Archinect - News 2019-10-20T17:52:18-04:00 Yemen’s “Manhattan on the desert” faces uncertain future amid civil war Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-19T19:45:00-04:00 >2019-10-19T16:43:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A result of Yemen&rsquo;s complex civil war &ndash; now in its fifth year &ndash; many of the country&rsquo;s wonders have been damaged or are under threat. While the destruction pales in comparison to the human cost of the conflict, the country&rsquo;s rich cultural heritage has also been ravaged.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writing in <em>The Guardian,</em>&nbsp;author&nbsp;Bethan McKernan&nbsp;describes the ways in which Yemen&rsquo;s ancient cultural heritage has been put at risk by the country&rsquo;s tragic civil war. Sites that are under threat include the city of Shibam, a 1,700-year-old settlement built from a series of tall masonry structures in the desert.&nbsp;</p> <p>McKernan writes, &ldquo;The city&rsquo;s 3,000 residents still largely follow the traditional living pattern, with in some cases up to 40 family members in the same tower. Animals and tools are kept on the ground floor and food is stored on the second. Elderly people live on the third and the fourth is used for entertaining. Higher levels are occupied by more nimble families, with childless newlyweds on the roof.&rdquo;</p> Oklahoma City’s Scissortail Park embraces a city-to-nature approach Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-19T18:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-19T16:28:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Opened in late September, [Scissortail Park] is a new civic front yard on the edge of downtown, framing views of the city&rsquo;s skyline with its concert stage and broad lawn. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an aspirational park, in that it&rsquo;s the kind of amenity that people in Oklahoma City used to imagine only existing in other places,&rdquo; says Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Regarding the park&rsquo;s generous, publicly-oriented design,&nbsp;<em>CityLab&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;Zach Mortice writes, &ldquo;As a gathering space in the heart of the city, Scissortail Park aims to find a large and diverse audience with a wide range of features and landscape types. Pedestrian and biking paths alternately curve or slice across it, though nearly everything orbits the park&rsquo;s ovular great lawn and concert stage venue.&ldquo;</p> <p>The transformative park is designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Hargreaves Associates</a> with architectural assistance from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Butzer Architects and Urbanism</a>.&nbsp;</p> A decade in the making, UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers begins to takes shape Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-19T16:10:00-04:00 >2019-10-20T09:47:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;The memorial is a circle, a continuous ring never ending, an opening for people to step inside and contemplate, to learn what slavery was about. For the community, I hope it enlightens young and old, and reminds everyone that slavery was a very evil part of our history.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>&nbsp;Members of the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Virginia</a> share their personal experiences and connections to the currently-under-construction&nbsp;Memorial to Enslaved Laborers that is taking shape on the campus.&nbsp;</p> <p>The university&rsquo;s Board of Visitors has chosen an interdisciplinary team to bring the project to life that includes&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler+Yoon</a>, UVA alumna <a href="" target="_blank">Mabel O. Wilson</a>;&nbsp;Frank Dukes, past director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation in the UVA School of&nbsp;Architecture; Gregg Bleam, a UVA-based landscape&nbsp;architect; and the artist Eto Otitigbe.<br></p> Step into a translucent replica of artist Do Ho Suh's NYC home​ at LACMA, starting next month Justine Testado 2019-10-18T15:45:00-04:00 >2019-10-20T10:22:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Drawing from his own experiences of migration, esteemed artist <a href="" target="_blank">Do Ho Suh</a> is known for his monumental <a href="" target="_blank">fabric installations</a> that recreate his previous residences around the world, as his way of exploring the concept of home, personal identity, memory, and the architecture of domestic space. Recently, Suh gifted his sculpture &ldquo;348 West 22nd Street, Apartment A, Unit-2, Staircase&rdquo; (2011-15) to <a href="" target="_blank">LACMA</a>, which will begin exhibiting the installation at the Resnick Pavilion&nbsp;starting November 10.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Do Ho Suh, Apartment A, Unit 2, Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (detail), 2011&ndash;2014, Polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes, Courtesy of the Artist, Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong and Seoul, and MOCA Cleveland. Installation view, MOCA Cleveland, 2015. Photo: Jerry Birchfield.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><figure><figcaption>Do Ho Suh, Apartment A, Unit 2, Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (detail), 2011-2014, Polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes, Apartment A, 271 ...</figcaption></figure> Triboro train connecting Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx could become a reality Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-18T15:17:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T15:17:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It's been 95 years since passenger trains rumbled down the tracks of the Bay Ridge Branch. The MTA has decided to study whether it makes sense to restore passenger service to the line, which is owned by the Long Island Rail Road, runs from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Ridgewood, Queens, and is only used by freight trains now. "We first proposed this in the '90s," says Kate Slevin, of the Regional Plan Association.