Archinect 2019-11-11T14:23:30-05:00 What is it like to live in an Alexa-powered smart-home community? Alexander Walter 2019-11-11T13:48:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:48:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Living in a smart home neighborhood, the Fergusons experience both convenience and surveillance. And that's typical in Black Diamond, where Lennar Homes offers smart homes as part of a 4,800 unit development that includes other builders. This neighborhood isn't a one off. There are smart home developments in suburbs outside of cities such as Miami and San Francisco. Lennar is making Amazon tech standard on each of the 45,000 homes it builds this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Families in a Lennar Homes development in the Seattle suburb of Black Diamond are settling into their newly built and Amazon smart technology-equipped homes &mdash; some to their excitement, others fearing constant surveillance.<br></p> <p>"In this community, there are smart homes on one side of the street and houses without the technology on the other," KUOW's Joshua McNichols and Carolyn Adolph tell in their <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Primed</em> podcast episode</a> about the&nbsp;Amazon smart homes in Black Diamond. "The smart homes all have Ring doorbells, with video cameras. Kelli Ferguson says when she walks down her street, she crosses over to the side without the smart homes. She wants to avoid popping up her neighbors&rsquo; cameras."</p> Amazon boosts brick-and-mortar offerings with new LA grocery store concept Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-11T13:45:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:45:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Amazon said the new store would be distinct from organic and high-end chain Whole Foods Market, which Amazon acquired in 2017 for $13.7 billion, but declined to answer further questions about how the store would be different or what it would be called.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Los Angeles Times</em> reports that the grocery store will feature conventional checkout services, unlike the company's <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon Go stores, which do not have cashiers</a>. The store, according to the report, will be distinct from Whole Foods Market establishments, as well.&nbsp;</p> Can you guess the most common building code violations? Sean Joyner 2019-11-11T12:08:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A new report from the International Code Council ranks the top commercial building code violations in a variety of construction trades. The 2019 Common Code Noncompliance Survey Report also details the reasons behind the violations.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Construction Dive</em> lists the top five causes for issues, according to inspectors as:</p> <ol><li>Workers that don't follow the manufacturer&rsquo;s instructions.</li><li>A contractor&rsquo;s lack of code knowledge.&nbsp;</li><li>Cost-cutting, such as using substandard building materials that don&rsquo;t meet local requirements.</li><li>A lack of coordination between trades resulting in one trade covering up another&rsquo;s work or not providing enough access for a subcontractor to perform critical work.&nbsp;</li><li>Damage to a trade&rsquo;s work.&nbsp;This could occur, for example, if another trade penetrated existing firestopping while installing telephone or cable television wiring, reports&nbsp;<em>Construction Dive.</em></li></ol><p>Check out the&nbsp;<em>Construction Dive</em>&nbsp;article for an interactive guide of the specific violations covered in <a href="" target="_blank">the full report</a>. The subcategories covered look at plans, sitework/foundation, framing, building envelope, MEP, stairs/railing, and safety.</p> Imagine the Future of the Skyscraper: 2020 Skyscraper Competition Call for Entries is Here Sponsor 2019-11-11T08:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T15:29:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><a href="" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" target="_blank">eVolo Magazine</a></em></strong></p> <p>The <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eVolo Skyscraper Competition</a></strong>&nbsp;is an annual call to architects, designers, and urban planners around the globe to explore new ideas for vertical living. It is an opportunity for novel exploration, dialogue, and critique. How can architecture and more specifically, skyscrapers, solve contemporary problems of urban living?&nbsp;</p> <p>There is a necessity to offer innovative architectural solutions to the exponential increase in population, the scarcity of natural resources, the growth in social divisions, and the constant environmental threats. The competition looks for multi-layered solutions that envision the future of our cities and how to potentially redefine the way in which we live, work, and play.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1230" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=615"></a></p> <p><em>Mashambas Skyscraper.&nbsp;Pawel Lipi&#324;ski, Mateusz Frankowski</em></p> <p>The first edition of the competition was held in 2006 and since then, it has received thousands of submissions that have been documented in three books and hundreds of articles in diverse ...</p> LA's Marciano Foundation museum closes amid staff unionization push Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-10T18:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Tuesday night, the Marciano Art Foundation laid off nearly six dozen visitor services employees who had been attempting to unionize. The museum then issued a public statement saying that the space would be &ldquo;closed to the public until further notice.&rdquo; By Wednesday, the museum had issued yet another statement: There are &ldquo;no present plans to reopen.&rdquo; Staffers who had announced their intent to unionize decried the shutdown as an illegal union-busting scheme.