Archinect 2017-03-30T03:04:25-04:00 Diébédo Francis Kéré announced as Brunner Prize winner by American Academy of Arts and Letters Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-29T19:20:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T19:20:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Academy of Arts and Letters</a> has announced the recipients of its 2017 architecture awards. Intended to honor architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, this year's winners were chosen from a group of 27 individuals and practices nominated by members of the Academy. On the jury, were Elizabeth Diller, Henry N. Cobb, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, James Polshek, Robert A.M. Stern, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams.</p><p>The top prize, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, is given to a preeminent architect from any country who has made a significant contribution to architecture as art. The 2017 recipient is Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, who is having quite the year. He was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently announced</a> as this years designer of the Serpentine Pavilion as well. K&eacute;r&eacute; is known for his socially driven and sustainable approach to architecture. Based in Berlin and Gando, his hometown in Burkina Faso, K&eacute;r&eacute; has brought his co...</p> Getty Research Institute acquires massive Frank Gehry archives Justine Testado 2017-03-29T17:50:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T18:11:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired a seriously massive archive directly from the studio of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank O. Gehry</a> today. Dubbed <em>The Frank Gehry Papers</em>, the archives &mdash; which were granted as part gift and part purchase &mdash; reveal a comprehensive overview of the first 30 years of the architect's career, from his&nbsp;early graduate studies to his milestone 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall that launched him into global fame.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m honored by the attention of the Getty Research Institute delving into the history of my work, my beginnings, and other things that I never thought anybody would be interested in,&rdquo; Frank Gehry said in a statement. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very moved that this great institution, with its resources to search for the best examples of creativity in our world, has found me an interesting party.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Frank Gehry, Greber Studio, Sketch1967, unbuilt, Beverly Glen, California, Frank Gehry Papers at the Getty Research Institute, &copy; Frank O. Gehry.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Frank Gehry, Sirmai-Peters...</em></p> The Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht doubles as a school and a garden Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T17:07:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T17:09:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEXT Architects</a> and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau in collaboration with Arup and Bureau B+B, the Dafne Schippers Bridge integrates a cycle and pedestrian bridge spanning the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht with a school and public garden. Opening on April 3, the bridge-cum-school is intended to make the bridge a &ldquo;destination&rdquo; as well as a piece of infrastructure.</p><p>"In one fluid movement, the cycle route, park, and school are brought together to form a cohesive whole of infrastructure, architecture, and landscape," states Marijn Schenk, NEXT architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In total, the Dafne Schippers Bridge measures 110 meters long. Its deck is 9 meters above the water. The Bridge is held between two asymmetric pylons. On the Leidsche Rijn side, the pylon is intended to serve as a landmark. On the side with the school, a smaller pylon lines up with a row of trees. 7,000 cyclists are expected to use the bridge on a daily basis to quicken their commute.</p> Ping An Finance Center surpasses One WTC as world's fourth tallest building, CTBUH reports Justine Testado 2017-03-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T15:20:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat officially declared the Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen as the world's fourth tallest building &mdash; knocking One World Trade Center down to Number 5 in the CTBUH's ten tallest buildings in the world. Rising above Futian District at 599 meters, the Ping An tower is Shenzhen's tallest building and China's second tallest.</p><p>As of March 2017, the CTBUH's top three tallest buildings are the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa, the Shanghai Tower (which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently dethroned</a>&nbsp;Chicago's Willis Tower for world's second tallest building), and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><br><em>Image &copy; CTBUH. (click to enlarge)</em></p><p>Developed by Ping An Finance Center Construction &amp; Development, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a> designed the tower like a &ldquo;taut steel cable&rdquo; with a public atrium at the base and floors of office space for the Ping An group and other tenants. Its streamlined shape reduces baseline wind loads by 35 percent and comprises eight composite megacolumns. Most notably, the Ping An towe...</p> Editor's Picks #466 Nam Henderson 2017-03-29T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T14:59:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>WBYA?</strong> is a coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators that tackle the pressing question: who builds your architecture? Check out their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical Field Guide</a>...