Archinect - News 2018-05-21T10:51:29-04:00 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> Looking to buy an unfinished skyscraper? This Chinese online auction has one listed (starting price: $84m). Alexander Walter 2018-01-02T14:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T14:45:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 156m (511ft) skyscraper in northern Shanxi province has been listed on Taobao, China's largest e-commerce website, by a local court. [...] Construction on the building first began in 2006 and was due to be completed by 2011, according to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. However, the developer ran into funding troubles. The building was eventually seized by the Shanxi Provincial Higher People's Court.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Fresh coat of paint, some shiplap here and there, and this puppy can be open for business in no time.</figcaption></figure><p>If a 511-ft fixer upper in the northern Chinese city of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiyuan</a> has been on your real estate wishlist for some time, and you happen to have at least 553m yuan ($84 million) sitting idly by, then <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this listing</a> on China's popular Taobao online auction site is your biggest good news of 2018 yet.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Hurry though, the campaign ends later today.</p> Top Pinterest Boards of 2017 Alexander Walter 2017-12-29T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-23T16:07:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One consistently popular series in the Archinect news is the weekly "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards</a>" roundup featuring project images of outstanding work on various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles on Archinect. Each week showcases pictures from one of our (currently) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">27 themed and curated Pinterest boards</a> &mdash; a great way to get inspiration and discover new talent.</p> <p>Below is a selection of the ten roundups that were most popular in 2017.<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Student Work</strong></a><br></p> <figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"></a><figcaption>IN-Accessible by Ke Li</figcaption></figure><p>Academic work by architecture students from SCI-Arc, Princeton, RISD, Pratt Institute, PennDesign among other schools.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Details</strong></a><br></p> <figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"></a><figcaption>The Lined Extension in London, UK by YARD Architects; Photo: Richard Chivers</figcaption></figure><p>Beautiful architectural details by YARD Architects, SOFTlab, DSDHA, Pitman Tozer, FIELDWORK, and others.<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Bathroom Spaces</strong></a><br></p> <figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"></a><figcaption>Sunken Bath Project in Hackney, UK by Studio 304</figcaption></figure><p>Bathrooms, restrooms, and spas by Studio 304, Neri&amp;Hu, OBERMEYER, Klopf, Coffey, and others.<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Kitchen Spaces</strong></a><br></p> <figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"></a><figcaption>Caroline's Place in London, UK by A...</figcaption></figure> Most Popular Features of 2017 Anthony Morey 2017-12-25T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T00:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From job auditions and activism to artificial intelligence and life beyond architecture, 2017 brought upon a very eclectic collection of top features of the year. Looking back, we collected the the most relished and savored; which one did you love?<br><br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>What is the role of the architect in the never ended advancement of technology, automation and now, the arrival of artificial intelligence? Working through various perspectives such as issues of social research, design decision-making we worked our way through the possible outcomes and speed bumps of today&rsquo;s reality.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free School of Architecture</a>, Beatriz Colomina&rsquo;s project, Radical Pedagogies and SCI-Arc&rsquo;s Theory and Pedagogy program, the current state of architectural education, profession and methods have been a hot topic of 2017 along with being the main focus of endless institutional symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. F...</p> Design elegant spaces with unique quartz surface coverings by Compac, The Surfaces Company Sponsor 2017-12-13T12:59:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T12:59:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Established in 1975, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Compac, The Surfaces Company</a> was the first Spanish company to specialize in the manufacturing and distribution of marble and quartz surface coverings that can stand the test of time. To this day, Compac, The Surfaces Company imbues timeless innovation, durability, and sustainable production into every collection they design, as seen in the latest&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unique Collection</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Unique Arabescato.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Unique Argento.