Archinect - News 2018-12-15T22:40:05-05:00 MIT School of Architecture to move into Diller Scofidio + Renfro-renovated warehouse Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-15T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T22:27:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;A project of this scale and complexity, which demands a design sensibility informed by both art and technology &mdash; along with a deep understanding of architecture education as well as the role of public space &mdash; is made for a firm like DS+R,&rdquo; says Hashim Sarkis, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The MIT school of architecture</a>, which has long been dispersed across the campus, will soon have a central base in a large brick warehouse across the street on Massachusetts Avenue. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>, the New York-based architecture firm responsible for Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and Moscow's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaryadye Park</a>, have recently been announced as the project leader for the renovation of Met Warehouse.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>DS+R's Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Image: Boston Magazine.</figcaption></figure><p>According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT News</a>, "the proposed renovations would preserve the structure&rsquo;s distinctive external features and create 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art interior spaces including classrooms, studios, workshops, galleries, and an auditorium." The conceptual design work has yet to be developed.</p> Bionic construction worker: robotic exoskeleton coming in 2020 Alexander Walter 2018-12-14T14:40:00-05:00 >2018-12-15T17:20:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An electric exoskeleton that enables the wearer to lift 90kg for extended periods has been introduced by US firm Sarcos, and is due to be commercially available in 2020. [...] The Guardian XO Max has a strength amplification of 20 to 1, making 45kg feel like 2.3kg. The full weight of the suit and anything being carried is transferred through the suit&rsquo;s structure to the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the manufacturer, American robotics firm Sarcos, the untethered suit's batteries last for up to eight hours on a single charge.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Prototype of the Guardian XO Max industrial exoskeleton. Image: Sarcos.</figcaption></figure> 10 new architectural designs we liked this week Alexander Walter 2018-12-14T13:21:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T13:37:47-05:00 <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 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architect Sure!</em></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">National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts</a> in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>; Photo: Iwan Baan<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">Black Rock</a> in Bielsko-Biala, Poland by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MUS architects</a>; Photo: Tomasz Zakrzewski<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">Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter's College, University of Oxford</a> in Oxford, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Engine Architects</a>; Photo: Jim Stephenson<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">Lumen at Beacon Park</a> in Detroit, MI by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Touloukian Touloukian Inc.</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">ROW DTLA</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</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">National Trade Center</a> in Taichung, Taiwan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aedas</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">Lake Austin Residence</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parallel 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">Medog Meteorological Center</a> in Tibet, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EID Architecture</a>; Pho...</p> Kohn Pederson Fox Associates' Lotte World Tower in South Korea wins Emporis Skyscraper award Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-14T13:08:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T13:46:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 123-story Lotte World Tower in Seoul has received one of the world's top prizes for very tall buildings. On Thursday, the <a href="" target="_blank">Emporis Skyscraper Award</a>, which recognizes&nbsp;outstanding skyscraper design worldwide, announced the tallest completed building in South Korea as the winner alongside nine other commended projects.</p><p>Designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Kohn Pederson Fox Associates</a>, the 555-meter-high tower features the world's highest glass-bottomed observation deck as well as the world's tallest and fastest double-decker elevator, the Sky Shuttle, which travels at a record-breaking 600 meters per minute. Since opening last April, the building has become a major tourist attraction and a popular shooting location.</p><p>The glass and steel high-rise, which boasts a sleek, tapered design, was inspired by traditional Korean arts like calligraphy and ceramics. The jury noted its soft and natural dynamism, commenting that "the design combines modern elements with classical forms from Korea's art and cultural history,...</p> Win a copy of “Reprogramming the City”, a book that explores new possibilities in existing city design Justine Testado 2018-12-14T13:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T19:17:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Time for a book giveaway! Archinect readers have a chance to win a copy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Reprogramming the City&rdquo;</a>. Authored by&nbsp;writer and urban strategist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Burnham</a> and designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samantha Altieri</a>, this new book presents a collection of real-world examples of how existing urban elements can be redesigned to perform alternate functions or even take on completely new roles in the city.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chapter 2: Shelter + Housing. Photo credit: Reprogramming the City.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chapter 4: Energy + Ecology. Photo credit: Reprogramming the City.