Archinect - News 2017-08-22T18:57:46-04:00 Does adding luxury housing trickle down to make housing more affordable for all? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-22T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T15:20:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the new luxury apartment buildings constructed in 1910 was the Belmont Court, on the city&rsquo;s growing East Side. Plans called for a modern 24 unit-apartment building with a range of conveniences. More than a century later, the Belmont Court building still stands...According to Zillow, average apartment rents in Portland are about $1,600 per month. With studio apartments renting at just under $1,100 they&rsquo;re not exactly cheap, but they cost less per square foot than newly built units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Drawing on research from housing blogger, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lain MacKenzie</a> who runs <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Portland</a>, Joe Cortright at&nbsp;<em>CityObservatory</em> shares some examples of affordable housing in Portland that had been considered luxury when originally constructed. The author argues that affordable housing has always been generated through a process called "filtering," in which the value of luxury apartments depreciates over time and those units subsequently, move down the market and become affordable. When building and development halts or slows, however, aging housing is not allowed to filter down and higher income households bid up the existing housing stock.&nbsp;</p> How one architect is fighting for diversity in the field Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-22T14:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T14:47:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, called Paper Monuments, will entail a series of posters plastered all over the city that detail the people, places, events, and movements of the city&rsquo;s 300-year history. &ldquo;When we make decisions that do embody hatred, whether we mean to or not, it allows for society to grow along those frameworks. Our job should be to acknowledge them and counteract them and produce things that elevate the welfare of the constituents that we serve.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not simply about the ways individuals hold onto ideology, but it is more so about the way individuals embed their ideology into the spaces and places we all frequent. For us the Paper Monuments project is still rooted in the fact that these symbols of oppression need to be countered by symbols of those people who&rsquo;ve fought against that oppression.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Bryan C. Lee Jr., a New Orleans-based architect,&nbsp;has been working on increasing representation in the field and fighting the inequalities that architecture perpetuates because of that lack of diversity. Formerly the director of place and civic design at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Council of New Orleans</a>, Lee formed his own design-firm-cum-nonprofit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colloqate Design</a> to&nbsp;coalesce his&nbsp;efforts to fight the racism embedded in the built environment. In addition to that, Lee started a local chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects in NO and another one at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he received his masters degree in archite...</p> Scaffolding around Grenfell Tower may be used as screen for art projections Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T12:17:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T12:17:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As workers prepare to remove the charred debris from Grenfell Tower, the specially erected scaffolding and netting around the building that will block the view of their work from the public may be used as a kind of projection screen for local children's painting and art. At least, that's what site and remediation manager Michael Lockwood has proposed, in part because the schoolchildren are apparently unhappy staring at the burned out husk of the previously-flammably-clad tower.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Residents take in the burned tower. Image: Catholic Church England via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art Newspaper</a>, "Lockwood recently met primary school pupils in the area who said that looking up at the tower is upsetting. 'I asked them if they would like to come up with paintings of what they would like to see on the building,' he said. The works would be projected on to the scaffolding screen."<br></p> Christopher Hawthorne reviews LA's newly opened USC Village development: "Equal parts Disneyland and Hogwarts" Alexander Walter 2017-08-21T18:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T15:53:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a ceremony last week to mark the opening of the $700-million USC Village, C.L. Max Nikias, the university&rsquo;s president, spoke at some length about the architecture of the new complex and what he called &ldquo;USC&rsquo;s extraordinary physical metamorphosis&rdquo; in recent years. [...] Then came his ringing conclusion: &ldquo;And let&rsquo;s always remember, the looks of the University Village give us 1,000 years of history we don&rsquo;t have. Thank you, and fight on!&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Even delivered in a vacuum it would have been a remarkable statement," <em>Los Angeles Times</em> architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne remarks. "The president of the leading private university in Los Angeles taking up, as a rhetorical cudgel, one of the laziest clich&eacute;s about the city, that it has no history to call its own."</p> <p></p> Montgomery, Alabama plans a memorial to the 4,000+ victims of lynchings throughout the U.S. Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-21T18:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T18:09:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slated to open in 2018, the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama will seek to tell the truth. Six acres of land owned by the Equal Justice Initiative&mdash;the legal services nonprofit Stevenson founded in 1989&mdash;will memorialize the more than 4,000 victims of what Stevenson calls racial terror lynching in the American South between 1877 and 1950. A nearby museum will tell the history of slavery, lynching, segregation, and mass incarceration as a single narrative.