Archinect - News 2018-05-23T20:25:00-04:00 Andrés Jaque appointed as Columbia GSAPP's new Director of Advanced Architectural Design Program Justine Testado 2018-05-23T14:11:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T14:11:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia GSAPP</a> Dean Amale Andraos announced today that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jaque</a> will be the&nbsp;new director of the school's Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design program, effective June 1, 2018. As founder of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office for Political of Innovation</a> and a&nbsp;teacher of advanced design studios at GSAPP since 2013,&nbsp;Jaque will succeed Associate Professor Enrique Walker, who has directed the program since 2008.</p> <p>The three-semester Advanced Architectural Design program is for outstanding students who already have a bachelor's or M.Arch degree, and is best known for offering students a framework through which they can explore professional and academic concerns.&nbsp;In directing the program, Jaque aims to further develop architecture's role as a critical practice that is based on&nbsp;constructive debate of&nbsp;ideas and innovative experimentation.</p> <p>&ldquo;More than ever, architecture is now a key player in the challenges the world faces. The AAD program occupies a unique position from which the relevance of architec...</p> Editor's Picks #486 Nam Henderson 2018-05-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T20:55:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Tuscon based D.U.S.T, was profiled in a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>This aesthetic seems to work well in desert like climates.</em>" which makes sense since D.U.S.T explained their approach as "<em>doing our best to respond to the dreams, goals and desires of our clients and to each site, landscape and specific conditions of the natural environment that we have the opportunity to design for.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Casa Caldera. Photo Credit | ESTO&ndash;Jeff Goldberg</figcaption></figure><p>ICYMI, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a> (a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Otis Harley</a>). The videos are based on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence'</a> by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Hannah Wood</a>, published on Archinect last year.<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>jla-x</strong> couldn&rsquo;t help worry about the future, "<em>Awesome and exciting, but the problems are in the politics of an increasingly automated world. &nbsp;What happens when 80-90% of worker are no longer employable? I think its irresponsible to develop a technology without any conversation and idea of ho...</em></p> Archinect is pleased to release Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"! Nicholas Korody 2018-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-20T18:44:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After months of hard work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewing submissions</a>, selecting content, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">editing</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing</a> and working with the best printers in the industry, we're excited to announce the second issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, "Architecture of Disaster," is now available for purchase. If you're an annual subscriber, your copy has either arrived at your doorstep or is on its way. For everyone else, you can order now, from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our revamped online shop</a>. Copies will be available at selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stockists</a> shortly, including the soon-to-open Archinect Outpost, our experimental retail/gallery/event space in downtown LA's Arts District.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Get your copy of Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>!</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><br>&ldquo;The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.&rdquo;</em><br></p> <p>- Maurice Blanchot, <em>The Writing of the Disaster</em></p> <p>It&rsquo;s four in the morning and I can&rsquo;t sleep. I keep thinking about the disaster. Which one? The storm in the Caribbean? Or the ones in the Southeast United States, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal? The earthquake in Mexico? Or Tokyo...</p> First photos of David Chipperfield's new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:31:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts</a> in London is in extraordinary party mode: to celebrate the institution's 250th anniversary, the RA will host a weekend-long art festival on May 19 and 20 with plenty of events, tours, performances, tours, displays, and DJ sets. <br></p> <p>At the heart of the festivities is the grand opening of the new RA campus, a major redevelopment designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield Architects</a> which will dramatically increase available spaces to present to the public historic pieces from its vast collection, work of its Royal Academicians and the RA schools as well as hosting events and exhibitions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge and The Lovelace Courtyard. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair," the RA project outline explains. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"The unified campus provides 70% more public space tha...</p> “Be persistent and then be resilient”: Toshiko Mori looks back on her path to architecture Justine Testado 2018-05-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T14:15:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture is filled with stereotypes and status quos that are not productive, and in a world where we increasingly require a collaborative model of production and building, I often disrupt and reset the framework and mindset to have everyone focus on common goals and vision. I think one needs to speak up and one needs to be decisive and aggressive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;I was confused and inspired. I wanted to do everything,&rdquo; Toshiko Mori says in The Harvard Gazette.&nbsp;In this in-depth interview, Mori talks about growing up in post-war Japan,&nbsp;how she became interested in architecture, launching her firm in her 20s and making a name for herself, and her path to teaching at Harvard GSD, being the&nbsp;first woman to earn tenure and to chair the architecture department. She also shares her thoughts on the profession &mdash; like her design approaches, ongoing issues in the field, and the importance of resilience.