Archinect - News 2017-09-24T12:06:11-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150029843/richard-rogers-challenges-prince-charles-to-public-debate-over-built-environment Richard Rogers challenges Prince Charles to public debate over built environment Alexander Walter 2017-09-22T15:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-23T23:13:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rvshxh51cwfbmjq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rvshxh51cwfbmjq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rvshxh51cwfbmjq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rvshxh51cwfbmjq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Richard Rogers has challenged Prince Charles to engage in public debate over Britain&rsquo;s built environment after claiming he knows of five developers who privately consulted him over their choice of architects because they fear his opposition. The Labour peer and designer of the Pompidou Centre reopened a simmering row over the heir to the throne&rsquo;s interventions in architecture by alleging in a new book that the developers consulted the palace &ldquo;to check what would be acceptable&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em> cites <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/3917/richard-rogers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers</a>' thoughts on <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/540461/prince-charles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Prince</a> from his new memoir, <em>A Place for All People</em>: "I don&rsquo;t believe that the Prince of Wales understands architecture. He thinks it is fixed at one point in the past (for him, classicism &ndash; an odd choice as it is not a style with deep roots in England), rather than an evolving language of technology and materials. But if he is not going to join in debate, it hardly matters whether his opinions are right or wrong. He occupies a privileged position, and he should not use that to damage the livelihoods of people he disagrees with."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023002/collapsing-or-is-it-supposed-to-look-like-that-construction-of-a-new-hotel-in-bangkok-sparks-controversy Collapsing? Or is it supposed to look like that? Construction of a new hotel in Bangkok sparks controversy Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-16T12:54:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T14:06:39-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pn/pn8o0h9myl5d66k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pn/pn8o0h9myl5d66k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pn/pn8o0h9myl5d66k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pn/pn8o0h9myl5d66k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The panic was kicked off by photos posted to social media tagging traffic news organization JS100. The posts said the under-construction building across from Mahatun Plaza near BTS Phloen Chit looked in danger of collapse. &#8203;Concerned citizens gathered Tuesday at the construction site on Phloen Chit Road where the building&rsquo;s angled appearance sparked concern about its structural integrity to hear district officials and site management say it was part of the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;The building isn&rsquo;t crooked or leaning over, it&rsquo;s part of the architectural design,&rdquo; Morakot Sanitthangkul, Pathum Wan district director, said.&rdquo;Let me confirm for everyone again, for the fourth time: It&rsquo;s part of the 3D design.&rdquo;<br></p> <p>The 32-floor hotel was designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/tandemarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tandem Architects</a>, with consultation from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPF</a>, and is planned to open in February.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/jy/jyj0sxheugrlhjgx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jy/jyj0sxheugrlhjgx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The building under construction Tuesday on Phloen Chit Road.</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022094/where-the-street-has-no-claim-presidio-terrace-in-san-francisco-bought-after-no-one-paid-the-street-s-taxes Where the street has no claim: Presidio Terrace in San Francisco bought after no one paid the street's taxes Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T09:54:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/do/doti4xj352dld89r.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/do/doti4xj352dld89r.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/do/doti4xj352dld89r.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/do/doti4xj352dld89r.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Tina Lam and Michael Cheng snatched up Presidio Terrace &mdash; the block-long, private oval street lined by 35 megamillion-dollar mansions &mdash; for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill. They outlasted several other bidders. Now they&rsquo;re looking to cash in &mdash; maybe by charging the residents of those mansions to park on their own private street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When the annual $14 city tax bill for the street on Presidio Terrace went unpaid for a little over thirty years, the frustrated municipality held an auction to recoup its lost monies. A savvy couple who live in the decidedly less swanky South Bay snapped it up and now are causing all of the exclusive residents of the street to pay much closer attention to civic matters. &nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150021207/new-video-shows-construction-progress-on-controversial-dubai-frame New video shows construction progress on controversial Dubai Frame Alexander Walter 2017-08-04T20:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-07T03:02:49-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2pz8gc8h0bxhhny3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2pz8gc8h0bxhhny3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2pz8gc8h0bxhhny3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2pz8gc8h0bxhhny3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Dubai Frame is quickly taking shape in the heart of the city, providing breathtaking views of 'old' and 'new' Dubai. A Dubai Municipality delegation on Thursday has given residents a sneak peek into one of the upcoming iconic structures in the city. [...] The work has already started on the frame's glass bridge, and the cladding is expected to be completed by the end of this year, a top senior Dubai Municipality official had told Khaleej Times earlier this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction work on Dubai's latest gilded landmark appears to be making progress as the Dubai Municipality documented today in a new social media video of a city government delegation visiting the site.