Archinect - News 2018-08-17T11:27:39-04:00 Air conditioning's challenge for the built environment Hope Daley 2018-08-16T16:14:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T16:14:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The US expends more energy on air conditioning, for example, than the whole of Africa does on everything. Then again, it expends even more energy on hot water, which doesn&rsquo;t get the same rap. The question then is not whether to condition climate, but how. As long ago as the 1940s the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy demonstrated, with his village of New Gourna near Luxor, how traditional techniques of orientation, ventilation, screening and shading could be revived.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore dives into the history of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">air conditioning</a> and how the development of this technology shaped architectural design over the years. Rather than condemn its use, Moore advocates for optimizing both old and new techniques for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cooling</a> with the current challenge to scale up for rapidly expanding cities.</p> BIG designs first prototype for affordable vacation home company Klein Hope Daley 2018-08-15T15:12:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T18:08:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Behold the first prototype of the Brooklyn-based Klein, a new company that wants to make the process of building small houses more affordable all over the world.&nbsp;A45 is a 13-foot-long wood and glass cabin for one, two, or three people (if one of them is tiny) designed by the&nbsp;Danish architectural firm&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group [...] meant to be the first of many designs [that will fulfill the fantasy] of having a home outside the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Founder Soren Rose started Klein after leading the firm S&oslash;ren Rose Studio&nbsp;based in New York and Copenhagen. By providing small, cheap, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> houses the company aims to make vacation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home ownership</a> more affordable to a wider audience.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>While there are currently no set prices, homes are projected to range from&nbsp;$50,000 to $300,000.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>The first prototype, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, is the start of several options which will be fully customizable and ready within 6 months of placing an order.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>Klein is currently taking preorders on a case by case basis.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure></figure> Notre Dame is falling apart and relying on US donations for major repairs Hope Daley 2018-08-15T14:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T14:21:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One of Europe&rsquo;s most visited sites, with about 12 million tourists a year, is in dire need of repairs. Centuries of weather have worn away at the stone. The fumes from decades of gridlock have only worsened the damage. &ldquo;Pollution is the biggest culprit,&rdquo; says Philippe Villeneuve, architect in chief of historic monuments in France. &ldquo;We need to replace the ruined stones. We need to replace the joints with traditional materials. This is going to be extensive.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Notre Dame</a> faces major <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">repairs</a> as the historic Cathedral's structure decays due largely to pollution. Funding for the repairs needed were difficult to raise as the cathedral is owned by the French government, yet their arrangement allows the&nbsp;Catholic archdiocese of Paris&nbsp;to use it for free. Both claimed the other responsible for raising funds, however the&nbsp;archdiocese stepped up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">creating&nbsp;Friends of Notre Dam last year</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The organization allows US citizens to make tax deductible contributions to the renovation of this historic landmark. Friends of Notre Dame hope to raise $114 million within the next five to 10 years.&nbsp;</p> Motorway bridge collapses over houses and buildings in Italy, leaving 20 dead Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-14T16:29:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T13:44:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A motorway bridge, running above houses, streets and railroad tracks in the center of Genoa, Italy, collapsed this morning dropping dozens of vehicles and leaving at least 35 dead and many more injured. Operations remain underway to clear the rubble as at least 30 vehicles sit trapped. Rescuers warn that the death toll may continue to rise as they pick through the debris.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"The collapse of Ponte Morandi is an immense tragedy for our city,"&nbsp; said Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci, who&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">told</a> CCN that the collapse "was not absolutely unexpected." Deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that the bridge had shown "signs of problems" in the past.</p> <p>Constructed in the 1960s, when many of the country's viaducts, galleries and other infrastructure projects were built, the Ponte Morandi bridge was beginning to show its age. A cable-stayed bridge, the design featured two pretensioned concrete cables used on both sides of the pillar. Subject to corrosion, it may have made the bridge, which re...