Archinect - News 2017-09-20T14:17:38-04:00 Amanda Levete: the role of public buildings is to unite us Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-19T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:17:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There has never been a more important time in society to celebrate what unites us rather than divides us, and that can be through culture and, more simply, through the creation of public spaces where people can come together.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Levete reflects on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a> referendum and the election of Donald Trump. She argues for the responsibility of architects to create spaces of intersections and conversations across thresholds in the contemporary political climate.&nbsp;</p> Architect, son of Hitler's architect, Albert Speer Jr., dies at 83 Archinect 2017-09-19T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-09-20T11:57:28-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Albert Speer Jr, the son of Adolf Hitler's chief architect who had his own accomplished architectural career but struggled to distance himself from his father's legacy, has died at the age of 83. The architecture firm he founded, Albert Speer + Partner GmbH, said Mr Speer died on Saturday in Frankfurt.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> DS+R's high-profile Zaryadye Park project in Moscow vandalized only days after its grand opening Alexander Walter 2017-09-18T19:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T08:51:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Russian President Vladimir Putin opened Zaryadye Park near Red Square on 9 September, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, creators of New York&rsquo;s High Line, but what Moscow city officials are lauding as a &ldquo;new symbol of Russia&rdquo; preservationists are decrying as a travesty that impinges on the Kremlin and St Basil&rsquo;s Cathedral, two of Russia&rsquo;s most sacred landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Zaryadye Park proposal for an ambitious replacement of the colossal Soviet-era Hotel Russia near the Kremlin in central Moscow won the international competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2013</a> with a "wild urbanism" concept.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of DS+R's Zaryadye Park project in central Moscow. Image courtesy of</figcaption></figure><p>The project has faced criticism from the city's preservationists, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reportedly exceeded</a> initial cost estimates, and already suffered a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major act of vandalism</a> shortly after its festive opening with&nbsp;Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>One of Zaryadye Park's highlights is its V-shaped 'Floating Bridge,' extending far above the Moscow River. Image courtesy of</figcaption></figure> Climate crisis fortresses are reinforced concrete on stilts. Nam Henderson 2017-09-17T16:11:00-04:00 >2017-09-17T20:23:31-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>But because of its unique setting and vulnerability to hurricanes, Monroe has long had stricter building codes than the rest of the state and has mandated some critical upgrades...Most importantly &mdash; homes must be elevated above the flood plain to allow storm surge, which is the deadliest part of a hurricane, to pass underneath living spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Ovalle reports on how building codes and precast concrete homes, reduced property damage and shaped Hurricane Irma's impact, in the Florida Keys.</p> <p>Via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> Aggregating Architectures; A conversation with Taubman's new Dean Jonathan Massey Archinect 2017-09-14T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T13:49:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This week we talk with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jonathan Massey</a>, the new Dean at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Michigan</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>. We talk about his approach to architectural education and his previous roles at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California College of the Arts</a>, where he finished his deanship this year. We also discuss the world of architectural publishing as it relates to his work with Aggregate.&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Jonathan Massey's inaugural lecture "Building Tomorrow" in the new wing </figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Jonathan Massey's inaugural lecture "Building Tomorrow" in the new wing </figcaption></figure><p></p> <p>Listen to "Aggregating Architectures":</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="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><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's new wing, design...</figcaption></figure> Yamasaki, architecture firm of the original World Trade Center, returns to Detroit Alexander Walter 2017-09-14T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T15:20:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The firm of famed Detroit architect Minoru Yamasaki is returning to the city, seven years after it was forced to close. The Seattle-born architect lived in Detroit from 1945 until his death in 1986. He launched his own firm in 1950, which survived him until 2009 when it closed due to financial problems. Yamasaki&rsquo;s most famed work is the World Trade Center twin towers, although he contributed many buildings to the Detroit skyline, including the One Woodward office tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"I think we&rsquo;re really interested in that kind of momentum that Detroit has now," Robert Szantner, a long-time employee of Minoru Yamasaki's original firm until it closed, told the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Free Press</a></em>.&nbsp;Szantner had bought the intellectual property, including the name, out of receivership in 2009 and operated the successor firm, Yamasaki Inc., in Birmingham, MI. The company has announced to open a new headquarter office in the Fisher Building in the New Center area this month.