Archinect - News 2018-12-11T08:47:21-05:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150084590/los-angeles-honors-president-obama-with-renaming-of-two-roads Los Angeles honors President Obama with renaming of two roads Hope Daley 2018-09-05T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-09-05T16:13:40-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d2/d28ba4f031e1691042f50c03d8e6ad04.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Rodeo Road will be renamed after President Barack Obama, city leaders decided this week. But it&rsquo;s not the first roadway in LA that lawmakers agreed to name after the 44th president. In 2017, the state legislature approved a resolution to designate the stretch of the 134 freeway that runs between Pasadena and Eagle Rock as the President Barack H. Obama Highway. A year later, however, there&rsquo;s little evidence of that decision.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A 3.7 mile stretch of road in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, now called&nbsp;Rodeo Road, will be renamed <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9747/obama" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama</a> Boulevard honoring&nbsp;the country&rsquo;s first African American president. Located in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood, the road was chosen for its significance in the black community and its relation to a 2007 rally site Obama held at the beginning of his campaign.&nbsp;</p> <p>Obama Boulevard is not scheduled to be fully renamed until Presidents Day in 2019. Another Obama named stretch of road in Los Angeles is also awaiting new signage. A stretch of the 134 <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/483670/freeway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">freeway</a> running between Pasadena and Eagle Rock has been approved to be named&nbsp;the&nbsp;President Barack H. Obama Highway, however the money for new signage has yet to be raised.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150050084/thom-mayne-young-architects-program-is-extended-for-third-semester Thom Mayne Young Architects Program is extended for third semester Hope Daley 2018-02-14T18:53:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T18:53:57-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1g/1gny7ox9p52ziewm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/42923078/morphosis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a> has announced the educational initiative led by the firm&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize-winning founder,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/117998/thom-mayne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> Young Architects,&nbsp;has been extended through the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year in partnership with Hall Elementary School in Bridgeport, CT.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pd/pdhjm28ctzo70a7z.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pd/pdhjm28ctzo70a7z.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Students in the Thom Mayne Young Architects Program. Image: Google.</figcaption></figure><p>This program enables 6th grade&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/2972/students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">students</a> who participated last semester to continue developing their design skills in this 12-week course. The after-school classes are led by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/8847/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a> architecture students, and task the students with creating a beautification proposal for their classroom.&nbsp;Each student received a new Pixelbook laptop donated by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/26/google" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a> with state-of-the-art design software to develop their design skills.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mc/mctjwx3jlalj7maw.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mc/mctjwx3jlalj7maw.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>An architecture model produced by a student in the Thom Mayne Young Architects Program. Image: Morphosis.</figcaption></figure><p>Students will demonstrate their grasp of architectural concepts and their mastery of design software in mid-term and final presenta...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025679/trump-administration-scraps-obama-s-local-hiring-program Trump administration scraps Obama's Local Hiring Program Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-31T20:26:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T15:26:50-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zk/zke8717ztxiafzg8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The program was tested in states like New York, California, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania and involved viaduct construction, pavement rehabilitation and highway development projects. The study was extended for five years in January, just before President Trump took office. Advocates of local employment allowances say hiring from the neighborhood helps offset longstanding racial and gender imbalances in the construction industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Trump administration is relinquishing another Obama-era regulatory provision, which was proposed in 2015 aiming to allow cities to set aside work for local residents on federally funded public works projects. No reason has been given for the Department of Transportation termination of the initiative, set to take effect tomorrow,</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984196/as-president-obama-leaves-the-white-house-a-closer-look-at-his-urban-policy-legacy 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="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653004/what-does-president-obama-s-final-year-in-office-mean-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does President Obama's final year in office mean for architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145139292/black-lives-matter-and-the-politics-of-protesting-in-privatized-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter and the politics of protesting in privatized space</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center Nicholas Korody 2016-06-30T13:23:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wj/wj7nqxbu9vw40xjb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) to lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to be their partner as they begin this exciting project. TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the best ways of creating an innovative center for action that inspires communities and individuals to take on our biggest challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The husband and wife team of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) first started their practice back in&nbsp;1986, with&nbsp;Paul Schulhof becoming the firm's third partner in 2013. The thirty person team is headquartered in New York.