Archinect - News 2021-01-19T04:33:37-05:00 Get Lectured: Boston Architectural College, Spring '21 Katherine Guimapang 2021-01-18T16:31:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T16:31:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College (BAC)</a> announces its Spring 2021 Student Lecture series. Their Spring theme "Just Space" welcomes five speakers whose work in architecture, design advocacy, and urbanism highlights the important conversations relating to social and racial justice needed in academia and professional practice.</p> <p>Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;series features each school's lectured series and their graphic design prowess with eye-catching lecture posters.&nbsp;</p> <p>With many schools holding virtual events, distance is no longer an issue when it comes to hearing from design professionals and academics within the industry. Check back regularly to keep track of upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p> <p>Starting on January 19th through April 8th the BAC welcomes guest lecturers from guests such as Natasha Espada of <a href="" target="_blank">STUDIO EN&Eacute;E architects</a> who will discuss&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Performin...</a></em></p> Richard Rogers' first residential building in NYC, No. 33 Park Row, nears completion Alexander Walter 2021-01-18T15:14:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T15:18:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Sitting across the street from New York's City Hall Park in the Financial District, the first residential building in NYC designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Rogers</a> and Graham Stirk of <a href="" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>, No. 33 Park Row, is nearing completion. First renderings of the building appeared on Archinect in <a href="" target="_blank">May 2018</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of No. 33 Park Row.</figcaption></figure><p>Developed by Centurion Real Estate Partners and standing 331 feet tall, the 25-story steel-and-glass condo tower with its signature copper screen fins along the exterior will feature 30 residential units.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of No. 33 Park Row.</figcaption></figure><p>Official launch of the building is expected this spring.<br></p> 2020 Tall Buildings Report: pandemic contributes to decline in completions Alexander Walter 2021-01-18T13:43:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T13:51:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat</a> has published its latest annual web report,&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Tall Buildings in 2020</a></em>, with plenty of facts and figures on the state of the skyscraper construction industry during a year full of pandemic-related uncertainty. <br></p> <p>With 106 completions of buildings 200 meters and taller in 2020, the number constitutes a 20-percent decline compared to 133 completions in 2019. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Completions Timeline. Illustration courtesy of CTBUH.</figcaption></figure><p>While the two tallest buildings completed in 2020 are in New York City (<a href="" target="_blank">Central Park Tower</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">One Vanderbilt</a>), the United States ranks with 10 completed tall buildings only a distant third in both total number of completions as well as sum of heights compared to China (56 completions) and the United Arab Emirates (12 completions, all in Dubai).</p> <p>The ten tallest buildings completed in 2020 are:</p> <ol><li><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Central Park Tower</strong></a>, New York City, United States,<br>98 floors, 472 m / 1,550 ft<br>Design Architect: <a href="" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>One Vanderbi...</strong></a></li></ol> UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design appoints Mariana Ibañez as new chair Katherine Guimapang 2021-01-18T13:36:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T13:42:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architect, educator, and researcher Mariana Iba&ntilde;ez joins as the new chair and associate professor at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design</a>. She will succeed under <a href="" target="_blank">Heather Roberge</a>'s leadership, who served as associate professor and chair of the department since July 2017.</p> <p>She is a graduate of the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Buenos Aires</a>, where she received her BA in architecture and a Master's of Architecture and Urbanism from the <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> in London. Her experiences in academia and professional practice will add to UCLA's passion for research and "critical engagement with the history and theory of architecture and the future contingencies of contemporary culture."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Strange Weather, 2017 Seoul Biennale of Art and Architecture, Seoul, Korea. Image courtesy of UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design</figcaption></figure><p>Before her new position as chair, Iba&ntilde;ez taught at <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> for over a decade and most recently taught at <a href="" target="_blank">MIT</a> as Associate Professor of Architecture. She has also held te...</p> Get Lectured: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Spring '21 Katherine Guimapang 2021-01-15T19:29:00-05:00 >2021-01-17T12:46:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For their virtual lecture series, the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Nebraska - Lincoln</a>&nbsp;has focused their Spring semester lectures on "Building Justice- Design and Planning for a Just Society."