Archinect 2021-08-04T07:32:29-04:00 San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles among the ten most expensive cities to build in the world, according to new survey Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-08-03T19:38:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T19:38:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Tokyo ranks as the most expensive city to build in the world, driven by the extensive pipeline of real estate and infrastructure projects pushing up demand for construction resources, according to the report. Following Tokyo are Hong Kong, San Francisco and New York. Boston and Los Angeles rank seventh and ninth, respectively, as both of these markets generally have high labor costs for construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to Turner and Townsend&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">2021 International Construction Market Survey</a>, the top 10 most expensive cities to build, in order, are:&nbsp;</p> <ol><li>Tokyo</li><li>Hong Kong</li><li>San Francisco</li><li>New York City</li><li>Geneva</li><li>Zurich</li><li>Boston</li><li>London</li><li>Los Angeles</li><li>Macau</li></ol><p>With <a href="" target="_blank">increased activity levels in construction markets in 2021</a> as the world recovers from the <a href="" target="_blank">covid-19 pandemic</a>, supply chain constraints are increasing and skill shortages are worsening, resulting in substantial construction cost inflation, as detailed by Turner and Townsend. International border closures have impacted the availability of imported labor, which has been detrimental to construction markets that depend on migrant workers.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">According to ABC chief economist, construction industry is rebounding despite high prices and lack of skilled labor</a></figcaption><p><br></p><p>In addition, more than a third of respondents to the survey said the pandemic has had a high or significant impact on their supply chains. This is evident in <a href="" target="_blank">increased material costs</a>, such as st...</p></figure> Anish Kapoor is remodeling a grand Venetian palace to be the new home of his foundation Josh Niland 2021-08-03T19:04:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T19:04:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An 18th-century palazzo fronting Venice&rsquo;s Cannaregio Canal is getting a bespoke makeover thanks to funds of a blue-chip British artist.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">The Art Newspaper</a> </em>is reporting that the Palazzo Manfrin will be the new home of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Amish Kapoor Foundation</a> following a renovation that will add a studio space, gallery, and art depository to a former school with help from <a href="" target="_blank">UNA studio</a> and local firm FWR Associati.&nbsp;</p> <p>The original Palazzo was kept as the seat of the Priuli family until the 19th century when it formed an early version of the Gall&eacute;ria dell&rsquo;Accademia before eventually falling into disrepair like many of the city&rsquo;s other grand palaces in the shadow of the <a href="" target="_blank">Peggy Guggenheim Collection</a> nearby.&nbsp;</p> <p>Per UNA studio: &ldquo;The Palazzo Priuli Manfrin presents an architecture virtually unique in Venice. Its double-height hall is of typical Palladian design and its facade, without ornament, make this building the prototype of the Neoclassical style that is rarely found elsewhere in Venice.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Related on Archi...</figcaption></figure> New national study reveals post-Covid campus facility trends Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-08-03T17:52:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T17:52:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a new national study conducted by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and <a href="" target="_blank">Buro Happold</a>&rsquo;s higher education consulting group, <a href="" target="_blank">brightspot</a>, a series of notable findings reveal the major impact the <a href="" target="_blank">Covid-19 pandemic</a>&nbsp;has had on how <a href="" target="_blank">universities and colleges</a>&nbsp;are planning for new facilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Called the <a href="" target="_blank">Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI)</a>, the survey is used to provide facilities benchmarking data to colleges and universities in order to better inform their planning efforts. It asks institutions to provide space data as categorized by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual (FICM). It was last undertaken in 2007. In the 2021 edition, a group survey of 88 higher-education institutions across the U.S. was conducted, gathering data on their buildings, as well as recent and planned changes to their facilities. The research also details changes over the last year and plans for the next three years.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Map of institu...</figcaption></figure> Oliver Wainwright on the MSG Sphere's political tangle Josh Niland 2021-08-03T17:06:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T18:29:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>He [Kahn] was enthusiastic about welcoming &ldquo;another world-class venue to the capital, to confirm London&rsquo;s position as a music powerhouse&rdquo; when the sphere was announced in 2018; yet the following year, his planning officers&rsquo; first report concluded that it did not comply with his own London Plan. He is in a bind. Will he side with the Labour borough and listen to the locals, or back his development corporation in the hope of using this brash bauble to buff the capital&rsquo;s post-Brexit brand?