Archinect - News 2018-05-20T17:30:43-04:00 The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T14:53:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On the bustling streets of Broadway Boulevard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, two multi-colored huts are trying to get the public excited about hyper efficient buildings. Part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ice Box Challenge</a>, the&nbsp;environmental public art installation has been touring the world, demonstrating the merits of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Challenge, which has popped up in Brussels, Seattle, Vancouver, and now New York City, involves two small sheds&mdash;one built to Passive House Standards, and the other, to the local city's building codes. One ton of ice is then placed inside each, and left outside in the summer heat for one month. The display then invites passersby to check out the progress, and see which building design and construction has done a better job at keeping the ice from melting.&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York City huts have been designed by Stark Architecture, a Vancouver based firm with its certification in Passive House design.&nbsp;The Ice Boxes have been coated in a colorful mural by the street artist&nbsp;Olivier Binam&eacute; an...</p> Tom Wolfe, innovative journalist and critic of modern architecture, dies at 88 Hope Daley 2018-05-16T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T23:10:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;From Bauhaus to Our House,&rdquo; Mr. Wolfe attacked modern architecture and what he saw as its determination to put dogma before buildings. Published in 1981, it met with the same derisive response from critics. &ldquo;The problem, I think,&rdquo; Paul Goldberger wrote in The Times Book Review, &ldquo;is that Tom Wolfe has no eye.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tom Wolfe, an innovative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">journalist</a> and novelist, died on Monday in Manhattan at the age of 88. Wolf lived in New York since joining The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter in 1962, and went on to influence what is known as New Journalism. Inciting hostile reactions to some of his work, Wolf notably condemned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern architecture</a> receiving harsh backlash from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critics</a>.</p> Foster + Partners transforms 70's government office tower into luxury hotel in Hong Kong Hope Daley 2018-05-16T15:22:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T15:22:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>' new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> luxury hotel, The Murray, is now fully open to the public. Formerly a 1970's government office building, the firm has transformed these 25 stories into a unique urban experience for visitors.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Reception area of the Murray Building, renovated by Foster + Partners, located in Hong Kong. Image: Michael Weber. </figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>The Murray Building was originally constructed when urban planning revolved around cars, leaving the structure inaccessible to pedestrians.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior view of the garden terrace at night. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hotel lobby area of The Murray. Image: Nigel Young / Foster+Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>One of the main goals in the building's transformation was to reconnect the structure at ground level with a new street front, transparent and open ground floor space, and enhanced landscaping of the surrounding grounds.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exterior Details of The Murray. Image: Michael Weber.</figcaption></figure><p>Visitors are now greeted by entering...</p> A brutalist fragment displayed at the Venice Biennale speaks to our current housing crisis Hope Daley 2018-05-15T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T18:41:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While some were delighted that at least a small part of the architectural heritage of Robin Hood Gardens was being preserved for posterity, others were furious that the V&amp;A &ndash; a so-called &lsquo;arms-length&rsquo; body, governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister &ndash; considered the estate valuable enough to collect, but not valuable enough to help save from demolition in the first instance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The story behind London's brutalist Robin Hood Gardens reveals issues pertinent to our current housing crisis. Crystal Bennes unpacks the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A's decision to preserve and display a section of demolished housing</a> in this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a>, revealing condemnation of the building before it was even completed.&nbsp;</p> End Stages: The Future of Hospice Design Places Journal 2018-05-15T16:38:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T16:38:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As hospice design becomes more formally ambitious &mdash; and standardized &mdash; we should remember there is no universal model for &lsquo;dying well.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the ideal setting for the end of life?&nbsp;The dominant templates of the mid-century mega-hospital and the domestic hospice set the rational spaces of medical institutions against the familiarity of home. Yet, we are increasingly seeing hybrid forms that deviate from these two distinct models. Nitin Ahuja looks ahead to the future of palliative architecture, and argues that in one's final needful hours, the most comforting hearths are those that feel serendipitously constructed.