Archinect 2014-10-01T22:41:15-04:00 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors 2014 reveals first five category winners Justine Testado 2014-10-01T21:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:20:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="202" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Coinciding with the World Architecture Festival 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the just-as-popular INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors honors the very best in the international interior design scene with its annual awards competition. Starting out with 60 shortlisted nominees across nine categories earlier this summer, the first five winners were revealed today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a few of this year's winning INSIDE projects:</p><p>Pictured above - CATEGORY WINNER, Retail - Cultura Bookstore in Sao Paulo by studio mk27</p><p>&darr; CATEGORY WINNER, Display: IDC Space: research and display space for the International Design Centre in Singapore by Singapore University of Technology and Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; CATEGORY WINNER, Residential: XINTIANDI PENTHOUSE in Shanghai, China by JOYCE WANG STUDIO</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; HIGHLY COMMENDED, Retail: Camper Showroom/Office in Shanghai, China by Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; HIGHLY COMMENDED, Hotels: The Tent in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam by a21studio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more of the winning projects on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Cathedrals of Culture: the documentary that tries – and fails – to find the souls of buildings Archinect 2014-10-01T20:26:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T20:26:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wim Wenders and a team of directors attempt to show &lsquo;the soul of buildings&rsquo;, from the Pompidou Centre to the most humane prison in the world, in 3D. But their sickly-sweet results feel more like a series of vapid promo videos</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T20:23:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Happy Archtober 2014! Stay updated with Archinect's weekly Must-Do Picks Justine Testado 2014-10-01T20:17:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T20:17:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today marks the start of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober 2014</a>, New York City's annual Architecture and Design Month. The citywide festival from Oct. 1-31, 2014 will feature a variety of engaging exhibitions, conferences, films, tours, and other activities for all ages to celebrate architecture and design in everyday life.</p><p>Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are excited to be Archtober's digital media sponsors once again. Over the next few Fridays, we'll feature event highlights in Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014.&nbsp;So check back regularly!</p><p>In case you missed it: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8)</strong></a></p> Guggenheim plans New York expansion… again Archinect 2014-10-01T19:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T22:29:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Guggenheim plans to research &ldquo;productive and hospitable office space designs&rdquo;, staff will be glad to hear, and it is also considering whether to hold a competition to find an architect. The expansion plan comes just over 60 years after the Guggenheim commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design its original space and more than a decade after it abandoned a scheme for a second, Frank Gehry-designed museum downtown.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> World Architecture Festival 2014 - Day 1 winners Justine Testado 2014-10-01T19:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T19:31:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The World Architecture Festival 2014 is now in full swing at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, and the Day 1 competition winners have been revealed. The international live competition is unique in that it lets anyone apply and have a chance to win and event attendees can see the competition unfold before their eyes...For Day 1, the "super jury" selected 16 winners worldwide -- including projects in Vietnam, Iran, Brazil, Turkey, and the UK.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a few winning projects in the Completed Buildings and Future Projects categories.</p><p>(Pictured above) Completed Buildings - House: House for Trees, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects</p><p>&darr; Completed Buildings - Housing: The Carve, Norway, by A-Lab</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Completed Buildings - Religion: La Ascension del Se&ntilde;or Church, Spain, by AGi architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Future Projects - Culture: Freedom of the Press Monument, Brazil, by Gustavo Penna Arquiteto &amp; Associados</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Future Projects - Commercial mixed-use: Isfahan Dreamland Commercial Center, Iran, by Farshad Mehdizadeh Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Future Projects - House: The Olive Grove, Australia, by Ian Moore Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Find the rest of the winners and other project details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p> Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules Archinect 2014-10-01T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T17:52:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan's numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train can catch a few hours' sleep, the 140 units at Nakagin represent a special part of the history of architecture, and one that is worth protecting against plans to tear it down, say campaigners.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We're going to collect donations from all over the world. We're trying to buy each capsule one by one. Each room counts as one vote, to decide what to do," said Masato Abe, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.</p> Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #40 Justine Testado 2014-10-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T14:07:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's <em>Employer of the Day</em>. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, <em>Employer of the Day</em> is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p><p>In case you missed them, check out the latest <em>EOTD</em> features:</p><p>1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>NADAAA</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marketing Director</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Architecture OUTFIT</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Roger Ferris + Partners</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>4. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MASS Design Group</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall Design Fellowship</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>5. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Staff Level Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To follow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Employer of the Day</em></a>, like Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> #OccupyCentral Hong Kong democracy protests & public space Evan Chakroff 2014-10-01T14:01:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:18:17-04:00 <p>I haven't seen anything on the forum about this - and I still haven't really collected my thoughts about the current events, but I'm curious what people think.</p><p>In particular, I'm fascinated by the idea of Hong Kong as an 'urban experiment' - operating as a distinct political entity for 50 years after the 'handover' - the common question "In 2047 will HK look more like China, or China more like HK?" is an important one not just for China &amp; HK's vast population, but for the world at large (esp considering how many developing countries now follow China's model for economic development).&nbsp;</p><p>What is the role of public space in effecting political change? Has the role of the commons shifted in recent years? In a place like HK there is no real 'traditional' commons, as in large public squares; the activities you would associate with such spaces in, say, Europe, occur in HK along pedestrian bridges, in the alleyways between tower blocks, along the fringes of major roads. The protesters' 'reclam...</p> Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture Archinect 2014-10-01T12:01:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T19:30:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alejandro Zaera-Polo has stepped down from the deanship of Princeton University's School of Architecture to devote greater attention to his research and other professional activities.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>h/t - <a href="" target="_blank">Tyler Hopf</a></em></p><p>More from Princeton press..</p><p>President <a href="" target="_blank">Christopher L. Eisgruber</a> reported the dean's resignation to faculty in the School of Architecture on Oct. 1. He announced that the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean.&nbsp;</p><p>Joining Professor Allen on the search committee will be architecture professors Christine Boyer, Paul Lewis and Guy Nordenson. Two graduate students will be selected as non-voting members of the committee.&nbsp;</p><p>In his announcement, Eisgruber expressed his gratitude to Professor Zaera-Polo for his service as dean and to Professor Allen for serving as acting dean. "I hope that all members of the school community will assist us in making this transition to new leadership as smooth as possible," he wrote.&nbsp;</p><p>Zaera-Polo remains a professor in the School of Architecture. He was appointed as dean in 2012 after having been a visiting lectu...</p> Mayor Vows to Make LA More Pedestrian-Friendly Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T11:33:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling Los Angeles streets a &ldquo;front door to the world and the place where public life and private enterprise connect,&rdquo; Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city Department of Transportation released a strategic plan Monday aimed at making them safer and more accessible by 2025. The 61-page report, titled &ldquo;Great Streets for Los Angeles,&rdquo; looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Included in the plan are initiatives to help the city become more bike-friendly, such as adding more bike corrals on the street and racks to city buses. This comes on the heels of new, state-wide legislation recently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">signed</a> by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed to increase bike safety. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembly Bill 1193</a> will create standards for protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senate Bill 1183</a>&nbsp;will provide funding for bike lanes and bike infrastructure through a vehicle surcharge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While long considered an exclusively automobile-oriented city, LA has become increasingly friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. Actually, USA Today recently&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ranked</a> the city #28 out of the 50 best cities for biking, right after Oakland (and before Miami). Part of the increase in bike riding in the city has been because of the new green bike lanes that have been put in place over the last few years. The bright green color, however, has received some criticism: an LA Times <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed </a>published in 2012 bemoaned the a...</p> Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T11:32:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, is now billing itself as the world's first energy self-sufficient island that has never been hooked up to a power grid [...] This past summer, El Hierro inaugurated the Gorona del Viento power plant, a $110 million wind and water turbine farm. By the end of this year, the plant will generate all of the island's energy needs of up to 48 gigawatt hours per year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not only will El Hierro be the first energy self-sufficient island, it's will also exclusively make use of renewable energy sources, a mix of wind and hydro-power. Previously, the island &ndash; the most remote of the Canary Islands &ndash; couldn't hook up to the Spanish grid and had to barge in about 40,000 barrels of oil a year. Meanwhile, the island is also planning to have only electric cars by 2020, NPR reports. This little rocky island is a good model for the rest of the world; though with a population of just over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10,000,</a> it has a bit of an advantage.