Archinect - News 2018-11-19T04:54:54-05:00 What's it like to work for a famous architect? Here's your chance to find out, with these current job opportunities... Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-15T11:09:00-05:00 >2018-11-18T11:05:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Every star architect started their journey somewhere. In order to become a leading innovator in the field many architects started off by working for firms run by innovative design heads. Although, not all firms are created equal, there are several out there that combine skill and leadership, while pushing the boundaries of where architecture and design can go.&nbsp;</p> <p>Below are 10 leading firms seeking to hire new members to their star studded practice.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Keelung Harbor Service Building Image &copy; Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc.</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc.</a> seeks an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intermediate Designer</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles<br></strong><em>"Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA) is seeking an intermediate-level designer with 2-3 years of full-time experience to join our team.The ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic - eager to do whatever it takes to get a job done. You will be a great team-player, well-rounded, wanting to work&nbsp;here, and able to work on projects both independently and within an Architectural Design team. While n...</em></p> New York Wheel canceled. Now what? Alexander Walter 2018-11-08T15:50:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T14:16:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The New York Wheel was heralded as Staten Island&rsquo;s boldest project [...] And then on October 23, after over five years in the pipeline and $400 million in private investment, the New York Wheel was pronounced dead. The results of the developers&rsquo; divisive, much-litigated efforts are a concrete plinth and completed parking garage.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em>'s Zoe Rosenberg examines what the future may hold for&nbsp;Staten Island&rsquo;s ambitious North Shore revitalization after the developers last month pulled the plug on the&nbsp;630-foot&nbsp;main attraction, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Wheel</a>.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: S9 Architecture / Perkins Eastman</figcaption></figure> Amazon's HQ2 may be 2 HQs after all Alexander Walter 2018-11-06T13:31:00-05:00 >2018-11-06T13:37:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After conducting a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has switched gears and is now finalizing plans to have a total of 50,000 employees in two locations, according to people familiar with the decision-making process. The company is nearing a deal to move to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens [...]. Amazon is also close to a deal to move to the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb, one of the people said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It looks like Jeff Bezos may have finally found that second home for his online empire&mdash;or make that second <em>and</em> third. After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">narrowing down the list of cities</a> that could be potential new hosts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's HQ2</a> in January, the company has been tight-lipped about its final decision. Until yesterday. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>These 20 cities successfully flirted their way into Amazon's inner circle, but 18 may be swiped left soon.</figcaption></figure><p>The <em>NYT </em>reports that Amazon is in final talks with not just one but two cities to share the pie that had been dangled as irresistibly lucrative carrot in front of local politicians for months now: Long Island City, New York and Crystal City/Arlington, Virginia.<br></p> An Apple town square? Stockholm says no, thank you Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-01T14:31:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T15:33:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Kungstr&auml;dg&aring;rden is the most important park in Sweden, [...] It is the thread that pulls together the historical power of the monarchy with the commercial blocks of Hamngatan and the working-class districts of S&ouml;dermalm. This is very important for democracy because it has to do with power, symbolically and spatially.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, Sweden's beloved capitol is home to stunning landscapes that keep residence and visitors mesmerized. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with amazingly preserved buildings, beautiful open water views, and public spaces. Nestled in the heart of Stockholm is&nbsp;Kungstr&auml;dg&aring;rden, one of the most treasured and valued parks in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sweden</a>. Revered by its inhabitants, once word got out that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> had plans to "transform" their beloved space by creating a "town square," the people of Stockholm made their voices heard.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Proposed store rendering. Image &copy; Apple / Foster &amp; Partners</figcaption></figure><p>We get it, Apple has already taken over our lives by transforming daily communication, productivity, etc. But, does Apple have the leverage to transform <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public spaces</a>? Town squares are defined as open, public spaces located at the heart of a city. To a trillion-dollar tech company like Apple, their intention of&nbsp;redefining the relationship between public and private spaces is exactly what they are aiming for in build...