<br></p> AIA President Thomas Vonier named President of the International Union of Architects Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T15:07:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Established in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations. It works on matters of professional and public interest through three permanent commissions and various work programs. It is chartered to unite architects internationally, without regard to nationality, ethnicity, or political viewpoint.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thomas Vonier,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">president of the AIA</a>, was elected President of the UIA (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Union of Architects</a>)&nbsp;during the 2017 World Congress and General Assembly held in Seoul.&nbsp;</p><p>Vonier will remain AIA President until December. Carl Elefante, will be AIA President for 2018 and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William J. Bates for 2019</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We must show the world how architecture can help to resolve the difficult issues facing society and our planet. The UIA is here to unify architects worldwide, influence global policies and outcomes, and advance the power of architecture to meet human needs,&rdquo; said Vonier during his campaign.<br></p> A survey of architecture's new leadership, from Johnston Marklee to Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2017-09-13T09:49:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T10:53:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>They are in that fertile period &mdash; agewise, it typically runs from the mid-40s to mid-50s in architecture &mdash; when the profession&rsquo;s next generation of leadership begins to make its mark.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a>, Atelier TAG, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>:&nbsp;these are among the firms highlighted in this piece in the New York Times, which surveys the architects who are currently primed to "lead"&nbsp;the profession. Los Angeles-based pair and married couple <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, who are heading up this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial with a theme of "make new history,"</a>&nbsp;are included alongside relative youngster <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, who champions his self-described "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hedonistic sustainability</a>."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the Menil Drawing Institute, designed by Johnston Marklee. Image: Johnston Marklee/Nephew</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> DS+R, Studio Gang, Keller Easterling among exhibitors selected for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2017-09-12T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T13:55:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;U.S. Pavilion at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, titled&nbsp;<em>Dimensions of Citizenship,</em>&nbsp;is further taking shape: the curatorial team &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced just two weeks ago</a> and comprised of&nbsp;Mimi Zeiger,&nbsp;Niall Atkinson, and&nbsp;Ann Lui &mdash;&nbsp;today revealed a line-up of the seven pavilion exhibitors:</p> <p><strong>Amanda Williams &amp; Andres L. Hernandez</strong>&nbsp;<br>Chicago, IL</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>PXSTL: Williams and Hernandez won the 2016 design-build competition. Image courtesy of Michael B. Thomas / Pulitzer Arts Foundation.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Design Earth</strong>&nbsp;<br>Cambridge, MA</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pacific Aquarium. Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, 2016. Project Team: El Hadi Jazairy + Rania Ghosn. Reid Fellenbaum, Ya Suo, Jia Weng, Shuya Xu, Saswati Das, with initial contributions from Rixt Woudstra. Image courtesy of DESIGN EARTH</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</strong>&nbsp;<br>New York, NY</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Shed, View from 30th Street looking northwest, Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. Image courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Estudio Teddy Cruz...</strong></p> New images of Jean Nouvel's posh, MoMA-integrated luxury condo tower 53W53 Julia Ingalls 2017-09-12T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T03:18:48-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As the brand-new rendering above shows, the luxury condo tower designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel</a> will boast an unusual amenity: floors 2, 4 and 5 of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">53W53</a> will serve as new gallery levels for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Modern Art</a> when construction is completed. Additionally, according to a fact sheet, "benefactor W53 MoMA membership runs with each residence, and includes curated benefits and the potential for the building to host private events in the museum's sculpture garden." The tower, which is slated to top out at 1,050 feet, will be home to 145 residences ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, with a few private-elevator-accessible penthouse suites.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Images above and below: Hayes Davidson</figcaption><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure></figure><p>No two condos will have the same layout, thanks to the combination of Jean Nouvel's self-described "diagrid,"&nbsp;which refers to the tower's pronounced exterior structural system, and the tapering design itself, which precludes repetitive formats. The interiors of each condo are being designed by Thierry Despont, a...</p> "An exuberant bygone optimism:" dead malls become poignant architectural relics Julia Ingalls 2017-09-12T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T14:40:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking for subtle signifiers of an exuberant bygone optimism,&rdquo; [Photographer Tag Christof] said. &ldquo;Whether people realize it or not, the things I photograph are the direct result of a system that defines progress only in economic terms.