Archinect - News 2018-05-22T08:05:34-04:00 This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2018-05-22T04:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T18:29:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Prepare yourself for this week's Clerkenwell Design Week &ndash; starting today, and running until late on Thursday night, it is known equally for its showcase of design as its after-dark networking. Amongst this lie talks and walks, which make the most of the May light and weather, and rounding out the week is the monthly TATE late and the start of half-term activities.&nbsp;</p><p>With so much to see and do, make sure you <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> Contemporary art project opens in ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T18:13:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii will each be the site of a new installation by artist Catrin Huber, as part of a Newcastle University project designed to create a new dialogue&nbsp;between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Expanded Interiors at Herculaneum. Photo: Amedeo Benestante.</figcaption></figure><p>"By investigating two distinctive Roman houses, our project sets out an exchange of knowledge between old and new," the <em></em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Expanded Interiors</em> project website</a> explains. "We are exploring what Contemporary painting and site-specific fine-art practice can learn from the often incredibly sophisticated and complex works of the Roman wall painters. In turn we investigate how contemporary fine-art practice can provide new perspectives on the spatial configurations of ancient Roman homes and the artefacts that adorned them. In so doing we will bring Roman artefacts (their replicas) back to the sites, while exploring new forms for displaying archaeological artefacts at Roman archaeological sites."<br></p> <p><em>Expanded Interiors</em> runs from May 17 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15, 2019 at Herculaneum and Jul 14 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15 at Pompeii.</p> The nine Harvard GSD Loeb Fellows for 2019 Justine Testado 2018-05-21T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:38:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Harvard GSD recently announced the Loeb Fellowship Class of 2019. From architects to journalists to public policy makers, <a href="" target="_blank">the fellowship</a> invites a group of outstanding mid-career practitioners for a year of independent study at the school.&nbsp;</p><p>The latest group of Loeb Fellows were selected for their focus on creating positive social change and &ldquo;supporting a more equitable collective future&rdquo; through their work. Read on for more about the 2019 Fellows:</p><p><strong>Stephen Burks - Principal, Stephen Burks Man Made | New York &amp; Barcelona&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>Stephen Burks believes in a pluralistic vision of design inclusive of all cultural perspectives. For his efforts with artisan groups around the world, he has been called a design activist. His ongoing Man Made project bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Independently and through association with the nonprofits Aid To Artisans, Artesanias de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Netwo...</em></p> PoMo yay, Brutalism nay? Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T22:55:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That we are now starting to get to grips with PoMo architecture&rsquo;s controversial legacy is welcome, not least because other important buildings have already been destroyed, and others are threatened. [...] Today the worlds of design and conservation are more closely allied than before. But even as this latest batch of postmodern buildings has won protected status, it is worth noting that important brutalist buildings are still excluded from the roster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commentary by Catherine Croft for <em>The Guardian</em> on Historic England's recent selection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">17 postmodern buildings</a> to be listed as heritage without extending the same love to important examples of the brutalist school.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Recently received Grade II listed status: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge by John Outram. Photo: inkelv1122/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> New Zealand photographer Cody Ellingham captures Japan's declining public housing blocks in new Danchi exhibition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-21T14:47:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T14:47:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Danchi</em>&mdash;which translates literally to "group land" but has come to refer to Japan's public housing blocks&mdash;emerged in the 1960s as the country was faced with rapid modernization and urbanization. A period of high-growth, the government built these apartment complexes in many suburban areas to offset the housing demand of a rapidly growing population.&nbsp;</p> <p>Modeled after the&nbsp;apartment blocks built by the Soviet government, danchi were made&nbsp;from western materials and western designs; in their time, they were considered the height of modernity. Today, fewer and fewer Japanese live in the gradually aging housing, preferring other models such as single-family homes or condos. Though many of the buildings sit dilapidated and depopulated, they remain tranquil architectural giants of the cityscape.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hirao Danchi. Photo Credit: Cody Ellingham.</figcaption></figure><p>Exploring over 40 of these large sites, New Zealand photographer Cody Ellingham has captured the Tokyo apartments for his new series, Danchi Dreams. While ori...</p> Editor's Picks #486 Nam Henderson 2018-05-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T20:55:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Tuscon based D.U.S.T, was profiled in a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>This aesthetic seems to work well in desert like climates.