Archinect - News 2018-12-17T14:26:23-05:00 Mexican voters reject partly built $13 billion Mexico City International Airport project Alexander Walter 2018-10-29T14:14:00-04:00 >2018-10-30T23:18:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Voters in Mexico have rejected completion of partly built new airport for Mexico City, opposing it by a 70 to 29 percent margin. Mexico&rsquo;s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday he will respect the referendum, effectively ending the $13 billion project which is already about one-third built. &ldquo;The decision taken by the citizens is democratic, rational and efficient,&rdquo; Lopez Obrador said. &ldquo;The people decided.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's looking like the end of the runway for the&nbsp;partly built new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City International Airport</a> designed&nbsp;by a conglomerate comprising&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise)</a>, and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants)<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>While&nbsp;the public vote clearly disapproved of the $13 billion&nbsp;megaproject&nbsp;that's been associated with corruption and overspending, the referendum is not without criticism due to its extremely low voter turnout.</p> Despite its celebrated campus design, Budapest's Central European University faces harsh political resistance Alexander Walter 2018-10-23T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T17:23:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Over the last two years, the Central European University (CEU) has been subjected to verbal and thinly-veiled legislative&nbsp;attacks&nbsp;by Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orb&aacute;n. [...] Should the university choose to relocate, it would be forced to abandon not only the country it has operated in since opening in 1991, but also its recently opened premises.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CNN Style</em> explains why the celebrated Phase 1 design of the Central European University's deliberately modernist Budapest campus may potentially not be able to save the school's existence in the city.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Tam&aacute;s Bujnovszky</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by Irish firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Donnell + Toumey</a>, the&nbsp;part-new part-refurbished university building, with its nod to transparency and context, is currently one of four shortlistees for the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 RIBA International Prize</a>, however tensions have been steadily growing between the administration of populist Hungarian prime minister&nbsp;Viktor Orb&aacute;n and the&nbsp;institute's founder,&nbsp;Hungarian American billionaire George Soros, a liberal.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Tam&aacute;s Bujnovszky</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Tam&aacute;s Bujnovszky</figcaption></figure><p>While the school moved to plan a satellite campus in Vienna, the future progress of the Budapest campus development remains in limbo &mdash; a scenario of uncertainty for&nbsp;O'Donnell + Toumey. "I don't think you can hold architecture to account in matters of social change,"&nbsp;John Tuomey told <em>CNN</em>,&nbsp;"architecture d...</p> Mexico City International Airport project's future now relies on public vote Hope Daley 2018-08-22T14:28:00-04:00 >2018-08-22T14:29:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Mexican President-elect Andr&eacute;s Manuel L&oacute;pez Obrador said Friday he would let voters decide whether to continue construction of Mexico City&rsquo;s new airport, throwing into doubt the country&rsquo;s biggest public-works project and billions in investment and debt. The airpot, designed in part by U.K. architect Norman Foster, is about one-third complete. About $5.2 billion has been spent on the infrastructure project, the biggest of the administration of current President Enrique Pe&ntilde;a Nieto.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">softening his original stance</a> on cancelling the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> International Airport, president-elect&nbsp;Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has now opened up the project's fate to the public. The partially built infrastructure project by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FR-EE</a>&nbsp;now hangs in the balance of public voters.</p> Mexican president-elect softens his opposition to $13 billion airport project Alexander Walter 2018-07-09T15:16:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T15:17:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico&rsquo;s next president, is no longer seeking an immediate suspension of Mexico City&rsquo;s new $13 billion airport, according to a member of his economic transition team. Abel Hibert, who attended a planning meeting with Lopez Obrador and about 100 aides from the transition team on Tuesday evening, said it was clear that there&rsquo;ll be no immediate demand to President Enrique Pena Nieto to suspend construction of the airport, at least until a review of the contracts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Canceling the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Mexico City International Airport project</a> due to alleged corruption and wasteful spending was one of the campaign promises of socialist (then) candidate, and now president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tone appears to have softened now to not completely alienate investors, and an AMLO aide laid our three possibilities: "Auctioning the airport to the private sector, moving it to an alternative site (which would mean losses on construction that&rsquo;s already happened), or going ahead with the current plan," <em>Bloomberg</em> reports.