Archinect - News 2017-08-19T09:12:11-04:00 First look at Rafael Viñoly's tower for Ritz Carlton NYC DianePham 2017-08-18T10:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T15:50:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>EB-5 filings show that Ritz-Carlton New York has plans to build the &ldquo;Ritz-Carlton New York (Madison Park)&rdquo; at Broadway and East 28th Street. Building permits filed in January 2016 call for a 40-floor, 580-foot tall tower designed by Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, which will contain 164 units, several eating/drinking establishments, a club lounge on the 29th floor and a rooftop bar on the 32nd.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vi&ntilde;oly's leafy design will join "hotel row" where one can already find the Ace, Nomad, and Flatiron hotels. A Virgin Hotel&nbsp;expected to open in 2019.</p> 'Unbuilding walls': GRAFT Announced as Curators of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2018 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-17T13:07:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T15:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em></em>Today the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) announced that the curators of the German <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pavilion</a> at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Biennale</a> 2018 will be Lars Kr&uuml;ckeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRAFT</a>&nbsp;together with Marianne Birthler. The architects were selected by the ministry on the recommendation of the selection committee for their submission to the open competition entitled &ldquo;UNBUILDING WALLS&rdquo;, which responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division.</p> <p><em>As the world grows together, walls are increasingly being discussed and built that divide people from one another. Walls can denote division, power and exclusion, but also protection.</em></p> <p><em>In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years &ndash; exactly as long as the inner German border wall (1961-1989) existed. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler take this parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a...</em></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> Gunnar Birkerts, founder of Gunnar Birkerts and Associates, has died Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T19:23:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T22:13:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><figure><p>On Tuesday Gunnar Birkerts, Detroit-based Latvian-American architect passed away at&nbsp;the age of 92. Born in 1925, in Riga, Birkerts was a graduate of the University of Stuttgart in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He began his architectural career with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins+Will</a> before joining <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen</a> Bloomfield Hills, office. Birkerts later worked for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minoru Yamasaki</a> before opening his own practice, Gunnar Birkerts and Associates, in the 1960s.&nbsp;<br></p></figure><p>Some of his most notable projects include the Kansas City Museum of Contemporary Art, the Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit, The Corning Glass Museum, Lincoln Elementary School in&nbsp;Columbus, IN; and The Latvian National Library.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>The Corning Glass Museum</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Marquette Plaza. Image by Richard Langendorf</figcaption><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>The Latvian National Library Image via wikimedia</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Kansas City Museum of Contemporary Art Image via wikimedia</figcaption></figure> Chicago architect, John Macsai, passes away at 91 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-15T19:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T19:08:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago architect John Macsai designed Lincolnwood's Purple Hotel and some of Lake Shore Drive's most eye-catching high-rises...From 1955 to 1970, Macsai and his partner, Robert Hausner, helped bring the abstract forms of modernism to the clifflike rows of towers along Chicago's lakefront. Among those designs were a dramatically curving high-rise at 1150 N. Lake Shore Drive and Harbor House at 3200 N. Lake Shore Drive, a standout because of its jutting second-floor window bays.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hossein Amanat, the architect of Tehran's iconic Azadi Tower, reflects on religion and architecture in Iran Alexander Walter 2017-08-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T15:32:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1966, a 24-year-old architect who had just graduated from Tehran University hesitantly entered a competition to design a monument to mark the 2,500-year celebration of the founding of the Persian empire. [...] The architect, Hossein Amanat, had no idea that his hastily prepared design, which went on to win the competition, would one day become a focal point of the Iranian capital&rsquo;s skyline, serving as a backdrop to some of the country&rsquo;s most turbulent political events.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Azadi tower, he said, was an opportunity to &ldquo;design modern architecture using old language, to preserve the good things about a culture, leave aside the meaningless parts and create something new and meaningful&rdquo;.</em></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> 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> Meet Henry Wilcots, the overlooked African-American architect who completed Louis Kahn's Dhaka National Assembly Justine Testado 2017-08-14T13:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T21:56:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be the decisive moment in Wilcots&rsquo; life. By saying yes, he ended up devoting more than 20 years to helping Kahn build the new capital...The meetings would cause him to move to Philadelphia, a place that at the time seemed to him far less welcoming to African Americans than Dhaka. When Kahn suffered a fatal heart attack in 1974...Wilcots would assume the awesome task of finishing a Louis Kahn masterpiece.