Archinect - News 2021-04-13T04:35:33-04:00 Renderings reveal a new design for David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center D. Pham 2021-04-12T19:30:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T20:31:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The newly released renderings show an innovative &ldquo;single-room&rdquo; concept for the theater with audience seating surrounding the stage, like a black box theater. Yet, despite the surround-seating, the overall capacity will be reduced by 500 (to a total of 2,200 seats). The design team includes Diamond Schmitt Architects and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, acoustic consultant Akustiks, and theater design studio Fisher Dachs Associates.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation sues its former executive director Alexander Walter 2021-04-12T19:06:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T19:39:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Friday, the Make It Right Foundation sued its former executive director, Tom Darden III, along with the former treasurer and other officials, accusing them of mismanaging the $65 million project between 2007 and 2016. The suit, filed in in Civil District Court, also alleges that Darden and the others misled fellow Make It Right officials, including Pitt.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The legal saga around the <a href="" target="_blank">Make It Right</a> Foundation continues: after <a href="" target="_blank">facing a lawsuit</a> of their own for delivering improperly constructed homes as part of the initiative's high-profile post-Hurricane Katrina housing initiative in New Orleans and then <a href="" target="_blank">suing the architect</a> responsible for the flawed designs, the foundation is now <a href="" target="_blank">reportedly</a> taking aim at former executive director Tom Darden III and other leadership team members.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">David Adjaye-designed house for Brad Pitt's Make It Right initiative to be demolished</a></figcaption></figure> Ten structures recognized with 2021 IDEAS² Awards for innovative steel design Alexander Walter 2021-04-12T15:22:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T16:50:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One week after unveiling a 3D-printed pedestrian steel bridge concept as the <a href="" target="_blank">2021 Forge Prize winner</a>, the American Institute of Steel Construction has announced this year's recipients of the <a href="" target="_blank">Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards</a> (or IDEAS&sup2; for short).&nbsp;</p><p>The ten selected project designs from across the U.S. were honored for pushing the envelope of structural steel.</p><p><strong>Less than $15 Million</strong><br></p> The author of 'Architecture in Black' delivers an exhibition that depicts Blackness as a 'process of unraveling and becoming' Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-12T14:59:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T17:49:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2000, distinguished scholar, designer, inventor, and teacher Darell Wayne Fields, Ph.D. published "<em><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture in Black</a></em>." His book is a theoretical treatise that expands on the historical, philosophical, and semiotic texts regarding race in architectural discourse. It argues "architecture, as an aesthetic practice, and blackness, as a linguistic practice, operate within the same semiotic paradigm." Through this extensive examination, Fields curated&nbsp;<em>On Solitude</em>&nbsp;which is described as a "contemporaneous anthology" that shadows <em>Architecture in Black</em>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Michael Vahrenwald. Courtesy of Princeton University School of Architecture.</figcaption></figure> I thought Blackness&rsquo;s intersection with architecture represented epic struggle and conflict. The conflict remains true in what the exhibition has to say (to me), but there&rsquo;s a critical difference. The artifacts, interacting together, signify and witness architecture&rsquo;s subtle, yet persistent, unraveling. - Darell Wayne Fields <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Michael Vahrenwald....</figcaption></figure> Amazon is buying up dead malls–adaptive reuse, or just eating its prey? Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-12T14:30:00-04:00 >2021-04-13T03:43:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a> continues to makes headlines with its labor issues, workers' rights, and headquarters expansion. However, that hasn't stopped the multi-billion-dollar company from growing, for better or for worse. A recent news report from <em>NBC News</em> shared Amazon's moves towards purchasing empty <a href="" target="_blank">shopping malls</a> into new fulfillment centers.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">According to Leticia Miranda</a>, "Malls that buckled due to e-commerce or suffered during the pandemic are being given new life by the very entity that precipitated their decline &mdash; Amazon."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Macy&rsquo;s, 2018. Image &copy; <a href="" target="_blank">Jesse Rieser</a></figcaption></figure><p>From 2016 thru 2019, Amazon's abandoned mall transformations have resulted in 25 converted shopping malls to <a href="" target="_blank">fulfillment centers</a>. As malls and big box stores continue to experience the ongoing "retail apocalypse," mall owners needed to pivot and adapt. In July 2020,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect briefly dove into mall typology</a>&nbsp;and the "the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">post-mall future</a>&nbsp;of American commercial architecture." COVID-19 may have been the final nail in the coffin for most strugg...