Archinect - News 2018-08-16T14:07:48-04:00 MAD Architects restore a historic lookout tunnel for Japan's 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale Hope Daley 2018-08-07T18:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T16:12:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> have restored Japan's historic Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel as a permanent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">art installation</a>, &ldquo;Tunnel of Light&rdquo;, coinciding with the&nbsp;2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. The art event hosts&nbsp;approximately 160 artworks across 200 villages, inhabiting abandoned spaces as sites for interaction. Located in the&nbsp;Niigata prefecture, the 2,500-foot long passageway cuts through rock formations to offer visitors panoramic views of Japan's mountainous snow country.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.</figcaption><p>The firm's scheme for this historic lookout consists of transforming several points along the tunnel as spaces for interaction with art and nature.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Upon approaching the tunnel, a small wooden hut has been constructed to serve as the caf&eacute; and souvenir shop. Inside the pitched cedar roof on the upper level is a hot spring foot spa.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" ...</figcaption></figure> Will the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics truly be low-impact? Hope Daley 2018-07-12T16:04:00-04:00 >2018-07-12T16:04:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The only profitable games in modern Olympic history, LA 1984 was a case study in public&ndash;private partnerships, corporate sponsorship, and municipal storytelling [...] It&rsquo;s proof, say LA 2028 organizers, that the city can do it again: re-use the city&rsquo;s wealth of existing and under-construction stadiums and athletic facilities, house athletes and the media at local universities, and host an Olympics that won&rsquo;t require new publicly-funded infrastructure...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Olympics have been promoted to cities as a vehicle for ushering in investment, attention, and urban growth. The reality, however, is often contradicting with failed developments and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>&nbsp;left in the aftermath. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> prepares to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">host the 2028 games</a>, large questions remain on how this will impact the city with an affordable housing and a homelessness crisis.&nbsp;</p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro present "The Mile-Long Opera" along the High Line this fall Hope Daley 2018-07-09T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T22:10:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> together with&nbsp;Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang present <em>The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o&rsquo;clock</em>, a 5 night series of performances taking place along the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>. Featuring 1,000 singers from across NYC, this extensive community engagement initiative will allow audience members to actively participate among choral work throughout the park.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Singers rehearsing for the The Mile-Long Opera. Image: Luis Paez.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a> explains, &ldquo;After working on the design of the High Line for over a decade and witnessing the rapid transformation of the surrounding area, I thought a lot about the life cycle of the city&mdash;its decay and rebirth&mdash;full of opportunities and contradictions."&nbsp;</p> <p>The performances will take place from October 3-7, 2018. Admission is free, however advanced tickets are required and will be available at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;starting September 5.&nbsp;</p> Foster + Partners' extra-terrestrial habitats will be displayed at Goodwood Festival 2018 Hope Daley 2018-07-06T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T17:52:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Continuing with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing for space</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> will showcase their vision of life on Mars and the Moon as part of the Future Lab showcase at the 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goodwood Festival</a>. The firm will show a range of models, robotics, and futuristic designs to explore the future of life in space.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>Foster + Partners takes a central position at this year&rsquo;s FoS Future Lab, which is focused on space exploration, autonomous transport, robotics, and personal flight.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>The firm will be showing their latest award-winning projects carried out for competitions organized by NASA in the event&rsquo;s second edition of the Future Lab innovation exhibition.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the firm's display will be a scale model based on the Mars and lunar habitation pods they designed. Visitors will be able to "walk through" a vir...</p> Snarkitecture's interactive 'Fun House' opens at the National Building Museum Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-05T15:09:00-04:00 >2018-07-05T15:09:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>'s interactive installation <em>Fun House</em>&nbsp;has opened at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington D.C</a>. Following their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockbuster ball pit</a> that took over the Great Hall in 2015 and attracted&nbsp;a record-breaking 160,000 visitors, the New York design studio has come back for the Museum's highly anticipated, annual "Summer Block Party."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Noah Kalina.</figcaption></figure><p>Established by architect Alex Mustonen and artist Daniel Arsham, the practice operates in the space between art and architecture and are known for their monochrome and mostly stark white aesthetic. They just reached their 10-year anniversary, an accomplishment fiercely celebrated by their installation, which looks back on their decade of work showcasing 42 of the firm's projects.