Archinect - News 2018-05-24T17:21:57-04:00 A conversation with Nicholas Korody, Editor in Chief of the just-released Ed 2 "Architecture of Disaster" Paul Petrunia 2018-05-24T17:08:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T17:10:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we announced the release of our latest issue of our print journal, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, with the theme <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Architecture of Disaster&rdquo;</a>. For today&rsquo;s show I&rsquo;m talking with Nicholas Korody, Ed&rsquo;s editor-in-chief, to discuss this latest release. Nicholas talks about the conception of the theme and shares some of his favorite pieces. We finish the conversation with a hint at Nicholas&rsquo;s forthcoming Venice Architecture Biennale coverage.<br></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy your copy of Ed here.</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, by Cooking Sections. Photo by Colin Hattersley.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 122 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Architecture of Disaster&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><strong></strong></p>... Kulapat Yantrasast's quest for good spaces and inclusive minimalism Alexander Walter 2018-05-24T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T15:23:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Mr. Yantrasast has established his firm, wHY, as one of the go-to designers for art spaces, from galleries to museums and everything in between, as well as other civic and cultural projects. Mr. Yantrasast&rsquo;s specialty has been what he calls &ldquo;acupuncture architecture&rdquo;: ingenious renovations of existing spaces and context-sensitive additions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>New York Times</em> features Thailand-born American architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wHY</a> founder, and former Tadao Ando designer, Kulapat Yantrasast, who is extremely busy right now completing beautifully minimalist temples to modernism around the world.<br></p> Jacques Herzog on how buildings can activate all the senses Alexander Walter 2018-05-24T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T13:52:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Whenever Weiwei is involved, he offers more than just a formal solution,&rdquo; Mr. Herzog said by phone from Basel. &ldquo;I think that&rsquo;s why we get along well. We can develop concepts together without being bound by personal taste.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NYT</em>'s Rebecca Schmid chats with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacques Herzog</a> about inspiration, curation, industrial spaces, and, of course, Ai Weiwei.<br></p> Shared housing startups prepare for big business Alexander Walter 2018-05-23T15:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T15:54:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A Crunchbase News analysis of residential-focused real estate startups uncovered a raft of companies with a shared and temporary housing focus that have raised funding in the past year or so. This isn&rsquo;t a U.S.-specific phenomenon. Funded shared and short-term housing startups are cropping up across the globe, from China to Europe to Southeast Asia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Crunchbase reporter Joanna Glasner takes a look at the new crop of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shared and short-term housing</a> startups that have recently raised millions of dollars in funding, such as Common, Starcity, Roomi, Ollie, HubHaus, and others.<br></p> New findings state Grenfell Tower insulation never passed fire safety test Hope Daley 2018-05-23T14:58:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T17:43:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The insulation that burned out of control on Grenfell Tower had never passed the required safety test and should never have been on the building, a BBC investigation has discovered. Panorama understands the manufacturer, Celotex, used extra fire retardant in the product that qualified for the safety certificate. A more flammable version was then sold for public use, the programme believes. Celotex said it is co-operating with the police investigation and inquiry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last June the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower</a> fire in London killed 72 people prompting ongoing investigations. It has been found that the&nbsp;RS5000 insulation used in the building's refurbishment gives off toxic fumes containing cyanide when burned. Almost all who perished in the fire were killed by smoke.&nbsp;</p> <p>The manufacturer Celotex has been accused of&nbsp;misleading marketing, selling their insulation as compatible with other cladding panels and tower block refurbishment&mdash;both of which are false. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safety</a> was neglected as the cladding panels and insulation in Grenfell Tower were never tested together. This could result in corporate manslaughter for Celotex.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The same toxic insulation is found to have been&nbsp;used on hundreds of other buildings across England.</p> Architecture Billings Index in April gains strength Alexander Walter 2018-05-23T13:19:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T13:20:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting today that architecture firm billings rose for the seventh consecutive month, with the pace of growth in April increasing modestly from March. Overall, the AIA&rsquo;s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for April was 52.0 [...], which indicates the business environment continues to be healthy for architecture firms despite continued labor shortages, growing inflation in building materials costs and rising interest rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;While there was slower growth in April for new project work coming into architecture firms, business conditions have remained healthy for the first four months of the year,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;Although growth in regional design activity was concentrated at firms in the sunbelt, there was balanced growth so far this year across all major construction sectors.