</p> Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T22:12:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dominant architectural site in [Mecca] is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel, which, at 1,972 feet, is among the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings. It is part of a mammoth development of skyscrapers that includes luxury shopping malls and hotels [...] The city is now surrounded by the brutalism of rectangular steel and concrete structures &mdash; an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Richard Meier, on His Mentors Richard Meier & Partners 2014-10-01T11:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T11:40:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first job I had after graduating from architecture school was in the office of Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill. And I worked under the head person, Gordon Bunshaft, who was terrific. And, after I was there for six months, I was offered a position in the office of Marcel Breuer. So, I went and told Mr. Bunshaft, &ldquo;I'm sorry that I've only been here a short time&hellip;&rdquo; but I wanted to work in Breuer's office because it was smaller and more of the kind of office I had one day hoped to have for myself.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A house for the best years by Matej Gasperic Matej Gasperic 2014-10-01T11:16:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T12:19:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>How to reinterpret a traditional architectural typology for contemporary living?</strong></p><p>When the time has come for their kids to leave the home, the active, sporty couple in their fifties, decided to sell their dear, but oversized house and move. After a long search, they were able to find a beautiful spot in the lap of the mountains and acquire a plot of land at the edge of the village on a gentle slope bellow the local church.<br>They set the goal for their new house to be small, but comfortable. Being manageable by two seniors but able to host the kids and their family when pay them occasional prolonged visit. They wanted it to be sustainable in wider sense of the word and energy efficient. Pleasant to live in and supportive to their active lifestyle. And smart!<br><br><strong>Fact sheet</strong></p><ul><li>usable surface 155 m2</li><li>site 1116 m2</li><li>construction time 6 months</li><li>wooden construction</li><li>low energy consumption &ndash; PHPP: 23,5 kW /(m2a)</li><li>heat pump air-water</li><li>air recuperation</li><li>rain water recycling</li><li>KNX home control</li></ul><p>More info</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> If architects wear black, why is so much Modern architecture white? Donna Sink 2014-10-01T10:52:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T16:57:01-04:00 <p>A very nice blog post about Saarinen's Miller House, that in my mind is correct: architecture is serious business, and black is a serious color.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In black and white and color</a></p><p>But Saarinen's Miller house is just as accurately referred to as Girard's and/or&nbsp; Kiley's Miller House - it is such a shining example of excellence in design *because* it allows each design specialist to work to their fullest in coordination with others.&nbsp; I'd also argue that it remains enchanting because its designers all understood the importance of the change in seasons and how both the order of objects and the chaos of time affect the human psyche.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>So yes, architects wear black because we are very serious (very, very serious), but we also know that our buildings need to allow for a little unpredictability...which in some case means socks.</p><p><img alt="" src="">.</p> Kohn Pedersen Fox's Tianjin megastructure "Riverside 66" now open to the public Justine Testado 2014-09-30T23:53:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T09:50:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After 10 years, Kohn Pedersen Fox's Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China successfully reached completion as scheduled and officially opened to the public on September 26. The grand opening also marked the completion of the final phase of the main pedestrian He Ping Lu boulevard, which aims to become the centerpiece of the developing Heping commercial district.</p><p>Read on for more about the building's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 350-meter commercial megastructure is hard to miss at street level. The structure's curved fa&ccedil;ade converges with the opposing south fa&ccedil;ade to create a six-story building suitable for the Heping District's smaller scale context. Its "super shell" is claimed to be one of the region's longest single structures, built with 22 seven-story-tall concrete ribs and over 10,000 glass panels. In a statement, KPF Design Principal James von Klemperer describes the structural frame as "what it must be to see a whale skeleton from the inside. Herman Melville would be inspired.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Inside, the structure e...</p> Isay Weinfeld to build first NYC-based project, Jardim Justine Testado 2014-09-30T21:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T21:10:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has been commissioned to design his first NYC-based building, a 36-unit luxury condominium project called Jardim. Set to be built on 527 West 27th Street in West Chelsea, Jardim will be surrounded by other recent starchitect-designed projects like the High Line and the developing Zaha Hadid-designed luxury condo building at 520 West 28th Street.</p><p>Here are some real-estate-friendly tidbits we know about Jardim so far:</p><ul><li>Commissioned by New York-based Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group, Isay Weinfeld will be responsible for the architecture and interiors of Jardim</li><li>The project will be located at 527 West 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in Chelsea just west of the High Line.&nbsp;</li><li>The building features 36 condominium residences ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms. Sales for the units are scheduled to launch in early 2015.</li><li>It will be a block-through development comprised of two 11-story buildings.</li><li>Many residences will have private outdoor...