Archinect - News 2018-02-19T00:43:18-05:00 Employees at Apple's new headquarters keeping walking into its famed glass walls Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-16T15:39:00-05:00 >2018-02-18T20:04:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple headquarters</a> in Cupertino, CA, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster and Partners</a>, was built with much glass&mdash;the building's exterior features the famed curved panels of safety glass while the interior is populated with work spaces, also made from glass. Well, apparently, the favored building material is starting to be a real pain as Apple employees keep bumping into the clear, spotless walls.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is not the first time Apple's penchant for prioritizing aesthetics over functionality has posed a safety risk. This winter, their flagship store in Chicago, also designed by Foster, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">caused a snow-related safety hazard</a> due to its thin, gutter-less, carbon fiber roof.&nbsp;</p> Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia's wooden architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-16T13:55:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T13:56:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s state of wooden architecture can be defined as an SOS,&rdquo; says Igor Shurgin, an architect and restorer who runs the Foundation for Maintenance of Wooden Architecture Monuments. &ldquo;If we do nothing to support it, then nothing will be left in 20 years.&rdquo; A grant from the European Union enabled the organisation to stage a series of exhibitions in Russia and Europe between 2010 and 2012 that highlighted the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the contemporary artist Danila Tkachenko photographed a series of the country's abandoned wooden houses set ablaze, attempts to save <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia</a>'s wooden architectural heritage have become a high priority for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> activists. Russia's ministry of culture has intentions to adopt an action plan to preserve these structures based on the work of architect and restorer&nbsp;Igor Shurgin, but many fear that it might be too little too late.&nbsp;</p> <p>Estimated costs for preservation are assessed at around&nbsp;&pound;183m, in addition to an extra &pound;70m to protect 87 particularly significant works. Though the growing number of grassroots initiatives are promising,&nbsp;Konstantin Mikhailov, a coordinator of the Arkhnadzor preservation group,&nbsp;tells&nbsp;<em>the Art Newspaper</em> "that a great deal now depends on proper implementation of the recommendations."</p> 70-story wooden skyscraper proposed for Tokyo could become world's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-02-15T13:57:00-05:00 >2018-02-15T14:05:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd. has announced that it plans to build a 70-story 350-meter mixed-use skyscraper in Marunouchi, a central Tokyo business district, by the year 2041. [...] The project [...] is estimated to cost 600 billion JPY (5.5 billion USD). This is almost twice that of conventional high-rise buildings using current technology, but the company hopes to reduce costs by making technological advances in wood-based construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooden skyscrapers</a> have been seeing an unprecedented boom phase in recent years, but even the more ambitious projects don't even come close to what Japanese company&nbsp;Sumitomo Forestry, in collaboration with Nikken Sekkei, is proposing to build in Tokyo by the year 2041.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p>To pull off the massive structure required for a 350-meter, 70-story wooden tower, as the concept <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">W350 plan</a> outlines,&nbsp;185,000 cubic meters of timber are needed &mdash; the equivalent of&nbsp;8,000 single-family homes.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sumitomo Forestry</figcaption></figure><p>"The planned structure is a hybrid wood and steel structure made from 90% wooden materials," the company explains. "It will use a braced tube structure in which steel frame vibration control braces (diagonal braces) are positioned inside a column and beam structure, made from a combination of wood and steel."<br></p> The World is coming back to life in Dubai Alexander Walter 2018-02-14T14:26:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T14:32:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Underwater bedrooms, &lsquo;Lohan Island&rsquo; and snow all year round &ndash; a decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial &lsquo;countries&rsquo; is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Remember <em>The World</em>? Dubai's lofty vision a decade-and-a-half ago to recreate the globe's map with artificial, celebrity-owned islands dredged from the Gulf floor that was just as grandiose and monumental as its financial crash in 2008? Well, it appears to be back in business again<em>.<br></em></p> <p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Oliver Wainwright takes a trip to the long-abandoned and now-bustling-with-development-again artificial archipelago of 300 islands 2.5 miles off Dubai's coast and confirms: "After a decade in limbo, The World is back &ndash; with more ambitious plans than ever before."</p> <p>And yes, Lindsay Lohan <em>is</em> designing her own island, too.