</p> Global heatwave is symptom of early stage cycle of civilisational collapse Orhan Ayyüce 2018-08-13T18:59:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T14:59:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This summer&rsquo;s extreme weather has hit home some stark realities. Climate disaster is not slated to happen in some far-flung theoretical future. It&rsquo;s here, and now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Penned by Nafeez Ahmed, investigative journalist, recovering academic, tracking the Crisis of Civilization, the article points to a more urgent than urgent times in terms of civilisation and not merely the climate change.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Also an urgent quote from a friend internalizing the article for architecture, "I am surprised that with contemporary conditions that require a radical re-orientation and re-conceptualization of discipline and profession, architecture professors continue to talk about elements, tectonic, "Fundamentals", context, composition, scale, poche, sustainability... Bla,bla...&nbsp;Let's build a new ontology..."<br></p> <p>-Alex Santander, Architect. Tijuana, Mexico</p> BIG completes Shenzhen Energy Company's new “undulating” office skyscrapers Justine Testado 2018-08-13T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T08:32:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transsolar</a> won the international competition to design Shenzhen Energy Company's new office skyscraper. After six years of construction that began in 2012, the development has been completed at a time when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen</a> is continuously evolving into &ldquo;China's Silicon Valley&rdquo;.</p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.</figcaption></figure><p>A 220-meter tower and a 120-meter tower are linked by a 34-meter, ground-level podium that houses the main lobbies, conference center, cafeteria, and exhibition space. The Shenzhen Energy Company's offices are located on the highest floors, while the remaining floors are rentable office space.<br></p> <p>No stacked blocks to be seen in this BIG design this time around either.&nbsp;The towers feature an&nbsp;undulating envelope that creates&nbsp;&ldquo;a rippled skin around both towers and breaks away from the traditional glass curtain wall,&rdquo; BIG says.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p>The facade oscillates between transparency on one side and opacity on ...</p> Hong Kong's public housing receives widespread photographic attention Hope Daley 2018-08-13T15:52:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T15:52:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Across Hong Kong, where almost half the population lives in government-provided housing, public housing complexes have become wildly popular Instagram destinations. Locals and tourists have flocked to estates around the city, craning their necks to get that perfect social media shot and irritating residents in the process. The estates have drawn professional interest as well, featuring prominently in marketing campaigns and even a music video by the Korean boy band Seventeen.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public housing</a>, largely built in the 1960's and 70's, has attracted widespread public attention for its aesthetic appeal. These modernist style high-rises <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photograph</a> beautifully with colorful displays of clean lined symmetry. While these buildings are visually engaging, they also play an important role providing affordable housing to millions in one of the most expensive cities to live. Hong Kong's immense public sector housing program creates space for nearly half of the city's residents.&nbsp;</p> Architecture professor defends brutalism against Trump's call for demolition Hope Daley 2018-08-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T09:06:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Depending on who you ask, brutalist buildings like the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., are little more than misshapen mounds of concrete. But architecture professor Mark Pasnik&nbsp;says the structures were built with a much deeper meaning in mind. "People think of them as communistic or as alienating," says Pasnik, who came to brutalism's defense in a recent Boston Globe op-ed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture professor Mark Pasnik makes the argument for preservation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings in an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion piece for the Boston Globe</a>. Pasnik's piece was in response to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trumps recent outcry to tear down the FBI headquarters</a>. He explains the style's history of material honesty, along with reasons to preserve brutalist architecture. Even if the style does not appeal to an individual, Pasnik advocates the historic importance and sustainability of renovation over demolition are worth keeping brutalist buildings intact.</p> NEH announces $13.2 million in grants for cultural infastructure Hope Daley 2018-08-10T18:04:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T13:45:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)</a> has just announced $13.2 million in grants for cultural infrastructure. <a href=";utm_source=govdelivery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">29 U.S. cultural institutions&nbsp;were awarded</a> with matching grants&nbsp;including libraries, museums, archives, colleges, universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions which build institutional capacity for long-term sustainability. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation</a> was among those awarded, receiving a grant of $576,106.