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em> critic Oliver Wainwright explores the <a href="" target="_blank">sordid dealings</a> behind the gigantic $1.8 billion orb he describes as "the apogee of 360-degree advertising, the ultimate building-as-sign [&hellip;] the stuff of&nbsp;Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown&rsquo;s neon-soaked dreams."</p> <p>The MSG Sphere fate is still very much <a href="" target="_blank">up in the air</a> ahead of a scheduled September planning council meeting. Residents in London's Stratford and nearby Hackney neighborhoods have lodged complaints pertaining to the <a href="" target="_blank">light and noise pollution</a> caused by the 4.7-acre&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">LED-clad</a> structure.&nbsp;</p> States are being pressured to act as the CDC-backed eviction moratorium ends Josh Niland 2021-08-03T16:46:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T16:46:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The eviction system, which saw a dramatic drop in cases before a federal moratorium expired over the weekend, rumbled back into action Monday, with activists girding for the first of what could be millions of tenants to be tossed onto the streets as the delta variant of the coronavirus surges.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The White House is now <a href="" target="_blank">pushing</a> for states and cities to use some of the billions in coronavirus funds still being held up. Representative Cori Bush of Missouri has been <a href="" target="_blank">sleeping</a> on the Capitol steps since Friday to raise awareness. Renters in states like New Jersey and Massachusetts have more time and resources compared to southern states, which already have <a href="" target="_blank">fewer protections</a>. Nationwide, more than 3.6 million people are facing eviction according to a <a href="" target="_blank">recent census</a>.</p> <p>Some landlords are having <a href="" target="_blank">difficulties</a> finding a solution. <a href="" target="_blank">Officials in Chicago</a> are leaning on a little-used legal aid service to help stem the tide from the &ldquo;tsunami of evictions&rdquo; expected after September 1st. <a href="" target="_blank">500,000 New Yorkers</a> are facing eviction, too.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> has more on the looming crisis <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> For Host Cities, the Olympics Are No Game Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-08-03T13:27:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T14:49:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the <a href="" target="_blank">2020 Olympics</a> underway in Tokyo, we reflect on the urban and environmental impacts of the Olympic Games on its host cities. Whether Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024, or Los Angeles 2028, the Olympics suffer from a legacy of fragmenting existing urban environments, accelerating gentrification, and alienating local citizens. Meanwhile, the environmental cost of hosting the Olympics, driven by the construction of new venues and infrastructure, serves as a visible embodiment of our failure to adequately address climate change. Among the challenges, however, there are meaningful steps for improvement.</p> Converted commercial buildings may not be a short-term answer to solving the affordable housing crisis Dante Furioso 2021-08-03T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T14:54:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last month, New York State passed <a href="" target="_blank">the Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act (HONDA)</a>, laying the groundwork for hotels and other commercial buildings to be converted into affordable housing. Nevertheless, <a href="" target="_blank">a recent article by NBC News</a> gives a laundry list of reasons why among commercial buildings, office space, in particular, is unlikely to be converted to affordable housing.&nbsp;</p> <p>The gist: it still remains far too profitable to give this property over to affordable housing. That is, there&rsquo;s simply too much money to be made in the long term, even if rentable spaces continue to remain vacant in the short term. Why risk setting a precedent that unused space should be given over to the thousands of people who live on the street? Why set a precedent that the dignity of every person is more important than Cushman Wakefield&rsquo;s quarterly earnings?</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Flatiron District in New York is filled with older office buildings. Image: pixhere</figcaption></figure><p>Nevertheless, politicians have at least begun posturing. New Yo...</p> Displaying more than 600,000 white flags, a powerful Covid memorial is coming to the National Mall Josh Niland 2021-08-03T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T14:54:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>More than offering a bold visual, the art will connect people who have grieved the deaths of loved ones in isolation, perhaps without an in-person funeral, Firstenberg said. It&rsquo;s visualizing the vastness of loss. And it&rsquo;s allowing people to participate &mdash; digitally or in person &mdash; whether or not they know someone who died of COVID-19.