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Marciano Art Foundation debuted in 2017 and was designed by <a href="" target="_blank">wHY</a> within a building originally designed by storied Los Angeles architect Millard Sheets.&nbsp;</p> <p>Describing the abrupt closure, Carolina Miranda writes in&nbsp;<em>The Los Angeles Times,&nbsp;</em>"The Marciano situation has also highlighted issues of pay equity at museums, which frequently have a coterie of well-remunerated administrators at the top, followed by a much larger subset of poorly paid workers at the bottom, many part time."</p> ArtCenter aims to explore visionary design "beyond the Bauhaus" Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-10T09:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T20:59:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Different Tomorrows: Design Futures Beyond the Bauhaus [...] brought together scholars, artists, activists and designers to challenge the Bauhaus as the movement of record with discussions related to gender, race and global perspectives. Organized by graduate Media Design Practices Department Associate Professor Sean Donahue and Professor Elizabeth Chin, the series included a reading room, [...] projects questioning the Bauhaus legacy, and a docent tour of the Getty Center&rsquo;s Bauhaus archives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A thoughtful interview with Elizabeth Chin and Sean Donahue, the two Art Center College of Design-based organizers behind<em>&nbsp;Different Tomorrows: Design Futures Beyond the Bauhaus</em> reveals a bevy of interesting and thought-provoking connections between the Bauhaus and a variety of topics and locales, including the movement's connections with China, the work of the school's female practitioners, and other suppressed focuses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chin writes, "The version of the Bauhaus that was promoted in the U.S., and which has influenced places like ArtCenter, was stripped of many of the concerns that had fueled the development of the Bauhaus. Two of the most important, from our point of view, were the experimental educational model and the school&rsquo;s concerns for social well-being."</p> Restoration of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilions in Queens is underway Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-09T18:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The iconic New York State Pavilion observation towers in Flushing, Queens are being restored. The New York City Parks Department broke ground on the project this week.</p> <p>Designed by Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, the two flying saucer-topped observation towers as well as an adjacent pavilion will receive a $24 million upgrade that includes waterproofing for each structure's base, as well as exist stair replacements, electrical upgrades, and other conservation work, <em>AM New York</em> <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The structures were originally designed as temporary structures within&nbsp; a much larger installation for the 1964 World's Fair in the burough's Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Despite the costly restoration, the structures will not be made publicly accessible, according to&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Curbed</a>.</em></p> <p>The project is expected to be completed by March 2021.&nbsp;</p> Junkspace No More: Qatar's Plagiarism accusation highlights new status for airports Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-09T09:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A recent <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> in&nbsp;<em>Bloomberg News</em> detailing accusations that <a href="" target="_blank">Safdie Architects</a>' much-Instagrammed Jewel Changi Airport design had been lifted from a proposed expansion to <a href="" target="_blank">Doha's Hamad International Airport</a>&nbsp;highlights the changing status of airport design.&nbsp;</p> <p>The accusation was quickly debunked, as Safdie's designs date back to 2013 prior to the Doha airport proposal, but the dust-up itself, as&nbsp;<em>Bloomberg's</em> Adam Minter points out, signals that "Airports, though, are no longer mere transit nodes. Over the past few decades, countries throughout Asia and the Middle East have come to see them as tools for advancing their ambitions and expressing their national self-conceptions. In short order, they&rsquo;ve become audacious sources of soft power."</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>View of the Jewel Changi Airport, designed by Safdie Architects. Image &copy; Changi Airport Group.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>With the worldwide proliferation of iconic airport designs and the growing (<a href="" target="_blank">and environmentally problematic</a>) proliferation of air travel, airports have taken o...</p> WeWork employees embark on unionization effort Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-09T00:01:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>We want our time here to have meant something. We don&rsquo;t want to be defined by the scandals, the corruption, and the greed exhibited by the company&rsquo;s leadership. We want to leave behind a legacy that represents the true character and intentions of WeWork employees. We want those being laid off to be provided fair and reasonable separation terms commensurate with their contributions, including severance pay, continuation of company-paid health insurance and compensation for lost equity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a recently-launched web page, WeWork employees are launching an organizational effort to secure workers rights as the company contemplates laying off thousands in the wake of its <a href="" target="_blank">high-profile collapse</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The group, which refers to itself as the WeWorkers Coalition, writes, "We are asking to be treated with humanity and dignity so we can continue living life while searching to make a living elsewhere. In consideration of recent news, we will also need clarity around the contracts our cleaning staff will be required to sign in order to keep their jobs, which are being outsourced to a third party. Those of us who have visas through WeWork need assistance and adequate time to find a new employer to sponsor our respective visas."