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If built, the proposed <a href="" target="_blank">Triboro Line</a> could eventually run for 24 miles and connect the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx.&nbsp;</p> <p>Describing the plan, Kate Slevin of the Regional Plan Association tells Spectrum News, "We don't have unlimited resources here in New York City, as we know, so the fact that we already have tracks there, that are underutilized, really means a lot."</p> <p>Aside from finding a way to pay for the initiative, backers of the plan must work out a use agreement so that the city's transit agency can use the rails, as portions of the tracks in question are owned either by Amtrak or commercial rail entity CSX.</p> Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis Sponsor 2019-10-18T13:58:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T13:59:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by the <a href="" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis</a></strong></em><br></p> <p>In architecture today, nothing is what it seems. Familiar outputs in the form of drawings, models, and photographs are now produced through sophisticated digital tools and techniques. And though these products of electronic imaging may seem like replicas of their predecessors, they are in fact something entirely new. </p> <p>So argues <a href="" target="_blank">Constance Vale</a>, assistant professor of architecture in the <a href="" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts</a> at Washington University in St. Louis. From October 24-26, Vale will convene <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><strong>Decoys &amp; Depictions: Images of the Digital</strong></strong></a>, a symposium exploring how digital images are constructed; the implications for how architects and artists operate; and the potential effects within social and political realms. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current Interests (Matthew Au &amp; Mira Henry), &ldquo;Hedge&rdquo; (2018). Featured in the Des Lee Gallery exhibition.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Decoys are objects that share characteristics w...</p> An interesting take on the expandable table Sean Joyner 2019-10-18T13:49:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T13:53:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For all you furniture buffs out there, this table offers an interesting solution in flexibility. Called the&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Goliath</a></em>, the table can go from a mere 17 inches to about 10 feet in length. It utilizes a system of rails similar to drawer guides, something that, <a href="" target="_blank">according Rain Noe over at Core77</a>, caused the table to sag when he used it for woodworking (which he admits as its non-intended function). However, it seems to be an interesting solution for the domestic user.</p> <p><br></p> NYCHA swaps air rights for $25 million, 21 affordable units in Brooklyn Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-18T12:31:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T12:31:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A first-of-its-kind deal to sell the air rights at a Fort Greene NYCHA development is nearing completion after months of negotiation. The deal would transfer nearly 100,000 square feet of building rights from the Ingersoll Houses to a yet-to-be-built private development next door. In exchange, developers would provide nearly $25 million for maintenance at Ingersoll as part of NYCHA&rsquo;s new long-term strategy to leverage private funds for the repair of its beleaguered housing stock.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The deal will help a 183-unit mixed use development located next door to Brooklyn's Ingersoll Houses grow to 400 units in size. In exchange, the number of affordable housing units designed into the project will increase from 79 to 100, New York YIMBY <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>The proposed 202 Tillary Street development as designed before the acquisition of additional air rights. Image courtesy of New York YIMBY. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>The landmark deal is a preview of <a href="http://Archinect%20News%20Articles%20tagged%20%22nycha%22%20" target="_blank">NYCHA</a>'s long-rumored plans to <a href="" target="_blank">monetize unused development rights</a> in exchange for funds that could help address unmet capital needs like maintenance and repairs.&nbsp;</p> <p>The $25 million garnered through the deal, however, falls far short from the projected $300 million in repairs the Ingersoll Houses will require over the next decade.&nbsp;</p> Researchers 3D-print coral reef homes for aquatic inhabitants Sean Joyner 2019-10-18T11:27:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T11:27:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In their ongoing work, the researchers are now analyzing field data from Fiji, where they deployed the 3D-printed coral made from biodegradable cornstarch filaments after determining it was safe to use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The study has been led by researchers at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Delaware</a>. The home is that this artificial solution will help address the "devastating acidification" that coral reefs across the globe are facing, reports CNET. 3D-printed solutions have become mainstream in architecture and design, but how might the architecturally minded begin to think about solutions that address a different kind of end-user?