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new installation will bring the cost of the Covid pandemic to one of Washington, D.C.&rsquo;s most sacred public spaces this September in a heartbreaking display of 610,000 individual small white flags placed in the National Mall by local artist <a href="" target="_blank">Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg</a>.</p> <p>The flags are part of a national memorial organized by Firstenberg and planned initially for President Biden&rsquo;s inauguration in January. The Parks Service eventually got around to approving the artist&rsquo;s request in the spring, and she will now begin work on September 14th planting the flags in 142 different sections with the help of online and in-person volunteers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Digital mapping support for the project was provided by a tech company called Esri. Their team was connected to Firstenberg by <a href="" target="_blank">George Washington University</a> professor Sarah Wagner. Wagner, a researcher in the memory of mass casualty events and collective loss, heard about the Colorado-based firm because of the work software engineer <a href="" target="_blank">Jeremiah Lindemann</a> did cr...</p> Silver Oak Alexander Valley Winery by Munden Fry Landscape Associates ambermunden 2021-08-02T20:06:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T20:07:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Situated at the base of the Alexander Valley foothills, the 113-acre <strong>Silver Oak Winery- Alexander Valley</strong>, is designed to &ldquo;frame the vineyards&rdquo;, while enhancing and preserving natural ecologies. By incorporating an agricultural vocabulary that reinforces authenticity of place, <strong>Munden Fry Landscape Associates</strong>, carefully designed a climate appropriate, agrarian landscape of new vineyards, hedgerows, grass meadows, fastigiate screens, and entry all&eacute;es.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed as a production facility and tasting destination, MFLA, in collaboration with Piechota Architecture, developed a sensitively integrated assemblage of landscape and structures to define each environment. The result is a landscape expression that slips through the architecture creating a dynamic interplay of light, shadow, reflection, and repetition. MFLA collaborated closely with the owners to create the only &ldquo;zero net water and energy&rdquo; winery in the country. As a result of this unprecedented goal, Silver Oak Winery received both...</p> Stepped Volumes Apartment by Ale Preda Architecture alepreda 2021-08-02T20:03:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T20:03:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The stepped-volumes apartment is a gut renovation of a unit in Prague, Czech Republic. The design process and construction took place during the Pandemic, and, as a result, the design team was never able to visit and experience the site physically. The entire process, from ideation to final completion, was managed remotely.</p> <p>The brief required recalibrating the spaces within the 80 square meters apartment. The original floor plan had only one bedroom, and two bathrooms were awkwardly opening into a large foyer. The unit was in complete disrepair and lacked modern systems and fixtures, requiring a gut renovation. Moreover, the client wanted to add a study/guest bedroom for remote work and had a shoestring budget.</p> <p>Our solution developed a playful, site-specific architecture deploying &ldquo;inserted elements&rdquo; to house new programs, modified the circulation, reused existing elements (e.g. doors and flooring) wherever possible, and introduced interior openings to bring light into darker spaces...</p> estudio Herreros' Munch Museum to open in October Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-08-02T19:45:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T17:49:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Spanish architecture practice <a href="" target="_blank">estudio Herreros</a>' long-awaited <a href="" target="_blank">Munch Museum</a>&nbsp;in <a href="" target="_blank">Oslo</a>, Norway is opening its doors on October 22, 2021.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the selection of estudio Herreros to design the museum after receiving <a href="" target="_blank">the top prize in the Munch Museum competition</a> in 2009, the project has faced delay after delay starting with <a href="" target="_blank">political hurdles regarding its design and location</a>. Additionally, <a href="" target="_blank">the museum was set to open in the spring of 2020 but was halted</a> due to delays in the delivery of fire and security doors and the failure of the indoor climate system to meet required standards. The Covid-19 pandemic pushed back the opening even further.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Munch Museum opening in Oslo pushed back</a></figcaption></figure><p>The Munch Museum features the most extensive collection of works by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, with over 26,700 pieces being showcased. The collection was donated to the city of Oslo upon Munch&rsquo;s death. The artist&rsquo;s most well-known work is <em>The Scream</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 13-story, 60-meter-tall ...