</p> The general public strongly supports licensure standards for architects Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-08T19:08:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The general public supports existing licensing requirements for architects.That's what a recent study commissioned by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (<a href="" target="_blank">NCARB</a>) has concluded, according to an NCARB&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">news release</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The study, conducted for NCARB by Benenson Strategy Group, surveyed 1,000 American voters on a variety of topics, including what value the respondents placed on licensing standards, the distinction between "occupations" and "professions," and other particularities of architectural work. All told, the general public strongly supports licensure for architects, with 89-percent of respondents agreeing that architects should meet rigorous testing standards due to the profession's role in making sure "buildings are safe and structurally sound."</p> <p>Further, the more respondents learned about the rigor involved in attaining licensure&mdash;a process that, as many designers know, includes experience qualifications and continuing education initiatives, as well as the ab...</p> University of Virginia's Rotunda transformed into a planetarium, sharing Thomas Jefferson's original vision​ for the building Justine Testado 2019-11-08T18:22:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T18:22:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Neal Curtis, Samuel Lemley and Madeline Zehnder conducted some keen literary sleuthing to discover Thomas Jefferson&rsquo;s original intentions for the Dome Room, and then harnessed modern digital technology to bring the planetarium to life in a way that the University&rsquo;s founder could not have imagined. &ldquo;The concave ceiling of the Rotunda,&rdquo; Jefferson wrote in 1819, &ldquo;is proposed to be painted sky-blue and spangled with gilt stars in their position and magnitude copied exactly.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>While planning the early stages of the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Virginia</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Thomas Jefferson</a> envisioned a fantastical planetarium for the school's historic Rotunda. In 2019, that vision has been achieved as the Rotunda Planetarium, thanks to three Ph.D students from the school's English department, and a grant from the Jefferson Trust.&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to the temporary digital-projection installation, there is a related exhibition &mdash; which features books, specimens, and artifacts from the Rotunda&rsquo;s early history &mdash; that is on view through February 18.&nbsp;</p> Contested Bel Air megamansion may soon be gone as city wants it 'torn down to its foundation' Alexander Walter 2019-11-08T16:29:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Los Angeles city prosecutors are calling for an unfinished mega-mansion in Bel-Air to be torn down to its foundation, the latest twist in the saga over a colossal building at the center of criminal charges, court battles and an FBI investigation. [...] last week, City Atty. Mike Feuer and his prosecutors stepped up their demands, saying that a structural engineer had found that key structures supporting the building were deficient.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Hadid pleaded no contest two years ago to criminal charges tied to the mammoth, unfinished building, which prosecutors said was much bigger than city rules allowed and included bedrooms, decks and even an IMAX theater that the city said were never approved," reports the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. <br></p> <p>Calls for the complete demolition of the embattled Bel Air megamansion first erupted <a href="" target="_blank">in June</a> when former construction manager Russell Linch accused the building's owner, celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid, of bribing a Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety inspector to 'overlook' building code violations.<br></p> A "soft utopia" takes shape in University of Toronto's experimental gallery Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-08T16:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T13:41:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">University of Toronto</a>'s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design has debuted a new 7,500-square-foot "experimental gallery" that seeks to have visitors lose themselves in "states of repose and reverie."</p> <p>The new gallery, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">news post</a> issued by the school, includes an installation designed by New York-based designers <a href="" target="_blank">Pillow Culture</a> that is centered on having participants disconnect from their technological devices. The exhibition, titled&nbsp;<em>New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking)</em>, asks visitors to leave their belongings in a separate area before becoming immersed in a "dream-like space specifically designed for relaxation, reflection, and repose."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of gallery users unplugging from the world. Photo by Scott Norsworthy.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Architecture today is inextricably bound up in the urbanization of the planet, and it needs to pay as much attention to the marking of time, as it traditionally has to the shaping of space,&rdquo; writes co-curator, Richard Sommer, Dean an...