Archinect 2017-07-20T12:40:33-04:00 Shane Williamson appointed director of University of Toronto Daniels Master of Architecture program Nicholas Korody 2017-07-20T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T12:27:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shane Williamson</a>, currently an Associate Professor, has been appointed Director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Toronto</a> Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design Master of Architecture Program, effective starting July 1, 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>Williamson is known for his built, projected, and speculative work, much of which involves using advanced digital tools as the means to &ldquo;critically engage/transform traditional modes of construction and tectonic expression,&rdquo; states the press release. &ldquo;His work seeks to situate digital fabrication and wood construction in a broader cultural context and link theories of design and technology to sustainable building strategies.&rdquo;</p> <p>Williamson is also the Principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williamson Williamson Inc.</a>, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a> -based studio that does work across a variety of scales, from furniture design to master planning.</p> <p>&ldquo;Williamson brings with him his interest in our Master of Architecture program&rsquo;s relationship to the City of Toronto and the broader profession, and his focus on th...</p> Emergency Shelter: Housing for the Age of Mass Displacement Hannah Wood 2017-07-20T11:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T11:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="1200" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today, forced displacement affects more people than any crisis or conflict. According to the UN, 65.3 million people, or one person in every 113, is now internally or externally <a href="" target="_blank">displaced</a>. The average time families remain in emergency accommodation is now <a href="" target="_blank">17 years</a>, longer than the <a href="" target="_blank">average US house buyer</a> will stay in their home. No longer temporary but not yet a city, these &lsquo;camps&rsquo; are where millions of children will grow up. In this month&rsquo;s feature we speak to architects working with the concept of emergency shelter to find out how they are approaching the issue. An overview will be provided by former UNHCR official Kilian Kleinschmidt, now director of <a href="" target="_blank">Switxboard</a>, who will discuss where and how input from the design disciplines would be most welcomed.</p> countryside lane by BOSS.architecture bdoherty 2017-07-20T11:23:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T11:46:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>timelessness and modesty,&nbsp;<br>nestled into a rolling rural landscape.&nbsp;<br>cherry hills village.<br><br><br>Project Year: 2015<br>Country: United States<br>Zip Code: 80121</p> Casper HQ by FLOAT STUDIO Float Studio 2017-07-20T10:59:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T11:47:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You know how great you feel after a good night&rsquo;s sleep? That&rsquo;s the mood we wanted to create in the new Casper offices. Lots of light, lots of white, and delicate touches of earth, green and ice blue inspire and restore.</p> <p>Year: 2016<br>Size: 34,000 SF<br>Photographer: Aaron Thompson&nbsp;</p> RIBA shortlists 6 buildings for 2017 Stirling Prize Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T21:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T21:15:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize will be&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">announced on Thursday, October 31 at the Roundhouse</a>, London.&nbsp;The RIBA Stirling Prize is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.</p><p>Most recently, RIBA revealed&nbsp;the six projects that will move on to compete for the grand prize. Two&nbsp;of the shortlisted projects&nbsp;&mdash; the&nbsp;City of Glasgow College - City Campus and&nbsp;the Photography Studio for Juergen Teller &mdash;&nbsp;were previously predicted&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">on Archinect</a>.</p> The UK parliament to be restored by BDP Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T18:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T18:07:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The full scope of work includes architecture, civil and structural engineering, building services engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, acoustics and planning. Since its construction in the mid-1800s, many systems in the palace have never undergone a major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are antiquated.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BDP</a>'s London studio beat <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a> in the competition and has been awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for the two houses of the UK parliament.</p> <p>The firm will be collaborating with heritage and conservation specialist Donald Insall Associates, civil and structural engineer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Baxter Associates</a>, building services engineer Hoare Lea and planning consultancy Gerald Eve.</p> SF Millennium Tower continues to sink; engineers suggest a possible fix Alexander Walter 2017-07-19T17:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T17:35:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A fix appears to be in the works for San Francisco&rsquo;s sinking and tilting Millennium Tower &mdash; just as a new report estimates the 58-story luxury high-rise has sunk yet another inch in the past seven months. [...] That lean is now up to nearly 14 inches at the building&rsquo;s roof &mdash; an additional 2-plus inches more than the tilt measured in January.