</p> Lots of new featured job openings at firms like RIOS, Handel Architects, Works Progress Architecture (W.PA), PUNCH, and Baxt Ingui Architects Alexander Walter 2021-04-12T13:35:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T17:48:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">highlight of featured architectural employers</a>, we have selected five practices with <a href="" target="_blank">current job openings</a> in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon.<br></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>In Los Angeles, multidisciplinary studio <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>RIOS</strong></a> is looking to add a number of professionals to their team: a <a href="" target="_blank">Senior Architect/Project Designer</a> with a minimum of 10+ years of professional experience, an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect/Designer</a> and an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect/Designer - Residential</a> with 5+ years of experience, an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Dual Landscape/Architect</a> with at least 5 years of landscape or architectural design experience, an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Landscape Designer/Architect</a> with a minimum of 5 years of landscape architectural design experience, and this <a href="" target="_blank">Interior Architect/Designer</a> with 5+ years of professional interior design/architec...</p> Five projects win in 2021 AIA Regional & Urban Design Awards Alexander Walter 2021-04-09T18:42:00-04:00 >2021-04-09T18:46:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Five projects from across the United States have been announced as the <a href="" target="_blank">AIA</a>'s 2021 Regional &amp; Urban Design Award winners. The program aims to highlight the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.</p><p>Boston-based firm <a href="" target="_blank">Payette</a> managed to win two trophies this year for their Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex in Boston as well as urban interventions in Lynn, Massachusetts.</p><p>Read on for a glimpse of the winning projects.</p><p><strong>Beyond Walls, Lynn, MA<br></strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Payette</strong></a></p> Curator and writer Aric Chen is Het Nieuwe Instituut's new General and Artistic Director Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-09T15:16:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T04:46:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Rotterdam-based institute of architecture, design, and culture&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Het Nieuwe Instituut</a>&nbsp;("The New Institute") announces <a href="" target="_blank">Aric Chen</a> as its new General and Artistic Director. Currently, Chen is based in Shanghai as the professor and founding&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Director of the Curatorial Lab at the College of Design &amp; Innovation</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Tongji University</a>. He will be moving to Rotterdam to begin his position full-time in September 2021 but will assume his new role remotely starting in May.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aric Chen was born and raised in Chicago, IL before his curatorial practices took him around the globe. He is currently based in Shanghai, CN. Chen received his BA in Architecture and BA in Anthropology from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of California, Berkeley</a>, and received an MA in History of Decorative Arts and Design from Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and <a href="" target="_blank">Parsons School of Design</a>. Image &copy; Yoha Jin</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>During his time as the Lead Curator for Design and Architecture at M+ Chen curated Shifting Objectives which was on display in from ...</figcaption></figure> 10 kitchen designs we liked this week Alexander Walter 2021-04-09T13:48:00-04:00 >2021-04-09T17:40:14-04:00 <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 projects on various Archinect <a href="" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <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">Kitchen Spaces</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">Art Villa</a> in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica by <a href="" target="_blank">Formafatal</a>; Photo: <a href="" target="_blank">BoysPlayNice</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Haiku House</a> in Tiburon, CA by <a href="" target="_blank">SHED Architecture &amp; Design</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">House LO</a> in Buchlovice, Czech Republic by <a href="" target="_blank">Ateli&eacute;r Lina Bellovi&#269;ov&aacute;</a>; Photo: <a href="" target="_blank">BoysPlayNice</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Art Barn</a> in Manhattan Beach, CA by <a href="" target="_blank">ORA (Oonagh Ryan Architects Inc.)