Archinect - News 2019-01-15T20:52:58-05:00 FreelandBuck completes Second House, a knotty little home in Culver City Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-15T18:38:00-05:00 >2019-01-15T18:38:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a dense patch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Culver City</a> lies Second House, the newest home built by the Los&nbsp;Angeles&shy; and&shy; New&nbsp;York&shy;-based&nbsp;architecture&nbsp;office of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>, run by David Freeland and Brennan Buck. Given the fact that the home is on a small lot without the affordance of views to the nearly Baldwin Hills, the house was designed to turn inward as a means of encouraging dynamic tensions between interior spaces and small courtyards. Taking a moment to read the two floor plans (below) illustrates the complexity achieved within such a small footprint.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Second House Floor Plans. Courtesy of FreelandBuck</figcaption></figure><p>Distinctions between interior and exterior spaces are intentionally blurry, but are made a little bit more legible by the choice of materials. Tightveined grey limestone is used on exterior flooring, for instance, while white stained knotty pine is used for interior spaces. The weaving of the two makes exploring the home much more dynamic than one might expect from a two-bedroom home.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Second House,...</figcaption></figure> Frank Gehry granted five-year restraining order against harasser who sent death threats Justine Testado 2019-01-14T19:54:00-05:00 >2019-01-15T16:12:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An attorney for [Gehry] was in court on Friday where a judge granted the restraining order. The man &mdash; who The Blast has chosen not to identify &mdash; has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Gehry [and his wife Berta] for the next five years...Gehry claimed the man has traveled to his Los Angeles office multiple times and inquired about employment. The visits from the man morphed into more aggressive forms of communication, including multiple death threats against Gehry sent by email.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gehry's office has been contacted for a request for comment.</p> There's more to architecture than having vision. How one man's loss is transforming perspectives Katherine Guimapang 2019-01-14T16:58:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T16:28:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For many architects, much of one's work depends upon the visual possibilities where space can transform. Often overlooked, many designers forget what it is like to design buildings and structures for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blind</a> or hearing impaired. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Universal accessibility</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inclusive design</a>&nbsp;methods are being discussed more and more within the architecture community. Educators, advocates and architects like Chris Downey use their experience and skillsets to transform the perspectives of architecture for the visually impaired.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chris Downey speaking to architecture students at the University of Arkansas Image &copy;</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>he main lobby at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs&rsquo; Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto, Calif., one of Downey&rsquo;s first major projects after he lost his sight. Photograph courtesy of John Boerger Image &copy;</figcaption></figure><p>In a recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes</a> interview with Leslie Stahl, Downey shares with the public how the loss of his sight helped him become more aware of what it mea...</p> Hodgetts + Fung merges with Seattle-based Mithun Paul Petrunia 2019-01-14T16:19:00-05:00 >2019-01-15T20:43:48-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The LA-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hodgetts +&nbsp;Fung</a> and Seattle-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mithun</a> have announced that they will merge, effective today. The Culver City office has updated its name, reflecting the new change, to Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA [H+F project; image courtesy of Hodgetts+Fung]</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Wanapum Heritage Center / Mattawa, WA [Mithun project; photo by Ben Benschneider]</figcaption></figure><p>In a recent conversation with Ming Fung, cofounder of Hodgetts + Fung, she explained to me that she and Craig Hodgetts, her partner at work and home, had no plans to merge with any firm, but got quite excited about the possibilities upon hearing from Mithun's&nbsp;Brendan Connolly last year, pitching the idea. Both offices recognized a tremendous synergy between the firms, rooted in a deep reverence for humanity, with a body of work focused on care for their clients.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sustainability Treehouse / Mount Hope, WV [Mithun project; photo by Joe Fletcher]</figcaption></figure><p>Mithun values the overlap in markets both firms have speciali...