</figcaption></figure><p>The 214-page book features over 40 projects based in numerous cities across 17 countries &mdash; from billboards in Lima that were repurposed to generate clean drinking water, to bus shelters in Ume&aring;, Sweden that swapped their advertising lights for light-therapy tubes to give commuters a mood boost during the dark winter months. Projects are thematically organized into five chapters: Food and Water; Shelter and Housing; Health and Wellbeing; Energy and Ecology; and Renewal and Recovery....</p> Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out Bustler Editors 2018-12-14T11:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T17:40:56-05:00 <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. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.</p> Minneapolis, Tackling Housing Crisis and Inequity, Votes to End Single-Family Zoning b3tadine[sutures] 2018-12-14T00:36:00-05:00 >2018-12-15T21:27:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a bold move to address its affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices, Minneapolis has decided to eliminate single-family zoning, a classification that has long perpetuated segregation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Brutal Coffee ~ another week, another roasting... and new bags! Paul Petrunia 2018-12-13T20:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T13:37:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Our first week's batch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal coffee</a> sold out quickly, and people are LOVING it. We have a new batch of freshly roasted beans in this week, with our new bags.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're in the LA area, swing by our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">holiday party</a> this Saturday afternoon to try out our Guatemala and Brazil single-origins, and stay for some smognog (for grownups only), kids drinks and shopping while all of our inventory will be on a brief sale, from 10-50% off!</p> <p>Not in LA?&nbsp;You can still order our products (including Brutal coffee) from our new online store at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> The winning ideas of the Great Kemeri Bog Visitor Center competition Justine Testado 2018-12-13T19:20:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T19:20:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architects across the globe sent their most creative ideas for a <a href="" target="_blank">new visitor center</a> in western Latvia's Kemeri National Park. Following <a href="" target="_blank">the Kemeri Park Observation Tower competition</a>, entrants in this competition were tasked with&nbsp;designing a Great Kemeri Bog Visitor Center, whose program had to include an info center with a cafe and ticket window, a camping site with access to bathroom facilities, a children's playground, and parking for 100 vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>The competition concluded with three prize winners, a Student Award, Green Award, and six honorable mentions. Since there's a possibility that the visitor center will be built, submissions&nbsp;were judged for their integration within the park, sensitivity to the environment, the use of sustainable materials, and constructability.</p><p>Have a look at the prize-winning proposals below.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1st place: Jan Tomas Ciesla, Iva Pot&#367;&#269;kov&aacute;, Miroslav Kra&#769;tky&#769; | Czech Republic</strong><br></p> Portugal issues collector coin for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto Moura Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-13T17:41:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T13:37:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;Portuguese mint and National press has released new coins in honor of the country's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>-winning architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eduardo Souto de Moura</a>. Known for his stadium in Braga, Portugal and his House Number Two in Bom Jesus, Portugal, the 66 year-old architect is often praised for his ability to blend drama with his thoughtful use of colors and materials.</p> <p>The coin to honor Souto de Moura has been designed by another Portuguese architect, and fellow Pritzker winner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvaro Siza</a>. The design focuses on nature and construction, with one side featuring a stylized depiction of his&nbsp;Igreja de Santa Maria in&nbsp;Marco de Canavese, and the other, an abstract line drawing of a tree.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, a coin designed by Eduardo Suoto de Moura was released to honor Siza. This year's release continues the Banco de Portugal's "Portuguese Architecture" series.&nbsp;</p> Meditative pavilion designed by Francis Kéré for Montana's Tippet Rise Art Center soon to break ground Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-13T14:33:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T13:38:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Montana's sprawling, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10,000 acre sculpture and music park</a> will soon begin construction on a permanent pavilion designed by the Berlin-based Burinab&eacute; architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a>. The commission for Tippet Rise Art Center, which will kick off their 2019 Summer concert season, will help fund&nbsp;the construction of a new school in K&eacute;r&eacute;'s hometown of Gando.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wooden pavilion is derived from&nbsp;K&eacute;r&eacute;'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Serpentine Pavilion</a>&nbsp;and his 2015 canopy structure for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It is inspired by the traditional togunas of the Dogon culture of Mali and will be constructed of locally and sustainably sourced ponderosa and lodgepole pine. Described by the architect as creating a "rain of light" effect, the structure will offer visitors a space to gather, contemplate the views, and/or meditate.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Naaba Belem Goumma Secondary School.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;At Tippet Rise, we want the buildings to have the material and formal integrity of sculptures and the sculptures to have the scale and presence of a...