</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">The Martin Agency</a> in Richmond, VA by <a href="" target="_blank">3North</a>; Photo: Keith Isaacs<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Stone House</a> in Callicoon, NY by <a href="" target="_blank">General Assembly</a>; Photo: Matthew Williams<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Cork Trees House</a> in Braga, Portugal by <a href="" target="_blank">Trama Arquitetos</a>; Photo: Jo&atilde;o Morgado<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Stella House</a> in Cushing, ME by <a href="" target="_blank">DEMO Architects</a>; Photo: Sidney Bensimon<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Townhouse...</a></p> maat Lisbon's new exhibitions explore a sense of 'being with' as they address relevant social, geopolitical, and environmental issues Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-08T15:43:00-04:00 >2021-04-09T17:27:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (maat)</a>&nbsp;launched in October 2016 as an international design institution championing discourse and creative practice to "inspire new understandings of the historical present and an empowering engagement with the common future." The riverfront museum, designed by&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">AL_A (Amanda Levete Architects)</a>, has focused its efforts towards "fostering critical discourse and creative practice that inspire new understandings of the historical present and an empowering engagement with the common future."&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to its exciting 2021 Spring line-up, maat also focuses on climate action topics. With plans for investing in exhibitions and public programming that emphasize this initiative, the museum has developed the Climate Collective, a year-long project chaired and curated by T.J. Demos.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image still taken from maat April 2021 exhibition video. Video &copy; maat</figcaption></figure><p>In preparation for 2021, new Covid-19 health and safety protocols are allowing museums to welcom...</p> 100-story Waldorf Astoria skyscraper will be Miami's first supertall tower Alexander Walter 2021-04-08T15:23:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T12:16:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The developers of Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami, planned as the city&rsquo;s tallest residential tower at 100 stories, are launching sales, The Real Deal has learned. The luxury project, at 300 Biscayne Boulevard, will be the highest skyscraper south of Manhattan at 1,049 feet tall, the developers said. Property Markets Group, Greybrook Realty Partners and Hilton are partnering on the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The ambitious project <a href="" target="_blank">first appeared</a> on Archinect as 300 Biscayne back in 2017.</p> <p>According to <em>The Real Deal</em>, Canada-based Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott designed the 1,049-foot-tall (320 meters) tower, and Sieger Suarez is the architect of record.</p> <p>A Waldorf Astoria-branded condo doesn't come cheap though &mdash; units start at $1 million.<br></p> Gorgeously renovated art center 'The Church' opens in Sag Harbor Alexander Walter 2021-04-08T13:56:00-04:00 >2021-04-09T17:27:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Church, a nonprofit arts center in Sag Harbor, N.Y., founded by the artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik, will begin to welcome visitors on April 15. Two tours of the center, a former Methodist church built in 1832, will be offered daily, Thursday through Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After housing the Methodist Church of Sag Harbor from the early eighteen-hundreds until 2008, the historic structure was recently renovated by New York firm <a href="" target="_blank">SKOLNICK Architecture + Design Partnership</a>. The 12,000-square-foot adaptive reuse intervention created flexible spaces for exhibition as well as making, a resource library, a public garden, and on-site accommodations for an artist-in-residence program.</p> <p>Take a look at some images of <a href="" target="_blank">The Church</a> from the <a href="" target="_blank">architects' firm profile</a> on Archinect where you can learn more about the project and the renovation team.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Scott Frances</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Scott Frances</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Scott Frances</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Scott Frances</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Scott Frances</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Scott Frances</figcaption></figure> Exciting residential projects from ten firms currently hiring on Archinect Jobs Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-08T12:30:00-04:00 >2021-04-08T14:46:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With remote work set-ups and Zoom interviews, <a href="" target="_blank">searching for a job is a bit different in 2021</a>. With Covid-19 health and safety regulations transitioning as vaccine rollouts occur, firms seek talented architects and designers to join their team. However, if you're on the hunt for a new job Archinect has you covered.&nbsp;</p> <p>In their hopes to hire the top talent, we've curated a list of ten firms and 30 job openings currently featured on our <a href="" target="_blank">Architect Job board</a>. While choosing each firm, our office features an exciting residential project from their portfolio.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously Featured on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">ICON enters 3D-printed multi-home housing market in Texas</a>. Image courtesy of ICON &amp; 3Strands.