Archinect - News 2018-02-19T09:16:11-05:00 Three candidates shortlisted in AA School of Architecture's search for its new director Justine Testado 2018-02-15T18:55:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T13:56:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The last few months have been full of uncertainty for the prestigious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>, which currently does not have a permanent director (Samantha Hardingham has been interim director since&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brett Steele</a> left the position&nbsp;in 2016). In the school's ongoing search for a new leader, they recently revealed a shortlist of three finalist candidates. They are:</p> <ul><li><strong>Pippo Ciorra</strong>, Senior Curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome, architect, critic, and professor</li><li><strong>Eva Franch i Gilabert</strong>,&nbsp;Chief Curator &amp; Executive Director of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Storefront for Art &amp; Architecture</a> in New York, architect, curator, and educator</li><li><strong>Robert Mull</strong>,&nbsp;Head of Architecture and Design at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Brighton</a>, architect, educator, urbanist, and activist</li></ul><p>After receiving 73 responses to their call for applications, the AA selected 26 candidates for their initial list, which was then narrowed down to 15 candidates for the first round of interviews. The first round of interviews included individuals&nbsp;from Australia, North and South A...</p> Kengo Kuma wants to change the definition of architecture Alexander Walter 2018-02-15T17:31:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T15:17:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Rejecting flashy forms in favor of buildings in harmony with their environment, the architect &mdash; poised to become world famous for his stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo &mdash; is trying to reinvent his entire trade. [...] Kuma, a constant source of paradoxes and ironies, often makes demagogic statements on behalf of his own brand of architectural modesty. &ldquo;I want to change the definition of architecture,&rdquo; he told me; in a way, he already has.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nikil Saval pens a beautiful portrait of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a> for <em>T Magazine</em> and investigates the architect's ongoing quest to ground his version of Modernism in authentic Japanese craftsmanship.<br></p> A new documentary series explores Flores & Prats' renovation of a Barcelona theatre Hope Daley 2018-02-15T15:23:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T12:24:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flores &amp; Prats Architects</a> have released a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">documentary</a> series, <em>ESCALA 1:5</em>,&nbsp;focusing on their design for Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Centre in Barcelona.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sala Beckett Theatre facade, by Flores &amp; Prats, located in Barcelona. Image: Adria&#768; Goula. </figcaption></figure><p>The series consists of 5 episodes each 10 minutes long, produced by 15-L. Films and directed by Patricia Tamayo and Albert Badia. Retracing the journey behind the architectural renovation, this short series documents the space and the bond which ties the building to its neighborhood.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Still from 'ESCALA 1:5' series, by Flores &amp; Prats. Image: Flores &amp; Prats.</figcaption></figure><p>Starring architects Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats, the film also includes&nbsp;Toni Casares,&nbsp;the director of Sala Beckett,&nbsp;as well as Sergi Belbel, playwright and former director of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, artists Soraya Smithson and Antoni Miralda, and designer Curro Claret.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ticket box entry of Sala Beckett, by Flores &amp; Prats, located in Barcelona. Image: Adria&#768; Goul...</figcaption></figure> Calatrava's megatall Dubai Creek Tower completes design development Alexander Walter 2018-02-15T14:52:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T14:23:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The design development programme for Dubai Creek Tower is fully complete.&nbsp; BMT, an&nbsp;international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced that it had&nbsp;taken the Emaar Properties project "to 100% design development". Wind engineering experts from BMT have completed aerodynamic shape optimisation studies, wind loading analyses, and fa&ccedil;ade wind pressure assessments for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>'s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, stopped by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> megaproject last month and inspected the monumental foundation work of what may soon be the world's tallest building (the final height is still kept a secret but was announced to surpass the&nbsp;829.8&nbsp;m/2,722&nbsp;ft of the current and nearby record holder, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>).</p> Thom Mayne Young Architects Program is extended for third semester Hope Daley 2018-02-14T18:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T18:53:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a> has announced the educational initiative led by the firm&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize-winning founder,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> Young Architects,&nbsp;has been extended through the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year in partnership with Hall Elementary School in Bridgeport, CT.