Archinect - News 2018-11-19T17:58:18-05:00 Gallery X launched by the A+D Museum Anthony Morey 2018-10-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:00:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>&nbsp;has announced Gallery X, a branch of the A+D dedicated to curating public spaces and bringing the making and implementation of art to a wider more diverse audience. Gallery X aims to reach beyond the walls of the institution and produce local engagement through facilitate provocative urban and public canvases to the incredibly talented and provocative artists and designers of Los Angeles. Through designing the inclusion of art in the people&rsquo;s urban landscape we bring a renewed vibrancy to Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image supplied by a+d museum. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>Gallery X was conceived as an initiative to bring progressive, young, and diverse artists to the forefront of public engagement by partnering with local institution, developers and real estate companies as a means to expanded the locations and means in which the museum can connect and curate within the area. With Los Angeles building at an incredible rate, the growth and guidance of public art have never been in such need and simultaneously...</p> Win the latest Grids & Guides Notebook for Visual Thinkers! Justine Testado 2018-10-15T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-11-12T19:06:28-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In need of a fresh sketchbook to jot down all those ideas? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Princeton Architectural Press</a>&nbsp;has released the latest version of their popular&nbsp;Grids &amp; Guides Notebook for Visual Thinkers &mdash; now in a classy navy! Thanks to Princeton Architectural Press, Archinect is giving away five notebooks to our readers!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.</figcaption></figure><p>Bounded in a navy cloth hardcover, this 160-page notebook features eight distinctive grid designs interspersed with various scientific diagrams &mdash; including golden ratio constructions, simple machines, a chart of unit equivalents, optics, and even cell biology.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Want a chance to win the &ldquo;Grids &amp; Guides&rdquo; notebook? Fill out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a> by the deadline on Thursday, October 25, end of day. Five notebooks are available to win. Winners will be announced in t...</strong></p> Google's Environmental Insights Explorer tracks carbon pollution on a local level Alexander Walter 2018-10-05T18:35:00-04:00 >2018-10-07T07:19:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Google has started estimating greenhouse-gas emissions for individual cities, part of what it recently described as an ambitious new plan to deploy its hoard of geographic information on the side of climate-concerned local leaders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google has launched a new online tool, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Environmental Insights Explorer</a>, which tracks emissions inventory on a city scale. The program is still in beta mode and currently only provides data for five cities (Pittsburgh, PA; Mountain View,&nbsp;CA;&nbsp;Victoria, BC; Melbourne, AU; Buenos Aires, AR) but could eventually turn into an enormously helpful planning tool for municipalities&mdash;especially while the consensus on man-made global warming can be frustratingly murky on the state and federal level.</p> As augmented reality further permeates the urban environment, do architects play a role in planning virtual spaces? Alexander Walter 2018-10-03T17:59:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Over the past couple of decades, artists and designers have developed augmented realities that propose vastly different, and often more radical perspectives of what a digitally enhanced public realm could look like. [...] many actually existing AR projects instead ask critical questions about the implementation of this novel technology and its potential to shift both the everyday experiences and political economies of architecture and cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his latest <em>Failed Architecture</em> piece, Joshua McWhirter offers an insightful history of noteworthy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">augmented reality</a>-powered works of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">art</a>, activism, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">game design</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">simulation</a> while also issuing a warning call about the impending privatization and commodification of the virtual public space without much input from architects. "And as this landscape increasingly constitutes a public realm in and of itself,"&nbsp;McWhirter writes, "a collection of hybrid real-virtual public spaces, there are even glimmers of direct challenges to its creeping privatization."</p> Morpholio Trace and Shapr3D launch new iOS 12 features to integrate 3D modeling and sketching for architects Alexander Walter 2018-09-26T15:59:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With Apple's recent release of its latest mobile operating system, iOS 12, we're now seeing new feature releases in a variety of apps. Two players in the world of architectural software, Morpholio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trace</a> and Shapr3D, today announced a joint effort that promises to further bridge the divide between 3D modeling and sketching on the iPad Pro thanks to Apple&rsquo;s Drag and Drop and the new universal 3D file type USDZ.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Jim Keen. Image courtesy of Morpholio.</figcaption></figure><p>Dubbed "Drag 'n' Fly", the new iOS 12 feature by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a>, a company that we've covered previously on Archinect, enables users to integrate live 3D models in Trace sketches, create infinite views, and draw over automatically generated perspective grids. Shapr3D models can now be exported directly to Trace via the new OBJ export, simplifying the switch between drawing and modeling. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Jim Keen. Image courtesy of Morpholio.