</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">ICON</a> seeks a <a href="" target="_blank">Construction Architect + Detailing Specialist</a></strong><br><strong>Location: </strong>Austin, TX</p> <p><strong>About the firm:</strong> ICON develops advanced construction technologies that advance humanity. Using proprietary 3D printing robotics, software, and advanced materials, ICON is shifting the paradigm of homebuilding on Earth and beyond. As a...</p> Moshe Safdie to expand Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art by 50% Alexander Walter 2021-04-07T15:42:00-04:00 >2021-04-08T13:51:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas announced today that it is planning an expansion overseen by its original architect, Moishe Safdie, that will allow significantly more room for showcasing its collection and for education, cultural programming and community events.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ten years after the <a href="" target="_blank">Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art</a> opened in Bentonville, Arkansas, <a href="" target="_blank">Safdie Architects</a> has been tasked to lead a major expansion project that will increase the size of the institution by roughly 50%, adding new galleries, educational facilities, and community spaces.</p> <p>Construction is expected to kick off in early 2022 and conclude in 2024.</p> <p>Watch <a href="" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie</a> explain the proposed expansion in the video below.<br></p> London-based spatial practice Cooking Sections uses architecture, ecology, and geopolitics to reshape the public's relationship to food cycles Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-07T15:11:00-04:00 >2021-04-08T13:51:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Alon Schwabe and Daniel Fern&aacute;ndez Pascual of the London-based studio&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cooking Sections</a>&nbsp;explore food systems through architecture, ecology, visual arts, and geopolitics.&nbsp;</p> <p>Featured in the second issue of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's print publication Ed Issue 2,&nbsp;<em>The Architecture of Disaster</em></a>, the duo discussed their project&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones</em></a>. Using a lightweight installation to explore the changing nature of Loch Portree's waters in Scotland, the pair explains their goals to adapt to changing ecosystems through food and architecture. A project that is both a "performance project and a form of responsive eating&mdash;a model Schwabe and Fern&aacute;ndez have developed as a possible method for adaptation to the precarious conditions of climate change."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Featured on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Cooking Sections Explains Their Efforts to Adapt to Changing Ecosystems Through Food and Architecture</a>. Photograph by Ruth Clark.</figcaption></figure><p>Recently, Schwabe and Pascual debuted their latest project,&nbsp;<em>Salmon: A Red Herring</em>, at the Tate Britain. Part o...</p> Harvard GSD reveals four finalists for the 2021 Wheelwright Prize Alexander Walter 2021-04-07T13:22:00-04:00 >2021-04-07T13:22:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A group of four early-career architects has emerged as the finalists for the 2021 <a href="" target="_blank">Wheelwright Prize</a>. Organized by <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard University's Graduate School of Design</a> for the ninth time this year, the $100,000 traveling fellowship seeks to support innovative forms of architectural research. </p><p>Previous winning proposals included "<a href="" target="_blank">Being Shellfish: The Architecture of Intertidal Cohabitation</a>" by Daniel Fern&aacute;ndez Pascual, "<a href="" target="_blank">UNDER WRAPS: Architecture and Culture of Greenhouses</a>" by Aleksandra Jaeschke, "<a href="" target="_blank">Crafted Images: Material Flows, Techniques, and Uses in Set Design Construction</a>" by Aude-Line Duli&egrave;re, and "<a href="" target="_blank">Projectless: Architecture of Informal Settlements</a>" by Samuel Bravo, to name a few.</p><p>The jury selected the following shortlist from a pool of 144 applicants this year:</p><p><strong>Germane Barnes: &ldquo;Anatomical Transformations in Classical Architecture&rdquo; </strong></p><p><em>Germane Barnes, through his research and design practice, investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture&rsquo;s social and politi...</em></p> A case for nature: Architect and regenerative design strategist Amanda Sturgeon pushes for rewilding cities Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-06T20:39:00-04:00 >2021-04-07T13:33:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>More cities are incorporating biophilic design approaches for several reasons. While some firms genuinely practice regenerative and sustainable design methods, others could be placed into the category of "greenwashing" to satisfy trends and bolster their firm's PR efforts. However, according to architect and regenerative design strategist Amanda Sturgeon, the goal is to have buildings "that are intimately connected to the living systems that have evolved with us, that celebrate the human-nature connection that is central to our wellbeing."</p> <p>In her&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">recent article</a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>, Sturgeon makes a case for rewilding cities. She explains, "rewilding is about adding nature everywhere, not just in parks, by using nature-based solutions or green infrastructure at the edges of our streets, in leftover spaces, and on and within our buildings."