Archinect - News 2021-07-24T01:02:55-04:00 Construction update: Jean Nouvel's Hekla Tower for the La Défense district in Paris Josh Niland 2021-07-23T19:03:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T19:03:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel&rsquo;s</a> Tour Hekla development in Paris&rsquo; La D&eacute;fense financial district is nearing completion after construction began in late 2018.</p> <p>The 49-story building represents the Pritzker winner&rsquo;s third attempt to build in La D&eacute;fense after designs in 1989 and <a href="" target="_blank">2008</a> went unrealized owing to engineering difficulties and economic concerns. Now, with an approval behind them, the team at <a href="" target="_blank">Ateliers Jean Nouvel</a> has combined with developers Hines and AG Real Estate to plan 76,000 square meters of new office space that will allow nearly 5,800 workers flexibility and added green space.<br></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 HEKLA (@tourhekla)</a><br><p>According to Nouvel: "I envisioned a prismatic composition that would create and re-create an array of polychrome brise-soleils where metal and glass, light and latitudes, the transparent and the opaque co-exist. The uppermost floors, laid out in triplex, create a landscaped highpoint in total contrast to the horizontal transition to s...</p> SOM reveals plans for a new public health laboratory in Harlem Josh Niland 2021-07-23T18:26:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T18:26:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If the pandemic has shown us anything, it is that the health of Black and Hispanic communities is being <a href="" target="_blank">systemically underserved</a> in large part due to an <a href="" target="_blank">infrastructure gap</a> that has left both urban and rural parts of the country bereft of key resources in a time of crisis.</p> <p>In keeping with this pressing need, <a href="" target="_blank">SOM</a> unveiled plans this week for the new New York City Public Health Laboratory in Harlem that will replace an existing facility in Kips Bay owned by the city&rsquo;s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new <a href="" target="_blank">$400 million laboratory</a> will host a range of services addressing both clinical and environmental concerns in an adaptive scheme that can change focus to ascendent public health concerns as they come along.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; SOM | ATCHAIN</figcaption></figure><p>SOM&rsquo;s state-of-art structure, which <a href="" target="_blank">last year</a> was honored by the Public Design Commission&rsquo;s Award for Excellence, rises from a three-story masonry podium into a prominent cubic volume containing first essential functions as well as community-facing accommo...</p> UAE is making artificial rainstorms to mitigate intense heat Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-23T17:55:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T17:55:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With temperatures in Dubai regularly surpassing 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the government has decided to take control of the scorching weather. Scientists in the United Arab Emirates are making it rain &mdash; artificially &mdash; using electrical charges from drones to manipulate the weather and force rainfall across the desert nation. Meteorological officials released video footage this week showing a downpour over Ras al Khaimah, as well as several other regions.</p></em><br /><br /><a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a><a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by &#1575;&#1604;&#1605;&#1585;&#1603;&#1586; &#1575;&#1604;&#1608;&#1591;&#1606;&#1610; &#1604;&#1604;&#1575;&#1620;&#1585;&#1589;&#1575;&#1583; (@officialuaeweather)</a><br><p>Called <a href="" target="_blank">cloud seeding</a>, this is a weather-modification technique that aims to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds by artificially adding substances, called condensation nuclei, to the atmosphere. Given dwindling water sources, increasing temperatures, and a rising population, the <a href="" target="_blank">United Arab Emirates</a> hopes to regularly use this method to increase rainfall.<br></p> <p>Based on research at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Reading</a> in the United Kingdom, scientists created the storms using drones, which jolted clouds with electricity, causing droplets in the clouds to clump together. The larger raindrops are then able to fall to the ground, instead of evaporating midair, which is what occurs to smaller droplets in such a hot climate.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2017, the researchers at the university received $1.5 million for use over three years from the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Scien...</p> Steel-frame construction tops out for OMA's Albright-Knox museum expansion Josh Niland 2021-07-23T17:01:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T17:01:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Art Gallery</a> has reached a major milestone in its ongoing <a href="" target="_blank">$160 million expansion project</a> overseen by <a href="" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">OMA</a> in cooperation with <a href="" target="_blank">Cooper Robertson</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Construction has topped out on the new Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building on the <a href="" target="_blank">soon-to-be renamed museum&rsquo;s</a> Buffalo, New York campus, clearing the way for a 2022 reopening that will significantly improve the gallery&rsquo;s historic footprint.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Albright-Knox Art Gallery Expansion, plaza view. Image courtesy OMA.