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a>&mdash;which has previously worked on the Kigali Genocide Memorial&mdash;the memorial stems from a comprehensive report on lynchings released in 2015 by the Equal Justice Initiative. The memorial will feature six-foot columns, each representing counties where lynchings took place. For each column, a duplicate will be placed in the surrounding courtyard and eventually relocated to their respective counties as they directly confront their part in this history.&nbsp;</p> Pritzker winner Thom Mayne among 17 members of President's Arts Council that resigned in protest Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-21T13:46:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T07:54:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All 17 members of a White House advisory panel on the arts and humanities resigned en masse Friday in response to President Trump's divisive comments on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. The move follows the mass exodus of major business CEOs who quit two White House panels this week to protest the president's response to last weekend's clashes between far-right groups and counter-protesters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week as multiple CEO's began quitting both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in protest of Trump's response to Charlottesville, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump has decided to not move forward with the Council on Infrastructure</a>. On Friday, the entire Arts Committee resigned over the same issue.&nbsp;To drive home the point, the members spelled out the word "resist" with the first letter of the six paragraphs that make up the memo.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values,&rdquo; the committee members wrote in a letter announcing their resignation. &ldquo;Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p></p><p>The arts commission was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, and while mostly ceremonial, it works to advise the president on cultural policy and funding initiatives.&nbsp;<br></p> Fighting urban heat with cool pavement in Los Angeles Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-21T13:33:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T02:37:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s known as the &ldquo;urban heat island effect,&rdquo; and it refers to the pockets of intense heat captured by the concrete, asphalt, dark roofs and the dearth of foliage that define many American cityscapes. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to reduce the city&rsquo;s average temperature by 3 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 20 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles&nbsp;is the first U.S. city&nbsp;to test cool pavement to fight urban heat,&nbsp;coating streets in a special gray paint known as CoolSeal, that can lower the temperature as much as 10 degrees.&nbsp;The officials say that the hope is that cooler streets will lead to cooler neighborhoods, less air conditioning use and fewer heat-related deaths.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Los Angeles is one of the only cities in the nation that experiences heat-related deaths in the winter, a phenomenon expected to worsen&nbsp;alongside temperatures.&nbsp;&ldquo;Not everyone has the resources to use air conditioning, so there&rsquo;s concern that some low-income families will suffer,&rdquo; says Alan Barreca, an environmental science professor at the UCLA. &ldquo;That bothers me on a moral dimension. The pavement would provide benefits to everyone. &ldquo;It can protect people who have to be outdoors,&rdquo; he added.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The coating costs about $40,000 per mile and lasts seven years, officials said.&nbsp;<em>To determine whether CoolSeal is cost-effective and how it influences drivers, Spot...</em></p> After nixing two other business groups, Trump abandons plans for Council on Infrastructure Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-18T19:07:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T16:38:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The infrastructure council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works. Its cancellation follows Trump&rsquo;s announcement Wednesday that he was disbanding two other business advisory panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After multiple CEO's began quitting both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in protest of Trump's response to Charlottesville, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 45th President</a> has decided to not move forward with the Council on Infrastructure, still in the process of being formed. The council was to have 15 members across real estate, finance, and labor sectors that would advise the President on the funding, support and delivery of infrastructure projects.&nbsp;The announcement of its abandonment comes on the heels of an executive order that would expedite reviewing and permitting processes on major construction projects.</p> <p>Fixing the country's crumbling infrastructure has been one of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">key promises coming out of Trump's Presidential campaign</a>. Some may remember his odd citing during a Presidential debate of LAX as an example of the United States' "third-world" infrastructure. While stated with the comically brash impulsiveness number 45 has become known for, America's deteriorating ...</p> Every City Needs a Crank; A conversation with architecture critic Inga Saffron Paul Petrunia 2017-08-17T20:07:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T17:13:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week we're joined by Inga Saffron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. If you haven't read her latest piece on Henry Wilcots, the relatively unknown architect responsible for finishing Louis Kahn's masterpiece in Dhaka, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go read it now</a>. We talk with Inga about her experience meeting with Wilcots, architecture criticism pre and post-internet, Philadelphia and more.