Archinect - News 2018-08-15T18:44:21-04:00 BIG designs first prototype for affordable vacation home company Klein Hope Daley 2018-08-15T15:12:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T15:12:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Behold the first prototype of the Brooklyn-based Klein, a new company that wants to make the process of building small houses more affordable all over the world.&nbsp;A45 is a 13-foot-long wood and glass cabin for one, two, or three people (if one of them is tiny) designed by the&nbsp;Danish architectural firm&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group [...] meant to be the first of many designs [that will fulfill the fantasy] of having a home outside the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Founder Soren Rose started Klein after leading the firm S&oslash;ren Rose Studio&nbsp;based in New York and Copenhagen. By providing small, cheap, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> houses the company aims to make vacation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home ownership</a> more affordable to a wider audience.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>While there are currently no set prices, homes are projected to range from&nbsp;$50,000 to $300,000.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>The first prototype, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, is the start of several options which will be fully customizable and ready within 6 months of placing an order.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>Klein is currently taking preorders on a case by case basis.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure></figure> Notre Dame is falling apart and relying on US donations for major repairs Hope Daley 2018-08-15T14:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T14:21:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One of Europe&rsquo;s most visited sites, with about 12 million tourists a year, is in dire need of repairs. Centuries of weather have worn away at the stone. The fumes from decades of gridlock have only worsened the damage. &ldquo;Pollution is the biggest culprit,&rdquo; says Philippe Villeneuve, architect in chief of historic monuments in France. &ldquo;We need to replace the ruined stones. We need to replace the joints with traditional materials. This is going to be extensive.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Notre Dame</a> faces major <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">repairs</a> as the historic Cathedral's structure decays due largely to pollution. Funding for the repairs needed were difficult to raise as the cathedral is owned by the French government, yet their arrangement allows the&nbsp;Catholic archdiocese of Paris&nbsp;to use it for free. Both claimed the other responsible for raising funds, however the&nbsp;archdiocese stepped up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">creating&nbsp;Friends of Notre Dam last year</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The organization allows US citizens to make tax deductible contributions to the renovation of this historic landmark. Friends of Notre Dame hope to raise $114 million within the next five to 10 years.&nbsp;</p> The Lotus House Explores the Potential of 3D Printing for Sustainable Construction Liam Otten 2018-08-15T12:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T13:41:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From consumer goods to medical devices, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing</a> is reshaping the manufacturing world. But what about construction? Could this technology change the way buildings are made?</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the question posed by a team from Washington University in St. Louis.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over the past eight months</a>, students from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts</a> and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Engineering &amp; Applied Science</a>&nbsp;&mdash; with support from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES)</a>&mdash;&nbsp;have used 3D printing to design and fabricate elements of&nbsp;Lotus House, an energy-efficient prototype residence unveiled this month as part of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon China 2018</a>.</p> <p>In this Q&amp;A, project manager Kinga Pabjan, a master&rsquo;s candidate in architecture and construction management, discusses Lotus House, 3D printing and the future of sustainable construction.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Project manager Kinga Pabjan. (Courtesy Team WashU)</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Describe Lotus House. What inspired the design?</strong><br></p> <p>Lotus House is a 650-square-foot, single-story home. The...</p> Global heatwave is symptom of early stage cycle of civilisational collapse Orhan Ayyüce 2018-08-13T18:59:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T13:52:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This summer&rsquo;s extreme weather has hit home some stark realities. Climate disaster is not slated to happen in some far-flung theoretical future. It&rsquo;s here, and now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Penned by Nafeez Ahmed, investigative journalist, recovering academic, tracking the Crisis of Civilization, the article points to a more urgent than urgent times in terms of civilisation and not merely the climate change.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Also an urgent quote from a friend internalizing the article for architecture, "I am surprised that with contemporary conditions that require a radical re-orientation and re-conceptualization of discipline and profession, architecture professors continue to talk about elements, tectonic, "Fundamentals", context, composition, scale, poche, sustainability... Bla,bla...&nbsp;Let's build a new ontology..."