Archinect 2021-04-16T09:18:35-04:00 AIA Interior Architecture Awards: seven projects distinguished with top honors Alexander Walter 2021-04-15T17:03:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T17:02:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After announcing the <a href="" target="_blank">Regional &amp; Urban Design Award winners</a> last week, the <a href="" target="_blank">AIA</a> now unveiled seven projects to be recognized with the institute's 2021 Interior Architecture Awards.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions were judged based on design achievement, including sense of place and purpose, ecology and environmental sustainability, and history. The award jury this year included Carol Bentel, FAIA, Chair, Bentel &amp; Bentel; Michelle Watanabe, AIA, Leo A Daly; John Harrison, FAIA, GreenSlate; Venesa Alicea, AIA, NOMA; and Heather Rose-Dunning, IIDA, Yellow Dog Studio.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>A Historic Shipyard Reincarnation, San Francisco, CA<br></strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects</strong></a><br></p> Work from anywhere: 14 featured remote job opportunities for architects and designers Alexander Walter 2021-04-15T13:05:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T13:05:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With expanding vaccination efforts protecting an ever-growing share of the population, the hope of returning to in-person operations is within reach for many architecture and design firms around the world. However, the option (or necessity) of working remotely will likely be here to stay as we're seeing from a growing number of "remote" listings on <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> as well as learning from our recent <a href="" target="_blank">Return-to-Office Plans 2021 survey</a>.<br></p> <p>For today's <a href="" target="_blank">curated job picks</a>, we have selected a number of promising remote (or temporarily remote) working opportunities at architecture and design firms around the country. Check out also our other <a href="" target="_blank">recent highlights of remote jobs</a> &mdash; some of these positions are still available.</p> <p>To show only positions designated as "remote" on <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>, use this <a href="" target="_blank">direct link</a> or select "Remote" under the "browse by state/country" region selector.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>To look up specific job titles from the architectural profession, consult <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Guide to Job Titles</a> series. Also, ...</p> Kohn Pedersen Fox shares images of newly completed Bundang Doosan Tower Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-15T12:50:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T20:18:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox&nbsp;(KPF)</a> recently completes the Bundang Doosan Tower in Jung District of central Seoul. With its stacked, interconnected masses, and glass facade what makes this tower so interesting is the 100-meter tall sky bridge connecting the two towers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed for the Doosan Corporation James von Klemperer, KPF President and Design Principal explained, "The Bundang Doosan Tower represents the latest example of KPF&rsquo;s work in Korea. The design strives for rational simplicity while being highly expressive and impactful. By using office building masses to define a large rectangular void, the composition affords striking views from the highway. The architecture conveys qualities of solidity and strength, and by organizing itself around a central space, it also communicates the value of community."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"In order to construct the skybridge, the 1,500-ton structure was preassembled on site at ground level and then lifted into place over the course of 24 hours." Image credit: Time of Blue...</figcaption></figure> NFT artwork inspired by Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” explores visions of urbanism; real and imagined Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-04-15T10:53:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T18:07:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Recently, we took <a href="" target="_blank">a closer look</a> at how architecture and design may be affected by the rise of NFTs (non-fungible tokens), and the underlying blockchain technology supporting them. In the latest intriguing development on the subject, the digital art marketplace <a href="" target="_blank">SuperRare</a> has announced the launch of <em>Invisible Cities</em>; a ground-breaking digital exhibition showcasing a range of real and imagined cityscapes, inspired by <a href="" target="_blank">Italo Calvino&rsquo;s seminal book</a> of the same name.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Mari.k, Emiris, 2021, Unique Non- Fungible Token</figcaption></figure><p>The exhibition, on display from April 2-30, 2021, features the work of 10 artists who have used Calvino&rsquo;s<em> Invisible Cities</em> as the basis for an exploration into the relationship between real and imagined cities, and the visible and invisible entities that allow them to operate. The captivating images are also available to purchase as NFTs throughout April, where interest in the subject has been spurred by Christie&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">recent NFT sale</a> of Beeple&rsquo;s <em>Everydays </em>for $69 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Karisman...</figcaption></figure> AIA's 2021 conference will take place online this summer Alexander Walter 2021-04-14T20:54:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T14:46:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The American Institute of Architects has revealed more details about this year's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">AIA Conference on Architecture</a>: due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns, the event will be, for the first time ever, held entirely online over the course of four days spread across June, July, and August. Each conference day will be dedicated to one of these four themes: firm resilience, sustainable practice, community engagement, and building efficiencies.</p> <p>Keynote events outlined in the <a href="" target="_blank">A'21 schedule</a> so far include chef, restaurateur, and humanitarian Jos&eacute; Andr&eacute;s, the "father of environmental justice" Dr. Robert Bullard, and <em>99% Invisible</em> creator and host Roman Mars.