Archinect - News 2017-10-16T22:05:02-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150030031/national-museum-of-african-american-history-shows-sign-of-aging National Museum of African American History shows sign of aging Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-25T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-09-27T14:42:35-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/io/io2tshpusnusqhri.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/io/io2tshpusnusqhri.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/io/io2tshpusnusqhri.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/io/io2tshpusnusqhri.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Now that the reflective space is open, and has become a favorite spot in the museum, it stands for both the strengths and weaknesses of the museum&rsquo;s larger form, created by lead designer David Adjaye and lead architect Philip Freelon. The drama of light and water in the Contemplation Court is as beautiful and striking as the basic design of the corona on the building&rsquo;s exterior, but there is already corrosion on the ceiling panels near where the water is released.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A year after its opening the building of the National Museum of African American History already shows signs of aging, but the museum attracts&nbsp;a diverse, engaged, multicultural and international audience.&nbsp;"Like so many large buildings in the ceremonial core of Washington, now that it&rsquo;s there, it seems always to have been there."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150024464/philip-kennicott-s-plea-for-washington-d-c-to-save-louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall Philip Kennicott's plea for Washington D.C. to save Louis Kahn's floating concert hall Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-24T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7u/7ua9rhyxbm4mq77u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7u/7ua9rhyxbm4mq77u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7u/7ua9rhyxbm4mq77u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7u/7ua9rhyxbm4mq77u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The boat belongs in Washington, a city both blessed and socially determined by its rivers....Many of the most dramatic and some of the most exciting changes in Washington today are clustered along its rivers. The most visible transformation is the District Wharf development,...but projects like the 11th Street Bridge Park....transcend mere commercial development, and underscore the myriad possibilities of using the river as a means of connection, social equity and public discourse.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The saga to save the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>-designed floating concert hall, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/976029/point-counterpoint-ii" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Counterpoint II</a>, continues. It all began back in mid-July when <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma made a plea in&nbsp;<em>The New York Review of Books </em>to salvage the barge</a>&nbsp;facing demolition on account of the fact that the owners&mdash;Robert Boudreau, whom doubles as the orchestra's conductor, and wife Kathleen&mdash;are ready to retire their duties as the boat's caretakers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150018392/after-yo-yo-ma-s-plea-point-counterpoint-ii-louis-kahn-floating-concert-hall-may-be-saved-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">city officials and activists in the Hudson River town of Kingston, New York have expressed interest in acquiring the ship</a>; they were expected to meet with Boudreau on August 4th to discuss the possibility. While the Mayor, Steve Noble, has agreed to offer his support, raising the funds for the purchasing and transport of the $2 million dollar vessel, that might now be going for as much as $4 mill, poses a problem for the city. Further, the <a href="http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20170803/kingston-based-composer-keeps-up-effort-to-bring-floating-concert-venue-to-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition is apparently stiff</a> as there has been interest expressed in Buffalo, France, and Italy among others.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of those places vying for th...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023198/plans-for-dc-s-frederick-douglass-memorial-bridge-upgrade-are-revealed Plans for DC's Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge upgrade are revealed Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:10:45-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge sits across the Anacostia River in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/35048/washington-dc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington, D.C</a>. Named after the prominent American abolitionist, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2899/bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridge</a> was built in 1950 and today, makes crossing the river possible for 77,000 daily commuters.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the decades, the bridge has deteriorated faster than maintenance can keep up with, as is quite common among America's aging infrastructure. Despite a $27 million renovation in 2007, large corrosion holes in the structural beams necessitated its complete replacement and in 2012, city officials announced plans to replace and realign the bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>After initial bridge designs were rejected by the National Capitol Planning Commission and the United States Commission of Fine Arts for being "uninspired," DDOT has now revealed a much bolder look for the suspension bridge.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/uo/uo02crw1ekfn1jsx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uo/uo02crw1ekfn1jsx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Thursday unveiled the design of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. (DDOT)</figcaption></figure><p>Consisting of&nbsp;three sets of parallel white arches, the 1,600 foot lo...