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A pair of engineering firms hired by developer Millennium Partners think there's still hope to save the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">troubled structure</a> and straighten it up again: "The LERA firm and DeSimone Consulting Engineers say the problem can be remedied by drilling 50 to 100 new piles down to bedrock from the building&rsquo;s basement," the <em>Chronicle</em> reports. "The engineering firms estimate the fix will cost $100 million to $150 million &mdash; more than your average home foundation repair, but a lot less than the billion-dollar-plus price tag that some experts have feared."</p> <p>Urgency is increasing though as a new engineering report by Arup Group presents evidence that the rate of sinking remains steady and cracking in the basement continues.<br></p> SO—IL + Laisné Roussel to revamp Place Mazas near the Seine River Justine Testado 2017-07-19T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T12:24:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A consortium led by&nbsp;New York-based SO&mdash;IL and Parisian practice&nbsp;Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;Roussel were revealed as the winners of the international&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">R&eacute;inventer&nbsp;La Seine</a> competition. Their winning proposal, &ldquo;L&rsquo;Atelier de l&rsquo;Arsenal&rdquo;, will revitalize&nbsp;the&nbsp;underused Place Mazas, which is located on a fragmented site at the&nbsp;junction of&nbsp;Canal Saint Martin and the Seine River.&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;proposal presents a&nbsp;flexible&nbsp;composition of spaces and buildings that can adapt to future developments in and around the site. It &ldquo;suggests a dynamic approach in city making, one that considers history as well as the complexity of today&rsquo;s conditions,&rdquo; SO&mdash;IL partner&nbsp;Ilias Papageorgiou states.</p><p>Read on for more about the proposal from the design&nbsp;team.</p> NCARB to AIA: "Nice Try ... but No" Everyday Architect 2017-07-19T17:20:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T12:32:21-04:00 <p>In the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous round</a> of the <em>Great Intern Title Debate</em> (trademark should probably be pending), the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA had issued a press release</a> about their newly revised position statements. They had offered the Institute's support for two new titles to be used for those aspiring architects formerly known as interns: "architectural associate" and "design professional."&nbsp;Not to be overshadowed by the AIA, NCARB responded with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blog post in May (and subsequent update earlier today)</a>, concerning the legal restrictions of each of the NCARB member boards in using those titles.</p> <p>The post has an air of condescension as it points out that, "<em>In 46 U.S. jurisdictions, the use of the term 'architectural associate' is prohibited, and in 26 jurisdictions, the term 'design professional' may be an issue.</em>" Further interpretation of the graphics NCARB provides shows that in no jurisdictions is the term "architectural associate" confirmed to be allowed, and only 7 have confirmed that "design professional" is not a v...</p> Winners of the “Human Trafficking—Tenancingo Square Mediascape​“ ​competition announced Justine Testado 2017-07-19T14:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T14:47:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="949" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designers who participated in <a href="" target="_blank">arch out loud</a>'s <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Human Trafficking Tenancingo Square Mediascape&rdquo;&nbsp;ideas&nbsp;competition</a> were tasked with&nbsp;envisioning&nbsp;architectural interventions that could positively reinvent the town square&nbsp;of Tenancingo in Mexico, in response to the human and sex trafficking issues that persist&nbsp;in the area.&nbsp;<br></p><p>Competition entrants&nbsp;had to create a new kind of&nbsp;&ldquo;Mediascape&rdquo;, which combines a public landscape and connective media technologies, according to&nbsp;arch out loud. The submissions presented various approaches to such a highly sensitive topic.&nbsp;Altogether, they&nbsp;brought up the&nbsp;question:&nbsp;&ldquo;How might a modified square reshape communal mindset and motivation, reconstituting the image of a town where exploitation has become normalized?&rdquo;</p><p>The competition concluded with one prize-winning team from Poland&nbsp;and&nbsp;three runner-up teams from Slovenia, Mexico, and South Korea. Have a look at their projects&nbsp;below.</p><p><strong>1st place: &ldquo;Parallel Realities&rdquo;</strong><br>Participants: Pawe&#322; Kuczy&#324;ski, Miko&#322;aj Cierlak, Wo...</p> Houses in Detroit demolished with money intended to save them Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T15:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a surplus of unused money, Michigan became the first state in 2013 to demolish homes using money intended to save them. The idea was that demolitions would revitalize neighborhoods by increasing the property values of surrounding houses, attracting new homeowners, and reducing crime rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit's&nbsp;neediest homeowners were supposed to receive federal assistance to save their homes as part of the Treasury Department's seven-year-old Hardest Hit Fund. However, Michigan squandered its originally allotted $498 million by creating unnecessarily stringent requirements, according to a scathing audit issued in January by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). </p> <p><em>As a result, more than 80 percent of Detroiters making $30,000 or less a year were denied assistance to save their homes from tax or mortgage foreclosure. By contrast, the other 17 states with Hardest Hit Funds rejected 53 percent of homeowners making less than $30,000. </em></p> <p>SIGTARP 2016 investigation found that demolition programs are "vulnerable to the risk of unfair competitive practices such as bid rigging, contract steering, and other closed door contracting processes" because the "Treasury conducts no oversight" and therefore cannot determine whether the cost of d...