Archinect - News 2019-11-22T21:51:20-05:00 MAD Architects' second “Hutong Bubble” pops up in a renovated Beijing courtyard home Justine Testado 2019-11-22T18:22:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T18:57:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the completion of &ldquo;Hutong Bubble 218&rdquo;,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> made one step forward with their &ldquo;Beijing 2050&rdquo; proposal, which they introduced&nbsp;during the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. The&nbsp;latest Hutong Bubble project features metallic &ldquo;bubbles&rdquo; embedded on the rooftop of a 305-square-meter traditional hutong courtyard house that MAD restored and reconstructed. Located in Beijing's Qianmen East area, the&nbsp;home dates back to the Qing Dynasty and has dealt with degradation and demolition from the Chinese capital's rapid development.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ten years after MAD's <a href="" target="_blank">first hutong bubble</a> popped up in Beibingmasi,&nbsp;Hutong Bubble 218 aims to demonstrate how small-scale interventions can create new spaces and programs for the local community, as well as form a dialogue between old and new.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tian Fangfang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tian Fangfang.</figcaption></figure><p>Hutong Bubble 218 is located in the neighborhood off of Xidamochang alley. Built on a 469 square-meter site, the building was the city's first international hospital for ove...</p> 1991 Frank Gehry on being at the right place at the right time Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-22T16:09:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T16:14:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I built a house around a house [using chain-link fence, corrugated metal, asphalt, and other common building materials]. It was the first completely free piece I did. I did it exactly the way I wanted. My client was me and my wife, and my wife egged me on. &hellip; I talked about the asphalt floor, and I was going to chicken out, and she said, &ldquo;Come on, I want to see that.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>A recently published <em>Los Angeles Review of Books&nbsp;</em>interview conducted by Steven Jay Fogel and Mark Bruce Rosin with <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> in 1991 highlights a few fascinating tidbits of the architect's early life and his career <em>pre-Bilbao</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>In the wide-ranging interview, Gehry discusses, among other topics, his thoughts on success, his non-linear path to architecture, and his thinking on architecture as his career was just about to take off.&nbsp;</p> Gehry on early heroes <p><em>My grandmother had a big effect on me. She had run a foundry in Poland when she was a young girl, and she was very hands-on. She would take me to the woodshops where she&rsquo;d pick up scraps for the wood stove she cooked on. She would bring home all the scraps, and we would play on the floor. She would make cities with me.</em></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior photo from 2007 of the Santa Monica Place mall designed by Gehry in 1980. Image courtesy of Wikimedia user Bobak Ha'Eri. </figcaption></figure> Gehry on big professional turning points <p><em>It was when I was doing <a href="" target="_blank">Santa Monica Place</a> that ...</em></p> See-through floors at new Cornell Fine Arts Library alienate users Sean Joyner 2019-11-22T14:45:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T14:46:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a&nbsp;<em>HyperAllergic</em> <a href="" target="_blank">opinion piece</a>, Sarah Rose Sharp details the shortcomings of the recently completed&nbsp;Mui Ho Fine Arts Library at <a href="" target="_blank">Cornell University</a>, where&nbsp;"Architect <a href="" target="_blank">Wolfgang Tschapeller</a> says the library was designed with books in mind &mdash; but the grated floors fail to account for slushy snow boots, skirts, assisted mobility devices, and more." The Detroit-based writer outlines how users "inclined to wear skirts are feeling even more on display than the 100,000 books" held within the space.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sharp writes that the slatted gratings at the upper levels, which are meant to allow air and light through the space, instead encourage indecorous sight-lines. Additionally, the perforated surface presents challenges for guests wearing heels as well as those with assisted mobility devices, writes Sharp.</p> <p>According to the article, second-year graduate student Nicole Nomura, told&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Metropolis</a>,</em> "Knowing that I have to think about what I&rsquo;m wearing as I enter the library is off-putting to me. What was Co...</p> German architects, including GRAFT, Kéré, join global climate emergency declaration Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-22T14:03:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T14:04:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architects from around the world are continue to sign onto the <a href="" target="_blank">Architects Declare Climate &amp;&nbsp;Biodiversity Emergency</a> call.&nbsp;</p> <p>The most recent national delegation to join the call comes from Germany, where at least 38 firms&mdash;including <a href="" target="_blank">GRAFT</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">K&eacute;r&eacute; Architecture</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Max Dudler</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">ACME</a>&mdash;have pledged to "strengthening our ways of working so that architecture and urbanism can emerge that have a more positive impact on our world."