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Fun House&nbsp;</em>represents a unique opportunity for us to bring together a number of different Snarkitecture-designed interiors, installations, and objects into a single, immersive experience,&rdquo; said Alex Mustonen,&nbsp;co-founder of the firm. It is the firs...</p> Dream the Combine's 'Hide & Seek" installation to provide interactive setting for Warm Up Summer Music Series at MoMA PS1 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2018-06-29T12:52:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The eagerly-awaited, annual&nbsp;<em>Warm Up&nbsp;</em>series of concerts and events has launched, with an interactive setting provided by Minneapolis-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dream the Combine</a>, winners of this year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>&nbsp;Young Architect&rsquo;s Program&nbsp;competition. Titled&nbsp;<em>Hide &amp; Seek</em>, the winning installation, featuring a large-scale, network of mirrors, will activate the courtyard through September, playing host to more than 75 musical artists.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year's construction, done in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a>, features nine intersecting elements sprawled across the entire MoMA PS1 courtyard. Scriptive elements, ranging from trampolines to runways, invite visitors into performance and establish platforms for improvisation while the horizontal structures contain interactive mirrors, that move in the wind or with human touch.<br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, founders of the&nbsp;experimental design practice, drew their inspiration for the project from performance artist Lorraine O&rsquo;Grady, whose piece &ldquo;...</p> A+D Museum presents 'The Assembly' Anthony Morey 2018-06-26T13:01:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T13:04:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This <strong>Saturday, June 30, 2018</strong> from <strong>6:30-10pm</strong> the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> will unveil The Assembly. The Assembly is a new tradition; it is a gathering. This approach to exhibition openings is an expression of the museum's mission to join together a diverse group in celebration of different disciplines of design and points of view.</p> <p>The inaugural event opens five exhibits open for the summer season. The Room gallery houses <strong>Cycle &amp; Pattern,</strong> a fashion exhibition in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Otis College</a>. A+D premiers its first outing with GCP, the museum&rsquo;s curatorial lab, in The Alcove gallery with <strong>3-Ways</strong>, a projection-based show exploring themes of scale and communication. <strong>Sunset 2050</strong>, in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Alley</a> gallery, is a breathtaking retrospective and futuristic interpretation of Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. <strong>Doppelg&auml;ngers,</strong> in The Lane gallery, offers a view into the architectural mind of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrick Tighe Architecture</a>. The Island features <strong>Back to Front</strong>, an outdoor installation by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StereoBot</a> &amp; Oasys taking on the...</p> Amsterdam's Rooftop Festival shows off the boundless potential of the roofscape Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-22T18:24:00-04:00 >2018-06-25T16:38:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This evening, 20 rooftops across the city of Amsterdam have opened up their typically unused space in sky for a series of unique programming. Part of the city's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rooftop festival</a>, these spaces will be hosting three-course dinners, live music, rollerskating, guided tours, and even a Symposium&nbsp;teaching participants&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">how to maximize their rooftops</a>, by making them greener and more accessible.</p> <p>The event is being put on by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ROEF Collective</a>, an organization keen on celebrating the green possibilities of the urban rooftop landscape. Currently, only 2% of Amsterdam rooftops are in use. The five entrepreneurs behind the group are hoping to grow this number, with plans for 10% of rooftops in the city to be in use by 2025!</p> BIG's 'Humanhattan 2050' promotes resilient design for NYC waterfront at the Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2018-06-20T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T10:04:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Lower Manhattan could be the first to test out an innovative system that is being proposed as a way to protect cities from rising sea levels and future storms. Called &ldquo;Humanhattan 2050,&rdquo; a visionary idea from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) that&rsquo;s on view in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the project not only proposes new infrastructure to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years, it will also make these spaces more accessible and enjoyable.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>Avid Archinect readers will remember the "Humanhattan 2050" scheme from its initial iteration, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s 2014&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design competition</a>-winning proposal "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BIG U</a>" in response to the most devastating storm ever to hit New York, Hurricane Sandy, and the need for resilient, disaster-prepared city planning.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>"The 'Humanhattan 2050' exhibit for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a> is a vision that expands upon BIG&rsquo;s winning idea by enlarging the boundaries of Lower Manhattan with a building development created on an extension of land it cleverly calls MOMA, which is short for MOre MAnhattan," writes Paul Laster for the <em>Observer</em>.