Archinect 2016-02-08T22:34:45-05:00 Register for the Conscious Cities Conference, featuring keynote Carlo Ratti of MIT's SENSEable City Lab Archinect 2016-02-08T20:31:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T20:36:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Conscious Cities Conference will delve into the evolving relationship between human behavior and the built environment, and the economic impact it creates. Taking place at Arup's London office on March 1, the one-day conference is the UK's first event of its kind and is part of the&nbsp;year-long Health, Wellbeing and Architecture programming from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Architecture</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">THECUBE</a>.</p><p>The collision of technology with the millennial mindset of knowledge exchange and collaboration is changing the way people work and live. As a result, architects, planners, developers and policy-makers must respond to the urgency for cities to meet these new needs by creating the right infrastructure to support growth.</p><p>Conscious Cities will address four different themes that focus on the connection between neuroscience and architecture, with leading experts from both fields responding to the following questions:</p><ul><li>How does the built environment affect behavior and cognition?</li><li>How can the latest findings in n...</li></ul> BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards Justine Testado 2016-02-08T18:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T21:26:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The New York cityscape might get another tower from Bjarke Ingels. At 1,005 feet, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Spiral"</a> is a new office building proposed to fill up an entire block on 66 Hudson Boulevard in Manhattan's West Side. The concept was unveiled today.&nbsp;</p><p>The 65-story Spiral is set to be the fourth tallest tower in the rapidly redeveloping Hudson Yards neighborhood.&nbsp;The 2.85 million square-foot structure shows off a glass exterior and, most notably, cascading landscaped terraces and hanging gardens, akin to BIG's affinity for incorporating slopes and spirals into their designs. As its name describes, the Spiral's terraces will wrap around the tower in an ascending motion to create a continuous green pathway and give easy access to outdoor space on each floor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Located at the intersection of the four-acre Hudson Boulevard Park and The High Line, the Spire&nbsp;"will punctuate the northern end of...the linear park [and it] will appear to carry through into the tower, forming an ascending ribbon of lively green...</p> "The best posture is the next posture" – Galen Cranz's body-conscious sociology on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #10 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-08T18:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T19:27:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In line with&nbsp;this month's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture</a>"&nbsp;theme, I speak with Galen Cranz, an architecture professor at UC Berkeley specializing in body-conscious design. Cranz is trained in the "Alexander Technique" &ndash; a method for "correcting" the body's poor habits of movement, that can limit self-awareness in a space.</p><p>Before coming to Cal to teach architecture, Cranz received her PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago, influencing&nbsp;her pedagogy of architecture and furniture&nbsp;to&nbsp;primarily be about how humans occupy designs, and how social hierarchies emerge from those conventions.</p><p>Listen to One-to-One #10 with <strong>Galen Cranz</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe the the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>Peter Opsvik's Gravity chair&nbsp;&darr;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Oscar Newman's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Defensible Space</em></a>&nbsp;(1972)</p><p>Le Corbusier's lounge chair&nbsp;&darr;</p><p><strong><img alt="" src=""></strong></p><p>Jane Jacob...</p> LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement Alexander Walter 2016-02-08T15:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T16:11:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti summoned his inner crooner&nbsp;and released a music video&nbsp;Thursday to warn drivers of an impending 40-hour traffic headache -- the #101SlowJam. Flanked by the Theodore Roosevelt High School Jazz Band,&nbsp;Garcetti sings a tune&nbsp;reminiscent of the "Slow Jam the News" segment on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"See we're bringing down the 6th Street Bridge, making way for something new and the demolition will cause delays," Garcetti says in the video. "But sometimes, just sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty to build something beautiful." </em>&ndash;&nbsp;Infrastructure never felt so sexy.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Garcetti vs the Car: how LA's mayor plans to change the way Angele&ntilde;os get around</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to the Sixth Street Viaduct along the L.A. River at ForumFest 2015, Oct. 25</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid, Escobedo Soliz Studio, MIT, and Omar Gandhi Architect are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2016-02-08T15:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T15:07:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #94 for Feb. 1-5, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Zaha Hadid joins the ranks of RIBA Gold Medalists: &ldquo;We will continue this progress&rdquo;</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Zaha Hadid proudly wears the 2016 RIBA Royal Gold Medal that she was formally presented with last week. So far, Zaha is the only female architect to win the prestigious achievement medal on her own accord.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Escobedo Soliz Studio wins the 2016 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>MoMA PS1 is already prepping for the summer season. Last week, they revealed the colorful "Weaving the Courtyard" by Mexico City-based practice Escobedo Soliz Studio as the winning design for the 2016 YAP installation.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT wins top design award for first phase of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Students teams from around the world took up the challenge of designing a&nbsp;sub-scale prototype pod fo...