Archinect 2014-09-18T19:52:44-04:00 Construction on Jean Nouvel’s MoMA Tower will Finally Move Forward Diane Pham 2014-09-18T18:16:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T18:17:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hot off the purchase of $85 million in air rights, and with a new construction loan of $860 million in tow, developer Hines is back on track to bring the Jean Nouvel-designed MoMA residential tower to fruition. Hines just closed on two deals to buy more than 240,000 square feet of development rights from MoMA and the St. Thomas Episcopal Church for $85.3 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After being stalled for seven years, construction on Jean Nouvel's MoMA tower will begin this year. The tower has shrunk about 200 feet since it was first unveiled, but the design remains wholly the same. Funding and the acquisition of new air rights are what's brining the project, more than a decade in the making, to fruition.</p> Editor's Picks #385 Nam Henderson 2014-09-18T17:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:51:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest entry in the <strong>Showcase:</strong> series featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s Stadthaus M1</a>,&nbsp;located in the "sustainable model district" of Vauban in the already so-called "green city" of Freiburg.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;looked at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Factory Berlin</a>, a "<em>start-up campus</em>" hosted by Google, built on a site where "<em>a section of the Berlin Wall...once housed a German Democratic Republic (GDR) watchpost</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;recommended "<em>if you want to keep the political going in your architecture crit, you could probably look at what I have considered the 3 downtowns of Berlin; look at them historically maybe - Kuferstendamm (west), Alexander Platz (east), and Potsdamer Plat (unified)</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>News</strong><br>Mildred Friedman, a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the 1970s and &rsquo;80s who helped both the museum and the contemporary design and architecture it celebrated become objects of international acclaim, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died on Sept. 3 in Manhatta</a>n. She was 85.</p><p>Until October 31,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> is acce...</a></p> Get Lectured: University of Colorado - Boulder, 2014-15 Justine Testado 2014-09-18T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:29:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Newmyer</a>, today's poster features the Environmental Design school's "5:47" Lecture Series 2014-15 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It comes in 5 different colors combos too (PDF linked below).</p><p><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></p><p>Below are upcoming lectures only. All lectures take place at 5:47 pm at the Environmental Design Building, Room 134.</p><p>You can also find past lecture videos on the Environmental Design school's<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Vimeo page</a>.</strong></p><p><em>Sept. 29</em><br>"Art for the Living World"<br>PATRICIA JOHANSON / Environmental Artist</p><p><em>Oct. 20</em><br>"The Yearly Climb"<br>MICHELLE DELK / Principal ...</p> The Getty Foundation selects the first 10 modern projects to receive grants in worldwide preservation effort Justine Testado 2014-09-18T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:19:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the sake of preserving the holy modern architectural canon (and some), The Getty Foundation officially announced today the first 10 projects to receive grants of their Keeping it Modern initiative. In a race against time among other challenging factors, the philanthropic effort aims to conserve the world's architectural landmarks of the 20th century.</p><p>The Foundation states Keeping it Modern will address the pressing challenges involved with the conservation of modern architectural heritage through the support for key model projects. Each grant project was selected for its architectural significance and its potential to advance conservation practices relevant to modern architecture.</p><p>The first ten projects selected to receive funding are:</p><p>(Above) Louis Kahn&rsquo;s Salk Institute for Biological Studies</p><p>J&oslash;rn Utzon&rsquo;s Sydney Opera House<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Hilario Candela&rsquo;s Miami Marine Stadium<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Alvar Aalto&rsquo;s Paimio Sanatorium<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Robie House<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Ray and Charles Eames&rsquo; residence &lsquo;The Eames House&rsquo;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>I.M. Pei&rsquo;s...</p> The future of gay neighborhoods Nam Henderson 2014-09-18T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:22:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Historically, gay neighborhoods are spatial expressions of a specific form of oppression. If the form of oppression changes, so will the spatial expression. So we live in a moment of unprecedented societal acceptance of homosexuality, and as a result the meaning and the composition of these districts are in flux.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amelia Abraham interviewed&nbsp;Amin Ghaziani, author of a new book titled&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There Goes the Gayborhood?</a>&nbsp;</em>The discussion touched on; the history of these neighborhoods, their&nbsp;four defining characteristics and their role in gentrification or urban revitalization.