Archinect 2017-02-21T21:05:58-05:00 Matter Design's Five Fields Play Structure Reinvents the Purpose of Play Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-21T21:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T21:01:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The intent is to not ask what the structure does, but how it imagines new possibilities</p></em><br /><br /><p>It has been said that play is the exultation of the possible. The Five Fields Play Structure then, is the fullest realization of this theory on play. Conceived by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>, an interdisciplinary design practice founded in 2008 by Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee, the structure proudly has no purpose. It is a blank canvas meant for childish exploration and the cultivation of their imagination. &nbsp;</p><p>The design resists any directive and rejects specified, singular usage. Twenty-foot tall vertical elements seem to contribute to the structure at one moment, but then extend into the landscape. Doors and stairs, while standard architectural elements, are rethought to lead to nowhere and color is used as a suggestive rather than a clear label on entries and key moments. Another prominent design strategy was to provide multiple means of access to any location. These decisions allow the structure to become a landscape for childish imagination where play is no longer dictated by the structure, b...</p> “A Legacy of Mies and King” screening in Washington DC mecanoo PR 2017-02-21T18:19:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:19:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The documentary film &ldquo;A Legacy of Mies and King&rdquo; will have it US premiere screening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday March 1, 2017. The film deals with the modernisation of Washington DC&rsquo;s central library, which was designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.<br><br>The film follows architect Francine Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library of the future. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk. During her quest, both the building's namesake and the original architect look over her shoulder critically.<br><br>A Q&amp;A with Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, and DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.<br><br>Mecanoo architecten worked with local partner Martinez+Johnson...</p> Duvall Decker Architects combine greater agency and public outreach to benefit Mississippi (and the profession at large) Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:12:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since they founded Duvall Decker nearly 20 years ago, the Deckers, as they&rsquo;re known, have focused mostly on neglected corners in and around Jackson, Mississippi&rsquo;s capital. To pay the bills, the two have redefined for themselves the ambit of a small architectural practice. They have become developers and even branched into building maintenance: a soup-to-nuts strategy that has allowed them more than just financial breathing room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Helping impoverished Mississippi communities? Check. Making money while creating a business model that empowers you with the decision-making powers of developers? Check. Being notable and effective enough to earn your own profile in <em>The New York Times</em> by Michael Kimmelman? Done, done, and done for Duvall Decker Architects, which also was named one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017's Emerging Voices</a> by the Architectural League of New York. What's especially enheartening about this profile is how by virtue of increasing the quality of their own professional lives, the architects have also vastly increased the well-being of their community. &nbsp;</p> Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '17 Justine Testado 2017-02-21T18:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:02:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter &amp; Spring 2017</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017.<em> Get Lectured </em>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. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Check out what upcoming events are happening at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SAIC Department of&nbsp;Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects</a> for Spring '17.</p><p><strong>Feb 24</strong><br>Studio Swine<br>4:15 pm-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center Ground Floor, 37 Wabash Ave</p><p><strong>Mar 2</strong><br>Rossana Hu<br>4:15-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 9</strong><br>Center for Genomic Gastronomy<br>Tasting and Symposium: 12-2 pm at&nbsp;US Food Fanatic Auditorium, 900 North Branch St<br>Lecture: 6-8 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 16</strong><br>Jeanne Gang<br>6-8 pm at Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S Michigan Ave&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ma...