</p> <p></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo from 1970 of Wilcots and Kahn discussing the roof structure of the National Assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.</figcaption></figure><p>Listen to "Every City Needs a Crank":</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul> Where should Confederate monuments go when, and if, they are taken down? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-17T16:40:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T12:04:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;You can argue that any sculpture is art in some way, but it&rsquo;s a loose argument,&rdquo; Schoonmaker said Tuesday. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know that these statues are worthy of preservation as art objects so much as historical objects &ndash; made to preserve a lost cause, a lost war. They weren&rsquo;t made with great artistic intent, but with political intent. And intent matters in this case.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the tragic events occurring in Charlottesville, much ink has been spilled over the topic of Confederate memorials: Should we keep them? Should we take them down? Is keeping them up a celebration of slavery and is taking them down erasing an important part of our past that we must face?</p> <p>With so much attention given to the particular statue of Robert E. Lee that caused the alt-right to riot in Virginia, it might be a surprise that a number of confederate monuments have been taken down in recent years with much less bloodshed. In May, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">another statue of the Confederate general was hoisted away</a> in New Orleans amongst a cheering crowd of onlookers and a number of cities across the country have had plans in the works to take down monuments commemorating leaders of the Confederacy. With the events that occurred over the weekend, many of these cities are looking to expedite the process&mdash;the Mayor of Baltimore even had all Confederate statues dismantled overnight.&nbsp;</p> <p>This begs the question ...</p> Editor's Picks #473 Nam Henderson 2017-08-16T15:29:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T15:30:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> introduced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk #2: Pedagoy</a>. <strong>ryanbacha</strong> complained "<em>the architectural academies of old generated inside their walls self-referential pedagogies. God forbid the layman being able to understand anything you said in this article.</em>" Responding to the criticism <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> countered, referencing agonism "<em>The goal of this series is to allow for individuals to create stances, positions, and talk&mdash;the operative word in Cross Talk being talk.</em>"</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Later</a>, <strong>Schoon</strong> argued with <strong>JuneJuly</strong> "<em>I disagree with the notion that an architect can't be both artist and engineer. &nbsp;Certainly a person can exist with high degrees of both technical knowledge and aesthetic sensibility. &nbsp;Is the traditional architecture education the way to get there? &nbsp;Probably not.</em>"<br></p> <p>On the other hand, after listening to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions: #106</a>, <strong>fictional\_/Chris_Teeter</strong> offered his thanks "<em>excellent thinking Anthony Morel, wished others did the same level of thinking</em>".<br></p> News <p>The AIA <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voiced its support</a> of bipartisan leg...</p> Herzog & de Meuron received reduced fee for Tate Modern extension Alexander Walter 2017-08-15T14:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T14:41:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Swiss architecture firm behind the ambitious Tate Modern extension, took a reduced fee for work on the building project after costs went &pound;45m over budget.&nbsp; According to documents obtained by the Architect&rsquo;s Journal under the Freedom of Information act, Herzog &amp; de Meuron was asked not to take its full fee for extra work on the 10-storey building, which went from costing &pound;215m in 2012 to &pound;260m in 2015.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Art Newspaper</em> cites the minutes from a 2015 Tate board of trustees meeting: "Conversation at a senior level indicates that [Herzog &amp; de Meuron] will look sympathetically on this position, but that costs have already been incurred to a certain level, which will require some recompense, allowed for in the figures budgeted."&nbsp;</p> <p>As published minutes reveal, some of the construction firms were also being named for unsatisfactory performance, notably window &amp; facade contractors Seele and Loveld.</p> World Monuments Fund pledges to help restore earthquake-damaged Kumamoto Castle Town Julia Ingalls 2017-08-15T13:05:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T13:05:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The historic Japanese city of Kumamoto, famous for its picturesque 15th century castle, experienced a damaging earthquake in 2016, leading to the demolition of several of its historic buildings. The World Monument Fund has pledged to help restore the remaining older buildings (although it should be noted that the current iteration of the castle is a late 20th century concrete copy, retaining only a few of the original wooden walls). According to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>:</p> <p><em>About 350 historic buildings essential to the town&rsquo;s historic streetscape sustained damage in the 2016 earthquake. Some were demolished in the aftermath of the disaster, leaving many of the approximately 300 structures that remained at great risk of demolition. WMF initially joined ICOMOS Japan in an on-site field study in May 2016 to understand priorities and conservation needs, and will now assist KMT [Kumamoto Machinami Trust] in their restoration efforts.