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> 62-acre site along Chicago River to be developed with potential for Amazon's HQ2 Hope Daley 2018-05-14T15:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T15:13:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A hardscrabble half-mile stretch along the Chicago River's South Branch would become a vibrant neighborhood of cutting-edge architecture, parks and a riverwalk in the plans a developer unveiled Thursday for the last big piece of empty land near downtown. Developer Related Midwest plans a transformation of the vacant, relatively isolated 62-acre site into a vibrant neighborhood of homes, restaurants, cultural institutions and businesses...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The currently undeveloped site along <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s river has been named "The 78", declaring its scale large enough to add to the city's official number of 77 neighborhoods. The site is also rumored to be a contender for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's HQ2</a> if the city is chosen, which would require reworking current plans.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current 62-acre riverfront site in Chicago. Image: Mark Segal/Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>Plans for the massive development include&nbsp;13 million square feet of&nbsp; building space for residential, office, educational and other uses.&nbsp;12 acres would be dedicated to parkland or public&nbsp;riverwalk with a performance venue. Related Midwest stated that affordable housing was an important part of its housing development.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Rendering of the education hub and riverwalk. Image: Related Midwest.</figcaption><p>The new site would also&nbsp;extend three existing city streets through the property to create through routes for bikes. A metro stop would be added to the Red Line, as well as potentially adding a Water Taxi stop.</p>... Adrian Lahoud selected to curate inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:50:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sharjah is looking to transform the discussion around urban life with its new initiative, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, which has announced the curator for its inaugural exhibition. Adrian Lahoud, dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London and a researcher on Arab cities, will curate the new initiative&rsquo;s flagship event, to be held in November 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Research work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCA</a> Architecture Dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Lahoud</a> focuses primarily&nbsp;on urban spatial forms and large scale environmental change, particularly in the Arab world and Africa, making him a qualified candidate to establish this new triennial program for Sharjah, Dubai's neighbor and third largest city in the United Arab Emirates. </p> <p>"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to shape the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial," Lahoud said, "and to find ways of supporting an emerging generation of architects, artists and scholars in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia."</p> <p>Learn more about the Triennial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Archinect Sessions Episode 121: Mental Health in Architecture Paul Petrunia 2018-05-11T10:02:00-04:00 >2018-05-15T17:30:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week Ken, Donna and I are joined by architect and writer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a> to discuss the very real and serious issue of mental health in architecture. Esther owns <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio ST Architects</a>, a small practice in New York City, and frequently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">writes about mental health</a>, with a specific focus on psychoanalysis and it&rsquo;s relationship to architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p>Creative fields, especially those with long hours and high stress levels, are often rife with mental health issues. Anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, chemical abuse... these are just a few of the indicators common in architecture. If you&rsquo;re not suffering from any of these, you&rsquo;re likely working around people that are. On today&rsquo;s show we barely scratch the surface of this extremely complex subject. Our conversation ranges from learning to listen and empathize, to simple daily strategies for coping with mental health issues of your own and those around you, to addressing more serious problems including chemical imbalances and professional trea...</p> A satirical look at the homelessness and housing crises by McSweeney's Hope Daley 2018-05-10T16:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:18:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Homelessness in America has reached crisis levels and I am determined to do everything in my power to fix the problem as long as it doesn&rsquo;t involve changing zoning laws or my ability to drive alone to work or, well, changing anything, really. I&rsquo;m more than happy to give a hungry man a sandwich once a year and then brag to my friends about it as long as he doesn&rsquo;t sit down anywhere in my line of sight to eat it. Same goes for hungry women because I&rsquo;m also a feminist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A superb piece satirizing the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homelessness</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crises</a> by McSweeney's writer Homa Mojtabai. From a privileged and entitled point of view, Mojtabai highlights extreme issues on how problems are being "solved". This is of course an exaggeration&mdash;but by how much?