<br></p> Trump's 2019 budget includes another attempt at defunding NEA and other cultural agencies Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-14T14:12:00-05:00 >2018-02-17T09:12:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White House</a> has revealed its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">budget proposal for 2019</a> and despite recommending a $716 billion spending increase for defense, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump</a> wants to slash funding for cultural programs. He has suggested cutting the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEA</a>'s budget from $150m down to $29m. Other cultural organizations&nbsp;would also see their budgets broken&mdash;Trump's plan would cut funding for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment of Humanities</a> from $150m down to just $42m, the&nbsp;Institute of Museum and Library Services&nbsp;from $231m to $23m, and public television from $495m to just $15m.</p> <p>Last year, when the President first took office, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he similarly tried to institute significant cuts</a> to these federal programs. Despite his best efforts, Congress&mdash;who has the final say on passing the federal budget each year&mdash;ultimately ended up retaining funding for the various cultural organizations in bipartisan agreement. Beyond being extremely important to the well-being of the country in general, these agencies also support many architectural initiatives that are ...</p> AECOM and luis vidal + architects selected for Boston airport modernization Alexander Walter 2018-02-14T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T13:19:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has chosen global infrastructure firm AECOM and luis vidal + architects to handle the remodeling of Boston Logan International Airport&rsquo;s Terminal E. The team won the design competition due to their collaborative proposal, which also satisfied Massport&rsquo;s functional requirements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major remodeling of&nbsp;Boston Logan International Airport&rsquo;s Terminal E will be lead by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> as the prime consultant and architect/engineer of record, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">airport</a> design specialist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">luis vidal + architects</a> as the vision architect.</p> <p>A press statement summarizes the proposed improvements: "The modernization program will incorporate significant renovations to the existing international arrivals and customs hall, utilizing a combination of roof and window designs to maximize natural light and efficiency. Intuitive wayfinding, spatial clarity and first class hospitality will transform the arrival experience for those entering the country at Boston Logan Airport. The iconic roof, designed following the sun path, proposes two skylights facing north, in the form of eyelashes, protecting the interior from direct sun exposure. On the south, the roof gently strokes down the fa&ccedil;ade to reveal a number of openings that face downtown Boston, offering departing passengers a last and memorable view ...</p> John Cary's recent TED Talk champions dignity in design and diversity in the profession Hope Daley 2018-02-13T20:29:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T12:18:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>John Cary, author of "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design for Good</a><em>"</em>, recently gave a TED Talk, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architecture can create dignity for all</a>", emphasizing dignity in design and championing greater diversity in the architecture profession.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cary explains, &ldquo;Dignity is to design, what justice is to law, and health is to medicine. It&rsquo;s about having your value reflected in the spaces and places that you inhabit.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you missed it, also check out Archinect's previous conversation with John Cary on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;for an in depth discussion on dignity in design.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> 5Pointz lawsuit: Judge rules in favor of street artists, awards $6.7 Million Alexander Walter 2018-02-13T14:10:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T09:41:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] a judge has ruled that a New York developer must pay $6.7 million to a group of graffiti artists to compensate for painting over their work without warning in 2013. The decision represents a decisive victory for street artists in a case that&nbsp;pitted their rights against those of a real estate executive. The artists sued the developer, Gerald Wolkoff, for violating their rights after he whitewashed their work at the famous 5Pointz art mecca in Long Island City to make way for condos.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Citing protection of the artists'&mdash;historically significant but ultimately destroyed&mdash;works at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Pointz</a> under the&nbsp;Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA),&nbsp;Judge&nbsp;Frederic Block ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in this closely watched landmark case: "Since 5Pointz was a prominent tourist attraction the&nbsp;public would undoubtedly have thronged to say its goodbyes during those 10 months&nbsp;and gaze at the formidable works of aerosol art for the last time. It would have been&nbsp;a wonderful tribute for the artists that they richly deserved."</p> The Invention of Wessex: Thomas Hardy as Architect Places Journal 2018-02-13T14:08:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T14:10:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>There is a good case for listing Thomas Hardy amongst the greatest of all conceptual architects &mdash; the prophet, well before the fact, of a particular type of speculative, imaginary architectural project which would boom a century later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 19th-century author Thomas Hardy has never been considered much of an architect. Yet as Kester Rattenbury shows, his creation of Wessex was an architectural project - one that drew on the ideas of his time, but also predicted some of the most inventive architectural work of our own age.