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Students in the Thom Mayne Young Architects Program. Image: Google.</figcaption></figure><p>This program enables 6th grade&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">students</a> who participated last semester to continue developing their design skills in this 12-week course. The after-school classes are led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a> architecture students, and task the students with creating a beautification proposal for their classroom.&nbsp;Each student received a new Pixelbook laptop donated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a> with state-of-the-art design software to develop their design skills.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>An architecture model produced by a student in the Thom Mayne Young Architects Program. Image: Morphosis.</figcaption></figure><p>Students will demonstrate their grasp of architectural concepts and their mastery of design software in mid-term and final presenta...</p> Wilbert Hasbrouck, renowned Chicago preservation architect and co-owner of Prairie Avenue Bookshop, dies at 86 Hope Daley 2018-02-14T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T14:07:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, a pioneering Chicago preservation architect who breathed new life into buildings designed by some of the city&rsquo;s renowned architects and co-owned a beloved architectural bookstore, died Saturday at a care facility in suburban Norridge. A longtime Chicago resident, Hasbrouck was 86. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson&rsquo;s disease, said his son Charles, a director at the Chicago architectural firm of bKL.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over a 40 year career, Hasbrouck&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovated</a> buildings such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>&rsquo;s Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, William Le Baron Jenney's&nbsp;Manhattan Building skyscraper, and Louis Sullivan's&nbsp;&nbsp;Peoples Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, along with several of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>&rsquo;s important 19th-century buildings.&nbsp;</p> <p>He and his wife Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck co-edited and published an architectural magazine named the Prairie School Review. This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publication</a> promoted the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and other architects well before their work became revered.&nbsp;Marilyn Hasbrouck&nbsp;eventually opened the Prairie Avenue Bookshop, to help support the magazine, which became a highly respected architectural bookshop in Chicago.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck at her Prairie Avenue Bookshop in Chicago. Image: Glessner House Museum.</figcaption></figure> Fumihiko Maki featured in PLANE—SITE's next Time-Space-Existence video Archinect 2018-02-14T12:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T23:05:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One of the world&rsquo;s foremost living modernists, AIA Gold Medalist and Pritzker laureate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fumihiko Maki</a>'s celebrated career stretches over 60 years.&nbsp;Steering clear of &ldquo;unnecessary forms or textures&rdquo; (as he puts it), his designs are understated integrations of metal, glass and concrete. Like other Japanese architects of his generation, Maki has spent a lifetime unafraid to embrace new technologies while insisting on their humanity.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Four World Trade Center &copy; Tectonic</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aga Khan Museum &copy; Shinkenchiku-sha</figcaption></figure><p>Fumihiko Maki was trained under <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenzo Tange</a> at the University of Tokyo, going on to graduate from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> and work at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings and Merrill</a> and Sert Jackson and Associates. He later returned to Tokyo and started his own firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maki and Associates</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Spiral &copy; Toshiharu Kitajima</figcaption></figure><p>In this new video for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Space-Existence</a>&nbsp;series, Maki discusses the importance in acknowledging human behavior in architecture, the strange shapes of today&rsquo;s skyscrapers, and the influence of his mentor, ...</p> Sole-practitioner from Manitoba, Michael J. Cox, inducted as 2018 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Alexander Walter 2018-02-13T14:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T14:39:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Michael J. Cox, FRAIC, an architect from Manitoba who has led numerous organizations and is passionate about the contribution architects can make in their communities, is the 79th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Mr. Cox received the President&rsquo;s Medal of office from the 2017 President Ewa Bieniecka, FRAIC, at a change-of-office ceremony on February 2 in Ottawa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A 1971&nbsp;University of Manitoba B.Arch graduate, Michael J. Cox has been the principal of his&nbsp;one-person practice&nbsp;in Brandon, Manitoba since 1979. "You can&rsquo;t get much smaller than one," he jokes.