Archinect - News 2018-10-18T11:58:23-04:00 The Bjarke Ingels-designed 2016 Serpentine Pavilion makes an appearance in Toronto before traveling further Alexander Walter 2018-10-17T18:01:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T18:20:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] the 2016 Unzipped pavilion by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was acquired by a wealthy collector: the Canadian developer Ian Gillespie, whose company Westbank was a sponsor of the London presentation. Last month, the shape-shifting 14-metre-high, 27-metre-long installation made the move to inner city Toronto, where it was unveiled on the site of the architect&rsquo;s next commission for Westbank, a massively ambitious housing complex on King Street West.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another member of the growing family of the Serpentine Galleries' annual summer pavilions has found a new home: the&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels-designed<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Unzipped</em> pavilion</a> &mdash; famously praised&nbsp;by&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">possibly the Serpentine&rsquo;s most impressive pavilion yet</a>"&nbsp;when it opened in June 2016 &mdash; was recently unveiled to the public on a site&nbsp;in Toronto where <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mountain-shaped King Street condo building</a> will rise soon. <br></p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open till midnight tonight with live music. . . . . #unzippedtoronto #nbTO18 #architecture #toronto #exhibition #design</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Westbank</a> (@westbankcorp) on Sep 29, 2018 at 9:48am PDT<br><p>The pavilion won't stick around for too long though and is scheduled to travel to other international cities before reaching its final, permanent site in Vancouver.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A rendering of the pavilion's final destination in Vancouver. Credit: Westbank.</figcaption></figure><p>Earlier this month, it was reported that the 2018 Serpentine Pav...</p> Gallery X launched by the A+D Museum Anthony Morey 2018-10-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:00:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>&nbsp;has announced Gallery X, a branch of the A+D dedicated to curating public spaces and bringing the making and implementation of art to a wider more diverse audience. Gallery X aims to reach beyond the walls of the institution and produce local engagement through facilitate provocative urban and public canvases to the incredibly talented and provocative artists and designers of Los Angeles. Through designing the inclusion of art in the people&rsquo;s urban landscape we bring a renewed vibrancy to Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image supplied by a+d museum. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>Gallery X was conceived as an initiative to bring progressive, young, and diverse artists to the forefront of public engagement by partnering with local institution, developers and real estate companies as a means to expanded the locations and means in which the museum can connect and curate within the area. With Los Angeles building at an incredible rate, the growth and guidance of public art have never been in such need and simultaneously...</p> Lucasz Kos creates a mesmerizing villa in busy Shanghai Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T20:44:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T20:44:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in the busy city of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a>&nbsp;is a tranquil villa that transports you into a lucid state of living. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kos Architects</a>&nbsp;in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Zerebecky</a>,&nbsp;have recently completed construction of Cloud Villa. The blissfully serene three-story home exudes a peacefully private experience. Its grand central <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">staircase</a>, the centerpiece of the space, connects each section of the home. If that wasn't enough to create an almost etherial experience, the 8-meter high vaulted ceiling of the main living room adds to its heavenly interior.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption></figure></figure><p>As inhabitants of the home make their way through the various levels of the house, the abstract form of the staircase creates a seamless transition from the upper, middle, and lower levels. The light and airy interior focuses on a clean and contemporary aesthetic.&nbsp;Identifying as the architect of peace and quiet, Lukasz Kos' Cloud Villa, has achieved such a space.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption><p><br></p><p>Recently establis...</p></figure> knowhow shop design offers a new approach to office construction Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T19:51:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, architects Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice of knowhow shop have designed and built a new office for their design studio in their backyard. Named &lsquo;Lighthouse&rsquo;, the project is a micro-building that is a place for work and also a physical example of the studio&rsquo;s thinking and practice</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diverting from traditional construction processes, the founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">knowhow shop</a>, focus on the possibility of constructing an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office</a> testing their skills as craftsmen while challenging their understanding of spatial perception.