&nbsp;Hardy saw rural England through an experimental, modern frame, and his Wessex Project was as radical in its time as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delirious New York</a> were in theirs.&nbsp;</p> Couple fined for using a fake garage door to disguise a residential property Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-13T13:16:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T13:16:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At Leicester magistrates court, Herzallah and Almasri, of Enderby, Leicestershire, were each ordered to pay a &pound;770 fine, legal costs of &pound;1,252 and a &pound;77 victim surcharge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A couple, who had disguised housing on their property with a fake garage door, has been fined by Leicester Magistrates Court. The case was brought about by the Blaby district council after they were notified about unauthorized work being carried out at the couple's home and discovered the hoax garage.</p> <p>The couple, Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri, had wanted to bypass planning regulations. In 2007, the duo had been granted permission to develop the property under the condition that car-parking facilities, including the now converted garage, remain permanently available. Beyond the illegal living quarters, the couple had also undertook illegal works within the highway and created an unauthorized vehicle access onto the busy B4114 dual carriageway.</p> <p>Beyond the legal costs, the court has also ordered that the garage be restored to its former use. Blaby district councillor Sheila Scott spoke of the case, sending a strong warning. "The message from this case is clear. If you breach planni...</p> Pier 40 concept envisions an offshore apartment complex in Chelsea that allows for sea-level rise Dana Schulz 2018-02-12T20:21:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T20:21:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Local multidisciplinary creative firm DFA has come up with a concept for the rehabilitation of Chelsea's rapidly disintegrating Pier 40 that would provide housing and other services but would also adapt to the predicted rising sea levels of future NYC. The future-proof housing, commercial, and recreation complex would rise from the Hudson River and be able to remain above water in the event of rising sea levels while addressing the city&rsquo;s dire need for affordable housing.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1500"><figcaption>Renderings courtesy of DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1500"><figcaption>Renderings courtesy of DFA</figcaption></figure> Scientists develop method to make wood harder than steel — or even transparent Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T17:55:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T17:57:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] scientists say a simple and inexpensive new process can transform any type of wood into a material stronger than steel, and even some high-tech titanium alloys. [...] The results are impressive. The team&rsquo;s compressed wood is three times as dense as the untreated substance, Hu says, adding that its resistance to being ripped apart is increased more than 10-fold. It also can become about 50 times more resistant to compression and almost 20 times as stiff.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wood, so hot right now. Thanks to new and improved construction methods, there is barely a month going by without the announcement of record-breaking wooden structures and rapidly increasing height limits for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cross-laminated timber skyscrapers</a> around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile material scientists are pushing the qualities of one of the planet's most abundant building materials beyond existing boundaries: researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park <a href=";" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have published</a> their method of turning any kind of wood into <em>densified wood</em>, a material that exceeds the strength of steel while being lightweight and cheap to regrow. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The same UMD scientists</a>, as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competing colleagues</a> at the&nbsp;KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, are also working to make a wood material that is&nbsp;transparent &mdash; potentially replacing conventional glass in certain applications.</p> MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art prepares to break ground in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T15:12:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One year after Los Angeles unexpectedly won the right to host the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the spaceship-like project is now ready to push dirt in Exposition Park. Protective fencing now encircles the site of filmmaker George Lucas' $1-billion legacy project, which replaces two parking lots at the intersection of 39th Street and Vermont Avenue. The eventual four-story, 115-foot-tall building will feature[...] Lucas' 10,000-piece collection, a library, two theaters, classrooms, and offices.