Archinect 2017-12-13T11:55:12-05:00 Killer commute? Job hunt in the US’s top public transportation cities Hope Daley 2017-12-13T11:50:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T10:18:42-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Traveling to and from work should be easy, efficient, and allow you to focus on what matters: your job. While hunting for the next opportunity, take <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commute</a> into account and start searching in the US's top cities with the best <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transportation</a>. Scoring is based on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The AllTransit Performance Score</a>, which looks at connectivity, access to jobs, and frequency of service. We have rounded up some current job opportunities in these top cities from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s Job Board</a>.</p> New York, NY <p>New York City&rsquo;s vast public transportation network provides access to the highest number of jobs and moves by far the greatest number of people with a total ridership of more than 2.5 billion including buses.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>NYC map of jobs reached in half an hour using public transportation, dark red is one million plus. Photo: University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>COOKFOX</strong></a> is currently hiring an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect</a>. </p> <p>The right candidate will possess excellent design skills, 4-7 years of professional exper...</p> Aidah by Boano Prismontas hello!boanoprismontas 2017-12-13T11:08:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T11:08:13-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><em>The Middle East Region has boomed in the last 50 years with an economy based on oil. This growth rate and the incredible wealth has made the unthinkable possible. Cities bloomed from the arid desert and the whole region became an incredible and alluring place, attracting people from all over the world. But this semi-utopian development approached its climax almost 10 years ago. The region had to re-imagine its future and create its own new, enticing identity. This process had to be planned and didn&rsquo;t happen spontaneously under the leveling action of history, people and time.</em></p> <p><em>Dubai&rsquo;s time scale is on steroids, and its future had to happen, now. Aside from the obvious business vocation, the new-unknown identity focused on tourism, fun and wonder. Now, events like Dubai Design Week&nbsp;aim to widen the city&rsquo;s foundation spectrum and focus on art, design and architecture as active tools to make the city, a city. &nbsp; The Middle east region started as an inflated reality, balancing on the verge...</em></p> Brooklyn Row House 1 by Office of Architecture Office of Architecture 2017-12-12T20:19:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T20:19:11-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The owners of this 11-foot-wide row house in Brooklyn were faced with a conundrum that many young families in New York eventually confront: the possibility of sacrificing location for space. After living in the house for eight years, the pair &ndash; an architect and jewelry designer &ndash; chose to expand in order to make room for their two growing children and remain in the Brooklyn neighborhood they had come to admire. The original 2-story, 1000SF home was completely gutted and extended to 4 levels by adding a bedroom suite above and digging a new urban mudroom below. The narrowness of the house required the design to make effective yet frugal use of space; every inch was important. Precise positioning of walls, doors, and windows was crucial as each floor was planned to serve a purpose. The lowest level serves as a new entry, storage, laundry, and mechanical area; the first floor is a continuous public space with living, dining, kitchen, and library opening to gardens in the front and back...</p> Winners of the Drawing of the Year competition rethink Everyday Utopia Alexander Walter 2017-12-12T19:14:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T19:14:28-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Aarhus School of Architecture</a> has announced the results of its annual Drawing of the Year competition. Architecture students from around the world were invited to submit drawings under this year's theme <em>Everyday Utopia</em>, and the resulting artworks are as wide-ranging as the tools used to create the drawings (like&nbsp;3D renderings, collages, the good ol' analogue pen, and various combinations thereof).</p><p>The jury was comprised of Moon Hoon (South Korea, architect and founder of Moon_Bal_Sso/MoonHoon Architects), Trine Berthold (Denmark, architect and associate partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects), and Torben Nielsen (Denmark, architect and rector at Aarhus School of Architecture).</p><p><strong>1st Prize: The One Day Unit&nbsp;</strong></p><p>From the winners&nbsp;announcement:&nbsp;"Charles Weinberg (Belgium) and Shai Ben Ami (Israel) from Bezalel Academy of Arts &amp; Design, Israel, win the first prize of EUR 5000 for a drawing where everyday experiences are composed into everyday utopia. The drawing shows 29 globes organise...</p> The opposite job of an architect is a slaughterer and meat packer Hope Daley 2017-12-12T16:22:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T17:23:22-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>What if you could start over and take the career path most different from the one you&rsquo;re on? Let us help you. The Labor Department keeps detailed and at times delightfully odd records on the skills and tasks required for each job. Some of them are physical: trunk strength, speed of limb movement, the ability to stay upright. Others are more knowledge-based: economics and accounting, physics, programming. Together, they capture the essence of what makes a job distinctive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times has used <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">job-specific</a> records to find the polar opposite of each <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">job</a>. Determining skills used either the most or the least, this tool has helped in understanding more clearly what it is people actually do at their job beyond the initial understanding of the title or position.