Archinect - News 2017-08-21T20:00:40-04:00 Philip Johnson-designed Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalized in Dallas Alexander Walter 2017-01-09T21:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T01:15:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dallas police were at Cathedral of Hope [...] investigating graffiti painted onto the church&rsquo;s&nbsp;Interfaith Peace Chapel. The building was vandalized at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, CoH&rsquo;s lead pastor. [...] The spray-painted message included a Louisiana phone number and referred to a car as a &ldquo;Brown Chivy Suburbin.&rdquo; The name &ldquo;Johntion Kimbrou&rdquo; &mdash; possibly &ldquo;Kimbrow&rdquo; &mdash; was also painted on the church, along with a reference to &ldquo;kitty porn.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Image via Dallas Voice</em></p> MVVA-designed Dallas Trinity River Park to become America's largest urban nature park Alexander Walter 2016-11-29T15:16:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:42:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trinity River Park, which will be 10 times the size of Central Park in New York, will be made up of 7,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest, 2,000 acres of space between the Trinity River levees and 1,000 acres of already developed space. MVVA&rsquo;s design will build on municipal efforts to connect the river with the city. It envisions the space as a &ldquo;beautiful and naturalistic network of trails, meadows and lakes living in harmony with the river&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Results of the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at some cities revitalizing their blighted rivers</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Geographic takes a closer look at the world's great urban parks</a></li></ul> Homelessness decreased this year in the US, but increased in cities including LA Julia Ingalls 2016-11-21T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T14:34:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Accurately tracking a population that has no permanent home has always been a challenge for those who attempt to put together figures on homelessness. Many studies elect to count transients one night each year in order to create some form of consistency. Using that method, a study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that figures for homelessness seem to down overall across the nation as of January 2016, while certain cities such as Los Angeles and Washington D.C. have experienced significant upticks. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NPR</a> explains:</p><p>"But some areas bucked the trend. Washington, D.C., saw a 14.4 percent increase in homelessness, over 1,000 more people, and there were an additional 2,680 homeless people in Los Angeles County, an increase of 6.5 percent. The Dallas and Seattle areas also had big increases, 21.3 and 6.0 percent, respectively."</p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness ad...</a></li></ul> Critic Mark Lamster on the dire state of architecture in Dallas (and most other American cities) Alexander Walter 2016-04-12T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>bastardized visual language has become the de facto standard of Dallas residential architecture development. The explanation for its ever-increasing prevalence, however depressing, is fairly straightforward.&nbsp;Developers find something that&rsquo;s profitable and want to reproduce it. Risk-averse banks are happy to lend them money given their track record, at least in the short term. Architects, stuck with low budgets, tight schedules, and conservative developers, serve to please and follow convention.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But Dallas architecture shouldn&rsquo;t be a joke, and it doesn&rsquo;t have to be. A look at recent developments in Los Angeles, a historically auto-centric city faced with similar&nbsp;growth challenges,&nbsp;suggests how Dallas might break the vicious cycle in which it is mired."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Houston's architecture lack poetry?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture</a></li></ul> Part of the supercharged suburban sprawl near Dallas Nam Henderson 2015-12-28T02:06:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T02:06:41-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year, Chinese families represented for the first time the largest group of overseas home buyers in the United States. Big spenders on new homes are helping prop up local economies in the Midwest...The interest from Chinese buyers is reshaping demographics in Texas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Part II of a&nbsp;series of articles exploring how China's financial heft and economic clout influence the world, Dionne Searcy and Keith Bradsher illuminate how&nbsp;Chinese real-estate investors are driving prices and development not just for "<em>luxury condos in Manhattan and McMansions in Silicon Valley</em>" but "<em>mini-mansions</em>" in&nbsp;Plano or Corinth.</p> Maxwell Anderson Moves back to NYC and the New Cities Foundation Donna Sink 2015-09-29T13:16:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T00:27:29-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="852" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;My growing interest in how cultural districts can shape cities led me to this new, exciting opportunity in New York City.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Maxwell Anderson is returning to New York, to be Director of Grant Programs at The New Cities Foundation.&nbsp; Dallas' loss (and formerly Indianapolis' deeply felt loss) is good urbanism's gain.&nbsp; I am excited about this change in focus by someone who I know to be a great thinker.</p><p>Press release from NCF <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building." Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T07:29:10-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here is a constant refrain: Why is so much new building junk? [...] The truth is that architects don&rsquo;t have that much power. Architects don&rsquo;t design most buildings; they are designed by developers or contractors working from&nbsp;cookie-cutter plans. Perhaps an architect signs off. [...] In any number of ways&mdash;our building codes, our housing policies, our preservation statutes&mdash;we systemically encourage bad building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> Last chance to register for the Facades+ Dallas conference! Sponsor 2014-10-24T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T13:53:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facades+ Dallas</a></em>.