Archinect - News 2018-02-20T08:38:07-05:00 The World is coming back to life in Dubai Alexander Walter 2018-02-14T14:26:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T14:32:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Underwater bedrooms, &lsquo;Lohan Island&rsquo; and snow all year round &ndash; a decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial &lsquo;countries&rsquo; is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Remember <em>The World</em>? Dubai's lofty vision a decade-and-a-half ago to recreate the globe's map with artificial, celebrity-owned islands dredged from the Gulf floor that was just as grandiose and monumental as its financial crash in 2008? Well, it appears to be back in business again<em>.<br></em></p> <p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Oliver Wainwright takes a trip to the long-abandoned and now-bustling-with-development-again artificial archipelago of 300 islands 2.5 miles off Dubai's coast and confirms: "After a decade in limbo, The World is back &ndash; with more ambitious plans than ever before."</p> <p>And yes, Lindsay Lohan <em>is</em> designing her own island, too.<br></p> MVRDV's Dawn Bridge in Shanghai will be a footbridge, boulevard and viewpoint all in one Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-08T20:10:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T13:38:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Dutch-studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> has won the competition to develop the Dawn Bridge, a multi-use pathway in the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>. Located on the outskirts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a>, the ancient district was established over 1,700 years ago and is peppered with historical rice shops, banks, spice stores etc.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>The 80-meter bridge is located between new residential buildings and will help mark a new era of development to the area. Yet, given its unique, setting, the firm wanted to establish a strong relation to its surrounding. Beyond a roadway, the bridge doubles as&nbsp;a public space that gives priority to pedestrians by maximizing the space made available to them. Topped with trees and featuring trendy, amphitheater-style seating, the public space provides an overlook from which to take in the historical, river views.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>Further, "the bridge establishes a relation with the delicate surrounding by absorbing its palette of colors and materials. The grey roofs are recalled by ...</p> Bogota from the Roofs, Streets and Sky by Camilo Mønón Navas Anthony Morey 2018-01-26T13:56:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To me, everything looks fascinating from the air. But, for some reason, I never expected Bogot&aacute;, Colombia, to look so striking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Colombian artist, Camilo M&oslash;n&oacute;n Navas has produced a series of images titled, Arial Fa&ccedil;ades, in which Camilo takes various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perspectival photographs</a> and assembles them whimsical and fantastical means while bringing his home city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bogota</a> to the surface through all its cultural glory.&nbsp;</p> <p>In Camilo's words. "Those buildings, spaces, or architectural complexes that are part of our city and that show us through a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone</a> the incredible details that our city hides from the exploring from the terrace of my apartment&ndash;a 10-story building&ndash;the structures of the cities from the zenith views.&rdquo;</p> The great outdoors: 10 striking examples of architectural landscapes & gardens Archinect 2018-01-26T13:17:00-05:00 >2018-01-27T11:32:18-05:00 <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">Helen Street</a> in Seattle, WA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mw|works Architecture + 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">Sunac Chongqing One Central Mansion Sales Pavilion</a> in Chongqing, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aoe</a>; Photo: Ligang Huang<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">Morris Arboretum, Out on a Limb</a> in Philadelphia, PA by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metcalfe Architecture &amp; Design</a> (Principal: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Metcalfe</a>); Photo: Paul Warchol Photography<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">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">Tribeca Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC</a>; Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto<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">The Lechn...</a></p> Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations Anthony Morey 2018-01-22T13:40:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Shortly, electricity will replace petrol and diesel as the fuel for our cars, and such a change could radically shift our urban landscape as the formal aspects of gas stations is then open to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reimagining</a>. Danish Architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE</a> is looking to do just that. Understanding that under current technological trends the average charging time for an electric vehicle is upwards of 45 minutes, COBE is looking to use such a newly established time frame as a possible opportunity for rethinking the traditional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gas station</a> as a place and less of a transient space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Small. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Medium. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Large. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Electric vehicles are the future. In our design, we want to offer drivers a much-needed and meaningful break in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, and we want the architecture, the materials and the concept to be green as well. Therefore, we&rsquo;ve designed a sculptural charg...</p> Studying a Brazilian favela via VR Alexander Walter 2018-01-18T16:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Penn State landscape architecture professor Timothy Baird and architecture professor Jos&eacute; Duarte taught a new studio that engaged students in the study of one Brazilian favela via virtual reality (VR) technology. The studio, which paired architecture students with landscape architecture students, posited VR as a proxy for expensive site visits. &ldquo;Developing countries can&rsquo;t always afford consultants because of the distance and difficulty to travel,&rdquo; says Baird [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Duarte, who has studied informal settlements across the globe, believes in their power to model emergent patterns of more sustainable resource consumption in the developing world, and in the ability for contemporary technology to decode how they work," the&nbsp;<em>Landscape Architecture Magazine</em> writes and quotes Duarte saying: "They are not a problem. They are a solution with many problems."</p> Requiem - Lahdelma & Mahlmäki’s Museum for the Defense and Siege of Leningrad Lahdelma & Mahlamäki 2018-01-16T23:44:00-05:00 >2018-01-17T02:35:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lahdelma &amp; Mahalm&auml;ki Architects</a> have unveiled Requiem, their competition proposal for the Museum for the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, St. Petersburg. The project was undertaken in partnership with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ralph Appelbaum Associates</a> who, together, formed the only international team amongst the four final designs. The design sees an elegant spiral, buried in the landscape, reaching up from the exhibitions which are buried in a vast cavern underground. The route corkscrews out the top of the riverside, reaching outwards to give views over the new St. Petersburg.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Images credit to: Brick Visuals</figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The Museum for the Defense and Siege of Leningrad and its several components form a powerful spatial composition, connecting to the character and history of the city. The Thread of Life, the Memorial of Heroes of Leningrad and the Square of Testimony all sit against the backdrop of a newly created tranquil river side park.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Images credit to: Brick Visuals</figcaption></figure><p>&nbsp;The &lsquo;Thread of Life&rsquo; refers to the museum and ex...</p> YeouiNaru Ferry Terminal Proposal by Preliminary Research Office Anthony Morey 2018-01-12T14:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-12T14:46:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preliminary Research Office</a>, headed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yaohua Wang</a>, Dingliang Yang and Chloe Natan&eacute;l Brunner, has shared their proposal for the YeouiNaru Ferry Terminal. The proposed Ferry Terminal is situated upon Seoul&rsquo;s Han River and is surrounded by both natural and urban landscapes. The project uses playful graphic and perspectival looseness to foster endless elevations and gradual sense of proximity and approach.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><p>PRO's proposes looks for walkways to connect each platform into the surrounding park and the Han River promenade. The promenade itself steps down upon intersection with the terminal, maintaining continuous circulation along the waterfront.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the structure, PRO designs the intersection of two lar...</p> Biophilia: 10 examples of nature and architecture blending harmoniously Archinect 2018-01-12T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-01-15T13:41:32-05:00 <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 <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</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">Morris Arboretum, Out on a Limb</a> in Philadelphia, PA by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metcalfe Architecture &amp; Design</a> (Principal: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Metcalfe</a>); Photo: Paul Warchol Photography<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">Coffee for Sasquatch</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn 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">Within the Reflection</a> in Taipei, Taiwan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B P Architects</a>; Photo: Hung-Yu Lin<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">Little House</a> in Hood Canal, WA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mw|works Architecture + 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">Garden Museum Phase 2</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dow Jones Architects</a>; Photo: David Grandorge, Anthony Coleman<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">The MAOHAUS</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AntiStatics Architecture Design</a>; Photo: Xia Zhi, AntiStatics<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">La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC)</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Fri...