Archinect - News 2017-10-22T09:56:46-04:00 NY Construction Alliance pushes for mandatory drug/alcohol testing on all NYC construction sites Justine Testado 2017-05-11T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T13:06:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Construction Alliance</a> is urging City Council to consider mandatory drug and alcohol testing on all New York City construction sites.&nbsp;</p><p>NYCA president Kenneth Thomas recently made the following statement:</p><p><em>&ldquo;New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) is committed to worksite safety and our members take proactive steps to prevent substance abuse-related incidents. In fact, our members already engage in proactive random drug tests on sites. Industry stakeholders such as the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Building Trades Employers Association have already expressed strong support for addressing the problem of drug and alcohol in the construction industry. </em></p><p><em>The City Council should consider how mandatory drug and alcohol testing could increase construction safety on New York City worksites. We look forward to discussing this issue with city officials and how a drug and alcohol testing mandate could help make our industry safer for all workers.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Associated Builders and Co...</a></p> Architects envision Trump's America in the “Complicity and Defiance” charrette — winners announced! Justine Testado 2017-04-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T17:21:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The U.S.A. is barely 100 days into the Trump presidency, and a sure hell of a lot has happened in the last few months, huh? No doubt, the design community has reacted strongly to Trump's rambunctious power-mongering, including a revival of the debate on complicity and defiance in architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response, competition organizer Archistophanes/Reality Cues &mdash; who previously created the cheeky <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump&rdquo;</a> competition &mdash; launched the Complicity and Defiance in Architecture charrette, wherein entrants had to create&nbsp;&ldquo;a provocative message of critique and/or defiance&rdquo; towards any of Trump's authoritarian legislation measures. Here's a peek of the top three winners and a few honorable mentions:</p><p><strong>1ST PLACE: Oil Border by Elisabeth Drumpf&#8203;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2ND PLACE: &#8203;Absurdity Redlined by SJ Kwon</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>3RD PLACE: &#8203;Humane Security Corridor by Zachary Wilson</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONORABLE MENTION: EcoPorn by Yoshihara Hisao</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONORABLE MENTION: Trumpe L&rsquo;&oelig;il by Sara Castillo</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONORABLE MENTION: The Garden of Contemporary Blight by Black Fish</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more of the top entries <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> The conspicuous ethics of the Dubai Frame, opening date delayed to later this year Justine Testado 2017-03-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Raised as a monument to Dubai&rsquo;s aspirations as a center of international commerce, the Frame is now a physical manifestation of the crude system that erected it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Considering the already controversial nature of the Dubai Frame, The New York Times recently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a piece</a> on the project in relation to the city's &ldquo;entrenched system [that notoriously] leaves outsiders vulnerable to mistreatment&nbsp;&mdash; from professionals sketching blueprints to construction workers laying foundations [...]&nbsp;a system in which kinship can outweigh contract terms&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Based on the 2008-09 ThyssenKrupp&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition-winning design</a>&nbsp;by architect Fernando Donis, the 150-meter-tall Dubai Frame structure in Za'abeel Park has drawn plenty of opposition over the years, most notably from Donis himself.&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality for stealing the copyright to his design and for breaching the&nbsp;international UNESCO-UIA regulations from the competition. &ldquo;At the end they took it, built it and will profit from it, without having involved us nor paid us,&rdquo;&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously told Archinect</a>&nbsp;in 2015.</p><p>After multiple delays, the opening date of the Dubai Frame was pushed bac...</p> Examining the politics of starchitect megaprojects in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2016-12-16T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:19:12-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Even if Abu Dhabi has almost unique economic and institutional conditions and rests for now as a borderline case of development profiles, it still highlights several common problems in contemporary large-scale development projects and in the use of star architecture in other parts of the world: little care for the context of branded projects, de-politicization of urban development, weak and inconsistent public planning...[and] spectacular architecture [for] global competition and media exposure</p></em><br /><br /><p>An excerpt from the upcoming book&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities&rdquo;</a> by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi examines Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island megaproject, and argues how such projects show the&nbsp;little influence that famous architects can have on city-building initiatives today.