&nbsp;</p> <p>Type in any job <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and find the opposite.&nbsp;</p> <p>Architects use these skills the most (matching most closely with the skills Slaughterers and Meat Packers use least):&nbsp;</p> <ol><li>Visualization</li><li>Deductive reasoning</li><li>Far vision</li><li>Management of financial resources</li><li>Ability to organize groups in different ways</li><li>Near vision</li><li>Operations analysis</li><li>Fluency of ideas</li><li>Management of material resources</li><li>Number facility</li></ol> Climb Heatherwick's $150 Million Stairway in the Times' Daily 360 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-12T15:32:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T15:32:15-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Everyday,&nbsp;<em>The New York T</em><em>imes</em> brings its readers a new 360-degree video with their series, The Daily 360. In one of their recent videos for the project, Times journalists give us a behind the scenes look at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s&nbsp;ongoing public project in New York City&rsquo;s Hudson Yards development, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Vessel</a>. Slated to open early 2019, get an early experience of the $150 million stairway with this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">immersive video</a>&mdash;VR headset not necessary.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Is it a bookstore? Is it a fashion concept shop? Yes! Alexander Walter 2017-12-12T15:19:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T15:19:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The future of brick-and-mortar bookstores has been in peril for at least a decade. But whether you&rsquo;re actually shopping for a book or not, you might actually find yourself wandering into a bookstore by accident. Because fashion brands, from French icon Sonia Rykiel to New York City-based Warby Parker, are curating books not as objects to read but as objects of d&eacute;cor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More and more trendy retailers that used to be exclusively online (think Warby Parker, Glossier, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everlane</a>) are beginning to open brick-and-mortar concept shops &amp; flagship stores in major cities, and books appear to be front and center in store design &mdash;&nbsp;sometimes as mere decoration but more frequently actually for sale; further blurring the line between traditional bookstores and branded experiences.</p> Hiring outlook in architecture expected to be ‘bullish’ for 2018 Alexander Walter 2017-12-12T14:08:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T14:23:03-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re bullish on the outlook for 2018,&rdquo; Kevin Walker, Indeed&rsquo;s senior director of field marketing, said in an interview this week. &ldquo;Assuming employers will do what they say they&rsquo;re going to do, 2018 should be a banner year for the U.S. economy.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The forecast goes on to predict the job sectors where most of the growth is expected: "Architecture and engineering represent the most active sectors: 82 percent of firms in those fields plan to hire more next year."</p> Currently looking for new employment in architecture?&nbsp; <p>Good for you &mdash; the job market is very much in your favor, and the selection of hiring firms is substantial. To stay ahead of the competition and discover your next potential employer, make sure to check out the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect job board</a>, narrow down your search results with helpful tools and save your searches for quick access later and to receive email notifications, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">follow</a> desired firms to be notified when they're hiring, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">subscribe</a> to the Archinect Jobs Alert daily email newsletter, follow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@ArchinectJobs</a> on Twitter, catch up with our Employer of the Day series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Archinect</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on&nbsp;Facebook</a>, check out our frequent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roundups of specialized job opportunities</a>, learn from our popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to Get a Job at ___</a> series, and make su...</p> PLANE—SITE visits Kengo Kuma's Tokyo offices in new Time-Space-Existence video Archinect 2017-12-12T13:44:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T14:35:10-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a> is one of Japan&rsquo;s most significant living architects, thanks to his sophisticated integrations of traditional architecture with up-to-the-minute technologies. Unusually sensitive to materiality and technique, Kuma&rsquo;s designs are irresistibly tactile, often resembling hand-woven fabrics or an ornate beehive.&nbsp;As part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLANE&mdash;SITE</a>&nbsp;(a Berlin-based creative agency working at&nbsp;the interface of urban form, cultural space and social life),&nbsp;we are sharing another video from their&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Space-Existence</a>&nbsp;</em>series featuring the prominent Japanese architect discussing his work.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>SunnyHills &copy; DAICI ANO</figcaption></figure><p>In this new short&nbsp;video,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLANE&mdash;SITE</a> travels to the Tokyo offices of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma &amp; Associates</a> to discuss the topics of time, space, and existence as they relate to his work.&nbsp;Widely regarded as one of Japan&rsquo;s most eminent architects, Kuma's most significant buildings include Stone Museum in Nasu, which repurposed stone from old rice stores, the Nagasaki Prefectural Museum and...