Orhan Ayyüce takes a weekend drive through a vacant Vernon, in a short film for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. citizen commented "Vernon is such an atypical case politically, economically, and in terms of governance, as well as architecture, urbanism and environment".
Oliver Wainwright, reviewed the Venice Architecture Biennale directed by Rem Koolhaas, for the Guardian. Reacting to Quondam’s excessive self-referentialism, Fred Scharmen quipped "It's Rita Novel's world, we just post in it".
Buster.net provided A closer look into The BIG U, BIG’s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design.
Over at the ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) blog, Michael Monti responded with "cautious optimism", to the news that NCARB is hoping to develop a new path for architecture students to be licensed at graduation. Mr. Monti believes "It will take 10 years for this path to come to maturity, and schools and the profession will have to build and sustain it together".
Donna Sink chimed in "I sincerely hope this move results in narrowing the current gap between education and practice..One can also hope that this move will bolster the efforts of those firms who already take internship experience seriously". However Gregory Walker was less sanguine "unless either the curricula itself contains enough experience to become licensed after graduation or there's a non-market driven setting that could accommodate that influx of student labor and match it up, it seems difficult to imagine".
Enterprise Community Partners in Boston MA, is accepting applications for the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, a prestigious three year opportunity for community-minded designers. Geographically the opportunities are diverse - "Six openings - Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Calif., and Slayton, Minn".
Held in partnership with the Kendall College of Art and Design the upcoming symposium, Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America will explore Michigan’s contribution to modern design and architecture.
firstname.lastname@example.org is looking for suggestions re: a Large Format Printers for a small office. jw468 shared some advice "I can tell you what not to get: don't go with an HP, even if it's initially cheaper". LITS4FormZ though, disagreed "I have a 36" hp t520 and it's been working great over the past year. Prints anything from 36" to 8.5x11".
BulgarBlogger wanted some legal advice, "where there is the death penalty, if you are responsible for a design that collapses and kills people, could you be punished by death"? quizzical clarified "In the circumstances you describe, I doubt the collapse of a building would meet the standards for ‘murder’ -- more likely ‘manslaughter arising from negligence’”... Based on personal experience mightyaa added "No. It isn't premeditated...And I have worked on two construction defect cases involving deaths directly attributable to construction".
Finally, bostoncsl needs help with site planning, specifically a question about sharing an Egress only through easement. gwharton noted "You can generally use an access easement for egress purposes. However, there are a bunch of specific requirements to make it work. Check with your local building department"
gruen wondered "Sounds like you want to create a 4 unit building, then divide it along the property line w a fire wall? And put a common stair in the prop line too?" if so "Why not ask for a variance to join the lots and do a 5 or 6 unit?"
Martha Bridegam compiled Discomfort Architecture, a "starting list for sites, books and threads on architecture designed to make public spaces uncomfortable for people with nowhere else to go".