Archinect - News 2017-08-23T17:36:51-04:00 Harvard withdraws acceptance offers from students who created offensive memes Julia Ingalls 2017-06-06T12:36:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T18:40:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Students sent each other memes and other images mocking sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children, according to screenshots of the chat obtained by The Crimson. Some of the messages joked that abusing children was sexually arousing, while others had punchlines directed at specific ethnic or racial groups. One called the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child &ldquo;pi&ntilde;ata time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ten students who managed to beat out nearly 38,000 others to gain admission to Harvard lost their chance to attend the university after sharing offensive online memes in a private Facebook chat. After discovering the memes, which ironically were traded over a platform designed by a former alumnus over a decade ago, the College withdrew the students' offers of admission, upholding the institution's strong commitment to ethics. &nbsp;</p> New York State Man Faces Up to 15 Years for Practicing Architecture Without Being Licensed or Registered Nicholas Korody 2017-04-21T12:28:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T07:46:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul J. Newman, 49, is the president of Cohesion Studios. He&rsquo;s also facing charges in three counties for pretending to be an architect. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According</a> to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Newman worked on numerous housing projects in the Capital Region despite being neither licensed nor registered. He is accused of defrauding construction companies, business owners and municipalities.&nbsp;</p><p>Discovered through an investigation dubbed &ldquo;Operation Vandelay Industries&rdquo;, Newman allegedly drafted architectural renderings for over 100 properties, as well as foundation inspections, field reports, energy compliance certificates and engineer letters. On each, he signed as a registered and license architect, using a forged New York State Registered Architect Stamp or Professional Engineer Stamp. Among his alleged victims are municipal governments and senior living facilities.&nbsp;</p><p>These are serious charges: Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, nine counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, one co...</p> Seized “Skopje 2014” documents could lead to criminal investigation Justine Testado 2016-10-20T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-11-01T23:56:12-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Documents that Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, seized on Tuesday with a court order from the Culture Ministry refer to a million-euros-worth tender to build the Museum of VMRO and Macedonian Struggle for Independence...The SJO [...] says it will reveal the start of two new investigations. If one refers to "Skopje 2014", it will be the first-ever serious criminal investigation into this costly project which, according to BIRN&rsquo;s database, has cost 667 million euros already.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Balkan Insight reports that&nbsp;the hefty&nbsp;&euro;667 million+ price tag (approx. $730 million+) of the grandiose revamp &ldquo;was mainly due to the signing of 123 contracts with firms and individuals for its construction, many of which were annexes to the original contract.&rdquo;</p><p>Balkan Investigative Reporting Network's database:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skopje 2014 Uncovered</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Macedonians protest to protect modernism</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch</a></p> Geoff Manaugh's "A Burglar's Guide to the City" headed to TV Julia Ingalls 2016-10-04T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T00:21:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>CBS has given a put pilot commitment to "A Burglar's Guide to the City," a television series based off the book by BLDGBLOG founder&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh</a>, who interviewed former bank robbers like&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joe Loya</a> to explore the role of architecture in crime, and the corresponding shifts in privacy in both the physical and virtual realms. An article by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deadline</a> describes the thrust of the series thusly:</p><p>"Written by Grellong<em>, A Burglar&rsquo;s Guide to the City</em>&nbsp;centers on a team of modern-day Robin Hoods, led by a brilliant architect with a troubled past. They use their unique skills to gain access to any stronghold in order to steal from rich criminals and give to those who have been wronged by a corrupt system."&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to our conversation with Geoff about the book, recorded earlier this year:</p><p></p><p>For more on the intersection between architecture and Hollywood:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Print #45: Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce interviews "The Wire" actor Bob Wisdom for LA Forum's Summer Issue</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" opens LEED-platinum housing complex...