Archinect - News 2018-08-18T12:43:27-04:00 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> 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> 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> Record heatwave is revealing hidden historic sites across Britain Alexander Walter 2018-07-30T15:15:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T09:49:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Southern England has been particularly parched, enjoying the driest June on record, but the hot weather has lead to an array of unlikely discoveries across the British Isles. Outlines of ancient and historic sites are being revealed &ndash; some of which haven&rsquo;t been seen in living memory.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"As the grass and crops dry out in the fields, the remains of wood and stone features are being spotted. The effect is caused by soil building up above the foreign material left in the ground over centuries in a way that makes the live material react to the conditions at a different rate to that found within regular soil," <em>The Telegraph</em> explains the phenomenon of 'ghost gardens' which have been appearing across Britain during the country's most extreme heatwave in decades.&nbsp;</p> <p>The increased prevalence of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone and aerial photography</a> has made it much easier to spot them than during previous heatwaves.</p> Activating vacant land: a conversation about Detroit's potential and challenges Alexander Walter 2018-07-13T15:34:00-04:00 >2018-07-13T15:34:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Maurice Cox grew up in Brooklyn, a borough whose name has since become a global shorthand for gentrification. An urban designer, architectural educator, and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA, in 2015 Cox became head of the planning department of Detroit, where he hopes to prevent the forces that have reshaped his childhood home from taking over the Motor City. [...] Cox is using design to catalyze growth that&rsquo;s incremental and closely in line with the city&rsquo;s strong sense of self.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Urban Omnibus</em> presents an insightful conversation between&nbsp;Maurice Cox,&nbsp;Director of Planning and Development for the City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, and Marc Norman,&nbsp;founder of the consulting firm &ldquo;Ideas and Action&rdquo; and Associate Professor of Practice at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UMich's Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>. Discussed issues range from&nbsp;tactical preservation,&nbsp;vacant land as asset,&nbsp;smooth growth, gentrification, and&nbsp;preserving Black spaces:</p> <p><em>Detroit still has capacity for a population of 1.8 million, and we&rsquo;re at less than 700,000. So part of our challenge is, how to prevent buildings turning into blight, to the point of having to demolish them?</em></p> <p><em>On the other hand, if it does make sense to tear some things down, what do we put in their place? The architect&rsquo;s mindset is often that the only thing that can replace a structure is another structure. But in Detroit, that makes no sense financially; it makes no sense in terms of the population. So we have to turn to other disciplines for an answer.</em></p> <p><em>That&rsquo;s...</em></p> Is vertical farming the future of agriculture? Hope Daley 2018-07-11T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T16:18:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The astronomical capital costs associated with starting a large hydroponic farm (compared to field and greenhouse farming), its reliance on investor capital and yet-to-be-developed technology, and challenges around energy efficiency and environmental impact make vertical farming anything but a sure bet. And even if vertical farms do scale, there&rsquo;s no clear sense of whether brand-loyal consumers, en masse, will make the switch from field-grown produce to foods grown indoors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A look at the benefits and costs to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vertical farming</a> taking into account new technologies, the architecture and economics of production, and consumer demand. In these indoor spaces food is being grown hydroponically, meaning without soil and using artificial LED lighting. As new innovations emerge disrupting the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">agriculture</a> industry, the impact of indoor farming remains open ended.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>LED lighting used for an indoor farming operation. Image: Agritecture.</figcaption></figure> When in Rome Places Journal 2018-07-10T22:46:00-04:00 >2018-07-10T20:46:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"Along with their monumental role in Rome's urban fabric, the architectural status of fountains has long been uncertain. It can be hard to determine when they ceased to be viewed as public water utilities, and came to be regarded as purely artistic objects."</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the same week in 2016, a group of tourists were denounced as trespassers for splashing around in one of Rome's historic fountains, while Fendi was praised for its tribute to Italy's artistic legacy by staging a fashion show across another. Anatole Tchikine is prompted by these contrasting reactions to examine the complicated relationship between architecture, water, and the body in the city&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;from early modern laundresses to&nbsp;<em>La Dolce Vita</em>.&nbsp;</p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro present "The Mile-Long Opera" along the High Line this fall Hope Daley 2018-07-09T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T22:10:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> together with&nbsp;Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang present <em>The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o&rsquo;clock</em>, a 5 night series of performances taking place along the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>. Featuring 1,000 singers from across NYC, this extensive community engagement initiative will allow audience members to actively participate among choral work throughout the park.