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exposition Park</a> in South Los Angeles has already a number of high-profile construction projects going on (new MLS soccer stadium and Coliseum makeover to host the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2028 Summer Olympics</a>) or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on the books</a>, and the $1-billion&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ma Yansong</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, appears to be breaking ground soon as well.</p> L.A.'s homeless count nearly doubled in six years Alexander Walter 2018-02-10T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T21:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% &mdash; to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 &mdash; in the last six years. But the crisis has been decades in the making. If homelessness continues to escalate at current rates, it will swamp even the best efforts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">declaring homelessness in the city an 'emergency'</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">committing drastically increased funds</a> to housing and services, Los Angeles is failing to improve the lives of its unsheltered citizens.</p> Are mental disorders behind modernism? Le Corbusier and Gropius get diagnosed Hope Daley 2018-02-08T13:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-10T14:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two researchers recently suggested that autism and post-traumatic stress disorder led to the minimalist stylings of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Their questions and tools are useful, but there&rsquo;s danger in mistaking one piece of a puzzle for its entirety. The places we inhabit influence the way we see the world [...] Equally and inevitably, psychology has shaped architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Darran Anderson responds&nbsp;to the piece &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mental Disorders that Gave Us Modern Architecture</a>&rdquo; by&nbsp;Ann Sussman&nbsp;and&nbsp;Katie Chen, arguing against their totalizing narrative of two influential figures and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernism</a> as a whole.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sussman and Chen suggest modernist architecture originated from autism in regard to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, and post-traumatic stress disorder in regard to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a>. The final argument is one against modernism, claiming its origin derives from mental dysfunction.&nbsp;</p> <p>While it is interesting to consider a possible excuse for Le Corbusier's callousness or the effects of serving in WWI on&nbsp;Gropius, Anderson argues, "the evidence that modern architecture is founded on 'disorders' is highly questionable".</p> <p>His response reveals an empathetic side to Le Corbusier, and delves into Gropius' immense achievements unimpeded&nbsp;by trauma. Read the full article and go deeper into Anderson's argument for modernism and two of its key figures.&nbsp;</p>... The pop culture-bending firm, Family New York, has decided to part ways Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-08T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T13:37:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since establishing the practice in 2010, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Family New York</a> has accrued an impressive array of projects to their name, as well as fans of their work. Over the course of only eight years, founders Oana Stanescu and Dong-Ping Wong have had the opportunity to collaborate with everyone from the New Museum to Virgil Abloh and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kanye West</a> and Kim Kardashian. During this time, the duo has engaged in fanciful projects like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their proposal</a> for a water-filtering, floating pool&nbsp;off the shores of New York City and their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">movable, 50-foot volcano</a>&nbsp;for West's dazzling, Yeezus tour.</p> <p>Despite this solid run, the two have decided to go their separate ways and disband the practice. According to their statement, Stanescu, who is a former top-notch&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect School Blogger</a>,&nbsp;is going on to pursue a multifaceted practice under her own name. She will also continue on with her teaching positions at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union</a>. Wong has also decided to start his own firm, FOOD, with projects already in the works i...</p> The Power of Smallness by Aina Coll Torrent MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-02-08T00:24:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T00:24:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>MONU magazine's current issue #27 on "Small Urbanism" shows how small things can have a great impact on city life and planning, exploring themes such as micro-occupations as political protest, urban furniture to recover public spaces and fight criminality, acupunctural interventions for refugee settlements or tiny models used for military strategies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are architectural spaces that capture you through their smallest details. Almost five years ago, I visited the Crematorium building by Asplund in the Woodland Cemetery, in Stockholm. After crossing the artificial landscape along a seemingly introverted building, I remember entering a forecourt, grabbing a beautiful door handle and entering a waiting room before reaching the chapel. A wooden bench was softly emerging from the wall, like a curved silk fabric, oriented towards a long window to an enclosed courtyard. The warmth of the space, enhanced by the metaphor of a domestic carpet and the rounding and softness of the corners, was suddenly disturbed by the image of a very small window which was framing very precisely the artificial hills and trees that were guiding the visitor when entering the site. The feeling of connection to an endless outside world condensed in a window was, somehow, sublime. </p><figure><img src=";w=1200"><figcaption>View through the window at the Woodland Crematorium, by Erik Gunnar Asplund....