Archinect - News 2017-10-20T10:36:26-04:00 Swedish train gets officially named "Trainy McTrainface" Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-19T17:11:00-04:00 >2017-10-19T20:37:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s happened again. A public vote to name four trains running between the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg has resulted in one of the four being called Trainy McTrainface in an echo of the name chosen by the British public for the new polar research vessel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, the British public voted to name its new polar research vessel "Boaty McBoatface"&mdash;a decision that the British government quickly overturned in favor of the less comical name "RRS Sir David Attenborough."</p> <p>Hopefully,&nbsp;Boaty McBoatface's legacy will live on in Sweden, where the public voted to name one of its trains, running between Stockholm and Gothenburg, "Trainy McTrainface" </p> <p>"We saw pretty quickly that Trainy McTrainface was in the lead in the popular option. There was a bit of international attention on the vote, and I imagine that some people were quite delighted to get some revenge for the Boaty McBoatface thing," said&nbsp;Swedish rail company MTR&nbsp;marketing chief Peter Nasfi. </p> <p>Proving to have a better sense of British humor than the UK government, neither the train company, nor the Swedish government, repealed the popular vote.</p> Bro, Do You Even Quoin? A conversation with McMansion Hell's Kate Wagner Archinect 2017-07-13T16:41:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T11:41:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>On this week's episode we&rsquo;re joined with Kate Wagner, the author of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McMansion Hell</a>, a blog that balances serious essays on architecture and urbanism, with brilliantly funny analysis of the absurd trends in American suburban architecture. Kate has recently emerged, triumphantly, from a widely publicized threat from Zillow to stop using their imagery. As reported on Archinect recently, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zillow withdrew their legal threats</a> after the Electronic Frontier Foundation responded on behalf of Kate, and McMansion Hell is back in business, with a larger following than ever.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>A taste of what McMansion Hell offers</figcaption></figure><p>Listen to "Bro, Do You Even Quoin?":</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul>... Comedy meets architecture as Michael Ian Black chats with Deborah Berke Julia Ingalls 2017-04-06T12:18:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:21:31-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Although certain architects have attempted&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to inject humor into the profession</a>, architecture is generally not known for its slapstick and wry timing, which makes the pairing of interviewer Michael Ian Black (formerly of classic comedy show <em>The State</em>) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke</a> just...unusual, but great. You can listen to their talk about the role of architecture in everyday life&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>While you're at it, take a listen to Archinect's podcast conversation with Deborah Berke...</p><p></p> Sadar + Vuga declare, "Humor is a rare quality in architecture" in a new documentary on the influential Slovenian firm Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T18:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T18:36:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Rejecting self-serious notions in favor of playful, experimental, and bold architecture, Slovenian architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadar + Vuga</a> have made a name themselves in the twenty-one years since they founded their practice.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Sadar+Vuga&rsquo;s Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC) in Slovenia</em></a></p><p>One of the few firms to openly state that their work is "intentionally imperfect and awkward, robust, and ambiguous," Sadar + Vuga's work is now profiled in a documentary entitled "Sadar + Vuga XX." Watch the trailer below.&nbsp;</p><p><em>From the architects...</em></p><p>Focus of Sadar+Vuga XX documentary by director Damjan Kozole is the design process behind one of the most influential Slovenian architectural studios of the new generation, Sadar+Vuga.</p><p>The documentary Sadar+Vuga XX explores the production and communication of the Slovenian architectural firm Sadar+Vuga established by Jurij Sadar and Bo&scaron;tjan Vuga in Ljubljana in 1996. Individual reflections and talks with Slovenian and foreign architects, architectural critics and policy-makers, co...</p> “Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump” — the verdict is in Justine Testado 2016-10-10T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:48:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Architects around the globe got to show some Internet meme-worthy snark in Reality Cues' latest installment, the &ldquo;Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump&rdquo; ideas competition. Based on Donald Trump's xenophobic plans to make the historically controversial U.S./Mexico border wall into a reality, the charrette invited architects to do one thing: Design a wall that separates Mr. Trump from the rest of the U.S.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few of the top entries:</p><p>First Runner Up: Taco Truck Block Party by Rajiv Fernandez</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Second Runner Up: The Future is Bleak by Rob Anderson</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Honorable Mention: Cleansing the Earth by Aly Perez</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Honorable Mention: Shhhh, Don't Tell Richard by Daniel Rogers</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>(cover image)&nbsp;Best Overall Image: FIREWALL - You're Fired...Just Kidding, You're Stuck Here Forever! by Zachary Wilson</p><p>Find the rest of the winning submissions <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design a wall that separates Trump from the U.S. in this call for ideas</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin's tempestuous relationship with Donald Trump</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client</a></p><p><a title="The Problem With Designing Trump&rsquo;s Border Wall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Problem With Designing Trump&rsquo;s Border Wall</a></p> You can buy Leonardo DiCaprio's beachfront home for $10M — but will it alleviate the crushing weight of existence? Nicholas Korody 2016-09-21T14:18:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:27:38-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio's Malibu dream house hit the market on Friday, listing for $10.95 million. Leo purchased the midcentury California bungalow... back in 1998, and the three bed, two bath home is a beaut. It's on star-studded Carbon Beach, the views are killer, and the interiors are gorgeous. But the truth is, life is probably meaningless and there is a strong chance that we all die alone. Could buying this house change any of that?