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em></em></p> Steven Fleming's Velotopia paints a city built for cycling Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T13:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T13:02:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="918" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No disciples of Le Corbusier, Harvey Corbett, Robert Moses or Norman Bel Geddes have been to Velotopia. That means there are no highways and no racks of car-parking stations. Neither have any disciples of Ebenezer Howard been there to suggest that development be clustered around satellite towns with train connections back to the core.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Steven Fleming (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously featured in our Working Out of the Box series</a>), founder of the Dutch bike-centric planning consultancy&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cycle Space</a>, recently published a new book that lays out an utopian city built around bicycles as the main form of transportation. In Velotopia people enjoy their daily commutes, the flow of traffic is smooth and the development is mixed use and compact.</p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Velotopia Photograph: Courtesy of</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Indoor bike parking spaces match the anticipated number of beds allowing trips to start inside the home. Photograph: Courtesy of</figcaption></figure><p>An edited excerpt in&nbsp;<em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Guardian</em>&nbsp;showcases Fleming's wry thought experiment.<em> </em><em>Velotopia is as circular as the topography has allowed, for the usual reason that citizens are always clamouring to live near the civic centre.Development has been restricted to level ground and city limits have been restricted to a diameter of 15km. That ensures average commuting distances of less than 7km and average trip times of less th...</em></p> This video shows you how to hand-letter like an architect Julia Ingalls 2017-08-15T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T12:33:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you draw by hand and want that authentic, angular all-caps architectural lettered look for the text on your drawings, this straightforward video breaks down how to create all 26 letters of the alphabet. Get ready to learn about "dynamic angles"&nbsp;and suggested connections:</p> Tesla's 'Tiny House' goes on roadshow to promote its solar tech Alexander Walter 2017-08-14T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T14:22:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tesla revealed today that it created what it calls the &lsquo;Tesla Tiny House&rsquo; to feature its energy products, like solar panels and Powerwall. The company is bringing the house on tour using a Model X &ldquo;to educate the public on how to generate, store and use renewable energy for their home.&rdquo; The tiny house contains a Tesla mobile design studio and configurator to help home owners configure a solar plus energy storage system for their home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Needless to add that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Tiny House</a> itself gains all its electricity via a solar installation on the tiny roof.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>The exhibition tour is limited to four major Australian cities for now, but the economic gain could be far from tiny &mdash;&nbsp;as the world's leader in capita penetration of rooftop solar installations (15% of households / 1.5 million households), Australia is a highly lucrative market for Tesla even though it hasn't started selling solar panels there.<br></p> Future Aleppo: Syrian boy builds model of his hometown, now on display in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T21:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Syrian boy hand-built a model of what his hometown might look like after the country&rsquo;s civil war, and now &ldquo;Future Aleppo&rdquo; is on display in Los Angeles. [...] As he watched his city get demolished, Mohammed carefully crafted his vision for a future Aleppo using paper, wood, colored pencils, and glue. He lovingly recreated destroyed landmarks, like the medieval Citadel and his favorite park, and added imaginary, forward-looking buildings and design features [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"While much of his model was destroyed when Mohammed and his family fled to Turkey, the surviving portion was brought to the U.S. by Alex Kalman, founder of Mmuseumm, a pop-up gallery in Manhattan."</em></p> <p>KCRW's Design &amp; Architecture host, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frances Anderton</a>, talks to Kalman about the model's adventurous journey from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aleppo</a> via Turkey to New York and how Mohammed's story represents both "the worst in humanity, as well as the best in humanity."</p> <p>Anderton also interviews young Syrian architect&nbsp;Marwa Al-Sabouni (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>), who's hometown Homs &mdash; the country's third largest city &mdash; suffered immense destruction and human suffering. Her book&nbsp;<em>The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria</em> will be out in September.&nbsp;</p> Is anything left of Mosul? Nam Henderson 2017-08-10T17:40:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T17:41:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While UN satellite analysis suggests about 10,000 buildings have been severely damaged or completely destroyed, the real level of destruction is believed to be higher. Taking into account damage to multiple floors of buildings, not seen via satellites, the UN now estimates the real number of damaged buildings to be more than three times greater - about 32,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lucy Rodgers, Nassos Stylianou &amp; Daniel Dunford provide an in depth examination of the architectural/urban impacts (what to speak of the personal, loss of lives etc.) of the, nine months long, battle for Mosul.