Archinect 2015-08-29T15:03:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135362232/don-t-forget-that-the-dry-futures-submission-deadline-is-tuesday-september-1 Don't forget that the Dry Futures submission deadline is Tuesday, September 1! Justine Testado 2015-08-29T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T20:37:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vh79wzivx5iokcj4.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Got an inventive design idea on how to address the historic drought that's parching up California? Send your submissions to Archinect's <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a>&nbsp;competition!&nbsp;Architects and non-architects worldwide are welcome to send entries that are imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or even dystopic. The submission deadline is&nbsp;Tuesday, September 1 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.</p><p>We're accepting submissions in two categories: Speculative and Pragmatic. Three prize winners in each category will be announced.</p><p>"Speculative" refers to proposals of the sci-fi variety, perhaps involving technologies that don't yet exist, or imagining alternative future scenarios for a drought-affected California. "Pragmatic" are the more standard, realistic proposals &ndash; ones that could feasibly be implemented today.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i04xvfbctel6hs0b.jpg"></p><p>1st place winners in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a custom one-week survival kit, including a backpack. 2nd place winners get an emergency kit stocked with one-week of supplies, and 3rd ...</p> http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/turf_a_mini-golf_project_open_call_from_materials_applicat/ TURF: a mini-golf project (Open Call from Materials & Applications) 2015-08-28T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T19:55:38-04:00 <!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/135355800/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-old-new-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Old+New" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-08-28T19:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T19:12:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h3/h3fx34vajt5wuch1.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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://www.pinterest.com/archinect/old%2Bnew/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rqdvueo1pkbfvxvj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/676/library-of-birmingham/90594307" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library</a> in Birmingham, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/mecanoo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nim7z0khdxu9p57.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/52596385/cr-che-et-logement-de-fonction-rue-pierre-budin/87500335" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cr&egrave;che et logement de fonction rue Pierre Budin</a> in Paris, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/ecdm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ECDM architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecpya4g5njlla37d.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/62986441/office-zotov-co/113873960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Zotov&amp;Co</a> in Kiev, Ukraine by <a href="http://archinect.com/zotov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zotov&amp;Co</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l6w7zd7b0toexei1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/sparkarchitects/project/spark-beijing-office2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARK Office</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/sparkarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARK</a>; Photo: Shu He</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if5ft7n8dq6ltqyw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/118858781/business-house-langenzipen-st-petersburg/124249077" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Business House Langenzipen</a> in St. Petersburg, Russia by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/118858781/nps-tchoban-voss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nps tchoban voss</a>; Photo: Bernhard Kroll</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j18o9mz5zkxjcsbe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/performers-house-high-school/130699386" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Performers House High School</a> in Silkeborg, Denmark by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">schmidt hammer lassen architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9eqi4jlyiee42kf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects/project/v-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V' House</a> in Maastricht, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70tkhofq9yhlz7e4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111241443/businesspark-breitensee/111325887" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Businesspark Breitensee</a> in Vienna, Austria by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/holodeck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOLODECK architects</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Wolfgang Thaler</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qf/qficom4qpy1hax7e.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/11636051/blackbird/92220466" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blackbird</a> in Chicago, IL by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11636051/design-bureaux-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Bureaux, Inc</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/5012529/podere-bedano/129395204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poder...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135357408/woman-s-dream-tiny-home-clashes-with-canadian-law Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T14:53:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb91otet3c9n27ep.