</p> <p>The conference dates are June 17, July 8, July 29, and August 19, and special pricing on <a href="" target="_blank">tickets</a> is available now through May 4. All keynotes and seminars will be available on-demand following each event.</p><p>Last year, the 2020 conference,&nbsp;originally scheduled for May 14-16th in Los Angeles, was initially <a href="" target="_blank">postponed</a> and ultimately <a href="" target="_blank">canceled</a> in r...</p> Hale Nukumoi by Walker Warner Architects WWA Marketing 2021-04-14T19:04:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T19:04:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hale Nukumoi is the quintessential Hawaiian beach retreat: open and casual&mdash;the opposite of fussy. Set amidst mature palm trees, the complex is ready-made for family and friends. Composed of a main house and guest house, the site features a large yard and pool, as well as beach access. An indoor/outdoor lifestyle is exemplified by the home&rsquo;s airy design: large sliding doors and walls, a custom two-story rainscreen, and layered plantings balance connections to nature with privacy.&nbsp;</p> <p>The main house and adjacent guest house&mdash;both L-shaped structures&mdash;feature pigmented, board-formed concrete base structures, with dark timber cladding the upper portions. Low-pitched roofs reach out to provide deep overhangs offering semi-protected transition spaces between inside to outside. The 3,200-square-foot main house is composed of a single-story pavilion adjoining a two-story volume. The home&rsquo;s entrance is on axis with the pavilion which opens up on both sides via window walls that physically and vis...</p> California Polytechnic University, Pomona's Dept of Architecture awards Toyo Ito the 2021 Richard J. Neutra Award for Professional Excellence Sponsor 2021-04-14T15:52:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T13:49:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" target="_blank">Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona</a>, an Archinect School Partner</em></strong></p> <p>The Department of Architecture, California Polytechnic University, Pomona&nbsp;is pleased to award&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;2021 Richard J. Neutra Award for Professional Excellence. The <a href="" target="_blank">Neutra Award</a> recognizes the contributions that Richard Neutra, an acclaimed modern architect, and former Cal Poly Pomona lecturer, made to the practice of architecture in the areas of research and design. The Neutra Award acknowledges individuals who have dedicated their careers to researching and developing new environments in which to work, live and play.</p> <p>Mr. Ito (1941-), graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1965 and worked in the office of Kiyonori Kikutake until 1969. In 1971, he founded his own office Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed <a href="" target="_blank">Toyo Ito &amp; Associates, Architects</a>.</p> <p>Mr. Ito is the recipient of numerous awards for his innovative and forward-looking architecture. He is the recipient of t<a href="" target="_blank">he Golden Lion ...</a></p> Grimshaw's mangrove tree-inspired design proposal wins international Shenzhen airport and transport hub competition Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-14T15:51:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T13:33:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>&nbsp;adds another transportation hub to their portfolio after being selected as winners of an international competition for Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub. Sponsored by the China National Railway Corporation Limited and Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, the winning proposal answered the brief's call for "an aspirational vision to create an integrated intermodal transport hub to act as a new urban gateway and landmark for the Greater Bay Area."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shenzhen Transportation Hub - "A design consortium led by Grimshaw, alongside <a href="" target="_blank">Mott MacDonald</a>, China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (AVIC CAPDI) and Beijing Urban Construction Design and Development Group (BJUCD) has been selected as the winner of an international competition for Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub." Image and text courtesy of Grimshaw</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shenzhen transportation Hub. Image courtesy of Grimshaw</figcaption></figure><p>Aiding in the transportation of a thousand daily commuters, Grimshaw shares the proposal will p...</p> 26-story residential development proposed for Philadelphia waterfront Alexander Walter 2021-04-14T14:48:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T14:48:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Durst Organization, the New York company selected last year to redevelop Penn&rsquo;s Landing, is nearing final land-use approvals for a nearby 26-story apartment building that would be its first Philadelphia project. [...] Durst&rsquo;s project would rise at a longtime parking lot beside the waterfront north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by NYC-based <a href="" target="_blank">Handel Architects</a>, the proposed residential high-rise near the Delaware River waterfront will offer 360 residential units, a 116-space parking garage, and 10,000 square feet designated for shops and restaurants, reports <em>The Philadelphia Inquirer</em>.<br></p> Bamboo by Synecdoche Design Studio Lisa Sauve 2021-04-14T14:28:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T14:28:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Bamboo Detroit&rsquo;s second location that offers coworking space, private offices, and event spaces. The project was an adaptive reuse of a historic retail and furniture store into a new community hub of innovation and collaboration. The original atrium stair did not meet current building codes, enabling the design to reconfigure the common area into an auditorium stair stacked above a presentation platform. In section, two events can happen simultaneously atop one another of dramatically different topics - reinforcing the flexibility and convergence of ideas.