</p> After Yo-Yo Ma's plea, Point Counterpoint II, Louis Kahn floating concert hall, may be saved after all Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T14:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T15:04:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials and activists in the Hudson River town of Kingston, N.Y., plan to meet with the boat's owner Aug. 4 to discuss the possibility of transporting the vessel there from its current berth on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill. Late last month, musicians performed aboard the boat in the town, some 80 miles southwest of Chicago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week Archinect reported that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma sent a letter</a> out through the&nbsp;<em>New York Review of Books&nbsp;</em>in an attempt to save the floating concert hall, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>, from demolition. The famed cellist pleaded: "At a time when our national conversation is so often focused on division, we can ill afford to condemn to the scrap heap such a vibrant ambassador for our national unity, so I humbly ask that your readers join Robert and me in finding a new home for&nbsp;Point Counterpoint II." After five decades of running the barge, the owners, Robert Boudreau and wife Kathleen, have decided to retire their duties as caretakers and have been struggling to find a new proprietor for the ship. However, with a little help from Yo-Yo Ma, they may have found the vessel a new home in Kingston, NY.</p> <p>Reportedly, Hutton Brickyards is being considered as the floating venue's new home. The former industrial site that supplied bricks to New York City up until the 80s was acquired by California-based deve...</p> Lower Manhattan is quickly becoming the epicenter of the New York architecture scene Nicholas Korody 2017-07-19T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T12:08:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Real Deal</a></em>, via the Downtown Alliance, the center of the New York architecture world is heading south, with over 100 architecture and engineering firms concentrated in Lower Manhattan. Nearly half of them moved there in the last decade or so, while others&mdash;like SOM and AECOM&mdash;settled in the area even earlier.</p> <p>Apparently, a lot of the firms were once in Midtown South and SoHo, but rising rents forced them out. In fact, 10 of the 15 architecture firms that relocated to Lower Manhattan in 2014 were coming from the former. That&rsquo;s because, in part, rents jumped a solid 13% each year between 2010 and 2013 in Midtown South&mdash;the &ldquo;most expensive major market in the nation,&rdquo; according to Tristan Ashby of JLL.</p> <p>Other forces driving architecture down into the lower reaches of Manhattan include easy access to mass transit as well as an influx of new restaurants.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not clear how long Lower Manhattan will remain the loci of New York architecture. For example, BIG has announced t...</p> Inventor of the one and only self-cleaning home, Frances Gabe, has passed away at 101 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T13:55:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In each room, Ms. Gabe, tucked safely under an umbrella, could press a button that activated a sprinkler in the ceiling. The first spray sent a mist of sudsy water over walls and floor. A second spray rinsed everything. Jets of warm air blew it all dry. The full cycle took less than an hour. Runoff escaped through drains in Ms. Gabe&rsquo;s almost imperceptibly sloping floors. It was channeled outside and straight through her doghouse, where the dog was washed in the bargain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>More than half a century ago, incensed by the housecleaning that was a woman&rsquo;s chronic lot, Ms. Gabe began to dream of a house that would see to its own hygiene: tenderly washing, rinsing and drying itself at the touch of a button.</em></p> Ms. Gabe&nbsp;built the self-cleaning house with her own hands and money, receiving <a title="See it here." href=";,428,085.PN.%2526OS%3DPN%2F4,428,085%2526RS%3DPN%2F4,428,085&amp;PageNum=&amp;Rtype=&amp;SectionNum=&amp;idkey=NONE&amp;Input=View+first+page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>United States patent 4,428,085</u></a> in 1984. After more than 10 years of work and decades of planning, the house of about a thousand square feet was completed in the 1980s, at a cost of $15,000.<figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Floor plan</figcaption></figure><em>The house, whose patent consisted of 68 individual inventions, also included a cupboard in which dirty dishes, set on mesh shelves, were washed and dried in situ.</em><em></em><em><br></em>A&nbsp;tightly sealed cabinet was designed to deal with laundry. Soiled clothing was placed inside on hangers, washed and dried there with jets of water and air, and then, still on hangers, pulled neatly by a chain into the clothes closet. Her sink, toilet and bathtub were also self-cleaning.<br>In order to withstand their washing t... Architecture Billings Index in June ends second quarter on "strong note" Alexander Walter 2017-07-19T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T13:37:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="525" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the fifth consecutive month, architecture firms recorded increasing demand for design services as reflected in the June Architecture Billings Index (ABI). [...] June ABI score was 54.2, up from a score of 53.0 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, down from a reading of 62.4 the previous month, while the new design contracts index decreased from 54.8 to 53.