</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>UD researchers cast the coral models using a 3D-printer, filaments made from different materials and a special mold created from images of an actual coral skeleton. (University of Delaware)</figcaption></figure></figure><p><br></p> The lawsuit against SOM's alleged plagiarism of WTC continues by "the skin of its teeth," says judge Sean Joyner 2019-10-18T11:03:00-04:00 >2019-10-20T09:06:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Park claimed the design, construction and marketing of the tower ripped off a design he planned and modeled for his thesis at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1999. He said his thesis adviser was an associate partner at SOM and a second senior partner from the architectural firm also reviewed his work... The judge, however, wrote in a September order that these claims survive &ldquo;only by the skin of their teeth, owing principally to the highly deferential standards on a motion to dismiss.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jeehon Park, a Georgia-based architect, sued <a href="" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merril</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Tishman Construction</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Port Authority of New York and New Jersey</a>, and The Durst Organization <a href="" target="_blank">back in 2017</a>.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<em>The Real Deal</em>, an SOM spokesperson said, "While it is positive that so much of the case was dismissed, SOM is still in the position of having to defend itself against these specious claims." He went on to express it "inexplicable" that "Park filed his suit after Tower One was completed and a full decade after the building's design was first unveiled," reports&nbsp;<em>The Real Deal.</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Park's design on the left. WTC on right.</figcaption></figure> Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out Bustler Editors 2019-10-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T20:55:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new <a href="" target="_blank">architecture competitions</a> launching worldwide on any given week &mdash; let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why <a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a> is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design <a href="" target="_blank">competition submissions</a> that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.</p> <figure><a href=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1500" target="_blank"></a></figure> Get Lectured: Cooper Union, Fall '19 Justine Testado 2019-10-17T22:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-20T00:32:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2019</a></strong></p> <p>With a new school year already here, it's time for Archinect's latest edition of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>, an ongoing series where we feature a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">school</a>'s lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any 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><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Cooper Union</a>'s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture has a jam-packed calendar of events for Fall '19. Lectures will be given by an international roster of speakers including <a href="" target="_blank">Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Stella Betts and Ant&oacute;n Garc&iacute;a-Abril</a>, Piet Eckert,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Go Hasegawa</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Cynthia Davidson</a>, Fabrizio Barozzi, Emanuel Christ, <a href="" target="_blank">Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a>, Iman Ansari, Natalie Fizer, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some other upcoming events worth noting are&nbsp;the &ldquo;Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women&rdquo; book launch and pane...</p> "Moving to Mars" at UK Design Museum highlights multi-sensory space design Sean Joyner 2019-10-17T17:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T16:15:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The exhibition features immersive environments, about 200 objects including contributions from NASA, the European Space Agency and SpaceX; NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge winners, AI SpaceFactory; robotic builders by Foster &amp; Partners; the first sustainable urban design for Mars, Mars City Design; the first spacesuit designed for the Mars surface; Christopher Raeburn's new fashion collection inspired by the red planet and much more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibition opens October 18th and will run until February 2020.</p> <p><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3D-printed Mars Habitat by Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Christopher Raeburn spring-summer '20 campaign. Image courtesy of Christopher Raeburn</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> MVRDV, Studio Gang, Henning Larsen, WORKac, and SCAPE design a new neighborhood for San Francisco Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-17T16:30:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T14:03:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A new neighborhood is coming to San Francisco's southern edge, where developers <a href="" target="_blank">Tishman Speyer</a>, the San Francisco Giants baseball team, and the Port of San Francisco are collaborating with a team of architects on a new 28-acre master plan for an existing surface parking lot and an underutilized waterfront.