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;This is a remarkable moment,&rdquo; director Dr. Janne Siren said at a ceremony observing the occasion Wednesday. &ldquo;We are about one year from the completion of this project that will make Buffalo and our community so proud, will create jobs and prosperity for the people who live here and will be an attraction for people from all across the world who will want to come and visit us,&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>With the steel frame now in place, contractors will soon begin the concrete pour for the building with a glass-wall curtain installa...</p> FAA approves $2.1 billion LaGuardia AirTrain Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-23T16:39:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T16:39:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the estimated $2.1 billion <a href="" target="_blank">LaGuardia AirTrain</a>, an initiative to connect New York&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">LaGuardia Airport</a> with Manhattan. <a href="" target="_blank">The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey</a> will now be able to pursue federal funding for the project.</p> <p>The&nbsp; 1.5-mile transit link will connect the airport&rsquo;s Delta Airlines terminal to Willets Point Station, which borders Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, and is served by the Long Island Rail Road and the Number 7 subway line. The Port Authority has claimed that the trip length will be 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan to the airport. The project is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and generate $500 million in contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, along with jobs for local residents, according to projects made by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Construction on LaGuardia AirTrain Planned to Start this Summer</a></figcaption></figure><p>The approval comes...</p> USC puts Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Freeman House up for sale Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-07-23T15:29:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T18:32:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture</a> is putting the <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>-designed Freeman House up for sale. Built in 1924 and named after the clients Samuel and Harriet Freeman, the Freeman House is one of four Wright homes in Los Angeles to include distinct concrete textile blocks along a Mayan Revival theme, the others being the <a href="" target="_blank">Ennis House</a>, Storer House, and <a href="" target="_blank">Millard House</a>. Both the Ennis House and Millard House have also been sold in recent years.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>The Freeman House in 2008. Image: Wikimedia Commons user Los Angeles.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Set in the Hollywood Hills, the Freeman House measures almost 2,900 square feet, spanning two floors across a sloping site. Wright designed the house using an experimental system of over 12,000 concrete textile blocks inspired by Mayan temples, reinforced with steel to improve resiliency. Intersecting with the house&rsquo;s strong horizontal emphasis is a series of double-height corner glazed windows overlooking an external patio, combining with ...</p> Months after his death, a new retrospective of Helmut Jahn opens at the Chicago Architecture Center Josh Niland 2021-07-23T14:57:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T14:57:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A new exhibition exploring the life and illustrious career of the late <a href="" target="_blank">Helmut Jahn</a> has opened following the untimely death of the architect this year at the age of 81.</p> <p>Jahn <a href="" target="_blank">died in May</a> after a bicycling accident in the Chicago suburbs.</p> Benthem Crouwel and West 8 announced as winners of the Brno New Main Train Station competition Josh Niland 2021-07-23T08:00:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T11:46:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The city of Brno in the Czech Republic&rsquo;s South Moravian region is today announcing the winner of its international <a href="" target="_blank">competition for a new train station</a> along the Svratka River.</p> <p>The Dutch duo of <a href="" target="_blank">Benthem Crouwel</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">West 8</a> was selected from over 45 other applicants for their shared proposal that would add a new railway hub for the city of almost 400,000.</p> Shaped Touches by Sean Lally features an interactive video game for the Venice Biennale Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T18:32:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As part of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a>, architect Sean Lally of Switzerland-based <a href="" target="_blank">Sean Lally Architecture</a> has paired a physical installation with an immersive simulation video game.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Shaped Touches&nbsp;</em>is an investigation into the ways architecture and space can be perceived, showcasing the inherent subjectivity of the craft. The project is centered around <a href="" target="_blank">climate change</a>, specifically the impact it will continue to have on the way future environments are experienced. Using a virtual platform, Lally provides unfamiliar and potential perspectives to its users.<br></p> <p><br>&ldquo;Architects are in a position to foreshadow the opportunities and implications these pressures will have on shared public spaces,&rdquo; reads the project description. &ldquo;<em>Shaped Touches&nbsp;</em>offers a proposition for how architecture will define its shape and the relationships of people and communities touching that space.&rdquo;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Within the video game, players explore a design space. Every minute, the game restarts in the same space but with new senso...