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>LAist: Hi! Love the house!! Just a few questions. Albert Camus once said "At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman." This house is obviously super beautiful&mdash;do you think there is anything inhuman about that beauty?</em></p><p><em>Redfin: Um, wow, that wasn't the question I was expecting. I think with this house in particular, with where it sits especially, it's an absolutely breathtaking home. I do not think there is anything inhuman about this house. I think it's a representation of the oceanfront property that it sits on.</em></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p>For more on the intersections between architecture and celebrities, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Accusing architects of prioritizing looks over feel&mdash;Moby edition</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Table-flipping 'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice and the world of architectural billing</a></li></ul> The Onion takes on the 'Tiny House' movement Nicholas Korody 2016-08-16T17:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T23:12:54-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Onion has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">once again</a> skewered an architectural trend, this time honing in on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'pro's and con's' of tiny houses</a>, aka 'micro-houses'. Pro's include: "paints inability to afford a real home as positive life choice"; "allows you to live the simple life your ancestors did everything in their power to escape"; and "4&rsquo;-by-3&rsquo; velvet Allman Brothers Band poster gets the decorating job done on its own" among others. Meanwhile, the con's include: "anxious pacing route severely restricted"; "lack of diversity in a neighborhood composed entirely of other people whose novels didn&rsquo;t sell"; and "have to live there".</p><p>Desperate for more laughs? Follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;&#8203;Denver is &ldquo;Baroque-a-colas&rdquo; and &ldquo;CAD-itecture&rdquo; galore</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Famous architects flipping the bird</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany</a></li></ul> Denver is “Baroque-a-colas” and “CAD-itecture” galore Justine Testado 2016-04-20T16:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:04:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>If Donald Trump were a building, he&rsquo;d be Baroque-a-cola: It&rsquo;s bombastic, pretentious, clumsy, tacky and absolutely over the top, just like he is. Most Baroque-a-cola structures are in the form of showy townhouses or McMansions, but downtown Denver has been unlucky enough to have witnessed the erection of several high-rises of the type...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Denver does have its historic architectural gems, but several recent developments in the city have been dull, if not straight-up hideous (What's with all the random patches of brick?). Writer Michael Paglia dives into Denver's &ldquo;sea of awful architecture&rdquo; and lists the city's &ldquo;Hateful Eight&rdquo; buildings.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Denver is failing at Good Design</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></p> 300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever Justine Testado 2015-08-07T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T12:47:38-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Comedy troupe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultivated Wit</a> takes a humorous jab at megaprojects, outlandish crowdsourcing, and how much San Franciscans loathe Burning Man in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cheeky mock campaign</a> that would support the construction of a 300-mile wall around the Bay Area to keep Burners out, forever. And all at a reasonable cost of $7 billion. Set up like a Kickstarter page, Cultivated Wit's MegaGoGo &mdash; "the funding platform for large-scale infrastructure"&mdash; is complete with those much-needed backer rewards and a satirical campaign video.</p><p>The host of the campaign video details the world-changing benefits of a Burner-wall: "We can make a whole new way of life, as long as we just adhere to a couple principles, like inclusion. If this project is anything, it's about bringing people together &mdash; together to lock people out...We've got to be mindful of the environment. That's why we can't leave a single trace, aside from the giant wall."</p><p>You can check out the entire video below.</p><p></p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Famous architects flipping the bird Archinect 2014-10-28T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-12-08T18:53:45-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It was just a matter of time before this Tumblr emerged... feeding off the buzz of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry losing his cool</a> the other day, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Supporting Frank Owen Gehry</a>"</p> US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany Archinect 2014-06-23T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:13:28-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>On Friday afternoon, a young American in T&uuml;bingen had to be rescued by 22 firefighters after getting trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina. The Chac&aacute;n-Pi (Making Love) artwork by the Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara has been outside T&uuml;bingen University's institute for microbiology and virology since 2001 and had previously mainly attracted juvenile sniggers rather than adventurous explorers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Trump City Nam Henderson 2014-06-18T21:30:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T00:00:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"I got to say Chicago I think this is on you. Did you not think Donald Trump was going to put his name on the building you let him build? It's what he does. Have you been to New York? Or, as you'd think it would be called from the buildings, 'New Trump City'"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last night, John Stewart weighed in on the clash between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and&nbsp;&nbsp;Donald Trump.