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>For the masterplan, dubbed "Mission Rock," <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Henning Larsen</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">WORKac</a> have come together as design architects to craft an approach that will bring a series of mid- and high-rise mixed-use buildings to the vacant site. Landscape architects <a href="" target="_blank">SCAPE</a>, Miller Company, and Min Design are providing landscape architecture services, including the redesign of a 5-acre waterfront park.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of MVRDV's pixelated tower. Image courtesy of Binyan Studios.</figcaption></figure><p>Phase one of the project includes a 540-unit tower designed by MVRDV, in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Perry Architects</a>, that will contain 550,000 square feet of retail uses spread out within a pair of shorter commercial buildings. The ...</p> Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Ennis House sells for a record-setting $18 million Alexander Walter 2019-10-17T15:31:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T14:03:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After an incredible publicity blitz and well over a year on the market, Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s world-renowned Ennis House &mdash; tucked into the foothills of Los Feliz [...] &mdash; has sold for $18 million to an as-yet-unidentified buyer. That number, while significantly below the $23 million ask, ranks it as the priciest Wright-designed home ever sold, easily eclipsing the previous high-water mark set by the Storer House in nearby Hollywood Hills, which was purchased in 2013 for $6.8 million [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More than one Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home has changed owners this week: after learning about the successful auction of his mid-century modern <a href="" target="_blank">Norman Lykes House</a> in Phoenix on Wednesday, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Variety</a></em> now reports that the spectacular Mayan Revival-style <a href="" target="_blank">Ennis House</a> in LA's Los Feliz hills just sold for a whopping $18 million &mdash; the highest price ever for a Wright-designed residence. The property <a href="" target="_blank">came on the market</a> last summer with an asking price of $23 million.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mary E. Nichols, via</figcaption></figure><p>Commissioned by Charles and Mabel Ennis in 1923, the stately home was built in the following year as the fourth and largest of Wright's ornamental textile block designs &mdash; making it a popular backdrop for photo and film shoots, most notably in 1982's Blade Runner.<br></p> Statewide earthquake alert system set to debut in California Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-17T15:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T13:32:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Thursday, the California Governor&rsquo;s Office of Emergency Services will unveil an app created by UC Berkeley that will give all Californians who download it on iOS and Android phones the chance to get earthquake early warnings from any corner of the state. Authorities will also begin issuing quake early warnings through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, offering text message alerts even for people who have not downloaded the app.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new warning system will alert Californians who have the app when an earthquake registering at&nbsp;level 3 on the <a href="" target="_blank">Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale</a> strikes nearby. The state will send out text message alerts over its Wireless Emergency Alerts system to anyone within range of a level 4 trembler.&nbsp;</p> <p>Richard Allen, director of the <a href="" target="_blank">Berkeley Seismology Lab</a> that helped to develop the app, told <em>The Los Angeles Times,</em>&ldquo;We cannot promise you a perfect system, [but] the system seems to be performing reasonably well.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br></p> Centre Pompidou to create "art factory" in Parisian suburbs Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2019-10-20T10:23:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Centre Georges Pompidou</a> in Paris has unveiled plans to expand to a suburban site by creating a new "art factory" that will both display and conserve the museum's expansive art collections.</p> <p>An architect for the proposal has not been named. The scheme is slated for an existing parking lot in the city's Massy area to the southwest of the city center,&nbsp;<em>The Art Newspaper</em> <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>View of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Image courtesy of Wikimedia user GraphyArchy. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>According to a <a href="http://file:///Users/antoniopacheco/Downloads/CP_CentrePompidoufrancilien.pdf" target="_blank">statement</a>, the new 22,000 square meter facility will create a "centre of excellence for the conservation and restoration of the works in the collection, and a new cultural and creative venue deeply rooted in its territory.&rdquo;&nbsp;<em>The Art Newspaper</em> reports that the 120,000 works held by the Mus&eacute;e national d&rsquo;art moderne that are currently displayed at the Centre Pompidou will also make their way to the outpost. The new facility will be designed as a hybrid space that is set to include&nbsp;"a multipurpose exhibition venue,"...</p> A Snøhetta-designed "peace bench" is designed to help UN leaders talk it out Sean Joyner 2019-10-17T14:30:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T21:41:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's new bench design for the United Nations,&nbsp;entitled&nbsp;<em>The Best Weapon </em>after Nelson Mandela's historic adage: "the best weapon is to sit down and talk," was commissioned by the Nobel Peace Center and is currently installed at the organization's headquarters in New York City.