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights</a></p> Following Ghost Ship tragedy, city authorities and artists clash over DIY venues Justine Testado 2016-12-15T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-16T15:39:43-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t understand anything about this world, or what that space was, or who these people were, your first reaction is going to be: &lsquo;Why don&rsquo;t you just bring this place up to code?&rsquo; And it&rsquo;s a very quaint notion, and it would be good if that&rsquo;s how the world worked [...]&rdquo; &ldquo;There are so many interlocking problems that are fundamental, it&rsquo;s hard to know where to begin. In almost every case, there are existing code violations to the building before they even move in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DIY Space, After Ghost Ship: Safety, community and informal venues after Oakland's tragic fire, ft. S. Surface and David Keenan on Archinect Sessions #91</a></p> Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope could be moved to the Canary Islands Justine Testado 2016-12-01T12:40:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:41:29-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Thirty Meter Telescope&rsquo;s International Observatory Board decided late last month that if they cannot move forward with building the telescope in Hawaii, they will instead choose La Palma, one of Spain&rsquo;s Canary Islands...The nonprofit group that&rsquo;s building the Thirty Meter Telescope began scoping out other sites for the $1.4 billion telescope this fall&mdash;including mountains in Chile, India, China, and Mexico...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news about the TMT:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The $1.5B 30m telescope (TMT) will be the biggest ever</a></p> Only one student enrolled in a Yale course about women architects, despite grievances against poor representation Justine Testado 2016-11-18T15:09:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T23:40:42-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This is not a position that has been strongly represented in this school historically,&rdquo; [said Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty, who believes] The crux of the issue is whether courses that champion diversity in architecture should be taught as optional, specialized seminars or integrated into the curriculum of the school.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke</a>&nbsp;as dean, the Yale School of Architecture is working to offer more courses focusing on women in architecture such as &ldquo;Expanding the Canon: Making Room for Other Voices&rdquo;, an optional seminar that would've been taught by visiting professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty. But only one student enrolled in the class &ldquo;despite&nbsp;students voicing grievances about a lack of female representation&rdquo;, the Yale Daily News reports.</p><p>James-Chakraborty questions if such diversity courses should become a requirement in the school's already rigid curriculum.&nbsp;Some female students say that YSoA still feels like &ldquo;a gentleman's club&rdquo;, and that the &ldquo;student body is not well-primed to see the &lsquo;radical nature&rsquo; of the course.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke shares her vision as incoming dean at the Yale School of Architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Dean Deborah Berke advocates pluralism in pedagogy</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforce</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students sho...</a></p> A new beginning for Rosa Parks' Detroit home Justine Testado 2016-10-05T18:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-05T18:12:10-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Rosa Parks' home] on South Deacon Street had become blighted and faced demolition in recent years, but its fortunes have since changed. The home&rsquo;s facade has been removed and will be refashioned into a replica-style artwork that will be shown in museums across Europe...&ldquo;She loved the city, but I don't think the city loved her very much back,&rdquo; [Parks' niece Rhea] McCauley said. &ldquo;This house should have been preserved here. But we live in a world where every other project takes precedence.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>You would think that the Detroit home of Rosa Parks would have more easily garnered local support for its preservation in the present day. But as Parks' niece Rhea McCauley described, her aunt was still treated with hostility when she moved into the city in 1957, two years after she refused to give up her bus seat. That attitude seems to have carried on as McCauley struggled to find a backer to preserve the home, saying that &ldquo;Doors have been slammed in [her] face&rdquo;.</p><p>Luckily, McCauley was able to get help from artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Mendoza</a>, who will transform the house's facade into a replica-style art piece that will tour museums across Europe. Why Europe?&nbsp;Mendoza, who acknowledged that he isn't even from Detroit, says it's &ldquo;a statement about the lack of interest in preserving the home in the city where it actually existed&rdquo;.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz</a></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">That new Texas Confede...</a></p> Senator Tim Kaine weighs in on the future of U.S. affordable housing Justine Testado 2016-08-15T18:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-16T13:58:51-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Democratic [VP] candidate Senator Tim Kaine drew a bright line on Friday between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on a subject important to pretty much every voter: housing. While Americans say that housing is as important an issue as other priorities, so far the subject hasn&rsquo;t come up much during the campaign. That just changed....His editorial outlines the ways that a Clinton administration would work to make housing fairer and more affordable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A closer look at Sen. Tim Kaine's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion editorial</a>, wherein he briefly outlines the Clinton administration's plans on fairer housing laws.