Archinect - News 2018-03-24T13:36:07-04:00 Hong Kong issues AR stamps to promote historic building revitalization Hope Daley 2018-03-23T20:38:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T20:38:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hongkong Post</a>&nbsp;issued a set of six <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">augmented reality</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stamps</a> called &ldquo;Revitalization of Historic Buildings in Hong Kong II&rdquo; showcasing six historic building revitalization projects. These special stamps are part of an effort to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the built heritage in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a>.</p> <p>Hover over these stamps with a smartphone using the&nbsp;HKPostStamps app and a virtual model of the historic building will pop up for you to explore. Each rendering includes interactive hotspots that bring up information including opening hours and links to visit the building in person.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out how they work:</p> <p>The six <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">historic</a> buildings featured in these stamps are:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Viva Blue House, located in Wanchai, is composed of the Blue House, Yellow House, Orange House and adjacent vacant land&nbsp;</li><li>Oi!, the former clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club</li><li>Green Hub, located in Tai Po, is the Old Tai Po Police Station&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Stone Houses Family Garden, which was originally part of the Hau Wong Temp...</li></ul> Feast your eyes on these 10 eating & drinking spaces Archinect 2018-03-23T20:04:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T20:05:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eating &amp; Drinking Spaces</a></em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wild Ginger at Lincoln Square</a> in Bellevue, WA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SkB Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Countryside Lane</a> in Cherry Hills Village, CO by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BOSS.architecture</a>; Photo: Raul Garcia<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Abierta</a> in Chevy Chase, MD by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kube Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jardim do Sol House</a> in P&ocirc;rto Alegre, Brazil by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hype Studio</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffee for Sasquatch</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn Architecture</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Markthalle Panzerhalle</a> in Salzburg, Austria by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smartvoll</a>; Photo: Tobias Colz/smartvoll<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Valetta House</a> in Ealing, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office S&amp;M</a>; Photo: French + Tye<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The French Laundry</a> in Yountville, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">envelope A+D</a>, Harrison &amp; Koellner<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">N&aelig;rv&aelig;r</a> in Copenhagen, Denmark by ...</p> Watch 7 ancient ruins get reconstructed Hope Daley 2018-03-23T18:06:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T18:06:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It can be difficult to picture what <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ancient</a> architecture would have looked back when it was first erected. Reconstructions by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ViewFinder</a>&nbsp;help you visualize what these ancient <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ruins</a> looked like at the height of their glory. Take a look back in time and watch these historical structures get rebuilt.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Parthenon</strong>, Athens, GR<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><strong>Temple of Jupiter</strong>, Rome, IT<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><strong></strong><strong>Milecastle 39&nbsp;(part of Hadrian&rsquo;s Wall)</strong>, Northumberland, ENG</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><strong>Luxor Temple</strong>, Luxor,&nbsp;EG</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><strong>The Pyramid of the Sun</strong>, Teotihuac&aacute;n, MX</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><strong>Area Sacra di Largo Argentina (Temple B)</strong>, Rome, IT</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure> Vatican Chapels to be placed in the woods at Venice Biennale 2018 Hope Daley 2018-03-23T15:44:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T15:45:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcing participation in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vatican</a> has recently released more details on their Holy See pavilion. The project is officially titled <em>Vatican Chapels</em>, featuring ten chapels commissioned from architects in ten different countries. Each structure will be realized in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">forest</a> on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, located opposite of St. Mark's Square. This wooded location serves as a space for silence and meditation as visitors journey through each structure.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Vatican stated these ten chapels are meant to reference the ten commandments. Apart from this connection and each structure containing a pulpit and altar, the chapels will be completely unique and up to the participant's interpretation of the project. However, as a guide the Church has encouraged each architect to respond to themes explored in the preliminary&nbsp;<em>Asplund Pavilion</em>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Asplund Pavilion rendering by MAP Studio. Image: ALPI.</figcaption></figure><p><em>Asplund Pavilion</em>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAP Studio</a>, wil...