</p> Here's your opportunity to work at MVRDV, Deborah Berke Partners, Walker Warner Architects, OFFICEUNTITLED, and MWDA Alexander Walter 2021-08-02T18:45:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T18:51:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Included in our latest weekly <a href="" target="_blank">highlight of featured architectural employers</a> are five exciting practices with <a href="" target="_blank">current job openings</a> in <a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2124612&amp;location=New+York%2C+NY%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2054699&amp;location=Los+Angeles%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">Culver City/Los Angeles</a>, <a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2056156&amp;location=San+Francisco%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, and <a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2055529&amp;location=Palm+Springs%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">Palm Springs</a>, California.<br></p> <p>For even more opportunities, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect job board</a> and browse our active community of <a href="" target="_blank">architecture students and professionals</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">schools</a>.<br></p> <p>With offices around the globe, Rotterdam-based architecture and urbanism practice <strong><a href="" target="_blank">MVRDV</a></strong> is currently looking for an enthusiastic <a href="" target="_blank">Senior Architect</a> to establish the New York City studio. This position requires a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in North America as well as proven leadership skills.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV. Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode.</figcaption></figure><p>Also in New York, <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Deborah Berke Partners</a></strong> has these opportunities to offer: a <a href="" target="_blank">Senior Professional</a> with 8&ndash;13 years of design or technical and project management experience at an architecture firm as well as a <a href="" target="_blank">Professional II Designer</a> with 5&ndash;8 years of design experi...</p> The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations announces selected firms for worldwide architectural and engineering support services Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-08-02T17:33:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T14:54:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)</a>, responsible for providing facilities abroad for the <a href="" target="_blank">United States Department of State</a> and the U.S government, at large, has selected 12 Architectural and Engineering (A/E) firms for the Worldwide Architectural and Engineering Support Services Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) from a shortlist of 25.&nbsp;</p> <p>As <a href="" target="_blank">detailed</a> by the U.S. Department of State, the firms will provide program-level process and procedure-improvement support and conduct surveys and analyses for existing facilities. They will also assist with master plans, security mitigation studies, site expansion studies, project phasing analysis, and historic structures survey.&nbsp;</p> <p>The selected firms are:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">AECOM Services, Inc.</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Buro Happold Engineering</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Arthur Gensler, Jr. &amp; Associates, Inc. (dba Gensler)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">HDR KCCT JV</a></li><li>Jacobs Government Services Company</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects</a></li><li>The Mason &amp; Hanger Group, Inc.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Moore Ruble Yudell Architects &amp; Planners</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">ODA-Architecture, P.C...</a></li></ul> A judge has blocked impending highway construction around Stonehenge…for now Josh Niland 2021-08-02T17:05:00-04:00 >2021-08-03T14:53:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">proposed highway tunnel</a> near Stonehenge that <a href="" target="_blank">loomed over a recent UNESCO ruling</a> has been called off thanks to a court order preservationists across the UK are referring to as a &ldquo;wake up call&rdquo; for Conservative politicians behind the controversial <a href="" target="_blank">&pound;1.7 billion ($2.4 billion) development project</a>.</p> <p>Activists are celebrating after a legal challenge against an approval granted last year by British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was upheld by a High Court judge in London on Friday. The ruling cited the government&rsquo;s own guidelines regarding the consideration of alternative schemes in a process that deliberately excluded impact assessments, something Justice David Holgate deemed irrational.</p> <p>A plan that would revitalize an eight-mile-long section of the A303 road was first brought forth in 2017 and called for the installation of a tunnel near the 5,000-year-old ruins that opponents claim would significantly harm <a href="" target="_blank">Stonehenge&rsquo;s</a> integrity and authenticity as a cultural site. <a href="" target="_blank">Highways England...</a></p> View images of outstanding European projects in adaptive renovation, commercial buildings, and more for the 'best architects 22' Awards Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-02T15:52:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T15:52:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The annual <a href="" target="_blank">'best architects'</a> 22 Award announces this year's winning projects. Recognized for their "outstanding architectural quality" this year a total of 400 entries were received, the largest submission count for the awards program to date. Thanks to an independent jury of architects winners are selected in design categories for best commercial industrial buildings, education, residential multi-family, renovation/addition, and more.