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoring up America's infrastructure by repatriating money stashed overseas</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Glitz and ego" &ndash; the architectural legacy of Donald Trump, the developer</a></p> Rio mayor admits Olympics were a “missed opportunity”, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed Justine Testado 2016-07-14T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T17:49:05-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This is a missed opportunity,&rdquo; Paes acknowledged. &ldquo;We are not showcasing ourselves. With all these economic and political crises, with all these scandals, it is not the best moment to be in the eyes of the world. This is bad.&rdquo; But he also believes the problems are exaggerated by the press in a way that unfairly portrays Rio to the outside world...&ldquo;There has never been so much transformation for poor people [in Rio]...The Olympic Games are a great inspiration to get things done.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></p> Alejandro Zaera-Polo sues Princeton University for libel Justine Testado 2016-05-26T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-11-22T23:58:08-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Former Princeton architecture dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Zaera-Polo</a> filed a lawsuit to the Superior Court of Mercer County&nbsp;earlier this week against Princeton University, claiming that the school is guilty of libel and breach of contract. Zaera-Polo was asked <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to resign</a>&nbsp;from his position by President Christopher L. Eisgruber in October 2014 due to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plagiarism allegations</a> in texts that were used in the Exhibition Elements of Architecture at the 2014 Venice Biennale.</p><p>In an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official response last March</a>, Zaera-Polo&nbsp;wrote that his purpose of removing the academic citations in the texts was to create a more casual narrative for the general public, and that he &ldquo;explicitly [states] the non-academic nature of the document, its speculative and polemic intent, and its non-suitability as a source.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Neither the Superior Court of Mercer County's records department nor Zaera-Polo's attorneys have provided a copy of his complaint, reports say. Princeton University issued this statement regarding Zaera-Polo's pend...</p> Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment" Justine Testado 2016-03-07T14:20:00-05:00 >2016-03-09T21:27:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As cranes have grown in height and girth, the controls to operate them have intensified in number and complexity...the crane units in use these days have libraries of intricate manuals, packed with details...some operators may not have time to fully understand or read completely. Same goes for the maintenance team. When something does go wrong with such large machines...the 'mess and carnage' gets magnified.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Crane safety experts give their thoughts on the leading causes of crane collapses, and why safety regulation is more complex than it seems.</p><p>Previous news about collapses:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More than 50 dead after crane collapses on Mecca's Grand Mosque</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 lawsuits emerge after deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three killed after partial stadium collapse at 2014 World Cup venue&#8203;</a></p> One CEO's plan to supply water to drought-stricken CA cities, and obviously profit from it Justine Testado 2016-01-20T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-01-21T11:17:08-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Scott Slater has a plan. It is not a popular plan, but he wants to pump 814bn gallons of water from under the Mojave desert to Los Angeles and other drought-stricken communities in southern California, and make more than $2bn doing so...In addition to environmental concerns, others object to a private company being able to make billions from water. Slater says they do not understand the law, which in California states no entity can own water but they can buy, sell and trade the right to use it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>America: The land where nothing is free, indeed.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Republic</a></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angeles heats up: Next Wave @ UCLA</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In face of drought, San Diego's desalination efforts won't stop there</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the architects behind the winning Dry Futures proposals</a></p> Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing Justine Testado 2016-01-05T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T11:35:34-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>What went wrong in Winnipeg was not just about architecture, and 5468796 were stuck trying to make the best of a bad situation. The pulling out of government support to make Centre Village an actual co-operative changed the [project's direction]...'It&rsquo;s time to get the peanut butter off our fingers,' said Ross McGowan, former chief executive and president of CentreVenture...He admits that a failure to understand the needs of the community took a considerable toll on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite good intentions to help families in need, perhaps the worst nightmare an architect can face when designing affordable housing is realizing that the project &mdash; which would of course already be fully built &mdash; doesn't meet the actual demands of the community, and then some. That's basically what happened to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 architecture</a>-designed&nbsp;Centre Village project in Winnipeg.