</p> First glimpse: “Work, Body, Leisure”, the Dutch Pavilion exhibition for the 2018 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2018-03-23T15:33:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T15:33:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In response to the &ldquo;Freespace&rdquo; theme of the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a>, the Dutch Pavilion's &ldquo;Work, Body, Leisure&rdquo;&nbsp;exhibition&nbsp;explores the different forms of creativity and responsibility that architecture has in response to emerging technologies in automation. The exhibition examines historical and present-day case studies in Rotterdam, as well as utopian and dystopian visions of a society where full automation is the norm.</p> Detroit's abandoned Michigan Central Station may soon be bought and redeveloped by Ford Alexander Walter 2018-03-23T15:19:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T15:24:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ford Motor Co. is in discussions to purchase the dilapidated Michigan Central Station in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood just outside of downtown, Crain's has learned from multiple sources familiar with the negotiations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"A redevelopment of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">depot</a>, which has been abandoned and blighted for three decades since Amtrak stopped service in 1988, would be one of the most expensive and complex local undertakings in recent history," <em>Crain's</em> reports.</p> Herzog & de Meuron plans "Horizontal Skyscraper", perched on top of stilts, for Moscow Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-23T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T14:57:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Swiss firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a> has unveiled plans to redevelop a six-hectares old factory area in the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>. Located at the former Badaevskiy Brewery that sits along the river, the project will renovate and repurpose the remaining clusters given the site's cultural heritage status. In addition, the firm will also raise two residential blocks above the site.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The result is a "horizontal skyscraper"&mdash;described as a "piece of city lifted up in the air,"&mdash;that&nbsp;sits on many slender stilts. According to the firm, the choice to elevate the additional buildings 35 meters in the air brings three key advantages: "first, the new green area, an urban park, emerges in the vacated land under the hovering structures, between the heritage buildings and the river front; second, despite the substantial densification of the site, the historical buildings retain their direct connection to the river and their clear visibility and access to the city; and third, all the flats in the hovering str...</p> Investigators confirm that Miami bridge collapsed during post-tensioning Alexander Walter 2018-03-23T14:32:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T14:36:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;National Transportation Safety Board reports that its investigators remain at the scene of the deadly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami pedestrian bridge collapse</a> that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">occurred last week</a> on the Florida International University campus.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>NTSB investigators and contractors remove and catalog core samples from the pedestrian bridge deck. Photo courtesy of NTSB.</figcaption></figure><p>The latest statement issued by the agency lists 'significant developments' in the investigation and describes what happened right before the bridge collapsed: "The investigative team has confirmed that workers were adjusting tension on the two tensioning rods located in the diagonal member at the north end of the span when the bridge collapsed. They had done this same work earlier at the south end, moved to the north side, and had adjusted one rod. They were working on the second rod when the span failed and collapsed.&nbsp; The roadway was not closed while this work was being performed."<br></p> <p>Read the full statement <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> 2018 Prize Bridge Award winners announced by National Steel Bridge Alliance Hope Daley 2018-03-23T14:05:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T17:40:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) has awarded 17 projects for the 2018 Prize Bridge Awards. Winners are chosen based on their significant innovation in U.S. steel bridge design and engineering. Awards were given in 9 categories of various bridge types including: Major Span, Long Span, Medium Span, Short Span, Moveable Span, Reconstructed Bridge, Special Purpose, Integrated Project Delivery and Technological Advancement. Commendations were also given to projects that best exemplified accelerated bridge construction (ABC) and sustainability.&nbsp;</p> Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out Bustler Editors 2018-03-23T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T13:32:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">architecture competitions</a>&nbsp;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&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">competition submissions</a>&nbsp;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> Unzoning; A conversation with Seattle's Mike Eliason about Passivhaus, not-for-profit housing and the marriage of high design with high function Archinect 2018-03-23T12:41:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T12:41:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we have Mike Eliason on the podcast, Seattle-based Project Manager at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patano Studio</a> and proponent of Passivhaus,&nbsp;Baugruppen, and a car-free cycling life. Long-time Archinectors may recognize him by his username holzbox, OP to a forum favorite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">minimal details</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 119 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Unzoning&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dietrich Untertrifaller</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br></a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baumschlager Eberle</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernardo Bader</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hermann Kaufmann</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florian Nagler</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nordic