Archinect - News 2018-11-18T03:05:41-05:00 The world's 'deepest hotel' just opened to guests in an abandoned Chinese quarry Alexander Walter 2018-11-16T15:50:00-05:00 >2018-11-16T15:57:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Rising 88 metres (290 feet) from the floor of an abandoned quarry, the 18-storey InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel in the city&rsquo;s Songjiang district has been in development for 12 years and cost 2 billion yuan (US$287.9 million) to complete. Of its 18 floors, just two are aboveground while its two lowest are completely submerged by a lake that occupies the remainder of the vast quarry pit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Remember the Chinese '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deep Pit Hotel</a>' that was poised to open inside an abandoned quarry outside of Shanghai? Officially titled InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, the 336-room luxury property finally launched yesterday.<br></p> Snøhetta's custom-made cutlery set is now available for you to buy Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-15T15:44:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T21:01:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Known for their innovative designs and mesmerizing buildings,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>&nbsp;has created custom-made cutlery for restaurant Barr in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>. Collaborating with design brand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Table Noir</a>, Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;designed the pieces based on the holistic design experience that compliments the restaurant. Having already designed restaurant Barr's interiors as well as creating the visual identity for the Noma Restaurant Group, Sn&oslash;hetta's vision was to highlight the restaurant's conceptual expression.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Table Noir</figcaption></figure><p>Located in North Atlantic House,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barr</a>&nbsp;focuses on food and drink that are traditional to the region along the North Sea. Its name, meaning "barley" in old Norse, reflects executive chef Thorsten Schmidt's passion for regional food and drink through its history and culture.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Table Noir</figcaption></figure><p>Emphasizing on its tactile feel and physical experience while dining, "the cutlery is not merely defined by aesthetics or functionality; it actually enhances the enjoyment of the food and thus elevates th...</p> Ole Bouman reviews Biennales, in general, via the Venice Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2018-11-15T15:13:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T15:13:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>..And that&rsquo;s why every two years the global professional community gathers again to not just see the show, but meet each other against the backdrop of the ultimate protagonist: Venice itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Director of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Society</a> Ole Bouman reviews Biennales in general via the Venice Biennale.<br></p> <p>"Social respect and admiration for architecture are often derived from this magnetism, and are manifested by the intensity of experiencing it. Respect for the discipline is eventually not founded on intention or on an agenda. This simple insight invokes the awkwardness of so many architectural exhibitions and publications, which cannot but represent an intention or interpretation over the real thing. And it explains why more or less all architectural exhibitions fail to prove their point to anyone outside the discourse of architecture, or to a large group of people who would rather love or hate architecture than make a lengthy effort to understand it."<br></p> OPEN Architecture completes cave-like UCCA Dune Art Museum Justine Testado 2018-11-15T14:58:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T14:58:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Carved into a sand dune along a quiet beach in the port city of Qinhuangdao, the new Ullens Center for Contemporary Art&nbsp;Dune Art Museum debuted its first art exhibition last month, after three years of construction.</p> <p>Aranya commissioned Beijing-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a> to design the museum, which is operated by the UCCA. The architects gave the museum a pared down aesthetic that features organic forms and cave-like spaces.&nbsp;The 930 square-meter museum contains 10 galleries and a cafe.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Wu Qingshan.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Its interconnected, organically shaped spaces echo those of caves&mdash;the earliest form of human inhabitance, whose walls were once home to some of man&rsquo;s first works of art,&rdquo; OPEN Architecture explains.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cafe. Photo: Wu Qingshan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gallery skylights. Photo: Wu Qingshan.</figcaption></figure><p>The building features multiple openings of different sizes and orientations to provide natural lighting into the space as well as offer views of the changing sky and sea throughout the day. Local workers in Qinhuangdao &mdash; some o...