"A Night in Paris"
Protests in Paris in the aftermath of the vote have turned violent with smoke grenades, flares and glass bottles thrown at police. More rallies, dubbed the “night of the barricades,” are expected to take place in 13 cities across France.
— COURTESY: RUPTLY video agency
Live event cameras covering the night of French elections. The footage follows night time streets and other public spaces romancing the dreamy city with shadowy elevations, silhouettes and the sounds of the Parisian architecture and urbanism. Considering the French tradition of protest, this is... View full entry
Touring Danish playground emphasizes multi-faceted nature of play with modular elements + a smoke machine
In addition to conceptually representing the inherent creativity of play, this touring modular playground made up of 35 white cubes mounted on safety rubber also features inlaid LEDs and a smoke machine, making it ridiculously cool for its target demographic.As Stephan Gustin, one of the... View full entry
The next International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam will be split across two years and two countries
The next International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) will be split in two parts, the first held in 2018 and the second in 2020. Appropriately dubbed IABR—2018+2020, it will be based in both the Netherlands and Belgium and use “the world as its source of inspiration”. This follows in... View full entry
So-called "parking podiums" are aesthetically ruining downtown Los Angeles
As L.A. pats itself on the back for its freshly angular skyline, a new architectural trend — enabled by another city ordinance — threatens to turn the beating heart of modern Los Angeles into a cold, lifeless and unwalkable place.
— The Los Angeles Times
This excellent piece by the aptly named Steven Sharp delves into the uglification of downtown Los Angeles via the "parking podium," wherein large buildings dedicate their first few floors to a parking garage to meet code requirements for parking, thereby plunging the pedestrian realm back into an... View full entry
Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-dependent LA
The strategy reflects a consensus among some developers and planners that California’s vaunted car culture is inevitably going to run out of gas...[Andy] Cohen, co-chief executive of Gensler, predicts car ownership will peak around 2020 and then start to decline, with more Americans relying on some form of ride-sharing than their own vehicles by 2025. That means cars gradually would disappear from home garages, curbs and parking structures, freeing up acre upon acre of real estate for new uses.
— Los Angeles Times
Some developers are already planning for a not-so-far-off future Los Angeles where more people primarily rely on ridesharing (including from autonomous vehicles) than driving their own car, particularly in the form of parking garages that can be redesigned for other uses like commercial spaces or... View full entry
Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance
Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.
— India Times
In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the... View full entry
This week's picks for London architecture and design events
As we move into another four day week for us in London, we can think ahead to the weekend sooner than normal. The RA has a late night on Saturday themed around the American Dream, and Sunday has a family day packed full of activities at The Japanese House exhibition. If you find some spare time... View full entry
Imagining the popular Elena Ferrante novel "My Brilliant Friend" as a building
Tension and compression often meld into each another. In this building, two volumes are interwoven by strong connecting rods, extended columns and daring beams, with one of the two seemingly suspended from the other. With its mass and swirled dynamism, the suspended volume (that we will call Lila) seems to be slipping away from the one that is holding it up (that we will call Elena) making it extend and stretch as if it was Lila that was shaping Elena and providing her with her dynamic energy...
— The Paris Review
The name of this architectural complex is My Brilliant Friend, after Elena Ferrante’s novel in which the relationship between its two protagonists (Elena, the narrating voice, and her childhood friend Lila) is a constant, alternating flux of blurred identities and imperfect dreams. View full entry
Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl
This week, for our 100th episode of Archinect Sessions, we are excited to share our conversation with Archinect favorite Steven Holl. Our conversation spans a number of topics, including growing up in a small town in Washington state, his early career struggles, his inspirations, working in... View full entry
A factory-making factory: Assemble revives manufacturing (sort of)
By creating a machine that extrudes shaped clay, Assemble have created a factory that places an emphasis on the physical creation of one's environment (as well as the spontaneous ideas that can develop from working with materials and processes).It's a throwback to the late 19th/early 20th century... View full entry
L.A.'s Petersen Museum receives 2017 American Architecture Award
Despite receiving a substantial drubbing from architectural critics, the Petersen Museum has managed to garner a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athanaeum Museum of Architecture and Design (among 78 other finalists).The award, which has been given out since 1994, recognized the... View full entry
Jose Oubrerie's legendary and innovative Miller House on the market for $550K
According to a listing on Zillow, Jose Oubrerie's visually complex, materially innovative Miller House is now on the market for $550,000. Each room is a study in unusual and exactingly executed detail; cabinets transition seamlessly into L-shaped shelving, while doors become hosts for... View full entry
Remembering the Holocaust via Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects' Memorial
In a week in which the White House Press Secretary stated that Hitler never gassed his own people, it's worth taking a moment to remember the Holocaust. In the U.K., the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the British Government have enlisted some of the top design firms in the... View full entry
Ben Carson gets stuck in an elevator during a tour of a public housing complex
With limited funds, many American affordable housing projects aren’t in great shape. Their fate is ever more tenuous with the impending budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed by the Trump Administration. In an ironic twist of fate, the often-sorry state of... View full entry
2017 Julius Shulman Photography Awardee Todd Eberle to exhibit his portraits of architecture's icons at WUHO Gallery
Known for portraying a “clean and analytical minimalist aesthetic” in his work, New York-based photographer Todd Eberle has captured sharp, personable portraits of architectural icons like David Adjaye, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Phyllis Lambert, and Philip Johnson...Most recently, Woodbury University's Julius Shulman Institute bestowed its prestigious JSI Excellence in Photography Award to Todd Eberle for 2017.
Todd Eberle will be presented with the JSI Photography Award on May 4, during opening night of his “Empire of Space” exhibition at the WUHO Gallery. Previous recipients of the award include James Welling, Hélène Binet, Grant Mudford, Pedro E. Guererro, Catherine Opie, Richard Barnes, and... View full entry