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project seeks to "pay tribute to past Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their efforts to bring people together to find effective solutions for peace," says&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta in a <a href="" target="_blank">recent press release</a>.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image courtesy of Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Unveiled back on July 18th, Nelson Mandela Day, the installation is currently being transferred from New York City to its permanent home near the Nobel Peace Center and the Oslo City Hall.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> worked in collaboration with Hydro, a fully integrated aluminum company, and outdoor furniture manufacture Vestre, to design the work, achieving a six-and-a-half meter-long installation made from anodized aluminum.</p> <p></p> <p>True to its purpose the bench is elevated at both ends, bringing together those ...</p> Frank Lloyd Wright's Norman Lykes House, his last residential design, finally sells for $1.7m Alexander Walter 2019-10-17T13:58:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T14:11:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An Arizona house that was the last home designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright before his death sold on Wednesday for nearly $1.7m. Out of nearly 20 bids at a public auction for the Norman Lykes House, the winning bid came from a man who lives out of state, Heritage Auctions told the Associated Press.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commissioned by Norman and Aimee Lykes, this Phoenix home known as the "Circular Sun House," was Frank Lloyd Wright's last residential design before his death in April 1959. The structure was completed nearly ten years later by Taliesin architect John Rattenbury.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Heritage Auctions</figcaption></figure><p>In case you missed out on the chance to purchase the Lykes House, another Wright-designed property in Phoenix, the 1952 <a href="" target="_blank">David and Gladys Wright House</a>, is still on the market. Current listing price, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>: nearly $10 million.<br></p> Lawsuit could stop (or slow down) Horton Plaza demolition in San Diego Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-17T09:15:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T09:14:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last week, Macy&rsquo;s West Stores, Inc. filed suit against Stockdale, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm that took over the downtown property from Westfield in August 2018. The department store is asking a San Diego Superior Court judge to block the developer&rsquo;s plan on grounds that it violates Macy&rsquo;s lease agreement and an even more substantial contract, known as a reciprocal easement agreement. The latter document gives the retailer veto power over major property improvements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new lawsuit brought by Macy&rsquo;s, a tenant at <a href="" target="_blank">Horton Plaza</a>, the spectacular postmodern shopping mall in San Diego designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Jon Jerde</a> in 1985, has cast doubt on <a href="" target="_blank">Gensler</a>-led plans for a <a href="" target="_blank">significant re-do of the property</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Horton Plaza in San Diego, Image By Sandy Huffaker, Jr. Photography - The Jerde Partnership, Inc., CC BY 3.0</figcaption></figure><p>Under the <a href="" target="_blank">proposed project</a>, which has gained wide support among the city&rsquo;s political leaders, the mall&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">postmodern stylings would be ripped away and replaced with curtain wall glass</a>, while the property itself would be reoriented toward co-working uses with the remaining retail spaces filled with tenants that might better serve those new users.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to <em>The San Diego Union Tribune, </em>&ldquo;interior demolition&rdquo; of the project is already underway.&nbsp;</p> 9 NY-based firms currently hiring Senior-level Architects and Designers Katherine Guimapang 2019-10-17T09:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-19T15:54:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's New York employment round-up, we spotlight 9 firms currently looking to hire senior-level architects and designers. In case you missed them, here are our previous job round-ups for <a href="" target="_blank">junior</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">intermediate</a> architects.</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Arquitectonica</a> seeks a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Project Manager</a></strong><br>Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 12 years&rsquo; experience. The Project Manager will function as a member of the leadership team and be responsible for monitoring all aspects of their assigned projects. The right candidate must be committed to design excellence and illustrate a proven ability to translate the design process successfully into the built environment.</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Reddymade</a> seeks a <a href="" target="_blank">Senior Project Manager (Temporary)</a></strong><br>Candidate will assist full-time in the management for some of the firm's most high-profile projects.&nbsp;Qualifications include: 8-10 years&rsquo; experience in the architecture/interior design industry; Experience in retail/commercial development required; residential is a plus; Thorough knowledge of architectural...