</p> <p>A conglomerate comprising&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise)</a>, and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">had won</a> the international architectural competition in 2014 for what might become one of the world's largest airports with (up to) six runways and a&nbsp;560,000-square-meter terminal.</p> “Weak Monument”: Estonia's 2018 Venice Biennale Pavilion examines the implicit politics of everyday architectural forms Justine Testado 2018-05-10T15:35:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T15:35:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a>, Estonia's pavilion, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Weak Monument&rdquo;</a>, explores&nbsp;the explicit representation of the monument and the implicit politics of everyday architectural forms.</p> <p>Curated by Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa and Tade&aacute;&scaron; &#344;&iacute;ha, the&nbsp;exhibition takes over the former Santa Maria Ausiliatrice church in Venice with pavement and a monument-like concrete wall that divides the exhibition space in two. As visitors cross through the wall, they'll find a collection of photos, drawings, and models of Estonian and European examples of &ldquo;weak monuments&rdquo;. They will then encounter a &ldquo;wall altar&rdquo;. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figure><figcaption>Wall altar. Image &copy; Weak Monument.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weak Monument Section. &copy; Weak Monument 2018.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Monuments reside on the margin of the architectural discipline while directly embodying some of its most central qualities, such as relation to the site, delimitation of public space and capacity for representation,&rdquo; the curatorial team explains.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>&ldquo;In Estonia, the notion of monument appears as a foreign intruder. Its pre...</p> How a small, conservative Texas town became a key player in the renewable energy revolution Alexander Walter 2018-04-20T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T14:33:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Georgetown (pop. 67,000) last year became the largest city in the United States to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Previously, the largest U.S. city fully powered by renewables was Burlington, Vermont (pop. 42,000), home to Senator Bernie Sanders, the jam band Phish and the original Ben &amp; Jerry&rsquo;s. Georgetown&rsquo;s feat is all the more dramatic because it demolishes the notion that sustainability is synonymous with socialism and GMO-free ice cream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>Smithsonian Magazine</em>, Dan Solomon tells the story of Georgetown, TX's green energy transformation and its unexpected champion, Republican mayor Dale Ross&mdash;who is now friends with Al Gore and was even featured in his <em>An Inconvenient Sequel</em> documentary.<br></p> Casa del Fascio eyed by Italian far right to become major art & architecture museum Alexander Walter 2018-04-03T19:06:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T10:46:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Italy&rsquo;s far-right Lega party, which won almost 18% of the vote in the general election on 4 March and could form part of the next coalition government, wants to turn a former Fascist party headquarters in Como, in the Lombardy region, into northern Italy&rsquo;s biggest museum of Modern art, architecture and design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As reported by <em>The Art Newspaper</em>, the leader of Italy's newly empowered far-right Lega party,&nbsp;Matteo Salvini, has called in his manifesto, besides the expected&nbsp;anti-immigration, anti-European Union views, to create a grand museum of architecture, design, and modern art in the northern Italian city of Como&nbsp;&mdash; inside the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mussolini</a>-commissioned 1936 former <em>Casa del Fascio</em>.</p> Israel wants to thank Trump for Jerusalem decision by naming Western Wall train station after him Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-27T13:48:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The train station is being planned for the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City. Katz said he decided to honor Trump in this way following the president's decision early this month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to ultimately move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yisrael Katz,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Israel</a>'s transport minister, has said he plans to name a future train station in Jerusalem &nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald John Trump</a>" Station, after the U.S. President controversially recognized the city as Israeli's capital earlier this month. The station is part of a contentious proposal to&nbsp;extend Jerusalem&rsquo;s high-speed rail line to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray. Plans for the project involve the construction of two underground stations and the excavation of more than two miles of tunnel underneath the Old City, a politically and historically sensitive area of Jerusalem.