Archinect - News 2018-10-23T16:37:57-04:00 Despite its celebrated campus design, Budapest's Central European University faces harsh political resistance Alexander Walter 2018-10-23T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T14:12:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Over the last two years, the Central European University (CEU) has been subjected to verbal and thinly-veiled legislative&nbsp;attacks&nbsp;by Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orb&aacute;n. [...] Should the university choose to relocate, it would be forced to abandon not only the country it has operated in since opening in 1991, but also its recently opened premises.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CNN Style</em> explains why the celebrated Phase 1 design of the Central European University's deliberately modernist Budapest campus may potentially not be able to save the school's existence in the city. Designed by Irish firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Donnell + Toumey</a>, the&nbsp;part-new part-refurbished university building, with its nod to transparency and context, is currently one of four shortlistees for the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 RIBA International Prize</a>, however tensions have been steadily growing between the administration of populist Hungarian prime minister&nbsp;Viktor Orb&aacute;n and the&nbsp;institute's founder,&nbsp;Hungarian American billionaire George Soros, a liberal.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the school moved to plan a satellite campus in Vienna, the future progress of the Budapest campus development remains in limbo &mdash; a scenario of uncertainty for&nbsp;O'Donnell + Toumey. "I don't think you can hold architecture to account in matters of social change,"&nbsp;John Tuomey told <em>CNN</em>,&nbsp;"architecture doesn't directly influence society in that way."</p>... Yale student-led exhibition “A Seat at the Table” wants to spark more nuanced discussion on gender disparity in architecture Justine Testado 2018-10-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-22T18:56:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But instead of shying away from some of the challenges this type of work poses, the students decided to publish the results of the survey as-is, and highlight its flaws. They decided not to draw any particular conclusions from the data, and instead hope to use the exhibit as a conversation starter. &ldquo;A large part of the exhibit was trying to get a more nuanced idea of sexism. Not just sexual harassment, but other sorts of derailing that occurs within architecture schools.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New York Building Congress estimates strong construction activity in nonresidential sectors Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2018-10-22T15:03:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new report</a> looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>'s estimated construction for 2018-2020 predicts strong growth across all sectors of development. According to its forecasts, "New York City is in the midst of its second and most robust building boom of the 21st century," the report says.&nbsp;</p> <p>Put out by the New York Building Congress, the report anticipates that construction activity will reach a record-setting $61.8 billion by the end of 2018, a 25% increase from 2017. This level of spending will remain consistent with $59.3 billion in construction spending projected for 2019, followed by $56.4 billion in 2020.</p> <p>The largest increases in activity are expected for non-residential sectors. Construction spending in office, institutional, government, sports and entertainment, and hotel categories will see the biggest increase in activity, with spending anticipated to hit $39 billion by the end of 2018, a roughly 66% increase from 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>While public works and government infrastructure is projected to re...</p> Gaudi's Sagrada Familia fined $41 million for lack of building permit Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-19T13:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-19T13:22:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Despite having been under construction for more than 130 years, Gaud&iacute;'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sagrada Familia</a> basilica in Barcelona has lacked the proper paper work. Turns out, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unesco world heritage site</a>, attracting more than 20 million visitors a year, has never been granted a building permit, the&nbsp;<em>BBC News&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>After two years of negotiations, an agreement to remedy the situation was finally reached on Thursday. The church's trustees conceded to paying $41 million in fees over a 10-year period, so that the city can fund public transportation, increase accessibility, and make other improvements to the surrounding area.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ada Colau, Barcelona's far-left mayor, argued that the basilica's board has been working without a permit; has failed to pay proper taxes and fees on construction; and has not submitted the required paperwork for tearing down neighboring residential buildings. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According</a> to the <em>Times, </em>the church, on the other hand, contends they were granted a permit in 1885 by Sant Mart&iacute; de Prove...</p> Amid the smart city trend, Santa Maria Tonantzintla​ locals in Mexico​ fear the loss of their cultural traditions Justine Testado 2018-10-18T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T18:15:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In Tonantzintla the smart cities proposal became a lightning rod for those concerned about a development that seemed to favour outsiders rather than residents...