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> stats for the month of April:<br></p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (55.1), Midwest (49.6), South (51.8), Northeast (50.3)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (50.7), institutional (52.0), commercial/industrial (52.7), mixed practice (50.6)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 56.7</li><li>Design contracts index: 50.1</li></ul> The open floor plan dissected Alexander Walter 2018-05-22T14:43:00-04:00 >2018-05-22T14:44:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A flowing, connected interior&mdash;once a fringe experiment of American architectural modernism&mdash;has become ubiquitous, and beloved. But it promises a liberation from housework that remains a fantasy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>The Atlantic</em>, Ian Bogost takes a closer look at the evolution and challenges of what has become a mainstay in American home design (and redesign) from Wright to Neutra to HGTV: the&nbsp;open-plan kitchen. Or, as Bogost calls it, a "prison without walls."</p> PoMo yay, Brutalism nay? Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T16:44:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That we are now starting to get to grips with PoMo architecture&rsquo;s controversial legacy is welcome, not least because other important buildings have already been destroyed, and others are threatened. [...] Today the worlds of design and conservation are more closely allied than before. But even as this latest batch of postmodern buildings has won protected status, it is worth noting that important brutalist buildings are still excluded from the roster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commentary by Catherine Croft for <em>The Guardian</em> on Historic England's recent selection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">17 postmodern buildings</a> to be listed as heritage without extending the same love to important examples of the brutalist school.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Recently received Grade II listed status: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge by John Outram. Photo: inkelv1122/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> Editor's Picks #486 Nam Henderson 2018-05-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T20:55:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Tuscon based D.U.S.T, was profiled in a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>This aesthetic seems to work well in desert like climates.</em>" which makes sense since D.U.S.T explained their approach as "<em>doing our best to respond to the dreams, goals and desires of our clients and to each site, landscape and specific conditions of the natural environment that we have the opportunity to design for.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Casa Caldera. Photo Credit | ESTO&ndash;Jeff Goldberg</figcaption></figure><p>ICYMI, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a> (a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Otis Harley</a>). The videos are based on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence'</a> by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Hannah Wood</a>, published on Archinect last year.<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>jla-x</strong> couldn&rsquo;t help worry about the future, "<em>Awesome and exciting, but the problems are in the politics of an increasingly automated world. &nbsp;What happens when 80-90% of worker are no longer employable? I think its irresponsible to develop a technology without any conversation and idea of ho...</em></p> Archinect is pleased to release Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"! Nicholas Korody 2018-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-20T18:44:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After months of hard work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewing submissions</a>, selecting content, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">editing</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing</a> and working with the best printers in the industry, we're excited to announce the second issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, "Architecture of Disaster," is now available for purchase. If you're an annual subscriber, your copy has either arrived at your doorstep or is on its way. For everyone else, you can order now, from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our revamped online shop</a>. Copies will be available at selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stockists</a> shortly, including the soon-to-open Archinect Outpost, our experimental retail/gallery/event space in downtown LA's Arts District.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Get your copy of Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>!</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><br>&ldquo;The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.&rdquo;</em><br></p> <p>- Maurice Blanchot, <em>The Writing of the Disaster</em></p> <p>It&rsquo;s four in the morning and I can&rsquo;t sleep. I keep thinking about the disaster. Which one? The storm in the Caribbean? Or the ones in the Southeast United States, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal? The earthquake in Mexico? Or Tokyo...