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Featured on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">McMansion Hell's Kate Wagner dissects issues with big tech and the 'blurred line' between private and public space</a>. Image cou...</figcaption></figure> North Korea's Kim Jong Un renews call for rapid housing construction Orhan Ayyüce 2021-04-06T20:15:00-04:00 >2021-04-07T13:39:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Strict supervision over every construction process must be exercised, building materials economized in every way with high demand, accidents of all kinds prevented and excellent construction experience introduced...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like bombs aren't the only things&nbsp;Kim Jong Un is building. And, aren't&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">we more dynamite-centric</a> on the subject matter?&nbsp;</p> <p>Now that <a href="" target="_blank">they have the know-how</a>...</p> <p>We will need to remember something we have *forgotten.</p> <p>*Public housing.</p> Ai Weiwei's Tsai Residence sells for almost $5 Million Josh Niland 2021-04-06T19:06:00-04:00 >2021-04-07T13:34:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In keeping with Robert Hughes's dictum that architecture&nbsp;is "<a href="" target="_blank">the art you live in</a>," a remarkable <a href="" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>-designed house dubbed "<a href="" target="_blank">living art</a>" by some is reported to have sold this week to an unnamed&nbsp;buyer for the jaw-dropping price of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">$4.9 Million</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tsai Residence, with guest house and pool. Image &copy; Michael Bowman Photography</figcaption></figure><p>The 15-year-old home, previously available to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">rent</a>, has been on the market since&nbsp;2019, when it was <a href="" target="_blank">initially listed for a slightly higher price of $5.25 Million</a>. The prolific Chinese artist's design for the property includes an in-ground lap pool, an adjacent two-winged guest house completed three years later with a built-in studio, a <a href="" target="_blank">BOFFI</a> kitchen, and three fireplaces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Guest house. Image &copy; Michael Bowman Photography</figcaption></figure><p>Sitting on a lush 37-acre plot of land in Columbia County, the 3,500-square-foot main house is composed of four interconnected module&nbsp;boxes made of wood and covered in corrugated iron. Its&nbsp;interior&nbsp;features wood-gypsum&nbsp;paneling and three large bathro...</p> Would you work in a floating, remote workspace? Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-06T18:03:00-04:00 >2021-04-09T16:48:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Trends involving remote workspaces have heightened since 2020. While businesses worldwide learned to adjust and create remote working spaces that work best for them, architectural designer and graduate of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow,</a> Agnieszka Bia&#322;ek, proposes a workspace alternative that may invite polarizing responses. Her project,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Enclaves on Vistula River</em></a><em>,</em>&nbsp;was influenced by the altered work environments due to Covid-19 and the transition to remote work.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image render courtesy of Agnieszka Bia&#322;ek / Monolight Studio</figcaption></figure><p>Commenting on the potential for home remote workplace fatigue, Bia&#322;ek explains on her project website the proposed concept "becomes a comfortable place for online meetings or relaxing in the new reality of reduced touch. The design provides protection of personal space and privacy for potential users. In times of social distancing, the workspace "creates a unique comfort zone and sense of security." She claims each remote work module can be booked hourly for use d...</p> New architecture and design competitions: Europan 16, Cold War Veterans Memorial, Henning Larsen Foundation Competition, and Testing-Ground: Youthhood Alexander Walter 2021-04-06T17:43:00-04:00 >2021-04-06T17:43:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">curated picks</a> of architecture and design competitions listed on Bustler, we have selected three contests and one call for submissions inviting spatial utopias, youthful perspectives of the world, designs for a Cold War Veterans Memorial, and innovative urban concepts for 40 sites across nine European countries.<br></p><p>For the complete directory of newly listed competitions click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.<br></p> Inga Saffron on the dueling ideals of urban density Alexander Walter 2021-04-06T14:24:00-04:00 >2021-04-07T11:42:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Not so long ago, density was promoted as a way to enliven underpopulated cities, particularly their downtowns. Then it became a tool for fighting climate change. Now, density is increasingly seen as an equity issue. [...] Two notorious projects help us understand the difference between density that enhances a neighborhood and projects that big-foot their surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her latest column for the <em>Inquirer</em>, architecture critic <a href="" target="_blank">Inga Saffron</a> dissects two new mid-rise apartment building projects at opposite ends of <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a> (the "poop building and the Scrooge building," as she nicknames them) and how their individual approaches toward urban densification can have beneficial or detrimental effects on their surrounding neighborhoods.