&nbsp;</p> <p>Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;compilation features each school's lecture series and their communication design prowess with graphic lecture posters.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em></strong><a target="_blank"><strong><em></em></strong></a>.</p> <p>At&nbsp;the university, the Hyde Lecture "is a long-standing endowed program within UNL&rsquo;s College of Architecture [...] To confront it, the 20-21 Hyde Lecture Series brings lecturers who believe that design and planning should be explicitly engaged with fostering a just society. Doing so is an act of hope requiring, not only, an awareness of true inequity, but also a compulsion to refute it in its many forms."</p> <p>During their 2021 Hyde Lecture Series and continuing from their Fall series the school has planned 2 lunch and learns followed by 2 Hyde Lec...</p> From the studios: 10 architectural student projects for your Friday inspiration Alexander Walter 2021-01-15T17:22:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T13:43:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect <a href="" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="" target="_blank">Student Work</a></em>.</p> <p><strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of London</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Xiaonan Yang</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Re-Urban: Multi-Family Modular Housing</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Raphael Montoya</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Resurrecting Rander</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Kartik Shah</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Interior Troposphere</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Marques Fallejo</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">CORPORATE URBANISM: TIME FRAMING OF CYBERNETIC CITY_ NEO-SUWON-SAMSUNG</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Rico Kwok</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Stripscape</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Ching Huen Leung </a>with <a href="" target="_blank">Margaret Mary Frank</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">light instrument</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Xinzhi Chang</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Spatial Implications of COVID-19</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Christina Brown </a>with professor Nida Rehman<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Un-massed Monument</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Ngoc Ma</a></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" posts.</p> <p><strong>Wanna be included in one of the next roundups?</strong></p> <p>Simply upload your work as a <em>Projec...</em></p> Blanton Museum of Art: Snøhetta-designed New Grounds Initiative unveiled Alexander Walter 2021-01-15T13:45:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T13:43:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is planning a $35 million campus redesign led by the firm Snohetta. It will feature architectural and landscaping improvements throughout the museum&rsquo;s 200,000-square-foot grounds like a dramatic biomorphic canopy redefining the entrance plaza as well as a public mural commission by the Cuban-American painter Carmen Herrera.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the Mari and James A. Michener Gallery Building, featuring the Moody Patio, Carmen Herrera mural, and inverted vault at the gallery entrance. Image courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art.</figcaption></figure><p>A virtual groundbreaking celebration will take place on February 18 with completion of the <a href="" target="_blank">$35 million initiative</a> expected in late 2022. <br></p> Virtually tour Egypt's most important archeological sites with new Google Arts & Culture offering Sean Joyner 2021-01-15T13:03:00-05:00 >2021-01-15T13:03:38-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;From Pharaonic tombs, to Mamluk mosques, and from Coptic monasteries to Roman villas,&rdquo; you can now take online tours of Egypt's most important archaeological sites. The Google Arts &amp; Culture organisation has teamed up to create the digital platform 'Preserving Egypt&rsquo;s Layered History' with archaeologists at the American Research Centre in Cairo revealing &ldquo;stories of the restoration of diverse locations around Egypt&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Preserving Egypt's Layered History</a></em> offers more than 35 online sections covering topics such as "the conservation of the monastery of St. Anthony, an ancient Coptic church located 334km southeast of Cairo," and much more. Visitors can explore the mosque of Aslam al-Shilahdar, which was built in 1344 and can even tour the tomb of a high-ranking official named Menna, who lived 3,000 years ago.</p> Powerhouse Company's "Paper Roof" reception center has been completed in Tianjin, China Sean Joyner 2021-01-15T12:26:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T07:49:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Powerhouse Company</a>'s "Paper Roof," the new design for a reception center in Tianjin, China has been completed. The form is a transparent glass block topped by a light sweeping roof inspired by traditional Chinese architecture.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The roof raises 18.5 meters at its highest point with a surface measurement of 30 meters x 50 meters. The canopy is made from powder-coated steel, colored a tone intended to mimic the sky.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Inside the pavilion, a large atrium offers panoramic views of the surrounding lake and gardens. The second floor includes offices and a viewing balcony in addition to seating areas for small and large gatherings.