</figcaption></figure> Anthony Morey named Executive Director and Curator at Los Angeles' a+d museum Paul Petrunia 2018-02-07T18:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T08:22:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>, who many here on Archinect will recognize as Archinect's editor-at-large, starting editorial columns such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the Ground Up</a>, has been just announced as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a+d museum</a>'s new&nbsp;Executive Director and Curator.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Prior to this announcement, Anthony served as the Assistant Director &amp; Curator under the direction of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dora Epstein Jones</a>. In addition to his roles at the a+d and Archinect, Anthony&nbsp;is a discussion moderator at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Design</a> and Design Studio Faculty at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> in Los Angeles. His work and research focus on the tensions between text, psychology and image and their relationship to architecture and design.</p> The diversity and trajectories of architecture and design are at an all-time high and as important as ever, if not more and the role of the museum - our museum - is to produce a platform to present and promote progressive architecture and design equal to the rigor, enthusiasm, and diversity that exists wit... Rebuilding the American City: Patty Heyda on "the politics behind the design" Liam Otten 2018-02-07T12:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-07T12:42:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>How do you restore community? Do you honor local context? Or do you bulldoze everything and try to start again?</p> <p>Few places embody that choice more starkly than Botanical Heights, the St. Louis neighborhood formerly known as McRee Town. Looking east from Thurman Avenue, one sees gated blocks of large, suburban-style new construction. To the west, homeowners are rehabbing existing properties and redeveloping vacant parcels. The old commercial district bustles with shops, restaurants and a Montessori school.</p> <p>&ldquo;As architects and urban designers, we tend to focus on form,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patty Heyda</a>, associate professor in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis</a>. &ldquo;But there are so many forces, especially in our increasingly privatized economy, that underlie those formal decisions. What are the politics behind the designs?&rdquo;</p> <p>In&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Rebuilding the America City"</a>&nbsp;(2016), Heyda and co-author David Gamble, of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a>, offer Botanical Heights as a case study...</p> A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects, Recipient of the 2018 AIA Firm Award Archinect 2018-02-06T13:33:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T16:51:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this episode of Archinect Sessions Paul travels to Minneapolis to join Ken in a conversation with Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snow Kreilich Architects</a>, winner of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich</figcaption></figure><p>Julie Snow Architects was founded in Minneapolis in 1995. Matt Kreilich later joined Julie, his thesis advisor from college, to form Snow Kreilich Architects.</p> <p>Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, wrote in his letter of nomination for the AIA award, &ldquo;Their body of work is distinguished by a restrained formal elegance and a refined minimal tectonic sensibility while avoiding the nostalgic and technological excesses of our discipline. Indeed, they see architecture as a material practice and a cultural act born of a sensual pragmatism."<br></p> <figure><img src=""><figcaption>Snow Kreilich Architects. Photo courtesy of AIA</figcaption></figure>This award is great because it didn't come to Matt and I. It came to Snow Kreilich" - Julie Snow <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 116 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects&rdquo;...</p> Editor's Picks #482 Nam Henderson 2018-02-06T11:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T21:38:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.E.FT</a>, started in 2005 by Makram El Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine, was profiled as part of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> series.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>For some reason <strong>BulgarBlogger</strong> and <strong>Positive Pete</strong> got into it over issues of state licensure, international practice and other "<em>types of technicalities</em>".<br></p> <p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> started up a new series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a>, which focuses on the trend of fellowships in academia which "<em>has exploded over the past decade</em>". The first three featured; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zachary Tate Porter</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Outpost Office</a>.</p> News <p>Toon Dreessen (president of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dreessen Cardinal Architects Inc</a>) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penned</a> an editorial arguing why Canadian architecture needs the support of a national policy. <strong>Non Sequitur</strong> was surprised "<em>we're doing rather well. &nbsp;Not sure what this is for.