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019171/visitors-delight-in-the-instagram-worthy-jeanne-gang-installation-at-the-national-building-museum Visitors delight in the Instagram-worthy Jeanne Gang installation at the National Building Museum Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-24T19:52:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T12:20:56-04:00 <p>Studio Gang's &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971071/national-building-museum-selects-studio-gang-to-design-2017-summer-block-party-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Summer Block Party&nbsp;installation</a>&nbsp;called the &ldquo;Hive," <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150016305/see-jeanne-gang-s-hive-get-built-in-this-time-lapse-of-the-national-building-museum-s-newest-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opened to the public in the beginning of July.</a> Since then, many have flocked to the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/136078/national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a>&nbsp;in Washington D.C to experience the structure made of 2,700 wounded paper tubes. For those not near the D.C. area and therefore unable to experience the installation in real life, here are some of the best photos from Instagram to ease the FOMO (fear of missing out).</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016305/see-jeanne-gang-s-hive-get-built-in-this-time-lapse-of-the-national-building-museum-s-newest-installation See Jeanne Gang's 'Hive' get built in this time-lapse of the National Building Museum's newest installation Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-06T20:42:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T20:57:44-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/68/68rda2n4j3f7jo3y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/68/68rda2n4j3f7jo3y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/68/68rda2n4j3f7jo3y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/68/68rda2n4j3f7jo3y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Every summer, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/136078/national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> in Washington D.C. puts on an imaginative <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/819302/summer-block-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer Block Party</a> series of temporary structures. Past installations that have graced its historic Great Hall have included James Corner's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956425/dive-into-james-corner-s-field-of-icebergs-now-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"ICEBERGS,"</a> Snarkitecture's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135574011/the-beach-to-be-reincarnated-in-arts-competition-for-d-c-s-dupont-underground-initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"BEACH,"</a>&nbsp;and BIG's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Maze."</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, the museum&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971071/national-building-museum-selects-studio-gang-to-design-2017-summer-block-party-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tapped Studio Gang</a>&nbsp;to temporarily transform the space. The resulting installation, named "Hive," has opened to the public and will be available to visit through September 4th. The structure, resembling some sort of cross between a beehive and pipe organ, is that tallest structure the Museum has displayed thus far. Built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes and topping out at 60 feet, it is shocking that it took a mere two weeks to construct.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012439/man-writes-91-songs-about-the-washington-d-c-metro-system Man Writes 91 Songs About the Washington, D.C. Metro System Julia Ingalls 2017-06-13T17:28:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T17:29:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nf/nfsv70p0d8ruul9o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nf/nfsv70p0d8ruul9o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nf/nfsv70p0d8ruul9o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nf/nfsv70p0d8ruul9o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It took six years, but every subway station in the Washington, D.C. area is now immortalized in song. For musician Jason Mendelson, it&rsquo;s his magnum opus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Magentic Fields wrote 69 songs about love; professional tax manager and sometime musician Jason Mendelson has managed to record 91 songs about the Washington, D.C. Metro system, with one song for each subway stop.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fq/fq026tfut0l7en76.jpg"></p><figcaption>Map of the Washington, D.C. Metro.</figcaption></figure><p>While music critics will not be equating these two works anytime soon, it's rare for an entire transportation system to be memorialized in song (although <a href="https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tg2EbJy-9dc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">[Get Your Kicks On] Route 66</a>,&nbsp;along with Kraftwerk's <a href="https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gChOifUJZMc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autobahn</a>, come to mind). It's worth noting that Mendelson doesn't play favorites: in the video accompanying the article, he proclaims that "There are no boring commuter stops."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004561/in-celebration-of-i-m-pei-s-100th-birthday-tomorrow-the-national-gallery-of-art-revisits-his-legacy In celebration of I.M. Pei's 100th birthday tomorrow, the National Gallery of Art revisits his legacy Justine Testado 2017-04-25T13:19:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:19:46-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8n/8nml0fg4ajvfrpgu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8n/8nml0fg4ajvfrpgu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8n/8nml0fg4ajvfrpgu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8n/8nml0fg4ajvfrpgu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Harmonizing with architect John Russell Pope's neoclassical West Building, the award-winning East Building, which opened in 1978, was designed by Pei in the modern idiom of its time. Magnificently realizing the long-term vision of Gallery founder Andrew W. Mellon and his children, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, the East Building has taken its place as one of the great public structures in the nation's capital. &mdash; National Gallery of Art</p></em><br /><br /><p>I.M. Pei's 100th birthday is tomorrow! In celebration of the legendary architect's birthday, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will host a public talk in the Pei-designed East Building featuring architect Perry Y. Chin &ndash; a longtime associate of Pei's &mdash; and Susan Wertheim, the Gallery's chief architect and deputy administrator for capital projects.