</a></p> BIG's Copenhagen waste-to-energy plant is finally getting the promised ski slope and rooftop park Alexander Walter 2018-01-11T15:20:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Remember that waste-to-energy incinerator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels designed</a> for Copenhagen with a ski slope on top a few years back? The plant itself (dubbed 'Copenhill') was already completed and opened in March of 2017, but the ski-slope-rooftop-park-cherry-on-top was left behind &mdash; <em>until now</em>: Danish landscape architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SLA</a> just unveiled the final design for the 16,000 sqm Amager Bakke rooftop activity landscape based on the initial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> master plan. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: SLA</figcaption></figure><p>From SLA: "When completed in September 2018, the green rooftop park will provide a host of outdoor activities for Copenhageners and visitors alike: Hiking trails, playgrounds, street fitness, trail running, vantage points, climbing walls and shelters &ndash; as well as 500+ meters ski slopes designed by BIG."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: SLA</figcaption></figure><p>"Creating a nature-filled activity park on top of the 88 meters tall waste-to-energy plant is a project without previous references: The extremely steep slope of the roof has put great demands on the planting design and the co...</p> From Search Engines to Sidewalks? Anthony Morey 2018-01-10T12:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet what has drawn the most concern and curiosity with regards to Quayside is a uniquely 21st-century feature: a data-harvesting, wifi-beaming &ldquo;digital layer&rdquo; that would underpin each proposed facet of Quayside life. According to Sidewalk Labs, this would provide &ldquo;a single unified source of information about what is going on&rdquo;&mdash;to an astonishing level of detail&mdash;as well as a centralized platform for efficiently managing it all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While tech companies struggle to discover the new way to get a glimpse into our daily habits&mdash;attempting to discover how and where we spend our time and money&mdash;Alphabet might have just brought the &lsquo;<em>Truman Show</em>&rsquo; approach to marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announcing its first ever Urban Development in Toronto earlier this year, it is no surprise that tech companies have switched gears and begun to see the city itself as a device, rather than just the thing in your hand. Tech giants are beginning to turn architecture into a tool for data collection and that data is then becoming the perspective in which the Architecture is critiqued. What does that spell for the discipline at large?&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond our discipline, if every decision is based on its ability to produce more data, how does that impact privacy and freedom of choice? What would the pop-up ad equivalent become if it is capable of leaving the digital screen and becoming an urban phenomenon and where would the ...</p> Bordering on Art. Anthony Morey 2018-01-08T12:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-08T12:45:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The notion that the prototypes could qualify as conceptual art might seem somewhat far-fetched. They were designed to United States Customs and Border Protection specifications, built to withstand a 30-minute assault from sledgehammers to acetylene torches, and to be difficult to scale or tunnel beneath. Aesthetic considerations are largely secondary to brute strength, but, when viewed up close, the walls collectively have the undeniable majesty of minimalist sculpture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cadillac Ranch, Prada Marfa, The Gates from the Met and The Border Wall. As excessive, fantastical, dismal and maddening as that list may sound, it may be closer to reality than we would think. For artist, Christoph B&uuml;chel, the possibility that the expected role of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Border Wall proto-types</a> and their contentious implications should be classified as art is a interesting turn of events. The artist&rsquo;s hope is to have the prototypes declared a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906, which protects naturally, culturally, or scientifically significant sites and for better or worse, we could agree that their cultural signification of the current state of America is undeniable. What do you think? Are they worth saving and what should their story be?&nbsp;</p> Photographer documents where human-imposed grid must bend to Earth Hope Daley 2018-01-04T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gerco de Ruijter</a>&nbsp;is widely known for his work focusing on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grids</a> and other signs of human-imposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">geometry</a> on the landscape.