Correspondent, what legal recourse is possible for everyone involved.</p><p>Virtual built environment wizards Thomas Hirschmann and Anthony Murray, founders of documentation and preservation firm <a href="http://www.thethirdfate.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Third Fate</a>, also join us for an interview. Their work seeks to document, preserve and activate the built environment through virtual realities.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Poor Doors of Perception":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130966166/ball-nogues-and-other-la-artists-unveil-public-art-commissions-at-lax Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T19:29:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd8cbfd9a5c22a7f615c5bfe7360a078.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX debuted this week three new public art commissions designed to greet departing and arriving passengers and provide a measure of calm and reflection amid the chaos of air travel. The&nbsp;artists involved&nbsp;all have strong ties to Los Angeles -- Mark Bradford, Pae White and the Ball-Nogues studio each resides or works in the L.A. area.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park Transforming a garbage heap into a public park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T17:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfa30e26897ea7417f0518ffca8732a0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the capping and closure of Fresh Kills&rsquo; five mounds, this 2,200-acre expanse of wetlands, marshlands, dry lowlands, forests, and grasslands has evolved into an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally a patch of creeks and marshland on the western shore of Staten Island, the area now known as Fresh Kills became a major landfill for New York City in 1948, once Robert Moses bought the land for housing development. His plan was to solidify the marshland with waste for a few years, and then build. But construction never happened, and for the remainder of the 20th century, the area served as a 2,200-acre garbage heap (by comparison, Central Park covers 843 acres). People hated it, and in 2001 managed to get the city to close it down, and begin the process of transforming it back into its (more or less) former ecological state, to be used as a public park known as Freshkills.</p><p>Learn more about Freshkills' storied past:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape</a></li><li><a title="A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19613/a-pretty-picture-of-the-future-for-fresh-kills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130952473/david-adjaye-talks-about-woven-architecture-and-his-new-d-c-museum David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:01:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n624h0llzkh730o0.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adjaye is overseeing the newest installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;Selects&rdquo; series, which spotlights the little-known West African textiles in the museum&rsquo;s permanent collection. [...] It also offers the celebrated architect a chance to explore the surprising connections between textile making and building design. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s interesting to me is this idea of fabric and weaving as a kind of abstraction of making places that people come together in,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130950866/only-8-2-of-the-great-wall-of-china-is-in-good-condition-according-to-recent-study Only 8.2% of the Great Wall of China is in good condition, according to recent study Justine Testado 2015-07-02T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T14:56:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/whfwnketvcq19815.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Citing a recent report from the Great Wall of China Society, the [Beijing Times] claims that more than 30% of the original structure has disappeared. Approximately 74.1% is poorly preserved, and only 8.2% is in good condition. While concerns about the wall&rsquo;s condition have deepened in recent years, the study appears to be the first to actually quantify the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><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></li><li><a title="U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130505301/u-s-lgbtq-preservation-group-pushes-to-preserve-more-heritage-sites-at-the-national-level" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level</a></li><li><a title="New list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places keeps fragile memories alive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130424991/new-list-of-america-s-most-endangered-historic-places-keeps-fragile-memories-alive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places keeps fragile memories alive</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130950063/what-architects-have-learned-from-rebuilding-port-au-prince What architects have learned from rebuilding Port-au-Prince Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T14:34:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the five-and-a-half years since an earthquake killed more than 220,000 people here and displaced 1.5 million more, most of headlines from Haiti&rsquo;s capital have been about dysfunctional projects, mismanagement and the overall slow pace of&nbsp;reconstruction. Yet some innovative urban development work is going on here, often under the radar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128802521/four-years-and-half-a-billion-dollars-later-the-red-cross-has-built-six-houses-in-haiti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four years and half a billion dollars later, the Red Cross has built six houses in Haiti</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117117228/mass-design-group-s-new-open-air-clinics-in-haiti-reviewed-by-michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group's new Open-Air Clinics in Haiti, reviewed by Michael Kimmelman</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13229440/rebuilding-haiti-houses-for-haiti-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Haiti: Houses for Haiti's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11877479/haiti-simbi-hubs-wins-aa-school-and-foster-partners-sustainability-and-infrastructure-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haiti Simbi Hubs Wins AA School and Foster + Partners Sustainability and Infrastructure Prize</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/firms/project/3205/remodelling-of-el-ninot-market-in-barcelona/130920348 Remodelling of El Ninot Market in Barcelona by Mateo Arquitectura mateoarquitectura 2015-07-02T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T14:30:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ym/ym9thz12r09tcltf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The market, since its origins, has been a large covered place.