</p><p></p> If We Talked About Architecture Like We Talk About Writing Archinect 2014-05-14T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:06:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Where do you get your ideas for buildings?&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh, I could never do what you do &mdash; you know, get up in the morning and go to my job and do my job there.&rdquo; &ldquo;Sometimes I feel like I have a building in me.&rdquo; &ldquo;What&rsquo;s your favorite building to re-look at?&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh, I&rsquo;d love to design an office complex, but I&rsquo;m just so busy.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Everyone’s an architect: 11 jobs common only in romantic comedies Archinect 2014-02-10T21:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:31:59-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Lonely male architects star in The Lake House (Keanu Reeves), The Last Kiss (Zach Braff), Three To Tango (Matthew Perry), Sleepless In Seattle (Tom Hanks), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Luke Wilson), Love Actually (Liam Neeson), Just Like Heaven (Mark Ruffalo), and It&rsquo;s Complicated (Steve Martin)&mdash;apparently, architecture is a good cipher for &ldquo;sensitive, but not girly.&rdquo; Few of those men ever worry about the job market...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ten new year's resolutions for architects in 2014 Archinect 2014-01-10T12:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-10T14:35:35-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Remember that buildings shouldn't burn things, windows should let in light and copying others is fine &ndash; but just try not to annoy the skateboarders</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture Justine Testado 2013-12-20T14:29:00-05:00 >2015-02-07T14:04:57-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Participants in Reality Cues' cheeky Eco-Porn Competition got to have some fun with the green architecture trend. But since there weren't enough submissions to go through with the full judging process, only Honorable Mentions were given.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a handful of the entries that piqued our interest:<br><br><strong>Floramorphism: Bloominating Inorganic Objects by BanG studio &ndash; Babak Bryan &amp; Henry Grosman</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>If Robert Moses had his way in 1941&hellip; by Ida Tam</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Tower of Babel by Feliks Bochenek</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>The Green Roof Trope by Eric Karasek</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Zaha Hadid Says Al Wakrah World Cup Stadium Doesn't Resemble Vagina Archinect 2013-11-25T12:05:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T17:45:31-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid, the world&rsquo;s best-known female architect, is none too pleased with critics like Jon Stewart, who have mocked her Al Wakrah Stadium&mdash;designed with AECOM for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar&mdash;and likened her to the &ldquo;Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe of things you can walk inside.&rdquo; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this,&rdquo; Hadid tells TIME exclusively. &ldquo;What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That&rsquo;s ridiculous.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unnecessary Muffness; Jon Stewart discusses Zaha's "f**kable buildings"</a></p> Penis church, vagina stadium: Can genital-shaped architecture really be accidental? Archinect 2013-11-23T12:00:00-05:00 >2013-11-23T17:07:34-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"Sometimes,&rdquo; wrote Charles Lindbergh in his 1953 flight memoir, The Spirit of St. Louis, &ldquo;the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.&rdquo; And sometimes, it looks like a bunch of genitals.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Recently: <a href="" target="_blank">Unnecessary Muffness; Jon Stewart discusses Zaha's "f**kable buildings"</a></p> 15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children Archinect 2013-04-08T13:36:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T22:55:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Do you know what I love more? My children. And that is why I will never live in my MCM dream home. Because mid-century modern architecture is designed to KILL YOUR CHILDREN. (Also, moderately clumsy or drunk adults).</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Red arrows show the direction of travel of children&rsquo;s bodies</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>It is pretty certain that none of these children reached adulthood intact.</em></p> Cutty Sark wins award as worst new building in Britain Archinect 2012-09-13T13:37:00-04:00 >2012-10-20T14:33:28-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The architects, Grimshaw, have taken something delicate and beautiful and surrounded it with a building that looks like a 1980s bus station. Clumsy and ineptly detailed, their new glass greenhouse around the Cutty Sark totally ruins her thrilling lines, obscures much of her exquisite gilding and cynically forces anyone who actually wants to see her to pay their &pound;12 and go inside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ask The Concept Of Phenomenology In Architecture As Developed By The Norwegian Theorist Christian Norberg-Schulz Archinect 2012-06-12T13:46:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T13:48:42-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Architecture (insofar as architecture is an art) should contain within it the potential for the revelation of that which is unknown. Changes in our physical environment, particularly in the structure of our cities following the Second World War, have resulted in a loss of a sense of place, as well as a subsequent "empty space" within our perceived experience of our world. This can only be remedied by a renewed sense of human settlements as urban foci...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Onion has an advice columnist! Found via Archinect member <i>The Great Northern</i> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this discussion thread</a>.</p> Secret features of Apple's new headquarters. Paul Petrunia 2011-06-13T12:05:20-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>One ring to rule them all</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>