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Jim Keen. Image courtesy of Morpholio.</figcaption></figure><p>Morpholio Co-Founder Mark Collins explains the reason behind...</p> Why 'smart homes' aren't really that smart yet Alexander Walter 2018-09-14T15:38:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T12:46:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Today you can have a fully connected home complete with sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, air quality, energy usage, and more, and check in on almost any appliance from anywhere in the world with just a smartphone. But even with all of the various connected appliances, virtual assistants, and copious sensors that can be installed in a modern smart home, the &ldquo;smart&rdquo; side of things is still rather lacking.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Verge</em> senior editor Dan Seifert asks: <em>Wouldn't it be cool if my home could figure everything out on its own?</em></p> This Instagram page draws famous buildings, showing off the sketch process via timelapse Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-31T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-09-03T20:33:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Picardal</a> is a New York based artist and architectural illustrator running the Instagram account <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, which shows off their sketching process for drawing buildings by famous architects. Capturing their practice via timelapse, the page posts videos of Picardal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hand drawing</a> landmark works such as the Art Gallery of Alberta by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, The Tower Bridge in London, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a>'s Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, and even the Millennium Falcon. Entire cityscapes are given the pen-and-ink treatment as well, as are various spacecrafts and robotics.</p> Ivan Bernal appointed Kent State Architecture Program Director Anthony Morey 2018-08-27T14:34:00-04:00 >2018-08-27T14:36:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kent State University</a> College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) has announced that Associate Professor Ivan Bernal has been appointed the new Director of Architecture programs. Professor Bernal, currently serves as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guest Curator</a> at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before arriving at Kent State, Ivan served as an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University</a>. Before joining Syracuse, he served as full-time faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>) where he also completed his Master of Architecture degree with honors and won the highly competitive Best Thesis Prize.<br></p> <p>Bernal succeeds Jonathan Fleming, who served as the Director of Architecture programs for the past nine years. &ldquo;I look forward to continuing the legacy the school has achieved under Jonathan&rsquo;s Directorship. It maintains a trajectory of formidable achievements and high standards; I am excited to help postulate its new vision for a fast-changing disci...</p> Epic Games unleashes Unreal with the Academy Anthony Morey 2018-08-19T13:52:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Epic Games</a>, the creators of the Unreal Engine, the standard for VR and AR exploration, experiment and implementation has unveiled its Academy. Understanding that understanding and exploring their medium is not as easy as picking up a pencil. Unreal is looking to change this by launching its own online academy meant to bring such software and creative unleashing to the masses. The academy will have a collection of tutorials, lectures and sample files tied to architecture, industrial design, game development and visualization to name a few.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Epic Games Academy</figcaption></figure></figure><p>With more and more educational institutions embracing the visual and visceral adoration of such projects that comes from such technology and with a growing portion of such institutional leaders and educators unaware of how to use, teach and implement such software, having companies bridge the landscapes between creator and educator may be a sign of things to come &mdash; a much needed one.&nbsp;</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> Win a copy of Joseph Choma's “Études for Architects”, a book of pedagogical design games for architects Justine Testado 2018-08-08T12:25:00-04:00 >2018-08-30T18:14:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Topology Lab</a> founder and architectural educator Joseph Choma is back with a new pedagogical book called&nbsp;&ldquo;&Eacute;tudes for Architects&rdquo;, which comes a few years after his acclaimed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;MORPHING: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers&rdquo;</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're a new student to design or maybe you want to refresh your skills, this book features a series of pedagogical games that architects can play as a means to design. Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Routledge</a> and Joseph Choma, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Joseph Choma.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Joseph Choma.</figcaption></figure><p>Written in straightforward text and featuring explanatory diagrams, the book's learning objectives include:&nbsp;computational thinking and making; introduction to design as an iterative, reflective, and rigorous process; ideas of continuity and discontinuity; and understanding the bias and constraints of analog and digital tooling.&nbsp;It also includes compelling examples of student work to e...</p> Experience Frank Lloyd Wright works online through virtual tours Hope Daley 2018-06-21T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T15:32:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual tours</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>'s properties will be available online through&nbsp;Leica Geosystems partnership with&nbsp;the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. With technology services from Multivista and Matterport, detailed experiences of the architect's&nbsp;iconic works can be explored from exterior grounds to the interior home, including minute detailing, 3D views, and floor plans.