</p><p>We conserve and repair the beautiful structure that supports that roof.<br>Beneath, we dig into the site to introduce new services that complement sales activity: logistics, parking, installations.</p><p>Rather than changing the visible volume, we change the surfaces that enclose it to improve the conditions of use and space, control the entrance of daylight and organize the adjacent urban space, integrating the presence of the outdoor stalls.</p><p>The interior is like a city. Two orthogonal axes (N-S and E-W) form the layout along which the stalls are organized, with the emphasis on their individuality.<br>A large open foyer space on Carrer de Mallorca receives visitors. It is a plaza leading into this virtual city of commerce.</p><p>The inside space, bathed in the milky light we filter in from the exterior, is a hive of activity.<br>On the outside, the skins with which we clothe the existing structure open as they reach the ground to offer produce.</p><p>The...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130946035/renzo-piano-s-designs-for-kum-go-hq-revealed Renzo Piano's designs for Kum & Go HQ revealed Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T20:44:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0hd9ob7shp76o3c.jpg" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Midwest convenience store chain Kum &amp; Go announced the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection of Renzo Piano</a> as design architect for their new Des Moines, Iowa headquarters last November, speculations immediately ran wild about what the Italian master would put to paper.</p><p>The secrecy has now been lifted with the official reveal of the designs for the 5-story Krause Gateway Center, scheduled to open in 2018.</p><p>Scroll down for the announcement Kum &amp; Go published, along with first design impressions, this week.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kky2r5h2go1y70sh.jpg"></p><p><em>Kum &amp; Go shared today the designs for their new Downtown Des Moines headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue. The building was designed to provide Kum &amp; Go associates a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers flexibility for growth in the years to come.</em></p><p><em>The five-story building is being planned and constructed for LEED certification, and will feature glass prominently on all sides to provide transparency and light throughout the building. The layout was designed to...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130893085/back-to-business-nader-tehrani-appointed-dean-of-cooper-union-s-school-of-architecture Back to business: Nader Tehrani appointed Dean of Cooper Union's School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T20:54:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T20:01:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2l7sbhdmzs9oc79.jpg" width="514" height="532" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a nearly two-year search, the Cooper Union has selected Nader Tehrani as the new Dean of the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/697/the-cooper-union" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture</a>, effective immediately. Following Dean Anthony Vidler&rsquo;s resignation in 2013, Elizabeth O&rsquo;Donnell took over as acting dean while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79387323/the-cooper-union-announces-a-search-for-a-new-dean-for-the-the-irwin-s-chanin-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the search committee</a> scoured the globe for a permanent replacement. Tehrani looks to be a prime choice, with a very impressive set of exhibitions, lectures and awards that has <a href="https://architecture.mit.edu/faculty/nader-tehrani" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">already been extensively detailed elsewhere</a>. He is also the founding principal of both <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/23862/office-da" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office dA</a>&nbsp;(along with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/450520/rodolphe-el-khoury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Roldolphe El Khoury</a>,)&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/14669697/nadaaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a>, and previously served as an architecture professor and the head of <a href="http://archinect.com/mitarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT&rsquo;s Department of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6w1bzdu9a501toem.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Model Home Gallery in Seoul, South Korea by NADAAA</em></p><p>Tehrani&rsquo;s deanship begins at a difficult period in Cooper Union&rsquo;s history, in the still very shaky aftermath of the school&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90935135/cooper-union-board-votes-for-tuition-to-begin-fall-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 decision to begin charging tuition</a> for the first time since its founding 156 years ago. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128257230/cooper-union-graduates-stage-tuition-protest-at-commencement-ceremony" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ongoing student protests</a>, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123751145/new-york-attorney-general-is-investigating-cooper-union-s-finances" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">legal investig...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130888271/daniel-libeskind-launch-guest-editor-of-new-cnn-style-platform Daniel Libeskind launch guest editor of new CNN Style platform Alexander Walter 2015-07-01T19:23:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T22:23:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8y/8y8sw76eg6nmxvy8.