Archinect - News 2017-08-22T12:58:03-04:00 “The world is an Instagram ad” — how the social media app is influencing consumption of art and culture Justine Testado 2017-08-11T17:13:00-04:00 >2017-08-12T15:12:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Spaces like the Museum of Ice Cream and the Paul Smith Pink Wall offer a perfect setting for a highly shareable image&mdash;and that&rsquo;s it. What happens to art, or travel, or the outside world in general when taking a photograph becomes an experience itself? As photo-driven social networks continue to grow more powerful, they are both transforming boutique economies and exercising visual influence over our modern day cuisine, travel destinations, clothing labels, and makeup trends.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From museums to music festivals to that cool-looking, brightly colored wall there, this article looks into&nbsp;how image-driven social media like Instagram is increasingly changing the way people are consuming art and culture in practically identical ways.<br></p> <p>In one interesting part of the article:</p> <p>&ldquo;...these critics&rsquo; concerns get to the heart of larger questions that arise when a network of 700 million monthly active users congeals into one vaguely unified, often-sponsored aesthetic. &lsquo;Instagram is one of many arenas where professionalization, or the democratization of professionalization, is playing itself out in a very very visible way,&rsquo; [CUNY Professor Lev] Manovich said. His most recent project analyzes the brightness, saturation, and hue of Instagram photos from 81 separate cities, and he has found they&rsquo;re becoming more similar. &lsquo;We have this suggestion that visual variability is decreasing.&rsquo; The whole world is starting to look like an Instagram ad, and we are all willing participants....</p> Prewar Is So Last Year Nam Henderson 2017-04-10T16:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T23:05:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moldings, profiles, traditional cabinets &mdash; they&rsquo;re not really interested in that. They&rsquo;re really interested in something more modern and definitely more linear....Of course, paring down with such attention to detail comes at a price. Where baseboards and moldings can be used to hide uneven edges, the cleaner lines favored by millennials require more precision....Yet dramatically altering the DNA of a prewar apartment could harm its resale value</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jill Krasny highlights a growing trend among younger, buyers. They may prefer older, prewar apartments to newer, cookie cutter options, yet aren't necessarily interested in the traditional finishes and historical details. Rather they are more interested in clean lines, "gap reveal" and&nbsp;open, modern spaces.</p> Use the AIA's visualized home design survey results to keep track of emerging trends Justine Testado 2016-01-04T15:28:00-05:00 >2016-01-04T20:41:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a>&nbsp;recently revamped their AIA Home Design Trends Survey into a visual-friendly format for the 2015 findings, so this could be a handy reference tool for any home designers who want to stay on top of emerging trends that may come to the forefront in 2016. The new visual lets users quickly access charts and figures for each quarter in 2015, which focuses on a different area of home trends including "Neighborhood and Community Design", "Home and Property Design", "Home Features", and "Kitchen and Bath". The survey results also include the&nbsp;same business conditions questions for tracking purposes.</p><p>Check out the survey, archives, and more <a href="!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monthly architecture billings index</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA creates new Commission to further investigate equity in architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIAS launches survey to reassess studio culture's broken status quo</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects tell all in a global survey about the future of design competitions</a></p> Why do all hipsters look the SAME? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-23T14:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:20:36-04:00 <img src="" width="634" height="567" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is always a delay between the time a trend begins to gain traction, and the time hipsters begin following it. This delay is caused because people can't be aware of what others are deciding, in real-time. As a result, hipsters gradually realise that the trend, and the decision has been made while making the same decision separately. This leads to them gradually conforming towards what then becomes the mainstream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now, try to imagine&nbsp;"architects" instead of&nbsp;"hipster." Vertical farms? Poche? Blobs? Hedonistic urbanism? Parametric buildings? New Urbanism? Old Urbanism? Etc, etc,.</p> TV shows are great indicators of urban trends, thanks to market research and popular influence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-17T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:18:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="577" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Popular shows also are important predictors of the future of the built environment, thanks to Hollywood&rsquo;s extensive consumer research and the instant feedback to current shows, and so TV tends to reflect how we live today and, more importantly, what we aspire to tomorrow. [...] We selected the most popular of six eras that captured best how we aspired to live &ldquo;as seen on TV&rdquo; based on time period and the development pattern that was being represented.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From revolting to revolt: Why is my office this color? Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-01-09T13:50:43-05:00 <img src="" width="610" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Avocado Green,&rdquo; explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. &ldquo;And Harvest Gold.&rdquo; Those were the colors of the 70&rsquo;s, with a nice helping of brown. &ldquo;It was all so pervasive in that time,&rdquo; Eiseman says &ndash; without derision, notably. In the early eighties, the dominant color scheme was mauve, gray, and turquoise. Back then, color trends were virtually &ldquo;dictatorial,&rdquo; says Eiseman, &ldquo;everyone marched to the same drummer.&rdquo; Then, consumers revolted.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What's hot in housing trends these days? Alexander Walter 2013-04-17T19:30:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T18:25:46-04:00 <img src="" width="610" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing starts in March rose to the highest level in five years. If developers keep building at that rate, there&rsquo;d be one million new houses by the end of the year. So, what are builders building and what kind of homes do consumers want? The granite countertop of the new kitchen is like the leather interior of a new car -- a standard, special order must-have.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Canada's houses are getting smaller Archinect 2012-07-17T12:09:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T18:58:33-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Milllennials, the generation born from 1983 onwards, enjoyed a childhood free of bunkbeds or even shared bathrooms. Growing up in plush megahomes undoubtedly helped them become, in the words of one author, &ldquo;self-centred, needy, and entitled with unrealistic work expectations.&rdquo; Oddly, it also spawned a group of people patently unimpressed with backyards and breakfast nooks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>