</p><p>Learn more <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5603/the-national-gallery-of-art-east-building-is-celebrating-i-m-pei-s-100th-birthday-on-april-26" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003772/first-look-studio-gang-s-hive-installation-at-the-national-building-museum-this-summer First look: Studio Gang's “Hive” installation at the National Building Museum this summer Justine Testado 2017-04-19T13:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T13:38:37-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn8hw7bjl6vizp2q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn8hw7bjl6vizp2q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn8hw7bjl6vizp2q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn8hw7bjl6vizp2q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. revealed the renderings of <a href="http://archinect.com/studiogang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a>'s upcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971071/national-building-museum-selects-studio-gang-to-design-2017-summer-block-party-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Summer Block Party&nbsp;installation</a> called the &ldquo;Hive&rdquo;, which is the firm's latest collaboration with the Museum.</p><p>Located in the Great Hall, the Hive will be made entirely of over 2,700 wound paper tubes whose heights will range from several inches to 10 feet tall. The tubes will be&nbsp;interlocked to create three interconnected, domed chambers, with the tallest dome reaching 60 feet high and featuring a 10-foot-diameter oculus. Every tube will have a reflective silver exterior and a vibrant magenta interior to create what seems like will be a dazzling environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zt/ztiymiocd3kzoetr.jpg"><br><em>Image &copy; Studio Gang.</em></p><p>People can gather at the larger main chamber for the Museum's summer events, or they can hang out in the smaller, intimate chambers where they can also play with tubular instruments like drums and suspended chimes. Each chamber will have unique acoustic properties to affect the instruments' tones and reverberati...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149979642/homelessness-decreased-this-year-in-the-us-but-increased-in-cities-including-la Homelessness decreased this year in the US, but increased in cities including LA Julia Ingalls 2016-11-21T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T14:34:16-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dm/dm5scrgqxtwr6zyo.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dm/dm5scrgqxtwr6zyo.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dm/dm5scrgqxtwr6zyo.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dm/dm5scrgqxtwr6zyo.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Accurately tracking a population that has no permanent home has always been a challenge for those who attempt to put together figures on homelessness. Many studies elect to count transients one night each year in order to create some form of consistency. Using that method, a study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that figures for homelessness seem to down overall across the nation as of January 2016, while certain cities such as Los Angeles and Washington D.C. have experienced significant upticks. As <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/17/502359805/homelessness-in-the-u-s-was-down-slightly-over-the-past-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NPR</a> explains:</p><p>"But some areas bucked the trend. Washington, D.C., saw a 14.4 percent increase in homelessness, over 1,000 more people, and there were an additional 2,680 homeless people in Los Angeles County, an increase of 6.5 percent. The Dallas and Seattle areas also had big increases, 21.3 and 6.0 percent, respectively."</p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness ad...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970743/i-m-pei-s-national-gallery-of-art-building-set-to-reopen-this-week-in-washington I.M. Pei's National Gallery of Art building set to reopen this week in Washington Alexander Walter 2016-09-26T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:55:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/07/07c0uzpkaybv5gbj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/07/07c0uzpkaybv5gbj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/07/07c0uzpkaybv5gbj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/07/07c0uzpkaybv5gbj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>From the outside, not much has changed. After a three-year, $69m renovation, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, looks about the same as it did when it first opened in June 1978. [...] Step inside and the differences become clear. The gallery, which reopens to the public on 30 September, has managed to carve out more than 12,250 sq. ft of additional exhibition space without expanding its physical footprint.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dc/dcf584cmx699mhso.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>I.M. Pei, who designed the East Building, on the structure's original opening day, June 1, 1978. Photo &copy; Dennis Brack/Black Star. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108175673/louvre-director-plans-its-grand-revamp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre director plans its grand revamp</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126887317/pei-cobb-freed-faces-lawsuit-from-cornell-over-faulty-johnson-museum-expansion-scheme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed faces lawsuit from Cornell over "faulty" Johnson Museum expansion scheme</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144958591/98-year-old-i-m-pei-reportedly-assaulted-by-caregiver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">98-year-old I.M. Pei reportedly assaulted by caregiver</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149968720/oliver-wainwright-finds-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-embodies-its-complexities-and-contradictions Oliver Wainwright finds the National Museum of African American History "embodies its complexities and contradictions" Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-12-29T13:53:20-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2d/2dos47kzqui5aisf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2d/2dos47kzqui5aisf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2d/2dos47kzqui5aisf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2d/2dos47kzqui5aisf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Standing assertively in the middle of a 15-acre lawn, between the sharp white obelisk of the Washington Monument and the colossal stone shed of the National Museum of American History, the latest arrival to this hallowed parade ground certainly holds its own. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture erupts from the ground, an inverted pagoda of three angular bronzed tiers on an all-glass base, departing from its neighbours&rsquo; sombre palette...with joyous glee.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Like the exhibitions inside it, the museum building embodies its complexities and contradictions, charged as it is with a brief and a site as impossibly fraught as the history it is telling. Despite some clunks, the result has a compelling, spiky otherness, standing on the Mall as a welcome rebuke to the world of white marble monuments to dead white men.</em></p><p>More on the newest addition to the National Mall:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149965503/the-unfinished-charm-of-the-smithsonian-s-arts-and-industries-building The “unfinished charm” of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building Justine Testado 2016-08-26T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:32:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With its colorful facade, arched windows, spires and rotunda, the A&amp;I (as it's often called) is a festive relief...But despite the perky building's popularity, its reopening was hardly grand. Why so little fanfare? Lack of funding seems to be one explanation ...the building's "unfinished character is one of its charms...It hasn't always been as gently used as we would like. But that's an important part of our history &mdash; Smithsonian history and American history."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149964818/london-s-architectural-debate-society-turncoats-is-coming-to-d-c London's architectural debate society, Turncoats, is coming to D.C. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:00:14-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n564zblkk4k92jzo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n564zblkk4k92jzo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n564zblkk4k92jzo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n564zblkk4k92jzo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The idea behind Turncoats is for people to relax, slough off their more cautious professional selves, and engage in full-throated (yet respectful!), rapid-fire debate on a broad range of topics. Audience members are encouraged to speak up, Powerpoints are strictly forbidden, and alcohol is served liberally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Started in London in the last couple years,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957588/provocative-architecture-debating-series-turncoats-goes-international" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turncoats</a>&nbsp;has chapters in Scotland, Vancouver, Serbia and now, the U.S. The first D.C. Turncoats event takes place tomorrow, August 24, and is centered around the debate topic of "D.C. Wants Boring Architecture". Find more details <a href="http://bustler.net/events/8130/d-c-wants-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on debates and D.C.:</p><ul><li><a title='Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd!' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137806694/archinect-presents-next-up-a-live-podcasting-event-in-collaboration-with-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-this-saturday-october-3rd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd!</a></li><li><a title="The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></li><li><a title="Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149956425/dive-into-james-corner-s-field-of-icebergs-now-at-the-national-building-museum Dive into James Corner's field of ICEBERGS, now at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2016-07-06T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T12:29:01-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3de3add8x1a9s27v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3de3add8x1a9s27v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3de3add8x1a9s27v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3de3add8x1a9s27v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Walk into the Great Hall of Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum right now and you'll find a glacial landscape of geometric "icebergs" floating before you. Landscape architect James Corner worked alongside the NBM to design the chilling scene, as part of the museum's 2016 Summer Block Party. In the past, the yearly series hosted Snarkitecture's monochromatic&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BEACH</a>&nbsp;and BIG's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic maze</a>.</p><p>Opening this past Saturday, ICEBERGS lets visitors catch a break from D.C.'s hot, humid summers.&nbsp;The installation is based on themes related to physical experience and landscape representation, according to James Corner Field Operations, welcoming visitors with an&nbsp;&ldquo;interactive and playful space of respite and reflection&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ne/ne70t4g8m050kn28.jpg"></p><p>Encased in a large blue net, the installation comprises over 30 prismatic triangular pentahedrons and octahedrons constructed from translucent polycarbonate panels, and&nbsp;range from 16-56 feet in height.