</p> Get Lectured: University of British Columbia, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-08T13:36:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T13:36:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="2301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;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><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of British Columbia,&nbsp;School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture</a>.</p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m.</p><p><strong>Feb 22</strong><br>Chris Cornelius / Studio Indigenous + University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee<br>at 1101 Pharmaceutical Sciences Building: 2405 Wesbrook Mall</p><p><strong>Feb 29</strong><br>Frank Barkow / Barkow Leibinger - Berlin<br>at&nbsp;Vancouver Playhouse: 600 Hamilton St.<br>Please note that this is a free but ticketed event.</p><p><strong>March 7</strong><br>Cornelia Hahn Oberlander - Vancouver<br>at&nbsp;Vancouver Playhouse: 600 Hamilton St.</p><p><strong>March 21</strong><br>Yu...</p> Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse Alexander Walter 2016-02-08T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T14:21:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Taiwan's&nbsp;Government has ordered an investigation into the collapse of a high-rise building in an earthquake&nbsp;after it emerged tin cans had been used in its&nbsp;construction. Rescue workers found the cans as they searched for survivors two days after the 6.4-magnitude&nbsp;earthquake that has killed at least 37 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>However, an engineer speaking to Taiwanese TV news channel&nbsp;CNA&nbsp;explained how using cans in construction was not necessarily illegal: &ldquo;For such purposes in construction, it was not illegal prior to September 1999, but since then styrofoam and formwork boards have been used instead.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch Taipei 101's 728-ton mass damper in action during Typhoon Soudelor</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties</a></li></ul> São Paulo's big bet on housing policy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-08T13:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T13:07:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>what exactly does housing justice look like in a metropolis where the wealthiest commute via helicopters while the poorest live in shantytowns perched on riverbanks? [...] &ldquo;The new master plan tries to resolve one of S&atilde;o Paulo&rsquo;s biggest challenges, which is its decentralization" [...] The master plan calls for ... transit-oriented development ... [and] expanding and honing the controversial Zonas Especiais de Interesse Social... swaths of the city defined as having &ldquo;special social interest.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from S&atilde;o Paulo and housing crises the world over:</p><ul><li><a title="Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues</a></li><li><a title="Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface</a></li><li><a title="Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal</a></li><li><a title='Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness Nicholas Korody 2016-02-08T11:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T16:21:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wake Waka is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded by the Japanese-born designer Shinichiro Okuda. Taking a minimal approach softened with a bit of humor, the studio&rsquo;s striking, handmade plywood furniture has a distinct and contemporary look.</p> The architecture of data forensics Nam Henderson 2016-02-07T21:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-07T21:44:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>FA investigators take standard architectural and digital tools such as telemetry, video-footage syncing and shadow clocks, and repurpose them to reveal the secrets of conflict zones. Weizman's team has also pioneered plume analysis...Weizman and his colleagues' brief is as wide-ranging as man's cruelty to man: they mine the information seam where enemies clash, where migrants drown, natives are dispossessed and civilians bombed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For the January 2016 issue of WIRED magazine,&nbsp;Michael Hodges&nbsp;profiled the work of&nbsp;Forensic Architecture (FA) and&nbsp;the organisation's&nbsp;director Eyal Weizman.</p> Full Metal Jacket Nam Henderson 2016-02-07T15:37:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:56:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although aluminum siding is available that resembles wooden clapboards, the recently built or renovated homes with metal facades of Kings County, N.Y., tend to have a funky, artistic sensibility. The idea is not to mimic traditional construction, but to be proudly metallic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kaya Laterman talks with architects, architectural designers, homeowners&nbsp;and neighbors&nbsp;on the cutting edge of a new Brooklyn trend.</p> SCI-Arc launches "MEAT," a curatorial summer program Nicholas Korody 2016-02-05T20:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-07T14:34:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the short time since Hernan Diaz Alonso assumed directorship of SCI-Arc, the prestigious architecture institute has already seen quite a few changes. Adding to the roster of programs at the newly-founded&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EDGE</a>, a graduate center focusing on something like the "edges" of the rapidly-expanding discipline, SCI-Arc has just announced "MEAT", or "Making Exhibitions in Architecture Today", a graduate-level summer program for aspiring architecture curators.</p><p>Helmed by the respected theorist (and UCLA faculty member) Sylvia Lavin, MEAT intends to introduce summer students to the "intellectual and curatorial potentials in architectural exhibition practices".</p><p>The program will comprise a three and a half week course following an "intensive schedule of seminars and excursions," notably to local museums, galleries, and studios. Guest lecturers will include Sarah Herda of the Graham Foundation, Paola Antonelli from MoMA, and Giovanna Borasi from the Canadian Centre for Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Launching MEAT...