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;So far this year, new activity coming into architecture firms has generally exceeded their ability to complete ongoing projects,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Now, firms seem to be ramping up enough to manage these growing workloads.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of June:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (54.8), West (53.1), Midwest (51.9), Northeast (51.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (57.1), mixed practice (53.8), institutional (52.6), commercial / industrial (52.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.6</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.7</li></ul><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from June 2016 - June 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p> The Savannah Project by Price Street Projects Price_Street_Projects 2017-07-19T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T14:48:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A container home designed and built by PSP in 2003 for a private client in Savannah, GA.</p> With bright color palettes, Pita and Bloom's work embraces ornament Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:41:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom started their practice back in 2010 after working together for several years at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Greg Lynn's Form</a>. Their firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Pita and Bloom</a>, was selected as a finalist in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MoMA PS1's YAP competition</a>&nbsp;back in 2014 and the two have been called "female visionaries" by <em>Architecture Magazine</em>. Their work relies heavily on the principles of color theory, the impact of abstraction, and the shock of pop art. With a bright color palette, their designs use&nbsp;collage, pattern, and geometry to create an architecture that embraces ornament.</p> Hẻm restaurant by atelier tho.A atelier tho.A 2017-07-19T02:25:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T06:19:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed in late 2016, the space consists of six separate units spread over 500m2&nbsp;of land, including restaurant, kitchen,&nbsp;bakery... The layout is intended to mirror traditional Saigon alleyways ('H&#7867;m' means alley in English). Each unit is&nbsp;designed like an absolute separate shop, and a house at the same time,&nbsp;differing from others in&nbsp;forms&nbsp;and&nbsp;colors. Meanwhile&nbsp;leftover space becomes&nbsp;a&nbsp;wandering flow which&nbsp;is&nbsp;used not only for circulation but also for setting the tables and seats by chance. Those little houses join&nbsp;together&nbsp;for&nbsp;a whole&nbsp;bigger&nbsp;one. Contrast colors create&nbsp;a sense of amazement for all the customers who've&nbsp;been here.</p> What is the "world's best new building" this year? RIBA is taking nominations Justine Testado 2017-07-18T20:48:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T20:56:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a successful inaugural edition, the RIBA International Prize is back for a second year.&nbsp;As RIBA's first global architecture prize, the&nbsp;International Prize crowns one project as the&nbsp;&ldquo;world's best new building&rdquo; that exemplifies&nbsp;architectural ambition on a global scale and&nbsp;how design is addressing today's concerns.&nbsp;</p><p>Launched during RIBA's first-ever International Week in London&nbsp;earlier this month,&nbsp;the competition is currently open to any qualified architect in the world for a building of any size, type, or budget.&nbsp;Late last&nbsp;year, Grafton Architects' UTEC vertical campus in Lima&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">won the inaugural title</a>.</p> The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces special projects Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T20:01:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T20:01:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> will be open to the public and on view from September 16, 2017, through January 7, 2018 at the Chicago Cultural Center, located in downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>.<br></p> <p><em>The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) announces special projects, including a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL</a> and Ana Prva&#269;ki collaboration and a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francois Perrin</a> installation at the Garfield Park Conservatory, a new performance artwork by Gerard &amp; Kelly at the Farnsworth House, and James Welling photographs and Gerard &amp; Kelly videos at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower.&nbsp;</em></p> Studio Gang releases design for Memphis Riverfront Concept Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T19:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:26:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shaped from survey responses from over 4,500&nbsp;Memphians at multiple public events, The Memphis Riverfront Concept proposes to transform six miles and five distinct zones of the historic and culturally significant part of the city.</p> <p><em>Many of the Concept&rsquo;s proposed uses, from an iconic adventure playground to a special outlook where people can listen to live music at sunset, come directly from community members&rsquo; suggestions.&nbsp;</em><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>With hopes of increasing the riverfront&rsquo;s use, vibrancy, and economic potential, the project seeks to foster civic pride, restore natural conditions and the native ecology, and connect various assets along the river.