</p> Waymo's self-driving cars have started 3D-mapping Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2019-10-17T06:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-16T20:50:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Currently, Waymo has started undertaking an extensive mapping activity of having a few of their specially outfitted data-collecting vehicles crisscross the Los Angeles area. These vehicles contain a state-of-the-art barrage of sensory equipment, the idea is to first map out the area and then use those maps to get the self-driving cars ready for hitting our streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The conventional mapping did not go as in-depth as does this specially performed new mapping," writes AI and Autonomous Vehicles expert Lance Eliot for <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Forbes</em></a><em></em>. "Tons of added data of a 3D nature and including subtle but significant aspects like where the curbs are, and the locations of intersection traffic signals are considered a savvy aspect to have in-hand for their driverless car efforts."</p> <p>Waymo, the Mountain View-based Google sister company, hasn't unveiled yet if and when it will launch its fleet of driverless robotaxis in LA, but the current mapping efforts signal a strong intent to win early market dominance in the nation's second largest, and likely most sprawling car-centric, metro area.<br></p> SOM proposes interlocking, trapezoidal towers for a Buenos Aires development Sean Joyner 2019-10-16T18:54:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T13:45:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week Consultatio Real Estate and <a href="" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP</a> (SOM) released renderings for&nbsp;Catalinas Rio, a waterfront office building designed to become the center of activity in Buenos Aires' Catalinas Norte business district expansion.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>As two adjacent towers, one rising 29 floors and the other 22, connected by multi-story undulating terraces, the new building will take up sizable portion of Buenos Ares' new Catalinas Norte II master plan and include retail, public green space, and two intertwined trapezoidal towers connected by "skybridges" and green terraces.&nbsp;</p> <p><em></em>&ldquo;The building itself is conceived as a vertical campus,&rdquo; SOM Director&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Kim Van Holsbeke</a>&nbsp;said in&nbsp;a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">recent press release</a>,&nbsp;&ldquo;It is a single structure that continues the vibrancy of the urban square up to the office floors.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The new development will also include an outdoor urban space that connects to the street waterfront, and to the building as a whole. The building is projected to achieve LEED&reg; Gold Certification and ...</p> San Francisco to redesign Market Street for pedestrians and buses Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-16T18:50:00-04:00 >2019-10-18T20:18:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following in the footsteps of <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Indianapolis, <a href="" target="_blank">Portland</a>, and others, San Francisco's Market Street will soon be redesigned for use by buses, pedestrians, and cyclists.&nbsp;</p> <p>The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors has unanimously approved the so-called <a href="" target="_blank">Better Market Street Project</a>, a plan that will expand existing bus-only lanes, add new fully protected bicycle lanes, and create pedestrian safety improvements to the thoroughfare. The measure would also largely ban use of the street by private automobiles along the street, including ride-hailing services,&nbsp;<em>Curbed</em> <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Diagram showing where cars will be allowed to cross Market Street. Image courtesy of Better Market Street.</figcaption></figure><p>The $604 million initiative would transform Market Street between the Embarcadero, at the foot of the city's downtown, and Octavia Boulevard on the western edge of the city center, where the Mission, SOMA, and Civic Center areas meet.<br></p> <p>The move comes as New York City's bus lan...</p> Four big-name finalist teams selected to design National Medal of Honor Museum Alexander Walter 2019-10-16T18:48:00-04:00 >2019-10-16T19:02:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation has moved one step closer to building a permanent presence dedicated to telling the stories of the&nbsp;more than 3,500 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.&nbsp;</p><p>After issuing an initial call for interest in August and choosing Arlington, Texas as the museum's future home earlier this month, the foundation today announced a shortlist of four architecture and landscape architect teams to enter the design-competition segment of the selection process:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond, LLP</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</a> (Landscape Architect)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ennead Architects, LLP</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Hargreaves Jones</a> (Landscape Architect)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Fentress Architects, Ltd.</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Civitas, Inc.</a> (Landscape Architect)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">MPFP</a> (Landscape Architect)</li></ul><p>"Each of these firms has deep experience working with important and impactful institutions across the country," the foundation's president and CEO Joe Daniels remarked in a statement.&nbsp;</p><p>"Working with the City of Arlington and these w...