</p> AIA is encouraged by last minute edits to Congress' tax reform legislation Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-18T20:42:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> has been one of the many <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vocal opponents to the House and Senate tax plans</a>, which would gut historic tax credits and harm architecture firms, especially those smaller in size. However,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">after a concerted effort to lobby Congress</a>, the AIA is newly "encouraged" by some last minute amendments made to the tax reform legislation contained in the House-Senate Conference Agreement announced late Friday night.</p> <p>In particular, the latest revisions have resolved some of the issues surrounding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Historic Tax Credit</a>. While the House's version would have eliminated it entirely, the Senate's plan would've simply diluted its impact by spreading the credit over five years time. Now in its reconciled form, the tax plan keeps the HTC and improves on the Senate bill's language by adding some flexibility for architects wishing to utilize the 20 percent credit.</p> <p>The other highly welcomed revision is that the tax plan now allows a 20 percent deduction for businesses or...</p> The AIA responds to U.S. Congress tax reform bills: "You're making a terrible mistake" Alexander Walter 2017-12-04T16:12:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following recent developments the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made in various versions in both the House and the Senate, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> announced that it would lobby aggressively against "significant inequities" the legislation currently represents.</p> <p>Back in September, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA already warned</a> about earlier tax reform proposals and called for caution. <br></p> <p>AIA 2017 President Thomas Vonier, FAIA now issued a new statement, alarming that with the current legislation "Congress would be making a terrible mistake":<br></p> <p><em>By weakening the Historic Tax Credits, Congress and the Administration will hurt historic rehabilitation projects all across the country - something to which architects have been committed for decades. Since 1976, the HTCs have generated some&nbsp;$132 billion in private investment, involving nearly 43,000 projects. They are fundamental to maintaining America's architectural heritage.<br></em></p> <p><em>Unfortunately, both bills for some reason continue to exclude architects and other small ...</em></p> The AIA sounds cautions on tax reform proposals Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-28T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-28T15:21:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Wednesday, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Trump</a> and congressional Republicans rolled out a sweeping tax overhaul proposal that would&nbsp;radically slash business taxes, trim the number of individual tax rates to around three brackets, and expand the standard deduction and child tax credit for individuals. The plan has been applauded by Republicans, as well as&nbsp;business groups and the far-right House Freedom Caucus, who argue it would provide the country with a fairer, simpler tax system. Opposing the blueprint, Democrats contend that proposal delivers tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the middle-class.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Today, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> responded to the tax reform proposals advanced by the Administration and Congressional Republicans issuing caution and releasing the following statement by AIA 2017 President <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Vonier</a>, FAIA:<br></p> <p><em>Any tax reforms must do three basic things:</em></p> <ul><li><em>Support and strengthen small businesses, which account for the vast majority of U.S. architecture firms.<br></em></li><li><em>Encourage innova...</em></li></ul> Gregory Ain, once "the most dangerous architect in America," and the mysterious fate of his MoMA exhibition house Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gregory Ain, a midcentury champion of modern architecture whose students included Frank Gehry, is virtually unknown outside Los Angeles today. His left-leaning politics made him the object of decades-long F.B.I. surveillance [...] Even the fate of his most important commission &mdash; an exhibition house in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art &mdash; is a mystery. That house is now the subject of &ldquo;This Future Has a Past,&rdquo; an installation at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Future Has a Past</a></em> opened in July at the Center for Architecture in New York and still runs through September 12. The accompanying event <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Who Was Gregory Ain?</a></em> on September 7 will feature the installation's producers, Katherine Lambert and Christiane Robbins, as well as other speakers. <br></p> Houses in Detroit demolished with money intended to save them Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T14:16:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With a surplus of unused money, Michigan became the first state in 2013 to demolish homes using money intended to save them. The idea was that demolitions would revitalize neighborhoods by increasing the property values of surrounding houses, attracting new homeowners, and reducing crime rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit's&nbsp;neediest homeowners were supposed to receive federal assistance to save their homes as part of the Treasury Department's seven-year-old Hardest Hit Fund. However, Michigan squandered its originally allotted $498 million by creating unnecessarily stringent requirements, according to a scathing audit issued in January by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). </p> <p><em>As a result, more than 80 percent of Detroiters making $30,000 or less a year were denied assistance to save their homes from tax or mortgage foreclosure. By contrast, the other 17 states with Hardest Hit Funds rejected 53 percent of homeowners making less than $30,000. </em></p> <p>SIGTARP 2016 investigation found that demolition programs are "vulnerable to the risk of unfair competitive practices such as bid rigging, contract steering, and other closed door contracting processes" because the "Treasury conducts no oversight" and therefore cannot determine whether the cost of d...