&ldquo;They are ashamed of their roots,&rdquo; [local resident Mercedes] Tecuapetla Quechol says. &ldquo;They saw something they liked in the United States or in Europe, so they want to put it here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mexican town of Santa Maria Tonantzintla is caught in the all-too-familiar situation of preserving its centuries-old customs as newer smart-city technologies are being introduced.&nbsp;While city officials and planners argued that implementing new technology intends to benefit the community, locals saw this as an attempt to westernize their town and wipe out tradition.</p> U.S. construction wages & employment make solid gains; employers struggle to find skilled workers Alexander Walter 2018-10-18T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T13:50:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>American construction workers&rsquo; average wage has risen above $30 per hour for the first time, and the numbers employed have hit nearly 7.3 million, a level not seen since before the financial crisis, official statistics show. [...] &ldquo;However, the pool of unemployed workers with construction experience has nearly evaporated, pushing up contractors&rsquo; costs and adding to project completion times.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>While positive&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">economic indicators</a> have had the U.S. construction sector thriving for a prolonged period now, AEC employers are increasingly feeling the pinch when it comes to finding qualified workers. "The tightening labour market poses a problem for companies looking to expand their headcount," reports Global Construction Review. "In a recent AGC&ndash;Autodesk Workforce survey, 76% of respondents said their firms planned to hire more craft workers in the next year. However, 80% said they were having trouble filling hourly positions, and that the difficulty has risen in the past year."</p> <p>Looking for a new job in architecture or hoping to fill a vacant position in your company? Check out the latest listings on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's job board</a> or take a look at our recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curated Job Picks</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Employers of the Day</a>.</p> Archinect Outpost to host launch party for Project Journal October 26th Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-10-17T14:20:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T14:21:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Join us in celebrating the launch of the newest issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Journal</a> at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a> on Friday, October 26th, 6-9 PM.&nbsp;</p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RSVP to reserve your spot!</a> <p>Issue 7 of Project Journal features a brilliant wrap-around cover by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Eskenazi</a>, as well as the work of many great theorists and architects today, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Atwood &amp; Anna Neimark (First Office)</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peggy Deamer</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Shvartzberg</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil M. Denari Architects</a>, Carolyn L. Kane, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jaffer Kolb</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zeina Koreitem (MILLI&Oslash;NS)</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jose Sanchez</a> (Plethora Project), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Troy Schaum &amp; Rosalyne Shieh</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Witt</a> (Certain Measures).&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we spoke to two of its editors</a>, Alfie Koetter and&nbsp;Emmett Zeifman, about how they balance teaching, writing, designing and editing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Journal</a>.<br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sotoak Pavilion, by Neil M. Denari Architects. (featured in Project Journal Issue 7)</figcaption></figure><p>Archinect Outpost is an exciting new retail initiative in downtown LA's Arts District,&nbsp;a rapidly transforming creative hub home to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>&nbsp;and a number of architecture &amp; design ...</p> Gallery X launched by the A+D Museum Anthony Morey 2018-10-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:00:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>&nbsp;has announced Gallery X, a branch of the A+D dedicated to curating public spaces and bringing the making and implementation of art to a wider more diverse audience. Gallery X aims to reach beyond the walls of the institution and produce local engagement through facilitate provocative urban and public canvases to the incredibly talented and provocative artists and designers of Los Angeles. Through designing the inclusion of art in the people&rsquo;s urban landscape we bring a renewed vibrancy to Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image supplied by a+d museum. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>Gallery X was conceived as an initiative to bring progressive, young, and diverse artists to the forefront of public engagement by partnering with local institution, developers and real estate companies as a means to expanded the locations and means in which the museum can connect and curate within the area. With Los Angeles building at an incredible rate, the growth and guidance of public art have never been in such need and simultaneously...</p> Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects completes an earthquake-resistant library in Christchurch, NZ Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-16T18:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T18:24:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After a series of earthquakes left <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand's second largest city</a> badly damaged, a new city has begun to gradually emerge. The city of Christchurch, NZ has spent the following years working on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a major rebuilding phase</a>, that includes the recently opened $92 million central library designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photography by Adam M&oslash;rk.