</p> Archinect Outpost to host launch of Neil Denari's highly anticipated new monograph MASSX Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-11-15T12:26:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T13:29:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Join us in celebrating MASSX, the latest monograph from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil M. Denari Architects</a> at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Outpost</a> on Tuesday, November 27th, 6-8 PM.&nbsp;</p> <p>We will be selling 20 copies of MASSX - come early to ensure you get a copy! Please note that there will be limited space available at the event, and we can only allow a small number of people in the space at a time. Doors open at 6pm, and&nbsp;queueing up in advance is recommended to get a copy of the book.</p> <p>This formidable monograph of Neil M. Denari Architects can be viewed as a point of departure for examining architecture&rsquo;s role in the contemporary world. It contains more than 700 pages of material that has evolved over time, the majority of which has never been published, and offers both a rich history of projects and an extraordinarily in-depth examination of the firm&rsquo;s practice. The book arranges selected projects, buildings, concepts, references, arguments, and sensibilities (all together classified as &ldquo;things&rdquo;) chronologically, from the begin...</p> Concrete Utopia Places Journal 2018-11-14T09:22:00-05:00 >2018-11-13T22:27:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the construction of the new Yugoslavia, modernist thinking and design were deployed to guide the country&rsquo;s rapid urbanization and industrialization as well as to unify the ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse population.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In columnist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Belmont Freeman</a>'s latest article for Places, he examines the exhibition &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980</a>,&rdquo; now on view at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Modern Art in New York</a>, and finds a rigorous and revealing survey of Yugoslavia&rsquo;s extraordinary built legacy&nbsp;that until now has been neglected by mainstream architectural historians.</p> Developer brings luxury condos to old Missile Silos in Kansas Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-13T15:46:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T12:56:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When one thinks of luxury condos, rural Kansas isn't what typically comes to mind. Then again, the location isn't the only thing unique about developer Larry Hall's 15-story, residential complex sitting underground in a former missile silo.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2008, Hall purchased the missile launch facility in Kansas for $300,000, in order to build <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fortified shelters</a> that can withstand a variety of catastrophic events. The result is his $20 million Survival Condo Project where accommodations start at $1.5 million and include things like windows that mimic natural sunlight.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Indoor swimming pool inside the Survival Condo Project.</figcaption></figure><p>In the event of an attack or natural disaster, the luxury facility can hold up to 75 people for over five years. During this time, residents of the complex can go for a swim in the indoor pool complete with a waterslide, enjoy a flick in the movie theater, read a book at the building's library, or grab a drink at the custom bar while the world outside burns. The sprawling fa...</p> The New York Public Library is now loaning out clothing and accessories for job interviews Paul Petrunia 2018-11-12T17:16:00-05:00 >2018-11-12T17:16:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>NYPL's Riverside branch has initiated a new program called&nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grow Up Work Fashion Library</a>", loaning neckties, briefcases and handbags to assist library members in their job search. The items may also be loaned out for formal occasions, with the only requirement being that that the member owe less than $15 in overdue fines.&nbsp;</p> <p>The program was spearheaded by Michelle Lee, a young adult librarian at the branch, who has noticed a number of the people she worked with could not afford these items.&nbsp;</p> Zaha Hadid Gallery's New York City pop-up features a collection of amazing design collaborations Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-09T20:00:00-05:00 >2018-11-13T10:05:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The esteemed works of the late <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> and her practice traverse into all forms of conceptualized design. You name it, Zaha Hadid has probably made some sort of contribution. However, in exploring various forms of design from city plans, to furniture pieces, product design, and even jewelry, Dame Hadid's lust for creation has only deemed her and her team in spearheading the trajectory of design and architecture. Having established her product design practice in 2006, an extensive collection of projects have come through the doors of Zaha Hadid Designs.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Facade of 520 West 28th St Image &copy; ZHA</figcaption></figure>&ldquo;My product designs and architecture have always been connected. Some of our earliest projects were designs for products and interiors. These design pieces are very important to me and my team. They inspire our creativity by providing an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and through different media; an essential part of our on-going design investigation." <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Avia Chandalie...