Archinect - News 2017-09-25T06:07:25-04:00 Street art museum opens in Berlin and presents itself as canvas Alexander Walter 2017-09-21T14:31:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T14:31:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Street art is the ultimate form of democracy according to the curators of the new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art that has just opened in Berlin. But does street art belong in exhibition halls? [...] Construction for the Urban Nation Museum of Urban Contemporary Art began in May 2016. A late-19th century house in the Berlin district of Sch&ouml;neberg was redesigned by German architecture studio Graft.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Graft, via </figcaption></figure><p>In <em>Deutsche Welle</em>'s interview with Yasha Young, the artistic director of the new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Young defends the need for a permanent home for street art: "Yes, street art belongs to the street and should stay there. The label "Museum for Street Art," although we often use it ourselves, is not quite accurate. We are much more: the museum is designed to be mobile, to connect the outside and the inside.&nbsp;The fa&ccedil;ade of the house always changes, which means the art that is created out there can be dismantled, changed&nbsp;and exhibited inside."</p> Winner of the Instrmnt K-series watch giveaway Ellen Hancock 2017-09-21T13:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T17:21:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In Archinect's latest giveaway our readers had the chance to win a brand new K-series watch by Glasgow based design studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Instrmnt</a>. Unlike their previous watches this series has an&nbsp;Italian made NBR compound rubber strap and new colour palette made up of fixed dilutions of 100% black. In case you missed our interview with one of the founders, Ross Baynham read it <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> now.</p> <p>The lucky winner is&nbsp;<strong>Dylan Davies&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who participated!</p> What makes Mexico City so vulnerable to earthquakes? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-21T11:51:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T21:55:07-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Yesterday, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> was struck by a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake. As of today, over 200 people have been reported dead as rescuers continue their efforts to recover those still trapped in the rubble. Dozens of buildings in and around the city were reduced to rubble and many more, severely damaged. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone, including a primary school where 25 bodies have since been recovered.&nbsp;</p> <p>The temblor is the deadliest the country's capital has seen since a 1985 earthquake on the same date, exactly 32 years prior, killed thousands. Mexico sits at the boundary of three fault lines&mdash;a very active seismic zone that makes the area extremely vulnerable to earthquakes of high magnitude that are capable of destroying whole buildings and ripping fa&ccedil;ades off others. Just 12 days before, the country endured its second-largest earthquake in history when an 8.1-magnitude shake hit the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mexico City, i...</p> What not to miss at this year's designjunction, the leading destination for design, arts and culture Sponsor 2017-09-20T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T12:43:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>.</strong></em><br></p> <p>Now in its seventh year,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>&nbsp;returns to Kings Cross this September (21-24) as part of the annual London Design Festival. The 2017 edition of the show will present more than 200 international design brands, hundreds of product launches, 70 tempting pop-up shops and bespoke installations, in addition to the schedule of lively talks and debates.</p> <p>The show will take place across five key sites &ndash; all within a stone&rsquo;s throw of each other, including the centrally located Granary Square (registration and installations), Cubitt House (lighting and furniture), Cubitt Park (emerging designers and materials), The Crossing (installations and partnership projects) and The Canopy (retail).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cubitt House and Cubitt Park&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Due to popular demand, designjunction expands its trade destination. Cubitt House remains a focused furniture and lighting destination, whilst Cubitt Park, a new pavilion located opposite, will house luxury accessories and ma...</p> Amanda Levete: the role of public buildings is to unite us Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-19T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:17:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There has never been a more important time in society to celebrate what unites us rather than divides us, and that can be through culture and, more simply, through the creation of public spaces where people can come together.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Levete reflects on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a> referendum and the election of Donald Trump. She argues for the responsibility of architects to create spaces of intersections and conversations across thresholds in the contemporary political climate.