&nbsp;</p> Chinese Hui Muslims resist order to demolish new mosque Alexander Walter 2018-08-10T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T14:28:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished. Officials said the newly built Weizhou Grand Mosque in the Ningxia region had not been given proper building permits. But worshippers refused to back down. One resident said they would not "let the government touch the mosque".</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new mosque was completed only last year, and city authorities initially wanted it torn down by Friday, citing a lack of proper planning and construction permits. Amid public outrage, authorities softened their demolition order to a "rectification plan" that demanded a less 'Arab' and more Chinese look.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The first version of that plan called for the mosque&rsquo;s 'Arab-style' domes to be replaced with traditional Chinese-style pagodas but was swiftly rejected by worshippers," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> the Hong Kong-based <em>South China Morning Post</em>. "The government then asked the mosque&rsquo;s management committee to remove eight of the nine domes that top the mosque, leaving the largest one in the centre. That, too, was deemed unacceptable by most members of the community."</p><p>Earlier this week, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unannounced demolition</a> of the influential Beijing studio of Chinese dissident artist&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a> sparked international outrage.&nbsp;</p> The great outdoors: 10 new examples of architectural landscapes & gardens Archinect 2018-08-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T13:42:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chiltern House</a> in Singapore by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierhouse &amp; 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marvel Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lemon Tree House</a> in M&eacute;rida, Mexico by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller Estilo Arquitectura</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Corner Pocket House</a> in Manhattan Beach, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edward Ogosta Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOME</a> in Paris, France by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamonic+Masson &amp; Associ&eacute;s</a> with Comte Vollenweider; Photo: Takuji Shimmura/Mile&#768;ne Servelle<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G'Day House</a> in Vancouver, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House M</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Ruge Architekten</a>; Photo: Ira Efremova<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Santa Fe, NM by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ohlhausen DuBois Architects</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madro&ntilde;os 27</a> in Mad...</p> Le Corbusier's influence on Japanese modernism Hope Daley 2018-08-09T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-12T12:13:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Thanks to the overwhelming clarity of [Le Corbusier's] positions, the bewitching nature of his epigrammatic style and the already-powerful international movement for Modernism, the impact he had on a rising generation of Japanese architects would prove to be immense. But it would be the nature of that impact to be felt only in conditions of overwhelming ambivalence.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nikil Saval traces <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s modernism back to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a> citing influences on Kunio Maekawa and Kenzo Tange. Japan was the earliest country in all of East Asia to engage with Le Corbusier's work in the late 19th century, and by the 1930's many of his books has been translated into Japanese.&nbsp;</p> <p>The piece navigates conflicting views in Japan with the introduction of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernism</a> and the &ldquo;Japan tradition debate&rdquo;. Saval explores the struggle around a desire to embrace global modernity while also retaining a sense of tradition or &ldquo;Japaneseness&rdquo; in the culture.&nbsp;</p> Aecom and SOM to revamp United Nations Geneva HQ Alexander Walter 2018-08-09T15:26:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T15:28:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Aecom has been appointed by the United Nations to work on the renovation of its European headquarters in Geneva. [...] The UN is looking to upgrade the systems at its 100,000 sq m Palais des Nations complex, much of which was built in the 1930s. Aecom will work with architects SOM and Burckhardt+Partner to renovate the power, cooling, security and IT systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Completed in 1938 as the League of Nations HQ, the expansive Palace of Nations building complex has been the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva since 1946 (Switzerland actually did not join the UN until 2002).</p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aecom</a>/<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a> team is joined by Swiss firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burckhardt+Partner</a>.<br></p> Construction on Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier has begun Alexander Walter 2018-08-09T14:37:00-04:00 >2018-08-17T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction has begun on a steel net to prevent people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, after years of debate over whether such an obstacle would mar the bridge&rsquo;s romantic image. For at least the next two years, crews will toil throughout the night to build a coarse web of marine cable beneath the Art Deco span that is both an international symbol for engineering beauty and a magnet for suicides.