Archinect - News 2018-10-19T01:18:37-04:00 Gallery X launched by the A+D Museum Anthony Morey 2018-10-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:00:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>&nbsp;has announced Gallery X, a branch of the A+D dedicated to curating public spaces and bringing the making and implementation of art to a wider more diverse audience. Gallery X aims to reach beyond the walls of the institution and produce local engagement through facilitate provocative urban and public canvases to the incredibly talented and provocative artists and designers of Los Angeles. Through designing the inclusion of art in the people&rsquo;s urban landscape we bring a renewed vibrancy to Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image supplied by a+d museum. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>Gallery X was conceived as an initiative to bring progressive, young, and diverse artists to the forefront of public engagement by partnering with local institution, developers and real estate companies as a means to expanded the locations and means in which the museum can connect and curate within the area. With Los Angeles building at an incredible rate, the growth and guidance of public art have never been in such need and simultaneously...</p> MONU #29 ON NARRATIVE URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-10-15T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:02:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims Cassim Shepard in the interview we did with him entitled "Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured" for this new issue of MONU, "Narrative Urbanism".</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims<b><em>Cassim Shepard</em></b>in the interview we did with him entitled<b>&ldquo;Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured&rdquo;</b>for this new issue of<b>MONU,</b><b>&ldquo;Narrative Urbanism&rdquo;.</b>Being a filmmaker, he points out that moving images in this day and age are particularly effective forms of communication as they have the capacity to make people want to engage. For him, filmmaking is a very useful process that taught him how to talk to people, how to listen to people, how to observe spaces critically and with an open mind, in order to understand the unique urban dynamics that make every space special and worthy of care. Without that extra attention many things in our cities can simply be forgotten.</p> <p>With his contribution<b>&ldquo;Les Grands Ensembles&rdquo;</b>&ndash; a video still of a film depicting model replicas of two modernist high rise...</p> Alejandro Arevena's alluring concrete vacation home Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-12T20:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T03:50:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The radical, four-bedroom vacation house is part of the Ochoalcubo project &ndash; a pioneering &lsquo;architectural laboratory&rsquo; led by the entrepreneur and architecture lover Eduardo Godoy. Leading Chilean and Japanese practices including Aravena, Smiljan Radic, Toyo Ito and Sou Fujimoto were asked to design a series of ground-breaking homes on the coast of Ochoquebradas.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>-winner&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> uses the Chilean landscape of&nbsp;Coquimbo to create a weekend home oozing with dramatic appeal and a moody ancient beauty. The vacation home is comprised of three large <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete</a> volumes specifically stacked one against the other. Sitting on a hilltop overlooking the Chilean coast, the home, at first glance exudes an "ancient" looking quality.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Chile Sotheby&rsquo;s International Realty</figcaption></figure><p>The massively rugged, boulder like structure was heavily influenced by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">primitivistic</a> values. Its simplistic exterior is carried through out the entire house. The interiority of the space reflects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist</a> principles that focus on a flow of indoor/outdoor space and a loyalty to basic materials.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Chile Sotheby&rsquo;s International Realty</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the home is a large fire pit that accents the room without frills. The exposed concrete surfaces found through out the structure complement the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that can be found in each of the fo...</p> Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> Desire paths as urban 'civil disobedience' Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T15:47:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T11:57:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Desire paths have been described as illustrating &ldquo;the tension between the native and the built environment and our relationship to them&rdquo;. Because they often form in areas where there are no pavements, they can be seen to &ldquo;indicate [the] yearning&rdquo; of those wishing to walk, a way for &ldquo;city dwellers to &lsquo;write back&rsquo; to city planners, giving feedback with their feet&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ellie Violet Bramley pens an ode to "desire paths"&mdash;organically grown foot paths off the prescribed paved sidewalks; pedestrians' yearning for urban movement outside of the planned city order.