</p> Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage Site status after a ruling by UNESCO Josh Niland 2021-07-22T17:00:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T18:32:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Unesco&rsquo;s decision will no doubt be shrugged off as the prissy overreaction of an unelected body and, given what has been allowed in Edinburgh, the world heritage designation seems largely ineffectual anyway. But the act of striking Liverpool off the list helps to shine a powerful international spotlight on a city that has been happy to embrace mediocre development for far too long. It is a useful reminder that the world is watching.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Liverpool has failed to retain its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site following a meeting by the agency Wednesday in China.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">decision</a> comes as no surprise to those who have for decades now been trying to prevent encroaching development near the city&rsquo;s Victorian-era docks. UNESCO pointed to the &ldquo;irreversible loss&rdquo; of the docks&rsquo; historical value brought on by several multi-million pound projects including the Museum of Liverpool and new Everton football stadium.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">UNESCO</a> had originally placed the city on its list in 2004, but the slew of development that has taken place since brought on changes to the city skyline constituting a &ldquo;significant loss to its authenticity and integrity&rdquo; that lead to the agency&rsquo;s decision which the city&rsquo;s mayor has said could be appealed.</p> <p>Oliver Wainwright responded with a <a href="" target="_blank">missive</a>&nbsp;decrying the city&rsquo;s headstrong development pushes he views as &ldquo;the consequences of a city in thrall to developers&rdquo; that have destroyed Liverpool&rsquo;s historic character in the s...</p> Get the inside scoop on how to get hired by these 13 currently-hiring architecture firms Katherine Guimapang 2021-07-22T16:53:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T18:35:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Each week our editorial team curates a selection of featured jobs from the <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Job Board</a>. Not only do we amplify firms and their open employment opportunities but help prospective job seekers learn what positions are available. Comparing the job market between Summer 2020 and Summer 2021 may not be easily summarized in just a few lines. However, the team at Archinect continues to observe employment and professional practice trends to provide resources for the community. This past week the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index (ABI)</a>&nbsp;for June projected increasing demand for design services. Paired with a report from the Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) chief economist who shared&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the construction industry is rebounding</a>&nbsp;despite issues with materials and skilled labor. As the&nbsp;</p> <p>As developments in the industry continue to appear, firms seek architects, technologists, and design professionals as they prepare for Q4 and 2022. Learn about your future employer with 13 interviews conducte...</p> Here are the 16 winners of this year’s RIBA International Awards for Excellence Josh Niland 2021-07-22T15:51:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T15:57:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">RIBA</a> has announced its slate of winners of the biennial International Awards for Excellence.</p> <p>16 projects from 11 different countries were selected for their ability to &ldquo;exemplify design excellence and architectural ambition and deliver meaningful social impact.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s winners are defined by a commitment to historical context, an inkling toward multi-use designs, and an ability to tackle pre-existing environmental concerns in innovative ways that leave open the possibility for sustained vitality in such uncertain times when prognostications should indicate otherwise.</p><p>Scroll down for a list of winners and project photos.</p> Salone del Mobile appoints Maria Porro as its new president Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-22T13:27:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T18:32:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Milanese furniture fair <a href="" target="_blank">Salone del Mobile</a> has named Maria Porro as its new president. Porro was most recently the president of Assarredo, an Italian trade association for furniture manufacturing.</p> <p>Porro&rsquo;s appointment comes during a notable period for the international design event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and postponed until September this year. Additionally, her arrival follows the departure of former Salone del Mobile president Claudito Lutti, who resigned in April.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I grew up with the Salone del Mobile,&rdquo; said Porro. &ldquo;When I was a kid, my grandfather Carlo used to take me along to the pavilions at the old venue. I followed when the Fair moved to its new site in Rho, and I was thrilled to be able to attend the Shanghai Furniture Fair.&rdquo;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Architect: <a href="" target="_blank">Salone del Mobile 2021 to commence in September</a></figcaption></figure><p>Porro, along with the board members of Federlegno Arredo Eventi, the trade entity that owns the Salone del Mobile, will lead the event as it pr...</p> White and male candidates more likely to pass the ARE, says NCARB study Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-07-22T12:23:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T22:57:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">National Council of Architectural Registration Boards</a> (NCARB) has, for the first time, <a href="" target="_blank">published data</a> on <a href=",NCARB%20and%20features%20six%20divisions." target="_blank">Architect Registration Examination</a> (ARE) pass rates that are broken down by demographics. The statistics show that white candidates are more likely to pass the ARE than candidates of color, that men are more likely to pass than women, and that younger candidates have higher pass rates than older candidates. The findings will also be included in an upcoming joint report between NCARB and the <a href="" target="_blank">National Organization of Minority Architects</a> (NOMA).