Archinect - News 2019-02-18T17:47:32-05:00 Bill approving sale and potential redevelopment of the controversial Thompson Center moves forward Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-02-15T16:06:00-05:00 >2019-02-15T16:06:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Illinois governor, J.B. Pritzker, plans on signing a state bill that would authorize the sale of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James R. Thompson Center</a>, paving the way for its potential redevelopment.&nbsp;</p> <p>The postmodern building&nbsp;designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helmut Jahn</a> has housed offices of the Illinois state government since opening in 1985. Due to its polarizing design and its notoriously hard to heat and cool nature, state lawmakers have been pushing to sell the state-owned property, which could bring in a potential&nbsp;$300 million.&nbsp;</p> <p>First passed in 2017, SB 866&mdash;which would move offices across the street into the state-owned Michael A. Bilandic building&mdash;has been stuck in legislative limbo for the past two years. Under Prtizker's new governorship, the state has regained interest in the possibility of a sale, from which funds could be used to address pension liabilities and other unpaid bills.</p> <p>However, the threat of endangering what preservationists see as a unique representation of transparent government and Chicago's architectu...</p> A Conversation with Theaster Gates; Archinect Sessions Episode #136 Paul Petrunia 2019-02-14T19:13:00-05:00 >2019-02-15T13:29:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week on Archinect Sessions we&rsquo;re sharing our inspiring conversation with Theaster Gates. For those of you who aren&rsquo;t already familiar with Theaster, you&rsquo;re in for a treat. Theaster Gates often refers to himself as a potter, and while it&rsquo;s true that he is, through years of training and practice, he&rsquo;s also an extremely talented&nbsp;multidisciplinary artist, urban planner and community-focused social activist.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Theaster may be most well known for his non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild Foundation</a>. The foundation purchases abandoned buildings in the south side of Chicago, the neighborhood Theaster grew up and still resides in, and transforms them into beautiful community hubs that connect and inspire the local residents through art, creativity, and professional skill training.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gates work extends into academia as well. He is a full professor in the&nbsp;Department of Visual Arts at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University&nbsp;of Chicago</a>, where he is also a Senior Advisor for Cultural Innovation and Advisor to the Dean. It&rsquo;s in this con...</p> Archinect Outpost announces exciting lineup of upcoming events, with new posters Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-02-14T14:14:00-05:00 >2019-02-15T13:47:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a> has hosted a plethora of events in its short eight months of operation, each of which has brought the Los Angeles community together to celebrate exciting new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publications</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design items</a>. We are proud to announce that we have several more to come, from various disciplines and regions.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>TONIGHT: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete Los Angeles Map (hosting Deane Madsen) / February 14, 6-8 PM</a><br></strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Discover L.A.&rsquo;s finest examples of concrete-built architecture, from early Modernism and Brutalism to contemporary builds, with this handy map. This two-sided guide, curated by Deane Madsen and with original photography by Jason Woods, features over fifty structures&nbsp;by architects such as&nbsp;Frank Lloyd Wright,&nbsp;Rudolph Schindler,&nbsp;John Lautner,&nbsp;Charles Luckman,&nbsp;Harold Williams,&nbsp;A. Quincy Jones, William Pereira, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Closed Worlds; Or, What is the Power of Shit? (hosting Lydia Kallipoliti) / March 6, 7-9 PM</a><br></strong></p> <p>What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildi...</p> Snøhetta's updated AT&T Building redesign gets Landmarks Preservation Commission approval Alexander Walter 2019-02-13T13:38:00-05:00 >2019-02-13T13:38:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The city&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission paved the way for Sn&oslash;hetta to partially redesign Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Postmodern skyscraper at 550 Madison Avenue Tuesday with a vote backing the contested plan. [...] The biggest change to the property, which was granted landmark status in July 2018, is the privately-owned public space (POPS) at the ground level.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">original proposal</a> to renovate the, now landmark-protected, 1984 icon of Postmodernism at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">550 Madison Avenue</a> was met with fierce opposition from&nbsp;architects, preservationists, and critics.&nbsp;</p><p>An updated design that incorporated much of the feedback <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was released</a> a few months later in December 2018.