</p><p>Outlining key goals during his term, Cox remarked: "The RAIC needs to focus on the immediate needs of its&nbsp;members at all stages of their careers and in all sizes of practice. This includes delivering relevant and accessible continuing-education programs, helping emerging practitioners, and advocating for architects on&nbsp;practice&nbsp;issues such as procurement reform."<br></p> The Invention of Wessex: Thomas Hardy as Architect Places Journal 2018-02-13T14:08:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T14:10:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>There is a good case for listing Thomas Hardy amongst the greatest of all conceptual architects &mdash; the prophet, well before the fact, of a particular type of speculative, imaginary architectural project which would boom a century later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 19th-century author Thomas Hardy has never been considered much of an architect. Yet as Kester Rattenbury shows, his creation of Wessex was an architectural project - one that drew on the ideas of his time, but also predicted some of the most inventive architectural work of our own age.&nbsp;Hardy saw rural England through an experimental, modern frame, and his Wessex Project was as radical in its time as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delirious New York</a> were in theirs.&nbsp;</p> Gehry reportedly tapped for new Facebook London HQ in King’s Cross Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T13:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T13:44:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facebook is close to signing a deal for a new British headquarters at the King&rsquo;s Cross redevelopment in London. The social media giant is understood to be finalising outline terms with King&rsquo;s Cross Central, which is majority-owned by the AustralianSuper pension fund. Facebook is expected to take four buildings covering more than 700,000 sq ft, tripling the size of its footprint in the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><p>King's Cross is further strengthening its position as London's emerging tech hub, following previous proposed developments like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's mega&nbsp; "landscraper" HQ</a>, designed jointly by Heatherwick Studio and BIG.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Times</a></em> and <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect's Journal</a></em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Partners</a> is considered as architect for the new Facebook London base. Gehry and Zuckerberg go way back and have already collaborated on Facebook's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dublin, and other London</a> offices.</p> Immigrant Architects Honored with 2018 Vilcek Prizes Sponsor 2018-02-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T12:07:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Vilcek Foundation</a></strong></em><br></p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vilcek Foundation</a> is pleased to announce the winners of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Vilcek Prizes in the Arts and Humanities</a>, this year recognizing the field of architecture. Awarded annually, the prizes call attention to the breadth of immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences.</p> <p>&ldquo;The social, political, and cultural landscape of America has been shaped by generations of immigrant contributions,&rdquo; says Marica Vilcek, co-founder and vice chairman of the Vilcek Foundation. &ldquo;With the Vilcek Prizes in Architecture, we are pleased to recognize the many ways in which they have shaped its physical landscape as well&mdash;through bold, original designs, and through research that challenges the status quo, both in the building arts and in society.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Vilcek Prize in Architecture, which comes with a $100,000 cash prize, is awarded to architect and urban researcher <strong>Teddy Cruz</strong>, professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of California, San Diego</a>, and director of desi...</p> SPF:architects' "Rainbow Bridge" is now open in Long Beach, CA Hope Daley 2018-02-08T20:13:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T20:13:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:architects</a>' new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian bridge</a>, named "Rainbow Bridge", is now open to the public of Long Beach,&nbsp;CA. The bridge provides a connection between&nbsp;Long Beach's Convention Center and Performing Arts Center.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rainbow Bridge by SPF:a located in Long Beach, CA. Image: SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><p>Previously, moving between these spaces required navigating loading docs and HVAC equipment on a stretch of the Seaside Way.&nbsp;Initially conceived of as a simple elevated sidewalk, the walkway developed into a much fuller project. Visitors can now not only easily connect between these two spaces, they can also enjoy an architectural experience along the way.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rainbow Bridge by SPF:a located in Long Beach, CA. Image: SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><p>The finished project is a 600-foot bridge consisting of 76 custom-welded bent-steel ribs framing the top, and approximately 1,200 cubic yards of poured-in-place concrete shaping the base. The bridge canopy features 3,500 color-changing LED node lights, which can be programmed and synched to music to...