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the tiny home world:</p><ul><li><a title="Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117724661/the-problem-with-tiny-homes-they-can-get-stolen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117134090/swedish-architects-design-for-un-permited-small-space-living" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a title="The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100062620/the-tiny-house-lover-s-guide-to-romance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance</a></li><li><a title="Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18810722/teenager-builds-tiny-home-to-avoid-mortgage-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346125/your-annual-reminder-that-burning-man-isn-t-that-special-of-an-idea Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T15:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:17:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1t6dmr7b6sb6tnb0.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While Burning Man really is a one-of-a-kind, temporary event, there are&nbsp;communities&nbsp;full of similarly minded radical folk across the globe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Burners 'round the globe will soon make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City,&nbsp;a "temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community" in Nevada's desert. The psychedelic social experiment born of&nbsp;"radical self-reliance" known as Burning Man begins this Sunday, and in its nearly 30-year history has attracted legions of loyalists, while also being criticized for a radicalism compromised by expensive ticket prices and a "buddy-buddy relationship with Silicon Valley billionaires"<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/03/burning-man-founder-is-cool-with-capitalism-and-silicon-valley-billionaire/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/55db67c1bd86ef12008b57c5-4992-3744/burning%20man%20.jpg"></p><p>By its nature, Black Rock City disappears when Burning Man ends &ndash; but many similarly radical communities around the world are being built to last. Sure, no giant effigies, but often, infrastructure!</p><p>This piece from ajc.com looks at some of the other experiments in communal living from around the world &ndash; from ecovillage Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to Copenhagen's autonomous Christiana and even autonomous micronations like the Principality of Sealand.</p><p>More news from The Burn:</p><ul><li><a title='300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133736405/300-mile-wall-proposed-for-the-bay-area-to-exile-burning-man-festivalgoers-forever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay A...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:05:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e2gova57fqjxpak.jpg" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul><p>And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the <em>new</em>, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel,&nbsp;here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.</p><p>Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29855/demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the ones we've lost</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1lumj7kdc18zwvyd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2myk5ksaigtecxuk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7k2xx8ro5o0yojj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4glgmcz2uko837x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxfqg5ye3cix1gux.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcmx4rhkzrrp6ytr.jpg"></p><p>All images via <em>Monocle Magazine</em>'s <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning Justine Testado 2015-08-28T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:50:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nccqugmcum2nxuhi.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Botany professor Paloma Cari&ntilde;anos] found it surprising that the design of these green spaces thought about landscaping, climate, and fashion criteria, but didn't think about pollen problems. [She] says that in the future, urban green spaces 'will become 'comfort islands' inside 'urban heat islands.''...Cari&ntilde;anos and her team stress that their research is a tool for planning and prevention. They hope that other cities will be able to use their methods to prevent high allergen levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read more of Cari&ntilde;anos' team's research in the <a href="https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/0/0/jeq2015.02.0075" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Environmental Quality</em></a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122679179/kkt-architects-envision-tornado-shaped-tower-for-downtown-tulsa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/135330039/design-manifestos-mette-aamodt-andrew-plumb-of-aamodt-plumb-architects Design Manifestos: Mette Aamodt & Andrew Plumb of Aamodt / Plumb Architects Eli Laipson 2015-08-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:49:44-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3m/3multjf2acfd0qqp.jpg"></p><p>Last week <strong>Modelo</strong>&nbsp;visited the offices of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aamodtplumb.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Aamodt / Plumb</strong></a>&nbsp;a Cambridge-based Architecture firm founded by partners, Mette Aamodt, AIA and Andrew Plumb, AIA. Mette and Andrew first met in graduate school at Harvard GSD. After they gained experience working at both boutique studios and large firms in New York and Boston, they decided to start their own firm in 2007. Nearly eight years later, the venture has matured into an award-winning firm focused on creating beautiful modern homes for a nationwide list of clientele. Despite their busy schedules, the founders took time to reflect on their approach to design and running a business as well as their aspirations for the future.</p><p><strong>On their projects<br>Mette</strong>:&nbsp;<em>We focus on modern homes and creative work spaces because those are the places where people spend the majority of their lives. Recently, we completed the Modern Texas Prefab house that is our new benchmark for a design and construction process that we think works really well. We&rsquo;ve tried a lot ...</em></p> http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/dry_futures/ DRY FUTURES: An Ideas Competition Seeking Future-Focused Design Responses to California’s Drought 2015-08-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:12:54-04:00 <!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/135337269/why-we-blame-buildings Why we blame buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:40:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f1ce4da3b488d0b5529437c40529608.