</p> <p>The German group joins architects in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand, among others, in calling for the transformation of the building industry and architectural education toward environmentally just focuses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Included among the many demands the groups are making is a push for transforming design to become "more regenerative" so that designers can create&nbsp;"an architecture and urbanism that goes beyond zero-carbon standards."</p> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand architects join international climate emergency declaration</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">RIBA joins international Climate Emergency Declaration</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Canadian Architects si...</a></li></ul> Design Museum of Chicago announces Design Impact Grant Program Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-22T13:30:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T13:11:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Design Museum of Chicago, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and NeoCon have unveiled a new Design Impact Grant Program targeted at "elevating the visibility of Chicago's design legacy, assets, talent, and community, and at supporting civic good through design."&nbsp;</p> <p>The Design Museum of Chicago <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> states that the 2020 award will include a "large-scale commissioned design installation on Chicago's Riverwalk," as well as a separate grant award and the opportunity to engage in associated programming alongside the museum.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the website, between two and four grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded each year for "individuals and organizations using design or design principles to directly address pressing issues in Chicago communities."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Nominations</a> are open to anyone who lives or works in the City of Chicago. Nominations are due December 31st, 2019 at midnight with applications for pre-selected entrants to be submitted between Januar...</p> The winning ideas of SkyCity Challenge 19: The Future of Housing Justine Testado 2019-11-22T12:59:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T12:59:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Community-based architecture platform SkyCity recently announced the winners of their biannual <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;SkyCity Challenge&rdquo;</a>, which garnered over 180 entries from more than 50 countries for its 2019 edition. Established in 2016 in BROAD Town, China, SkyCity aims to confront today's pressing issues in housing.<br></p><p> </p><p>Entrants were tasked with creating a build-system proposal for Broad Group, which is currently investigating their new material called BCORE. Entrants were challenged to design a modular home that can be dismantled after a period of time and used again. According to SkyCity, the prefabricated pieces of the home had to be easily transportable using traditional shipping containers which, when flat-packed, can be assembled by a small crew with equipment anywhere on the planet.</p><p>The jury highly valued proposals that explored BCORE directly and experimented with it, in both its structural capabilities and aesthetics. Scroll down for a look at the prize-winning entries and honorable mentions.</p>... Architecture Billings Index is up for the month of October following rough summer Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-22T12:52:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T14:01:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>According to a recently published <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> from the American Institute of Architects (<a href="" target="_blank">AIA</a>), the Architecture Billings Index (<a href="" target="_blank">ABI</a>) is showing signs of a rebound after showing consistently mixed results over recent months.&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">September's Architecture Billings Index: Better than August, but that's not saying much</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Demand for design services falls to lowest level in years</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains 'essentially flat'</a><br><a href="" title="Antonio Pacheco" target="_blank"></a></li></ul><p>The ABI score for the month of October has risen to 52.0, up from 49.7 in September and 47.2 in August. According to how the index is tabulated, any score above 50.0 indicates an increase in the demand for design services.&nbsp;</p> October ABI highlights <ul><li>Project inquiries index: 57.9&nbsp;</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.9</li><li>Regional averages: South (55.5); West (51.3); Midwest (49.9); Northeast (47.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (55.2); multi-family residential (54.0); institutional (49.9); commercial/industrial (49.3)</li></ul><p>The modest rebound brings the majority of the ABI's catego...</p> Ray Kappe, founding director of SCI-Arc, and master of Southern California modernism, has died Sean Joyner 2019-11-22T11:55:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T19:06:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architect and educator, Ray Kappe FAIA, passed away yesterday.&nbsp; The renowned architect experienced lung failure due to many bouts with pneumonia in recent years.