</p><p>More about affordable housing on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36</a></p> How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town Justine Testado 2015-12-11T14:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T14:27:38-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>But if L.A. is going to remain a creative capital, its civic and cultural leaders are going to need to do more than offer really great talk about how great we are...This can start with the Otis Report on the Creative Economy...If this report is to be more than just a feel-good data dump, it could use some solid recommendations on how L.A. compares to other cities culturally and how we might improve the situation for artists and cultural organizations, both small and large.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about arts districts on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA's vision of an architecture and design super cluster</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District?</a></p> Is Waze to blame for heavy traffic on L.A. residential side streets? Justine Testado 2015-11-24T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T18:01:53-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Waze sometimes sends drivers through little-used side streets such as Cody Road [in Sherman Oaks, Calif]...Some people try to beat Waze at its own game by sending misinformation about traffic jams and accidents so it will steer commuters elsewhere. Others log in and leave their devices in their cars, hoping Waze will interpret that as a traffic standstill and suggest alternate routes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about Waze on Archinect:</p><p><a title='Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate</a></p><p><a title="Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app</a></p><p><a title="Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app</a></p><p><a title="Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows</a></p> How connected do architects still feel to the profession? More Dear Architecture letters explore that question Justine Testado 2015-09-23T18:02:00-04:00 >2015-09-24T23:11:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While it's just as important to have serious discussions about the future of architecture, so is taking a hard, honest look at its present state. And if the letters from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently concluded "Dear Architecture" competition</a> indicate anything about how individual architects perceive the field right now, things are looking bleak.</p><p>Organized by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the competition invited entrants to write an approximately 500-word letter addressed to Architecture, whether as a concept, a social practice, or a community. The 12 Honorable Mention entries, although written as seemingly fictional anecdotes, consistently expressed feelings of disconnection with architecture&nbsp;&mdash; topped with a melancholic tone that is just yearning for the better.</p><p>Read the 12 Honorable Mentions in their entirety (listed in no particular ranking):</p><p>1. <strong>Aditya Ghosh</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Dear Architecture,&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s paper, exactly 9 inches wide and 15 inches high. It&rsquo;s two dimensional, flat and featureless. A shade of white that is incapable of any ex...</p> "Dear Architecture" winners write fictional letters addressing real problems in the field Justine Testado 2015-09-16T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-25T09:09:33-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>We surely have loads to say about the architecture profession, but how would you compose all those thoughts into the good ol' classical form of a letter? The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Dear Architecture" ideas competition</a> asked its participants just that.</p><p>Created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the same people who organized the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>, "Dear Architecture" entrants had to pen their own 500-word letter to architecture &mdash; whether as a concept, a social practice, or as a community &mdash; along with an illustration to supplement their letter's message.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Entrants from over 60 countries responded to the brief. Not too surprisingly, the letters got upfront and personal, if not a little bit heart-breaking.</p><p>The jury &mdash; which included Fernando Romero, Elena Manferdini, Hani Rashid, Natasha Jen, and Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>'s very own Alexander Walter &mdash; selected three top-prize winners and 12 Honorable Mentions.</p><p>Read the top three letters in their entirety below.</p><p><strong>1ST PRIZE ($1,500): Craig L. Wilkins, Ph.D., RA</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Dear Archit...</p> Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games? Justine Testado 2015-08-06T10:19:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T23:00:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>'When these [2007 Pan Am] venues were built the government told Brazilians that these would be Olympic-ready, and there would be a rather smooth and efficient transition to eventually hosting the Olympics,' explained Rio-based reporter Taylor Barnes...'But, these venues have instead had some pretty checkered after-lives.