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Oakland companies Shimmick Construction Co. and Danny&rsquo;s Construction Co. won the contract to design and build the net for $211 million &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">about three times</a> what the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors had proposed when it put the project out for bid in 2014," the <em>Chronicle</em> reports.</p> Betsy DeVos’s summer home resides in McMansion Hell Hope Daley 2018-08-09T14:16:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T13:12:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two weeks ago, somebody untied Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos&rsquo;s $40 million yacht from its mooring. It got me thinking about another opulent display of wealth owned by DeVos: her 22,000-square-foot nautical-themed summer mansion, located in Holland, Michigan. Just a few more years of climate change and it&rsquo;ll be floating too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kate Wagner critiques Betsy DeVos&rsquo;s Michigan summer mansion on her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">humor</a> blog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McMansion Hell</a>. Wagner unpacks&nbsp;not only the architectural design but also the greater social implications of why the education secretary's McMansion is so horrendous. The essay is dedicated to "all of the public school teachers who taught [Wagner] how to write".&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Advance Media/Barcroft Images.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Pricey Pads.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Pricey Pads.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Pricey Pads.</figcaption></figure> Seattle's Space Needle reopens after major renovation—now sporting a rotating glass floor Alexander Walter 2018-08-08T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-08-11T00:52:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Those who have a fear of heights might not want to look down next time you go up to the Space Needle. One of the centerpieces of the landmark&rsquo;s massive remodel, designed by Olson Kundig, is now complete: a rotating glass floor, allowing visitors to look down at the 500 feet between them and the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After receiving a massive $100 million <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">makeover</a>, the&nbsp;55-year-old Seattle icon recently reopened to the public with an improved visitor experience, enhanced views (floor-to-ceiling glass&nbsp;panels further opened up the&nbsp;360-degree views of the Puget Sound), and, what it claims to be, the world's first and only revolving glass floor.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Oh look, there's our car!" Photo courtesy of John Lok and Space Needle LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>"Through the glass floor, guests are able to see the mechanics of the turntable, which consist of a series of 12 motors," explains the project description. "The power transmission relies on rolling peg gears to minimize friction and wear."</p> MAD Architects restore a historic lookout tunnel for Japan's 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale Hope Daley 2018-08-07T18:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T16:12:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> have restored Japan's historic Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel as a permanent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">art installation</a>, &ldquo;Tunnel of Light&rdquo;, coinciding with the&nbsp;2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. The art event hosts&nbsp;approximately 160 artworks across 200 villages, inhabiting abandoned spaces as sites for interaction. Located in the&nbsp;Niigata prefecture, the 2,500-foot long passageway cuts through rock formations to offer visitors panoramic views of Japan's mountainous snow country.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.</figcaption><p>The firm's scheme for this historic lookout consists of transforming several points along the tunnel as spaces for interaction with art and nature.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Upon approaching the tunnel, a small wooden hut has been constructed to serve as the caf&eacute; and souvenir shop. Inside the pitched cedar roof on the upper level is a hot spring foot spa.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" ...</figcaption></figure> Brady Bunch house sold to HGTV for undisclosed amount Alexander Walter 2018-08-07T16:15:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T00:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Discovery Inc.'s HGTV network has won the bidding for the California house that served as the exterior for the home of the family in&nbsp;The&nbsp;Brady Bunch, Discovery CEO David Zaslav said Tuesday. "I am excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and will restore the Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can," he said on the company's second-quarter earnings conference call [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The midcentury house in Studio City,&nbsp;CA served as the make-believe exterior&nbsp;of the Brady TV family's home from 1969 to 1974. It was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">listed for $1.885M last month</a>, and for a brief moment it appeared that 'N Sync star Lance Bass had placed the winning bid&mdash;only to wake up to the news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HGTV</a>&nbsp;had in fact become the new owner with the declared intent to get the house "at any cost" and "outperform any bid" (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according to Bass</a>).