Archinect - News 2018-08-14T15:48:27-04:00 RIBA elects Alan Jones as its next president, as it faces accusations of silencing criticism from another presidential candidate Justine Testado 2018-08-09T17:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T17:21:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three finalist candidates</a>, Alan Jones has been elected as the next RIBA President, the highest&nbsp;elected position in UK architecture. As RIBA's current Vice President of Education, Jones will replace incumbent RIBA President Ben Derbyshire starting September 1, 2019 and will serve through 2021.&nbsp;Jones will officially become RIBA President Elect next month.</p> <p>In his manifesto during the race, Jones wanted to focus on making the Institute more relevant and engaging, and supports equal opportunity for all. In a statement today, he said:</p> <p>&ldquo;The RIBA is a fantastic organization with great resources, particularly its staff who I am keen to support more than ever. As individuals and as an institution, we need to come together to make the most of our assets, and make the case for our profession. We need to gather evidence and realize a more significant role and position in business and society. We must focus more on the pertinent issues that will increase the quality of service we provid...</p> Le Corbusier's influence on Japanese modernism Hope Daley 2018-08-09T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-12T12:13:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Thanks to the overwhelming clarity of [Le Corbusier's] positions, the bewitching nature of his epigrammatic style and the already-powerful international movement for Modernism, the impact he had on a rising generation of Japanese architects would prove to be immense. But it would be the nature of that impact to be felt only in conditions of overwhelming ambivalence.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nikil Saval traces <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s modernism back to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a> citing influences on Kunio Maekawa and Kenzo Tange. Japan was the earliest country in all of East Asia to engage with Le Corbusier's work in the late 19th century, and by the 1930's many of his books has been translated into Japanese.&nbsp;</p> <p>The piece navigates conflicting views in Japan with the introduction of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernism</a> and the &ldquo;Japan tradition debate&rdquo;. Saval explores the struggle around a desire to embrace global modernity while also retaining a sense of tradition or &ldquo;Japaneseness&rdquo; in the culture.&nbsp;</p> Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio has been demolished without prior warning Alexander Walter 2018-08-06T18:23:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T00:06:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Chinese authorities are razing one of the Beijing studios of dissident artist Ai Weiwei. He said that demolition crews showed up without advance warning, and have begun the process of tearing down the studio. Ai has been a longtime critic of the government, and on Saturday, he began posting videos to his Instagram feed of the studio's destruction. "Farewell," Ai wrote. "They started to demolish my studio 'Zuoyuo' in Beijing with no precaution."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai</a>, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Berlin since Chinese authorities returned his confiscated passport in 2015, responded to <em>NPR</em> about the sudden demolition of his Zuoyou studio in Beijing:</p> <p><em>We didn't receive any advance warning or announcement of the demolition. We were required to move by a certain date, which we have not yet reached. [...] The demolition came as a surprise. Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio. There was no caution taken. However, compared to the memories which have been lost, compared to a society which has never established trust in the social order, a trust in the rule of law, or a trust in any kind of unity in defending the rights of its people, what has been lost at my studio is insignificant, and I don't even care. There are profoundly deeper and wider ruins in this deteriorating society where the human condition has never been respected.</em></p> NCARB announces a commitment to diversity in leadership Hope Daley 2018-08-02T14:58:00-04:00 >2018-08-07T13:18:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a> Board of Directors recently announced a Policy for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diversity</a> in which the organization states a commitment to greater diversity, with respect to&nbsp;gender, race, geography, age, perspective (architect vs. non-architect), and physical ability, when electing leadership positions. The NCARB has worked to diversify their volunteer pool, transformed key programs for inclusion, and promoted wider access to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">licensure</a>. Yet, President and Chair of the Board states more can be done: <br><br>"While diversity at the licensing board level is largely controlled by governors or other appointing authorities, more can be done to influence the appointment process [...] And internally, we will strive to more fully utilize existing licensing board members who bring the perspective of under-represented groups."</p> <p><em><strong>Policy for Diversity </strong><br><br>This Policy on Diversity is designed to encourage consideration of underrepresented groups when the NCARB Board of Directors or the Council membership selects individuals to p...