</p> Passionate about interiors? Check out these 9 interior architecture jobs Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-01T11:40:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T12:28:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The interiors of the space create mood, ambience, and help fulfill the functionality of the structure. From the renovation of internal spaces, color schemes, furnishings, fixtures, and lighting interior architects are an integral part of the architectural community. Below are 9 firms offering job opportunities in interiors.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Arlo Grey Restaurant Image &copy; Sydell Group</figcaption><p><br></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydell Group</a> is seeking an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intermediate Interior Designer/Architect<br></a></strong><em>Sydell Group builds and operates unique properties that are a reflection of their neighborhoods, a celebration of architecture and design, and a gathering place for visitors from near and far. Their hotels are collaborations among exceptional talent from the creative, culinary, and retail worlds, and our goal is to create travel experiences that offer inspiration and a sense of connection to our respective cities.&nbsp;</em></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>55 West 17th Street &copy; Morris Adjmi Architects</figcaption><p><br></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morris Adjmi Architects</a> is seeking an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interior Designer III<br></a></strong><em>Team members are responsible for providin...</em></p></figure> $245 million, and America's most expensive listing could be yours Alexander Walter 2018-10-30T19:58:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T17:35:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The limestone clad mansion in Bel Air owned by the late TV executive Jerry Perenchio just got a price cut. But at $245 million, the commanding French neoclassical residence, which measures 25,000 square feet, is still the most expensive listing on the open market in the U.S. The property, which came up for sale last year for a staggering $350 million, has long been the cream of the crop among high-end estates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you happen to have won the $1.6 billion lottery jackpot last week or simply don't know where to stash away all those extra tax-cut savings, here's a sweet dealio for you: the spacious '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chartwell</a>' Bel Air mansion at <a href=",-118.4428353,405m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x80c2bcf799e016ef:0xf186d0d607ecd526!2s875+Nimes+Rd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90077!3b1!8m2!3d34.0889625!4d-118.4418697!3m4!1s0x80c2bcf65455d435:0xf83c66c87bc2252f!8m2!3d34.0871399!4d-118.4423912" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">875 Nimes Road</a> was built in 1933 and also appeared in the 1960s TV show&nbsp;<em>The Beverly Hillbillies</em>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Jim Bartsch/Hilton &amp; Hyland.</figcaption></figure><p>"Features include a Wallace Neff designed 5-bedroom guest house, 75-foot pool with spacious pool house, tennis court, car gallery for 40 vehicles, 12,000 bottle wine cellar and precisely manicured gardens befitting a chateau in France," reads the property description.<br></p> <p>Oh, and it's a total steal, too: after being listed for an eye-watering&nbsp;$350 million last year,&nbsp;the asking price has since dropped significantly to a bargain $245 million. Plenty of spare cash left to fill that 40-vehicle car gallery.</p> Heatherwick Studio's Coal Drops Yard opens its doors to the public Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-29T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-29T18:42:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio's</a>&nbsp;much anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coal Drops Yard</a> project opened its doors on Friday, October 26th. The London based studio transformed two heritage rail buildings from the 1850s into a lively retail district. The goal for Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, was to highlight the existing architectural elements while satisfying the new needs of a new urban development.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Luke Hayes</figcaption></figure><p>Developing into London's new creative sector, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">King's Cross</a> is already home to 67 acres of businesses, restaurants, and amazing architecture. The completion of Coal Drops Yard only adds to King's Cross' cultural presence within the city.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Hufton &amp; Crow</figcaption></figure><p>The studio artfully highlights the historical and textural details of the industrial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victorian</a> style buildings while creating a functional retail and public space. The project's main design feature are the defining gabled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roofs</a> that link two viaducts. The flowing roofs create a focal point for the space that transforms the gamb...</p> Architecture Billings Index in September slow but twelfth consecutive month of growth Alexander Walter 2018-10-24T17:34:00-04:00 >2018-10-24T17:35:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture firm billings growth slowed in September but remained positive for the twelfth consecutive month, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA&rsquo;s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for September was 51.1 compared to 54.2 in August. However, continued strength in new projects coming into architecture firms points to billings growth in the coming months.