</p> <p></p> <p>Related on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Every City Needs a Crank; A conversation with architecture critic Inga Saffron</a></p> <p>"Our challenge is to accommodate new housing while still maintaining our quirky, beloved, lived-in neighborhoods," <a href="" target="_blank">writes</a> Saffron. "That&rsquo;s why we need the right density in the right place."</p> Tokyo may get its own 'High Line' Alexander Walter 2021-04-06T13:32:00-04:00 >2021-04-06T13:38:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s Ginza shopping district is set to get an elevated &ldquo;green way&rdquo; similar to the High Line park in New York City [...], or Paris&rsquo; Promenade Plant&eacute;e. The plan is to turn a 2km urban motorway known as the KK Expressway into the &ldquo;Tokyo Sky Corridor&rdquo;. The linear park will then form a green loop around the outskirts of Ginza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tokyo metropolitan government has <a href="" target="_blank">invited the public</a> to submit feedback on the proposed&nbsp;Tokyo Expressway (KK Line) revitalization.</p> The Most Liked Instagram Posts of Winter 2021 on @archinect Alexander Walter 2021-04-05T18:56:00-04:00 >2021-04-06T13:37:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>And just like that, it's April again. While lots has happened here in Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">news</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">features</a> sections since the beginning of the year, we'd like to take a quick look back at the highlights on Archinect's Instagram feed this past quarter.</p> <p>Whether you're already one of <a href="" target="_blank">@archinect</a>'s 77.5k (and counting) followers or not (yet), we have compiled the most popular posts of the past three months, showcasing stand-out projects from various <a href="" target="_blank">firm profiles</a> on Archinect as well as from here, our editorial sections.</p> <p>Also, if you happen to be on the lookout for <a href="" target="_blank">architecture firms hiring right now</a>, don't forget to follow our dedicated <a href="" target="_blank">@archinectjobs</a> account as well.</p> <p><strong>9. <a href="" target="_blank">House</a> in Mukainada, Japan by <a href="" target="_blank">Kazunori Fujimoto</a> / <a href="" target="_blank">@jutok</a>; Photo: Kazunori Fujimoto</strong></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 Archinect (@archinect)</a><br><p><strong>8. <a href="" target="_blank">Guest House in National Monument Bunde</a> in Bunde, the Netherlands <a href="" target="_blank">De Nieuwe Context</a> / <a href="" target="_blank">@denieuwecontext</a>; Photo: Blickf&auml;nger / </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>@blickfanger</strong></a><br></p> <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> View this ...</a> Delays push back opening of the MAD-designed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-05T16:55:00-04:00 >2021-04-06T13:38:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Due to pandemic-related delays, the highly anticipated&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lucas Museum</a>&nbsp;will open its doors to the public in 2023. Construction began in March 2018, yet health and safety protocols relating to the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed back the Museum's opening. Renders of the $1-billion Museum and its steel structure designed by Ma Yansong, founder of Beijing- and LA-based&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, have already made its media rounds since&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the design was unveiled back in 2017</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Los Angeles Time</em>'s staff writer Deborah Vankin reports</a>&nbsp;that while the Museum's opening has been pushed, they're working on museum interiors build-outs (two theatres and gallery space), transporting and installing exhibition assets, and the site's landscape design spearheaded by LA-based landscape architecture and urban planning firm&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio-MLA</a>. The Museum also celebrates the addition of Judith F. Baca's "<a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Great Wall of Los Angeles</em></a>." The acquiring of Baca's iconic mural slates h...</p> Lee Bey reminds us an architecture critic can appear in many forms, even one of a famed film critic Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-05T15:41:00-04:00 >2021-04-07T11:44:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What defines an architecture critic? These past few months, the discourse surrounding what an architecture critic is, who they <u>have been</u>, and why this role needs to be re-evaluated has circulated across several publications and architecture circles. While several critics come to mind, both past and present, who exemplify the very best of what this role presents for the industry, there are a few individuals outside of the profession that architecture criticism might have needed.