Archinect - News 2018-05-26T09:45:01-04:00 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners recently completed The Macallan whisky distillery in Scotland Hope Daley 2018-05-25T12:46:00-04:00 >2018-05-25T12:46:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>&nbsp;recently completed the&nbsp;Macallan Distillery and visitor experience in Speyside, Scotland. The design is set into the landscape of the&nbsp;The Macallan&nbsp;estate, a distillery&nbsp;established in 1824 producing&nbsp;one of the most sought after whiskys in the world.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Macallan Distillery by RSHP, located in Speyside, Scotland. Image: RSHP.</figcaption></figure><p>The firm's goals was to create a building that could reveal the production processes and welcome visitors while remaining sensitive to the beautiful surrounding countryside.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Macallan Distillery by RSHP, located in Speyside, Scotland. Image: RSHP.</figcaption></figure><p>The new distillery will enable production of The Macallan to increase by a third. Internally, a series of production cells are arranged in a linear format with an open-plan layout revealing all stages of the production process at once.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Macallan Distillery by RSHP, located in Speyside, Scotland. Image: RSHP.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Macallan Distillery by RSHP, located in Speyside, Scotland. Image: RSHP...</figcaption></figure> Jacques Herzog on how buildings can activate all the senses Alexander Walter 2018-05-24T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T13:52:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Whenever Weiwei is involved, he offers more than just a formal solution,&rdquo; Mr. Herzog said by phone from Basel. &ldquo;I think that&rsquo;s why we get along well. We can develop concepts together without being bound by personal taste.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NYT</em>'s Rebecca Schmid chats with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacques Herzog</a> about inspiration, curation, industrial spaces, and, of course, Ai Weiwei.<br></p> Bulgaria's Buzludzha Monument opens its doors for the first time in eight years, with restoration plans underway Justine Testado 2018-05-23T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T15:00:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Officially called the &ldquo;House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party&rdquo;, the building fell into disrepair following the collapse of the country's socialist government in 1989, but remains a popular landmark and tourist attraction. The trip comes before an expected visit by European and Bulgarian experts at the end of 2018, who will report on the building&rsquo;s structural integrity with the view of opening it officially to tourists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New findings state Grenfell Tower insulation never passed fire safety test Hope Daley 2018-05-23T14:58:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T17:43:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The insulation that burned out of control on Grenfell Tower had never passed the required safety test and should never have been on the building, a BBC investigation has discovered. Panorama understands the manufacturer, Celotex, used extra fire retardant in the product that qualified for the safety certificate. A more flammable version was then sold for public use, the programme believes. Celotex said it is co-operating with the police investigation and inquiry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last June the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower</a> fire in London killed 72 people prompting ongoing investigations. It has been found that the&nbsp;RS5000 insulation used in the building's refurbishment gives off toxic fumes containing cyanide when burned. Almost all who perished in the fire were killed by smoke.&nbsp;</p> <p>The manufacturer Celotex has been accused of&nbsp;misleading marketing, selling their insulation as compatible with other cladding panels and tower block refurbishment&mdash;both of which are false. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safety</a> was neglected as the cladding panels and insulation in Grenfell Tower were never tested together. This could result in corporate manslaughter for Celotex.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The same toxic insulation is found to have been&nbsp;used on hundreds of other buildings across England.</p> A sinkhole has appeared on the White House lawn (and so have swamp jokes) Alexander Walter 2018-05-23T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T13:55:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A sinkhole has formed on the North Lawn of the White House, and predictably, the temptation was too great for many on social media, who filled the void with all the &ldquo;drain the swamp&rdquo; jokes and metaphors one could imagine. But forget the obvious political jabs and the fact that President Trump uses that phrase as a rallying cry about eliminating corruption in Washington: The saying has some geological merit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The White House sits at the intersection of a Quaternary colluvium (base of steep slope) deposit &amp; a Pleistocene fluvial (river) &amp; estuarine deposit,"&nbsp;Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist, geologist, and currently a congressional candidate for the Democratic Party in California, commented on the natural occurrence that some have given prophetic meaning. "It&rsquo;s built on poorly consolidated sediments, not bedrock. Sinkholes happen."</p> NC State breaks ground on new engineering building designed by Clark Nexsen Cat Brutvan 2018-05-22T20:27:00-04:00 >2018-05-22T20:27:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Fitts-Woolard Hall will be a state-of-the-art facility that truly supports our vision of collaborative, interdisciplinary instruction, research and innovation,&rdquo; states NC State University Chancellor, Randy Woodson. &ldquo;This project is vital to the future of the College of Engineering.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>NC State University has broken ground on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fitts-Woolard Hall</a>, a new $150 million engineering building on Centennial Campus. In the past 10 years, engineering undergraduate enrollment at NC State has grown by 22 percent, and graduate enrollment has more than doubled. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Nexsen</a>, the new 250,000 square-foot facility will provide an innovative facility to help accommodate that growth and further position the University as an international leader in engineering education.</p> <p>The design is driven by a commitment to &ldquo;engineering on display.&rdquo; The main entry will be flanked by a structural testing lab, senior student project space, and large scale driving simulator, all which will be visible on the exterior and interior of the building. The transparency into these spaces will offers drivers, pedestrians, and building users a glimpse into the research occurring within. Additional laboratory spaces include advanced manufacturing, ergonomics, traffic simulation, bioengineering, and e...</p> Contemporary art project opens in ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T18:13:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii will each be the site of a new installation by artist Catrin Huber, as part of a Newcastle University project designed to create a new dialogue&nbsp;between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Expanded Interiors at Herculaneum. Photo: Amedeo Benestante.</figcaption></figure><p>"By investigating two distinctive Roman houses, our project sets out an exchange of knowledge between old and new," the <em></em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Expanded Interiors</em> project website</a> explains. "We are exploring what Contemporary painting and site-specific fine-art practice can learn from the often incredibly sophisticated and complex works of the Roman wall painters. In turn we investigate how contemporary fine-art practice can provide new perspectives on the spatial configurations of ancient Roman homes and the artefacts that adorned them. In so doing we will bring Roman artefacts (their replicas) back to the sites, while exploring new forms for displaying archaeological artefacts at Roman archaeological sites."<br></p> <p><em>Expanded Interiors</em> runs from May 17 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15, 2019 at Herculaneum and Jul 14 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15 at Pompeii.</p> PoMo yay, Brutalism nay? Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-25T12:52:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That we are now starting to get to grips with PoMo architecture&rsquo;s controversial legacy is welcome, not least because other important buildings have already been destroyed, and others are threatened. [...] Today the worlds of design and conservation are more closely allied than before. But even as this latest batch of postmodern buildings has won protected status, it is worth noting that important brutalist buildings are still excluded from the roster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commentary by Catherine Croft for <em>The Guardian</em> on Historic England's recent selection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">17 postmodern buildings</a> to be listed as heritage without extending the same love to important examples of the brutalist school.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Recently received Grade II listed status: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge by John Outram. Photo: inkelv1122/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> Editor's Picks #486 Nam Henderson 2018-05-21T12:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T20:55:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Tuscon based D.U.S.T, was profiled in a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>This aesthetic seems to work well in desert like climates.</em>" which makes sense since D.U.S.T explained their approach as "<em>doing our best to respond to the dreams, goals and desires of our clients and to each site, landscape and specific conditions of the natural environment that we have the opportunity to design for.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Casa Caldera. Photo Credit | ESTO&ndash;Jeff Goldberg</figcaption></figure><p>ICYMI, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a> (a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Otis Harley</a>). The videos are based on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence'</a> by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Hannah Wood</a>, published on Archinect last year.<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>jla-x</strong> couldn&rsquo;t help worry about the future, "<em>Awesome and exciting, but the problems are in the politics of an increasingly automated world. &nbsp;What happens when 80-90% of worker are no longer employable? I think its irresponsible to develop a technology without any conversation and idea of ho...</em></p> Archinect is pleased to release Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"! Nicholas Korody 2018-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-20T18:44:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After months of hard work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewing submissions</a>, selecting content, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">editing</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing</a> and working with the best printers in the industry, we're excited to announce the second issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, "Architecture of Disaster," is now available for purchase. If you're an annual subscriber, your copy has either arrived at your doorstep or is on its way. For everyone else, you can order now, from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our revamped online shop</a>. Copies will be available at selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stockists</a> shortly, including the soon-to-open Archinect Outpost, our experimental retail/gallery/event space in downtown LA's Arts District.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Get your copy of Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>!</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><br>&ldquo;The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.&rdquo;</em><br></p> <p>- Maurice Blanchot, <em>The Writing of the Disaster</em></p> <p>It&rsquo;s four in the morning and I can&rsquo;t sleep. I keep thinking about the disaster. Which one? The storm in the Caribbean? Or the ones in the Southeast United States, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal? The earthquake in Mexico? Or Tokyo...