</p> Multi-Family Housing Competition in Marfa, Texas 2014-09-18T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T13:16:35-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The truth about property developers: they are ruining our cities Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T13:03:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conditions that have been agreed are relentlessly renegotiated at reserved matters stage. Good architects are employed to win outline planning, then ditched for a cheaper alternative; high-quality materials are substituted for flimsy plastic panels &ndash; all in the name of viability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The song remains the same, and you know your favorite Pritzker Prize'rs are involved in them.</p><p>It is usually the floodgate scheme;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Once an outline permission is granted, it makes it very difficult for us to refuse a scheme further down the line,&rdquo; says one officer. In Stratford City&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;International Quarter&rdquo;</a>, part of the promised spoils of the Olympic legacy, consented tower proposals have recently gained a substantial number of extra storeys. Similarly in Wandsworth, a proposed pair of towers have put on a growth spurt and lost their planned mix of uses, reverting entirely to high-end flats.</p><p>Next line of invasion is always, "we provide jobs."</p> Parkour Architectural | Villa Savoye Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T12:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T18:21:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Discover the Villa Savoye as you've never seen it before, through the discipline of Parkour and the movements of traceurs !</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, the real grandfather of hip-hop, could also be the inspiration behind the parkour?&nbsp;</p> EyeTime 2014 2014-09-18T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T12:48:35-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hernan Diaz Alonso to follow Eric Owen Moss as Director of SCI-Arc, + Deans List sneak peek Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-17T21:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:59:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am pleased that the SCI-Arc Board of Trustees at its quarterly meeting [on Wednesday, September 10] approved the contract with Hernan Diaz Alonso as the next Director of SCI-Arc. Hernan will assume this role beginning September 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hernan Diaz Alonso's appointment had been percolating since the beginning of the summer, when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>'s search committee <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first recommended</a> him for the position after also considering professor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wes Jones</a>. Diaz Alonso will take up the directorship at a pivotal point in SCI-Arc's history in relation to the city of Los Angeles,&nbsp;succeeding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss</a>' thirteen-year service which solidified the school's position in the now rapidly-developing Arts District of downtown LA.</p><p>Aside from serving academic and administrative roles at SCI-Arc since 2001,&nbsp;Diaz Alonso is also principal of LA-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xefirotarch</a>, a multidisciplinary practice that won&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program</a>&nbsp;in 2005. He will also serve as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale University</a>'s Eero Saarinen Professor of Architectural Design in Spring 2015.</p><p>Before Diaz Alonso's role was made public, we spoke with him for our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List </strong></a>series, focusing on his plans for managing SCI-Arc's evolution in the midst of a rapidly changing Los Angeles. Here are a few t...</p> Dwell on Design comes to New York City Oct. 9-11 - Register now! Sponsor 2014-09-17T15:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T17:51:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="183" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_content=91714&amp;utm_campaign=dodny2014?&amp;utm_medium=sponsored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design NY</a>.</em></p><p><a href=";utm_content=91714&amp;utm_campaign=dodny2014?&amp;utm_medium=sponsored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design NY</strong></a>, curated by the editors of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell </a>magazine, debuts at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY on October 9-11, 2014. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard 'trade show' format to create a unique forum on the future of design.</p><p>Together with influential designers, architects, industry thought leaders, and attendees, we will discuss, collaborate and address today's most pressing design challenges in the contract design industry and beyond. Attend presentations, panel discussions and dialogues on &lsquo;hot button&rsquo; issues across hospitality, travel, office, academia, public spaces, urban infrastructure and more.</p><p>Hear from a stellar of today&rsquo;s most forward thinking industry experts such as keynote speaker, Daniel Libeskind, David Rockwell, Michael Bierut of Pentagram; Designtex's Susan Lyons, a former creative director for materials at Herman Miller; Sn&oslash;hetta director Claire Fellman, just to name a few. For the full schedule of sess...