</p> Despite preservation efforts, many of Chicago's historic buildings are still being abruptly demolished Justine Testado 2018-05-18T19:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:25:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Despite the 90-day hold on demolition permits for buildings determined to be historic by the city, Miller says that some city council members have used aldermanic prerogative to fast-track the eventual destruction of significant structures. But more often than not, Miller says that communities and preservation advocates simply do not have enough time to line up a buyer or produce a plan for adaptive reuse when demolition threats surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With all its rich architectural history, is Chicago facing a preservation crisis?&nbsp;In recent years, many of the city's most historic buildings &mdash; despite being flagged by preservationists for their architectural or cultural significance &mdash; are being abruptly demolished.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago,&ldquo;neighborhood preservation advocates have been stretched beyond capacity in recent years, overburdened by frequent demolitions,&rdquo; he says in Chicago Magazine.<br></p> First photos of David Chipperfield's new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:31:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts</a> in London is in extraordinary party mode: to celebrate the institution's 250th anniversary, the RA will host a weekend-long art festival on May 19 and 20 with plenty of events, tours, performances, tours, displays, and DJ sets. <br></p> <p>At the heart of the festivities is the grand opening of the new RA campus, a major redevelopment designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield Architects</a> which will dramatically increase available spaces to present to the public historic pieces from its vast collection, work of its Royal Academicians and the RA schools as well as hosting events and exhibitions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge and The Lovelace Courtyard. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair," the RA project outline explains. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"The unified campus provides 70% more public space tha...</p> The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T14:53:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On the bustling streets of Broadway Boulevard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, two multi-colored huts are trying to get the public excited about hyper efficient buildings. Part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ice Box Challenge</a>, the&nbsp;environmental public art installation has been touring the world, demonstrating the merits of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Challenge, which has popped up in Brussels, Seattle, Vancouver, and now New York City, involves two small sheds&mdash;one built to Passive House Standards, and the other, to the local city's building codes. One ton of ice is then placed inside each, and left outside in the summer heat for one month. The display then invites passersby to check out the progress, and see which building design and construction has done a better job at keeping the ice from melting.&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York City huts have been designed by Stark Architecture, a Vancouver based firm with its certification in Passive House design.&nbsp;The Ice Boxes have been coated in a colorful mural by the street artist&nbsp;Olivier Binam&eacute; an...</p> Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design hosts design competition for attainable housing schemes Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-16T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:29:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Housing design is equally a design territory in which we believe the school can contribute to both a regional and a national conversation for the betterment of our society" says Peter MacKeith, the Dean of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design</a>. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the school is situated in a region with a rich architectural legacy, spanning from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E. Fay Jones</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marlon Blackwell</a>. But, Northwest Arkansas has also become the 22nd fastest-growing area in the U.S. and like many smaller cities, is beginning to come up against similar housing challenges as larger ones.</p> <p>Faced with the conflicting forces of rapid growth and strong desires to maintain small-town character, the school's recent design competition tasked design professionals to present housing solutions that embrace the local challenges, culture, value, and vision of Northwest Arkansas. Addressing the fact that many are struggling to find affordable, available housing options, the prompt called for mixe...</p> New two-tower development at Chicago Spire site could dominate the city skyline Alexander Walter 2018-05-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T09:47:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The long-awaited vision for the 2.2-acre site along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, unveiled in the first community meeting for the project, is toned down a bit from the 2,000-foot-tall Spire plan that stirred emotions but never advanced beyond a 76-foot-deep foundation hole. The design, by One World Trade Center architect David Childs, includes a south tower rising 1,100 feet and an 850-foot north tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever since work on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>'s 2,000-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire</a> came to a halt in 2008 due to financial troubles, the city was left with a gaping hole in the ground rather than the nation's tallest building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>A new proposal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related Midwest</a> for a pair of towers at&nbsp;400 Lake Shore Drive, designed by&nbsp;architect David Childs with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, could rehabilitate the site.