</p> Are mental disorders behind modernism? Le Corbusier and Gropius get diagnosed Hope Daley 2018-02-08T13:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-10T14:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two researchers recently suggested that autism and post-traumatic stress disorder led to the minimalist stylings of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Their questions and tools are useful, but there&rsquo;s danger in mistaking one piece of a puzzle for its entirety. The places we inhabit influence the way we see the world [...] Equally and inevitably, psychology has shaped architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Darran Anderson responds&nbsp;to the piece &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mental Disorders that Gave Us Modern Architecture</a>&rdquo; by&nbsp;Ann Sussman&nbsp;and&nbsp;Katie Chen, arguing against their totalizing narrative of two influential figures and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernism</a> as a whole.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sussman and Chen suggest modernist architecture originated from autism in regard to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, and post-traumatic stress disorder in regard to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a>. The final argument is one against modernism, claiming its origin derives from mental dysfunction.&nbsp;</p> <p>While it is interesting to consider a possible excuse for Le Corbusier's callousness or the effects of serving in WWI on&nbsp;Gropius, Anderson argues, "the evidence that modern architecture is founded on 'disorders' is highly questionable".</p> <p>His response reveals an empathetic side to Le Corbusier, and delves into Gropius' immense achievements unimpeded&nbsp;by trauma. Read the full article and go deeper into Anderson's argument for modernism and two of its key figures.&nbsp;</p>... The pop culture-bending firm, Family New York, has decided to part ways Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-08T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T13:37:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since establishing the practice in 2010, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Family New York</a> has accrued an impressive array of projects to their name, as well as fans of their work. Over the course of only eight years, founders Oana Stanescu and Dong-Ping Wong have had the opportunity to collaborate with everyone from the New Museum to Virgil Abloh and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kanye West</a> and Kim Kardashian. During this time, the duo has engaged in fanciful projects like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their proposal</a> for a water-filtering, floating pool&nbsp;off the shores of New York City and their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">movable, 50-foot volcano</a>&nbsp;for West's dazzling, Yeezus tour.</p> <p>Despite this solid run, the two have decided to go their separate ways and disband the practice. According to their statement, Stanescu, who is a former top-notch&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect School Blogger</a>,&nbsp;is going on to pursue a multifaceted practice under her own name. She will also continue on with her teaching positions at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union</a>. Wong has also decided to start his own firm, FOOD, with projects already in the works i...</p> The Power of Smallness by Aina Coll Torrent MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-02-08T00:24:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T00:24:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>MONU magazine's current issue #27 on "Small Urbanism" shows how small things can have a great impact on city life and planning, exploring themes such as micro-occupations as political protest, urban furniture to recover public spaces and fight criminality, acupunctural interventions for refugee settlements or tiny models used for military strategies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are architectural spaces that capture you through their smallest details. Almost five years ago, I visited the Crematorium building by Asplund in the Woodland Cemetery, in Stockholm. After crossing the artificial landscape along a seemingly introverted building, I remember entering a forecourt, grabbing a beautiful door handle and entering a waiting room before reaching the chapel. A wooden bench was softly emerging from the wall, like a curved silk fabric, oriented towards a long window to an enclosed courtyard. The warmth of the space, enhanced by the metaphor of a domestic carpet and the rounding and softness of the corners, was suddenly disturbed by the image of a very small window which was framing very precisely the artificial hills and trees that were guiding the visitor when entering the site. The feeling of connection to an endless outside world condensed in a window was, somehow, sublime. </p><figure><img src=";w=1200"><figcaption>View through the window at the Woodland Crematorium, by Erik Gunnar Asplund....