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taliesin West</a> will be the first property available online <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. The endeavor is part of a larger scheme by Leica Geosystems to use <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital innovation</a> to capture, document, and preserve architectural history.</p> Win a copy of “Making LA Modern: Craig Ellwood—Myth, Man, Designer”! Justine Testado 2018-06-14T11:58:00-04:00 >2018-07-05T19:52:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An icon of California midcentury modernism, architect Craig Ellwood exemplified refined decadence &mdash; whether it was his lifestyle or the luxurious spaces he designed throughout Southern California in the 1950s and '60s.&nbsp;&ldquo;MAKING L.A. MODERN: Craig Ellwood&mdash;Myth, Man, Designer&rdquo;, edited by designer Michael Boyd, is the first book in over a decade to examine the architect's glamorous life and design legacy. Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rizzoli New York</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies to our readers!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Making L.A. Modern: Craig Ellwood edited by Michael Boyd, Rizzoli New York, 2018. Photograph &copy; Richard Powers.</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring Ellwood's photographic collaborations with Julius Shulman and others, this hardcover, 240-page book explores the architect's brand of &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">playboy architecture</a>&rdquo;, depicted in the nostalgic, dreamy paradise of midcentury Los Angeles &mdash;&nbsp;palm trees, Herman Miller furniture, the Pacific Ocean, fashion models.&nbsp;His minimalist, glamorous designs&nbsp;suggested the coveted laidback lifestyle of ...</p> How Amazon's patents shape our city of the future Alexander Walter 2018-06-08T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Taken as whimsical follies by the design press and broader culture, Amazon's architectural and logistical patents are altogether more sinister, signalling new, automated urban ambitions. [...] While some of these patents could be marked as routine publicity stunts, lurking beneath Amazon&rsquo;s bravado is an obsession with organisation and productivity: oriented towards abstract users, measured in data, and governed by algorithms.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>Failed Architecture</em>, designer and writer Matthew Stewart investigates the implications of the overwhelming flood of architectural and logistical <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">patents</a> filed by Big Tech, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> in particular, on our cities and expectations of the world of the future.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We&rsquo;ve been treated to an Archigram-esque world of walking cities, inflatable mega-structures and roaming blimps," Stewart writes. "This world has included proposals for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">multi-level drone fulfillment centers</a>; mobile robotic warehouses; augmented reality furniture; inflatable data centers; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">underwater</a> and flying warehouse facilities; infinitely expandable data centers; on-demand clothing manufacturing, automated shopping with image recognition systems and the ever-present spectre of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone delivery</a>."</p> Preserving Iraq's Heritage: World Monuments Fund partners with Google for new online exhibitions Alexander Walter 2018-06-06T16:10:00-04:00 >2018-06-06T16:10:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Launched on the Google Arts &amp; Culture platform today, the project includes drone footage of ancient sites and structures like the ziggurat in Borsippa and the Archway of Ctesiphon, 3D models of now lost architecture, like Babylon&rsquo;s famous Ishtar Gate, and documentation of sites that have been damaged or destroyed by Isis, including Nimrud, Hatra and Mosul.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Using drone footage, 3D models and videos, the tech giant is working with cultural institutions to make preservation efforts accessible to a larger public," <em>The Art Newspaper </em>reports.</p><p>View the <em>Preserving Iraq's Heritage</em> online exhibition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Together and Apart - The 2018 Latvian Pavilion Anthony Morey 2018-06-02T17:38:00-04:00 >2018-06-03T18:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Latvian Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibition Biennale Architettura</a> 2018, titled Together and Apart, looks at apartment buildings in relation to architecture&rsquo;s role in organizing society. It examines how this architectural typology generates ways of living together and apart although the individual apartment provides the possibility to separate one from the outside, it is always a part of a common structure.</p> this architectural typology generates ways of living together and apart although the individual apartment provides the possibility to separate one from the outside... <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Together and Apart. Photo: Ansis-Starks</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Together and Apart. Photo: Ansis-Starks</figcaption></figure></figure><p><em>Together and Apart</em> is curated by a multidisciplinary team consisting of architect and urbanist Evel&#299;na Ozola, architect Mat&#299;ss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skr&#275;j&#257;ne and Director of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia Gundega Laivi&#326;a. This exhibition aims to explore the question of living together in...