</p> First look at Zaha Hadid Architects' Mercury Tower redevelopment in St. Julian's, Malta Justine Testado 2018-08-06T15:14:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T19:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> recently revealed their design for the new Mercury Tower development in the bustling Paceville district in St. Julian's, Malta. In response to Malta's growing tourism and hospitality industry, the project involves the renovation and redevelopment of the historic Mercury House site, which had been derelict for over 20 years.</p> <p>The refurbishment of the&nbsp;Mercury House includes the preservation of its remaining facades that date back to 1903, as well as the reinstatement of&nbsp;its remaining historic interiors as gathering spaces for the new residential apartments and boutique hotel.&nbsp;The site also includes two underground vaults created during the Cold War.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering by VA.</figcaption><p><br>With the Mercury House at its base, the project's new developments emerge from behind the house so that it can remain as a focal point. The developments include a large public piazza surrounded by cafes and shops, and most noticeably, a new 31-story apartment and hotel tower.<br></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Main piazza. Rendering by ...</figcaption> Predating all known ancient civilizations, Göbekli Tepe may be world's first architecture Alexander Walter 2018-08-06T15:13:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T16:50:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At around 12,000 years old, G&ouml;bekli Tepe in south-east Turkey has been billed as the world&rsquo;s oldest temple. It is many millennia older than Stonehenge or Egypt&rsquo;s great pyramids, built in the pre-pottery Neolithic period before writing or the wheel. But should G&ouml;bekli Tepe, which became a Unesco World Heritage Site in July, also be regarded as the world&rsquo;s oldest piece of architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>T-shaped limestone pillars. Image: Wikipedia.</figcaption></figure><p>Archaeological research of the ancient&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G&ouml;bekli Tepe</a> ruin site in present-day Turkey suggests that the impressive monolithic structures,&nbsp;believed to date back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic era (10th&ndash;8th millennium BCE), might in fact be the first known example of architecture. "Rather than architecture being the product of organised societies, as has long been thought, there is new thinking that, in fact, it may have been the organisation needed to build on such a scale that helped usher in agriculture and settled society," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes.</p> Editor's Picks #490 Nam Henderson 2018-08-06T13:26:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T20:56:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> introduced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk #6: East vs West</a>. <br></p> <p><strong>WAI Think Tank</strong> started by looking at the problem(s) of Imperialism, Orientalism, "<em>hegemonic powers</em>" and canon. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They argued</a> <em>"</em><em>In the midst of an ongoing debacle of global proportions only a truly critical architecture can offer a vision of a world where humanity, architecture and the environment are in radical balance, and where East and West are just geographical references to explain where the Sun rises and the day sets.</em>"<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duane McLemore</a> made reference to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orientalism, Critical Regionalism, Audre Lorde</a> and "<em>dealing with privilege</em>", while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conor Gravelle</a> contended <br></p> <p>"<em>The<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> narratives</a> of the East and West begin to loose grounds where they fail to adequately surmount the intersectionality of contemporary existence...While this truth may not deliver the kind of critical fodder as the grander concepts of East or West, careful engagement with place offers a powerful sense of validation independent from heritage or nationality, beyond the co...</em></p> Henning Larsen Architects designs stunning 750m2 town hall in the Faroe Islands Justine Testado 2018-08-03T20:19:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T13:42:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Built over a river in the Faroese village of Nor&eth;rag&oslash;ta is the new&nbsp;Eysturkommuna Town Hall. Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects</a>&nbsp;Partner&nbsp;&Oacute;sbj&oslash;rn Jacobsen, who is Faroese, the 750m2 green-roofed town hall exhibits a contemporary approach to one major characteristic of traditional Faroese architecture: blurring the line between nature and building.</p> <p>The town hall is one of the first new buildings aiming to bring public life back to the center of&nbsp;Nor&eth;rag&oslash;ta. The community used to gather at a local beach for special occasions before a major fishing factory moved into town.&nbsp;</p> <figure rel="cursor: pointer; max-width: 100%; height: auto; vertical-align: middle; width: auto; margin-top: 6px !important; background: none !important;"><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: Nic Lehoux.</figcaption></figure><p>To create a welcoming atmosphere, the building&nbsp;features public terraces and a green roof where people can have picnics or swim in the river, while the interior can accommodate exhibitions, talks, concerts, and other events.