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today sees the launch of CNN Style, a new online destination for intelligent, stylish content spanning the worlds of fashion, design, architecture, art, autos and luxury. Throughout July, CNN Style welcomes renowned Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind [...]. As guest editor, Libeskind has commissioned a series of pieces about architecture to be published through July, given an exclusive video interview to CNN Style and written about the interplay of architecture and emotion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CNN Style launched today with the inaugural editorial piece by Daniel Libeskind, "<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/30/architecture/daniel-libeskind-architecture-emotions/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We mustn't forget the deep emotional impact of the buildings around us</a>."</p><p>In the network's announcement, Libeskind is quoted:&nbsp;"I feel very lucky to be CNN Style's inaugural guest editor.&nbsp;It's a brilliant opportunity to communicate ideas about architecture and cities in an exciting new format.&nbsp; The spirit and emotionality of architecture is at the core of my practice [...]."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130882639/archinect-s-employer-of-the-day-weekly-round-up-76 Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #76 Justine Testado 2015-07-01T17:57:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T14:36:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxdfjqk9smq4aet6.jpg" width="514" height="403" 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="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect" 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="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106366/inaba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>INABA</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153322891672247.1073743158.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/130708229/intermediate-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Intermediate Architect</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5n68l2v1klvwurd.jpg"></p><p>2. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/19627918/rottet-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Rottet Studio</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153316579357247.1073743156.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring:<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/129714654/junior-designer-3d-renderer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junior Designer - 3D Renderer</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m2/m2dwln478vn951x6.jpg"></p><p>3. <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25481620/echo-da" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Echo:DA</a></strong> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153313953152247.1073743155.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/130330887/project-manager-2-5-year-s-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Manager (2-5 yrs experience)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1sbkoboj9lpv34i.jpg"></p><p>4. <a href="http://archinect.com/mcgriffarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>McGriff Architects</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153325349742247.1073743159.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/122278436/project-manager" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Manager</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p5/p5hmzv0ezhsk90lr.jpg"></p><p>5. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26993251/design-within-reach-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Design Within Reach</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect/posts/10153327738737247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/jobs/26993251/design-within-reach-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjcko3nm8m4q98hm.jpg"></p><p>Keep track of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/369546/employer-of-the-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Employer of the Day</em></a> by liking Archinect's <a href="http://facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> or follow the new <em>Employer of the Day</em> <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/employer-of-the-day/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest board</a>.</p><p>Need job-hunting or hiring tips? Check out Archinect's new <em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/596985/employ-ed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMPLOY(ED)</a></em> series.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130874587/a-guerilla-teahouse-pops-up-in-la-s-griffith-park A guerilla teahouse pops up in LA's Griffith Park Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-01T23:03:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9yi354o9yrz86m6x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The invitation was&nbsp;cryptic. A small piece of wood with a laser-burned message that read, "June 30, 2015. Please join us for tea and wishes overlooking the city. Sunrise, Griffith Park."&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's a rather charming story: an anonymous collective of artists have fashioned a Japanese-inspired teahouse out of charred wood reclaimed from the 2007 Griffith Park fire and offered it as a gift to the city. Surreptitiously assembled in parts, the teahouse was inaugurated yesterday morning for a select group of the artists' friends and associates.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tysw8yik3rv4wdx4.jpg"></p><p>The invited guests were sent clandestine notes that led them, as if on a scavenger hunt, to the wooden structure at dawn. There, green tea and cookies were offered and a ceremony was performed. An opera signer sang in the distance.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa1d8ky9ww1djo9h.jpg"></p><p>Apparently, this isn't the first time the group &ndash; who isn't named &ndash; have created a work of&nbsp;guerrilla&nbsp;architecture. And if the&nbsp;safety-and-regulations angel on your shoulder is balking at potential liabilities, rest easy. According to the LA Times report, the structure was designed with help from professional woodworkers. The artists pegged the wooden structure to an existing concrete and rebar foundation, which...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-01T14:28:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggmfojl6oanwnxxy.