Structures</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structurlam</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structurecraft</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecocon Straw Panels</a></li><li>Mike is reading <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauen und Wohnen in Gemeinschaft / Building and Living in Communities</a></li><li>Mike is listening to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern/Classical Ambient</a></li></ul>... AIANY revoke 2018 Design Awards from Richard Meier and Peter Marino Hope Daley 2018-03-23T02:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>... given allegations of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior by two AIANY 2018 Design Award Recipients&mdash;Richard Meier and Peter Marino&mdash;the AIANY Board of Directors has made the decision to rescind the honors that were announced in January 2018 and were to be celebrated at the Honors and Awards Luncheon next month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIANY</a> executive director Benjamin Prosky issued a statement on their decision to revoke <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Awards</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a> and Peter Marino. Prosky states, &ldquo;Our decision does not speak to the design quality of the projects or the contributions from the respective firms&rsquo; design teams, rather we cannot in good conscience confer these awards under these circumstances.&rdquo;</p> <p>The full statement by AIANY can be read <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects wins competition to design the redevelopment of the historic Kimmel Quarter in Riga, Latvia Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-22T19:53:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T13:17:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a> has won the <a href="" target="_blank">competition</a> to design an 11,500-square-meter area in Riga's Central District. The project, which will redevelop the city's historic Kimmel Quarter, is aimed at transforming an old brewery site by converting it into a mixed-use development featuring an office building, a hotel, and public facilities such as a public gym, a child care center,&nbsp;caf&eacute;, spa, food court and convenience store.</p> Water woes are creeping up on Phoenix, America's fifth-largest city Alexander Walter 2018-03-22T16:01:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T18:14:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Phoenix and its surrounding area is known as the Valley of the Sun, and downtown Phoenix &ndash; which in 2017 overtook Philadelphia as America&rsquo;s fifth-largest city &ndash; is easily walkable, with restaurants, bars and an evening buzz. But it is a modern shrine to towering concrete, and gives way to endless sprawl that stretches up to 35 miles away to places like Anthem. The area is still growing &ndash; and is dangerously overstretched, experts warn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With cities in the Desert West, like Las Vegas and Phoenix, rapidly growing in size and population, water is becoming an evermore hot commodity; all while the source of that water, primarily the Colorado River, is becoming increasingly unreliable due to climate change. <br></p> <p>"And yet despite the federal Bureau of Reclamation reporting in 2012 that droughts of five or more years would happen every decade over the next 50 years," writes Joanna Walters for <em>The Guardian</em>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Overstretched Cities series</a>, "greater Phoenix has not declared any water restrictions. Nor has the state government decided its official drought contingency proposal."</p> This glass cabin in Iceland lets you sleep under the northern lights Hope Daley 2018-03-22T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T14:04:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Panorama Glass Lodge</a> is a luxury vacation cabin in&nbsp;Hvalfj&ouml;r&eth;u, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. Situated directly by the sea, visitors will experience stunning views of the Aurora Borealis from above and reflected off the water below. The structure features an all <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass</a> bedroom allowing travelers to experience sleeping under one of the world's most spectacular light shows.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Panorama Glass Lodge located in Hvalfj&ouml;r&eth;u, Iceland. Image: Panorama Glass Lodge.</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Panorama Glass Lodge located in Hvalfj&ouml;r&eth;u, Iceland. Image: Panorama Glass Lodge.</figcaption></figure><p>This secluded cabin is the perfect viewing destination due to its removal from any light pollution.&nbsp;</p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Panorama Glass Lodge located in Hvalfj&ouml;r&eth;u, Iceland. Image: Panorama Glass Lodge.</figcaption></figure><p>If that wasn't enough to satisfy, the cabin also includes a hot tub to view the spectacle above.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption> Panorama Glass Lodge located in Hvalfj&ouml;r&eth;u, Iceland. Image: Panorama Glass Lodge.</figcaption> Applications are now open for Emergent Technologies and Design (M.Sc. / M.Arch.) 2018-19 Sponsor 2018-03-22T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T13:50:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA EmTech</a></strong></em><br></strong></p> <p><strong>AA Emergent Technologies &amp; Design (EmTech) Graduate Programme investigates new synergies of architecture and ecology through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication.</strong></p> <p>Emergent Technologies and Design Programme (inaugurated in 2001) is open to graduates in architecture and engineering who wish to develop skills and pursue knowledge in architectural design science that is located in new production paradigms.</p> <p>Our focus is on exploring experiential and social potentials of new material and spatial configurations for architectural and Ecological Urban Designs situated in the dynamic contexts of emerging biomes. The programme is designed to stimulate critical thinking through experience of research driven design projects that are developed in an intellectually rigorous and creative studio environment. Our projects are pursued by multiple iterations through hypothesis, material and computational experimentation, robotic fabr...