&nbsp;His latest work explores instances in the North American landscape where the Jeffersonian road grid is forced to go awry due to the curvature of the Earth. His film <em>Grid Corrections</em>&nbsp;was made digging through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Earth imagery</a>&nbsp;of the Thomas Jefferson Grid, a grid built of exact square mile increments that must bend every 24 miles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: still from &ldquo;Grid Corrections&rdquo; by Gerco de Ruijter, courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Check out a one minute clip of his film documenting these strange instances of T-intersections and zigzagging turns, where the human grid is forced to account for its natural environment. Read more about the project on&nbsp;Geoff Manaugh's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDGBLOG</a>.&nbsp;</p> Most Popular Features of 2017 Anthony Morey 2017-12-25T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T00:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From job auditions and activism to artificial intelligence and life beyond architecture, 2017 brought upon a very eclectic collection of top features of the year. Looking back, we collected the the most relished and savored; which one did you love?<br><br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>What is the role of the architect in the never ended advancement of technology, automation and now, the arrival of artificial intelligence? Working through various perspectives such as issues of social research, design decision-making we worked our way through the possible outcomes and speed bumps of today&rsquo;s reality.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free School of Architecture</a>, Beatriz Colomina&rsquo;s project, Radical Pedagogies and SCI-Arc&rsquo;s Theory and Pedagogy program, the current state of architectural education, profession and methods have been a hot topic of 2017 along with being the main focus of endless institutional symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. F...</p> From the Ashes, Detroit continues to rise. Anthony Morey 2017-12-18T11:30:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T16:02:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An 800-foot-tall centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit continues its steep climb back to normalcy and growth. As one of America's hardest-hit areas by the Great Recession, Detroit unemployment was running nearly three times as high as the national average in 2009 at a staggering 28 percent &mdash; and the city was bleeding population, losing inhabitants every year for the last six years.&nbsp;</p> <p>Through all this, Detroit has powered back and hinted its potential as a location of a modern-day <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renaissance</a> allowing for unhindered creativity and possibilities. Returning to Detroit's legacy of a booming urban center, altogether, the projected projects of downtown look to bring up to 24,000+&nbsp; jobs to the region with companies such as Microsoft and Ally Financial looking to make a move to Downtown Detroit.&nbsp;</p> A Norwegian network of beautiful art and architecture Nam Henderson 2017-12-11T11:56:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After a couple of days though, the peace and diversity of the countryside became meditational, a panorama that seemed dreamlike through my windscreen...Spectacular modern installations appeared on remote corners in the most far-fetched of places, that they sometimes seemed like a figment of my imagination.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ondine Cohane traveled to&nbsp;Norway to tour the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian Scenic Routes</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;A&nbsp;collection of (so far) 144&nbsp;wonders, that have been built to encourage tourism, with 46 more to be completed by 2023.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption><br>Snefjord rest area | Architect: PUSHAK arkitekter | photo by Anne Olsen-Ryum</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Eggum rest area | Architect: Sn&oslash;hetta | photo Jarle Waehler</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Stone sculpture at Mefjellet | Artist: Knut Wold | photo by Hege Lysholm</figcaption></figure> Designing through cognitive architecture. Anthony Morey 2017-12-11T02:16:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architects know best, as they often claim. With conviction, they&rsquo;re sure certain details will make a space more hospitable, more beautiful, more preferable, and more enjoyable...But an emerging field of research is now uncovering and quantifying our psychological response to buildings: cognitive architecture. The hope is that by better understanding through science what exactly it is people like or dislike about our built environment, designers can truly improve it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does it mean to <em>see</em> a building? As we approach a building, what is that calls our attention? The door? The entry? That corner detail that is doing something we have never seen before?&nbsp;</p> <p>Architect Ann Sussman and designer Janice M. Ward are two leading researchers studying how our brains see buildings. Their interest arose from their own observations and curiosity about how architects could create places that encouraged walkability and lingerability.&nbsp; Their results give us a glance into the fascinating and potentially freeing manner in which our brains and conscious really <strong>see</strong> architecture.