</figcaption></figure> “Quietly innovative”: A closer look at the new Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee Justine Testado 2018-11-08T18:08:00-05:00 >2018-11-08T18:08:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Placed at the heart of the historic Menil Collection in Houston, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>'s long-anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Menil Drawing Institute</a> opened to the public last Saturday. As the fifth art building to be constructed on the iconic 30-acre campus, the approximately 30,000 square-foot Menil Drawing Institute showcases the expansive drawing collection of Dominique and John Menil. Johnston Marklee collaborated with landscape architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</a> on the $40 million project.</p> <p>The Menil Drawing Institute is the first facility of its kind to be dedicated to the acquisition, study, exhibition, conservation, and storage of modern and contemporary drawings. Designed at an intimate scale, the MDI has a low-lying, elongated form that not only complements its park-like surroundings and nearby historic structures, but also signals potential future growth.</p> <p>Open for less than a week, the MDI has received generally positive reactions so far. &ldquo;[Johnston Marklee has] succeeded brilliantly, ...</p> The Brady Bunch home gets its own HGTV makeover show Alexander Walter 2018-11-07T15:10:00-05:00 >2018-11-07T18:08:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After purchasing the Brady Bunch home in August, HGTV is moving forward with plans to remodel the iconic Studio City ranch house seen in nearly every episode of the 1970s sitcom. The network announced Thursday that the home&rsquo;s overhaul has officially begun, with six original cast members and some of HGTV&rsquo;s most recognizable hosts gathering at the house to kick off renovation work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brady Bunch home</a> will return to television once again: while the midcentury house in Studio City,&nbsp;CA&nbsp;actually only served for exterior shots when the show originally aired&nbsp;in the 60s and 70s, it will now be the raison d'&ecirc;tre of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HGTV</a>'s upcoming home-makeover series,&nbsp;<em>A Very Brady Renovation</em>, the network <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> last week.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The grooviest HGTV project of the year kicked off in a big way with a very Brady renovation day.</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> HGTV</a> (@hgtv) on Nov 2, 2018 at 4:06pm PDT<br><p>"In the coming months, HGTV will execute a show-stopping transformation by adding 2,000 square feet to its original footprint&mdash;all without compromising its instantly recognizable street view," a company statement announces. "HGTV home renovation stars also will reimagine the popular show&rsquo;s interior set design, working to ensure that the final renovation results stay true to the spirit of the Brady Bunch family home that everyone loves and remembers. From the unfor...</p> Ancient ramp discovery could help explain construction of Egyptian Pyramids Alexander Walter 2018-11-06T18:48:00-05:00 >2018-11-06T18:48:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The mystery of how, exactly, the pyramids were built may have come a step closer to being unravelled after a team of archaeologists made a chance discovery in an ancient Egyptian quarry. Scientists researching ancient inscriptions happened upon a ramp with stairways and a series of what they believe to be postholes, which suggest that the job of hauling into place the huge blocks of stone used to build the monuments may have been completed more quickly than previously thought.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The theory of ancient Egyptians using ramps to move the enormous stone blocks to build the Great Pyramids of Giza some 4,500 years ago has been around for a while, but this new discovery suggests the possibility of a significantly steeper ramp angle and shorter construction period than commonly assumed.<br></p> A look back at the 60's "Minnesota Experimental City", the brainchild of South African futurist Athelstan Spilhaus Paul Petrunia 2018-11-06T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T03:37:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In proposing his prototype 21st-century city, Spilhaus correctly diagnosed many of the shortcomings of the 20th-century one. He cottoned on early to concepts such as air pollution, even speculating that it was changing the Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Minnesota Experimental City has been documented in the film&nbsp;The Experimental City. Watch the trailer below...</p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro and O'Donnell + Tuomey unveil designs for V&A East project Justine Testado 2018-11-02T16:43:00-04:00 >2018-11-05T23:56:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria &amp; Albert Museum</a> unveiled the anticipated design plans for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A East</a> project in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Scheduled to open in 2023 as part of the &pound;1.1 billion East Bank development, the project comprises of two interconnected sites: a new 5-story museum at Stratford Waterfront designed by Dublin-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Donnell +&nbsp;Tuomey Architects</a>, and the new Here East collection and research center designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio +&nbsp;Renfro</a>, with support from British architecture firm Austin-Smith:Lord.