Archinect - News 2017-09-23T21:41:25-04:00 Richard Rogers challenges Prince Charles to public debate over built environment Alexander Walter 2017-09-22T15:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-23T15:31:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Richard Rogers has challenged Prince Charles to engage in public debate over Britain&rsquo;s built environment after claiming he knows of five developers who privately consulted him over their choice of architects because they fear his opposition. The Labour peer and designer of the Pompidou Centre reopened a simmering row over the heir to the throne&rsquo;s interventions in architecture by alleging in a new book that the developers consulted the palace &ldquo;to check what would be acceptable&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em> cites <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers</a>' thoughts on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Prince</a> from his new memoir, <em>A Place for All People</em>: "I don&rsquo;t believe that the Prince of Wales understands architecture. He thinks it is fixed at one point in the past (for him, classicism &ndash; an odd choice as it is not a style with deep roots in England), rather than an evolving language of technology and materials. But if he is not going to join in debate, it hardly matters whether his opinions are right or wrong. He occupies a privileged position, and he should not use that to damage the livelihoods of people he disagrees with."</p> The Ugly Pet: On Sustainability and Architectural Form Places Journal 2017-09-21T17:53:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T17:53:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m particularly interested in how sustainable buildings might affect the experience of landscape differently &mdash; actually better, differently &mdash; because, as a human being, I&rsquo;m hoping for more sustainable architecture, and, as an academic (and as an architect), I&rsquo;m thinking the consequences should be revolutionary to architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unlike earlier technological revolutions &mdash; the development of the steel frame, or the invention of concrete &mdash; sustainability in architecture has not yet had any significant, self-identifying&nbsp;<em>formal</em>&nbsp;consequences. Instead, the experience of sustainable space has to be hyper-mediated.&nbsp;</p> <p>In his latest article, Places columnist David Heymann vents his frustrations about environmentally-sensitive design and examines how architects including Kieran Timberlake and Glenn Murcutt are feeling the way forward for the field.&nbsp;</p> What makes Mexico City so vulnerable to earthquakes? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-21T11:51:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T21:55:07-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Yesterday, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> was struck by a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake. As of today, over 200 people have been reported dead as rescuers continue their efforts to recover those still trapped in the rubble. Dozens of buildings in and around the city were reduced to rubble and many more, severely damaged. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone, including a primary school where 25 bodies have since been recovered.&nbsp;</p> <p>The temblor is the deadliest the country's capital has seen since a 1985 earthquake on the same date, exactly 32 years prior, killed thousands. Mexico sits at the boundary of three fault lines&mdash;a very active seismic zone that makes the area extremely vulnerable to earthquakes of high magnitude that are capable of destroying whole buildings and ripping fa&ccedil;ades off others. Just 12 days before, the country endured its second-largest earthquake in history when an 8.1-magnitude shake hit the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mexico City, i...</p> Architecture Billings Index in August continues to increase, "pointing to future healthy growth" Alexander Walter 2017-09-20T15:49:00-04:00 >2017-09-20T15:50:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive conditions, there continues to be a heightened level of demand for design services [...] the August ABI score was 53.7, up from a score of 51.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 62.5, up from a reading of 59.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index eased somewhat from 56.4 to 54.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The August results continue a string of very positive readings from the design professions, pointing to future healthy growth across the major construction sectors, as well as across the major regions of the country,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Given the focus and discussions around the infrastructure needs of the nation, we expect strong growth in design activity for the coming months and years."</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of August:<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.7), Northeast (54.3), Midwest (52.5), West (51.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (57.6), multi-family residential (53.8), mixed practice (52.5), institutional (50.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 62.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.2</li></ul> Scientists discover "Octlantis", an underwater city engineered by octopuses Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-20T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-09-22T01:03:34-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The octopuses didn&rsquo;t just drift toward the same secure-looking outcroppings, though. Once there, they built piles out of shells from scallops, clams, and other animals they ate, then sculpted the piles into dens, &ldquo;making these octopuses true environmental engineers,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Scientists have found a new example of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">animal architecture</a>, this time a city made by usually solitary octopuses. Named Octlantis, this underwater city is engineered by a group of 15 octopuses. Octopuses are known to be builders of their own&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">habitat</a> but, until now, had not be discovered to live in groups. Researchers observed the animals "congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens."</p> Amanda Levete: the role of public buildings is to unite us Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-19T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:17:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There has never been a more important time in society to celebrate what unites us rather than divides us, and that can be through culture and, more simply, through the creation of public spaces where people can come together.