After 20 years as the dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, John Gaunt will miss the “intensity of the wider university community involvement,” but looks forward to being more engaged with his students. [...]
“No regrets for those 20 years,” Gaunt said. “I have a sense of accomplishment and involvement and value, and the teaching part of it has been an enrichment, which from here on I’ll have a more direct and defined involvement in, but really a different kind of challenge.” — The University Daily Kansan
When the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens next month at the World Trade Center, visitors will find a stark wall separating them from a repository containing about 8,000 unidentified human remains from the 2001 terrorist attack.
On the wall is a 60-foot-long inscription, in 15-inch letters [...]: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time. Virgil.” [...]
I asked a half-dozen classicists about the use of this inscription at the memorial museum. All but one questioned the choice. — nytimes.com
There's a new architecture prize in town and it's loaded. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation and distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama announced today the launch of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize, a biennial award for the best building or project in...
Baan, who began shooting buildings in earnest less than a decade ago, balances politeness with relentlessness—qualities that help explain his rapid rise in the architecture world. So compelling is his work, which depicts the world's buildings being used, misused or even abused, that top-tier architects like Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid dispatch him to photograph all of their new projects, requiring him to fly hundreds of thousands of miles a year. — online.wsj.com
It may not seem like it when you’re stuck in traffic on the 110 Freeway, but Southern California is home to some of the least-sprawling metro areas in the country.
That’s according to a study out today from Smart Growth America, which attempted to measure the concept of urban sprawl in 221 metro areas nationwide. The study ranked the Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara regions in the 25 least-sprawling. — latimes.com
Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers, here's this week's batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.In...
The plan’s backers say it represents a rare chance at economic revitalization for the neighborhood. Its opponents say it would destroy the fabric of Holy Cross, and might represent the first step toward changing the traditionally low-rise New Orleans waterfront into something very different [...]
“The argument is that the Lower Ninth Ward has to take what it can get,” says DeBacher. “We believe that we deserve—as any community deserves—good development, not just any development.” — The Atlantic Cities
Mitchell Joachim; New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world’s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch? — BBC
Just two years ago [...] Australia’s previous government created the Major Cities Unit which outlined key long-term priorities for urban productivity and sustainability. Highly regarded by academia, as well as infrastructure, planning and property councils, the Unit showed promise for strategic city alignment, including investment into high-speed rail.
Today, all investment into the Unit has been withdrawn and momentum towards a national urban strategy has come to a halt. — thisbigcity.net
Overnight, more than 260 Easter eggs were hidden around the five boroughs, but these eggs can’t be cracked or peeled.
From Tuesday until April 17, New Yorkers are encouraged to track down the eggs, which are sculptures created by well-known artists and fashion brands as part of a charitable Easter egg hunt. [...]
A free app is available for download to help find the eggs, most of which measure 2.5 feet [...]. — blogs.wsj.com
"Artists who have designed the eggs include Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber and Peter Beard, and fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg."
Last fall, a group of transgender students at Wesleyan University tore down gendered bathroom signs and replaced them with ones that read, “All Gender Restroom.” [...] On college campuses across the country, student activists are dismantling what Sheila Cavanagh dubs an “architecture of exclusion,” more commonly known as gendered bathrooms. [...]
To this day, plumbing regulations in Massachusetts limit the number of gender-neutral bathrooms a building can have. — dailycollegian.com
Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014Archinect's Get Lectured is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our Fall 2013 guide, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current season. If...
Some pretty lackluster news from the housing market today.
Construction spending rose a measly .1% in February. Part of that was because of the wild weather we saw this winter, but economists say that only accounts for part of the lacklusterness. It seems we’re not building or buying homes like we used to. Pending home sales fell in February to their lowest level in more than 2 years. The housing market made big gains last year, but so far 2014 isn’t looking so hot. — marketplace.org
Architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, writes about China's building boom in his story, "Designed in Chicago, made in China." [...]
"Chinese developers lack the expertise to do great skyscrapers," he says. "During the Cultural Revolution their architectural profession was decimated. It really became more about purely engineering. So if you're a Chinese developer, you go to Chicago." — Public Radio International
The latest ShowCase: was a private residence in Weinheim by Wannenmacher-Möller Architekten. megan_eleven commented "I like the interior. The outside looking, I think, is not like a home, not warm enough~ I still prefer a house giving people warm and love.......This one, it looks a little...
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