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New satellite imagery of remote islands in the South China Sea shows several Chinese island-building projects are finished. In five of seven island projects, attention has turned to the next phase: building bases with potential military uses on the islands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking a cue from the Gulf states, China has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engaged</a> in a massive island-building project in the South China Sea. New images from the Washington Post show the staggering progress that is being made, with the first buildings cropping up. While relatively small, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South China Sea</a> is one of the most important shipping channels in the world &ndash; and may also hold a massive reserve of oil and gas deposits. Control of the waterway has become a source of increasing geopolitical tension in the region and internationally, with the United States and other countries asking China to cease island-building operations. But according to the Chinese, the artificial islands are a legal expression of their sovereignty.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfnv5bhxd743uwfn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fp9548ptpse80123.jpg"></p><p>While artificial islands may seem incredibly modern &ndash; if not downright sci-fi &ndash; there's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> that humans have been doing it for some time now. The massive Aztec city of Tenochtitlan largely consisted of artificial islands, or <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinampa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>chinamitl</em></a>, surrounding a smaller natural island in Lak...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130870554/the-childhood-home-of-muhammad-ali-is-about-to-get-a-250-000-facelift The childhood home of Muhammad Ali is about to get a $250,000 facelift Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T13:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T15:53:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5p44lufsrulawmta.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Louisville house where boxing legend Muhammad Ali &ndash; then known as Cassius Clay Jr. &ndash; first began training at the age of 12 is about to undergo a <a href="http://curbed.com/archives/2015/07/01/muhammad-ali-childhood-home-museum.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$250,000 restoration</a>. Currently in a dilapidated state, the small house on Grand Avenue was purchased by real estate investor and boxing fan Jared Weiss. The project seeks to restore the home to its original appearance, including a pink paint job. In 2012, a historic marker was placed in&nbsp;front of the site.</p><p>A program called Jesus and a Job that provides jobs to former felons will be in charge of the labor. When the restoration is finished, the house will open to the public as a museum, joining the <a href="https://alicenter.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muhammad Ali Center</a> in commemorating one of Louisville's most notable athletes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130868933/jean-nouvel-in-nymag-profile-i-create-a-film-in-my-head Jean Nouvel in NYMag profile: "I create a film in my head." Alexander Walter 2015-07-01T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T12:33:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/ucn0njmy29pm8218.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lunch is an important ritual in his workday, a discussion lubricated by copious amounts of wine. Often, it&rsquo;s the first time his staff gets to see him, since he spends mornings in solitude. &ldquo;I wake up, perform my little ablutions, then get back into bed with my eye mask on and my earplugs in, and I work. I imagine. I visualize. I create a film in my head.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Grand Monsieur of French architecture talks openly to <em>New York</em> magazine's Justin Davidson about current projects &mdash;&nbsp;like the Louvre Abu Dhabi,&nbsp;National Museum of Qatar,&nbsp;National Art Museum of China, and the 53 West 53rd Street "MoMA Tower" in New York &mdash;&nbsp;as well as the immense frustration with his/not his Philharmonie de Paris&nbsp;(<em>&ldquo;he still despairs at all the corners cut, the mediocre workmanship, the design details that have been quashed, making the fa&ccedil;ade seem jittery and indistinct&rdquo;</em>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-01T12:59:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/262lk8ok9z34wz9l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rule No. 1 for long life: Stay active, keep the blood flowing. Rule No. 1 for urban planning: Never close an artery.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's well known that strong social ties can benefit an individual's mental health. Investment in a community can help people to cope with the stress of traumatic events, physical disability, aging, and simply the everyday banal. Cities, the natural biomes of most humans, then become a strong influencer of community and individual psychologies.</p><p>This fascinating&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;piece looks at the career of Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a psychiatrist whose work with entire cities imagines them as a functioning body &ndash; one that needs all its parts to remain connected and coordinated in order to thrive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rl/rlypeynwhguvaotg.jpg"></p><p>For more on the psychology of urban environments:</p><ul><li><a title='Getting Neural: Van Alen hosts "How Does the Brain Respond to the City?"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100074122/getting-neural-van-alen-hosts-how-does-the-brain-respond-to-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Neural: Van Alen hosts "How Does the Brain Respond to the City?"</a></li><li><a title='Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92916996/developing-an-urban-neuroscience-to-build-better-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities</a></li><li><a title="Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></li><li><a title="Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century Julia Ingalls 2015-07-01T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T01:06:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y98bw1jp2kq9a7n3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Paris] has not built a modern skyscraper since the 1970s, when the 231-metre tall Tour Montparnasse sprung up &ndash; much to the horror of the locals, many of whom still consider it an eyesore.