</p> Developer's plans to build condominium complex raise concerns over Buckminster Fuller's oldest extant geodesic dome Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-14T14:17:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T19:23:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a> and his geodesic domes may have gotten special mention in Jeff Bridges'&nbsp;<a href=";utm_term=.e41ee5e7703f" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent Golden Globes speech</a>, his oldest extant lattice-shelled structure is in the news for a less glorious reason. Now under serious threat, the Dome at Woods Hole and the accompanying Nautilus Hotel&mdash;for which it once served as the dining room&mdash;have been bought by a developer planning to build a condominium complex on the historic property.&nbsp;</p> <p>Local developer Longfellow Design-Build, who is looking to build a 43-unit senior living complex, had been in talks about giving control of the dome to a non-profit organization that was created to save and restore the iconic geodesic dome; However, the two have been unable to come to an agreement.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="" alt=" photo DomeInterior.jpg" title=" photo DomeInterior.jpg"></a></p> <figcaption>Courtesy of Woods Hole Historical Museum.</figcaption><p>The non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Dome at Woods Hole</a>&nbsp;was hoping to&nbsp;secure a long-term lease to refurbish the structure and turn it into a site for artistic endeavors. But, after two years of negotiations, the developer has walke...</p> What is Tropical Modernism, and how did it find its way to Hawaii? Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-11T15:46:00-05:00 >2019-01-11T15:46:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The weather in Hawaii is fickle, always shifting depending on the island, the time of day, and the direction of the trade winds. How to design a building in such a place? One must account for the abundant sunshine, the humidity of the air, the salt of the sea, and the damp layers of maritime fog that settle around the smoky mountain peaks. For Vladimir Ossipoff, whose brand of midcentury modernism would define Hawaiian architecture, the answer lay in simplicity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Though Vladimir Ossipoff may not be a household name in the continental United States, his work has become the stuff of legend in the Aloha State. Producing over 1,000 buildings in&nbsp;Hawaii throughout his 60 year career, Ossipoff championed a style of architecture now described as 'Tropical Modernism.'&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Thurston Memorial Chapel, by Vladimir Ossipoff. Photo by Chris Mottalini</figcaption></figure><p>The work of Ossipoff neatly fits into the category of Critical Regionalism as well, a movement the critic Kenneth Frampton associated with architects from different corners of the globe, such as Alvar Aalto, Glen Murcott and J&oslash;rn Utzon. To battle the "war on ugliness" he famously announced in a speech against the mass-produced buildings that grew in popularity by the mid-century, Ossipoff designed his building as a blend of elements from Japanese, Hawaiian and American Mid-century design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Robert Wenkam Ossipoff House in Lanai. Courtesy of Tad Wenkam and Ossipoff, Snyder and Rowland Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Is it possible to resu...</p> BIG tests out ski slopes for their waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-10T15:55:00-05:00 >2019-01-11T14:41:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>' transformation of a 100-meter-tall incinerator into a social and cultural hub in the heart of Copenhagen is set to open this coming spring. An example of what the Danish architect refers to as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'hedonistic sustainability'</a>, the waste-to-energy plant will not only be the cleanest in the world, but is also without equal for doubling as a public park, complete with hiking trails, a climbing wall, and a 600-meter-long ski slope.</p> <p>Nearing completion, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amager Resource Center</a>&mdash;opening in seven weeks and billed as one of the most exciting openings of 2019&mdash;has begun testing its distinctive recreational option. This week, for the first time, public visitors have been allowed the chance to give the artificial ski slope a try. Capitalizing on the remaining winter holiday, a section of the slopes will be open a few days a week before an official, large-scale public opening in spring.</p> <p>The slope has been designed in three sections, each graded by steepness and each offering differe...</p> Editor's Picks #494 Nam Henderson 2019-01-09T19:37:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T21:28:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>ICYMI, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shane Reiner-Roth</a>&nbsp;attended <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summit LA18</a> and offered some <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thoughts</a> on LivingHome YB1, an immaculately designed first full-scale prototype ADU, by Yves B&eacute;har. Contrary to what some might think <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erik Evens</a> argued <br></p> <p>"<em>this seems to be a pretty credible attempt at prefabricated housing...And frankly, the $280k price tag (more like $350k all in) is not bad for such a can be easier, faster and somewhat less expensive for people-of-means, who are looking for a neat and simple solution to a particular building type, such as a vacation house on a remote rural site, or a backyard accessory structure.