</em></p> Heatherwick's upcoming Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross due to open October 2018 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-27T14:28:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T14:28:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A major new shopping district and public space in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">King&rsquo;s Cross</a> is set to open to the public on Friday 26 October 2018. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, his studio has overseen the transformation of two dilapidated heritage rail buildings into a lively retail precinct.&nbsp;</p> <p>King's Cross, a former rail hub, has undergone an astonishing renewal in recent years as warehouse clubs have been replaced by wine bars and bistros. Heatherwick's Coal Drops Yard is the newest addition to the neighborhood that has recently welcomed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and will soon take in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the impending Google headquarters</a>, also designed by Heatherwick Studio in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Heatherwick and his team, however, are long term residents of the area. His studio has been based in King's Cross for over seventeen years giving the British starchitect a privileged degree of&nbsp;architectural sensitivity to oversee the spatial design. "We believed there was an opportunity to celebrate the heritage of the existing structures rather...</p> Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival Paul Petrunia 2018-07-27T12:58:00-04:00 >2018-07-28T17:57:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Earlier this summer I sat down with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee to discuss their practice, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, in front of a live audience at this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival</a>. We discuss the origin of their practice, their relationship to LA, the eclectic group of collaborators they have worked with over the years, and their unique approach to telling the story of their work in their recently published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monograph</a>.</p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 126 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p> </p><p></p> Herzog & de Meuron, Beyer Blinder Belle selected to transform Harvard GSD's Gund Hall Alexander Walter 2018-07-26T14:04:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T10:02:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a>'s iconic Gund Hall will undergo a significant transformation and expansion, the school announced this morning. Selected for the task are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a> as design consultant and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB)</a> as architect of record. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design.</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by Australian architect John Andrews (himself a GSD graduate), the brutalist Gund Hall has served as the school's primary campus building since 1972. With the expansion, the administration hopes to add new space for growth and more cross-disciplinary engagement with other academic fields and programs at Harvard, primarily with the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design.</figcaption></figure><p>"The proposed new space will encourage new forms of cross-disciplinary collaboration by creating an anchored point of intersection among the School&rsquo;s current studio workspace (known as 'the trays'), facult...</p> J. Meejin Yoon named Cornell's next AAP Dean Alexander Walter 2018-07-24T13:04:00-04:00 >2018-07-25T07:51:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>American architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J. Meejin Yoon</a>, founding principal of the Boston-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler + Yoon</a> (with partner&nbsp;Eric H&ouml;weler) and currently head of the architecture department at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's&nbsp;School of Architecture and Planning</a>, has been appointed as the next Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell University</a>. <br></p> <p>Yoon, herself an AAP alumna (B.Arch. '95), will commence her&nbsp;five-year term as the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean on January 1, 2019. She will be succeeding Kent Kleinman, AAP Dean&nbsp;from 2008 to 2018, and the current interim Dean, Kieran Donaghy.</p> <p>In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> published today, AAP praised Yoon for her achievements as department head at MIT and her experience as practitioner:</p> <p><em>Yoon's current research interests include the role of technology in contemporary design culture, the instrumentality of design in the public realm, and the social and environmental responsibility of the built environment.<br></em></p> <p><em>She has been teaching at MIT since 2001, beginning as an assistant professo...</em></p> Thomas Phifer-designed Glenstone expansion to open in October with impressive lineup Alexander Walter 2018-07-20T19:57:00-04:00 >2018-07-20T21:04:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Pavilions, designed by Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners, is a 204,000-square-foot building providing 50,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space. That is more than five times the space available in Glenstone&rsquo;s original building, designed by Charles Gwathmey (and currently installed with an impressive Louise Bourgeois exhibition, drawn from the collection).</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new 'The Pavilions' space by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Phifer and Partners</a> (with landscapes designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Walker and Partners</a>) is scheduled to open on October 4 and will showcase pieces by big name artists like Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Serra, and&nbsp;Jean-Michel Basquiat.