</strong></p> Warping Space-time by michael jantzen michael jantzen 2017-02-21T16:58:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T17:46:08-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Warping Space-time</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Warping Space-time is a series of photomontages inspired by ideas expressed in physics that explore the potentials of the concepts of time and three-dimensional space regarded as fused in a four-dimensional continuum. The photomontages visually play with the idea of multiple dimensions and universes, yet to be discovered. Various numbers of layers in each of the photos appear to have been peeled away from the original image, and manipulated in ways that suggest a symbolic warping of space and time. Some of the photomontages started with images of landscapes, and others of people, or structures. After the manipulation, each subject takes on a different symbolic associated with the visualization of the space-time warping. I hope that the viewers of these photomontages will be inspired to think more creatively about the potentials inherent within universe in which we live.</p> Modern Mews by Coffey Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-02-21T14:48:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T14:52:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For their recently-acclaimed residential project, awarding-winning practice Coffey Architects has transformed a dark and impractical mews house of 8x3m into an innovative modern multi-functional space. Modern Mews is a 112m2 reworking of a typical four-storey London Mews House, completed for &pound;380K which enjoyed windows only to the front of the property creating difficulty for habitable and<br>comfortable rooms to the back of the house.</p><p>The clients&rsquo; main desires were to create a home full of light and to feel connected to one another whilst in the house, even when spending time on different floors as well as making better use of the different spaces.</p><p>In response, the architects approached the whole project as one large piece of joinery adding clarity and connectivity to the whole house. In order to avoid any &ldquo;dead space&rdquo;, the main staircase was moved to the centre of the property.</p><p>The architects then fitted a beautiful honey-coloured oak staircase, which adds warmth and tactility and connec...</p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-02-21T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T14:27:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Spring is&nbsp;continuing&nbsp;to bring&nbsp;visiting&nbsp;architects lectures to Chicago this week.&nbsp;We also&nbsp;have volunteer opportunities for designers and global&nbsp;research presentations.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junya Ishigami |&nbsp;February 21</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>junya.ishigami+associates</em></p><p>The Golden Lion award winner for best project at the 12th international architecture biennale will speak on tectonics and environment as he comes to IIT this week. His work, though minimal insertions, shows a connection of purity from art to architecture.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Colonizing Heritage: The Adaptive Reuse of Myanmar's Architecture |&nbsp;February 22</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em></em></p><p>The Martin Roche Travel Scholarship recipient Devon Morris will be at the Chicago design Museum this week to speak on his travels to Myanmar. In a constant state of globalization, many countries have to find new approaches to historical conservation and continual re-use of architecture.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Chicago Volunteer Expo |&nbsp;February 26</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em></em></p><p>There are plent...</p> Only $90 for Frank Gehry's wisdom? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T13:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:07:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't tell grad students carting around six-figure debt, but those who wish to learn from one of the masters of architecture can now do so for $90. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MasterClass</a>, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry himself. Students can sign up for the class, which offers "video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises,&nbsp;course materials, peer interaction, and more."&nbsp;Here's a trailer of what you'll likely learn as Frank winds his way through his model archive (and memories of nearly six decades of professional practice):</p> AIA officially states it is pro-immigration and travel-positive Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T13:32:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would America be without immigrants? More to the point, what would architecture be without the ability for those working within it to freely travel and collaborate with (much more affordable) talent from around the world? In recognition of these facts, the AIA has released an official statement that raises concerns about broad anti-immigration policies, and confirms the institute's dedication to reciprocal "free moment and association" around the globe. Here's the full text of the press release:</p><p><em>As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have prof...</em></p> Diébédo Francis Kéré announced as Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designer Abigail Banfield 2017-02-21T11:36:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T13:25:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>" Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. "</p></em><br /><br /><p><br>Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, Photo by Erik Jan OuwerkerkSerpentine Galleries have revealed that this year's pavilion will be designed by Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;. The pavilion's design responds to the changeable British climate, whilst being influenced K&eacute;r&eacute;'s ecological design ethos which drives his Berlin-based practice. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Last year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design </a>by BIG drew in huge crowds, and acted as a discussion piece throughout the summer.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, Photo by Erik Jan Ouwerkerk</p> Aedas’ new commercial complex in Shenzhen reveals Chinese bamboo totem by Aedas JessW 2017-02-21T02:08:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T14:09:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Aedas, Gmond International Building is a representative regeneration project in the old town in Shenzhen. The project will house the headquarters for Tellus-Gmond, Grade 5A lettable office spaces and a jewellery trading centre. The well-facilitated transport hub nearby brings enormous circulation to the complex and generates excellent development potentials.</p><p>The architectural form of this 200-metre super high-rise is referenced to the traditional Chinese totem of bamboo which symbolises prosperity and moral integrity. The ascending podium massing recaptures a growing bamboo, featuring exterior landscaped staircases, public platforms, eco-friendly rooftop gardens and an art centre that will also serve as a jewellery exhibition venue. The podium fa&ccedil;ade expresses as large bamboo leaves to enclose the commercial component forming an interesting duet with the blooming tower.</p><p><strong>Project: </strong>Gmond International Building<br><strong>Location:</strong> Shenzhen, PRC<br><strong>Architect:</strong> Aedas<br><strong>Client:</strong> Shenzhen Gmond Inves...</p> Faux-Mo Chris_Teeter 2017-02-21T01:10:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T01:54:55-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="">Faux (adjective) &ndash; made in imitation, artificial.&nbsp; Not genuine, fake or false.<img title="" alt="" src="">Modern (noun) &ndash; a person who advocates or practices a departure from traditional styles or values.<img title="" alt="" src="">Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parametric Post-Modernism</a>, never caught on, surprisingly! going to take a stab at a word/phrase with homage to Po-Mo.</p><p><strong>Faux-mo.</strong></p><p>The google graphs above indicate the word &lsquo;Faux&rsquo; has become very popular in the last few decades and &lsquo;Modern&rsquo; started to fade around the 1940&rsquo;s.</p><p>It appears we&rsquo;ll never be &lsquo;modern&rsquo; again as a society, since &lsquo;modern&rsquo; is now as traditional as a Big Mac is American Pie (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">und vee all live in Amerika</a>;)</p><p>If you haven&rsquo;t noticed, modern architecture is as common as McDonalds &ndash; Billions Served:&nbsp; Dwell magazine, the overuse of the phrase &ldquo;open concept&rdquo; on HGTV,&nbsp; on and on&hellip;</p><p>&ldquo;A significant architecture must incorporate both internal and external expressions.&nbsp; The external language, which engages inventions of culture at large, is rooted in a figurative, associational, and anthropomorphic attitude.&rdquo; ...</p> Naomi Milgrom appoints OMA's Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten for fourth MPavilion Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-20T23:52:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T01:03:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In pavilions you can test things you cannot do within buildings -Rem Koolhaas</p></em><br /><br /><p>Naomi Milgrom has appointed high-profile architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of Netherlands-based architecture firm OMA to design the fourth MPavilion temporary culture venue for Melbourne. MPavilion is Australia&rsquo;s leading architectural commission and design event conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in 2014. Every year,&nbsp; one new temporary pavilion, designed by a leading international architect, is erected in Melbourne&rsquo;s historic Queen Victoria Gardens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA and winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize, is a controversial architect known for his large-scale projects such as CCTV "Pants Building" in Beijing and De Rotterdam "Vertical City" pictured above. On this year's appointment, Ms. Milgrom said &ldquo;Rem Koolhaas is one of the world&rsquo;s most provocative and influential architects. His contribution to the cultural landscape as an urban thinker together with OMA&rsquo;s multi-disciplinary approach to architecture reflects MPavilion&rsquo;s desire to inspire d...</p> Nex— transform an uninhabitable 1960’s office block into Brighton University’s new high-tech Photography Centre Archinect 2017-02-20T19:31:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:59:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London-based studio Nex &mdash; has transformed an unloved 1960&rsquo;s office building into a vibrant, high-tech Photography Centre for the first phase of Brighton University&rsquo;s new campus upgrade.