</p> An augmented reality art exhibit hijacks MoMA's Jackson Pollock gallery Alexander Walter 2018-04-27T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-04-28T12:11:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>NEW YORK&rsquo;S MUSEUM of Modern Art is under siege. Well, a virtual siege, at least. A group of renegade artists has co-opted the brightly-lit Jackson Pollock gallery on the museum&rsquo;s fifth floor, turning it into their personal augmented reality playground. [...] those that have downloaded the MoMAR Gallery app on their smartphones, the impressionist's iconic paintings are merely markers&mdash;points of reference telling the app where to display the guerilla artists&rsquo; works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>MoMAR's augmented reality app and the unauthorized accompanying group show <em>Hello, we're from the internet</em> explore the intersection of private physical space and the public digital realm. "MoMAR is an unauthorized gallery concept aimed at democratizing physical exhibition spaces, museums, and the curation of art within them," the group explains on its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. "MoMAR is non-profit, non-owned, and exists in the absence of any privatized structures."</p><p><br></p> <p>Get the app on <a href=";hl=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Android</a> or <a href=";preserveScrollPosition=true#platform/iphone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iOS</a> and head to MoMA's Jackson Pollock room on the 5th floor to see <em>Hello, we're from the internet</em> until May 3.<br></p> Win a copy of “Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move”! Justine Testado 2018-04-25T12:11:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T19:37:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Mobile architecture has been around for centuries, yet it's as popular as ever today. Looking for some design inspiration? &ldquo;Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move&rdquo; is a fun little reference book that spotlights a vast collection of architectural designs that roll, inflate, pop up, slide, and float &mdash; from the whimsical and the practical, to the rustic and the deluxe. Thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phaidon</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!</p> <p>Authored by Rebecca Roke, this 320-page, hardcover book features over 250 projects worldwide. Projects are organized into&nbsp;eight chapters based on their primary means of mobility: Human, No Wheels, One &amp; Two Wheels, Three Wheels, Four Wheels, 5+ Wheels, Sleds+, and Water.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Mobile Kitchen, Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland, 2013. Steel framing, plywood, plasterboard, wheels, kitchenware. Photo credit: Emmanuelle Bayart.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Walking Shelter, Sibling, Australia, 2008. Polyester, rope, plastic buckles. Photo credit: Tin&amp;Ed.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bicycle Tear...</figcaption></figure> You can now play Tetris with Soviet-style housing blocks Alexander Walter 2018-04-18T14:13:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T14:18:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you've been around the 'architecture-can-be-fun-too'-focused internet for a while, you may remember Sergej Hein's semi-viral gem of a video, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin Block Tetris</a>, which was exactly that: an animated version of the video game classic using building blocks that resembled socialist-era residential high-rises.</p> <p>Lithuanian designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lukas Valiauga</a> has now taken the idea to the next, interactive, level and created the mobile app <em>Tower Block Game</em>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tower Block Game by Lukas Valiauga</figcaption></figure><p>"This game is a playful tribute to a not so playful reality of monotonous and bleak cityscapes built out of same prefabricated concrete blocks," the app description explains. "Very specific for Eastern-Europe but evident everywhere else, too. These relic tower blocks usually mark failed social programmes and neighbourhoods planned as clumsy as some failed building block game&hellip; On that note, build and demolish one for yourself!"</p> <p>Tower Block Game is available for Android from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Play store</a>.</p> <p>Not much of a gam...</p> How financial technology benefits from architectural design Hope Daley 2018-04-16T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T16:15:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Design lies at the heart of both architecture and software. People continuously try to define what design is (which maybe means designers are not good at designing design), and the reason is perhaps because there is no single type of design but several. Here I&rsquo;m going to talk about three that are relevant to both architects and fintech: blueprint-based design, recipe-based design, and systems design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Galbraith, previously&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featured in our Working Out of the Box series</a>,&nbsp;explores what financial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">technology</a> can learn from architectural design by diving into&nbsp;three design types.&nbsp;Galbraith has worked for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> and&nbsp;Fisher Park, and is currently a partner with Anthemis Group, a VC firm that focuses on financial services.</p> Bitcoin's opportunities and challenges in real estate Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T18:31:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T01:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Today, listings from one coast to another tout Bitcoin as a way to make a property transaction. A new collection of haute residences in Hollywood with Los Angeles skyline views go for $1.21 million or its Bitcoin equivalent; in Washington, D.C., two-bedroom condos are on the market for between 36 and 84 Bitcoins. In Austin, the seller of one ranch is offering a &ldquo;signficant discount&rdquo; if the buyer pays with Bitcoin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Great longform <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece</a> by Andrew Zaleski for <em>Curbed</em> on how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bitcoin</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockchain</a> technology, and&nbsp;other&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cryptocurrencies</a>&nbsp;have changed&mdash;or not changed&mdash;the real estate industry. "While there are laws in Arizona and Vermont that allow blockchain technology to play key parts in property sales and proving property ownership, in most states, aspects of the process still involve traditional financial institutions&mdash;and Bitcoin as a currency isn&rsquo;t necessarily a safe enough bet for the relatively risk-averse world of real estate."