</p> Amazon's new homeless shelter inside their Seattle Headquarters is nearly complete Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-08T15:20:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T21:25:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With Seattle's housing costs increasingly out of reach, it's no surprise that Amazon, one of Seattle's largest employers, is dabbling in housing issues itself. According to a recent article by <a href="" target="_blank">Aria Bendix of Business Insider</a>, Amazon is following through in a surprising way: By building a homeless shelter within its Seattle headquarters.</p> <p>Bendix reports, "Two years ago, <a href="" target="_blank">Marty Hartman, the executive director of Mary's Place homeless shelter in Seattle, received a package from Amazon</a>: The company presented her with a golden key symbolizing access to eight floors of a building in its Seattle headquarters." Under the arrangement, Hartman was offered "permanent space in one of Amazon's corporate offices. Now, that space is almost finished."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Amazon</figcaption></figure><p>Anticipated to open in 2020, the shelter will be able to house and serve 275 people per night. Although those numbers are merely a fraction of Seattle's overall homeless population (roughly around 12,500 in King County, according to Benix)...</p> Alloy Development: "We get to define the program, priorities, and the principles of how we engage" Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-08T14:45:00-05:00 >2019-11-09T12:55:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Alloy Development is a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>-based architecture, development, and building management practice with over $1.6 billion in projects under its belt. The 17-person firm pursues an integrated and collaborative approach to practice that unifies design, finance, and construction to pursue a series of handsome buildings that manage to simultaneously prioritize design and the bottom line, a not-too-easy feat given the city's predominantly profit-driven development model.&nbsp;</p> <p>Founded in 2006 by Katherine McConvey, Jared Della Valle, and AJ Pires, the firm works to not only develop its own projects but also invests the profits generated by the work it performs back into the practice itself. According to the firm, "We pursue our own work in a fun and granular practice where the definition of value unique to each project is the ultimate aspiration."</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect was able to connect with Della Valle and Pires to discuss, among other topics, how a firm's legacy c...</p> Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out Bustler Editors 2019-11-08T08:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T13:20:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new <a href="" target="_blank">architecture competitions</a> launching worldwide on any given week &mdash; let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why <a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design <a href="" target="_blank">competition submissions</a> that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.</p> 10 fresh examples of metal in architecture Alexander Walter 2019-11-08T03:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T14:55:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong>&nbsp;use the handy&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a>&nbsp;to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Metal</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Zinc House</a> in Chicago, IL by <a href="" target="_blank">dSPACE Studio</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Longgang Cultural Centre</a> in Shenzhen, China by <a href="" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">CCDI </a>(local architect)<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Miner Road</a> in Orinda, CA by <a href="" target="_blank">Faulkner Architects</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Ray-Mont Logistics</a> in Quebec, Canada by <a href="" target="_blank">Lemay</a>; Photo: Adrien Williams<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">8th Street Market</a> in Bentonville, AR by <a href="" target="_blank">Hufft</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">House</a> in Sun Valley, ID by <a href="" target="_blank">James Merrell Architects P.C.</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Liva Riverside Book Bar Reconstruction of East China Normal University</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" target="_blank">Lacime Architects</a>; Photo: Zhang Qianxi, Xu Zhe<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Muangthongthani Carcare</a> in Nonthaburi, Thailand by <a href="" target="_blank">Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated</a>; Photo: Chaovarit...</p> Expanded federal grants seek to preserve a more inclusive selection of built heritage Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-07T20:13:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T14:55:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The National Trust and its partners have led advocacy efforts to increase funding for five competitive grant programs: the African American Civil Rights Grant Program, the Underrepresented Community Grant Program, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program, Save America&rsquo;s Treasures, and the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program. In total, these competitive grant programs received $41 million in FY 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The National Trust for Historic Preservation breaks down some of the recently expanded funding opportunities that have taken shape at the federal level earmarked for the preservation of diverse and inclusive built heritage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Highlighted programs include the&nbsp;<a href=";forceDialog=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">African American Civil Rights Grant Program</a>,&nbsp;<a href=";forceDialog=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Underrepresented Community Grant Program</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=";forceDialog=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Grant Program</a>,&nbsp;<a href=";forceDialog=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Save America&rsquo;s Treasures program</a>, and the <a href=";forceDialog=0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Applications for these funds are available through the federal government via the above links.