</p> A brutalist fragment displayed at the Venice Biennale speaks to our current housing crisis Hope Daley 2018-05-15T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T21:49:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While some were delighted that at least a small part of the architectural heritage of Robin Hood Gardens was being preserved for posterity, others were furious that the V&amp;A &ndash; a so-called &lsquo;arms-length&rsquo; body, governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister &ndash; considered the estate valuable enough to collect, but not valuable enough to help save from demolition in the first instance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The story behind London's brutalist Robin Hood Gardens reveals issues pertinent to our current housing crisis. Crystal Bennes unpacks the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A's decision to preserve and display a section of demolished housing</a> in this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, revealing condemnation of the building before it was even completed.&nbsp;</p> End Stages: The Future of Hospice Design Places Journal 2018-05-15T16:38:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T16:38:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As hospice design becomes more formally ambitious &mdash; and standardized &mdash; we should remember there is no universal model for &lsquo;dying well.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the ideal setting for the end of life?&nbsp;The dominant templates of the mid-century mega-hospital and the domestic hospice set the rational spaces of medical institutions against the familiarity of home. Yet, we are increasingly seeing hybrid forms that deviate from these two distinct models. Nitin Ahuja looks ahead to the future of palliative architecture, and argues that in one's final needful hours, the most comforting hearths are those that feel serendipitously constructed.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Patrik Schumacher calls for a 'capitalist revolution' to fix housing Alexander Walter 2018-05-15T15:06:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:14:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Housing is one of our most essential and cherished commodities. It is rightly one of our biggest markets, but unfortunately one of the most politicised, suffocating under quasi-socialist political interventionism. The loss of prosperity in our whole society is enormous. Not only because of poor housing provision, but because of its stifling impact on all economic activities. That&rsquo;s why the need for a capitalist revolution is so urgent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been a bit quiet around Zaha Hadid Architects principal and outspoken free-market evangelist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> since his last big public statement calling for the elimination of social housing caused an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">overwhelming backlash</a>, but now he's back with a new commentary piece on how to fix housing via privatization and deregulation, published in <em>The Guardian</em>.<br></p> David Chipperfield on the crisis of architecture Alexander Walter 2018-05-15T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T08:35:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think architecture is in a sort of crisis,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve lost our social purpose. What we are seeing now is construction as a product of investment. We are building a lot, but we are building big investment projects, as if we&rsquo;re doing architecture without architecture. It&rsquo;s more about investment than it is about urbanism. We used to be involved in planning and building cities, building societies. But now we are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Jan Dalley's <em>FT</em> piece, the soft-spoken British architect expresses his concerns about architecture as a mere tool of the free market, the shrinking role of architects as society builders, and why we are building "horrible cities."<br></p> Amid major campus expansion, CCA announces Keith Krumwiede as new Dean of Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-14T20:03:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T20:03:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California College of the Arts</a> has announced Keith Krumwiede as the school's new Dean of Architecture. Beginning in August, Krumwiede will be taking over duties from Lisa Findley, who has been serving as Interim Dean since Jonathan Massey <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">left to head</a> the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan</a> back in August of 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to welcome educator, designer, author, and satirist Keith<br>Krumwiede to CCA. Keith is a multifaceted professional that maintains a rare sense of humor about architecture while greatly advancing the field through his work in higher education, scholarship, criticism, and design,&rdquo; says CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland. &ldquo;I am looking forward to seeing the students and the division benefit from his wide-ranging experience, critical insights, architectural knowledge, and demonstrated leadership in the classroom.&rdquo;</p> <p>Krumwiede is joining the school from the American Academy in Rome, where he is currently an Arnold W. Brunner/...</p> Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to 'dark' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2018-05-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T16:19:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Drilling holes&mdash;for windows, granted&mdash;into famed architect Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s final project could cost $1 million, and preservationists are peeved such plans are still on the drafting board. But despite community pushback, the window plans are still very much alive. Tuesday night, a crowd again convened at downtown&rsquo;s Central Atlanta Library, a Breuer-designed Brutalist building, to argue against aspects of the $50 million plan to renovate the 38-year-old structure.