&nbsp;</p><p>The retrofit of the 3400m2 building is a response to the Faculty of Art &amp; Design&rsquo;s need to accommodate increased student numbers to the internationally recognised school in recent years. As well as refurbishments of the existing estate, the campus will comprise new spaces for increased public access. Following an appointment to undertake a feasibility masterplan, Nex &mdash; has reworked three floors of an existing building, located&nbsp;on&nbsp;154 Edward Street in central Brighton. The practice converted a former 600m2 basement car park into a specialist photography production lab. Daylight was brought into the basement through a new double&nbsp;height-space, by removing part of the ground floor, to allow ground floor windows to illuminate the area. These newly opened up spaces will be used for digital and print photo ...</p> Royal Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea by White Arkitekter A/S Claire Curtice 2017-02-20T19:27:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T19:27:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Royal Pavilion is a cultural centre located at the head of Southend Pier, the world&rsquo;s longest pleasure pier.</p><p>The sweeping geometric form and harmonising palette of materials of the building celebrates the topography of the windswept site integrating it into the scenic landscape. The dynamic roof shape, which measures up to 9 metres from floor level, houses a large multi-purpose events space with floor to ceiling glazed elevations. Orientated South facing, the entrance fa&ccedil;ade is set back beneath the roof forming a sheltered entrance and caf&eacute; terrace from which to enjoy views out onto the water.</p><p>The cultural centre has sloping walls and a twisting hyperbolic paraboloid roof form designed in partnership with structural engineers Price &amp; Myers. Due to the challenging conditions of the site, contractors Kier fabricated the building off site at Tilbury Docks and craned it into place in one piece. Durable materials have been specified throughout to help achieve a long lifespan.</p><p>During the...</p> AL Apartment by MAPmx studio Isaac Michan 2017-02-20T19:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T10:48:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MAPmx studio inserts wooden object into residential apartment.&nbsp;</p><p>Mexico City practice, MAPmx has completed a residential apartment.&nbsp;The strategy for the design of the 360 sqm apartment was to place a wooden peace into the main space. This element inside of the apartment, divides the space into half creating separated areas for public and private program. Living, dining and study are concave, while leaving the rest convex, which produces multiple interiors, as the object acts as a new outside.&nbsp;</p><p>The course of the wall changes from one side to another, providing in its interior a variety of nooks and recesses for bathrooms and storage spaces. This arrangement allows service areas to be tucked into the wall, leaving spaces uncluttered. The inside of the wooden element hosts three bedrooms and bathrooms, lying under a shaped poshe.&nbsp;</p><p>Rhythm and continuity are given by the object in the interior space, producing different guidelines inside of apartment; it begins as a wall with a piece of ceil...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-02-20T14:40:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T14:40:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As February draws to a close, we can feel spring already in the London air. If you are already full of&nbsp;'Spring Cleaning' motivation, make sure you don't miss the NLA's workshops this weekend on home improvement, featuring advice from leading architects.&nbsp;</p><p>See the month out with 'Tate Lates'; a Friday night at the Tate Modern, which promises (as always) a jam-packed evening of workshops and art, acompanyed by food, drink, and some of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">best views in London</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don&rsquo;t Move, Improve! | 25 February</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: New London Architecture</em></p><p>This weekend, there is a fantastic opportunity for homeowners to improve rather than move homes. The NLA have developed a day full of workshops and talks on the ways in which dwellings can be adapted, regardless of scale,&nbsp;to better fit occupants. One-on-one consultations from experts will fine-tune these ideas, and workshops and walks for all will make this family pr...</p> Geometry doesn't have to be white - on Descartes, Baldwin, and grids Mitch McEwen 2017-02-20T13:39:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T23:02:17-05:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p><p>Here's a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mini-podcast on Descartes, whiteness, and grids</a>. &nbsp;Let's liberate geometry from empire. &nbsp;Especially in honor of today's American holiday.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Jenny E. Sabin is the winner of MoMA PS1's 2017 Young Architects Program Nicholas Korody 2017-02-20T12:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T16:28:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Ithaca-based design practice Jenny Sabin Studio has been named the winner of the 2017 Young Architect's Program at MoMA PS1. The annual competition awards an emerging architecture firm the opportunity to design a site-specific installation in the courtyard of the Long Island City art institution. Jenny Sabin Studio beat out five other practices with her entry&nbsp;<em>Lumen.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Lumen&nbsp;</em>is made of responsive tubular structures in a lightweight knitted fabric. The installation will include a canopy of photoluminescent, solar active textiles, which absorb and deliver light.