</figcaption></figure><p>The T&#363;ranga public library is one of a number of government lead anchor projects intended to spark growth and bring people back into the central city. Its opening weekend saw nearly 13,000 visitors turning out for a first look.<br></p> <p>"The new central library is a visually stunning symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth that will fundamentally change the way residents and visitors experience Christchurch&rsquo;s city centre" said the architects. The five-story building took two-and-a-half years to complete and is now the largest library in the South Island.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photography by Adam M&oslash;rk.</figcaption></figure><p>The Danish architects collaborated with local firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectus</a> as well...</p> New renderings of Central Park Tower aka Nordstrom Tower aka 217 West 57th Street Alexander Walter 2018-10-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T13:36:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s looking to be a big year for Billionaires&rsquo; Row: Just one month after sales launched at 111 West 57th Street, Extell has followed suit at Central Park Tower, its behemoth located at 217 West 57th Street. [...] The development has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since plans were announced more than five years ago. Construction got underway not long after, but details about the tower have been few and far between.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a target floor count of 101 and designed to stand 1,550 feet tall once completed, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tower</a> on Billionaires&rsquo; Row brands itself as the "tallest residential building in the world". At this height, the upper floors don't have much else standing in their way to interrupt their million-dollar views of New York City's Central Park.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @centralparktower on Instagram</figcaption></figure> MONU #29 ON NARRATIVE URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-10-15T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:02:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims Cassim Shepard in the interview we did with him entitled "Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured" for this new issue of MONU, "Narrative Urbanism".</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims<b><em>Cassim Shepard</em></b>in the interview we did with him entitled<b>&ldquo;Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured&rdquo;</b>for this new issue of<b>MONU,</b><b>&ldquo;Narrative Urbanism&rdquo;.</b>Being a filmmaker, he points out that moving images in this day and age are particularly effective forms of communication as they have the capacity to make people want to engage. For him, filmmaking is a very useful process that taught him how to talk to people, how to listen to people, how to observe spaces critically and with an open mind, in order to understand the unique urban dynamics that make every space special and worthy of care. Without that extra attention many things in our cities can simply be forgotten.</p> <p>With his contribution<b>&ldquo;Les Grands Ensembles&rdquo;</b>&ndash; a video still of a film depicting model replicas of two modernist high rise...</p> Africa's tallest skyscraper set to start construction in Morocco Alexander Walter 2018-10-15T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T09:40:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction will start November 1 and the tower is expected be delivered on May 30, 2022, the Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa announced [...] The Bank of Africa Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, and apartments. An observatory will crown the tower. [...] The O Tower company has started developing the 250-meter tower which could be titled the tallest building in Morocco and in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Once structurally topped out, the 820-ft Bank of Africa Tower will not only be Morocco's tallest building but also take the crown from&nbsp;Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, at 732 feet currently the tallest tower in Africa.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by Spanish architects&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos</a>&nbsp;and Moroccan firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun</a>, the building aims for the highest international environmental standards to earn a&nbsp;certified LEED Gold and HQE rating.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>The developer just contracted Belgian construction firms BESIX and&nbsp;Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC) for the project. BESIX has completed buildings in Morocco before as well as in the Middle East, including the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa in Dubai (in collaboration with&nbsp;Samsung C&amp;T and&nbsp;Arabtec).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure> Stella Lee's story calls for architecture to adopt a new movement Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-12T15:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-14T23:40:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architectural education is plagued by the mentality that suffering is a necessary part of its practice. [...] The acceptance of suffering easily slips into normalizing sexual misconduct and its suppression as simply part of the practice. Cultlike worship of the star architect only exacerbates this condition, and there are plenty [...] willing to sacrifice their time and integrity because they have been conditioned to believe that this mode of production is normal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture world is known for many movements that have enabled architects to create iconic works. From bauhaus to brutalist, midcentury modern to contemporary, countless movements have impacted the architectural timeline. But in today's climate of inclusivity and representation is there one movement in particular that architecture is too slow to adopt?