</p> Thousands protest in Moscow against planned demolition of Soviet-era housing blocks Alexander Walter 2017-05-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T15:02:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An interactive map of the former Soviet Union&rsquo;s Constructivist architectural heritage went online just days before the city of Moscow published a list of 4,500 apartment buildings proposed for demolition as part of a plan to relocate up to 1.6 million residents. Describe by many residents as a property grab [...] the demolition plan has proven so unpopular that thousands turned up for a demonstration against it in Moscow on Sunday 14 May carrying signs with slogans like &ldquo;My house is my castle&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The plan has also alarmed preservationists," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes. "Initially described as an effort to upgrade residents from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-fabricated mass housing</a> built under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, the architectural targets have broadened and fears are mounting that it has become a carte-blanche for developers to destroy any building that stands in their way."</p><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Alec Luhn <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">calls the demolition plans</a> "the most extensive Russian resettlement project in half a century," and some compare them to the forced collectivization of property under Stalin.</p> Architects envision Trump's America in the “Complicity and Defiance” charrette — winners announced! Justine Testado 2017-04-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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> "A Night in Paris" Orhan Ayyüce 2017-04-23T21:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T00:48:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Protests in Paris in the aftermath of the vote have turned violent with smoke grenades, flares and glass bottles thrown at police. More rallies, dubbed the &ldquo;night of the barricades,&rdquo; are expected to take place in 13 cities across France.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Live event cameras</a> covering the night of French elections. The footage follows night time streets and other public spaces romancing the dreamy city with shadowy elevations, silhouettes and the sounds of the Parisian architecture and urbanism. Considering the French tradition of protest, this is certain to get bigger as the second round of elections approaching in May. Let's hope nobody gets hurt.</p> Turkey to build a museum dedicated to the "martyrs and warriors" of the failed 2016 coup Nicholas Korody 2017-04-21T17:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T17:10:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in July 2016, a coup was attempted against the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdo&#287;an in Turkey. It was violently quashed, and the effects are still being felt. Since then, the country has been under a constnat state of emergency. Nearly 100,000 have been detained, around 50,000 arrested, and more than 130,000 state employees&mdash;workers, academics, and teachers&mdash;have been fired. In particular, Kurdish groups have been targeted in the purge.</p><p>Now, the Turkish government plans to commemorate the failed coup with a museum&mdash;the Museum of the 15 July: Martyrs and Democracy. It will be built on a site about 40 minutes north of Ankara and is planned to be completed by late 2018. Roughly 36,600 square feet, the museum will cost 10 million Turkish lira (about $2.71M) to build. According to the government, temporary and permanent exhibitions will commemorate the &ldquo;martyrs and warriors&rdquo; of the failed uprising.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Hyperallergic</a></p> The Garden Bridge: a sign of our "post-truth" times? Nicholas Korody 2017-04-17T12:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:29:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The garden bridge, proposed to cross the Thames from the South Bank to Temple, is nothing if not a landmark of the post-truth era. It has wrung tens of millions out of the public purse on the basis of deceptions, distortions and facts that proved to be fake. First sold as &ldquo;a gift to the people of London&rdquo;, entirely paid for by private sector donations, it is now due to cost a minimum of &pound;60m in public money. Its estimated total cost has gone from &pound;60m to &ldquo;north of &pound;200 million&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Its claims to fundraising prowess are exaggerated, its promised transport benefits minimal. Its backers assert overwhelming public support on the basis of a poll that told those polled nothing of the costs and drawbacks of the project.