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Accepted wisdom has it that the continuing social unrest in the banlieues, as these suburbs are called, is a direct result of their built form: repetitive slabs and blocks of modern housing, often in large isolated estates. [...] In fact, environmental determinism accompanied the very making of the French suburbs in the postwar period and the development of modern urbanism more generally. Why is it that we assign so much power to buildings?</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/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T12:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T11:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fb14d3ca77a7b361db7ae91c5d4c38e.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government hopes to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at &yen;155 billion, much lower than the &yen;252 billion projected under a recently scrapped plan [...]. The government intends to make sure that the stadium will be built by April 2020. But given the International Olympic Committee&rsquo;s request that the venue be built by January of that year, it plans to ask a yet-to-be-named contractor to propose shortening its construction schedule, the sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the troubled New National Stadium Tokyo in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135286699/architecture-shapes-hyperreal-photographic-narratives-in-art-collection-schude Architecture shapes hyperreal photographic narratives in art collection "Schude" Julia Ingalls 2015-08-28T00:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T06:46:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2rtpxa5zx6nwi4.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photographer Ryan Schude's narrative panoramas are as informed by the artist's humor as they are by the structures in which they often take place. Consider "The Saturn," a typical Southern California <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99407/next-series-apartment-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dingbat</a> that is transformed into a tableau of subjects wondering where they went wrong. There's the man whose belongings are being unceremoniously tossed out of a window by an enraged lover to the woman staring out of her kitchen window to the mildly distressed dingbat itself. At least, that's one reading. Look closer: other stories begin to emerge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vbvnezrf1islcqf.jpg"></p><p>Beginning as an editorial portraitist for a magazine, Schude "wanted to figure out how to do more than just show a documentary aspect of [a subject's] personality. I wanted to tell a story that would be more interesting than the person themselves, and take that concept and apply it to a much bigger scene with actual actors and create another story, depending on the location."&nbsp;The narrative within "The Saturn" evolved as he sought a location....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135281881/participating-architects-announced-for-the-us-pavilion-of-the-2016-venice-biennale Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T00:08:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9etsg1j6li9p6a7z.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The list of architects chosen to participate in the US Pavilion for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2016 Venice Biennale</a> has just been announced. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica de Ponce Leon</a>, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132106689/u-s-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-architectural-imagination-now-open-for-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>" seeks to be "an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world."</p><p>Out of more than 250 submissions, the following 12 architecture firms were chosen:</p><ol><li><a href="http://archinect.com/anoffice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>a(n) Office</strong></a> (Detroit, Michigan)<br>Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinardi&nbsp;and V. Mitch McEwen</li><li><a href="http://bairballiet.com/bairballiet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BairBalliet</strong></a> (Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois)<br>Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/702/greg-lynn-form" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn FORM</a></strong> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Greg Lynn</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1044/mack-scogin-merrill-elam-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects</strong></a> (Atlanta, Georgia)<br>Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/mbpro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chicago, Illinois)<br>Marshall Brown</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a></strong> (New York, New York)<br>Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith</li><li><a href="http://www.pita-bloom.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pita &amp; Bloom</strong></a> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom</li><li><strong>Present Future</strong> (Houston, Texas)<br>Albert Pope and Jes&uacute;s Vas...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/135280266/leaving-town-this-bot-will-write-your-goodbye-letter-for-you Leaving town? This bot will write your goodbye letter for you Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T19:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:24:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w2/w24s0s7dm43xdiqm.jpg" width="514" height="102" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of course, San Francisco has much to offer. The clothing stores, the cable cars, the botanical gardens. My neighbor the conveyor operator, Alan. The libraries, the sports bars, the bus stations. Sigh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Leaving Everywhere" is a piece of net art that spits out "break-up" letters with cities by citing randomly-selected data from the US Census Bureau. Made by <a href="http://tinysubversions.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darius Kazemi</a>, the letters are all essentially Mad Libs for arguing about cities, where Kazemi's algorithm fills in the blanks.</p><p>The letters are all structured more or less the same, expressing things loved about the city followed by its flaws, then some redeeming quality, a comment on racial demographics, and then sometimes, a Shakespeare quotation. This gives a deliciously arbitrary, and at times a bit unsettling, flavor to the data.