</p><p>Visitors can cool off as they lounge on chunky, triangular beanbags strewn a...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149953094/david-adjaye-on-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture-and-other-projects David Adjaye on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (and other projects) Nicholas Korody 2016-06-21T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T00:23:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/04fkfdu3s4teonvn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/04fkfdu3s4teonvn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/04fkfdu3s4teonvn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/04fkfdu3s4teonvn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s about architecture, but also about memory and history,&rdquo; Adjaye says when we meet at the site on a cloudy afternoon in mid-May. &ldquo;I got exactly what I wanted on the exterior, which was a dark, brooding, bronzelike building.&rdquo;&nbsp; Before going inside, he points out what he calls the &ldquo;oculus,&rdquo; a circular raised platform at the west entrance through whose glass windows you can see the room below. &ldquo;We found out that this spot was once a slave market, right on the Mall,&rdquo;&nbsp; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The oculus is like a slave pedestal, levitated off the ground. I&rsquo;ve tried to make every decision here have some history.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For more on the British-Ghanaian architect, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951156/david-adjaye-is-releasing-a-vinyl-record-with-his-brother" target="_blank">David Adjaye is releasing a vinyl record with his brother</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677947/david-adjaye-is-the-best-bet-for-the-obama-presidential-library-but-not-because-of-the-color-of-his-skin" target="_blank">David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash; but not because of the color of his skin</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142589277/the-wsj-s-review-of-making-place-the-architecture-of-david-adjaye" target="_blank">The WSJ's review of "Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye"</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T17:35:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:05:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don't follow Transportation Department safety directives. "We have the ability to withhold (federal) funds from Metro. We have the ability to shut Metro down, and we're not afraid to use the authority we have," Foxx said told reporters. "This is serious business."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Local officials have yet to identify the root cause of incidents involving electrical arcing, smoke and fire, and so have no plan for how to fix the problem, he said."</em></p><p>For more on the dilapidated state of American infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us" target="_blank">Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942656/waiting-for-the-washington-metro-a-not-so-fictional-tale Waiting for the Washington Metro: A not-so-fictional tale Justine Testado 2016-04-27T20:27:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T14:34:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vz/vz0ancaswc55ev6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vz/vz0ancaswc55ev6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vz/vz0ancaswc55ev6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vz/vz0ancaswc55ev6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The train will not come because the track does not exist, says the voice on the loudspeaker. You must believe as hard as you can. Everyone on the platform ignores him. Your belief is not enough. It has never been enough. Construction has just begun on the new Fuchsia Line, which Metro management says will solve all the system&rsquo;s problems, and which is the only thing that anyone has allocated any funding for. It is entirely under water and plated in gold. It will be completed in 18 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post pens a maybe not-so-fictional tale about the &ldquo;horrors&rdquo; of the current state of the Washington Metro, which shut down last month.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938721/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-fictional-architecture-intern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A day in the life of a (fictional) architecture intern</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936174/fairy-tales-2016-winners-highlight-real-architectural-issues-through-fictional-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales 2016 winners highlight real architectural issues through fictional storytelling</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144591361/a-fairy-tale-for-an-age-of-global-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture "Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-27T17:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T14:37:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7b1f45417d9234288d043ca620594a30?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7b1f45417d9234288d043ca620594a30?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7b1f45417d9234288d043ca620594a30?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7b1f45417d9234288d043ca620594a30?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Project leader Zena] Howard focuses on all of the aspects of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but hones in on the porch, which happens to span 200 feet and it serves as an transitional space between the outside and inside of the museum. &ldquo;I think that the porch is&hellip;quintessential America,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;This project&mdash;not only given the scale, the complexity, the political and contextual sensitivities&mdash;is an amalgam of all the problems that we, as architects, love to solve&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a title="David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130952473/david-adjaye-talks-about-woven-architecture-and-his-new-d-c-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum</a></li><li><a title="Obama to speak at African American history museum&rsquo;s groundbreaking" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38286227/obama-to-speak-at-african-american-history-museum-s-groundbreaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama to speak at African American history museum&rsquo;s groundbreaking</a></li><li><a title="Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Justine Testado 2016-04-14T19:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T00:24:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h262g26qntzzajx.