Archinect 2016-02-14T12:06:11-05:00 Getting the chair: how cinematic villains' seats illuminate character Julia Ingalls 2016-02-14T00:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-14T09:41:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine Hannibal Lecter in a lawn chair: not quite as menacing, right? While furniture in <a href="" target="_blank">film</a> can be a subtle part of the mise-en-scene, for cinematic villains, their signature chair often defines their character, even if that character is rotten right down to the studs. What chairs do the best job of bringing out the worst of an empire-crazed nihilist, or a serial killer, or a limelit psychopath? To answer that question, we had these ten evildoers take a seat according to their preferred vice.</p> Ayalto Integral transforms Europa Point’s 18th century barracks into a bright and open complex for Gibraltar University Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-12T19:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-13T14:03:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With consideration paid to the historical integrity of an eighteenth century bunker, <a href="" target="_blank">Ayalto Integral</a> has transformed a cultural landmark on Europa Point into a bright and open space for students of Gibraltar University.</p> Eero Saarinen's love letters Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-12T18:39:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T19:28:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The letters&nbsp;are written to Aline Bernstein Louchheim, who became Saarinen's second wife in 1954. The Archives of American Art have an impressive collection of photos and letters from Eero and Aline, which you can view <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</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> Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status — it's about time! Justine Testado 2016-02-12T15:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T16:31:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'s tempting to turn cartwheels over the Chicago City Council's vote to grant permanent landmark status to Marina City, the city within a city best known for its iconic corncob-shaped towers. Marina City was a landmark building that lacked official landmark status and was therefore vulnerable &mdash; if not to demolition, then to insensitive additions that chipped away at the sculpted beauty of its curving concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since the process began last July,&nbsp;Chicago City Council unanimously voted 48-0 (with the absence of two aldermen) to designate Bertrand Goldberg's midcentury icon as a historic city landmark as of Wednesday, according to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>.</p><p>"Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, deserves credit for championing the protection of Marina City..." Blair Kamin writes in the Chicago Tribune. "Yet it can't be forgotten that Reilly in 2012 supported the demolition of the Goldberg-designed Prentice Women's Hospital, a building that lacked Marina City's picture-postcard appeal but was nonetheless worth saving because of its boldly engineered concrete shell structure and humanistic interior.&nbsp;In a sense, Prentice died so that Marina could live."</p><p>Previous news on this topic:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> Norton Museum of Art breaks ground on Foster + Partners-designed expansion project Alexander Walter 2016-02-12T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T16:16:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A ceremonial groundbreaking on February 6 marked the official kick off for construction of the ambitious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a> expansion in West Palm Beach, Florida. The event went hand-in-hand with the annual gala later that day celebrating the Museum&rsquo;s 75th anniversary. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Foster</a>, design architect of the expansion, personally attended the celebrations.</p><p>Read on for more information we've received from the Norton.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Scheduled to open in 2018, the transformed West Wing includes a monumental entrance, a 35% increase in gallery space to showcase the Museum&rsquo;s collection and inventive exhibitions, a stateof- the-art 210-seat auditorium, increased education space, and a &ldquo;great hall&rdquo; that will become the Museum&rsquo;s social hub. A sculpture garden and additional green spaces will provide new areas for the Norton&rsquo;s programming, creating a museum in a garden on the 6.3-acre campus."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The Museum, which opened in 1941, was initially conceived by architect Marion Sims Wyeth as an elegant series of Art...</p> Of death and Facebook Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-12T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T14:49:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>dying online is open to anyone willing to share his or her end with the blogosphere. [...] This dissolving of the barriers between the public and the intimate is death&rsquo;s vital new upgrade... death has acquired a &ldquo;neurotic separation&rdquo; from daily life, and this separation has been identified as part of the &ldquo;malaise of the late twentieth century.&rdquo; But thanks to the internet, death might be losing some of its pariah status.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Prompted by the recent mass internet-public mourning of David Bowie, as well as a few agencies that offer post-death social media updates to perpetuate the online persona of your late loved-ones, Adrian Shaughnessy (graphic designer at the Royal College of Art) reflects on how a death shared online gets us that one step closer to immortality, "or for as long as the links keep working."