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo by Weiqi Jin</figcaption></figure></figure> Work from anywhere — here are 8 featured remote job opportunities for architects Katherine Guimapang 2021-01-15T09:09:00-05:00 >2021-01-15T20:05:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Working remotely is nothing new. With the pandemic changing the way firms and studios continue to navigate COVID-19, however, working remotely is still a requirement for most, and will continue after the pandemic for some.</p> <p>As projects continue to move forward, firms have adopted safe work practices to keep their teams connected and motivated. <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>, the industry's go-to source for <a href="" target="_blank">job seekers</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">hiring firms</a>, has seen an uptick in jobs specifically for remote workers. This week, Archinect features a selection of eight firms currently offering full-time and part-time remote working positions.</p> <p>Stay sharp during your job search&nbsp;&mdash; for architecture employment and professional practice related news and resources, check out our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Tips</a>&nbsp;section that highlights tips for keeping remote working situations efficient and productive. From&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">maintaining virtual communication</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">personal wellbeing</a>, Archinect has you covered.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Arkansas River Valley Home. Image courtesy of Land + Shelt...</figcaption></figure> New architecture and design competitions: creative awards, Shanghai toys, rammed earth, and a Women's House in Senegal Alexander Walter 2021-01-14T16:34:00-05:00 >2021-01-14T16:34:55-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the new year upon us, it's time to flex those creative muscles again and consider participating in one, or two if you will, design competitions.&nbsp;</p><p>For 2021's first <a href="" target="_blank">curated picks</a> of architecture and design competitions listed on Bustler, we have selected four challenges calling for fresh examples of global design excellence, product ideas promoting Shanghai, rammed-earth house designs in Slovenia, and plans for a Women's House in rural Senegal.</p><p>For the complete directory of newly listed competitions click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.<br></p> Brief summer season allows construction on British Antarctic Survey's new Discovery Building Alexander Walter 2021-01-14T13:53:00-05:00 >2021-01-15T12:16:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The next stage of building a scientific support facility in Antarctica begins this week [...] A 20 person-plus team from BAS construction partners BAM, Ramboll and Sweco is working on the second season of building the cutting-edge science and operations building. Construction can only take place during a short window during the Antarctic summer months, avoiding the harsh, dark winter.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> PARTISANS opens new 11,000 sf studio in Toronto Sean Joyner 2021-01-14T13:32:00-05:00 >2021-01-14T13:42:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in Toronto&rsquo;s west end in the Geary Corridor, <a href="" target="_blank">PARTISANS</a>&rsquo; new studio space spans a single-level and covers 11,000 square feet, providing ample room for the practice to grow to over 100 team members. The group took a collective approach in designing the new space, pulling from their community of architects, interior designers, researchers, and other professionals.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo by Thomas Bollmann.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The original space was a former gear and machine factory and is located in Toronto's old industrial neighborhood, now an area with a thriving arts and music scene, along with some of Toronto's newest restaurants, bars, and breweries.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo by Thomas Bollmann.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>In addition to four meeting rooms, and 40 desks, an additional 1,500 sq ft is dedicated to the workshop -- a space for research and in-house development, including a 3D printing room and archive and material library.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo by Thomas Bollmann.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Social space was an important aspect of the design, introduced to facilitate group brainstorms an...</p> With an All-New Urban Design Category, the AZ Awards Kicks Off a New Decade. Now’s the Time to Submit your Best Work. Sponsor 2021-01-14T13:19:00-05:00 >2021-01-14T13:21:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>This post is sponsored by <a href="" target="_blank">Azure Magazine</a></strong></p> <p>The AZ Awards has been recognizing excellence in design and architecture across the world for over a decade now. Since AZURE debuted the AZ Awards in 2011, the program has grown in size, scope, and momentum to be internationally recognized for its influence in the global design and architecture spheres. The 2021 edition of the AZ Awards adds the completely new category of Urban Design, encouraging developers to submit their projects.</p> <p>The awards program welcomes submissions until February 25 and promises to attract entries from some of the most forward-thinking firms from all corners of the globe.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>2020 Winner - Studio Lotus: Krushi Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, India / Winner and People's Choice &ndash; Social Good</figcaption></figure><p>In 2020 &ndash; the AZ Awards&rsquo; 10th anniversary &ndash; the program received projects from over 1,200 architects, landscape architects, product designers, interior designers, students, and manufacturers from 47 countries. Out of that unprecedented number, the ...