&nbsp;</p> “Weak Monument”: Estonia's 2018 Venice Biennale Pavilion examines the implicit politics of everyday architectural forms Justine Testado 2018-05-10T15:35:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T15:35:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a>, Estonia's pavilion, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Weak Monument&rdquo;</a>, explores&nbsp;the explicit representation of the monument and the implicit politics of everyday architectural forms.</p> <p>Curated by Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa and Tade&aacute;&scaron; &#344;&iacute;ha, the&nbsp;exhibition takes over the former Santa Maria Ausiliatrice church in Venice with pavement and a monument-like concrete wall that divides the exhibition space in two. As visitors cross through the wall, they'll find a collection of photos, drawings, and models of Estonian and European examples of &ldquo;weak monuments&rdquo;. They will then encounter a &ldquo;wall altar&rdquo;. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figure><figcaption>Wall altar. Image &copy; Weak Monument.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weak Monument Section. &copy; Weak Monument 2018.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Monuments reside on the margin of the architectural discipline while directly embodying some of its most central qualities, such as relation to the site, delimitation of public space and capacity for representation,&rdquo; the curatorial team explains.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>&ldquo;In Estonia, the notion of monument appears as a foreign intruder. Its pre...</p> “No More Free Space?”: Singapore's 2018 Venice Biennale Pavilion explores designing welcoming public spaces in a dense cityscape Justine Testado 2018-05-07T15:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:00:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Despite limited physical space in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore</a>'s dense urban landscape &mdash; with a population of 5.6 million squeezed into about 278 square-miles of land, the country's architects and urban planners are coming up with unique solutions to create delightful spaces that help enhance everyday life. So is there truly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;No More Free Space?&rdquo;</a>; the Singapore Pavilion exhibition team for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a> explores this very question.</p><p>Marking Singapore's sixth showcase at the Biennale, the Pavilion highlights&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 Singapore-based projects</a>&nbsp;that draw inspiration from nature and &ldquo;turn constraints into possibilities&rdquo;.&nbsp;With these projects, the Singapore Pavilion team wants to share their country's design approaches with other cities that are dealing with similar challenges.&nbsp;<br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;No More Free Space?&rdquo;, &copy; Singapore Pavilion, 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Side elevation, &ldquo;No More Free Space?&rdquo;, &copy; Singapore Pavilion, 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition. </figcaption></figure><p>The c...</p> Brussels-based BOB361 contributes to a Parisian neighborhood's revitalization with this eco-friendly housing project Hope Daley 2018-05-07T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T15:43:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A&nbsp;new&nbsp;housing project in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> was recently redeveloped by the Brussels-based firm BOB361. The apartment complex,&nbsp;Orteaux, is part of a larger <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revitalization</a> project for a Parisian neighborhood located near the P&egrave;re Lachaise cemetery.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Orteaux by BOB361, located in Paris. Image: BOB361. </figcaption></figure><p>As part of this revival, the building consists of 21 apartments and functions as a sustainability pilot project for the city. It is the first project in Paris to receive the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Eacute;coquartier</a> label.&nbsp;The entire redevelopment consists of 109 dwellings (75 of which are newly built), a public garden, and a range of commercial premises.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Orteaux by BOB361, located in Paris. Image: BOB361. </figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Orteaux by BOB361, located in Paris. Image: BOB361. </figcaption></figure><p>The entire housing block is located in a heavily built-up, and neglected area within the 20th arrondissement of Paris. Initially scheduled for demolition, the block was saved as a result of local protests. The city of Paris then opted for partial renovation, sanctioning new b...</p> Is Kanye West really starting a Yeezy architecture venture? (He tweets he is.) Alexander Walter 2018-05-07T14:07:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T19:00:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kanye West</a>'s flirt with the architecture profession appears to take on a more 'It's complicated' kind of status&mdash;if you're willing to lend enough credibility to his tweet from yesterday, announcing "we&rsquo;re starting a Yeezy architecture arm called Yeezy home. We&rsquo;re looking for architects and industrial designers who want to make the world better".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It's unclear whether West was already looking for prospective would-be employees for this newly announced venture when he made a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprise appearance</a> at SCI-Arc's Spring Show recently, but he's certainly expressed his admiration for the profession for some time now&mdash;receiving <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mixed reactions</a> from practitioners for statements like, "I hang around architects mostly, people that wanna make things as dope as possible &hellip; This is the reason why I&rsquo;m working with five architects at a time," among others.