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Singers rehearsing for the The Mile-Long Opera. Image: Luis Paez.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a> explains, &ldquo;After working on the design of the High Line for over a decade and witnessing the rapid transformation of the surrounding area, I thought a lot about the life cycle of the city&mdash;its decay and rebirth&mdash;full of opportunities and contradictions."&nbsp;</p> <p>The performances will take place from October 3-7, 2018. Admission is free, however advanced tickets are required and will be available at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;starting September 5.&nbsp;</p> Dream the Combine's 'Hide & Seek" installation to provide interactive setting for Warm Up Summer Music Series at MoMA PS1 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2018-06-29T12:52:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The eagerly-awaited, annual&nbsp;<em>Warm Up&nbsp;</em>series of concerts and events has launched, with an interactive setting provided by Minneapolis-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dream the Combine</a>, winners of this year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>&nbsp;Young Architect&rsquo;s Program&nbsp;competition. Titled&nbsp;<em>Hide &amp; Seek</em>, the winning installation, featuring a large-scale, network of mirrors, will activate the courtyard through September, playing host to more than 75 musical artists.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year's construction, done in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a>, features nine intersecting elements sprawled across the entire MoMA PS1 courtyard. Scriptive elements, ranging from trampolines to runways, invite visitors into performance and establish platforms for improvisation while the horizontal structures contain interactive mirrors, that move in the wind or with human touch.<br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, founders of the&nbsp;experimental design practice, drew their inspiration for the project from performance artist Lorraine O&rsquo;Grady, whose piece &ldquo;...</p> Editor's Picks #488 Nam Henderson 2018-06-25T20:31:00-04:00 >2018-06-25T20:31:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last week Archinect profiled Denver-Based Paul Andersen for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple Chris</a> liked what he read "<em>nice interview...and a sense humor. the entire Pop paragraph is quotable</em>".</p> <figure><img src=";w=728&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Five Rooms at the Landmark Gallery in the Chicago Cultural Center. Designed with Paul Preissner Architects. Photo by James Florio.</figcaption></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caf&eacute; militaire (or Caf&eacute; Godeau)</a>, by the Utopian and Visionary Claude Nicolas Ledoux, was featured as part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the Ground Up, series</a>.<br></p> News <p>After seeing their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design</a> for the new Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), <strong>chigurh</strong> needed to get something off their chest, "<em>becoming less and less interested in morphosis....liked the work better when it was more about tectonic play than sinuous curves and code aesthetic.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Animo South Los Angeles High School's newest building designed by Brooks + Scarpa. Photo: Tara Wujcik.</figcaption></figure><p>Animo South Los Angeles High School's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest building</a> designed by Brooks + Scarpa generated a lot of discussion. Some felt it "<em>Simultaneously cheer...</em></p> From the Archinect Outpost: Offshore Studio's Christoph Miler reveals the ideas behind Migrant Journal Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-06-21T18:43:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T18:44:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The first [journal] came out in 2016 and focused on the countryside and the movement of borders. The most recent, the fourth, titled Dark Matter, is about the invisible and illegal aspects of migration. One feature Christoph shows is a photo essay by Javier Corso, documenting the petrol smuggling trade between Nigeria and Benin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christoph Miller, a founder of <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Migrant</a></em> &mdash; one of the journals we are proud to feature at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a> &mdash; provides insights into the origins and intentions of his journal as it reflects the culture and politics of 21st century migration.&nbsp;</p> Experience Frank Lloyd Wright works online through virtual tours Hope Daley 2018-06-21T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T15:32:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual tours</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>'s properties will be available online through&nbsp;Leica Geosystems partnership with&nbsp;the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. With technology services from Multivista and Matterport, detailed experiences of the architect's&nbsp;iconic works can be explored from exterior grounds to the interior home, including minute detailing, 3D views, and floor plans.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taliesin West</a> will be the first property available online <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. The endeavor is part of a larger scheme by Leica Geosystems to use <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital innovation</a> to capture, document, and preserve architectural history.