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Example of an urban desire path getting paved in Chicago. Photo: Paul Sableman/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> What we can learn from the devastating earthquake in Indonesia Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T20:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-04T22:27:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Building codes and standards in many countries require engineers to consider the effects of soil liquefaction in the design of new buildings and infrastructure such as bridges, embankment dams and retaining structures</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the devastating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquake</a> that hit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indonesia</a>, scientists are relating building collapses to soil liquefaction. When overly saturated soil is heavily loosened by intense seismic activity, particles in the soil lose its bond and contact with each other. Thus resulting in its loss of stiffness and structural support. When soil deposits lose its ability to provide stability for foundations, the land quickly turns into a liquid flowing nightmare.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure><p>Dr. Stavroula Kontoe of Imperial College London highlights on this phenomenon and provides a proactive perspective to preventing these disasters from happening in the future. Dr. Kontoe explains that soil liquefaction can be identified early on in a building's design process. If the correct mitigation techniques like soil strengthening and proper drainage systems are applied, areas that are more susceptible have a better chance in recovering from a natural disaster.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure> Snøhetta's underwater restaurant is almost complete Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T19:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T19:50:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe's first underwater restaurant is nearing completion [...] The restaurant was built in about six months on a barge near the coast, then towed into position -- about 600 feet away -- with a heavy-lift vessel. To submerge the structure, containers filled with water were placed inside, before securing it to the sea floor with a total of 18 anchoring points.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the southernmost tip of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian</a> coastline, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>&nbsp;is in its final stages of completing the world's largest underwater <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">restaurant</a>. Submerged five meters below the North Sea, the restaurant appropriately named <em>Under</em> is preparing for its debut in Spring 2019. This 110ft-long structure made its big plunge and was secured to the sea floor in&nbsp;July 2018. This rather delicate and exciting feat was a major milestone for the team.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Aldo Amoretti</figcaption></figure><p>Under's overall design concept and location along the coastline underwent several revisions. After much discussion with developers and architects, it was decided that placing the restaurant in a much harsher location along the coast was intentional. Developed to withstand the tough winds and waves of the Norwegian coastline, Under's senior architect Rune Grasdal pointed out that the structure's slight curved form helps with wave impact.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MIR and Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure><p>Reservations for this unique dining experience will be available starting in April 201...</p> 'Deep adaptation' in the face of planetary climate catastrophe Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T18:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T18:38:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the language of climate change, &ldquo;adaptation&rdquo; refers to ways to blunt the immediate effects of extreme weather, such as building seawalls, conserving drinking water, updating building codes, and helping more people get disaster insurance. [...] But some researchers are going further, calling for what some call the &ldquo;deep adaptation agenda.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg</em>'s Climate &amp; Environment Reporter, Christopher Flavelle, lays out a range of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> projections&mdash;from the general consensus to the more pessimistic&mdash;and how an array of 'deep adaptation' measures could help to mitigate the damage. "Rather than simply asking people to water their lawns less often [...]," Flavelle writes, "governments need to consider large-scale, decades-long infrastructure projects, such as transporting water to increasingly arid regions and moving cities away from the ocean."</p> First look at interiors and private park at Jeanne Gang’s Downtown Brooklyn condo Dana Schulz 2018-09-26T11:44:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T13:56:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To coincide with the sales launch at Downtown Brooklyn&lsquo;s 57-story tower at 11 t Street, Tishman Speyer has released a slew of new renderings of the Jeanne Gang-designed condo. Previous views have shown how Gang&rsquo;s signature metallic rippling effect will be applied to the facade, but the new batch gives us a better look at the nearly 27,000-square-foot private park and the first glimpse of the interiors and amenity spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure> What You Don’t See Places Journal 2018-09-18T19:06:00-04:00 >2018-09-18T19:06:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Follow the intricate supply chains of architecture and you&rsquo;ll find not just product manufacturers but also environmental polluters. Keep going and you&rsquo;ll find as well the elusive networks of political influence that are underwritten by the billion-dollar construction industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In "What You Don't See," Brent Sturlaugson examines the supply chains of architecture to make the case that designers must expand their frameworks of action and responsibility for thinking about sustainability.