<br></p> <p>Kanye being Kanye, we're accepting his 146-character venture announcement with enough caution and see if Yeezy home actually turns into a stable 'In ...</p> Small and mid-size cities are attracting more millennials Hope Daley 2018-05-04T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-05T09:04:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Mid- or second-tier cities, loosely defined as those under a million people that aren&rsquo;t regional powerhouses like Austin or Seattle, are increasingly seen as not just places to find a lower cost of living, easier commute, and closer connections with family, but also a more approachable, neighborhood-oriented version of the urban lifestyle that sent many to the larger cities in the first place.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census data shows</a> that smaller metros are seeing more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">migration</a> from millennials while&nbsp;larger cities are experiencing slower growth. These smaller cities have been attracting new growth in part due to investing in green spaces and parks, upswings in local tech hubs, and downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a>.&nbsp;</p> Winners Announced for LA County's Yes to ADU Design Competition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-04T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T06:29:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hot-market cities grappling with a dearth of housing, like those along the coast of California, are increasingly looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">accessory dwelling units</a> (ADUs)&mdash;commonly known as "granny flats&mdash;to help abate the statewide shortage. In 2016, California passed three laws aimed at facilitating in-law unit production; following the legalizations, the city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> received <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1,980 applications</a> for secondary units in 2017 alone.&nbsp;</p> <p>The County has also launched a number of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">adjacent initiatives</a> with the goal of making sure that some of these new homes are affordable. One of such pilot programs comes through the LA County Board of Supervisors' Homeless Initiative and sets out to catalyze the community of architects, designers, planners and creative strategists to re-imagine the potential of ADUs as a housing typology that can work in conjunction with other strategies to help alleviate the County's housing pressure.</p> <p>Working with the Art Commission Civic Art Program, the first phase of <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Part of th...</a></em></p> The Pompidou grows its global network of pop-ups and outposts Alexander Walter 2018-05-03T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-03T15:24:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With outposts and partnerships either launched or pending in Metz, M&aacute;laga, Brussels, the Gulf, Shanghai and possibly Latin America, is the Centre Pompidou turning into a new Guggenheim, eager to extend its influence globally? Encouraged by the success of its M&aacute;laga branch and of Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Pompidou&rsquo;s president [...] steering it into a number of new ventures, which he believes will deepen the Parisian museum&rsquo;s relationship with artistic centres it might otherwise be unable to reach.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lots on the books for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pompidou</a>&nbsp;in the coming months:&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M&aacute;laga outpost</a>, originally conceived as a temporary pop-up, may be extended for another five years; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new&nbsp;Kanal-Centre Pompidou</a> in Brussels opens a teaser exhibition and begins its&nbsp;&euro;140m construction project; David Chipperfield's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai Centre Pompidou/West Bund Art Museum</a> is coming next spring; partnership with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture</a> in Saudi Arabia renewed; and&nbsp;Bogot&aacute; may be happening next.</p> Balkrishna Doshi's 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture to be streamed live on May 16th Hope Daley 2018-05-02T18:14:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T18:14:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balkrishna Doshi</a>, the 2018 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, will present his public lecture&nbsp;&ldquo;Paths Uncharted&rdquo; on May 16th at 6:30pm EST.&nbsp;Professor Doshi&rsquo;s lecture will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook and Instagram via @UofTDaniels. Following the event, the recording will be made available on the Daniels Faculty&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design</a> will host this event in their new Daniels Building designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ERA Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adamson &amp; Associates</a>.&nbsp;This year marks the 40th anniversary of the&nbsp;Pritzker&nbsp;Prize,&nbsp;and the first time that the international award will be presented in Canada.</p> <p>The public is invited to participate in this educational initiative, which aims to heighten discussion and debate around architecture, stimulate awareness of work in the field, and inspire greater creativity within the architectural profession.