</em>"</p> <p>BIG&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revised plans</a> for a $2 billion Smithsonian redevelopment plan, which was&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">under fire</a>. <strong>citizen</strong> added to the criticism, "<em>Yet more work proposed in a major Olmsted-planned urban landscape-- see also the Obama Library project fo...</em></p> Laser scans uncover thousands of ancient Mayan structures Alexander Walter 2018-02-05T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T14:06:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In what&rsquo;s being hailed as a &ldquo;major breakthrough&rdquo; in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala. Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for &ldquo;Light Detection And Ranging&rdquo;), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Austin in favor of boycotting companies involved in Trump's border wall Alexander Walter 2018-02-05T12:35:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T12:40:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a 10-1 vote, the Austin City Council took the first step toward a boycott of any company that designs, builds or finances President Donald Trump&rsquo;s $25 billion proposed border wall between Texas and Mexico. [...] Four companies already have been tapped to design and build wall prototypes, including Texas-based Sterling Construction Company, Inc.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Texas state capital is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">just the latest</a> of several local and state governments having either passed or proposed legislation that would ban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">companies</a> involved in designing, building, or financing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">border wall</a> with Mexico from being considered for other public contracts.&nbsp;</p> Calatrava's new Dallas bridge further troubled due to cable flaws Alexander Walter 2018-02-02T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-02-04T10:19:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Margaret McDermott Bridge was supposed to be open to pedestrians and bicyclists by now, but the arches over the Trinity River remain closed partially over concerns about broken cables. The issue centers around problems with the cables -- and their resistance to heavy winds -- that connect the arch to the base of the Dallas bridge, which was designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava and his firm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;$113-million (partially)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Margaret McDermott Bridge</a> carrying Interstate 30 is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dallas</a>' ambitious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trinity River Project</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"City officials are hoping to open the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists in March," <em>Dallas News </em>writes. Meanwhile the finger-pointing between TxDOT, city officials, and the architect is in full swing.</p> Kansas Architecture Dean Mahesh Daas on the future of robotic architecture Alexander Walter 2018-02-01T14:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T14:37:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>a new book co-written and co-edited by Mahesh Daas, dean of the University of Kansas School of Architecture &amp; Design, argues that robotics can and soon will be even further integrated into the design processes at the heart of architecture. [...] "We talk about robots and artificial intelligence for design," Daas said. "How we use robots in the design process, moving from the design process to prototype things."</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In that sense, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robots</a> become partners in exploring and designing," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kansas Architecture</a> Dean Mahesh Daas says. "So it's not that robots are going to take over, but the distinction between robots and us begins to get blurred. One becomes the extension of the other."</p> Serpentine Pavilion is coming to Beijing this summer Alexander Walter 2018-01-31T18:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T18:35:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries</a> are branching out to China and will be opening the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing this May. <br></p> <p>Announced as a collaboration with WF CENTRAL from Beijing, the new pavilion will be designed by JIAKUN Architects in the city's historic Dongcheng District, only a stones-throw away from the iconic Forbidden City.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Render of the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018, Design by Jiakun Architects, &copy; Jiakun Architects</figcaption></figure><p>According to the architects, the pavilion design takes inspiration from Confucianism, having the architecture act as a physical representation of the traditional pursuit of <em>Junzi</em>: "The design is characterized by the figure of the Archer, in the form of a curved cantilever beam that incorporates the forces of elasticity through cables stretched between steel plates. Although modern architecture in Beijing has developed a series of powerful techniques to fight the external forces of fierce winds and unpredictable earthquakes, the Pavilion's integral...