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Floor Plan of YB1 at Summit LA18</figcaption></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Scavnicky</a> launched a new series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Extra Extra</a>: on architecture memes et al. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Lawler</a> was "<em>Looking forward to future ExtraExtras...think Ryan is on to something close to actual criticism...Archinect has a unique position as the largest forum for architectural discussion outside of Facebook. its independence compels it to take a stronger...</em></p> 2019 Guest Curators at A+D Museum Announced Anthony Morey 2019-01-09T18:48:00-05:00 >2019-01-15T14:41:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What is the role of curation in today&rsquo;s architecture &amp; design disciplinary framework? The guest curator program aims to produce a conversation through making &amp; curating that begins to analyze traditional modes and models of curating architecture &amp; design.</p> <p>The Guest Curator Program was motivated by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D</a>&rsquo;s desire to provide an opportunity for emerging voices to collaborate, create, and experiment alongside the museum&rsquo;s chief&nbsp;curator on contemporary modes of curation, media,&nbsp;and untapped mediums. The Program is an evolving body of professionals and academics from different backgrounds gathered in the effort to initiate conversations on how to expand upon and rupture traditional modes of curating architecture and design.</p> <p>With this particular rotation, the museum is thrilled to focus on new media and modes of expression and how they may intersect with classic curatorial techniques, and emerging themes in design, architecture, and consumption. The 2019 guest curators are&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alessio Granci...</a></p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro's highly anticipated Shed announces April opening Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-09T15:26:00-05:00 >2019-01-10T14:54:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One of 2019's most anticipated buildings, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Shed</a>, has announced it will launch its opening season on April 5th, 2019. The new art center&mdash;designed by the firms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> and Rockwell Group&mdash;will offer interdisciplinary programming, hosting exhibitions, lectures, and performances premiering works in the performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have built a home where established and emerging artists working in all disciplines can create new work in ways that we cannot even imagine,&rdquo; said Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO of The Shed. Blending genres and disciplines, the first year of programming will see lectures by Boots Riley, the filmmaker behind&nbsp;<em>Sorry to Bother You</em>;&nbsp;a Bj&ouml;rk concert directed by John Tiffany of the broadway play &ldquo;Harry Potter and the Cursed Child&rdquo;; and a kung fu musical featuring songs by Sia and Arca.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the Shed will also undergo a name change. Due to a generous $75 million donation and his role in helping to transform ...</p> Nearly three decades old, Eisenman's (still laser-less) Greater Columbus Convention Center revisited Alexander Walter 2019-01-09T14:35:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T14:37:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With full theatrical trappings&mdash;nu-age Philip Glass music, smoke machines, mood lighting--the Eisenman team unveiled to the crowd a scale model of the building, which produced a light show to rival a Laser Floyd spectacular. These dozen red-hued Death Star beams [...] were to be placed on the building and neighboring structures, flashing, blinking, sweeping across downtown like some insane city-scale laser security system.&nbsp; Three years later, it was opened.&nbsp; Sans lasers.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathan Eddy</a>, architecture documentary director and most recently a driving force&nbsp;to save Philip Johnson and John Burgee&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Building</a> in New York, pens a delightful review of Peter Eisenman's 1990 competition-winning proposal for the&nbsp;Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.&nbsp;</p><p>"Forget the Bilbao Effect&mdash;today&rsquo;s clients demand the Instagram Effect, with architects all but forced to include social media experiences into their designs," writes Eddy. "In 2018, a quarter century feels like&nbsp;<em>forever</em>&nbsp;ago, and Eisenman&rsquo;s building, with its peculiar colors, slanted walls and cocky posturing, is still somehow both out of and ahead of its time, a futuristic anachronism."</p> Jean Nouvel's controversial 53 West 53rd Street residential skyscraper nears completion Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-03T16:21:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T16:23:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last week, the final piece of the third and highest apex of Jean Nouvel&rsquo;s first residential skyscraper was anchored and installed over Midtown. 