</p> Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-07T16:10:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Associated Press reported that the person killed was a Wall Street worker sitting in a parked car. [...] The accident happened as workers were trying to secure the crane against winds around 20 mph by lowering the boom, which had been extended to as long as 565 feet the day before, officials said. Because the crane was being lowered, workers were directing pedestrians away from it on a street that otherwise would likely have been teeming with people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A couple of nearby construction workers took video of the collapse on a cellphone &ndash; you can watch that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Excavating ancient Rome beneath London's streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-05T17:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T17:57:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During an excavation for a new office development&nbsp;at 21 Lime Street, a team from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) found the millimeter-thin fresco nearly 20 feet below street level. Dating to the late 1st century AD, and the first decades of London, it&rsquo;s one of the earliest surviving frescos from Roman Britain. [...] The rare, ornate wall painting is likely to have decorated a reception room for party guests at the home of a wealthy Roman citizen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> issued by MOLA explained, &ldquo;The fate of this rare wall painting was literally sealed in the ground ...&nbsp;In AD 100, construction of the 2nd Forum Basilica, the main civic center&nbsp;for the city and the largest Roman building ever built north of the Alps, began. In advance of construction of the Forum the area was flattened. The painted wall was deliberately toppled and the Forum immediately built over it, incredibly preserving the fresco for nearly 2000 years.&rdquo;</p><p>More excavations from the News:</p><ul><li><a title="Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya</a></li><li><a title="After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum</a></li><li><a title="Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture</a></li><li><a title="A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City</a></li><li><a title="Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome</a></li></ul> Snøhetta seeking Junior Landscape Architect/Designer in New York, NY, US 2016-02-05T17:06:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T17:13:44-05:00 <p>Sn&oslash;hetta is an international, interdisciplinary architecture and landscape architecture firm with offices in Oslo, Norway and New York City.&nbsp; The New York office is working on landscape architectural projects associated with libraries, waterfronts, park planning, urban redevelopments, and public plazas throughout the Americas. We are seeking a landscape designer/architect who is committed to the creation and development of exemplary landscape architecture from concept through execution.</p><p>The candidate must possess:</p><ul><li>A range of 2-3 years of landscape design experience</li><li>Previous experience through all phases of design</li><li>Experience coordinating with a range of consultants and large project teams, including associate landscape, civil, electrical, traffic and structural engineers.</li><li>Diverse project experience with an emphasis on urban public space projects</li><li>Proficiency with Autocad, Rhino, Adobe CS, Word and Excel</li><li>Knowledge of grading design, planting design, materials and technical aspects of landscap...</li></ul> Unfolding dumpling design with Architecture Research Office Justine Testado 2016-02-05T15:09:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T09:40:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'The dumpling maker has a structural problem,' says Jason Kim, a project manager at ARO. 'The skin has to be thin enough where you have the right ratio of meat to skin, but strong enough to hold together.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>"How do the principles of architecture and design apply to dumplings?" Sporkful has a quick chat with dumpling fanatics <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Research Office</a> about how particular design concepts can structurally improve the Lunar New Year food staple. Maybe you'll learn a trick or two on how to eat the seemingly gravity-defying soup dumpling, too.&nbsp;</p><p>If you don't want to listen to the whole episode &mdash; although you should still give it a listen because, hello, dumplings &mdash; ARO's interview starts around 13:25.</p><p>More about food and architecture on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's travel guide series</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architects are redesigning schools that encourage kids to eat healthier</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the Harvard Arts Medal Alexander Walter 2016-02-05T14:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T14:46:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry has been named the recipient of the 2016 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President&nbsp;Drew Gilpin Faust&nbsp;at a ceremony on&nbsp;Thursday, April 28. The ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, will include a discussion with Gehry moderated by actor&nbsp;John Lithgow, who is host of the event. This marks the first time that the Harvard Arts Medal has been awarded to an architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related FOG stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin find their ancestral roots on PBS</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: Kent State University CUDC, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-05T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T15:05:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="683" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;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><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kent State University</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative</a> (CUDC).</p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Lectures will take place from 12-1 p.m. at the CUDC, unless otherwise noted.