</p> Johnston Marklee's Mark Lee appointed to Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard GSD Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-22T13:49:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T14:01:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University's Graduate School of Design</a> has appointed&nbsp;Mark Lee&nbsp;as Chair of the Department of Architecture, effective July 1, 2018. Lee&nbsp;has taught at the school since 2013 and was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently named</a> Professor in Practice of Architecture, also going into effect July 1, 2018. He will be succeeding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">K. Michael Hays</a>, who has served as Interim Chair of the Department since 2016.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am honored to be entrusted with the chairmanship of the Department of Architecture at the GSD,&rdquo; Lee says.&nbsp;&ldquo;In advancing both the discipline and the profession of architecture, the Department has been without parallel; I look forward to building upon the formidable achievements of my predecessors and this deeply-rooted tradition of excellence. We stand on the threshold of a very challenging, but exciting, future. I feel confident that architecture&rsquo;s best days lie ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lee is a principal and founding partner of the Los Angeles-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, an internationally recognized firm with over 30 major awar...</p> Japan's disposable housing culture Alexander Walter 2018-03-22T13:48:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T15:33:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] the value of the average Japanese house depreciates to zero in 22 years. (It is calculated separately from the land, which is more likely to hold its value.) Most are knocked down and rebuilt. Sales of new homes far outstrip those of used ones, which usually change hands in the expectation that they will be demolished and replaced. In America and Europe second-hand houses accounted for 90% of sales and new-builds for 10% in 2017. In Japan the proportions are the other way around.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Economist</em> article</a> describes Japan&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">throwaway housing culture</a> as a phenomenon that is not only a burden on the national economy and the environment but also does not see renovation and refurbishment of existing structures as an appreciation in value.</p> <p>There are exceptions of course: one rare example of an upgraded old structure is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this Kyoto guest house</a> makeover by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio</a>, published on Archinect earlier this month.<br></p> 5 amazing job opportunities for architects in Canada Hope Daley 2018-03-22T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T15:27:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Canada is home to some incredibly talented architects. This week we take a look at some recent opportunities posted to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> in the Great White North.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RobitailleCurtis</a> </strong>has an opening for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape Architect/ Designer</a> in their Montreal office.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Laurentian Ski Chalet by RobitailleCurtis, located in St. Donat, Quebec. Image: RobitailleCurtis. </figcaption></figure><p>The firm is looking for an individual with extensive knowledge of plants and experience with technical drawings and site construction. The right candidate will hold a degree from an accredited landscape architecture program and have good communication skills in French and English. </p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eventscape Inc.</a> </strong>is currently hiring a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conceptual Designer</a> in their Toronto location.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Toronto Centre for the Arts by Eventscape Inc., located in Toronto, ON, CA. Image: Eventscape Inc.</figcaption></figure><p>The ideal applicant will have experience in construction, manufacturing, estimating, engineering, and architectural technology or industrial design. The firm seeks an individual ...</p> Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika transforms bathroom tiles into apartment block windows Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-21T19:43:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T14:00:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A couple of years ago, Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika was tasked with redecorating the bathroom of a local restaurant in the city of Kaunas, about 62 miles west of Vilnius. They came up with a uniquely nostalgic idea: bathroom tiles that make the stalls take on the appearance of the panel buildings that came to represent the whole of the Eastern Bloc (and spread to other Communist countries, like Cuba).</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A sample tile design by Gyva Grafika</figcaption></figure><p>Without having to replace the pre-existing tiles, the firm created stickers that, placed on top of the tiles, would create the appearance of a Soviet-era <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public housing</a> block. The design intervention was done for Galeria Urbana bar&mdash;a hipster hot-spot in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania&mdash;and carried out by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gyva Grafika</a>, a local studio specializing in graphics and design. The project has been so successful that the studio has even begun selling them.&nbsp;</p> Bitcoin's opportunities and challenges in real estate Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T18:31:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T19:35:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Today, listings from one coast to another tout Bitcoin as a way to make a property transaction. A new collection of haute residences in Hollywood with Los Angeles skyline views go for $1.21 million or its Bitcoin equivalent; in Washington, D.C., two-bedroom condos are on the market for between 36 and 84 Bitcoins. In Austin, the seller of one ranch is offering a &ldquo;signficant discount&rdquo; if the buyer pays with Bitcoin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Great longform <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece</a> by Andrew Zaleski for <em>Curbed</em> on how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bitcoin</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockchain</a> technology, and&nbsp;other&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cryptocurrencies</a>&nbsp;have changed&mdash;or not changed&mdash;the real estate industry. "While there are laws in Arizona and Vermont that allow blockchain technology to play key parts in property sales and proving property ownership, in most states, aspects of the process still involve traditional financial institutions&mdash;and Bitcoin as a currency isn&rsquo;t necessarily a safe enough bet for the relatively risk-averse world of real estate."