</p> Architecture as Propaganda? What do we do now? Anthony Morey 2017-12-12T11:40:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T10:00:58-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This isn&rsquo;t a new phenomenon for 2017&ndash;see Tiananmen Square, North Korea&rsquo;s totalitarian buildings, Nazi architect Albert Speer. But this year we were reminded of architecture&rsquo;s enduring power to be used as political propaganda thanks to Trump&rsquo;s proposed border wall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture&nbsp;has played a fundamental role in the&nbsp;propagandized rhetoric&nbsp;of the Trump Administration. The aim of any kind of&nbsp;propaganda&nbsp;is to promote an idea or an ideology, and Trump and his administration have used&nbsp;architecture&nbsp;to promote their own program and ideology with an unquestionable emphasis on nationalism.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>How are we to look forward and&nbsp;discuss this&nbsp;appropriation&nbsp;of a&nbsp;discipline, history and study as a tool for biased and demeaning indoctrination and publicity?</p> Canada upscales passive house technology with the tallest building worldwide Hope Daley 2017-12-12T11:06:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T12:13:49-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In January, tenants will move into a six-storey Vancouver apartment building designed to be so energy efficient, you could&nbsp;heat each bedroom with a 100-watt light bulb. [...] Others are under construction&nbsp;and many more are at the rezoning stage, including a residence that will house 750 students at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus and two 40-plus highrise towers in Vancouver that aim be the tallest passive house buildings in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Until now most <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passive houses</a> have been single-family homes, but Canada is changing that. With several projects underway, architects are tackling the issues of scaling up this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> technology for larger buildings. Without using furnaces and air conditioners, these green buildings are constructed to use up to 90% less energy than a conventional building and produce fewer greenhouse emissions.&nbsp;</p> <p>One example is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Toronto</a> Scarborough Campus residence, which will choose a final passive house design this January 2018 and begin construction in February. Students are scheduled to move in the fall of 2020.&nbsp;</p> Pop-Up garage designed by Third Nature guards against flooding Hope Daley 2017-12-12T09:28:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T13:48:15-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>During extreme storms, it's common for city infrastructure &mdash; from roads to subways to parking garages &mdash; to flood. Architects from Danish firm Third Nature want to build garages that can cope with future storms. They designed a garage that could automatically move up and down as its water reservoir fills with and empties floodwater.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Third Nature's conceptual garage structure,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pop-Up</a>, consists of an underground water reservoir, five parking levels, and a pedestrian space on top. Most of this 30,460-square-foot structure could exist underground on dry days. On wet days, the structure would automatically pop up using hydraulics and reduce the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">risk of flooding</a>; a handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design for flood</a> prone cities and as climate-change storms increase.&nbsp;<br></p> Make Invoices a Little Less Painful With These 4 Tips Sponsor 2017-12-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T20:28:08-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><figure><p><a href=";utm_medium=dec12-blog&amp;utm_campaign=invoices-tips" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=dec12-blog&amp;utm_campaign=invoices-tips" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Core</a>.</strong></em></p> <p> Generally speaking, no one&rsquo;s thrilled to receive a bill. Your clients are no exception. However, there are techniques you can use with your invoices that both highlight your architecture firm&rsquo;s value and make the process more convenient for clients. The result? Bills that make them smile (or at least not frown).</p> <p> Think about it: If you invoice a client every month (or every two weeks, as some savvy firms do), you&rsquo;re consistently interacting with them and communicating the value of your services. If you get it right, you&rsquo;ll end up with clients who are happy to pay for your services. That&rsquo;s why you should follow these 4 tips.</p> 1. Tailor your invoices.&nbsp; <p>The way something is communicated can make all the difference. It&rsquo;s vital to provide clients with the information that they respond to in order to reduce conflict and questions. While these tips don&rsquo;t apply so much if you only do stipulated sum billing, if you bill for additional services or exp...</p> The Arsenal of Inclusion & Exclusion Archinect 2017-12-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T10:51:06-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A project several years in the making, Interboro Partner&rsquo;s new book <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Arsenal of Inclusion &amp; Exclusion</a></em> is a field-guide to the often-imperceptible codes and conventions that are as responsible, if not more, for the form of the contemporary city than traditional design. Like modern-day urban detectives, the Brooklyn-based studio shows that seemingly innocuous things, from zoning to parking restrictions, are responsible for either making the city more accessible or more closed-off, often depending on who you are or what you look like.