</a></li></ul> Architecture in the age of transparent hostility Alexander Walter 2016-06-27T15:14:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T15:49:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the growing trend towards hostile architecture now openly admitting its political incentives, are we in an age of transparent hostility? [...] Whereas other instances of hostile architecture are marked by their deliberate obscurity, the Camden Bench was developed, constructed and deployed in plain sight, making it an all too visible reminder of persistent negligence, raising the question: will hostile architecture become an accepted feature of the built environment?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of paranoia</a></li></ul> Stahl House documentary plagued by extortion, suicide, and lawsuits Julia Ingalls 2016-05-19T16:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:11:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Los Angeles Business Journal reports in this week's issue that the filmmaker, Steven Slomkowski, sought to get out of the project after the suicide of Mark Stahl, one of three siblings who control the property, also renowned in architecture lore as Case Study Home #22. Slomkowski sued in 2014, alleging that the surviving siblings, Bruce and Shari Stahl, got cold feet over depictions of Mark and their late father, Buck. The Stahls countersued...</p></em><br /><br /><p>When it's not involved in documentary-driven legal feuds, the iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stahl House</a> frequently serves as a backdrop for a variety of fictional films, including Atom Egoyan's "Where The Truth Lies," and "Galaxy Quest:"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the intersection between architecture and cinema:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Dessau Bauhaus" documentary now available on YouTube</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaud&iacute;'s towering basilica</a></li></ul> The architecture of burglary is increasingly virtual Julia Ingalls 2016-03-31T18:29:00-04:00 >2016-03-31T21:00:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buildings and burglars are intertwined in the mind of Mr. Manaugh, whose nonfiction book arrives Tuesday from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fascinated by bandits who smash through walls, crawl up air ducts and tunnel through floors, the author wanted to explore their singular approach to architecture as a force to be abused, outsmarted and escaped.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an era of cybercrime, do burglars miss the architectural beauty of the traditional brick and mortar break-in? Well, yeah, according to author Geoff&nbsp;Manaugh. In an era where break-ins are more about clearing digital walls and hacking into people's identities than using diamond-tipped drills to penetrate hidden vaults, the bad old-fashioned vocation of physical burglary is the latest casualty of digital disruption. Ironically, many of the contemporary light-fingered must now worry about carpal-tunnel syndrome.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the intersection of crime and architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Examining the spatial crime of burglary</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Romanian Andy Pascali arrived at holiday home to find it had disappeared</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breaking Out and Breaking In</a></li></ul> What are the world's most violent cities? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-30T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T13:16:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="484" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The thorny task of comparing crime rates across the world is tricky because legal interpretations vary. Sweden's definition of rape is not the same as America&rsquo;s, for example. Murder however should be easier to record because there is an identifiable victim, something that can be counted. But the way in which this is done in poorer, often more corrupt countries makes truly comparable statistics hard to pin down. Where there are inefficient public health systems or police, it is even harder.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Latin American and Caribbean countries suffer disproportionately compared with elsewhere, mainly because of inequality, poor rule of law, impunity and corrupt institutions that are infiltrated by drug cartels. Only two countries outside the region feature on either chart,&nbsp;South Africa and the United States (the list&rsquo;s only rich-world country)."</em></p><p>The article notes the difficulty of accurately ranking cities based on crime statistics; this chart is a revision of an earlier one. But the overall picture remains the same: the world's most violent cities are in the Americas, with the one notable exception being Cape Town, South Africa. The statistics exclude war zones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on crime and the city, take a look at some Archinect articles from the archive:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Un-haunting a house: the art of selling a building with a grisly past</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting o...</a></li></ul> Examining the spatial crime of burglary Justine Testado 2015-08-12T19:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:48:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="872" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Burglary is a spatial crime: its very definition requires architecture...Indeed, burglary's architectural interest comes not from its ubiquity, but from its unexpected, often surprisingly subtle misuse of the built environment. Burglars approach buildings differently, often seeking modes of entry other than doors and approaching buildings&mdash;whole cites&mdash;as if they're puzzles waiting to be solved or beaten.