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan/Glenstone Museum.</figcaption></figure><p>"Incorporated seamlessly into Glenstone&rsquo;s 230-acre landscape, the Pavilions comprises 11 distinct rooms installed with artworks drawn exclusively from the museum&rsquo;s collection, grouped around a lushly planted, 18,000-square-foot Water Court," explains the museum's announcement.&nbsp;</p> <p>"At the time of the opening, the building will feature a number of spaces dedicated to single-artist installations, including major works by Michael Heizer, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Brice Marden, Lygia Pape, Charles Ray, and Cy Twombly, among others. In addition, a presentation of 65 works by 52 artists will occupy the largest room in the Pavilions, a column-free space of 9,000 square feet. The exhibi...</p> Editor's Picks #489 Nam Henderson 2018-07-19T12:52:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T11:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Baldwin</a> kicked off a new series, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing Practice</a>. lt kicked off featuring chats with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evelyn Lee</a> (of AIA&rsquo;s YAF and Practice Innovation Lab) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lola Sheppard</a> (of Lateral Office) regarding Alternative or Expanded practice models in the 21st century. Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duo Dickinson</a> (architecture critic for the New Haven Register) surveyed the changing professional landscape and saw <em>"</em><em>A whole lotta doom and gloom...!</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong><strong> </strong>countered "<em>With all due respect, lines of code won't keep out the rain or hold up the roof. As a retired but still teaching architecture faculty member and founding, retiring partner in a 12 person practice, I find us busier than ever with our role as interpreter of the building industry for clients unfamiliar with it.</em>" Later, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> chimed in "<em>the profession has indeed moved on. I don't agree that the step away from beauty has been a bad thing...The idea of a master builder as architect is strange...How we are paid is indeed a problem...The problems ou...</em></p> Will the Los Angeles Times Mirror Square complex become a historic monument? Hope Daley 2018-07-18T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-07-21T13:14:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 378-page recommendation report filed by a group of preservationists, including preservationist Richard Schave and architect and 20th century architectural historian Alan Hess, calls on the city to protect the three most iconic structures of the Los Angeles Times complex [...] Purely from a design perspective, preserving The Times complex &mdash; once known as Times Mirror Square &mdash; is a difficult proposition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a> complex consists of three iconic structures which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> are pushing to make historic monuments. There is the 1935 building by Gordon B. Kaufmann featuring&nbsp;&ldquo;The Times&rdquo; neon sign and the grand Globe Lobby, Rowland Crawford&rsquo;s late moderne style Mirror Building built in&nbsp;1948, and the luxe Times Mirror corporate headquarters&nbsp;designed by William Pereira in 1973. Old enough to be out of date but not enough to necessarily be revered as historic, these structures hang in limbo with an undermined fate in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles history</a>.&nbsp;</p> American Institute of Architects launches Film Challenge rohensley 2018-07-18T14:34:00-04:00 >2018-07-18T16:12:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) launches its fourth annual film challenge as part of the AIA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Blueprint for Better&rdquo; campaign, an initiative that highlights the collaborative work of architects and civic leaders to solve some of the biggest issues facing cities today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The American Institute of Architects <strong>4th annual Film Challenge:&nbsp;A Blueprint for Better</strong>, calls all creators, filmmakers, and architects to shine a light on how architecture can lead to a better future.<br></p> <p>Participants in the film challenge should produce, shoot and edit a three to five-minute documentary to tell a story about architects working with civic and community leaders to make a positive impact on their cities and towns.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Among&nbsp;other prizes, participants will have the chance to win a<strong> $5,000 grand prize</strong> that includes distribution of the film through a multitude of channels, including screenings at the&nbsp;Architecture and Design Film Festival&nbsp;on Oct. 16 in New York in addition to travel and accommodations.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The amazing line-up of judges this year features Mayor&nbsp;Steve Benjamin, Diana Budds of Curbed,&nbsp;Thatcher Bean of MASS DesignLab,&nbsp;Tiffany Brown, and Emmy Award winning producer, Lynn Hirshfield.</p><p><strong>For more information, to register for the challenge, and to see films from last year&rsquo;s wi...