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The office's unique shape and construction materials were custom designed by the founders themselves. A project, whose intricacies add to the stylistic beauty of the structure, "could not have been easily done by a contractor" claims the studio. Each facet of the structure used&nbsp;mitered SIPs and shop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabricated</a> materials to accomplish the craft like aesthetic. Its overall form exhibits clear use of aperture to allow for natural light to enter the space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Appropriately named <em>Lighthouse,&nbsp;</em>this custom micro-office reflects several elements of importance to the knowhow shop team. "<em>L</em><em>ighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design a...</em></p> MONU #29 ON NARRATIVE URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-10-15T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:02:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims Cassim Shepard in the interview we did with him entitled "Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured" for this new issue of MONU, "Narrative Urbanism".</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims<b><em>Cassim Shepard</em></b>in the interview we did with him entitled<b>&ldquo;Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured&rdquo;</b>for this new issue of<b>MONU,</b><b>&ldquo;Narrative Urbanism&rdquo;.</b>Being a filmmaker, he points out that moving images in this day and age are particularly effective forms of communication as they have the capacity to make people want to engage. For him, filmmaking is a very useful process that taught him how to talk to people, how to listen to people, how to observe spaces critically and with an open mind, in order to understand the unique urban dynamics that make every space special and worthy of care. Without that extra attention many things in our cities can simply be forgotten.</p> <p>With his contribution<b>&ldquo;Les Grands Ensembles&rdquo;</b>&ndash; a video still of a film depicting model replicas of two modernist high rise...</p> It’s not a high-tech robot thing Nam Henderson 2018-10-15T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:04:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Instead of the traditional beige- or gray-painted stucco cladding of the local vernacular, the exterior of the three-story apartment building is covered entirely by aluminum and steel panels that open and close hydraulically, like massive petals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fred A. Bernstein writes about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballet M&eacute;canique</a>, designed by the Basel-based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a>.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p></figure> Starchitects and emerging designers make it on the 2018 list of London's most influential people Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T19:46:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:40:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 2018 edition of the annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Progress 1000: London's most influential people</a> list has been released, and among the myriad of categories from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, philanthropy, sports, technology, or science, there is (<em>phew</em>) also a list of architects who made the most significant impact on London. <br></p> <p>Donning the cover pic, and listed first, is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eva Franch i Gilabert</a>, the new, and first female, director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> School of Architecture, immediately followed by some of the (expected) biggest names in British architecture, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amanda Levete</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>. <br></p> <p>Refreshing to see are names of architects who have been consistently putting out solid work and are now getting the wider recognition they deserve, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frida Escobedo</a>, the youngest architect yet to be invited to design the Serpentine Gallery&rsquo;s summer pavilion, Deborah Saunt and David ...</p> Stella Lee's story calls for architecture to adopt a new movement Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-12T15:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-14T23:40:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architectural education is plagued by the mentality that suffering is a necessary part of its practice. [...] The acceptance of suffering easily slips into normalizing sexual misconduct and its suppression as simply part of the practice. Cultlike worship of the star architect only exacerbates this condition, and there are plenty [...] willing to sacrifice their time and integrity because they have been conditioned to believe that this mode of production is normal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture world is known for many movements that have enabled architects to create iconic works. From bauhaus to brutalist, midcentury modern to contemporary, countless movements have impacted the architectural timeline. But in today's climate of inclusivity and representation is there one movement in particular that architecture is too slow to adopt?&nbsp;</p> <p>Designing physical spaces that depict an artistic representation of form and function is something many architects strive for. However, have firms and institutions lost their way when it comes to designing a space that evokes "an equitable working environment?"&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bureau V team (left to right) Stella Lee, Peter Zuspan, Laura Trevino Image via BureauV</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stella Lee</a>, architect and founding partner of the inclusive award-winning studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau V</a>, recently shared her experiences while working with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>. Having been accused of sexual misconduct it was announced early this month that Meier would be stepping down from his leadership...