One-to-One #41 with Deborah Berke
The small town of Columbus, Indiana is packed with the works of famous modernist architects, but unlike cities like New York or Chicago, Columbus’s pedigree isn’t so often brought into the national architectural discourse. Exhibit Columbus, a new symposium and exhibition happening annually in... View full entry
"The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff": Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23
It’s been a strange week, especially in Indiana. On this episode, before getting to the RFRA-ff, we hit on a neat architectural inversion: LA-heavyweight Morphosis designs a "middle-finger" luxury tower in the quaint mountain town of Vals, Switzerland, while the subtly grand Swiss museum-master... View full entry
Get Lectured: University of Notre Dame, Spring '15
Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session! Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming... View full entry
Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled
Since Cummins Inc. appointed Deborah Berke Partners back in September, the company finally revealed DBP's design of their new global distribution business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis to the City of Indianapolis’ Metropolitan Development Commission today. The Commission could vote on... View full entry
New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014
Sunday, October 12:A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.Saturday, October 11:Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "... View full entry
Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects
We need to make sure we strike the proper balance between public safety and burdensome regulatory practices so that Indiana's economy can flourish and citizens can prosper - Nicholas Rhoad
Rhoad is executive director of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, an umbrella agency for 38 state boards, commissions and committees that oversee more than 240 types of licenses, permits and certifications between them.
— Indianapolis Business Journal Online
Last week Indiana began reviewing each of the State's more than 70 types of licenses to consider and then make recommendations which might be able to be eliminated. The (ironically-named?) Job Creation Committee is moving alphabetically through all professions, so last week they met with... View full entry
The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project celebrates national kick-off in Indianapolis
The Green Lane Project, established in 2012 by non-profit group PeopleForBikes, continues its ambitious mission to expedite the process of building more protected bike lines with six new U.S. cities in tow: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.The program celebrated its... View full entry
In Indianapolis, a Bike Path to Progress
Before the path arrived, Indianapolis didn’t have a mainstream bike scene — just streets designed to improve traffic flow. Now, children and the elderly have joined the spandex swarms of longtime cycling enthusiasts...
The public art along the trail accentuates the path’s role as a sculptor of the city’s evolving identity. For example, Donna Sink’s “Moving Forward” is a series of seven stained-glass-hued eco-friendly bus shelters covered in lines from poems by local writers.
Winners of the 1 x ∞ Ideas Competition Announced
The international 1 x ∞ Ideas Competition has announced three Winners and four Honorable Mentions. Hosted by the AIA Indiana chapter, the competition had invited designers from around the world to develop ideas for an urban lot in the downtown area of Evansville [...].
While there aren't specific plans underway to actually realize the entries in Evansville, the competition sees this site as a representation of a common design problem in urban areas across the U.S.
The winning entries are:First Place: Folded Architecture – Michael Abrams (Washington D.C.)Second Place: Center for Culture – Bryan Pendzinski (Denver, Colorado)Third Place: Sensitive Platform – Concepcion Badia & Javier Esquembre (Spain)Learn more on Bustler.All images... View full entry
Documenting Modern Living: A Tumblr on the creation of Saarinen's Miller House
The Miller House and Garden Collection includes correspondence, drawings and blueprints, textile samples, and photographs that document design, construction, and maintenance of the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana.
— Indianapolis Museum of Art
In May 2012, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Indianapolis Museum of Art a grant for its project “Documenting Modern Living: Digitizing the Miller House and Garden Collection.” This Tumblr includes archival information giving an intimate view into the... View full entry
Faded architectural star of Chicago world's fair now in peril
The House of Tomorrow, a modernist,12-sided exhibition home built for Chicago's 1933 World's Fair is among Indiana's 10 most endangered buildings, according to the state's leading preservation group.
Designed by Chicago architects George and William Keck, the house wowed fairgoers with then unheard of features such as glass exterior walls, air conditioning, a dishwasher and automatically opening kitchen and garage doors. The home even had an airplane bay on its ground floor.