</p> Daniel Libeskind gets to design the new Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T18:51:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Many big-name architects enjoy dabbling in product design and use their brand recognition to sell <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">chairs</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tableware</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shoes</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">anything in-between</a>&mdash;but getting to design the new star topping the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City is one of the rarer commissions. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a> was just tapped by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swarovski</a> to create a replacement for the current star the crystal company had first unveiled in 2004.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Daniel Libeskind and Nadja Swarovski. Image courtesy of Swarovski.</figcaption></figure><p>While designs for the new tree topper aren't available yet, an initial release announced a three-dimensional structure "radiant with light," inspired by the cosmos, and exemplifying Libeskind's trademark dramatic architectural lines.</p> <p>"The new Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is inspired by the beauty of starlight&ndash;something that radiates meaning and mystery into the world," Libeskind hinted at his inspiration. "The Star is a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions for hope, unity...</p> Foster + Partners transforms 70's government office tower into luxury hotel in Hong Kong Hope Daley 2018-05-16T15:22:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T15:22:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>' new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> luxury hotel, The Murray, is now fully open to the public. Formerly a 1970's government office building, the firm has transformed these 25 stories into a unique urban experience for visitors.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Reception area of the Murray Building, renovated by Foster + Partners, located in Hong Kong. Image: Michael Weber. </figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>The Murray Building was originally constructed when urban planning revolved around cars, leaving the structure inaccessible to pedestrians.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior view of the garden terrace at night. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hotel lobby area of The Murray. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>One of the main goals in the building's transformation was to reconnect the structure at ground level with a new street front, transparent and open ground floor space, and enhanced landscaping of the surrounding grounds.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>Visitors are now greeted by entering...</p> End Stages: The Future of Hospice Design Places Journal 2018-05-15T16:38:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T16:38:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As hospice design becomes more formally ambitious &mdash; and standardized &mdash; we should remember there is no universal model for &lsquo;dying well.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the ideal setting for the end of life?&nbsp;The dominant templates of the mid-century mega-hospital and the domestic hospice set the rational spaces of medical institutions against the familiarity of home. Yet, we are increasingly seeing hybrid forms that deviate from these two distinct models. Nitin Ahuja looks ahead to the future of palliative architecture, and argues that in one's final needful hours, the most comforting hearths are those that feel serendipitously constructed.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Patrik Schumacher calls for a 'capitalist revolution' to fix housing Alexander Walter 2018-05-15T15:06:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:14:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Housing is one of our most essential and cherished commodities. It is rightly one of our biggest markets, but unfortunately one of the most politicised, suffocating under quasi-socialist political interventionism. The loss of prosperity in our whole society is enormous. Not only because of poor housing provision, but because of its stifling impact on all economic activities. That&rsquo;s why the need for a capitalist revolution is so urgent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been a bit quiet around Zaha Hadid Architects principal and outspoken free-market evangelist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> since his last big public statement calling for the elimination of social housing caused an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">overwhelming backlash</a>, but now he's back with a new commentary piece on how to fix housing via privatization and deregulation, published in <em>The Guardian</em>.<br></p> David Chipperfield on the crisis of architecture Alexander Walter 2018-05-15T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T08:35:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think architecture is in a sort of crisis,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve lost our social purpose. What we are seeing now is construction as a product of investment. We are building a lot, but we are building big investment projects, as if we&rsquo;re doing architecture without architecture. It&rsquo;s more about investment than it is about urbanism. We used to be involved in planning and building cities, building societies. But now we are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Jan Dalley's <em>FT</em> piece, the soft-spoken British architect expresses his concerns about architecture as a mere tool of the free market, the shrinking role of architects as society builders, and why we are building "horrible cities."<br></p> Will Alsop, British maverick architect, remembered after unexpected death Alexander Walter 2018-05-14T19:47:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T12:24:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The news of British architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Alsop</a>'s death over the weekend was met with an outpouring of sympathy from fellow architects and journalists around the web. <br></p> <p>A recipient of the RIBA's Stirling Prize for his Peckham Library building in 2000, an avid painter, and master of seemingly floating buildings on playful stilts, Alsop never settled for the expected but rather embraced the 'maverick' reputation for balancing genius and wacky, recognized and controversial.