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Similar to the strong conditions we&rsquo;ve seen nationally, architecture firms located in the Midwest and Southern regions of the country continued to report very strong billings in September,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, billings were soft at firms located in the Northeast again, where they have declined or been flat for the entire year so far.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;stats for the month of September:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (59.7), South (54.1), West (53.1), Northeast (46.6)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (55.1), multi-family residential (54.9), mixed practice (53.4), commercial/industrial (50.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.1</li></ul> ENOTA turns an outdated wellness center into a soothing vacation escape Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-24T17:32:00-04:00 >2018-10-24T17:42:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ENOTA</a> architects turns a classic health center into a relaxing modern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spa</a> fit for adults and kids. The main focus of the renovation was to create a space that would satisfy the current needs of the visitors. Its construction was gradual, tackling pieces of the structure instead of renovating all at once. The developers and architectural team from ENOTA strived to create a space that focused on how the building design would interact with its surrounding environment as well as its guests.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Miran Kambi&#269;</figcaption></figure><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Termalija Family Wellness</a> facility was built in the former outdoor pool area. Previously, the outdoor space had a covering that enabled guests to enjoy the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pool</a> during both summer and winter months. However, this outdoor covering proved to pose a visual and functional issue. To resolve this, a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roofing design</a> was developed to allow for the pool space to be fully covered without obtrusive support beams or a flat appearance.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Miran Kambi&#269;</figcaption></figure><p>The geometric roof floats abo...</p> U.S. construction wages & employment make solid gains; employers struggle to find skilled workers Alexander Walter 2018-10-18T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T13:50:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>American construction workers&rsquo; average wage has risen above $30 per hour for the first time, and the numbers employed have hit nearly 7.3 million, a level not seen since before the financial crisis, official statistics show. [...] &ldquo;However, the pool of unemployed workers with construction experience has nearly evaporated, pushing up contractors&rsquo; costs and adding to project completion times.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>While positive&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">economic indicators</a> have had the U.S. construction sector thriving for a prolonged period now, AEC employers are increasingly feeling the pinch when it comes to finding qualified workers. "The tightening labour market poses a problem for companies looking to expand their headcount," reports Global Construction Review. "In a recent AGC&ndash;Autodesk Workforce survey, 76% of respondents said their firms planned to hire more craft workers in the next year. However, 80% said they were having trouble filling hourly positions, and that the difficulty has risen in the past year."</p> <p>Looking for a new job in architecture or hoping to fill a vacant position in your company? Check out the latest listings on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's job board</a> or take a look at our recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curated Job Picks</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Employers of the Day</a>.</p> 11 Chicago-based architecture job opportunities from Archinect Jobs Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-17T16:10:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T16:10:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a city filled with plenty of architectural history, not to mention the amazing museums, jazz music, and Chicago-style dining check out these employment options from some amazing firms in the Windy City.</p> <p>This week we have prepared a roundup of jobs&nbsp;recently posted by firms on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Freedom Transit Intermodal Facility &copy;LCM Architects</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LCM Architects</a> seeks a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect/Technical Architect</a> and an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Accessibility Specialist<br></a></strong><em>LCM Architects is a Chicago based architecture and accessibility consulting firm serving a diverse group of clients and projects nationwide.&nbsp;The applicant must be able to r</em><em>eview architectural/engineering plans and specifications for compliance with accessibility codes and standards, perform on-site peer review for projects under construction, and conduct comprehensive accessibility surveys of existing sites and buildings.</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Skylight House - AIA Award Winner &copy; dSpace</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dSpace Studio</a> seeks an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectureal Designer<br></a></strong><em>Their ideal candidate would complement their ...