53 West 53rd Street now stands 1,050 feet tall, and is currently the 7th-tallest skyscraper under construction in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If the introduction of 432 Park Avenue, the 1,300-foot-tall&nbsp;Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&nbsp;and SLCE Architects-designed apartment tower wasn't a jarring enough addition to the New York skyline, the completion of a controversial second building will soon normalize the movement towards ultra-tall residential living.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Giles Ashford, via New York YIMBY</figcaption></figure><p>Across from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Jean Nouvel's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">53 West 53rd Street</a> apartment tower is nearly complete. At 1,050 feet tall, it is currently the 7th tallest building under construction in the city. While not the tallest of the supertall that are coming to define New York City's skyline, it stands as a unique triumph for the French architect and a bold addition to the MoMA block. Below is a rendering of the building from when it was first proposed over 13 years ago.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of 53 West 53rd Street, 2006.</figcaption></figure><p>53 West 53rd Street is expected to be complete by the end of the year.<br></p> Through the eyes of Verner Panton; a master of color through contemporary expression Katherine Guimapang 2019-01-03T09:38:00-05:00 >2019-01-02T19:58:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you don't know his name, you probably know of his work. Verner Panton's iconic designs have noted him an innovator in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture</a> as well as atmospheric design. Deemed the "bad boy" of Danish design, Paton's rise as an icon in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contemporary</a> design broke through social convention. His take on design and its accessibility to others was his calling card. Obsessed with the needs of individuals, Panton believed that intelligent design should be available for the masses, and not merely set aside for the wealthy.&nbsp;</p>A less successful experiment is preferable to a beautiful platitude&rdquo; <p>The '60s was a time of the search for the psychedelic and social progress, Panton's design theory and ideals fit well within the needs of the time. Famously said, "A less successful experiment is preferable to a beautiful platitude.&rdquo; A true optimist in the future of design and social mobility, Panton strived to create objects and spaces that provoked the senses. In his new monograph by Phaidon, writers Ida Enghol...</p> Last chance to visit Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future Alexander Walter 2018-12-31T13:31:00-05:00 >2018-12-31T13:32:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Few are the architectural models that can be eaten with onion dip. But then again, few are the architects who create experimental models quite like Sou Fujimoto. [...] Collectively, the experimental models &mdash; part of a series dubbed &ldquo;Architecture is Everywhere&rdquo; &mdash; represent a dextrous ability with materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Carolina Miranda reviews the ongoing Sou Fujimoto exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Futures of the Future</a></em> at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan House Los Angeles</a>. Initially scheduled to close in mid-December, the popular show has been extended through Sunday, January 6.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"><figcaption>"Futures of the Future" exhibition, photo (c) JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles</figcaption></figure><p>Can't make it to LA in time? Listen to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's conversation with Fujimoto</a> on the occasion of the event opening.</p> <p></p> STEM, Death and Dying: December brought beginnings, endings and some inbetweeners Anthony Morey 2018-12-31T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-31T12:58:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>December may be the end of 2018, but that did not slow down the news and updates from the architecture world. December brought some architectural street cred from Congress, some thoughts on death and updates on post-modernism's mid-life crisis.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><a href=";w=1456" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=728"></a><figcaption>The US Capitol Building</figcaption></figure><p><strong>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture will be recognized as STEM</a></strong> </p> <p>The academic grouping known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has long been regarded as the antithesis to the creative fields of art, music, and architecture. But the bill recently passed by the US House of Representatives allows states to use federal money to modernize Career Technical Education (CTE) curricula, which will soon include architecture.