<br></p> <p>-Alex Santander, Architect. Tijuana, Mexico</p> BIG completes Shenzhen Energy Company's new “undulating” office skyscrapers Justine Testado 2018-08-13T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T17:02:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transsolar</a> won the international competition to design Shenzhen Energy Company's new office skyscraper. After six years of construction that began in 2012, the development has been completed at a time when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen</a> is continuously evolving into &ldquo;China's Silicon Valley&rdquo;.</p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.</figcaption></figure><p>A 220-meter tower and a 120-meter tower are linked by a 34-meter, ground-level podium that houses the main lobbies, conference center, cafeteria, and exhibition space. The Shenzhen Energy Company's offices are located on the highest floors, while the remaining floors are rentable office space.<br></p> <p>No stacked blocks to be seen in this BIG design this time around either.&nbsp;The towers feature an&nbsp;undulating envelope that creates&nbsp;&ldquo;a rippled skin around both towers and breaks away from the traditional glass curtain wall,&rdquo; BIG says.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p>The facade oscillates between transparency on one side and opacity on ...</p> Hong Kong's public housing receives widespread photographic attention Hope Daley 2018-08-13T15:52:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T15:52:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Across Hong Kong, where almost half the population lives in government-provided housing, public housing complexes have become wildly popular Instagram destinations. Locals and tourists have flocked to estates around the city, craning their necks to get that perfect social media shot and irritating residents in the process. The estates have drawn professional interest as well, featuring prominently in marketing campaigns and even a music video by the Korean boy band Seventeen.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public housing</a>, largely built in the 1960's and 70's, has attracted widespread public attention for its aesthetic appeal. These modernist style high-rises <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photograph</a> beautifully with colorful displays of clean lined symmetry. While these buildings are visually engaging, they also play an important role providing affordable housing to millions in one of the most expensive cities to live. Hong Kong's immense public sector housing program creates space for nearly half of the city's residents.&nbsp;</p> Architecture professor defends brutalism against Trump's call for demolition Hope Daley 2018-08-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T09:06:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Depending on who you ask, brutalist buildings like the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., are little more than misshapen mounds of concrete. But architecture professor Mark Pasnik&nbsp;says the structures were built with a much deeper meaning in mind. "People think of them as communistic or as alienating," says Pasnik, who came to brutalism's defense in a recent Boston Globe op-ed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture professor Mark Pasnik makes the argument for preservation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings in an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion piece for the Boston Globe</a>. Pasnik's piece was in response to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trumps recent outcry to tear down the FBI headquarters</a>. He explains the style's history of material honesty, along with reasons to preserve brutalist architecture. Even if the style does not appeal to an individual, Pasnik advocates the historic importance and sustainability of renovation over demolition are worth keeping brutalist buildings intact.</p> Sidewalk Labs' Toronto waterfront smart city raises dystopian concerns Hope Daley 2018-08-10T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T15:40:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sidewalk&rsquo;s vision for Quayside &mdash; as a place populated by self-driving vehicles and robotic garbage collectors, where the urban fabric is embedded with cameras and sensors capable of gleaning information from the phone in your pocket &mdash; certainly sounds Orwellian. Yet the company contends that the data gathered from fully wired urban infrastructure is needed to refine inefficient urban systems and achieve ambitious innovations like zero-emission energy grids.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last fall Sidewalk Labs, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a>-affiliated company, announced plans to build a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart city</a> model on 12 acres of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a> waterfront named Quayside. The design would include infrastructure with sensors and data analytics with the claim of building an overall more streamlined, economical, and green urban space. Sidewalk Labs' partnership with Canada is the beginning of an urban model they hope to expand globally.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>While the goal may look utopian, many see an ominous future where governance is under threat rather than the projected promise of urban innovation. Concerns center around tech monopolies, the collection and commodification of city data, and a democratic process of decision making for our environments.</p> Le Corbusier's influence on Japanese modernism Hope Daley 2018-08-09T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-12T12:13:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Thanks to the overwhelming clarity of [Le Corbusier's] positions, the bewitching nature of his epigrammatic style and the already-powerful international movement for Modernism, the impact he had on a rising generation of Japanese architects would prove to be immense. But it would be the nature of that impact to be felt only in conditions of overwhelming ambivalence.