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1m17mhpkbjpdohe0.jpg"></p><p>"We believe that architecture is the coming together of art and use, and can bring a sense of grace to life," the architects state in the announcement. "The greatest buildings are places, which contribute to more than their particular task by elevating and improving the world.</p><p>"We are deeply moved by the mission of the Obama Foundation and the role the Center can play in empowering that mission. It is a joy, an honor, and a responsibility to create a place that reflects the optimism and integrity of the President and the First Lady."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4c3x4karfwsc0yxr.jpg"></p><p>TWBTA have designed a number of notable and highly-praised institutional projects in the past, including the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the&nbsp;Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and the&nbsp;Center for the A...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149948693/how-will-president-obama-s-move-to-require-overtime-pay-change-architecture How will President Obama's move to require overtime pay change architecture? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-31T19:44:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iy/iy63u178pm87ehl5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>For decades, bosses [in certain professions] have groomed their assistants to be the next generation of big shots by working them long hours for low wages. Call it the &ldquo;Devil Wears Prada&rdquo; economy, after the novel depicting life working for a fictionalized Anna Wintour, the longtime Vogue editor. But now, with the Obama administration moving to require time-and-a-half overtime pay for most salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year, that business model is suddenly under assault.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The change presents more than an economic challenge for the companies that rely on the willingness of young, ambitious workers to trade pay and self-respect for a shot at a prestige job down the road."</em></p><p>The article doesn't explicitly reference architecture, but as Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" target="_blank">past coverage</a> on the state of internships in the field makes clear, it could. Many firms employ a business model that involves underpaying interns and other young workers &ndash; or not paying them at all.</p><p>Like many of the employers quoted in the article, some architects contend that this culture breeds better architects in the long run. Additionally, since some firms won't be able to afford overtime hours, their interns will end up getting less "training time" (and fewer opportunities to impress the highers-up).</p><p>Thoughts?</p><p>For related coverage, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838478/is-twitter-the-architectural-intern-s-unofficial-labor-union-exposing-the-reality-behind-unpaid-internships-across-borders-and-industries" target="_blank">Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba Nicholas Korody 2016-03-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-01-24T18:50:06-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3o/3o1ppzm3en7vlzqa.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The American government&rsquo;s relaxation of its 56-year embargo against Cuba and the inauguration of direct flights from China has triggered a race to invest in the island&rsquo;s tourist infrastructure [...] There are reports that China&rsquo;s Suntime International Economic Trading Company will go ahead with a luxury hotel in Havana, in a joint venture Cuba&rsquo;s state tourism agency, Cubanac&aacute;n. The size of the hotel is reported variously at 600 to 650 rooms, with Suntime investing up to $150m</p></em><br /><br /><p>While diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US have thawed during the Obama administration, the embargo still remains in place effectively. But companies like Marriott International (whose chief executive will accompany the President on his historic visit to the island later this month) are optimistic that Cuba will soon be a major investment opportunity.</p><p>China, meanwhile, also has it's eyes on the (Ra&uacute;l) Castro-ruled country as well. For the sake of Havana and other Cuban cities' remarkable architectural heritage, here's hoping Cuba doesn't become the site for an ersatz-hotel-arms-race.<br><br>For related news, take a look at some other Cuba-specific Archinect content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul><p><em>It's&nbsp;<strong>Money March</strong>&nbsp;here on Archinect! Have you ...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/147809322/paul-goldberger-advisor-for-the-obama-presidential-center-says-obamas-prefer-modern-and-refined-over-a-traditional-building Paul Goldberger, advisor for the Obama Presidential Center, says Obamas prefer "modern and refined" over a "traditional" building Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-10T13:38:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/83e475416fbc38704b2889f8d0ca4e57?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>MCP: How would you characterize the President and First Lady&rsquo;s architectural taste, as best as you can tell up to this point? PG: Modern and refined. They like modern things quite genuinely. They do not want a traditional building... there&rsquo;s a certain kind of, let&rsquo;s say tailored modernism, that they respond best to. But they&rsquo;re interested in a range of things, and they&rsquo;re also very interested, as they should be, in somebody who they will feel comfortable talking to.