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kappe founded the Department of Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">California Polytechnic State University of Pomona</a> before leaving in 1972 to start what is today known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture</a> (SCI-Arc). Along with his wife, Shelly Kappe, and other students and faculty, Kappe helped pioneer a new approach to architectural education. Today, SCI-Arc has thousands of graduates working and teaching across the globe and is considered one of the top architecture schools in the US.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>An early SCI-Arc class in the school's "main space" at 1800 Berkeley St.</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Archinect had the honor of interviewing Kappe back in 2016 in his own house. Check out "<a href="" target="_blank">Modern Scientist: SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One</a>" to listen.</figcaption></figure></figure><p></p> <p>A true master, Kappe's legacy follows those of early SoCal architects such as <a href="" target="_blank">Schindler</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Neutra...</a></p> Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out Bustler Editors 2019-11-22T08:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T18:28:44-05:00 <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> Facial recognition takes center stage at Bi-City Biennale in Hong Kong Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-21T18:59:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T19:14:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture of Hong Kong and Shenzhen that opens this December is set to become "the first exhibition to use Facial Recognition and Artificial Intelligence on its own premises," according to biennale chief curator <a href="" target="_blank">Carlo Ratti</a>. The focus is created "in order to prompt a critical reflection on how digital technologies are impacting urban life," a press release from Carlo Ratti Associati explains. </p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a>-based architect aims to "explore the new urban condition of cities that can 'see'" with the exhibition focus, which will inform a linear exhibition space situated within a high-speed railway station in Shenzhen that connects Mainland China with Hong Kong.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati </figcaption></figure></figure><p>Hong Kong has been gripped by powerful protests in recent months as the public there struggles against attempts by China to imposition of its legal jurisdiction on the island, which is supposed to enjoy administrative and eco...</p> Two convicted for unlicensed construction on "hundreds of homes" in California Sean Joyner 2019-11-21T17:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T14:01:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Authorities in southern California have said two residents were convicted of more than 200 felony counts each after falsifying documents and conducting fraudulent construction projects on hundreds of homes. ...47-year-old Wilfrido Rodriguez of Downey and 45-year-old Ruben Gutierrez of Huntington Beach were convicted Wednesday after a civil engineering firm called into question the structural integrity of hundreds of homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to&nbsp;<em>The San Diego Union-Tribune</em>, "Authorities say Palos Verdes Engineering Company contacted police suspecting two former employees were responsible for projects across 56 cities in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Driver's license photos of Ruben Gutierrez (left) and Wilfrido Rodriguez, released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank">Archinect covered the onset of the scandal last year</a>, reporting that Rodriguez faces up to 152 years in a state prison, while Gutierrez faces a possible maximum sentence of 105 years in prison."</p> <p>Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27.<br></p> Rep. Ilhan Omar unveils 12 million unit "Homes for All" plan Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-21T16:29:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T09:31:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Homes For All </p><p>United States Representative Ilhan Omar has unveiled a new piece of legislation that seeks to reinvigorate public housing construction across the country by building 12 million new public and affordable housing units over the next decade.&nbsp;</p> <p>The so-called &ldquo;Homes for All Act&rdquo; unveiled this week would bring a whopping $1 trillion in federal funding for the construction of these new units and would also establish a permanent federal funding steam to ensure housing affordability in the United States, <a href=";refresh=true" target="_blank">according</a> to <em>The Star Tribune</em>. As proposed, $800 million of the overall total would go toward the construction of 9.5 million new public housing units while the remainder will be used to finance a federal Housing Trust Fund used to fuel the construction of 2.5 million new affordable housing units by nonprofit and municipal entities, <em>The Huffington Post</em> <a href=";ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000016" target="_blank">reports</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Colorado Court Affordable Housing, designed by Brooks + Scarpa in Santa Monica, California. Image courtesy of Wikimedi...</figcaption></figure></figure> Complexity over clarity? What happens when we try to sound too "smart" Sean Joyner 2019-11-21T15:05:00-05:00 >2019-11-22T14:01:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Earlier this week, I&nbsp;was reading a brief for an exhibition at a well-known school of architecture and something stood out to me, something that seems to be a typical case in academic circles. I read this prompt, which was probably about 500 words. At the end, I&nbsp;had no idea what the exhibition was about. I read it a couple more times and finally got a general sense of what they were trying to say.