</li></ul> "Wynwood Greenhouse" gets 1st place in DawnTown’s Wynwood Gateway Park Competition in Miami Justine Testado 2014-09-30T17:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T20:04:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our friends at DawnTown continue to uphold innovative ideas in the Miami architecture scene with their Wynwood Gateway Park Competition. Just recently, the winners were announced for the international competition, which challenged participants to design a 14,000-sq.ft urban park and garden to be realized at the Wynwood Gateway Complex near Downtown Miami. The competition garnered over 238 submissions from interdisciplinary teams from over 20 countries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Three winning teams were selected under anonymity by the jury:</p><ul><li>1ST PLACE (US$10,000): "Wynwood Greenhouse" by artist Jim Drain, landscape architect Roberto Rovira, and architect Nick Gelpi</li><li>2ND PLACE ($5,000): &ldquo;Graffito Green&rdquo; by Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects from Berkeley, California</li><li>3RD PLACE ($2,500): &ldquo;Wynwood Commons&rdquo; by Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu/SO-IL from Brooklyn, New York</li></ul><p>Wynwood Greenhouse will be constructed and implemented as part of the second phase for the Wynwood Gateway Complex development, which will be built as a dynamic entryway for the Wynwood neighborhood.</p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previous DawnTown competitions</a>.</p> In light of 5 POINTZ demolition, DEFACED fights to protect NYC's artistic roots Justine Testado 2014-09-30T17:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T09:36:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Upon the recent controversial demolition of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"5 POINTZ" graffiti mecca</a> in Long Island City, NY, a group of architects consisting of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arianna Armelli</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Sepulveda </a>and Wagdy Moussa came up with the idea of DEFACED. In the proposal, DEFACED is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural landmarks, districts, and neighborhoods worldwide.</p><p>Using 5 Pointz as a starting point, DEFACED asserts not only the timeless value of open artistic expression but also the need to build communities where all inhabitants can benefit and thrive. The proposal calls attention to NYC's gentrifying cityscape over the last decade, ongoing socio-political concerns, and last but not least, that a structure like 5 Pointz &mdash; although considered an eyesore to some &mdash; was truly a luxury of its own kind.</p><p>Below is the project in fuller detail, provided by the architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"INTRODUCTION: You see, it goes like this; New York City was affordable when it was ugly and unpleasant; when di...</p> Paint picturesque spaces with the new Mosa Scenes tile collection, available this fall Sponsor 2014-09-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T15:36:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Having collaborated with architects and designers throughout the world in its 130-year history, Dutch ceramic surface expert <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> is no stranger to the growing significance of producing building materials that are durable, versatile, and of course, sustainable. Sharing these common standards in contemporary architecture and design is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes</a>, one of the company's latest collections.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes</a> brings the timeless beauty of nature and the art of building spaces with effortless sophistication. Not to mention that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> tiles are also Cradle to Cradle-approved, with a few of their collections winning in notable awards programs like the Red Dot Awards.</p><p>Inspired by the tones and textures found in the natural environment, the tiles come in eight painterly color groups (four warm and four cool) in four textures each: grain, clay, sand and grit. In regards to functionality, whether the tile's texture resembles a powdery soft clay feel or a coarse sandy...</p> Client Interview tips Veuxx 2014-09-30T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T20:44:04-04:00 <p>As a young architect, it's tough to learn how to go into interviews and learn how to sell to a client because you have to have those skills to be invited.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Chicken or the Egg.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Any ted talks or videos/blogs for tips?</p> LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel Nicholas Korody 2014-09-30T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T07:56:47-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="673" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he did so, for the most part, using the light of the sun that streamed through the windows of the building. And for the past 500 years since then, viewers have admired the results of that work, for the most part, with the help of that same light source. Starting next month...the famous ceiling will be getting a new look in the form of new lights. Some 7,000 LEDs, to be precise [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> LAVA'S NEW 'Y' SHAPED YOUTH HOSTEL by LAVA: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Janesilversmith 2014-09-30T11:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T11:38:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Y is for Gen Y, yardstick and &lsquo;yahoo&rsquo;!</strong></p><p><strong>The letter &lsquo;Y&rsquo; is the shape of a new youth hostel in Bayreuth,</strong></p><p><strong>Germany, designed by award-winning international architects</strong></p><p><strong>LAVA for the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association.</strong></p><p>&ldquo;We are in the designer age when Gen Y travellers want funky design, a</p><p>special identity, access to online and community and unique experiences,</p><p>not just a clean bed and shower,&rdquo; says Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA.</p><p>LAVA&rsquo;s design is a yardstick for the sports hostel of the future through</p><p>innovative spatial configurations, sustainability at environmental, and</p><p>structural and social levels, and integrated sporting facilities.