&nbsp;</p> America is building more for cars than people Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-18T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T14:09:33-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to escape the irony that the U.S., which will need something like 43 million new housing units to keep up with population growth in the next 35 years, is using space to build apartment-size garages, even as trends in ride-sharing and self-driving cars cast a measure of uncertainty on American car culture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite housing shortages and rent increases, 24% of the new homes completed in 2015 in the US included a garage for 3 or more vehicles. Since 1992, when the census started tracking this, more 3-car garages than 1-bedroom apartments have been built. With the ever-increasing need for housing, and uncertain future of car <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ownership</a>, these large garages could be transformed into living or working spaces.</p> A look at how Hamilton's tourist-flocking Grange house was moved Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-18T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T15:58:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For nearly three weeks in the spring of 2008, residents and passersby near Convent Avenue and 141st Street in Harlem craned their necks to take in a peculiar sight. Positioned atop a 38-foot structure of crib piles, shimmies, and steel beams was a two-story yellow house originally built for Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and future Broadway musical sensation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Built in 1802, the Hamilton House has been moved twice since then, first in 1889,&nbsp;and more recently in 2008 when it was raised on a 38-foot tall structure before being moved slowly&nbsp;down the street to&nbsp;St. Nicholas Park. The National park services considered cutting the house in half or removing pieces, but the third option of raising the house up on jacks and driving it down at a six percent grade allowed them to keep the house in one piece during the move. Since then, the house has been located at St. Nicolas Park and is open to the public to visit.&nbsp;</p> 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Spotlight: T+E+A+M reimagines the contemporary ruin Nicholas Korody 2017-09-15T17:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-23T23:35:39-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>By now, it&rsquo;s a relatively familiar narrative: over the course of the last few decades, there's been a mass return to urban centers from their outskirts, resulting in a field of abandoned strip malls and big box stores. What to do with these contemporary &ldquo;ruins,&rdquo; however, remains an open question.</p> <p>In their installation for this year&rsquo;s Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Ann Arbor-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T+E+A+M</a> has imagined a strategy of &ldquo;redistribution,&rdquo; in which the physical elements of one such big box store are &ldquo;taken apart, moved around, piled up, and mixed with new construction to create alternative uses.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s the type of bricolage, informal building logic one often finds internationally but rarely within the United States. Brought here, it&rsquo;s a refreshing change from the type of totalizing, imposed visions often associated with architectural proposals for abandoned suburban sites.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image by author.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>A mise en sc&egrave;ne model, replete with faux vegetation and miniature benches, <em>Ghostbox</em> plays off...</p> 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Spotlight: Brandlhuber and Christopher Roth probe the politics of property Nicholas Korody 2017-09-15T17:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-20T13:26:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&ldquo;Who owns what? And why?&rdquo; Despite their apparent simplicity, these questions strike at the heart of the disparities and violences that mark the contemporary city. Raised by the architecture studio Brandlhuber and the artist Christopher Roth, they also summarize neatly the work on display: a single-channel video entitled <em>The Property Drama.</em></p> <p>Through stylishly-shot footage and Godard-esque titling, the film probes the ways that &ldquo;property is used as a means of control.&rdquo; In it, the filmmakers juxtapose a wide variety of responses and positions from various figures in architecture, urban design, and politics. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> advocates for full privatization while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert</a> declares that &ldquo;the land belongs to everyone.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Screenshot from "The Property Drama" trailer.</figcaption></figure><p>The second film in a trilogy, <em>The Property Drama </em>follows <em>Legislating Architecture</em>, which premiered at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial and looked at the &ldquo;ways that legislation&mdash;from building codes to zoning laws&mdash;create...</p> 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Spotlight: Point Supreme collages together a home Joanna Kloppenburg 2017-09-15T17:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-24T00:04:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Returning to the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial is Athens-based architecture studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>. Known for their signature rendering style of collage, which produce colorful tableaus weaving together historical elements, memories and dreams from their native city, the studio&rsquo;s two-part installation in the Chicago Cultural Center displays the material manifestation of this speculative work.