</p> <p></p> <p>The design of the 150-meter-tall <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/280355/dubai-frame" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame</a> structure isn't without controversy: the concept originally surfaced as the 2008-09 ThyssenKrupp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_announced_for_thyssenkrupp_elevator_architecture_award_2008-2009" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition-winning design</a>&nbsp;by architect Fernando Donis who eventually filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality for stealing the copyright to his design. In a 2015-interview, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donis told Archinect</a>: &ldquo;At the end they took it, built it and will profit from it, without having involved us nor paid us."</p> <p>The opening date of Dubai Frame has been pushed back numerous times but is now expected to happen by the end of this year.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020797/trump-administration-to-waive-environmental-rules-and-other-laws-to-expedite-border-wall-construction Trump administration to waive environmental rules and other laws to expedite border wall construction Alexander Walter 2017-08-02T18:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-02T18:05:18-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/128zeerksjdtpsqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/128zeerksjdtpsqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/128zeerksjdtpsqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/128zeerksjdtpsqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president&rsquo;s signature campaign pledges. Critics including the Center for Biological Diversity criticized the move as overreach and a threat to the environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Last week, the House of Representatives approved the administration&rsquo;s request for $1.6 billion to start building Trump&rsquo;s border wall," PBS NewsHour reports, "which would include replacing 14 miles (22 kilometers) in San Diego covered by the latest waiver and building 60 miles (96 kilometers) of new barriers in Texas&rsquo; Rio Grande Valley."</p> <p>And the Rio Grande stretch, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2017/03/29/interior-secretary-trumps-border-wall-may-be-built-in-mexico-because-we-wont-cede-the-rio-grande/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as we all know</a>, will require some (costly) construction magic.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019625/a-petition-to-scrap-design-for-iron-ring-sculpture-causes-the-welsh-government-to-pause-the-proposed-plan A petition to scrap design for Iron Ring sculpture causes the Welsh government to pause the proposed plan Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-26T18:33:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T23:02:44-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur11f007lrepghxy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur11f007lrepghxy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur11f007lrepghxy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/ur11f007lrepghxy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Last week, we covered the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/bustler/5829/all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newly released designs for a landmark sculpture that would be built at Flint Castle</a> in Wales. The sculpture, designed by George King Architects, was to be a cantilevered bridge structure made of weathering steel and engraved with words chosen from the local community. At first, the design seemed as innocuous as any&mdash;turns out, not so much.</p> <p>The news of the selected design has sparked a lot of controversy and <a href="https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-to-flint-castle-s-planned-iron-ring?bucket=&amp;source=twitter-share-button" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a petition</a> calling for the sculpture to be scrapped has received over 9,000 signatures. The design and name of the sculpture reference the series of castles, built by Edward I, that allowed him to conquer the then, independent Wales. Many are upset, rightfully so, that what should be a celebration of Wales and Welsh culture, has turned into a celebration of its conquest and subsequent oppression by England. In response, the county of Flint has urged the Welsh Government, who ran the contest, to talk with the town before any further action is taken in rega...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004572/will-luxury-apartment-owners-shut-down-the-tate-s-viewing-platform Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150001383/architect-david-lake-pens-compelling-letter-to-congressman-decrying-proposed-cuts-to-epa-s-energy-star Architect David Lake pens compelling letter to Congressman decrying proposed cuts to EPA's "Energy Star" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T20:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T10:31:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As we discussed at the Witte, the EPA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Energy Star,&rdquo; indoor air quality, and materials safety programs directly support the design and construction industry each and every day. The proposed EPA budget eliminates funding for these programs and will severely impact the ability of engineers and architects to meet client demands, fulfill our contractual obligations, and carry out the duties of our licensure to protect the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to a letter in which Texan Republican Congressman Lamar Smith told David Lake that he gets all of his news from a "biased liberal media," Lake not only kindly (and eloquently) rebutted this inaccuracy, but also encouraged the Congressman not to defund the EPA if he still wants to live in a world with excellent design and construction. Specifically, cutting the EPA's "Energy Star" program will negatively impact the public realm (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and generally lead to less excellence in the architecture profession itself</a>).