&nbsp;</p> <p>The primary premise of the event could have been communicated in a clearer way, but because of the obscure word choice, bizarre passages, and melodramatic jargon, the purpose of this writing, which was to communicate the intent of the exhibition, became overwhelmingly lost.</p> Feynman, Einstein, and Occam's Razor <p>Once, David Goodstein, a colleague of the theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, said to the Nobel Prize recipient, "Dick, explain to me, so that I can understand it, why spin one-half particles obey Fermi-Dirac statistics." Feynman looked at Goodstein and said, "I'll prepare a fresh...</p> "Solar NIMBYism" is on the rise Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-21T13:56:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T13:57:16-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Renewable energy initiatives like building new wind and solar farms have multiplied as a global push to reinforce sustainability initiatives has taken off in recent years. However, despite the benefits for these necessary renewable energy plans, pushback from residents, as well as local governing agents, has grown in tandem.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Linda Poon of CityLab reports</a>,"The U.S. now has a total of 2 million solar panels&mdash;half of which were installed in just the last three years&mdash;capable of generating nearly 70 gigawatts [...] But while the American public increasingly supports expanding green energy, they often don't want to see the actual facilities that would generate that power."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Kristian Buus via/<a href="" target="_blank">10 10 Flickr</a></figcaption></figure><p>Poon reports that in both the West and East Coast regions of the U.S, Americans remain aggressively opposed the construction of new solar farms. Maybe these "anti-solar" attitudes are focused on aesthetics? For some, yes, but also, these concerns, according to the report, also tap ...</p> Don't miss the latest job listings from Handel Architects, Torti Gallas and Partners, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney, Peter Marino Architect, and Piechota Architecture Justine Testado 2019-11-21T10:45:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T14:00:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Are you a jobseeker who has set their sights on joining an established architecture practice? If you needed a starting point for your employment search, check out the latest <a href="" target="_blank">listings</a> from last week's Employer of the Day featured firms.</p> <p>Established in 1953 and as one of the largest firms dedicated to the principles of New Urbanism,&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Torti Gallas and Partners</a></strong> currently has multiple job openings. Their LA office is seeking a <a href="" target="_blank">Job Captain</a> with 4-7 years of experience, including multi-family residential, wood frame construction as well as a <a href="" target="_blank">Project Architect</a> with&nbsp;7-10 years of experience in multifamily residential projects. Over at their Silver Spring, MD office, they're hiring a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Senior Architect</a> with a minimum of 7 years experience in construction phase services for multi-family, mixed-use projects.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tribeca by Torti Gallas and Partners. Image via Torti Gallas and Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>Founded in New York City in 1994, <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Handel Architects</a></strong> is currently seeking an energetic, dedicated <a href="" target="_blank">BIM Coordinator</a> who w...</p> Ohio University's Schoonover Center to don new educational green roof Sean Joyner 2019-11-20T18:45:00-05:00 >2019-11-20T18:02:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Students may soon have the opportunity to grow plants on top of Schoonover Center, once construction of the green roof is completed...The green roof, which furthers Ohio University&rsquo;s commitment to sustainability, will serve three purposes: research, education and outreach, all through a cross-disciplinary lens.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The idea for the project began with Kim Thompson, an assistant professor of instruction in the department of environmental and plant biology, reports&nbsp;<em>The Post.</em> Currently, more than 50 students, faculty members, and other individuals are involved in the project.</p><p>Natalie Kruse Daniels, associate professor of environmental studies and director of Ohio University's environmental studies program, told&nbsp;<em>The Post, </em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking at large scale development of green infrastructure that&rsquo;s going to be accessible to classes and incorporate that data into lesson plans. And students will gain experience that will help them become professionals.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br></p> USGBC embraces "regenerative" approach, LEED certification for existing buildings Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-20T18:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T14:00:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At the recent&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;in Atlanta, the U.S. Green Building Council (<a href="" target="_blank">USGBC</a>) unveiled its vision for the new&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">LEED Positive initiative</a>, a vision that embraces a series of subtle changes to the group's approach to building certification standards.