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RIBA Worldwide Award winner: Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art &amp; Design, Toronto, Canada, 2004. Photo: Taxiarchos228/Wikipedia.</figcaption></figure><p>"Will has inspired generations and impacted many lives through his work," Marcos Rosello, director of Alsop's firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aLL Design</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">said in response</a> of his passing. "It is a comfort to know that due to the nature of Will&rsquo;s work and character, he will continue to inspire and bring great joy. He had an exceptional ability to recognize particular strengths in individuals which he would draw ou...</p> Modernism invades a classically traditional Swedish Island Nam Henderson 2018-05-14T00:37:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T00:48:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But recently, a generation of homeowners and architects...have started not just ignoring, but defying the Law of Jante....From cast-concrete bunkers to glass-framed aeries, the new houses shock, subverting long-established order with a cool blast of modernity, while also paying homage to the island&rsquo;s chilly dignity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Hass travels to Gotland, a low-key, summer retreat for Swedes. Traditionally, simple farmhouse vernacular reigned. Yet, now firms such as Skalso, Murman Arkitekter, Deve Architects and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd</a> are exploring a more contemporary idiom.<br></p> Adrian Lahoud selected to curate inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:50:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sharjah is looking to transform the discussion around urban life with its new initiative, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, which has announced the curator for its inaugural exhibition. Adrian Lahoud, dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London and a researcher on Arab cities, will curate the new initiative&rsquo;s flagship event, to be held in November 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Research work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCA</a> Architecture Dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Lahoud</a> focuses primarily&nbsp;on urban spatial forms and large scale environmental change, particularly in the Arab world and Africa, making him a qualified candidate to establish this new triennial program for Sharjah, Dubai's neighbor and third largest city in the United Arab Emirates. </p> <p>"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to shape the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial," Lahoud said, "and to find ways of supporting an emerging generation of architects, artists and scholars in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia."</p> <p>Learn more about the Triennial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Archinect Sessions Episode 121: Mental Health in Architecture Paul Petrunia 2018-05-11T10:02:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T17:30:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week Ken, Donna and I are joined by architect and writer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a> to discuss the very real and serious issue of mental health in architecture. Esther owns <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio ST Architects</a>, a small practice in New York City, and frequently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">writes about mental health</a>, with a specific focus on psychoanalysis and it&rsquo;s relationship to architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p>Creative fields, especially those with long hours and high stress levels, are often rife with mental health issues. Anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, chemical abuse... these are just a few of the indicators common in architecture. If you&rsquo;re not suffering from any of these, you&rsquo;re likely working around people that are. On today&rsquo;s show we barely scratch the surface of this extremely complex subject. Our conversation ranges from learning to listen and empathize, to simple daily strategies for coping with mental health issues of your own and those around you, to addressing more serious problems including chemical imbalances and professional trea...</p> How to engage the past in architectural dialogue according to Toshiko Mori, featured in new Time-Space-Existence video Archinect 2018-05-10T15:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T15:29:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Acclaimed Japanese-American architect and former chair of architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University GSD</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori</a> has built a career on technical research, experimental design, and pedagogical practice. In the ninth video from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Space-Existence</a> series, produced by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLANE&mdash;SITE</a>, Mori discusses the topics of time, space, and existence as they relate to her work.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Thread Arists' Residency. Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>Born in Japan in 1951, Mori emigrated to the United States as a teenager and went on to graduate from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union School of Architecture</a> in 1976, where she became a prot&eacute;g&eacute; of the school's dean John Hejduk. Afterwards, Mori began her career working with modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, designer of the IBM Building at 57th Street and Madison Avenue.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>Toshiko Mori's portfolio includes an impressive roster of projects such as a visitor center adjacent to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;</a>s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo ...</p> Fresh renderings for One Beekman, Richard Rogers’ first residential building in the U.S. Devin Gannon 2018-05-10T13:26:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T13:26:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>New renderings have been unveiled for&nbsp;One Beekman, a&nbsp;mixed-use&nbsp;development designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers</a>, and it has nearly reached its 25-story pinnacle in the Financial District. As the&nbsp;firm&rsquo;s first residential project in the United States,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>&nbsp;have designed&nbsp;a&nbsp;tower that provides&nbsp;every single apartment with views of&nbsp;City Hall Park&nbsp;by shifting the circulation core to the south, according to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a>. The front of the building is open with oversized windows, allowing for half of the 31 total condo units to have outdoor terraces overlooking the park.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The 95,000-square-foot development at 1 Beekman Street, nicknamed the &ldquo;Pearl on the Park,&rdquo; boasts a glassy facade and will feature a glazing system at its base for a more transparent look into the building&rsquo;s lobby and retail stores.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>According to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Muse</a>, RSH+P used materials that &ldquo;express their natural characteristics&ndash;and convey the inherent warmth and texture appropriate to residential dwellings.&rdquo; The...</p> Six stories of interdisciplinary space aka "This is not about shopping" Nam Henderson 2018-05-09T21:44:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T12:26:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>the facade of the recently opened Blue Mountain School is impossible to miss. The six-level brick townhouse, on the corner of Redchurch and Chance Streets, has been painted in a sleek and surprising silver. Inside, the multipurpose space defies easy categorization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Natalia Rachlin highlights the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Mountain School</a>. The latest project by James Brown and his partner, Christie Fels, with architecting from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6a Architects</a>, this corner of Shoreditch is a kind of <em><strong>Gesamtkunstwerk</strong></em>!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AD</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wallpaper</a><br></p> 9 graphic posters inspired by Bjarke Ingels Group projects and syntax in architecture Hope Daley 2018-05-09T13:47:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T19:52:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Giuseppe Gallo,&nbsp;a PhD candidate in Architecture at the University of Palermo, has created a series of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">posters</a> inspired by 9 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)</a> projects.&nbsp;Gallo is the creative director of Mirabilia, a communication design studio based in Palermo, with a background in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">graphic design</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Reflecting on syntax in architecture,&nbsp;Gallo was inspired by the firm's response to functional problems as a method of generating new formal solutions. Take a look at these 9 projects next to their graphic interpretation:&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Serpentine Pavilion 2016</strong> &ndash; London, UK</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpentine Pavilion 2016 rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Image: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpentine Pavilion 2016 poster design by Giuseppe Gallo. Image: Giuseppe Gallo.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Kistefos Museum</strong> &ndash; Scandinavia<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kistefos Museum rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Image: Bjarke Ingels Group.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kistefos Museum poster design by Giuseppe Gallo. Image: Giuseppe Gallo.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Amager Resource Center</strong> &ndash; Copenhagen, Denmark<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Amager Resource Center rendering by Bjar...</figcaption></figure> Bjarke Ingels Joins WeWork as Chief Architect, to Start Developing Neighborhood-Scale "Campuses" Frank Gössage 2018-05-08T11:12:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T23:27:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Neumann says that in 2018, that will mean WeWork will build more buildings, some that reimagine what&rsquo;s already there, like the Lord &amp; Taylor project, and others that WeWork and Ingels will design in their entirety. Then, in 2019, the company plans to start creating &ldquo;campuses&rdquo;&ndash;essentially, WeWork on a neighborhood scale. That could look like a several-block radius where there&rsquo;s a coworking space, coliving residence, and a school all clustered together, all operating under the WeWork umbrella.</p></em><br /><br /><p>BIG has shared with Archinect the following press release:</p><p><strong>WeWork announces Bjarke Ingels as Chief Architect to advise and develop the firm&rsquo;s design vision and language for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods globally. Bjarke will maintain his role as Founding Partner and Creative Director at the New York, London and Copenhagen-based architecture firm, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;WeWork was founded at the exact same time as when I had arrived to New York. In that short amount of time &ndash; the blink of an eye at the time scale of architecture &ndash; they have accomplished incredible things and they are committed to continuing their trajectory to places we can only imagine. WeWork&rsquo;s commitment to community and culturally-driven development is perfectly aligned with our active, social and environmental agendas.&nbsp;As WeWork takes on larger and more holistic urban and architectural challenges, I am very excited to contribute with my insights and ideas to extend their community-oriented vision to g...