&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150000026/internet-providers-can-now-profit-from-your-privacy-thanks-to-the-house-republicans 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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8x/8xmnbkwck53jscx5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8x/8xmnbkwck53jscx5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8x/8xmnbkwck53jscx5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8x/8xmnbkwck53jscx5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/28/the-house-just-voted-to-wipe-out-the-fccs-landmark-internet-privacy-protections/" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/149998584/how-does-one-design-against-magic-used-to-trap-self-driving-cars How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T23:06:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in <a href="https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997198/tear-down-that-wall-proposal Tear down that wall (proposal) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T23:47:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Rael writes that one of the most devastating consequences of the wall is &ldquo;the division of communities, cities, neighborhoods and families, resulting in the erosion of social infrastructure.&rdquo; When we talked, he wondered how we might create something positive from something so horrible: &ldquo;Can reform happen through borderland investment? If you build 150 libraries along the border, you&rsquo;d get a very different outcome.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RFP for the border wall is out, but the conscience-bearing architectural community is staying in (and trying to imagine alternatives to this xenophobic concrete smear job). In particular, in this New York Times article they're suggesting building anything but walls, suggesting that perhaps investing in communities instead of splitting them apart is the way to go for the political and social benefit of everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149986970/do-architecture-awards-matter Do architecture awards matter? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T14:16:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T18:56:45-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer <a href="http://commonedge.org/do-architecture-awards-matter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Willis </a>investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other architects') incomprehension of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145812094/why-is-the-pritzker-such-a-big-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">what these prizes mean</a>. With so many awards and so many buildings that fellow professionals have never visited or heard of before the merit is given, what exactly is the value of an architectural award? Using an Oscar analogy, Willis explains just what he's talking about: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Whereas non-filmmakers have access to nearly all of the films considered for major film awards, most non-architects don&rsquo;t have first-hand experience with any of the buildings and designers being considered for awards. Many casual movie-goers know what defines an award-winning movie, and yet the criteria used to define award-winning buildings are often so disconnected from the public&rsquo;s experience...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985778/aamodt-plumb-architects-resigns-from-the-aia-over-robert-ivy-s-conciliatory-comments-toward-trump Aamodt/Plumb Architects resigns from the AIA over Robert Ivy's conciliatory comments toward Trump Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T22:51:29-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Don't pay your national AIA dues if you don't agree with the direction of the association. At least, that's what Mette Aamodt is doing this year. According to a press release issued by the firm, Aamodt explains that she:&nbsp;</p><p><em>is calling on architects to join her in refusing to work for clients&nbsp;engaged in discrimination, human rights violations, tyranny and exploitation. AIA&nbsp;National dues are due this week and every member has to make a choice about&nbsp;where they stand.</em></p><p><em>Together&nbsp;with her partner Andrew Plumb, Aamodt and their firm Aamodt / Plumb Architects&nbsp;is raising money to start a non-profit organization dedicated to education and&nbsp;advocacy around quality construction techniques, healthy materials and fair&nbsp;labor practices. &ldquo;We have just elected one of the world&rsquo;s worst developers as&nbsp;President, who exploits people and natural resources to build junk buildings&nbsp;that benefit no one but himself,&rdquo; says Mette Aamodt. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for architects&nbsp;to take a stand and fight back, rather than rolling ove...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149981007/hud-winked-ben-carson-takes-on-housing-for-trump-and-zha-distances-itself-from-patrik-schumacher-on-archinect-sessions-90-ft-special-guest-marc-miller HUD-winked: Ben Carson takes on housing for Trump and ZHA distances itself from Patrik Schumacher on Archinect Sessions #90, ft. special guest Marc Miller Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-01T15:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T01:03:22-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ce/cenxbs3zt5x2bjak.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ce/cenxbs3zt5x2bjak.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ce/cenxbs3zt5x2bjak.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ce/cenxbs3zt5x2bjak.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>When president-elect Donald Trump nominated Ben Carson to lead the department of Housing and Urban Development, the response was resoundingly: huh?</p><p>The neurosurgeon came onto the national political scene in 2015, during his run for the Republican nomination, but after Trump took the presidency and started throwing around the idea of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">offering a Cabinet position to Carson</a>, a spokesperson said "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency." Despite all that,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980875/what-ben-carson-s-federal-inexperience-means-for-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carson is now (almost definitely officially) secretary of HUD</a> (which he knows just enough about to seriously backtrack the agency's work as pushed by Obama). So here we are.</p><p>Special guest <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/118068376/marc-miller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller</a> joins us on the podcast to discuss the implications of Carson's inexperience for HUD, as well as chew on the latest Schumacher-induced controversy: when the architect promoted the privatization of public space an...