Winners of the Sumo Air giveaway
Archinectors recently had the chance to win a Sumo Air Lounger, an inflatable lounger chair that requires no extra assembly equipment and is handy to have for all sorts of outdoor activities.Four lucky readers were chosen. They are: Ronald, Qi, Christopher, and Himanshu.Congrats to all the... View full entry
Win the Grids & Guides Visual Thinkers notebook + pencil set!
For many architecture and design students, a new school year calls for fresh supplies. But regardless of your student status, a timeless essential for designers is the trusty notebook and sharpened pencils. If you're looking to add to your sketchbook collection, Archinect is giving away the... View full entry
VACANT NEW YORK maps Manhattan's shuttered storefronts
This is high-rent blight.
The vacancy problem is immediately visible but lacking in hard data. The intent of this project is to provide some background around commercial vacancies and use a map to give some insight into the extent of the issue, ideally doubling as a tool for community groups and policymakers to identify areas for intervention.
It's an obvious problem without a clear set of causes or solutions, but there are several contributing factors [...]
Click here for the interactive VACANT NEW YORK map.Related stories in the Archinect news:New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalizationA New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' PlansNew York City's tree species mapped View full entry
Win the Sumo Air inflatable lounger!
From beach trips to music festivals to picnics, have easy access to comfort with the new Sumo Air Lounger. Thanks to our friends at Sumo Lounge, Archinect is giving away four Sumo Air loungers to our readers!Read on for more and how to enter the giveaway.Best known for their beanbag chairs, the... View full entry
Dissecting McMansion ugliness
The aptly named "McMansionhell" tumblr has taken the time to carefully note just what makes a McMansion an ugly, terrible, no good architectural atrocity. Skipping over frothy diatribe and going straight into meticulous point by point dissection, the tumblr notes that McMansions fail in four key... View full entry
A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection
Among the discoveries in the magical realist-flavored experiential series of smartphone games from the Triennale Game Collection is just how compelling this format is for exploring the nuances of architecture, even if that architecture pushes the limits of physics (and is often heavily layered... View full entry
7 Bookkeeping Tips for Architects
This post is brought to you by BQE ArchiOffice. Many architects struggle with staying on top of their finances. After all, they were trained to draw and design, not how to run a business. Here are seven bookkeeping tips to help you better manage your finances with innovative tools.1. Get... View full entry
Moscow's own version of Pokémon Go will let you "catch" famous figures from Russian history
Moscow City Hall has announced the launch of its own version of online game “Pokemon Go.” Russians will be asked to find and "catch" historical figures in the streets of the capital via an app called “Know Moscow.Photo.”
[...] people will be able to catch and take a selfie with [...] Yury Gagarin, Alexander Pushkin, Pyotr Chaikovsky, [founder of the first Russian university] Mikhail Lomonosov, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and the tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich,” [...]
— The Moscow Times
Related stories in the Archinect news:No, Pokémon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneurMoscow's metro expansion moves ahead of scheduleMoscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List View full entry
London, South of the River. A Personal Journey Before ‘Brexit’
[...] during a visit some months before the Brexit vote, I armed myself with a detailed map and trolled all over South and Southeast London — a conglomeration of formerly independent villages, boroughs, towns and green spaces that have long since been incorporated into London
[...] the neighborhoods that make up the great London patchwork quilt are ephemeral, especially now, as the immigrant communities of London wonder what the post-Brexit future will bring.
— The New York Times
Read more about the effects of Brexit for architects on archinect:Architects react to shocking EU referendum resultProperty funds suspend trading in biggest seize-up since financial crisisCreative Currency, post-BrexitPost-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job lossesAfter Brexit, “the... View full entry
Yulio offers architects a DIY Virtual Reality platform
This post is brought to you by Yulio. AN INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY Though Virtual Reality (VR) is yet to truly break into the mainstream consumer market, it’s an industry growing at breakneck speed.With Deloitte Global predicting a $1bn year for the VR industry this year, and Digi Capital... View full entry
Winners of the Arquitectura Viva 2016 Spain Yearbook giveaway
In Archinect's latest giveaway, our readers had the chance to win Arquitectura Viva's 2016 Spain Yearbook monograph. The book is a visual throwback of the last 12 months in Spanish architecture, revisiting 24 top-notch buildings that were all completed in the country over the last year.After... View full entry
Splendid 4D Studio Builds Immersive VR Apps for Architects, Real Estate Developers
This post is brought to you by Splendid 4D Studio.The team at Splendid 4D Studio is partnering with architects and real estate companies to develop flawless apps for showcasing projects and properties. Leveraging virtual reality integration, Splendid 4D Studio takes presentations to the next... View full entry
#SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings
Surfing on this social media hype, the German Architecture Museum (DAM) and the Wüstenrot Foundation have started using the hashtag #SOSBrutalism to make these buildings visible worldwide in order to contribute to saving those that are currently threatened.
"Brutalism represents an anti-attitude, an anti-idyll," says campaign co-initiator Philip Kurz, of the Wüstenrot Foundation. [...]
The German Architecture Museum also plans to create an exhibition next year based on its online campaign.
"Some 900 buildings - from London to Abidjan, from Tokyo to Caracas - are already documented on the website sosbrutalism.org. Among the structures featured in the database, some have already been demolished while others are currently endangered."Related stories in the Archinect news:Brutal paper... View full entry
Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality
Hyper-Reality is a concept film by Keiichi Matsuda. It presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.
"Our physical and virtual realities are becoming increasingly intertwined. Technologies such as VR, augmented reality, wearables, and the internet of things are pointing to a world where technology will envelop every aspect of our lives. It will be the glue between every interaction and... View full entry
Winners of the "Architectural Guide China" giveaway
In Archinect's latest giveaway, our readers had the chance to win a coveted copy of Architectural Guide China. This unique travel guidebook presents an architectural overview of nine major urban sites in mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macau.The winners are:Bryce - Milwaukee, WISam... View full entry