&rdquo; Christof...has spent the last five years crisscrossing the country in an effort to document architectural sites vanishing from the landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whether you spent your teenage years moodily occupying the food court or have experienced malls primarily as ruin porn, the architectural significance of these former bustling commercial centers can't be overstated. A kind of high water mark of capitalism, the shuttered and demolished malls profiled in this piece for The Outline represent a country whose narrative was mainly shaped by a robust middle class and a belief in national infallibility, two things that are noticeably weakened in the present era. While nostalgia is usually always the end result of oversimplification, it's hard to argue with the fact that in the last few decades the commercial infrastructure of the United States has undergone a dramatic shift, both physically and symbolically.&nbsp;</p> What makes a work of architecture American? Places Journal 2017-09-11T20:53:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T03:08:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Whether there is or is not a Northwest regional style of architecture is debatable,&rdquo; said John Yeon in 1986, &ldquo;but what is certain is that lot of people want to think there is.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In "A Fortuitous Shadow," Keith Eggener is inspired by the Portland Art Museum's recent exhibition on John Yeon's&nbsp;life and legacy to explore the concept of regionalism in architecture, beginning with the doubts expressed by the architect long associated with Pacific Northwest regional modernism.&nbsp;</p> The quiet legacy of the late architect Gin Wong, who helped shape L.A.'s postwar cityscape Justine Testado 2017-09-11T19:43:00-04:00 >2017-09-11T19:43:28-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In other ways &mdash; in almost every other way &mdash; Wong&rsquo;s career was a study in complexity. Political and ethnic complexity, mostly. And the complicated question of credit in architecture: Who gets it, who doesn&rsquo;t and who has the authority to hand it out. [...] If not for the persistence of that narrative, Gin Wong&rsquo;s contribution to postwar L.A. would be far better understood. It&rsquo;s that simple.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a recent column, Christopher Hawthorne highlights the quiet legacy of architect Gin Wong, who passed away September 1 at the age of 94. Wong worked as director of design for William Pereira in the 1960s before opening his own firm in 1973. Some of his projects include LAX's original design in the 1950s, the swooping Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills, the ARCO Tower, and the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, to name a few. In stories like Wong's, Hawthorne questions the &ldquo;tricky conversation of authorship, which remains stunted in architecture&rdquo;.</p> The Chicago Architecture Foundation announces the Chicago Architecture Center, to encompass both past and future design innovation Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T18:20:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> is one of the global centers of the architectural world, not only for its rich history, but also as a stage for continuous innovation and design exploration. This lineage is a major part of why <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)</a> has decided to create the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a 20,000 square foot project replete with exhibition space, a lecture hall, custom design studios, retail space, and expansive views of the metropolitan skyline. With interiors created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> on a site plan originally designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, the CAC will be the new home for the CAF.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>On a river cruise, as organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Image: CAF</figcaption></figure><p>One of the coolest parts of the new interior has to be the Skyscape Gallery, which will be host to the permanent Tall Buildings and Innovation Exhibit. The exhibit will feature a 26-foot-tall "double-height" space allowing for a comprehensive investigation of tall buildings, from th...</p> Diamond Schmitt Architects' Emily Carr University of Art + Design campus elegantly embodies multidisciplinary ethos Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T14:20:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Art thrives when it collaborates with or takes inspiration from other discliplines, a tenet that is physically expressed in the new campus of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, located on the east side of downtown Vancouver. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the campus reflects the spirit of its namesake artist, Emily Carr, by creating a series of both formal and informal spaces that can be glimpsed as one approaches and enters the building. This abundant transparency and visual linkage, combined with the purposeful interconnection between program areas, creates an institution that physically rejects a static approach to learning.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p>As Donald Schmitt, the Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects explains, "The building&rsquo;s design creates a multitude of places both indoors and out for informal gathering, presentation, making and remaking, which is at the heart of Emily Carr&rsquo;s multidisciplinary&nbsp;arts learning. The needs and collaborative spirit of students and faculty inform ...</p> Editor's Picks #474 Nam Henderson 2017-09-07T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-17T06:13:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> featured the '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spaceships</a>' series of Hamburg-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lars Stieger</a>. <strong>Ra&uacute;lGHO</strong> commented "<em>Tal vez, el arquitecto dise&ntilde;o el detalle esperando que as&iacute; se descubra, como una nave espacial de serie de televisi&oacute;n.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Allen</a> reviewed the exhibit &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture, architectural &amp; Architecture</a>&rsquo;, recently closed, at the<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles. One verdict <br></p> <p>"<em>This last feature was the common denominator of the projects in the exhibition: everything seemed to point to a world of rich meaning beyond surface appearances, but to offer no obvious way to enter into it. Everything&mdash;or each triptych&mdash;contained a hidden microcosm."