Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016
These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 – not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:One student's solution to the... View full entry
A Salute to Garbage Fires: moving on from 2016 and predictions for 2017, on Archinect Sessions #93
It's that time of the year – for washing away the stench of the past and basking in the sweet, slightly terrifying promise of an uncertain future. This week on the podcast, we dish out our predictions for architecture in 2017, and try to digest the year that was 2016.This is our final episode... View full entry
Lunch pails 50 stories over Manhattan
"The gallery captures the exuberance with which the U.S. trumpeted its industrial progress."
— The Wall Street Journal
Metcalfe (with Art Guild Museums + Environments and Drexel University's Center for Cultural Partnerships) designed the exhibits for the 13,000 square foot National Museum of Industrial History that are housed in its 100 year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility. The first Smithsonian Museum... View full entry
Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects
Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to Politico:Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed... View full entry
Inventively-clad gentrification in the form of Bordeaux's "Urban Dock"
Take an abandoned industrial neighborhood in Bordeaux, France, affix a masterplan by urbanist Nicholas Michelin to it, and then add in an inventive cladding system over a 56-unit apartment building, and you have the fundamental makings of "Urban Dock," a recently completed project by Hamonic +... View full entry
Blair Kamin's standout Chicago architects of 2016 are all female, "but that's incidental"
Jeanne Gang completed three exceptional projects, including the dramatic Writers Theatre in Glencoe, and saw construction begin on her 98-story Vista Tower [...]
Carol Ross Barney finished the latest extension of Chicago's downtown Riverwalk [...]
Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, led the successful fight against George Lucas' planned narrative art museum [...]
What unites these achievements? Probably the fact that gender, in the end, had little to do with them.
More on gender in architecture:Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforceUT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on "race, gender, and the American built environment"North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passageWhy Zaha Hadid's gender... View full entry
The stories that influenced architecture culture in 2016
Architecture culture, while impossible to pin down precisely, tracks its course roughly with trends in starchitecture, academia, and global politics. It is the substance that wherever you practice, teach or write, provides some kind of reference point for identifying with being "an architect"... View full entry
Take a flight through Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed
For those who have been eagerly anticipating a look inside Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie before it officially opens this January, your chance has come in the form of a website feature which allows you to navigate through the space at your chosen speed via your preferred web browsing... View full entry
Traveling the world to understand 'The Future of Cities'
The inevitable, and accelerating, growth of cities is an undisputed premise in contemporary urbanist discourses. With the rapid rise of entirely new cities proliferating around the globe, questions arise of how much in urban life can be improved with a blank slate. This short film from The... View full entry
The "Stonehenge" in the Amazon reveals an unexpected ancient history
Roughly one thousand years ago, a civilization in what is now known as the Brailizan Amazon constructed what appears to be an astronomical observation structure that, thanks to its inadvertent discovery by a tree-razing cattle ranch foreman in the 1990s, has been dubbed the area's "Stonehenge."... View full entry
Mark Zuckerberg unveils a home operating AI app called "Jarvis"
At last, somebody understands Mark Zuckerberg, and it's an artificial intelligence app that speaks with the wisdom and patience of Morgan Freeman. Partially an internet of things melded with a changeable, celebrity-cameo Siri (Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a brief aural appearance), Zuckerberg's... View full entry
Inside San Francisco's complex relationship with homelessness
In this historically researched and nuanced piece for The New York Times, Daniel Duane examines the conflicted attitude of San Franciscans--and Californians in general--toward homelessness, immigration, and the problems of housing density. He notes that despite the state's fame for its... View full entry
AIA sets aside $1M for diversity scholarships
Back in 2013, the AIA earmarked $1M for Diversity Advancement Scholarships, aimed at “improving equity, diversity and inclusion among people entering the profession”. Now, the Board of Directors has announced another million dollar donation being set towards the fund. The profession of... View full entry
How 100 years of zoning shaped New York City's quest for sunlight
Ever since 19th century city commissioners laid a grid on the hilly island of Manhattan, New York City has been squeezing skyward. That’s meant natural light has always been in short supply—for some New Yorkers more than others. Access to sunshine was one of the main drivers of the first zoning laws, as a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, Mastering the Metropolis, explores.
Related stories in the Archinect news:Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super richWelcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered speciesTwilight Zoning: What 100 years of zoning hath wrought, ft. special guest Mitch McEwen on Archinect Sessions #77Obama calls... View full entry
Steven Holl to be honored at 2017 BOMB Magazine Gala
BOMB Magazine, the influential art journal founded in 1981, will honor architect Steven Holl at its 2017 gala on May 5, 2017. Holl will be the first architect honored at the annual event."The logically unbridgeable gap between concepts and ideas and the world of sense perception is bridged by... View full entry