Archinect - News 2018-02-22T01:41:56-05:00 dRMM’s Stirling Prize-winning, revamped Hastings Pier is already for sale Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-21T17:47:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T17:48:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Property firm GVA said it was open to offers after being asked to find a buyer for the transformed Sussex coastal landmark. The charity behind dRMM&rsquo;s much-loved refurbishment of the pier went into administration last year. Now the administrators have appointed GVA to sell the asset.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The charity responsible for restoring and running <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hastings Pier</a>&mdash;the once derelict landmark whose &pound;14.2 million rebuild&nbsp;won this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize</a>&mdash;has been forced to put the property up for sell after experiencing some financial difficulties.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the&nbsp;Architects' Journal</a>,&nbsp;last year, the charity failed to&nbsp;agree a new three-year business plan with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council&nbsp;in order to become self-funding.</p> <p>Due to the charity's insolvency, administrators Smith &amp; Williamson were appointed back in November in hopes of ensuring the pier's future. They have now put the property firm GVA in charge of selling the 145-year old pier, which will remain open throughout 2018 with funds from HLF already allocated to the project.&nbsp;</p> Harvard GSD awards The High Line with 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design Justine Testado 2018-02-21T15:47:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T15:48:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a>&nbsp;awarded the 13th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Line</a> in New York. The Green Prize committee awarded the $50,000 prize to the Friends of the High Line for their continued stewardship behind the project, which has long been hailed as a model example of urban revitalization and collaboration.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2004, the Friends of the High Line and the City of New York selected&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>, and Piet Oudolf to design the linear public park. Stretching a mile and a half on a freight rail 30 feet above Manhattan's streets, the &ldquo;floating promenade&rdquo; welcomes over 8 million visitors and hosts over 450 public programs every year.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Timothy Schenck, via The High Line/Facebook.</figcaption></figure><p>In selecting the winner, the 2017 Green Prize jury traveled to all the finalist projects. They chose to award The High Line &ldquo;not only for its exceptional design quality, but also because it was a cooperatively-orchestrated, multifaceted endeavor in wh...</p> The French Laundry gets a $10 million Michelin-starred revamp from Snøhetta Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-21T15:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-22T00:08:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since opening its doors in 1994, Thomas Keller's restaurant,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The French Laundry</a>, has been considered one of the best fine dining destinations in the world. It has three Michelin stars to its name, has been called "the best restaurant in the world, period" by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, and consistently&nbsp;tops Restaurant magazine's annual list of the world's best restaurants.</p> <p>So, when the celebrated culinary chef decided four years ago to remodel his wine cellar, he turned to one of the architecture world's most distinguished firms to do so&mdash;the award-winning, internationally renowned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>. Their partnership, strengthened by a shared penchant for minimalist design, eventually grew into an extensive remodel involving a new kitchen design and courtyard renovation that is now nearing completion.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Michael Grimm</figcaption></figure><p>Redone to the tune of 10 million dollars, the project has involved a revamp of their 3,000-square-foot kitchen; the addition of a 2,500-square-foot annex to&nbsp;house support f...</p> "Ambassadors for Canadian architecture"​: 2018 RAIC Gold Medal awarded to Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Alexander Walter 2018-02-21T14:23:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T14:31:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Gilles Saucier and Andr&eacute; Perrotte, founding partners of Montreal firm&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Saucier + Perrotte Architectes</a>, are the recipients of the&nbsp;2018&nbsp;RAIC&nbsp;Gold Medal.&nbsp;</p><p>Awarded annually, the prize is the highest honor the&nbsp;Royal Architectural Institute of Canada&nbsp;can bestow to individuals in honor of lasting and significant contributions to Canadian architecture.&nbsp;</p> Conceptual proposal by Humphreys & Partners envisions futuristic mixed-use NYC project with micro units and drone landings devingannon 2018-02-21T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T13:43:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Although Mayor Bill de Blasio&nbsp;announced last year new mandates to force building owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way to&nbsp;fight <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a>, a Dallas-based architecture firm has taken the idea of&nbsp;sustainable&nbsp;design to the next level.&nbsp;During last month&rsquo;s International Builder&rsquo;s Show, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humphreys &amp; Partners</a> presented a conceptual&nbsp;plan for a mixed-use project on Manhattan&rsquo;s waterfront. In&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 2: Apartment of the Future</a>,&nbsp;</em>the architects tackled major issues prevalent in many cities, like affordability and energy efficiency (h/t&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a>). The&nbsp;futuristic&nbsp;proposal&nbsp;includes two towers with modular and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">micro-units</a>,&nbsp;which would boast futuristic amenities like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artificial intelligence</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drones</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home automation</a> and more.