</p><p>More from the death-desk:</p><ul><li><a title="A story about death and architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A story about death and architecture</a></li><li><a title="They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li><li><a title="Architect proposes turning dead humans into compost" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect proposes turning dead humans into compost</a></li><li><a title="Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: Syracuse University, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-12T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T16:33:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Next up is the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University School of Architecture</a>.&nbsp;Unless noted otherwise, lectures take place at 6 p.m. in the Slocum Hall Auditorium. Free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Feb 16</strong><br>Tong Ming / Founding Principal - TM Studio; Professor, College of Architecture &amp; Urban Planning - Tongji University</p><p><strong>Feb 23</strong><br>Bing Bu / Founding Principal, One Design Inc - Shanghai</p><p><strong>Mar 8</strong><br>Susan Dieterlen / Research Assistant Professor - Syracuse Architecture Faculty Research Fellow, Syracuse Center of Excellence</p><p><strong>Apr 5</strong><br>Byron Merritt / Vice President &amp; Global Creative Director, Nik...</p> Editor's Picks #441 Nam Henderson 2016-02-12T12:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-14T01:47:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in January,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;reviewed &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOME(less)</a>&rdquo; a photo exhibition at USC, co-curated by local designers and Colorblock partners Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Perrodin</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>This is very thoughtful, playful and ultimately humanizing. &nbsp;Good job.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;featured <strong>Student Works:</strong> from &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Heresy of Function, Reprise</a>,&rdquo; a senior project studio at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> run by Frank Clementi (of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>).&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> commented "<em>This is great stuff, full of genuinely lovely ideas, Cooper-esque.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Merrill won the 2016 Driehaus Prize</a>.&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> commented "<em>His buildings are most definitely modern in the ordinary sense - he works largely in the vernacular of current US suburban architecture. Which a lot of architects are conditioned to despise. But the best ones are inventive and memorable.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;had the chance to&nbsp;speak with him for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions One-to-One #8</a>.</p><p><strong>EKE</strong> offered praise "<em>really thoughtful inter...</em></p> Inside Pamphlet: How one of the most enduring experimental architecture publications got its start Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-12T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T17:22:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="626" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The first issue of <em>Pamphlet Architecture</em>, the high-minded zine-like experimental publication started in 1978 by architect <a href="" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a> and bookseller William Stout, wasn&rsquo;t exactly readable. &ldquo;Its cover was printed by Mark Mack on letterpress in black ink on black paper,&rdquo; Holl recounted over email, describing the publication&rsquo;s beginning. <em>Pamphlet 1: Bridges</em> &ldquo;drew scorn from the head of Rizzoli Publications in New York who told us, &lsquo;It&rsquo;s impossible to see; we can&rsquo;t carry it.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T19:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T13:15:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The NYPD has used cell-site simulators, commonly known as Stingrays, more than 1,000 times since 2008, according to documents turned over to the [NYCLU]. The documents represent the first time the department has acknowledged using the devices. The NYPD also disclosed that it does not get a warrant before using a Stingray, which sweeps up massive amounts of data. Instead, the police obtain a &ldquo;pen register order&rdquo; from a court... [which] do not require the police to establish probable cause...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Stingrays operate by imitating cell phone towers, sweeping up massive amounts of user data without their knowledge or permission. They force cell phones to connect to them and then track the user's location. &nbsp;Originally a military technology, they have been increasingly bought and used by local and state police forces, despite concerns that they violate fundamental rights to privacy.</p><p>Broadly speaking, police forces have been reticent to disclose if they possess or employ Stingrays, and have fought efforts to regulate their use.</p><p>For more information on surveillance in the modern city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nasa and Verizon to partner to monitor drones in the US</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyal Weizman on understanding politics through architecture, settlements and refuseniks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face</a></li></ul> Take a look at "6," an experimental documentary that memorializes the recently-demolished Sixth Street Viaduct in LA Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T18:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T18:48:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These days, it&rsquo;s hard to think clearly about the Los Angeles River. Once the lifeline of the city and, before that, the Tongva people, the river was paved in the early 20th century following a series of devastating floods and then &ndash; at least according to a well-worn narrative &ndash; forgotten by the public.