&nbsp;</p> <figure rel="cursor: pointer; max-width: 100%; height: auto; vertical-align: middle; width: auto; margin-top: 6px !important; background: none !important;"><a href=";w=1456" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=728"></a><figcaption>Hospital of the Innocents - Women's Courtyard by Filippo Brunelleschi and Francesco della Luna Image &copy;</figcaption></figure><p><strong>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture of death and dying</a></strong></p> <p>The idea of death and dying is a rather bleak subject. Many avoid discussion of the matter at all costs, while others plan to prolong its advanc...</p> How did Tel Aviv become the site of so many Bauhaus buildings? Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-28T14:41:00-05:00 >2018-12-28T15:00:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Tel Aviv coastline is crowded with a mishmash of skyscrapers, Ottoman-inspired villas, and four-story cubes painted a sunlight-reflecting shade of white. But in a place where stylistic jumble is the standard, one strain stands out as the defining architectural aesthetic and a beloved household name: Bauhaus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Design fans may know to pin Tel Aviv as an architectural destination for its unlikely connection to the Bauhaus movement, which originated in Dessau, Germany, but few know why the style traveled over 2,000 miles &nbsp;during the 1930's.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Krieger House | Courtesy the rothschild 71 hotel, Tel-Aviv</figcaption></figure><p>When the Nazi party gained control of Germany, the Bauhaus School was one of several creative institutions to be shut down, causing its faculty to disperse across the globe. While some of the more famous names from the school, such as Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer found a foothold in America, several of its students found opportunities in The White City.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Artsy, "The 700 total students that enrolled at the Bauhaus during its short 14-year existence dispersed globally, too, including four architects&mdash;Arieh Sharon, Munio Gitai Weinraub, Shmuel Mestechkin, and Shlomo Bernstein&mdash;who moved to British Mandatory Palestine in the 1930s. There, they found a rare opportunity, a modernist archi...</p> Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List, a first for the US Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-28T13:05:00-05:00 >2018-12-31T13:00:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A collection of eight <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a> buildings have been nominated by the United States to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Heritage List</a>. Submitted by the National Park Service, the nomination will be reviewed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in July of 2019.</p> <p>Widely considered one of the greatest American architects of the 20th century, the considered buildings include his recently restored&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unity Temple</a> in Oak Park, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollyhock House</a> in Los Angeles, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taliesin and Taliesin West</a>, and the defining <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fallingwater</a>. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Museum</a> building, the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Wisconsin, and the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago are also among those nominated.</p> <p>The collection of buildings are the first examples of modern architecture to be nominated by the US for world heritage status. The proposal was originally submitted in 2015, but has been revised in accordance with the Committee&rsquo;s request, which also noted Wright's global importance and "outstanding universal value." Among the chang...</p> Brutalist Retreats and Gaudi Lawsuits: October 2018 in Review Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-27T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-28T13:54:16-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Eclectic</em> is the word I would use to describe Archinect news in October: Bizarre lawsuits, advanced mapping algorithms and meticulous light displays were among the subjects of our most popular posts this month.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>&uarr;</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaudi's Sagrada Familia fined $41 million for lack of building permit</a><br></p> <p>Arguably the most famous building currently under construction, La Sagrada Familia, found itself in hot water this October when it was determined that it did not have the proper building permits for its century-old site. The church's trustees conceded to paying $41 million in fees over a 10-year period, so that the city can fund public transportation, increase accessibility, and make other improvements to the surrounding area.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>&uarr;</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji's apartment prototype tackles long commutes and highly dense cities</a></p> <p>Muji is a design company closely associated with small-scale minimalist objects, but in October the brand demonstrated their skills know no bounds.&nbsp;Equipped with an open communal space and kitchen, the Muji ...</p> Hip-Hop Architecture, Terrible Floor Plans, Memes, and—Yes!—More School Rankings: September 2018 on Archinect Alexander Walter 2018-12-26T08:55:00-05:00 >2019-01-03T10:07:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Congratulations, you've made it all the way to the September roundup!