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/81114/paul-goldberger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger</a> was first offered to advise the Obama Foundation in the selection of the Presidential Center's architect by Penny Pritzker, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, who also happens to be the niece of Jay Pritzker &ndash; founder of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a> in 1979.</p><p>Get caught up on the selection process for the architect of Obama's Presidential Library:</p><ul><li><a title="Meryl Streep's husband among those helping select architect for the Obama Center" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145728518/meryl-streep-s-husband-among-those-helping-select-architect-for-the-obama-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meryl Streep's husband among those helping select architect for the Obama Center</a></li><li><a title="David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash;&nbsp;but not because of the color of his skin" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677947/david-adjaye-is-the-best-bet-for-the-obama-presidential-library-but-not-because-of-the-color-of-his-skin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash;&nbsp;but not because of the color of his skin</a></li><li><a title="These are the seven finalists in the Obama Presidential Center competition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143898306/these-are-the-seven-finalists-in-the-obama-presidential-center-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These are the seven finalists in the Obama Presidential Center competition</a></li><li><a title="Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137263124/obama-presidential-center-competition-attracts-140-firms-early-2016-selection-date-of-architect-expected-to-be-delayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed</a></li><li><a title="First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135669065/first-big-name-architects-confirmed-for-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/126726246/university-of-chicago-will-reportedly-win-race-for-obama-presidential-library University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T18:38:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e5/e50ws66i2n3oljzo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>President Obama will choose the University of Chicago as the site for his presidential library, according to several reports and sources close to the Obama family. The proposal from the University of Chicago in Chicago&rsquo;s South Side Hyde Park neighborhood, which is near where the Obamas have a home, their daughters attended grammar school and Michelle Obama worked as a vice president of the university&rsquo;s medical center, is the apparent winner, reports and these sources say.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nh05izwqufyu9515.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpc8dd9rut3xy35t.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/517819/barack-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/120664296/2014-chicago-prize-winners-envision-the-obama-presidential-library 2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library Justine Testado 2015-02-13T18:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y3/y3n4644n55g9wndt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Although an American president has <a href="http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/laws/1955-act.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the right</a> to having a dedicated Presidential Library, it's no surprise that the museum-library-shrine typology can spark debate and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/opinion/obama-and-his-library-go-small.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism </a>regarding its true civic purpose. As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-obama-presidential-library-sites-20140915-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plans</a> for the Barack Obama Presidential Library appear to slowly take shape, the Chicago Architectural Club organized the 2014 Chicago Prize ideas competition that invited architects to send their own speculative designs of the Obama Presidential Library. The latest competition aimed to initiate further discussion on how the presidential library typology can be reimagined.</p><p>At the end of the competition, the jury (listed at the bottom) selected two winners and three honorable mentions:</p><p>&darr; <strong>WINNER: Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yrpndsq67j76tv.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09acx883zv7dro2g.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wl/wl78uedtf3m68ha7.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>WINNER: Aras Burak Sen</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1r2anjpke18pni6l.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/747jt0htdhg78lis.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1j446kj81g3yiae.jpg"></p><p><strong>HONORABLE MENTIONS:</strong></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: D&aacute;niel Palotai</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qc827jspmjtjl09w.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oa/oas01nrvuqefe6iz.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: Drew Cowdrey and Trey Kirk</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/ntie2051fbkuacrb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9e6wnyj4va2ccjs.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: Ann Lui and Craig Reschke</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pztpdggks144cigg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4uormbh79053a3d.jpg"></p><p>To find out more, click <a href="http://chicagoarchitecturalclub.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>2014 Chicago Prize Jury:<br>Andy Metter (Epstein); Brian Lee (SOM); ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/113907750/call-for-entries-what-do-you-think-the-obama-presidential-library-should-look-like CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like? Justine Testado 2014-11-17T21:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:51:11-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vp/vpbld55ey8lmewws.