&nbsp;<em>Lumen&nbsp;</em>will also feature a misting system, satisfying the competition stipulation that the installation include water in order to help cool down visitors to the&nbsp;<em>Warm Up&nbsp;</em>event.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Jenny Sabin's catalytic immersive environment, <em>Lumen</em>, captured the jury's attention for imaginatively merging public and private spaces," states Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design. "With innovative constructi...</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Studio Modh Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-20T12:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T19:17:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the words of this week's interviewee, running one's own practice is not for everyone! This gives us all the more reason to take a look inside the small studios that have found a way to make it work.</p><p>This week, we take a look at <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Modh</a>, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Philip Ryan, formerly of <a href="" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>.&nbsp;</p> A key characteristic of the design is efficiency; Snøhetta's design for the French Laundry's new $10M kitchen Nam Henderson 2017-02-20T00:39:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T12:49:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The joint effort led to aesthetics that showcase a sleek, stylish yet minimalist digs are steeped in functionality...The improvements were the result of research...The ceilings are reminiscent of flowing table cloths, both for aesthetics and practical use, as they obscure equipment on the kitchen&rsquo;s ceiling.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Justin Phillips goes inside the French Laundry&rsquo;s new $10 million kitchen. The expansion/revamp/upgrade was a collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Snohetta.</p> A living fossil of life in Shanghai Nam Henderson 2017-02-19T21:58:00-05:00 >2017-02-19T21:59:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They were basically city blocks that functioned as gated communities, with guards manning the front entrance. The whole essence of old Shanghai was that life was lived horizontally &mdash; all the activity happened at street level...Commissioned mostly by Western developers, the first shikumen appeared in the 1870s...local contractors who built them drew upon the interior floor plans of traditional Chinese courtyard homes and local decorative motifs.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Taras Grescoe pens a paean to shikumen, alleyway complexes entered through a stone-framed kumen (gateway), which at one point housed approximately 80 percent of the population of Shanghai. While fewer authentic examples remain, the city has in recent years&nbsp;begun redeveloping, "<em>fake vintage</em>" versions, most famously; the site of clandestine First National Congress of the Communist Party meetings and Xintiandi.</p> Alys Beach this morning Chris_Teeter 2017-02-18T01:33:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T17:45:12-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This ought to be your mug shot if you designed this place.&nbsp;</p><p>This morning I drove through portions of Alys Beach still in construction&nbsp; and was going to point out the amount of masonry work in progress and note why it was a good idea&hellip;well, Andres Duany already explained this fact as a feature of Alys Beach as quoted on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>:</p><p><em>&ldquo;Alys Beach has exceeded everyone&rsquo;s expectations in terms of sheer beauty. It proves that architecture that is profoundly ecological and tough enough to resist hurricanes can be beautiful. This is important. There is too much of the attitude that &ldquo;green&rdquo; and &ldquo;hardened&rdquo; buildings are inevitably coarse and ugly and that we ignorant folk are supposed to just put up with it. Not so&mdash;as you can see at Alys!&rdquo;</em></p><p>&hellip;and rightly so.&nbsp; This is my favorite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30A</a> South Walton project.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Duany Plater-Zyberk </a>did another project on 30A you may be more familiar with - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seaside.</a>&nbsp; Remember the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Truman Show</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At Seaside a while back had a bunch of good mojitos at that bar just up the stairs ...</p> BIG's winning design for the new San Pellegrino flagship factory Justine Testado 2017-02-17T20:18:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T11:53:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="618" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In hopes to bring tourism into the area, San Pellegrino will soon have a brand new flagship factory in San Pellegrino Terme, where the sparkling-water brand has resided since 1899. Bjarke Ingels Group had the winning proposal to design the new bottling factory in a competition against MVRDV, Sn&oslash;hetta, and Architetto Michele De Lucchi.