</p> The Life of a New Architect: Eric Höweler Sean Smith 2014-09-17T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T14:47:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's working as an architect actually like? Even for students on track to become one, the answer isn't always clear or forthcoming, and for those outside the industry, common ideas about architecture rarely reflect its reality. In our "<strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect</a></strong>" series, three young architects (two designers and one licensed architect) discuss their transition from student to professional, their changed perceptions of the career and the challenges and joys of their current work.</p> Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #38 Justine Testado 2014-09-17T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T14:54:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's <em>Employer of the Day</em>. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, <em>Employer of the Day</em> is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p><p>In case you missed them, check out the latest <em>EOTD</em> features:</p><p>1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>SITU Studio</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Research/Design Intern</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Christian Lahoude Studio</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>4. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Corsini Stark Architects</strong></a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>5. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>FGY Architects</strong> (Fergus Garber Young)</a> (<a href=";type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To follow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Employer of the Day</em></a>, like Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> Is Le Corbusier the real grandfather of hip-hop? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T09:39:18-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In the late 1920s, Le Corbusier created a plan for Paris," Ford says. "Its most celebrated portion was called 'Towers in the Park.' [...] Think unremarkable, high-rise apartment buildings. Think low-income housing projects. [...] "Many of hip-hop's most prominent artists were born, raised, and perfected their crafts in those very same housing projects. Hip-hop was a result of the economical, political, and sociological deprivations instituted by the housing projects across America."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What would Scottish independence mean for architects? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-17T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T10:13:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For Scottish architects, a decision to go it alone could create longer-term opportunities for Scotland to enshrine its own architectural education and regulation system based on the protection of function. It could also boost the development of a strong, distinctively Scottish architectural culture [&hellip;] Independence could well dissuade practices and architects from relocating south.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architects' Journal is polling architects for their opinion ahead of tomorrow's vote on Scottish independence. So far, <a href=";contentID=-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">two-thirds of Scottish architects voted pro-independence</a>. Specifically: "Those working in small practices showed a clear preference for independence, but those at medium to large practices were divided by an almost even split between the yes and no camps."&nbsp;</p><p>For the most part, the issues behind Scottish independence pertain to more general economic, social, and political considerations, but these would certainly affect the architecture profession. Some have voiced concerns of a brain drain of talented young architects to London. Additionally, the current confusion of what monetary system an independent Scotland would adopt could have severe repercussions for the field, potentially stagnating new projects.</p><p>The most recent polls suggest a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slight lead</a> for the pro-union camp, but it remains quite close.</p><p>Do you have an opinion on tomorrow's referrendum?</p> Get Lectured: USC, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-09-17T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T13:00:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster comes from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture. Events include lectures from David Baker, Andrea Cochran, Zaha Hadid, Marc Fornes, and the anticipated ACADIA 2014 conference.</p><p><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></p><p>Below are a selection of events. Events requiring reservations and/or admission fees are indicated with RSVP. All other events are free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER</strong></p><p><em>Sept. 16-18</em><br>AFFORDABLE HOUSING DESIGN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE<br>at Verle Annis Gallery, Harris Hall</p><p><em>Sept. 17</em><br>6 pm<br>DAVID BAKER, FAIA, LEED AP / Principal, David Baker Architects, San Francisco<br>ANDREA COCHRAN, FASLA&nbsp; / Andrea Cochran ...</p> Graduate School of Design Launches $110-Million Campaign Archinect 2014-09-17T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T23:31:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>THE HARVARD Graduate School of Design (GSD) launched its $110-million-plus fundraising campaign on September 12 and 13 with a series of events highlighting the school&rsquo;s &ldquo;grounded visionaries&rdquo;: architects, planners, and designers who are at once free to dream of inventive solutions for&mdash;and intensely concerned with the practical challenges of&mdash;building a better world. Part of the<a href="" target="_blank">University&rsquo;s $6.5-billion capital campaign</a>, the GSD campaign will support expanded international research and studio programs; new spaces for research and teaching, including proposals for a new research building to augment Gund Hall; and financial aid for students. Campaign co-chair John K.F. Irving &rsquo;83, M.B.A. &rsquo;89, whose <a href="" target="_blank">$10-million gift</a> kicked off the campaign last year, announced on Saturday that the school has already raised $69.23 million, or 63 percent of its total goal.