</p> RIBA releases Brexit report indicating UK architects' growing concerns of the industry's future Justine Testado 2018-03-21T16:04:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T16:04:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With one year left until Brexit, 2018 is a critical year for the UK architecture industry. Today, the RIBA released the latest results of their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global by Design report</a>, a comprehensive survey of UK architects on Brexit. Although UK architects can adapt to next year's changes, RIBA describes, they also expressed growing concerns for the uncertain future of their industry in addition to the lack of clarity on the UK's future relationship with the EU.</p> <p>RIBA surveyed their members&nbsp;between December 2017-January 2018. For starters, 71 percent of architects believe Brexit will have a negative impact on the built environment, compared to 60 percent in the 2017 survey.</p> <p>The 2018 report also reveals that&nbsp;68 percent of architects had projects put on hold, and more than 2 in 5 architects (43 percent) had projects cancelled since the EU referendum (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2017</a>, 61 percent had delays and 36 percent had cancellations). To add to that, 60 percent of EU architects considered leaving the UK since the refer...</p> Chicago magazine interviews Yesomi Umolu, 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial artistic director Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T16:00:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Her own history is as global at the biennial itself: born in Lagos, Nigeria, raised in London, with a deep resume that incorporates curatorial and educational experiences at museums and galleries all over the United States and Great Britain. She&rsquo;s hit the ground running on the CAB, planning for the third CAB that promises an international influence with love for the city and citizens who host this three-month event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anjulie Rao <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviews</a> the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CAB</a> artistic director, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yesomi Umolu</a>, for&nbsp;<em>Chicago magazine</em>: "A biennial can&rsquo;t help but be contemporary and respond to the contemporary conditions. I know that as a biennial that&rsquo;s what it is set up to do: to have a hold of the historical and yet have strong ground to be propositional, to posit into the future."</p> RAIC announces Montreal-based Chevalier Morales Architectes as recipient of the 2018 Emerging Architectural Practice Award Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-21T14:24:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T19:16:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Architectural Institute of Canada</a> has named Chevalier Morales Architectes as the recipient of the 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">Emerging Architectural Practice Award</a>. The annual award, which has previously honored&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">D'Arcy Jones Architecture</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">La SHED</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">KANVA</a>, recognizes the principals of <a href="" target="_blank">emerging architectural practices</a> that have&nbsp;consistently produced distinguished architecture.</p> Adrian Parr appointed architecture dean at University of Texas at Arlington Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T14:56:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Adrian Parr has been appointed dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington. Parr is the holder of the UNESCO Chair on Water Access and Sustainability at the University of Cincinnati, where she is a Professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Science with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and Interior Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The University of Texas at Arlington not only invited Adrian Parr to transition jobs from&nbsp;Cincinnati to Arlington but also hired her husband, Michael Zaretsky,&nbsp;architect and director of the MetroLAB design/build initiative at the University of Cincinnati, and associate dean of faculty affairs and curriculum in the Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning to join the Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering at UTA.</p> <p>"The simultaneous addition of Parr and Zaretsky to our faculty, with their tremendous experience and expertise in the design and development of sustainable urban communities, will have a long-lasting impact on our ability to produce the next generation urbanists, architects, engineers and scientists," UTA Provost Teik C. Lim said.<br></p> February's Architecture Billings Index in positive terrain Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T12:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T13:54:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting an increase in architecture firm billings for February from its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), with several key segments showing an encouraging outlook for 2018. [...] While the pace of growth in design activity slowed a bit in February for an ABI score of 52.0 (any score over 50 indicates billings growth), it still reflects a healthy business environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"We remain optimistic about the trends we&rsquo;re seeing at architecture firms this year with the ABI continuing to show growth in February," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "We saw several major bright spots reflected in February&rsquo;s data, as billings remained particularly strong at firms located in the West and Midwest."