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current state of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library building. Photo: Aleksandr Zykov/Flickr.</figcaption></figure><p>To drill or not to drill&mdash;that's at the center of a heated debate between the Atlanta&ndash;Fulton Public Library System, who would like to see additional windows to bring some natural light into their aging Marcel Breuer-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Atlanta Library</a> building, and preservationists, who insist that the concrete shell of the brutalist structure from 1980 must not be altered.&nbsp;</p> <p>"What we&rsquo;ve always heard about this building is it&rsquo;s dark; it&rsquo;s dingy; it&rsquo;s dank, and the windows are a way to enliven this," Atlanta library director Gabriel Morley said about the building that once&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced demolition</a> not too long ago. "It&rsquo;s a way to bring some inside out and some outside in."</p> Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T16:06:00-04:00 >2018-05-12T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (<em>Vertical Take-off and Landing</em>) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods.</p> <p>The selected firms and proposals are:</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Gannett Fleming: "The Paw"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Pickard Chilton and Arup: "Sky Tower"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Corgan: "Connect"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; The Beck Group: "The Hive"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; BOKA Powell: "Skyport Prototype"</p> <p>(Cover picture) Humphreys &amp; Partners: "Uber Hover"</p> <p>Watch the archived live stream of the entire Uber Elevate Summit design presentation <a href=";t=5392s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Elon Musk plans on recycling excavated dirt into bricks for low-cost housing Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-11T15:18:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T05:23:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in March, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk announced that his Boring Company would be selling LEGO-like bricks</a> made from leftover dirt, excavated to make way for his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring tunnels</a>. Land excavation is a costly endeavor and the question of "where will 550,000 cubic yards&nbsp;of dirt go?" poses many economic and environmental challenges. If the dirt is of good enough quality, it is often sent to other construction sites in need of filling, or to highways and other infrastructure projects. But, if it is deemed of poor quality, excavated land is sent off to landfills and quarries, or contamination facilities in a worst-case scenario. In the end, all options are expensive and time consuming.</p> <p>Musk's brick approach is not an entirely bad way to address issues of leftover waste. How much of the land removed would be safe enough to use as material remains an obvious point of inquiry, but, recycling the earth that is decent enough into bricks could reduce costs as well as environmental impact. On <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring Company's ...</a></p> Adrian Lahoud selected to curate inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:50:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sharjah is looking to transform the discussion around urban life with its new initiative, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, which has announced the curator for its inaugural exhibition. Adrian Lahoud, dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London and a researcher on Arab cities, will curate the new initiative&rsquo;s flagship event, to be held in November 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Research work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCA</a> Architecture Dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Lahoud</a> focuses primarily&nbsp;on urban spatial forms and large scale environmental change, particularly in the Arab world and Africa, making him a qualified candidate to establish this new triennial program for Sharjah, Dubai's neighbor and third largest city in the United Arab Emirates. </p> <p>"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to shape the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial," Lahoud said, "and to find ways of supporting an emerging generation of architects, artists and scholars in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia."</p> <p>Learn more about the Triennial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> As permafrost thaws, Nunavut's capital city is racing against time to save its sinking homes Justine Testado 2018-05-10T20:36:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T20:37:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s difficult to build new houses on thawing permafrost, and many existing houses have huge cracks in the foundations. It is also extremely expensive to ship materials in the Arctic, so the houses that are repaired and built must be planned very carefully. [...] Permafrost thaw is not a new problem; urban planners, architects, and builders have taken its volatility into account for decades in the Arctic. But climate change exacerbates existing permafrost issues&mdash;and it does so rapidly.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this piece by Melody Schreiber, the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit isn't only dealing with scarce housing and soaring prices, many of the town's homes are sinking &mdash; or are at high risk &mdash; as the permafrost beneath them rapidly melts.</p> <p>As officials turn to new solutions like&nbsp;thermosyphons, with climate change transforming the entire Arctic landscape, they're also planning for a future to only build on bedrock.