</p> Guerrilla Grafting: fruit activists turn city trees into (free) food sources Alexander Walter 2018-06-18T15:28:00-04:00 >2018-06-19T10:12:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After pothole gardeners and pavement crack fillers, the Guerilla Grafters are the next urban hacking collective that wants to make streets a better places for everyone. The collective sees grafting branches of fruit trees onto trees in the streets as an opportunity to provide free access to food to urbanites. The process of adding a small branch to an existing city tree is considered vandalism. However, that doesn&rsquo;t stop the Guerilla Grafters [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The Guerrilla Grafters are not welcomed by everyone," writes Doris Tielemans for <em>Pop-Up City</em>&nbsp;about this branch (no pun intended) of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fruit Activism</a>. "Most trees in cities don&rsquo;t grow fruit for a reason."</p> Call for Submissions now open for 'Ed' #3: Normal! Nicholas Korody 2018-06-07T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T13:30:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture isn&rsquo;t normal. We take for a given that architecture has to operate the way it already does &mdash; but it doesn&rsquo;t. What appears as natural is in fact constructed, and has mutated dramatically through time. &ldquo;Architecture,&rdquo; that is, refers not just to the practice of building but also to a set of institutionalized social and labor relations, which are often misogynistic, racist, corrupt, and oppressive. For far too long, we&rsquo;ve accepted workplaces where women are mistreated, harassed, assaulted. We&rsquo;ve accepted the exclusion of people of color from our ranks and as our clients. We&rsquo;ve accepted exploitation of workers and cyclical systems of abuse. We&rsquo;ve accepted as the ideal of our profession an image of the architect&mdash;and the client&mdash;that is white, that is cis male, that is straight, that is able bodied, that is rich. We have to, urgently, denormalize these norms of the architectural profession and discipline.</p> <p>While architecture may not be normal, it does normalize. It transforms c...</p> Domino Sugar Factory's waterfront park prepares for grand opening in Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2018-06-06T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-06-06T14:26:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A dramatic shift is underway on the Williamsburg waterfront: The ruins of the former Domino Sugar Refinery, a neighborhood landmark since the 19th century, are in the process of being transformed into an 11-acre megaproject. Four new buildings are on the way, as is a renovation of the massive factory building [...] Domino Park, a six-acre green space that hugs the edge of the development, opens on June 10.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> documents the transformation of the former&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domino Sugar Factory</a> where one piece of the massive revitalization&mdash;the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>-designed&nbsp;Domino Park&mdash;will open to the public this Sunday. (Prepare for spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.)</p> Together and Apart - The 2018 Latvian Pavilion Anthony Morey 2018-06-02T17:38:00-04:00 >2018-06-03T18:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Latvian Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibition Biennale Architettura</a> 2018, titled Together and Apart, looks at apartment buildings in relation to architecture&rsquo;s role in organizing society. It examines how this architectural typology generates ways of living together and apart although the individual apartment provides the possibility to separate one from the outside, it is always a part of a common structure.</p> this architectural typology generates ways of living together and apart although the individual apartment provides the possibility to separate one from the outside... <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Together and Apart. Photo: Ansis-Starks</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Together and Apart. Photo: Ansis-Starks</figcaption></figure></figure><p><em>Together and Apart</em> is curated by a multidisciplinary team consisting of architect and urbanist Evel&#299;na Ozola, architect Mat&#299;ss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skr&#275;j&#257;ne and Director of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia Gundega Laivi&#326;a. This exhibition aims to explore the question of living together in...</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> 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>... Who owns real estate flooded from climate change? Hope Daley 2018-05-03T16:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T11:48:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As seas rise and coasts wash away, who owns the land that goes underwater? Versions of that debate are taking place in courtrooms, legislatures, and government offices, raising the question of whether and when climate change justifies seizing private property. The stakes are enormous, affecting not just ownership of offshore mineral and fishing rights but also potentially trillions of dollars of coastal real estate.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Climate change</a> has left many rules governing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate</a> ownership murky. As sea levels rise this especially affects coastal property and laws hinging on high-tide lines.