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This article sheds light on the story of Henry Wilcots (now 89 years old), the much overlooked architect who was responsible for completing Louis Kahn's Dhaka National Assembly masterpiece. Dubbed as the &ldquo;Kahn whisperer&rdquo; by fellow colleagues, the calm-and-collected Wilcots was able to have a smooth working relationship with Kahn, the article says.</p> Stunning construction photos of Zaha Hadid Architects' Leeza SOHO tower and its record-setting atrium Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T21:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T02:44:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>-designed Leeza SOHO mixed-use tower in Beijing is making progress as newly released photographs document. <br></p> <p>Once the 46-story structure reaches its final height of 207 meters (679 feet) in September of this year, it will be home to the world's tallest atrium&nbsp;&mdash; an impressive 190-meter-tall central tunnel hugged by two wavy halves of the dissected larger volume. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Here is how ZHA describe the project: "The 172,800m&sup2; design straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. The tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium &ndash; the world&rsquo;s tallest &ndash; extends 190m through full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a new public space for the city."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Satoshi Ohashi. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"As the tower ri...</p> Gregory Ain, once "the most dangerous architect in America," and the mysterious fate of his MoMA exhibition house Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T15:36:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T14:49:21-04:00 <img src="" width="566" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gregory Ain, a midcentury champion of modern architecture whose students included Frank Gehry, is virtually unknown outside Los Angeles today. His left-leaning politics made him the object of decades-long F.B.I. surveillance [...] Even the fate of his most important commission &mdash; an exhibition house in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art &mdash; is a mystery. That house is now the subject of &ldquo;This Future Has a Past,&rdquo; an installation at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Future Has a Past</a></em> opened in July at the Center for Architecture in New York and still runs through September 12. The accompanying event <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Who Was Gregory Ain?</a></em> on September 7 will feature the installation's producers, Katherine Lambert and Christiane Robbins, as well as other speakers. <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> FXFOWLE proposes attaching 300-foot spire to skyscraper to become Hudson Yards' tallest Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T12:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T20:13:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hudson Yards has been making headlines in recent months...But immediately to the northwest, another tower that&rsquo;s been in the making for an equally long period of time may have just received a boost to become the tallest of them all. A new rendering of the Moinian Group&rsquo;s 3 Hudson Boulevard has surfaced, showing both an updated design for the building itself, as well as the addition of a 300-foot spire, that would make the supertall the tallest in the neighborhood.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite years of vigorous effort in the Hudson Yards, the Related Companies may not have the tallest skyscraper of them all, thanks to FXFOWLE's proposed spire-tastic tower on 3 Hudson Boulevard. Nothing's final as of yet, but as YIMBY notes, "Back in 2012, YIMBY heard speculation that the tower, previously dubbed The Girasole,&nbsp;could rise as tall as 432 Park Avenue. While 1,350 feet isn&rsquo;t quite 1,397 feet, the new height would certainly rival the supertalls of 57th Street, ranking in between 30 Hudson Yards&rsquo; approximately 1,300-foot parapet, and 432 Park Avenue, as the city&rsquo;s fifth tallest building&nbsp;measured by pinnacle."</p> David Chipperfield's stately design for the Shanghai Centre Pompidou revealed Julia Ingalls 2017-08-08T14:42:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T18:05:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Stately, elegant, reflective:&nbsp;these adjectives have largely described the work of British architect David Chipperfield, whose structures tend to invite contemplation and pause before hot take Instagramming. His selection as the architect of the West Bund Art Museum in the new cultural center created jointly by the Centre Pompidou and Shanghai's West Bund Group is therefore not surprising, especially in light of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's recent dictate to steer away from "weird"&nbsp;architecture.</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: David Chipperfield Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The renderings for the proposed 25,000 square meter structure display Chipperfield's signature moves: meticulously calibrated volumes stack atop and adjacent to one another near a reflective body of water. The renderings steer away from bold colors, favoring muted pastels. The interior renderings also convey a serene setting: an ample entrance hall is not flooded with visitors, but rather hosts only a receptionist and a single guest, effectively conveying the notion of unharrie...</p> Clocks and Clouds, The Architecture of Escher GuneWardena Orhan Ayyüce 2017-08-04T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T14:49:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="744" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The title Clocks and Clouds comes from philosopher Karl Popper&rsquo;s essay on rationality and freedom, but also describes the dreamy precision, the spirit, and the material of Escher GuneWardena&rsquo;s art.