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The proposal cites Elon Musk&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>&nbsp;proposal as a look into the future of transportation. The firm incorporates the concept of autonomous&nbsp;transportation by including automated parking systems, areas to land drones and energy-generating walkways. On the ground...</p> Architecture Billings Index kicks new year off strong with highest January score since 2007 Alexander Walter 2018-02-21T12:41:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T13:35:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>2018 started on a strong note for architecture firms, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 61.1, down from a reading of 62.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased slightly from 53.4 to 53.9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Healthy conditions continue across all sectors and regions except the Northeast, where firm billings softened for the second consecutive month," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "With strong billings and healthy growth in new projects to start the year, firms remain generally optimistic about business conditions for the next several months."</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of January:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (56.2), South (55.3), Midwest (54.8), Northeast (47.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (56.0), commercial / industrial (53.3), institutional (52.5), mixed practice (50.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.9</li></ul> The Technology You Need to Boost Profits Without Headaches Sponsor 2018-02-21T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T12:39:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href=";utm_medium=sponsoredblog_Feb2&amp;utm_content=Getting-data-you-need-run-successful-firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=sponsoredblog-022118&amp;utm_content=technology-profits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Core</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>It bears repeating that project accounting&mdash;the practice of accounting on a project-by-project basis&mdash;will give you transformative information about your company. With it, you&rsquo;ll understand why and how your projects are succeeding (or floundering), and what you can do to ensure they stay on the right track.</p> <p>There are different types of data you need to collect and synthesize to uncover these insights. These include time and expense entries, billing records, accounting metrics, and project management data. </p> <p>While you technically can track and analyze all of your company&rsquo;s data without a real project accounting solution, it&rsquo;s not a wise choice. If you choose to just use spreadsheets, you&rsquo;ll spend hours upon hours entering, formatting, and analyzing data. Copying and pasting creates a large margin for error, and if one of your formulas isn&rsquo;t right, it&rsquo;ll derail everything. Plus, whoever said that they actually enjoy using spreadsheets? </p> <p>That&rsquo;s why...</p> Could L.A. be getting a second Hollywood Sign? Alexander Walter 2018-02-20T15:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T14:39:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Community leaders and affected homeowners have mixed reactions regarding a consultant&rsquo;s recently released recommendations on how to best provide relief for residential communities besieged with Hollywood Sign tourists. The recommendations, released in January and commissioned by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, ranged in impact from the jaw-dropping, like the idea of installing a second Hollywood sign, to the mundane, like improving signage for lost tourists.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Los Feliz Ledger</em> gives a detailed account of various recommendations currently being discussed among community leaders to drastically improve access to L.A.'s iconic landmark sign while also easing the traffic burden on locals in the adjacent Hollywood Hills neighborhoods.&nbsp;</p> <p>One idea from a 65-page report commissioned by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu&nbsp;is to install a replica Hollywood Sign on Griffith Park's north side facing the San Fernando Valley: "Some said that it was an interesting, out-of-the-box idea that could satiate at least some tourists&rsquo; desire to see the sign, albeit a replica, and would therefore lessen traffic in Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills. Others however, said they did not see a duplicate&rsquo;s sign value."</p> MVRDV to design 50,000m2 Weenapoint mixed-use complex in Rotterdam Justine Testado 2018-02-20T14:52:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T14:53:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For the third phase of the Weenapoint complex's transformation in Rotterdam, MVRDV was selected by developer Maarsen Groep to design a new mixed-use tower complex, which will replace an existing building on Kruisplein in the city's Central District. Set for a mid-2022 completion, the 50,000m2 mixed-use tower complex comprises&nbsp;17,000 m2 of office space, a transparent plinth for shops and restaurants, and around 200-300 apartment units. Read on for more project details from MVRDV.