</p> Herzog & de Meuron's $153 million Royal College of Art expansion receives council approval Alexander Walter 2018-01-30T16:16:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T13:37:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Royal College of Art&rsquo;s flagship new building, designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron, has been granted planning permission by Wandsworth Council. The building is part of a &pound;108m investment programme in the RCA &ndash; the most radical transformation of the institution&rsquo;s campus in its 181-year history.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCA</a> Battersea South Campus expansion will be the new home of the school's&nbsp;Arts &amp; Humanities programs (Sculpture and Contemporary Art Practice), Design programs (Design Products, Fashion and Textiles), Global Innovation Design and Innovation Design Engineering (delivered jointly with Imperial College London), and new additional programs focusing on computer and material science, wearable technology, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and intelligent mobility.</p> <p>The College expects work on the site to commence in spring 2018 and reach completion in April 2020, just in time for the&nbsp;2020/21 academic year.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a> on Archinect.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure> Kazuyo Sejima joins Pritzker Prize jury Alexander Walter 2018-01-30T14:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T21:21:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Hyatt Foundation today announced the appointment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kazuyo Sejima</a> as the newest member of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a> jury. <br></p> <p>Sejima herself is a Pritzker laureate and received the prestigious recognition in 2010 alongside her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> co-founding partner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryue Nishizawa</a>.</p> <p>"I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the jury and supporting the mission of the Pritzker Prize," Sejima commented on the appointment.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Grace Farms &ldquo;River&rdquo; building in New Canaan, CT by SANAA. Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>The Pritzker Prize jury for 2018, the accolade's 40th anniversary, also includes:</p> <ul><li>Jury Chair <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glenn Murcutt</a>, architect and 2002 Pritzker Laureate, Sydney, Australia</li><li>Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Washington, D.C., USA</li><li>Andr&eacute; Corr&ecirc;a do Lago, architectural critic, curator, and Brazilian Ambassador to Japan, Tokyo, Japan</li><li>The Lord Palumbo, architectural patron, Chairman Emeritus of the Trustees, Serpentine Galleries, London, United Kingdom</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers</a>, architect and 2007 Pritzker Laur...</li></ul> The case for a semi-permeable architecture Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T20:18:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T20:19:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Our current built environment squanders too much fresh water and other vital resources, and tips too many poisonous substances into our surroundings. To develop a more sustainable relationship with the natural world, we need to allow chemical exchanges that take place within our living spaces, and between the inside and the outside. We need to embrace permeability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Professor of experimental architecture, Rachel Armstrong, endorses a renewed symbiotic relationship between the built and the natural worlds and explains the benefits of permeability with the help of recent technological developments in the field of biodesign, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mycotecture</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">algaetecture</a>, bioplastics, and a variety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bioreactors</a>.</p> AIA Consensus Construction Forecast predicts accelerated growth through 2019 Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T14:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T14:29:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction spending for nonresidential buildings is projected to increase 4 percent this year and continue at that pace of growth through 2019. While the commercial construction sectors will generate much of the expected gains this year, by 2019 the industrial and institutional sectors will dominate the projected construction growth. [...] However, in the face of a supportive economy, construction spending on nonresidential buildings disappointed last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The American Institute of Architects has published its latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Consensus Construction Forecast</a>, and it's looking quite rosy. Despite labor shortages and rising material costs that continue to have an impact on the construction industry, the report &mdash; supported by the last few editions of the Institute's monthly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index</a> &mdash;&nbsp;projects a 4% increase for nonresidential buildings this year and a continuation of this pace through 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>Analyzing this economic optimism, the AIA points out five key factors:</p> <ol><li>Rebuilding and repairs from natural disasters</li><li>Tax reform implications for construction</li><li>Possibility of an infrastructure package</li><li>Strong consumer and business confidence levels</li><li>Leading economic indicators for the construction sector</li></ol><p>For the full report and an interactive version of the infographic above, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.<br></p> <p>Can these positive projections be felt in your firm or region as well? Let us know in the comment section below.</p>