</figcaption></figure><p>In designing the Unique Collection, Compac, The Surfaces Company was inspired by none other than nature. Although the Unique Collection appears to be made of natural marble, it is actually made with exceptionally resistant technological quartz &mdash; a signature specialty of the company. Not only is the technological quartz stunning, it is also highly resistant to scratching, staining, water, and humidity. Its non-porous quality completely blocks out dirt, as well.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Unique Calacatta.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Unique Marquina.</figcaption></figure><p>The customizable Unique Collection comes in a range of elegant colors and exp...</p> Is it a bookstore? Is it a fashion concept shop? Yes! Alexander Walter 2017-12-12T15:19:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T15:19:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The future of brick-and-mortar bookstores has been in peril for at least a decade. But whether you&rsquo;re actually shopping for a book or not, you might actually find yourself wandering into a bookstore by accident. Because fashion brands, from French icon Sonia Rykiel to New York City-based Warby Parker, are curating books not as objects to read but as objects of d&eacute;cor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More and more trendy retailers that used to be exclusively online (think Warby Parker, Glossier, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everlane</a>) are beginning to open brick-and-mortar concept shops &amp; flagship stores in major cities, and books appear to be front and center in store design &mdash;&nbsp;sometimes as mere decoration but more frequently actually for sale; further blurring the line between traditional bookstores and branded experiences.</p> Make Invoices a Little Less Painful With These 4 Tips Sponsor 2017-12-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T20:28:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href=";utm_medium=dec12-blog&amp;utm_campaign=invoices-tips" 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=dec12-blog&amp;utm_campaign=invoices-tips" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Core</a>.</strong></em></p> <p> Generally speaking, no one&rsquo;s thrilled to receive a bill. Your clients are no exception. However, there are techniques you can use with your invoices that both highlight your architecture firm&rsquo;s value and make the process more convenient for clients. The result? Bills that make them smile (or at least not frown).</p> <p> Think about it: If you invoice a client every month (or every two weeks, as some savvy firms do), you&rsquo;re consistently interacting with them and communicating the value of your services. If you get it right, you&rsquo;ll end up with clients who are happy to pay for your services. That&rsquo;s why you should follow these 4 tips.</p> 1. Tailor your invoices.&nbsp; <p>The way something is communicated can make all the difference. It&rsquo;s vital to provide clients with the information that they respond to in order to reduce conflict and questions. While these tips don&rsquo;t apply so much if you only do stipulated sum billing, if you bill for additional services or exp...</p> Win a “Concrete New York” map city guide! Justine Testado 2017-11-30T12:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-29T18:24:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Explore New York City the (mostly) old-fashioned way with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Concrete New York&rdquo; Map</a>, the latest paper architectural map by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Crow Media</a>. This unique two-sided city guide highlights a selection of NYC's most celebrated concrete buildings as a gateway to discovering historic gems like Battery Hill at Fort Tilden or contemporary works like Steven Holl Architects&rsquo; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hunters Point Community Library</a>&nbsp;or Dattner Architects' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spring Street Salt Shed</a>. Thanks to Blue Crow Media, Archinect is giving away five Concrete New York maps to our readers!</p> <p>The foldable map includes an intro by Brooklyn-based writer Allison C. Meier, photographs by Jason Woods, and project details of over 50 of NYC's concrete buildings and structures, including Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s Brutalist Begrisch Hall, and the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Detail of the Concrete New York map. Image courtesy of Blue Crow Media.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Begrisch Hall at Bronx Community College by Marce...</figcaption></figure> Natural slate for a smooth Scandinavian design Sponsor 2017-11-27T12:12:00-05:00 >2017-11-27T12:13:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since ancient Roman times, natural slate has been used as a reliable building cladding material due to its remarkable durability, its versatile style, and its resistance to fire and water.&nbsp;Leading natural-roofing slate manufacturer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cupa Pizarras</a> revolutionizes this material for present-day needs with their&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CUPACLAD&reg;&nbsp;Natural Slate Rainscreen Cladding Systems</a>. The CUPACLAD&reg; systems were created to adapt natural slate to contemporary architectural styles and evolving trends, which continuously prioritize ecological and sustainable construction.