<br></p> US sanctions against Iran could negatively impact EU engineering and construction firms Hope Daley 2018-05-10T20:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T08:06:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Much is at stake for US and European companies enjoying revived trade with Iran following US President Donald Trump&rsquo;s decision this week to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and impose fresh sanctions. Hardest hit will be oil and gas firms, plane makers like Airbus and Boeing, and car makers. But European engineering and construction firms, recruited in the last two years to help Iran develop its transport infrastructure, could lose out as well.</p></em><br /><br /><p>US President Donald Trump&rsquo;s decision to pull out of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iran</a> nuclear deal and impose new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sanctions</a> will drastically impact European engineering and construction firms and could restrict the availability of international finance for big schemes.</p> <p>After the nuclear deal was signed, Iran launched immense <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> programs spending around $25 billion. Vinci and Ferrovie dello Stato have signed deals in Iran&rsquo;s expanding rail and aviation sectors.</p> A satirical look at the homelessness and housing crises by McSweeney's Hope Daley 2018-05-10T16:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:18:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Homelessness in America has reached crisis levels and I am determined to do everything in my power to fix the problem as long as it doesn&rsquo;t involve changing zoning laws or my ability to drive alone to work or, well, changing anything, really. I&rsquo;m more than happy to give a hungry man a sandwich once a year and then brag to my friends about it as long as he doesn&rsquo;t sit down anywhere in my line of sight to eat it. Same goes for hungry women because I&rsquo;m also a feminist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A superb piece satirizing the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homelessness</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crises</a> by McSweeney's writer Homa Mojtabai. From a privileged and entitled point of view, Mojtabai highlights extreme issues on how problems are being "solved". This is of course an exaggeration&mdash;but by how much?&nbsp;</p> California is now the first state to require solar panels on new homes Alexander Walter 2018-05-10T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T18:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>California just sent the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market and becoming the norm. On Wednesday, the Golden State became the first in the U.S. to require solar panels on almost all new homes. Most new units built after Jan. 1, 2020, will be required to include solar systems [...]. While that&rsquo;s a boost for the solar industry, critics warned that it will also drive up the cost of buying a house by almost $10,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rooftop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">solar panels</a> are finally becoming an integral part of most new California homes beginning in 2020, however skeptics say that the move will further worsen the state's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>.</p> Foster + Partners' new Shenzhen HQ for drone maker DJI will feature robot fighting rings Alexander Walter 2018-05-09T15:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T06:09:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>First renderings were unveiled today of Dajiang Innovation HQ, the slick new Shenzhen headquarters of drone maker and robotics company DJI.</p><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, the ensemble of two mirrored towers connected via a not so undramatic sky bridge is currently under construction.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Foster + Partners: Dajiang Innovation HQ, Shenzhen, China</figcaption></figure><p>"The twin towers combine sensitive research and development spaces with office and other public functions," the&nbsp;project description explains. "The floors are arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large steel megatrusses &ndash; creating large, column-free spaces throughout, with unique quadruple-height drone flight testing labs. The towers are linked by a sky bridge, which will become another platform for showcasing the latest drone technology."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Foster + Partners: Dajiang Innovation HQ, Shenzhen, China</figcaption></figure><p>"The ground floor features a public exhibition space that pays tribute to DJI&rsquo;s extraordinary reputation for technological develo...</p> Chicago's Willis Tower is getting new elevators Alexander Walter 2018-05-08T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T15:36:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 16,000 people who work in and visit Willis Tower each day could soon be spending less time on their elevator rides in Chicago's tallest building. A five-year project to upgrade the tower's 83 elevator shafts -- and replace 97 passenger cabs, as some shafts have two-level elevators -- will start in June, according to the building's owner, Blackstone Group's Equity Office, and elevator firm Otis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major upgrade is expected to significantly reduce trip times as well as energy consumption (by as much as 30-35%), according to&nbsp;Equity Office and Otis.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 110-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Willis Tower</a>&mdash;once ranked as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">world's tallest building</a> for nearly 25 years&mdash;hasn't undergone such an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">enormous overhaul</a> since it was completed in 1973 as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sears Tower</a>.</p>