</p> Win a Copy of “WORKac: We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge”! Justine Testado 2018-03-01T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-03-29T17:53:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In their latest &ldquo;duograph&rdquo;, as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKac</a> co-founders <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amale Andraos</a> and Dan Wood call it, &ldquo;WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge&rdquo; revisits the firm's formative projects that shaped their practice to what it is today. Thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Monacelli Press</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!</p> <p>Encased in a hardcover accented with bright colors and various paper stocks and page sizes, the book spotlights WORKac's core principle since its founding in 2003: an&nbsp;&ldquo;utterly personal, ongoing conversation about what architecture could become,&rdquo; Andraos and Wood write in the introduction.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Anthropologie, Dos Lagos retail store. Photo: Bruce Damonte.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Stealth Building. Photo: Bruce Damonte.</figcaption></figure><p>Some of the projects include the biodegradable Public Farm 1 at MoMA PS1, the first two buildings of Edible Schoolyards NYC, an addition to the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, their proposal for the Beirut Museum of Art, and the Kew Gardens Hills Library expansion in Queens that was fina...</p> Queer Spaces, Intersections, LGBT Historic Sites: Urban Omnibus launches new series Alexander Walter 2018-02-22T14:32:00-05:00 >2018-02-22T14:32:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As designers and urbanists engage with LGBTQ+ identity, what role do gender and sexuality play in the preservation, design, and management of urban space today? [...] Marginalization means invisibility, both in history and space. New efforts seek to reclaim and preserve queer histories inscribed in sites across the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Urban Omnibus</em>, a publication of the Architectural League of New York, recently launched its new series&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intersections: Surfacing</a>&nbsp;(guest-edited by Jacob R. Moore), allowing a more informed look at issues of&nbsp;gender and sexuality in the context of design &amp; urban history.</p> Win “Mass Timber: Design and Research" by Susan Jones! Justine Testado 2018-02-06T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T13:33:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>&ldquo;Mass Timber Design and Research&rdquo; by architect Susan Jones, the owner of Seattle-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">atelierjones</a>, is a handy resource for learning about the emergence of Mass Timber construction technology in the U.S. Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ORO Editions</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!</p> <p>The book presents years of research by Jones' firm, her family, and her University of Washington students. As a prominent voice in the Mass Timber dialogue in the U.S., Jones' book starts with the story of her family's sustainable forest practices that have been going on for three generations.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tree tenderers. Photo courtesy of ORO Editions.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vaagen Brothers Lumber. Photo courtesy of ORO Editions.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of ORO Editions. </figcaption></figure><p>The book delves into Pacific Northwest forestry, timber and Cross-Laminated Timber manufacturing practices and carbon analysis, and carbon comparisons between standard building construction assemblies and technologies.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>It concludes with model buildings designed ...</p> Coachella lineup created by a neural network generates new designers Hope Daley 2018-01-25T16:09:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Move over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular,</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball Nogues</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOC</a>... robots are coming for your jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Botnik Studios</a>&nbsp;created a hilarious (and somewhat believable)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coachella</a> lineup using their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artificial intelligence</a> RNN&nbsp;algorithm to generate a list of band names and installation designers. Located at the bottom of the poster, the new designer list reads:</p> <p>With large-scale art installations by</p> <ul><li>Mr. Wall</li><li>Belly Legroom</li><li>Ed the Bjown</li><li>Benus Jackson</li><li>Melon Soxprane&nbsp;</li><li>Aunt Luke</li></ul><p>Personal favorites: "Creepwell, Then Sleepwell", "Boy/Boys", and of course "Aunt Luke". Will a real Aunt Luke please come forward and grace the world with large-scale art installations? Thank you.&nbsp;</p> The 'Tinder' for apartment swapping launches in the Netherlands Alexander Walter 2018-01-23T15:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Dutch social renters wanting to move to a new apartment can now use an app to swap houses with other renters. One precondition, both renters need to &lsquo;like&rsquo; each other&rsquo;s apartment to get a match. [...] Young renters with small apartments may swap with older residents who live in bigger apartments. In this way, the issue of scheefwonen (skew living &mdash; when people live in apartments that do not match their needs and desires) within the Dutch rental sector could be solved.