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h262g26qntzzajx.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h262g26qntzzajx.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h262g26qntzzajx.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"And to me, as an African American, just realizing that this has actually come to be, that there's an actual National Museum for African American History and Culture on the Mall of Washington, D.C., and this museum should have happened years and years ago, but the realization that finally in America we're at a place where we can accept it ... It's one of the most prominent sites on the Mall. It's not somewhere tucked away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architect Zena Howard talks about what first drew her to architecture, the National Museum for African American History and Culture on which she worked as Senior Project Manager, and her outlook on the status of women in architecture.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939790/read-an-excerpt-from-the-new-where-are-the-women-architects-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read an excerpt from the new &ldquo;Where Are the Women Architects?&rdquo; book</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129867356/an-angry-passion-round-up-of-global-tributes-to-charles-correa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"An Angry Passion": Round-Up of Global Tributes to Charles Correa</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C. Julia Ingalls 2016-03-16T20:26:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:15:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ge13fp7y33clig.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ge13fp7y33clig.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ge13fp7y33clig.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ge13fp7y33clig.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The one thing that everybody's sort of excited about is this idea that the stadium is designed as much for the tailgating, the pre-game, as for the game itself,&rdquo; Ingels says in the 60 Minutes promo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When sports fans think football, they think...moats? Although the proposed stadium for the still-offensively-named Washington Redskins hasn't officially found a site, team owner Dan Snyder is pushing for it to be located next to the&nbsp;Anacostia River, which would provide context for Ingels' moat, although this juxtaposition still leaves the purple moon unexplained.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wji5cw5dkx43lv2a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sz/sz3px4tqhlouavzz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p2rcl301a602g0ds.jpg"></p><p>More BIG news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934618/60-minutes-profiles-bjarke-ingels-the-starchitect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149425610/albright-knox-gallery-announces-short-list-of-firms-for-80m-expansion-sn-hetta-big-oma-why-allied-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148885108/serpentine-unzips-bjarke-ingels-pavilion-and-4-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-03-16T13:45:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ka/ka8hf1q68qm4ew4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ka/ka8hf1q68qm4ew4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ka/ka8hf1q68qm4ew4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ka/ka8hf1q68qm4ew4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After officials announced that Metro, Washington&rsquo;s subway system, would be shut down for 29 hours, riders began preparations for another problematic travel day in a city already well known for its cramped and sometimes dangerous train commutes. The controlled chaos began early Wednesday and will continue until 5 a.m. Thursday, affecting 91 Metro stations that provide 700,000 rides each day in the city and its suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>DC residents took to Twitter and other social media to voice their frustration with the unexpected shutdown, which was prompted by an emergency inspection of some 600 electrical cables.</p><p>Residents have been left to face grueling traffic, delayed buses, or surge-priced Ubers. The Department of Transportation offered free, 24-hour use of Capital Bikeshare bike.</p><p>For other infrastructure news, take a look at some past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933899/the-bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge" target="_blank">More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149933901/cool-off-at-james-corner-s-icebergs-at-the-national-building-museum-this-summer Cool off at James Corner's ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum this summer Justine Testado 2016-03-09T17:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:24:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m8/m8ltxy3tab5s7ari.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m8/m8ltxy3tab5s7ari.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m8/m8ltxy3tab5s7ari.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m8/m8ltxy3tab5s7ari.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/jcfo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> is transforming the National Building Museum's Great Hall into a glacial landscape of ICEBERGS for the museum's annual Summer Block Party installation, following two wildly successful years with Snarkitecture's monochromatic&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BEACH</a> and BIG's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic maze</a>. Today, James Corner revealed their initial concept for the collaborative project.