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Levete reflects on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a> referendum and the election of Donald Trump. She argues for the responsibility of architects to create spaces of intersections and conversations across thresholds in the contemporary political climate.&nbsp;</p> Hurricanes Harvey and Irma weaken US homebuilding Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-19T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:37:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Homebuilding could slump further in September in the aftermath of Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida. According to Census Bureau data, the areas in Texas and Florida that were devastated by the storms accounted for about 13 percent of permits issued in the nation last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hurricanes&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvey</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irma</a> have held down home completions in Texas and Florida, but the hurricane's&nbsp;aftermaths are also likely to slow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homebuilding</a>&nbsp;in the coming months as resources are redirected toward repairs and rebuilding efforts rather than new construction. Labor shortages are also likely to worsen and building materials are expected to become more expensive.&nbsp;</p> Beijing bans winter construction to reduce air pollution Alexander Walter 2017-09-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T14:00:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Beijing will suspend construction of major public projects in the city this winter in an effort to improve the capital&rsquo;s notorious air quality, official media said on Sunday, citing the municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development. All construction of road and water projects, as well as demolition of housing, will be banned from Nov. 15 to March 15 within the city&rsquo;s six major districts and surrounding suburbs, said the Xinhua report.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"China is in the fourth year of a 'war on pollution,'" <em>Reuters </em>reports, "designed to reverse the damage done by decades of untrammelled economic growth and allay concerns that hazardous smog and widespread water and soil contamination are causing hundreds of thousands of early deaths every year."</p> UK's Government spends big on subsidized housing rather than building affordable housing Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-19T04:06:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T14:47:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Government is spending four times as much &ndash; some &pound;32bn&mdash;subsidizing private housing as it is building affordable homes for low income families, a report has revealed. The study showed 79 per cent of the total housing budget is currently spent on higher-cost homes for sale, including through the controversial Help to Buy scheme, but just 21 per cent, around &pound;8bn, goes to affordable homes for rent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Carried out the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the annual review shows a significant shift away from programs that build new affordable housing in favor of subsidization. The amount of government funding granted to the Affordable Homes Program has fallen to just &pound;285 million, down from&nbsp;&pound;2.5 billion in 2010-2011. In total, public funding to help housing associations build new homes has dropped from&nbsp;&pound;3.5 billion in 2010-2011 to&nbsp;&pound;1.3.</p> <p>In contrast, public money going towards subsidized housing has increased substantially. Government money is being diverted to help middle- and high-income households get on the property ladder through programs like the controversial Help to Buy Scheme&mdash;established by Conservative politician, George Osborne, in 2013&mdash;which guarantees for mortgages worth up to 95 percent of the value of a property. Despite being billed as a way of helping "Generation Rent" become home owners, the scheme has been criticized as useless due to the fact that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first-time buy...</a></p> Rowan Moore on revamping contemporary competition culture​ Justine Testado 2017-09-15T15:10:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:10:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There are still plenty of competitions &ndash; under European Union law, some sort of competitive process is required for public buildings. A lot of the time they work well. [...] But the chances have shrunk of a Mackintosh, a Pompidou or a Golden Lane emerging, or of changing the direction of architecture. Competitions have become managerialised, encased in regulation, procedure and risk-avoidance, and varnished in PR.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore of The Guardian gives his two cents on the &ldquo;climate of caution&rdquo;&nbsp;that has taken over architectural competition culture in Europe, where judging panels are more inclined to pick celebrity figures over emerging practices.</p> Another Heatherwick project dead, this time New York's Pier 55 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-15T14:47:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T17:25:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After years of toe-to-toe battling with a small band of critics and a fellow billionaire, Barry Diller said Wednesday that he was pulling the plug on his family&rsquo;s commitment to build and operate a $250 million performance center on an undulating pier 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in August, plans for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>, a pet project of former conservative London mayor Boris Johnson,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was scrapped due to the Trust's inability to raise private funds in the absence of public funding</a>. Now, another one of Heatherwick's proposed plans, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a>, is getting the boot as well. The project was the vision of American media company IAC chair, Barry Diller. Blueprints for the elevated island park in the Hudson River off Manhattan included a performance venue, an outdoor theater, and a gathering space.