Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business?
This post is brought to you by BQE ArchiOffice. In my experience, most firm owners don’t appreciate the significance of being at the helm of a business. At the risk of sounding cliché, they run a “practice” and they operate it as if they’re just… well… practicing. This problem is... View full entry
Win “Dingbat 2.0”, a critical study of L.A.'s most ubiquitous vernacular typology
Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis is the first full-length critical study of the dingbat apartment, the stucco-clad boxy “building code creature” that is the Southland's most ubiquitous and mundane vernacular typology. Co-edited by Radical Craft... View full entry
Quickly Recover from Missing Billable Hours and Miscalculated Project Costs
This post is brought to you by BQE ArchiOffice. Learn how this Brisbane-based architectural firm is enjoying faster cash flow now.AboutBased in West End, Brisbane, Tim Bennetton Architects is a small, private architectural firm with a single director and three employees. They work in an intimate... View full entry
Winners of the 2016 Beaux Arts Ball ticket giveaway
The 2016 Beaux Arts Ball is happening this Friday at the new A/D/O space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! Thanks to the Architectural League of New York, two Archinect readers will each win a pair of tickets to the Tabula Rasa-themed ball.The giveaway winners are Wendy Fok and Aditya Ghosh.Congrats!... View full entry
Win 2 tickets to Beaux Arts Ball 2016: Tabula Rasa!
The Architectural League of New York is getting ready to kick off another eventful Beaux Arts Ball 2016: Tabula Rasa, taking place on September 30 at the new nARCHITECTS-designed A/D/O space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Co-chaired by Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown, this year's Tabula Rasa theme is all... View full entry
Winners of the Grids & Guides giveaway
In a recent Archinect giveaway, readers had the chance to win the revamped Grids & Guides Notebook for Visual Thinkers and the sleek 12-Pencil set from the Princeton Architectural Press.The lucky winners are:Michael - AlbuquerqueKayla - New OrleansAlexandra - Forest HillsKristin... View full entry
Mapping how LA's expanding Metro network fuels gentrification (or not)
Researchers from the Urban Displacement project, a joint UCLA and UC Berkeley effort, recently released a gentrification map of Los Angeles.
They examined the city from 1990 to 2000 and up to 2015, focusing on neighborhoods near transit stops. The goal was to see if these areas saw higher rents and more displacement than other areas.
The answer? Yes — with some exceptions.
Some of the UCLA researchers' key findings for Los Angeles Country (via the project's website, urbandisplacement.org):Our analysis found that areas around transit stations are changing and that many of the changes are in direction of neighborhood upscaling and gentrification.Examining the changes... View full entry
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