</em></p> 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> #SailsNotSales: public protests after Sydney Opera House displays horse racing ad on its facade Alexander Walter 2018-10-15T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T17:26:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After a horse race ad was projected onto the structure&rsquo;s iconic roof earlier this week, protestors took to the streets in objection to the commodification of their beloved building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hundreds of protesters had gathered in the evening hours of October 9 when the, usually, off-white iconic sails of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney Opera House</a> were used as a video projection canvas to promote a major upcoming horse race in New South Wales. The crowd booed and tried to interrupt the projection with a small army of flash lights, chanting "Whose house? Our house".&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The protest meanwhile has drawn much wider circles, resulting in a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> petition</a> with over 300,000 supporters against any future use of the&nbsp;UNESCO World Heritage Site as a promotional billboard and a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rebuke</a> from the Heritage Council of NSW.</p> Stella Lee's story calls for architecture to adopt a new movement Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-12T15:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-14T23:40:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architectural education is plagued by the mentality that suffering is a necessary part of its practice. [...] The acceptance of suffering easily slips into normalizing sexual misconduct and its suppression as simply part of the practice. Cultlike worship of the star architect only exacerbates this condition, and there are plenty [...] willing to sacrifice their time and integrity because they have been conditioned to believe that this mode of production is normal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture world is known for many movements that have enabled architects to create iconic works. From bauhaus to brutalist, midcentury modern to contemporary, countless movements have impacted the architectural timeline. But in today's climate of inclusivity and representation is there one movement in particular that architecture is too slow to adopt?&nbsp;</p> <p>Designing physical spaces that depict an artistic representation of form and function is something many architects strive for. However, have firms and institutions lost their way when it comes to designing a space that evokes "an equitable working environment?"&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bureau V team (left to right) Stella Lee, Peter Zuspan, Laura Trevino Image via BureauV</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stella Lee</a>, architect and founding partner of the inclusive award-winning studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau V</a>, recently shared her experiences while working with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>. Having been accused of sexual misconduct it was announced early this month that Meier would be stepping down from his leadership...</p> Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion sold to spa company Therme Justine Testado 2018-10-09T13:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T13:26:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The [pavilion] will now be displayed in &lsquo;selected locations&rsquo; as part of the Therme Art Program, which was set up to fulfill artistic and architectural &rsquo;visions that cannot be realised in galleries or museum spaces: no matter how complex their production, installation and long-term maintenance may be&rsquo;. Serpentine Galleries chief executive Yana Peel and artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist said in a joint statement that they were &lsquo;delighted&rsquo; by the purchase.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Muji's apartment prototype tackles long commutes and highly dense cities Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-05T20:23:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T11:57:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Created for the annual exhibition House Vision, the prototype is a thought experiment in the way people live in super-dense cities. [...] It&rsquo;s a common problem in big cities all over the world, and Hasegawa&rsquo;s design is meant to balance space-saving with privacy, transforming a 1.5-story space (which are common across the city) into a usable space for four.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highly-dense cities are common through out countries like China and Japan. Popular apparel and houseware brand, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>, are taking creative steps in tackling long commutes and dense city living most employees face. Partnering with Japanese architect, Go Hasegawa, Muji's apartment prototype aims to turn a 1.5 story space into a cozy and functional live-work environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure><p>Equipped with an open communal space and kitchen, the Muji furnished apartment would have a balance of work functionality and privacy. The upper level of the space would mimic a lofted canopy design that would create a reimagined second story. Cities like Beijing continuously have increasingly high land prices which effect living costs. With this type of design concept, has Muji found a way to rethink shared co-working quarters?&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image courtesy of Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure></figure> 'Deep adaptation' in the face of planetary climate catastrophe Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T18:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T18:38:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the language of climate change, &ldquo;adaptation&rdquo; refers to ways to blunt the immediate effects of extreme weather, such as building seawalls, conserving drinking water, updating building codes, and helping more people get disaster insurance. [...] But some researchers are going further, calling for what some call the &ldquo;deep adaptation agenda.