&nbsp;</p> New Call for Submissions for MONU #29 - Narrative Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-05-02T13:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T13:21:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One important outcome of our last <strong>MONU issue #28</strong> on <strong>"Client-shaped Urbanism"</strong> was the realization that in order to create better cities, we need to improve the communication among everybody involved in the creation of cities, whether they are clients, developers, municipalities, architects, urban designers, or the users of cities, to name just a few. Especially for architects and urban designers, one way to make themselves understood better, is to use the power of "narratives", helping them to connect not only to experts and intellectuals in the field, but to everybody else too. To find out what such urban and architectural narratives might look like today - and what they were like in the past - how they can be crafted, where they may be used and how narratives can help improving our cities in general is one of the main aims of the upcoming issue of <strong>MONU</strong> that we call<strong> "Narrative Urbanism"</strong>.</p> <p>In the history of human civilisation, narratives and storytelling have always been an importa...</p> Into the Uncanny Valley Places Journal 2018-04-24T15:17:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:57:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architectural representations often embody the tension between familiar and unfamiliar. In an effective rendering, the new buildings or landscapes share the same illusionistic space with images of existing buildings or landscapes, producing an almost exquisite confusion between real and unreal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architectural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renderings</a> are not photographs; or are they?&nbsp;Susan Piedmont-Palladino examines the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyper-real</a> imagined worlds of contemporary architectural drawings through theories of the uncanny, and considers the disconcerting effect that occurs when "we can't quite sort out the relationship of an image to the world."</p> Beyond the Map: Spikescapes and Wild Strawberries Places Journal 2018-04-10T15:30:00-04:00 >2018-04-10T15:30:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Geography is getting stranger: the map is breaking up. Now we need to attend to the unnatural places, the escape zones and gap spaces, the places that are sites of surprise but also of bewilderment and unease.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Negotiating the hostile architectures of the modern city&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;from the anti-pedestrian cobbles of a median strip to the unloved landscape of a traffic island&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;geographer Alistair Bonnett reflects on the increasingly disciplinarian nature of public space, and by crossing roads and planting strawberries, experiments with modes of resistance.&nbsp;</p> REVEALED: New renderings of Domino Sugar Factory’s waterfront park and esplanade Dana Schulz 2018-04-05T20:27:00-04:00 >2018-04-05T20:27:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>New renderings have been revealed for Domino Park, the 11-acre park and waterfront esplanade that will anchor the three-million-square-foot Williamsburg mega-development at the Domino Sugar Factory site, and they showcase everything from an urban &ldquo;beach&rdquo; to a better look at how preserved artifacts from the historic factory will be incorporated throughout. Designed by James Corner Field Operations (of the High Line fame), the park is scheduled to open this summer, ahead of most of the buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Via James Corner Field Operations </figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Via James Corner Field Operations </figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Via James Corner Field Operations</figcaption></figure> Naoya Hatakeyama: The Photographer and Architecture Places Journal 2018-04-03T15:34:00-04:00 >2018-04-03T15:34:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Taking a photograph of architecture by using a camera is tantamount to placing a small architecture against another large architecture and having the small one swallow the larger one.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Japanese word for buildings,&nbsp;<em>tatemono</em>, means &ldquo;things that are standing.&rdquo; On the occasion of a major career retrospective at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Naoya Hatakeyama considers the meaning and the practice of photographing the built environment, and the distinction between the architecture of standing things and lying things that can be made to stand up.</p> Your Sea Wall Won't Save You Places Journal 2018-03-29T09:21:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Concepts like &ldquo;making room for the river,&rdquo; which works well in the Netherlands, can mean mass evictions in the Global South. Too often, the rhetoric of climate adaptation is doublespeak for the displacement of poor communities, and an alibi for unsustainable growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As coastal megacities adapt to climate change, they often bring in outside planning experts who push highly engineered, technocratic resilience programs.&nbsp;Lizzie Yarina looks at how this trend is affecting local communities in Bangkok, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta, and&nbsp;argues that "resilience is not fundamentally a technical question. It is social and political. Planners and designers must recognize and negotiate the diverse "resilience imaginaries" across the cities in which they are needed."</p> Steven Holl Foundation's Architecture Residents will Design Astronomy Center This Summer Sponsor 2018-03-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T15:21:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Myron Holl Foundation</a></em></strong> </p> <p>The Steven Myron Holl Foundation has announced the application for this year&rsquo;s summer architecture residency. Entitled Rural Compression: Cosmic Dust,&nbsp;this year&rsquo;s topic intersects architecture, the ecology of the Hudson Valley, and astronomy. Through studios and critiques with accomplished architects, residents will produce designs for a center for observational cosmology in the Hudson Valley.</p> <p>5 residents will be selected for this year&rsquo;s program.