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The Chicago Architectural Club launched its 2014 edition of the Chicago Prize ideas competition this past weekend: design the Barack Obama Presidential Library! From the lively discussion (if not frenzy) surrounding a Barack Obama Presidential Library possibly being built, the Chicago Prize invites architects and designers to send ideas of how the U.S. Presidential Library building typology should be reinvented.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Chicago Prize 2014 competition aims to spark debate on the typology of the presidential library. Speculative proposals will fulfill functions like housing a collection of artifacts and documents relating to the president&rsquo;s life while also providing educational infrastructure and framework for outreach and community programs.</p><p>Entries are due by <strong>January 10, 2015</strong>. The winner will be announced and exhibited at an opening event at the Chicago Architectural Foundation in February 2015.</p><p>Now's the time to bring the best of your clever ideas to the table.</p><p>Read more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/call_for_entries_what_do_you_think_the_obama_presidential_library_should_lo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111797399/obama-s-presidential-library-four-radical-visions-of-the-future-from-top-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/111797399/obama-s-presidential-library-four-radical-visions-of-the-future-from-top-architects Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/71/712f61acd201ca626a5b7f06fca33437?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Barack Obama still has two long years left to cement his legacy as something between &ldquo;yes we can&rdquo; and &ldquo;at least I tried&rdquo;. Regardless of how history remembers him, Obama will always represent a shift from the old guard, an idealistic starting point for what (and who) future presidents could be. For now, though, his official museum, his keeper of secrets: couldn&rsquo;t that still be a tangible change we can believe in? At least an architectural one?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/105424202/tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-presented-with-national-medal-of-arts-by-president-obama Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President Obama Justine Testado 2014-07-30T21:04:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/39aq7dxzhy81oc7k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> were honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts from the <a href="http://arts.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts</a> (NEA). As the highest award bestowed to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. federal government, the medal specially recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the country.</p><p>President Barack Obama individually presented the medals to Williams, Tsien, and all the recipients during the recent awards ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2b74pgcavthf85q.jpg"></p><p>"Billie Tsien and Tod Williams [were acknowledged] for their contributions to architecture and arts education. Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions"</p><p>The list of notable medal recipients also included:</p><ul><li><strong>Julia Alvarez</strong>, Noveli...</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/104246958/obama-to-push-for-infrastructure-funding Obama to push for infrastructure funding Nicholas Korody 2014-07-15T16:22:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ob/obgu6369p9iny2je.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Obama has proposed a $302 billion, four-year transportation spending plan that is paid in part by closing corporate tax loopholes [...] The White House maintains that 65% of U.S. roads are rated in less than good condition, 25% of bridges require significant repair or can't handle today's traffic, and 45% of Americans lack access to transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/102721159/hok-unveils-obama-presidential-library-proposal HOK Unveils Obama Presidential Library Proposal Archinect 2014-06-25T17:46:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7a/7aaz6m3yx0pw3e9d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>HOK has just unveiled its design for the Obama Presidential Library. Although several institutions in Chicago have submitted their own bids for the new museum and library, the global architecture and engineering office states that it submitted this design in coordination with the Museum Campus Foundation, which is an organization comprised of a number of community groups located in Bronzeville.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/96112348/obama-library-officials-allow-parties-to-make-their-bid Obama library officials allow parties to make their bid Archinect 2014-03-20T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T17:37:05-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dw/dwlloqg2wumqqldf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The foundation established to lead the development of President Obama&rsquo;s library and museum opened the door Thursday for institutions and groups to begin making a pitch to host the site. The Barack Obama Foundation issued its long-awaited Request for Qualifications on its newly named website, inviting applicants to provide information about how their proposal would impact the community and how it would reflect the president&rsquo;s vision.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/81054999/obama-names-critic-of-gehry-s-design-to-eisenhower-memorial-commission-to-oversee-dc-project Obama names critic of Gehry’s design to Eisenhower Memorial Commission to oversee DC project Archinect 2013-09-04T13:07:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb58f6c59855e7594bc91a06caf49e05?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>President Barack Obama is appointing a known critic of the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial design to serve on the federal commission that oversees the project. The White House announced Obama&rsquo;s intent to appoint former National Endowment for the Humanities chairman Bruce Cole last month, but it drew little attention while Congress was in recess. Cole led the humanities endowment under former President George W. Bush.