</p> <p><strong>V&amp;A&nbsp;collection and research center&nbsp;at Here East</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior rendering of the new V&amp;A collection and research center at Here East, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Pictured above is a marquetry ceiling from the now-destroyed Altamira Palace near Toledo, Spain, c.1490. &copy; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2018.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Flexible display space in the new V&amp;A collection and research center at Here East, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. &copy; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2018.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of Edgar J. Kaufm...</figcaption></figure> Zaha Hadid Architects' pays homage to Spanish-Mexican architect Félix Candela Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-02T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-11-05T13:35:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Showcasing their first exhibition in Latin America, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> creates a dazzling structural form honoring architect and engineer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F&eacute;lix Candela</a>. The Spanish-Mexican architect made several major contributions in shaping and developing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexican architecture</a>. One of his most notable contributions was the creation of thin, shell like structures made out of reinforced concrete called <em>cascarones</em>. In true Zaha Hadid fashion, the team was inspired by these structures and developed KnitCandela.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Los Manantiales, 1958 by F&eacute;lix Candela Image &copy; Gallery 400</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>KnitCandela Image &copy; Juan Pablo Allegre</figcaption></figure><p>Constructed at the&nbsp;Museo Universitario Arte Contempor&aacute;neo (MUAC) in Mexico City, the process consisted of the introduction of new computational design methods and an innovative KnitCrete <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabrication</a>. Never failing to skimp on details, the structures overall form was inspired by the the colorful and fluid forms of traditional dresses of Mexico. The combination of soft and hard materials are marrie...</p> India builds the world’s tallest statue, 4x taller than the Statue of Liberty Paul Petrunia 2018-11-01T21:07:00-04:00 >2018-11-04T07:37:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The new towering &ldquo;Statue of Unity&rdquo; in Kevadia, a tribute to Indian independence-era leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, at 597 feet is four times as tall as the Statue of Liberty.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why beautiful things make us happy (and, apparently, modernism can make us sad) Paul Petrunia 2018-11-01T18:32:00-04:00 >2018-11-02T10:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This video,&nbsp;a collaboration between&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurzgesagt</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sagmeister &amp; Walsh</a>, is part of&nbsp;their upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beauty exhibition at the MAK Vienna</a> which opened on&nbsp;October 23rd.&nbsp;</p> Occupying institutional space with light: The Illuminator Alexander Walter 2018-10-31T16:29:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T16:30:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Enter the Illuminator, a New York-based art activist collective, whose shifting membership has mastered the legal grey zone that regulates projection in public. [...] the Illuminator takes the normally stationary technology out of the classroom and onto the streets, affixing a high-powered, 12,000-lumens projector atop a van &mdash; or, when special nimbleness is required, a trolley &mdash; to ignite urban fa&ccedil;ades with political statements that are as bold as they are temporary.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Illuminator Collective.</figcaption></figure><p>For this recent <em>Urban Omnibus</em> feature,&nbsp;digital media scholar&nbsp;Eli Horwatt interviews art-activist collective&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Illuminator</a>. Since capturing the public attention with their&nbsp;Occupy-inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">99% Bat Signal</a> projection in 2011, the collective has been, quite literally, making headlines with large-scale interventions on institutional facades such as the "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We&rsquo;re all sitting ducks</a>" slogan beamed on&nbsp;the outside of the United Nations building during a Nuclear Non-Proliferation conference in 2015 as well as smaller installations like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edward Snowden hologram</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Illuminator Collective.</figcaption></figure><p>"When we project directly onto the facade of an institution whose policies and actions we stand against, we know that we are working within a set of constraints that require precise planning and rapid adaptability. We know that if they become aware of our actions, institutions will work quickly to remove any type of critical messaging from association with their buildi...