</p> <p>WBEZ Chicago published Lee Bey's piece "<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Roger Ebert: An architecture critic, too</em></a>" back in 2013. Throughout the article, Bey recounts his past conversations and memories with the famed film critic. Ebert's consistency and dedication to the "craft of criticism" were admired by many. Even during his final years, when illness befell him and eventually leading to his passing in 2013, Bey reminds us of Ebert's writing and architecture involvement. "He sounded the alarm against civic inattention, mercantile forces o...</p> This 3D-printed pedestrian steel bridge concept has won the 2021 Forge Prize Alexander Walter 2021-04-05T15:25:00-04:00 >2021-04-05T15:26:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The latest <a href="" target="_blank">Forge Prize</a> goes to an innovative concept for a&nbsp;3D-printed pedestrian steel bridge by&nbsp;Hunter Ruthrauff of <a href="" target="_blank">T.Y. Lin International Group</a> in San Diego. Established by the American Institute of Steel Construction in 2018, the annual competition invites emerging architects to propose boundary-pushing steel structures.</p> New featured job opportunities at Ennead Architects, Centerbrook Architects and Planners, O'Neil Langan Architects, Robert Siegel Architects, and Otherworks Alexander Walter 2021-04-05T13:45:00-04:00 >2021-04-05T13:45:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From Archinect's 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>, we have selected five employers with recently listed job openings in New York, Los Angeles, and Centerbrook, Connecticut. Take a look at these positions, and visit <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> for more opportunities.</p> <p>With offices in New York and Shanghai, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Ennead Architects</strong></a><strong> </strong>is looking for a <a href="" target="_blank">Marketing Coordinator</a> to join the NYC team. The ideal candidate will have 1&ndash;5 years of experience in an architecture or design firm, knowledge in current graphic layout software as well as writing and editing skills.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Standard, High Line by Ennead Architects.</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Centerbrook Architects and Planners</a></strong>, based in Centerbrook, Connecticut, seeks a <a href="" target="_blank">Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator</a> with strong writing and verbal communications skills. 3&ndash;5 years of experience in the architecture, engineering, or construction industry is preferred but not required.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center by Centerbrook Architects and Planne...</figcaption></figure> Architects Patricia Urquiola, Kengo Kuma, and five other designers participate in new miniature home series called 'The Village' Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-02T15:46:00-04:00 >2021-04-08T05:49:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tuscan-based product and design studio <a href="" target="_blank">Salvatori</a> created a series that "captures the essence of home" through miniatures titled <em>The Village</em>. Joined by&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Yabu Pushelberg</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Patricia Urquiola</a>, to name a few, the mini-series invited each architect and designer to develop a "series of whimsical imaginary houses, each designed to address important and fundamental themes of contemporary living."<br></p> <p>Starting this past March, famed Spanish architect and curator Patricia Urquiola unveiled the collection's first series. Her contribution to The Village series is a set of small stone homes titled&nbsp;<em>Kore</em>. Urquiola shared during Salvatori's collection release, the series was "a reflection on domestic spaces, something that is more important than ever today. Home has become the center of our lives, our town or city, our habitat. We have all become domestic navigators, trying to orient ourselves to these new latitudes, ways of living."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kore collection developed by Patricia Urquiola for The V...</figcaption></figure> This mushroom-shaped nature retreat offers panoramic vistas Alexander Walter 2021-04-02T15:23:00-04:00 >2021-04-05T13:45:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Strolling through the woods outside of Xin Yu City in China's eastern Jiangxi Province, one might stumble across a peculiar little cottage: shaped like a cone dropped from one of the surrounding pine trees and sitting slightly elevated from the forest floor, the dwelling begins to blur the line between nature and fabricated shelter.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Fanfang Tian.</figcaption></figure><p>Dubbed <em>The Mushroom</em>, the 50-square-meter (538 square feet) house is composed of two basic, intersecting volumes: "The main part of the mushroom is the guest room space, with a panoramic window set up near the viewing height," as the project description explains. "When sitting on chairs or leaning on the bed, the guests are immersed in the surrounding nature."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Fanfang Tian.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Fanfang Tian.</figcaption></figure><p>"The loft serves as a child area, linked by the small-scale stairs. The pure white cone-shaped roof is rounded on top, creating a sense of unbounded extension to the space."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Fanfang Tian.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Fanfang Tian.</figcaption></figure><p>"The bathroom and storage ...</p>