</p> Check out Snøhetta's updated AT&T Building renovation proposal Alexander Walter 2018-12-13T13:53:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T13:38:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A year after Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s first attempt at renovating Olayan America and Chelsfield&rsquo;s office tower at 550 Madison Avenue ended in controversy and eventual landmarking, the architects are hoping their second attempt will be smoother.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The new proposal unveiled Tuesday features three stories of retail at the ground level and a new opening in the rear facade to allow sight lines from Madison Avenue into a new open-air garden that will replace the currently enclosed galleria," reports <em>The Real Deal&nbsp;</em>about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>'s reworked approach after last year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initial proposal</a> to renovate the Philip Johnson and John Burgee-designed 550 Madison Avenue tower&mdash;formerly known as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Building</a>, a&nbsp;1984 icon of Postmodernism&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ignited a passionate debate</a> among&nbsp;architects, preservationists, and critics. The building <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was ultimately granted</a> landmark protection in July 2018.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure><p>"Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s design for the rear of the building (west side) would provide the community with a vibrant green space that will be 50% larger than the current public space," reads a project statement on the architects' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure><p>"Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s updated design will preserve and revitalize the landmark tower, undo past renovations that compromi...</p> Renzo Piano-Designed Miami Beach Penthouse Could Set Florida Record at $68 Million Archinect 2018-12-13T12:45:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T17:32:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As Art Basel kicks off this week in Miami the city has a new listing to boast about that comes with everything you would expect for the highest-priced penthouse in the area right now: a celebrity architect, more square footage than its competitors, ocean views that go on forever and, of course, an unusual luxury amenity...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> William J. Bates inaugurated as 2019 AIA President Justine Testado 2018-12-12T19:36:00-05:00 >2018-12-12T19:36:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following the announcement of his appointment <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2017</a>, architect William J. Bates was inaugurated as the 2019 President of the AIA last Friday, December 7.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bates recently retired from the&nbsp;Eat&rsquo;n Park Hospitality Group, where he worked as the vice president of real estate and oversaw the restaurant growth division. He was the AIA&rsquo;s 2018 vice president, and has been a member of the Institute's Board of Directors since 2011.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having plenty of leadership experience, his previous roles include serving as the president of AIA Pennsylvania in 1991 and 2010,&nbsp;vice president and chair of the AIA Board Community Committee from 2015-2016, and the president of the AIA Pittsburgh chapter in 1987. He has chaired boards for the Design Center Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation, and the Green Building Alliance. To add to that, Bates was also an adjunct professor at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carnegie Mellon</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;During my tenure as your president, and thereafter, I will focus on helping to make our profession o...</p> Creating a mini building at your desk never seemed more fun Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-12T18:58:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T17:38:28-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Now featured in our Downtown LA&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">retail store</a> and online at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a>, these miniature building materials will make your other office mates jealous. <br></p> <p>The team at Mini Materials have created scaled construction toys that not only look amazing but are functional just like their life size counterparts. A perfect desk accessory or a neat gift for the building fanatic in your life, Mini Materials creates a wonderful take on making construction materials available and accessible for all to enjoy.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>1:6 Scale Mini Red Bricks (24pk + Pallet) Image &copy; Mini Materials</figcaption></figure><p>Made of actual concrete and brick materials, these miniature building pieces look and feel like the real thing. Available in an assortment of sizes and material types building enthusiasts can purchase cinder blocks, bricks, lumber, even a mini jersey barrier. <br></p> <p>The founders of Mini Materials started their venture in 2015 after noticing that "the world was lacking realistic versions of the most common building materials used tod...</p> Check out some of the amazing projects nominated for the EU Mies Award Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-12T16:43:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T12:02:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>383 architectural works have been nominated for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture&mdash;<a href="" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe Award</a>, which&nbsp;recognizes top-notch design excellence and significant contributions from European architectural professionals. Established by the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall in 1987, the biennial award is considered to be the highest honor in European architecture for works completed within the past two years.</p><p>In 2017, the award went to the <a href="" target="_blank">renovation of a historic housing megablock in Amsterdam</a>,&nbsp;highlighting the challenges of housing and heritage. For 2019, the Prize will continue this dialogue with 24% of its nominations intervening with heritage works and another 14% built in historic contexts.&nbsp;</p><p>Spanning from Portugal on the west, and Tbilisi on the east, projects this year hail from 38 different countries, with Armenia, Kosovo and Tunisia competing for the first time this year. With 27 projects, Spain has the highest number of built works ...