</figcaption></figure> A look at visionary architect Georgia Louise Harris Brown, the first female African-American architecture graduate Hope Daley 2018-02-07T20:50:00-05:00 >2018-02-07T20:50:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Pioneering African-American architect Georgia Louise Harris Brown had a knack for seeking out the most fertile architecture scenes in the world during her long career. She practiced in Chicago during Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s prime and, from there, moved to Brazil, where a singular modernist language was being created for Brasilia, the most ambitious planned capital of the 20th century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Georgia Louise Harris Brown has been featured as part of Redshift's <em>Respect</em> series, focusing on architect visionaries. Brown was the first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African-American</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women</a> to graduate with an architecture degree, and the second professionally licensed African-American female architect in the nation.&nbsp;Beverly Loraine Greene was the first, and a role model to Brown.&nbsp;</p> <p>She studied under Mies at his Illinois Institute of Technology and was heavily influenced by his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist</a> style. Her first job in Chicago was with Kenneth Roderick O'Neal, an African-American architect and structural engineer who also studied with Mies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working with&nbsp;Frank J. Kornacker Associates by 1949, Brown worked on several key projects such as&nbsp;860&ndash;880 Lake Shore Drive. This high-rise was influential in its minimalist grid of steel and glass and constructed with Brown's structural calculations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eventually moving to Brazil, Brown became professionally licensed in 1970 leading many firms for over the next twenty years. Read mor...</p> Josef Frank’s Modernist Vision: "Accidentism" Places Journal 2018-02-06T18:50:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T18:50:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Away with universal styles,&rdquo; wrote Josef Frank. &ldquo;Away with the idea of equating art and industry, away with the whole system that has become popular under the name of functionalism. Modernism," he was fond of saying, "is that which gives us complete freedom."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More than an architect and designer, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Josef Frank</a> was an &ldquo;intellectual, who built ideas.&rdquo; Christopher Long introduces Frank's 1958 essay, "Accidentism" &mdash; a humanist manifesto denouncing the banality of orthodox modernism and calling for a new pluralism in design. As Long explains, "the essay reads as a bracing critique of modern architecture, all the more notable for having been written by a prominent modernist" &mdash; the ultimate statement of his long-standing disquiet with the tenets of the mainstream movement.</p> <p>The article is the latest installment of our Future Archive series, which republishes significant 20th-century writings on design, selected and introduced by leading scholars.</p> A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects, Recipient of the 2018 AIA Firm Award Archinect 2018-02-06T13:33:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T16:51:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this episode of Archinect Sessions Paul travels to Minneapolis to join Ken in a conversation with Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snow Kreilich Architects</a>, winner of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich</figcaption></figure><p>Julie Snow Architects was founded in Minneapolis in 1995. Matt Kreilich later joined Julie, his thesis advisor from college, to form Snow Kreilich Architects.</p> <p>Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, wrote in his letter of nomination for the AIA award, &ldquo;Their body of work is distinguished by a restrained formal elegance and a refined minimal tectonic sensibility while avoiding the nostalgic and technological excesses of our discipline. Indeed, they see architecture as a material practice and a cultural act born of a sensual pragmatism."<br></p> <figure><img src=""><figcaption>Snow Kreilich Architects. Photo courtesy of AIA</figcaption></figure>This award is great because it didn't come to Matt and I. It came to Snow Kreilich" - Julie Snow <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 116 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects&rdquo;...</p> Editor's Picks #482 Nam Henderson 2018-02-06T11:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T21:38:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.E.FT</a>, started in 2005 by Makram El Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine, was profiled as part of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> series.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>For some reason <strong>BulgarBlogger</strong> and <strong>Positive Pete</strong> got into it over issues of state licensure, international practice and other "<em>types of technicalities</em>".<br></p> <p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> started up a new series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a>, which focuses on the trend of fellowships in academia which "<em>has exploded over the past decade</em>". The first three featured; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zachary Tate Porter</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Outpost Office</a>.</p> News <p>Toon Dreessen (president of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dreessen Cardinal Architects Inc</a>) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penned</a> an editorial arguing why Canadian architecture needs the support of a national policy. <strong>Non Sequitur</strong> was surprised "<em>we're doing rather well. &nbsp;Not sure what this is for.