&nbsp;</p>... New Call for Submissions for MONU #29 - Narrative Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-05-02T13:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T13:21:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One important outcome of our last <strong>MONU issue #28</strong> on <strong>"Client-shaped Urbanism"</strong> was the realization that in order to create better cities, we need to improve the communication among everybody involved in the creation of cities, whether they are clients, developers, municipalities, architects, urban designers, or the users of cities, to name just a few. Especially for architects and urban designers, one way to make themselves understood better, is to use the power of "narratives", helping them to connect not only to experts and intellectuals in the field, but to everybody else too. To find out what such urban and architectural narratives might look like today - and what they were like in the past - how they can be crafted, where they may be used and how narratives can help improving our cities in general is one of the main aims of the upcoming issue of <strong>MONU</strong> that we call<strong> "Narrative Urbanism"</strong>.</p> <p>In the history of human civilisation, narratives and storytelling have always been an importa...</p> "Things should be for their own time" says American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner Archinect 2018-05-02T12:55:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T12:55:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>American conceptual artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawrence Weiner</a> is known for his language-based sculpture and work exploring the relationship between art, artist, and viewer. Born in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bronx</a>&nbsp;in 1942, he is considered one of the foremost conceptual artists of the 60s.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Mural, Boston 2015. Photo by Geoff Hargadon.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kunsthaus Bregenz. Photo by Udo Mittelberger.</figcaption></figure><p>Recognized by its striking typography outlined in black, Weiner's work applied art-as-language to the built environment, from walls to the ground underfoot. In this new short film from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Space-Existence</a> series, Weiner discusses&nbsp;making art accessible to the public, the relationship between people and material objects, and language as a gesture. Beyond, Weiner goes on to talk about&nbsp;why he doesn&rsquo;t believe in art transcending time, and why creative work should spill beyond the confines of the gallery space.</p> <p>Produced by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLANE&mdash;SITE</a>, the video has been commissioned by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GAA Foundation</a>&nbsp;and funded by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ECC</a>&nbsp;in the run-up to...</p> The high rise apartment terrace is evolving Hope Daley 2018-05-01T17:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-01T21:00:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If yesterday&rsquo;s terraces were just little rectangular slabs tacked onto the sides of buildings &mdash; on which a tenant might cower, or perhaps more likely, rarely step foot &mdash; today&rsquo;s are becoming increasingly generous and welcoming. Some developers and architects are ushering in a new age of terrace design in a bid to provide more interesting outdoor space, capitalize on views and add greenery. In the process, they&rsquo;re adding drama to the buildings themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via 57 West</a> terraces (pictured above) are inset to the building by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)</a>.&nbsp;The firm names them &ldquo;cockpits&rdquo; due to their shelter against wind and noise.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>305 East 44th Street terrace floor rendering. Image: Moso Studio.</figcaption></figure><figure><p>Terraces of 1,400-square-feet will be located between apartment floors at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">305 East 44th Street</a>. The design will also feature spiral staircase leading from an apartment to its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">outdoor space</a>.&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of 48-unit residence development by FXCollaborative. Image: Williams New York.</figcaption></figure><p>Adding value to the traditional function of a terrace, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FXCollaborative</a>&nbsp;took inspiration for this design from rippling water on the East River nearby.&nbsp;<br></p> What's new with the promise of the floating city? Alexander Walter 2018-05-01T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-01T16:13:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A plan to build a platform in a tropical lagoon caught heat from locals, and a campaign stoked by opposition politician Valentina Cross swept away their proposals for an inaugural colony. In February, the Tahitian government stated publicly that an agreement with the Seasteading Institute in 2017 was now outdated and non-binding. [...] That leaves the Institute, and their movement, once again at sea, shopping for a new host nation willing to take on a partnership.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her article for <em>CityLab</em>, writer Hettie O'Brien looks into the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seasteading Institute</a>'s promise of a&nbsp;libertarian offshore utopia in Polynesia and the challenges the movement has been facing recently.</p> What would The Louvre look like if it was Brutalist? Hope Daley 2018-05-01T15:23:00-04:00 >2018-05-03T09:49:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>These 7&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iconic</a> buildings have been reconstructed in different architectural styles, such as The Louvre in Brutalist style pictured above. The effect is jarring to say the least...