&nbsp;</p> What is "Weird Architecture" today? China knows and doesn't want it. Anthony Morey 2017-12-08T11:50:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s State Council announced that &ldquo;weird architecture that is not economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing or environmentally friendly will be forbidden.&rdquo; Many architects and members of the public understood the frustration and bewilderment, even if they questioned the subjective nature of the official instruction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That was a close call, thankfully '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weird Architecture</a>' that <em>is</em> economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly is still completely accepted and encouraged. China may be forcing itself into a semantically and conceptually charge subjectivism that could potentially bring about some interesting project framings and abstracts.&nbsp;</p> MAD completes Chaoyang Park Plaza, dubbed as “Beijing's Central Park” Justine Testado 2017-12-04T18:42:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> looked to classic Chinese landscape paintings in designing the new Chaoyang Park Plaza, built within <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing</a>'s central business district. Built at the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, the new 220,000 square-meter complex has a similar function to that of New York City's Central Park, according to the architects.</p> <p>MAD Architects focused on creating a tranquil, mysterious atmosphere where nature and architecture blend. The scheme comprises 10 buildings designed with curved organic forms in black and white &mdash; a nod to traditional Chinese ink painting.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The centerpiece of the scheme is two asymmetrical twin office towers. Appearing like two emerging mountain peaks, the towers are connected by a glass atrium. Smaller low-rise commercial buildings near the towers look like mountain rocks that eroded over time. The buildings' seemingly random arrangement creates space for a secluded yet open urban garden where people can gather.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; H...</figcaption></figure> Huangshan Mountain Village gets MAD Anthony Morey 2017-11-14T19:31:00-05:00 >2017-11-14T20:13:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Instinctively growing out of the mountainous landscape, the serene design sensibility of the village is reflected in its natural setting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Huangshan, located near the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi in China&rsquo;s Anhui province, is home to one of the country&rsquo;s most beautiful mountains. Known for its rich verdant scenery and distinct granite peaks, the beloved landscape has long inspired artists, offering them sheltered spaces for contemplation and reflection. As a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNESCO Heritage Site</a>, the humanistic atmosphere and beautiful, tranquil environment has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is here that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, led by Ma Yansong, has realized &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huangshan Mountain Village</a>&rdquo;.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>image: MAD</figcaption></figure><p>MAD&rsquo;s scheme is part of a larger tourism masterplan for Huangshan Taiping Lake.&nbsp;While providing the conveniences of modern living,&nbsp;the design affirms the significance of this culturally important mountain range. Composed in deference to the local topography, each of the buildings are diverse in height and appearance, and have been conceived to ensure that the original mountain levels are maintained. Organized in a lin...</p> Foster + Partners to redesign Norton Museum of Art public garden, reopening February 2019 Hope Daley 2017-11-13T15:04:00-05:00 >2017-11-13T15:04:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Norton Museum of Art</a>, located in West Palm Beach Florida, recently announced design plans for the first public garden designed by Norman Foster. In addition to the sub-tropical garden, Foster's design features new walkways, green spaces, and a new grand lawn.&nbsp;Native flora will reinforce the museum's relationship to the landscape and provide additional social space for the community. Foster's garden is an extension of The New Norton, the Museum's $100 million design expansion by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>. The transformative Norton expansion held its groundbreaking ceremony <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in&nbsp;February 2016</a> and currently predicts a grand reopening set for February 2019.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Colonnade east garden view, Norton Museum of Art. Photo: Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"From the beginning, we have conceived of the Norton expansion as an opportunity to create a New Norton [...] In our masterplan, it was important for us to define the Norton&rsquo;s sense of place&mdash;in this case Florida&rsquo;s lush subtropics....</p> ArtCenter College of Design presents 15-year master plan designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture & Tina Chee Landscape Studio Alexander Walter 2017-11-06T14:12:00-05:00 >2017-11-06T14:13:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The ArtCenter College of Design continues to move forward with a 15-year master plan for its two Pasadena campuses, with the release of a draft environmental impact report for the project.