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the awards program, "the jury consisting of Sandy Attia (Brixen), Samuel Lundberg (Stockholm) and Prof. Rolf Seiler (Geneva) honored&nbsp;81 projects with the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">best architects 22</a>&nbsp;award. An additional&nbsp;10 projects received the distinction&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">be</a><a href="" target="_blank">st architects 22 in Gold</a>&nbsp;for their outstanding quality.</p><p>View a selection of winning projects below.&nbsp;</p> LACMA's demolished buildings will live on thanks to this Los Angeles artist Josh Niland 2021-08-02T14:23:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T14:47:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The proposed installation is the work of Cayetano Ferrer, a Los Angeles-based artist who has long had an interest in the ways in which issues of design and memory intersect. It is being executed in collaboration with landscape architect Bron Ruf. Ferrer acknowledges that working with fragments of a building whose demolition was loudly contested and for which many Angelenos felt a deep nostalgia is a loaded thing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Pereira</a>-designed pavillions have been at the center of the <a href="" target="_blank">doomed</a> effort to save <a href="" target="_blank">LACMA's</a> original La Brea campus from what critics say is an <a href="" target="_blank">unnecessary and expensive redevelopment campaign</a>. Ferrer shares he got the idea while working on a conservation research project at LACMA's <a href="" target="_blank">Art + Tech Lab</a> in the midst of the debate over the beloved modernist buildings was reaching its conclusion. Ruf is currently a vice president at the landscaping firm <a href="" target="_blank">Moss and Associates</a>.</p> <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a><a href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by @tano4g</a><br><p>The demolished pieces will be reassembled and installed in a new <a href="" target="_blank">pocket park</a> adjacent to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Some of the fragments will be exhibited in a one-day show at the Commonwealth and Council gallery in Pasadena.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can read Carolina Miranda's full interview with Ferrer <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Hudson Yards’ Vessel Is a Sinking Ship; When Developers Fail To Listen, Tragedy Casts a Long Shadow Katherine Guimapang 2021-08-01T08:10:00-04:00 >2021-08-04T07:23:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It's been called many names and has been an easy target for endless jokes and memes. Yet beyond its position as both spectacle and superfluous structure, the infamous&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Vessel</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>&nbsp;may be facing closure for good.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's disheartening to know that this is&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">another Vessel-related loss</a>&nbsp;that our editorial team has covered. On May 27,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect reported the reopening</a>&nbsp;after its closure in January 2021 due to three suicides at the site, happening all within 15 months. In its attempts to prevent future losses, the reopening's intended focus on suicide prevention was accompanied by a new set of safety measures. However, despite the added staffing, security, buddy system for entry, and signage providing reminders and resources regarding mental health, it appears those new protocols were not enough.&nbsp;</p> Allied Works reveals plans for its expansion of the new Palmer Museum at Penn State Josh Niland 2021-07-31T21:22:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T14:47:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Final plans for the new LEED-certified museum expansion at <a href="" target="_blank">Penn State</a> have been unveiled this week after years of anticipation for a project with an ultimate price tag of <a href="" target="_blank">$85 million</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project, <a href="" target="_blank">announced by the school&rsquo;s board of trustees in 2019</a>, will significantly improve physical spaces for the nearly 50-year-old Palmer Museum of Art, which has been plagued by water damage and an antiquated heating and air system for a number of years.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Palmer Museum Rendering, View from Overlook Pavilion Arboretum. Rendering by MIR</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank">Allied Works</a> will partner with designers from <a href="" target="_blank">Reed Hilderbrand</a> to create a site-specific expansion on the university&rsquo;s campus that responds to the local environment in Happy Valley via enhancements to an existing arboretum and a duo of walkway-linked pavilion-style buildings made of stone from local quarries. <br></p> The new buildings will allow the museum&rsquo;s collection to be exhibited in more natural surroundings to the over 10,000 student visitors it hosts every year. <p>The...