<br></p> NCARB reveals diversity in the architectural profession has increased Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T13:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-12T14:41:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="508" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2016, 42 percent of new AXP participants and 30 percent of new ARE candidates identified as non-white&mdash;up three percentage points for both groups. However, diversity among newly licensed architects and NCARB Certificate holders remained the same. For comparison, 38 percent of the U.S. population identifies as either non-white or Hispanic, according to 2015 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are now more women and non-white participants in architecture as of 2016 according to the NCARB, which has just released its 2017 "By the Numbers" report. As NCARB notes in a press release:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;While several groups remain underrepresented within the profession, these trends point to growing diversity among licensure candidates, and eventually, future architects,&rdquo; said NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA. &ldquo;In response, NCARB will continue to ensure our programs balance inclusivity with the rigor needed to protect the public.&rdquo;</em></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure> Eyal Weizman uses architectural evidence to investigate bombings in Syria Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-09T15:22:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T11:51:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Eyal Weizman is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>-based Israeli architect and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goldsmiths, University of London</a>. His work focuses on architecture as a form of political intervention and the discipline's role in modern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban warfare</a>. For the past couple of years, Weizman's research project&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forensic Architecture</a>&mdash;has been using architectural evidence for the investigation of crimes against the state on cases ranging from drone strikes to genocide. Repositioning the field of architecture within forensics, Weizman and his team look at evidence such as debris left behind, physical ruin, floor plans, cell phone footage etc. in order to reconstruct the events that took place, much like one would analyze a crime scene.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a recent interview with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, Weizman talks about his work, recreating bombings in Syria, and using architecture to investigate the invisible. Check out the video below!</p> Summer in Bryant Park rendered as a Voronoi Diagram Julia Ingalls 2017-08-08T14:40:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T14:40:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of the usual snap of people lounging in the sun in Bryant Park, visual effects artist Rod Bogart has created a Voronoi diagram of the outing and posted it to his Twitter account. When asked how he had placed the center points of the diagram, Bogart tweeted that "I used Illustrator to drop points and then just ran a plugin that created the Voronoi for me. It was pretty quick to do, to be honest."</p> <p></p> Archaeologists uncover "Little Pompeii," ancient Roman settlement in France Alexander Walter 2017-08-08T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T14:28:42-04:00 <img src="" width="624" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A major Roman settlement discovered south of Lyon in France is the &ldquo;most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years&rdquo;, says the chief archaeologist working on the project. Benjamin Cl&eacute;ment, who works for the Swiss conservation company Archeodunum, is leading a team of 15 archaeologists at the dig in Saint Colombe, a small town near the city of Vienne.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The well-preserved ancient Roman neighborhood, dubbed "Little Pompeii" by the archaeologists, covers an area of almost 7,000 square meters (75,000 square feet) and was discovered during construction of a housing complex near the city of Vienne.</p> Aging office parks are making a comeback as (sub)urban residences Alexander Walter 2017-08-07T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T18:56:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the rooftop terrace of their new townhouse, Keisuke and Idalia Yabe take in their suburban Maryland neighborhood: a staid, 1970s-era office park of glass office buildings and concrete parking garages. The Yabes say they have found the advantages of urban living in a shorter commute and the ability to walk to shopping centers and a park. They also have what feels like the best of suburbia &mdash; mature trees, plentiful parking, Bethesda&rsquo;s sought-after schools and a more affordable mortgage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"[...]&nbsp;suburban office parks have plenty to offer residential developers," <em>The</em> <em>Washington Post</em> explains. "Many are close to major roads and near top-ranked public schools, and their sprawling campuses and vast parking lots provide land that has become increasingly scarce in lucrative areas."</p> New video shows construction progress on controversial Dubai Frame Alexander Walter 2017-08-04T20:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-07T03:02:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Dubai Frame is quickly taking shape in the heart of the city, providing breathtaking views of 'old' and 'new' Dubai. A Dubai Municipality delegation on Thursday has given residents a sneak peek into one of the upcoming iconic structures in the city. [...] The work has already started on the frame's glass bridge, and the cladding is expected to be completed by the end of this year, a top senior Dubai Municipality official had told Khaleej Times earlier this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction work on Dubai's latest gilded landmark appears to be making progress as the Dubai Municipality documented today in a new social media video of a city government delegation visiting the site.</p> <p></p> <p>The design of the 150-meter-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame</a> structure isn't without controversy: the concept originally surfaced as the 2008-09 ThyssenKrupp&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition-winning design</a>&nbsp;by architect Fernando Donis who eventually filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality for stealing the copyright to his design. In a 2015-interview, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donis told Archinect</a>: &ldquo;At the end they took it, built it and will profit from it, without having involved us nor paid us."