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Mr. Diller cited the escalating costs of the project along with the continuing controversy surrounding it as the reasons for the drop. When first proposed, the park was to cost $35 million, but that number eventually increased to over $250 due to legal delays as well as the design's growing complexity. Supporters of the project included the local community board, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Chuck Schumer. On ...</p> Aggregating Architectures; A conversation with Taubman's new Dean Jonathan Massey Archinect 2017-09-14T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T13:49:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This week we talk with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jonathan Massey</a>, the new Dean at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Michigan</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>. We talk about his approach to architectural education and his previous roles at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California College of the Arts</a>, where he finished his deanship this year. We also discuss the world of architectural publishing as it relates to his work with Aggregate.&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Jonathan Massey's inaugural lecture "Building Tomorrow" in the new wing </figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Jonathan Massey's inaugural lecture "Building Tomorrow" in the new wing </figcaption></figure><p></p> <p>Listen to "Aggregating Architectures":</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="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 podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's new wing, design...</figcaption></figure> Christopher Hawthorne: Apple and Amazon's architectural visions "owe nothing to the American city" Alexander Walter 2017-09-14T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T18:00:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It has also been remarkable to watch Amazon pursue a dramatically different strategy. Its plans for a second headquarters suggest that in terms of architecture and campus planning it wants to be everything Apple is not. It wants to lean into the city &mdash; and thorny questions about gentrification and housing prices, to the extent that they will be a natural byproduct of this process &mdash; rather than away from it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Though he took a very different path to get there," Hawthorne writes in his <em>LAT</em> opinion piece analyzing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a>'s lofty headquarters ambitions with a focus on urban integration (or the complete lack thereof), "Bezos ultimately reached the same conclusion Jobs did: that the wealthiest and most powerful tech companies owe nothing to the American city."</p> The AIA urges lawmakers to reject rollbacks and issues seven infrastructure principles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-13T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T06:12:38-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> released a statement this morning, in light of damage wrought by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurricanes Harvey</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irma</a>, urging policy makers to reject any weakening of building codes. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Thomas Vonier</a> advocated for state and federal legislators to reject attempts to roll back protections pointing out that "designing buildings to minimize damage from such natural disasters as hurricanes matters not only for public health, safety, and welfare; it also makes complete economic sense."</p> <p>The AIA went on to remind that, like bridges and highways, America's buildings are infrastructure too, and as such, are crumbling. "Unless we include buildings in the discussion about our nation&rsquo;s infrastructure renewal" the statement warned, "taxpayers will be stuck with decrepit community places, higher bills when repairs come due and structures vulnerable to disasters and threats."</p> <p>Along with the above cautions, the AIA also released the following principles on infrastructure</p> <ol><li><em>Infrastruc...</em></li></ol> Florida museums prepare to reopen in wake of Hurricane Irma Alexander Walter 2017-09-13T19:12:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T19:28:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a tropical depression, wrecked havoc across the Caribbean this weekend and killed at least 42 people, but museums in Florida were mostly spared from any large-scale destruction, according to early reports. Following evacuations ordered last week, residents are slowly returning to their homes and some institutions plan to reopen this week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just like museums in the greater Houston area rushed to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reopen again last week</a> after Hurricane Harvey to reestablish a certain sense of civic normalcy, now institutions in Florida are busy assessing damage from Hurricane Irma, getting started on repairs, and reopening to the public.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The P&eacute;rez Art Museum Miami</a> announced that it will offer free admission&nbsp;on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 and host&nbsp;a variety of activities to "relieve some of the stress from Hurricane Irma."<br></p> It's official - LA will host the Olympics in 2028, Paris in 2024 Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T18:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T09:01:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Los Angeles&rsquo; rollercoaster campaign to host the Olympics &mdash; an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations &mdash; reached its conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Games. International Olympic Committee members, by a unanimous show of hands, voted their approval at a session in Lima, Peru, ending an unusual bid competition that resulted in two winners as Paris was simultaneously given the 2024 Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paris and Los Angeles were officially awarded the 2024 and 2028 summer games,&nbsp;respectively. Both cities have previously hosted the summer olympics twice, Paris in 1900 and in 1924, and Los Angeles in 1932 and in 1984. The two cities already have some of the necessary infrastructures to host the games but the Olympics will most likely transform their built environment.