</p> HP makes design engineering post-Covid easier with tools for flexible and efficient workflow Sponsor 2021-07-31T15:25:00-04:00 >2021-07-31T15:26:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">HP</a></em></strong></p> <p>In some ways, the work world will never be the same. Here are the tools that make a flexible and efficient workflow possible.</p> <p>The pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation across all industries including the product design and manufacturing sectors. As part of this transformation, design engineers are now creating products and systems that align with artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and advanced robotic process automation.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the same time, the design process itself has also evolved. Workflows are now being automated to unprecedented levels. To stay competitive and allow for efficient workflows on every project, design engineers must ensure their physical processes are faster and more flexible than ever before. Chief among these physical processes is printing.&nbsp;</p> <p>What&rsquo;s needed now is a printer that seamlessly integrates with the design process. This is why HP recently released its new <a href="" target="_blank">HP DesignJet...</a></p> Hudson Woods by Lang Architecture Drew Lang 2021-07-30T20:53:00-04:00 >2021-07-30T20:53:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hudson Woods is a collection of 26 dwellings on 131 forested acres in the Catskills region of upstate New York. Homes and accessory structures on the property are integrated into the natural landscape, and individual lots become compositions of built elements responsive to specific site conditions. Structures are modest upon approach and open to large volumes upon entry and circulation to the living space.</p> <p>A window wall and large punched window openings connect indoor spaces to a dramatic outdoor landscape of mountains and forest. Natural materials are used, including local woods and stone, and structures are hand crafted with local labor. Roads and driveways are constructed with crushed bluestone mined on the property, and forest is cleared lot by lot for strategic placement of structures and minimal impact. Integrity of the landscape is privileged over ease of construction, and a primary experience of nature is maintained.</p> <p>Completed 2019</p> Hugh Hayden is announced as the next Madison Square Park Conservancy commission Josh Niland 2021-07-30T20:05:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T14:47:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An eerie landscape of empty desks will occupy a 3,600-square-foot swath on the east side of Manhattan in <a href="" target="_blank">Madison Square Park</a> Conservancy&rsquo;s latest exhibition set to open this January.</p> <p>The exhibition was announced Tuesday by the Conservancy, which selected Hugh Hayden as the 42nd artist to receive the commission which dates back to 2004. Maya Lin&rsquo;s <em>Ghost Forest</em> is currently on view in the park after being <a href="" target="_blank">installed in late May</a>.</p> <p>Hayden&rsquo;s installation called <em>Brier Patch</em> connects 100 wooden elementary school desks via a network of twisting tree branches that layer meaning and complexity onto the tangled sculptural mass meant as a metaphor for several attendant societal ills. It takes cues from children&rsquo;s folklore and is reminiscent of the <a href="" target="_blank">Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial</a>. The Conservancy&rsquo;s Brooke Rapaport called it &ldquo;visually powerful and loaded with inherent tensions&mdash;growth and stagnation, seduction and peril, individual and community&mdash;that ask us to consider how these dichotomies coexist i...</p> The Cube by Henn will be the world's first building made of carbon fiber-reinforced concrete Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-30T19:35:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T14:47:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>German architecture firm <a href="" target="_blank">Henn</a>, along with researchers at the <a href="" target="_blank">Technical University of Dresden</a>, has been working to create the first building in the world made of <a href="" target="_blank">concrete</a> reinforced by carbon fibers instead of steel.&nbsp;</p> <p>Labeled as the world&rsquo;s first building made of carbon concrete, the Cube is currently under construction on the Technical University of Dresden campus. Henn is working with the university&rsquo;s Institute for Solid Construction, led by professor Manfred Curbach. The experimental 220-square-meter building is a showcase project from the &ldquo;C&sup3; - Carbon Concrete Composite&rdquo; research initiative on innovative building materials funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Through this project, carbon concrete is being researched and developed as a new combination of carbon and high-performance concrete.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>According to the researchers, this type of concrete has the same structural strength as concrete reinforced with steel rebar but uses much less concrete. The concr...</p> MVRDV’s Marble Arch Mound is a magnet for public criticism Josh Niland 2021-07-30T17:58:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T14:47:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MVRDV&rsquo;s</a> latest project is closing after just two days following a <a href="" target="_blank">torrent of public backlash</a> against the $3 million artificial earthen mound in Westminster, London.