<br>Let's get started&mdash;so, so much happening that month on Archinect:<br></p> <p><strong>ARCHITECTURE CULTURE</strong></p> <figure><img src=""></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Want to Join Studio Gang? Design Principals Share How Top Job Applicants Made a Strong First Impression</a></p> <p>As part of our popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How To Get A Job At ___"</a> feature series, the Chicago firm's principals share what it takes to join the Gang gang. (Hint: canoe skills are a plus.)<br></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ArchinectMeets @terriblefloorplans</a></p> <p>We're launching <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ArchinectMeets</a>, our new series of quick, informal interviews with some of Instagram's most seductive architectural image curators. First up: @terriblefloorplans. Just #ICYMI.<br></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mutant Authorship. Agency, Capitalism and Memes.</a></p> <p>Ryan Scavnicky pens one of the recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a> features on the topic of creative rights, intellectual property, and memes in the postdigital era of architectural discourse. No, trust me&mdash;the one with the monkey is funny.<br></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to dress like an architect? It's all in the details!</a></p> <p>Sur...</p> The most memorable headlines from August, 2018 Paul Petrunia 2018-12-24T10:11:00-05:00 >2018-12-24T02:24:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In August, in our "From the Ground Up" series, we looked at some very early projects by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a>, <a href="" title="From Dr. Dre to John Lautner, it all started here. The Panel House by Barbara Bestor. " rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barbara Bestor</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" title="From a Home to President Obama's Library: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architect's Eisenberg Residence " rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams &amp; Billie Tsien</a>.<em></em></p> <figure><img src=";w=728&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>The Panel House. Image via Bestor Architecture Website<br></figcaption></figure><p>On August 15th we reported about an article in the New Statesman, pointing out the white nationalist commentary coming out of a Twitter account presenting themselves as an&nbsp;innocuous account dedicated to the beauty of traditional architecture. Our sharing of this research lead to a steadfast and coordinated virtual assault from the account's followers.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";w=514&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" title="Twitter account dedicated to traditional European architecture draws ire as an architecture-themed dog-whistle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter account dedicated to traditional European architecture draws ire as an architecture-themed dog-whistle</a></p> <p>In our look at July we pulled up the news of an Indiegogo campaign that was launched in an effort to crowdfund a Burning Man vision by BIG's Bjarke Ingels and&nbsp;Jakob Lange. The giant Orb became a reality. Our readers debated on the final product turning out better or worse than the rendering. I tend to side with the "better" tea...</p> To Sink or Float; July 2018 was a MAD Month Paul Petrunia 2018-12-23T10:17:00-05:00 >2018-12-24T11:01:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As we entered the hot months of summer, July wasn't necessarily the most newsworthy of months in 2018. There were some gems in there, however, worth revisiting. Let's take a look at some of the stories that caught our attention...</p> FEATURES <p>As the weather heats up, we always encourage our readers to get offline with our summer recommended reading lists. This year we reached out to a number of individuals we profiled, interviewed, or had on our podcast, to share some of their favorite reads with our audience.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>&nbsp;&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's 2018 Summer Reading List</a><br></p> <p>Designing Practice was a collection of conversations aimed at Moving Architecture Forward, edited by guest contributor&nbsp;Eric Baldwin,<br></p> <p>Looking to the future, Designing Practice is a series that explores how the practice of architecture can evolve in the 21st century. Framed by contemporary conditions, the series asks architects and designers to consider the discipline&rsquo;s broader context and imagine new models for moving architecture forward.&nbsp;...</p> How has Hollywood shaped the idea of an American house? Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-22T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-12-30T10:06:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The decorated Christmas houses, bedecked in wreaths and lights and the mythology of Christmas, and the haunted houses of Halloween, draped in fake spiders&rsquo; webs and punctuated by plastic pumpkins, are two sides of the fantasy. The suburban house represents freedom and independence just as it can come to represent a trap.