</em>" which makes sense since D.U.S.T explained their approach as "<em>doing our best to respond to the dreams, goals and desires of our clients and to each site, landscape and specific conditions of the natural environment that we have the opportunity to design for.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Casa Caldera. Photo Credit | ESTO&ndash;Jeff Goldberg</figcaption></figure><p>ICYMI, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a> (a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Otis Harley</a>). The videos are based on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence'</a> by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Hannah Wood</a>, published on Archinect last year.<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>jla-x</strong> couldn&rsquo;t help worry about the future, "<em>Awesome and exciting, but the problems are in the politics of an increasingly automated world. &nbsp;What happens when 80-90% of worker are no longer employable? I think its irresponsible to develop a technology without any conversation and idea of ho...</em></p> This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Bustler Editors 2018-05-21T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T20:46:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Planning ahead for another busy week in Los Angeles?&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;put together a snappy list of architecture and design events happening around town.&nbsp;Our event picks for this week are: the opening reception for 2x8: Interlaced; a screening of artist Jill Magid's film, &ldquo;The Proposal&rdquo; &mdash; whose complex cast includes Luis Barrag&aacute;n's ashes set into a blue diamond; and the &ldquo;Cabinet&rdquo; exhibition from the USC graduating M.Arch Class of 2018. Read on for our latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">weekly event recommendations</a>.</p> Archinect is pleased to release Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"! Nicholas Korody 2018-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-20T18:44:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After months of hard work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewing submissions</a>, selecting content, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">editing</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing</a> and working with the best printers in the industry, we're excited to announce the second issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, "Architecture of Disaster," is now available for purchase. If you're an annual subscriber, your copy has either arrived at your doorstep or is on its way. For everyone else, you can order now, from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our revamped online shop</a>. Copies will be available at selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stockists</a> shortly, including the soon-to-open Archinect Outpost, our experimental retail/gallery/event space in downtown LA's Arts District.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Get your copy of Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>!</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><br>&ldquo;The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.&rdquo;</em><br></p> <p>- Maurice Blanchot, <em>The Writing of the Disaster</em></p> <p>It&rsquo;s four in the morning and I can&rsquo;t sleep. I keep thinking about the disaster. Which one? The storm in the Caribbean? Or the ones in the Southeast United States, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal? The earthquake in Mexico? Or Tokyo...</p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Bustler Editors 2018-05-21T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T18:57:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Wondering what architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;are happening around New York City?&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;rounded up a snappy list of event recommendations worth checking out. This week's picks are: a book signing with designer Naoto Fukasawa, the Cooper Union's 2018 Student Exhibition, and the opening of ArchiteXX's &ldquo;Now What?!&rdquo; traveling exhibition. Read on for our latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">weekly event recommendations</a>.</p> Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #179 Justine Testado 2018-05-19T11:44:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T19:44:32-04:00 <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 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active listings</a> on our job board. If you don't already, get each day's Employer of the Day by following us on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, showcasing a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:</p> <p>1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Marvel Architects</strong></a><u><strong> </strong></u>(<a href=";album_id=10156057433002247" 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: Marvel Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>2.&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caples Jefferson Architects</a></strong>&nbsp;(<a href=";album_id=10156061713877247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Manager</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Caples Jefferson Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Architecture AF</strong></a> (<a href=";album_id=10156055528367247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junior Designer</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Nicole Franzen.</figcaption></figure><p>4. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio PCH</a></strong> (<a href=";album_id=10156059568287247" 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: Studio PCH.</figcaption></figure><p>5. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>DkGr Architects</strong></a><u><strong></strong></u> (<a href=";album_id=10156053271207247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect / Job Captain</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: DkGr Architects.</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>, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs Instagram</a>,&nbsp;or the new&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs ...</a></p> Despite preservation efforts, many of Chicago's historic buildings are still being abruptly demolished Justine Testado 2018-05-18T19:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:25:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Despite the 90-day hold on demolition permits for buildings determined to be historic by the city, Miller says that some city council members have used aldermanic prerogative to fast-track the eventual destruction of significant structures. But more often than not, Miller says that communities and preservation advocates simply do not have enough time to line up a buyer or produce a plan for adaptive reuse when demolition threats surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With all its rich architectural history, is Chicago facing a preservation crisis?&nbsp;In recent years, many of the city's most historic buildings &mdash; despite being flagged by preservationists for their architectural or cultural significance &mdash; are being abruptly demolished.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago,&ldquo;neighborhood preservation advocates have been stretched beyond capacity in recent years, overburdened by frequent demolitions,&rdquo; he says in Chicago Magazine.<br></p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design new V&A Collection and Research Centre in London Alexander Walter 2018-05-18T14:49:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T13:06:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The V&amp;A this morning announced the winning team of its competition to design the new Collection &amp; Research Centre planned for Here East in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>, with Austin-Smith:Lord and Studio Adrien Gard&egrave;re, were selected&nbsp;from a shortlist of five firms which also included&nbsp;6a, Gareth Hoskins Architects, Haworth Tompkins and AOC as well as Robbrecht en Daem and DRDH.</p><p>The new center will widen access to the V&amp;A's vast collection of art and design objects that are not currently on display and provide new spaces for research and learning activities as well as other public programs.</p><p>"It is thrilling to contribute to a new wave of rethinking how London's cultural institutions can reconnect to the city - from the Cultural Mile to the developments emerging in Queen Elizabeth Park,"&nbsp;DS+R Partner Elizabeth Diller commented upon learning about the competition outcome.&nbsp;</p><p>"We&rsquo;re excited to start experimenting with the V&amp;A on this new model for collec...</p> Albania's communist-era pyramid will be transformed by MVRDV into a Center for Technology, Art and Culture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-18T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T14:33:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A bizarre building in the middle of Albania's capital, the Pyramid of Tirana has been the site of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">continuous debate</a> over its uncertain future. Built as a monument to the country's Stalinist leader, Enver Hoxha, construction of the pyramid-shaped structure completed shortly before the&nbsp;collapse of communism.&nbsp;</p> <p>As national attitudes began to change, the building shifted from a museum to a convention center, and has since functioned as a military base for NATO, a television studio, and a nightclub. Though not in complete disuse, the pyramid has sat dilapidated and vandalized for the past decade amidst debates over its preservation. The government had wanted to raze the structure in order to build a sleek new parliament building, but citizens and activists have wanted to see their communist heritage, however dark, preserved.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gent Onuzi</figcaption></figure><p>This is all to change now as designs to transform the communist-era pyramid into a Center for Technology, Art and Culture have been revealed. &ldquo;The Py...</p> 10 cozy living room designs for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-05-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T02:02:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Living Spaces</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">L House</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dellekamp Arquitectos</a>; Interior Design: Ideas Tec; Photo: Sandra Pereznieto<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">Forest &lt;&gt; House</a> in Northern California by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">envelope A+D</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">House</a> in Chilmark, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schiller Projects </a>with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gray Organschi 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">2202 Residence</a> in Mission Hills, KS by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forward Design | 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">Writing Studio</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Berman Architect</a>; Photo: Michael Moran / OTTO<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">Manhattan Townhouse</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J L Ramirez Architect PC</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">Sunset Plaza Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembledge+</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">Mountain Wood</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Warner Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa na Rua de S&atilde;o Mamede ao Caldas</a> in Lisbon, Portugal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aires Mate...</a></p> Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out Bustler Editors 2018-05-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T18:56:03-04:00 <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> Francis Kéré will design a canopied log pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana Justine Testado 2018-05-17T16:29:00-04:00 >2018-05-20T20:15:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> is the latest architect commissioned to design a new permanent pavilion on the grounds of the 10,260-acre <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tippet Rise Art Center</a> in Montana.