</p> Yayoi Kusama 'Narcissus Garden' on view at the Rockaways this summer Alexander Walter 2018-06-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T19:10:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama&lsquo;s reflective&nbsp;Narcissus Garden, which she first showed at the Venice Biennale in 1966, is set to open in the Rockaways on July 1. The work, which is comprised of 1,500 mirrored, stainless steel orbs, will be installed in a former train garage at New York&rsquo;s Fort Tilden, a former US military base on the beach. Kusama&rsquo;s Narcissus Garden was also on view at Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Glass House in 2016 and at&nbsp;England&rsquo;s Chatsworth House in 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, T9 building. Site of Yayoi Kusama&rsquo;s Narcissus Garden for Rockaway! 2018. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Pablo Enriquez.</figcaption></figure><p>"Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966 when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a>," explains the project description issued today by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>. "The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds. Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words 'Narcissus Garden, Kusama' and 'Your Narcissism for Sale.' Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1200 lire (approximately $2) each. The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of cont...</p> Bryony Roberts Studio riffs on the geometries of the original gallery flooring for 2018 League Prize Exhibition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-18T13:52:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T16:57:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On Thursday, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a> will open up their annual exhibition featuring work from the six <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">League Prize winners</a> for this year. Honoring designers ten years or less out of school, the prestigious award has become highly sought after by promising young practitioners hoping to join the ranks of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billie Tsien</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rick Joy</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil Denari</a>, all of whom received the award long before becoming recognizable names in the architecture world.&nbsp;</p> <p>This years theme was Objective, asking entrants to respond to the prompt: How do we define or understand architecture in a post-truth world? Byrony Roberts, a 2018 League Prize recipient and founder of the New York-based design and research practice that shares her name, has decided to approach the question by building off her work that seeks to occupy, re-enact, and re-vision historically charged spaces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy Bryony Roberts Studio.</figcaption></figure><p>"Assuming that we don&rsquo;t have an objective, scientific, absolute understanding of ...</p> Glasgow School of Art engulfed by fire, again! Anthony Morey 2018-06-16T16:00:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T13:03:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Flames ripped through the celebrated Mackintosh building after it caught fire at about 23:20 on Friday. The blaze spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue, which suffered "extensive damage". The renovated Mackintosh library had been due to reopen next year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara discuss the 2018 Venice Biennale's theme, Freespace Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-12T13:23:00-04:00 >2018-06-15T10:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>&nbsp;is well underway, having opened its doors officially to the public on May 26th. Curated by&nbsp;Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a>&nbsp;under the title of Freespace, this year's biennale has put a slew of projects on display that are generous and open, asking visitors to enjoy the temporary environments they find themselves in.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the following video,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLANE&mdash;SITE</a> speaks with the Irish architects about the choice for this edition&rsquo;s theme. The duo has stated their mission is to move beyond architecture as an object, instead imagining Freespace as an invitation to think about architecture as a space of opportunities. Literally and metaphorically, Freespace presents environments of freedom and celebrates the rich civic experience that they create.</p> <p><br></p> FreelandBuck's LA edition of the world-traveling MINI LIVING Urban Cabin just opened on a Downtown Los Angeles rooftop Alexander Walter 2018-06-07T17:49:00-04:00 >2018-06-07T23:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 8th <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Design Festival</a> kicked off today with a plethora of events happening throughout the city over the next four days. One of the featured attractions appears to have fallen out of the sky and landed on the rooftop of the ROW DTLA building: MINI LIVING Urban Cabin is a site-specific installation designed by LA/NYC-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a> in cooperation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MINI LIVING</a> and will be open to visitors by day and welcome overnight guests after 10pm. The LA edition of this traveling urban cabin is the third stop around the world since its launch in 2017.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu</figcaption></figure><p>"The Urban Cabin is a continuous installation project, a small living unit that travels to various locations across the world, adapted for each city by local architects," the project description explains. "Each variation is designed with limited space and inspired by local surroundings, demonstrating creative approaches to the challenge of saving space while creating unique ...</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> Contemporary art project opens in ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T18:13:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii will each be the site of a new installation by artist Catrin Huber, as part of a Newcastle University project designed to create a new dialogue&nbsp;between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Expanded Interiors at Herculaneum. Photo: Amedeo Benestante.