</strong></p> Foster + Partners to design new boathouse for NYC's underserved communities Alexander Walter 2018-07-18T14:32:00-04:00 >2018-07-18T14:34:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Row New York announced [...] that award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners will design a new boathouse and flagship location for the nonprofit organization, which offers a competitive rowing and academic success program to students from underserved communities throughout New York City. The new 14,000-square- foot facility is being designed pro bono by Foster + Partners in association with Bade Stageberg Cox [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Located on the Harlem River in northern Manhattan, the new boathouse will allow Row New York to dramatically expand its youth program for middle and high school students from New York&rsquo;s most underserved schools and will feature a learning center with two state-of-the-art classrooms to accommodate the organization&rsquo;s academic programs," reads the announcement from nonprofit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Row New York</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>"It will also broaden community access to the waterfront, with five boat bays that can accommodate up to 60 boats, community programming, and kayaks for public use. Designs for the boathouse, which are going through an approval process with NYC Parks and the Public Design Commission, are expected to be unveiled in fall 2018."</p> Shigeru Ban builds temporary shelter for flooding victims in Japan Alexander Walter 2018-07-17T14:17:00-04:00 >2018-07-17T14:19:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>World-renowned architect Shigeru Ban sprang into action again in a disaster zone by setting up temporary &ldquo;homes&rdquo; to give flooding victims here some much-needed privacy. Ban, members of his Voluntary Architects&rsquo; Network (VAN) and student volunteers used recycled paper tubes and pieces of fabric to create partitions for evacuees in the gymnasium of the Sono Elementary School in the Mabicho district on July 14.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Torrential downpours and subsequent floods and mudslides have devastated parts of Western Japan in recent weeks. With over 250 people dead or missing and more than 8 million people under evacuation order, this has reportedly been one of the country's most severe natural disasters in years.</p> <p>Pritzker Prize laureate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> joined the relief efforts with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VAN</a>, the Voluntary Architects' Network he's leading, and his award-winning, low-cost, easy-to-assemble cardboard tube emergency shelter system to create a sense of privacy for evacuees having to spend their nights away from their flooded homes in an elementary school gymnasium in Okayama Prefecture.</p> <p>"It is our mission as professional architects to make living environments better. We are just doing our job," said Ban.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: VAN - Voluntary Architects' Network</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: VAN - Voluntary Architects' Network</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: VAN - Voluntary Architects' Network</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: VAN - Voluntary Architects' Network</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: VAN - Voluntary Architects' Network</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: V...</figcaption></figure> The RAIC shares report on co-designing as reconciliation with Indigenous communities Hope Daley 2018-07-16T15:56:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T15:56:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)</a> has created a free, public report as a resource for architects, designers, clients, funders, and policy-makers involved in the creation of new infrastructure facilities and housing in First Nation, Inuit, and other Indigenous communities. The report focuses of four case studies located in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec which exemplify the best architecture practices of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">co-designing</a> as reconciliation.&nbsp;</p> <p>In these four case studies, the community vision was developed through architects engaging in a shared design process in order to address injustices and give <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">agency back to Indigenous people groups</a>. You can read the full RAIC&nbsp;report <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> New Bronx police station designed by Bjarke Ingels aims to improve police and community relations Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-13T15:54:00-04:00 >2018-07-17T07:57:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Ground has finally broken for a police station in the South Bronx that will provide a new home for NYPD's 40th Precinct. Expected to open in 2021, the precinct will be leaving its current space,&nbsp;a three-story, 1920s Renaissance Revival building, for a shiny, 68-million-dollar new one, designed by none other than <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We were working in a century-old building that was designed for century-old policing methods. Now we&rsquo;re changing that with a modern facility made for modern, neighborhood policing" said NYPD Commissioner James O'Neil.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Bronx is one of the city's poorest districts, as well as its most crime-ridden. And newly released data shows it to be increasing; the murder rate nearly doubled in the first half of 2018. Officials hope the new facility could help change that, with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">community oriented design</a> believed to foster transparency and communication between the police and local residents.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>From the outside, the building is shaped like a stack of bricks. Meant to refer...</p> Is Instagram changing the way we design the world? Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-07-12T15:47:00-04:00 >2018-07-12T15:52:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Designing from Instagram for Instagram seems like a snake eating its own tail. Everywhere looks like everywhere else and the eye grows tired of bananas or concrete tiles or mirror rooms.