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure> Zena Howard: Architecture's powerhouse strategist and advocate for diversity Katherine Guimapang 2019-02-12T15:58:00-05:00 >2019-02-12T15:38:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>There are little more than 400 African American female architects in a profession of over 110,000. Although an improvement over the roughly 90 that existed when I entered the profession, the current numbers continue to reflect the obvious dearth of women like me. [...] My primary advice to young people is to seek mentorship as early as possible. Take advantage of many architects like myself who are willing to expose you to our studios, our staff, our work, and our own experiences.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're unaware of her name, you know of her work. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zena Howard</a>'s contributions to the architecture profession are rooted in design strategy and advocacy. With over 25 years of experience, the seasoned architect has worked on several notable projects. As Principal and Managing Director of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins+Will</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina</a> practice, her work is a reflection of her passion as an architect, mentor, team builder, and strategist. Several of Howard's projects focuses on public and private institutions, museums, and other educational typologies.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Motown Museum Detroit, Michigan. Image &copy; Perkins+Will</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tenley-Friendship Library District of Columbia Public Library. Image &copy; Perkins+Will</figcaption><p><br></p><p>Earning her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Virginia</a>, Howard's expertise revolves around creating and leading design projects in sustainability, inclusive design, and historical and cultural buildings. Her background in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED certification</a> projects allows her to drive projects that no...</p></figure> Render vs Reality: Mecanoo nails it. Take a look. Alexander Walter 2019-02-12T15:38:00-05:00 >2019-02-14T16:12:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We've all seen them: photorealistic, high-gloss architectural renderings of new, flashy projects, and then&mdash;a few years later&mdash;the actual, built reality looks nothing like the too-good-to-be-true visualizations the public was sold on. Natural light, the lack of natural light, dust, humidity, material changes, shoddy construction, and (<em>yikes!</em>) human interaction can drastically widen the gap between the commission-winning, highly publicized, sometimes even iconic renderings and the real building we're left with for eternity.</p> <p>The team at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a> is all too aware of the phenomenon and has created the Pinterest board "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Render vs Reality</a>" where the Dutch firm proudly shows off an array of its completed projects from around the globe side-by-side with the architectural illustrations of these buildings, such as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library of Birmingham</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tilburg LocHal Library</a>, and the brand new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen Longgang Cultural Centre</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Interior Design of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LocHal Library</a> in Ti...</p> Tiny homes are fitting symbols of economic precarity Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-02-12T14:38:00-05:00 >2019-02-15T13:40:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Tiny houses are promoted as an answer to the affordable housing crisis; a desirable alternative to traditional homes and mortgages. Yet there are many complexities and contradictions that surround these tiny spaces, as I discovered when I began investigating them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There is something inherently romantic about the nomadic lifestyle cooked up in the 1960's, exemplified by the VW van and the desert campfire. While this relic of America's recent past became, undoubtedly, the inspiration for the Tiny Home movement in recent years, the reasons for its current popularity do not match those of its precedent.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior of Elm, by Tumbleweed, Tiny House Company</figcaption></figure><p>Megan Carras "toured homes, attended tiny house festivals, stayed in a tiny house community, and interviewed several dozen people who live in them" to reach a discover that there is more to their wide spread use than popularly imagined. Tiny homes are, as Carras makes evident, a sign of economic precarity - one particularly felt by the millennial generation.&nbsp;</p> <p>"All the tiny-houser millennials that I interviewed wanted to own bigger houses in the future," Carras reports. "They saw tiny living as a means of owning something now and being able to save at the same time. Several young couples planned to ...