</p><p>ICEBERGS emphasizes the themes of landscape representation, physical experience, geometry and construction, according to the architects. Once the installation opens on July 2, people&nbsp;will get to wander through an immersive underwater-world of geometric icebergs, with the tallest "bergy bit" towering at 56 feet to the third-story balcony of the museum.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/ci7g7kjqfnlhk9nh.jpg"></p><p>The 12,540 square-foot installation will be comprised of more than 30 prismatic triangular pentahedrons and octahedrons made from reusable translucent polycarbonate panels, with some hanging from the ceiling to appear as if they were floating.&nbsp;A&nbsp;"water line" suspended at 20 f...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/146672126/25-year-old-architect-wins-wwi-centennial-memorial-competition-in-d-c 25-year-old architect wins WWI Centennial Memorial competition in D.C. Justine Testado 2016-01-26T18:28:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:05:08-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rs/rsemddksxhtya12i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rs/rsemddksxhtya12i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rs/rsemddksxhtya12i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rs/rsemddksxhtya12i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As the cityscape of Washington D.C. continues to evolve, another project is in the works at the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park. Today, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced that 25-year-old architect Joseph Weishaar of Brininstool+Lynch and New York veteran sculptor Sabin Howard won the Centennial Memorial design competition with their proposal, "The Weight of Sacrifice". Not a bad start for Weishaar's professional career, no?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j8/j8r96t56b6rgyzyc.jpg"></p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d75ain4hvz2wn1q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cx/cxtub84mbu65ulp4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/24/241ojr9xti4g1gom.jpg"></p><p>More about the project&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/wwi_centennial_memorial_winner/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/146368753/bjarke-ingels-shouldn-t-be-proud-to-have-the-washington-redskins-as-a-client-according-to-critic-philip-kennicott Bjarke Ingels shouldn't be proud to have the Washington Redskins as a client, according to critic Philip Kennicott Justine Testado 2016-01-22T20:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T01:24:03-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fg/fgmigfitkf5y475j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fg/fgmigfitkf5y475j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fg/fgmigfitkf5y475j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fg/fgmigfitkf5y475j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>To understand how strange this pairing of client and architect is, you have to contemplate two things: the deeply embedded social progressivism that has become the standard worldview of international architectural firms such as BIG; and organizations such as the NFL, a private club for 1 percenters that bullies municipalities and treats its own players&rsquo; health with indifference. Can this marriage last? Is BIG motivated by naivete or cynicism?</p></em><br /><br /><p>WaPo's art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott discusses the oddities of BIG's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193852/bjarke-ingels-group-big-tackles-nfl-stadium-design-for-the-washington-redskins" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent commission</a> to design a new stadium for the Washington Redskins &mdash; and the team's problematic name is just the tip of the iceberg.</p><p>More on Archinect:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193852/bjarke-ingels-group-big-tackles-nfl-stadium-design-for-the-washington-redskins" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG, tackles NFL stadium design for the Washington Redskin</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653809/nfl-football-is-officially-returning-to-los-angeles-gigantic-new-stadium-might-even-be-home-to-more-than-just-one-team" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NFL football is officially returning to Los Angeles: gigantic new stadium might even be home to more than just one team</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131279044/herzog-de-meuron-s-stadium-in-chelsea-will-be-a-hefty-brute-of-a-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stadium in Chelsea "will be a hefty brute of a thing"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134568620/organic-kale-for-posh-la-football-fans-newly-unveiled-stadium-design-sports-a-farmers-market-and-vvip-parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T18:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T09:44:38-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7i/7i0r0oei6ywvwwdd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7i/7i0r0oei6ywvwwdd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7i/7i0r0oei6ywvwwdd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7i/7i0r0oei6ywvwwdd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It is fervently hoped that when the 45th president takes the oath of office outside the Capitol on 20 January 2017, a $60m project to restore the building&rsquo;s august cast-iron dome will have been completed. [...] &ldquo;There&rsquo;s never been a major renovation of the dome. It&rsquo;s important work and was long overdue. It apparently has a thousand cracks and pieces have been falling off for years but, once this work is done, it should be good for another 150 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/na/nakz768zglcrquvu.