</p> Despite preservation efforts, many of Chicago's historic buildings are still being abruptly demolished Justine Testado 2018-05-18T19:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:25:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Despite the 90-day hold on demolition permits for buildings determined to be historic by the city, Miller says that some city council members have used aldermanic prerogative to fast-track the eventual destruction of significant structures. But more often than not, Miller says that communities and preservation advocates simply do not have enough time to line up a buyer or produce a plan for adaptive reuse when demolition threats surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With all its rich architectural history, is Chicago facing a preservation crisis?&nbsp;In recent years, many of the city's most historic buildings &mdash; despite being flagged by preservationists for their architectural or cultural significance &mdash; are being abruptly demolished.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago,&ldquo;neighborhood preservation advocates have been stretched beyond capacity in recent years, overburdened by frequent demolitions,&rdquo; he says in Chicago Magazine.<br></p> Albania's communist-era pyramid will be transformed by MVRDV into a Center for Technology, Art and Culture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-18T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T14:33:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A bizarre building in the middle of Albania's capital, the Pyramid of Tirana has been the site of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">continuous debate</a> over its uncertain future. Built as a monument to the country's Stalinist leader, Enver Hoxha, construction of the pyramid-shaped structure completed shortly before the&nbsp;collapse of communism.&nbsp;</p> <p>As national attitudes began to change, the building shifted from a museum to a convention center, and has since functioned as a military base for NATO, a television studio, and a nightclub. Though not in complete disuse, the pyramid has sat dilapidated and vandalized for the past decade amidst debates over its preservation. The government had wanted to raze the structure in order to build a sleek new parliament building, but citizens and activists have wanted to see their communist heritage, however dark, preserved.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gent Onuzi</figcaption></figure><p>This is all to change now as designs to transform the communist-era pyramid into a Center for Technology, Art and Culture have been revealed. &ldquo;The Py...</p> 10 cozy living room designs for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-05-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T02:02:50-04:00 <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>Living 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">L House</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dellekamp Arquitectos</a>; Interior Design: Ideas Tec; Photo: Sandra Pereznieto<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">Forest &lt;&gt; House</a> in Northern California by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">envelope A+D</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">House</a> in Chilmark, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schiller Projects </a>with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gray Organschi 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">2202 Residence</a> in Mission Hills, KS by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forward Design | 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">Writing Studio</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Berman Architect</a>; Photo: Michael Moran / OTTO<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">Manhattan Townhouse</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J L Ramirez Architect PC</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">Sunset Plaza Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembledge+</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">Mountain Wood</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Warner 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">Casa na Rua de S&atilde;o Mamede ao Caldas</a> in Lisbon, Portugal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aires Mate...</a></p> Francis Kéré will design a canopied log pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana Justine Testado 2018-05-17T16:29:00-04:00 >2018-05-22T20:20:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> is the latest architect commissioned to design a new permanent pavilion on the grounds of the 10,260-acre <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tippet Rise Art Center</a> in Montana.&nbsp;Nestled in a cluster of aspen and cottonwood trees on the banks of a flowing stream, the design of the 1,900 square-foot pavilion is derived from K&eacute;r&eacute;'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Serpentine Pavilion</a> and his 2015 canopy structure for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.</p> <p>K&eacute;r&eacute;'s design pays tribute to the traditional sacred toguns of the Dogun people in Mali, which are shelters made from ornamented wooden pillars that are carved with representations of one's ancestors, and a roof of layers of wood and millet straw.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior view of the pavilion. Credit: Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Circular aerial bridge. Credit: Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;.</figcaption></figure><p>Built from locally sourced logs of ponderosa pine and lodegepole pine, the Tippet Rise pavilion will be a round structure connected to a circular aerial bridge that spans the stream. Touching the ground at only a few points to preserve the landscape...</p> First photos of David Chipperfield's new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:31:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts</a> in London is in extraordinary party mode: to celebrate the institution's 250th anniversary, the RA will host a weekend-long art festival on May 19 and 20 with plenty of events, tours, performances, tours, displays, and DJ sets. <br></p> <p>At the heart of the festivities is the grand opening of the new RA campus, a major redevelopment designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield Architects</a> which will dramatically increase available spaces to present to the public historic pieces from its vast collection, work of its Royal Academicians and the RA schools as well as hosting events and exhibitions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge and The Lovelace Courtyard. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair," the RA project outline explains. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"The unified campus provides 70% more public space tha...