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The built environment, this article from Bella Mackie&nbsp;suggests, is increasingly being designed as a 'backdrop;' a stage for those masses which might otherwise be disinterested in the fields of aesthetics and art production. This phenomenon can be felt when traveling the world just as apparently as in one's own backyard.&nbsp;</p> <p>If the pressures of photogeneity are indeed shaping the built environment, how can depth and meditation be championed as a reflex? Or, alternatively, how might the architectural practice boldly go forth into a culture of the superficial?</p> Álvaro Siza Vieira completes off-grid, minimalist chapel in Portugal Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-12T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-07-12T14:15:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Described as "a pure architectural project" by the architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza Vieira</a>, the Hillside Chapel he recently completed has no electricity, heating or running water. Instead, the modest chapel relies on natural ventilation, and clever use of materials such as&nbsp;insulated bricks and limestone to create an off-grid, conceptually interesting materialization of faith.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The chapel is surrounded by natural landscape, making it a peaceful, spirit-restoring retreat. All images courtesy of Jo&atilde;o Morgado.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view emphasizing the geometry of the chapel and its surrounding natural landscape. All images courtesy of Jo&atilde;o Morgado.</figcaption></figure><p>One of Portugal&rsquo;s most celebrated architects, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pritzker Prize</a> winner was approached to design the Capela do Monte by a Swiss-American couple. The couple, who have been living in Portugal's Algarve region since the mid-1980s, are building out a spiritual retreat in the country's southernmost region for which the non-denominational space will serve as a focal point.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>S...</p> Keller Easterling discusses her latest book "Medium Design" with Failed Architecture Hope Daley 2018-07-09T23:07:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T16:14:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In her latest book Medium Design, Easterling turns this idea of disposition to our ways of thinking, and rehearses a set of tools to address unfolding relations in spatial and non-spatial contexts. She rejects the righteousness of manifestos and certainty of ideologies, urging ways of thinking better attuned to complexity and ambiguity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keller Easterling</a>, architect, theorist, writer and Professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale University</a> School of Architecture, discusses her new book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Medium Design</em></a><em></em>, with Hettie O&rsquo;Brien.&nbsp;In this conversation she expounds on the ideas around no new master plans or right answers, tying together concepts from her previous book <em>Extrastatecraft</em>.&nbsp;Easterling asserts,&nbsp;&ldquo;Culture is good at pointing to things and calling their name but not so good at describing the relationships between things or the repertoires they enact.&rdquo;</p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro present "The Mile-Long Opera" along the High Line this fall Hope Daley 2018-07-09T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T22:10:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> together with&nbsp;Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang present <em>The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o&rsquo;clock</em>, a 5 night series of performances taking place along the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>. Featuring 1,000 singers from across NYC, this extensive community engagement initiative will allow audience members to actively participate among choral work throughout the park.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Singers rehearsing for the The Mile-Long Opera. Image: Luis Paez.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a> explains, &ldquo;After working on the design of the High Line for over a decade and witnessing the rapid transformation of the surrounding area, I thought a lot about the life cycle of the city&mdash;its decay and rebirth&mdash;full of opportunities and contradictions."&nbsp;</p> <p>The performances will take place from October 3-7, 2018. Admission is free, however advanced tickets are required and will be available at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;starting September 5.&nbsp;</p> Foster + Partners' extra-terrestrial habitats will be displayed at Goodwood Festival 2018 Hope Daley 2018-07-06T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T17:52:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Continuing with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing for space</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> will showcase their vision of life on Mars and the Moon as part of the Future Lab showcase at the 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goodwood Festival</a>. The firm will show a range of models, robotics, and futuristic designs to explore the future of life in space.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>Foster + Partners takes a central position at this year&rsquo;s FoS Future Lab, which is focused on space exploration, autonomous transport, robotics, and personal flight.