&nbsp;Artist&nbsp;Jens Ladekarl Thomsen also created an exterior light and sound installation that draws sounds from its surrounding environment.</p> <figure rel="cursor: pointer; max-width: 100%; height: auto; vertical-align: middle; width: auto; margin-top: 6px !important; background: none !important;"><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: Nic Lehoux.</figcaption></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Photo: Nic Lehoux.</figcaption><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><figcaption>Photo:...</figcaption> 10 new architectural spaces designed for kids Archinect 2018-08-03T15:55:00-04:00 >2018-08-03T23:25:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kids Spaces</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frederiksvej Kindergarten</a> in Frederiksberg, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Act for Kids Child and Family Centre for Excellence</a> in Townsville, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">m3architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A hat on the tree</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mur Mur Lab</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dr. Seuss Playhouse</a> in Grand Junction, CO by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bldg Seed Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Primary School</a> in Murteira, Portugal by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NOZ Arquitectura</a>; Photo: Fernando Guerra<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MARTaK</a> in Loveland, CO by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Michler</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Water Pavilion</a> in Ann Arbor, MI by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synecdoche Design Studio</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vestre Fjord Park</a> in Aalborg, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADEPT</a>; Photo: Ramus Hjortshoj - COAST<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silverlake Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laney LA</a></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see mor...</p> President Trump involved in revamping the FBI headquarters in DC Hope Daley 2018-08-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T07:11:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Trump is obsessed with the FBI building. For months now, in meetings with White House officials and Senate appropriators intended to discuss big-picture spending priorities, the president rants about the graceless J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, D.C.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Trump</a> has reportedly taken an interest in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FBI headquarters</a> J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown DC, overseeing every detail of the project. While he recognizes the value of the property, the president is not a fan of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalism</a>. Trump complained, "Even the building is terrible... It's one of the brutalist-type buildings, you know, brutalist architecture. Honestly, I think it's one of the ugliest buildings in the city."</p> Airbnb offers chance to spend a night on the Great Wall of China Alexander Walter 2018-08-02T14:42:00-04:00 >2018-08-02T14:46:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Great Wall of China receives an average of more than 27,000 visitors every single day. This fall, eight lucky people will win a night at the Great Wall with 13,000 miles of history all to themselves. In an effort to raise awareness for heritage site protection and cultural exchange, Airbnb is partnering with the Beijing Tourism Development Committee to host the first-ever overnight stays at the modern world wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever wanted to have a sleepover at one of the seven wonders of the world? Here's your chance. "Four lucky winners and their chosen guests will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay the night in a custom-designed home situated on the ancient Great Wall," explains Airbnb's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Airbnb</figcaption></figure><p>In a magnificent, 2,600-year-old heritage structure, there will be house rules, of course, including "respect the neighbors, all 1.38 billion of them" and "if you see any dragons, do not disturb them."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Airbnb</figcaption></figure><p>To enter the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contest</a>, Airbnb asks participants to explain in 550 characters or less why it is "more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures" and how&nbsp;prospective guests&nbsp;would want to build new connections.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions will be accepted until August 11.</p> Philip Johnson + John Burgee's AT&T Building is now a designated landmark Justine Testado 2018-08-02T14:20:00-04:00 >2018-08-03T13:46:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The designation protects the exterior of the building, including the facades of the office tower, annex, and enclosed covered passageway, and notably preserving its rose Stony Creek granite cladding and the broken pediment at its crown. Going forward, any proposed alterations to the exterior will require approval and permitting by the [NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission].</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's official. The AT&amp;T Building is now a designated landmark. Late last year,&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plans to redesign</a> the historic building sparked months of heated debate among&nbsp;architects, preservationists, and critics.