&nbsp;</p> <p>Designing physical spaces that depict an artistic representation of form and function is something many architects strive for. However, have firms and institutions lost their way when it comes to designing a space that evokes "an equitable working environment?"&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bureau V team (left to right) Stella Lee, Peter Zuspan, Laura Trevino Image via BureauV</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stella Lee</a>, architect and founding partner of the inclusive award-winning studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau V</a>, recently shared her experiences while working with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>. Having been accused of sexual misconduct it was announced early this month that Meier would be stepping down from his leadership...</p> Beverly Hills schools want to convince Trump administration to cut funds for L.A. Metro Purple Line extension Justine Testado 2018-10-12T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:29:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While the school district had tried repeatedly in court to stop Metro from building the subway underneath the high school&rsquo;s campus, Korbatov&rsquo;s &ldquo;Stop the Purple Threat&rdquo; campaign takes a different approach: Nab the attention of President Donald Trump and try to convince him to order the withdrawal of federal funding from the Purple Line extension.</p></em><br /><br /><p>School district administrators also helped BHHS students organize a districtwide &ldquo;walkout&rdquo; that took place today in protest of the Purple Line extension, whose second phase is already underway. Here are some interesting&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter updates</a>&nbsp;from LA Times transportation reporter Laura J. Nelson.</p> <p></p> Visually Speaking; A Conversation with Kilograph's Keely Colcleugh Archinect 2018-10-12T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T20:01:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this week's episode of Archinect Sessions Paul chats with Keely Colcleugh. Keely has spent the last 18 years aggressively exploring the boundaries of architecture. After getting her B.Arch at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McGill</a> she worked at the prestigious offices of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Mau Design</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ateliers Jean Nouvel</a> before moving onto her passion of film, and eventually starting her own studio in Los Angeles called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kilograph</a>. The conversation covers her path from a young artsy girl in a small Canadian town, to the founder and CEO of one of today&rsquo;s most celebrated studios specializing in architectural visualization, digital design, branding and marketing.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 130 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Visually Speaking&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting a...</li></ul> Proposed 21-story timber tower in Milwaukee would be Western Hemisphere's tallest wood building Alexander Walter 2018-10-11T13:34:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T13:34:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>New Land Enterprises has announced a bold plan to build a 21-story mass timber apartment building in East Town. If completed, the building, known as Ascent, would be the tallest timber structure in the Western Hemisphere according to the company. The news comes just months after New Land released plans to build a seven-story mass timber office building, the city&rsquo;s first, along the Milwaukee River in Westown.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The timber tower scheme was designed by Milwaukee-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Korb + Associates Architects</a>&nbsp;with structural engineering input from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thornton Tomasetti</a>. If completed as proposed, the 21-story residential building would rise 238 feet&mdash;considerably more than the currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallest timber building in the Americas</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Korb + Associates Architects.</figcaption></figure> Earth, water, wind & fire: making homes disaster-proof Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T14:53:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's most scenic locations for luxury homes &mdash; beachfronts, forests, mountains &mdash; are also prone to disaster: hurricanes and floods, wildfires and earthquakes. Architects and designers are increasingly tasked with creating gorgeous homes that are also able to stand up to nature's whims.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It shouldn't have to take another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reminder from the United Nations</a> that <em>a lot</em> more climate change-related extreme weather scenarios will be heading our way in the coming decades to finally take disaster preparedness into consideration when designing homes.<br></p> Amidst a growing glass skyline, Philly looks to keep buildings from becoming an avian death trap Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-08T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T14:19:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>By ornithologists' best estimates, between 350 million and a billion birds in the U.S. die every year from colliding into the windows&nbsp;of buildings. Lacking good depth perception, birds are unable to distinguish reflections in glass from the real thing, causing them to fly into the window at full speed. In Philly, the growing glass skyline has meant that some species of songbird are being threatened by the city's current building boom.