&nbsp; At completion, the Michael Maltzan- and Tina Chee Landscape Studio-designed expansion would increase the school's total enrollment from 2,000 full-time students to 2,500 full-time students, and its total staffing from 753 faculty to 994 faculty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The City of Pasadena informs on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">its web page</a> dedicated to the master plan project: "The ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter) proposes a 15-year Master Plan (the Project) that focuses growth on its South Campus, while providing for infrastructure improvements and building renovations on its Hillside Campus. The Project would be implemented in two phases, with Phase I occurring in the first five years of the Master Plan and Phase II occurring in the final ten years."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Michael Maltzan Architecture, via</figcaption></figure><p>More information can also be found on the school's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArtCenter Master Plan page</a>.</p> Architecture students at UVA honor bicentennial with a digitally fabricated pavilion Zaneta Hong 2017-10-29T15:04:00-04:00 >2017-10-29T15:06:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Students and faculty from the University of Virginia created a temporary addition to Thomas Jefferson&rsquo;s vision for a living and learning community. The final product &ndash; a series of interlocking arches made of nontoxic, recyclable polypropylene plastic &ndash; is very different from the neoclassical style that Thomas Jefferson admired. However, Jefferson, who had a chemistry lab installed in the Rotunda, likely would have been fascinated by the technology used in its production.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=""></figure><figure><img src=""></figure> Archinect Sessions Site Visit: Exhibit Columbus Paul Petrunia 2017-10-28T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we're releasing a special, in-between, episode of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>. In this show we&rsquo;re sharing some conversations recorded by Ken and Donna from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a>, while visiting a selection of installations and local architectural masterpieces. Exhibit Columbus describes itself as an &ldquo;annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community created to celebrate Columbus&rsquo; extraordinary design heritage.&rdquo; This inaugural exhibition opened on August 26th, and will continue until November 26th. We&rsquo;ve covered Exhibit Columbus many times on on Archinect, including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episodes 83</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">94</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">103</a> of Archinect Sessions.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you plan on visiting Exhibit Columbus, make sure to grab a map and program from the Columbus Visitor&rsquo;s Center, and check out the mobile app <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hear/Here</a> that uses geo-location to play commentary for each installation throughout the city.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ken and Donna start their tour at the University Installations, an axis of five architecture school projects along a pubic pedest...</p> Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens Orhan Ayyüce 2017-10-27T11:24:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step</p></em><br /><br /><p>"For instance, people with low ratings will have slower internet speeds; restricted access to restaurants, nightclubs or golf courses; and the removal of the right to travel freely abroad with, I quote, "restrictive control on consumption within holiday areas or travel businesses". Scores will influence a person's rental applications, their ability to get insurance or a loan and even social-security benefits. Citizens with low scores will not be hired by certain employers and will be forbidden from obtaining some jobs, including in the civil service, journalism and legal fields, where of course you must be deemed trustworthy. Low-rating citizens will also be restricted when it comes to enrolling themselves or their children in high-paying private schools. I am not fabricating this list of punishments. It's the reality Chinese citizens will face. As the government document states, the social credit system will "allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it har...</p> Microsoft offers treehouses to connect their employees back with nature Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-18T14:54:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple opens the doors to their new campus</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon looks for a location for its second</a>, Microsoft has gone in a different direction, building Wi-Fi tree houses so staff can connect with nature.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>'s campus is comprised of 120 buildings spread across Redmond, Washington&mdash;a suburb of Seattle&mdash;and surrounded by 500 acres of woods.&nbsp;After a recent employee survey found many workers would like to work outdoors more, the tech company has added to their campus by rigging up three high-tech tree houses in Redmond's Pacific Northwest Douglas firs. The company is also currently working on other tech enable outdoor districts around the campus for their employees.