</em></p> Jan Gehl has his doubts about 'Smart Cities' Alexander Walter 2018-05-07T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T14:57:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I think we haven&rsquo;t thought through the challenge of technology for city mobility. We are stuck with some 120-year-old ideas that the industry is desperately holding on to. I tell students: Whenever you hear the word &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; beware, because that is somebody who wants to sell as many millions as possible of some new gimmick. And he is not necessarily giving you a better quality of life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Annette Becker and Lessano Negussie, curators of the new exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIDE A BIKE! Reclaim the City</a></em> at the&nbsp;Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, Germany,&nbsp;interviewed the 81-year-old 'people-friendly city' evangelist for the show's accompanying book.</p> Modernist Columbia, IN building finds new life as architecture school outpost Alexander Walter 2018-05-04T13:42:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T13:42:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Next fall, Indiana University announced Monday, the building will house the university&rsquo;s new master of architecture program, serving as an outpost of the flagship Bloomington campus 36 miles to the west. But this will be no ordinary outpost. Columbus, a small-town architectural mecca, boasts buildings by such renowned architects as Eliel and Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Chicago&rsquo;s Harry Weese.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Blair Kamin tells the story of the former <em>The Republic</em> newspaper building&mdash;a modernist gem designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a> partner Myron Goldsmith and opened in 1971&mdash;which will soon find a second life as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana University</a>'s&nbsp;new architecture graduate program studio in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Indiana</a>.</p> Balkrishna Doshi's 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture to be streamed live on May 16th Hope Daley 2018-05-02T18:14:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T18:14:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balkrishna Doshi</a>, the 2018 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, will present his public lecture&nbsp;&ldquo;Paths Uncharted&rdquo; on May 16th at 6:30pm EST.&nbsp;Professor Doshi&rsquo;s lecture will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook and Instagram via @UofTDaniels. Following the event, the recording will be made available on the Daniels Faculty&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design</a> will host this event in their new Daniels Building designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ERA Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adamson &amp; Associates</a>.&nbsp;This year marks the 40th anniversary of the&nbsp;Pritzker&nbsp;Prize,&nbsp;and the first time that the international award will be presented in Canada.</p> <p>The public is invited to participate in this educational initiative, which aims to heighten discussion and debate around architecture, stimulate awareness of work in the field, and inspire greater creativity within the architectural profession.&nbsp;</p>... New Call for Submissions for MONU #29 - Narrative Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-05-02T13:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T13:21:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One important outcome of our last <strong>MONU issue #28</strong> on <strong>"Client-shaped Urbanism"</strong> was the realization that in order to create better cities, we need to improve the communication among everybody involved in the creation of cities, whether they are clients, developers, municipalities, architects, urban designers, or the users of cities, to name just a few. Especially for architects and urban designers, one way to make themselves understood better, is to use the power of "narratives", helping them to connect not only to experts and intellectuals in the field, but to everybody else too. To find out what such urban and architectural narratives might look like today - and what they were like in the past - how they can be crafted, where they may be used and how narratives can help improving our cities in general is one of the main aims of the upcoming issue of <strong>MONU</strong> that we call<strong> "Narrative Urbanism"</strong>.</p> <p>In the history of human civilisation, narratives and storytelling have always been an importa...</p> Rowan Moore on Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara's Venice Biennale curatorship Alexander Walter 2018-05-01T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T06:38:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Farrell and McNamara&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;Freespace&rdquo;, which they say describes &ldquo;a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture&rsquo;s agenda&rdquo;. It can also mean the &ldquo;free and additional spatial gifts&rdquo; that architecture can offer and &ldquo;its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers&rdquo;. They have invited a selection of like-minded architects to demonstrate these qualities with three-dimensional installations of &ldquo;scale and quality&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore, architecture critic of the <em>Observer</em>, finds admiring words in his <em>Guardian</em> piece for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> principals Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, who are wearing the curator hats this year at architecture's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">biggest biennial spectacle</a>: "McNamara and Farrell are neither celebrities nor notable theorists. They are well-respected architects who, determinedly, consistently and over a long period of time, do their stuff. [...] But what stuff."<br></p> Cranbrook Academy of Art appoints Gretchen Wilkins as new Head of Architecture and Architect-in-Residence Justine Testado 2018-04-27T16:16:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T09:01:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cranbrook Academy of Art</a> announced today that Gretchen Wilkins will be the new Head of the Architecture Department and the institution's ninth Architect-in-Residence.&nbsp;Amy Green Deines, the dean of Cranbrook Academy, praised Wilkins as &ldquo;a collaborative leader with strong connections and a deep knowledge of the international architecture community&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having nearly 20 years of architectural teaching and practice, Gretchen Wilkins is currently an Associate Professor and the Head of Design at RMIT University's Vietnam campus. She also&nbsp;previously directed RMIT&rsquo;s Master of Urban Design program in Melbourne, Barcelona, and Ho Chi Minh City. She&nbsp;earned her Ph.D. from RMIT University and her M.Arch from the University of Michigan.