&nbsp;Nestled in a cluster of aspen and cottonwood trees on the banks of a flowing stream, the design of the 1,900 square-foot pavilion is derived from K&eacute;r&eacute;'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Serpentine Pavilion</a> and his 2015 canopy structure for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.</p> <p>K&eacute;r&eacute;'s design pays tribute to the traditional sacred toguns of the Dogun people in Mali, which are shelters made from ornamented wooden pillars that are carved with representations of one's ancestors, and a roof of layers of wood and millet straw.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior view of the pavilion. Credit: Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Circular aerial bridge. Credit: Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;.</figcaption></figure><p>Built from locally sourced logs of ponderosa pine and lodegepole pine, the Tippet Rise pavilion will be a round structure connected to a circular aerial bridge that spans the stream. Touching the ground at only a few points to preserve the landscape...</p> First photos of David Chipperfield's new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:31:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts</a> in London is in extraordinary party mode: to celebrate the institution's 250th anniversary, the RA will host a weekend-long art festival on May 19 and 20 with plenty of events, tours, performances, tours, displays, and DJ sets. <br></p> <p>At the heart of the festivities is the grand opening of the new RA campus, a major redevelopment designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield Architects</a> which will dramatically increase available spaces to present to the public historic pieces from its vast collection, work of its Royal Academicians and the RA schools as well as hosting events and exhibitions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge and The Lovelace Courtyard. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair," the RA project outline explains. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"The unified campus provides 70% more public space tha...</p> The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T14:53:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On the bustling streets of Broadway Boulevard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, two multi-colored huts are trying to get the public excited about hyper efficient buildings. Part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ice Box Challenge</a>, the&nbsp;environmental public art installation has been touring the world, demonstrating the merits of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Challenge, which has popped up in Brussels, Seattle, Vancouver, and now New York City, involves two small sheds&mdash;one built to Passive House Standards, and the other, to the local city's building codes. One ton of ice is then placed inside each, and left outside in the summer heat for one month. The display then invites passersby to check out the progress, and see which building design and construction has done a better job at keeping the ice from melting.&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York City huts have been designed by Stark Architecture, a Vancouver based firm with its certification in Passive House design.&nbsp;The Ice Boxes have been coated in a colorful mural by the street artist&nbsp;Olivier Binam&eacute; an...</p> “Be persistent and then be resilient”: Toshiko Mori looks back on her path to architecture Justine Testado 2018-05-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T14:15:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture is filled with stereotypes and status quos that are not productive, and in a world where we increasingly require a collaborative model of production and building, I often disrupt and reset the framework and mindset to have everyone focus on common goals and vision. I think one needs to speak up and one needs to be decisive and aggressive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;I was confused and inspired. I wanted to do everything,&rdquo; Toshiko Mori says in The Harvard Gazette.&nbsp;In this in-depth interview, Mori talks about growing up in post-war Japan,&nbsp;how she became interested in architecture, launching her firm in her 20s and making a name for herself, and her path to teaching at Harvard GSD, being the&nbsp;first woman to earn tenure and to chair the architecture department. She also shares her thoughts on the profession &mdash; like her design approaches, ongoing issues in the field, and the importance of resilience.</p> Daniel Libeskind gets to design the new Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T18:51:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Many big-name architects enjoy dabbling in product design and use their brand recognition to sell <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">chairs</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tableware</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shoes</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">anything in-between</a>&mdash;but getting to design the new star topping the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City is one of the rarer commissions. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a> was just tapped by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swarovski</a> to create a replacement for the current star the crystal company had first unveiled in 2004.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Daniel Libeskind and Nadja Swarovski. Image courtesy of Swarovski.</figcaption></figure><p>While designs for the new tree topper aren't available yet, an initial release announced a three-dimensional structure "radiant with light," inspired by the cosmos, and exemplifying Libeskind's trademark dramatic architectural lines.</p> <p>"The new Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is inspired by the beauty of starlight&ndash;something that radiates meaning and mystery into the world," Libeskind hinted at his inspiration. "The Star is a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions for hope, unity...