</p><p>After years of potamic amnesia, or so the story goes, Los Angeles suddenly remembered its river, finding in the thin stream a possible answer to both its growing thirst and perpetual identity crises. Now, nobody seems to talk about much else besides &ldquo;our forgotten river&rdquo;. In a sense, the LA River is the ecological inverse of Kim Kardashian: famous for being not-famous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Of course, endless editorializing belies this apparent obscurity. It wasn&rsquo;t just <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry&rsquo;s arrival</a> that heralded the return of the LA River to public attention, or the concatenation of activists and designers that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preceded him</a>. In a way, it had never really been forgotten at all. After all, the river has appeared in H...</p> What's the Big Deal‽ – Assemble, Serpentine and YAP winners, and BIG controversy on Archinect Sessions #52, with special guest co-host Will Galloway Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-11T18:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-14T10:25:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long-time Archinector and reliably sane commentator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> joins us from his base in Tokyo to discuss the weekly news, including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his interview with Assemble</a>, crucially taking place mere weeks before they won the Turner Prize. While news from Bjarke Ingels Group commanded the feistiest comment threads this week &ndash; with renderings of BIG's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spiraling Hudson Yards tower</a> provoking debate over craft in skyscrapers, and the firm being selected to design the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion for 2016</a> in their last last eligible year &ndash; recent news included big wins for firms both star-studded and unknown. MoMA PS1 named <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Escobedo Sol&iacute;z Studio as the 2016 winner of its Young Architects Program</a>, for their "Weaving the Courtyard" submission, while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid received her RIBA Gold Medal</a> (the first woman to win solo). Lastly, for you planning wonks, we throw in a brief discussion of a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial proposed ballot measure</a> to halt big developments in Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 52 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Ses...</strong></a></p> Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair opens to the public Julia Ingalls 2016-02-11T16:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T16:57:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, you have until February 13th to head over to the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, which features designs and talks from Barber &amp;&nbsp;Osgerby, among other furniture and lighting giants. Here are some pics of the fair in progress, courtesy the venue's Facebook page and Instagram account:</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> New York New Design 2016-02-11T15:01:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T15:01:25-05:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Drawing Futures - Call for Works 2016-02-11T14:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T14:54:32-05:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Keyser Söze keynote speaker at 2016 AIA convention (okay, Kevin Spacey, but still) Julia Ingalls 2016-02-11T14:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T15:03:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What can architects learn from an award-winning producer and actor whose Netflix Original Series made appointment TV obsolete? A lot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kevin Spacey will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia, partly because he is described on the AIA's website as having a "talent for disruption and drive to challenge the status quo." Disruption seems to be trendy in the architectural community of late. Apparently, "This keynote is where you learn to be a game changer from a master innovator, collaborator, and disruptor." Here's Mr. Spacey with 2015 AIA Convention keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Here's what happened at the 2015 AIA Convention, as covered in person by Archinect:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA moves one step forward in approval of Equity in Architecture resolution</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB will phase out the "intern" title</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: University of Arkansas, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-11T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T14:01:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design</a>.</p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Unless noted otherwise, lectures start at 5 p.m. at the Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Vol Walker Hall.</p><p><strong>Feb 15</strong><br>Dagur Eggertsson / Principal, Rintala Eggertsson Architects - Oslo</p><p><strong>Feb 22</strong><br>Kenneth Frampton / Ware Professor of Architecture - Columbia GSAPP - New York</p><p><strong>Feb 29</strong><br>Peter Raven / President Emeritus, Research Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis</p><p><strong>Mar 7</strong><br>Jeffrey Kipnis / Professor, Knowlton School, The Ohio Sta...</p> Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested Alexander Walter 2016-02-11T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:20:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building that killed dozens. The district prosecutor's office in the city of Tainan said [...] that Lin Ming-hui and architects Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui were suspected of having overseen shoddy construction of the 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon building, which crashed onto its side following an earthquake Saturday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></p> U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-11T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T14:16:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law [...] "NHTSA will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants" [...] Google told NHTSA that the real danger is having auto safety features that could tempt humans to try to take control.