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A gem of an exhibition by Escher GuneWardena whose work meticulously navigates architecture, art and design. The quietly original and meaningful architecture of the firm can be classified as timeless and critical, alluding to philosophy of Karl Popper. The work reflects the best tenets of modern architecture and the geographical particularities of Los Angeles. Not to be missed if you are in Southern California. Curated by Lilian Pfaff and Jocelyn Gibbs, the show runs until&nbsp;Sunday, August 20, 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>The exhibition also features a new book on architects' work, 'Clocks and Clouds, Architecture of Escher GuneWardena.' Edited by Lilian&nbsp;Pfaff, featuring essays by Martino Stierli, Barbara Lamprecht, Nicholas Olsberg, Mimi Zeiger and Paulette Singley. Available <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Steinberg Architects proposes wavy white 40-story residential tower for historic Downtown L.A. Julia Ingalls 2017-08-03T15:13:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T14:31:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="873" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Longtime DTLA developer and landowner Joseph Hellen has released a revised design for a proposed 40-story, 420-foot tall apartment tower at 525 South Spring Street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What would downtown Los Angeles' historic core look like with a 40-story apartment building with a wavy white exterior?&nbsp;Probably a great deal like the rendering above, which was created by Steinberg Architects, working with TSK Architects, to demonstrate their concept of the proposed tower. The tower has gone through a few iterations with different design firms already, but according to Urbanize.LA, this new version also includes a plan to renovate adjacent structures, including "the three adjacent Broadway theaters also owned by [developer] Hellen - the Roxie, Cameo and Arcade."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Steinberg Architects</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> Tadao Ando's "head-out Buddha" creates ample opportunities for reflection, both spiritual and literal Julia Ingalls 2017-08-03T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T18:49:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While Tadao Ando has built religious structures before--famously, the Church of the Light--he has rarely worked with figurative icons of religion, preferring a more abstract approach. This has changed with his open-air prayer hall in the Makomanai Takinoreien Cemetery in Sapporo, Japan, where a previously unsheltered statue of the Buddha has now been reverently housed in Ando's masterful design.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Shigeo Ogawa/Makomanai Takinoreien Cemetery</figcaption></figure><p>Prior to Ando, the 44-foot-tall statue had been sitting in a field for 15 years without any additional ornamentation. The scale and placement of the Buddha served less as a spiritual inspiration than a lonely beacon, prompting the commission of Ando to create a suitable home for the Buddha. The resulting open-air prayer hall both shelters the Buddha without disrupting its connection to the sky.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Shigeo Ogawa/Makomanai Takinoreien Cemetery</figcaption></figure><p>From afar, visitors can't see the Buddha, only a landscaped exterior shell. Once they enter the tem...</p> With a span of 494 meters, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is officially world's longest Julia Ingalls 2017-08-01T17:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T17:51:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Constructed by Swissrope/Lauber Seilbahnen AG, Frutigen, this suspension bridge in Switzerland is now the globe's longest (and arguably, most scenic, as it hovers above one of the deepest valleys in the country). The two-foot-wide bridge, which helps connect two mountain towns, has cut the time it takes to traverse the valley down from 3 to 4 hours to 10 minutes. The downside is the incredible elevation:&nbsp;the tourism board, which issued a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>&nbsp;announcing the bridge's opening, warned tourists with a fear of heights to keep taking the long way.&nbsp;</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> These are the 300 top revenue-generating architecture firms in the USA Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-31T17:38:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T14:30:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the 6th consecutive year in a row, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a> has topped Architectural Record's list of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 300 firms</a>. Companies are ranked by the total revenue for architectural services performed in 2016&mdash;for companies that offer other services as well, such as planning or engineering, earnings acquired through these offerings are not considered in the rankings. Gensler brought in a total architectural revenue of almost $1.2 billion dollars. To put that number in perspective, the next in line&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>&mdash;only brought in $595 million in architectural revenue, though their overall design revenue was $7.4 billion.&nbsp;</p> <p>The top four spots all remained the same with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacobs</a> taking 3rd and 4th place, respectively. Out of the top 10 firms from last year, eight remained in this tier while IBI Group and Stantec Inc. both inched forward to join this category. Of all the firms, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Corgan</a>&nbsp;experienced the largest climb moving from 22nd place in 2016 to 14th.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Check out the list of Top 25 firms below!