</p> Searching for a job in architectural academia? Here are 10 exciting new opportunities around the country Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T20:07:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture's presence in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">academia</a> plays an increasingly pivotal role in shaping and guiding new designers of the future. Many architects use their own experiences academically and professionally to instruct students in various capacities. Whether it be teaching in the studio, as a guest lecturer, or a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">university fellow</a>, working and interacting with the future minds of architecture is exciting as it is rewarding.&nbsp;</p> <p>This week we have prepared a roundup of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">academic jobs</a> recently posted by schools to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>UBDS Project RE_ Image via Carnegie Melon University</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Carnegie Melon University</strong></a>&nbsp;is offering the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture</strong><br></a><em>Carnegie Melon is looking for individuals with a strong background, or emerging potential, in creative architectural accomplishment that elevates the discipline through research work, scholarly work, artistic work, and/or professional practice.</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Housing Exhibition Image via Columbia GSAPP</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia GSAPP</a> </strong>is seeking a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>History/Theory of Architectur...</strong></a></p> Peter Barber: reinventing affordable housing in London Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T15:51:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Peter Barber, one of the most original architects working today. Over the past decade he has built a reputation for his ingenious reinventions of traditional house types and his ability to craft characterful chunks of city out of unpromising sites. [...] He is a master of humane high-density, designing that rare thing: new housing that feels in tune with the grain of London, in the form of neither alienating slabs nor tacky towers, without resorting to pastiche.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, has nothing but praise for the award-winning firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Barber Architects</a>, a small practice that seeks to integrate social activism ideals when designing better, and more humane, housing for London. <br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Holmes Road Studio, a whimsical housing project for homeless people, was the overall winner of the New London Awards in 2016. Photo: Peter Barber Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"When you visit one of Barber&rsquo;s projects, you get a sense that it is a fragment of a much bigger urban idea," writes Wainwright. "There is an indication that housing, as the physical stuff that makes streets, might offer more than just private shelter behind the front door."<br></p> Richard Meier steps down Alexander Walter 2018-10-09T20:08:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T09:30:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Richard Meier is officially out at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects</a>, the company announced in a statement titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Leadership Changes</em></a> this morning. <br></p> <p>"Founder Richard Meier will step back from day-to-day activities and support the leadership transition of the firm he founded in 1963," reveals the release. "He will remain available to colleagues and clients who seek his vast experience and counsel. The firm will maintain and develop the rigorous design philosophy that Richard pioneered."<br></p> <p>Meier, 83, has been taking a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">leave of absence</a> since March this year after accusations of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sexual harassment</a> were brought forward by five women&mdash;four of whom had previously worked with Meier.&nbsp;</p> <p>The statement lists various senior employees to be taking on leadership positions, most notably Bernhard Karpf as the new Managing Principal of the New York office as well as Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon, who were promoted to Principals. Partner Michael Palladino and Jim Crawford will maintain their ...</p> Mies van der Rohe’s Mansion House Square archive joins the RIBA Collections courtesy of Lord Palumbo Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-09T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T13:36:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Lord Palumbo has given <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>'s Mansion House Square archive&mdash;which includes models, photographs, and films&mdash;to the RIBA Collections. Considered one of the most important collections of architectural materials in the world, the donation to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a> is an important step in preserving the design records and more broadly, for "documenting the stories behind architecture," says RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire.&nbsp;</p> <p>The seminal gift from the&nbsp;property developer and architecture connoisseur contains three large-scale models: one of the city of London; one of Mies van der Rohe's unrealized proposal for the Mansion House Square; and another of the building's underground shopping concourse. It also includes original feasibility drawings, bronze door handles and hinges, photomontages by architectural photographer John Donat and historical documents and objects related to the hotly-debated development.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Model of Mies van der Rohe's building for Mansion House Square. &copy; RIBA Collections.</figcaption></figure><p>Despite ne...</p> Neri Oxman: Architecture's modern day Wonder Woman Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-08T16:08:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T12:49:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What makes Dr. Oxman, the scientist, so unusual, said Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA, is her aesthetic sense. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s not afraid of formal elegance,&rdquo; Ms. Antonelli said. &ldquo;The reason why she is a gift to the field of architecture and design is that her science works, her aesthetics work, and her theory works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tenured professor at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab</a>, Dr. Neri Oxman's larger than life approach to architecture and design has continuously turned heads. Her impact in the world of architecture has led her to various breakthroughs in understanding the relationship and possibility between nature and the built environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Coining the term, <em>material ecology</em>, Dr. Oxman and her motley crew at MIT has turned MIT's Media Lab into a fantastically eccentric playground. Through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital fabrication</a>, synthetic design, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">computational design</a> Dr. Oxman and her team have developed amazingly beautiful and technically provocative multifunctional structures you would find in a science fiction novel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure><p>According to Dr. Oxman, "we treat design more like a gardening practice." The use of organic materials like ground up shrimp shells and silkworms are the natural stars in h...</p> Unbuilding Gender Places Journal 2018-10-05T18:16:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T18:16:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gordon Matta-Clark&rsquo;s inventive site-specific cuts into abandoned buildings demonstrated approaches to the concept of home and to the market system of real estate that were anarchistic, creatively destructive, and full of queer promise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In "Unbuilding Gender," Jack Halberstam extends the ideas of unbuilding and creative destruction that characterize Gordon Matta-Clark's work to develop a queer concept of anarchitecture focused on the trans* body.&nbsp;</p> <p>Halberstam is the 2018 recipient of the Arcus/Places Prize for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the built environment. The biennial prize is a unique collaboration&nbsp;between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley, and Places, supported&nbsp;by the college&rsquo;s Arcus Endowment.</p> Beverly Willis, the legendary architect and women's advocate, wins ENR Legacy Award Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-05T14:55:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T14:55:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At age 90, Beverly Willis will receive the Engineering News-Record's Legacy Award for her decades-long career as an architect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fierce advocate for&nbsp;women</a> in the field. Considered a lifetime achievement award, the prestigious regional award honors individuals for their lifetimes services to the AEC industry.</p> <p>Throughout Willis' career, she has helped shape the profession through her professional as well as social and civic contributions. Beginning her career in the 1950s, she's logged more than 800 buildings in her portfolio, her most notable works including the Manhattan Village Academy in New York, the San Francisco Ballet Building, and the Yerba Buena Gardens.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Beverly Willis &amp; Associates, San Francisco Ballet Building, 1983. Photograph by Peter Aaron (1984).</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Beverly Willis, River Run Residence and Vineyard, St. Helena, Calif., 1983. Beverly Willis Archive. Photograph by Peter Aaron.</figcaption></figure><p>In the early 1970s, her firm was one of the first to develop and utilize computer software for devel...</p> Kengo Kuma recycles 29 shipping containers for this new Starbucks store Alexander Walter 2018-10-04T15:59:00-04:00 >2018-10-07T12:04:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Hualien Bay Mall Starbucks consists of 29 shipping containers and has a total floorspace of 320 sq m (3,444 sq ft), spread over two floors. The containers have been reinforced, modified for glazing, and are painted white. The building's interior, which wasn't designed by Kuma, includes a brightly-colored wall mural representing Taiwan's aboriginal Amis people and offers views of a nearby mountain range.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kuma</a> has worked with the global coffee giant before, having designed the, now iconic, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">store in Fukuoka</a>, Japan, and will also be the exterior architect of the&nbsp;upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starbucks</a> Reserve Roastery in Tokyo. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Starbucks</figcaption></figure><p>Just last month, Starbucks <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced its plans</a> to design, build, and operate thousands of eco-friendly stores globally by 2025, and the company sees recycled-shipping-container stores as part of this strategy (there are already <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">several other</a> Starbucks stores built from containers, 45 of them in the U.S.).</p><p>Here some photos of the interior design, which Kuma however was not in charge of.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Starbucks</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Starbucks</figcaption></figure> Snøhetta's underwater restaurant is almost complete Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T19:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T19:50:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe's first underwater restaurant is nearing completion [...] The restaurant was built in about six months on a barge near the coast, then towed into position -- about 600 feet away -- with a heavy-lift vessel. To submerge the structure, containers filled with water were placed inside, before securing it to the sea floor with a total of 18 anchoring points.