&nbsp;</p> Star-studded design competition seeks to make Bay Area a model for shoreline resiliency Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-13T15:55:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T16:31:15-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> is one of the many cities in the U.S. threatened by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a>. Scientific projections predict that sea level rise is likely to push tides upwards with accelerating force in the coming decades and a 2012 study estimated that the average high tide&nbsp;within San Francisco Bay could be 66 inches higher by 2100.&nbsp;</p> <p>Seeking to face the threat of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rising sea levels</a> head on, a group of community, industry and government leaders have launched a new competition in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Bay Area</a> that seeks to restore shoreline resiliency, the phrase encompassing techniques that resist rising tides while at the same time providing ecological benefits. Think approaches like planting natural buffers such as eelgrass, which help absorb the shock of storm surges as oceans rise&mdash;a challenge that hard structures can't easily meet&mdash;while also luring water bugs, fish, birds, and shell reefs that support native oysters.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Ibises, roseate spoonbills, and egrets at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Found v...</figcaption></figure></figure> Oliver Wainwright on the state of Britain's student housing: "shamefully shoddy" Alexander Walter 2017-09-13T14:41:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T14:42:36-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn&rsquo;t just ruining British cities &ndash; it&rsquo;s damaging student life. As universities start back, we reveal how developers get away with it [...] Hardly a year goes by without a slab of PBSA featuring on the Carbuncle Cup shortlist for the ugliest UK building. This year it was the turn of a dismal block in Portsmouth, designed by Cooley Architects for Unite, the biggest student housing provider in the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Besides aesthetics, Wainwright also points out issues of affordability, government regulation, and basic building safety: the Portsmouth housing block, as well as other new Unite student accommodations, failed fire safety tests of their cladding systems in July, conducted after the tragic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower fire</a>.<br></p> AIA President Thomas Vonier named President of the International Union of Architects Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T15:07:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Established in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations. It works on matters of professional and public interest through three permanent commissions and various work programs. It is chartered to unite architects internationally, without regard to nationality, ethnicity, or political viewpoint.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thomas Vonier,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">president of the AIA</a>, was elected President of the UIA (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Union of Architects</a>)&nbsp;during the 2017 World Congress and General Assembly held in Seoul.&nbsp;</p><p>Vonier will remain AIA President until December. Carl Elefante, will be AIA President for 2018 and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William J. Bates for 2019</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We must show the world how architecture can help to resolve the difficult issues facing society and our planet. The UIA is here to unify architects worldwide, influence global policies and outcomes, and advance the power of architecture to meet human needs,&rdquo; said Vonier during his campaign.<br></p> A survey of architecture's new leadership, from Johnston Marklee to Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2017-09-13T09:49:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T10:53:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>They are in that fertile period &mdash; agewise, it typically runs from the mid-40s to mid-50s in architecture &mdash; when the profession&rsquo;s next generation of leadership begins to make its mark.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a>, Atelier TAG, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>:&nbsp;these are among the firms highlighted in this piece in the New York Times, which surveys the architects who are currently primed to "lead"&nbsp;the profession. Los Angeles-based pair and married couple <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, who are heading up this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial with a theme of "make new history,"</a>&nbsp;are included alongside relative youngster <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, who champions his self-described "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hedonistic sustainability</a>."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the Menil Drawing Institute, designed by Johnston Marklee. Image: Johnston Marklee/Nephew</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> DS+R, Studio Gang, Keller Easterling among exhibitors selected for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2017-09-12T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T13:55:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;U.S. Pavilion at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, titled&nbsp;<em>Dimensions of Citizenship,</em>&nbsp;is further taking shape: the curatorial team &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced just two weeks ago</a> and comprised of&nbsp;Mimi Zeiger,&nbsp;Niall Atkinson, and&nbsp;Ann Lui &mdash;&nbsp;today revealed a line-up of the seven pavilion exhibitors:</p> <p><strong>Amanda Williams &amp; Andres L. Hernandez</strong>&nbsp;<br>Chicago, IL</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>PXSTL: Williams and Hernandez won the 2016 design-build competition. Image courtesy of Michael B. Thomas / Pulitzer Arts Foundation.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Design Earth</strong>&nbsp;<br>Cambridge, MA</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pacific Aquarium. Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, 2016. Project Team: El Hadi Jazairy + Rania Ghosn. Reid Fellenbaum, Ya Suo, Jia Weng, Shuya Xu, Saswati Das, with initial contributions from Rixt Woudstra. Image courtesy of DESIGN EARTH</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</strong>&nbsp;<br>New York, NY</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Shed, View from 30th Street looking northwest, Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. Image courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Estudio Teddy Cruz...