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, for the latest edition of <strong>Dean's List</strong>: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;spoke with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qingyun Ma</a>, of the University of Southern California. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce </a>felt them "<em>Wise words&hellip;</em>"&nbsp;while <strong>Thayer-D</strong> was intrigued "<em>I don't think I've ever heard a dean call for beauty so unequivocally...would this prioritization over-ride your call for social impact of building and also advancements of technology?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOMO Studio was roundly criticized</a>&nbsp;for it&rsquo;s "<em>softer, gentler</em>" (aka "<em>the Bushwick of xenophobic nationalism</em>") for the Trump, Mexican border wall. <strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opined</a>&nbsp;"<em>this is a poorly thought-out knock-off of age old ideas that were far more refined then this joke. &nbsp;It's a joke architecturally without considering the politics behind it.</em>"</p><p>In a bit of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good news</a>, after years of uncertainty, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture...</p> Follow Up: NCARB Punted the Intern Title Debate Everyday Intern 2017-03-29T14:29:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T00:05:57-04:00 <p>In May of 2015 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announced</a> that it had tackled the great 'intern' title debate. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I wasn't impressed at the time</a>. In the press release NCARB noted that they were planning a series of initiatives, which would include proposing changes to NCARB <em>Model Law</em> and guidelines.</p><p>NCARB vowed to "sunset the usage of the term 'intern' as a way to describe those who are working to become architects." Then President-Elect Dennis Ward commented in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full statement</a> issued with the May 2015 press release, "Should any proposals to change <em>Model Law</em> surface during my presidency, they would be presented for comment next spring and for a vote of the Membership at the June 2016 Annual Business Meeting in Seattle." The NCARB Board of Directors appointed NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong to lead the effort to develop a "sunset plan" but what has happened in the nearly two years since this announcement.</p><p>To be fair, NCARB has removed 'intern' from many of its publications and program titles. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I've noted</a> that it look...</p> Singularities by Mike McKay mmckay 2017-03-29T14:24:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T17:06:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Singularities</strong>&nbsp;confronts the existing space of the Museum by producing simultaneous perceptions of spatial form. The architectural form created from two specific vantage points engages the space of the museum and changes characteristics (form, light, color) as one moves in and around the work. Through camouflaging techniques, perspectival illusions and color mapping, the space is constantly in a state of flux initiated by the visitors path and gaze.</p><p>Architectural illusion and perspectival deceptions have been investigated since antiquity in order to alter the perception of a given space, primarily in an illusionary or optical manner. My intention has been to investigate how these ideas can be directed toward the creation of physical space and form. Specifically, Anamorphic projection techniques in architecture offer the potential to create dynamic spatial experiences that both define architectural form and challenge one&rsquo;s perception of it. By doing so, new formal possibilities arise w...</p> A tower designed to hang from an asteroid in Earth's orbit Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T14:33:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following on the heels of that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">paperclip-esque tower design</a> for New York, here&rsquo;s another &lsquo;out there&rsquo; skyscraper design. Literally, this one is &lsquo;out there&rsquo;&mdash;in Earth&rsquo;s orbit. Designed by Clouds Architecture Office, this speculative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building</a> would hang from an asteroid, which would be lowered into orbit. Then a high strength cable would descend down to Earth and support a super tall tower.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Since this new tower typology is suspended in the air, it can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final location,&rdquo; state the architects. &ldquo;The proposal calls for Analemma to be constructed over Dubai, which has proven to be a specialist in tall building construction at one fifth the cost of New York City construction.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>From the architects:</strong></p><p><em>Orbital mechanics for Analemma: geosynchronous orbit matches earth's sidereal rotation period of one day. The tower's position in the sky traces out a path in a figure-8 form, returning the tower to exactly the same position in the sky each da...</em></p> The Proust Questionnaire: Farshid Moussavi Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-29T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T19:22:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a> is our new series in which we have well-known architects answer a series of unusual questions. A popular parlor game amongst the Victorian literate class, the questionnaire is believed to reveal the individual's true nature. &nbsp;</p><p>For this iteration, we talk with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Farshid Moussavi</a>, the highly in-demand British (by way of Iran) architect behind the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio, among other notable projects.