</p> Glass tower residents lose 'invasion of privacy' case against Tate Modern Alexander Walter 2019-02-12T13:42:00-05:00 >2019-02-12T13:59:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Residents of flats overlooked by the Tate Modern have lost their high court bid to stop &ldquo;hundreds of thousands of visitors&rdquo; looking into their homes from the art gallery&rsquo;s viewing platform. [...] the board of trustees of the Tate Gallery said the platform provided &ldquo;a unique, free, 360-degree view of London&rdquo; and argue that the claimants could simply &ldquo;draw the blinds&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The judge presiding over the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highly publicized case</a> dismissed the residents' demands that parts of the 10th-floor public viewing terrace in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Modern</a>'s Herzog &amp; de Meuron-designed extension be closed off to prevent visitors from peeking through the floor-to-ceiling windows into the ritzy Neo Bankside apartments (planned by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) next door. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Those who live in glass houses should have a sense of humor. Photo: zoer/Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>Recognizing the fact that the residents were &ldquo;occupying a particularly sensitive property which they are operating in a way which has increased the sensitivity,&rdquo; the judge recommended net curtains as a reasonable privacy solution.<br></p> Anti-opioid activists protest Guggenheim's ties to Sackler Family, the prominent art donors making billions from OxyContin Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-02-11T17:27:00-05:00 >2019-02-11T19:36:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over the weekend, a group of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more than 100 protestors</a> demanded that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum</a> refuse further funding from the Sackler Family. Led by the American photographer Nan Goldin and her organization <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAIN</a> (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), the activists have been targeting the billionaire dynasty and its pharmaceutical company for promoting the use of OxyContin, a highly addictive, narcotic painkiller that is widely considered to be one of "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the most dangerous products ever sold</a> on a mass scale."</p> <p>The demonstrators took over the museum's iconic atrium on&nbsp;Saturday night, dropping thousands of fake prescription notes from the six-story building while others handed out pill bottles to confused museum-goers. As Goldin staged a die-in on the lobby floor, banners hung from the spiraling hallways with messages such as "SHAME ON SACKLER," and "400,000 DEAD." Afterwards, the protest moved onwards to the Metropolitan Museum, where one of the wings is paid for and named aft...</p> OMA-designed nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel tops out Alexander Walter 2019-02-11T15:56:00-05:00 >2019-02-12T20:28:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Construction on the future largest hotel in the Benelux just reached another milestone: the behemoth 25-floor, 650-room nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>/Reinier de Graaf, has reached its highest point of construction at a height of 91 meters (nearly 300 feet).</p><p>"The shape of the 91-metre building draws from the triangular advertising column on the Europaplein which was once so prominent on the site but now has been overtaken by the many office buildings that have been erected in its vicinity," explains the project description.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photograph by Walter Herfst, Courtesy of OMA</figcaption></figure><p>The new gastronomy complex is located near the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center and connected via an underground concourse.</p> <p>OMA won the architectural competition for the hotel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2015</a> with Reinier de Graaf and Rem Koolhaas as partners-in-charge.<br></p> UK Holocaust memorial plan faces resistance from Royal Parks Alexander Walter 2019-02-11T15:04:00-05:00 >2019-02-11T15:14:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A Holocaust memorial proposed for outside Parliament would have a "significant harmful impact" on the area, the Royal Parks have said. The landmark is planned to be built at Victoria Tower Gardens on Millbank, alongside the River Thames. Royal Parks, which looks after the space, said it could not support the plans as the Grade II listed park was a "highly sensitive location".</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">star-studded design competition</a> ended&nbsp;in October 2017 with the selection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a> and&nbsp;Ron Arad Architects as the winning team to plan the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK&nbsp;Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>South view. &copy; Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects</figcaption></figure><p>"Adjaye himself said last week that 'disrupting the pleasure&nbsp;of being in a park is key to the thinking' of the project," writes <em>The Observer</em> architecture critic, Rowan Moore, in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his commentary</a> published by <em>The Guardian</em>. "Certainly a memorial to the Holocaust should have impact. It should not slip by unnoticed. But there is a difference between the intended disruption of a work of art and the clumsiness of a bad brief."