</p> Inside Frank Gehry and Thomas Krens' hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum Hope Daley 2018-02-20T14:25:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T14:25:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Picture the World Trade Center near the Empire State Building near Fenway Park near London's Tate Modern. Now picture trains zipping past the architectural icons. That is the vision world-famous architect Frank Gehry and museum developer Thomas Krens are trying to bring to North Adams, in the form of the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the aim of developing North Adams, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts</a> as a cultural destination, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> and Thomas Krens <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released plans last summer</a> for their hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum. The initial concept has now developed into an entire model showcasing more of what the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museum</a> will look like.&nbsp;</p><p>The model museum features 164 buildings showcasing contemporary architecture by 71 international architects. Interwoven amongst these building 12 rail lines will run 107 operating model trains.&nbsp;</p> <p>The proposed museum houses this entire set up in one 670-foot-long gallery stretching the length of 2.5 football fields. Buildings will be constructed at a 1:48 scale including iconic structures such as the Seagram Building in Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge. The tallest building, the One World Trade Center, will reach 40 feet tall.&nbsp;</p> <p>The trains and buildings will also be surrounded by video-projected landscaping blending the physical models into a seamless background. The...</p> OMA reveals renovation plans to transform the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-20T13:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T13:32:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>/Rem Koolhaas have released plans for their redesign of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>'s New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val. As one of Russia's largest museums, the space hosts 20th century Russian and Soviet art including works by Malevich, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Soviet artists such as Aleksandr Deyneka and Vera Mukhina.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of OMA.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of OMA.</figcaption></figure><figure><p>Since 1985, the gallery has sat in a large modern building designed by N.P. Sukoyan and Y.N. Sheverdyaev that consists of multiple exhibition halls for a total floor area of 61.091m&sup2;. OMA's redesign will create four distinct sections of the museum&mdash;a space for art storage, an Education Center, room to house the collection, and a Festival Hall. The renovation will also focus on creating a new entrance along the Moscow river and carefully placed cutouts in the fa&ccedil;ade will open up the interior spaces to the city.</p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of OMA.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of OMA.</figcaption></figure><p>The redesign will be OMA's third cultural project in Russia, having previously worked on ...</p> Architect Luigi Snozzi among Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim 2018 laureates Alexander Walter 2018-02-20T13:38:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T15:07:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Switzerland's&nbsp;Federal Office of Culture has unveiled the winners of the&nbsp;eighteenth&nbsp;Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim:&nbsp;the artists Sylvie Fleury and Thomas Hirschhorn, as well as the architect Luigi Snozzi, will be honored on June 11 in Basel together with the winners of the Swiss Arts Awards.</p><p>The prestigious prize recognizes&nbsp;achievements in the fields of art and architecture as well as curation, research, and critique. The program was created in 2001 to honor artists, art mediators, and architects whose work on an international stage has proven to be particularly relevant and significant to Swiss artistic and architectural practice.</p> Closer look at OMA's Palais de Justice courthouse design Justine Testado 2018-02-20T13:34:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T13:34:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>OMA <a href="" target="_blank">announced yesterday</a> that they had the winning competition proposal to design the new Palais de Justice courthouse in Lille, which is expected to be complete in 2023. Led by OMA's Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas, the courthouse's design features a colorful, multi-faceted building that will house Lille's high court and district court.&nbsp;OMA shared more renderings and drawings of the upcoming project. Check them out below!</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2018-02-20T03:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T16:47:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We had our first peek into spring over the weekend, and as we move into the final week of February, it's apparent that we're really getting into 2018. This week is the last opportunity to visit Zaha Hadid Architects' exhibition, &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Walkable London</a>&rdquo;, a proposal of a full-scale network of pedestrian routes for the capital.</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> SPF:a unveils orange tree-inspired design for Anaheim Performing Arts Center in California Justine Testado 2018-02-19T19:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T16:18:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After 20 years in the heart of Anaheim, California, the City National Grove of Anaheim venue will soon become the Anaheim Performing Arts Center. Today, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:a</a> from Culver City unveiled their scheme for the new $500 million project.</p> <p>For starters, the 500,000-square-foot campus will feature three theaters:&nbsp;a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 1,700-seat opera hall, and a 600-seat black box theatre. It'll also include a museum tower with an observatory set on a 24-foot podium, an outdoor amphitheater, a convention hall, office space, two restaurants, and lecture rooms.