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the southernmost tip of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian</a> coastline, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>&nbsp;is in its final stages of completing the world's largest underwater <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">restaurant</a>. Submerged five meters below the North Sea, the restaurant appropriately named <em>Under</em> is preparing for its debut in Spring 2019. This 110ft-long structure made its big plunge and was secured to the sea floor in&nbsp;July 2018. This rather delicate and exciting feat was a major milestone for the team.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Aldo Amoretti</figcaption></figure><p>Under's overall design concept and location along the coastline underwent several revisions. After much discussion with developers and architects, it was decided that placing the restaurant in a much harsher location along the coast was intentional. Developed to withstand the tough winds and waves of the Norwegian coastline, Under's senior architect Rune Grasdal pointed out that the structure's slight curved form helps with wave impact.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MIR and Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure><p>Reservations for this unique dining experience will be available starting in April 201...</p> Postwar floating walkways finding a use in modern day London Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T12:32:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T19:22:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>They were planned after the second world war to whisk people above car-choked streets in the financial district, but remained unpopular and half-built. Now, pedestrian walkways are being reimagined for a 21st-century city</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "pedway" made its structural debut as a solution to providing a walkable, streamlined path for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> car stricken streets. However, what was devised as a plan to create an efficient walkway system, turned into an under appreciated and underwhelming concept.&nbsp;</p> <p>Examples of early pedway systems can be referenced from London's financial centre in the late 1940's. Critiques of the pedway system and its feasibility has been dissected in the documentary,&nbsp;<em>Elevating London,</em> where <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL</a> professor of planning Michael Hebbert discusses the pedway's progression over the years.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>However, despite it's enigmatic evolution, architecture firms like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make Architects</a> are finding ways to resurrect these floating walkway systems. Their most recent project on The London Wall Place aims to transform pedways in to playful and functional path way.&nbsp;<br></p> Editor's Picks #492 Nam Henderson 2018-10-02T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-10-07T20:48:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>R.I.P. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>. Initially <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> offered up a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collection</a> of videos (of just some of) Venturi&rsquo;s public conversations and lectures.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Architect Robert Venturi in Las Vegas in 1966. Photograph- Denise Scott Brown VSBA</figcaption></figure><p>Later Frank Gehry <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eulogized</a><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>"<em>He was a staggering figure in my life. We disagreed on almost everything in architecture, but I just loved Bob and Denise. ..He opened architecture up to the world of pop culture; opening it to the art world, the commercial world."</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Robert Venturi stands in front of his groundbreaking Guild House on Spring Garden Street photo by Matt Wargo</figcaption></figure><p>And other friends and colleagues shared their thoughts with Archinect and on Twitter. <strong>quondam...</strong> even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dropped by</a>, posting photos and re-commemorating some history.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>via quondam...</figcaption></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackenzie Goldberg</a> talked with Lola Digby-Diercks, the Business Development Lead <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at Breathe Architecture and Nightingale Housing</a>, about the firm's innovative model for multi-residential development in Australia. The mod...</p> Princeton announces call for Field Studies colloquium proposals Anthony Morey 2018-10-02T01:40:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T12:25:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Princeton has announced a call for proposals for&nbsp;Field Studies,&nbsp;a doctoral student workshop hosted by the PhD program in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. The workshop will be held at Princeton University&rsquo;s School of Architecture in March 2-3, 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>The state of the discipline, or as this inquiry more specifically terms it, the&nbsp;<em>field</em>, is currently undergoing a crisis of identity. Despite having increased in visibility in recent decades, the disciplinary position of Architectural History and Theory (AHT) is experiencing the adverse side effect of a rampantly expanded field: a loose center. Disoriented by numerous &ldquo;turns&rdquo; (the critical, the post-critical, the technological, the semiotic, the curatorial, the environmental, to name only a few), many doctoral programs in AHT currently operate in a disciplinary fog that hinders rather than enables fruitful discussion. Correspondingly, other disciplines often seem unclear as to AHT&rsquo;s object of study, a response t...