<br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial Plan. &copy; Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Landscape architecture firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gustafson Porter + Bowman</a>,&nbsp;Plan A, and DHA Designs also contributed to the winning scheme which is now being rejected by the Royal Parks charity.<br></p> AIA issues statement of support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-02-08T21:13:00-05:00 >2019-02-15T22:12:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>AIA President William Bates has issued a statement praising the efforts of a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Green New Deal</a>, an ambitious resolution put forth by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that addresses the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">immense threat of climate change</a> while stimulating the economy through sustainable job creation across various sectors.&nbsp;</p> <p>The transformative package of policies, announced yesterday, is both broad and bold, giving attention to everything from environmental justice and labor to health care and education. And to get there, the road map calls for a range of policy-driven projects that would heavily touch on the building industry, which accounts for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nearly 40% of CO2 emissions</a> in the United States.</p> <p>Most notably, the bill calls for densifying urban areas and demands the U.S. &ldquo;upgrade all existing buildings and build new buildings, to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability"&mdash;both of which would have huge impacts for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">how and wh...</a></p> TWA Hotel at Saarinen's iconic Flight Center to open in May Alexander Walter 2019-02-08T18:14:00-05:00 >2019-02-08T18:15:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s official: The TWA Hotel will start taking reservations on February 14, in anticipation of a soft opening on May 15. [...] The hotel&rsquo;s opening will be the culmination of years of work to revive Eero Saarinen&rsquo;s beloved midcentury landmark. The TWA Flight Center, a stunning example of Space Age architecture, closed in 2001, and has largely been hidden from public view since then, save for a few tours and events here and there.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>.</p> Afternoon Delight with Midnight Charette Paul Petrunia 2019-02-07T18:01:00-05:00 >2019-02-08T14:33:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we are joined, in studio, by David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, the hosts of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midnight Charette podcast</a>. You may be already familiar with their podcast, or perhaps you&rsquo;ve just heard about the podcast since they released their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode with me</a> a couple days ago.</p> <p>The Midnight Charette has been podcasting for a while now. They're quickly approaching their 100th episode. They describe their show as an explicit podcast about design, architecture and people. The format is casual, and unscripted, and tends to run on the long side, 2 hours being about average for an episode. While this is an architecture podcast, it&rsquo;s often not addressing architecture directly, rather, David and Marina discuss non-architectural issues from the perspective of a couple of architecturally-minded professionals.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Marina enjoying a cup of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal</a> during the show</figcaption></figure><p>In today&rsquo;s conversation we learn more about the host's backgrounds, and how they came together and conceived of the podcast. We also take a peek...</p> Svigals + Partners to design a Memorial Garden in honor of victims of gun violence Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-02-07T15:07:00-05:00 >2019-02-07T19:49:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For New Haven school teacher&nbsp;Marlene Miller Pratt, whose son was shot and killed in 1998, the effort to build a&nbsp;memorial to victims of gun violence is about building a serene space to remember loved ones.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We wanted to develop an area that was going to be beautiful, so that we wouldn't have to go to the cemetery to visit our children. Because when you go to the cemetery, it's so desolate," she <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">told</a> the park commission as she presented her pitch for a memorial garden back in&nbsp;September.<br></p> <p>Pratt, and other concerned mothers in New&nbsp;Haven, Connecticut, have spent the past several years advocating for a place to honor those lost to gun violence through the beauty of nature, efforts for which are now paying off. Working with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Resources Initiative</a>&mdash;a non-profit that helps to rejuvenate and renovate urban environments&mdash;the Lost Generation Memorial Garden&nbsp;could be open to the public as soon as this summer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed with help from&nbsp;architecture and planning firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Svigals +&nbsp;Partners</a>, the site ...