</p> Archinect's Must-Follow Architecture Firms on Instagram for 2021 Katherine Guimapang 2021-01-14T12:55:00-05:00 >2021-01-15T20:06:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As we look back on the year, there were plenty of things that made days challenging. Social media took the reins as the public turned to these platforms for entertainment and reflection. While the amount of time spent on these apps has also sparked controversy and discourse, many architects, design professionals, students, and architecture enthusiasts helped make the days a bit more bearable.</p> <p>From beautiful project images, works in progress, and informative posts that addressed architecture's social and political realities, below are firm and studio Instagram profiles to keep an eye on as 2021 kicks off.</p> <p>*Profiles are listed in no particular order.</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">WeShouldDoItAll</a> for keeping us socially aware and spatially curious.</strong><br><strong>More at </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>@weshoulddoitall</strong></a></p> <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a><a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll (@weshoulddoitall)</a><br><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cohesion Studio</a> for their blend of textures, materials, and interior spaces.</strong><br><strong>More at </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></p> <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram ...</a> Brooklyn-based Almost Studio designs 1,500 sf boutique for fashion designer Sandy Liang Sean Joyner 2021-01-14T12:24:00-05:00 >2021-01-15T10:55:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Brooklyn-based architectural firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Almost Studio</a>&nbsp;has designed the 1,500-square-foot flagship boutique for the popular emerging fashion designer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Sandy Liang</a>. It is due to open in December of this year.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The space sits on the ground level of a five-story brick building built in 1900 and was previously occupied by a laundromat. Almost Studio patched and sealed the original concrete floor, replaced the ceiling for new HVAC, and framed the glass storefront with stainless steel, introducing a fresh feel to the long linear retail space.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Almost Studio co-founder Anthony Gagliardi explained, in a statement, the team's primary design challenge was to "generate a spatial logic that allowed the store to feel cohesive, while also inserting an enfilade of individualized areas within the irregular and narrow space."</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Upon entry, visitors are greeted by the boutique's shopping area, which stretches roughly 60-feet in length. Next comes the point of sale, then dressing rooms and bathrooms, and finally ...</p> AIA's political action committee has paused all activities and contributions indefinitely Sean Joyner 2021-01-14T11:13:00-05:00 >2021-01-14T17:24:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The AIA <a href="" target="_blank">announced yesterday</a> that ArchiPAC (the <a href="" target="_blank">AIA</a>'s political action committee) had "paused all PAC activities and contributions indefinitely, pending further review of the political situation and to enable the development of protocols to address this and future events aimed to undermine American Voters." The rest of the statement reads:</p> <p><em>AIA is taking these steps as a direct result of the inflamed rhetoric and violence that preceded last week&rsquo;s Congressional vote to certify the election of President-Elect Joe Biden.</em></p> <p><em>ArchiPAC was founded 40 years ago to further amplify the voice of architects to Congressional policymakers. ArchiPAC is bipartisan and supports candidates from both political parties who value policies supporting the built environment and advocate for solutions to issues architects face in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of people.</em></p> <p><em>AIA remains a bipartisan organization and ArchiPAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of AIA members. Its disburs...</em></p> Hirshhorn Museum: sculpture garden revitalization remains contested Alexander Walter 2021-01-13T14:20:00-05:00 >2021-01-14T12:40:16-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facing challenges from a federal planning authority and advocacy groups, the Smithsonian&rsquo;s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC is under pressure to revamp or justify elements of a significant redesign of its sunken sculpture garden.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The heated debate over&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Hiroshi Sugimoto</a>'s plans to revitalize the sunken sculpture garden at the <a href="" target="_blank">Hirshhorn Museum</a>, completed in 1974 by <a href="" target="_blank">Gordon Bunshaft</a>, is dragging on. <br></p> <p>"At an online meeting on 3 December, the federal National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved Sugimoto&rsquo;s preliminary site development plans with the exception of the proposed changes to the reflecting pool and inner partition wall," <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a> <em>The Art Newspaper</em>. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Advocates ready for battle over Hirshhorn Museum garden 'revitalization'</a></figcaption></figure><p>"Commissioners asked that the Hirshhorn explore an alternative to the expanded pool design that would retain the historic dimensions of the existing one. It also recommended that the Smithsonian find a way to make the new stacked stone walls more compatible with, while still distinct from, the material that Bunshaft used for his historic perimeter wall." <br></p> <p>Meanwhile next door, the Smithsonian <a href="" target="_blank">just scaled back</a> elements inside the <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a>-designed $2 billion Smith...</p> Hudson Yards Vessel closed following another suicide Alexander Walter 2021-01-13T13:04:00-05:00 >2021-01-18T13:33:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Vessel, the spiraling staircase at Hudson Yards on Manhattan&rsquo;s Far West Side, was closed to visitors on Tuesday, a day after a 21-year-old man jumped to his death in the third suicide in less than a year. It was unclear when the 150-foot structure, the vast development&rsquo;s centerpiece, would reopen to the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the <em>NYT</em>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Vessel</a> sculpture at <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, which opened in March 2019, will remain closed "until further notice."<br></p> Jia Yi Gu appointed new director of MAK Center for Art and Architecture Katherine Guimapang 2021-01-12T19:09:00-05:00 >2021-01-13T13:36:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An active member of LA's architecture and design scene, Jia Yi Gu is appointed as the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MAK Center for Art and Architecture</a>&nbsp;director. After a long search by the Center, she will take on directorial and curatorial responsibilities with her wide-ranging expertise in architectural curation, history, research, and design leadership.</p> <p>Currently a Ph.D. candidate at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">UCLA</a>&nbsp;for Critical Studies in Architecture, she graduated with honors from the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">University of California San Diego</a>&nbsp;with a B.A. in Visual Arts and a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">She explains</a>&nbsp;that her Ph.D. work focuses on "the instrumentality of models in the postwar architecture office as a site of demonstration for architectural expertise."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Archinect Feature: <a href="" target="_blank">Spinagu Exemplifies a Contemporary Practice with Academia, Profession &amp; Experimentation all Running at Full Steam</a>. Image Thick, the exhibition. SCI-Arc Gallery, 2017<br></figcaption></figure><p>She brings her vast knowledge in curatorial practice and institution ...</p> Zaha Hadid Architects wins design competition for Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base Sean Joyner 2021-01-12T18:22:00-05:00 >2021-01-16T21:20:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> (ZHA) was announced as the winner of the design competition to build Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base.</p> <p>The Shenzhen Bay Headquarters Base will be a business and financial center in Shenzhen serving the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau. ZHA designed Tower C as two towers that sit at the intersection of the city's planned north-south green axis and <a href="" target="_blank">Shenzhen</a>'s east-west urban corridor.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Terraced landscapes extend upwards into the two towers, inviting the public into the heart of the building where cultural and pleasure activities will take place. Bridges extend and sweep throughout connecting the two towers whilst offering panoramic views of the city.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Dubbed a "vertical city," the two towers rise to nearly 400m, providing column-free naturally-lit office space, shopping, entertainment, and dining amenities, together with a hotel, convention center, and cultural facilities with exhibition galleries.<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The design incorporates many sust...</p> Get Lectured: Columbia GSAPP, Spring '21 Katherine Guimapang 2021-01-12T16:16:00-05:00 >2021-01-12T16:16:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As we enter the Spring term, schools begin to roll out their events and lecture series. For most schools, much of their Fall and Winter lecture programming was spent adjusting and addressing current events happening across the nation. This year schools have taken what they've learned from last year's challenging months and present a new set of public talks from impactful voices.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;series features each school's lectured series and their graphic design prowess with eye-catching lecture posters.&nbsp;</p> <p>With many schools holding virtual events, distance is no longer an issue when it comes to hearing from design professionals and academics within the industry. Check back regularly to keep track of upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure><figcaption>Designed by Party of One Studio/Courtesy of Columbia GSAPP</figcaption></figure><p>From January through March <a href="" target="_blank">Columbia GSAPP</a> ...</p> Paris approves Champs-Élysées makeover Alexander Walter 2021-01-12T15:40:00-05:00 >2021-01-12T15:43:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The mayor of Paris has said a &euro;250m (&pound;225m) makeover of the Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es will go ahead, though the ambitious transformation will not happen before the French capital hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics. Anne Hidalgo said the planned work, unveiled in 2019 by local community leaders and businesses, would turn the 1.9 km (1.2 mile) stretch of central Paris into &ldquo;an extraordinary garden&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es, History &amp; Perspectives</em> study</a>, led by French architect&nbsp;Philippe Chiambaretta of <a href="" target="_blank">PCA-STREAM</a>, explains the potential of the major urban overhaul: "The overall vision for the district located between the Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es roundabout and the Arc de Triomphe builds up the quality of use over a period of ten years through the reduction of nuisances (noise, heat, car traffic...) and improving comfort (air quality, spaces given back to pedestrians...)