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/72754194/hawaii-fights-for-obama-presidential-center Hawaii fights for Obama presidential center Alexander Walter 2013-05-08T12:54:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/06/06f2a20e8651bb8ecd3920c52ac48e19?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The president still has three years in office, but eventually his thoughts will turn to what comes afterward. [...] A presidential library has to be easily accessible to scholars and visitors, so Chicago has a clear advantage. That&rsquo;s why Honolulu&rsquo;s leaders named their public campaign carefully: The Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative, not a presidential library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71840398/the-la-times-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-fittingly-blunt-bush-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the "fittingly blunt" Bush presidential library</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/66905112/president-obama-appoints-michael-graves-to-key-administration-post President Obama Appoints Michael Graves to Key Administration Post Archinect 2013-02-04T13:52:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0p/0p634dmnsiv1kmnl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>President Obama said, &ldquo;These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:</p> <ul><li> Vinton G. Cerf &ndash; Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation</li> <li> Marta Araoz de la Torre &ndash; Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee</li> <li> Michael Graves &ndash; Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board</li> <li> Laurie Leshin &ndash; Member, Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum</li> <li> Lynne Sebastian &ndash; Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation</li> </ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/46162984/obama-only-8-years-out-of-student-loan-debt-dontdoublemyrate Obama only 8 years out of student loan debt #dontdoublemyrate Paul Petrunia 2012-04-24T20:07:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h5/h5o1mm53tk9ooh98.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about. And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans&mdash;check this out, all right, I&rsquo;m the President of the United States&mdash;we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23DontDoubleMyRate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#dontdoublemyrate</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture Archinect 2012-02-22T19:27:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2y/2yqar4ntig507va9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>When the Museum of African American History and Culture opens on the National Mall in 2015, it will be "not just a record of tragedy, but a celebration of life," as President Obama said during the ground breaking ceremony on the site today.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/freelon_adjaye_bond_smithgroup_to_design_national_museum_of_african_america/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup to Design National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/38286227/obama-to-speak-at-african-american-history-museum-s-groundbreaking Obama to speak at African American history museum’s groundbreaking Archinect 2012-02-16T13:15:33-05:00 >2012-02-16T18:32:10-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/57061608393d638dd3e5b2001d11bbfa?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>President Obama will speak at the official groundbreaking next week for the Smithsonian's new African American history museum in Washington, museum officials announced. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be situated on the National Mall and is expected to be completed by 2015 at an estimated price cost of $500 million, half of which is expected to be paid by the government.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/29884107/norman-foster-buys-president-obama-s-summer-retreat-blue-heron-farm-for-22-million Norman Foster buys President Obama’s summer retreat, Blue Heron Farm, for $22 million Archinect 2011-12-05T15:53:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g1/g14n5m242hwswl4j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster of Thames Bank in Great Britain purchased the 28-acre &ldquo;gentleman&rsquo;s farm&rdquo; in West Tisbury for a whopping $22 million last month, The Vineyard Gazette reports. According to the broker who handled the sale, the new owners do not intend to rent the property to the first family &mdash; or anyone else.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/8624651/obama-touts-chicago-architecture-pritzker-family-in-pritzker-architecture-prize-speech Obama touts Chicago architecture, Pritzker family in Pritzker Architecture Prize speech. Paul Petrunia 2011-06-03T11:51:11-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o3/o3go5p2xd1qpl521.JPEG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Referring to Tom Pritzker, Obama said, "Now, as Tom mentioned, my interest in architecture goes way back. There was a time when I thought I could be an architect, where I expected to be more creative than I turned out, so I had to go into politics instead."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/7011155/cameron-sinclair-becomes-advisor-to-obama-administration Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to Obama Administration Paul Petrunia 2011-05-20T11:51:16-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6g/6gyrqpdx6h6q32b6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Earlier this month, the Obama Administration under the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) launched the advisory committee on voluntary foriegn aid (ACVFA). On that list advisors was none other than Cameron Sinclair, a person who has revolutionized the way we think and speak about people and architectural spaces, and actually acts and implements these thoughts and words into reality.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>