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a prime example, to Boston:</p><p><em>Boston, it is time for us to part. In just a few weeks I'll be moving to Newark, New Jersey.</em></p><p><em>I'm going to miss things about this city for sure. The bakeries, the Belarusian restaurants, the convention centers. The Greek restaurants, the flower shops, the toll booths. My local communications equipment operator, Delaney. It is with a heavy heart that I leave here.</em></p><p><em>That ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135112269/prepare-your-emergency-survival-kit-with-inspiration-from-some-of-the-dry-futures-competition-prize-packages Prepare your emergency survival kit with inspiration from some of the Dry Futures competition prize packages Justine Testado 2015-08-27T16:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T19:15:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/oz5hghzi3qon82ot.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're venturing out into nature doing long-term research for a project or you're preparing for the next natural disaster that may strike your city, it's always a good idea to have a survival kit ready if things go awry and an emergency arises. If you haven't prepared a kit and need some starter suggestions on what to pack, Archinect hand-picked a selection of survival products that were kindly provided by a group of reputable brands for our <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> design competition. The top three prizes in each category will include these custom survival kits.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/ts3o0he028xxd5si.jpg"></p><p>Naturally, staying as healthy as possible is crucial in any survival situation. Devoted to creating durable everyday products equipped with life-saving capabilities, <a href="http://www.lifegear.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Life Gear</a>'s "Wings of Life" and "Grab and Go" Survival Packs include lightweight water-resistant backpacks to carry their accompanying essentials, including: 3-day supply of food and water for one person, poncho/thermal blanket, tarp, personal hygiene and first-aid k...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135269008/australia-s-biggest-bike-lane-skeptic-plans-to-remove-a-popular-sydney-cycleway Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway Justine Testado 2015-08-27T15:33:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T15:34:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gta4n2g3138hzq39.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Duncan Gay, self-described as 'the biggest bike-lane skeptic', and the] NSW government [are] about to get rid of a much-loved and much-used AU$5M protected cycleway in Sydney&rsquo;s city centre...Gay&rsquo;s move seems to go against the flow, with cycling increasingly feted as a potential congestion and pollution game changer in major cities around the world...But he is not alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous bike-lane news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Tops List of the 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98147614/bike-lanes-don-t-cause-traffic-jams-if-you-re-smart-about-where-you-build-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bike Lanes Don&rsquo;t Cause Traffic Jams If You&rsquo;re Smart About Where You Build Them</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113031751/archinect-s-lexicon-bike-wash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264996/archinect-s-employer-of-the-day-weekly-round-up-84 Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #84 Justine Testado 2015-08-27T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/atvu1ixbw1djsu1d.jpg" width="514" height="387" 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&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>,&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p><p>In case you missed them, check out the latest&nbsp;<em>EOTD</em>&nbsp;features:</p><p>1. <a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Gruen Associates</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153453342807247.1073743207.159112812246&amp;type=3&amp;uploaded=7" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/135047176/project-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/to/tok801vllyuwld6p.jpg"></p><p>2. <a href="http://archinect.com/oonaghryanarchitectsinc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Oonagh Ryan Architects</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153448819867247.1073743205.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/132723640/mid-level-designer-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mid-level Designer/Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vk55z7urlbsawol.jpg"></p><p>3. <a href="http://archinect.com/Backengillamkroeger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Backen, Gillam &amp; Kroeger Architects</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect/posts/10153451751537247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/Backengillamkroeger/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/af7asvh79sm44ajy.jpg"></p><p>4. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/102377/martinez-johnson-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Martinez + Johnson Architecture</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153439867507247.1073743203.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/jobs/102377/martinez-johnson-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spl67wyuc6w1ft1i.jpg"></p><p>5. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26759221/tyler-engle-architects-ps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tyler Engle Architects</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>(<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153437634787247.1073743202.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/132952323/project-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zvm5i9abytdz6ytg.jpg"></p><p>Keep track of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/369546/employer-of-the-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Employer of the Day</em></a>&nbsp;by liking Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>&nbsp;or follow the new&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;<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 ongoing&nbsp;<em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/596985/employ-ed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMPLOY(ED)</a></em>&nbsp;series.