</p> <p>The ARE, which is developed and administered by NCARB, is a key step on the path to professional licensing and is required by all state licensing boards in the United States. To generate the latest statistics, NCARB analyzed the pass rates from more than 32,700 ARE exam participants, studying information on race, ethnicity, gender, and age. NCARB says that releasing the findings is an effort to &ldquo;help inform essential discussions about eq...</p> UNStudio design selected as the winning proposal for Sochi Waterfront Josh Niland 2021-07-22T08:59:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T13:50:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An inclusive master plan for the Sochi waterfront by <a href="" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> has been announced as the winner of an international competition that will reshape the resort community with its second major construction boom in the past decade. The studio beat out other submissions with a sprawling litoral intervention meant to transform Sochi into &ldquo;a place for all.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy UNStudio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy UNStudio</figcaption><p><br></p><p>The former Olympics host is known throughout Russia as a coveted pearl on a chain of Black Sea resort towns tantamount to the Amalfi Coast or French Riviera. UNStudio&rsquo;s intervention will aim to integrate existing cultural and leisure industry destinations into the development in the hopes of strengthening the city&rsquo;s claims as a haven for tourists.<br></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Renders: ZOA, UNStudio</figcaption><p><br></p><p>Per the architect: &ldquo;The goal of the city&rsquo;s future development is to make Sochi the most progressive and international harbor for culture, technology, health, and innovation and to enrich the life of a local community and visitor...</p></figure> Gensler-designed 'Deer District' a model for NBA cities Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-21T18:42:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T14:58:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last night, the <a href="" target="_blank">Milwaukee</a> Bucks secured their first <a href="" target="_blank">NBA</a> title in 50 years with a Game 6 win over the Phoenix Suns. Known for their lively fan atmosphere, the Bucks&rsquo; triumph was shared by 65,000 supporters who were present just outside of the Fiserv Forum in a dedicated fan section known as the Deer District. As the Bucks progressed through the playoffs, the reputation of the <a href="" target="_blank">Gensler</a>-designed entertainment area has grown and is now being used as a model for NBA cities across the country.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Courtesy Milwaukee Bucks</figcaption></figure><p>Gensler designed the Deer District, in collaboration with Milwaukee-based firm <a href="" target="_blank">RINKA</a>, to become the city&rsquo;s new &ldquo;living room&rdquo;. Formerly occupied by a parking structure, vacant lots, and a street, the site was cleared to connect the surrounding communities to the new Fiserv Forum, which opened in tandem with the district in 2019.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Courtesy Gensler</figcaption></figure><p>The architecture is envisioned as a modern interpretation of the industrial heritage of the city, incorporating design ...</p> Herman Miller completes acquisition of Knoll, announcing new name MillerKnoll Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-21T18:41:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T16:24:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Herman Miller</a> has announced that it has completed its $1.8 billion acquisition of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank">Knoll</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The combined company, known as MillerKnoll, now comprises 19 leading brands, a presence across more than 100 countries, a global dealer network, 64 showrooms, more than 50 physical retail locations, and global multichannel eCommerce capabilities. All individual brands under Herman Miller and Knoll will continue to operate as distinct entities.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>MillerKnoll will be led by Herman Miller President and CEO Andi Owen, with support from a management team made up of executives from both Herman Miller and Knoll.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited to introduce MillerKnoll, a collective of dynamic brands coming together to design the world we live in,&rdquo; said Owen. &ldquo;Our industry&mdash;and the world in general&mdash;is changing rapidly. Design is the way we imagine and shape a better future. In coming together, we will define and lead this transformation, like we have other transformations in our histories.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Her...