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nikil Saval traces <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s modernism back to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a> citing influences on Kunio Maekawa and Kenzo Tange. Japan was the earliest country in all of East Asia to engage with Le Corbusier's work in the late 19th century, and by the 1930's many of his books has been translated into Japanese.&nbsp;</p> <p>The piece navigates conflicting views in Japan with the introduction of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernism</a> and the &ldquo;Japan tradition debate&rdquo;. Saval explores the struggle around a desire to embrace global modernity while also retaining a sense of tradition or &ldquo;Japaneseness&rdquo; in the culture.&nbsp;</p> Betsy DeVos’s summer home resides in McMansion Hell Hope Daley 2018-08-09T14:16:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T13:12:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two weeks ago, somebody untied Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos&rsquo;s $40 million yacht from its mooring. It got me thinking about another opulent display of wealth owned by DeVos: her 22,000-square-foot nautical-themed summer mansion, located in Holland, Michigan. Just a few more years of climate change and it&rsquo;ll be floating too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kate Wagner critiques Betsy DeVos&rsquo;s Michigan summer mansion on her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">humor</a> blog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McMansion Hell</a>. Wagner unpacks&nbsp;not only the architectural design but also the greater social implications of why the education secretary's McMansion is so horrendous. The essay is dedicated to "all of the public school teachers who taught [Wagner] how to write".&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Advance Media/Barcroft Images.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Pricey Pads.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Pricey Pads.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Pricey Pads.</figcaption></figure> Artist hand-cuts paper shapes and assembles them into sacred architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-09T14:06:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T14:06:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Mixed media artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Velliquette</a> has been making imaginary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture models</a>. A prolific artist who favors paper as his medium, his latest is a series of&nbsp;carefully detailed installations. Using hand-cut paper shapes, Velliquette assembles countless pieces of paper into complex forms he describes as both "scared architecture and three-dimensional mandalas." Textured and layered over one another, the Wisconsin-based artist's work takes interest in "ritually driven object making, devotional ornamentation, and our natural human impulse for razzle-dazzle."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Michael Velliquette.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Michael Velliquette.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Michael Velliquette.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Michael Velliquette.</figcaption></figure> Authorship dispute erupts over Europe's tallest skyscraper in St. Petersburg Hope Daley 2018-08-08T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T15:57:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A row has broken out between&nbsp;former RMJM international group design director Tony Kettle and a Russian architect over who designed Europe&rsquo;s new tallest building &ndash; an&nbsp;87-storey skyscraper near St Petersburg. Staff at Moscow-based firm Gorproject have accused Scottish practice The Kettle Collective of trying to claim &lsquo;authorship&rsquo; over energy giant Gazprom&rsquo;s mammoth tower, currently nearing completion on the Gulf of Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Europe's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallest skyscraper nears completion</a>, a dispute has erupted over the&nbsp;authorship of the completed project. The Moscow-based firm Gorproject claims design authorship over the Lakhta Center, while Tony Kettle claims the delivered design is his concept while working at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>. Letters on the issue were sent to&nbsp;the RIBA, the RIAS, and&nbsp;the Union of Architects of Russia. A statement from the client, Gazprom, asserts the design was RMJM&rsquo;s original 2011 concept with Tony Kettle as design director.</p> ​Giant weathered hands lift this new golden pedestrian bridge in Vietnam Justine Testado 2018-08-08T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T11:57:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Cau Vang or the &ldquo;Golden Bridge&rdquo; in Vietnam&rsquo;s Ba Na Hills has attracted scores of tourists since it opened in June [...] The pedestrian walkway, designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, sits at over 3,280 feet above sea level and extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face. The bridge was designed to evoke the image of the &ldquo;giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,&rdquo; said Vu Viet Anh, Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Win a copy of Joseph Choma's “Études for Architects”, a book of pedagogical design games for architects Justine Testado 2018-08-08T12:25:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T12:25:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Topology Lab</a> founder and architectural educator Joseph Choma is back with a new pedagogical book called&nbsp;&ldquo;&Eacute;tudes for Architects&rdquo;, which comes a few years after his acclaimed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;MORPHING: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers&rdquo;</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're a new student to design or maybe you want to refresh your skills, this book features a series of pedagogical games that architects can play as a means to design. Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Routledge</a> and Joseph Choma, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Joseph Choma.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Joseph Choma.</figcaption></figure><p>Written in straightforward text and featuring explanatory diagrams, the book's learning objectives include:&nbsp;computational thinking and making; introduction to design as an iterative, reflective, and rigorous process; ideas of continuity and discontinuity; and understanding the bias and constraints of analog and digital tooling.&nbsp;It also includes compelling examples of student work to e...</p> MAD Architects restore a historic lookout tunnel for Japan's 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale Hope Daley 2018-08-07T18:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T16:12:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> have restored Japan's historic Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel as a permanent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">art installation</a>, &ldquo;Tunnel of Light&rdquo;, coinciding with the&nbsp;2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. The art event hosts&nbsp;approximately 160 artworks across 200 villages, inhabiting abandoned spaces as sites for interaction. Located in the&nbsp;Niigata prefecture, the 2,500-foot long passageway cuts through rock formations to offer visitors panoramic views of Japan's mountainous snow country.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.</figcaption><p>The firm's scheme for this historic lookout consists of transforming several points along the tunnel as spaces for interaction with art and nature.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Upon approaching the tunnel, a small wooden hut has been constructed to serve as the caf&eacute; and souvenir shop. Inside the pitched cedar roof on the upper level is a hot spring foot spa.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Tunnel of Light" ...</figcaption></figure> Electric Lettuce redefines the retail marijuana experience with a polished 1960s vibe Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-07T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-08-07T17:37:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">legalized marijuana</a> begins to sweep the U.S, the rapidly expanding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cannabis industry</a> has ushered in a new era of high-design shops trading out tie-dye and Grateful Dead tees for smoking devices that look straight out of an Apple store and products wrapped in designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pentagram</a>.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electric Lettuce</a>, a recreational dispensary with multiple locations across Oregon, delivers this modern stoner culture in spades. Deeply rooted in the 1960s&mdash;with a waiting lounge decorated in vintage cannabis paraphernalia where customers can listen to records spinning Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix&mdash;the store evokes a classic counterculture feel with a polished touch.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Lincoln Barbour.</figcaption></figure><p>The team behind the store&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JHL Design</a>&nbsp;working alongside branding agency <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMFG Co.</a>&mdash;have worked together before to deliver another one of Portland's fancy weed stores, Serra. Serra is a sophisticated, minimalist shop that one would reasonably walk into thinking it was a jewelry store. Electric Lettuce, on the other hand...</p> First look at Zaha Hadid Architects' Mercury Tower redevelopment in St. Julian's, Malta Justine Testado 2018-08-06T15:14:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T19:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> recently revealed their design for the new Mercury Tower development in the bustling Paceville district in St. Julian's, Malta. In response to Malta's growing tourism and hospitality industry, the project involves the renovation and redevelopment of the historic Mercury House site, which had been derelict for over 20 years.</p> <p>The refurbishment of the&nbsp;Mercury House includes the preservation of its remaining facades that date back to 1903, as well as the reinstatement of&nbsp;its remaining historic interiors as gathering spaces for the new residential apartments and boutique hotel.&nbsp;The site also includes two underground vaults created during the Cold War.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering by VA.</figcaption><p><br>With the Mercury House at its base, the project's new developments emerge from behind the house so that it can remain as a focal point. The developments include a large public piazza surrounded by cafes and shops, and most noticeably, a new 31-story apartment and hotel tower.<br></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Main piazza. Rendering by ...</figcaption> Editor's Picks #490 Nam Henderson 2018-08-06T13:26:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T20:56:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> introduced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk #6: East vs West</a>. <br></p> <p><strong>WAI Think Tank</strong> started by looking at the problem(s) of Imperialism, Orientalism, "<em>hegemonic powers</em>" and canon. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They argued</a> <em>"</em><em>In the midst of an ongoing debacle of global proportions only a truly critical architecture can offer a vision of a world where humanity, architecture and the environment are in radical balance, and where East and West are just geographical references to explain where the Sun rises and the day sets.