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Villa P, designed by N+P Arkitektur.</figcaption></figure><p>From renovations to newly constructed buildings around the world, one of every three natural-roofing slate cladding installations uses the Cupa Pizarras brand. One such project is the beautiful Villa P in&nbsp;Fredericia, Denmark. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">N+P Arkitektur</a>, the 2,100 sq.ft. harbor-side residence uses the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CUPACLAD&reg;&nbsp;101 LOGIC cladding system</a>&nbsp;to help create its timeless, Nordic-inspired aesthetic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead of prefabr...</p> Get your copy of the first issue of Ed, Archinect's new print journal! Nicholas Korody 2017-11-14T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-03-26T01:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Archinect is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural issue of <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a></em>, our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new print publication</a>. The first issue focuses on &ldquo;The Architecture of Architecture&rdquo;&mdash;how architecture is constitutively enmeshed within ecologies, economies, socio-politics, technological regimes, and patriarchal structures. In the issue, some of the most innovative voices in contemporary architecture take a look at how this operates, and how it can be redesigned. In short, &ldquo;The Architecture of Architecture&rdquo; endeavors to sketch out the limits of contemporary architectural practice and thought, and to imagine alternatives.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figure></figure></figure><figure></figure><figure></figure><p>Conceived of as a thought-provoking journal wrapped in a visually-rich magazine, the issue features a conversation with the Barcelona-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAIO</a> about their first ground-up project, as well as an interview with the artist Martin Beck by Amelia Stein, and a special iteration of Archinect&rsquo;s recurring interview series <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a></em> featuring Brand&atilde;o Costa Arquitectos. Alongs...</p> SoapBox: Manifestos Anthony Morey 2017-11-13T16:14:00-05:00 >2017-11-29T13:40:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Soapbox</a> is a new weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p> <p>This week, in its first offering, we present. <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manifestos</a></strong>. A selection of videos&nbsp; whose topics or purpose was to present if not reinforce, Manifestos.</p> <p><strong>1. GSAPP: What happened to the Architectural Manifesto Series</strong></p> <p><strong>a.&nbsp;</strong><strong>Enrique Walker, Felicity Scott and Anthony Vidler on the architectural manifesto. (2011)</strong></p> <p><strong>b. Beatriz Colomina,...</strong></p> Scan-to-BIM Starts with Reality Capture Sponsor 2017-11-13T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-11-16T12:36:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href=";utm_medium=Archinect" 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=Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autodesk Reality Capture</a></strong></em></p> <p>Unless you&rsquo;re designing a new building that&rsquo;s slated for construction in the middle of a flat and empty landscape, context matters.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s a renovation, an addition, or new construction, the as-is geometry of adjacent buildings, nearby structures, and the surrounding terrain is critical for the design process. But conventional as-built drawings are notoriously unreliable, prompting expensive surveys and time-consuming manual measurements. </p> <p>However, new technology is quickly changing this situation. Laser scanning and photogrammetry solutions enable the digital capture of spatial information for integration into building design processes. Reality capture technology is not new, in fact, laser scanning originated in the early 1960s. But historically, the technology has been very expensive, data-intensive, and difficult to use. </p> <p>In the last several years, the cost of capture technologies dropped significantly while ease of us...</p> Win LOT-EK's latest monograph, “LOT-EK: Objects + Operations” Justine Testado 2017-11-10T12:24:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>New York-based design practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOT-EK</a> showcases their crafty upcycling of ordinary objects in their latest monograph, &ldquo;LOT-EK: Objects + Operations&rdquo;. Want to learn more about the practice's design process? Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Monacelli Press</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!</p> <p>Featuring a hardcover designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MTWTF</a>, the 400-page book was authored by LOT-EK founding partners&nbsp;Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano with architectural writer Thomas de Monchaux.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Qiyun Mountain Camp in Huangshan, China. Photo by Noah Sheldon.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>LOT-EK's UrbanScan61. Photo courtesy of The Monacelli Press.