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/aw9ztbemi6xrfmqc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/aa_thessaloniki_revelations/ AA Thessaloniki Revelations :: 2015-08-27T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:36:34-04:00 <!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/135264994/an-architect-helps-transform-dangerous-alleys-into-cultural-hotspots An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbso38lazmtfij5d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vejylft8o0dw17re.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135261768/cap-d-agde-a-naked-city-in-the-south-of-france Cap d'Agde: a naked city in the south of France Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:04:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcfeh8lampd9ctru.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-1960s, the De Gaulle-instigated Mission Racine to develop Languedoc-Roussillon&rsquo;s tourist economy created six modernist seaside resorts from scratch, each a day&rsquo;s boat ride apart &ndash; still one of the largest state-run development schemes ever. ...there was some ideological overlap between the purifying doctrines of naturism and modernism: Le Corbusier himself enjoyed airing his bits on the Cote d&rsquo;Azur and shared the same teacher as Cap d&rsquo;Agde&rsquo;s chief architect, Jean le Couteur.</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/135262577/pneumatic-garbage-tubes-to-be-installed-under-nyc-s-high-line Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msfthx729kn0urg2.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14295811/a-brief-history-of-the-pneumatic-tube-transport-systems-that-never-were" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9gts8uxr874za4o.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262578/sorry-l-a-but-the-nation-s-worst-traffic-is-in-d-c Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-scorecard-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135212787/editor-s-picks-428 Editor's Picks #428 Nam Henderson 2015-08-27T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6g1j0m61g484udv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed Smiljan Radi&#263;. They discussed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/134655300/architecture-at-the-limits-of-instability-an-interview-with-smiljan-radi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture at the limits of instability</a>.&nbsp;Therein Radi&#263; explains&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>In Chile, it&rsquo;s better to do it really brut rather than try to do it perfectly...And here to do something brut it's cheap, but in Europe it's really expensive.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cd8rfpshyjazh07.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;posted an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134433610/architecture-of-segregation/50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> by Paul Jargowsky (a fellow at The Century Foundation) which lays out the facts and statistics of decline and poverty's impact on American cities.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan</a>&nbsp;editorialized "<em>architecture must pay much more attention to this issue and start producing solutions instead of getting shamelessly high on celebrating star architect designed luxury condominiums for the globally rich clientele and elitist minimalist lakeside homes, and teaching their renderings in schools...We are inadequate and limited with our current scope as architects.</em>" &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/118068376/marc-miller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller&nbsp;</a>later added "<em>It's a hard road, but the ability to define what you do- or the working towards that is one of the things that defines ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135194291/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-peter-zellner Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Peter Zellner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T08:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:44:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t8954ve83r4x6ohd.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Peter Zellner comes to Archinect's <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> jury with a diverse architectural background, having worked for large, infrastructurally-minded firms like <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>, while previously designing smaller-scale art spaces under his own firm, <a href="http://archinect.com/zellnerplus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZELLNERPLUS</a>. In September of 2015, Peter will launch <a href="http://archinect.com/ZNcArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZNc Architects</a> with partner Paul Naecker. ZNc is a nimble, LEED accredited and NCARB certified architecture firm located in the LA Arts District.</p><p>We recently interviewed Peter at length on an episode of Archinect Sessions (listen <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132033618/from-z-to-a-peter-zellner-joins-us-in-the-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>). Based in Los Angeles, Peter has seen the drought progress and intensify firsthand.</p><p></p><p>Peter's mindset on the drought combines experience living in the dry climates of Australia and southern California, to reflect on prior reactions (urban and not) to drought conditions. While conservation and sourcing are important, using every drop more efficiently by adopting large-scale recycling techniques will make the biggest impact on drought defense. Certain Californian municipalitie...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/135196707/design-manifestos-alfonso-medina-of-t38 Design Manifestos: Alfonso Medina of T38 Eli Laipson 2015-08-27T00:37:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T00:38:30-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24axpd15q6k6asei.jpg"></p><p>Alfonso Medina is the award-winning founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.t38studio.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>T38</strong></a>&nbsp;an architecture and development firm based in New York City and Tijuana, Mexico. At only 32 years old he has built up his firm over the past 10 years focusing on the intersections of residential housing, urban planning and community development. Medina recently spent some time with Modelo&nbsp;to reflect upon the last decade, the evolution of his approach to design and the future of architecture. Full interview below.