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980618/zaha-hadid-architects-rejects-patrik-schumacher-s-manifesto-in-open-letter Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:48-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The perenially&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinionated</a> Patrik Schumacher, who gave a speech about his "urban policy manifesto" at the November 17th World Architecture Festival in which he called for an end to all social housing and privatization of public space, has attracted push-back from an unexpected source: the firm he currently runs, which was founded by the late, great Zaha Hadid. In an open letter from the architectural office, Zaha Hadid Architects states that Schumacher's manifesto does not reflect the future direction of the firm, noting that Zaha "deeply believed in the strongest international collaboration" and she "did not write manifestos. She built them." The full text of the letter follows below:</p><p><em>November 29, 2016</em></p><p><em>Patrik Schumacher&rsquo;s &lsquo;urban policy manifesto&rsquo; does not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; past&mdash;and will not be our future.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid did not write manifestos. She built them.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid Architects has delivered 56 projects for all members of the community in 45 cities around the world.</em></p><p><em>Refusi...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961562/san-francisco-rejects-tech-tax-that-would-require-big-companies-to-fund-housing-initiatives San Francisco rejects “tech tax” that would require big companies to fund housing initiatives Justine Testado 2016-08-04T15:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:07:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/03/03k9s0cfxaaph7s4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/03/03k9s0cfxaaph7s4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/03/03k9s0cfxaaph7s4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/03/03k9s0cfxaaph7s4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They spend $25,000 per employee per year on perks like free beer and pool tables and massages ... That&rsquo;s great, but can they spend $1,000 to help the rest of San Francisco survive?&rdquo; As it turned out, they could not. Representatives of tech organizations reacted fiercely against the tax, saying that it would suppress growth in the industry that has made the city &ndash; parts of it, at least &ndash; wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Widening the gap between San Francisco's wealthy and poor, the&nbsp;budget committee of the city's board of supervisors&nbsp;rejected on Monday the tech tax, which &ldquo;would have imposed a 1.5% payroll levy on technology companies that generate more than $1m in revenues a year, including Uber, Google, Twitter and Airbnb.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></p><p><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 advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149958163/boyle-heights-activists-want-all-art-galleries-to-gtfo-of-their-neighborhood Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood Justine Testado 2016-07-15T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T12:35:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kw/kwq64eauwim9ky4z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kw/kwq64eauwim9ky4z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kw/kwq64eauwim9ky4z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kw/kwq64eauwim9ky4z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"We&rsquo;re not against art or culture," [says Boyle Heights activist Maga Miranda.] "...But the art galleries are part of a broader effort by planners and politicians and developers who want to artwash gentrification." "We&rsquo;re saying that they need to make a bigger effort to amplify the voices of the people that are gonna be most affected by this, and that doesn&rsquo;t happen to be artists in this situation. It happens to be people who can&rsquo;t afford to live here anymore."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amid widespread gentrification in LA, activists in Boyle Heights have been scrutinizing the art galleries that set up shop there in recent years &mdash; including significant spaces like Self Help Graphics, which helped put the Eastside neighborhood on the cultural map.&nbsp;While activists want to prevent developers from taking control and &ldquo;artwashing gentrification&rdquo;, some gallery owners have expressed mixed reactions. The debate gets even more convoluted considering that some activists are also working artists.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T11:49:52-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>All the radar systems, lighthouses, barracks, ports and airfields that China has set up on its newly built island chain in the South China Sea require tremendous amounts of electricity, which is hard to come by in a place hundreds of miles from the country&rsquo;s power grid. Beijing may have come up with a solution: floating nuclear power plants. A state-owned company, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, is planning to build a fleet of the vessels to provide electricity to remote locations [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China is busy building islands in the South China Sea</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again Will Mies van der Rohe’s Wolf House rise again? Alexander Walter 2016-04-01T15:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:12:55-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ug66nmc8gwy3sndk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ug66nmc8gwy3sndk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ug66nmc8gwy3sndk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ug66nmc8gwy3sndk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A group of German architects and planners has started a campaign to rebuild the Wolf House, widely seen as a link between van der Rohe&rsquo;s early, more conventional designs and his later buildings, like the Barcelona Pavilion and the Farnsworth House, that would redefine modern architecture. [...] But the plan has run into resistance from other architects and scholars who say that the Wolf House would be too hard to reconstruct [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950074/two-of-a-kind-photographer-robin-hill-contemplates-the-farnsworth-house-and-glass-house-simultaneously" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield pledges to carefully "optimize" Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149937531/frick-collection-puts-forward-rfq-to-invited-architecture-firms-in-new-revision-plan Frick Collection puts forward RFQ to invited architecture firms in new revision plan Justine Testado 2016-03-31T20:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:23:58-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/41/41fjd3fix82nb86h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/41/41fjd3fix82nb86h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/41/41fjd3fix82nb86h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/41/41fjd3fix82nb86h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With The Frick Collection&rsquo;s garden saved, the museum is moving forward with a new preservationist-friendly plan for expansion...The Frick Collection, looking to realize a revised expansion for the institution, has put forward a request for qualifications to a chosen group of architectural firms. The Frick plans to announce its selected finalist later this year, and plans to reveal designs in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Museum director Ian Wardropper tells&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/arts/design/frick-collection-will-revise-renovation-to-preserve-garden.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;20 firms have been invited to submit RFQs.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128787239/frick-collection-drops-controversial-expansion-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149935081/us-mexico-border-wall-competition-provokes-controversy US/Mexico border wall competition provokes controversy Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T17:08:00-04:00 >2016-03-21T12:36:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n9x3zixadh6ajg6r.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n9x3zixadh6ajg6r.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n9x3zixadh6ajg6r.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n9x3zixadh6ajg6r.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dominated another round of primaries last night...further securing his position as the party&rsquo;s frontrunner. His polemical campaign continues to provoke criticism from both his own party and from Democrats, as concern over his inflammatory, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric transforms into panic. The debate breached into architecture after a competition was announced last week for design responses to Trump&rsquo;s call for a wall along the US/Mexico border.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bustler, Archinect's sister site, declined the opportunity to post a competition calling for design responses to Donald Trump's calls for a border wall, which has since generated a good deal of controversy. Read about why &ndash; then join the debate on <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4754/us-mexico-border-wall-competition-provokes-controversy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>For related content, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101249386/minimalist-homes-rise-in-tijuana-as-violence-subsides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35568/photo-project-details-life-along-u-s-mexico-border" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo Project Details Life Along U.S.-Mexico Border</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39226/virtual-border" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual Border</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62032/us-border-fences-threaten-ecosystem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US border fences threaten ecosystem</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67914/ecology-of-the-border-fence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecology of the Border Fence</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/146053608/did-kengo-kuma-copy-elements-of-zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium Did Kengo Kuma copy elements of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-18T18:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T19:59:12-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3d2316929f9079588ec6116ffd9c4fdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3d2316929f9079588ec6116ffd9c4fdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3d2316929f9079588ec6116ffd9c4fdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3d2316929f9079588ec6116ffd9c4fdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In the design, I would like to say there are no similarities at all,&rdquo; Kuma told reporters when asked about Hadid&rsquo;s claims. [...] &ldquo;The conditions set for the competition mean that automatically some similarities emerge ... the concept is completely different, so it is absolutely a different building, despite the similarities&rdquo;. [...] Hadid&rsquo;s office is reportedly consulting lawyers, and said it would &ldquo;take legal action if our concerns are not promptly addressed to our satisfaction&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the contentious issue of architectural copyright and intellectual property, make sure to check out:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145189824/never-the-same-river-twice-experimental-preservation-and-architectural-authorship-with-jorge-otero-pailos-on-archinect-sessions-47" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Should architecture strive for originality? Can it ever achieve it?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141764344/should-architecture-strive-for-originality-can-it-ever-achieve-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should architecture strive for originality? Can it ever achieve it?</a></li><li><a title="Hey, that's mine! Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions's Legal Correspondent, on who owns architectural designs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120443448/hey-that-s-mine-brian-newman-archinect-sessions-s-legal-correspondent-on-who-owns-architectural-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hey, that's mine! Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions's Legal Correspondent, on who owns architectural designs</a></li><li><a title="Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project Julia Ingalls 2015-12-17T12:55:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T00:07:02-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xe87mslukqkp0ps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xe87mslukqkp0ps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xe87mslukqkp0ps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xe87mslukqkp0ps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Whatever you think of the initial "Tall Emblematic Structure in Dubai" prompt, there's no doubt that some fairly significant changes were made to Fernando Donis' winning design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142974640/controversial-dubai-frame-to-open-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame</a> and the actual monument as it is being constructed. As Archinect commenter <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> noted, "The proposal shows the frame section being an extruded square. The project being built has angled mitered corners. Angled mitered corners recall the traditional shape of a picture frame, and mitered corners are not Modern. In something as simple as this, changing the corner connection completely changes the cultural resonance of the form.&nbsp;In short, the designer is right to be pissed."</p><p>Archinect had the opportunity to speak directly with designer Fernando Donis about how he ultimately didn't get paid for his work due to a fraught contract signing process, his open letter to Dubai Municipality,&nbsp;and his advice to architects thinking about entering future open design competitions.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Archinect:</strong>&nbsp;What happe...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/142974640/controversial-dubai-frame-to-open-this-month Controversial Dubai Frame to open this month Julia Ingalls 2015-12-09T13:33:00-05:00 >2016-06-18T10:16:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2p0oh30rohwy8woo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2p0oh30rohwy8woo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2p0oh30rohwy8woo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2p/2p0oh30rohwy8woo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project is being transformed from being non-figurative architecture to an overscale figurative photo-frame. That is, from being a modern, public monument to a postmodern pastiche,&rdquo; [competition-winning architect Fernando] Donis wrote in an open letter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Described by an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_announced_for_thyssenkrupp_elevator_architecture_award_2008-2009/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">internet commenter</a> as "the St. Louis Arch minus the beauty or finesse," the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73096184/the-dubai-frame-is-becoming-a-reality-to-be-complete-end-of-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame project</a> is scheduled to open this month to the public. The somewhat controversial monument, which has not only attracted a scathing load of public commentary but an objecting open letter from the architect who initially designed it, will quite literally frame views of both the old and new Dubai skylines. The $43.5 million rectangular wonder isn't just for viewing from afar; visitors will be able to access a sky bridge inlaid with a 25 square meter glass panel.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a2/a2ijx09w7arghqlo.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/140292849/london-garden-bridge-wins-new-supporters-with-revised-funding-deal London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal Justine Testado 2015-11-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:28-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr6oyy78o4l898rk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr6oyy78o4l898rk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr6oyy78o4l898rk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr6oyy78o4l898rk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The controversial and seemingly doomed plan for a garden bridge over the Thames in London could be resurrected after the group behind the project reached an agreement with council officials over the level of public funding. On Monday...a joint announcement by Lambeth...and the Garden Bridge Trust said negotiations would resume after a deal to limit the money Transport for London (TfL) would have to pay towards construction to &pound;10m, from an original &pound;30m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p><p><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128643441/zaha-hadid-piers-gough-other-leading-cultural-figures-criticize-heatherwick-s-london-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p>You can find more previous news on the Garden Bridge <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/132949095/zaha-hadid-my-design-for-the-new-national-stadium-is-not-the-problem Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:21:39-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>According to a statement issued on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors." The stadium, whose controversial design has spawned a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">derisive memes</a>, was shut down after officials announced the cost would be 250 billion yen (approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars). The cost <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shocked</a> design committee chairman <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>, who made a similar statement about the inflated construction costs in Japan.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t34rfhcg1yqo3q1.jpg"></p><p>In her statement, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> goes on to say that the arched roof structure was carefully designed so that it could be built in tandem with the seating bowl, and by Japanese engineering and design team estimates should only cost 23 billion yen. Hadid also notes that due to an increase in&nbsp;the&nbsp;price...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/132333013/with-modern-charleston-building-off-the-table-clemson-looking-to-lease-space-for-its-architecture-center With modern Charleston building off the table, Clemson looking to lease space for its architecture center Alexander Walter 2015-07-20T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T14:43:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0c/0cc45d60ab24231e077246140d45830b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0c/0cc45d60ab24231e077246140d45830b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0c/0cc45d60ab24231e077246140d45830b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0c/0cc45d60ab24231e077246140d45830b?