</p> Form follows finance: NYC's pencil towers for the ultrawealthy Alexander Walter 2019-02-07T14:28:00-05:00 >2019-02-07T14:34:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Any visitor to New York over the past few years will have witnessed this curious new breed of pencil-thin tower. Poking up above the Manhattan skyline like etiolated beanpoles, they seem to defy the laws of both gravity and commercial sense. They stand like naked elevator shafts awaiting their floors, raw extrusions of capital piled up until it hits the clouds.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his latest long-form piece, <em>The Guardian</em> architecture critic Oliver Wainwright shows how the advent of the new 'pencil tower' building type is rapidly transforming New York City's skyline, digs in the history of zoning laws, and explains how "air rights" allow (an abundance of) cash to buy a piece of the Manhattan sky.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Maciek Lulko/Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>"Like leggy plants given too much fertiliser, these buildings are a symptom of a city irrigated with too much money," writes Wainwright. "The world&rsquo;s population of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, a super-elite with assets of at least $30m, has now mushroomed beyond 250,000 people, all in need of somewhere to store their wealth. More than a third of them are based in North America, while those from riskier economic climes favour New York real estate as one of the safest places to park their cash."</p> MoMA's temporary closure provides a moment of self-reflection Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-02-06T19:28:00-05:00 >2019-02-13T20:56:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As the Museum of Modern Art begins the final stage of its $400 million overhaul, it will close for four months to reconfigure its galleries, rehang the entire collection and rethink the way that the story of modern and contemporary art is presented to the public. The Picassos and van Goghs will still be there, but the 40,000 square feet of additional space will allow MoMA to focus new attention on works by women, Latinos, Asians, African-Americans and other overlooked artists...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over the span of its 89 year history,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Museum of Modern Art</a> has been the subject of both praise and disappointment among cultural elites. In particular,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">its Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed plan to expand into the adjacent American Folk Art Museum</a>, by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>, was the subject of sharp criticism when it was announced only a few short years ago.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of new Museum of Modern Art Facade. Credit: Diller + Scofidio Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>But as that project draws closer to its opening day by the end of this year, the museum has decided to use the months of its temporary closure (between&nbsp;June 15th and Oct. 21st)&nbsp;as an opportunity to reconsider how it exhibits its world-famous collection. This not only means a reassessment of the segregation of media, but also that of racial and sexual representation.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;A new generation of curators is discovering the richness of what is in our collection, and there is great work being made around the world that we need to pay atte...</p> Archinect's Founder, Paul Petrunia, shares his true feelings about Archinect's trolls Katherine Guimapang 2019-02-06T16:45:00-05:00 >2019-02-08T14:08:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With a plethora of podcasts readily available, sometimes a good one worth listening to is hard to come by. This week Archinect's very own Founder/Director, Paul Petrunia, sat down with David Lee and&nbsp;Marina Bourderonnet, from <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midnight Charette</a></em>, to discuss an array of topics. Known for their informal, unscripted, and in-depth interviews, Paul discusses Archinect's humble beginnings back in 1997 (22 years ago!), the problem with journalism today and the faults of internet technology, expanding Archinect into print and retail, dealing with forum moderation and trolls, and much more. The entire conversation runs almost 2 hours long.</p> <p>Finding a balance between light-hearted discussion and in-depth design focused conversations<em> </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midnight Charette</a>&nbsp;has created a platform, especially for young design professionals, to hear and learn what's out there in the profession. Known for their "brutally honest&nbsp;and often not work appropriate" discussions, these podcasts should be added to the must listen t...</p> One Vanderbilt rises to supertall status in Midtown Manhattan Alexander Walter 2019-02-06T15:30:00-05:00 >2019-02-06T15:34:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One Vanderbilt is officially the latest skyscraper in New York City to claim supertall status. Located at 41 East 42nd Street in Midtown East, the imminently 1,401-foot tall office building already soars above Grand Central Station, and new steel columns continue to sprout along the perimeter and core, having now punctured the 1,000-foot mark.