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=""><figcaption>The Anaheim Performing Arts Center in Anaheim, California by SPF:a. Image courtesy of SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring concentric circles and&nbsp;perforated copper-anodized cladding on the main structures, the campus pays tribute to Anaheim's agricultural history.&nbsp;After Anaheim's vineyards succumbed to disease in the late 19th century, the city invested in citriculture.&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;Anaheim&rsquo;s socioeconomic drive...</p> Russian artist burns Gothic cathedral made of sticks at Maslenitsa carnival Hope Daley 2018-02-19T18:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T18:44:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 30m-tall Gothic cathedral built of branches and twigs that was set alight on Saturday (17 February) causing controversy in Russia. The burning took place at Nikola-Lenivets, a rural artists&rsquo; colony 200km south of Moscow, and was the culmination of pre-Lenten carnival festivities known as Maslenitsa. The event is often likened to the US Burning Man festival.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist Nikolay Polissky, founder of Nikola-Lenivets, creates impressive land art <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installations</a> to burn for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia</a>'s&nbsp;Maslenitsa festival each year. This Russian folk tradition is celebrated during the last week before Lent and traditionally ends with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">burning</a> of a scarecrow.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, the festival's title was Flaming Gothic, which is the literal Russian translation of the ornate architecture style. Although it was in line with the theme of the festival, Polissky's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cathedral</a> sparked controversy after the images and videos of it burning went viral. Some claimed it was an attack on Christianity and Russian Orthodoxy, while others asserted this played into Russian nationalist propaganda.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Flaming Gothic installation by Nikolay Polissky at Maslenitsa 2018 festival. Image: Andrei Nikerichev.</figcaption></figure><p>Far from his intentions, Polissky explains, &ldquo;There was nothing of religious worship in my art object, of course there were no crosses, altar or any religious symbols. This is not a copy of any exis...</p> This video game tests your ability to handle the retail madness of an American mall Hope Daley 2018-02-19T15:17:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T15:52:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the rise of online shopping, we have all been watching the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dead mall</a> epidemic for many years now. Addressing those left hanging on in today's world, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> now brings us the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge</a>. Try your odds at managing a failing mall in this retro 90's computer game.&nbsp;</p> <p>First you must choose a player&mdash;I chose Colton, who made his fortune selling his beanie babies collection at the height of its craze and wants to prove to his parents he's an adult. Next you will choose a strategy of either modernizing, creating an alternative mall, or cutting costs.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge with an irritated shopper.</figcaption></figure><p>Your broker, wearing flashy 90's shades, gives you advice on how to save your dying mall. Navigate through stores like "Victoria's Conspiracy" and "Marcy's" while you get rid of rats, trash, and cyberpunk delinquents.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>I was too busy clicking on shoppers to read their irritated comments and failed quickly. See how you fare in thi...</p> Frank Gehry + Santiago Calatrava rumored to be designing Hudson Yards buildings Justine Testado 2018-02-19T15:04:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T13:30:16-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>WSJ reports that &ldquo;a person familiar with the matter&rdquo; claims that Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry have been tapped to design buildings for the megaproject&rsquo;s second phase, due to rise over the west side rail yards [...] There&rsquo;s little information beyond that, but 2018 is the year that co-developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are due to start work on the platform that will cover the west side yards</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava may be joining the star-studded lineup of designers working on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> development, which &mdash; so far &mdash; includes&nbsp;SOM, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, Kohn Pedersen Fox, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, to name a few.</p> "Probably the most creative person in the world" — The New Yorker profiles Thomas Heatherwick Alexander Walter 2018-02-19T15:02:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T15:43:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Heatherwick Studio employs architects, but Heatherwick is not an architect. His work could be described as a celebration of never having absorbed, in a formal architectural education, dogma about designing things to be flush and taut. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a Harry Potter-esque, Victorian quirkiness in the work,&rdquo; Ingels said. &ldquo;An element of steampunk, almost.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his long read for <em>The New Yorker</em>, Ian Parker tells the story of New York's (potential) new Eiffel Tower, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vessel</a> at Hudson Yards, and profiles the British designer behind this and many other ambitious structures, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>.&nbsp;</p> OMA to design Lille's new Palais de Justice courthouse Justine Testado 2018-02-19T14:57:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T14:58:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Out of four finalists, OMA had the winning proposal for the new Palais de Justice courthouse in Lille, marking the firm's first project in the city in over 20 years since the Euralille district masterplan (1989) and the Congrexpo exhibition center (1994). Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the courthouse will be located near&nbsp;the former fortifications of the French military engineer Vauban, on the outskirts of town.</p><p>Led by OMA's Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas, the courthouse's scheme features a colorful, multi-faceted building that will house Lille's high court and district court. The base of the building will contain the public and major courtrooms, with a &ldquo;ring of offices floating above it&rdquo;, OMA describes. A triangular tower rising from the heart of the building will house smaller courtrooms.</p><p>According to the firm, &ldquo;the interiors of each of the building's components are conceived to make all the procedures of justice accessible, even inviting, free of the intimidation that has...</p> Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '18 Justine Testado 2018-02-19T14:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T14:38:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p> <p>See what Spring '18 events are coming up at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of the Art Institute of Chicago, AIADO</a>.</p> <p><strong>Feb 13</strong><br>Yuri Suzuki<br>Rubloff Auditorium, 6-8 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Feb 22 </strong><br>Chen Chen &amp; Kai Williams <br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Mar 1 </strong><br>James Shen / People's Architecture Office&nbsp;<br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Mar 13</strong><br>Anna Puigjaner / <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAIO</a><br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Apr 13 </strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a> / Diller Scofidio + Renfro<br>at Rubloff Auditorium,&nbsp;6-7:15 p.m.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Apr 16</strong><br> Shona Kitchen / Hooker and Kitchen<br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Apr 26</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vishaan Chakrabarti</a><br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:...</p> Norman Foster & Stelton present new range of minimalist tableware Alexander Walter 2018-02-19T13:49:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T13:53:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A range of minimalist tableware is the result of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>'s latest collaboration as a designer outside of the world of architecture, with Danish design house Stelton.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>Combining simple sculptural form and soft geometry, the Norman Foster Collection spans a spectrum of materials, including glass, porcelain, and stainless steel, and features wine goblets, carafes, bowls, porcelain and glass coffee cups, a sugar bowl, and a thermos.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"There&rsquo;s a wonderful ambiguity in the power of a curve, the power of a line, whether it is defining an individual, a building, a bridge, a skyline, or a vessel," Norman Foster says about the new line. "They are all part of the same family, in a way. The issues of quality, workmanship and textures is common to all these different scales. In the end, it comes down to the elements that we touch, the interface of our daily lives.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"The translation of a design idea through prototypin...</p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Bustler Editors 2018-02-19T11:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T16:49:44-05:00 <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;Bustler rounded up a snappy list of event recommendations worth checking out. This week, hear book talks and lectures from&nbsp;Li Hu and Huang Wenjing of OPEN Architecture, architect Emre Arolat, and&nbsp;Steven Cohen, the executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute. It's also the last week for the interactive &ldquo;Sonic Arcade&rdquo; exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design! Read on for our latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">weekly event recommendations</a>.</p> This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Bustler Editors 2018-02-19T11:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T16:49:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Planning ahead for another busy week in Los Angeles? Bustler put together a snappy list of&nbsp;architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;happening around town. This week's picks include lectures by Bryony Roberts,&nbsp;H&ouml;weler + Yoon, and Jonathan Ward of NBBJ. The A+D Museum's upcoming exhibition, &rdquo;No Taste For Bad Taste&rdquo;, will showcase different object interpretations of what defines the essence of French design.&nbsp;Read on for our latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">weekly event recommendations</a>.</p> Zaha Hadid Architects' exhibition proposes full-scale pedestrian network for London Hope Daley 2018-02-16T18:23:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T12:02:48-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Walkable London: Upgrading the urban prosperity engine</a></em> is a research initiative and exhibition proposing a full-scale network of pedestrian routes across London. Zaha Hadid Architects proposes an integrated transport infrastructure to make walking part of an individual's daily routine in the city. The firm's scheme aims at connecting existing pockets of pedestrianized areas into one city-wide network.&nbsp;</p> Driverless technology is about to reshape the real estate industry Alexander Walter 2018-02-16T18:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T18:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The link between property and transport has been perhaps the most durable in human history. Since the ancients, few things have delivered higher land values with more certainty than advances in transport, from roads to canals, railways to highways. [...] But now, the dawn of the driverless car&mdash;promising a utopia of stress-free commutes, urban playgrounds and the end of parking hassles&mdash;threatens to complicate the calculus for anyone buying property.