Archinect 2015-05-29T00:39:45-04:00 Frank Gehry 2015-05-28T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T18:19:16-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cooper Union graduates stage tuition protest at Commencement ceremony Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T23:33:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cooper Union students pinned red felt squares to their graduation gowns and refused to acknowledge president&nbsp;Jamshed Bharucha, in the latest protest against <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the school's instatement of undergraduate tuition</a>.&nbsp;The protest took place at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony yesterday, and was organized&nbsp;by student activist group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free Cooper Union</a>,&nbsp;which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has directed</a> a variety of informational and protest actions in response to the landmark tuition decision.</p><p>On May 27, the day of the Ceremony, Free Cooper Union posted the following on Facebook:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At the ceremony, graduates receiving their diplomas refused to shake hands with President Jamshed Bharucha, who oversaw the school's decision to begin charging undergraduate tuition. Many students in the audience turned their backs on Bharucha during his presidential address. The protest echoed similar actions staged at 2014's Commencement, the year Cooper Union officially began charging.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In an effort to mitigate a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit filed against the schoo</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">l</a> by a stud...</p> Hot Dogs Around the World: James Biber, architect of US Pavilion "American Food 2.0" at EXPO Milan, joins us for Episode #31 of Archinect Sessions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T17:49:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T22:03:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inadvertently, this episode is all about food &ndash; where it comes from, where we eat it, and how it shapes national identity. Our discussion on food and design starts in Los Angeles, where&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norm's Restaurant recently received "historic and cultural" landmark status</a>, and a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tamale-shaped building</a>&nbsp;strives for the same (just one of LA's many <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proud programmatic architectures</a>). Shifting east, we extol the multi-uses and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">virtues of Waffle House</a>, and praise the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waffle House index</a>. This dovetailed across the Atlantic into our interview with&nbsp;James Biber of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biber Architects</a>&nbsp;about his design for the US Pavilion at the Milan EXPO, entitled "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet</a>". We ask him about balancing corporate and national identities in food, and what it's like having the US State Department as a client.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-one of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hot Dogs Around the World":</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 n...</li></ul> X-Architects wins competition to design new Mecca master plan with focus on pedestrians Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T14:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T15:03:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UAE-based X-Architects has won a competition to design a new masterplan for Makkah, Saudi Arabia - the holiest city in the world for Muslims. [...] &ldquo;We proposed a complex network of pedestrian routes on different levels to enhance the movement during the &ldquo;Nafrah&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;The surrounding roads have either been bridged or tunneled so as to strengthen the pedestrian tissue. This will solve the current situation of the constant crash between people and vehicles.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All images via X-Architects' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. Learn more about the proposal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>In case you were looking for <em>royal floors </em>and <em>helipads</em>, you may get lucky over here: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #417 Nam Henderson 2015-05-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T13:59:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;spoke on the phone with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger about the relevance of criticism in the social media age</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was at least somewhat pleased "<em>Its about time we start talking about this stuff. I'm not convinced that Goldberger has a good handle on it, but at least he's trying</em>". Later <strong>DWLindeman</strong> added "<em>I've always admired Paul Goldberger's support of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown...What I still don't understand, was his support of the Foster plan for the main research branch of the New York Public Library</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reviewed the much hyped <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>.&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> wondered "<em>why does it come off to me as if this was my mom explaining sex to me?...Where are the closed circuit televisions, the oft rumored illicit video cameras, where is the risk?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that The Design Museum in London had selected the Category Winners for their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year</a> 2015.&nbsp;<strong>BulgarBlogger</strong>&nbsp;couldn&rsquo;t help complaining ...</p> Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #71 Justine Testado 2015-05-28T13:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T13:35:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's <em>Employer of the Day</em>. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, <em>Employer of the Day</em> is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p><p>In case you missed them, check out the latest <em>EOTD</em> features:</p><p>&nbsp;1. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss Architects</a></strong> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marketing Coordinator</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Morris Architects</strong></a> (<a href=";type=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>3. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cmda design bureau</a></strong> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Manager</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>4. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ORE Design &amp; Technology</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>5. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Degen &amp; Degen</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Keep track of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Employer of the Day</em></a> by liking Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> or follow the new <em>Employer of the Day</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest board</a>.</p><p>Need job-hunting or hiring tips? Check out Archinect's new <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMPLOY(ED)</a></em> series.</p> This Bel Air home could be yours for a mere half billion dollars (yes, B-illion) Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T22:18:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the biggest homes in U.S. history is rising on a Los Angeles hilltop, and the developer hopes to sell it for a record $500 million. Nile Niami, a film producer and speculative residential developer, is pouring concrete in L.A.&rsquo;s Bel Air neighborhood for a compound with a 74,000-square-foot (6,900-square-meter) main residence and three smaller homes, according to city records. [...] including a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom, a 30-car garage and a &ldquo;Monaco-style casino,&rdquo; Niami said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Rendering of the "largest home built in the U.S. this century." (Image: McClean Design; via</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air</a></p> Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T12:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T13:47:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The heart of the campus, designed by SHoP Architects and interior designer Studio O+A, is a multistory &ldquo;commons&rdquo; &mdash; a glassed-in network of circulation and gathering spaces fronting Third Street. [...] Uber said that the design of the Mission Bay office would mark a departure from the open office plans that have become so trendy in recent years. Instead, the Uber workstations will be arranged in a series of work areas, each with access to shared support and collaborative work zones.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What should be in your portfolio? Firms tell you what they're looking for and how to get hired Julia Ingalls 2015-05-28T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T21:07:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Putting together a portfolio for a <a href="" target="_blank">job application</a> is practically a design commission in of itself. What projects should be included? How should they be presented? Most importantly, what does the compendium of work say about you, the applicant? After speaking with <a href="" target="_blank">employers</a>, we discovered that the work itself isn&rsquo;t necessarily as important as the <a href="" target="_blank">thought and agility</a> the portfolio demonstrates.</p> The real-life architecture of "Ex Machina" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-28T10:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T19:35:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you think Alex Garland's film "Ex Machina" is a mind-bending classic or a future camp hit (the Dancing Scene, anybody?), one thing is certain: the architecture of the real-life Hotel Juvet is stunning. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jensen &amp; Skovdin Architects</a>, the hotel is located in northwestern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norway</a> near the town of Andalsnes in a place known as Valldal.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Hotel Juvet has been designed to feature the splendor of the neighboring mountains and rushing river: each of the distinctive nine rooms features at least two walls made entirely of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass</a> to give the best possible views. Additionally, no one room looks into another, creating a sense of privacy while immersing guests in nature.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The officially branded "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landscape</a> hotel" was designed and built in two principal stages: seven rooms and a spa building were erected in 2010, while an additional two rooms were added by 2013. The plan, which allows a total of up to 28 rooms to be built, was created with sustainability in mind. Conservation author...</p> Skating Rink in Kayseri by Bahadır Kul Architects Bahadır Kul Architects 2015-05-28T08:13:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T13:53:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><ol><li><strong>Architectural Design:</strong> BKA-Bahad&#305;rKul Architects</li><li><strong>Client:</strong>&nbsp;Greater Municipality of&nbsp; Kayseri &nbsp;</li><li><strong>Location:</strong>&nbsp;Kayseri/ TURKEY</li><li><strong>Project Year : </strong>2009</li><li><strong>Construction Period:</strong>&nbsp;2012/2013</li><li><strong>Site Area:</strong>&nbsp;10.000 m2</li><li><strong>Total Floor Area:</strong>&nbsp;2.600 m2</li><li><strong>Photography: </strong>Ket Kolektif / BKA-Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects&nbsp;</li></ol><p><strong>Begin with:</strong></p><p>Skating Rink is placed 9 km far away from the city center and inside the 10.000 square meters site. With the transportation facilities like car, minibus, bus and railway system; the Ice Rink has the chance to make citizens life more sportive. When designing the form of the building, the relation between the ice and the air comes into the mind. Besides, by the meaning of ice, global warming in our today&rsquo;s world has the consideration for the citizens. For the changing climates, the less green and our apathetic stands can be more conscious in this way.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Space understanding:</strong></p><p>Ice skating ring with an area of 2000 m&sup2; consists of two floors which are the ground floor and mezzanine floor. The total construction area is 260...</p> Omaha to improve its Metro (for free!) Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T20:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T19:22:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of May, Metro will debut its FORWARD plan: a fully reconfigured bus network that emphasizes more frequency, better night and weekend service, direct lines through high-ridership corridors, and grid-style access to many parts of the city. The top five routes will now all get 15-minute peak service... Rather than lobby for more taxpayer funding or jack up fares, Metro looked for more efficient ways to use its existing resources.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Monica Ponce de Leon appointed as new dean of Princeton Architecture Justine Testado 2015-05-27T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T22:05:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Monica Ponce de Leon has been appointed as the next dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, effective January 1, 2016. Since 2008, Ponce de Leon has served as dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor&nbsp; where she is heavily involved in The Digital Fabrication Lab, aka FABLab. In her educational approach, Ponce de Leon is a leading figure in applying robotic technology in building fabrication and is a proponent in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">strengthening studio as the central and all-pervasive educational device</a>.</p><p>Before Taubman, she served as a professor for 12 years at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as well as Director of the Digital Lab. She co-founded the firm Office dA in 1991 and then began her own design practice, MPdL Studio, in 2011.</p><p>Throughout her career, Ponce de Leon has received several awards including the prestigious National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Mus...</p> Graham Foundation Announces 2015 Individual Grants Julia Ingalls 2015-05-27T19:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:04:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="666" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>, Charles Rice and Iwan Baan are among the artists, scholars, photographers, and other architecturally-oriented professionals who are being awarded individual grants by the Graham Foundation this evening. The awards ceremony and reception, which is being <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">live streamed</a> as of 6 PM CDT, is being held in The Madlener House, the foundation's headquarters since 1963.&nbsp;This year, the foundation is awarding $490,000 in grants for 63 projects to individuals who "advance new scholarship in the field&nbsp;of architecture, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society."&nbsp;The list of presenters at the ceremony includes&nbsp;Noritaka Minami,&nbsp;Candace Taylor, Lluis Ortega, and Tiffany Lambert, all of whom are 2015 grant winners.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There are five principal categories in which the awards have been granted: Exhibition, Film/Video/New Media, Public Program, Publication, and Research. Some of the...</p> Office Machelen by Wil-Ma Architectenbureau Marie Wastiau 2015-05-27T19:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T19:21:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Design.</p><p>New fa&ccedil;ade for an abandoned office building.</p><p>Context.</p><p>A large office building situated in a residential park. The assignment was to have the fa&ccedil;ade engage more with the surrounding residential neighborhood, while also hinting at a new corporate culture on the inside (co-working, &lsquo;anders werken&rsquo;) that was more like home than work.</p><p>The existing concrete structure was still in usable condition, and formed a practical, harmonic base.<br>When we first visited the building, it had been abandoned for quite some time, and it stood awkwardly in the park , a symbol of despair for the unlucky homeowners who had to look at it each day.</p><p>We did love, however, how it was surrounded by nature (lots of nature) and how the many trees on the plot were reflected in the existing windows. Unfortunately, there was little connection between inside and outside. And the fa&ccedil;ade was more neighborhood bully than residential landmark.</p><p>Concept.<br>The new house on the block.</p><p>Through the application of a white brick fa&ccedil;a...</p> Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T17:09:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Understanding the nuances of city stories, and tracing those tensions, requires immersion and patience. Whether we are writing about police work, protests, squatting, free parties, banking or parkour, the best socially engaged journalism &ndash; like the best university research &ndash; is rooted in participation, spiked with empathy, and resists being reduced to spectacle fodder. As any war correspondent will tell you, immersion can also be dangerous...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bradley Garrett recounts his own infiltration into urbex (urban exploration) communities, and provides a list of the "five most influential 'gonzo' ethnographies." If you aren't familiar with Garrett's work, be sure to check it out. In particular, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City</em></a> is a must-read primer on sneaking into the secret corners of the city. In a way, urbex picks up where the Situationists left off, reimagining the urban environment as a giant, unending game board.</p><ol><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City</em> by Alice Goffman</a>&#8203;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Women and Bullfighting: Gender, Sex and the Consumption of Tradition</em> by Sarah Pink</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></li><li><a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1432751726&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Hell%E2%80%99s+Angels%3A+The+Strange+and+Terrible+Saga+of+the+Outlaw+Motorcycle+Gangs+by+Hunter+S+Thompson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Hell&rsquo;s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs</em> by Hunter S Thompson</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Good Company: A Tramp Life</em> by Douglas Harper</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging</em> by Jeff Ferrell</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></li></ol> SANAA chosen to design NSW Art Gallery expansion Justine Testado 2015-05-27T14:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T14:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize laureates</a> Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> were revealed today as the winners of an international competition to design the AUD$450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. As part of the Sydney Modern Project, the expansion will upgrade the existing building into a global cultural landmark that connects the Gallery, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain, the city, and Sydney Harbor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>SANAA scored the commission out of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 notable shortlisters</a> like Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield, Herzog &amp; de Meuron, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Renzo Piano Building Workshop, to name a few.