." <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering from the Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es, History &amp; Perspectives study, led by Philippe Chiambaretta/PCA-STREAM.</figcaption></figure><p>"The &Eacute;toile intersection is reinvented as a public plaza geared towards tourists and Parisians who come to contemplate the Arc de Triomphe. On the avenue, the promenade experience makes a comeback and fl&acirc;neurs will be able to stroll up and down the historic boulevard in an atmosphere greatly improved by the reduction in motor traffic."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Parisians seek to restore the Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es to its former glo...</a></figcaption></figure> 2021 Desert X postponed due to rising COVID-19 numbers in California Sean Joyner 2021-01-12T15:16:00-05:00 >2021-01-12T15:17:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As California hits a bleak coronavirus milestone this month, with nearly 10% of the population infected, organizers of Desert X in the Coachella Valley have announced that the forthcoming edition of the outdoor sculpture exhibition will be postponed until lockdown restrictions have been lifted in the state.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Desert X</a> would have opened for its third edition on February 6th, offering both digital and in-person experiences. "In light of the urgent health crisis and surge in cases of Covid-19, the only responsible way forward to protect our community, health care system, artists, visitors and all those who volunteer and contribute to the exhibition is to wait until we are out of the lockdown period,&rdquo; said Susan Davis, the founder of the biennial, in a statement.</p> Smithsonian scales back BIG's $2 billion redesign plan Alexander Walter 2021-01-12T14:46:00-05:00 >2021-01-14T12:37:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] a new Smithsonian administration has jettisoned the eye-popping elements of the $2 billion design by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, opting instead for a dramatically downsized version. Set to be presented publicly for the first time this week, the scaled-back plan focuses on the renovation and restoration of the James Renwick-designed Castle and the adjacent Arts and Industries Building (AIB), another National Historic Landmark designed by Adolf Cluss and Paul Schulze.</p></em><br /><br /><p>First presented <a href="" target="_blank">in 2014</a>, hotly debated <a href="" target="_blank">in the following years</a>, revised <a href="" target="_blank">in 2018</a>, and expected to start construction this year, some elements inside the <a href="" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a>-designed $2 billion Smithsonian South Mall Campus redevelopment have been scaled back by the institution's new administration in favor of a downsized plan, according to <em>The Washington Post</em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Brick Visual, image courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group.</figcaption></figure><p>"Instead, the revised project calls for interior and exterior restoration of the Castle, interior and underground work on the AIB and a new central underground utility plant serving those structures and, eventually, the Freer and the underground Quadrangle building," reports the paper.</p><p><em>Update Jan 14, 2021: A previous version of the article gave the impression that the master plan had been completely dropped. We have corrected it, following feedback we have received from Aran Coakley, Associate and Project Manager, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. BIG developed the South Mall ...</em></p> New job opportunities at West of West, nARCHITECTS, studioMDA, POP Architecture, and Vessel Studio Alexander Walter 2021-01-12T13:34:00-05:00 >2021-01-12T13:34:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Ready to take the next step forward in your architectural career? For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">highlight of featured employers</a>, we have selected five firms with <a href="" target="_blank">current job openings</a> in New York/Brooklyn and Los Angeles.</p> <p>For even more opportunities, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect job board</a> and browse our active community of <a href="" target="_blank">architecture students and professionals</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">schools</a>.<br></p> <p>Portland and Los Angeles-based architecture studio <strong><a href="" target="_blank">West of West</a></strong> is looking for a <a href="" target="_blank">Project Architect</a> to develop and manage design-driven architectural projects in all phases at their LA office. Ideal candidates should have a minimum of 5 years experience in the production of architectural projects as well as rigorous technical understanding paired with strong design and aesthetic sensibilities.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Garden House by West of West.</figcaption></figure><p>In New York City, a full-time <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Intern</a> position is available at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>studioMDA</strong></a>. A commitment to a minimum six-month internship starting mid to late January is expected. Applicants should have architectur...