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the aspirational American house and why is the general public obsessed with this version of residential living? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood</a> has painted&nbsp; a picturesque image of what an ideal American house looks like, especially during the holiday season. These ideal homes can be broken into three specific groups: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christmas</a> home, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haunted House</a>, and the infamous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McMansion</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy;</figcaption></figure><p>All three homes consist of staple vernacular styles like large fireplaces, staircases, multiple garages, and windows of varying styles. However, why have these designs won the hearts of the public and have become the "design goals" of many builders across the nation? Some may say these homes embody varying forms of the American dream, each expressing a combination of fantasy and longing within contemporary American culture.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>House in The Addams Family (1991) &copy; Allstar/Paramount</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy;</figcaption></figure><p>When people think of the contemporary American life, "families relocate thousands of miles...</p> Architecture news in the year of news: June 2018 on Archinect Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-22T12:55:00-05:00 >2018-12-24T19:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Put simply, there was an overwhelming amount of news this year, and June was no exception. It was a big month for the world of architecture, but it also marked the beginning of a significant step for the small team at Archinect, too.</p> <p><strong>EVENTS:</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Opening of Archinect Outpost</a></p> <p>Archinect Outpost first opened its doors on June 15th with the sale of <em>Ed</em> Issue 2. It was our biggest step into the world of retail, and we have learned countless lessons since opening day. We exclusively sold architecture magazines at first, followed by the addition of architecture monographs, which was then quickly followed by the addition of numerous design objects and apparel items. It has been a rewarding six months being a part of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District community, and we are looking forward to what the future holds for our small but mighty retail space.</p> <p><strong>DESIGN:</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson completes his first building, Fjordenhus, in Denmark</a></p> <p>The announcement of Olafur Eliasson's biggest architectural...</p> An Open Letter to Jean Nouvel Orhan Ayyüce 2018-12-21T15:15:00-05:00 >2018-12-21T14:16:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>All architects must be fully responsible for the political conditions and consequences of the projects they accept; any position that would make them only an executant constitutes an insult to their function and their ability to act.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"This Monday, we were many in Algeria, in France, and elsewhere to be shocked when we learned that the Wilaya (prefecture) of Algiers had signed a convention with the region of &Icirc;le-de-France (Paris&rsquo; region) whose President is a conservative Republican politician, and French architect Jean Nouvel to &ldquo;revitalize&rdquo; Algiers&rsquo; Casbah. The Casbah before being a UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most important sites of the anti-colonial history, as well as the home of thousands of residents who had no say in this decision. Three of us decided to write an open letter to him, asking him to renounce this commission, as part of what we believe is our strategy and our legitimacy (only one of us is from Algiers) from the Northern side of the Mediterranean Sea &mdash; we leave it to Algerians to form their own strategy against the Wilaya&rsquo;s decision if they decide to do s,o and we will bring them the support they will ask from us in that case. 410 people all around the world (including from the Cas...</p> Directors, Journals, Curators & AI—May was Full of Appointments & Intellectual Explorations Anthony Morey 2018-12-21T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-20T21:01:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The month of May brought us a plethora of educational leadership changes showing the new wave of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedagogical</a>&nbsp;journeys to come. The month also brought a sincere look at mental health in architecture and its impact on the discipline and the profession. May also brought the announcement of the release of ED #2, Archinect's own publication focused on the theme of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disaster</a>&nbsp;exploring the myriad disasters afflicting the present, probing the responsibilities and agencies of architecture within them.</p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 5-Part Video Series on "The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence"</a></strong></p> <p><a href=";w=1456" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=728"></a></p> <p>The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence is a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Otis Harley</a>, exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) is changing architecture, design and the construction industry. The videos are based on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>&lsquo;The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence'</em></a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hannah Wood</a>, published on Archinect last year.