</p> HENN's winning design gives the largest cultural center in Europe a makeover Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-29T19:43:00-04:00 >2018-10-30T13:35:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Gasteig, the largest cultural center in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Europe</a>, will undergo an intensive renovation and remodeling. After 30 years of use, the Gasteig will be redesigned by the team at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HENN</a>. Opening in 1984/85, the centre welcomes an estimated two million visitors annually. Originally designed by the architecture partnership of Raue, Rollenhagen, Grossmann and Lindemann,&nbsp;its red brick design may not have been a visual showstopper. However, the building's role as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Munich's</a> cultural hub is what it's revered for.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; HENN</figcaption></figure><p>Having been chosen to renovate a structural icon within the community, HENN focused on redesigning the center by introducing a new architectural element to the building. Highlighting the role of the center's interior, HENN's design proposal features a glazed bridge that focuses on uniting existing areas of the building. The transparency of the bridge creates a new visual perspective enabling the the Gasteig to open up to the city and create a welcoming feel.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior space I...</figcaption></figure> Heatherwick Studio's Coal Drops Yard opens its doors to the public Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-29T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-29T18:42:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio's</a>&nbsp;much anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coal Drops Yard</a> project opened its doors on Friday, October 26th. The London based studio transformed two heritage rail buildings from the 1850s into a lively retail district. The goal for Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, was to highlight the existing architectural elements while satisfying the new needs of a new urban development.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Luke Hayes</figcaption></figure><p>Developing into London's new creative sector, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">King's Cross</a> is already home to 67 acres of businesses, restaurants, and amazing architecture. The completion of Coal Drops Yard only adds to King's Cross' cultural presence within the city.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Hufton &amp; Crow</figcaption></figure><p>The studio artfully highlights the historical and textural details of the industrial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victorian</a> style buildings while creating a functional retail and public space. The project's main design feature are the defining gabled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roofs</a> that link two viaducts. The flowing roofs create a focal point for the space that transforms the gamb...</p> Exhibit claiming to show works by contemporary Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami faces legal action Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-26T14:16:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T14:17:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An exhibit traveling around China is facing legal action by the artists the exhibit claims to be showcasing. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According</a> to <em>Nikken Asian Review</em>, a Chinese company has been putting on pop-ups since April that have been displaying forged works meant to be by contemporary Japanese artists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yayoi Kusama</a> and Takashi Murakami. A recent iteration in Shanghai that began in mid-September has already been shut down after Kusama and her representatives were made aware of the fake works.</p> <p>Neither Kusama, who is known for her playful installations, nor Murakami, whose work blends Japanese traditional and pop culture, are claiming any involvement with the various exhibitions. Kusama&rsquo;s lawyer, Yoshifumi Onodera has said they are looking into taking legal action against the organizers who have not yet been identified. Murakami&rsquo;s attorney, Hiroshi Kamiyama, echoed this sentiment, telling reporters at the <em>Asian Review</em> that they are considering a similar response.</p> <p>As China's art market has grown into an 8...</p> “Colonizing Experiment in Surveillance Capitalism”: Privacy Expert Resigns From Google-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns Miles Jaffe 2018-10-26T12:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T12:29:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A privacy expert tasked with protecting personal data within a Google-backed smart city project has resigned as her pro-privacy guidelines would largely be ignored by participants. &ldquo;I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,&rdquo; Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, wrote in a resignation letter to Google sister company Sidewalk Labs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Smart phones, smart cars, smart cities, but smart for who?