&nbsp;</p> 'Working through architecture and its refusal': an interview with f-architecture from Next Up: Floating Worlds Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T19:21:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re interested in bodies and their implications in space, their political positions in space, and how materially and technologically they are constituted,&rdquo; states the Feminist Architecture Collaborative, otherwise known as <a href="" target="_blank">f-architecture</a>, during an interview conducted as part of Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Next Up: Floating Worlds</em></a>.</p> Letters of acceptance are in and the Archinect community is here to help! Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-29T10:42:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T20:42:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again, when architectural hopefuls sit anxiously on their front step waiting for the mail or more likely, at their computers refreshing their inbox. And while many may have thought the difficult part was turning <em>in </em>the applications, they are probably figuring out by now, that making a decision on which program to accept can be just as taxing.</p> London's key role as a global design and construction skills hub Peter Murray 2017-03-29T01:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T13:02:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"The analysis showed that London's architecture sector produced a massive &pound;1.7 billion in gross value added (GVA)&mdash;38 per cent bigger than the product, graphic and fashion design sectors put together and greater than many observers expected."</p> The new Richard Meier Light collection captures elements of the architect's iconic buildings Justine Testado 2017-03-28T20:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T14:01:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It was only a matter of time until&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>&nbsp;would come out with a&nbsp;lighting collection. Earlier this month, the architect launched a series of stylish indoor lighting fixtures simply named Richard Meier Light at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ralph Pucci</a> New York showroom. Industrial designer Ana Meier, who is Richard's daughter, developed the collection with her father and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L'Observatoire International</a> founder&nbsp;Herv&eacute; Descottes. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re Ana&rsquo;s &mdash; she did the drawings. My role was to comment when asked,&rdquo; Meier said in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Architectural Record</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;I was moved to take recurring themes and forms in Richard&rsquo;s work, and translate them into sculptural objects that are interacted with everyday,&rdquo; Ana Meier said in a statement about the 12-piece collection, which includes&nbsp;sconces, floor and table lamps, and hanging&nbsp;pendants &mdash; all in white, of course.&nbsp;WonderGlass also manufactured some of the pieces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some lights depict simple geometric forms while others resemble Richard Meier's buildings like the Barcelona Museum of Cont...</p> NCARB punts, AIA returns with undignified titles Everyday Intern 2017-03-28T19:12:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T19:46:14-04:00 <p>I've blogged in the past about NCARB's decision to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">punt the intern title debate</a> and it looks like the AIA, of all organizations, decided to pick up the ball and run with it. A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent post on AIA's website</a> outlined the position of the AIA with regard to the use of the title 'intern.' AIA now strongly supports two titles for licensure candidates: 'architectural associate' and 'design professional.'</p><p>First, allow me to pick my jaw up off the floor and congratulate the AIA. Of course, I have to quickly shrug my shoulders as apparently this change happened in December last year when the AIA Board of Directors updated the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA's position statements</a> to clarify the terminology, yet this is the first that anyone is even talking about it. I'll admit I missed it and I'm pretty hyper aware of this topic, but it never crossed my radar. Up until this post on the AIA's website, the only instance I can find that even notes the AIA's change in position is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an article published on AIA Philadelphia's webs...</a></p> Chicago's Willis Tower to get $20 million expansion of the hair-raising Skydeck Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-28T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T19:04:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not for the faint of heart, the Blackstone Group is planning on expanding the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skydeck</a>, the popular observatory on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, according to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Business</em></a>. The skyscraper, still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, was the tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years before being overbuilt by the Petronas Towers. The new owners acquired the space in 2015 for $1.3 billion, the highest price every paid for a US property outside of New York City, and are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">considering ways to further develop the property</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2009, the building then held by London-based insurance broker Willis Group, added retractable glass balconies. This panic-inducing attraction extends approximately 4 feet out into the sky, allowing those who dare the ability to stand 1,353 feet in the sky from a glass box referred to as The Ledge. Building on this popular attraction, the fresh proprietors of the tower are considering a $20 million expansion. With&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass-bottomed attractions</a> popping u...