</figcaption></figure><p>"By investigating two distinctive Roman houses, our project sets out an exchange of knowledge between old and new," the <em></em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Expanded Interiors</em> project website</a> explains. "We are exploring what Contemporary painting and site-specific fine-art practice can learn from the often incredibly sophisticated and complex works of the Roman wall painters. In turn we investigate how contemporary fine-art practice can provide new perspectives on the spatial configurations of ancient Roman homes and the artefacts that adorned them. In so doing we will bring Roman artefacts (their replicas) back to the sites, while exploring new forms for displaying archaeological artefacts at Roman archaeological sites."<br></p> <p><em>Expanded Interiors</em> runs from May 17 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15, 2019 at Herculaneum and Jul 14 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15 at Pompeii.</p> Editor's Picks #486 Nam Henderson 2018-05-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T20:55:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Tuscon based D.U.S.T, was profiled in a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>This aesthetic seems to work well in desert like climates.</em>" which makes sense since D.U.S.T explained their approach as "<em>doing our best to respond to the dreams, goals and desires of our clients and to each site, landscape and specific conditions of the natural environment that we have the opportunity to design for.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Casa Caldera. Photo Credit | ESTO&ndash;Jeff Goldberg</figcaption></figure><p>ICYMI, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a> (a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Otis Harley</a>). The videos are based on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence'</a> by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Hannah Wood</a>, published on Archinect last year.<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>jla-x</strong> couldn&rsquo;t help worry about the future, "<em>Awesome and exciting, but the problems are in the politics of an increasingly automated world. &nbsp;What happens when 80-90% of worker are no longer employable? I think its irresponsible to develop a technology without any conversation and idea of ho...</em></p> First photos of David Chipperfield's new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:31:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts</a> in London is in extraordinary party mode: to celebrate the institution's 250th anniversary, the RA will host a weekend-long art festival on May 19 and 20 with plenty of events, tours, performances, tours, displays, and DJ sets. <br></p> <p>At the heart of the festivities is the grand opening of the new RA campus, a major redevelopment designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield Architects</a> which will dramatically increase available spaces to present to the public historic pieces from its vast collection, work of its Royal Academicians and the RA schools as well as hosting events and exhibitions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge and The Lovelace Courtyard. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair," the RA project outline explains. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"The unified campus provides 70% more public space tha...</p> A brutalist fragment displayed at the Venice Biennale speaks to our current housing crisis Hope Daley 2018-05-15T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T21:49:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While some were delighted that at least a small part of the architectural heritage of Robin Hood Gardens was being preserved for posterity, others were furious that the V&amp;A &ndash; a so-called &lsquo;arms-length&rsquo; body, governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister &ndash; considered the estate valuable enough to collect, but not valuable enough to help save from demolition in the first instance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The story behind London's brutalist Robin Hood Gardens reveals issues pertinent to our current housing crisis. Crystal Bennes unpacks the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A's decision to preserve and display a section of demolished housing</a> in this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, revealing condemnation of the building before it was even completed.&nbsp;</p> The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares as co-curators of the 2019 Biennial Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-15T13:10:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T13:34:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> has announced that curator and educator Sepake Angiama, and architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares will be joining the curatorial team of the 2019 Biennial, taking place next year. The co-curators will be working with the visionary curator and writer Yesomi Umolu, who was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected as the Artistic Director</a> of the city's third biennial back in March.</p> <p>Angiama, who recently served as Head of Education for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Documenta 14</a>, has devised education programs for a number of leading international institutions, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Modern</a> &amp; Hayward Gallery, London. Her work centers around discursive practices, the social framework, and how we shape and form our experiences in understanding the world. As a recent fellow at basis voor actuele kunst, she conducted a year-long research into intersectional feminism and science fiction.</p> <p>Brazilian architect Paulo Tavares' work is concerned with the relations between conflict and space as they intersect within the multi-scalar ar...