</p> Is the Embr a true personal HVAC system? Paul Petrunia 2018-10-25T13:49:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T13:41:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Five years ago we reported on a device invented by a group of students at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT</a>. This device, originally called "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wristify</a>", was a small bracelet designed to heat or cool the wearer to achieve customized comfort, regardless of the surrounding environment. Today, after a few years of R&amp;D, and with the help of a successful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a>, we have <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embr</a>, the newly designed and branded "Thermostat For Your Body".</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The original "Wristify" prototype from MIT</figcaption></figure><p>The new hardware looks like a (very) large, faceless watch. The unit itself is an aluminum heat sink with a carved fingerprint-like series of waves on the outer surface, topped with a thin button/light bar indicating the current heating/cooling status. The strap is a steel mesh bracelet, very similar to Apple's Milanese Loop watch band (or a less expensive knockoff).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>I've been trying out a review model for a few weeks, mostly testing out the cooling features since I&nbsp;live in LA. I've also given the heating feature a few opportunities t...</p> PAO completes office headquarters with a running track and suspended vegetation Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-23T16:09:00-04:00 >2018-10-24T14:01:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People's Architecture Office</a> has applied their unique approach to accessible and affordable design to the new office headquarters for the Leping Foundation. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Known for</a> creating modular buildings with portable, detachable parts, the Beijing-based studio has completed a flexible office design promoting social well-being for the equally impressive and socially conscious non-profit.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of People&rsquo;s Architecture Office, Jing Weiqi.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of People&rsquo;s Architecture Office, Jing Weiqi.</figcaption></figure><p>One of the largest funders of social entrepreneurs in China, the organization offers job training for migrant workers, supports agricultural research, is working to improve preschool education, and provides micro-financing. As for the ideal office space, the Foundation's CEO Jaff Shen says "the most important thing is to create an environment that encourages innovation in a perceptible way, where highly motivated individuals can take part in forming an environment that fosters creativity."<br></p> <p>Ho...</p> Yale student-led exhibition “A Seat at the Table” wants to spark more nuanced discussion on gender disparity in architecture Justine Testado 2018-10-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T17:29:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But instead of shying away from some of the challenges this type of work poses, the students decided to publish the results of the survey as-is, and highlight its flaws. They decided not to draw any particular conclusions from the data, and instead hope to use the exhibit as a conversation starter. &ldquo;A large part of the exhibit was trying to get a more nuanced idea of sexism. Not just sexual harassment, but other sorts of derailing that occurs within architecture schools.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Thomas Heatherwick's Vessel launches early ticket signup for spring opening Alexander Walter 2018-10-22T15:42:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T10:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you've been itching to climb that new Thomas Heatherwick-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Vessel' staircase sculpture</a> at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> development in New York City, you'll have to exercise patience first until the $150 million attraction officially opens to the public in spring 2019. <br></p> <p>To manage the anticipated crowds, the intricate 150-foot-tall steel structure will require visitors to get tickets for dedicated time slots which will become available in February. An early ticket signup form for ubereager climbers ("<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in good health and free from any physical limitations</a>") has been launched on Hudson Yard's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. <br></p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Comprised of almost 2,500 steps and standing 150 feet tall, Thomas Heatherwick&rsquo;s interactive design piece is opening to the public in Spring of 2019. Head to our story to sign up for tickets when the schedule is released in February. #HelloHudsonYards</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Hudson Yards New York</a> (@_hudsonyardsnyc) on Oct 18, 2018 at 9:32am PDT<br><p>The Ves...</p> Mecanoo's National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan celebrates grand opening Justine Testado 2018-10-19T19:22:00-04:00 >2018-11-15T16:09:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Opening night finally arrived for Taiwan's new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Kaohsiung Center&nbsp;for the Arts</a> on October 13.