&nbsp;</p> <p>From her teaching experience in Australia and Asia over the last decade, Wilkins continues to focus her work on the city and cultivating its creative and productive industries.&nbsp;Keeping her ties strong in Detroit, she has&nbsp;collaborated with the Detroit Riverfront...</p> Editor's Picks #485 Nam Henderson 2018-04-25T11:36:00-04:00 >2018-04-25T21:15:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a> focused on Criticism. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> kicked things off<br></p> <p>"<em>Does criticism today have a role in architecture at all? At least, does the version of criticism that exists today have a role? ...There is no real criticism in architecture today; it has vacated its own integrity for the sake of visual relevance.</em>"<br></p> <p><strong>Thayer-D</strong> chimed in "<em>Wonderfully clear and thoughtful. &nbsp;This is the kind of analysis that everyone can understand. &nbsp;Hopefully this can begin to bridge the gap between so many who love architecture without the semantic jungle that passes for criticism robbing them of a voice.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><br></p> <p>Later, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemens Finkelstein</a> began to "unpack a fundamental error in architectural criticism brought about by this lackadaisical state: the confusion between criticism and critique".</p> <p>Responding to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the Ground Up</a> entry on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Johnson</a>, <strong>Donatello D'Anconia</strong> wrote "<em>Thank you for including this insight into the architect's financial capital...With knowledge of Johnson's fortune, it is no ...</em></p> Into the Uncanny Valley Places Journal 2018-04-24T15:17:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:57:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architectural representations often embody the tension between familiar and unfamiliar. In an effective rendering, the new buildings or landscapes share the same illusionistic space with images of existing buildings or landscapes, producing an almost exquisite confusion between real and unreal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architectural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renderings</a> are not photographs; or are they?&nbsp;Susan Piedmont-Palladino examines the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyper-real</a> imagined worlds of contemporary architectural drawings through theories of the uncanny, and considers the disconcerting effect that occurs when "we can't quite sort out the relationship of an image to the world."</p> Cranbrook receives Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House as donation Alexander Walter 2018-04-23T13:25:00-04:00 >2018-04-23T13:35:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Cranbrook, known worldwide as an architectural set piece, is getting a new gem in its diadem &mdash; a Frank Lloyd Wright house. The house was built in 1950 by Sara and Melvyn Maxwell Smith. The donation came from the Towbes Foundation. &ldquo;The Smith family always said they didn&rsquo;t want this to just pass to another set of homeowners,&rdquo; said Gregory Wittkopp, director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. &ldquo;The phrase they used was they wanted it to be &lsquo;an educational resource.&rsquo; &rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The donation by the Towbes Foundation was a gift "that other design schools would kill for,"&nbsp;<em>The Detroit News</em>&nbsp;reports&nbsp;and tells the legendary tale of A. Alfred Taubman donating a substantial portion of the windows to the cash-strapped Smith family to get the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FLW</a>-designed house finished before the winter of 1949.</p> Bjarke Ingels reveals news renderings of twisting High Line condo ahead of May sales launch Dana Schulz 2018-04-20T17:26:00-04:00 >2018-04-26T11:46:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ahead of the May 7th sales launch, Bjarke Ingels and developer HFZ Capital have released several new renderings of the Eleventh, or the XI as it&rsquo;s been branded. The West Chelsea hotel/condo project is notable not only for being Ingels&rsquo; first NYC condo project but for its asymmetrical, twisting silhouette. And in the new renderings, we&rsquo;re able to get a better look at the pair of towers and their skybridge, along with, for the first time, the central courtyard and an apartment interior.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group</figcaption></figure> Balkrishna Doshi on Fortune Magazine 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list Alexander Walter 2018-04-19T14:42:00-04:00 >2018-04-19T14:46:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize, architecture&rsquo;s highest honor, went to India&rsquo;s Doshi, who has spent the bulk of his 70-year career championing accessible housing, earning the moniker &ldquo;the architect for the poor.&rdquo; [...] Underlying all his work is the ideal that all economic classes deserve good housing.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Fortune Magazine</em> just released its annual list, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The World's 50 Greatest Leaders</a>, featuring the visionaries, thinkers, challengers, and influencers who see, understand, and act on today's challenges. <br></p> <p>Besides the expected (philanthropists, CEOs, politicians) and a few deserving unexpected (student activists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other schools, the #MeToo Movement) selections, one architect represents the profession this year&mdash;not with flashy buildings but with a solid body of work and the repeated call for good design and dignified housing for all: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balkrishna Doshi</a>, the 90-year-old Indian architect and recipient of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Pritzker Prize</a>.</p> <p>Also among the honorees is former architect and now mayor of the Indonesian city of Bandung, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ridwan Kamil</a>. Since taking office in 2013, Kamil implemented an array of technology solutions to improve efficiency, reduce traffic congestion, and tackle the challenges of a growing city of 2.5 million.<br></p>