</p> Internet providers can now profit from your privacy, thanks to the House Republicans Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T10:01:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to creepily stalk you with tailored ads on Facebook and Google, ISPs can now sell your internet browsing history to third-parties for cash, thanks to the corporately-backed husks that voted for the move in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>:</p><p><em>Congress's joint resolution empowers Internet providers to enter the&nbsp;$83 billion market for online advertising now dominated by Google and Facebook.&nbsp;It is likely to lend momentum to a broader GOP rollback of Obama-era technology policies, and calls into question&nbsp;the fate of other tech regulations such as net neutrality, which was approved in 2015 over strident Republican objections and bans Internet providers from discriminating against websites. And it is a sign that&nbsp;companies such as AT&amp;T, Comcast and Verizon will be treated more permissively at a time&nbsp;when conservatives control all three branches of government.</em></p><p></p> House in Black by OZA | SABBETH ARCHITECTURE OZA | SABBETH 2017-03-28T17:21:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T17:21:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The clients, art consultants by profession, came to us with a piece of furniture designed by Ineke Hans for the Danish design group Mooi. Our mandate was to make a residence with a similar tactile quality expressed in this piece of furniture. What we developed was a house whose exterior skin is an assembly of Black Rubber and Recycled Plastic (80% Post Consumer). The roof and exterior walls of the existing ranch were rst sheathed with black rubber roo ng (EPDM) over which we carefully secured a horizontal screen of the black recycled plastic. The rubber serves to seal the existing structure from the elements and the recycled plastic screen forms a protective barrier for the rubber skin while also doubling as a sun shade to mitigate heat gain on the black surface.</p> Visiting Philip Johnson's other glass house in midtown Manhattan Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T14:16:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walk through the towering door now, and Midtown falls away. The transition is not abrupt; a visitor is met first with a bank of wooden cupboards, easing newcomers off the street and into the vastness of the house itself. Then, space. The main room provides an unimpeded vista through 100 feet of natural-lit openness, a glass wall, a courtyard and pond, and a small separate structure beyond. The effect &mdash; of muted light, of air, of cleanness &mdash; is moving.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Fresh from her daily column at&nbsp;<a href="http://Walk%20through%20the%20towering%20door%20now,%20and%20Midtown%20falls%20away.%20The%20transition%20is%20not%20abrupt;%20a%20visitor%20is%20met%20first%20with%20a%20bank%20of%20wooden%20cupboards,%20easing%20newcomers%20off%20the%20street%20and%20into%20the%20vastness%20of%20the%20house%20itself.%20Then,%20space.%20The%20main%20room%20provides%20an%20unimpeded%20vista%20through%20100%20feet%20of%20natural-lit%20openness,%20a%20glass%20wall,%20a%20courtyard%20and%20pond,%20and%20a%20small%20separate%20structure%20beyond.%20The%20effect%20%E2%80%94%20of%20muted%20light,%20of%20air,%20of%20cleanness%20%E2%80%94%20is%20moving." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Paris Review</a>, Sadie Stein visits a Philip Johnson-designed apartment/artistic showcase in midtown Manhattan known as the "Rockfeller Guest House."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Combining a rich historical narrative with some evocatively observed design, this piece is, as befits its author, a delightful and engaging read (and the photos aren't bad, either).</p> Seven big-name architecture teams to compete for Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh Justine Testado 2017-03-28T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T14:11:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over&nbsp;125 competitive teams &mdash; made up of some 400 individual firms &mdash; representing 22 countries vied for&nbsp;a&nbsp;chance to design the &pound;25 million Ross Pavilion, in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the latest initiative</a>&nbsp;to rejuvenate&nbsp;the culturally significant Ross Bandstand and West Princes Street Gardens&nbsp;in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland.&nbsp;Today, the&nbsp;Ross Development Trust in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants jointly&nbsp;announced the&nbsp;seven finalist teams who will submit design concepts for the site.</p><p>Following &ldquo;an intense and demanding process&rdquo; according to Jury Chair Norman Springford, here are the big-name architects who will lead their teams in phase two:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>The Ross Bandstand (south). Photo &copy; Malcolm Reading Consultants / David Springford.</em></p><ul><li><strong>Adjaye Associates (UK)&nbsp;</strong>with Morgan McDonnell, BuroHappold, Turley, JLL, Arup, Plan A Consultants, Charcoalblue and Sandy Brown Associates</li><li><strong>BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark)</strong>&nbsp;with jmarchitects, GROSS. MAX., WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alan Baxter As...