</em>"<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duane McLemore</a> made reference to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orientalism, Critical Regionalism, Audre Lorde</a> and "<em>dealing with privilege</em>", while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conor Gravelle</a> contended <br></p> <p>"<em>The<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> narratives</a> of the East and West begin to loose grounds where they fail to adequately surmount the intersectionality of contemporary existence...While this truth may not deliver the kind of critical fodder as the grander concepts of East or West, careful engagement with place offers a powerful sense of validation independent from heritage or nationality, beyond the co...</em></p> Henning Larsen Architects designs stunning 750m2 town hall in the Faroe Islands Justine Testado 2018-08-03T20:19:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T13:42:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Built over a river in the Faroese village of Nor&eth;rag&oslash;ta is the new&nbsp;Eysturkommuna Town Hall. Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects</a>&nbsp;Partner&nbsp;&Oacute;sbj&oslash;rn Jacobsen, who is Faroese, the 750m2 green-roofed town hall exhibits a contemporary approach to one major characteristic of traditional Faroese architecture: blurring the line between nature and building.</p> <p>The town hall is one of the first new buildings aiming to bring public life back to the center of&nbsp;Nor&eth;rag&oslash;ta. The community used to gather at a local beach for special occasions before a major fishing factory moved into town.&nbsp;</p> <figure rel="cursor: pointer; max-width: 100%; height: auto; vertical-align: middle; width: auto; margin-top: 6px !important; background: none !important;"><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: Nic Lehoux.</figcaption></figure><p>To create a welcoming atmosphere, the building&nbsp;features public terraces and a green roof where people can have picnics or swim in the river, while the interior can accommodate exhibitions, talks, concerts, and other events.&nbsp;Artist&nbsp;Jens Ladekarl Thomsen also created an exterior light and sound installation that draws sounds from its surrounding environment.</p> <figure rel="cursor: pointer; max-width: 100%; height: auto; vertical-align: middle; width: auto; margin-top: 6px !important; background: none !important;"><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: Nic Lehoux.</figcaption></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Photo: Nic Lehoux.</figcaption><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><figcaption>Photo:...</figcaption> 10 new architectural spaces designed for kids Archinect 2018-08-03T15:55:00-04:00 >2018-08-03T23:25:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kids Spaces</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frederiksvej Kindergarten</a> in Frederiksberg, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Act for Kids Child and Family Centre for Excellence</a> in Townsville, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">m3architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A hat on the tree</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mur Mur Lab</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dr. Seuss Playhouse</a> in Grand Junction, CO by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bldg Seed Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Primary School</a> in Murteira, Portugal by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NOZ Arquitectura</a>; Photo: Fernando Guerra<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MARTaK</a> in Loveland, CO by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Michler</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Water Pavilion</a> in Ann Arbor, MI by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synecdoche Design Studio</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vestre Fjord Park</a> in Aalborg, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADEPT</a>; Photo: Ramus Hjortshoj - COAST<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silverlake Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laney LA</a></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see mor...</p> President Trump involved in revamping the FBI headquarters in DC Hope Daley 2018-08-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T07:11:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Trump is obsessed with the FBI building. For months now, in meetings with White House officials and Senate appropriators intended to discuss big-picture spending priorities, the president rants about the graceless J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, D.C.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Trump</a> has reportedly taken an interest in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FBI headquarters</a> J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown DC, overseeing every detail of the project. While he recognizes the value of the property, the president is not a fan of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalism</a>. Trump complained, "Even the building is terrible... It's one of the brutalist-type buildings, you know, brutalist architecture. Honestly, I think it's one of the ugliest buildings in the city."</p> Europe's new tallest building, The Lakhta Center by RMJM, nearly completed in St. Petersburg Hope Daley 2018-07-31T13:30:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T13:30:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For a brief period from 2011 until 2012 Renzo Piano&rsquo;s 309.7m London skyscraper, The Shard, was the tallest in Europe. However, it has since been dwarfed by three new buildings in Moscow, and, this summer, the title has shifted to Moscow&rsquo;s second city, St Petersburg, as one of Russia&rsquo;s largest companies plans its relocation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lakhta Center, designed by&nbsp;British firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>,&nbsp;is set to be Europe's new tallest skyscraper. The nearly completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supertall</a>, located on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Petersburg's</a> coast, will reach approximately&nbsp;1,515 feet, which is about 50% taller than The Shard in London. The building will serve as the new headquarters for Russian energy company&nbsp;Gazprom, currently based in Moscow.