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Installation view of Point Supreme, Totems &amp; History Wall, Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial, Kendall McCaugherty &copy; Hall Merrick Photographers. </figcaption></figure><p><em>Totems</em> and <em>History Wall</em> construct the narrative for <em>Petralona House</em>, the personal home of the firm&rsquo;s partners Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou. Designed and built during the recession in Greece, the home&rsquo;s construction was defined by the assemblage of a variety of hand-made, found and gifted materials. Like their collages, the <em>Petralona House</em> seems to render a space which is at once personal yet familiar, local and ...</p> Rowan Moore on revamping contemporary competition culture​ Justine Testado 2017-09-15T15:10:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:10:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There are still plenty of competitions &ndash; under European Union law, some sort of competitive process is required for public buildings. A lot of the time they work well. [...] But the chances have shrunk of a Mackintosh, a Pompidou or a Golden Lane emerging, or of changing the direction of architecture. Competitions have become managerialised, encased in regulation, procedure and risk-avoidance, and varnished in PR.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore of The Guardian gives his two cents on the &ldquo;climate of caution&rdquo;&nbsp;that has taken over architectural competition culture in Europe, where judging panels are more inclined to pick celebrity figures over emerging practices.</p> Third Friday of September Celebrates Parking Day Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-15T15:06:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T21:23:27-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Since 2005, when John Bela and his collaborators(Blaine Merker, and Matthew Passmore) installed the first Park(ing) intervention on a drab street in downtown San Francisco, the idea has gone on to enliven countless blocks around the world, and to enlighten countless urbanites, who get to enjoy spaces normally reserved for stationary cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parking Day</a> advocates since 2005 for public access and alternative uses of parking space in cities. This now world wide event transforms parking spots into ephemeral public spaces every year on the third Friday of September. Projects include micro parks, installations by architects and artists, urban farming, bike repair stations and coffee shops.</p> <p>This&nbsp;<a href=";ll=23.99940488189607%2C-114.07146817432385&amp;z=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">map</a>&nbsp;shows the locations of Parking Day 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>More articles on the politics of parking on Archinect:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pave paradise? American cities are rethinking parking spaces</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta struggles to trade parking lots for density</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Floridians may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they all agree parking garages are awesome</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From carstohousing housing people: the case for designing adaptable parking garages</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-...</a></li></ul> Another Heatherwick project dead, this time New York's Pier 55 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-15T14:47:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T17:25:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After years of toe-to-toe battling with a small band of critics and a fellow billionaire, Barry Diller said Wednesday that he was pulling the plug on his family&rsquo;s commitment to build and operate a $250 million performance center on an undulating pier 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in August, plans for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>, a pet project of former conservative London mayor Boris Johnson,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was scrapped due to the Trust's inability to raise private funds in the absence of public funding</a>. Now, another one of Heatherwick's proposed plans, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a>, is getting the boot as well. The project was the vision of American media company IAC chair, Barry Diller. Blueprints for the elevated island park in the Hudson River off Manhattan included a performance venue, an outdoor theater, and a gathering space.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Mr. Diller cited the escalating costs of the project along with the continuing controversy surrounding it as the reasons for the drop. When first proposed, the park was to cost $35 million, but that number eventually increased to over $250 due to legal delays as well as the design's growing complexity. Supporters of the project included the local community board, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Chuck Schumer. On ...</p> “Life Begins at the Apocalypse Monster Club” — a personal tribute to Rem Koolhaas' “Exodus” collage by scholar Enrique Ramirez Justine Testado 2017-09-14T17:45:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T17:45:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The pitch-perfect paean to the only city we knew could have been taken straight from Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture: The Avowal (1972) by Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis with Madelon Vriesendorp and Zoe Zenghelis [...] No wonder, then, that of all the images from this project, a photocollage of musicians posing in the &ldquo;strip of intense metropolitan desirability&rdquo; resonates with my memories of Houston and its eclectic punk scene.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Inspired by the confusing yet formative years of adolescence, Harvard Design Magazine's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Seventeen&rdquo;</a> issue explores &ldquo;teens of all sorts&mdash;humans, buildings, objects, ideas&mdash;and their impact on the spatial imagination&rdquo;.<br></p> <p>In the poetic &ldquo;Life Begins at the Apocalypse Monster Club&rdquo; by architectural scholar and historian (and recording/touring bassist) Enrique Ramirez, he reflects on his punk-rock teenage years in the transforming &ldquo;Space City&rdquo; of Houston, and his personal connection to Rem Koolhaas' 1972 photocollage, &ldquo;Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture: The Avowal&rdquo;. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a vision of youthful urbanism. This was us. This was our band. And like the titular dwellers of Exodus, we transformed the city, building a version of it that mirrored our own desires,&rdquo; Ramirez writes.</p> Florida museums prepare to reopen in wake of Hurricane Irma Alexander Walter 2017-09-13T19:12:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T19:28:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a tropical depression, wrecked havoc across the Caribbean this weekend and killed at least 42 people, but museums in Florida were mostly spared from any large-scale destruction, according to early reports. Following evacuations ordered last week, residents are slowly returning to their homes and some institutions plan to reopen this week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just like museums in the greater Houston area rushed to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reopen again last week</a> after Hurricane Harvey to reestablish a certain sense of civic normalcy, now institutions in Florida are busy assessing damage from Hurricane Irma, getting started on repairs, and reopening to the public.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The P&eacute;rez Art Museum Miami</a> announced that it will offer free admission&nbsp;on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 and host&nbsp;a variety of activities to "relieve some of the stress from Hurricane Irma."<br></p> It's official - LA will host the Olympics in 2028, Paris in 2024 Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T18:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T09:01:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Los Angeles&rsquo; rollercoaster campaign to host the Olympics &mdash; an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations &mdash; reached its conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Games. International Olympic Committee members, by a unanimous show of hands, voted their approval at a session in Lima, Peru, ending an unusual bid competition that resulted in two winners as Paris was simultaneously given the 2024 Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paris and Los Angeles were officially awarded the 2024 and 2028 summer games,&nbsp;respectively. Both cities have previously hosted the summer olympics twice, Paris in 1900 and in 1924, and Los Angeles in 1932 and in 1984. The two cities already have some of the necessary infrastructures to host the games but the Olympics will most likely transform their built environment.&nbsp;</p> Foster + Partners to transform the Snowdon Aviary at the London Zoo Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T17:52:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T17:55:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Grade II* listed structure designed by Cedric Price with Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon in 1962, was, and still is a sensational statement. It was the first aviary in Britain that gave visitors a &lsquo;walk-through&rsquo; experience, bringing them closer to the birds in their natural habitat. The new design adapts the heritage structure to suit its new inhabitants &ndash; a troop of colobus monkeys and parrots &ndash; and offers visitors an enhanced experience.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Snowdon Aviary. Image: Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Foster + Partners will transform the aviary at the London Zoo, built in 1964 and designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedric Price</a>,&nbsp;Frank Newby&nbsp;and&nbsp;Antony Armstrong-Jones.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> says &ldquo;The rebirth of the Snowdon Aviary continues our work with historical structures. It is about the fusion of the old and new, but also about repurposing this extraordinary structure. The brand-new walk-though home will allow it to extend its role for decades to come. It will ensure the preservation of an iconic structure and honour its distinguished authors from the past, while preserving a unique built example of Cedric Price&rsquo;s work.&rdquo; </p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>The original Snowdon Aviary from 1964. Image via Wikipedia. </figcaption></figure> AIA President Thomas Vonier named President of the International Union of Architects Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T15:07:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Established in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations. It works on matters of professional and public interest through three permanent commissions and various work programs. It is chartered to unite architects internationally, without regard to nationality, ethnicity, or political viewpoint.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thomas Vonier,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">president of the AIA</a>, was elected President of the UIA (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Union of Architects</a>)&nbsp;during the 2017 World Congress and General Assembly held in Seoul.&nbsp;</p><p>Vonier will remain AIA President until December. Carl Elefante, will be AIA President for 2018 and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William J. Bates for 2019</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We must show the world how architecture can help to resolve the difficult issues facing society and our planet. The UIA is here to unify architects worldwide, influence global policies and outcomes, and advance the power of architecture to meet human needs,&rdquo; said Vonier during his campaign.<br></p> A survey of architecture's new leadership, from Johnston Marklee to Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2017-09-13T09:49:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T10:53:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>They are in that fertile period &mdash; agewise, it typically runs from the mid-40s to mid-50s in architecture &mdash; when the profession&rsquo;s next generation of leadership begins to make its mark.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a>, Atelier TAG, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>:&nbsp;these are among the firms highlighted in this piece in the New York Times, which surveys the architects who are currently primed to "lead"&nbsp;the profession. Los Angeles-based pair and married couple <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, who are heading up this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial with a theme of "make new history,"</a>&nbsp;are included alongside relative youngster <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, who champions his self-described "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hedonistic sustainability</a>."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the Menil Drawing Institute, designed by Johnston Marklee. Image: Johnston Marklee/Nephew</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> DS+R, Studio Gang, Keller Easterling among exhibitors selected for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2017-09-12T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T13:55:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;U.S. Pavilion at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, titled&nbsp;<em>Dimensions of Citizenship,</em>&nbsp;is further taking shape: the curatorial team &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced just two weeks ago</a> and comprised of&nbsp;Mimi Zeiger,&nbsp;Niall Atkinson, and&nbsp;Ann Lui &mdash;&nbsp;today revealed a line-up of the seven pavilion exhibitors:</p> <p><strong>Amanda Williams &amp; Andres L. Hernandez</strong>&nbsp;<br>Chicago, IL</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>PXSTL: Williams and Hernandez won the 2016 design-build competition. Image courtesy of Michael B. Thomas / Pulitzer Arts Foundation.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Design Earth</strong>&nbsp;<br>Cambridge, MA</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pacific Aquarium. Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, 2016. Project Team: El Hadi Jazairy + Rania Ghosn. Reid Fellenbaum, Ya Suo, Jia Weng, Shuya Xu, Saswati Das, with initial contributions from Rixt Woudstra. Image courtesy of DESIGN EARTH</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</strong>&nbsp;<br>New York, NY</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Shed, View from 30th Street looking northwest, Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. Image courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Estudio Teddy Cruz...</strong></p> "An exuberant bygone optimism:" dead malls become poignant architectural relics Julia Ingalls 2017-09-12T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T14:40:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking for subtle signifiers of an exuberant bygone optimism,&rdquo; [Photographer Tag Christof] said. &ldquo;Whether people realize it or not, the things I photograph are the direct result of a system that defines progress only in economic terms.&rdquo; Christof...has spent the last five years crisscrossing the country in an effort to document architectural sites vanishing from the landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whether you spent your teenage years moodily occupying the food court or have experienced malls primarily as ruin porn, the architectural significance of these former bustling commercial centers can't be overstated. A kind of high water mark of capitalism, the shuttered and demolished malls profiled in this piece for The Outline represent a country whose narrative was mainly shaped by a robust middle class and a belief in national infallibility, two things that are noticeably weakened in the present era. While nostalgia is usually always the end result of oversimplification, it's hard to argue with the fact that in the last few decades the commercial infrastructure of the United States has undergone a dramatic shift, both physically and symbolically.&nbsp;</p> Silicon Mountain: Summit developing a ski-resort for innovators and artists on Utah's Powder Mountain Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-11T18:30:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T15:19:46-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Construction began this summer on a public mountain town that will straddle a 10,000-acre site between three skiing bowls. In 2013, Powder Mountain was purchased by Summit, a company&mdash;or, perhaps more accurately, a collective&mdash;founded in 2008 by five 20-something friends who want to &ldquo;catalyze entrepreneurship&rdquo; and &ldquo;create global change.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The company plans to build 500 single-family houses along with a village for amenities and a place to house the organization's non-profit arm. The founders hope that the skiing mecca&mdash;an hour's drive north of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salt Lake</a>&mdash;will become a year-round community for innovators and other creatives "to solve the world&rsquo;s most pressing challenges, from environmental catastrophe to&nbsp;access to basic medical care" over a shared chairlift up the mountain.</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Summit Phase I Master Plan.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Physical design will play a large role in creating this idyllic snow-capped development. To guide the construction, Summit has enlisted a diverse team of designers, land planners and architects from places like Studio MA in Salt Lake City, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skylab Architecture</a> in Portland, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saunders Architecture</a> in Norway.&nbsp;The list of architects also includes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sparano + Mooney</a> in Salt Lake City; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a> in Los Angeles;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bicuadro Architects</a> in Rome; Bertoldi Architects in Ogden,&nbsp;Utah; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a> in Seattle; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prentiss + Balance + Wic...</a></p> The Architectural League's Beaux Arts Ball 2017: Alchemy Sponsor 2017-09-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-08T21:06:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Architectural League</em></a><br></strong></p> <p>Join friends and colleagues for <strong>Alchemy,</strong>&nbsp;the&nbsp;2017 Architectural League Beaux Arts Ball&nbsp;taking place at&nbsp;<strong>Building 28 in Brooklyn&rsquo;s Navy Yard.</strong>&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s theme celebrates&nbsp;the transformation from one state to another, the quicksilver act of creation: dockyards into an innovation hub; concrete, steel, and wood into the world we live in.&nbsp;Responding to this year&rsquo;s theme,&nbsp;Brett H. Schneider and Lizzie Hodges&nbsp;have designed&nbsp;<em><strong>UNPACKING</strong></em>, a site-specific installation that will stretch along 400 feet of the building&rsquo;s interior to create &ldquo;soft rooms&rdquo; for the Ball&rsquo;s patrons.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learn more</a>&nbsp;about this year's event and how to purchase tickets.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since The Architectural League revived the event in 1990, the Beaux Arts Ball has become the premier annual party of the architecture and design community in the city with&nbsp;<strong>over 1,000 architects, designers, artists</strong>&nbsp; and their friends attending. The League identifies a distinctive architecturally significant v...</p> The Chicago Architecture Foundation announces the Chicago Architecture Center, to encompass both past and future design innovation Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T18:20:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> is one of the global centers of the architectural world, not only for its rich history, but also as a stage for continuous innovation and design exploration. This lineage is a major part of why <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)</a> has decided to create the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a 20,000 square foot project replete with exhibition space, a lecture hall, custom design studios, retail space, and expansive views of the metropolitan skyline. With interiors created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> on a site plan originally designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, the CAC will be the new home for the CAF.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>On a river cruise, as organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Image: CAF</figcaption></figure><p>One of the coolest parts of the new interior has to be the Skyscape Gallery, which will be host to the permanent Tall Buildings and Innovation Exhibit. The exhibit will feature a 26-foot-tall "double-height" space allowing for a comprehensive investigation of tall buildings, from th...</p> Diamond Schmitt Architects' Emily Carr University of Art + Design campus elegantly embodies multidisciplinary ethos Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T14:20:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Art thrives when it collaborates with or takes inspiration from other discliplines, a tenet that is physically expressed in the new campus of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, located on the east side of downtown Vancouver. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the campus reflects the spirit of its namesake artist, Emily Carr, by creating a series of both formal and informal spaces that can be glimpsed as one approaches and enters the building. This abundant transparency and visual linkage, combined with the purposeful interconnection between program areas, creates an institution that physically rejects a static approach to learning.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p>As Donald Schmitt, the Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects explains, "The building&rsquo;s design creates a multitude of places both indoors and out for informal gathering, presentation, making and remaking, which is at the heart of Emily Carr&rsquo;s multidisciplinary&nbsp;arts learning. The needs and collaborative spirit of students and faculty inform ...</p> Editor's Picks #474 Nam Henderson 2017-09-07T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-17T06:13:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> featured the '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spaceships</a>' series of Hamburg-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lars Stieger</a>. <strong>Ra&uacute;lGHO</strong> commented "<em>Tal vez, el arquitecto dise&ntilde;o el detalle esperando que as&iacute; se descubra, como una nave espacial de serie de televisi&oacute;n.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Allen</a> reviewed the exhibit &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture, architectural &amp; Architecture</a>&rsquo;, recently closed, at the<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles. One verdict <br></p> <p>"<em>This last feature was the common denominator of the projects in the exhibition: everything seemed to point to a world of rich meaning beyond surface appearances, but to offer no obvious way to enter into it. Everything&mdash;or each triptych&mdash;contained a hidden microcosm."</em><br></p> News <p>R.I.P. This past August, saw the passing of both Detroit-based Latvian-American architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gunnar Birkerts</a> and Chicago architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Macsai</a>.<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Morley</a> wasn&rsquo;t particularly impressed with the newly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released renderings</a> of Moynihan Station Via office of Governor Cuomo. He argued "<em>These renderings show a hodgepodge of unseemly parts...An improvemen...</em></p> Post-Harvey Houston reopens its museums Alexander Walter 2017-09-06T14:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T14:24:39-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As aid workers and Texans begin to take stock of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey, museums across Houston, the fourth biggest city in the country and one of the areas hardest hit by the storm, are starting to reopen. Gary Tinterow, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), announced Friday that the institution would partially reopen on Tuesday 5 September with free admission through Thursday, 7 September. He offered the museum &ldquo;as a place for reflection and renewal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>While a leisurely visit to the museum may not be on the minds&nbsp;right now of Houston residents hit the hardest by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurricane Harvey</a>, reopening its cultural institutions is an important first step for the city to start the long process of recovery and breathe new life into the civic spirit.</p> Catch Me If You Can: NY State's fake architect sentenced to 2 1/3-7 years in state prison Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-05T20:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-08T10:40:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Paul J. Newman, 49, was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discovered back in April to have been practicing as an architect</a> despite lacking both a license and registration. The investigation, dubbed "Operation Vandelay Industries," found that Newman, stealing the license number of a registered architect and forging a NY State Registered Architecture Stamp, had drafted architectural renderings for over 100 properties, as well as foundation inspections, field reports, energy compliance certificates and engineer letters.&nbsp;</p> <p>The suspect was then arrested on three indictments charging him with 58 felonies related to his unauthorized practice of architecture, forgery, and submission of documents to various municipalities. In June, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he entered felony guilt pleas</a> in all three counties&mdash;Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga&mdash;to a total of six felony counts, including Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a class E felony; and Scheme t...</p> Richard Neutra's Chuey House in danger of being torn down in bankruptcy sale Julia Ingalls 2017-09-05T14:13:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T19:12:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Richard Neutra&rsquo;s glass and steel Chuey House in the Hollywood Hills is being marketed as a &lsquo;tear down&rsquo; for $10.5m. The architect designed the midcentury modern home for poet Josephine Ain Chuey in 1956, and it has since passed down to her niece and nephew, who filed for bankruptcy in June. It&rsquo;s now being sold as a &lsquo;truly unique development opportunity&rsquo;, with no mention of its architectural merit &ndash; just its &lsquo;spectacular&rsquo; Sunset Plaza Drive location and &lsquo;unmatched panoramic views..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Iconic, elegant, and now endangered:&nbsp;one of the works of the masters of mid-century modern architecture has been listed more for its lot than for the exquisitely cantilevered structure itself. After its completion,&nbsp;Josephine Ain, who was living with her husband Richard Chuey, wrote to Neutra that &ldquo;You are an alchemist who has transmuted earth, house, and sky into a single enchantment. I can only hope that I can in some measure grow up to the wholeness and balance embodied here.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Julius Shulman</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure> BIG's "Lego House" to be released as a real-life Lego set Julia Ingalls 2017-09-05T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-05T13:03:10-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In the meta news category, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels' full-scale "Lego House,"</a> inspired by the titular rectangular building blocks and slated to open later this month in Denmark, now apparently has a miniature version in the form of real Legos that will be available for sale only at the Lego House. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BrickFan</a>, the official Lego Architecture site briefly posted these pictures of the set before taking them down:&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><br></p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><br></p><p>Here's a picture of the actual Lego House for comparison:</p><p><br></p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: YouTube</figcaption></figure></figure></figure>