&nbsp;</p> <p>Concerned by this avian crisis, writer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inga Saffron visited</a> the Discovery Center in Philly, which bills itself as the first bird-safe building. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digsau</a>, the Center&mdash;which houses the non-profits&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Audubon Pennsylvania&nbsp;</a>and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Outward Bound</a>&mdash;employs a dotted glass developed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FXCollaborative</a> for the Javits Convention Center that has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cut bird deaths by 90%</a>. Additionally, the architects figured out some low-cost hacks, such as stringing a curtain of plastic cord over the windows, to ensure a bird-friendly building. Read more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>... Detroit's under-construction Hudson's Site skyscraper may get quite a bit taller than 800 feet Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T13:45:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Billionaire mortgage mogul and real estate maven Dan Gilbert's skyscraper slated for downtown Detroit may grow by more than 100 feet to 912 feet tall, Crain's has learned. While the final height has not yet been determined, Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC, confirmed that it will be taller than the 800 feet that was previously announced as the company looks to get "the most flexibility for how we use it and how we program it."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamilton Anderson Associates</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, the massive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson's Site</a> mixed-use development broke ground in 2017 and occupies the long-vacant site of the iconic J.L. Hudson's department store in downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>&mdash;in its heydays, the world's tallest department store but ultimately demolished in 1998 after a long economic decline.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: SHoP Architects PC, courtesy of Bedrock.</figcaption></figure> Is far-right ideology twisting the concept of 'heritage' in German architecture? Orhan Ayyüce 2018-10-06T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T11:53:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Krier himself may not be fascist. Nor are most of the people involved in reconstructing the Garrison church or the new Old Town. But the defence of the political neutrality of architecture is wearing thin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In 1991 Max Klaar, a retired German lieutenant-colonel, presented the municipality of Potsdam with a replica of a famous carillon, which from 1797 to 1945 had played themes by Bach and Mozart (Papageno&rsquo;s Ein M&auml;dchen oder Weibchen from&nbsp;<em>The Magic Flute</em>) from the tower of the city&rsquo;s Garrison church. Both the tower and bells had been wrecked in an air raid &ndash; the ruins finally being removed by the East German government in 1968. The carillon, paid for by private donors, was a step in the hoped-for reconstruction of the church.<br></p> <p>How very charming, you might think, except that Klaar had an agenda: he was a Nazi apologist. If you look on the internet (but please don&rsquo;t), you will find him, for example, endorsing the thoroughly debunked lie that General Eisenhower had&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a million German prisoners of war killed in death camps</a>."</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephan Tr&uuml;by</a>, a professor of architecture at the University of Stuttgart, the Garrison church plan is an example of what he claims is now a disturbing patter...</p> What we can learn from the devastating earthquake in Indonesia Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T20:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-04T22:27:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Building codes and standards in many countries require engineers to consider the effects of soil liquefaction in the design of new buildings and infrastructure such as bridges, embankment dams and retaining structures</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the devastating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquake</a> that hit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indonesia</a>, scientists are relating building collapses to soil liquefaction. When overly saturated soil is heavily loosened by intense seismic activity, particles in the soil lose its bond and contact with each other. Thus resulting in its loss of stiffness and structural support. When soil deposits lose its ability to provide stability for foundations, the land quickly turns into a liquid flowing nightmare.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure><p>Dr. Stavroula Kontoe of Imperial College London highlights on this phenomenon and provides a proactive perspective to preventing these disasters from happening in the future. Dr. Kontoe explains that soil liquefaction can be identified early on in a building's design process. If the correct mitigation techniques like soil strengthening and proper drainage systems are applied, areas that are more susceptible have a better chance in recovering from a natural disaster.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure> 'Deep adaptation' in the face of planetary climate catastrophe Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T18:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T18:38:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the language of climate change, &ldquo;adaptation&rdquo; refers to ways to blunt the immediate effects of extreme weather, such as building seawalls, conserving drinking water, updating building codes, and helping more people get disaster insurance. [...] But some researchers are going further, calling for what some call the &ldquo;deep adaptation agenda.