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Lakhta Center rendering by RMJM, located in St. Petersburg, RU. Image: Lakhta Center.</figcaption></figure><p>With piles driven 270 feet into the ground, the 87-story&nbsp;skyscraper also boasts&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Gold</a> certification. The design features an energy saving&nbsp;ice storage facility, which can accumulate up to 1000 tonnes of ice during the night used to air condition the building during the day.<br></p> A floating university by Berlin firm Raumlabor explores the future of architecture schooling Hope Daley 2018-07-30T16:31:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T06:13:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Created by architects&nbsp;Raumlabor, the&nbsp;Floating University in Berlin invites students and experts from all over the world to explore solutions for future urban challenges. It&rsquo;s said that the things we learn at university today will be outdated by the time we graduate. So what does a learning environment look like where students research cities of the future?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Berlin-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raumlabor</a> have created a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">floating</a> university running through the summer months to explore new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">learning environment</a> possibilities. Located in a rainwater basin in Berlin, the temporary structure is under constant development with students, professors, and experts implementing their ideas.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Floating University by Raumlabor, located in Berlin. Image: Raumlabor.</figcaption></figure><p>The floating university includes a library, workspaces, an auditorium with a pool, an experimental kitchen and bar, and a water-filtering system. Students are invited from the fields of architecture, design, arts, and sustainable technology to participate in this hands-on program. The University will be dismantled in September with all materials either rented and returned or used for upcoming projects.<br></p> The first digital art museum in Paris opens with a Klimt exhibition Hope Daley 2018-07-27T15:47:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T15:47:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The museum is in a former foundry and is operated by Culturespaces, a French museum foundation that specialise in immersive art displays. This is the opening exhibition at what Culturespaces calls its &ldquo;Workshop of Lights&rdquo;, and its larger space, La Halle, is dedicated to Gustav Klimt and a century of Viennese painting. There are also works by Egon Schiele and Friedrich Stowasser, better-known as Hundertwasser.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The museum foundation Culturespaces recently opened Paris&rsquo;s first digital <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museum of fine art</a>, Atelier des Lumi&egrave;res, with an opening exhibition displaying works by Gustav Klimt. The former foundry has been transformed into an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">immersive, multi-sensory&nbsp;space</a> expanding artworks across the entire architectural interior.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Atelier des Lumi&egrave;res, Paris. Image: E Spiller.</figcaption></figure><p>The museum utilizes 140 laser video projectors to display works across&nbsp;32-foot-high walls and over 11,000 square feet of surface area within the renovated 19th-century building. With the growing digital engagement of culture, the museum aims to disseminate art through relevant methods for future generations.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klimt display at Atelier des Lumi&egrave;res, Paris. Image: E Spiller.</figcaption></figure> The home of civil rights activist Rosa Parks is now up for auction Hope Daley 2018-07-27T13:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T13:27:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In 2016, the Berlin-based US artist Ryan Mendoza and Rhea McCauley, the niece of Rosa Parks, teamed up to save the civil rights activist&rsquo;s Detroit home from demolition. Now, the structure is heading to another block: the New York auction house Guernsey&rsquo;s, where it is due to be auctioned tomorrow (26 July) with an estimate of $1m-$3m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Park's house is part of the 700-lot of African American Historic &amp; Cultural Treasures up for sale at&nbsp;the New York <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">auction</a> house Guernsey&rsquo;s.&nbsp;McCauley initially bought the house for just $500 back in 2016 reaching out to Mendoza to help <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preserve</a> the house. In 2017 the structure was safely disassembled and reassembled in Berlin where it was open to the public hosting sound performances inside.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rosa Parks originally lived in the three-bedroom house with&nbsp;17 relatives after she left the south in 1957 for Detroit. Mendoza and McCauley&nbsp;have hopes that the house will end up in an institution where it can inspire visitors with Park's life and legacy in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">civil rights</a>.&nbsp;</p> Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival Paul Petrunia 2018-07-27T12:58:00-04:00 >2018-07-28T17:57:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Earlier this summer I sat down with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee to discuss their practice, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, in front of a live audience at this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival</a>. We discuss the origin of their practice, their relationship to LA, the eclectic group of collaborators they have worked with over the years, and their unique approach to telling the story of their work in their recently published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monograph</a>.</p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 126 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p> </p><p></p> Liverpool aims to be world's first climate-positive city with blockchain technology Hope Daley 2018-07-26T16:20:00-04:00 >2018-07-26T16:20:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Liverpool City Council (LCC) has announced a new partnership with a blockchain platform company to offset more than 110% of its carbon emissions, with the city announcing its bid to become the world's first climate-positive city by the end of 2020. LCC will conduct a year-long trial with the Poseidon Foundation to use a blockchain platform to offset the carbon impact of all products and services in the city by supporting global forest conversation projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liverpool</a>'s ambition to become the world's first climate-positive city by 2020 has been announced with the city's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockchain</a> technology partnership. Committing to a year-long trial of this sustainable technology,&nbsp;Liverpool City Council strives to reduce its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">carbon impact</a> by installing more than 15,000 energy saving LED streetlights across 2,000 streets to reduce streetlight energy consumption by 82%.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Poseidon&rsquo;s Foundation, Laszlo Giricz stated, &ldquo;This is a ground-breaking partnership not just for Poseidon and Liverpool, but globally. For the first time, a city will use blockchain technology to go beyond rebalancing its carbon footprint &ndash; leading the way in the fight against climate change."&nbsp;</p> MAD’s tent-like conference center breaks ground in China's rugged mountains Hope Daley 2018-07-26T15:08:00-04:00 >2018-07-26T17:03:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>' new China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre has broken ground in the&nbsp;rugged, snow-capped mountains of Yabuli, located in&nbsp;northeastern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre by MAD Architects, located in Yabuli, CN. Image: MAD Architects. </figcaption></figure><p>The new centre will act as a permanent venue for annual summits hosted by the China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF) in&nbsp;Yabuli.&nbsp;CEF commissioned MAD Architects,&nbsp;led by Ma Yansong,&nbsp;to design a building that embodied China's entrepreneurial industry.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre by MAD Architects, located in Yabuli, CN. Image: MAD Architects. </figcaption></figure><p>Cited along the axis of a mountain, MAD designed a dynamic, tent-like structure defined by soft and sloping lines. The building reaches only 78 feet in height allowing the structure to quietly integrate into the surrounding landscape.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre by MAD Architects, located in Yabuli, CN. Image: MAD Architects. </figcaption></figure><p>Organized into four floors, the st...</p> Roeoesli & Maede​r Architects team up with local Kenyan builders to complete the new Swiss Embassy in Nairobi Justine Testado 2018-07-26T12:17:00-04:00 >2018-07-26T12:17:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Having to work through a flurry of logistical challenges from 3,700 miles away, Lucerne-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Roeoesli &amp; Maeder Architects</a> (or led an international design team to successfully complete the new Swiss Embassy in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The architects describe the design as &ldquo;an appropriate representation of Switzerland&rdquo;, while also incorporating local Kenyan building practices and the skills of local companies. Roeoesli &amp; Maeder&nbsp;won the commission in an open competition in 2011.</p> <p>During the construction phase, Roeoesli &amp; Maeder couldn't spontaneously drop by the site, so they observed the project through only photos. &ldquo;Building was often done by &lsquo;trial and error&rsquo;. In other words, they build something (which does not necessarily have to correspond with the plans) and ask whether or not it is OK; if the answer is no, then it is demolished and a new attempt is made,&rdquo; they explain.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>The exposed concrete building has an earthy red dye whose color...</p> A look at school design leading students towards prison Hope Daley 2018-07-25T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T16:16:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the past &mdash; or in schools with higher proportions of white students &mdash; a student acting out might garner an intervention by their principal, or a concerned teacher&rsquo;s phone call to parents. But today, throughout the US, discipline in many schools has become a matter of law enforcement, rather than education. In New York, the majority of school guards &mdash; 5,000 School Safety Agents patrolling 2,300 public and private schools &mdash; are civilians employed by the School Safety Division of the NYPD.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of fearful reaction to school shootings and other <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">safety</a> concerns, many <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">school environments</a> look and feel like prison to the students attending. Through an extensive background on how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">school design</a> has gotten to this point, "Where School Meets Prison" examines the impact prison-like design has on students and argues damaging results of higher student arrest rates and discrimination.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>With a strong police presence and physical security infrastructure, student Andrea Colon shares how school design can become a pipeline to prison.&nbsp;</p>