</p> Photographer Janna Ireland is on the hunt to capture Paul R. Williams' built legacy in L.A. Justine Testado 2018-10-01T19:40:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T19:40:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For nearly two years, [Janna Ireland has] searched out buildings to photograph &mdash; mansions and housing projects, churches and banks designed by the Angeleno architect who died in 1980. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m interested in stories about black people, and I&rsquo;m interested in stories about Los Angeles. There&rsquo;s an intersection there,&rdquo; says Ireland, who grew up in Philadelphia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mimi Zeiger profiles artist/photographer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janna Ireland</a>, who has spent the last two years photographing the buildings of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul R. Williams</a> as a way to preserve his architectural legacy.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It has all of this psychological depth ... [Ireland's photos] don&rsquo;t simply document the architectural quality of the building but capture the thought that went into making it,&rdquo; Barbara Bestor says in the article in describing Ireland's work. Last December, the Julius Shulman Institute presented Ireland's photography in the exhibition, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;There is Only One Paul R Williams: A Portrait by Janna Ireland&rdquo;</a>.</p> OMA Partner Ellen van Loon on openess in architecture and women in the profession Alexander Walter 2018-10-01T15:09:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T15:33:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet it is Ms. van Loon&rsquo;s innate sense of openness that allows her to think freely, particularly as a woman in a male-dominated profession. She said she had seen an improvement in the number of women in the profession, along with the increasingly important roles they play, and their influence on the design of buildings. [...] &ldquo;Now at OMA, we&rsquo;re 50/50 men and women, though let&rsquo;s hope there are a few more female partners in the future."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>New York Times</em> introduces <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>'s only female partner, Dutch architect Ellen van Loon, who recounts her first fascination for Rem Koolhaas and looks at some of her recent high-profile projects, such as the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qatar National Library</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rijnstraat 8</a> in The Hague, and the recently completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Blox'</a> museum/office/gym/restaurant/residential complex in Copenhagen.</p> Frank Lloyd Wright's defining Barton House in Buffalo, NY completes ambitious $2-million restoration Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-01T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T15:07:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After over 20 years of restoration, a legendary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>residence in Buffalo, NY has finally opened its doors to public visitors. Sitting inside the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martin House complex</a>, the Barton House's $2-million upgrade is the final architectural piece of the estate to be restored, completing the ambitious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation project</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><p>The first of his Buffalo buildings to be completed, the Barton house helped propel the Midwestern architect to national recognition. An exemplar of Wright&rsquo;s Prairie style, the architecture reflects early iterations of his now famous design signatures: broad low-pitched eaves, streams of windows, and an airy open plan.<br></p> <p>Below, take a look at the newly completed Barton House.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure> Hawthorne and Wagner on Robert Venturi's theory impact Alexander Walter 2018-10-01T14:01:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T14:06:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The idea of the &ldquo;both-and&rdquo; suggested a new pluralism, and maybe a new tolerance, in architecture. But the phrase turned out to have its limits. To the extent that Venturi was making an argument in favor of a kind of big-tent populism in architecture, it was a space for new styles instead of new voices, new forms rather than new people. In fact, tucked inside Complexity and Contradiction is an argument for a renewed insularity in the profession [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christoper Hawthorne, former <em>LA Times</em> architecture critic and now Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, dissects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>'s 1966 book,&nbsp;<em>Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture</em> (which famously scoffs at the Miessian classical Modernism with the "less is a bore" tagline), and argues in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his piece</a> in <em>The Atlantic</em> that the array of new choices the book offered also limited architecture's broader access to the public and diversity in the profession.</p> <p>Meanwhile in another publication of the Atlantic network, <em>McMansion Hell</em> blogger Kate Wagner is out with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>CityLab</em> article</a> on how Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour's 1972 <em>Learning from Las Vegas</em> influenced an entire generation of architects, and her personally: "I came from Anywhere, U.S.A., far, far away from any great works of architecture," she writes. "Venturi&rsquo;s elevation of everyday buildings made me feel seen, made me feel like the places I had observed, and my appreciation for them, were valid and me...</p> Tadao Ando-designed Wrightwood 659 art venue to open in Chicago with exhibition on Ando and Le Corbusier Alexander Walter 2018-09-28T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T18:46:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is getting an exciting new art place, and it's been designed by none other than <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>. Wrightwood 659 is a major transformation of a historic building from the 1920s and will be dedicated to exhibitions on architecture and on socially engaged art.