</a></figcaption></figure> Franco Stella's $800 million reconstructed Humboldt Forum finally opens amidst controversy Josh Niland 2021-07-21T18:20:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T13:50:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The long-awaited opening of Berlin&rsquo;s Humboldt Forum took place yesterday afternoon, ending a years-long wait that saw a torrent of <a href="" target="_blank">missives</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">protests</a>, and other <a href="" target="_blank">public backlash</a> against the &euro;680 million ($800 million) project hosted by the city&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Museum Island</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Frank Sperling</figcaption></figure><p>Franco Stella&rsquo;s reconstructed royal palace stands as a "meeting place with the cultures of the world" in the city of roughly 3.8 million, maintaining within its mix of modern and Baroque styles a dual look at both the history of Germany and of its namesake. The latter being mired in controversy owing to the erstwhile Humboldt brothers&rsquo; <a href="" target="_blank">involvement in Colonialism</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Stephan Falk</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank">Originally set for an opening in 2019</a>, its construction has been delayed several times because of overruns and a slate of technical issues. Faulty air conditioni...</p> UPenn study uses biometric data to identify unsafe urban infrastructure Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-21T17:08:00-04:00 >2021-07-21T17:08:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A new study published in Accident Analysis &amp; Prevention shows how biometric data can be used to find potentially challenging and dangerous areas of urban infrastructure before a crash occurs. Lead author Megan Ryerson led a team of researchers in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the School of Engineering and Applied Science in collecting and analyzing eye-tracking data from cyclists navigating Philadelphia&rsquo;s streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As explained in a piece by <em>Penn Today</em>, current federal rules for making safe transportation interventions require the notation of crashes. This reactive approach relies on previous human cost before new considerations are made. Seeking to minimize harmful events altogether, Ryerson and her team sought to capture data on human behavior to better understand what factors make an area unsafe rather than previous data.&nbsp;</p> <p>The team developed a quantitative methodology to evaluate cognitive workload, a measure of mental effort put forth by someone in response to certain tasks, in cyclists when faced with various infrastructure designs.</p> <p>One of the main findings was a correlation between locations with disproportionately high numbers of crashes and consistent <a href="" target="_blank">biometric</a> responses that indicated increased cognitive workload. While high cognitive workload doesn&rsquo;t mean a person will definitely crash, it can be inferred that one is less effective in processing new information, which could lead to d...</p> View the best new buildings and landscapes in this year's World Architecture Festival Awards shortlist Archinect 2021-07-21T16:48:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T13:50:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival (WAF)</a> announced its 2021 shortlist highlighting the best buildings and landscapes that have been completed around the world between 2019&ndash;2021. Recognized as the world's most extensive architectural awards program, this year's shortlist consists of 200 projects selected from 732 entries from 55 countries.</p> <p>The theme for the 2021 edition of the festival is <em>Resetting the City: Greening, Health, and Urbanism,</em>&nbsp;and the awards attracted submissions across 20 completed buildings and landscape categories; an "increase of 44% in submissions from 2019's edition of the festival."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Clockwise: Al Hosn Masterplan by Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi; Eden by Heatherwick Studio; Chinese Culture Exhibition Center by Qingdao Tengyuan Design; Majara Residency by ZAV Architects. Images courtesy of WAF</figcaption></figure><p>According to WAF: "The architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category prizes live at WAF in December. Presentations of the short...</p> Architecture Billings Index in June reflects continued economic recovery, but hiring crunch looms Alexander Walter 2021-07-21T14:27:00-04:00 >2021-07-21T16:33:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> released its latest economic report this morning, signaling a continued trend of increasing demand for design services. The <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index (ABI)</a> for June remained at an elevated level with a score of 57.1, dipping only mildly compared to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">58.5 in May</a>.</p> <p>The new design contracts score also remained positive but shed a few points in June, clocking in at 58.9 (compared to <a href="" target="_blank">May's record score of 63.2</a>). New project inquiries further expanded in June to a near-record high score of 71.8 (<a href="" target="_blank">69.2 in May</a>).<br></p> June ABI Highlights <ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (62.0); West (59.7); South (57.3); Northeast (53.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (61.0); multi-family residential (57.9); institutional (57.3); mixed practice (56.4)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 71.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 58.9</li></ul><p>"With the current pace of billings growth near the highest levels ever seen in the history of the index, we&rsquo;re expecting a sharp upturn in nonresidential building act...</p> U.S. residential construction is accelerating, but not all regions are feeling it Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-07-21T13:48:00-04:00 >2021-07-21T16:33:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Residential construction</a> in the United States is accelerating, despite the high costs of materials caused by the <a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19 pandemic</a>, according to <a href="" target="_blank">new data</a> released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)</a>. Within their report, which focuses on new residential construction in June 2021, the government bodies noted that housing permit authorizations, housing starts, housing under construction, and housing units completed, are all significantly higher than June 2020.