</figcaption></figure><p>Readers can peruse LOT-EK's built, unbuilt, and in-progress works &mdash; such as their shipping container projects &mdash; as well as their exploration of ideas. The projects are accompanied by photos from the firm's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">URBAN SCAN project</a>, a&nbsp;&ldquo;raw and observational&rdquo; photo documentation that &ldquo;focuses on man-made objects and systems and the way they proliferate, accumulate, overlap and inte...</p> Heating your home with...bitcoin mining? Alexander Walter 2017-11-06T15:24:00-05:00 >2017-11-06T15:26:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two entrepreneurs have figured out how to heat their homes for free: bitcoin mining. Bitcoin transactions require a lot of processing power, which creates a lot of heat. So Ilya Frolov and Dmitry Tolmachyov built a wooden cottage in the Russian Siberian town of Irkutsk, and they&rsquo;re heating it with two bitcoin mines. The men pocket about $430 a month from bitcoin transactions, while keeping the 20 square meter space warm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture and the female form: Erotic collages by artist @scientwehst (NSFW) Alexander Walter 2017-10-06T21:02:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this learned self-confidence that has&nbsp;become&nbsp;the center&nbsp;of Giulia&rsquo;s graphic collages, allowing her to&nbsp;push boundaries regarding sexuality and censorship of the female form. By strategically placing&nbsp;architectural elements onto images of the female body, Giulia is ever so slightly bypassing Instagram&rsquo;s strict censorship rules, but while the Brooklyn-based artist&rsquo;s near-pornographic collages are technically safe for&nbsp;IG, she says&nbsp;it hasn&rsquo;t been an easy road on the platform.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Highsnobiety</em> interviews Giulia, the provocative Brooklyn-based artist who is better known by her Instagram handle <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@scientwehst</a>.</p> <p>When asked what inspired her to create erotic collages by inserting architectural images in place of female genitalia: "It started with me creating random pornographic collages where I would replace genitalia with images that looked phallic or yonic, typically food. This slowly evolved into me looking for any images that resembled a female body, which was then refined into me looking for only architectural images that resembled the female form."</p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the entire interview and marvel at more of Giulia's images.</p> Make any space feel like home with Napoleon's new Luxuria Linear Series fireplace Sponsor 2017-10-05T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-28T20:23:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Nothing should stand between you and the comfort and enjoyment a fireplace brings. Over the last 40 years, leading hearth manufacturer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Napoleon</a> has been dedicated to creating state-of-the-art fireplaces that surpass industry standards, look effortlessly beautiful in a range of settings, and are designed with unique features.<br></p> <p>Continuing Napoleon's legacy is its latest innovation: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxuria Linear Series fireplace</a>, which offers an industry-exclusive Glass Guard System that eliminates the need for a safety screen &mdash; yet leaves the glass safe to the touch. A fireplace without a safety screen not only looks more aesthetically pleasing, it's safer and less stressful for households with pets and children as well as public areas like hospitals, nursing homes, bars, restaurants, and more.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Another benefit of this series is Napoleon's multitude of customizable features, which allow users to design a fireplace that will look like an artful centerpiece. The Luxuria Linear Series offers elegant ...</p> Win “New Architects 3: Britain's Best Emerging Practices”! Justine Testado 2017-10-03T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T20:04:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Want to brush up on the emerging talent from British architecture? Archinect readers now have a chance to win a copy of the latest volume of &ldquo;New Architects: Britain's Best Emerging Practices&rdquo;, thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merrell Publishers</a>.</p> <p><img src=""></p> <figcaption>Cover of &ldquo;New Architects 3&rdquo;</figcaption><p>Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Foundation</a> began the &ldquo;New Architects&rdquo; series in 1998, the third edition continues the series' tradition of showcasing new generations of architects. Bounded in a shiny hardcover, &ldquo;New Architects 3&rdquo; is a 320-page guide to over 85 young, up-and-coming architecture practices that were selected by a jury of architectural professionals.</p> <p><img src=""></p> <figcaption>Platform 5 Architects, Lewisham Southwark College Business Centre atrium. Photo courtesy of Merrell Publishers.</figcaption><p><img src=""></p> <figcaption>Invisible Studio. Photo: Andy Matthews, courtesy of Merrell Publishers.</figcaption><p>The book presents a comprehensive expert assessment of each featured practice, along with a total of 450 color illustrations of the firms' recent projects and contact details. It also offers an overview o...</p>