</em><br></p> News <p>R.I.P. This past August, saw the passing of both Detroit-based Latvian-American architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gunnar Birkerts</a> and Chicago architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Macsai</a>.<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Morley</a> wasn&rsquo;t particularly impressed with the newly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released renderings</a> of Moynihan Station Via office of Governor Cuomo. He argued "<em>These renderings show a hodgepodge of unseemly parts...An improvemen...</em></p> Wang Shu and André Corrêa do Lago announced as new jurors of the coveted Pritzker Prize Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-06T13:28:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T13:28:42-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a> marks its 40th anniversary with the upcoming 2018 edition, the award&nbsp;which has come to be known internationally as architecture&rsquo;s highest honor welcomes two new members to its jury: architect and 2012 Laureate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wang Shu</a> and Andr&eacute; Aranha Corr&ecirc;a do Lago.&nbsp;</p> <p>They will be replacing architect and educator Yung Ho&nbsp;Chang, and architecture curator, writer and editor Kristin Feireiss. The two served on the Pritzker Prize Jury for 7 and 6 years, respectively, and have recently stepped down. Jurors serve a minimum three-year term, which allows for both change and stability in the decision-making process</p> <p>As a former winner of the prize, the Chinese architect's recent appointment comes as no surprise. Wang, whose work incorporates cultural tradition, craft skills, and spontaneous elements, said of the honor that &ldquo;it is a&nbsp;great responsibility to serve on the jury. I also hope to share my knowledge of China and the Asian context with them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mr. Corr&ecirc;a do Lago, on the other hand,...</p> White Collar Factory; AHMM’s Office of the Future Abigail Banfield 2017-09-06T06:30:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T11:02:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Overlooking Silicon Roundabout in London's tech city is the newest and most progressive project of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a>. Over the past 20 years, they have worked with developer giant, Derwent, in researching the ideal office environment, and White Collar Factory is the result of 8 years of this partnership. Not only did the team build on their experience and research over the past decades, but they went as far as to set up a 325sqm &lsquo;slice&rsquo; of the White Collar Factory on site in 2013 in order to test their model for a year. The results of which informed the final designs of the main building, and encouraged buy-in from this early stage. &nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Tim Soar</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Jasper Fry</figcaption></figure><p>The White Collar Factory complex comprises of six buildings, making over 27,000 sqm set around a new area of public realm. This development will be home to offices, workshops, apartments, and restaurants, to list just a few. The configuration of these volumes (a 22,900sqm new tower, and five 4-5 storey buildings) allows a public ...</p> Catch Me If You Can: NY State's fake architect sentenced to 2 1/3-7 years in state prison Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-05T20:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-08T10:40:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Paul J. Newman, 49, was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discovered back in April to have been practicing as an architect</a> despite lacking both a license and registration. The investigation, dubbed "Operation Vandelay Industries," found that Newman, stealing the license number of a registered architect and forging a NY State Registered Architecture Stamp, had drafted architectural renderings for over 100 properties, as well as foundation inspections, field reports, energy compliance certificates and engineer letters.&nbsp;</p> <p>The suspect was then arrested on three indictments charging him with 58 felonies related to his unauthorized practice of architecture, forgery, and submission of documents to various municipalities. In June, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he entered felony guilt pleas</a> in all three counties&mdash;Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga&mdash;to a total of six felony counts, including Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a class E felony; and Scheme t...</p> USC debuts in a "Top 10 Architecture Schools" list, joining Harvard, Yale, SCI-Arc, and UCLA Julia Ingalls 2017-09-05T17:08:00-04:00 >2017-09-05T17:08:37-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Although Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and UCLA have once again have secured their high-ranking places on the United States' Top Architecture Schools for 2018 (as compiled by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Record</a> based on surveys conducted by DesignIntelligence), the University of Southern California has made significant in-roads on the list. For the first time, USC placed in the top 10 at number five for its undergraduate programs, and number nine for its graduate programs. The surprises don't stop there. According to the survey, a higher percentage than ever of students (15%) aren't planning to take a traditional job at a private practice after they graduate, but rather are aiming to work for non-architectural corporations such as Google.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>UCLA. Image: Study Abroad SWE via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>Why is this?&nbsp;It seems the financial sacrifice that most fresh architectural graduates are expected to make for their first few working years is increasingly less attractive, especially in comparison with the relatively healthie...