</strong></p> <figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure><p>Wan...</p> Having difficulty navigating those building regulations? There is an App for that! Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-28T19:08:00-04:00 >2017-07-28T19:08:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For architects, complying with building codes means navigating labyrinthine layers of regulations that vary between municipalities. Sorting through different codes and keeping track of updates is a daunting task and, in a worst-case scenario, a mistake can cost thousands or even millions of dollars to tear out and fix. Firms that can afford it hire building code consultants, but a startup called UpCodes wants to make code compliance easier for all builders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Started by two brothers&mdash;one, an architect and the other, a software engineer&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpCodes</a> provides an accessible platform for construction codes and works to consolidate building regulations into a single searchable database.&nbsp;</p><p>Beyond making codes and regulations easier to navigate, the app simplifies coordination by allowing users to hyperlink to sections of code and create project folders to share with other team members. So far, the start up has amassed building codes for about 40 states, as well as New York City, with regulations for Seattle, Los Angels, and Denver next on the horizon.&nbsp;</p> Watch a video preview of this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T17:49:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T17:49:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a soundtrack that could be described as whimsical and an aesthetic outlook that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">encompasses both the old and the new</a>,&nbsp;a video preview of 2017's Chicago Architecture Biennial (which will transpire simultaneously with EXPO CHICAGO this year)&nbsp;is now available for your viewing pleasure:&nbsp;</p> A sketchbook you can draw on by hand, upload to the cloud, then erase in your microwave Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T13:10:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T13:13:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For designers who love to draw by hand on real paper but want to store those sketches in the cloud, there is now a kind of a refined, tech-savvy etch-o-sketch in the form of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook</a> from self-described "notebook innovators"&nbsp;Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein.&nbsp;</p> <p>Using a special pen known as a Pilot FriXon, one can write or draw in the notebook by hand, and then choose a symbol at the bottom of the page that is linked to a particular app in the cloud. The information on the physical sheet is uploaded to the cloud by taking a picture of it with one's phone, but the ink in which it is written turns invisible once it is microwaved, making it unneccessary to own more than one notebook (presuming, of course, that access to the information on the cloud remains unobstructed).&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Mr. Lemay and Mr. Epstein were motivated to attempt to reinvent the notebook partly because they were tired of the stagnancy in the spiral-bound market. The product, which officially dropped on June ...</p> A website offering vacation rentals for architecture lovers Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-26T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T17:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> PlansMatter</a> is a new travel website that offers vacation rentals for design-minded individuals. The accommodations are hand-picked by two architects, Scott Muellner and Connie Lindor, the founders of the website. The site is not just another Airbnb&mdash;listings for each property point to various rental sites, with which the business collaborates.&nbsp;</p> <p>The selection is exciting in its variety. The site features listings for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rudolph Schindler</a> 's LA Penthouse, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a>'s camping cabins in Washington, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Turrell</a> 's House of Light in Niigata, Japan, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F. L. Wright</a>'s Kinney House, and many more 'architecturally significant' properties all over the world in which one can stay at a variety of price points.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>Muellner notes,<em> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to go to a museum or a public building designed by an architect you admire, but it&rsquo;s a whole different experience to stay a week in that architect&rsquo;s space. It&rsquo;s not just taking a tour; instead of viewing art, it&rsquo;s living with it.&rdquo;</em></p>... Visitors delight in the Instagram-worthy Jeanne Gang installation at the National Building Museum Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-24T19:52:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T12:20:56-04:00 <p>Studio Gang's &nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Summer Block Party&nbsp;installation</a>&nbsp;called the &ldquo;Hive," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opened to the public in the beginning of July.</a> Since then, many have flocked to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a>&nbsp;in Washington D.C to experience the structure made of 2,700 wounded paper tubes. For those not near the D.C. area and therefore unable to experience the installation in real life, here are some of the best photos from Instagram to ease the FOMO (fear of missing out).