</p> Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design hosts design competition for attainable housing schemes Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-16T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:29:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Housing design is equally a design territory in which we believe the school can contribute to both a regional and a national conversation for the betterment of our society" says Peter MacKeith, the Dean of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design</a>. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the school is situated in a region with a rich architectural legacy, spanning from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E. Fay Jones</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marlon Blackwell</a>. But, Northwest Arkansas has also become the 22nd fastest-growing area in the U.S. and like many smaller cities, is beginning to come up against similar housing challenges as larger ones.</p> <p>Faced with the conflicting forces of rapid growth and strong desires to maintain small-town character, the school's recent design competition tasked design professionals to present housing solutions that embrace the local challenges, culture, value, and vision of Northwest Arkansas. Addressing the fact that many are struggling to find affordable, available housing options, the prompt called for mixe...</p> Tom Wolfe, innovative journalist and critic of modern architecture, dies at 88 Hope Daley 2018-05-16T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T23:10:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;From Bauhaus to Our House,&rdquo; Mr. Wolfe attacked modern architecture and what he saw as its determination to put dogma before buildings. Published in 1981, it met with the same derisive response from critics. &ldquo;The problem, I think,&rdquo; Paul Goldberger wrote in The Times Book Review, &ldquo;is that Tom Wolfe has no eye.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tom Wolfe, an innovative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">journalist</a> and novelist, died on Monday in Manhattan at the age of 88. Wolf lived in New York since joining The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter in 1962, and went on to influence what is known as New Journalism. Inciting hostile reactions to some of his work, Wolf notably condemned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern architecture</a> receiving harsh backlash from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critics</a>.</p> Foster + Partners transforms 70's government office tower into luxury hotel in Hong Kong Hope Daley 2018-05-16T15:22:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T15:22:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>' new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> luxury hotel, The Murray, is now fully open to the public. Formerly a 1970's government office building, the firm has transformed these 25 stories into a unique urban experience for visitors.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Reception area of the Murray Building, renovated by Foster + Partners, located in Hong Kong. Image: Michael Weber. </figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>The Murray Building was originally constructed when urban planning revolved around cars, leaving the structure inaccessible to pedestrians.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior view of the garden terrace at night. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hotel lobby area of The Murray. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>One of the main goals in the building's transformation was to reconnect the structure at ground level with a new street front, transparent and open ground floor space, and enhanced landscaping of the surrounding grounds.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>Visitors are now greeted by entering...</p> New two-tower development at Chicago Spire site could dominate the city skyline Alexander Walter 2018-05-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T09:47:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The long-awaited vision for the 2.2-acre site along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, unveiled in the first community meeting for the project, is toned down a bit from the 2,000-foot-tall Spire plan that stirred emotions but never advanced beyond a 76-foot-deep foundation hole. The design, by One World Trade Center architect David Childs, includes a south tower rising 1,100 feet and an 850-foot north tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever since work on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>'s 2,000-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire</a> came to a halt in 2008 due to financial troubles, the city was left with a gaping hole in the ground rather than the nation's tallest building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>A new proposal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related Midwest</a> for a pair of towers at&nbsp;400 Lake Shore Drive, designed by&nbsp;architect David Childs with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, could rehabilitate the site.</p> Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to inaugurate Glassell School of Art on May 20, completes first phase of redevelopment Justine Testado 2018-05-15T18:48:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T13:11:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will celebrate the inauguration of the Glassell School of Art this Sunday, May 20, marking the completion of the first phase of the museum's 14-acre&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a>. The first phase also includes the BBVA Compass Roof Garden designed by Steven Holl Architects and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza by Deborah Nevins &amp; Associates.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Glassell School of Art, west elevation. Photo &copy; Richard Barnes.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Glassell School of Art, west elevation. Photo &copy; Richard Barnes.</figcaption></figure><p>According to recent details from the MFAH, the Steven Holl Architects-designed, L-shaped Glassell School of Art features a 93,000 square-foot interior containing: three dozen studios illuminated with natural light; public gallery spaces for student and alumni exhibitions; a broad-stepped central staircase serving as the school's forum; a 75-seat auditorium; and a public coffee bar.