</li></ul> Officine BRERA by (fer) studio (fer) studio LLP 2017-03-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T19:47:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Officine BRERA is inspired by the Brera Design District in Milano, Italy. It takes its roots in a workshop based approach to hands on making as a form of thinking. The original structure, a 1920&rsquo;s masonry and steel warehouse along 6th street that housed the Los Angeles Gas Company in Downtown Los Angeles, sets the frame work for an industrial flavored contemporary styled working kitchen, bar, and dining space.</p><p>The project is centered around a large central kitchen with a glassed-in exhibition cooking space with a focus on three wood burning grills. The dining room takes full advantage of the thirty-five foot high original open truss ceiling and linear spine of glass which focuses the room and floods it with natural light &ndash; further bookended by the kitchen on one end and a wall of original steel windows on the other.</p><p>East and west of the dining room are two exterior patio dining areas, one covered by a corten steel canopy that continues along the east fa&ccedil;ade and folds down to the groun...</p> 1970s Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater lookalike asks $3.5M in Greenwich, CT Dana Schulz 2017-03-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T13:29:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This remarkable custom-built, privately commissioned modern house with its cantilevered design, walls of windows, hand-cut Tennessee limestone walls, rock gardens and rooftop terraces can actually be yours, right now, for $3.5 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's safe to say local architect&nbsp;Dimitri Bulazel was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater house when designing this Greenwich, Connecticut home in the 1970s.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Like Wright's 1935 architectural masterpiece, it has a cantilevered design set in the woods and incorporates aspects of the outdoors throughout the interior. &nbsp;</p> Don't call me an intern: AIA changes title to "design professional" Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T13:05:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T10:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a bold semantic move years in the make, the AIA has renamed a NAAB-accredited, employed graduate on the path to licensure as either a "design professional" or "architectural associate." While you can still call a student pursuing their degree while working in an office an intern (which is apparently vastly preferred to thundering "hey, you!" while pointing at them), the new titles for their graduated peers are partly meant to reflect their commitment to the field. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA has a detailed linguistic play-by-play</a> of how the titling process went down, including this nuanced observation from Danielle Mitchell:&nbsp;</p><p><em>"'Architectural' as the adjective and 'associate' as the noun means this individual is associating with the profession, with licensed architects, and working with them," she adds. "The phrase itself indicates that you're working toward licensure, toward the success of the profession, but you're not licensed."</em></p> British Embassy, Sana'a, Yemen by Design Engine Architects Philwebb 2017-03-28T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T13:45:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Won in international competition in 2003, the design for the new British Embassy in Yemen, responds to the FCO brief for a &lsquo;flagship building which demonstrates the best of British architecture&rsquo;. The site on the new ring road in Sana&rsquo;a slopes 12m across its length, allowing public and VIP entrances at two different levels. New landscaped grounds are based on the theme of the Paradise Garden, giving 4 distinct character zones of varying levels, privacy and shade. For more information please contact The Foreign &amp; Commonwealth Office.</p><p>The Brief</p><p>Designing a new British Embassy for the post 9/11 world has meant dealing with extremes. These are best summed up in the words of the Client: &ldquo;On the one hand the ideal embassy is a highly secure underground bunker. However, on the other hand it needs to be a marquee with a large sign saying &lsquo;do come in and have a cup of tea&rsquo;&rdquo;.</p><p>At the outset of the design process, with the November 2003 Istanbul Embassy bombing fresh in our minds, it sometimes felt...</p> Ai Weiwei to install over 100 fences around New York, one of his largest public works to date Nicholas Korody 2017-03-28T12:26:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T16:04:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The famous, and provocative, Chinese artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a> has been commissioned to build one of his largest public works ever&mdash;100 fences and installations that will be placed around New York City. Entitled &ldquo;Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,&rdquo; the project was commissioned by the Public Art Fund in celebration of its 40th anniversary. In total, there will be about ten major fence-themed installations, as well as a slew of smaller works, spread around Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. More specifically, planned sites include Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, the Cooper Union building in Manhattan, and Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast corner of Central Park.</p><p>The work is a reaction to &ldquo;a retreat from the essential attitude of openness&rdquo; that Mr. Ai says he perceives in contemporary American politics. &ldquo;When the Berlin Wall fell, there were 11 countries with border fences and walls,&rdquo; Mr. Ai told <a href=";;gwh=5BF2D9A1E83BB0B780FB8F1AB7063FBC&amp;gwt=pay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>the New York Times</em></a>. &ldquo;By 2016, that number had increased to 70. We are witnessing a rise in ...