<p>The Facades+ conference series is only one week away from holding its first event in Dallas, Texas on October 30 and 31. If you haven't registered yet, now is the time!</p><p>Presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enclos</a>, Facades+ Dallas is the ninth event in the ongoing Facades+ conference series.</p><p>With Resilience as this year's theme, the two-day event welcomes architects, engineers, developers, consultants, and all who are professionally involved in the design industry for a chance to form valuable professional connections, socialize with your peers, and learn something new from leading industry experts.</p><p>"The conference, symposium, and workshops will trace the history and evolution of facade design over the past five years, answer your questions about the performance, delivery and maintenance of sustainably built facades, and propose innovative design solutions to the dynamically changing environmental conditions we face today."</p><p><strong>For registr...</strong></p> Facades+ Dallas is happening this October. Register now! Sponsor 2014-09-12T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T12:34:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facades+ Dallas</a></em>.</p><p>Registration is now open for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facades+ Dallas</a>, happening on October 30-31, 2014. Presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enclos</a>, Facades+ Dallas is the ninth event in the ongoing Facades+ conference series and is the first time it will take place in Dallas, Texas.</p><p>With Resilience as this year's theme, the two-day event is a great opportunity to form valuable professional connections, socialize with your peers, and learn something new from leading industry experts.</p><p>Architects, engineers, developers, consultants, and all who are professionally involved in the design industry are all invited participate.</p><p>"The conference, symposium, and workshops will trace the history and evolution of facade design over the past five years, answer your questions about the performance, delivery and maintenance of sustainably built facades, and propose innovative design solutions to the dynamically changing environmental conditions we face today."</p><p>For registra...</p> Winning SKIN installation 3xLP to begin tour this Fall in Texas Justine Testado 2014-04-03T17:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:11:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 3xLP by Christopher Romano and Nicholas Bruscia won the most recent TEX-FAB SKIN Digital Fabrication competition, the installation was exhibited at TEX-FAB 5 in Austin and will travel to Houston and Dallas along with the other competition finalists this fall. The SKIN competition paired emerging design research practices with fabrication industry leaders to create innovative solutions for facade systems using digital fabrication and parametric design tools.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Results of the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge Justine Testado 2014-03-10T19:37:00-04:00 >2014-03-18T16:49:31-04:00 <img src="" width="614" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A city that is connected -- in all senses of the word -- is a good city. The finalists of the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge offered numerous solutions in how Downtown Dallas can be linked to the Trinity River. To guarantee a variety of ideas for Dallas' future development, the competition invited submissions in a Professional Stream and an Open Stream. Three Professional and 4 Open entries won.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Professional Stream finalists (selected by jury):</strong></p><p>Stoss + SHoP, Boston, MA: "HyperDensity/HyperLandscape"<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, Barcelona, Spain: Dallas: "Downtown &amp; Trinity"<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>OMA*AMO, New York, NY: "2Rivers/2Datums"<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Open Stream finalists (selected by jury and public voting):</strong></p><p>Kohki Hiranuma of Kohki Hiranuma Architect &amp; Associates, Osaka, Japan: "Forest"<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Bogdan Chipara of Constanta, Romania: Bridging<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Raik Thonig and Marius Kreft of University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas: "Baroque Forest"<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>McLain Clutter of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan: "Incentive Network"<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>For more details, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Olympics deja vu: Sochi’s Fisht Stadium vs. AT&T Stadium Archinect 2014-02-07T17:15:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:17:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fisht reproduces Cowboys signature pair of arched trusses, and shares its bulbous, hump-back shape &mdash; albeit with a wave-like articulated roof of polycarbonate. What it appears not to share, at least from the images available online, is the sensitive way Cowboys Stadium hits the ground, slanting in to minimize its bulk. Fisht is a lot more ham-fisted, flaring out and surrounded by all manner of circulatory junk.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Cowboys Stadium</em></p> KRob 2013 Winners Announced Justine Testado 2013-11-14T21:45:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T22:25:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1017" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners have just been revealed for the 39th annual KRob Architectural Delineation competition, the longest running architectural drawing competition in the world. Six winners, three juror citations, and 21 finalists were selected this year. The 2013 jury was comprised of Alex Hogrefe (founder of, sci-fi and fantasy artist Stephan Martiniere, and Perry Kulper (architect and associate professor at University of Michigan).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Just Launched: the 39th Annual KRob Architectural Delineation Competition Justine Testado 2013-09-06T20:40:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:42:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The annual KRob Architectural Delineation Competition is coming back for its 39th year. The competition was established in 1974 by the AIA Dallas Chapter and named after architect Ken Roberts who was recognized for his talent in ink perspective drawing. As the world's oldest architectural drawing competition currently in operation, KRob recognizes original works that best represent the artistic qualities of the medium in both hand-drawn and digital formats.