</strong></p> "An exuberant bygone optimism:" dead malls become poignant architectural relics Julia Ingalls 2017-09-12T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T14:40:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking for subtle signifiers of an exuberant bygone optimism,&rdquo; [Photographer Tag Christof] said. &ldquo;Whether people realize it or not, the things I photograph are the direct result of a system that defines progress only in economic terms.&rdquo; Christof...has spent the last five years crisscrossing the country in an effort to document architectural sites vanishing from the landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whether you spent your teenage years moodily occupying the food court or have experienced malls primarily as ruin porn, the architectural significance of these former bustling commercial centers can't be overstated. A kind of high water mark of capitalism, the shuttered and demolished malls profiled in this piece for The Outline represent a country whose narrative was mainly shaped by a robust middle class and a belief in national infallibility, two things that are noticeably weakened in the present era. While nostalgia is usually always the end result of oversimplification, it's hard to argue with the fact that in the last few decades the commercial infrastructure of the United States has undergone a dramatic shift, both physically and symbolically.&nbsp;</p> Chicago's apartment high rises are multiplying for better or worse Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T20:36:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A surge of tall buildings, the vast majority of them housing rental apartments, is creating a densely populated, urban core [...] the Super Loop is patently un-super in at least one respect: It lacks a new version of the technological and aesthetic innovations that made Chicago's reputation as the cradle of modern architecture. As Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to host the second edition of a global architecture biennial [...], most of the new high-rises are based on tired commercial formulas.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s Super Loop is gentrifying and becoming denser as apartment&nbsp;buildings are multiplying and younger generations are moving in. But, most of the new apartments in these high rises&nbsp;are quickly built concrete boxes with glass balconies. The ordinary character of new construction in Chicago's Super Loop proves that it takes more than a strengthening economy to create interesting architecture.</p> Due to lack of affordable housing, London Mayor throws out plans for New Scotland Yard scheme Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-12T14:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T14:21:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Abu Dhabi-owned developer won planning approval for the 268-home mixed-use redevelopment of the Metropolitan Police&rsquo;s HQ site in April 2016....Since then developer BL Developments has sought to increase the total number of homes by 27, from 268 to 295, with no increase in the number of affordable units or payment in lieu, meaning the level of affordable housing fell further still to only 3%.</p></em><br /><br /><p>BL Developments, who bought the site back in 2014 for &pound;370m, had submitted an initial proposal to transform the former <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Police headquarters</a> into a mixed-use scheme. The plans, which involved tearing&nbsp;down three existing buildings to clear the way for six residential-led buildings ranging from 14 to 20 stories, were approved with full planning permission by the then <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> Mayor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson</a> in 2016. The plans included only 10 affordable homes out of 268.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2017, the developer lodged a 'section 73 application' to increase the total number of homes to 295 without adding to the number of affordable units or payment in lieu. This increase put the level of affordable housing on site at 3%. Due to the lack of sufficient affordable housing on site, London Mayor,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>, has rejected the new proposal. The initial planning permission for the Broadway property will not be affected by this decision and development will go on as planned.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadiq Khan, who has made tackling the ...</p> U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning opens a new wing designed by Preston Scott Cohen Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-11T20:17:00-04:00 >2017-09-11T20:36:34-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>,&nbsp;at the University of Michigan, opened on September 8th with a new building designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preston Scott Cohen</a>. The&nbsp; A. Alfred Taubman Wing&nbsp;will offer an additional 36,000 square feet of studio and common spaces for reviews, conferences and other events. The building is designed to facilitate encounters and conversation, and to transform the relationship between faculty and students.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Peter Smith</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="" alt=" A. Alfred Taubman Wing; Photo by Peter Smith." title=" A. Alfred Taubman Wing; Photo by Peter Smith."></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Peter Smith</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Peter Smith</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Photo by Peter Smith</figcaption></figure><p>Read the full press release:&nbsp;</p> <p>The A. Alfred Taubman Wing provides an additional 36,000 square feet to the existing 72,000 square foot facility project includes a renovation of the existing college facilities. Architecture and urban planning education increasingly calls on spaces for group work and spaces to design and build. The wing and renovations provide additional studio space per student and collaboration rooms, as well as 5,700 square foot commons space which will al...