</em>"</p> <p>BIG&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revised plans</a> for a $2 billion Smithsonian redevelopment plan, which was&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">under fire</a>. <strong>citizen</strong> added to the criticism, "<em>Yet more work proposed in a major Olmsted-planned urban landscape-- see also the Obama Library project fo...</em></p> Largest timber-constructed office building in the nation planned for Newark’s waterfront devingannon 2018-02-05T11:48:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T11:51:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Lotus Equity Group announced on Monday plans to bring the largest mass <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timber</a> office building in the United States to the Newark waterfront. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green Architecture</a> has been tapped to design the 500,000-square-foot office building made with a wooden structure for Riverfront Square, a massive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mixed-use</a> development proposed for the Broad Street corridor of the Jersey neighborhood. The building will rise in three separate sections to six, eight and 11 stories tall and have a concrete foundation. Its columns, exterior panels, elevators, stairwells and floor systems will be made of mass timber. Interiors will boast exposed wood with a facade covered in metal panels, brick or wood.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1200"></figure><p>Not only do timber-built buildings reduce the number of greenhouse gases emitted, it saves developers overall time on construction. Plus, experts say wood connects workers to nature, creating a more pleasant and productive environment.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1200"></figure><p>&ldquo;The vision we share with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green</a> is to design the mos...</p> Calatrava's new Dallas bridge further troubled due to cable flaws Alexander Walter 2018-02-02T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-02-04T10:19:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Margaret McDermott Bridge was supposed to be open to pedestrians and bicyclists by now, but the arches over the Trinity River remain closed partially over concerns about broken cables. The issue centers around problems with the cables -- and their resistance to heavy winds -- that connect the arch to the base of the Dallas bridge, which was designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava and his firm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;$113-million (partially)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Margaret McDermott Bridge</a> carrying Interstate 30 is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dallas</a>' ambitious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trinity River Project</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"City officials are hoping to open the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists in March," <em>Dallas News </em>writes. Meanwhile the finger-pointing between TxDOT, city officials, and the architect is in full swing.</p> MVRDV "Tetristecture" coming to Germany Alexander Walter 2018-02-01T17:59:00-05:00 >2018-02-04T15:27:38-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> is further embracing its trademark pixel style with a new commission in the German city of Esslingen: dubbed "Crystal Rock", the design for a new 6,500-sqm,&nbsp;12-story mixed-use office development sports a part-QR-code-covered/part-reflective facade and a giant Minecraft-style hole that's been punched through the building's center.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>From MVRDV: "The buildings&rsquo; volume is pushed inwards to create a fragmented facade, an &lsquo;Esslinger grotto&rsquo; that reflects its actual topography and forms an open public walkway right through the center, marking the location of the central district. On upper levels, offices are located and envisioned as light, attractive and flexible spaces that are customizable for different users to create combinations of work and life. On the ground level, the crystal rock facade opens up to the public square in front connecting the city to the building and provides public amenities including a caf&eacute;, restaurant and meeting areas."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>"The Milestone&rsquo;s partly...</p> Herzog & de Meuron's $153 million Royal College of Art expansion receives council approval Alexander Walter 2018-01-30T16:16:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T13:37:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Royal College of Art&rsquo;s flagship new building, designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron, has been granted planning permission by Wandsworth Council. The building is part of a &pound;108m investment programme in the RCA &ndash; the most radical transformation of the institution&rsquo;s campus in its 181-year history.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCA</a> Battersea South Campus expansion will be the new home of the school's&nbsp;Arts &amp; Humanities programs (Sculpture and Contemporary Art Practice), Design programs (Design Products, Fashion and Textiles), Global Innovation Design and Innovation Design Engineering (delivered jointly with Imperial College London), and new additional programs focusing on computer and material science, wearable technology, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and intelligent mobility.</p> <p>The College expects work on the site to commence in spring 2018 and reach completion in April 2020, just in time for the&nbsp;2020/21 academic year.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a> on Archinect.