</p> <p>The report notes that last month, almost 1.6 million housing units were authorized with permits, marking a 5% decrease on the month previous, but a 23% increase on the number of permits issued in June 2020. Meanwhile, over 1.64 million housing units started the construction process last month, an increase of 6% from May, and a 29% increase on June 2020. </p> <p>Overall, there was a 14% increase in the number of housing units under construction in June 2021 versus June 2020, markin...</p> According to ABC chief economist, construction industry is rebounding despite high prices and lack of skilled labor Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-21T12:30:00-04:00 >2021-07-21T16:33:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At the Associated Builders and Contractors&rsquo; (ABC) Q2 Construction Economic Update and Forecast webinar, ABC chief economist Anirban Basu affirmed that the construction industry is on the path to normalcy. Enthusiastically, he claimed that high raw material prices will eventually go down, going further to predict that the second half of 2021 will see a boost in economic growth, which would drive up the demand for <a href="" target="_blank">construction</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> As noted in this&nbsp;<em>Construction Dive</em> <a href="" target="_blank">piece</a>, a surprising group of Midwest cities, including Minneapolis, Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago, are the top four geographic areas of employment from February 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics survey for May 2021.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">AEC proposal activity continues to grow rapidly in second quarter of 2021 according to the PSMJ Quarterly Market Survey</a></figcaption></figure><p>This construction industry rebound has also been noted by the Professional Services Management Journal (PSMJ) Resour...</p> Justin Garrett Moore named AIA New York's Champion of Architecture Josh Niland 2021-07-21T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-07-21T12:35:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Mellon Foundation&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Justin Garrett Moore</a> has been honored with the AIA New York 2021 Champion of Architecture Award, joining names like Lewis Mumford and Jane Jacobs on a list of recipients of what had formerly been known as the Award of Merit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Moore was awarded at a luncheon Tuesday that also anointed ARO Principal Kim Yao and <em>Architectural Record</em> Editor-in-Chief Cathleen McGuigan with honors in the Medal of Honor and Architecture in Media awards respectively.&nbsp;</p> <p>Moore has been a key player in the life of the city since his career began as an Urban Designer for the New York Department of City Planning in 2005. He has gone on to enjoy a three-decade career that has featured lectureships at <a href="" target="_blank">Yale</a> as well as a stint as the Commissioner for the American Planning Association. Moore was recently <a href="" target="_blank">appointed</a> to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts by <a href="" target="_blank">President Biden</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Moore was announced as a recipient of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award</a>.</p> <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> ...</a> Legal ramifications in the death of architect Erica Tishman escalate: New report shows increased negligence on the part of NYC's Department of Buildings Josh Niland 2021-07-20T19:25:00-04:00 >2021-07-21T16:33:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The widower of a beloved architect who <a href="" target="_blank">died tragically in an accident</a> is now taking aim at the property developers in his ongoing quest for justice.</p> <p>A judge in New York is now allowing a suit to be brought against Himmel + Meringoff Properties, which manages the Seventh Avenue building through an LLC called 729 Acquisitions. The ruling clears the way for larger damages to be assessed against the company as part of a larger case initiated by the late husband of architect <a href="" target="_blank">Erica L. Tishman</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tishman was killed in December of 2019 after being hit by debris from a crumbling terracotta facade that came off the 18-story building managed by Himmel + Meringoff. The development group, which has <a href="" target="_blank">declined to repair the feature</a>, was subsequently fined a measly $1,250 and ordered by the city to construct a protective shed at a cost of $13,000.</p> <p>Himmel + Meringoff had reportedly been warned as recently as July of 2019 that the facade of 729 Seventh Avenue was a hazard and in dire need of repair.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>P...</figcaption></figure> It turns out seawalls might not be the most thought-out way to address sea level rise Josh Niland 2021-07-20T17:08:00-04:00 >2021-07-23T21:30:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As the world heats up and sea levels rise, communities in the U.S. could spend more than $400 billion on seawalls to try to hold the ocean back over the next couple of decades. But there&rsquo;s a catch: Building a seawall in one area can often mean that flooding gets even worse in another neighborhood or city nearby.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">new paper</a> from <a href="" target="_blank">The Natural Capital Project</a> at <a href="" target="_blank">Stanford University</a> that examines how seawalls might <a href="" target="_blank">impact</a> California's Bay Area was published this spring, adding to a <a href="" target="_blank">slate of similar scholarship</a> surrounding seawalls that have cropped up in recent years. Other efforts have seen a vigorous&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">public pushback</a> where proposed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cities like <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a> have mulled plans for expensive sea walls that may in the end be <a href="" target="_blank">inadequate</a>. Some have pointed to the <a href="" target="_blank">damaging effects on beaches</a> as potential non-starters.