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite a murky past of broken promises in addition to recent water-safety concerns and rampant economic turmoil, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">claims</a> construction of the venues are on schedule and will be delivered on time for the 2016 Olympics -- which will begin one year from now. Public Radio International interviews Rio-based reporter Taylor Barnes, who gives a glimpse into the reality of the situation.</p><p>More Olympic news on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></p><p><a title="Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></p><p><a title="Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></p> As mining threatens Kiruna, the city plans for possible demolition and relocation two miles east Justine Testado 2015-08-03T19:57:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T20:40:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In a highly unusual case of urbanism, the whole town centre and its surrounding neighbourhoods are to be demolished...The 3,050 homes that would be affected by the impact of the mining &ndash; in addition to shops, offices, schools, the city hall and the hospital &ndash; will all be bought by [the LKAB mining company], knocked down and relocated. The process of moving the city will happen in phases, with the majority estimated to be completed by 2040.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rapid mining activity in Kiruna is already posing a serious threat to the city, to the point that the mining company LKAB plans to relocate the entire municipality two miles eastward to prevent buildings from collapsing into the mine. <em>The Guardian</em> gives an overview on how locals are reacting to the relocation proposal, and how those two miles could completely change everything.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty</a></p><p><a title="Henning Larsen Architects wins Kiruna City Hall competition in Northern Sweden" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects wins Kiruna City Hall competition in Northern Sweden</a></p><p><a title="Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image</a></p> U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p> Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:50-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Jean Nouvel, the famed French architect, on Thursday lost a court battle against a &pound;280 million Paris concert hall he designed but whose architecture he claimed had been "martyred" and "sabotaged". Mr Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, an ultra-modern building in the French capital's eastern Parc de La Vilette, accusing project managers of cutting corners to save money during its completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></p></li></ul> Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute Justine Testado 2015-03-04T18:32:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T21:45:38-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Jean Nouvel applied for a court mandate ordering that his name and image be completely removed from all references to the "sabotaged" Philharmonie de Paris at the Parc de La Vilette. Nouvel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">boycotted</a> the grand opening of the unfinished 2,400-seat concert venue in January. In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a column</a> for Le Monde, Nouvel&nbsp;claimed he was used as a scapegoat for cost overruns and delays and he also wrote about how the venue's premature opening didn't "allow [the] architectural and technical requirements to be respected" (English translation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>).</p><p>According to recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>, Nouvel's lawyers state that the architect is not seeking compensation but for modifications to remedy 26 parts of the building that did not comply to his original design. This includes the promenade, foyers, parapets, facades, and acoustic elements of the approximately $427.4 million (&pound;280 million) project.</p><p>The court hearing is currently scheduled for April 16.</p> Bamiyan Cultural Centre online petition calls for jury to revise winning decision Justine Testado 2015-02-23T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T09:05:53-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><em>Note: This post has been updated to correctly list the petition organizers, the number of signatures, and includes a comment from the team.</em></p><p>Shortly after the UNESCO Office in Afghanistan <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced the anticipated results</a> of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a> on February 18, competition entrants Kia Massoudi along with Nick Roseboro, Fabio Pradarelli, and Alessandro Orsini of New York-based firm Architensions set up an online petition expressing opposition against the Jury's selection of the winners. It currently has 89 signatures.</p><p>A total of 1,070 online submissions to the single-stage competition, which invited professional architects worldwide to propose designs for the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan, near the World Heritage property of the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan. The Jury selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Fran...