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Unraveling the&nbsp;networks of materials, energy, power, and money&nbsp;that must be activated to produce a piece of plywood, Sturlaugson argues that&nbsp;"any full accounting of environmental, economic, or social sustainability has got to consider not merely individual buildings and sites but also the intricate product and energy supply chains that are crucial to their construction."&nbsp;</p> Construction begins on Atlanta's largest public park by John Portman & Associates Hope Daley 2018-09-10T15:49:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T15:49:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Construction has begun on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta's</a> soon-to-be largest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park</a> by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Portman &amp; Associates</a>. The repurposed quarry pit will not only provide an outdoor recreational area but also create 2 billion gallons of emergency drinking water for Atlanta,&nbsp;increasing the city&rsquo;s emergency water reserves from 3 to 30 days.</p> <p>The first phase of Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry includes constructing a signature gateway for the park's entrance. Once completed, the new green space will be&nbsp;100 acres larger than Atlanta&rsquo;s currently largest park.</p> Perkins Eastman reimagines NYC grid for increased pedestrian and shared space Hope Daley 2018-08-31T13:29:00-04:00 >2018-08-31T13:29:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The city grid, which once served to organize the development of private real estate by providing access to land parcels, now has a more pressing role to play in making cities livable. Our reimagining of the grid starts from the premise that how we use public rights of way no longer meets the city&rsquo;s needs, so we should transform the streets radically, dedicating them to pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jonathan Cohn and&nbsp;Yunyue Chen propose a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian</a> plan for&nbsp;Manhattan's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grid</a>&nbsp;grouping blocks into larger neighborhoods and organizing streets into either&nbsp;thoroughfares or local streets.&nbsp;Cohn&nbsp;leads the transportation and public infrastructure studio of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins Eastman</a>, while Chen received the 2017&nbsp;Perkins Eastman&rsquo;s Architectural Fellowship for the Public Realm.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Manhattan grid divided into thoroughfare and local streets. Image: Perkins Eastman.</figcaption></figure><p>Their plan is a combination of&nbsp;the Dutch shared street idea of&nbsp;<em>woonerf&nbsp;</em>and the Barcelona&nbsp;&ldquo;superblocks&rdquo;. Shared, local streets would include continuous, curbless, and textured surfaces with cues that conform drivers to speeds of about 6 miles per hour.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Example of a shared street with less vehicle access and more pedestrian space. Image: Perkins Eastman. </figcaption></figure><p>"Superblocks"&nbsp;are limited to local traffic inside and would be sectioned off by thoroughfare streets with local streets in between. Local streets would always be within a 5 minute walk of any...</p> Francisco Pardo Arquitecto designs urban parks to revitalize neglected suburban neighborhoods in Mexico Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-30T15:18:00-04:00 >2018-08-31T13:47:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a>, a set of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban parks</a> have been built on the city's outskirts to revitalize the neglected suburban neighborhoods in which they reside.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by Francisco Pardo Arquitecto, the Mexico City-based firm has&nbsp;replaced a once contaminated water stream and paved lots with basketball courts, skate ramps, pavilions for public events,&nbsp;children&rsquo;s playgrounds, and&nbsp;spots for a more general meditation.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Parque H&eacute;roes. Photo by Jaime Navarro.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Parque Colinas del Sol. Photo by Jaime Navarro.</figcaption></figure><p>"It is important to change not only the physical condition but also the perception of the space" said Francisco Pardo, who leads the eponymous firm behind the transformations. "As a designer, I believe that supporting local communities to achieve better public spaces for their families helps the greater community."&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Parque Colinas del Sol. Photo by Jaime Navarro.</figcaption></figure><p>Using low-cost materials such as concrete, steel and cement blocks, the architects have created flexible space layouts that foster sponta...