</p> Scrapped London Garden Bridge stirs up legal questions over $60m public funds spent Alexander Walter 2018-08-01T14:01:00-04:00 >2018-08-01T16:52:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The trustees of London&rsquo;s garden bridge, including actor Joanna Lumley and the former Labour minister Lord Davies, could have breached their legal duties over the failed project, that cost taxpayers more than &pound;40m, according to a leading lawyer. The legal opinion comes as pressure mounts for a formal investigation into how the charity behind the abandoned scheme spent so much money without construction work even beginning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The decision to press on with the construction contract led to public losses, initially capped at &pound;16m, increasing to an estimated total of &pound;46m by the time the scheme was cancelled in 2017," <em>The Guardian</em> reports. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The project</a>, championed by then London mayor, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson</a>, was intended to be majority-funded by private donations. However, the bulk of the money spent came from the &pound;60m in public funds handed to the project."<br></p> Is that Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye floating in a Danish fjord? Alexander Walter 2018-07-31T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-01T10:23:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A five-tonne, 6m tall model of Le Corbusier&rsquo;s Villa Savoye has been towed into a fjord in Denmark and subsequently sunk as part of a summer art exhibition. Created by Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, the installation appears as a half-submerged vision of a once visionary future. It&rsquo;s also a critical comment on the importance of modernity today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The project is a critical comment on the current status of modernity after the scandals of Cambridge Analytica, the Trump election and Brexit," Danish artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen</a> tells <em>ICON Magazine</em>.</p> <p>"After these scandals, I think our sense of democracy and the public sphere has been distorted through the new use of digital technologies to manipulate elections. Our sense of Modernity has been 'flooded'. I sense the need to 're-state' our political institutions - because our old ones have 'sunk'."</p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Floating Art 2018</a> festival is still running until September 2 in the Danish town of&nbsp;Vejle.</p> Europe's new tallest building, The Lakhta Center by RMJM, nearly completed in St. Petersburg Hope Daley 2018-07-31T13:30:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T13:30:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For a brief period from 2011 until 2012 Renzo Piano&rsquo;s 309.7m London skyscraper, The Shard, was the tallest in Europe. However, it has since been dwarfed by three new buildings in Moscow, and, this summer, the title has shifted to Moscow&rsquo;s second city, St Petersburg, as one of Russia&rsquo;s largest companies plans its relocation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lakhta Center, designed by&nbsp;British firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>,&nbsp;is set to be Europe's new tallest skyscraper. The nearly completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supertall</a>, located on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Petersburg's</a> coast, will reach approximately&nbsp;1,515 feet, which is about 50% taller than The Shard in London. The building will serve as the new headquarters for Russian energy company&nbsp;Gazprom, currently based in Moscow.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Lakhta Center rendering by RMJM, located in St. Petersburg, RU. Image: Lakhta Center.</figcaption></figure><p>With piles driven 270 feet into the ground, the 87-story&nbsp;skyscraper also boasts&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Gold</a> certification. The design features an energy saving&nbsp;ice storage facility, which can accumulate up to 1000 tonnes of ice during the night used to air condition the building during the day.<br></p> A floating university by Berlin firm Raumlabor explores the future of architecture schooling Hope Daley 2018-07-30T16:31:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T06:13:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Created by architects&nbsp;Raumlabor, the&nbsp;Floating University in Berlin invites students and experts from all over the world to explore solutions for future urban challenges. It&rsquo;s said that the things we learn at university today will be outdated by the time we graduate. So what does a learning environment look like where students research cities of the future?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Berlin-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raumlabor</a> have created a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">floating</a> university running through the summer months to explore new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">learning environment</a> possibilities. Located in a rainwater basin in Berlin, the temporary structure is under constant development with students, professors, and experts implementing their ideas.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Floating University by Raumlabor, located in Berlin. Image: Raumlabor.</figcaption></figure><p>The floating university includes a library, workspaces, an auditorium with a pool, an experimental kitchen and bar, and a water-filtering system. Students are invited from the fields of architecture, design, arts, and sustainable technology to participate in this hands-on program. The University will be dismantled in September with all materials either rented and returned or used for upcoming projects.<br></p>