</p> Itching to move west? Here are 10 west coast firms still looking for the perfect candidate Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-12T15:20:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T13:35:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With 2018 slowly coming to a close, firms are prepping for the new year. This week Archinect has picked <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">west coast</a>-based firms who are still searching for the perfect candidate to join their team. Ranging from four major cities along the west coast, check out firms hiring in&nbsp;<a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2056156&amp;location=San+Francisco%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2054699&amp;location=Los+Angeles%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2139952&amp;location=Portland%2C+OR%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>, and <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=2176840&amp;location=Seattle%2C+WA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Laurel Heights - Noa Design + Construction Image &copy; Nicole Franzen</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Noa Design + Construction</a> seeks an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Designer</a> in San Francisco</strong><br><em>Candidate must have experience in high end residential projects.&nbsp; The designer position requires exemplary design skills and proficiency in detailing and in the technical fundamentals of architecture and interior design. The architectural designer will work under the direct supervision of a senior designer collaborating on all phases of design, production, and on-site administration. This position requires the ability to work within all phases of design and construction. As a major component our work focuses on integrating de...</em></p> 'Ultra-prime' real estate market with $25M+ properties shows no sign of slowing Alexander Walter 2018-12-12T13:48:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T13:52:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A new report by real estate agency Knight Frank finds that 153 properties in six cities&rsquo; &ldquo;ultra-prime&rdquo; category sold for a combined total of $6.6 billion in the last year, or an average of $43 million per house. Hong Kong led the world in sales over $25 million, followed by New York, then London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Market slowdown? What market slowdown? While the real estate sector in the U.S. and certain global regions (looking at you, Brexit-y London) is seeing signs of cooling, including the upper-scale segment, there has been no significant impact on the uppest-scale cream slice of the industry with ultra-luxury properties worth $25 million and up, according to the new study <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Global Ultra-Prime Market 2019</a></em> from&nbsp;real estate consulting firm Knight Frank.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Bailey&rsquo;s team identified 129,730 people on the planet with more than $50 million in investable assets in 2017," reports <em>Bloomberg</em>. "They saw consistent participation from those individuals in the ultra-prime market in just 17 geographic sales areas."</p> The Holland Tunnel holiday decorations have people very annoyed Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-12T13:05:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T20:23:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Port Authority's holiday decorations for the Holland Tunnel toll lanes have commuters outraged. For one local motorist, the failed attempt at festivity is so annoying that he even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">started a petition</a> to have the display altered. As of Wednesday morning, over 1,200 supporters have signed on.&nbsp;</p> <p>The issue is less to do with the decorations themselves, and more about their obviously incorrect placement. Workers adorned the Jersey-side tolls' signage with wreaths and a tree. But, instead of placing the tree ornament over the appropriately shaped letter 'A,' it was positioned over the letter 'N,' much to everyone's chagrin.&nbsp;</p> <p>The clearly off-kilter display has Cody Windelspecht, who created the petition calling for its alteration, describing the arrangement as an "OCD Nightmare." &nbsp;</p> <p>"I look at it and it makes me itch. It gives me anxiety and anger&mdash;why wouldn&rsquo;t they just put [the tree] in front of the A?"&nbsp;he&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">told</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;<em>New York Post</em>, adding that one guy he talked to "avoids the Ho...</p> Renzo Piano's new Bay Area mall creates modern public space for the suburbs Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-12T09:20:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T19:22:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>He designed the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shard</a> in London and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou</a> in Paris, but for his latest project, Italian architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a> has taken his impressive legacy to the unsuspecting city of San Ramon in order to build a suburban shopping center.&nbsp;</p> <p>Completed for a reported cost of $300 million, City Center Bishop Ranch is located in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area</a> suburb, about a 45 minute drive from San Francisco. Retail spaces have begun opening their doors, and one can expect to find mall staples like Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma coexisting alongside Bay Area favorites such as the Slanted Door&mdash;the famed San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant&mdash;and local brewery Fieldwork Brewing Co.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Nic Lehoux</figcaption></figure><p>As the latest champion of a new kind of mall culture, the creators conceived of Bishop Ranch, not just as a luxury shopping complex, but as a downtown area and modern public space for the suburbs. "We're trying to avoid the traditional sort of shopping center model and create a place that feels a little bit more endear...