</p> <p>In this excerpt from a special feature for&nbsp;<a href="http://ed.archinect.con" target="_blank"><em>Ed</em></a>, Interboro Partners break down some of the tactics used to open and close the city.</p> VeloCity win The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition. Abigail Banfield 2017-12-12T05:45:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T03:10:49-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Winning &ldquo;The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition&rdquo; is the all-women team behind VeloCity. The competition is focused on the Cambridge &ndash; Milton Keynes &ndash; Oxford&nbsp; arc, which currently is home to leading tech hubs and universities, as well as some 3.3 million people. The area is set to build on its productive history and its skilled workforce to become an area of rich success.&nbsp;</p> <p>The VeloCity plan is commended for its reimagining of the village model, and its consideration of technology and modern needs in adapting this social structure for the 21st century. Using transport as an impetus for developing the plan, the scheme will benefit from the introduction of a new rail system for the area, which will connect towns and cities. On the smaller scale, the development will put in place a strategical network of pedestrian and cycle routes, which explore and encourage the decreased need for movements by car.&nbsp; </p> <p>VeloCity clusters around six villages close to a new Oxford-Cambridge...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-12-12T03:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T18:50:01-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It's the last working week until the Christmas spirit takes over the whole city and the year winds to a festive halt. Make sure you get to the <a href="" target="_blank">Gingerbread City</a> while it's at its best, and skip the Christmas shopping in favour of <a href="" target="_blank">talks on the future of London</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p> MVRDV reveals “Pixel” mixed-use scheme for their first UAE project Justine Testado 2017-12-11T19:14:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T13:41:36-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> will be making their mark in the&nbsp;United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi with a new project called &ldquo;Pixel&rdquo;. The mixed-use project will be part of the 18-hectare Makers District development near the Saadiyat Island cultural hub.</p> <p>The 76,000 m2 Pixel development will have seven&nbsp;mid-rise, relatively slim towers along the perimeter of the plot, as a response to local sun and wind conditions and to maximize views of the waterfront and landscape. The &ldquo;mini-towers&rdquo;, as MVRDV describes, will surround a central public plaza that is accessible from all directions of the plot.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; MVRDV.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; MVRDV.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; MVRDV.</figcaption></figure><p>The towers will incorporate retail, office, co-working, and community spaces on the lower levels, with the smallest commercial spaces at 50 m2 specifically for young start-ups and entrepreneurs. The upper levels will offer 480 apartment units of various types and sizes to fit different lifestyles.&nbsp;&ldquo;All of the towers' fa&ccedil;ades combine concrete with luminous ceramics on the inside, a...</p> Are California homes burning from natural disasters or poor planning? Hope Daley 2017-12-11T19:08:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T09:02:39-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The fires raging in Los Angeles County and Ventura are an urgent signal that we need to start asking the hard questions &mdash; about the true cost of expanding the local tax base with new residences in high fire hazard zones. We need to stop having the same conversation over and over again, a conversation laced with non-sequiturs and focused on outdated, ineffective solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fires</a> consuming California homes are located in wildland areas, where <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developers</a> continue to spread cities further. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning agencies</a> should be the first line of action, not firefighters.&nbsp;</p> Beverley Thorne, last Case Study architect, dies at 93 Alexander Walter 2017-12-11T17:16:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T13:41:32-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Beverley "David" Thorne, the last of the Case Study architects and the designer of Dave and Iola Brubeck&rsquo;s modernist California and Connecticut homes, died December 6 in Sonoma, Calif. He was 93. [...] Bev designed Harrison House, Case Study No. 26, in San Francisco in 1963.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Case Study House #26. Photo via</figcaption></figure><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Case Study #26 "Harrison House"</a> Thorne designed in San Rafael, California is the only Case Study House&nbsp;in the San Francisco Bay Area.</p> Vote for your favorite Get Lectured Fall '17 lecture posters! Justine Testado 2017-12-11T15:33:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T15:33:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As the end of the year quickly approaches, many architecture schools from coast to coast are wrapping up their Fall 2017 lecture events. As you may have seen from Archinect's ongoing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get Lectured</a> series, the graphic design of these posters are as diverse as the institutions they represent. The lecture posters serve as an experimental tool for schools to test their own visual marketing creativity, while publicizing their pedagogical identities and current academic interests. Now, you get to vote for your favorite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall '17 posters</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Check out the 29 posters we presented throughout the term, and vote for your favorites <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p> <p>Voting closes this Friday, December 15 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The lecture posters with the most votes will be announced on Monday, December 18.