</p><p><strong>On becoming an architect and starting a firm</strong><br><em>I&rsquo;m 32 right now but started 10 years ago this summer. I&rsquo;d been studying in Monterey, which is in the northern part of Mexico close to Texas where I was actually born. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona and it was amazing, really fun. That&rsquo;s where I really got to see what architecture really was about, because in Mexico, where I grew up, architecture was really related to construction and development, but in Europe I saw another side of architecture that I hadn&rsquo;t go...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135187052/the-grand-canyon-is-contaminated-with-mercury The Grand Canyon is contaminated with mercury Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T21:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T21:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bg2n36vquhsvkru.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sadly, even the Grand Canyon, a symbolic landmark of America&rsquo;s natural environment, unfortunately isn&rsquo;t immune to the ravages of pollution. Concentrations of&nbsp;mercury&nbsp;and&nbsp;selenium&nbsp;in canyon&rsquo;s food webs &mdash; the interconnected food chains in the environment &mdash; regularly exceed levels considered risky for fish and wildlife. Those findings are from a&nbsp;study&nbsp;from the U.S. Geological Survey scientists published in the journal Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's the kind of news that reads like <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/506696/anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a> poetry &ndash; both existentially dark and metaphorically potent. This vast&nbsp;fissure in&nbsp;the Earth's crust, which presents us with two billion years of&nbsp;geologic history and basically defines our image of the sublime, has been thoroughly contaminated by a relatively short period of industrial agriculture and other human activities.</p><p>More precisely, the selenium likely comes from agriculture and mining (although it also exists in the soil naturally). The mercury is thought to have been brought in by algae from Lake Powell, originating in "distant coal-burning electrical plants."</p><p>The researchers explained, "The findings of the present study add to a growing body of evidence showing that remote ecosystems are vulnerable to long-range transport and subsequent bioaccumulation of contaminants."</p><p>Researcher studied minnows, invertebrates and fish at six sites along the Colorado River and recorded mercury and selenium levels that exceed toxicity threshol...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2y6nnl97ecs30led.jpg" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10005/utah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xuig43k9sineth0z.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/viki6r3pl4kwj8s0.jpg"></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/homes-for-the-homeless--8#/story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv7hw61h3eer8g8y.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/fakro_inspires_-_space_for_new_visions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/660205836/New-complex-for-homeless-opens-in-Salt-Lake.html?pg=all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135199944/the-boring-domestic-origins-of-1980s-hardcore-music The boring domestic origins of 1980s hardcore music Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T00:22:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/35ff81e2d58eda1bb32e2e6fdc00e4c7.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hardcore Architecture is a project by Chicago artist Marc Fischer exploring the relationship between domestic spaces, urban and suburban neighborhoods, and underground hardcore and punk bands of the 1980s. [...] The results of his media archaelogy are a funny, ironic and intriguing snapshot of American vernacular architecture in the 1980s. It's also a fascinating alternative vision of the places where underground culture has been created and nurtured</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127248609/hardcore-architecture-the-homes-that-produced-80s-punk-bands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Hardcore Architecture"</a>&nbsp;(which we also posted on back in May) is now available as a limited-edition booklet, featuring 68 Google Street View snapshots of homes that housed punk and hardcore bands in 1980s. Besides their shared genre-base, these homes all have one thing in common: they are pretty boring. Or to be more charitable, perfect examples of "American vernacular architecture in the 1980s".</p><p>In this MinnPost piece, Chicago-based artist and creator of "Hardcore Architecture" Marc Fischer spills some details behind the homes. Here's some select bits from his interview:</p><p>"...there are definitely sorts of trends in the building styles. If you&rsquo;re looking at a gigantic, long brick building in Syracuse, New York, in all likelihood it&rsquo;s student housing for Syracuse University if it&rsquo;s not a house. And certainly the homes in Chicago that I found all look pretty normal variations on Chicago types of homes &ndash; like brick two-flat buildings. Or in New York, of course, it&rsquo;s predictably either rea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135191874/lonely-planet-names-queens-ny-the-no-1-travel-spot-in-the-us-for-2015 Lonely Planet names Queens, NY the No. 1 travel spot in the US for 2015 Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T16:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:38:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/pppk2s3kppkifear.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lonely Planet made a decision in December that stunned many in the travel industry, even those deeply invested in promoting the borough. It named Queens the No. 1 travel destination in the United States for 2015. Yes, Queens. Not Miami, the Grand Canyon, Washington, San Francisco or, more to the point, Manhattan, but rather New York City&rsquo;s equivalent of a flyover state, perhaps most famous for two sitcoms, one featuring a food-fixated deliveryman and the other a xenophobic bigot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to data from&nbsp;NYC &amp; Company, the city&rsquo;s tourism marketing agency, the amount of visitors to the outer borough increased around 12 percent in a single year, between 2012 and 2013. Queens is also reported to be in the midst of a major hotel building boom, with five new ones opening last year alone.</p>