&nbsp;</p> <p>Buckingham Palace in Bauhaus style:&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Falling Water House in Classical style:</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><figure><figure><p>Museu de Arte Contempor&acirc;nea de Niter&oacute;i in Sustainable style:</p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>CN Tower in Ancient Egyptian style:<br></p><p><br></p><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure></figure><figure><p>Petronas Towers in Gothic style:</p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Sydney Opera House in Tudor style:</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><br></p><p>These reworked renderings were designed by NeoMam Studios for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Expedia Canada</a>.&nbsp;<br></p></figure> Rowan Moore on Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara's Venice Biennale curatorship Alexander Walter 2018-05-01T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T06:38:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Farrell and McNamara&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;Freespace&rdquo;, which they say describes &ldquo;a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture&rsquo;s agenda&rdquo;. It can also mean the &ldquo;free and additional spatial gifts&rdquo; that architecture can offer and &ldquo;its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers&rdquo;. They have invited a selection of like-minded architects to demonstrate these qualities with three-dimensional installations of &ldquo;scale and quality&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore, architecture critic of the <em>Observer</em>, finds admiring words in his <em>Guardian</em> piece for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> principals Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, who are wearing the curator hats this year at architecture's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">biggest biennial spectacle</a>: "McNamara and Farrell are neither celebrities nor notable theorists. They are well-respected architects who, determinedly, consistently and over a long period of time, do their stuff. [...] But what stuff."<br></p> Kanye West visits SCI-Arc while hanging out with controversial conservatives Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-30T19:07:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T14:40:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kanye West</a> has made a confusing return to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a> this month. During his recent spree, the rapper has doubled down on his support of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump</a>, praised&nbsp;the right-wing commentator Candace Owens, and&mdash;in a move that would seem to be at odds with the first two&mdash;referred to&nbsp;Parkland shooting survivor&nbsp;Emma Gonz&aacute;lez as his hero.</p> <p>Amidst his Twitter spree, West took a quick break yesterday to visit the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture</a>, where he met with Owens and fellow right-winger and Turning Point USA founder, Charlie Kirk. There, the three walked through the school's Spring Show (which is open to the public), looked at some student work, and learned about desalination. West even took second to tweet about his visit and shout out the work of M.Arch I student Ashley Hastings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Donald Trump Jr. also got involved, tweeting out his delight at West hanging out with his pals.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Though the reason for their visit is currently unknown, West has long been a champion of architecture....</p> Google's Open Heritage project applies cutting edge technology to architectural preservation Hope Daley 2018-04-30T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T15:43:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Google provides open access to 3D digital archives of historic sites around the globe, which have been recorded by CyArk for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> purposes. CyArk, a non profit organization founded in 2003, has been working to digitally record, archive, and share immersive sites with people online. Through 3D models, Street Views, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a>, viewers can experience these important sites in new and relevant ways. So far, the group has 26 sites that are digitally preserved and downloadable.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3D Laser Scan data cutaway of the interior of Tudor Place. Image: CyArk.</figcaption></figure><p>CyArk has recorded over 200 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monuments</a> on all 7 continents, while assisting other conservationists through engineering drawings and detailed maps. The data is archived using state of the art processes to ensure continued availability.&nbsp;<br></p> Studio Ghibli theme park to open by 2022 Alexander Walter 2018-04-30T15:38:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T18:16:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The fantasy world of Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki will come to life as a theme park, set to open in central Japan in 2022, the regional government said Wednesday. Miyazaki is the cofounder of Studio Ghibli, the nation&rsquo;s premier animation studio, and is renowned internationally for works including &ldquo;Princess Mononoke&rdquo; and &ldquo;Spirited Away.&rdquo; Studio Ghibli has released a basic concept for the vast park, which will be built by 2022 near Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Plans for a&nbsp;Studio Ghibli theme park have been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">floating</a> for some time, but they appear to become more concrete now with the announcement by local officials in Japan's Aichi Prefecture and the release of (very conceptual) illustrations of the park depicting structures that resemble buildings from animation classics like "Howl&rsquo;s Moving Castle" and "My Neighbor Totoro."