</p></em><br /><br /><p>By passing the 300 m/984.3 ft mark, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPF</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Vanderbilt</a> is now officially recognized as a supertall structure.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the completed 58-story tower. Image: KPF.</figcaption></figure><p>The tower in Manhattan's Midtown East&mdash;vis-&agrave;-vis Grand Central Terminal and the Metlife Building it <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently surpassed in height</a>&mdash;is expected to top out later this year, likely in mid summer, and be completed in 2020.</p> Dubai's ruler leaves his mark on new supertall tower, Burj Jumeira Alexander Walter 2019-02-06T13:58:00-05:00 >2019-02-08T13:48:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Across Dubai myriad construction projects are underway in the lead up to World Expo 2020. But it turns out there's always room for one more. State-owned investment firm Dubai Holding has released details of a huge post-expo construction mega-project, which will include a 1,804 feet (550-meter) high tower -- taller than One World Trade Center in New York. The tower, called Burj Jumeira, is situated in the Al Sufouh area of Dubai close to the Burj Al Arab.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Dubai Holding</figcaption></figure><p>It's been a few weeks since the last announcement of another megaproject in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>, so here's finally a new one: Burj Jumeira is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">envisioned</a> to become an oval-shaped, 1,804 ft/550 m supertall skyscraper with a flamboyant facade that is covered in a digital display, enabling it to light up like its taller city neighbor, the Burj Khalifa.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Dubai Holding</figcaption></figure><p>And if you ever wondered what the thumbprint of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, looks like, <em>well</em>, the base of the tower is literally covered with it.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Dubai Holding</figcaption></figure><p>Construction will begin immediately, with the first phase of the development to be delivered in 2023.<br></p> Chicago Architecture Biennial announces 'Other Such Stories' as theme for 2019 edition Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-02-06T13:54:00-05:00 >2019-02-07T17:47:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Making its return later this year, the third edition of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> will go beyond design to address questions of land, memory, rights and civic participation. Announced yesterday, the theme "...and other stories" has been picked by this year's artistic director, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yesomi Umolu</a>, and her team as a way to examine how histories, landscapes, and communities undergird the built environment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our approach to this edition of the biennial has evolved through conversations with architects, spatial practitioners, and everyday people in Chicago and other global locations, including through partnerships fostered in our research initiatives in the cities of Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, and Vancouver,&rdquo; said Umolu. &ldquo;Through these engagements, we have drawn out a myriad of stories about how lived experiences across global communities, cities, territories, and ecologies resonate with architectural and space-making practices.&rdquo;<br></p> <p>The biennial will take Chicago's urban history, and the so...</p> Architectural gems designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler reported missing by USC Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-02-05T13:53:00-05:00 >2019-02-05T13:53:50-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Two lamps and a chair designed by the celebrated architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rudolph Schindler</a>, respectively, have been reported missing. The stolen items were taken from an unmarked warehouse controlled by USC, who owns Wright's Samuel and Harriet Freeman House for which the items were designed.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to</a>&nbsp;the Los Angeles Times, who received an anonymous tip about the theft, the robbery occurred over six years ago. Though a facilities staffer notified a professor at the USC School of Architecture back in 2012, campus police did not file a report with the LAPD until January 22nd of this year, after the paper had reached out to the school to inquire about the theft in regards to the anonymous letter.<br></p> <p>The stolen furniture has a potential value of hundreds of thousands dollars, with similar items by Wright selling at auctions for $100,000, and similar items by Schindler valued at $25,000. They, and other contents of the home, were moved into storage in 2000, in advance of majo...</p> From the creator of eVolo Magazine comes a brilliant redesign for the scale-ruler Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-02-05T13:49:00-05:00 >2019-02-06T19:56:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The scale-ruler is as much a staple of architectural draftsmanship as the T-Square or vellum, and it potentially just got a significant redesign.