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The Concept focuses on showing how five zones&mdash;the Fourth Bluff, Mud Island, Tom Lee Park, MLK Park, and Greenbelt Park&mdash;can leverage their particular strengths to become distinctive places offering activities and experiences that appeal to people of all generations, incomes, races, and backgrounds.</em></p> <p> </p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><br></p><figure rel="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img src=""><figcaption>Elevating visitors above the river in Greenbelt Park,...</figcaption></figure></figure> Zaha Hadid Architects looks inward in their current “Unbuilt” exhibition in London Justine Testado 2017-07-18T18:48:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T18:52:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&rdquo;ZHA Unbuilt&rdquo; uncovers a large&nbsp;collection of unrealized designs from Zaha Hadid Architects, offering rare insight into the&nbsp;practice's&nbsp;ongoing design investigations and its continuously expanding repertoire. As part of the 2017&nbsp;London Festival of Architecture,&nbsp;the&nbsp;exhibition showcases&nbsp;ZHA's&nbsp;most&nbsp;recent design experimentations across multiple scales and typologies.&nbsp;</p><p>Open now until August 18 at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery in London, the exhibition spotlights the firm's determination to&nbsp;explore their&nbsp;own&nbsp;fundamental&nbsp;design processes&nbsp;initiated nearly four decades ago.&nbsp;</p> Car-less apartment renters pay 16% of their rent for parking that they don't use Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T18:43:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:43:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The average price of building a garage parking space (as much as $34,000 in 2012) is passed on to people whether they own a car or not, and distort the true demand for urban parking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the 2011 National American Housing Survey data of the US census, about 16% of a housing unit&rsquo;s monthly rental cost is attributable to the expense of building an urban parking spot. For the average renter that amounts to to $1,700 per year, or $142 per month.</p> <p><em>Parking mandates increase housing prices by displacing area that could have gone to housing (thus shrinking supply), and makes each new unit more expensive to pay for more garage parking. A&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">separate study</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles found the city&rsquo;s parking minimums raised apartment prices by about $200 per month and price of a condo by about $43,000. Renters without cars end up subsidizing this arrangement to the tune of about $440 million annually in the US. While only 7% of US rental households lack cars, according to Census data, this burden falls most heavily on the urban poor since lower-income households can least afford to subsidize garage parking spaces.</em><br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Researchers find</a> that it might be less wasteful to price and sell ...</p> What ants can teach us about the Eiffel Tower Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-18T17:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T13:54:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="695" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists at Georgia Tech were trying to figure out how ants built themselves into towers to escape confinement or danger. They put a small pole in the middle of a dishful of ants and filmed what happened. The ants, they found, climb upwards, on top of each other, until they find an empty spot. Then they stop. The next one does the same, and so on.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexander McQueen, rebel of the fashion world renowned for his wildly imaginative designs, always said that there is no better designer than nature. Through billions of years of evolution, life's products, so to speak, have been extensively prototyped, market tested, upgraded and refined. So, it is no wonder then why creative minds increasingly turn to nature to look for innovative design solutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Often referred to as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">biomimicry</a>, the discipline has had a growing presence in the field of architectural design. With a recent study from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Georgia Institute of Technology</a>&nbsp;on how fire ants form towers, the architectural world has a new potential take away from nature. Done simply through trial-and-error, the fire ants create bell shaped structures by climbing on top of each other until they find an empty spot, at which point they stop. Each ant supports only three others above them, creating a structure where each ant bears the same load and the results look a lot like the famed Eiffel To...</p> Watch the progress of ODA's "Living Facade" in Park Slope Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T20:15:18-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="600600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of ODA's 251 1st Street residential complex in Park Slope is now reaching completion, demonstrating fragmented massing which the firm believes imbues the structure with a "living facade."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>As the architects explain, "ODA&rsquo;s inflected the building&rsquo;s upper massing with a cascade of setbacks and terraces, yielding substantial outdoor space, as well as multiple exposures for units." Here's&nbsp;a gif demonstrating the concept from a different perspective:</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure> Dutch + Latvian team to design Estonia's first movable pedestrian bridge in Tallinn Justine Testado 2017-07-18T14:33:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T12:23:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A team comprising&nbsp;Witteveen+Bos, plein06 and Novarc Group recently won a global competition to design&nbsp;Estonia's first movable&nbsp;pedestrian bridge in the old harbor of the&nbsp;Tallinn capital. Their winning scheme, &ldquo;New Balance 100&rdquo; &mdash; whose name&nbsp;pays tribute to the country's&nbsp;ongoing&nbsp;centennial celebration &mdash;&nbsp;was chosen for its aesthetic form and technical balancing solutions. According to the team, the bridge is currently&nbsp;scheduled for completion in late 2018.