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>Images: Studio Ghibli.</em></p> An augmented reality art exhibit hijacks MoMA's Jackson Pollock gallery Alexander Walter 2018-04-27T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-04-28T12:11:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>NEW YORK&rsquo;S MUSEUM of Modern Art is under siege. Well, a virtual siege, at least. A group of renegade artists has co-opted the brightly-lit Jackson Pollock gallery on the museum&rsquo;s fifth floor, turning it into their personal augmented reality playground. [...] those that have downloaded the MoMAR Gallery app on their smartphones, the impressionist's iconic paintings are merely markers&mdash;points of reference telling the app where to display the guerilla artists&rsquo; works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>MoMAR's augmented reality app and the unauthorized accompanying group show <em>Hello, we're from the internet</em> explore the intersection of private physical space and the public digital realm. "MoMAR is an unauthorized gallery concept aimed at democratizing physical exhibition spaces, museums, and the curation of art within them," the group explains on its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. "MoMAR is non-profit, non-owned, and exists in the absence of any privatized structures."</p><p><br></p> <p>Get the app on <a href=";hl=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Android</a> or <a href=";preserveScrollPosition=true#platform/iphone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iOS</a> and head to MoMA's Jackson Pollock room on the 5th floor to see <em>Hello, we're from the internet</em> until May 3.<br></p> America's long overdue memorial to the victims of lynchings opens in Alabama today Alexander Walter 2018-04-26T14:01:00-04:00 >2018-04-26T14:07:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opens Thursday on a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol, is dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy. And it demands a reckoning with one of the nation&rsquo;s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a week that began with Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama, a new chapter of American history has begun today with the official opening of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Memorial for Peace and Justice</a> in Montgomery, a place so central to the crimes and injustice of white supremacy in the South. The memorial commemorates and dignifies the more than 4,400 black men, women, and children who were lynched by white mobs between 1877 and 1950.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Equal Justice Initiative</figcaption></figure><p>"The columns meet you first at eye level, like the headstones that lynching victims were rarely given," Campbell Robertson writes for the <em>New York Times</em>. "But as you walk, the floor steadily descends; by the end, the columns are all dangling above, leaving you in the position of the callous spectators in old photographs of public lynchings."</p> <p>Why Build a Lynching Memorial? Video via Equal Justice Initiative on YouTube.<br></p> <p>The memorial aims to educate for a more informed dialogue and includes a section with material on volunteer opportuni...</p> Announcing the LEAF Awards and International Forum to be held this October Sponsor 2018-04-26T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-25T20:42:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABB LEAF Awards</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>The LEAF Awards is an annual awards ceremony founded in 2001 that brings together leading architects, designers, developers and suppliers from around the world. It recognizes innovative architectural design projects and celebrates excellence in building design on an international scale. Every year each entry project is judged within its specific category by a leading panel of esteemed industry experts from around the world. Typically the LEAF Awards receive over 200 entries from a variety of architectural practices with recently completed or almost completed building design projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>Following on from the truly international success and recognition of the 2017 ABB LEAF Awards, we are excited to announce that the ABB LEAF Awards 2018 will be held on Thursday 18th October, 2018, Frankfurt, Germany. 2018 welcomes the introduction of combining the ABB LEAF Awards with its partner event, LEAF Forum 2018, taking place on the 17th and 18th O...</p> SPF:architects to begin construction on LA River Bridge in 2019 Hope Daley 2018-04-25T19:28:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:01:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:architects</a> (SPF:a) has just released new renderings for&nbsp;Rumblefish, a 400-foot pedestrian bridge spanning across the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA River</a> and connecting Elysian Valley (Frogtown) to Taylor Yard, a 42-acre industrial parcel and former rail yard site at the center of the city&rsquo;s river <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revitalization plans</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><p>The name Rumblefish refers to the 1983 Coppola film about rival gangs which the firm chose as a symbolic gesture to the area&rsquo;s own history of gang violence. SPF:a envisions the officially-named&nbsp;Taylor Yard Bikeway &amp; Pedestrian Bridge&nbsp;as a peaceful community collision.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><p>Influenced by classic railway bridges and the mid-20th&nbsp;century Los Angeles Case Study Houses, the simple geometric design and deliberate choice to employ the lightest structural elements possible (tube steel, wide f...</p>