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg</em>'s Climate &amp; Environment Reporter, Christopher Flavelle, lays out a range of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> projections&mdash;from the general consensus to the more pessimistic&mdash;and how an array of 'deep adaptation' measures could help to mitigate the damage. "Rather than simply asking people to water their lawns less often [...]," Flavelle writes, "governments need to consider large-scale, decades-long infrastructure projects, such as transporting water to increasingly arid regions and moving cities away from the ocean."</p> Editor's Picks #492 Nam Henderson 2018-10-02T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-10-07T20:48:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>R.I.P. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>. Initially <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> offered up a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collection</a> of videos (of just some of) Venturi&rsquo;s public conversations and lectures.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Architect Robert Venturi in Las Vegas in 1966. Photograph- Denise Scott Brown VSBA</figcaption></figure><p>Later Frank Gehry <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eulogized</a><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>"<em>He was a staggering figure in my life. We disagreed on almost everything in architecture, but I just loved Bob and Denise. ..He opened architecture up to the world of pop culture; opening it to the art world, the commercial world."</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Robert Venturi stands in front of his groundbreaking Guild House on Spring Garden Street photo by Matt Wargo</figcaption></figure><p>And other friends and colleagues shared their thoughts with Archinect and on Twitter. <strong>quondam...</strong> even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dropped by</a>, posting photos and re-commemorating some history.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>via quondam...</figcaption></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackenzie Goldberg</a> talked with Lola Digby-Diercks, the Business Development Lead <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at Breathe Architecture and Nightingale Housing</a>, about the firm's innovative model for multi-residential development in Australia. The mod...</p> New robotically furnished apartments being tested for space efficiency Hope Daley 2018-09-28T19:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T17:07:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As Americans cram into ever-tighter urban living arrangements, a question has emerged: Isn&rsquo;t there some better way to furnish a tiny apartment? Yes. The answer, of course, is robots. Inside a model studio apartment at the Eugene, an 844-unit building on Manhattan&rsquo;s West Side, sits a blocky, Swiss Army-knife-like unit that looks a little like two-sided armoire with lots of compartments. It&rsquo;s called Ori. Ori runs on a track and can be activated by voice command...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Companies like Ori and Bumblebee Spaces are testing out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robotic</a> furniture in major cities where&nbsp;living space is limited.&nbsp;The Ori system, currently testing&nbsp;robotically-furnished apartments in Manhattan, operates through voice command or your smartphone app moving the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modular</a> unit along a floor track. Bumblebee&nbsp;Spaces, testing spaces&nbsp;in Seattle and San Francisco, takes interior robotics to the ceiling by moving <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture</a> vertically from the floor to being stored above your head.&nbsp;</p> Autonomous crane technology receives investment boost Alexander Walter 2018-09-27T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-09-27T14:54:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With industrial robotics forecast to be worth $71.72 billion by 2023, it&rsquo;s no wonder entrepreneurs&nbsp;are turning their attention to increasingly lucrative&nbsp;sectors, like warehouse automation, order fulfillment, and manufacturing. Tel Aviv-based Intsite is one of the latest examples. The startup today announced a $1.35 million pre-seed round led by Terra Venture Partners and the Israel Innovation Authority to fund what it claims is the world&rsquo;s first autonomous crane technology.</p></em><br /><br /><figure rel="width: 100%; height: auto;"><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Intsite</figcaption></figure><p>AI-powered autonomous construction technology is poised to see enormous growth in the coming years, promising to significantly increase efficiency, cut costs &amp; realization time, and reduce human errors as well as workplace-related injuries.</p> <p>"According to McKinsey, about 98 percent of construction mega-projects go significantly over budget, in part as a result&nbsp;of heavy equipment inefficiencies," reports <em>Venture Beat</em>.</p> After Rahm Emanuel steps down, critics of Obama Presidential Center may have stronger chance to negotiate a CBA Justine Testado 2018-09-26T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T12:14:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly everyone in Chicago is in favor of establishing the Obama library on the South Side. But now, &ldquo;There&rsquo;ll be more room for dissent, and more people in Chicago generally willing to speak their mind without fearing the Emanuel administration,&rdquo; said Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, which has opposed the seizure of parkland. [...] Emanuel&rsquo;s departure also gives hope to critics pushing for a more open process.