&nbsp; Past residents have ranged from undergraduates and graduate students from Harvard, Columbia, Pratt and Sci Arc, as well as practicing architects and young professionals.</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Applications for the 2018 Residency are due May 6. Photo courtesy of Steven Myron Holl Foundation</figcaption></figure><p>The month-long residency is comprised of intensive studios with instructors Steven Holl, Eirini Tsachrelia and Christian Wassman, field trips to significant art institutions in the Hudson Valley, and group critiq...</p> World's largest single-domed tropical greenhouse, designed by Coldefy & Associates, coming soon to Northern France Alexander Walter 2018-03-28T17:40:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T19:23:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>French architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coldefy &amp; Associates Architects Urban Planners</a> have revealed plans for the world's largest single-domed tropical <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">greenhouse</a>. Called <em>Tropicalia</em>, this vast indoor landscape will soon pop up in the Pas-de-Calais area in Northern France and house all sorts of tropical flora and fauna under an enormous pillar-less firmament of EFTE pressurized air cushions held up by an aluminum frame.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Coldefy &amp; Associates Architects Urban Planners.</figcaption></figure><p>Here's a project description from the architects: "Tropicalia is a 15,000m2 tropical biodome that creates a harmonious world connecting man to an exotic natural, providing a constant temperature of 28&deg;C in a region with notoriously poor weather. Whether it is an invitation into a dream, a grand voyage or an educational trip, Tropicalia is a place of discovery, amazement and ecological awareness."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Coldefy &amp; Associates Architects Urban Planners.</figcaption></figure><p>"This unique place will contain a diverse range of fauna and flora, butterflies, exotic...</p> Boring Company to start selling LEGO-like interlocking bricks made from tunneling rock Hope Daley 2018-03-27T12:18:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T23:48:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a> announced that the Boring Company will sell <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO</a>-like interlocking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bricks</a> made from rock that his tunneling machines excavate from the earth. Musk stated these bricks will be sold in "kits" and will be rated to withstand California's earthquakes.&nbsp;</p> <p><br>The date of availability or cost of this latest product is unknown. While his company has only started digging shorter tunnels there is not enough upturned rock to begin making these bricks yet.&nbsp;<br></p> Harvard GSD "Future of the American City" initiative begins in Miami with $1 million support from Knight Foundation Hope Daley 2018-03-20T15:20:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T03:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The "Future of the American City" initiative led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate University School of Design</a> will begin in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> with $1 million in support from the Knight Foundation. The project will engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban issues</a> including affordable housing, transportation, and sea level rise.&nbsp;</p> <p>With this funding Harvard GSD will send urban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">researchers</a> to Miami and Miami Beach to understand the city's strengths and challenges as part of a 3-year study towards building solutions. The initiative aims to help cities tackle sustainability and resiliency challenges beginning this spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>Building on the school&rsquo;s multi-disciplinary model, the effort will use architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design to come up with efficient solutions that take into account community needs. This research can also be shared with cities across the nation facing similar challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Harvard GSD&rsquo;s upcoming Miami research will be phase one in...</p> New LA River renderings reveal potential designs for the massive revitalization project Hope Daley 2018-03-20T00:31:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T13:23:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A wide array of projects big and small are now moving forward alongside all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River, and some of the most comprehensive planning is taking place along the river&rsquo;s southern portion, from Vernon to Long Beach.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As part of the ongoing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River Revitalization</a> Plan, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> have recently released renderings of what their contribution could look like. The overall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> River plan includes proposals varying in size and location. The largest proposals include revitalizing expansive sections along the river to create public spaces with trails, bridges, bike and walking paths, landscaping, and seating areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A new rendering features terraced seating and access to the river bed itself. Image: Perkins + Will.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of a shared street concept by the river in Cudahy.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of a trail near the Rio Hondo confluence.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of a boardwalk near Willow Street in Long Beach.</figcaption></figure><p>Catch up on all the news around the Los Angeles River Revitalization Projects&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p>