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mahesh&nbsp;Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC, writes in a press release, "<a href="" target="_blank">LEED</a>&nbsp;must evolve qualitatively and quantitatively. Qualitatively, it must transition from strategies that reduce the harm done by buildings to strategies that cause no harm and are regenerative by design, ensuring our buildings are actually giving back more than they take. And quantitatively it will need to accelerate and increase its impact ten to a hundred-fold."</p> <p>The refined perspective means that LEED will now place an added focus on requiring "new construction to go further" as an industry-wide effort to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">decarbonize the building sector</a>&nbsp;gets off the ground. The program will also "push existing buildings with high energy usage to su...</p> Green superhighway plan wins World Architecture Festival prize in Dubai Sean Joyner 2019-11-20T17:30:00-05:00 >2019-11-20T16:40:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This is by far the busiest road in Dubai, the site of frequent, epic traffic jams that are infamous among commuters...But an ambitious new proposal would see a stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road transformed into an "urban living room" with fumes and congestion giving way to a green, pedestrianized oasis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project, titled&nbsp;<em>X-Space</em> was designed by architects <a href="" target="_blank">Mouaz Abouzaid</a> and Dima Faraj, and recently won the World Architecture Festival's (WAF) top prize in the Smart Cities category, reports CNN. The two-level project seeks to expand area for pedestrians while reducing area for automobiles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Occupying only one kilometer of the highway, the architects envision "a ground level consisting of gardens, trees, and open space, and an upper level with leisure facilities such as cafes and gyms."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure> Calling all landscape architects and designers! Check out these 7 firms currently hiring on Archinect Jobs Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-20T16:35:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T14:00:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A profession that balances art, design, science, and environmental stewardship, landscape architecture allows designers and architects to create environments that can facilitate positive and regenerative environmental and social outcomes within the built environment.</p> <p>If you're passionate about planning, managing, and analyzing landscapes through design, check out these 7 firms seeking to hire the right candidates to join their team.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Studio AKA.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Studio AKA</strong></a><strong> seeks a <a href="" target="_blank">Landscape Designer/Architect</a><br>Location: Washington, D.C.</strong><br>Studio AKA is a small but nimble design practice located in Capitol Hill. They are seeking a self-motivated entry-level landscape designer or part-time mid-level landscape designer with a passion for imagining creative, sustainable solutions to tough urban problems. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree or master's degree in landscape architecture, civil engineering, horticulture, or urban planning as well as proficiency with Adobe suite, CAD, rhino...</p> How our demand for sand fuels a violent global black market Alexander Walter 2019-11-20T16:22:00-05:00 >2019-11-20T16:39:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The demand for that material is so intense that around the world, riverbeds and beaches are being stripped bare, and farmlands and forests torn up to get at the precious grains. And in a growing number of countries, criminal gangs have moved in to the trade, spawning an often lethal black market in sand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writing for <em>BBC Future</em>, Vince Beiser explains how sand &mdash; a very specific kind of sand &mdash; has become the second most consumed natural resource on the planet, fueling global environmental destruction, criminal enterprises, and even "<a href="" target="_blank">sand wars</a>."</p> <p>"The demand for that material is so intense that around the world, riverbeds and beaches are being stripped bare, and farmlands and forests torn up to get at the precious grains," Beiser writes. "And in a growing number of countries, criminal gangs have moved in to the trade, spawning an often lethal black market in sand."<br></p> Can Concentrated Solar Power help concrete and steel manufacturers reign in carbon emissions? Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-20T15:55:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T14:00:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Can Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology help industrial manufacturing facilities reduce their carbon footprints?</p> <p>A <a href="" target="_blank">recent report by Vox</a> shines a light on what had until recently, been considered a somewhat defunct solar energy generation approach. Concentrated Solar Power is harnessed by fields of mirrors that focus the sun's rays on to towers that then use the heat to turn water into steam. The steam turns a turbine that generates electricity. In recent years, CSP technology has been losing ground in most of the world, according to the report, due to breakthroughs in solar panel design and fabrication that have brought the cost of such technologies to historic lows.