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House</a></p><p><a title="Architecture of paranoia" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of paranoia</a></p><p><a title="Curbing violence through better architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbing violence through better architecture</a></p><p><a title="Singapore's Sterile Authoritarianism" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore's Sterile Authoritarianism</a></p> Dean George Ranalli in Sexual Harassment Probe Terreform 2015-08-03T00:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T12:10:09-04:00 <img src="" width="555" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>George Ranalli, 68, who has helmed the Spitzer School of Architecture since 1999, offered Ariella Campisi a ride home after the faculty holiday party at the Smoke Jazz &amp; Supper Club in December 2013, Campisi claims in a Manhattan federal-court lawsuit. Campisi, now 23, was there because she worked part-time as an office assistant for the architecture school.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sad day for CUNY Architecture.&nbsp;</p> £200,000 disappears at UK charity Article 25, book keeper arrested Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-18T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-20T13:05:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Article 25&rsquo;s office manager and book keeper Scott William Golding has been charged with fraud and false accounting after &pound;200,000 went missing from the charity&rsquo;s accounts</p></em><br /><br /><p>Article 25, a UK charity that helps provide shelters in disadvantaged communities worldwide, had its future thrown into question in June, when &pound;200,000 of its funds (equivalent to approximately $312,060) were found to be missing. This past Tuesday, Article 25&rsquo;s book keeper and office manager, Scott William Golding, was arrested in conjunction with the lost funds, and is being charged with &ldquo;fraud and false accounting&rdquo;.</p><p>In response, the nearly ten-year-old charity is rallying to &ldquo;tighten up&rdquo; its financial management. The arrest coincided with the charity&rsquo;s annual fundraising effort, which met its goal, and Article 25 does not plan to stop its projects while investigation is ongoing. Article 25, named after the right to habitable shelters as decreed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has collaborated with local governments, NGOs and charity programs for a variety of scaled projects all around the world, often in response to disaster scenarios. It was founded in 2006 by&nbsp;former...</p> The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen Archinect 2015-01-06T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T11:30:43-05:00 <img src="" width="634" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A couple who spent $35,000 building a tiny house-on-wheels to live an eco-friendly life were stunned to find their home-to-be had been towed away by thieves. Casey Friday and his wife Jessica spent two and a half years building the house themselves from the raw materials so they could reduce their environmental impact. The 650sqft home... could run on rainwater, compost its waste and get by on 'very little' electricity - but was purloined from its custom-paved driveway in Spring Branch, Texas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime? Archinect 2014-12-19T13:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:22:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ATF national response team, at the end of its investigation, reaches one of three conclusions &ndash; incendiary, accidental, or undetermined. Given Thursday&rsquo;s conclusion that the fire was determined to be "incendiary," or deliberately set, local authorities will probably launch an arson investigation to identify those responsible for the blaze.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></p><p></p> Medellín made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:22:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Medell&iacute;n has gained much attention for its urban transformation &mdash; and the escalators, which won several international prizes for innovation, make up one of the most striking projects. [...] But are the escalators making any real economic or social impact in the neighborhood? To find out, I spent three months in Medell&iacute;n talking with people in Comuna 13 about what has and hasn&rsquo;t changed here.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Romanian Andy Pascali arrived at holiday home to find it had disappeared Archinect 2014-07-21T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T14:35:36-04:00 <img src="" width="634" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He said the property that he had inherited from his parents who had built it in 1986 had also been fully furnished with a brand-new fitted kitchen and bathroom. He added: 'I had been worried about thieves maybe breaking in and stealing the television or something, and so I put a barbed wire fence up around the house for added security. But they stole that as well.'