Archinect - News 2018-08-18T22:07:16-04:00 After struggling to find a buyer, the fate of Rosa Parks' home remains in limbo Justine Testado 2018-08-17T19:39:00-04:00 >2018-08-17T19:39:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For now, the austere structure&mdash;and everything it symbolizes about the African American experience&mdash;awaits for a buyer while it sits quietly in Guernsey&rsquo;s storage facility in upstate New York. As of this writing, the home&rsquo;s destiny looks promising if uncertain. &ldquo;There are 1,500 monuments to the Confederacy, which is absurd,&rdquo; Mendoza says. &ldquo;There are 76 monuments to the civil rights movement. Let this be the 77th.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Rosa Parks' Detroit home <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">went up for auction</a> a few weeks ago, the auction house Guernsey's struggled to find a buyer, despite the wide media attention the house has received.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;If all else fails, theatre and visual artist Robert Wilson and his Watermill Art Foundation in Long Island, New York, have also offered to take the house for a temporary exhibition. Another option, Mendoza says, is to take it back to Detroit,&rdquo; artnet reports.<br></p> <p><br></p> Transparent Value; A Conversation with Architecture Lobby's Peggy Deamer and Shota Vashakmadze Archinect 2018-08-17T18:30:00-04:00 >2018-08-17T18:35:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this latest issue of the Archinect&nbsp;Sessions podcast Ken, Paul and Donna talk with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peggy Deamer</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shota&nbsp;Vashakmadze</a>, from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Lobby</a>. For those of you unfamiliar, the Architecture Lobby is a non-profit organization run by and for architectural workers that advocate for the value of architecture to the public, and for the value of architectural work within the industry. The Lobby is rooted in a 10-point manifesto:<br></p> <ol><li>Enforce labor laws that prohibit unpaid internships, unpaid overtime; refuse unpaid competitions. </li><li>Reject fees based on percentage of construction or hourly fees and instead calculate value based on the money we save our clients or gain them. </li><li>Stop peddling a product&ndash;buildings&ndash;and focus on the unique value architects help realize through spatial services. </li><li>Enforce wage transparency across the discipline. </li><li>Establish a union for architects, designers, academics, and interns in architecture and design. </li><li>Demystify the architect as solo creative genius; no honors for ...</li></ol> Artists reimagine monuments celebrating the Confederacy Hope Daley 2018-08-17T16:02:00-04:00 >2018-08-17T16:02:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After the tragedy, [a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va.] and another honoring Stonewall Jackson were shrouded, but only temporarily. Around the country, similar monuments have been removed. In some cases, only their pedestals remain. We asked artists to contemplate these markers of our country&rsquo;s racist and violent history &mdash; the space they take up, physically and psychically &mdash; and imagine what should happen when they are gone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Around the US many statues and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monuments celebrating racism</a> in our country's history have been removed, either partially or fully. The question currently remains on what we as a culture should do concerning the spaces these <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">historical monuments</a> inhabit[ed]. The New York Times asked artists to reimagine these spaces as possibilities for the future.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Reimagined monument by Studio Ijeoma and Michael Yarinsky Design. Image: Studio Ijeoma/Michael Yarinsky Design.</figcaption></figure><p>Studio Ijeoma and Michael Yarinsky Design proposed a spiraling structure around the remaining pedestal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">where a&nbsp;Robert E. Lee monument in New Orleans once stood</a>. The design includes staining the pedestal with colors corresponding to the years of slavery, segregation, and inequity in US history.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Reimagined monument by Studio Ijeoma and Michael Yarinsky Design. Image: Studio Ijeoma/Michael Yarinsky Design.</figcaption></figure><p>Located atop the spiraling stairs is a glass sky room where participants are able to stand where the Confederate general's stat...</p> Watch an urban planner play SimCity with real world commentary Hope Daley 2018-08-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T11:46:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In this extended short, City Beautiful takes on the old school classic SimCity from the perspective of a professional planner 20 years later. Along the way, City Beautiful provides pertinent observations of game play versus reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban planner</a> Stephen Fesler circles back around to the game that sparked his passion as a kid playing computer games. An advocate for sustainable living and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">diverse cities</a>, Fesler plays through the old school <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SimCity</a> game providing relevant insights learned over the years in his career.&nbsp;</p> Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out Bustler Editors 2018-08-17T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-17T12:27:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">architecture competitions</a>&nbsp;launching worldwide on any given week &mdash; let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">competition submissions</a>&nbsp;that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.