</p><p><strong>Feb 5</strong><br>Casey Poe<br>"Florence Studies"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Feb 11</strong><br>Felipe Correa<br>"Urbanism Primer: Approaches to City Design in the 21st Century"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Feb 19</strong><br>Adil Sharag Eldin<br>"Sustainability and Mecca&rsquo;s Grand Mosque Third Expansion Project"</p><p><strong>Feb 26</strong><br>Doug Steidl<br>"International Travel and Lessons Learned"</p><p><strong>March 4</strong><br>Kelley O&rsquo;Brien<br>"Societies with No Form"</p><p><strong>March 11</strong><br>Sai Sinbondit<br>"In ...</p> Creations from Catastrophes Nam Henderson 2016-02-05T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T15:26:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From masterplans to reconfigure London after the Great Fire of 1666 to contemporary responses to earthquakes and tsunamis, the exhibition considers the evolving relationship between man, architecture and nature and asks whether we are now facing a paradigm shift in how we live and build in the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paul Kerley talked with&nbsp;curator Jes Fernie, about a&nbsp;new exhibition, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creation from Catastrophe</a>, at the Royal Institute of British Architects.</p> Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada Nicholas Korody 2016-02-05T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T15:28:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Prada Real Fantasies, AMO graphically reinterprets the Indefinite Hangar as a synthetic sunset fixed within a 3 dimensional blank space. The abstract hangar is populated with geometric objects and furniture. Characters move through a neutral scene between the undefined and distilled fragments of daily life. The horizon and scale constantly shifts, manipulating the frame and disrupting a linear sequence: an artificial landscape where fiction and collection collide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>OMA and its think tank counterpart, AMO, have deep ties to the fashion world, in particular with Prada. Alongside built work by the architectural powerhouse, notably the recently-completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fondazione Prada</a>, OMA/AMO has designed runways, look books, and videos for the Milanese luxury brand.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Since 2012, that collaboration has produced graphic short movies showcasing new collections under the project banner "Real Fantasies." For the 2016 Spring/Summer collection, AMO imagined a world of pure architectural extension, a CAD utopia unblemished by reality.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Described as a "3 dimensional blank space," the setting of the video seems locked in an endless sunset. Lithe models ride a train past a city of pure geometry, which morphs seamlessly into an unending picture window.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's visual porn at it's best and well worth a look. Watch the video below, and for more connections between fashion and architecture, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinn Patarari...</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry and Maya Lin find their ancestral roots on PBS Julia Ingalls 2016-02-05T12:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T13:00:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a> join the ranks of those who have explored the history of their ancestors via the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS show "Finding Your Roots."</a> The show, which is in its third season, has attracted a passionate live-tweeting audience, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one of whom</a>&nbsp;wryly noted that "I did not know that Maya Lin's teacher gave her a B on her design for the Vietnam war memorial." In the preview clip below, Gehry grapples with the reality of the holocaust during WWII, both in his own family and for humanity at large:</p> Glen Small gets podcasted by the Urban Homesteaders at Root Simple Orhan Ayyüce 2016-02-05T00:00:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T15:15:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In seventies I would ask the architects if they were doing anything ecological with their work and they wold turn around and say who is this guy get him out of here...</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Mr Homegrown interviews Glen Small. &nbsp;</p> London's V&A to host a robot construction team this summer Nicholas Korody 2016-02-04T20:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T20:42:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Robots will take over the courtyard of London&rsquo;s V&amp;A Museum this summer to build a pavilion inspired by flying beetles. The installation &ndash; designed by architect Achim Menges &ndash; features an undulating canopy of tightly woven carbon fibre cells, drawing on the shells of insects called elytra. Visitors will also be able to watch the robots in action over the course of the summer as they continue to add new sections to the evolving &lsquo;Elytra Filament Pavilion&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more robo-news, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The dawn of construction worker robots?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another study warns that 3D-printers pose potential health risks for users</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></li></ul> The architect's guide to doing taxes Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T20:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:33:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you own your own firm, are working for someone else, or are <a href="" target="_blank">just getting started</a>, you'll inevitably have to deal with one thing: taxes. Now that we're well into 2016, here is some architecturally-specific tax advice, courtesy of Karen Timmermans, CPA, a partner in the accounting firm Gray, Gray &amp; Gray (which, fittingly, specializes in the needs of its architectural clients).</p> Virtually Inevitable – VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-04T18:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T23:39:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Virtual Reality is very much here, in all its messy, beautiful, uncanny glory. The gee-whiz factor notwithstanding, the technology holds a bevy of architectural applications and implications, and manages to hold a mirror up to the built environment to show us things that we couldn't understand before.