</p> Student Services Building, Arts University Bournemouth by Design Engine Architects Philwebb 2017-03-28T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T19:54:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A suite of new buildings providing improved and expanded facilities for the University&rsquo;s Student Services, Student Union, and Facilities Management departments. Two-storey brick-clad new buildings, together with re-clad and refurbished existing spaces, provide improved reception areas, new staff offices and meeting spaces, including dedicated consultation and counselling rooms, and a GP surgery space, connected by a new foyer, stair and lift.</p><p>A sculptural steel external canopy extends over the road to visually link the new spaces, and well as identifying the building entrance and adding impact in defining a new approach to the AUB campus. The brickwork cladding and aluminium facades have been detailed to appear both contemporary and also integrate with existing buildings on the site.</p><p>Internal structure and finishes have been optimised for acoustic control, and care has been taken to select furniture and specify colours and fabric finishes that create a suitable sense of comfort and co...</p> Between the home and the market: an interview with Christine Bjerke from Next Up: Floating Worlds Nicholas Korody 2017-03-28T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T12:03:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The economy of the home becoming an investment culture instead of a savings culture disrupts the idea of very specific gendered roles in Japanese society,&rdquo; states the Copenhagen-based architect <a href="" target="_blank">Christine Bjerke</a> during an interview conducted as part of Archinect&rsquo;s <em><a href="" target="_blank">Next Up: Floating Worlds</a>. </em>Bjerke&rsquo;s project <a href="" target="_blank"><em>(On the Floating World of the) FX Beauties</em></a>, which inspired the name of the event,<em> </em>derives from her research into the spatial implications of the work of the FX Beauties, a club of Japanese housewives who engage in day-trading on foreign exchange markets.</p> Michelle Addington discusses her new deanship at UT Austin and the educational opportunities arising from the political hotbed that is Texas Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-28T11:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T11:44:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="701" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This coming July, the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Texas at Austin</a> will be getting a new dean of the School of Architecture.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Addington</a>, who has spent the last eleven years teaching at <a href="" target="_blank">Yale</a>, will be leaving her post as the Hines Professor of Sustainable Design and taking over for Elizabeth Danze, who has been serving as interim dean at UT Austin since July 2016.&nbsp;</p> Is being good at trig a must? HannahGG 2017-03-28T11:35:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T15:07:18-04:00 <p>I am currently a high school student very interested in studying architecture in college. I attempted to take trig but ended up dropping out of it to take pre calc instead. I have very little understanding of trig and was wondering if that could hurt my chances of being successful in college and in my career as an architect.</p> Keukenhof by Mecanoo mecanoo PR 2017-03-28T11:30:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T13:48:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A grand gatehouse welcomes the large flows of, mainly international, visitors to the world famous Keukenhof park. The stepped timber roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The gatehouse houses public functions such as cash registers, an information desk and retail. Skylights in the roof create a spacious and light atmosphere in the restaurant.<br><br>Mecanoo&rsquo;s integral design for the entrance area includes two plazas. A forecourt with wedge-shaped planters leads visitors from the main car park to the entrance. The gatehouse is the transition between the outside world and the world of Keukenhof and all its flowers. It provides shelter whilst creating an ever-changing play of light and shadow.</p><p>Looking up, you will see Dutch skies above framed by timber triangles. Look down and you will see patterns of triangular shadows on the ground. A fence with a tulip motif marks the beginning of a journey of discovery.<br><br>The use of na...</p> Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University by Design Engine Architects Philwebb 2017-03-28T10:26:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T12:41:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="837" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Abercrombie Building forms the first phase of the wider masterplan for Oxford Brookes University, which includes the John Henry Brookes Building. The extended Abercrombie building rehouses and consolidates the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, which includes the School of Architecture. The extension runs to the south of Abercrombie and engages with the John Henry Brookes Building, helping to knit the new with the old. The new extension is linked to the existing building by means of glass bridges and shared meeting galleries, forming a dramatic interior with internal spaces opening onto the void.</p><p>The building is an example to students of best practice in terms of sustainability, construction, design and facilities. The void itself, with its high glass roof forms an environmental moderator, allowing in light, and air and framing views of areas not only on the same level, but to other parts of the school and outside to a courtyard.</p><p>Whilst the upper floors serve the facul...</p>