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" was recruited to help create the new elevated meeting space. Equipped with Wi-Fi, electricity&mdash;every weatherproof bench has a hatch containing a power supply&mdash;an outdoor gas fireplace,&nbsp;<em>and&nbsp;</em>a shipping container that houses a barbecue restaurant, the company hopes to boost em...</p> The 2018 World Monuments Watch announces 25 at-risk sites threatened by human conflict, urbanization, and climate change Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-16T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T15:39:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The monument conservation group, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Monuments Fund</a>, has announced 25 of the world's at-risk sites on its biennial watch list. Threatened by human conflict, climate change, disasters and/or urbanization, the newly listed historical gems span more than 30 countries and territories dating from prehistory to the twentieth century.&nbsp;</p> <p>Presenting a diverse group of cultural heritage sites, experts in archaeology, architecture and art picked from over 170 nominations made by citizens, activists, and governments. The whittled down selection ranges from a collection of little-known homes, churches and community centers in Alabama where pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement took place to a collection of vulnerable modern architecture in Delhi; from&nbsp;the last active synagogue in Alexandria, to sites of the Caribbean, the Gulf, and Mexico, recently affected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by hurricanes</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquakes</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>In the Souk of Aleppo, with a Mamluk portal leading to a courtyard to the right, 2008. Photo: Adli Qu...</figcaption></figure></figure> MONU #27 on "Small Urbanism" released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2017-10-16T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T12:39:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>&ldquo;&hellip; And Though She be but Little, She is Fierce!&rdquo;</strong>, the title of <em><strong>Liz Teston&rsquo;s</strong></em> contribution using a quote from Shakespeare&rsquo;s &ldquo;A Midsummer Night&rsquo;s Dream&rdquo;, captures the content of this <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONU</a></strong> issue on <strong>&ldquo;Small Urbanism&rdquo;</strong> very well. For when it comes to urbanism, small things seem to matter, whether they are actions, small physical elements, information and communications technology, or small-scale interventions. With regard to actions, <strong>Teston</strong> shows how transient micro-urbanisms of protest architecture can have a significant impact on our cities. During such actions, human bodies can alter public spaces through practices that challenge the arrangement of urban power and convert it into a channel of opposition, as <em><strong>Ana Medina </strong></em>argues in her piece<strong> &ldquo;Dissident Micro-occupations&rdquo;</strong>. In her explorations of dissident architectural practices, she reveals that spaces for protests are in fact not designed, but taken over by the dissidents to transform the architectural urban landscape. However, t...</p> Trevor Paglen is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow — #TBT to our encounter with the experimental geographer 12 years ago Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-12T19:19:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The mysterious images of the physical manifestations of military power hover between abstraction and information, between the inscrutable and the mundane. They are at once compelling as visual compositions and chilling as photographic documentation of activities that are otherwise based on speculation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 2017 MacArthur fellows have been revealed</a>.&nbsp;Artist and geographer, Trevor Paglen, won the award for his work on surveillance infrastructures. Twelve years ago,&nbsp;we followed Paglen on his field work and spoke with him about experimental geography.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The full feature by&nbsp;Bryan Finoki is available here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via MacArthur Foundation</figcaption></figure> Reimagining Detroit: A+D Museum’s The Architectural Imagination Isaac Wilhelm 2017-10-09T23:43:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T20:31:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></p><p>Architecture is a creative media that analyzes what is, while imagining what could and should be. Located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>&rsquo; Art District, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>'s current exhibit, The Architectural Imagination, is a showcase of re-imagining and rebuilding the outdated industrial urbanscape of Detroit, Michigan. Before coming to Los Angeles, the exhibition premiered during the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the mid-20th century, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a> was a booming urban center bursting with blue collar and white collar families benefiting from the automotive industry. However, as automotive industries began to move their factories to cheaper markets and with the rather recent American automotive bankruptcies and government bailouts, Detroit has been challenged with repurposing the remnants of an abandoned era. The projects showcased in the exhibit present ideas for compelling modern design along with appropriate programming (think atriums, markets, and green spaces) to regenerate existing neighborho...</p>