</p> <p>The Marble Arch Mound opened earlier this week after an abbreviated construction period which <a href="" target="_blank">began in early May</a>. Commentators online were quick to point out the <a href="" target="_blank">rather stark contrast</a> between the project&rsquo;s renderings at announcement and actual appearance upon delivery. Swaths of an exposed scaffolding base, an <a href="" target="_blank">incomplete application of greenery</a>, and a confounding maze of fences have left people to question the project&rsquo;s cost, utility, and even meaning. Westminster City Council, the park&rsquo;s operator, has apologized for the mishap in an unprecedented <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> admitting to the mound&rsquo;s &ldquo;not ready&rdquo; status and closing it to the public as a result.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">MVRDV creates temporary artificial hill near London's Hyde Park</a></figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank">Refunds</a> are now being provided to the disheartened customers who were able to visit the struc...</p> The world's first publicly accessibly art depot designed by MVRDV opening in 99 days Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-30T16:30:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T14:46:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Today marks 99 days until the <a href="" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>-designed <a href="" target="_blank">Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen</a> opens its doors in <a href="" target="_blank">Rotterdam</a>, the Netherlands. Upon opening on November 6th, the building will be the world&rsquo;s first publicly accessible art depot, making its entire art collection of 151,000 works available to see.&nbsp;</p> <p>The depot breaks from tradition as museums worldwide usually only display six to ten percent of their collections at any given time with the rest being in storage. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen makes all of its works accessible and makes visible the processes behind preservation and restoration, which are normally closed off to the public.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Aad Hoogendoorn</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Aad Hoogendoorn</figcaption></figure><p>The museum&rsquo;s collection was formerly housed in the basement of the adjacent Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen but was increasingly emptied in 2015 due to unsafe, overcrowded, and dated conditions. The art was distributed and stored in five external depots in the Netherlands and abroad. Under the same roof again, the works are now saf...</p> Foster + Partners master plan for Atlanta’s Centennial Yards revealed Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-07-30T13:21:00-04:00 >2021-08-02T14:42:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> has unveiled details of their master plan for the Centennial Yards site in Downtown <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>. Designed in collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">Perkins+Will</a>, the project forms part of a $5 billion transformation of former parking lots and railyards into a regenerated mixed-use development.</p> <p>The scheme evolved from a close study of the historic city grid for Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods, with the goal of creating a walkable urban environment that celebrates outdoor life. The new updated plan, shaped by previous consultation exercises, increases the walkability of the urban environment and seeks to blend in style and scale with adjacent communities. </p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image: Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The design team describes the new pedestrianized routes, shared surfaces, and landscaped plazas as &ldquo;a vibrant public realm that can accommodate a broad range of experiences and opportunities, while providing outdoor gathering spaces for all Atlantans.&rdquo; The complete scheme will host a variety of functions w...</p> Next Up: Exhibit Columbus / Ecosistema Urbano Archinect 2021-07-30T12:33:00-04:00 >2021-07-31T18:01:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Archinect Sessions <a href="" target="_blank">Next Up: Exhibit Columbus</a></em>&nbsp;continues with sharing conversations with the recipients of The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize. Today's episode is a conversation with Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo of Ecosistema Urbano.</p> <p>Ecosistema Urbano is a design and consulting company operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering, and sociology, with offices in Madrid and Miami. Their work often addresses climate head-on, while incorporating strategies of working with micro-climates to educate communities through public spaces. This focus was applied to Cloudroom, their contribution to this year's Exhibit Columbus. Cloudroom consists of an inflatable "cloud," floating over a wooden structure, acting as a space for education, play, and interaction for middle school students.</p> <p>Listen to &ldquo;Next Up: Exhibit Columbus / Ecosistema Urbano&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple ...</strong></li></ul> David Adjaye's controversial UK Holocaust Memorial gets final approval Josh Niland 2021-07-30T08:00:00-04:00 >2021-07-31T18:01:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>David Adjaye&rsquo;s proposed <a href="" target="_blank">UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre</a>&nbsp;in Westminster, <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> is going forward after gaining approval from the Minister of State for Housing Christopher Pincher this week.