</p> Adrian Lahoud selected to curate inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:50:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sharjah is looking to transform the discussion around urban life with its new initiative, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, which has announced the curator for its inaugural exhibition. Adrian Lahoud, dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London and a researcher on Arab cities, will curate the new initiative&rsquo;s flagship event, to be held in November 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Research work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCA</a> Architecture Dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Lahoud</a> focuses primarily&nbsp;on urban spatial forms and large scale environmental change, particularly in the Arab world and Africa, making him a qualified candidate to establish this new triennial program for Sharjah, Dubai's neighbor and third largest city in the United Arab Emirates. </p> <p>"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to shape the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial," Lahoud said, "and to find ways of supporting an emerging generation of architects, artists and scholars in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia."</p> <p>Learn more about the Triennial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> SelgasCano's floating pavilion invades the canals of Bruges for the city's Triennial Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T14:19:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over the weekend, the famous tourist town of Bruges&mdash;known for its enchanting canals, Belgian chocolate, and starring role in the movie&nbsp;<em>In Bruges&mdash;</em>kicked off the second edition of its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial</a>. Themed&nbsp;<em>Liquid City | Vloeibare stad</em>, the event has returned with surprising installations by an international roster of celebrated&nbsp;artists and architects, spread across the historic cityscape.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Selgascano Pavilion at the Bruges Triennial. Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Selgascano Pavilion at the Bruges Triennial. Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>Over 15 works have been commissioned by curators&nbsp;Till-Holger Borchert and Michel Dewildel, their marks and temporary modifications opening up both lesser-known and iconic places around the city for new opportunities. Inspired by the Polish-born British sociologist Zygmunt Bauman&mdash;who, coining the term <em>liquid modernity,&nbsp;</em>believed that change within modern society was constant and relentless&mdash;the curators wanted to build hospitable public sp...</p> Balkrishna Doshi's 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture to be streamed live on May 16th Hope Daley 2018-05-02T18:14:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T18:14:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balkrishna Doshi</a>, the 2018 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, will present his public lecture&nbsp;&ldquo;Paths Uncharted&rdquo; on May 16th at 6:30pm EST.&nbsp;Professor Doshi&rsquo;s lecture will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook and Instagram via @UofTDaniels. Following the event, the recording will be made available on the Daniels Faculty&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design</a> will host this event in their new Daniels Building designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ERA Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adamson &amp; Associates</a>.&nbsp;This year marks the 40th anniversary of the&nbsp;Pritzker&nbsp;Prize,&nbsp;and the first time that the international award will be presented in Canada.</p> <p>The public is invited to participate in this educational initiative, which aims to heighten discussion and debate around architecture, stimulate awareness of work in the field, and inspire greater creativity within the architectural profession.&nbsp;</p>... Young Talent Architecture Award student projects to be exhibited at 2018 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2018-05-02T15:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T15:54:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As one of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collateral events</a> to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Young Talent Architecture Award</a>&nbsp;exhibition will feature the graduation projects of the competition's four winners (who will be announced in June) and 12 finalists.&nbsp;Organized by the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe, the YTAA distinguishes top-notch&nbsp;graduation projects from European architecture, urban planning and landscape schools.</p> <p>For its second edition, the competition reeled in 334 nominated projects from 451 students representing 118 schools in 32 European countries &mdash; with China and South Korea participating as guest countries.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;A Ruin Re-storied&rdquo; by Alice Hiley. Year of realization: 2016. Photographer: Alice Hiley, Courtesy of Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;Borrowed Scenery&rdquo; by Shenpei Ha. Year of realization: 2016. Courtesy of Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe.</figcaption></figure><p>Open during the Venice Biennale from May 26 through November 25, the exhibition will display images, drawings, and videos of the proje...</p> Rowan Moore on Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara's Venice Biennale curatorship Alexander Walter 2018-05-01T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T06:38:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Farrell and McNamara&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;Freespace&rdquo;, which they say describes &ldquo;a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture&rsquo;s agenda&rdquo;. It can also mean the &ldquo;free and additional spatial gifts&rdquo; that architecture can offer and &ldquo;its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers&rdquo;. They have invited a selection of like-minded architects to demonstrate these qualities with three-dimensional installations of &ldquo;scale and quality&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore, architecture critic of the <em>Observer</em>, finds admiring words in his <em>Guardian</em> piece for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> principals Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, who are wearing the curator hats this year at architecture's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">biggest biennial spectacle</a>: "McNamara and Farrell are neither celebrities nor notable theorists. They are well-respected architects who, determinedly, consistently and over a long period of time, do their stuff. [...] But what stuff."