</p><p>Speeches by two of the school&rsquo;s most distinguished affiliates&mdash;both recipients of the field&rsquo;s top honor, <a href="" target="_blank">the Pritzker Prize</a>&mdash;bookended the...</p> Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry’s designs Archinect 2014-09-17T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T13:57:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Wednesday will review two approaches, including one that removes most of these elements. If that plan is selected, Gehry informed the commission, he will ask for his name to removed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Modern Barn by Specht Harpman Louise Harpman 2014-09-17T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T12:34:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This historic gambrel barn was partially destroyed in a fire. The owners commissioned Specht Harpman to reconstruct the barn's exterior, and to completely redesign the interior for use as a new home. The exterior incorporates traditional forms and materials in a way that respects the other historic buildings on the 8-acre site, while a radical restructuring of the interior creates a free and open volume that works as a modern, loft-like living space. Polished concrete floors, exposed maple framing, and custom woodwork are employed to make the home a warm, comfortable, and elegant place for living and entertaining.</p> Humanitarium by group8 group8 2014-09-17T12:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T12:25:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>historic and location</strong></p><p>Within the sphere of the international institutions, the Humanitanium counts&rsquo; as the fifth building created by the office group8 and completes the works for the ICRC and the FIPOI, along with the creation of the Logistics hall for the ICRC and the transformation of the WTO Headquarters &ndash; William Rappard Center.</p><p>The common approach behind each mandate is to identify the specificities that characterize it and to extract its own single identity. These features are defined by environmental, functional or social aspects. Creating discrete buildings, with a clear architectural style, places of exchange, interactions within the existing elements, here are some key notions of the process adopted by group8.</p><p>A new visitor&rsquo;s area and a shared restaurant at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (MICR) accompany the old Carlton building, the historical ICRC headquarters. The museum and Carlton buildin...</p> Striped Living by group8 group8 2014-09-17T12:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T12:24:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Historical background and location</strong></p><p>The project is located in a suburban village between Geneva and Lausanne. group8 have built two of the five buildings which were part of the first phase of a neighborhood planning strategy. The reflective process has been based around both a social and urban analysis in order to endorse the urban density, which is a required stage for all municipalities of the region.</p><p>A proactive development of the housing zone has been made in accordance with the guidelines of the program, encompassing the existing spatial and built elements located in the area. New and denser urban forms consisting of intermediate sized volumes with flat roofs have complemented the existing buildings while maintaining an appropriate scale.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Program</strong></p><p>The two buildings consist of three floors above ground and offer different typologies of apartments that meet both the characteristics of an urban multi-unit dwelling or an individual villa. The 16 units generated are duplex or single apar...</p> Can cloud-seeding clear Singapore's skies? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-17T12:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T12:16:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indonesia is preparing cloud-seeding operations in an effort to combat a haze of air pollution blanketing neighbouring Singapore. Pollution levels were "moderate" levels on Tuesday morning, according to the pollution standard index, a day after hitting "unhealthy" levels. The worst affected parts of the island are in the west and closest to Indonesia. The haze has become an annual event in this part of Southeast Asia, as farmers illegally burn forest or plantation areas to clear land.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Search for Greener Grass amlocke 2014-09-16T21:23:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T21:45:35-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Architects rarely &lsquo;architect.&rsquo;</strong> This is the lesson I learned 5 years ago while I was in my 3rd year in architecture school and had two summers of internships under my belt. Rather than the illustrious profession I had imagined, I was aghast to find the gaping disconnect between academic studies and professional practice. The importance of the progression of theoretical exploration in the built environment was highly stressed in the academic arena, but this pedagogy was scarce in the current architecture profession. Architects bowed to the whims of their clients, sacrificing truth, authenticity, and innovation for security, economy, and placating exteriority. Those endowed enough to find themselves designing on the fringes of theory and technology were treated like chattel, working 70 to 80+ hours a week, making less than their peers, with tremendous student loans, and living in substandard rental housing in some of the most expensive cities in the world. The profession in majority is...