Prewar Is So Last Year
Moldings, profiles, traditional cabinets — they’re not really interested in that. They’re really interested in something more modern and definitely more linear....Of course, paring down with such attention to detail comes at a price. Where baseboards and moldings can be used to hide uneven edges, the cleaner lines favored by millennials require more precision....Yet dramatically altering the DNA of a prewar apartment could harm its resale value
Jill Krasny highlights a growing trend among younger, buyers. They may prefer older, prewar apartments to newer, cookie cutter options, yet aren't necessarily interested in the traditional finishes and historical details. Rather they are more interested in clean lines, "gap reveal" and open... View full entry
Creating Brand Recognition with 3A Composites USA's Corporate ID Programs
This post is brought to you by 3A Composites USA Every company wants to establish a brand on a local, regional, national or even international level. A company strives for an image that is recognizable by potential customers no matter where they are in the world. In fact, the first face-to-face... View full entry
Biting independent review on Garden Bridge is a reality check for the project's authorities
Today, the Greater London Authority released a biting investigative report on the Garden Bridge conducted by senior Member of Parliament Margaret Hodge. Last October, Mayor Sadiq Khan formally appointed Hodge to lead the independent review, as part of Khan's promise to investigate the decisions... View full entry
Transborder wins competition for Holocaust-Center in Oslo
In tough competition with leading Norwegian offices (Snøhetta, Jensen & Skodvin, Jarmund Vigsnæs and Carl Viggo Hølmebakk) the young practice Transborder Studio wins the invited competition for an extension of the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The center is... View full entry
Architecture, we forget at our peril, is inherently violent. It invariably subtracts from the range of available possibilities, especially the perennially attractive option of building nothing at all. In this sense, construction sites are crime scenes.
—Herbert Muschamp, NY Times
— Numéro Cinq
Three quick takes on architecture, with links, of relevance to a certain tower. View full entry
The AIA releases a revamped 'Disaster Assistance Handbook'
The AIA has released a revamped version of its Disaster Assistance Handbook, which they claim is “significantly enhanced” and “will serve as a go-to resource for architects, built environments professionals, municipal government officials and emergency managers involved in disaster... View full entry
Comedy meets architecture as Michael Ian Black chats with Deborah Berke
Although certain architects have attempted to inject humor into the profession, architecture is generally not known for its slapstick and wry timing, which makes the pairing of interviewer Michael Ian Black (formerly of classic comedy show The State) and Yale Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke... View full entry
Border Wall submissions are in, including proposals with solar panels, tourist destinations, nuclear waste storage, art, and a shared "co-nation"
The government won't identify companies until contracts are awarded around June 1 — and even then, only the winners — but some bidders released plans on their own
— Yahoo News / AP
Although many political agendas have trickled into the realm of design, the border wall continues to be a hot topic for architects. Since the inception of this project, social media has highlighted the "We Won't Build Your Wall" campaign, which has been prevalent at a number of architectural... View full entry
Rikers Island proposed for Laguardia Airport expansion
The Island is uniquely positioned to accommodate an expanded LaGuardia Airport that would reduce delays and could serve as many as 12 million more passengers annually.
Last week, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the city would close Rikers Island jail complex. The news followed a report by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform which recommended such action. The report also included a number of... View full entry
The New York Times compiles a glossary of climate change-adaptive building strategies
Communities across the country are confronting the mounting evidence of climate change and developing means of fortifying buildings and infrastructure against rising sea levels and ever-more-intense storms, even as the Trump administration reverses policies premised on climate change.
“We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters in Washington recently. “We consider that to be a waste of your money.”
— The New York Times
"People who live, work or build in flood plains like West Chelsea and elsewhere say they cannot be so dismissive. They are spending money."The New York Times has compiled case studies as well as an associated glossary of steps taken in New York City and its environs to help shore up the built... View full entry
Leaders in architecture tend to be LEED-accredited, AIA study reveals
What sets apart high-performing architecture firms from their award-lacking brethren? Not surprisingly, a commitment to excellence, which according to the AIA is measured by several factors, including an emphasis on sustainability and diversity. While the full report details the findings from a... View full entry
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declares state of emergency after I-85 bridge in Atlanta collapses from fire
Transportation officials in Georgia are scrambling to cope with a crisis, after a huge fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night. Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency, and with the heavily used road closed in both directions, drivers are being told to find other options — from detours to mass transit.
Friday morning, officials said they don't yet know what caused the fire or how long repairs will take.
Atlanta's Interstate 85 was first built in 1953 and reconstructed in 1985 to accommodate increased traffic. The closure affects a crucial 3-mile portion, which carries up to 400,000 vehicles a day. U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chow directed Federal Highway Administration officials to grant $... View full entry
SANAA's Grace Farms raises uncomfortable questions about the role of corporate money in public projects
Critic Curt Gambetta brings forward an age old uncomfortable question on corporate public spaces whose main purpose is often curtailed by exemplary architecture that is hard to reject. His piece titled, "No free gifts," carefully borrowed from the anthropologist Mary Douglas, asks the... View full entry
Dragon-proofing: why skyscrapers in Hong Kong have holes
Have you ever realized that Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in them? They're called dragon gates, and according to the Chinese principle feng shui these holes allow dragons to fly from the mountains to the water each day. It's believed that blocking the dragon's path could bring misfortune. Buildings with bad feng shui, such as the Bank of China Tower, have been blamed for surrounding companies going out of business.
— Business Insider
Double-paned, waterproofed windows for insulation? Check. Reinforced steel beams for stability during an earthquake? Check. Hole in the center of the building so dragons can fly through? View full entry
Editor's Picks #466
WBYA? is a coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators that tackle the pressing question: who builds your architecture? Check out their Critical Field Guide...Plus, for the latest edition of Dean's List: Nicholas Korody spoke with Qingyun Ma, of the University of Southern... View full entry