</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:09:10-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask almost any of the local architects in this Mexican border town and they will tell you Tijuana has become a hotbed of building activity. The growing demand for designer homes, they say, is being driven primarily by Tijuana natives returning to the city... Most of the developments in Tijuana are for upper-middle-class families ... but the spare designs and basic building materials, especially concrete, used by Mr. Medina and others make it possible for more residents to have designed homes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Texas to require architects be fingerprinted, starting January 1st, 2014 Archinect 2013-12-11T12:43:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T12:59:40-05:00 <img src="" width="630" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So what happens if an architect in good professional standing is revealed to have a minor crime on his record due to being fingerprinted? Could he lose his license, despite the quality of his work? The TBAE absolutely reserves that right.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The requirement applies not just to new applicants, but also to licensed architects seeking to have their registrations renewed. Violators face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in which they are not in compliance with the new law. Currently only one other state (Massachusetts) even runs criminal background checks on architects. Now Texas is upping the ante.</p> Lahore authorities battle to restore splendour of ancient Walled City Archinect 2013-06-04T17:19:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T17:19:51-04:00 <img src="" width="627" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Walled City's gardens and squares are now obscured by illegal shops and businesses, the skyline cluttered by unplanned tenements and bundles of cables. For many of the 200,000 inhabitants crammed into these 4sq km, a fraction of Lahore's 7m population, drinking water is a rarity. But last month the new Walled City of Lahore Authority met for the first time. The body oversees the ambitious plan to restore the past glory of the city's oldest neighbourhood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vandalism at the Louvre Lens references "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth" group Archinect 2013-02-08T20:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-09T15:30:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The woman wrote &ldquo;AE911&rdquo; on the bottom right-hand corner of the painting before she was challenged by a security guard and a visitor. A Louvre conservation expert cleaned off the writing yesterday and the unharmed painting will be on show to the public once again this morning. &ldquo;AE911Truth&rdquo; is the name of a website for Architects &amp; Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group which claims that the official version of the terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington on 11 September 2001 is a cover-up.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect accused in firefighter's death to face trial Archinect 2012-11-30T12:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-03T14:57:40-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A German architect charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a veteran firefighter last year will next appear in court Dec. 12, authorities say. A judge ruled Wednesday that Gerhard Becker will face trial in the case. Prosecutors allege he negligently installed outdoor fireplaces at his Hollywood Hills home, a decision they say ultimately led to the death of firefighter Glenn Allen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect charged for the death of a firefighter</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA|LA Statement on Tragic Death of LA Firefighter</a><br> &nbsp;</p> Narquitectura: Inside the Fortified Palaces of Mexico's Drug Lords Archinect 2012-10-23T13:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T15:01:07-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A gangster lives a fast, dangerous life &mdash; especially Mexico's brutal narco-chieftains. Just look at their houses. With the prospect of death never far away and plenty of money to burn, it makes sense to spend lavishly on a mansion &mdash; especially a fortified one. The locals have a term for the style: narquitectura.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> koolhaas kunsthall in art-house caper Gregory Walker 2012-10-16T15:29:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T18:59:03-04:00 <img src="" width="390" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. "Those thieves got one hell of a haul," said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.</p></em><br /><br /><p> thieves broke into rem koolhaas' iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kunsthal</a> building in Rotterdam early Tuesday, making off with a number of paintings. while details of the break-in have not been disclosed yet, the collection that the paintings were a part of were being displayed in public for the first time.</p> <p> i wonder what kind of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">narrative</a> koolhaas would write about this one...</p> Stolen lettering from Wright's Unity Temple re-created, restored Archinect 2012-07-06T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-06T17:47:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Soon after the September 2010 theft, leaders of the Unitarian Universalist church and the restoration foundation assembled a team of architects, Wright scholars and others to help design precise replicas of the letters and determine how to attach them to the structure. After extensive research, replicas were crafted and installed in May. As shiny as experts believe the originals looked when the church was dedicated in 1909, the new letters look brighter than the stolen ones...