</p> Rising sea levels threaten Miami’s existence—from above and below ground Alexander Walter 2018-08-29T19:50:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T19:51:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>From ground level, greater Miami looks like any American megacity&mdash;a mostly dry expanse of buildings, roads, and lawns, sprinkled with the occasional canal or ornamental lake. But from above, the proportions of water and land are reversed. [...] Barring a stupendous reversal in greenhouse gas emissions, the rising Atlantic will cover much of Miami by the end of this century. The economic effects will be devastating [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg</em> reporter Christopher Flavelle takes a deep dive into the vast, intricate, and highly fragile network of natural aquifers and man-made infrastructure that has kept <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> (mostly) dry and equipped with fresh drinking water. But for how much longer?</p> 2018 CGArchitect 3D Awards Announced Anthony Morey 2018-08-27T08:55:00-04:00 >2018-08-27T13:47:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>CG Architect has announced their winners for their yearly visualization awards.&nbsp;The CGarchitect 3Dawards have 4 separate categories: Image, Film/Animation, Interactive and Student. Within the Film/Animation and Image categories there are also two sub-categories for Commissioned and Non-Commissioned work. All the work submitted for an award must have been created in the past 2 calendar years. This year's winners include industry vanguards such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kilograph</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DBOX</a> along with potent and creative newcomers from the student categories. Check out the full list of winners and their submissions below.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Interactive</strong></p> <p>Winner: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kilograph</a></p> <p><strong>Image </strong>(Commissioned)</p> <p>Winner: Recent Spaces<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by Recent Spaces. </figcaption></figure><p><strong>Image&nbsp;</strong>(Non-Commissioned)<br></p> <p>Winner:&nbsp;Bartosz Domiczek</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by Bartosz Domiczek</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Film</strong> (Commissioned)</p> <p>Winner:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DBOX</a></p> <p><strong>Film </strong>(Non-Commissioned)</p> <p>Winner: Ryan Wai Lin Lam<br></p> <p><strong>Student</strong> (Image)</p> <p>Winner:&nbsp;Mano&nbsp;Karlinger</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by Man&oacute; Karlinger</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Student </strong>(Film)</p> <p>Winner:&nbsp;San We Kong Jian</p> <p><strong>Unreal Experience</strong> (Image)</p> <p>Winner:...</p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Moscow park sparks wild urbanism on another level Hope Daley 2018-08-24T13:58:00-04:00 >2018-08-28T16:13:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As Moscow&rsquo;s Zaryadye Park approaches its first birthday next month, the city&rsquo;s chief architect, Sergei Kuznetsov, is defending the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed green space for an unexpected feature: its aphrodisiacal properties. Just a stone&rsquo;s throw from the Kremlin, the firm&rsquo;s carefully crafted experiment in &ldquo;wild urbanism&rdquo; has lived up to its billing, apparently, becoming something of a hotbed for outdoor lovemaking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Moscow's one year old $245 million public <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park</a> by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>&nbsp;was meant to bring freedom of exploration and a feeling of comfort within the urban setting. The space provides visitors with an amphitheater, flora-covered terraces, green spaces with views of the city, and a 230 foot walkway over the Moscow river. The public space has also seen a high number of couples caught on park cameras having <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sex</a>. "Wild urbanism" indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Charles Renfro exclaims, &ldquo;I love this! What freedom our park has brought to Moscow, and what tolerance it seems to be&nbsp;engendering from the authorities.&rdquo;<br></p> Epic Games unleashes Unreal with the Academy Anthony Morey 2018-08-19T13:52:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Epic Games</a>, the creators of the Unreal Engine, the standard for VR and AR exploration, experiment and implementation has unveiled its Academy. Understanding that understanding and exploring their medium is not as easy as picking up a pencil. Unreal is looking to change this by launching its own online academy meant to bring such software and creative unleashing to the masses. The academy will have a collection of tutorials, lectures and sample files tied to architecture, industrial design, game development and visualization to name a few.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Epic Games Academy</figcaption></figure></figure><p>With more and more educational institutions embracing the visual and visceral adoration of such projects that comes from such technology and with a growing portion of such institutional leaders and educators unaware of how to use, teach and implement such software, having companies bridge the landscapes between creator and educator may be a sign of things to come &mdash; a much needed one.&nbsp;</p> Global heatwave is symptom of early stage cycle of civilisational collapse Orhan Ayyüce 2018-08-13T18:59:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T14:24:20-04:00 <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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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>