&nbsp;Located on a former military training base in Weiwuying Park, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>-designed building houses a&nbsp;2,236-seat Opera House, a 1,981-seat Concert Hall, a 1,210-seat Playhouse, a 434-seat Recital Hall, and an Outdoor Theater. At the heart of the building is the publicly accessible Banyan Plaza, where events can take place.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Inspired by the beauty of the local Banyan trees with their iconic canopies of leaves, the vast, undulating structure is composed of a unique skin and roof under which generous free spaces can flow,&rdquo; Mecanoo Founding Partner Francine Houben previously described.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Shawn Liu Studio.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: Shawn Liu Studio.</figcaption><br></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Photo: Shawn Liu Studio.</figcaption><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Photo: Sytze Boonstra.</figcaption><figure><br></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying).</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Ethan Lee.</figcaption></figure><p>Opening festivities began with a special ceremony featuring addresses from President of Taiwan Tsai Ing...</p> Amid the smart city trend, Santa Maria Tonantzintla​ locals in Mexico​ fear the loss of their cultural traditions Justine Testado 2018-10-18T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T18:15:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In Tonantzintla the smart cities proposal became a lightning rod for those concerned about a development that seemed to favour outsiders rather than residents...&ldquo;They are ashamed of their roots,&rdquo; [local resident Mercedes] Tecuapetla Quechol says. &ldquo;They saw something they liked in the United States or in Europe, so they want to put it here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mexican town of Santa Maria Tonantzintla is caught in the all-too-familiar situation of preserving its centuries-old customs as newer smart-city technologies are being introduced.&nbsp;While city officials and planners argued that implementing new technology intends to benefit the community, locals saw this as an attempt to westernize their town and wipe out tradition.</p> What Ikea is trying to tell us about 21st century living Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-18T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T17:29:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two years ago, the company asked thousands of people about where they felt &ldquo;most at home.&rdquo; At the time, 20% of subjects said it wasn&rsquo;t the space in which they lived. Two years later, they asked again, and found the number has risen by 15% among people who live in cities. In other words, 35% of people who live in cities don&rsquo;t feel at home in their house or apartment.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea</a>, the largest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture</a> company in the world, may know a thing or two when it comes to styling a home. However, what many Ikea consumers may not know is that alongside its holding company INGKA Holding a yearly research report is conducted studying and identifying how people live. Since 2014, the "Life at Home" report consisted of data associated with kitchen routines, morning regiments, and overall interaction within living spaces. However, both companies decided to shift from their typical report guidelines and take a more reflective, existential approach.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image from 2018 Life at Home Report &copy; Ikea</figcaption></figure><p>Instead of focusing on relationships between consumers and products, the yearly report focused on topics such as belonging, loneliness, and what it's like living in a large <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">city</a>. The report indicated that in order for individuals to feel "at home", these five emotional needs must be met: privacy, security, comfort, ownership, belonging. After surveying over 22,000 people living in 2...</p> Studio Daniel Libeskind's MO Modern Art Museum in Vilnius opens to the public Justine Testado 2018-10-18T02:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-22T12:43:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a>-designed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MO Modern Art Museum</a>&nbsp;in central Vilnius opened its doors to the public today. At 3,100 m2, the building &mdash; which is also Lithuania's largest private museum &mdash; houses nearly 5,000 never-before-seen works by Lithuanian artists from the mid-20th century to the present. Studio Libeskind teamed up with locally based Do Architects and Baltic Engineers for the project.</p> <p>Located in historic Vilnius, the museum's design pays tribute to its past and present. Its&nbsp;rectilinear exterior facade is clad in luminous white plaster as a reference to local materials in the city, according to Studio Libeskind. The minimalist facade is contrasted with a&nbsp;dramatic&nbsp;open staircase that intersects the building on a diagonal axis.</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Photo &copy; Norbert Tukaj.</figcaption><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo &copy; Norbert Tukaj.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton + Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The staircase leads to a stepped open-air terraced roof that serves as a gathering space for public performances and events. A 5-meter fully glazed, cantilevered wall provides views o...</p>