</p> Daring interventions at historic V&A and Royal Academy of Music sites win top honors at RIBA London Awards Alexander Walter 2018-05-16T18:03:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>61 buildings of all shapes, sizes, and budgets have been honored with a 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">RIBA London Award</a>, bestowed annually for architectural excellence by&nbsp;the Royal Institute of British Architects. The winning projects were selected from a <a href="" target="_blank">shortlist of 93 buildings</a> with 208 initial entries.</p><p>Top honors, the&nbsp;RIBA London Building of the Year Award, went to two outstanding projects: the&nbsp;Victoria &amp; Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter by <a href="" target="_blank">AL_A</a> as well as the Royal Academy of Music, Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall by Ian Ritchie Architects.</p><p>Find the complete list of winners and a selection of images below.</p> Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design hosts design competition for attainable housing schemes Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-16T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:29:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Housing design is equally a design territory in which we believe the school can contribute to both a regional and a national conversation for the betterment of our society" says Peter MacKeith, the Dean of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design</a>. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the school is situated in a region with a rich architectural legacy, spanning from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E. Fay Jones</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marlon Blackwell</a>. But, Northwest Arkansas has also become the 22nd fastest-growing area in the U.S. and like many smaller cities, is beginning to come up against similar housing challenges as larger ones.</p> <p>Faced with the conflicting forces of rapid growth and strong desires to maintain small-town character, the school's recent design competition tasked design professionals to present housing solutions that embrace the local challenges, culture, value, and vision of Northwest Arkansas. Addressing the fact that many are struggling to find affordable, available housing options, the prompt called for mixe...</p> Tom Wolfe, innovative journalist and critic of modern architecture, dies at 88 Hope Daley 2018-05-16T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T23:10:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;From Bauhaus to Our House,&rdquo; Mr. Wolfe attacked modern architecture and what he saw as its determination to put dogma before buildings. Published in 1981, it met with the same derisive response from critics. &ldquo;The problem, I think,&rdquo; Paul Goldberger wrote in The Times Book Review, &ldquo;is that Tom Wolfe has no eye.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tom Wolfe, an innovative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">journalist</a> and novelist, died on Monday in Manhattan at the age of 88. Wolf lived in New York since joining The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter in 1962, and went on to influence what is known as New Journalism. Inciting hostile reactions to some of his work, Wolf notably condemned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern architecture</a> receiving harsh backlash from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critics</a>.</p> Foster + Partners transforms 70's government office tower into luxury hotel in Hong Kong Hope Daley 2018-05-16T15:22:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T15:22:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>' new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> luxury hotel, The Murray, is now fully open to the public. Formerly a 1970's government office building, the firm has transformed these 25 stories into a unique urban experience for visitors.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Reception area of the Murray Building, renovated by Foster + Partners, located in Hong Kong. Image: Michael Weber. </figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>The Murray Building was originally constructed when urban planning revolved around cars, leaving the structure inaccessible to pedestrians.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior view of the garden terrace at night. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hotel lobby area of The Murray. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>One of the main goals in the building's transformation was to reconnect the structure at ground level with a new street front, transparent and open ground floor space, and enhanced landscaping of the surrounding grounds.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>Visitors are now greeted by entering...</p> Diamond Schmitt Architects' Toronto Central YMCA wins 2018 Prix du XXe siècle Justine Testado 2018-05-16T14:26:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T14:27:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Toronto Central YMCA designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects has won the 2018 Prix du XXe si&egrave;cle for architecture. Presented by the National Trust for Canada and RAIC, the honorable prize distinguishes outstanding 20th-century Canadian architectural landmarks for their enduring excellence and national significance through the years.</p><p>Located on 20 Grosvenor Street in the heart of downtown, the Toronto Central YMCA has been popular since the day it opened in 1984. The three-member prize jury described the building as a seminal work of Diamond Schmitt Architects, and they selected the project &ldquo;not only for its remarkable design qualities but also for its generous stance as a welcoming urban neighbor and humanist intervention&rdquo; in the city.