</p> Architectural Record Announces 2018 Women in Architecture Award Winners Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-16T18:39:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T18:39:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Five years ago,&nbsp;<em>Architectural Record</em>&nbsp;launched its annual Women in Architecture Awards as a way to spotlight pioneering women pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity in design. Their achievements often overlooked in a profession still struggling with pervasive gender discrimination, the awards recognize five American architects who have contributed&nbsp;to women's increasingly&nbsp;visible role in the field. Today, the outlet <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> the winners of its 2018 awards, who span&nbsp;research, academia, advocacy, and practicing architecture and represent the strength of females in the field.</p><p>The awards will be celebrated in New York City in late October. This year&rsquo;s recipients are:<br></p><ul><li><strong>Elizabeth Diller, Design Leader:</strong>&nbsp;A founding partner of New York-based firm <a href="" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>, Diller was the only architect named to Time Magazine&rsquo;s 2018 list of 100 influential people. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and she is a member o...</li></ul> Air conditioning's challenge for the built environment Hope Daley 2018-08-16T16:14:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T16:14:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The US expends more energy on air conditioning, for example, than the whole of Africa does on everything. Then again, it expends even more energy on hot water, which doesn&rsquo;t get the same rap. The question then is not whether to condition climate, but how. As long ago as the 1940s the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy demonstrated, with his village of New Gourna near Luxor, how traditional techniques of orientation, ventilation, screening and shading could be revived.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore dives into the history of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">air conditioning</a> and how the development of this technology shaped architectural design over the years. Rather than condemn its use, Moore advocates for optimizing both old and new techniques for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cooling</a> with the current challenge to scale up for rapidly expanding cities.</p> Justice Stephen Breyer to take over for Murcutt as Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-16T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T21:33:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glenn Murcutt</a>'s retirement as the most recent chair, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyatt Foundation</a> has announced that Justice Stephen Breyer will become the new head of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>'s seven-member jury. The U.S. Supreme Court Justice, who celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday, has sat on the panel that awards architecture&rsquo;s greatest honor since 2011.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though he never studied architecture, Breyer played a key role in advising the design and construction for the federal courthouse in Boston led by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed&nbsp;&amp; Partners</a>. He also wrote the foreword to the book "Celebrating the Courthouse: A Guide for Architects, Their Clients, and the Public."</p> <p>This made him a good choice to serve on the panel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2011</a>, when the Prtizker's chairman at the time was hoping to expand the breadth of its jurors' experience. His new role is also not without precedent; Lord Peter Palumbo, a British property developer and art collector, served as chair from 2005 to 2016.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is with great pleasure that we design...</p> Talks with 100% Design features the industry's biggest names Sponsor 2018-08-16T14:08:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T14:12:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Talks with 100% Design is the most innovative and forward thinking talks program of the design calendar and will feature some of the biggest names in design. Hear from <strong>Thomas Heatherwick, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen&nbsp;</strong><strong>MBE, Yinka Ilori, Ini Archibong, Farshid Moussavi </strong>and more.</p><p>This year, the auditorium will be designed by emerging London architecture practice Projects Office, creating a striking and colorful backdrop to the live Program.&#8232;&#8232; Hear from an array of leading names and industry insiders across the Auditorium and The Forum and expect a series of inspiring talks reflecting the changing landscape of London&rsquo;s creative communities.&#8232;&#8232;</p> <p>Register to visit 100% Design <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and see below for some of the highlights.</p> 12 architecture job opportunities focused on mixed-use projects Hope Daley 2018-08-16T13:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T13:50:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong></strong>Looking for an architecture job working on mixed-use projects? From single buildings to entire neighborhoods, mixed-use architecture requires several added layers of consideration. If you are primarily interested in large scale projects built for high-density urban spaces, specializing in mixed-use development may be the right fit for you. If so, take a look at this week&rsquo;s roundup of opportunities focused on <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mixed-use</a> currently active on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.</p> <p>Stay tuned next week for our roundup of transportation specific jobs!</p> <p><strong>Jerde </strong>is currently hiring a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sr. Project Designer</a> in their Los Angeles office. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Canal City Hakata by Jerde, located in Fukuoka, JP. Image: Jerde. </figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The firm is looking for an individual to be responsible through all stages of the design process working on large scale projects. The ideal candidate will have at least 10 to 12 years of experience as a senior architectural project designer.</p> <p><strong>TCA Architects </strong>has an active listing for an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Job Captain</a> located in O...</p> ArchiteXX's “Now What?!” exhibition examines the past and future of activism in American architecture Justine Testado 2018-08-15T20:48:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T20:48:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Non-profit organization <a href="" target="_blank">ArchiteXX</a>'s <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968&rdquo;</a> is a can't-miss exhibition that examines the overlooked history of architects and designers who were &mdash; and still remain &mdash; at the forefront of the profession's participation in the larger civil rights, women's, and LGBTQ movements over the last 50 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Since its debut at the Pratt Institute in May, the pop-up exhibition is traveling coast to coast across the U.S. Its next pitstop will be at the WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles starting September 1 through October 15 &mdash; plus an opening reception on September 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. In every location the exhibition visits, it will incorporate each city's local histories of activist architects and designers.</p> SWA Group announced as winners of the Sandy Hook Memorial Competition Hope Daley 2018-08-15T17:44:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T14:32:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A commission appointed by the town of&nbsp;Newtown, Connecticut recently announced <a href="" target="_blank">SWA Group</a> as the winner of the of <a href="" target="_blank">The Sandy Hook Memorial&nbsp;Competition</a>&nbsp;for a new memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The design, titled&nbsp;<em>The Clearing</em>, was officially recommended and will now await final approvals.</p> Twitter account dedicated to traditional European architecture draws ire as an architecture-themed dog-whistle Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-15T15:17:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T16:41:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">twitter account</a> dedicated to traditional European architecture has drawn ire for being a magnet for white nationalism. In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent article</a> in&nbsp;<em>the Newstatesman</em>, writer Sarah Manavis chronicles how the account called ArchitecturalRevival&mdash;which posts pictures of old buildings and architectural details&mdash;has become a feed full of anti-Semites, Islamophobes, and white nationalists, their architectural and aesthetic preferences often tethered to their particular ideologies.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The account's more innocuous tweets tend to feature images and memes of classical architecture or new traditional styles that celebrate their beauty and craftsmanship. Repeatedly accompanied with harsh charges against examples of modernism, the International style and modernist architects such as Le Corbusier seem to provoke exceptional anger from the account and its followers. More incriminating, though, is the fact that as Manavis notes, "the account has also shown a preference for cultural conservatives in its 'lik...</p> BIG designs first prototype for affordable vacation home company Klein Hope Daley 2018-08-15T15:12:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T18:08:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Behold the first prototype of the Brooklyn-based Klein, a new company that wants to make the process of building small houses more affordable all over the world.&nbsp;A45 is a 13-foot-long wood and glass cabin for one, two, or three people (if one of them is tiny) designed by the&nbsp;Danish architectural firm&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group [...] meant to be the first of many designs [that will fulfill the fantasy] of having a home outside the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Founder Soren Rose started Klein after leading the firm S&oslash;ren Rose Studio&nbsp;based in New York and Copenhagen. By providing small, cheap, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> houses the company aims to make vacation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home ownership</a> more affordable to a wider audience.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>While there are currently no set prices, homes are projected to range from&nbsp;$50,000 to $300,000.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>The first prototype, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, is the start of several options which will be fully customizable and ready within 6 months of placing an order.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>Klein is currently taking preorders on a case by case basis.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure></figure> UNStudio + Cox Architecture's “Green Spine” wins Beulah Tower competition Justine Testado 2018-08-15T14:37:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T14:37:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The verdict is out! As one of six big-name finalist teams in the &ldquo;Southbank by Beulah&rdquo; tower competition in Melbourne, <a href="" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> in collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">Cox Architecture</a> were crowned the winner with their proposal, &ldquo;Green Spine&rdquo;, which comprises of two mixed-use towers with intertwining greenery. If all goes smoothly, the whopping $2 billion development will be the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere.</p> Notre Dame is falling apart and relying on US donations for major repairs Hope Daley 2018-08-15T14:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T14:21:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One of Europe&rsquo;s most visited sites, with about 12 million tourists a year, is in dire need of repairs. Centuries of weather have worn away at the stone. The fumes from decades of gridlock have only worsened the damage. &ldquo;Pollution is the biggest culprit,&rdquo; says Philippe Villeneuve, architect in chief of historic monuments in France. &ldquo;We need to replace the ruined stones. We need to replace the joints with traditional materials. This is going to be extensive.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Notre Dame</a> faces major <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">repairs</a> as the historic Cathedral's structure decays due largely to pollution. Funding for the repairs needed were difficult to raise as the cathedral is owned by the French government, yet their arrangement allows the&nbsp;Catholic archdiocese of Paris&nbsp;to use it for free. Both claimed the other responsible for raising funds, however the&nbsp;archdiocese stepped up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">creating&nbsp;Friends of Notre Dam last year</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The organization allows US citizens to make tax deductible contributions to the renovation of this historic landmark. Friends of Notre Dame hope to raise $114 million within the next five to 10 years.&nbsp;</p> The Lotus House Explores the Potential of 3D Printing for Sustainable Construction Liam Otten 2018-08-15T12:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T13:41:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From consumer goods to medical devices, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing</a> is reshaping the manufacturing world. But what about construction? Could this technology change the way buildings are made?</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the question posed by a team from Washington University in St. Louis.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over the past eight months</a>, students from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts</a> and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Engineering &amp; Applied Science</a>&nbsp;&mdash; with support from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES)</a>&mdash;&nbsp;have used 3D printing to design and fabricate elements of&nbsp;Lotus House, an energy-efficient prototype residence unveiled this month as part of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon China 2018</a>.</p> <p>In this Q&amp;A, project manager Kinga Pabjan, a master&rsquo;s candidate in architecture and construction management, discusses Lotus House, 3D printing and the future of sustainable construction.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Project manager Kinga Pabjan. (Courtesy Team WashU)</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Describe Lotus House. What inspired the design?</strong><br></p> <p>Lotus House is a 650-square-foot, single-story home. The...</p> Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #190 Justine Testado 2018-08-14T18:50:00-04:00 >2018-08-14T18:50:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It's time for another Archinect Employer of the Day weekly round-up! Check out the latest firms profiled amid the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you don't already, follow Employer of the Day on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, where we showcase a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:</p> <p>1. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synecdoche Design Studio</a></strong> (<a href=";album_id=10156244935297247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Designer</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Synecdoche Design Studio.</figcaption></figure><p>2. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rfrm collective</a></strong> (<a href=";album_id=10156247104222247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Internship</a></p> <p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: rfrm collective.</figcaption></figure><p>3. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Living</a></strong> (<a href=";album_id=10156249469887247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Hello Living.</figcaption></figure><p>4. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eight Inc.</a></strong> (<a href=";album_id=10156251895132247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Eight Inc.</figcaption></figure><p>5. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Bucovy Architect</a></strong> (<a href=";album_id=10156254471662247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: David Bucovy Architect.</figcaption></figure><p>Keep track of&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Employer of the Day</a>&nbsp;</em>by following&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>, or the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs Instagram</a>.<br></p> <p>Want more job-hunting and hiring tips? Check out A...</p> Motorway bridge collapses over houses and buildings in Italy, leaving 20 dead Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-14T16:29:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T13:44:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A motorway bridge, running above houses, streets and railroad tracks in the center of Genoa, Italy, collapsed this morning dropping dozens of vehicles and leaving at least 35 dead and many more injured. Operations remain underway to clear the rubble as at least 30 vehicles sit trapped. Rescuers warn that the death toll may continue to rise as they pick through the debris.