</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of February:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (57.6), Midwest (54.5), South (54.4), Northeast (47.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (56.6), institutional (53.8), commercial/industrial (51.0), mixed practice (49.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 62.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.5</li></ul><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from February 2017 - February 2018. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> Why You Should Care About Project Accounting Sponsor 2018-03-21T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T14:13:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href=";utm_medium=sponsoredblog_Feb2&amp;utm_content=Getting-data-you-need-run-successful-firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=guestblogpost_Mar21&amp;utm_campaign=blog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Core</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>You probably hear a lot about the importance of data. Gathering the numbers about your projects and firm, using business intelligence&hellip;it all sounds good, but what is it really for? Well, in the case of project accounting, a lot.</p> <p>This is a topic we&rsquo;ve covered in previous posts on Archinect. As a refresher, project accounting is the practice of tracking and analyzing the financials of your individual projects. We&rsquo;ve shown you <a href=";utm_medium=guestblogpost_Mar21&amp;utm_campaign=blog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the data you need to collect</a> to undertake project accounting and told you about <a href=";utm_medium=guestblogpost_Mar21&amp;utm_campaign=blog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the technology that makes it simple</a>. This time, we&rsquo;ll zero in on the benefits it offers, from improved profitability to better staffing decisions and beyond.</p> <p><strong>1. Truly Understand Project Profitability</strong>: Increased profitability is the most widely cited and straightforward consequence of project accounting, and with good reason. By closely monitoring the resources that go into a project and their resulting revenue, you can drill down and truly unde...</p> Recent Banksy addition in NYC removed with rumors that property owner will profit from auction Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-20T17:15:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T07:48:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last week, a piece by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">anonymous graffiti artist</a> was stenciled onto a building at the northwest corner of 14th street and sixth avenue in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>.&nbsp;The structure&mdash;a former bank building&mdash;was tagged with one of Banksy's trademark rats running around a clock&nbsp;that is native to the property. Along with another piece that popped up in the city last week, it is believed to be his latest intervention in the city since his October 2013 "residency".</p> <p>The work has been drawing crowds to the old HSBC, which is slated for demolition in order to build a&nbsp;13-story mixed-use building. This morning, according to&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperallergic</a>,&nbsp;</em>the clock was taken down by four workmen who dismantled the clock motor and mechanism from the interior. The removal was apparently ordered by the property owner and is rumored to be going to auction for&nbsp;the owner to conveniently profit off of.&nbsp;</p> Training refugees to conserve their monumental heritage Alexander Walter 2018-03-20T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T15:49:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The problems: how to conserve extraordinary monumental heritage in Iraq and Syria [...]. The issue is exacerbated by the depletion of skilled craftspeople; once the dust of conflict settles, there will be few able to carry out restoration. At the same time, thousands sit in refugee camps, lives on hold, seeking a future. The solution: train refugees to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future. Give them a skill to help restore their nation&rsquo;s heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: World Monuments Fund.</figcaption></figure><p>Learn more about the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Monuments Fund</a>&rsquo;s new stone masonry training center for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syrian</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">refugees</a> in Mafraq, Jordan (backed by the UK government&rsquo;s Cultural Protection Fund) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> This Swiss firm is experimenting with prefab movable housing Hope Daley 2018-03-20T15:29:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T20:41:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swiss</a> architectural practice Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Architekten is developing an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">experimental</a> residence to be realized anywhere. Called movable house, every aspect of this project is determined by motion from floor plans to structural elements to energy storage.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Movable house rendering &copy; Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Architekten</figcaption></figure><p>The movable house is not designed with a specific site in mind, but rather can be constructed almost anywhere. The main goals of movable house are that it can be put up quickly with easy and efficient transportation of all structural elements.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Movable house rendering &copy; Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Architekten</figcaption></figure><p>This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> architecture can stand alone or be attached to an existing building. The four main areas of the structure are arranged around a central library which doubles as a transitional space to connect it all together. This creates a flexible and transparent living space for a family of four on the smallest possible footprint.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Movable house rendering &copy; Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Archite...</figcaption></figure>