</p><p>SANAA incorporated the gallery site's surrounding topography and climate in their design, which features cascading platforms of sandstone and glass. The expansion will double the size of the 23,000 sq.m. gallery and will include new educational facilities, spaces for live performances and films, open exhibition spaces, and reintroduce natural day...</p> Oak Pass Main House by Walker Workshop Noah Walker 2015-05-27T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:26:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Oak Pass main house sits on the top of a 3.5 acre ridge site with panoramic canyon views.&nbsp; There are over 130 protected Oak trees on the property. &nbsp;The house was sited to take advantage of the views without the house becoming a central visual focus.&nbsp; The massing was reduced by utilizing an &ldquo;upside down&rdquo; program with the public spaces located above the bedrooms, which are buried into the hill and protected beneath a vegetated roof.&nbsp; A lower level courtyard allows light and air to flow to the buried hallway of the bedroom level.&nbsp; A seventy five foot long lap pool with infinity edges on three of four sides, bisects the house and slips beneath one of the largest oaks on the property.&nbsp; The house is primarily constructed of structural concrete allowing for long, column free spans.&nbsp;</p> Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley will curate 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-27T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T20:17:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a press release issued today, the Istanbul Design Biennial announced that powerhouse architectural historians, theorists and educators <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beatriz Colomina</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Wigley</a> will curate the 3rd Biennial, taking place in 2016. Both are based in New York City (and happen to be married) &ndash; Colomina teaches and is a curator at Princeton University, and Wigley recently stepped down from his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">deanship at Columbia University's GSAPP</a>.</p><p>The Biennial's agenda is to bring together a diversity of ideas and people within the design community to an international forum, and consider global issues from a design-minded perspective. Colomina and Wigley will announce the Biennial's "conceptual framework" in December 2015.</p><p>Their selection also continues the Biennial's trend of selecting international architecture figures for its curators &ndash;&nbsp;2012's Biennial was headed by architects and researchers Emre Arolat (Istanbul) and Joseph Grima (Genoa), and 2014's was led by curator and writer&nbsp;Zo&euml; Ryan (Chicago-based). ...</p> Starhill Gallery by SPARK Sparkarchitects 2015-05-27T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:14:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>SPARK&rsquo;s landmark redesign of the 40,000 sqm Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur's premier shopping mall, has placed the building on the world architecture and retail stage. The highly sculptured glass and stone folded fa&ccedil;ade, inspired by the tailoring of Christian Lacroix's theatre costumes, engages with the public realm giving it powerful new brand image. A triple height flagship corner pavilion for the luxury French retailer LVMH exemplifies the classic, well-manufactured and timeless quality of the products on sale. The lightweight steel and glass fa&ccedil;ade&rsquo;s crystalline form is the first of its kind in Malaysia reinforcing Starhill&rsquo;s position as the foremost luxury shopping destination in Southeast Asia.</p> Tank18 by Martinkovic Milford Architects Chip Jordan 2015-05-27T12:57:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:18:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Full architectural design and services to convert an existing 6,300 square foot industrial warehouse to a wine tasting room, bottling facility, and events space. The space celebrates the wine making process by drawing design inspiration from the wine bottles, pallets, barrels, and tanks that make it all possible. Movable tables are crafted from wooden pallets and allow a flexible floor plan for hosting events. The custom bar uses metallic patterns from wine storage tanks and features torched wood from wine barrels. The walls are lined with empty wine bottles that function as inventory available for purchase and filling.</p> Share your failed (or near-failed) studio projects Stephanie 2015-05-27T12:28:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T19:28:01-04:00 <p>The discussion in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this thread</a> brought up an interesting point - a project that gets bad grades in studio doesn't necessarily equate to a bad project.</p><p>I <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shared a link</a> to a project that almost failed - I got a 4 on the Danish grading scale - equivalent to a B-/C+ or thereabouts.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>I spent a lot of time sourcing rattan and learning to use the material. I also spent a lot of time prototyping this chair (two prototypes before the final) with very ad hoc resources, since the wood shop didn't have the equipment I needed. I built a stove-top steam box at home and used the gas flame to bend the rattan.</p><p>My studio instructor for this course derided my design as a "beach chair for drinking pina coladas in" (I still can't see the bad in this?)</p><p>Here's the kicker: in the very next semester that same studio instructor, seemingly 'inspired' by my (near-failed) project, went to the very same rattan workshop that I had sourced and bought up a supply of rattan for his whole studio. He then bought 10 gas tor...