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the ongoing controversy about the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a>'s proposed site on Jackson Park, design journalist Zach Mortice writes about how critics of the library might have more opportunities to argue their case for a community benefits agreement (CBA) and transparency on the project planning process, once Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel &mdash; who decided to not run for a third term &mdash; steps down.</p> Amazon buys into the (Alexa-powered) prefab housing market Alexander Walter 2018-09-26T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-09-26T13:33:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Amazon has made clear that it wants to own the smart home space. Now the company's going a step further, taking a stake in a start-up that's building actual homes. On Tuesday, Amazon said its Alexa Fund invested in Plant Prefab, a Southern California company that says it uses sustainable construction processes and materials to build prefabricated custom single- and multifamily houses. The start-up is aiming to use automation to build homes faster and bring down costs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With this recent investment in eco-friendly prefabricated home factory&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plant Prefab</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> uses its mighty financial leverage and dominance in the market for voice-controlled connected devices to make the brand just as synonymous with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart homes</a> as it already is with online retail.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plant Prefab, headquartered in&nbsp;Rialto, California,&nbsp;offers standard and custom prefab homes in collaboration with established design partners, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ray Kappe</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LivingHomes</a>.</p> MVRDV completes a white and gold entertainment complex by Seoul’s Incheon Airport Hope Daley 2018-09-21T16:38:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T04:20:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> has recently completed The Imprint, a new 2-building art and entertainment complex next to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul&rsquo;s</a> Incheon Airport. Featuring a nightclub in one building and indoor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">theme park</a> in the other, the windowless structures are part of the larger&nbsp;Paradise City complex of 6 buildings next to South Korea's largest airport.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><p>The program required an expressive facade with no windows. The firm created an imprint based design using&nbsp;fa&ccedil;ade features of the surrounding buildings, lifted entrances, and a golden entrance spot covering one corner of the nightclub building.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><p>The fa&ccedil;ade was constructed of glass-fibre reinforced concrete panels. As many of the 3,869 panels are unique with construction requiring moulds to be individually produced using the f...</p> Two historic NYC theaters in Times Square to be redeveloped Hope Daley 2018-09-20T14:59:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two historic New York City theaters are getting ready to shine brightly under the Times Square spotlight once again. This week, developers behind the Times Square Theater and the Palace Theater, unveiled ambitious renovation and expansion plans for their establishments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Palace <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theater</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a> includes raising the structure about 30 feet&nbsp;to accommodate retail space below and an 18,000 square foot wraparound sign. The&nbsp;existing DoubleTree hotel above the theater will be demolished to be replaced by a&nbsp;46-story tower including retail, dining, and a hotel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>The new&nbsp;complex, called TSX Broadway,&nbsp;also includes a 4,000-square-foot performance venue to be suspended 30 feet above <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a>. The new outdoor stage will be the only of its kind located in Times Square.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway retail section rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>Nearby the Times Square Theater, which has been vacant for 30 years,&nbsp; will be redeveloped as a large retail venue. Architecture and planning firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a> will restore most of the existing building while adding in two glass stories.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Times Square Theater redevelopment rendering. Image: Stillman Development International.</figcaption><p>New additions also include a glass box overhang on th...</p> Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation sues architect for flawed designs Hope Daley 2018-09-20T13:39:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T13:39:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Actor Brad Pitt&rsquo;s Make It Right Foundation has sued the architect of scores of homes the nonprofit sold to Lower 9th Ward residents who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. Make it Right itself was recently sued over the homes&rsquo; shoddy construction. The new lawsuit against local architect John C. Williams was filed Tuesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brad Pitt's&nbsp;Make It Right Foundation, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently facing a lawsuit of their own on delivering poorly constructed homes</a>,&nbsp;is now suing&nbsp;John C. Williams, the architect responsible for many of the homes sold to New Orleans residents. Repairs to the water damaged homes caused by flawed designs could cost over $20 million.