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure> Kazuyo Sejima joins Pritzker Prize jury Alexander Walter 2018-01-30T14:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T21:21:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Hyatt Foundation today announced the appointment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kazuyo Sejima</a> as the newest member of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a> jury. <br></p> <p>Sejima herself is a Pritzker laureate and received the prestigious recognition in 2010 alongside her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> co-founding partner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryue Nishizawa</a>.</p> <p>"I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the jury and supporting the mission of the Pritzker Prize," Sejima commented on the appointment.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Grace Farms &ldquo;River&rdquo; building in New Canaan, CT by SANAA. Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>The Pritzker Prize jury for 2018, the accolade's 40th anniversary, also includes:</p> <ul><li>Jury Chair <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glenn Murcutt</a>, architect and 2002 Pritzker Laureate, Sydney, Australia</li><li>Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Washington, D.C., USA</li><li>Andr&eacute; Corr&ecirc;a do Lago, architectural critic, curator, and Brazilian Ambassador to Japan, Tokyo, Japan</li><li>The Lord Palumbo, architectural patron, Chairman Emeritus of the Trustees, Serpentine Galleries, London, United Kingdom</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers</a>, architect and 2007 Pritzker Laur...</li></ul> Founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, passes away, age 91 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-29T14:08:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T13:22:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"His legacy will be admired for many years to come and his vision &ndash; to create a better everyday life for the many people &ndash; will continue to guide and inspire us," says Jesper Brodin, the CEO and president of the IKEA Group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over the weekend, the Swedish entrepreneur who created <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a>, Ingvar Kamprad (age 91), passed away quietly at his home in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sweden</a>. The company confirmed Mr. Kamprad's death on Sunday, citing "short illness."</p> <p>The business magnate displayed a penchant for entrepreneurship from a young age, selling matches to Swedish villagers as a child. In 1943, a 17-year-old Kamprad registered his business as IKEA, originally selling household goods by mail.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the course of his seven decades-long career, Kamprad grew the mail-order company into the world's largest furniture retailer.&nbsp;With more than 350 stores in 29 countries, the company amassed him a net worth of over $58.7 billion, making him the world's eighth-richest person according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.</p> <p>He is survived by his daughter, Annika, and sons, Peter, Jonas and Mathias&mdash;and, of course, the ubiquitous 'Lack table' that sits in every one of your millennial friends' living rooms.&nbsp;</p> Cornell Architecture Chair named after AAP alumnus Richard Meier Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T13:30:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The chair of the Department of Architecture in AAP will bear the name of one of the college's renowned alumni: Richard Meier (B.Arch. '56). The Richard Meier Chair of the Department of Architecture was announced by the college and by Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects, Meier's New York City&ndash; and Los Angeles&ndash;based practice for 55 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The first person to hold the new title of&nbsp;Richard Meier Chair of the Department of Architecture will be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AAP</a> associate professor Andrea Simitch (B.Arch. '79).</p> <p>The 83-year-old <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meier</a> is the only&nbsp;Cornell&nbsp;alumnus to have received the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1984).</p> Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue project presents latest design updates Alexander Walter 2018-01-26T18:39:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gehry has completed new &mdash; and nearly final &mdash; designs for the Grand, an open-air complex of apartments, condominiums, movie theaters, restaurants and shops that promises to enliven a city block that has been mostly dead for half a century. [...] The delay helped improve the project, Himmel insisted. Five years ago, there was a "disconnect" between what Gehry wanted to build and what Related could pay for [...] Since then, Gehry has found ways to reconcile his vision with costs</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>But wait, there's more: the <em>LA Times</em> writes that developing the block on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue</a> would finally unlock a design feature <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a> himself "baked into his design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disney Hall</a>" a long time ago &mdash; the ability of the concert hall's curvy metallic facade to receive light and video projections from across the street could open up the opportunity to show live concerts happening inside also outside and entertain people in The Grand.