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At 17,500 m2, the&nbsp;&euro;90 million building pays tribute to its mountainous environment and San Pellegrino's heritage. &ldquo;Rather than imposing a new identity on the existing complex, we propose to grow it out of the complex,&rdquo; Bjarke Ingels said in a statement. &ldquo;We propose to wash away the traditional segregation between front and back of house, and to create a seamless continuity between the environment of production and consumption, and preparation and enjoyment.&ldquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In addition to the production facility, the new building will include offices for San Pellegrino staff and public spaces open to visitors. BIG's design reinvents elements of classic Italian architect...</p> A HUD official has been fired for criticizing Trump Nicholas Korody 2017-02-17T18:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-18T22:51:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A top aide to President Trump&rsquo;s housing secretary nominee, Ben Carson, was fired and led out of the department&rsquo;s headquarters by security on Wednesday after writings critical of Mr. Trump surfaced in his vetting, according to two people briefed on the matter. Shermichael Singleton, who was one of the few black conservatives in the Trump administration, had been working at the Department of Housing and Urban Development since Jan. 23 as a senior adviser.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;My party in particular has allowed itself to be taken over by someone who claims to be a Republican but doesn&rsquo;t represent any of our values, principles or traditions,&rdquo; wrote Shermichael in <em>The Hill</em> in October of last year.</p><p></p><p>^ Take a listen to a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> episode with our guest Emily Hunt Turner as she talks about her experience working at HUD as a lawyer.&nbsp;</p> History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Kitchen Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-02-17T15:37:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T15:38:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kitchen Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvey Road House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erbar Mattes</a>; Photo: St&aring;le Eriksen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollybank Avenue</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 304</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELL</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domaen LTD</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Double Concrete House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inter Urban Studios</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slip House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer's Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desai Chia Architecture</a>; Photo: Paul Warchol</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laurentian Ski Chalet</a> in St. Donat, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RobitailleCurtis</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slot House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Au Architects</a>; Photo: David Butler Photography</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewed Classic Eichler</a> in&nbsp;Sunnyvale, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Klopf Architectur...</a></p> Xeno-Architecture: Radical Spatial Practice and the Politics of Alienation Alison Hugill 2017-02-17T12:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T12:46:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following on from Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">interview</a> with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, authors of the recent book <em>Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work</em>&mdash;wherein the pair discussed the implications of their &lsquo;accelerationist&rsquo; political theory for the field of architecture&mdash;we spoke to a Brussels-based curatorial and research platform that seeks to transpose &lsquo;xenofeminist&rsquo; politics on to considerations of spatial practice. Xenofeminism is a critically updated, queer and gender abolitionist response to accelerationism&rsquo;s political and economic theory, laid out in the manifesto of collective Laboria Cuboniks, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation</a>.</em></p> "Ultimately, we failed"—Robert Hammond, co-founder of the High Line, on the park's relationship to the Chelsea community Nicholas Korody 2017-02-17T12:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T15:00:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We were from the community. We wanted to do it for the neighborhood,&rdquo; states Robert Hammond, a co-founder of the High Line in an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with City Lab. &ldquo;Ultimately, we failed.&rdquo;</p><p>The High Line might be popular, but it hasn&rsquo;t really benefited its adjacent community. Visitors are overwhelmingly tourists&mdash;and overwhelmingly white, despite the fact that one-third of the residents of Chelsea are people of color.</p><p>In the interview, they discuss the displacements that usually attend such high-profile design interventions, which are increasingly gaining favor in municipal governments.</p> How To Get A Job At: Eight Inc. Archinect 2017-02-17T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T13:09:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job At ____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p>