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg</em>'s Climate &amp; Environment Reporter, Christopher Flavelle, lays out a range of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> projections&mdash;from the general consensus to the more pessimistic&mdash;and how an array of 'deep adaptation' measures could help to mitigate the damage. "Rather than simply asking people to water their lawns less often [...]," Flavelle writes, "governments need to consider large-scale, decades-long infrastructure projects, such as transporting water to increasingly arid regions and moving cities away from the ocean."</p> Pedestrian killed by glass window pane falling from luxury residential tower in London Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T16:21:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T19:10:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A man has died after reportedly being hit by a windowpane that fell around 250ft from the top of a block of flats in central London. [...] An image taken from The Corniche on the south bank of the River Thames by a resident showed&nbsp;a large window unit, complete with metal frame containing glass, on top of a male figure. [...] An image showed a window missing from near the top of the 27-storey tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Corniche, a luxury residential high-rise complex at&nbsp;21 Albert Embankment, was designed by Foster + Partners and completed last year. The property's developer, St James, is working with the police to investigate the incident.&nbsp;</p> Editor's Picks #492 Nam Henderson 2018-10-02T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-10-07T20:48:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>R.I.P. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>. Initially <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> offered up a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collection</a> of videos (of just some of) Venturi&rsquo;s public conversations and lectures.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Architect Robert Venturi in Las Vegas in 1966. Photograph- Denise Scott Brown VSBA</figcaption></figure><p>Later Frank Gehry <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eulogized</a><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>"<em>He was a staggering figure in my life. We disagreed on almost everything in architecture, but I just loved Bob and Denise. ..He opened architecture up to the world of pop culture; opening it to the art world, the commercial world."</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Robert Venturi stands in front of his groundbreaking Guild House on Spring Garden Street photo by Matt Wargo</figcaption></figure><p>And other friends and colleagues shared their thoughts with Archinect and on Twitter. <strong>quondam...</strong> even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dropped by</a>, posting photos and re-commemorating some history.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>via quondam...</figcaption></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackenzie Goldberg</a> talked with Lola Digby-Diercks, the Business Development Lead <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at Breathe Architecture and Nightingale Housing</a>, about the firm's innovative model for multi-residential development in Australia. The mod...</p> Princeton announces call for Field Studies colloquium proposals Anthony Morey 2018-10-02T01:40:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T12:25:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Princeton has announced a call for proposals for&nbsp;Field Studies,&nbsp;a doctoral student workshop hosted by the PhD program in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. The workshop will be held at Princeton University&rsquo;s School of Architecture in March 2-3, 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>The state of the discipline, or as this inquiry more specifically terms it, the&nbsp;<em>field</em>, is currently undergoing a crisis of identity. Despite having increased in visibility in recent decades, the disciplinary position of Architectural History and Theory (AHT) is experiencing the adverse side effect of a rampantly expanded field: a loose center. Disoriented by numerous &ldquo;turns&rdquo; (the critical, the post-critical, the technological, the semiotic, the curatorial, the environmental, to name only a few), many doctoral programs in AHT currently operate in a disciplinary fog that hinders rather than enables fruitful discussion. Correspondingly, other disciplines often seem unclear as to AHT&rsquo;s object of study, a response t...</p> Brooklyn Navy Yard reveals expanded master plan Alexander Walter 2018-10-01T18:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T18:28:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This week, the Navy Yard released new renderings and an expanded master plan that shows a 30-year plan for the complex. Developed with the multidisciplinary design firm WXY, the master plan includes three new buildings totaling 5.1 million square feet [...]. The plan also includes increased public access to the complex, including retail and open space, and improved wayfinding and circulation. The expected cost is $2.5 billion, coming on the heels of a nearly complete $1 billion expansion.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has a lengthy piece up about the recently unveiled new master plan for the&nbsp;300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard megadevelopment.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure><p>Members of the public are invited to join a series of tours of new projects (including&nbsp;BLDG 77 &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Lab</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marvel Architects</a> as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S9 Architecture</a>'s newly opened <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dock 72</a>) and a presentation of the new master plan by representatives from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY + architecture + design</a> tomorrow, October 2, from 4 &ndash; 7:30pm. The event&nbsp;<em>Anchoring Manufacturing: Brooklyn Navy Yard</em> is presented by the Urban Design Forum and requires <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prior registration</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure> Frank Lloyd Wright's defining Barton House in Buffalo, NY completes ambitious $2-million restoration Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-01T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T15:07:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After over 20 years of restoration, a legendary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>residence in Buffalo, NY has finally opened its doors to public visitors. Sitting inside the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martin House complex</a>, the Barton House's $2-million upgrade is the final architectural piece of the estate to be restored, completing the ambitious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation project</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><p>The first of his Buffalo buildings to be completed, the Barton house helped propel the Midwestern architect to national recognition. An exemplar of Wright&rsquo;s Prairie style, the architecture reflects early iterations of his now famous design signatures: broad low-pitched eaves, streams of windows, and an airy open plan.<br></p> <p>Below, take a look at the newly completed Barton House.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure> Hawthorne and Wagner on Robert Venturi's theory impact Alexander Walter 2018-10-01T14:01:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T14:06:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The idea of the &ldquo;both-and&rdquo; suggested a new pluralism, and maybe a new tolerance, in architecture. But the phrase turned out to have its limits. To the extent that Venturi was making an argument in favor of a kind of big-tent populism in architecture, it was a space for new styles instead of new voices, new forms rather than new people. In fact, tucked inside Complexity and Contradiction is an argument for a renewed insularity in the profession [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christoper Hawthorne, former <em>LA Times</em> architecture critic and now Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, dissects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>'s 1966 book,&nbsp;<em>Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture</em> (which famously scoffs at the Miessian classical Modernism with the "less is a bore" tagline), and argues in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his piece</a> in <em>The Atlantic</em> that the array of new choices the book offered also limited architecture's broader access to the public and diversity in the profession.</p> <p>Meanwhile in another publication of the Atlantic network, <em>McMansion Hell</em> blogger Kate Wagner is out with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>CityLab</em> article</a> on how Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour's 1972 <em>Learning from Las Vegas</em> influenced an entire generation of architects, and her personally: "I came from Anywhere, U.S.A., far, far away from any great works of architecture," she writes. "Venturi&rsquo;s elevation of everyday buildings made me feel seen, made me feel like the places I had observed, and my appreciation for them, were valid and me...</p> Tadao Ando-designed Wrightwood 659 art venue to open in Chicago with exhibition on Ando and Le Corbusier Alexander Walter 2018-09-28T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T18:46:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is getting an exciting new art place, and it's been designed by none other than <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>. Wrightwood 659 is a major transformation of a historic building from the 1920s and will be dedicated to exhibitions on architecture and on socially engaged art.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Jeff Goldberg/Esto</figcaption></figure><p>The place has an impressive lineup of exhibitions and other events, including the inaugural show <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture</a> </em>with more than 100 drawings, photographs, and models by Le Corbusier as well as 106 small models of his architectural works crafted by Tadao Ando's students. The show opens on October 12th and will run through December 15th. <br></p> <p>A day before the opening, there's also a chance to see Tadao Ando <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discuss his work</a> at the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Butler-Vanderlinden Lecture on Architecture, co-presented this year with Alphawood Foundation Chicago.</p> <p>On November 8th and 9th, Wrightwood 659 will host the accompanying symposium<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando's Le Corb...</a></em></p> Hip-Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke Archinect 2018-09-28T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T23:30:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this latest episode of Archinect Sessions we talk with Sekou Cooke, Syracuse-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">educator</a> and curator of the upcoming exhibition at the Center for Architecture, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture</a>", scheduled to open this Monday, October 1st in New York City.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sekou Cooke</figcaption></figure><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 129 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Hip Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite 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><p><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p>