&nbsp;Have fun!</p> Spatializing Blackness: Milton Curry on black aesthetics and urbanism Alexander Walter 2017-12-11T15:05:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T15:10:41-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Architecture, like contemporary art in the 1990s and legal theory a decade before, faces a critical moment in theory and practice. What do black citizens of major U.S. cities and global cities have to look forward to in the coming century in terms of urban conditions and their agency in determining how these conditions change and transform? What does an approach to cities that takes into account black agency, social codes and aesthetics have to offer to city-making as such?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CNN Style</em> highlights <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> architecture dean and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CriticalProductive</a><em></em> editor,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton S. F. Curry</a>, and his recent role as lead organizer&nbsp;behind Spatializing Blackness, a three-part panel discussion on "contemporary thinking and creative work related to black aesthetics, urbanism and the lived experiences of black bodies" at Design Miami 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>Listen to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking the City Through Blackness/</a> discussion from December 6, featuring&nbsp;David Adjaye, Amanda Williams, and Germane Barnes, below&nbsp;(click&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;for the full list of the 2017 Design Talks program).&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Archinect also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently interviewed</a> Curry &mdash; one month into his new deanship &mdash; as part of our ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a> series.</p> Jaransanitwong Archery Club by Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated Archimontage 2017-12-11T15:01:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T15:01:33-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Charan Sanit Wong 82 is a narrow street where cars can hardly pass, so small as to be hardly noticeable from the main road. This is where an experiment on perception of unusual space in urban environment takes place. Functions and activities that happen within that space would reflect its special qualities and character.</p> <p>This archery club is a building of 650 square metres. The entire space is divided into two parts: the front of the building serves as a reception and an office, each of them located on different floors, while the back is an archery ground with shooting lines and targets. Except for the building structure, this archery club is composed of a number of different kinds of non-permanent materials such as cement fiber board on straight and curve walls, crushed rocks on a target ground and wire mesh fence. Both the inside and the outside are covered by navy blue acrylic paint, contrasting with the semi-polished concrete floor. </p> <p>The building appearance reflects an attempt...</p> Fulham House by StudioCarver Ellen Hancock 2017-12-11T14:59:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T14:59:47-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This residential project involves a refurbishment and transformative extension. Previously the lower ground floor suffered from being dark and disconnected from both the garden and the stories above.</p> <p>The works serve to integrate this underused space into the main body of the house. A new double-height glazed window and rooflight strengthens the link between ground and lower ground, and brings light and views to the outdoors deep into the plan. </p> <p>The works include a new ground floor extension incorporating a family bathroom, large eat in kitchen and games room, new master bedroom, and mansard extension with a guest bedroom and en suite. </p> First English-isiZulu architectural dictionary explains indigenous South African architecture Alexander Walter 2017-12-11T14:03:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T14:03:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Can you tell the difference between a Brakdak and an Afdak, a Sekwere or a Caka? Do you know your Domba hut from your Zulu one? An Inqolobane from an Indlu yezikhali? Give yourself a pat on the back if you do. Truly, you deserve it. However, don't worry too much if you can't, as there's a new English-isiZulu architectural dictionary, just published by UKZN Press, which contains more than 1200 entries of local architectural terms.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"I set out to study independent vernacular architecture in the 1970s, not realizing that a multitude of readings and meanings would emerge out of it," the book's co-author Franco Frescura, a former Professor and Chair of Architecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, tells <em>HuffPost South Africa</em>.&nbsp;"As I explored, many of the people I met taught me how to read various aspects of rural architecture &mdash; like where do you locate the kitchen, where do you place the wives in polygamous housing? And then I realized the value of the research."</p> Stepping Into the Authentic Interiors of Smith Hanes Studio Hope Daley 2017-12-11T12:20:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T12:20:00-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Atlanta-based <a href="" target="_blank">Smith Hanes Studio</a> specializes in telling stories through <a href="" target="_blank">interior architecture</a> with an organic and holistic approach to design. The studio is known for translating the farm fresh, California wine country style to the Southeast.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> we chat with Smith Hanes on the importance of developing key relationships with fabricators, the firm's recent expansion to Nashville, and developing a space that feels real.