</p> How New York won Amazon: See the official proposals for each NYC neighborhood Dana Schulz 2018-12-11T20:36:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T22:08:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Officials lured Amazon to New York with an extensive pitch, complete with four suggested neighborhoods. In exchange for 25,000 new jobs, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are offering Amazon nearly $3 billion in incentives. And while Amazon selected the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City as its new home, officials had proposed bringing Amazon&rsquo;s campus to the Farley Building, 3 World Trade Center, Brooklyn Height&rsquo;s Watchtower building, Bjarke Ingels&rsquo; The Spiral, and even Governors Island.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Downtown LA's beloved Parker Center Tower to be demolished Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-11T18:26:00-05:00 >2018-12-14T01:24:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Monday, the giant claw of a large piece of machinery tore away at one of the walls of Parker Center, the former headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department. Vacant since 2013, [Parker Center Tower] will be cleared out and a 27-story high-rise will take its place, holding offices for city employees and services that are now spread across multiple buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles has an unfortunate history of erasing its not too-distant past, and it continues to show no mercy to the era of hard-edged modernism. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parker Center Tower</a>, one such building the Downtown Los Angeles, is the most recent to suffer from the city's need to tear itself down and reimagine its future.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Parker Center Tower, 1954. Photographer unknown." title="Parker Center Tower, 1954. Photographer unknown."></a></p></figure><p>Completed in 1954, Parker Center Tower is one of the few modernist buildings Downtown. It was the official headquarters for the Los Angeles police department from 1954 until 2009, at which point the department moved into the sleek AECOM-designed building on First and Main.</p> <p>The demolition of Parker Center Tower is an unfortunate reminder that, without the proper permitting, few buildings of significant architectural value are truly saved from the wrecking ball in Los Angeles.</p> Plans for aerial tram connecting LA's Dodger Stadium with Union Station move forward Alexander Walter 2018-12-11T13:22:00-05:00 >2018-12-11T13:24:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Metro CEO Phil Washington announced Thursday that the agency had signed a letter of intent with a company called Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies that plans to build an aerial tram running between Union Station and the stadium. The letter will allow the agency to begin negotiations with the company in order to allow the proposal to move forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That crazy-sounding plan to shuttle thousands of baseball fans from Los Angeles Union Station to Dodger Stadium on game days has become slightly less crazy with Metro's decision to take a closer look at the lofty transportation scheme <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed earlier this year</a> by&nbsp;Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Potentially taking them out to the ball game (and back). Image: ARTT LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>Meanwhile <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brick</a> guy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a> has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed his own</a> (not entirely uncontroversial) transit plan for Los Angeles in the hope of alleviating the recurring traffic mess that stifles Dodger Stadium-adjacent neighborhoods on home-game days.</p> Archinect's 2018 Holiday Guide, Part 2: Gifts for Architects from the Archinect Outpost Archinect 2018-12-11T13:17:00-05:00 >2018-12-12T12:20:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since opening on June 15th,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a>, our online and retail store in Downtown Los Angeles, has exclusively been a purveyor of architectural periodicals and monographs. But as of this month, we have added a small selection of items that will hopefully delight the architecturally-spirited. From Archinect's own new line of coffee, to miniature cinder blocks, to half timber t-shirts, here is Archinect Outpost's gift guide for the holidays.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>All in-stock merchandise is available in our Downtown LA store and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online</a>. If you're outside of the USA, please contact us for shipping information.<strong> If you're in the LA&nbsp;area, make sure to swing by our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">holiday party at Archinect Outpost</a> this Saturday, from 11-3, for drinks, snacks, music, and sales!</strong></em></p> <p><strong>For your brutal all-nighter:</strong>&nbsp;At long last, Archinect's new coffee line, <em>Brutal</em>, is now available for purchase online and in store. Available either with with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guatemala Ceiba</a>'s notes of tobacco, plum and cane sugar or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil Yellow Diamond</a>'s al...</p> Winning results of the 9th edition ISARCH Awards Justine Testado 2018-12-11T12:56:00-05:00 >2018-12-11T12:56:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The ISARCH Awards competition has concluded its <a href="" target="_blank">9th edition</a> with the reveal of the winning submissions! The yearly competition invites current students and recent grads to contribute and debate architectural ideas and solutions with each other. A further objective of the awards is to encourage young people to participate in architectural debate, contributing their unique vision and opinions.</p><p>Following public voting and jury evaluations, three prize winners and 10 special mentions were selected. Scroll down to have a look at the top three winners.</p><p><strong>1st prize: &ldquo;Hotel Escala para Navegantes&rdquo; by Jorge Henr&iacute;quez Yanes</strong><br></p> The High Line Plinth will showcase public art as a gathering spot in the park’s newest section Devin Gannon 2018-12-10T16:43:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T16:44:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spur</a>, the last section of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>, extending east along 30th Street and ending above 10th Avenue, is scheduled to open in 2019. Unlike other sections of the park which are more linear and perfect for strolling, this section will feature a large-scale plaza for public programming and art and areas for seating and gathering. Anchoring the&nbsp;new section will be the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line Plinth</a>, one of the only sites in New York City with the purpose of featuring a rotating series of new contemporary public art commissions.