</p> Hurricane Irma causes three construction cranes to collapse in South Florida Alexander Walter 2017-09-11T14:45:00-04:00 >2017-09-11T14:51:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The wildly swinging booms of three cranes at under-construction residential buildings in South Florida bent and collapsed in Hurricane Irma&rsquo;s heavy winds Sunday. [...] The cranes are a symbol of the luxury real estate development that drives South Florida&rsquo;s economy, attracting millions of dollars in foreign investment, even as home prices soar out of reach for locals. The construction industry has fought against stricter regulation of the towering cranes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the whole extent of destruction that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurricane Irma</a> caused throughout Florida, Georgia, and various islands of the northern Caribbean in the past few days is still not entirely clear, the strength of the storm can be adumbrated by the three construction cranes that collapsed in the greater Miami area yesterday.</p> <p><br></p> Transparent border wall: Trump selects firms to build 'other materials' prototypes Alexander Walter 2017-09-08T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-10T23:19:27-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Trump administration has awarded contracts to build four&nbsp;border wall prototypes using non-concrete "other materials," U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday. The contracts came a week after the administration announced four companies that will&nbsp;build prototypes of concrete border walls. In all, the eight prototype walls will cost about $3.6 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adding to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four firms already selected</a> to build border wall prototypes last week, Trump now also contracted another round of companies that will specifically build&nbsp;<em>non-concrete</em> prototypes of his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">favorite campaign promise</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>By encouraging 'other materials' border wall designs, Trump hopes to eliminate concrete's main drawback &mdash;&nbsp;its opaqueness &mdash; and thus save countless lives of clueless border fl&acirc;neurs potentially being hit by large sacks of drugs hurled over the wall from the Southern side. As he explained to reporters:&nbsp;"As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don't see them &mdash; they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall."</p> <p>The four companies chosen to tackle this challenge and erect the non-concrete 'other materials' prototypes are:</p> <ul><li>Caddell Construction in Montgomery,&nbsp;Alabama (also included in last week's select...</li></ul> Angels Flight, the world's shortest railway, is reborn and dies again Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-07T19:01:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T19:15:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The unexpected closure of Angels Flight on Monday, four days after the funicular&rsquo;s grand reopening, seemed a fitting twist for a railway that has operated in fits and starts for half a century.&#8203; Since its reopening, 21 years ago, Angels Flight has been shut down more than half the time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles's well known car culture quite efficiently dismantled the city's public transportation, passenger railway system, and the now long-gone network of red&nbsp;cars. Yet, one passenger train, and the smallest of all, keeps rising from the ashes &mdash; and dying again.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Angels Flight, the shortest railway in the world, reopened on August 31st in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Los Angeles</a>. Its comeback, after four years of absence, was short-lived and the funicular closed again for maintenance on September 4th.&nbsp;</p> <p>The train reopened today, the 7th. Ride it while it lasts!&nbsp;</p> The Chicago Architecture Foundation announces the Chicago Architecture Center, to encompass both past and future design innovation Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T18:20:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> is one of the global centers of the architectural world, not only for its rich history, but also as a stage for continuous innovation and design exploration. This lineage is a major part of why <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)</a> has decided to create the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a 20,000 square foot project replete with exhibition space, a lecture hall, custom design studios, retail space, and expansive views of the metropolitan skyline. With interiors created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> on a site plan originally designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, the CAC will be the new home for the CAF.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>On a river cruise, as organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Image: CAF</figcaption></figure><p>One of the coolest parts of the new interior has to be the Skyscape Gallery, which will be host to the permanent Tall Buildings and Innovation Exhibit. The exhibit will feature a 26-foot-tall "double-height" space allowing for a comprehensive investigation of tall buildings, from th...</p> Tampa Bay braces for impact of the storm that might destroy it Alexander Walter 2017-09-07T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T17:13:39-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Tampa Bay is mesmerizing, with 700 miles of shoreline and some of the finest white sand beaches in the nation. But analysts say the metropolitan area is the most vulnerable in the United States to flooding and damage if a major hurricane ever scores a direct hit. A Boston firm that analyzes potential catastrophic damage reported that the region would lose $175 billion in a storm the size of Hurricane Katrina. A World Bank study called Tampa Bay one of the 10 most at-risk areas on the globe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Published more than a month ago, <em>long</em> before Hurricane Irma was even on anyone's forecast, this piece by <em>Washington Post&nbsp;</em>writer Darryl Fears tells the tale of Tampa Bay as a seeming paradise, with its 4 millions residents, hot real estate market, lofty development ambitions, construction boom &mdash; and the big storm that will, <em>maybe</em>, hit one day and put it all in peril.</p> <p>Now with Irma leaving a trail of destruction in the Northern Caribbean and heading straight for the Florida peninsula, Fears just sat down for an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with <em>Marketplace</em> host Kai Ryssdal: "[...] the big problem with this hurricane and with Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, is sea level rise. And sea level rise is not a big deal in and of itself because it takes so long to build. But when you add wind, you add surge, that creates a wave, just a wall of water."</p>