</p><p>This episode, we discuss a host of recent VR stories, from the narrative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR journalism of Emblematic Group</a> to&nbsp;Thorsten Wiedemann's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR performance art</a>, an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AR helmet</a> that streamlines the construction site and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR-value-added rendering services</a>&nbsp;for firms.</p><p>Joining us on this VR-trip is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebecca Howard</a>, freshly returned from New York where she developed video content for the <em>Times</em>, and helped them launch their entry into VR content.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 51 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Virtually Inevitable":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" 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://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Ar...</a></li></ul> Does Houston's architecture lack poetry? Alexander Walter 2016-02-04T18:23:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T14:16:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="152" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston's architects obviously do not read poetry. None of the corporate buildings, apartments and hotels being built now seems like something we'll be proud of 20 years from now. Of course, that's assuming that those buildings even survive 20 years in a city that is characterized by destroying its architectural past. [...] But maybe we citizens can influence the builders. We can tell them how ugly their buildings are. We can refuse to rent space in them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Fine Arts Houston unveils its Steven Holl-designed $450M expansion plan</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to Houston &mdash; Yes, Houston &mdash; as a Model for Better Street Design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston?</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid joins the ranks of RIBA Gold Medalists Justine Testado 2016-02-04T18:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T13:10:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following RIBA's announcement back in September, Zaha Hadid was presented with the 2016 Royal Gold Medal yesterday evening...Though particular projects in her practice haven't been without its disputes, Hadid has long been a force in the architectural field. Being the first woman to win on her own accord, the RIBA Gold Medal is a crown jewel to Hadid's illustrious career, as well as another major highlight for women in architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey win 2015 RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural historian Joseph Rykwert receives 2014 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture</a></p> Get Lectured: University of Virginia, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-04T15:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T17:24:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;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><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from&nbsp;the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Virginia, School of Architecture</a>.</p><p>All lectures begin at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153, unless otherwise noted. Listed below are upcoming events.</p><p><strong>Feb 8</strong><br>Burak Erdim&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Feb 15</strong><br>Jorge Otero-Pailos / Columbia University</p><p><strong>Feb 22</strong><br>Jenny Roe / DeShong Professor of Design + Health, UVA</p><p><strong>Feb 29</strong><br>Adam Yarinsky / ARO</p><p><strong>March 14</strong><br>Richard Guy Wilson /&nbsp;Commonwealth Professor, UVA</p><p><strong>March 18</strong><br>Dan Wenk / National Park Service</p><p><strong>March 21</strong><br>Jack Waite / JGWA Architects</p><p><strong>March 28</strong><br>Howard Burns / Harvard University</p><p><strong>March 31</strong><br>Alice Friedman / Welle...</p> Folding Light (An interactive light sculpture) by michael jantzen michael jantzen 2016-02-04T15:29:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T10:44:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Folding light is part of a series of interactive light sculptures that allow the users to manipulate the amount and quality of light radiating out from the center. A basic cube made of painted wood has been cut open at four corners in different shapes, and hinged so these corners can be opened and/or closed in many ways in order to control the light. In addition to interacting with the light, the shape of the basic cube can be transformed in many ways by moving the four-hinged corners in and out from the surface of the cube.</p><p>A single energy efficient electric light bulb is located at the center of the cube. This bulb is surrounded by a light diffusing shield and six horizontal yellow colored planes, evenly spaced around the bulb and light diffuser.</p><p>This design is based on many of Michael Jantzen&rsquo;s other projects that explore new ways in which to re-invent the built environment through unexpected interactivity, which generates new forms and functions.</p> For Alvar Aalto's 118th b-day, a museum extension + a few enduring favorites Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-07T05:33:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture February</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto</a> would have turned 118 this month, which has prompted Archinect to celebrate his paradigm-defining designs. We're not the only ones:&nbsp;the existing Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland will be getting an extension which features Aalto-specific materiality ("light color clay bricks in grid pattern for the floors and the circulation elements to the original masonry bricks walls in a way to match the colors but announce the new building with a different texture" according to a press release by the design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architensions</a>). Here are renderings of the proposed museum extension:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And, just because we can, a quick tour through some of Aalto's masterful furniture work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigations for review to be featured on our site. The open call for submissions is effective immediately.</em></p><p><strong>More details&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p>