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click on the thumbnails below to see winning images from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous KRob competitions</a> in recent years. You can also check out <a href=";subarticlenbr=207" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this article</a> by Julien Meyrat, one of the KRob competition organizers at the AIA Dallas, for an insightful read on architectural drawing.</p> Fake Comments Muddy a Debate in Dallas Archinect 2013-08-07T20:21:00-04:00 >2013-08-08T11:34:44-04:00 <img src="" width="190" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Louvers won&rsquo;t work, they reflect light too,&rdquo; he wrote in June in a blog comment on dallasnews, &ldquo;and retrofitting on a 42 story building has never been tried and the makers say they would rip off in high winds prevalent in Dallas.&rdquo; An honest opinion, except that there is no such Barry Schwarz. This post and others proved to be the work of Mike Snyder, long a fixture in the city and now a public relations executive who had been hired by the tower&rsquo;s outside law firm.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Nasher and The Ant Bully</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano's Nasher Sculpture Center controversy continues</a></p> The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the "fittingly blunt" Bush presidential library Archinect 2013-04-23T20:41:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T20:44:01-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stern's architecture is always steeped in strategic references to past landmarks; there is no doubt he knows how to send, and shape, an architectural message. And the message the front entrance to the Bush Library delivers is clear: This is a building meant to honor a particularly blunt and plain-spoken kind of political power.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The LA Time's Christopher Hawthorne holds no punches in his review of Morphosis' Perot Museum Archinect 2013-03-26T19:47:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T00:12:49-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a thoroughly cynical piece of work, a building that uses a frenzy of architectural forms to endorse the idea that architecture, in the end, is mere decoration. Mayne's design appears to put innovative architecture on a literal pedestal &mdash; or a plinth, to be exact &mdash; while actually allowing it to become peripheral, noticeably separate from the heart of the museum and its galleries.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Morphosis-designed Perot Museum of Nature and Science to open this Saturday in Dallas Archinect 2012-11-29T12:03:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T13:16:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Museums, armatures for collective societal experience and cultural expression, present new ways of interpreting the world. They contain knowledge, preserve information and transmit ideas; they stimulate curiosity, raise awareness and create opportunities for exchange. As instruments of education and social change, museums have the potential to shape our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> As our global environment faces ever more critical challenges, a broader understanding of the interdependence of natural systems is becoming more essential to our survival and evolution. Museums dedicated to nature and science play a key role in expanding our understanding of these complex systems.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park will create a distinct identity for the Museum, enhance the institution&rsquo;s prominence in Dallas and enrich the city&rsquo;s evolving cultural fabric. Designed to engage a broad audience, invigorate young minds, and ins...</p> Renzo Piano's Nasher Sculpture Center controversy continues Archinect 2012-11-26T19:14:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:15:41-05:00 <img src="" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year both parties met to begin working toward some sort of solution. Negotiations soon turned sour; squabbles ensued. The tower people wanted the museum to modify its roof. The museum replied by saying, essentially, "we were here first." Tom Luce, a local lawyer and civic leader, agreed to act as a mediator. Late last month he stepped aside in frustration. Only 15 of the 126 apartments (priced at $1.3 million to $4.5 million, not including the $20 million penthouse) have sold.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Nasher and The Ant Bully</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> The Nasher and The Ant Bully Gregory Walker 2012-04-23T13:57:00-04:00 >2012-04-25T13:34:22-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="946" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;One of the things that may come out of the study is that the design of those cones [the north-facing oculi] may have inadvertently or in some other way, you know, turned out to actually have reflections coming in when Renzo sold you a bill of goods that said it wouldn&rsquo;t.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s how Criswell remembers the exchange weeks later.... He is clearly proud that he stood up to Strick, a man who, he says, isn&rsquo;t accustomed to having people talk back. And he&rsquo;s proud that he insulted Renzo Piano."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=",8-L-271173-13.jpg"></p> <p> Great story on the creation of the new Museum Tower in Dallas, which is baking the very district it's meant to be an anchor for...</p> Calatrava’s Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas Opens to Traffic today Alexander Walter 2012-03-29T14:27:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T17:06:16-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration was the debut of Dallas&rsquo; newest architectural icon connecting Downtown Dallas to West Dallas over the Trinity River. More than 40,000 people attended the opening celebrations from Friday through Sunday, March 2-4, when it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk, run and party on the bridge and toast the best new view in town. The bridge, Santiago Calatrava&rsquo;s first vehicular bridge in the United States, will officially be opened to traffic this evening.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>