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Fast Company</em> has more on the encroaching issue <a href=";;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&amp;utm_content=rss" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> Olson Kundig transforms the Bay Area Discovery Museum into an immersive, research-driven learning environment for the 21st century Josh Niland 2021-07-20T15:11:00-04:00 >2021-07-21T16:33:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A campus-wide renovation of the Bay Area Discovery Museum is finally complete, providing a much-needed upgrade to the 30-year-old institution that emphasizes a new approach to museum programming and early childhood education.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The $18.5 million project</a> was overseen by <a href="" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a>, who transformed the Fort Baker campus into an immersive center for learning while maintaining the architectural integrity of surrounding Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The firm has also recently completed an elaborate&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Noah&rsquo;s Ark-themed</a> children&rsquo;s museum in Berlin.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy Olson Kundig</figcaption></figure><p>The firm installed five new permanent exhibitions, a STEM classroom, and activity spaces in addition to repurposing two existing buildings in an expanded master plan that incorporated research-driven methodologies and a focus on experiential learning.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy Olson Kundig</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;We know that children are not exposed to design and engineering at an early enough age, so BADM&rsquo;s mission to introduce STEM concepts through play ...</p> AIA Healthcare Design Awards 2021 winners announced Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-07-20T12:09:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T13:11:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects (AIA)</a> Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has announced the 2021 recipients for the <a href="" target="_blank">AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards 2021</a>. The six winning projects were chosen as exemplars for the latest trends in <a href="" target="_blank">healthcare facility design</a>, &ldquo;recognizing cutting-edge designs that help solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social problems while also being functional and sustainable.&rdquo;</p><p>The 2021 edition of the awards is comprised of projects completed anywhere in the world after January 1st, 2016, as long as they were designed by an architect licensed in the United States or one of its territories. Eligible projects included healthcare building design, healthcare planning, and healthcare design-orientated research. </p><p>The six winning projects are listed below, along with an excerpt of the project citation. Full details of the awards are available via the official website <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp; </p> Editor's Picks #525 Nam Henderson 2021-07-20T11:58:00-04:00 >2021-07-20T23:47:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>New(ish) Archinect writer <a href="" target="_blank">Niall Patrick Walsh</a> <a href="" target="_blank">suggests</a> this year&rsquo;s (rescheduled) Venice Biennale missed a "<em>golden opportunity</em>" to radically reform how it promotes contemporary architectural trends, and in doing so, address long-held concerns over its relevance, accessibility, and environmental impact.<br></p> <p><strong>richmon</strong> agreed with the take, as did <strong>Ole Bouman</strong> who pointed out it was "<em>a conclusion that was clear from the day the decision to postpone was made.</em>"</p> <p>Plus, <a href="" target="_blank">Rukshan Vathupola</a> published <a href="" target="_blank">a great interview</a> with Tammy Eagle Bull, FAIA, AICAE, NCARB and President/founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Encompass Architects</a>, which touches on the way the passage of the ADA shaped her early career and her belief that there is "<em>huge need and big opportunities for Native Architects now.</em>"</p> <br>News <p>Frank Gehry's new Youth Orchestra Los Angeles facility had <a href="" target="_blank">it&rsquo;s first sound check</a>. <strong>The_Crow</strong> likes "<em>this new Gehry phase. I think this in addition to the Philadelphia project are some of his best work in years. Happy to see him enjoying h...</em></p> Disney is building a new regional campus in Orlando, relocating 2,000 employees from California Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-20T09:21:00-04:00 >2021-07-22T11:59:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it planned to build a new regional campus in central Florida to house at least 2,000 professional employees who will be relocating from Southern California to work in digital technology, finance and product development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, Josh D&rsquo;Armaro, in a letter to employees, said the move would allow creative and business teams to be better integrated. The new campus will be located about 20 miles to the east of Disney World in a master-planned community called Lake Nona.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Florida is known for its rich culture of hospitality and active lifestyle as well as a lower cost of living with no state income tax,&rdquo; said D&rsquo;Amaro in the employee letter.</p> <p>It is set to be built over the next 18 months. Its exact location, size, and architect have yet to be announced.</p>