</p> Suzhou Space Evan Chakroff 2014-09-16T19:30:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T01:06:13-04:00 <p>A long time in the making, I finally got around to running a computational intelligibility analysis on the plan of Suzhou's Garden of the Master of Nets, in an attempt to suss out what exactly makes this - and other chinese gardens - &nbsp;so spatially compelling.&nbsp;</p><p>Originally posted on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LMN Tech Studio blog: Suzhou Space</a>.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="suzhou space header image" src=""></a></p><p>Before starting at LMN, I lived in China for over three years, where I became fascinated by the classical gardens of Suzhou. These gardens, unique to southern China, are populated by small pavilions and halls, sculpted rock outcroppings, shallow pools, and planted areas, all contained within a perimeter wall and arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner. While a pleasing arrangement of rocks may be enough to satisfy bored tourists, architects and designers find the gardens endlessly fascinating for the way they orchestrate experience, frame space, and create illusory depth in their limited boundaries.</p><p>Suzhou&rsquo;s gardens are characterized by ambiguity of interior and ex...</p> An Introduction: From DaVinci to Bjarke jp88 2014-09-16T18:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T00:06:18-04:00 <p><em>&ldquo;I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.&rdquo;<br>- Le Corbusier</em><br><br><br>I start my class every year with that quote to explain to these students the importance of visual communications. &nbsp;Since I've began teaching this course most of the students I get have never had to communicate using visual aids like drawings or models. &nbsp;I equate it to learning a different language that they're going to have to become proficient in.<br><br>The endgame of this course is to arm them with the weapons of the trade: cad, rhino, adobe, etc... But rather than treat this like a class at ITT Tech, the methodology takes on a design component of its own. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This class draws from a range of inspirations: DaVinci's detailed invention sketches, the diagrams from BIG, Wes Anderson films, IKEA instruction manuals, Archigram, A social history of drafting culture, and the list goes on.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Currently they're engaged in their first assignment dealing with orthographic study of an object. &nbsp;This assignment isn...</p> Chinese Colleges Are Trying to Look Like the Ivy League Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T08:09:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] colleges in China are copying America&rsquo;s copycat approach. There&rsquo;s a university in Shanghai where faux English manor houses sit side-by-side with dorms modeled on Britain&rsquo;s half-timbered homes. To the north, Hebei province boasts a university inspired by Harry Potter&rsquo;s Hogwarts&mdash;itself fashioned on the traditional collegiate Gothic. Even specific colleges have been cloned.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:59:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The conceptual storefront Prada Marfa, 2005, by Elmgreen &amp; Dragset, has a new lease on life. The Texas Department of Transportation reached an agreement last week with the foundation Ballroom Marfa to preserve the sculpture after nearly one year of negotiations. The government threatened to shut down the work because it could be considered an illegal roadside advertisement under state law. [...] the foundation plans to lease the land underneath Prada Marfa and register it as an art museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal</a></p> Architecture for the people: the rise of Open House Worldwide Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:35:02-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The gilded opulence of a Buenos Aires ballroom, the hidden tunnels beneath Jerusalem&rsquo;s Wailing Wall, and the cavernous innards of the biggest gasometers in Europe are some of the off-limits sites that can be glimpsed around the world this autumn, thanks to the growing phenomenon of the Open House weekend. The initiative, which began in London in 1992 and celebrates its 22nd edition this week, has since spawned a global network of over 20 cities [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:52:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>9 x 18. In square feet, that&rsquo;s 162, smaller than the most micro micro-apartment. It is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects &mdash; Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture &mdash; to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> It's Deborah Berke for downtown Naptown! Donna Sink 2014-09-16T17:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:01:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cummins Inc. announced Tuesday morning that it has selected New York-based Deborah Berke Partners to design its global distribution headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cummins Inc. has an important history of working with significant architects in Columbus, Indiana, the small Midwestern city where it is located.&nbsp; In selecting Deborah Berke Partners for its new global headquarters in downtown Indianapolis the company commits to fostering excellent design in the region, as well.</p>