</p> New two-tower development at Chicago Spire site could dominate the city skyline Alexander Walter 2018-05-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T09:47:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The long-awaited vision for the 2.2-acre site along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, unveiled in the first community meeting for the project, is toned down a bit from the 2,000-foot-tall Spire plan that stirred emotions but never advanced beyond a 76-foot-deep foundation hole. The design, by One World Trade Center architect David Childs, includes a south tower rising 1,100 feet and an 850-foot north tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever since work on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>'s 2,000-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire</a> came to a halt in 2008 due to financial troubles, the city was left with a gaping hole in the ground rather than the nation's tallest building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>A new proposal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related Midwest</a> for a pair of towers at&nbsp;400 Lake Shore Drive, designed by&nbsp;architect David Childs with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, could rehabilitate the site.</p> Looking for a new architecture job in Philadelphia? Check out these 7 great opportunities Hope Daley 2018-05-16T12:46:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T12:46:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong></strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a> has made significant contributions to architecture in the US, from introducing the row house back in the 17th century to erecting the first international style skyscraper, the PSFS Building. The city is also home to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>'s Guild House, one of the most important examples of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern architecture</a>. This week we have gathered up some exciting opportunities located in the city currently active on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>. You can also check back in on <a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2146253&amp;location=Philadelphia%2C+PA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current Philadelphia based jobs</a> anytime!</p> <p><strong>James Bradberry Architects</strong> is currently hiring an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Designer</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Meeting House by James Bradberry Architects, located in Philadelphia, PA. Image: James Bradberry Architects. </figcaption></figure><p>The firm is seeking an entry level Architect / Architectural Designer to join their team working on select residential, non-profit institutional facilities, including schools, libraries, universities, religious facilities, and exhibition design. The studio is willing to consider part time employment or wor...</p> Why enter the ABB LEAF Awards? Sponsor 2018-05-16T08:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T13:47:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABB LEAF Awards</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><em></em>The LEAF Awards is an annual awards ceremony founded in 2001 that brings together leading architects, designers, developers and suppliers from around the world. It recognises innovative architectural design projects and celebrates excellence in building design on an international scale. Every year each entry project is judged within its specific category by a leading panel of esteemed industry experts from around the world. Typically the LEAF Awards receive over 200 entries from a variety of architectural practices with recently completed or almost completed building design projects.</p> <p>Following on from the truly international success and recognition of the 2017 ABB LEAF Awards, we are excited to announce that the <strong>ABB LEAF Awards 2018 will be held on&nbsp;Thursday 18</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> October, 2018, Frankfurt, Germany</strong>. </p> <p>2018 welcomes the introduction of combining the ABB LEAF Awards with its partner event,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEAF Forum 2018</a>, taking place on the 17th and 18th O...</p> Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to inaugurate Glassell School of Art on May 20, completes first phase of redevelopment Justine Testado 2018-05-15T18:48:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T13:11:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will celebrate the inauguration of the Glassell School of Art this Sunday, May 20, marking the completion of the first phase of the museum's 14-acre&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a>. The first phase also includes the BBVA Compass Roof Garden designed by Steven Holl Architects and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza by Deborah Nevins &amp; Associates.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Glassell School of Art, west elevation. Photo &copy; Richard Barnes.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Glassell School of Art, west elevation. Photo &copy; Richard Barnes.</figcaption></figure><p>According to recent details from the MFAH, the Steven Holl Architects-designed, L-shaped Glassell School of Art features a 93,000 square-foot interior containing: three dozen studios illuminated with natural light; public gallery spaces for student and alumni exhibitions; a broad-stepped central staircase serving as the school's forum; a 75-seat auditorium; and a public coffee bar.&nbsp;With summer classes scheduled to begin on June 4, the school is the only museum-affiliated art school in the U.S. serving pr...</p> A brutalist fragment displayed at the Venice Biennale speaks to our current housing crisis Hope Daley 2018-05-15T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T21:49:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While some were delighted that at least a small part of the architectural heritage of Robin Hood Gardens was being preserved for posterity, others were furious that the V&amp;A &ndash; a so-called &lsquo;arms-length&rsquo; body, governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister &ndash; considered the estate valuable enough to collect, but not valuable enough to help save from demolition in the first instance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The story behind London's brutalist Robin Hood Gardens reveals issues pertinent to our current housing crisis. Crystal Bennes unpacks the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A's decision to preserve and display a section of demolished housing</a> in this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, revealing condemnation of the building before it was even completed.&nbsp;</p>