&nbsp;</p> <p>The report highlights a recent breakthrough by the company Heliogen that could reinvigorate the industry, however.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rather than deploying massive arrays, as is commonly the case with CSP facilities, the company operates a series of smaller mirrored assemblies that make use of incredibly sophisticated calibration ...</p> AI-focused "College of Computing" coming to MIT with $1 billion endowment Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-20T12:14:00-05:00 >2019-11-20T12:15:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>MIT will create a new college that combines AI, machine learning, and data science with other academic disciplines. It is the largest financial investment in AI by any US academic institution to date.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MIT</a>&rsquo;s new <a href="" target="_blank">artificial intelligence</a>-focused Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will "create 50 new faculty positions and numerous fellowships for graduate students," according to the<em> MIT Technology Review</em>.&nbsp;The school&nbsp;is set to debut in September 2020, first in existing buildings and later in its own facilities.&nbsp; Schwarzman is the CEO and co-founder of <a href="" target="_blank">multinational private equity and financial firm Blackstone Group</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>MIT Technology Review</em>&nbsp;notes that one of the focuses of the new college will be to encourage students and researchers to think about the potential impact of computing and AI, both in terms of innovation and ethics.&nbsp;</p> Lyft deployed 200 long-range electric vehicles into its Denver rental fleet Sean Joyner 2019-11-20T11:03:00-05:00 >2019-11-20T11:03:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Lyft recently announced that it deployed 200 long-range electric vehicles (EVs) into its Express Drive program in Denver. The Express Drive program operates in nearly three dozen U.S. cities and allows drivers to rent vehicles through Lyft's partners instead of committing to longer-term options such as leasing or buying their own.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <em>Smart Cities Dive</em>, the effort is part of Lyft's larger plan for a fully electrified fleet. The vehicles will be available this December.</p> First photos of Zaha Hadid Architects' newly opened Leeza SOHO tower (and the world's tallest atrium) Alexander Walter 2019-11-19T21:07:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T14:47:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Beijing's latest, hotly anticipated skyscraper opened to the public today: the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed <a href="" target="_blank">Leeza SOHO</a> tower already made a big splash in architectural media long before it was even finished with its 623-foot-tall, full-height atrium (the world's tallest) and spectacular, Piranesiesque <a href="" target="_blank">construction photos</a> of the, then still rising, structural skeleton.</p> <p>The 45-story tower development marks the anchor for the new Beijing Fengtai business district, a growing financial and transport hub outside of the city center and closer to the recently opened, and also ZHA-designed, <a href="" target="_blank">Beijing Daxing International Airport</a> to the south. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure> That Atrium! <p>"Leeza SOHO&rsquo;s site is diagonally dissected by an underground subway service tunnel," explains project description from ZHA. "Straddling this tunnel, the tower&rsquo;s design divides its volume into two halves enclosed by a single facade shell. The emerging space between these two halves extends the full height of the tower, creatin...</p> Trahan Architects unveils renderings for Superdome renovation in New Orleans Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-19T15:58:00-05:00 >2019-11-19T20:00:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a> has unveiled renderings for a recently approved $450 million upgrade package for the historic Superdome football stadium in New Orleans.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Superdome, one of the few remaining Modernist football stadiums from the post-World War II era, was designed by local New Orleans firm <a href="" target="_blank">Curtis and Davis</a> in 1975 and is considered among the more iconic structures in the city. The building is topped by the largest single-span dome in the country, reports, and was last upgraded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Those renovations, as it turns out, were also carried out by Trahan Architects.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>The stadium's existing ramp system will be replaced with new entrance atria. Image courtesy of Trahan Architects.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Trey Trahan, founder and CEO of the firm tells <a href=";utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=user-share" target="_blank"></a>,&nbsp;"The strategy here has been to enhance the quality of experience for the spectator at all levels: general seats, club, the suites, and now there is going to be SROs [Standing Room Only zones]."</p> <p>The 76,000-seat Me...</p> Boring Co. begins underground construction on Las Vegas peoplemover Sean Joyner 2019-11-19T15:28:00-05:00 >2019-11-19T15:28:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Elon Musk's tunneling company, The Boring Co. (TBC),&#8203; will begin underground construction on a tunnel for a tram system at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, Nov. 15. The people mover project is contracted at $52.5 million and scheduled to be completed in January 2021, in time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The company projects that the tunnel loop will move 4,400 passengers per hour.