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via Friends of the High Line</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York.</figcaption></figure><p>The concept was inspired by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fourth Plinth in London&rsquo;s Trafalgar Square</a>. Artists will have a unique platform for inspiring the public due to the scale and high visibility the new addition. Surrounded by open space with sweeping vistas all a...</p> Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi's plea for a Biological City Alexander Walter 2018-12-10T15:29:00-05:00 >2018-12-12T13:13:55-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&#8203;Unfortunately, we have since forgotten this soulful approach to architecture and design, following instead the prevailing planning model of big budgets, large-scale structures and isolated behaviors. Consequently, our habitations have become fragmented and we fail to see the city&rsquo;s infrastructure and life in an integrated way.&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Celebrated Indian architect and 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balkrishna Doshi</a>, pens a passionate <em>NYT</em> opinion piece in which he calls for a renewed harmony of human settlements with nature rather than pursuing more resource-consuming megastructures. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Balkrishna Doshi-designed Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 1977. Photo: Sanyam Bahga/Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>"In addition to such quietude, other aesthetic measures of settlements include grace, love, compassion and humility," Doshi writes. "To animate a settlement one must create humble and tender connections, which encourage humans to come together and to share and to feel themselves a part of a larger order, a part of Mother Earth."</p> Blair Kamin's 2018 best architecture moments in Chicago and the Midwest Alexander Walter 2018-12-10T14:27:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T14:34:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction cranes filled the skyline, but much of the best work in Chicago and the Midwest in 2018 was tucked away in settings far from the high-rise commercial maelstrom.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic, Blair Kamin, takes a look back and lists 2018's most notable architecture moments in the Windy City and the greater Midwest region, including the transformation of Eero Saarinen's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gateway Arch</a> landmark in St. Louis, the anticipated new home of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Center</a> planned by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the Tadao Ando-designed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wrightwood 659</a> art venue, and&nbsp;Studio Gang's energy-friendly&nbsp;Solstice apartment tower.</p> Anish Kapoor reaches settlement with NRA over usage of his iconic Cloud Gate sculpture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-10T14:21:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T11:59:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>British artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anish Kapoor</a> has reached a settlement with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NRA</a> for using his&nbsp;reflective Bean&nbsp;sculpture in one of their promotional videos. The ad, titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Violence of Laws</a>, had used images of modern architectural landmarks, such a Gehry's Disney Concert Hall, Piano's&nbsp;<em>New York Times&nbsp;</em>building, and Kapoor's Cloud Gate, as stand-ins of liberal elitism.</p> <p>In March, Kapoor condemned the non-profit which advocates for gun rights for their use of the image, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">filed a copyright infringement lawsuit</a> in the US District Court in Illinois later that summer. Reached out-of-court, the current settlement has the NRA agreeing to remove the image from their video. Further, Kapoor has asked the US gun lobby to donate $1 million to charities working with victims of gun violence such as Every Town for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Actions for Gun Sense in America.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press statement</a> released through Lisson Gallery, who represents the artist, Kapoor declared triumph over the NRA. "This is a victory...</p> New York-based Hou de Sousa creates Prismatic, a kaleidoscope spectacle Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-10T14:13:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T17:41:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you find yourself in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington, DC</a> in the upcoming month, a spectacle of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">light</a>, color, and form finds a temporary home in Georgetown Waterfront Park. Designed specifically for the park, New York-based architecture and design office <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hou de Sosa</a> creates a mesmerizing installation that provides a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kaleidoscope</a> effect. With the design process occurring in three phases, the duo uses a single box celluated by prisms starting from a center point to mimic the contextual features of the area. This technique allows for an array of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perspectives</a> that passersby can experience.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Prismatic &copy; Hou de Sousa</figcaption></figure><p>Appropriately named, <em>Prismatic</em> is an experience that allows for the public to immerse and explore within the multi-angular form. Using a moir&eacute; effect, the sculpture consists of iridescent cords woven through steel lattice. The gaps between the polychromatic cords are the key to creating this dynamic visual effect. Using the foreground as a contributing factor to the piece, visitors are able to wa...</p>