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg Technology</em> explains how the real estate industry is already preparing for all that sweet, sweet valuable space to open up for development once the widespread arrival of driverless vehicles makes parked cars &mdash; and the blocked square footage they occupy &mdash; a thing of the past.&nbsp;</p> The winning 2017 Tile of Spain architecture + interior design projects Justine Testado 2018-02-16T16:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T12:25:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last fall, ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers&rsquo; Association) invited designers around the world to send their best work to the <a href="" target="_blank">16th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards</a>. The projects could be located anywhere in the world, but had to significantly use Spanish ceramics and be completed between January 2015 - October 2017.</p><p>First-prize winners and special mentions were announced in each of the three categories: Architecture, Interior Design, and Final Degree Project. Scroll down to have a look at them.</p><p><strong>ARCHITECTURE CATEGORY</strong></p><p><strong>First place:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Bodega Mont-Ras by Jorge Vidal and Victor Rahola. Tiles by Cer&aacute;mica Elias</strong> (cover image)</p><p><em>The panel of judges particularly valued the industrial and rustic-type materials used in the project, which also reflects the capacity of the chosen materials to adapt to the layout of the various spatial geometries, adding a strong sense of character to the entire setting.</em></p> Employees at Apple's new headquarters keep walking into its famed glass walls Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-16T15:39:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T12:04:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple headquarters</a> in Cupertino, CA, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster and Partners</a>, was built with much glass&mdash;the building's exterior features the famed curved panels of safety glass while the interior is populated with work spaces, also made from glass. Well, apparently, the favored building material is starting to be a real pain as Apple employees keep bumping into the clear, spotless walls.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is not the first time Apple's penchant for prioritizing aesthetics over functionality has posed a safety risk. This winter, their flagship store in Chicago, also designed by Foster, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">caused a snow-related safety hazard</a> due to its thin, gutter-less, carbon fiber roof.&nbsp;</p> Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #167 Justine Testado 2018-02-16T13:55:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T13:55:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On the lookout for a new job? Archinect's&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p> <p>In case you missed them, here are the latest&nbsp;<em>EOTD</em>-featured firms:</p> <p>1. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CORE architecture +&nbsp;design</a> </strong>(<a href=";type=3" 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: Greg Powers.</figcaption></figure><p>2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Charles Rose Architects</strong></a> (<a href=";album_id=10155817104312247" 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: Charles Rose Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Laney LA</strong></a> (<a href=";album_id=10155819872927247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Outdoor Designer</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Laney LA.</figcaption></figure><p>4. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Future Green Studio</strong></a> (<a href=";album_id=10155822598762247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Staff Designer</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Future Green Studio.</figcaption></figure><p>5. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Board &amp; Vellum</a> </strong>(<a href=";album_id=10155825427602247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Board &amp; Vellum.</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 ...</p> Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia's wooden architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-16T13:55:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T13:56:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s state of wooden architecture can be defined as an SOS,&rdquo; says Igor Shurgin, an architect and restorer who runs the Foundation for Maintenance of Wooden Architecture Monuments. &ldquo;If we do nothing to support it, then nothing will be left in 20 years.&rdquo; A grant from the European Union enabled the organisation to stage a series of exhibitions in Russia and Europe between 2010 and 2012 that highlighted the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the contemporary artist Danila Tkachenko photographed a series of the country's abandoned wooden houses set ablaze, attempts to save <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia</a>'s wooden architectural heritage have become a high priority for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> activists. Russia's ministry of culture has intentions to adopt an action plan to preserve these structures based on the work of architect and restorer&nbsp;Igor Shurgin, but many fear that it might be too little too late.&nbsp;</p> <p>Estimated costs for preservation are assessed at around&nbsp;&pound;183m, in addition to an extra &pound;70m to protect 87 particularly significant works. Though the growing number of grassroots initiatives are promising,&nbsp;Konstantin Mikhailov, a coordinator of the Arkhnadzor preservation group,&nbsp;tells&nbsp;<em>the Art Newspaper</em> "that a great deal now depends on proper implementation of the recommendations."</p>