&nbsp;According to&nbsp;<em>Construction Dive,&nbsp;</em>aboveground work on stations and stops began last month, after TBC's boring machine was assembled on site.&nbsp;</p> OMA breaks ground on new twin tower complex in Brooklyn Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-19T13:54:00-05:00 >2019-11-20T16:24:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Office of Metropolitan Architecture (<a href="" target="_blank">OMA</a>) New York office and developers Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group have broken ground on a new 745-unit, dual tower complex on the Greenpoint waterfront in Brooklyn.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of OMA/Bloom. </figcaption></figure><p>The housing towers, rising to 300- and 400-feet respectively, feature 8,600 square feet of ground floor retail spaces that connect to a new one-acre extension of the burough's waterfront park system.&nbsp;</p> <p>The complex brings more than 40,000 square feet of new public green spaces designed by <a href="" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> to the district, according to a press release. Part of the plan includes extending an existing street that currently dead-ends into the site through the project, completing a broad esplanade that connects the waterfront to the inner reaches of Brooklyn. The portion of the site that will contain the new street is being donated to the city in perpetuity by the development team.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of OMA/Bloom. </figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to beg...</p> Architects reimagine domestic space in the 2019 HOME Competition Justine Testado 2019-11-19T13:26:00-05:00 >2019-11-19T13:26:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>How will the concept of home be redefined in the future? Arch out loud's yearly <a href="" target="_blank">HOME Competition</a> showcases some of the ideas brewing in the minds of today's architects and designers, who were invited to&nbsp;speculate the ways that new technological, political, environmental and cultural changes are reshaping the spaces we live in.</p><p>The results of the 2019 competition have been announced, with&nbsp;one project being crowned the overall winner as well as recipients for the Innovation Award, Adaptability Award, and Pragmatic Award.<br></p><p><strong>Overall winner:&nbsp;"International Ceramics Friendship Park&rdquo;<br>Participants: Alex Reed &amp; Dutra Brown <br>Location: Los Angeles, USA</strong></p> How To Craft an Effective Job Ad: Curate Your Image Sean Joyner 2019-11-19T09:19:00-05:00 >2019-11-21T12:18:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the hunt for new team members, an ideal aim for most firms is to establish oneself as a kind of <em>talent magnet.</em> Quality response from quality candidates is an ideal outcome for any <a href="" target="_blank">job advertisement</a>. A crucial aspect in achieving this is in the representation of one's public image. A firm must craft a thoughtfully curated picture of who they are, allowing job seekers to acquire a deeper understanding of its internal character.&nbsp;</p> <p>The outer image of your firm, especially if you aren't relatively well-known, will have an inadvertent influence on the results of your job ad. When a prospective team member stumbles upon your new opportunity, they are going to investigate your practice. Let's look at three mediums that can accompany your job advertisement, these will serve as supplemental "materials" to strengthen your pursuit for new talent.</p> Optimize your Archinect Firm profile <p>The best way to provide a seamless experience for job seekers is to ensure you have a completed <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Firm ...</a></p> Moshe Safdie-designed Raffles City Chongqing​ now (partially) open Alexander Walter 2019-11-18T20:06:00-05:00 >2019-11-18T20:17:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At a total investment of 24 billion yuan (S$4.65 billion), the 1.12 million square metre (sq m) Raffles City Chongqing is Singapore&rsquo;s largest single development in China. In addition to the 235,000 sq m retail podium, the integrated development comprises the 201 unit Ascott Raffles City Chongqing serviced residence, 380 room InterContinental Raffles City Chongqing hotel, 150,000 sq m of Grade A office space and 1,400 luxury residential apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="" target="_blank">reaching structural completion</a> only a few months ago, the <a href="" target="_blank">Safdie Architects</a>-designed $3.4 billion <a href="" target="_blank">Raffles City Chongqing</a> megadevelopment recently celebrated its phased opening. An earlier September soft opening of the enormous five-story shopping mall reportedly attracted a whopping 900,000 people in one weekend, <a href="" target="_blank">according</a> to the Singapore-based developer CapitaLand.</p> <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, Raffles City Chongqing is sited upon the historic Chaotianmen Gate, originally built in 314 BC. Integrated with a transportation hub, it includes a subway station, bus interchange, ferry terminal and cruise center&mdash;continuing the site&rsquo;s long history as one of the busiest docks in China. #Chongqing #capitaland #rafflescitychongqing #safdiearchitects #chaotianmen #moshesafdie</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Safdie Architects</a> (@safdiearchitects) on Jul 23, 2019 at 1:50pm PDT<br><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">record-setting sky bridge</a>, similar to but bigger a...</p>