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96639076/u-s-capitol-building-to-receive-much-needed-facelift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Capitol building to receive much-needed facelift</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120896185/turns-out-the-washington-monument-is-shorter-than-we-thought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turns out the Washington Monument is shorter than we thought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120619339/history-breaks-down-the-lincoln-memorial-s-bizarre-rejected-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History breaks down the Lincoln Memorial&rsquo;s bizarre rejected designs</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/135574011/the-beach-to-be-reincarnated-in-arts-competition-for-d-c-s-dupont-underground-initiative The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative Justine Testado 2015-09-01T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T15:38:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/09/091cm4tbc4d9nycn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/09/091cm4tbc4d9nycn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/09/091cm4tbc4d9nycn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/09/091cm4tbc4d9nycn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The wildly successful BEACH installation is down to its final exhibition days at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum. Since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening on July 4</a>, over 120,000 visitors both young and old "splashed" around in its bubbly waters, lounged about on the "shore", and perhaps saw a live band rock out in the 10,000 square-foot monochromatic ball pit, designed by Brooklyn-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>. Although the Beach closes on September 7, that won't be the last of it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgfj4lw34z6xw2vs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kvtw8ef5hcoiyi5m.jpg"></p><p>Recycling the Beach was always part of the plan. Even before the installation opened, representatives of the D.C.-based initiative, the <a href="http://dupontunderground.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dupont Underground</a>, proposed&nbsp;to transport, store, and re-use its building materials.</p><p>The Dupont Underground has set&nbsp;its sights on revitalizing&nbsp;an abandoned trolley station beneath the Dupont Circle neighborhood into a public venue for arts and design-oriented events. As part of their inaugural programming, the group will take the Beach's more than 650,000 anti-microbial plastic balls and its 6,000 ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/135262578/sorry-l-a-but-the-nation-s-worst-traffic-is-in-d-c Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-scorecard-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/apartment-671316-one-siler.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb94k36bq75mxxh4.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66031295/new-york-mayor-bloomberg-announces-winner-of-adapt-nyc-micro-unit-apartment-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="http://www.capsyscorp.com/nextlevelbuilding/?tag=micro-unit-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T12:54:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/67/675e3ebdaf47843155eb3b07c86a332b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/67/675e3ebdaf47843155eb3b07c86a332b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/67/675e3ebdaf47843155eb3b07c86a332b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/67/675e3ebdaf47843155eb3b07c86a332b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry&rsquo;s modified design for the National Eisenhower Memorial received final approval from the National Capital Planning Commission Thursday, the final step in the federal approval process that has dragged on since 2011. The commission voted 9 to 1 to move forward with the design for a memorial park on a four-acre site along Independence Avenue in Southwest Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125286004/chairman-of-eisenhower-memorial-commission-to-step-down" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109173897/eisenhower-memorial-to-consider-plan-that-removes-most-of-frank-gehry-s-designs" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s designs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97261574/panel-rejects-design-for-eisenhower-memorial" target="_blank">Panel rejects design for Eisenhower Memorial</a></li><li>...and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" target="_blank">many more</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum Snarkitecture's 10,000 sq ft indoor BEACH at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2015-07-07T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T23:36:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6d/6dspvysncsw6tsw4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6d/6dspvysncsw6tsw4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6d/6dspvysncsw6tsw4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6d/6dspvysncsw6tsw4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Following Bjarke Ingels Group's wildly successful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> last summer, one could only wonder how Washington D.C.'s <a href="http://www.nbm.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> would one-up itself this time around. Enter Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>, who envisioned the 10,000 square-foot indoor BEACH that opened on July 4 in the Museum's Great Hall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftf9zl0aede2ampn.jpg"></p><p>Decked out in Snarkitecture's all-white aesthetic, the monochromatic installation has beach chairs and umbrellas on the "shoreline" and an "ocean" of nearly 1 million recyclable translucent plastic balls for visitors to "splash" in, facing a mirrored wall that creates the illusion of a vast expanse. The Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the giant ball-pit&nbsp;&mdash; which was <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/snarkitecture_brings_the_beach_indoors_at_the_national_building_museum_this/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> back in April&nbsp;&mdash; for the annual &ldquo;Summer Block Party,&rdquo; which consists of various public programming, exhibitions, and events.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q0/q0l6oof32bq4hpfs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/aolxorvwcdqw3owg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0o6rc7tixgkxdz4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mtp5x1p370q1a0w.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3n7ay8q2jj8coj4m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/korf7u2kieofpq2j.jpg"></p><p>'We see the commission as an exciting opportunity to create an architectural installation that reimagines the qualities and possibilities of ma...</p>