</em></p> Internet providers can now profit from your privacy, thanks to the House Republicans Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T10:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Not content to creepily stalk you with tailored ads on Facebook and Google, ISPs can now sell your internet browsing history to third-parties for cash, thanks to the corporately-backed husks that voted for the move in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>:</p><p><em>Congress's joint resolution empowers Internet providers to enter the&nbsp;$83 billion market for online advertising now dominated by Google and Facebook.&nbsp;It is likely to lend momentum to a broader GOP rollback of Obama-era technology policies, and calls into question&nbsp;the fate of other tech regulations such as net neutrality, which was approved in 2015 over strident Republican objections and bans Internet providers from discriminating against websites. And it is a sign that&nbsp;companies such as AT&amp;T, Comcast and Verizon will be treated more permissively at a time&nbsp;when conservatives control all three branches of government.</em></p><p></p> New Competition from Archistophanes: Complicity and Defiance in Architecture Sponsor 2017-03-16T17:50:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T17:56:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Cues</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture is historically complicit with the policies of those in power, both symbolically and functionally. It offers not only representations of power, but also vehicles for enacting power in its most grandiose, oppressive, and physically enduring expressions, from palaces and corporate skyscrapers to border walls and prisons.</p><p>Art that opposes power, on the other hand, is more fluid. Graffiti, protest songs, and written manifestos cost nothing and are easily disseminated&ndash;all things that architecture has historically never been. As such, there is no canon of activist built architecture. And while there have been revolutionary movements and utopian visionaries in the history of architecture, only now through Photoshop and the internet can an architecture of protest and revolution truly form and proliferate, through imagery that is arguably more provocative in imagined scenarios than built projects in their real-life executions.</p><p>We are on...</p> The Architecture Lobby calls on architects + engineers to protest border wall on March 10 day of action Justine Testado 2017-03-01T18:25:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the Department of Homeland Security prepares to officially launch <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the RFP</a> for Trump's proposed border wall on March 6,&nbsp;the Architecture Lobby is calling on all architects and engineers across the U.S.&nbsp;to participate in a national day of action to boycott the project&nbsp;on&nbsp;Friday, March 10 &mdash; the same day that the&nbsp;first round of submissions in the RFP are due.</p><p>Starting at 4 p.m. EST, the 45-minute united action calls for participants to leave their desks and walk out &ldquo;to make clear not only to the current and future administrations, but also to themselves and each other, that their agency will not be exploited in the service of xenophobia, discrimination and racism&rdquo;, the Lobby says.</p><p>The Architecture Lobby is hoping the March 10 boycott will build solidarity amongst architects and engineers and inspire an ongoing grassroots resistance. After the day of action, the Architecture Lobby encourages participants to send their photos, reports, statements of support, successes, failures, potenti...</p> AIA officially states it is pro-immigration and travel-positive Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T12:43:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What would America be without immigrants? More to the point, what would architecture be without the ability for those working within it to freely travel and collaborate with (much more affordable) talent from around the world? In recognition of these facts, the AIA has released an official statement that raises concerns about broad anti-immigration policies, and confirms the institute's dedication to reciprocal "free moment and association" around the globe. Here's the full text of the press release:</p><p><em>As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have prof...</em></p> Archinect presents Next Up: Floating Worlds at the Neutra VDL on Saturday, March 4! Nicholas Korody 2017-02-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-06-22T17:30:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We don&rsquo;t draft designs in a void and cities don&rsquo;t spring straight from our imaginations. Architecture is itself a designed object, circumscribed and delimited by the social, political, and economic conditions of the era. But, likewise, these conditions aren&rsquo;t exactly natural&mdash;they&rsquo;re designed by a host of actors and forces. For a new generation of architects, the most-pressing design challenge of the twentieth century isn&rsquo;t to create new forms, but to re-design the architecture of architecture, itself. And, the first step in this process, like with any project, is visualization.</p> <p>For the fourth iteration of Archinect&rsquo;s live podcasting series <strong><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a></em></strong>, we&rsquo;re taking a look at potential roles for architecture in the contemporary neoliberal political economy, with a focus on issues pertaining to gender and identity. In a sense, what we&rsquo;re looking at is how architecture is itself designed&mdash;and, specifically, how we can redesign the systems in which it is enmeshed. In what ways are people cha...