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>The firm will be showing their latest award-winning projects carried out for competitions organized by NASA in the event&rsquo;s second edition of the Future Lab innovation exhibition.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the firm's display will be a scale model based on the Mars and lunar habitation pods they designed. Visitors will be able to "walk through" a vir...</p> Sam Jacob Studio to design the Cartoon Museum's new London home Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-06T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:40:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Jacob Studio</a> has been commissioned to design the new home of Britain&rsquo;s Cartoon Museum. Known for their avant-garde approach to design, the studio will help the museum expand its programming and bring a "real sense of fun and vibrancy to the visitor experience," says museum chair, Oliver Preston.</p> <p>Founded in 2006 by a dedicated cadre of cartoonists, comic artists and collectors, the Museum has been operating out of an old London dairy. But, wanting a new permanent home that will help it develop to its full potential, the museum&nbsp;has accepted a&nbsp;25-year lease at 55 Wells Street, located&nbsp;near Oxford Circus.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Proposed Book Shop at The Cartoon Museum &copy; Sam Jacob Studio</figcaption></figure><p>Their archive holds over 5,000 books, 4,000 comics and 1,700 original strips, graphic novels, animation and caricatures,&nbsp;ranging from the 18th century to the present day.&nbsp;Scheduled to open early 2019, the new space will create permanent and temporary exhibition spaces to give the Museum greater flexibility in displaying its...</p> The Relationship Untold - A Review of MONU's 28th Issue, "Client-shaped Urbanism" mmichalski 2018-07-05T13:03:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:31:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As architects and architectural designers, a balanced relationship between client and architect needs to be addressed. Being a fresh graduate and only being part of the work force for collectively under a year, I&rsquo;ve begun to understand that these relationships must be tailored per architect, firm, client, project, etc., but that was the extent of my knowledge to this point. After reading <strong>MONU</strong>&rsquo;s issue #28 &ldquo;<strong>Client-shaped Urbanism</strong>&rdquo;, it begun to open my eyes to how both a client or architect may feel they are being mistreated in certain situations and projects. Obviously, clients and architects mutually want a smooth relationship but understanding perspective, balance, and experience can affect the connection between the two.</p> <p>In university, we are often told to put ourselves in the shoes of the user when thinking of our projects. That empathy begins to that help further our designs, so understanding perspective is highly important. In the first article, &ldquo;<strong>Sympathy for the Devil</strong>&rdquo; was stri...</p> Old electricity works to be transformed into new mixed-use car free scheme Luke pH+ 2018-07-03T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-07-03T19:09:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pH+</a> and Developer City &amp; Suburban have received planning permission to transform a decommissioned electricity works into a mixed-use residential scheme at The Camp, St Albans. Wrapped around two courtyards the project implements hidden parking below the landscaped shared spaces to deliver a pedestrian centered development.</p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>Residential entrance on Campfield Road</figcaption></figure><p>The scheme maximizes the strength of the streetscape supplementing parts of the existing building to provide 107 dual aspect high quality dwellings, 499m2 of commercial space, and active commercial frontage along Campfield Road. </p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>View towards upper courtyard from lower courtyard</figcaption></figure><p>Designed with distinct characters the &lsquo;Lower Courtyard&rsquo; and &lsquo;Upper Courtyard&rsquo; deliver generous and inspiring shared public amenity space for all of the building&rsquo;s occupants. In addition to these spaces a number of planted terraces for semi-private amenity or play have been provided for the future residents. </p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>View towards upper courtyard fr...</figcaption></figure> A small factory of bricks Nam Henderson 2018-07-02T15:35:00-04:00 >2018-07-02T15:36:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Three nine-foot-high, 300-square-foot rooms stacked atop one another, along with two interior bricked-in patios on the first floor furnished with clay pots of cacti and other regional plants, which offer the only visual disruption of the house&rsquo;s earthen hues and exacting lines. Inside, the brick walls are adorned with little but the shadows of the day&rsquo;s moving light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Luisita Lopez Torregrosa traveled to Mexico City, to profile <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller / Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo</a> and their Studio Iturbide project, built for Rocha&rsquo;s mother, the photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graciela Iturbide</a>.</p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>via Ben Sklar</figcaption></figure> Constance Adams, space architect behind NASA's inflatable module, dies at 53 Alexander Walter 2018-07-02T15:01:00-04:00 >2018-07-02T15:01:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Constance Adams, an architect who gave up designing skyscrapers to develop structures that would help travelers live with reasonable comfort on the International Space Station, Mars or the moon, died on Monday at her home in Houston. She was 53.