</p> Richard Neutra's Chuey House in danger of being torn down in bankruptcy sale Julia Ingalls 2017-09-05T14:13:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T19:12:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Richard Neutra&rsquo;s glass and steel Chuey House in the Hollywood Hills is being marketed as a &lsquo;tear down&rsquo; for $10.5m. The architect designed the midcentury modern home for poet Josephine Ain Chuey in 1956, and it has since passed down to her niece and nephew, who filed for bankruptcy in June. It&rsquo;s now being sold as a &lsquo;truly unique development opportunity&rsquo;, with no mention of its architectural merit &ndash; just its &lsquo;spectacular&rsquo; Sunset Plaza Drive location and &lsquo;unmatched panoramic views..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Iconic, elegant, and now endangered:&nbsp;one of the works of the masters of mid-century modern architecture has been listed more for its lot than for the exquisitely cantilevered structure itself. After its completion,&nbsp;Josephine Ain, who was living with her husband Richard Chuey, wrote to Neutra that &ldquo;You are an alchemist who has transmuted earth, house, and sky into a single enchantment. I can only hope that I can in some measure grow up to the wholeness and balance embodied here.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Julius Shulman</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure> Foster+Partners | Branch Technology, win NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T15:16:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The 3D Printed Habitat Challenge&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a>'s three-phase, $2.5 million competition&mdash;tasks architecture firms to generate and advance the construction technologies necessary for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">off-world habitats</a>. Each stage of the challenge asks the teams to design and test an individual prototypical building element that can be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed</a> within a 22-hr time frame, while considering material restraints, geometric tolerances and autonomous performance.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Final printed dome. Image courtesy of Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster+Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Branch Technology</a> have teamed up to win the latest round of competition. The firm has been tasked with producing three beams, three cylinders, and a 1.5-meter dome out of indigenous Martian regolith and recyclable materials. Their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cylinder designs took first place</a> back in May as did their 3D printed beams. They have now won the last segment of the head-to-head competition with their domed structure that was able to take double the load of a competing concrete dome in the stress tes...</p> BIG's "Lego House" to be released as a real-life Lego set Julia Ingalls 2017-09-05T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-05T13:03:10-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In the meta news category, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels' full-scale "Lego House,"</a> inspired by the titular rectangular building blocks and slated to open later this month in Denmark, now apparently has a miniature version in the form of real Legos that will be available for sale only at the Lego House. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BrickFan</a>, the official Lego Architecture site briefly posted these pictures of the set before taking them down:&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><br></p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><br></p><p>Here's a picture of the actual Lego House for comparison:</p><p><br></p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: YouTube</figcaption></figure></figure></figure> Check out this eye-candy architecture from Africa Julia Ingalls 2017-08-31T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-09-02T14:31:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In this round-up of notable architecture in Africa,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired</a> takes a closer look at projects from Morocco to South Africa, including the Lideta Mercato in Ethiopia by Xavier Vilalta and the Bosjes Chapel by Steyn Studio. As the piece notes, "Contemporary African architecture is extremely varied: it ranges from sustainable rural developments to luxury apartments and offices; from schools and hospitals to swanky safari lodges; and from huge infrastructure projects to makeshift improvisations. In all of these styles is a sensitivity to local traditions combined with on-the-ground ingenuity." It's also quite visually arresting.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Lideta Mercato by Xavier Vilalta. Image: Gonzalo Guajardo</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> The world's tallest wooden tower is being built in Norway Julia Ingalls 2017-08-31T12:24:00-04:00 >2017-09-02T14:51:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>With an expected completion date of March 2019, the 18-story, 80-meter-tall-plus building in Brumunddal, Norway known as the&nbsp;Mj&oslash;sa Tower will soon become the world's tallest wooden structure, a coveted title among those designers who favor wood over more traditional tall building materials. Designed by Voll Arkitekter, the&nbsp;Mj&oslash;sa Tower is on track to supersede the&nbsp;previous wooden record holder, the Brock Commons Student Housing building at the University of British Columbia, which topped out at a stately 53 meters in height.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Mets&auml; Wood / Voll Arkitekter</figcaption></figure><p>Wood has numerous advantages over oft-used concrete and steel:&nbsp;for one, the construction time can be cut approximately in half due to easy prefabrication and the overall lighter weight of the materials. Surprisingly, one of wood's advantages as a tall building material lies in its ability to withstand fires, at least when compared with the tendency of steel to melt down during an all-consuming blaze. As the site's general contr...</p> Richard Rogers on the Centre Pompidou: "I would never dream of doing it now" Julia Ingalls 2017-08-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T14:09:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Where we would be without the energetic (if usually misinformed) enthusiasm of youth?