</p> Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled Julia Ingalls 2017-02-08T07:01:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's members have seen their projects delayed, cancelled, or just plain scaled back. The news isn't all grim: according to the survey, many members are trying to look on the bright side (or at least trying to identify the bright side). As RIBA notes:</p><p><em>From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK&rsquo;s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear&nbsp;</em><em>that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.&nbsp;In response to the concerns and opportunities raised by its chartered members, RIBA has today published a set of five priority recommendation...</em></p> Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:43:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, &ldquo;two of the wealthiest men in real estate&rdquo; according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a>,&nbsp; to head a &ldquo;council of builders and engineers&rdquo;. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump&rsquo;s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a>, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure.</p><p>Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters&mdash;a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.</p><p>In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...</p> As the UK and US shift rightwards, architects react Nicholas Korody 2017-01-17T12:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:43:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The last year has seen a dramatic political shift to the right in the Western world (and elsewhere), marked in particular by Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump. Alongside the former, the Tories secured a firm grip on the UK, with Prime Minister Theresa May stepping in to fill the void left after David Cameron&rsquo;s departure. In the United States, the Republican party has an equally secure hold over the country and its future, controlling all three branches of government.</p><p>With this turn to the right, the built environment will undoubtedly change significantly. Cuts to government-subsidized housing are expected in both countries. Meanwhile, much-need infrastructural updates may&mdash;or may not&mdash;be on the horizon in the U.S., as they were one of the primary campaign promises of the President-elect.</p><p>Therefore, it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that architects on both sides of the Atlantic have voiced opinions on the direction their countries are heading. Two architectural organizations have just ...</p> Want Christo to make a US/Mexico border wall? Sign the petition! Paul Petrunia 2017-01-11T11:55:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Dear President-Elect Donald Trump: Please commission U.S. artist Christo&rsquo;s with the creation of a new a version of his Running Fence to separate the U.S. from Mexico. His first project in Sonoma was completed in 1976 with great success. Though only 24.5 miles long then, in full length today it would transform a racist project into a public art event, and help improve the image of the U.S. with a cultural veneer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> As President Obama leaves the White House, a closer look at his urban policy legacy Alexander Walter 2016-12-30T18:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:44:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>City residents and urbanists had reasons to believe Obama would usher in a new urban era. [...] Now, as he leaves the White House, Obama&rsquo;s legacy is being evaluated on many fronts, including within the realm of urban policy. In a new book called Urban Policy in the Time of Obama, academics appraise his successes and failures. CityLab spoke with the book&rsquo;s editor, James DeFillippis, an associate professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does President Obama's final year in office mean for architecture?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter and the politics of protesting in privatized space</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T16:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>:</p><p><em>Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed up project approvals regardless of whether infrastructure programs get a funding boost. &ldquo;With or without a new infusion of funds, it is necessary to look at the existing processes for infrastructure development and find more efficient ways to address bottlenecks in planning and permitting,&rdquo; Chao said. That response indicates Chao isn&rsquo;t assuming Congress will pass a large infrastructure spending package.</em></p><p>For more on Trump's political cabinet of curiosities:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li></ul> Before Trump has even taken office, his infrastructure plan faces an uncertain future Nicholas Korody 2016-12-21T12:05:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It's not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump's plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold as he promised. Trump made rebuilding the nation's aging roads, bridges and airports very much part of his job-creation strategy in the presidential race. But lately lobbyists have begun to fear that there won't be an infrastructure proposal at all, or at least not the grand plan they'd been led to expect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on President-elect Trump:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure?</a></li></ul>