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With architecture degrees from Harvard and Yale, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constance Adams</a> worked&mdash;in the traditional sense of the profession&mdash;for C&eacute;sar Pelli, Kenzo Tange, and German firm Josef Paul Kleihues, before applying her skills in various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a> design programs for space habitats (including the three-level <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inflatable TransHab module</a>) as well Virgin Galactic's New Mexico <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spaceport America</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA's Mars-themed furniture design research project</a>.<br></p> Carme Pinós designs an origami-inspired MPavilion for Melbourne Alexander Walter 2018-07-02T14:00:00-04:00 >2018-07-02T14:33:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Earlier this year, Barcelona-based architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carme Pin&oacute;s</a> was selected as the designer for the 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPavilion</a>, and now we've also received first renderings of the origami-like temporary structure in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>'s Queen Victoria Gardens. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering. Image courtesy of MPavilion.</figcaption></figure><p>"The design for MPavilion 2018 is an open geometric configuration assembled in two distinct halves supported by a central steel portal frame," reads the project description. "Two surfaces of timber latticework intersect with each other to form the pavilion&rsquo;s roof. An altered topography forms three mounds that incorporate seating, allowing a multitude of community-focused experiences: dynamic, spontaneous and collective. Pin&oacute;s&rsquo;s design has inspired MPavilion&rsquo;s program themes which include: building communities, fostering inclusive cities, women in leadership, visual languages: fashion and architecture, regional contexts, and landscape and nature."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering. Image courtesy of MPavilion.</figcaption></figure><p>"Like an origami folding, two...</p> Three famous modernist houses set the stage in this video art exhibition Hope Daley 2018-06-29T17:57:00-04:00 >2018-06-29T17:57:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At Pioneer Works, in Brooklyn, the show &ldquo;Gerard &amp; Kelly: Clockwork&rdquo; &mdash; photographs, text, installations, and live and filmed dance &mdash; references the three small structures and the intertwined careers of their architects: the Schindler House in West Hollywood, Calif., by R. M. Schindler; Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.; and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">film</a>&nbsp;<em>Schindler/Glass&nbsp;</em>uses three iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist houses</a> as the backdrop in which&nbsp;issues of gendered space and domestic intimacy&nbsp;are explored. The video piece is part of an ongoing series by the artists called&nbsp;&ldquo;Modern Living". Shot on site at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schindler</a> House, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass House</a>, and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farnsworth House</a>, performers interact with the complicated architectural histories in each structure.</p> <p><br></p> 14 intermediate-level architecture opportunities from Archinect Jobs Hope Daley 2018-06-28T14:07:00-04:00 >2018-06-28T14:07:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong></strong>Are you looking for an architecture job with a solid number of years under your belt? With enough experience to lead when necessary and the skills to navigate working under senior staff, <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">intermediate-level</a> staff is essential to the workflow of an office. This week we have rounded up some amazing <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">intermediate job listings</a> currently active on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.</p> <p>Scroll down and take a look! </p> <p><strong>COOKFOX </strong>is currently hiring an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect</a> in their NYC office.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Hegeman Supportive Housing by COOKFOX, located in Brooklyn, NY. Image: COOKFOX. </figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The firm is looking for an individual with demonstrated enthusiasm for environmental stewardship and strong working knowledge of Revit. The right candidate will have 4 to 7 years of professional experience with at least one documented project using Revit.</p><p><b>Architecture49 Inc.&nbsp;</b>has an active listing for an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intermediate Architectural designer</a>&nbsp;in Montreal.</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <p>Parq Vancouver Hotel and Casino rendering by Architecture49 Inc., located in Vancouver, CA. Ima...</p> Get a first look at the amenities at Bjarke Ingels’ High Line towers Dana Schulz 2018-06-26T20:14:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T23:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Developer HFZ Capital gives us our first view of the amenities at Bjarke Ingels&rsquo; High Line-facing XI condo/hotel project. See renderings of the swanky amenity space located within the development&rsquo;s skybridge. The double-height podium bridge, which connects the asymmetrical, twisting towers, will have a retractable movie screen, private wine tasting room, bar, and library.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure>