Archinect - News 2018-02-19T22:20:57-05:00 SPF:a unveils orange tree-inspired design for Anaheim Performing Arts Center in California Justine Testado 2018-02-19T19:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T20:22:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After 20 years in the heart of Anaheim, California, the City National Grove of Anaheim venue will soon become the Anaheim Performing Arts Center. Today, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:a</a> from Culver City unveiled their scheme for the new $500 million project.</p> <p>For starters, the 500,000-square-foot campus will feature three theaters:&nbsp;a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 1,700-seat opera hall, and a 600-seat black box theatre. It'll also include a museum tower with an observatory set on a 24-foot podium, an outdoor amphitheater, a convention hall, office space, two restaurants, and lecture rooms.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=""><figcaption>The Anaheim Performing Arts Center in Anaheim, California by SPF:a. Image courtesy of SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring concentric circles and&nbsp;perforated copper-anodized cladding on the main structures, the campus pays tribute to Anaheim's citriculture history.&nbsp;After Anaheim's vineyards succumbed to disease in the late 19th century, the city invested in citriculture.&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;Anaheim&rsquo;s socioeconomic drive...</p> Russian artist burns Gothic cathedral made of sticks at Maslenitsa carnival Hope Daley 2018-02-19T18:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T18:44:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 30m-tall Gothic cathedral built of branches and twigs that was set alight on Saturday (17 February) causing controversy in Russia. The burning took place at Nikola-Lenivets, a rural artists&rsquo; colony 200km south of Moscow, and was the culmination of pre-Lenten carnival festivities known as Maslenitsa. The event is often likened to the US Burning Man festival.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist Nikolay Polissky, founder of Nikola-Lenivets, creates impressive land art <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installations</a> to burn for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia</a>'s&nbsp;Maslenitsa festival each year. This Russian folk tradition is celebrated during the last week before Lent and traditionally ends with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">burning</a> of a scarecrow.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, the festival's title was Flaming Gothic, which is the literal Russian translation of the ornate architecture style. Although it was in line with the theme of the festival, Polissky's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cathedral</a> sparked controversy after the images and videos of it burning went viral. Some claimed it was an attack on Christianity and Russian Orthodoxy, while others asserted this played into Russian nationalist propaganda.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Flaming Gothic installation by Nikolay Polissky at Maslenitsa 2018 festival. Image: Andrei Nikerichev.</figcaption></figure><p>Far from his intentions, Polissky explains, &ldquo;There was nothing of religious worship in my art object, of course there were no crosses, altar or any religious symbols. This is not a copy of any exis...</p> This video game tests your ability to handle the retail madness of an American mall Hope Daley 2018-02-19T15:17:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T15:52:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the rise of online shopping, we have all been watching the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dead mall</a> epidemic for many years now. Addressing those left hanging on in today's world, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> now brings us the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge</a>. Try your odds at managing a failing mall in this retro 90's computer game.&nbsp;</p> <p>First you must choose a player&mdash;I chose Colton, who made his fortune selling his beanie babies collection at the height of its craze and wants to prove to his parents he's an adult. Next you will choose a strategy of either modernizing, creating an alternative mall, or cutting costs.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge with an irritated shopper.</figcaption></figure><p>Your broker, wearing flashy 90's shades, gives you advice on how to save your dying mall. Navigate through stores like "Victoria's Conspiracy" and "Marcy's" while you get rid of rats, trash, and cyberpunk delinquents.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>I was too busy clicking on shoppers to read their irritated comments and failed quickly. See how you fare in thi...</p> Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia's wooden architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-16T13:55:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T13:56:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s state of wooden architecture can be defined as an SOS,&rdquo; says Igor Shurgin, an architect and restorer who runs the Foundation for Maintenance of Wooden Architecture Monuments. &ldquo;If we do nothing to support it, then nothing will be left in 20 years.&rdquo; A grant from the European Union enabled the organisation to stage a series of exhibitions in Russia and Europe between 2010 and 2012 that highlighted the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the contemporary artist Danila Tkachenko photographed a series of the country's abandoned wooden houses set ablaze, attempts to save <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia</a>'s wooden architectural heritage have become a high priority for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> activists. Russia's ministry of culture has intentions to adopt an action plan to preserve these structures based on the work of architect and restorer&nbsp;Igor Shurgin, but many fear that it might be too little too late.&nbsp;</p> <p>Estimated costs for preservation are assessed at around&nbsp;&pound;183m, in addition to an extra &pound;70m to protect 87 particularly significant works. Though the growing number of grassroots initiatives are promising,&nbsp;Konstantin Mikhailov, a coordinator of the Arkhnadzor preservation group,&nbsp;tells&nbsp;<em>the Art Newspaper</em> "that a great deal now depends on proper implementation of the recommendations."</p> A new documentary series explores Flores & Prats' renovation of a Barcelona theatre Hope Daley 2018-02-15T15:23:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T12:24:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flores &amp; Prats Architects</a> have released a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">documentary</a> series, <em>ESCALA 1:5</em>,&nbsp;focusing on their design for Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Centre in Barcelona.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sala Beckett Theatre facade, by Flores &amp; Prats, located in Barcelona. Image: Adria&#768; Goula. </figcaption></figure><p>The series consists of 5 episodes each 10 minutes long, produced by 15-L. Films and directed by Patricia Tamayo and Albert Badia. Retracing the journey behind the architectural renovation, this short series documents the space and the bond which ties the building to its neighborhood.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Still from 'ESCALA 1:5' series, by Flores &amp; Prats. Image: Flores &amp; Prats.</figcaption></figure><p>Starring architects Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats, the film also includes&nbsp;Toni Casares,&nbsp;the director of Sala Beckett,&nbsp;as well as Sergi Belbel, playwright and former director of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, artists Soraya Smithson and Antoni Miralda, and designer Curro Claret.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ticket box entry of Sala Beckett, by Flores &amp; Prats, located in Barcelona. Image: Adria&#768; Goul...</figcaption></figure> William Kaven unveil full proposal for Portland's Broadway Corridor Hope Daley 2018-02-15T13:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T18:51:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Kaven Architecture</a> have just released additional renderings of the firm's redevelopment proposal for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>'s Broadway Corridor,&nbsp;giving a more complete picture of their broader scheme.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initial release of Portland's tallest towers</a> last November, the firm has now fleshed out what the rest of the 5 million square foot development will entail.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Portland Broadway Corridor conceptual plan by William Kaven Architecture. Image: William Kaven Architecture. </figcaption></figure><p>Their concept of reconnecting Union Station to the Pearl District involves removing the Broadway ramp and creating a pedestrian-centric district organized around an extension of the North Park Blocks.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The firm also plans major shifts to public transportation, integrating a central hub for a high-speed rail and underground mass public transit next to Amtrack's Union Station.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Portland Broadway Corridor conceptual plan by William Kaven Architecture. Image: William Kaven Architecture. </figcaption></figure><p>This pedestrian friendly pla...</p> Thom Mayne Young Architects Program is extended for third semester Hope Daley 2018-02-14T18:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T18:53:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a> has announced the educational initiative led by the firm&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize-winning founder,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> Young Architects,&nbsp;has been extended through the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year in partnership with Hall Elementary School in Bridgeport, CT.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Students in the Thom Mayne Young Architects Program. Image: Google.</figcaption></figure><p>This program enables 6th grade&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">students</a> who participated last semester to continue developing their design skills in this 12-week course. The after-school classes are led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a> architecture students, and task the students with creating a beautification proposal for their classroom.&nbsp;Each student received a new Pixelbook laptop donated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a> with state-of-the-art design software to develop their design skills.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>An architecture model produced by a student in the Thom Mayne Young Architects Program. Image: Morphosis.</figcaption></figure><p>Students will demonstrate their grasp of architectural concepts and their mastery of design software in mid-term and final presenta...</p> Trump's 2019 budget includes another attempt at defunding NEA and other cultural agencies Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-14T14:12:00-05:00 >2018-02-17T09:12:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White House</a> has revealed its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">budget proposal for 2019</a> and despite recommending a $716 billion spending increase for defense, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump</a> wants to slash funding for cultural programs. He has suggested cutting the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEA</a>'s budget from $150m down to $29m. Other cultural organizations&nbsp;would also see their budgets broken&mdash;Trump's plan would cut funding for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment of Humanities</a> from $150m down to just $42m, the&nbsp;Institute of Museum and Library Services&nbsp;from $231m to $23m, and public television from $495m to just $15m.</p> <p>Last year, when the President first took office, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he similarly tried to institute significant cuts</a> to these federal programs. Despite his best efforts, Congress&mdash;who has the final say on passing the federal budget each year&mdash;ultimately ended up retaining funding for the various cultural organizations in bipartisan agreement. Beyond being extremely important to the well-being of the country in general, these agencies also support many architectural initiatives that are ...</p> Wilbert Hasbrouck, renowned Chicago preservation architect and co-owner of Prairie Avenue Bookshop, dies at 86 Hope Daley 2018-02-14T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T14:07:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, a pioneering Chicago preservation architect who breathed new life into buildings designed by some of the city&rsquo;s renowned architects and co-owned a beloved architectural bookstore, died Saturday at a care facility in suburban Norridge. A longtime Chicago resident, Hasbrouck was 86. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson&rsquo;s disease, said his son Charles, a director at the Chicago architectural firm of bKL.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over a 40 year career, Hasbrouck&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovated</a> buildings such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>&rsquo;s Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, William Le Baron Jenney's&nbsp;Manhattan Building skyscraper, and Louis Sullivan's&nbsp;&nbsp;Peoples Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, along with several of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>&rsquo;s important 19th-century buildings.&nbsp;</p> <p>He and his wife Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck co-edited and published an architectural magazine named the Prairie School Review. This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publication</a> promoted the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and other architects well before their work became revered.&nbsp;Marilyn Hasbrouck&nbsp;eventually opened the Prairie Avenue Bookshop, to help support the magazine, which became a highly respected architectural bookshop in Chicago.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck at her Prairie Avenue Bookshop in Chicago. Image: Glessner House Museum.</figcaption></figure> John Cary's recent TED Talk champions dignity in design and diversity in the profession Hope Daley 2018-02-13T20:29:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T12:18:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>John Cary, author of "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design for Good</a><em>"</em>, recently gave a TED Talk, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architecture can create dignity for all</a>", emphasizing dignity in design and championing greater diversity in the architecture profession.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cary explains, &ldquo;Dignity is to design, what justice is to law, and health is to medicine. It&rsquo;s about having your value reflected in the spaces and places that you inhabit.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you missed it, also check out Archinect's previous conversation with John Cary on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;for an in depth discussion on dignity in design.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> 5Pointz lawsuit: Judge rules in favor of street artists, awards $6.7 Million Alexander Walter 2018-02-13T14:10:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T09:41:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] a judge has ruled that a New York developer must pay $6.7 million to a group of graffiti artists to compensate for painting over their work without warning in 2013. The decision represents a decisive victory for street artists in a case that&nbsp;pitted their rights against those of a real estate executive. The artists sued the developer, Gerald Wolkoff, for violating their rights after he whitewashed their work at the famous 5Pointz art mecca in Long Island City to make way for condos.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Citing protection of the artists'&mdash;historically significant but ultimately destroyed&mdash;works at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Pointz</a> under the&nbsp;Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA),&nbsp;Judge&nbsp;Frederic Block ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in this closely watched landmark case: "Since 5Pointz was a prominent tourist attraction the&nbsp;public would undoubtedly have thronged to say its goodbyes during those 10 months&nbsp;and gaze at the formidable works of aerosol art for the last time. It would have been&nbsp;a wonderful tribute for the artists that they richly deserved."</p> The Invention of Wessex: Thomas Hardy as Architect Places Journal 2018-02-13T14:08:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T14:10:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>There is a good case for listing Thomas Hardy amongst the greatest of all conceptual architects &mdash; the prophet, well before the fact, of a particular type of speculative, imaginary architectural project which would boom a century later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 19th-century author Thomas Hardy has never been considered much of an architect. Yet as Kester Rattenbury shows, his creation of Wessex was an architectural project - one that drew on the ideas of his time, but also predicted some of the most inventive architectural work of our own age.&nbsp;Hardy saw rural England through an experimental, modern frame, and his Wessex Project was as radical in its time as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delirious New York</a> were in theirs.&nbsp;</p> The 2018 MPavilion to be designed by award-winning Spanish architect Carme Pinós Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-12T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T13:39:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Announced this morning, the 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPavilion</a>, arriving in spring of this year, will be designed by the award-winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carme Pin&oacute;s</a>. Now in its fifth iteration, the MPavilion is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia</a>'s answer to the U.K's Serpentine Pavilion. An initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, the design event commissions a leading international architect to erect a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">temporary</a> pavilion in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>&rsquo;s historic Queen Victoria Gardens every year. Past participating architects include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a> &amp; David Gianotten of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, Bijoy Jain, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amanda Levete</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Godsell</a>.</p> <p>The Spanish architect responsible for this year's forthcoming pavilion is internationally celebrated for her humanistic approach to designs ranging from cultural centers, educational institutions and public housing to office towers, urban landscapes and furniture design. Based in Barcelona, Pin&oacute;s leads her eponymous architectural firm which she founded in 1991 after earning international recognition for her work with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enric Miralles</a>. Signific...</p> SPF:architects' "Rainbow Bridge" is now open in Long Beach, CA Hope Daley 2018-02-08T20:13:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T20:13:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:architects</a>' new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian bridge</a>, named "Rainbow Bridge", is now open to the public of Long Beach,&nbsp;CA. The bridge provides a connection between&nbsp;Long Beach's Convention Center and Performing Arts Center.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rainbow Bridge by SPF:a located in Long Beach, CA. Image: SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><p>Previously, moving between these spaces required navigating loading docs and HVAC equipment on a stretch of the Seaside Way.&nbsp;Initially conceived of as a simple elevated sidewalk, the walkway developed into a much fuller project. Visitors can now not only easily connect between these two spaces, they can also enjoy an architectural experience along the way.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rainbow Bridge by SPF:a located in Long Beach, CA. Image: SPF:a.</figcaption></figure><p>The finished project is a 600-foot bridge consisting of 76 custom-welded bent-steel ribs framing the top, and approximately 1,200 cubic yards of poured-in-place concrete shaping the base. The bridge canopy features 3,500 color-changing LED node lights, which can be programmed and synched to music to...</p> 2018 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship is now open Hope Daley 2018-02-08T14:02:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T12:39:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a> Norman Foster Traveling <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scholarship</a>, supported by the Norman Foster Foundation, is now open and accepting applications from enrolled architecture students globally. One winner will be awarded a &pound;7,000 grant by a panel of judges, which will include Lord Foster and RIBA President Ben Derbyshire.</p> <p>Now in its 11th year, the scholarship focuses on international research, in a location of the student&rsquo;s choice, related to the survival of towns and cities. Previous winners have travelled through the Americas, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle, and Russia.</p> <p>The list of institutions invited to nominate students is selected by the RIBA and approved by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>. As in previous years, this list will include all institutions that offer qualifications validated by the RIBA or are recognized by the Commonwealth Association of Architects. For the first time this year, a large number of schools listed under other recognition systems are now also being invited to take pa...</p> Are mental disorders behind modernism? Le Corbusier and Gropius get diagnosed Hope Daley 2018-02-08T13:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-10T14:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two researchers recently suggested that autism and post-traumatic stress disorder led to the minimalist stylings of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Their questions and tools are useful, but there&rsquo;s danger in mistaking one piece of a puzzle for its entirety. The places we inhabit influence the way we see the world [...] Equally and inevitably, psychology has shaped architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Darran Anderson responds&nbsp;to the piece &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mental Disorders that Gave Us Modern Architecture</a>&rdquo; by&nbsp;Ann Sussman&nbsp;and&nbsp;Katie Chen, arguing against their totalizing narrative of two influential figures and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernism</a> as a whole.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sussman and Chen suggest modernist architecture originated from autism in regard to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, and post-traumatic stress disorder in regard to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a>. The final argument is one against modernism, claiming its origin derives from mental dysfunction.&nbsp;</p> <p>While it is interesting to consider a possible excuse for Le Corbusier's callousness or the effects of serving in WWI on&nbsp;Gropius, Anderson argues, "the evidence that modern architecture is founded on 'disorders' is highly questionable".</p> <p>His response reveals an empathetic side to Le Corbusier, and delves into Gropius' immense achievements unimpeded&nbsp;by trauma. Read the full article and go deeper into Anderson's argument for modernism and two of its key figures.&nbsp;</p>... The Power of Smallness by Aina Coll Torrent MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-02-08T00:24:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T00:24:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>MONU magazine's current issue #27 on "Small Urbanism" shows how small things can have a great impact on city life and planning, exploring themes such as micro-occupations as political protest, urban furniture to recover public spaces and fight criminality, acupunctural interventions for refugee settlements or tiny models used for military strategies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are architectural spaces that capture you through their smallest details. Almost five years ago, I visited the Crematorium building by Asplund in the Woodland Cemetery, in Stockholm. After crossing the artificial landscape along a seemingly introverted building, I remember entering a forecourt, grabbing a beautiful door handle and entering a waiting room before reaching the chapel. A wooden bench was softly emerging from the wall, like a curved silk fabric, oriented towards a long window to an enclosed courtyard. The warmth of the space, enhanced by the metaphor of a domestic carpet and the rounding and softness of the corners, was suddenly disturbed by the image of a very small window which was framing very precisely the artificial hills and trees that were guiding the visitor when entering the site. The feeling of connection to an endless outside world condensed in a window was, somehow, sublime. </p><figure><img src=";w=1200"><figcaption>View through the window at the Woodland Crematorium, by Erik Gunnar Asplund....</figcaption></figure> A look at visionary architect Georgia Louise Harris Brown, the first female African-American architecture graduate Hope Daley 2018-02-07T20:50:00-05:00 >2018-02-07T20:50:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Pioneering African-American architect Georgia Louise Harris Brown had a knack for seeking out the most fertile architecture scenes in the world during her long career. She practiced in Chicago during Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s prime and, from there, moved to Brazil, where a singular modernist language was being created for Brasilia, the most ambitious planned capital of the 20th century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Georgia Louise Harris Brown has been featured as part of Redshift's <em>Respect</em> series, focusing on architect visionaries. Brown was the first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African-American</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women</a> to graduate with an architecture degree, and the second professionally licensed African-American female architect in the nation.&nbsp;Beverly Loraine Greene was the first, and a role model to Brown.&nbsp;</p> <p>She studied under Mies at his Illinois Institute of Technology and was heavily influenced by his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist</a> style. Her first job in Chicago was with Kenneth Roderick O'Neal, an African-American architect and structural engineer who also studied with Mies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working with&nbsp;Frank J. Kornacker Associates by 1949, Brown worked on several key projects such as&nbsp;860&ndash;880 Lake Shore Drive. This high-rise was influential in its minimalist grid of steel and glass and constructed with Brown's structural calculations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eventually moving to Brazil, Brown became professionally licensed in 1970 leading many firms for over the next twenty years. Read mor...</p> Anthony Morey named Executive Director and Curator at Los Angeles' a+d museum Paul Petrunia 2018-02-07T18:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T08:22:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>, who many here on Archinect will recognize as Archinect's editor-at-large, starting editorial columns such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the Ground Up</a>, has been just announced as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a+d museum</a>'s new&nbsp;Executive Director and Curator.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Prior to this announcement, Anthony served as the Assistant Director &amp; Curator under the direction of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dora Epstein Jones</a>. In addition to his roles at the a+d and Archinect, Anthony&nbsp;is a discussion moderator at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Design</a> and Design Studio Faculty at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> in Los Angeles. His work and research focus on the tensions between text, psychology and image and their relationship to architecture and design.</p> The diversity and trajectories of architecture and design are at an all-time high and as important as ever, if not more and the role of the museum - our museum - is to produce a platform to present and promote progressive architecture and design equal to the rigor, enthusiasm, and diversity that exists wit... Five buildings tilt dangerously after magnitude 6.4 Taiwan quake Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-07T14:39:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T12:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Yesterday, a magnitude 6.4 quake struck the Taiwanese city of a Hualien, Taiwan. So far, in its wake, the damage has left seven dead and injured 262 others; sixty-three people still remain unaccounted for. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>.</p> <p>Since, emergency workers have been working diligently to rescue those who remain unidentified. Many are believed to be trapped in the numerous buildings that have caved in and begun to tilt dangerously to roughly 40-45 degree angles. Among these, are four buildings&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a 12-story apartment building, two hotels, and a military hospital</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The addition of rain following the wreckage has exacerbated the problem, causing some buildings to tilt at an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alarming rate of five cm per hour</a>. Mobile cranes are being used to prop up the leaning structures as rescue efforts continue.&nbsp;</p> A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects, Recipient of the 2018 AIA Firm Award Archinect 2018-02-06T13:33:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T16:51:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this episode of Archinect Sessions Paul travels to Minneapolis to join Ken in a conversation with Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snow Kreilich Architects</a>, winner of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Julie Snow and Matt Kreilich</figcaption></figure><p>Julie Snow Architects was founded in Minneapolis in 1995. Matt Kreilich later joined Julie, his thesis advisor from college, to form Snow Kreilich Architects.</p> <p>Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, wrote in his letter of nomination for the AIA award, &ldquo;Their body of work is distinguished by a restrained formal elegance and a refined minimal tectonic sensibility while avoiding the nostalgic and technological excesses of our discipline. Indeed, they see architecture as a material practice and a cultural act born of a sensual pragmatism."<br></p> <figure><img src=""><figcaption>Snow Kreilich Architects. Photo courtesy of AIA</figcaption></figure>This award is great because it didn't come to Matt and I. It came to Snow Kreilich" - Julie Snow <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 116 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;A Conversation with Snow Kreilich Architects&rdquo;...</p> Laser scans uncover thousands of ancient Mayan structures Alexander Walter 2018-02-05T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T14:06:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In what&rsquo;s being hailed as a &ldquo;major breakthrough&rdquo; in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala. Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for &ldquo;Light Detection And Ranging&rdquo;), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Serpentine Pavilion is coming to Beijing this summer Alexander Walter 2018-01-31T18:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T18:35:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries</a> are branching out to China and will be opening the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing this May. <br></p> <p>Announced as a collaboration with WF CENTRAL from Beijing, the new pavilion will be designed by JIAKUN Architects in the city's historic Dongcheng District, only a stones-throw away from the iconic Forbidden City.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Render of the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018, Design by Jiakun Architects, &copy; Jiakun Architects</figcaption></figure><p>According to the architects, the pavilion design takes inspiration from Confucianism, having the architecture act as a physical representation of the traditional pursuit of <em>Junzi</em>: "The design is characterized by the figure of the Archer, in the form of a curved cantilever beam that incorporates the forces of elasticity through cables stretched between steel plates. Although modern architecture in Beijing has developed a series of powerful techniques to fight the external forces of fierce winds and unpredictable earthquakes, the Pavilion's integral...</p> Ancient Syrian Ain Dara temple severely damaged in Turkish airstrike Alexander Walter 2018-01-31T14:49:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T14:49:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Much of the magnificent 3,000-year-old temple of Ain Dara, with its mysterious and massive footprints and a structure that provides clues for understanding the biblical temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, has been destroyed in a Turkish airstrike. [...] Photos and video from the Syrian Observatory and Hawar News confirm that more than half of the temple is gone, including many of the sculptures that ringed the site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The temple, one of the largest and most extensively ancient excavated structures in Syria," <em>National Geographic</em> reports, "is famous for its intricate stone sculptures of lions and sphinxes, and for its similarities to Solomon&rsquo;s Temple&mdash;the first Jewish temple in Jerusalem, said to have held the Ark of the Covenant."</p> Lella and Massimo Vignelli's legendary New York home to list for $6.5 million Justine Testado 2018-01-26T14:10:00-05:00 >2018-01-26T14:11:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Other than the conversion of the dining room into a library and a den into office space in 2000, the apartment has remained largely unchanged since the 1970s. &ldquo;Some people might see this as dated,&rdquo; [Luca] Vignelli said. But much of the apartment feels timeless, as his parents intended, he added: &ldquo;I would love to see somebody who appreciates the space and their presence in the space&rdquo; as a buyer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The design legacy of the late Lella and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massimo Vignelli</a> lives on in their New York home, which will be listed for $6.5 million.&nbsp;The home hasn't changed much since the couple bought it in 1978. Their children Luca and Valentina Vignelli, who are selling the duplex because they both live elsewhere, are hoping they can find the right buyer.&nbsp;</p> Bogota from the Roofs, Streets and Sky by Camilo Mønón Navas Anthony Morey 2018-01-26T13:56:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To me, everything looks fascinating from the air. But, for some reason, I never expected Bogot&aacute;, Colombia, to look so striking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Colombian artist, Camilo M&oslash;n&oacute;n Navas has produced a series of images titled, Arial Fa&ccedil;ades, in which Camilo takes various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perspectival photographs</a> and assembles them whimsical and fantastical means while bringing his home city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bogota</a> to the surface through all its cultural glory.&nbsp;</p> <p>In Camilo's words. "Those buildings, spaces, or architectural complexes that are part of our city and that show us through a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone</a> the incredible details that our city hides from the exploring from the terrace of my apartment&ndash;a 10-story building&ndash;the structures of the cities from the zenith views.&rdquo;</p> Coachella lineup created by a neural network generates new designers Hope Daley 2018-01-25T16:09:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Move over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular,</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball Nogues</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOC</a>... robots are coming for your jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Botnik Studios</a>&nbsp;created a hilarious (and somewhat believable)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coachella</a> lineup using their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artificial intelligence</a> RNN&nbsp;algorithm to generate a list of band names and installation designers. Located at the bottom of the poster, the new designer list reads:</p> <p>With large-scale art installations by</p> <ul><li>Mr. Wall</li><li>Belly Legroom</li><li>Ed the Bjown</li><li>Benus Jackson</li><li>Melon Soxprane&nbsp;</li><li>Aunt Luke</li></ul><p>Personal favorites: "Creepwell, Then Sleepwell", "Boy/Boys", and of course "Aunt Luke". Will a real Aunt Luke please come forward and grace the world with large-scale art installations? Thank you.&nbsp;</p> Architects are people too; 10 great job ads showing it's not just about skills and experience Hope Daley 2018-01-24T18:16:00-05:00 >2018-01-25T02:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As we all know, a full-time job takes up a big part of a person's life. It's not just about getting your work done, but it's also about living with your co-workers for almost half of your waking hours. To be a happy and successful employee, it's critical to be well-aligned with the culture, personalities and physical environment at your workplace. So, why is it that so many job ads don't even touch on anything besides qualifications, responsibilities, job experience and salary? Shouldn't it be a top priority to ensure a new hire will be fully qualified <em>and</em> fully satisfied? This week we're taking a look at some of the job ads from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> that show an appreciation for the human side of their staff, expressing interest in people beyond their skills and experience.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Studio Link-Arc, LLC </strong>seeks a<strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Architect</a>&nbsp;for their NYC office.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Wuzhong Museum located in Suzhou, CN, rendering by Studio Link-Arc, LLC. Image: Studio Link-Arc, LLC.</figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The firm explains their company&rsquo;s name and mis...</p> The mutual attraction of architecture and pastries; 4 architects turned pastry chefs Hope Daley 2018-01-23T15:07:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ms. Yee, who oversees pastry for all the restaurants in the Resurgens Hospitality Group, used to be an architect, and she designs desserts the way she once did building interiors: meticulously sketching every element, testing many prototypes. And these days she has plenty of company: Many of the country&rsquo;s top pastry chefs have practiced or studied architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As we have shown in Archinect's ongoing series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box</a>, architects have a background and skillset that can be applied in many ways outside of traditional architecture practice. For example, these prominent pastry chefs all started off as architects and switched to designing cakes instead. Each chef has translated the intent of an architect into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">food design</a> in unique ways, from 3D printed cake molds to creating pastries from sketches and blueprints.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out some of the their delicious designs below:</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dinara Kasko</a> began as a Ukrainian architect:&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Berry-almond tart with a surface constructed from a mold made by a 3D printer by Dinara Kasko. Image: Dinara Kasko.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennifer Yee</a> has a degree in interior architecture:<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Lemon Fleur &eacute;clair by Jennifer Yee. Image: Jennifer Yee. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jansen Chan</a> studied architecture at UC Berkeley:<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Nectarine Orchata and Lemon Balm Broth by Jansen Chan. Image: Antoinette Bruno. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baruch Ellsworth</a> studied architecture at a California community college:&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Choco...</figcaption></figure> From the Tropics to Winter Wonderlands: Second Home is redefining the workplace Anthony Morey 2018-01-23T14:29:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;We always want people to think &lsquo;What&rsquo;s that?&rsquo; and be drawn inside our buildings,&rdquo; says Rohan Silva, the 37-year-old co-founder of Second Home, provider of &ldquo;unique workspaces and cultural venues for entrepreneurs and innovators&rdquo;. The company opened its first space in Spitalfields, east London, in 2014 and now boasts users ranging from tiny tech startups to the likes of Volkswagen and auditing giant KPMG.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A winter wonderland, a tropic landscape, a colorful explosion of swirling surfaces and walls of color enveloping even the smallest of spaces&mdash; one could say that I was describing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's film sets and yet, this could become the description of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern day office environment</a> if <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Second Home</a>, a provider of &ldquo;unique workspaces and cultural venues for entrepreneurs and innovators,&rdquo; has its way.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1200"><figcaption>Second Home, Holland Park. Photograph: Iwan Baan</figcaption></figure><p>One of Second Home's most potent and provocative concepts is how they produce an atmosphere of collaboration within their spaces. While one would normally associate&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">co-working</a> office spaces with tech companies and internet startups, Second Home has controlled and influenced the sectors that are allowed to inhabit its spaces. As clarified by Second Home &ldquo;If we just let the market ride, Second Home would be full of tech companies, but we&rsquo;ve only allowed 10%. The services essential for startups, like lawyers, accountants and...</p>