&nbsp;With summer classes scheduled to begin on June 4, the school is the only museum-affiliated art school in the U.S. serving pr...</p> A brutalist fragment displayed at the Venice Biennale speaks to our current housing crisis Hope Daley 2018-05-15T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T21:49:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While some were delighted that at least a small part of the architectural heritage of Robin Hood Gardens was being preserved for posterity, others were furious that the V&amp;A &ndash; a so-called &lsquo;arms-length&rsquo; body, governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister &ndash; considered the estate valuable enough to collect, but not valuable enough to help save from demolition in the first instance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The story behind London's brutalist Robin Hood Gardens reveals issues pertinent to our current housing crisis. Crystal Bennes unpacks the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A's decision to preserve and display a section of demolished housing</a> in this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, revealing condemnation of the building before it was even completed.&nbsp;</p> End Stages: The Future of Hospice Design Places Journal 2018-05-15T16:38:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T16:38:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As hospice design becomes more formally ambitious &mdash; and standardized &mdash; we should remember there is no universal model for &lsquo;dying well.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the ideal setting for the end of life?&nbsp;The dominant templates of the mid-century mega-hospital and the domestic hospice set the rational spaces of medical institutions against the familiarity of home. Yet, we are increasingly seeing hybrid forms that deviate from these two distinct models. Nitin Ahuja looks ahead to the future of palliative architecture, and argues that in one's final needful hours, the most comforting hearths are those that feel serendipitously constructed.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> ​The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology finds permanent home in Houston designed by SCHAUM/SHIEH Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-14T17:36:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T17:36:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology merges two fields not often associated with one another, supporting experimental work at the intersection of art and anthropology. Previously a nomadic space, the multidisciplinary institution recently found a permanent home in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Houston, Texas</a>, in a new building designed by the budding, semi-local firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schaum/Shieh</a>. Founded by Troy Schaum and Rosalyne Shieh, the studio is based out of Houston and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>. Known for their surprising forms that celebrate the surrounding landscape, the duo created a multidisciplinary space that supports the multifaceted work of the small arts institution.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of SCHAUM/SHIEH.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;The project is designed around a 3,000-square-foot gallery &amp; library. This large &ldquo;living room&rdquo; is punctuated in the middle by a circulation core that integrates steps and a library, expanding into a second-floor salon that is open to the space below, effectively dividing the gallery into two adjacent exhibition spaces. The...</p> 62-acre site along Chicago River to be developed with potential for Amazon's HQ2 Hope Daley 2018-05-14T15:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T15:13:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A hardscrabble half-mile stretch along the Chicago River's South Branch would become a vibrant neighborhood of cutting-edge architecture, parks and a riverwalk in the plans a developer unveiled Thursday for the last big piece of empty land near downtown. Developer Related Midwest plans a transformation of the vacant, relatively isolated 62-acre site into a vibrant neighborhood of homes, restaurants, cultural institutions and businesses...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The currently undeveloped site along <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s river has been named "The 78", declaring its scale large enough to add to the city's official number of 77 neighborhoods. The site is also rumored to be a contender for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's HQ2</a> if the city is chosen, which would require reworking current plans.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current 62-acre riverfront site in Chicago. Image: Mark Segal/Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>Plans for the massive development include&nbsp;13 million square feet of&nbsp; building space for residential, office, educational and other uses.&nbsp;12 acres would be dedicated to parkland or public&nbsp;riverwalk with a performance venue. Related Midwest stated that affordable housing was an important part of its housing development.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Rendering of the education hub and riverwalk. Image: Related Midwest.</figcaption><p>The new site would also&nbsp;extend three existing city streets through the property to create through routes for bikes. A metro stop would be added to the Red Line, as well as potentially adding a Water Taxi stop.</p>... Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to 'dark' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2018-05-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T16:19:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Drilling holes&mdash;for windows, granted&mdash;into famed architect Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s final project could cost $1 million, and preservationists are peeved such plans are still on the drafting board. But despite community pushback, the window plans are still very much alive. Tuesday night, a crowd again convened at downtown&rsquo;s Central Atlanta Library, a Breuer-designed Brutalist building, to argue against aspects of the $50 million plan to renovate the 38-year-old structure.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current state of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library building. Photo: Aleksandr Zykov/Flickr.