</p> Don't be a spoon-fed professional Sean Joyner 2019-11-07T18:36:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T14:55:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In our professional growth, learning new skills and gaining new knowledge are foundational to our progress. Mentors guide our trajectory, and our experiences sharpen our competency. However, we can't always rely on the received information presented to us by other people. Instead, in many cases, we will need to proactively put forth our own effort to gain the knowledge required to elevate ourselves to a higher level.</p> <p>I remember in my second year of professional work, for example, I expressed to my project manager that I wanted to start drawing wall details. I had been picking up a lot of redlines for wall details on a project that had multiple buildings and the team was going to start on a new building. Instead of doing redlines I wanted to be a part of <em>creating</em> the wall details for the DD package we were working on for this new structure.</p> <p>"Okay, now you're doing wall details," he told me, "but keep in mind, it's probably going to take you a lot longer than the work you've been comf...</p> As California's wildfires become increasingly urban, concerns over airborne health risks grow 'worrisome' Alexander Walter 2019-11-07T15:31:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T14:55:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The samples he collects will help scientists better understand how the massive increase in seasonal wildfires burning through residential areas might be affecting our health. Where smoke once contained the remnants of only biomass (trees and other organic matter), fires are now burning up homes&mdash;structures that contain thousands of synthetic chemicals, paints, plastics, and metals that smolder and combust into tiny particles.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Introducing Archinect's Spotlight on Seattle Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-07T14:41:00-05:00 >2019-11-07T23:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Fueled by a strong corporate presence&mdash;<a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, Costco, Microsoft, <a href="" target="_blank">Starbucks</a>, Zillow and others have their headquarters in the area&mdash;and supported by a cluster of higher educational institutions like the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Washington</a>, Seattle is surging in more ways than one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently home to 4 million people, the Seattle metropolitan region is set to grow to 6 million by 2050, an increase of about 55,000 per year, according to <a href="" target="_blank">recent estimates</a> reported by the Puget Sound Regional Council. The projected growth could totally re-shape the area&rsquo;s built environment, as a series of regional transportation initiatives and land-use reforms that have recently begun to take shape aim to densify, diversify, and modernize the Pacific Northwest&rsquo;s marquee metropolis.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>With new housing construction taking off, institutional clients expanding, and a seemingly insatiable office market surging, for the area&rsquo;s architecture firms, the region&rsquo;s potential growth means one thing: More work and lots of it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ove...</p> The 24 finalists of the 2019 Architectural Photography Awards Justine Testado 2019-11-07T14:25:00-05:00 >2019-11-07T14:25:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As part of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a>'s yearly program, the Architectural Photography Awards celebrate the year's best architectural photography from around the globe. For its 2019 edition, the competition garnered a whopping 2,000 entries from 42 countries. Now, the competition pool has been narrowed down to a shortlist of just 24 finalists.&nbsp;</p><p>Four finalists were shortlisted in each of the four main categories:&nbsp;Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Buildings in Use. In the Portfolio category, judges will evaluate entries of six photos relating to one architectural project within the theme of social housing.&nbsp;</p><p>Photos competing in the Mobile category (photos taken on a mobile device) are exploring the theme of shelter, and two winners (a judges' choice and people's choice) will be selected. Voting for the people's choice winner is <a href="" target="_blank">open now</a> until Friday, December 6.</p><p>The photographer of the overall winning image from the four main categories will receive a cash prize of $3,000. The...</p> Musician-turned-designer Pharrell Williams moves into architecture with a two-tower project in Toronto Sean Joyner 2019-11-07T14:07:00-05:00 >2019-11-07T20:37:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We've seen some of pop culture's most prominent figures break into architecture in recent years. There was <a href="" target="_blank">Brad Pitt</a>'s "informal apprenticeship" with <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> and his subsequent <a href="" target="_blank">Make It Right Foundation</a>. We have <a href="" target="_blank">Kanye West</a>, and his exploratory activities within the field of affordable housing, as well. And now, we have <a href="" target="_blank">Pharrell Williams</a>:&nbsp;The Grammy Award-winning artist and entrepreneur is also stepping into the world of architectural design.