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The technological and legal impediments to making self-driving cars a reality on U.S. roads seem to be falling away &ndash; and as the regulatory market opens for business, so may more competition, with Google and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a> (which legalized self-driving cars in 2012) leading the way.</p><p>More on the development of autonomous vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></li><li><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</a></li></ul> A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T12:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T17:57:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Parisian designer St&eacute;phane Malka Architecture has suggested creating affordable housing in the French capital by adding prefabricated elements on top of and between existing buildings. The &ldquo;3box&rdquo; system does not require the purchase of sites. Instead, the right to build is obtained in exchange for renovating existing buildings. According to St&eacute;phane Malka, the housing would cost 40% less than the usual market price and could be built quickly and cheaply in workshops.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"The units would work with a new Parisian law, the Loi ALUR, which states that 70,000 new dwellings should be built each year, and that rents should be stabilised."</em></p><p>Interested in other novel housing solutions? Check out some related Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To each their own home: A peek into the &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo; exhibition at USC</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Playtime: first look at a contemporary extension on a classic house Julia Ingalls 2016-02-11T12:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:41:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Playtime Agence d'Architecture, this 45 square meter glass and pre-lacquered white aluminium&nbsp;extension of a traditional French house is striking without being out of place.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Landscape features heavily in the design's conception: built in order to have "architecture and nature dialogue on a constant basis" as a press release states, the extension affords views of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Monts du Lyonnais and is sited carefully to preserve the property's numerous hundred-year-old trees. Price tag: &euro;180,000 ex VAT.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Beyoncé filmed her NOLA-themed "Formation" video at this historic Pasadena mansion Justine Testado 2016-02-10T20:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T19:47:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite the themes of the video, nothing was shot in New Orleans...The concept and quick turnaround required Tobman and the rest of the crew to convert [the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena into a] fitting Southern Gothic set...A Beaux Arts mansion commissioned by and built for Dr. Adalbert Fenyes and his wife Eva Scott Muse Fenyes in 1905, there was nothing really Southern about architect Robert D. Farquhar's design</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're still bumpin' the Queen Bey's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest hard-hitting single</a>, get a glimpse of the history behind the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena, where parts of the song's impressive music video were filmed.</p><p>More music-related goodness on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai to create "a very large structure" at Coachella 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces</a></li></ul> America has an infrastructure problem – and it's getting critical Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T20:26:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be helpful if there were another word for &ldquo;infrastructure&rdquo;: it&rsquo;s such an earnest and passive word for the blood vessels of this country, the crucial conveyors and connections that get us from here to there (or not) and the ports that facilitate our trade (or don&rsquo;t), as well as the carriers of information, in particular broadband... The word &ldquo;crisis&rdquo; is also overused, applied to the unimportant as well as the crucial. But this country has an infrastructure crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Elizabeth Drew considers several recent books on American infrastructure, with an eye to both the material reality and the political system producing it. She concludes that fixing our infrastructural systems "may require even more widespread paralyzed traffic, the collapse of numerous bridges, and perhaps a revolt in parts of the country that have inadequate broadband."</p><p>"In other words, we may well need to incur more chaos and ruin and even deaths before we come to our senses," she writes.</p><p>Unfortunately, in the US, while infrastructure is falling apart everywhere, certain contingencies bear the brunt of this more heavily. The ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan brings into sharp focus the socioeconomic and racial undercurrents of infrastructural collapse.</p><p>Interested in related issues? Check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angele...