</p> MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T14:59:47-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Jury members of the 2015 Holcim Awards are announced Justine Testado 2014-06-13T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:39:07-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The fourth cycle of the Holcim Awards has appointed its international expert jury members, who will take on the big task of selecting this cycle's winners of the prestigious global competition, which has a total cash prize of US$2 million...More than 6,000 submissions from 152 countries were sent to this year's call for entries. Later this year, regional winners will be selected based on their team's entry addresses the competition's target issues regarding sustainable construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury members are:</p><ul><li><strong>Mohsen Mostafavi</strong> (head), Dean of the Graduate School of Design (GSD), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a> (USA)</li><li><strong>Marc Ang&eacute;lil</strong>, Senior Dean, Department of Architecture, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ETH Zurich</a> (Switzerland)</li><li><strong>Alejandro Aravena</strong>, Executive Director, Elemental (Chile)</li><li><strong>Maria Atkinson</strong>, Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia (Australia)</li><li><strong>Yolanda Kakabadse</strong>, President, WWF International (Ecuador)</li><li><strong>Matthias Schuler</strong>, Founder, Transsolar Energietechnik (Germany)</li><li><strong>Rolf Soiron</strong>, Chairman, Holcim Foundation (Switzerland)</li></ul><p>Read more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 2014 SMIBE - NOT SO BIG DATA challenge opens March 28 Justine Testado 2014-03-24T19:33:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:48:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Tell your story about the built environment as a one-minute moving infographic for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 SMIBE Moving Infographic Competition, "NOT SO BIG DATA"</a>.</p><p>Starting this Friday, you can submit a moving-image story that investigates, explores, and of course can entertain the design community about the social, environmental, political, technological, and economic issues that should be discussed -- all within 60 seconds.</p><p>Submissions should not exceed 1 minute in duration and can be produced in any motion image medium. Entry is free.<br><br>Participants -- whether individually or in groups -- may submit entries on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a> beginning <strong>March 28, 2014</strong> and ending <strong>May 16, 2014</strong>. All entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 16, 2014.</p><p>The winner will receive a cash prize of $250.</p><p>To learn more, visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Finalists of Storefront’s Competition of Competitions Justine Testado 2014-02-08T11:23:00-05:00 >2014-03-12T10:19:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Competition briefs for urban development can overlook the most pressing and relevant needs of local communities, and architects are usually limited to satisfying the brief's requirements in their proposals. As a response, Storefront set up the Competition of Competitions, where interdisciplinary teams got to ask the questions in creating their own competition briefs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Eighteen finalists were chosen out of 100 submissions. The jury will then select 3 winners, 7 honorable mentions, and a Storefront Special Prize. The Special Prize will get to run their submitted competition as part of the 2014 Storefront for Art and Architecture program calendar.</p><p><strong>The 18 finalists are:</strong></p><ul><li>TAKING BUILDINGS DOWN by IncA&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>THE DISCREET ARCHITECT by Local provision Studio&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>OPEN SOURCE OPEN SPACE, HACKING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT by Boot Trunk&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>THE CITY by Form Fiction Format&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>NO TITLES by GroundLAB&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>NATURE, ERROR, BABIES by Metonymy's Architecture&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>DEPLOY YOURSELF, NOT YOUR DESIGNS by CIRCa&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>DEPOLITISIGN by Min Chen &amp; Kristin Enright&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>AMAZONIA 2020 by Civic Projects&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; .</li><li>THE NEXT SUBURB by The Thirteenth Hour&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>OFF-THE-RADAR: THE ARCHITECTURE OF NON-EXISITING SPACE by MITNICK-RODDIER&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>LABYRINTH COMPETITION by Gray_matter(s)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>ARCHITECTURAL WORK by The Architecture Lobby&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>BLISS [BETTER LIVING THROUGH INTUITIVE SOFT SURVEILLANCE] by Yeadon Space Agency&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>FUTUR...</li></ul> "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends" exhibition by the BMW Guggenheim Lab examines key themes and issues in urbanism Justine Testado 2013-10-16T20:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:14:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Opening last week at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Museum</a>, the "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends" exhibition by the BMW Guggenheim Lab is the interdisciplinary team's latest project in continuing the global conversation on major urban issues of the world's cities.</p> <p> "Participatory City" delves into key themes and concepts in urbanism and architecture that the Lab team gathered during their travels to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai from 2011 to 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a schedule of free film screenings, lectures, and symposia that further explore these topics. Last but not least, the event also showcases the Lab team's architects, graphic designers, special contributors, and other emerging-talent Lab members working in education, science, sustainability, art, and technology.</p> <p> "Participatory City" will continue until Jan. 5, 2014. For more info, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> This event is also in association with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober 2013</a>, New York City's month-long architecture and design festival in Octo...</p>