</figcaption></figure><p>To drill or not to drill&mdash;that's at the center of a heated debate between the Atlanta&ndash;Fulton Public Library System, who would like to see additional windows to bring some natural light into their aging Marcel Breuer-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Atlanta Library</a> building, and preservationists, who insist that the concrete shell of the brutalist structure from 1980 must not be altered.&nbsp;</p> <p>"What we&rsquo;ve always heard about this building is it&rsquo;s dark; it&rsquo;s dingy; it&rsquo;s dank, and the windows are a way to enliven this," Atlanta library director Gabriel Morley said about the building that once&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced demolition</a> not too long ago. "It&rsquo;s a way to bring some inside out and some outside in."</p> Modernism invades a classically traditional Swedish Island Nam Henderson 2018-05-14T00:37:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T00:48:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But recently, a generation of homeowners and architects...have started not just ignoring, but defying the Law of Jante....From cast-concrete bunkers to glass-framed aeries, the new houses shock, subverting long-established order with a cool blast of modernity, while also paying homage to the island&rsquo;s chilly dignity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Hass travels to Gotland, a low-key, summer retreat for Swedes. Traditionally, simple farmhouse vernacular reigned. Yet, now firms such as Skalso, Murman Arkitekter, Deve Architects and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd</a> are exploring a more contemporary idiom.<br></p> Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T16:06:00-04:00 >2018-05-12T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (<em>Vertical Take-off and Landing</em>) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods.</p> <p>The selected firms and proposals are:</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Gannett Fleming: "The Paw"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Pickard Chilton and Arup: "Sky Tower"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Corgan: "Connect"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; The Beck Group: "The Hive"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; BOKA Powell: "Skyport Prototype"</p> <p>(Cover picture) Humphreys &amp; Partners: "Uber Hover"</p> <p>Watch the archived live stream of the entire Uber Elevate Summit design presentation <a href=";t=5392s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Elon Musk plans on recycling excavated dirt into bricks for low-cost housing Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-11T15:18:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T05:23:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in March, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk announced that his Boring Company would be selling LEGO-like bricks</a> made from leftover dirt, excavated to make way for his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring tunnels</a>. Land excavation is a costly endeavor and the question of "where will 550,000 cubic yards&nbsp;of dirt go?" poses many economic and environmental challenges. If the dirt is of good enough quality, it is often sent to other construction sites in need of filling, or to highways and other infrastructure projects. But, if it is deemed of poor quality, excavated land is sent off to landfills and quarries, or contamination facilities in a worst-case scenario. In the end, all options are expensive and time consuming.</p> <p>Musk's brick approach is not an entirely bad way to address issues of leftover waste. How much of the land removed would be safe enough to use as material remains an obvious point of inquiry, but, recycling the earth that is decent enough into bricks could reduce costs as well as environmental impact. On <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring Company's ...</a></p> A new "super wood" nanofiber biomaterial is stronger than spider silk Hope Daley 2018-05-11T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T14:56:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Spider silk has long held the title of strongest natural biomaterial, so scientists have been trying to harness it, mimic it and even improve on the recipe for years. Now, researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new biomaterial out of wood nanofibers that steals the strength record.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new material called "super <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wood</a>" is eight times stiffer than silk, which has been considered one of the strongest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bio-based</a> materials. KTH researchers found a new technique to "densify" wood where fibers assemble to make the cell walls stiff and strong, a process called&nbsp;cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs).&nbsp;</p> <p>This wood <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nanomaterial</a> is found to be as strong as steel, surpassing metals, alloys, ceramics and E-glass fibers. Researchers assert the technique could be used to produce strong and lightweight materials for constructing cars, planes, bikes, and furniture&mdash;as well as helping to assemble other nanofibers like carbon tubes.&nbsp;</p> 10 airy rooftop spaces for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-05-11T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T10:26:02-04:00 <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>Rooftop 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">The Standard at South Market</a> in New Orleans, LA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morris Adjmi 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">Vancouver Convention Centre West</a> in Vancouver, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LMN Architects</a>; Landscape architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.<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">Birdhouse</a> in Buffalo, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">asap/ adam sokol architecture practice</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">Peter's House</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Steely 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">Fifth Avenue Penthouse</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenton Architects</a> in collaboration with Sharmila McConnell and Christoper Stevens; Photo: Peter Murdock<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">Row House 1</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office of Architecture</a>; Photo: Rafael Gamo<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">Gates Family Foundation Offices + Roof Deck</a> in...</p>