</p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions Episode 121: Mental Health in Architecture</a></strong></p> <figure><a href=";w=1456" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=728"></a><br></figure><p>Paul, Ken &amp; Donna were joined ...</p> Concerns raised about changes, inside and out, planned for Frank Lloyd Wright's "Olfelt House" b3tadine[sutures] 2018-12-20T17:04:00-05:00 >2018-12-26T11:23:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was like, &lsquo;Yeah, sure it is,&rsquo;&thinsp;&rdquo; Eckley said. In his 35 years of reclaiming architectural antiques, he said, he&rsquo;s had several homeowners who mistakenly claimed they lived in a Wright house. And anyway, who would want to gut one?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Me? I say have at it. Screw that architect.</p><p>Archinect reported on this house when it hit the market last year:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright designed Olfelt home is now for sale at $1.3M</a></p> ‘Solar-carving’ facade is complete at Jeanne Gang’s High Line tower Dana Schulz 2018-12-20T14:24:00-05:00 >2018-12-20T16:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Jeanne Gang&lsquo;s 12-story office building on the High Line has earned itself the nickname Solar Carve tower for its gem-like glass facade that was &ldquo;sculpted by the angles of the sun&rdquo; in order to eliminate shadows. And now, eight months after topping out, the building&rsquo;s signature glass curtain wall is complete, just in time to welcome tenants early this spring.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New renderings of Norman Foster’s Red Hook office complex reveal green roofs and courtyard Dana Schulz 2018-12-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2018-12-20T14:03:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction on Norman Foster&rsquo;s Red Hoek Point, a 7.7-acre commercial campus at a former sugar factory, started in October and this week new renderings were released that provide the first look at the nearly four acres of green roof space, including walking and jogging paths and landscaping to mitigate stormwater runoff.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=""><figcaption>via Visualhouse New York</figcaption></figure> Fairy Tale Architecture: The Butterfly Dream Places Journal 2018-12-20T12:08:00-05:00 >2018-12-19T19:11:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Fairy tales have transfixed readers for thousands of years, and for many reasons; one of the most compelling is the promise of a magical home. How many architects, young and old, have been inspired by a hero or heroine who must imagine new realms and new spaces &mdash; new ways of being in this strange world? Houses in fairy tales are never just houses; they always contain secrets and dreams.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The Butterfly Dream" by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernheimer Architecture</a> is the third and final installment of this year's Fairy Tale Architecture series, curated by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Bernheimer</a>. &#10240;</p> <p>The team&nbsp;imagined the butterfly in Zhuangzi's famous parable as a drone, collecting data which can be abstracted to explore the transformation of things.&nbsp;The drawings of this story consist of data from the flight of the drone. These data were converted into a flight path, and then a flight-space. This space was then extruded into shapes and volumes, illustrating both the act of flying as well as the act of (detached, remote) seeing.&nbsp;</p> Social justice issues and topics of gossip took over the month of April on Archinect Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-20T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-19T20:45:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>FEATURES:</strong></p> <p><strong>April 2018</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drones for Architects: New Capabilities for the Construction Sector, How to Get Started and How to Navigate the Law</a></strong></p> <p>Hannah Wood asks: What new roles will drones adopt both in the architectural design process and outcomes? If your firm is intending to mobilize a drone, what should you be aware of in terms of its operation and the law?</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA's A.UD Places Architecture at the Heart of Contemporary Culture, Says New Chair of the Department, Heather Roberge</a></strong></p> <p>In September of 2017, Heather Roberge stepped into the role of Chair of UCLA&rsquo;s Architecture Department. Having taught there since 2002, she talks with Archinect about how her time as a faculty member has informed her new position, how the department's positioning within the School of Arts and Architecture is reflected in its programming, and the school's role as a leading public university. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redlines: Pidgin </a></strong></p> <p>In April, we began a new interview series in which we talk with the editors of today&rsquo;s most provocati...</p>