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Studio Visit: Takeshi Miyakawa Archinect 2012-06-12T17:54:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T17:54:48-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being takent to the precinct in Greenpoint, Takeshi used his one telephone call to contact, not a lawyer, but the office of Rafael Vinoly, as he was working on a project for them. But at 7AM, the only person around to answer the phone was a security guard. Takeshi proceeded to calmly dispense instructions for a project that was supposed to occur later that day. After jotting everything down, the guard &ndash; presumably confused and slightly bewildered &ndash; asked if Takeshi needed any help.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Takeshi Miyakawa, as you may recall, was recently arrested for his art installation that was mistaken as a planted bomb in NYC. Spoon &amp; Tamago visits him in his studio to discuss his 5 days in jail, Milton Glaser, some new works as well as his current feelings about NY.</p> The Architecture of Juvenile Detention in America Archinect 2012-04-11T11:45:00-04:00 >2017-04-23T15:36:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="983" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On any given night in the U.S., there are approximately 60,500 youth confined in juvenile correctional facilities or other residential programs. Photographer Richard Ross has spent the past five years criss-crossing the country photographing the architecture, cells, classrooms and inhabitants of these detention sites.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AIA|LA Statement on Tragic Death of LA Firefighter Archinect 2012-02-28T17:35:00-05:00 >2012-03-04T08:38:10-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week's LA Times article, "Architect of Hollywood Hills mansion damaged in fire, is charged in firefighter's death," stirred discussion, particularly among architects, as the individual who designed the home was not a licensed architect. Aside from requesting that the LA Times retract the word "architect" from the article, the [AIA|LA], in conjunction with [AIACC] Executive Vice President, Paul Welch, Hon. AIA, have released the following statement...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect charged for the death of a firefighter</a></p> <p> Statement from AIA|LA...</p> <p> Editor,</p> <p> The recent Los Angeles Times article concerning the negligent activities of an individual purporting to be an architect, and how those activities resulted in the tragic death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen, serve to remind us all that the profession of architecture is about much more than aesthetics.</p> <p> The profession of architecture is carefully regulated in the state of California by the California Architects Board (CAB). While the title of "architect" is easily understood by the public, unfortunately, we find many examples of misuse of the term. Despite the Los Angeles Police Department, Fire Department, Building Department, and District Attorney's Office identifying Gehard Albert Becker as an architect, and Mr. Becker identifying himself an architect, a query of the California Architects Board's (CAB) records confirms that Mr. Becker is not, nor was he ever, licensed to p...</p> Breaking Out and Breaking In Archinect 2012-01-25T15:09:00-05:00 >2012-01-25T15:12:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Breaking Out and Breaking In is an exploration of the use and misuse of space in escapes and heists, where architecture is the obstacle between you and what you're looking for.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Redlining 2.0: Microsoft App Would Help You Avoid Blighted Areas—And Keep Them Blighted Archinect 2012-01-19T20:37:00-05:00 >2012-01-25T10:46:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steering pedestrians away from neglected areas only prolongs their &ldquo;ghetto&rdquo; status, denying the attention needed to fill storefronts with businesses and populate streets with enough people to counteract crime. Making it visible to outsiders, on the other hand, can call attention to a neighborhood&rsquo;s potential and allow it to move away from stagnation and blight.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pinkberry co-founder/ex-architect is arrested after brutally attacking homeless man Archinect 2012-01-19T17:50:00-05:00 >2012-01-22T23:39:50-05:00 <img src="" width="635" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The co-founder of Pinkberry frozen yogurt attacked a homeless man with a tire iron after the panhandler flashed a sexually provocative tattoo in his direction, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. Lee and the other man chased and beat the homeless man, according to witnesses. The homeless man required hospitalization with a broken left forearm and cuts on his head.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rape victim sues architect, contractor Archinect 2011-11-23T20:02:13-05:00 >2011-11-29T09:35:32-05:00 <img src="" width="534" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The victim, who was 17 at the time, suffered brain damage in the attack, is blind, and can't eat, walk or stand up without help. In the suit filed Nov. 14 in Hillsborough County, her family says the design and construction of the library, built in 2005, contributed to the attack.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>