</a></li></ul> Have a moment at the "Heart of Hearts", now at Times Square for Valentine's Day Justine Testado 2016-02-10T18:58:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T19:50:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Romance is in the air at Times Square. If you were to walk through there right now, you'll find the "Heart of Hearts", a ring of mirrored golden hearts in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Designed by Collective-LOK, the installation was the 2016 winner of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get a closer look of the installation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collective-LOK's golden "Heart of Hearts" wins the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting up close and personal with the Times Square Heart Design winning sculpture</a></li></ul> The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T18:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T11:20:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...centralized urban water systems throughout the world are now under significant stress from increasing population density, water-resource competition, changing precipitation patterns, and new sources of pollutants, such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even without these pressures, centralized water is, by design, a fracture-critical system&mdash;one that is susceptible &ldquo;to complete and sudden collapse should any part of it fail,&rdquo; writes Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Faced with an excessive price tag, municipalities may welcome decentralized water as the only feasible choice for future water delivery. Architects should therefore develop more expertise related to these net-zero water systems, as they will have direct implications for building design, construction, and operation."</em></p><p>For more on health issues related to the ecology of urban environments, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The architectural vestiges of white supremacy</a></li></ul> The designs of Allied Works – a "counter proposal to the age of instant image making" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-10T17:24:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T15:20:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What I like and what I believe about those sketches and models is that they&rsquo;re distillations of ideas ... They could become art installations, or they could become buildings. They&rsquo;re sort of hybrid pieces in the world of visual ideas before they become buildings [...] I always go see the site and try to discern what the energy, nature, and character of the place are&mdash;the possibilities of a place. Then I start drawing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the Portland, OR and NYC-based firm:</p><ul><li><a title="Clemson scraps its modern building plan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></li><li><a title="Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design</a></li><li><a title="New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></li><li><a title="Architect Brad Cloepfil: On architecture, design in Portland, and Allied Works' first creative phase " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Brad Cloepfil: On architecture, design in Portland, and Allied Works' first creative phase</a></li><li><a title="Allied Works Architecture unveils design of new National Music Centre in Calgary" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allied Works Architecture unveils design of new National Music Centre in Calgary</a></li></ul> A prize-winning installation pays tribute to a historical Quebec village Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-10T17:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T20:28:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Vercheres, a small village near Montreal, has recently integrated a unique memorial to honor those who originally settled the region in 1740. A local firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Les Ateliers Guyon</a><strong>,</strong> has designed a cluster of benches with white oak sails rooted along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. <em>Sails Benches </em>echoes the arrival of 18th century explorers, while reflecting a particular artistic aesthetic that Les Ateliers Guyon has become known for. The project has recently garnered accolade from the prestigious World Interiors News Awards in London, receiving first place in the &lsquo;Furniture Category&rsquo;.</p> FILM CITY TOWER : Bollywood reimagined 2016-02-10T15:36:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T15:36:29-05:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunlé Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahn Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T15:29:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T21:51:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries</a> in London announced earlier today the designer of the 2016 iteration of their annual Pavilion series: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a>, or BIG, the Copenhagen and New York-based global powerhouse.</p><p>This summer marks the 16th Pavilion of the acclaimed program, which began in 2000. Conceived initially by Julia Peyton-Jones, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the outgoing co-director of the Galleries</a>, the Serpentine&rsquo; Pavilion commission is awarded each year to noted architects who have never built in the UK.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Peyton-Jones&rsquo; swan song, this summer&rsquo;s program will be expanded to include four other 25 square meter structures, or &ldquo;Summer Houses&rdquo;, scattered on the lawns of Hyde Park in close proximity to the Galleries. These will be designed by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi &ndash; NL&Eacute; (Amsterdam/Lagos), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a> (Berlin/New York), Yona Friedman (Paris) and Asif Kahn (London).</p><p>Since its inception, the Serpentine Pavilion has drawn large crowds, garnering public attention for practitioners whose reputations had not necessarily exce...</p> Richard Meier on the Buildings He Wishes He’d Designed Richard Meier & Partners 2016-02-10T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T09:52:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until recently, though, Mr. Meier had never broken ground in South Korea. He checked that off his list with the newly opened Seamarq Hotel, a towering white complex overlooking the East Sea in the city of Gang-neung. &ldquo;Our client chose a really magnificent site,&rdquo; Mr. Meier said from his New York office.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>