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>"After two apartments are matched, the users are introduced to each other, after which they have to find out if their rental agreements are compatible enough for the renters to swap house."</em></p> Win John Cary's book, “Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone” Justine Testado 2018-01-22T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T17:32:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Esteemed designer and entrepreneur <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Cary</a> created the book <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone&rdquo;</a> to bring attention to impactful designs that address critical issues of inequity and accessibility, as well as challenge the widespread assumption that good design is a luxury. Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Island Press</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!</p> <p>The book starts with a foreword by philanthropist Melinda Gates.&nbsp;&ldquo;Great design is not a finite resource; it is a choice we can all make by listening more, empathizing more, and demanding more for humanity,&rdquo; Gates writes.</p> <p>The book highlights 20 human-centered projects from around the world that not only demonstrate how design can elevate communities, but how it can be achieved. It features in-depth interviews with designers, clients, and users, alongside full-color photographs.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>St. Jerome's Children's Centre in Murunyu, Nakuru, Kenya, by Orkidstudio. Photo: Odysseas Mourtzouchos.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Women's Opportu...</figcaption></figure> Printing Architecture; A conversation with Ethel Baraona Pohl and Nicholas Korody about architecture and the print medium Archinect 2018-01-11T17:20:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week, we are joined by Nicholas Korody, the Editor-in-Chief of Archinect's new print project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, and Ethel Baraona Pohl, co-founder of Barcelona-based architecture publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dpr-barcelona</a>. We discuss the increasingly-niche industry of architectural print publishing, and the evolving value it offers as digital media continues to thrive.</p> <p>We also provide a little behind-the-scenes look at the conception and development of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>. Interested in seeing your work in print?&nbsp;Ed is currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seeking submissions for our next issue on "Disaster"</a>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bracket</a>, a publication project Archinect co-publishes with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infranetlab</a>, is seeking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">submissions for the upcoming release "On Sharing"</a>.<br></p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 113 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Printing Architecture&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite po...</li></ul> From Search Engines to Sidewalks? Anthony Morey 2018-01-10T12:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet what has drawn the most concern and curiosity with regards to Quayside is a uniquely 21st-century feature: a data-harvesting, wifi-beaming &ldquo;digital layer&rdquo; that would underpin each proposed facet of Quayside life. According to Sidewalk Labs, this would provide &ldquo;a single unified source of information about what is going on&rdquo;&mdash;to an astonishing level of detail&mdash;as well as a centralized platform for efficiently managing it all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While tech companies struggle to discover the new way to get a glimpse into our daily habits&mdash;attempting to discover how and where we spend our time and money&mdash;Alphabet might have just brought the &lsquo;<em>Truman Show</em>&rsquo; approach to marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announcing its first ever Urban Development in Toronto earlier this year, it is no surprise that tech companies have switched gears and begun to see the city itself as a device, rather than just the thing in your hand. Tech giants are beginning to turn architecture into a tool for data collection and that data is then becoming the perspective in which the Architecture is critiqued. What does that spell for the discipline at large?&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond our discipline, if every decision is based on its ability to produce more data, how does that impact privacy and freedom of choice? What would the pop-up ad equivalent become if it is capable of leaving the digital screen and becoming an urban phenomenon and where would the ...</p> Win Fairy Tales Architecture Competition Volumes 1-3! Justine Testado 2018-01-05T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T17:32:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over the last five years, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a> has surely made an impact, welcoming everyone from students to Pritzker Prize laureates to write their very own architecture-themed story. From the pragmatic and poignant to the fantastical and snarky, Fairy Tales Architecture Competition Volumes 1-3 lets you re-read&nbsp;your favorite tales or discover a story you might've missed the first time. In collaboration with Blank Space, Archinect is giving away five sets of Fairy Tales Architecture Competition&nbsp;Volumes 1-3 to our readers!</p> <p>Designed by Bruce Mau Design, each volume revisits the 2014-16 competitions. Each paperback book features the winning entries and a delightful selection of notable submissions in full-color illustrations.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;A Thousand and One Nights&rdquo; by Xinran Ma.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;Course of Empire&rdquo; by Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan (Wandoy Studio)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;Up Above&rdquo; by Ariane Merle d&rsquo;Aubign&eacute; &amp; Jean Maleyrat</figcaption></figure><p><strong>HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:</strong></p> <p>Want a chance to win Fairy Tales Architecture...</p>