</p> A €10 million project will be offered to the designer who can recreate the original Colosseum arena floor in Rome Sean Joyner 2021-01-12T12:39:00-05:00 >2021-01-13T19:24:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Italian culture ministry is offering the &euro;10 million project to the designer who can turn the clock back 2,000 years to when 35,000 Romans bayed for blood in the ancient stadium.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to&nbsp;<em>The Times,</em> "Italy is looking for a brilliant engineer to reinstall the Colosseum arena floor, complete with trapdoors and the hidden lifts that allowed wild animals to leap out and menace gladiators."</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Mayor-less Rome's logistical battle to invest in its past and present</a></figcaption></figure></figure><p>"We want to give an idea of how it was and we are seeking proposals from around the world," said Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum, as reported by&nbsp;<em>The Times.</em><br></p> Princeton appoints Jay Cephas as Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture Sean Joyner 2021-01-12T11:50:00-05:00 >2021-01-12T13:34:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Princeton University School of Architecture</a> has appointed Jay Cephas as Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, effective July 1, 2021.</p> <p>"We are thrilled to welcome Jay to the School of Architecture. The impact and originality of his scholarship will be transformative to Princeton and to the discipline of architecture as a whole," said <a href="" target="_blank">Dean&nbsp;M&oacute;nica Ponce de Le&oacute;n</a>&nbsp;in a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>Cephas&rsquo; research focuses on how technology and labor converged with formulations of race and class identities to shape urban landscapes during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He was a 2019 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Massachusetts Amherst</a>, and received a grant from the Graham Foundation in 2020 to support his work on the Black Architects Archive, an interactive digital repository of architectural practice that maps the genealogy of black architects from the nineteenth century to the present. Cephas also currently serves on the Editorial Board of the <em>Journal of Archi...</em></p> Tadao Ando-designed 20,662 acre estate for Tom Ford finally finds a buyer Sean Joyner 2021-01-12T11:42:00-05:00 >2021-01-12T16:29:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After more than four years on the market, Tom Ford&rsquo;s sprawling New Mexico estate has finally found a buyer. The property, better known as the Cerro Pelon Ranch, sits just outside Santa Fe in the Galisteo Basin area, and measures a whopping 20,662 acres.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The home features the Silverado Movie Town, which is built on the site in the 1980s, writes Joyce Chen for <em>Architectural Digest.</em>&nbsp;The set was originally used for the Western film&nbsp;<em>Silverado,</em> and later for films including 2011's&nbsp;<em>Thor.</em></p> <figure><a href="" target="_blank"><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"></a><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M</a>. Image:</figcaption></figure><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">we reported four and a half years ago</a>, when the property was first listed, Cerro Pelon Ranch had&nbsp;construction oversight provided by LA firm&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>.</p> <figure><a href="" target="_blank"><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></a><figcaption>Read our interview with Tadao Ando, <a href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando Interview: 20 Minutes with a Master</a></figcaption></figure><p>"Built by&nbsp;award-winning architect Tadao Ando, the main house sits low to the earth over an expansive reflecting pool, with a wide walkway cutting across the water," writes Chen.</p> Frank Gehry proposes capping parts of the LA River with elevated platform parks Alexander Walter 2021-01-11T15:52:00-05:00 >2021-01-12T18:54:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Critics, including some influential environmental groups, would prefer to see naturalization of the river itself. But during a recent Zoom call from his Los Angeles studio, a grin crossed the Pritzker Prize winner&rsquo;s face as he shared his plans to transform the forlorn industrial confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo in South Gate into an urban cultural park like no other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been relatively quiet around the ambitious <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles River revitalization project</a> since Frank Gehry's firm <a href="" target="_blank">was selected</a> to lead the master plan effort in 2015. <br></p> <p>Now the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> has revealed an update &mdash; although sparse in detail &mdash; which instead of the naturalization of the 51-mile LA River concrete channel many were expecting proposes a few elevated platform parks capping stretches of the river bed as well as a $150-million cultural center near the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo in South Gate. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Related on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">'To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region': Frank Gehry on the LA River Revitalization project</a></figcaption></figure><p>"Constructed on hulking concrete planks and enormous girders, the earthen parks would stretch nearly a mile over both rivers and support a lush landscape of trees, grass, scenic ponds, horse trails and walking paths," <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a> Louis Sahag&uacute;n for the paper. <br></p>