&nbsp;</p> <p>The musician has partnered with Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties on a new two-towered residential development in Toronto, Canada. Williams worked with architects at <a href="" target="_blank">IBI Group</a> and interior designers at U31 on various facets of the design, ranging from the facade material to the interior furniture. "The opportunity to apply my ideas and viewpoint to the new medium of physical structures has been amazing," Williams said in a statement.</p> <p>The development will be called&nbsp;<em>Untitled</em>, celebrating the "universality of space," a concept that was...</p> NOMA International Conference celebrates diverse architectural leadership and excellence Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-07T13:16:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T21:20:50-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In October, the National Organization of Minority Architects (<a href="" target="_blank">NOMA</a>) hosted their 47th Annual NOMA Conference in Brooklyn. With more than 1,200 registered attendees, this year's event was the largest for the organization.&nbsp;</p> <p>To conclude the conference, the organization celebrated a banquet dedicated to architecture leadership and excellence awards. With <a href="" target="_blank">NOMA President&nbsp;Kimberly Dowdell</a>, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP presiding over the evening, the special event highlighted some of NOMA's long-time members, such as&nbsp;NOMA&rsquo;s last surviving founder, Jeh Johnson, an architect who has made tremendous contributions to the organization and the industry.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>NOMA founder Mr. Jeh Johnson with NYCOBA NOMA President Samantha Josaph at the 2019 NOMA Honors Banquet and Phil Freelon Professional Design Awards . Image courtesy of nycoba NOMA</figcaption></figure><p>A highlight of the evening was recognizing the work of beloved architect, industry leader and long-time NOMA member <a href="" target="_blank">Phil Freelon, who recently passed away</a>, with the inaugura...</p> Sharpen your Autodesk CAD and BIM skills with Microsol Resources and CADLearning by 4D Technologies Sponsor 2019-11-07T08:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-06T19:04:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>This post is brought to you by <em><a href="" target="_blank">Microsol Resources</a></em></strong></p> <p>Microsol Resources Corporation&mdash;a recognized leader in building information modeling (BIM) technology solutions, as well as a leading Autodesk Platinum Partner serving the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries&mdash;announces its most recent technology partnership with CADLearning by 4D Technologies, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher and a&nbsp;premier learning portal for all things Autodesk.</p> <em>CAD and BIM users and administrators can manage talent, knowledge, and competencies in one easy-to-navigate interface.&nbsp;</em> <p>CADLearning provides the most comprehensive library of Autodesk learning content for over 40 products, including AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil 3D. CAD and BIM users and administrators can manage talent, knowledge, and competencies in one easy-to-navigate interface. CADLearning helps firms identify and fill skills and knowledge gaps, improve performance, and save time and resources by providing product support to maximize ...</p> AIA "deplores the administration's shortsighted decision” on Paris Climate Agreement exit Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-06T23:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T09:24:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The American Institute of Architects (<a href="" target="_blank">AIA</a>) has issued a rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to formally withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier this week, the American government <a href="" target="_blank">initiated its withdrawal from the accord</a>, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing that authorities would instead "continue to work with our global partners to enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change and prepare for and respond to natural disasters"</p> <p>According to a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> issued by the AIA, America risks abdicating its leadership role on climate action by abandoning the international climate cooperation pact.&nbsp;</p> <p>AIA 2019 President William Bates writes, &ldquo;The AIA deplores the administration's shortsighted decision," adding, "The economic impact to the United States as a participant in the Paris Agreement is a fraction of the toll we will pay if we do not make climate action a top priority as a nation. The stakes couldn&rsquo;t be higher&mdash;a reversal of this decision is critical.&rdquo;...</p> Have a knack for residential or hospitality design? Check out the latest job opportunities from David Baker Architects, Marmol Radziner, mwworks, AUX Architecture, and Studio Unltd​ Justine Testado 2019-11-06T20:01:00-05:00 >2019-11-07T14:50:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you're a jobseeker looking to make a new &ldquo;second home&rdquo; at an <a href="" target="_blank">architecture practice</a> whose design specialties include stellar residential or hospitality projects, perhaps you may want to start your employment search with the latest <a href="" target="_blank">listings</a> from last week's Employer of the Day featured firms. Read on to learn more.</p> <p>Known for designing thoughtful, community-driven housing projects and spaces, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>David Baker Architects</strong></a> is hiring a <a href="" target="_blank">Project Architect with 7+ years experience</a> to join their San Francisco office. Ideal candidate must have experience designing multifamily housing, an interest and/or experience in public interest design, proficiency with Revit, and the ability to lead a project team.