&nbsp;Apparently, without the Centre Pompidou as we know it. In this comprehensive and enjoyable profile in&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>, Richard Rogers reflects on his early days as an architect after he and his freshly-made friend Renzo Piano had won a competition in Paris for the now famous cultural center. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Bruno via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the article relates, "Having won it, they had no idea what it was that he was taking on. 'Young architects are immensely naive,' [Rogers] says. 'I would never dream of doing it now. We had a great client, but the press gave us hell. In seven years, there were only two positive articles. I don&rsquo;t know how we got to the end.'"&nbsp;</p> Will there be enough construction workers to rebuild post-flood Houston? Julia Ingalls 2017-08-29T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T22:41:36-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Rain continues to fall in Houston, Texas, a city which may see up to 50 inches of precipitation over a span of five days thanks to the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, the continued flooding has been exacerbated due to some decades-long, head-in-the-sand urban planning, the history of which is detailed in this comprehensive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ProPublica</a> piece. (Spoiler:&nbsp;it&nbsp;turns out paving over natural flood zones with asphalt and concrete, as well as replacing the comprehensive root systems of switchgrass with the comparatively shallow root systems of suburban lawns, gives water few places to go.)&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Houston, 2017. Image: @ohcami_ via Twitter</figcaption></figure><p>As devastating as current conditions must be to homeowners who built in the surprisingly quick to deliver "500-Year Flood Plain," Houston's drier future isn't looking great, either. Thanks to the Trump Administration's widespread anti-immigration policy, there's likely to be a significant shortage of construction workers to rebuild the U.S.' fourth ...</p> In leather, as always―Peter Marino designs a pen Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-29T12:19:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T20:05:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In the Varius Peter Marino special edition version, leather combined with hand-lacing allows the personality of the fountain and rollerball pens to come to the fore. The cap is topped with a silver and rhodium-plated skull with black onyx eyes. The second version of the pen, the Varius Peter Marino limited edition, is also dressed in leather and is available as a fountain pen, rollerball pen and ballpoint, and in a nod to fashion, fine gray stitching runs the length of the instrument.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Marino</a> created a limited-edition pen collection in collaboration with Geneva-based&nbsp;Caran d&rsquo;Ache, which has previously used materials such as chain mail, ceramic and wood in their adventurous designs.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p>&ldquo;The pen is inspired by a combination of high performance motorcycle aesthetics with my own personal style," said Marino.</p> The project of 'Architecture collectibles': Solo Houses Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-28T18:21:00-04:00 >2017-08-28T18:31:30-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The overall project is a bit like Alain de Botton&rsquo;s Living Architecture programme of architect-designed holiday homes, except that Solo&rsquo;s are all in the same 100-hectare location. It also resembles the Serpentine Galleries&rsquo; annual architecture pavilion, with the difference that these houses are permanent and habitable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just over the border from Catalonia, amid the mountainous landscape of eastern Spain, a new one-of-a-kind development is underway. Including a total of 15 houses and a hotel, each designed by a different architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solo Houses</a>&nbsp;was initiated by a Paris-based couple, Christian Bourdais and Eva Albarran. The&nbsp;'collection' strives to capture the current state of architecture and is united by a remarkable material and light sensibility.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>The &lsquo;right-angled mushroom&rsquo; Solo House designed by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. Photograph: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen; Image via</figcaption></figure><p>So far, two houses are completed&mdash;a concrete and square tower by Chile-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pezo von Ellrichshausen</a> and a&nbsp;circular house designed by the Brussels practice&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Solo Houses&rsquo; choices are those of enthusiasts who know their field and know what they like. Bourdais says he wasn&rsquo;t looking &ldquo;for the fashionable architects that everyone knows&rdquo;, but people of his own fortysom...</em></p> The need to reclaim public spaces from white supremacists Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T12:05:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In this article on the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a>, Lance Hosey writes about the horror of watching white surpremacists marching in the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on August 11th and 12th of this year. The Mall, which was significantly redesigned in the 1970s, serves as a unavoidable visual reminder of the pressing need for architects, designers, and city planners to reclaim public spaces from hate groups. As Hosey explains, "In the 70s, when the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin&nbsp;led a community-driven design process that closed East Main Street to cars, they had the foresight to lift the brick paving on pedestals and give room to breathe for the newly planted trees&rsquo; root system, and four decades later the majestic Willow Oaks are bigger than buildings. Strolling down the Mall is like a walk in the woods. On Friday evenings in summer, 'Charlottesville's living room' teems with life, the most vivid sense of community I have ever known."</p> <p>After describing the despicable events of the nig...</p>