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"The collapse of Ponte Morandi is an immense tragedy for our city,"&nbsp; said Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci, who&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">told</a> CCN that the collapse "was not absolutely unexpected." Deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that the bridge had shown "signs of problems" in the past.</p> <p>Constructed in the 1960s, when many of the country's viaducts, galleries and other infrastructure projects were built, the Ponte Morandi bridge was beginning to show its age. A cable-stayed bridge, the design featured two pretensioned concrete cables used on both sides of the pillar. Subject to corrosion, it may have made the bridge, which re...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2018-08-14T04:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T19:40:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week brings tours of the city ranging from a Routemaster trip around interwar civic architecture to an early morning running tour of Shoreditch's street art. Book yourself on to be shown our city from a different perspective. Meanwhile, inside one of the greatest buildings in London, thousands of art pieces are on display as the RA celebrates its 250th summer exhibition.</p> <p>Don't miss out on <a href="" target="_blank">Banksy: Greatest Hits</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture</a>, both of which shall be ending soon.<br></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations.</p> Global heatwave is symptom of early stage cycle of civilisational collapse Orhan Ayyüce 2018-08-13T18:59:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T14:59:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This summer&rsquo;s extreme weather has hit home some stark realities. Climate disaster is not slated to happen in some far-flung theoretical future. It&rsquo;s here, and now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Penned by Nafeez Ahmed, investigative journalist, recovering academic, tracking the Crisis of Civilization, the article points to a more urgent than urgent times in terms of civilisation and not merely the climate change.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Also an urgent quote from a friend internalizing the article for architecture, "I am surprised that with contemporary conditions that require a radical re-orientation and re-conceptualization of discipline and profession, architecture professors continue to talk about elements, tectonic, "Fundamentals", context, composition, scale, poche, sustainability... Bla,bla...&nbsp;Let's build a new ontology..."<br></p> <p>-Alex Santander, Architect. Tijuana, Mexico</p> BIG completes Shenzhen Energy Company's new “undulating” office skyscrapers Justine Testado 2018-08-13T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transsolar</a> won the international competition to design Shenzhen Energy Company's new office skyscraper. After six years of construction that began in 2012, the development has been completed at a time when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen</a> is continuously evolving into &ldquo;China's Silicon Valley&rdquo;.</p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.</figcaption></figure><p>A 220-meter tower and a 120-meter tower are linked by a 34-meter, ground-level podium that houses the main lobbies, conference center, cafeteria, and exhibition space. The Shenzhen Energy Company's offices are located on the highest floors, while the remaining floors are rentable office space.<br></p> <p>No stacked blocks to be seen in this BIG design this time around either.&nbsp;The towers feature an&nbsp;undulating envelope that creates&nbsp;&ldquo;a rippled skin around both towers and breaks away from the traditional glass curtain wall,&rdquo; BIG says.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p>The facade oscillates between transparency on one side and opacity on ...</p> Hong Kong's public housing receives widespread photographic attention Hope Daley 2018-08-13T15:52:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T15:52:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Across Hong Kong, where almost half the population lives in government-provided housing, public housing complexes have become wildly popular Instagram destinations. Locals and tourists have flocked to estates around the city, craning their necks to get that perfect social media shot and irritating residents in the process. The estates have drawn professional interest as well, featuring prominently in marketing campaigns and even a music video by the Korean boy band Seventeen.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public housing</a>, largely built in the 1960's and 70's, has attracted widespread public attention for its aesthetic appeal. These modernist style high-rises <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photograph</a> beautifully with colorful displays of clean lined symmetry. While these buildings are visually engaging, they also play an important role providing affordable housing to millions in one of the most expensive cities to live. Hong Kong's immense public sector housing program creates space for nearly half of the city's residents.&nbsp;</p> Architecture professor defends brutalism against Trump's call for demolition Hope Daley 2018-08-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T09:06:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Depending on who you ask, brutalist buildings like the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., are little more than misshapen mounds of concrete. But architecture professor Mark Pasnik&nbsp;says the structures were built with a much deeper meaning in mind. "People think of them as communistic or as alienating," says Pasnik, who came to brutalism's defense in a recent Boston Globe op-ed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture professor Mark Pasnik makes the argument for preservation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings in an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion piece for the Boston Globe</a>. Pasnik's piece was in response to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trumps recent outcry to tear down the FBI headquarters</a>. He explains the style's history of material honesty, along with reasons to preserve brutalist architecture. Even if the style does not appeal to an individual, Pasnik advocates the historic importance and sustainability of renovation over demolition are worth keeping brutalist buildings intact.