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Clemson University plans to lease space in downtown Charleston to house all of its locally based architecture and historic preservation programs until it decides on a permanent location. The decision comes about eight months after the university scrubbed plans for a contemporary architecture center at George and Meeting streets. The proposed building&rsquo;s sleek design sparked a lawsuit by neighborhoods and preservation groups.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T19:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:00:14-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x3/x3dgqr93vluqumud.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x3/x3dgqr93vluqumud.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x3/x3dgqr93vluqumud.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x3/x3dgqr93vluqumud.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The price tag for 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is now a whopping $2.1 billion. That&rsquo;s more than the stadiums for the past three summer Olympic stadiums combined. That&rsquo;s pretty silly! So is the stadium&rsquo;s new Photoshop meme.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the current estimated cost for <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> 's stadium design clocking in at more than $2 billion (that's $700 million more than the initial estimate), a <a href="http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150714_04.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent poll</a> by Japanese news network NHK found that "81 percent of respondents say they disapprove of the plan to build the stadium without changing its design." Only 13 percent said that they approved.</p><p>Here are a few of the cheeky Japanese memes <em>critically</em> expressing their discontent with the pricey design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Olympic Stadium</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p8/p8vxk38z40lkgu5n.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/nickjil/status/619761882241458176/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nickjil</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxiuz6e8fiysk5jw.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/AKID_0831/status/619858403796488193/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AKID_0831</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yl/ylvohpmranyybppz.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/641236A/status/619816252232437760/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@641236A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/on/onomrlg1q1m2e932.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/nabe_chan_/status/619975351968477184/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nabe_chan_</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mvp1cobeuudqaa93.jpg"></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/yuki_japantokyo/status/619849817687113729/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@yuki_japantokyo</a></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://kotaku.com/the-tokyo-olympics-stadium-makes-for-good-photoshops-1717435030" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kotaku</a> for more memes.</p><p>Recently in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo will stay the course with Zaha's Olympic stadium</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition Justine Testado 2015-06-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T17:31:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>These are strange days in San Francisco, where the clamor to build needed housing &mdash; especially at affordable levels &mdash; is matched only by the self-righteous vigor with which actual proposals for that housing tend to be opposed...But if we want a well-planned city with distinctive new buildings for all its citizens, projects like this show that good design and good policy can go hand in hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Tishman Speyer's nearly one-year-old proposal for a 400-foot-tall residential tower, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which Jeanne Gang designed</a>, at 160 Folsom St. is suddenly <a href="http://www.saverinconpark.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facing opposition</a> from local groups. With former mayor Art Agnos at the forefront of the opposition, the groups argue that the building promotes "economic segregation" and is yet another example of "developers wreaking vengeance" on the city, as <em>S.F. Chronicle</em>'s urban design critic John King states in the article.</p><p>Opponents claim the 400-foot tower would overshadow the nearby Rincon Park and the Embarcadero waterfront, although that area is already developed with large structures like the Gap HQ, the Hills Plaza complex, and the Infinity luxury condo complex&nbsp;&mdash; where Agnos and other opponents recently held their kickoff meeting, interestingly enough.</p><p>In terms of exterior design, King writes that Gang's corkscrew tower would be "a great addition" to San Francisco's skyline, and that the tower's visual distinction has the potential to "g...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/130178109/that-new-texas-confederate-memorial-on-martin-luther-king-jr-drive That new Texas Confederate Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T14:28:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xz/xzhrhggz2aduddg1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xz/xzhrhggz2aduddg1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xz/xzhrhggz2aduddg1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xz/xzhrhggz2aduddg1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In Orange, Texas, the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans just built a large Confederate memorial park, complete with a classical-ish monument featuring 13 columns&mdash;one for each of the states in the short-lived, and utterly defeated, Confederate States of America. [...] And this being Confederate sympathizers, they did not hesitate to build the memorial where the highway meets Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121968291/building-the-first-slavery-museum-in-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building the First Slavery Museum in America</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120663494/how-america-is-failing-to-preserve-its-historic-slave-markets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets</a></li></ul>