<br></p><p>The designers shared more details about their winning proposal below.</p> Fila Headquarters by Mapos LLC 2017-07-18T14:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T14:22:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As Fila North America sees a resurgence of its brand, the company outgrew its old office space and asked Mapos to design new headquarters in New York. Mapos went through a detailed programming phase with representatives from each department in Fila and found the company&nbsp;needed to achieve three major objectives with its&nbsp;new office: 1) more office space for its&nbsp;growing staff, 2) an extensive storage solution so they can have thousands of products on hand to increase efficiency, and 3)&nbsp;create&nbsp;memorable and brand-relevant public spaces so all visitors can engage with its history and share in its optimistic vision of the future.</p> <p>Mapos looked at key design solutions that could perform dual functions. What could solve Fila&rsquo;s major issue with product storage while simultaneously presenting a memorable brand image? Another strategy was to leverage the existing context of the new space&ndash; a full floor in a midtown high-rise with amazing 360 degree views that span the entire New York skyline. Th...</p> LivePerson Atlanta Offices by Mapos LLC 2017-07-18T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T14:22:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tech company LivePerson, a long-time collaborator, asked Mapos to design its&nbsp;new offices in Atlanta, Georgia. As the fifth office Mapos has designed for LivePerson, we instinctually knew how to connect the company&rsquo;s vision and values to not only the physical design of the office space, but the process for developing it.&nbsp;With more than 200 employees in multiple teams covering a two-floor 35,000 square foot office, the new Atlanta space was the largest LivePerson office to date, providing new challenges in establishing a unified community while meeting everyone&rsquo;s individual needs and keeping the budget below $70 per square foot.</p> <p>Mapos met these challenges by creating a design process that integrated LivePerson ambassadors at every step. By getting input and direction from end-users, we were able to ensure that everyone had a connection to the design and ownership over the end product.&nbsp;We reinterpreted&nbsp;previously developed branded elements and integrated them into the new Atlanta desig...</p> How glass buildings are making fighting climate change harder Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:53:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Permissive building codes, industry inertia, and market demands &mdash; like clients clamoring for floor-to-ceiling views &mdash; have widened the discrepancy between the kind of buildings cities say they want and what they actually allow. So while the industry inches towards better environmental performance, buildings in Boston and other cities still fall short of the sustainability goals that everyone claims to embrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Courtney Humphries of Boston Globe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">argues</a> that the current trend for extensive use of glass in buildings contradicts today's strive for sustainability and "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green building</a>." When New York started tracking energy use by skyscrapers, the gleaming 7 World Trade Center &mdash; one of that city&rsquo;s more efficient glass towers &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scored worse than the 1930s-era Empire State Building</a>."</p> <p>Taking a lot of energy to heat and cool, glass buildings do not fit well with most climates. "Unlike opaque walls, glass allows heat to pass in and out easily. A 2014 report from the Urban Green Council in New York found that glass buildings have insulation values equivalent to medieval half-timber houses." As the author adds, "Transparent walls also limit privacy, and sunlight can create glare. Reflections on glass buildings can also be a problem; one London skyscraper infamously melted cars parked outside. The Urban Green Council has found that occupants of glass buildings often cover their views with shades and cur...</p> Ten years after opening, Morphosis' San Francisco Federal Building is not a crowd pleaser Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T14:41:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighbors have complained about the plaza for years, calling it an unsafe blight. The frustration is shared by Maria Ciprazo, the federal architect who oversaw the process that in 1999 awarded the project to Mayne and his Southern California firm, Morphosis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this article, the San Francisco Chronicle takes issue with Morphosis' Federal Building, noting that its plaza has not become the cultural hotspot much hyped by developers at its opening in 2007: &nbsp;</p> <p><em>But when we view the complex in hindsight, it didn&rsquo;t transform the local architectural scene. It&rsquo;s a flash of isolated drama. Look no further than the three residential slabs that have been built on the block since then, each a box with no higher aspiration than to satisfy the developer&rsquo;s bottom line.</em></p> <p><em>As for the social agenda &mdash; to create a neighborhood haven &mdash; the plaza and its corner cafe have come up short on all fronts.</em></p>