</p><p>&ldquo;LAVA chose the &lsquo;Y&rsquo; shape because it generates a connective and beautiful</p><p>central space offering expansive views and multiple openings to the sports</p><p>fields and gardens. And a happy coincidence its also the letter &lsquo;Y&rsquo;!&rdquo;</p><p>The central atrium is a hub for offline and online entertainment,</p><p>interaction and communication. Here, a skylight provides natural daylight</p><p>to a central ...</p> Join the Online Master Class "Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense", hosted by Sharon Liebowitz Sponsor 2014-09-30T11:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T12:28:05-04:00 <p><a href=";utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;utm_campaign=mc_madrid_07102014_editorial_post_display" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=display&amp;utm_campaign=mde_editorial_post_display" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IE School of Architecture &amp; Design</a><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Online Master Class&nbsp;</strong><br>Real Estate in the Corporation &ndash; More than just an Expense&nbsp;<br>Date: Oct 7th 2014 at 6:00 PM Madrid time.<br>Speaker: Sharon Liebowitz, VP of Global Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase&nbsp;<br><strong>Registration: click <a href=";utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;utm_campaign=mc_madrid_07102014_editorial_post_display" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to register to the event.&nbsp; </strong><br>Brought to you by: <a href=";utm_medium=display&amp;utm_campaign=mc_madrid_07102014_editorial_post_display" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IE School of Architecture &amp; Design&nbsp; </a></p><p>Real Estate is among the top three expenses for most corporations, and as such, needs to be aggressively managed. But, in addition to managing real estate as an expense item, real estate also needs to be managed as a strategic asset. This can include using the workspace to attract talent, developing a location strategy to situate offices near the best labor pool, or creating an office environment that supports collaboration. Deploying the capabilities of real estate as a strategic asset enables businesses to achieve their priorities.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Biography of the speaker:&nbsp; </strong><br>Sharon Liebowitz is a vice president of Global Real Estate at JPMor...</p> Tech-Tycoon Loses Forced to Keep Beach Open Nicholas Korody 2014-09-30T11:34:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T11:34:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Mateo County Court Judge Barbara Mallach has ruled against Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla in a lawsuit over public access to Martin&rsquo;s Beach. According to the ruling, Khosla will be required to seek a permit from the California Coastal Commission before locking gates at the beach, as well as to consult with the community to determine changes to the property and public access to the beach.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The secluded Martin's Beach in San Mateo County has been a cherished spot for locals for decades. When Khosla purchased his 53-acre property there in 2008, he locked the gate to the beach, closing off public access. This is just one example of a long history of wealthy property owners trying to privatize beaches. But in the state of California, everything below the mean tide line is public. Still, since access paths sometimes have to be maintained by adjacent property owners, things tend to get complicated.</p><p>A few months ago, we posted about the case as it was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developing</a>. We mentioned the LA Rangers, an awesome group of urban vigilantes who lead tours on how to access beaches that have &ndash; often illegally &ndash; been marked as private. Check out their work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0 Archinect 2014-09-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T18:16:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the &ldquo;flat-topped&rdquo; look of Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> O’Donnell + Tuomey, BIG, "Hy-Fi", Arup Germany/SolarLeaf, and the Water Pore Partnership are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2014-09-29T16:51:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T16:51:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="652" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's Recap #28 for September 22-26, 2014.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The regional Holcim Awards 2014 winners for North America</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Following the European announcement, the U.S./Canada jury led by Toshiko Mori selected 13 projects from across the U.S. and Canada. Winning projects include those by students, emerging professionals, and familiar firms -- like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, the "Hy-Fi" by The Living's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Benjamin</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheila Kennedy</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a>. (Above: Holcim Gold Winner: <em>Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin,</em> Las Vegas, NV, USA by Water Pore Partnership)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge for Europe</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>As one of five winning cities, Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation of &euro;5 million in the first European edition of the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge. Mo...</p> World Architecture Festival 2014 2014-09-29T15:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T15:18:46-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Majora Carter Plans to Transform a Building of Injustice in New York Archinect 2014-09-29T14:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T14:35:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Spofford Juvenile Center was a particularly painful landmark in the Hunts Point community in the Bronx when it was built in 1957... [Majora Carter] envisions the Spofford site combining mixed-income housing, open space and economic development that would appeal to the neighborhood&rsquo;s existing demographics. Carter is a supporter of affordable housing, but thinks that if it&rsquo;s built in isolation, you still haven&rsquo;t solved the problems of employment and a lack of amenities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>