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Potrero 1010 by David Baker Architects. Photo: Bruce Damonte.</figcaption></figure><p>Having designed several stunning residences for high-profile clients, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Marmol Radziner</strong></a> currently has multiple job openings in LA and SF.&nbsp;Their latest listings include a <a href="" target="_blank">Mid-Level Landscape Designer</a>, an <a href="" target="_blank">Entry-Level Landscape Designer</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">Jo...</a></p> KPF wins another Emporis Skyscraper Award with stacked mega-casino-hotel-resort in Macau Alexander Walter 2019-11-06T18:03:00-05:00 >2019-11-06T18:15:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For the second year in a row, a <a href="" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox</a>-designed building managed to win the top spot in the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Emporis Skyscraper Award</a> program: MGM Cotai, the enormous $3.4 billion casino-hotel-resort in Macau, designed in collaboration with Wong Tung &amp; Partners Limited, was selected by the jurors as the best new tall building. One year ago, KPF, in conjunction with Baum Architects, also won the title for the 1,819-foot-tall <a href="" target="_blank">Lotte World Tower</a> in Seoul.</p><p>KPF had a very strong overall showing this year, claiming also the third prize for 52 Lime Street in London as well as the recently opened <a href="" target="_blank">China Zun/CITIC Tower</a> in Beijing in 9th place, designed together with TFP Farrells Limited and Beijing Institute of Architectural Design.</p><p>Besides Lotte World Tower in 2018, the list of previous award winners includes BIG's <a href="" target="_blank">VIA 57 West</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Shanghai Tower</a> by Gensler and 2Define Architecture, Zaha Hadid's <a href="" target="_blank">Wangjing SOHO</a> in Beijing, Renzo Piano's <a href="" target="_blank">The Shard</a> in London, and <a href="" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a> in New York, Frank Ge...</p> Houston voters approve $3.5 billion for rapid bus and light rail-heavy transit expansion Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-06T17:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-10T17:28:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With a two-thirds majority, Houston-area voters approved a $3.5 billion bond issue to pay for transit projects. This is the first time since 2003 that METRO has asked voters to borrow more money through bonds. METRO&rsquo;s plans include a bus rapid transit line to Bush Intercontinental Airport along with a light rail line to Hobby Airport. The transit agency also wants to build new park and ride facilities and make enhancements to the current bus network.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">plan</a> will help to expand Houston's fledgling transportation system, which currently includes a trio of interlocking light rail lines as well as a traditional bus network.&nbsp;</p> Houston has over 120 mies of HOV lane. METRONext uses that for a two-way, all-day regional express bus network. City residents will be able to get to work in the Energy Corridor or Clear Lake. Suburban residents will be able to go to an Astros game or museum, not just their jobs. <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br>&mdash; Christof Spieler (@christofspieler) <a href="" target="_blank">November 4, 2019</a> <p>The $7.5 billion plan makes Houston the latest city to embrace Bus Rapid&nbsp;Transit following in the footsteps of <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Portland</a>, and Indianapolis. The plan would bring 75 miles of bus rapid transit service as well as 16 additional miles of light rail lines to the region.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> Marion Weiss on inspiration, teaching, and feminism Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-06T16:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T21:24:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture, which benefits from intensity and focus, will never be easily slotted in the nine-to-five day. If support systems can evolve and grow, I think the potential for new models of leadership will continue to expand to include an even more diverse community. I am impressed by the breadth and depth of architects that are emerging&mdash;both male and female&mdash;who are simultaneously teaching, practicing, raising families, and publishing incredibly remarkable work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>An excerpt of an interview of Marion Weiss, principal and co-founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Weiss/Manfredi</a>, by Franca Trubiano,&nbsp;associate professor of architecture,&nbsp;and graduate student Ramona Adlakha, has been published by the <a href="" target="_blank">Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania</a>. The interview is an excerpt from&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Women (Re)Build: Stories, Polemics, Futures</a>, </em>a book recently published by Applied Research and Design that reflects on feminist thought in architecture.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C. designed by Weiss/Manfredi. Image courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi.</figcaption></figure><p>In the interview, Weiss discusses her long career in academia and practice, how she came to study architecture, her designs for the <a href="" target="_blank">Women's Memorial</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;Washington, D.C., and how teaching and practice influence one another, among several other topics.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Conceptual diagram for the Women's Memorial site. Image courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi. </figcaption></figure><p>"Sometimes history has less depth and importance than we might think&mdash;even if the forms look his...</p>