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>"We selected the metal surface that tested best for projection," the article quotes Gehry talking about his landmark Walt Disney Concert Hall. "You close that piece of Grand Avenue, put some chairs out there and you've got something special. We're not just building buildings, we're building places."</p><p>Bring on the food trucks.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure> Frank Gehry's Merriweather Post Pavilion roof collapses during renovation Hope Daley 2018-01-25T13:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-25T13:36:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One of architect Frank Gehry&rsquo;s earliest public buildings collapsed this month as it was nearing the end of a five-year, $55 million renovation, forcing the owners to revise their plans. The roof of the Merriweather Post Pavilion, a 19,000-seat open-air concert venue in Columbia, Maryland, crashed down in the middle of the night on Saturday, January 13, burying the seating below. No one was injured.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The concert <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pavilion</a> was designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, Walsh, and O'Malley in 1967 and is being renovated to maintain presence among other performing arts centers. The design team opted to keep the original roof seeing it as the defining element of Gehry's design and were in the process of raising it 20 feet on hydraulic lifts improving sightlines when it <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collapsed</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Merriweather Post Pavilion, image via Youtube</figcaption></figure><p>So far a cause for the collapse has not been disclosed. This incident marks the concert pavilion as one of the first major Frank Gehry buildings to be considerably lost or modified despite efforts to retain its architectural integrity.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><img src=";w=1200"><figcaption>Renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion rendering by JP2 Architects. Image: JP2 Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Gehry Partners is not a part of the renovation design team headed up by JP2 Architects, but was briefed on the project. A new roof will be built in time for this summer's concert season with the first show scheduled for July.&nbsp;</p> Architects are people too; 10 great job ads showing it's not just about skills and experience Hope Daley 2018-01-24T18:16:00-05:00 >2018-01-25T02:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As we all know, a full-time job takes up a big part of a person's life. It's not just about getting your work done, but it's also about living with your co-workers for almost half of your waking hours. To be a happy and successful employee, it's critical to be well-aligned with the culture, personalities and physical environment at your workplace. So, why is it that so many job ads don't even touch on anything besides qualifications, responsibilities, job experience and salary? Shouldn't it be a top priority to ensure a new hire will be fully qualified <em>and</em> fully satisfied? This week we're taking a look at some of the job ads from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> that show an appreciation for the human side of their staff, expressing interest in people beyond their skills and experience.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Studio Link-Arc, LLC </strong>seeks a<strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Architect</a>&nbsp;for their NYC office.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Wuzhong Museum located in Suzhou, CN, rendering by Studio Link-Arc, LLC. Image: Studio Link-Arc, LLC.</figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The firm explains their company&rsquo;s name and mis...</p> NOARQ creates a curved house for a triangular lot in Portugal Hope Daley 2018-01-23T15:59:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A new project titled CASA ED &amp; JO features a clean and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">curved</a> design by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NOARQ</a>. The renovated house is&nbsp;located in Famalic&atilde;o, Portugal with tucked away patios inside a triangular urban plot.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA ED&amp;JO by NOARQ located in Famalic&atilde;o, Portugal. Image: Jo&atilde;o Morgado. </figcaption></figure><figure><p>The lot is highly exposed due to different topographies between the adjoining streets. For this reason the house is closed on the north side to create more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">privacy</a>. The house opens up on the east side where light enters the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kitchen</a> and the whole of the south facing front is open under a curved shade cover.&nbsp;<br></p><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1200"></figure><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA ED&amp;JO by NOARQ located in Famalic&atilde;o, Portugal. Image: Jo&atilde;o Morgado. </figcaption></figure><figure><p>The house consists of two&nbsp;floors&nbsp;rehabilitated&nbsp;from the original structure. The first floor was&nbsp;expanded to preserve the garage, entrance, and vertical access storage area.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA ED&amp;JO by NOARQ located in Famalic&atilde;o, Portugal. Image: Jo&atilde;o Morgado. </figcaption></figure><figure><p>The second floor functions as the main area of the house consisting of open lounging rooms and the more p...</p></figure>