&nbsp;</p> A Norwegian network of beautiful art and architecture Nam Henderson 2017-12-11T11:56:00-05:00 >2017-12-12T00:03:18-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After a couple of days though, the peace and diversity of the countryside became meditational, a panorama that seemed dreamlike through my windscreen...Spectacular modern installations appeared on remote corners in the most far-fetched of places, that they sometimes seemed like a figment of my imagination.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ondine Cohane traveled to&nbsp;Norway to tour the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian Scenic Routes</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;A&nbsp;collection of (so far) 144&nbsp;wonders, that have been built to encourage tourism, with 46 more to be completed by 2023.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption><br>Snefjord rest area | Architect: PUSHAK arkitekter | photo by Anne Olsen-Ryum</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Eggum rest area | Architect: Sn&oslash;hetta | photo Jarle Waehler</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Stone sculpture at Mefjellet | Artist: Knut Wold | photo by Hege Lysholm</figcaption></figure> University of Bristol appoints Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Hawkins\Brown, and BuroHappold for new University Library Abigail Banfield 2017-12-11T11:49:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T11:49:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The University of Bristol, in the South West of England, is set to recieve a new &pound;80 million library development on its Clifton campus by 2021. The team for the project is formed of Hawkins\Brown, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and BuroHappold. The architect-led team has extensive previous experience in the education sector and libraries, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the new Bartlett building</a>, the Sir Duncan Rice Library, and the University of Exeter&rsquo;s Forum respectively.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Image: University of Bristol</figcaption></figure><p>The contemporary design was selected from international competition entries, beating submissions from AHMM, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Aecom with Snohetta. The design was commended for its acknowledgement of context; it takes into account the conservation setting and builds on the university&rsquo;s high sustainability standards and goals. </p> <p>The building will form a welcoming gate into the Clifton campus, which will be rejuvenated and redeveloped over the coming 5 years, enc...</p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Bustler Editors 2017-12-11T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-08T20:03:30-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Wondering what architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;are happening around&nbsp;New York City? This week's picks highlight&nbsp;the&nbsp;lasting power of photography, whether it's documenting&nbsp;a&nbsp;historically rich and ever-evolving place&nbsp;like NYC, or looking back at one's own career.&nbsp;Brooklyn-raised&nbsp;photographer Joseph Rodriguez will talk about&nbsp;his new book&nbsp;&ldquo;Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s&rdquo;, while architect Julien De Smedt will also launch&nbsp;his latest&nbsp;book that revisits&nbsp;16 years of his work. It's also the last week to see&nbsp;architect/artist Rafael Herrin-Ferri's &ldquo;All the Queens Houses&rdquo; exhibition.</p><p>Read on for our latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">weekly event recommendations</a>&nbsp;for NYC.</p> Belsize House by StudioCarver Ellen Hancock 2017-12-11T04:56:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T05:07:51-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A old single glazed conservatory at the rear of the clients&rsquo; house was unbearably hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It was overly exposed to neighbouring properties, providing little privacy and poorly configured, making it a challenge to use efficiently</p> <p> </p> <p>The Anglo-American clients wanted an energy efficient, modest extension to replace the existing conservatory and serve as the family&rsquo;s primary dining area. They wanted a contemporary structure reminiscent of American-style conservatories. The extension was to provide more usable space and improved privacy, whilst maintaining strong visual connections to the garden. </p> <p> </p> <p>The challenge was to reference American, suburban architecture while simultaneously relating to the house&rsquo;s Edwardian style. Tall vertical sash windows reflect the elegance and rhythm of the existing French doors. Deep oak fins between the windows express this verticality whilst diminishing neighbouring views into the property. </p> <p> </p> <p>The timber fins ...</p> Designing through cognitive architecture. Anthony Morey 2017-12-11T02:16:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T09:52:11-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Architects know best, as they often claim. With conviction, they&rsquo;re sure certain details will make a space more hospitable, more beautiful, more preferable, and more enjoyable...But an emerging field of research is now uncovering and quantifying our psychological response to buildings: cognitive architecture. The hope is that by better understanding through science what exactly it is people like or dislike about our built environment, designers can truly improve it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does it mean to <em>see</em> a building? As we approach a building, what is that calls our attention? The door? The entry? That corner detail that is doing something we have never seen before?&nbsp;</p> <p>Architect Ann Sussman and designer Janice M. Ward are two leading researchers studying how our brains see buildings. Their interest arose from their own observations and curiosity about how architects could create places that encouraged walkability and lingerability.&nbsp; Their results give us a glance into the fascinating and potentially freeing manner in which our brains and conscious really <strong>see</strong> architecture.&nbsp;</p>