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Jeff Goldberg/Esto</figcaption></figure><p>The place has an impressive lineup of exhibitions and other events, including the inaugural show <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture</a> </em>with more than 100 drawings, photographs, and models by Le Corbusier as well as 106 small models of his architectural works crafted by Tadao Ando's students. The show opens on October 12th and will run through December 15th. <br></p> <p>A day before the opening, there's also a chance to see Tadao Ando <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discuss his work</a> at the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Butler-Vanderlinden Lecture on Architecture, co-presented this year with Alphawood Foundation Chicago.</p> <p>On November 8th and 9th, Wrightwood 659 will host the accompanying symposium<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando's Le Corb...</a></em></p> Hip-Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke Archinect 2018-09-28T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T23:30:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this latest episode of Archinect Sessions we talk with Sekou Cooke, Syracuse-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">educator</a> and curator of the upcoming exhibition at the Center for Architecture, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture</a>", scheduled to open this Monday, October 1st in New York City.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sekou Cooke</figcaption></figure><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 129 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Hip Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke&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><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> First look at interiors and private park at Jeanne Gang’s Downtown Brooklyn condo Dana Schulz 2018-09-26T11:44:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T13:56:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To coincide with the sales launch at Downtown Brooklyn&lsquo;s 57-story tower at 11 t Street, Tishman Speyer has released a slew of new renderings of the Jeanne Gang-designed condo. Previous views have shown how Gang&rsquo;s signature metallic rippling effect will be applied to the facade, but the new batch gives us a better look at the nearly 27,000-square-foot private park and the first glimpse of the interiors and amenity spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure> Bullet-proof Upper East Side townhouse designed by Rafael Viñoly lists for $50M Dana Schulz 2018-09-25T18:42:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T21:58:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly is best known for designing 432 Park, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, but he makes time for private homes, too&ndash;at least when they have headline-making features like a bullet-proof glass facade. His firm was first tapped to design this Upper East Side townhouse by Argentinian billionaire Eduardo Eurnekian to serve as his home and U.S. headquarters, but it looks like he instead decided to list the finished product for $50 million.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Putting its future preservation into question, owner of Alvar Aalto's Paimio Sanatorium in Finland extends bidding period Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-25T17:54:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T17:54:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Considered one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto</a>'s most important works, it came as little surprise that news of a Finnish district's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plan to sell</a> the architect's Paimio Sanatorium was met with shock and attempts at appeal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Architects from the Finnish Association of Architects formed the Pro Paimio Committee and, along with the Alvar Aalto Foundation, have been working to ensure that any future owners commit to preserving the original architecture, interiors and furnishings in their entirety.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.</figcaption></figure><p>The Sanatorium is a protected site and any buyer will have to abide by the restrictions this implicates. However, those advocating on behalf of the key work of modern architecture are concerned that certain new usages could wreck the original interior, which was uniquely tailored to the needs of tuberculosis patients for whom the facility was built.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"Paimio is an integrated oeuvre d&rsquo;art of architecture: only when all these parts are kept together, do they show the beauty ...</p> A residential complex on the coast of Mexico renovated by MAIN OFFICE Hope Daley 2018-09-20T16:33:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T16:33:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico</a> and Sweden-based architectural practice MAIN OFFICE has recently completed&nbsp;CASA LT, an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion</a> and restoration of a&nbsp;residential complex located on the coast of Mexico.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>Situated in the&nbsp;well known&nbsp;surfers&rsquo; town&nbsp;of&nbsp;Sayulita, the new residential design provides a clear <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">waterfront</a> view of the Pacific Ocean from all spaces both inside and out.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>The new complex consists of&nbsp;three small houses situated on the top of the hill. The original house was built in the 50's in poor condition due to lack of maintenance.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>MAIN OFFICE restored the original house and added&nbsp;a new main building along with a guest house facing the be...</p>