</p> <p>The opening date of Dubai Frame has been pushed back numerous times but is now expected to happen by the end of this year.<br></p> Grammatical Supremacy; A conversation with Cross-Talk's Anthony Morey Archinect 2017-08-03T20:02:00-04:00 >2017-08-05T14:08:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week we're joined with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>, LA-based&nbsp;theorist, designer, educator, writer, and curator. Readers of Archinect will probably recognize his name from his curatorial work with the exciting annual architecture show "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Night Stand</a>", and his relatively new series on Archinect &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a>&rdquo;.</p> <p>Listen to "Grammatical Supremacy":</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> IKEA starts selling home battery storage with its solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-08-03T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T14:19:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is now offering solar panels and home batteries to its customers in the UK. The Scandinavian furniture chain is partnering with solar firm Solarcentury for the venture, with prices for solar battery storage starting at &pound;3,000 (about $3,970 USD). The home batteries are designed to work with existing solar panels, or as part of a new combined home solar panel / battery storage system that Ikea is selling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Swedish furniture retail giant first starting solar panels in the UK <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2013</a> to grow on a (then) heavily subsidized green energy market but ceased sales in 2015 when the British government announced its plans of cutting solar subsidies by up to 90%. Just a few months later, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> returned with a new lineup of home solar panels, this time partnering up with the firm SolarCentury.</p> <p>"An average solar home in the UK will typically consume around 40% of all the solar electricity generated, or even less if they are regularly out during the day," IKEA explains in a new statement. "The remaining 60% of unused solar electricity is sent back to the National Grid, at a loss compared to its value. This means that homeowners currently lose out on making further cost savings. By adding Solar Battery Storage, unused solar electricity can be stored and used at a later time, meaning the amount of solar electricity an average home can use doubles to 80%."</p> <p>With the launch of its&nbsp;Solar Battery S...</p> Trump administration to waive environmental rules and other laws to expedite border wall construction Alexander Walter 2017-08-02T18:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-02T18:05:18-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president&rsquo;s signature campaign pledges. Critics including the Center for Biological Diversity criticized the move as overreach and a threat to the environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Last week, the House of Representatives approved the administration&rsquo;s request for $1.6 billion to start building Trump&rsquo;s border wall," PBS NewsHour reports, "which would include replacing 14 miles (22 kilometers) in San Diego covered by the latest waiver and building 60 miles (96 kilometers) of new barriers in Texas&rsquo; Rio Grande Valley."</p> <p>And the Rio Grande stretch, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as we all know</a>, will require some (costly) construction magic.</p> Fire safety reform: Australian state government to audit, replace and ban flammable cladding Alexander Walter 2017-08-02T13:46:00-04:00 >2017-08-02T13:47:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The state government will audit the use and ban the supply of the potentially flammable building cladding that led to London's deadly Grenfell Tower inferno, in what it styles as Australia's toughest fire safety reforms. [...] Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said the government had undertaken an audit sample of about 180,000 residential and commercial towers constructed in NSW since the 1980s. About 1000 of those buildings "may have [unsafe] cladding", the Minister said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The [New South Wales] state government said it would&nbsp;introduce reform that would identify buildings encased in unsafe cladding," the<em> Sydney Morning Herald</em> reports, "require them to be inspected and force building owners to foot the bill for replacements and ban the sale and supply of unsafe material."</p> The NYT takes a tour of Richard Meier’s summer house in the Hamptons Richard Meier & Partners 2017-08-01T16:34:00-04:00 >2017-08-02T21:32:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The man known for his modern, white, geometrically intricate buildings spends his summers in a simple, cedar-shingled farmhouse built in 1907 that he bought from the family of the original owners in 1984. On a July afternoon, Mr. Meier was in his study there, painting watercolors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Humanitarian emergency": Michael Greenberg looks inside New York City’s housing crisis Alexander Walter 2017-08-01T15:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T15:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City is in the throes of a humanitarian emergency, a term defined by the Humanitarian Coalition of large international aid organizations as &ldquo;an event or series of events that represents a critical threat to the health, safety, security or wellbeing of a community or other large group of people.&rdquo; New York&rsquo;s is [...] a &ldquo;complex emergency&rdquo;: man-made and shaped by a combination of forces that have led to a large-scale &ldquo;displacement of populations&rdquo; from their homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"What makes the crisis especially startling," author Michael Greenberg continues in his latest piece for <em>The New York Review of Books</em>, "is that New York has the most progressive housing laws in the country and a mayor who has made tenants&rsquo; rights and affordable housing a central focus of his administration."</p>