</p> Airbnb's Great Wall of China sleepover contest gets cancelled Justine Testado 2018-08-13T14:39:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T14:39:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Airbnb received mixed feedback on the concept &mdash; amidst concerns that the competition could cause damage to the famous wall. "We deeply respect the feedback we have received," said Airbnb in a statement. "We will be working closely with our hosts and guests in China as well as community leaders to highlight the culture and history that make China one of the most dynamic destinations in the world," said Airbnb.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not too surprisingly, Airbnb cancelled their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Great Wall of China one-night-sleepover</a> contest a few days before its August 11 submission deadline. The company stated that they "will be in touch in the future about other ways you can explore and discover amazing experiences in China."</p> Laguna Beach homeowners hit with $1-million fine over illegal seawall Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-13T14:23:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T14:23:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Environmentalists are celebrating a precedent-setting vote Thursday by the California Coastal Commission to tear down a seawall protecting an oceanfront home in Laguna Beach. After the previous owner received retroactive approval for the previously unpermitted seawall, Jeffrey and Tracy Katz bought the home on Victoria Beach. They performed an extensive remodel, which was completed in January and increased the value of the home from $14 million to $25 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Under the 1977 Coastal Act, beachfront properties are required to have substantial setbacks in order not to interfere with the natural flow of sand along the coast. Built in 1951, prior to the Act, the property in question was allowed to put up a seawall in 2005 under the condition it be removed if there was new development on the site.<br></p> <p>Stating that the work done qualifies as repair and maintenance, the Katzes and their lawyer argued that the renovation, which had received city approval, did not require a commission permit. In the end, however, the commission was unanimous in their decision to punish the couple.&nbsp;</p> Take a look at this year's Florida/Caribbean Honor & Design Award winners Alexander Walter 2018-08-10T19:54:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T20:01:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects recently unveiled the winners of its annual&nbsp;AIA Florida/Caribbean Design &amp; Honor Awards. The jury selected forty-one projects, representing work from 32 architecture firms in Florida and Puerto Rico,&nbsp;as well as ten individuals&nbsp;to receive Honor and Merit Awards.</p><p>Jury chair Joyce Owens said: "The number and quality of submissions this year were truly outstanding.&nbsp;The jury was very impressed by the creative uses of space and sensitivity to environments on display in the designs, such as a renovated community plaza and a learning complex that integrates its surrounding landscape. The designs were an inspiration."<br></p><p>Read on for the complete list of awarded projects and individuals.</p> Closer look: Niall McLaughlin Architects' elegant Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre in Oxford Justine Testado 2018-08-10T19:30:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Niall McLaughlin Architects</a> designed the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre&nbsp;as a new multi-purpose auditorium for the University of Oxford's Worcester College, who had an urgent need for its teaching facilities. Completed last January, the Centre is currently <a href="" target="_blank">shortlisted</a> for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize.&nbsp;It was an arduous process to bring the project to life, and the result is &ldquo;a building of extraordinary elegance&rdquo;, the prize jury commented.</p> NEH announces $13.2 million in grants for cultural infastructure Hope Daley 2018-08-10T18:04:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T13:45:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)</a> has just announced $13.2 million in grants for cultural infrastructure. <a href=";utm_source=govdelivery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">29 U.S. cultural institutions&nbsp;were awarded</a> with matching grants&nbsp;including libraries, museums, archives, colleges, universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions which build institutional capacity for long-term sustainability. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation</a> was among those awarded, receiving a grant of $576,106.&nbsp;</p> Clad in warped mirrors, AMO's “True Me” exhibition in Beijing reflects on selfie culture Justine Testado 2018-08-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T15:42:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The new&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">AMO</a>-designed &ldquo;True Me&rdquo; exhibition dives into contemporary selfie culture with a vibrant, funhouse-like setup. Currently at Beijing's <a href="" target="_blank">798 Art Factory</a> through August 14, the event is AMO's first exhibition design in China.</p><p>With OMA&nbsp;Partner and Asia Director Chris van Duijn as design lead, the exhibition explores different possible forms of self-representation through art and media.</p>