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p><br></p> Researchers propose concrete mixed with plastic for India's rapid construction Hope Daley 2018-09-19T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T00:02:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Researchers say India could alleviate its growing shortage of sand, which is needed for concrete, by partially replacing it with waste plastic. Research carried out by the University of Bath in the UK, and India&rsquo;s Goa Engineering College, has found that concrete made with an admixture of ground-up plastic bottles is almost as strong as traditional concrete mixtures.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India's</a> rapid urbanization, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete</a> construction has dramatically increased causing a shortage in the country's sand used to make the building material. Mixing in plastic bottles focuses on solving both the issue of a sand shortage and the accumulation plastic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">waste</a> on the streets.&nbsp;While the plastic added material is not as strong as concrete, it could still be used for lower tech functions such as paving slabs.&nbsp;</p> Architecture Billings Index in August shows solid uptick thanks to growth in multi-family residential sector Alexander Walter 2018-09-19T12:37:00-04:00 >2018-10-24T17:41:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture firm billings rebounded solidly in August, posting their eleventh consecutive month of growth, according to a report released today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA&rsquo;s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for August was 54.2 compared to 50.7 in July (any score over 50 represents billings growth). Most of the growth continues to come from the South and the multi-family residential sector.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Billings at architecture firms in the South continue to lead the healthy increase in design activity that we&rsquo;ve seen across the profession in recent months,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Nationally, growth across all building sectors remains solidly positive.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;stats for the month of August:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (54.2), Midwest (52.5), South (57.0), Northeast (46.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.6), institutional (52.3), commercial/industrial (53.6), mixed practice (51.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.0</li><li>Design contracts index: 49.6</li></ul><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></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>All graphs represent data from August 2017 - August 2018. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em></p> Nashville's booming construction sector also leads in workplace-related injuries, study shows Alexander Walter 2018-09-17T18:32:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T18:32:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The culture of fear and intimidation on construction sites has led to basic safety precautions being overlooked. Nashville is currently the most dangerous city in the south for construction workers, according to a report released in May 2017 by the Partnership for Working Families, Workers Defense Project and the University of Illinois at Chicago professor Nik Theodore, titled Build a Better South: Construction Working Conditions in the US South.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Build a Better South: Construction Working Conditions in the US South</em> study examined construction industry labor conditions across six key cities in the southern United States: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Nashville. <br></p> <p>"Among workers who had been injured during the past year, just 19% reported that workers&rsquo; compensation covered the medical bills for their injury," the study finds for Nashville which had the highest injury rate of all six surveyed southern cities. "An additional 38% said that their employer paid for at least part of the medical bills through some other mechanism, but 19% of injured workers paid for the medical bills out of their own pocket. The fact that fewer than one in five injured workers in Tennessee had their medical bills covered by workers&rsquo; compensation is troubling&nbsp;given the fact that all construction employers with one or more employees in the state are legally required to be covered by a workers&rsquo; compensation insurance policy."</p> <p>Find t...</p> NYC's 10 largest property owners controlling the city landscape Hope Daley 2018-09-17T14:53:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T14:53:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Earlier this month, The Real Deal put out a monster analysis looking at the biggest property owners across the city based on square footage, along with their annual net operating income. Their thorough analysis is definitely worth a read, but right here we&rsquo;re going to give you a breakdown of the top 10 biggest property owners in the city, and some of the projects you might recognize them for.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Curbed New York has put together a list of the top <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate</a> players in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC</a> along with some of their notable projects in the city. Below are the top 10 property owners controlling NYC's built environment:</p> <p>1. The City of New York <br>2. Vornado Realty Trust <br>3. SL Green Realty <br>4. Tishman Speyer <br>5. Blackstone Group <br>6. Related Companies <br>7. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia University</a>&nbsp;<br>8. Brookfield Property Partners <br>9. RXR Realty <br>10. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York University</a></p>