</p> <p>The memorial has drawn a <a href="" target="_blank">considerable amount of backlash</a> in the Commonwealth since being announced in 2017. After a campaign against it by non-profits like the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Royal Parks charity</a>, the plan was officially <a href="" target="_blank">recalled</a> by Pincher&rsquo;s predecessor in November of 2019 and rejected unanimously by the Westminster City Council four months later over its supposed intrusiveness and unsettling tone.&nbsp;</p> <p>A public inquiry into the project was then held by an independent planning inspector whose recommendations were thus handed to Pincher&rsquo;s office for approval in early spring. Adjaye said before the inquiry process that he felt anti-Semitism was <a href="" target="_blank">behind some of the criticism</a> of his &pound;50 million ($70 million) plan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">UK Holocaust memorial plan faces resistance from Royal Parks</a></figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank">Adjaye Assoc...</a></p> Toyo Ito designs mushroom-shaped public toilets for Tokyo Toilet project Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-07-29T19:34:00-04:00 >2021-07-30T13:40:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Pritzker Prize-winning architect <a href="" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> has unveiled a public bathroom in the shape of three mushrooms as part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo Toilet project</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ito&rsquo;s contribution is the 11th toilet to open out of the 17 spread and planned across <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>&rsquo;s Shibuya district. The unique bathroom is located at the bottom of a staircase that leads to the Yoyogi Hachimangu shrine. The toilet is split into three cylindrical structures topped with domed roofs that create a form reminiscent of the mushrooms found in the forest surrounding the shrine.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The decision to create three separate buildings is also for the purpose of creating a space that has a high degree of security. The line of sight passes through the volumes, which makes the facility more inviting and calm. Replacing a pre-existing toilet, Ito&rsquo;s project expands the space of each private room making them spacious enough to provide functions for elderly people and those with children. The functionalities are redistributed across both the men&rsquo;s and w...</p> A slimmed down infrastructure deal is moving forward Josh Niland 2021-07-29T19:24:00-04:00 >2021-07-30T13:40:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The $1 trillion package is far smaller than the $2.3 trillion plan that President Biden had originally proposed and would provide about $550 billion in new federal money for public transit, roads, bridges, water and other physical projects over the next five years, according to a White House fact sheet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">proposed</a> $20 billion in aid to communities of color that have been historically impacted by past infrastructure projects was reduced to $1 billion as part of the dealmaking process. New York Senator Chuck Schumer has <a href="" target="_blank">promised</a> an additional $3.5 trillion package that will address climate and education provisions left out in the original Democratic plan.</p> <p>Mitch McConnell <a href="" target="_blank">has said</a> he will vote for the significantly watered-down bill. <em>The New York Times</em> has a&nbsp; good breakdown of what's in the bipartisan infrastructure plan <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Barcelona has been announced as the UIA's 2026 World Capital of Architecture Josh Niland 2021-07-29T18:53:00-04:00 >2021-07-30T13:40:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Barcelona</a> has been named the 2026 <a href="" target="_blank">World Capital of Architecture</a> by the <a href="" target="_blank">International Union of Architects (UIA)</a>, joining <a href="" target="_blank">Rio de Janeiro</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a> on a list of cities to receive the <a href="" target="_blank">UNESCO</a>-backed distinction.</p> <p>The Catalan capital beat out Beijing for the next edition of the honor and will now host the UIA&rsquo;s triennial conference and general assembly following the recent anointment of Copenhagen, which will <a href="" target="_blank">hold the title in 2023</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Barcelona&rsquo;s winning bid was titled &ldquo;One today, one tomorrow&rdquo; and will explore the city&rsquo;s relationship to sustainability drives and the future of architecture &ldquo;with the aim of transferring [to] the whole of the society the importance and value of architecture and urbanism,&rdquo; according to a COAC statement.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Related on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings: I am an Architect at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona</a></figcaption></figure><p>The congress is slated to coincide with the <a href="" target="_blank">long-awaited completion</a> of the <a href="" target="_blank">Sagrada Familia</a> in time for the 100th anniversary of the <a href="" target="_blank">tragic death</a> of its architect <a href="" target="_blank">An...</a></p>