</p> ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues Alexander Walter 2015-05-27T12:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:27:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an apparent video message, ISIS forces occupying the ancient city of Palmyra and its environs have stated that they do not intend to bulldoze its architecture, but plan to &ldquo;pulverize&rdquo; unspecified statues that they believe have been worshipped by &ldquo;heretics&rdquo; in the past. [...] The veracity of the message cannot be independently confirmed, but it has been assumed to be authentic by specialists on the subject, including the journalist Hassan Hassan, co-author of &ldquo;ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li></ul><p>Meanwhile in Palmyra:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS executes more than 300 civilians in Syria&rsquo;s Palmyra</a></p> Red Building, Pacific Design Center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects jtrachtenberg 2015-05-27T11:46:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:16:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="612" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Red Building completes the Pacific Design Center, a West Hollywood landmark that spans over 40 years of design and construction. The first building (nicknamed the &ldquo;Blue Whale&rdquo;) was designed by Cesar Pelli when he was Partner for Design at Gruen Associates, and was completed in 1975. The Green Building, along with a smaller freestanding outpost of the Museum of Contemporary Art, followed in 1988. With the addition of the Red Building, the horizontal Blue Building and the chamfered Green Building are reinvented as elements in a new composition around the 5.6-hectare (14-acre) site&rsquo;s plaza.</p><p>The most dynamic of the three, the Red Building is composed of two curved, sloping towers atop seven levels of parking. The five-story West Tower slopes inward against the Hollywood Hills to the north. The eight-story East Tower continues the gesture, curving upward and culminating in a high point to the east.</p><p>Between the two towers is an eight-floor courtyard verdant with palm trees. The walls fa...</p> Master the Business Side of Your Architecture Firm Sponsor 2015-05-27T11:44:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:57:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. Sure, they may delegate that authority to someone who knows more than they do about balance sheets, income statements and financing, but a firm&rsquo;s principals are ultimately responsible for the decisions made and actions taken in their organization.</p><p>For many small architecture firms, principals don&rsquo;t have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters. In some instances, firm owners use other employees to assist with day-to-day operations.</p><p>Jennifer Pullinger writes in the &ldquo;<em>Architect Magazine</em>&rdquo; that Belmont Freeman, FAIA, of Belmont Freeman Architects in New York City, &ldquo;delegates some of the firm&rsquo;s financial management to individual project architects.&rdquo; Freeman also explains in the article that he creates &ldquo;processes that allow them to continually examine key metrics for their firm. It&rsquo;s good to have an associate in the ...</p> The End of a Tradition Nicole Doan 2015-05-27T11:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:25:23-04:00 <p>For as long as I have been a student at Cal Poly Pomona, there has been a tradition of showing a dance video during the end-of-the-year Bauhaus Ball. In the past it has been a fun display of our silliness throughout the endless days and sleepless nights, but these past two years have been a forceful attempt to record reluctant, exhausted students as they half-heartedly wiggled their bodies. As the reluctance heightens, the more we are willing to let go of a tradition.</p><p>Last year, Zachary Green and Samuel Rubio invited me to assist them in a separate video project, on top of the yearly dance video. "Night", in some ways, was a tribute to the graduating class, acting similarly to the first several dance videos. This year, Sam and Zack have once again taken it upon themselves to create a second short film to end not only the school year--my last year in undergrad--but also the possible end to the Cal Poly Pomona dance video tradition.&nbsp;</p> Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery by SPARK Sparkarchitects 2015-05-26T23:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T10:00:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This four-storey building designed by SPARK will showcase the variety of office and retail spaces soon to be created at Vanke-Shoukai&rsquo;s mixed-use development in Daxing. The sales gallery was conceived as the combination of a playfully arranged showcase pavilion topped by a pragmatically organised office box. The amalgamation of these two volumes and the large-scale cantilevers create a spatial complexity of the interior and the exterior . The sales gallery and its landscaped surroundings will demonstrate the design direction of the new leisure and business centre, with an emphasis on the human scale and a prioritisation of functional ambiance. It aspires to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, and retail and recreation zones, with spatial transitions that encourage voluntary discovery and a dynamic experience.</p> Chinese game developer designs HQ after Star Trek USS Enterprise Justine Testado 2015-05-26T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:30:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 260-meter long, 100-meter wide, six-floor building was built by Hong Kong-listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft, whose founder Liu Dejian &mdash; a 43-year-old University of Kansas alumni &mdash; is a huge [Trekkie]...With a total investment of 600 million yuan ($97 million), the building was inspired by the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E, which appeared in three &ldquo;Star Trek&rdquo; movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sources report that construction of the office building started in October 2010 and was then completed in May 2014.</p><p>Check out the building on <a href=",+Fuzhou,+Fujian,+China/@25.963433,119.6955983,528m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3441b0d56df58391:0xe5e086c4e19c6ce2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> or in the drone footage below.</p> China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:06:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July. Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop. In comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States is 21 meters (69 feet) in length and stands 219 meters (718 feet) above the canyon floor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eleven / / / Cambodia 2015: Protect Respect Empower 2015-05-26T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T18:34:38-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>