</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Paul Goldberger writes on the mysticism of Louis Kahn Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T14:07:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T14:07:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn led a generation of architects away from the standard-issue modernism of glass and steel boxes, but his route was gentle, thoughtful, philosophical, and sometimes vaguely mystical, which is part of the reason that he never really became famous. Kahn&rsquo;s semi-obscurity didn&rsquo;t just extend to the cops at Penn Station: The Times obituary had to be written on deadline the night his death became known, because the obit editors hadn&rsquo;t considered him important enough to merit one in advance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his essay on Kahn, Goldberger examines methodologies of biographical writing, and explores the enigmatic aspects of the architect's identity and work.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"You get his essence almost as much through his words as his buildings. Both are somewhat spare and cryptic, and both are rich in meaning. Who else but Kahn could have said, &ldquo;A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end be unmeasurable&hellip;. what is unmeasurable is the psychic spirit.&rdquo; Or, &ldquo;The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.&rdquo; Or, &ldquo;I want to give the wall a consciousness.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>Kahn&rsquo;s writing could dance on the edge of psychobabble, and we almost certainly would have been less forgiving if his architecture hadn&rsquo;t been as good as it was. But at their most evocative, Kahn&rsquo;s words don&rsquo;t give us insight into his buildings so much as they do him and the reasons behind his designs. Kahn spent his life in pursuit of the distinct...</em></p> Watch the progress of ODA's "Living Facade" in Park Slope Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T20:15:18-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="600600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of ODA's 251 1st Street residential complex in Park Slope is now reaching completion, demonstrating fragmented massing which the firm believes imbues the structure with a "living facade."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>As the architects explain, "ODA&rsquo;s inflected the building&rsquo;s upper massing with a cascade of setbacks and terraces, yielding substantial outdoor space, as well as multiple exposures for units." Here's&nbsp;a gif demonstrating the concept from a different perspective:</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure> Ten years after opening, Morphosis' San Francisco Federal Building is not a crowd pleaser Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T17:38:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighbors have complained about the plaza for years, calling it an unsafe blight. The frustration is shared by Maria Ciprazo, the federal architect who oversaw the process that in 1999 awarded the project to Mayne and his Southern California firm, Morphosis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this article, the San Francisco Chronicle takes issue with Morphosis' Federal Building, noting that its plaza has not become the cultural hotspot much hyped by developers at its opening in 2007: &nbsp;</p> <p><em>But when we view the complex in hindsight, it didn&rsquo;t transform the local architectural scene. It&rsquo;s a flash of isolated drama. Look no further than the three residential slabs that have been built on the block since then, each a box with no higher aspiration than to satisfy the developer&rsquo;s bottom line.</em></p> <p><em>As for the social agenda &mdash; to create a neighborhood haven &mdash; the plaza and its corner cafe have come up short on all fronts.</em></p> "Portland" is a short story about an architect, and an odd one Gary Garvin 2017-07-15T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-07-17T12:55:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But it&rsquo;s the tattoo that holds him. It runs from her wrist up her right arm, covering it wholly, and disappears into the shoulder of the dress, a complicated design in fresh, bright colors he cannot make out in a single glance.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Portland"</a> is a short story about an architect, and an odd one. While set in Portland,&nbsp;Boull&eacute;e's Cenotaph for Sir Isaac Newton is visited, along with an elaborate tattoo. Another excerpt:</p> <p>He is&mdash;or was&mdash;an architect for a large firm with a reputation in San Jose that has had several scores with the tech industry. He entered work with goals and with passion, but those dissipated over the years in the long hours, the manic schedules, the endless compromises, the suspicions, the not talking among his superiors and colleagues beneath the veneer of the firm&rsquo;s professed creative community. He wasn&rsquo;t especially proud of anything he did nor felt he made any dent in the architecture there, construction that looked forward without looking at anything, buildings without identity or architectural distinction. Above, beyond, or somewhere, the invisible spirit of Silicon Valley, its ceaseless wonder.<br></p> Heather Roberge named Chair of UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-14T19:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T19:16:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Associate Professor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heather Roberge</a> has been appointed to the position of chair of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design</a> effective July 1, 2017. She will take over for interim chair, Professor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil Denari</a>, alongside whom she has served as interim vice chair during this past academic year.&nbsp;</p> <p>A designer and educator who has served on the faculty at UCLA since 2002, Roberge is the founder and principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murmur</a>, an award winning practice based in Los Angeles. Roberge&rsquo;s research and professional work investigate the spatial, structural, and atmospheric potential that digital technologies have on the theory and practice of building. Her teaching emphasizes innovative approaches to material, computation, and manufacturing to expand the formal vocabulary and spatial implications of building envelopes and assemblies.</p>