</p> David Adjaye on memory in architecture Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-16T14:45:00-04:00 >2019-10-19T15:53:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Making a building is such a big thing. They impact people for generations and act as massive transfers of information. It&rsquo;s very profound. You can&rsquo;t think enough about what the responsibility is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writing in <em>The Guardian</em>, architect David Adjaye of <a href="" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a> shares his personal thoughts on architecture as it relates to the creation, maintenance, and longevity of memory by highlighting his firm's recently completed <a href="" target="_blank">Linda Pace Foundation</a> building in San Antonio,&nbsp;Texas.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption> View of the Ruby City project in Texas. Image &copy; Dror Baldinger, courtesy of Ruby City and Adjaye Associates.</figcaption></figure><p>Adjaye writes, "Some people say you don&rsquo;t need any more physical memorials because the internet archives everything, but I think architecture has a role in editing and presenting that knowledge in building form as new monuments. It&rsquo;s important to be able to synthesise ideas and give them a quality that creates an engagement and usefulness with people."</p> Networking tip: When enemies become allies Sean Joyner 2019-10-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2019-10-20T00:31:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We all have enemies </p><p><em>'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.'</em></p> <p>- Sun Tzu</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Relationships are a crucial part of professional success</a>, there are few things that we can do completely on our own&mdash;we need allies. But, sometimes we have enemies, they come in all forms and arise from many factors. Perhaps a coworker who doesn't like us (or who we do not like), a difficult member of the project team, or a foe at the planning department.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whoever it may be, encountering opposition from another human is a part of life as a professional. But, often times, there are opportunities for an enemy to become an ally.&nbsp;</p> Disarm their assumptions <p>We tend to decide we do not like someone because of an observed assumption we make about them or their character.&nbsp;<em>She thinks she's so much sma...</em></p> Part modern studio, part forge or medieval workshop Nam Henderson 2019-10-16T14:02:00-04:00 >2019-10-19T20:44:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Here again were bare untiled floors and the constant presence of wind and earth. There was a stillness, a permanent air of afternoon and an interior that was magically cooler and airier than the exterior it felt so much at peace with. The site sloped downward, so the house had been set on many levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A profile of Bijoy Jain and the work of <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Mumbai</a>,&nbsp;wherein we learn Bijoy is a fan of Masanobu Fukuoka and the idea of subtraction.<br></p> New photos of the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed MoMA expansion have been released Sean Joyner 2019-10-16T11:34:00-04:00 >2019-10-19T00:13:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The ongoing rennovation and <a href="" target="_blank">expansion of the Museum of Modern Art</a> will culminate in its opening on Monday October 21, 2019.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Installation View of the Marie Jos&eacute;e and Henry Kravis Studio, The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Iwan Baan, Courtesy of MoMA</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The expansion was designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> (DSR), in collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">Gensler</a> and adds more than 40,000 square feet of gallery spaces allowing the museum to exhibit a larger collection of works. The project also aims to provide visitors with a more welcoming and comfortable and also seeks to better connect the Museum to the urban fabric of midtown Manhattan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Flagship Museum Store. Photo by Brett Beyer, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Blade Stair, Level 3 Landing. Photo by Brett Beyer, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro</figcaption></figure><p>The Studio in the heart of the Museum will feature live programming and performances that will explore histories of modern art and the current cultural moment. Up on the second-floor, a Creativity Lab fo...</p> Multi-story timber construction receives EU funding boost to tackle climate change Alexander Walter 2019-10-15T20:05:00-04:00 >2019-10-16T13:51:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Armed with &euro;10m in EU funding, a consortium of 21 European companies and organisations has formed to try and make timber the material of choice for multi-storey buildings instead of steel and concrete. Their aim over the next four years is to remove barriers to timber construction by developing standard, industrialised timber building systems, while documenting the environmental, economic and social benefits.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The multinational, pan European innovation project, called <em>Build-in-Wood</em>, aims to "make wood the common choice of material for construction of multi-story buildings," reports <a href="" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a>. <br></p> <p>"We&rsquo;re not trying to create the world&rsquo;s tallest wood building," project coordinator Niels Morsing from the Danish Technological Institute explains the consortium's long-term motivation, "we&rsquo;re trying to maximize our impact by targeting wood-based building systems for 3-10 story buildings, where European demand is highest."<br></p>