&nbsp;Carlo Aiello, the founder of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eVolo Magazine</a>, recently published photos and a video of ESCALA, a 2-in-1 drawing tool combining the scale-ruler with an insertable fountain pen.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>ESCALA: scale-ruler fountain pen. Photo by ENSSO.</figcaption></figure><p>As of writing this article, 326 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter backers</a> have invested&nbsp;$21,445 in the product, far exceeding its goal of $7,500.</p> New memorial at World Trade Center site to honor those affected by 9/11-related illnesses Alexander Walter 2019-02-04T16:09:00-05:00 >2019-02-05T03:41:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The New York Post reports that the 9/11 Memorial and Museum plans to open a section dedicated to those who&rsquo;ve died or have grappled with 9/11-related illnesses&mdash;first responders, survivors, and New Yorkers who lived close to the World Trade Center site during the recovery efforts among them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New York Post</em></a>, the designers of the landmark <em>Reflecting Absence</em> 9/11 Memorial, architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, were also in charge&nbsp;of planning this new memorial which is expected to be finished by May 30.</p> Editor's Picks #495 Nam Henderson 2019-02-04T15:16:00-05:00 >2019-02-04T15:16:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Late last year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gunnar Hubbard FAIA, LEED Fellow</a> was inspired by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest climate report</a> from the UN&rsquo;s IPPC to pen <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five Steps to Becoming a More Responsible Architect in the Age of Climate Change</a>. In response <strong>Jeromemorleylarsonsr</strong> opined "<em>The enemy of our environment is the segregation of white people called zoning and planning &mdash; so evil I consider it criminal activity for the sprawl and hatred it has caused</em>".</p> <p>Plus, Archinect has teamed up with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just Design</a> initiative (developed by a partnership of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a>,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Yale School of Architecture&rsquo;s Equality in Design</a>, and<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Harvard Graduate School of Design&rsquo;s Women in Design</a>) to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profile firms across the country that engage in fair labor practices</a>. Whether it is a family-friendly work schedule or a health coverage plan that goes above and beyond, the series spotlights practices that honor the basic rights of their employees and can serve as exemplary models of what should become standard for the field. </p> <p>The first two firms profi...</p> Foster-designed Norton Museum of Art expansion prepares for grand opening Feb 9 Alexander Walter 2019-02-04T14:14:00-05:00 >2019-02-04T18:27:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Norton, which closed last July to finish three years of renovations, will re-open to the public on Feb. 9 with eight new exhibitions and a $100 million face-lift, adding 12,000 square feet of gallery space, along with new classrooms, a restaurant, a sculpture garden and a 210-seat auditorium.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Almost exactly two years after its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ceremonial groundbreaking</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a> expansion has been completed and will open its doors to the public this Saturday, February 9.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>The expansion plan preserved the institution's original 1941 east wing as a real treasure trove of contemporary art. "Now in the east wing are new paintings and sculptures from contemporary artists such as Kara Walker and Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst and Anselm Keifer," writes Phillip Valys for the <em>South Florida Sun Sentinel</em>. "In two new European galleries, there are masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Executive architect on the project is Boston-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CBT Architects</a>, while landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gustafson Guthrie Nichol</a> designed the gardens.<br></p> <p>Learn more about the&nbsp;Norton Museum of Art&nbsp;expansion <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Can architecture brace itself during the Polar Vortex? Here are 5 examples of structures designed to withstand freezing temperatures Katherine Guimapang 2019-02-03T10:49:00-05:00 >2019-02-06T11:36:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>There's no way to sugar coat it, the Polar Vortex of 2019 has aggressively hit various parts of the world. As people have braced themselves for the cold and frigid temperatures, how does the harsh cold remind us of building more resilient structures? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> and many other areas in the U.S. have made headlines with its reaction to the Polar Vortex. Photos and videos of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snow</a> covered roads, icicle buildings, and frozen bodies of water have graced the media. Although these record-setting temperatures in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midwest</a> have made a substantial impact on several people, the solution to designing thermal resilient structures is nothing new in the world of architecture.</p> <p>Several architects and designers have constructed buildings that were made to withstand some of the most extreme temperatures. Places that are prone to the cold like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norway</a> are home to several structures built to withstand such extremes. Below are 5 examples and descriptions of buildings that can brace the cold.</p> ... The new vacation rental company investing in contemporary architecture and creative placemaking Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-02-01T15:00:00-05:00 >2019-02-01T15:01:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For Joanna Dawes, the desire to create temporary spaces in unsuspecting places is twofold. Influenced by the opportunities caravans and mobile homes have inspired, Dawes finds that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ephemeral dwellings</a> not only allow the chance to explore different landscapes, but also promise exciting new designs, materials and construction techniques.&nbsp;</p> <p>"This is about exploring new structures, experimenting with new and sustainable materials, and building intimacy with our landscapes for a brief period of time," Dawes explains to me as we discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Land Stories</a>, a non-profit initiative and vacation rental service that places contemporary architecture in stunning landscapes. The goal, says Dawes, is to foster constructive dialogues about what architecture and design can bring to one's experience of a place as well as the landscape itself.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Launched this year, Land Stories will open up its first dwelling, the Lantern, this spring. Designed by the London-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emulsion</a>&mdash; whom have worked with Dawes...</p> Are there other ways to imagine sculpture's relationship to architecture? Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-31T18:36:00-05:00 >2019-01-31T18:38:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>We&rsquo;re used to images of nature reclaiming abandoned buildings &ndash; but artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas have put a playful twist on this concept. They&rsquo;ve erected a giant sea monster that appears to burst through an abandoned warehouse in Philadelphia&rsquo;s Navy Yard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The relationship between public sculpture and architecture has been the subject of sharp criticism among architects. James Wines of SITE famously referred to most of what the sculptures typically installed in building plazas as "plop art," suggesting that they rarely contribute to the architecture on their sites but rather carelessly sit in front of them. Rachel Whiteread, a British sculptor, has taken on the same criticism, suggesting that much of the public art in her native London is &ldquo;ill thought-out and put in places that it shouldn&rsquo;t necessarily be.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>While Wines, Whiteread and other designers of the built environment continue to search for ways to integrate sculpture into architecture, Group X&nbsp;may have found a bold way forward. The anonymous art collective produced &lsquo;Sea Monsters HERE,&rsquo; &nbsp;made up of 20 tentacles, each around 40 feet long, bursting through an abandoned warehouse&rsquo;s steel skin and windows in Philadelphia's Navy Yard. </p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Th...</a></p> 'Enthralling gateway to its city:' Blair Kamin on Foster + Partners-led O'Hare expansion proposal Alexander Walter 2019-01-30T15:14:00-05:00 >2019-02-05T06:14:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Chances for architectural greatness are rare. When they come around, we best grab them. Such is the opportunity Chicago has before it with one of the five plans for a new global terminal at O&rsquo;Hare International Airport.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic, Blair Kamin, comes out in clear support of the Norman Foster-led finalist entry to the $8.5B <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago O&rsquo;Hare</a> 21 Terminal Expansion competition: "That plan, from a team led by London-based Foster + Partners architects, promises to be everything an airport should be: a precisely-honed machine for moving people and baggage; easy to get around intuitively; and an enthralling gateway to its city." Foster's joint venture team also includes Chicago-based architects Epstein and Moreno.<br></p> <p>The other four finalist teams, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced last November</a>, are Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners, Santiago Calatrava LLC, Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill (SOM), and Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners.</p> <p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Questions raised over selection process for massive expansion of O&rsquo;Hare International Airport</a><br></p>