<br></p> Israeli Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will explore the negotiation of holy spaces Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-25T17:20:00-04:00 >2018-04-25T17:20:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Israeli Pavilion at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Architecture Biennale</a> will explore the established mechanisms by which the country facilitates the co-existence of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Holy places</a>. As a location with special sacred status as the cradle of three Abrahamic religions, the region encompasses a variety of holy sites that are both contested and shared. Curated by Ifat Finkelman, Deborah Pinto Fdeda, Oren Sagiv and Tania CoenUzzielli, the exhibition <em>In Statu Quo: Structures of Negotiation </em>will, through the lens of architecture, look at the status quo regulations within these mutually sacred places.</p> <p>"In the geopolitcal context of the Holy Land, the combination of historical events, myths, and traditions has created a multiplicity of places, sacred to competing groups of religions, communities and affiliations" the curatorial team argue. "These in turn, have led to the formation of an extraordinary concentration of intricate spaces, fragmented and stratified both historically and physically." Through "a ...</p> Syria Matters exhibition to document the destruction of country’s cultural heritage Alexander Walter 2018-04-25T13:48:00-04:00 >2018-04-25T13:48:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The destruction of Syria&rsquo;s heritage over the past eight years is the subject of a significant show due to open at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha later this year. The exhibition, entitled Syria Matters (opens 23 November), aims to explore the country&rsquo;s centuries-old &ldquo;extraordinary cultural heritage&rdquo; against the backdrop of the raging conflict that has seen the destruction of six Unesco world heritage sites under President Bashar al-Assad.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UNStudio and Swiss furniture brand USM join forces in Milan to explore the boundaries between work and domesticity Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-20T14:06:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T14:06:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Work rules our lives today more than ever," says the design team behind <em>Homework</em>, an installation at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Design Week</a>'s furniture focused event, the 2018 Salone del Mobile, that explores the historically shifting boundaries between private and public spaces.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; USM</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; USM</figcaption></figure><p>In 2012, a <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjs9J7Pk4XOAhVLNSYKHb9tA94QFggeMAA&amp;;usg=AFQjCNHQkZUN-XinKZVzdUqZHN_RRDe2UQ&amp;sig2=c3ETwBU1k-kKGUA4p92eYw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">study</a> by a bed manufacturer found that 80% of young New York City professionals work from bed regularly. As technology increasingly invades our home life, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the way we occupy domestic interiors</a> has greatly shifted with the potential for work to be exported virtually anywhere. Many of the most profound revisions to the architecture of daily life have occurred through the blurring of these spaces and how they change the ways in which we inhabit them.<br></p> <p>USM, a Swiss manufacturer that specializes in modular furniture, is exploring what this might mean for them. Enlisting the help of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>, the team created a theatrical installation that envisions the changes taking place within the world of work. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; USM</figcaption></figure><p>In their...</p> MVRDV creates a jewelry inspired installation for Milan Design Week 2018 Hope Daley 2018-04-19T13:41:00-04:00 >2018-04-19T13:41:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> collaborated with Bvlgari for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Design Week</a> 2018 in an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installation</a> embodying the Italian jewelry brand&rsquo;s creative approach. The firm transformed Bvlgari&rsquo;s iconic Serpenti bracelet into a unique architectural experience. Finely crafted scales fill an entire room combined with mirrors to create a kaleidoscope effect, introducing the visitor to Bvlgari's world of precious and unconventional materials.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpenti installation for Bvlgari at Milan Design Week 2018, by MVRDV. Image: MVRDV.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;With this installation, we wanted to capture the colors, materials and inventiveness of Bvlgari as a world-renowned brand,&rdquo; says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder, MVRDV. &ldquo;By turning their timeless Serpenti pattern into&nbsp;a space, jewelry becomes architecture. Enter the Serpenti!&rdquo;<br></p> <p>The showcase at&nbsp;Milan Design Week<strong>&nbsp;</strong>takes place in the Brera Design District as part of Milan&rsquo;s Fuorisalone. The installation is on view until 22 April 2018.<br></p> More photos of Edoardo Tresoldi's wire mesh cathedrals at Coachella Archinect 2018-04-16T17:52:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T17:53:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We've just received some more photos of&nbsp;Edoardo Tresoldi's surreal wire mesh installation that debuted at Coachella this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information about this project, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">check out our initial post</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Enjoy.</p>