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a narrow vote, the city of lights approved <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s Tour Triangle, a 42-story skyscraper that will be the tallest building to be built in Paris since the 1970s. In 2010, the city voted to remove its multi-decade-long height restrictions of 36 meters on new buildings, which were put in place after the erection of the widely&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128868345/top-architects-defend-some-of-the-most-hated-buildings-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular Tour Montparnasse</a>. With a proposed height of&nbsp;180 meters, Tour Triangle is Paris' first official skyscraper&nbsp;of&nbsp;the 21st century, although it required two voting sessions to win approval. In November of 2014, the city council voted down the plan, but&nbsp;mayor Anne Hidalgo&nbsp;called for another vote, dismissing the first round due to what she believed was political inter-party fighting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2faulhhneekpptym.jpg"></p><p>The Tour Triangle will supply 70,000 square feet of office space, a four star hotel with 120 rooms, and what has been described as a "Shard-esque Sky Bar." These amenities do not seem wildly out of place for a metropolitan area with a population of 12 million, despi...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/130808741/spectacle-of-nakedness Spectacle of Nakedness Kyat Chin 2015-07-01T11:47:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T19:34:08-04:00 <p><em>In collaboration with Jacklin Lee, Andrew Lytle, Saba Salekfard</em></p><p><em>Instructor: Sarah Lorenzen</em></p><p>The interdisciplinary studio combines Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments into groups to design an urban scale project that include retail, office, and hotel programs for the community of West Hollywood. The site is located adjacent to West Hollywood Park between Robertson Ln. and La Peer Dr. intersect by Santa Monica Blvd.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5s/5s31j10i6x8iyhpk.jpg"></p><p>The &ldquo;Spectacle of the Nakedness&rdquo; design proposal serves to explore West Hollywood&rsquo;s key characteristic: the desire to see and be seen. The project aims to create a layered performance space: a place of spectacle and &ldquo;frisson&rdquo;. The design of this project allows hotel guests, office workers, and shoppers to be captivated by the bodies of bathers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2vlhttnjuok63604.jpg"></p><p>The bathhouse is central to the history of West Hollywood. Unfortunately these bathhouses have been replaced by high-end retail and luxury apartments. This is a real loss to the culture of West Hollywood. This project is ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130817583/multi-media-art-interventions-coming-to-london-s-victoria-tube-line Multi-media art interventions coming to London's Victoria tube line Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-01T11:40:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zawa442fhi1n51yf.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, called Underline, will include the underground&rsquo;s first music commission and a plan by the Turner prize-nominated architectural collective Assemble to improve what is regarded as one of the most unloved station exits on the entire network, at Seven Sisters in north London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Organized by "Art on the Underground", a group that curates contemporary artworks for display in the London Underground, the new project will bring a variety of art, music and architectural&nbsp;interventions to the Victoria Line. Commissions selected to be part of the Underline are not simply public art projects &ndash; the interventions involve real proposals to improving the quality of experience for both commuters and workers on London's tube.</p><p>The whole tube line is under the curatorial purview, with architecture firm Assemble selected to focus particularly the Seven Sisters stop, known for its "anti-social behaviour problems".&nbsp;Artist Giles Round's Underline project, called "Design Work Leisure", will produce "prototypes of functional objects that can be used on the tube: a new ceramic tile for patch repairs on the existing tiles, for example, or new clocks, lighting or direction signs."&nbsp;Film and musical performances will also pepper the Victoria Line during Underline's run.</p><p>More news relate...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130814370/london-to-try-out-an-all-electric-double-decker-bus London to try out an all-electric double-decker bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T05:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:33:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at7gvkp9op4sc95g.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[London Mayor Boris] Johnson, who uses the city&rsquo;s bike-share system to commute to work most days, told the Guardian that he would welcome the quieter, greener buses on his city&rsquo;s streets, saying current buses are like &ldquo;throbbing, belching machines that emit their fumes like wounded war-elephants&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2008, London Mayor Boris Johnson has introduced over 1,300 hybrid buses onto city streets, and all-electric single-decker buses have been in use since 2013. It was previously thought that all-electric double-decker buses weren't feasible &ndash; their size makes them too difficult to efficiently power with electricity alone. BYD, the Chinese firm that will build the new all-electric buses, can provide batteries that will "apparently be light and cheap enough" to power London's iconic double-deckers. The first pilot bus will begin operating on London's Route 16 this October.</p><p>More news from London:</p><ul><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li><li><a title="SelgasCano's &quot;psychedelic chrysalis&quot; Serpentine Pavilion is now open" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano's "psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion is now open</a></li></ul>