</p> <p>The design team custom fabricated a pair of tyvek installations to define dedicated coworking and illuminate the central circulation. The skeleton frames and tyvek were digitally fabricated from a 3D model with a CNC knife cutter for accurate component production. All panels were created in the shop and installed on site during furniture installation. At a smaller scale, the design team also designed a custom workwall partition to...</p> The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture breaks ground in Southern California Alexander Walter 2021-04-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T13:05:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art &amp; Culture of the Riverside Art Museum, California, has broken ground and will open in spring next year. [...] A public-private partnership between the Riverside Art Museum, the City of Riverside, and comedian Cheech Marin&mdash;one of the world&rsquo;s foremost collectors of Chicano art&mdash;the center will be, as Marin says, the "center of Chicano art, not only painting, but sculpture, photography, and video arts."</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior rendering of The Cheech, view from the entrance.</figcaption></figure><p>Nicknamed "The Cheech," the new art and culture center will find a home inside the transformed former public library building in Riverside, California. The adaptive-reuse conversion of this 1964 mid-century building is designed by Los Angeles-based architects <a href="" target="_blank">Page &amp; Turnbull</a> in collaboration with museum designer <a href="" target="_blank">WHY</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Actor and comedian Cheech Marin batting a celebratory pi&ntilde;ata at the groundbreaking ceremony this week.</figcaption></figure><p>"The semi-circular entry steps draw the&nbsp;visitor towards the building, and the open 'front porch' podium&nbsp;will feature&nbsp;large-scale sculptures to be rotated according to new programming and&nbsp;exhibitions," explains the project description. "The&nbsp;building&rsquo;s entry lobby is envisaged as a&nbsp;z&oacute;calo&nbsp;or open&nbsp;town square, a central gathering space that will connect the four main&nbsp;galleries and&nbsp;offer amenities such as a gift shop and, eventually, a cafe."<br></p> <p>The Cheech is expected to open in spring 2022.<br></p><p>The Cheech opens Spring 2022!...</p> A New Advocacy Group, "Architecture is Free," is Pushing for Reforms as Architecture Continues to Feel Pressure from Within and Without Josh Niland 2021-04-14T13:23:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T18:20:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the advent of the "new normal" beginning to see its&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">effects</a>&nbsp;in the Architecture&nbsp;world, one newly&nbsp;formed industry non-profit is seeking to capitalize on this transition in order to enact a slate of changes it hopes will impact the design community for years to come.</p> <p>Under the monicker&nbsp;"Architecture is Free" the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">40-member group</a>&nbsp;offers a host of initiatives&nbsp;aimed at students and younger professionals it views as part of a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">growing&nbsp;cadre</a>&nbsp;of people within the industry who have been systemically&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">undercut</a>&nbsp;in their efforts to join ranks with professionals a generation or two their senior whose success and accomplishments, they feel, are unattainable under the current "clubbish" atmosphere that plagues the field.</p> <p>Many prominent names in the field have spoken out about necessary reforms over the past decade or so, including&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a>, who serves as one of AIF's board members.</p> <figure><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption><a href="" target="_blank">Learning from 'Learning from Las Vegas' with Denise Scott Brown</a>, a 3-part interview series previously pub...</figcaption></figure> They need much more: $90 Million granted for affordable housing in Tribal communities Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-04-14T11:50:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T13:14:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The U.S. <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)</a> <a href="" target="_blank">has announced</a> over $90 million in grants allocated for affordable housing in Tribal communities. The funds, distributed to 24 Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) are intended to support the construction of new houses, the rehabilitation of existing housing, and the delivery of vital infrastructural projects. </p> <p>Awarded as part of HUD&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Indian Housing Block Grant</a> (IHBG), the funds are expected to support the construction of approximately 350 housing units. Commenting on the funding, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said &ldquo;this past year was a stark reminder of just how important access to safe, stable housing is &mdash; especially in Tribal communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding HUD is awarding today will support much needed affordable housing investments in Indian Country.&rdquo; </p> <figure><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Make It Right Foundation's proposal for Native American housing in Montana. Credit: GRAFT</figcaption></figure><p>The new...</p> 'Architecture as Provider Instead of Shelter'​: Matter Design's Brandon Clifford Discusses Architecture and Speculative Design as a Catalyst for Social Good Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-14T08:25:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T17:59:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Learning how a design studio begins its journey into professional practice is an eye-opening experience. For&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>, they started with a mission to build projects they designed themselves. While this response may seem simple in its approach, they explain, "we were much more interested in the means, the methods, and communication between design and materials." Yet, four years after our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a> <a href="" target="_blank">interview with co-founders Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee</a>, the practice has grown into a catalyst for bridging architecture, speculative design, and interdisciplinary social missions.</p> <p>Archinect re-connected with Clifford to discuss recessions, running a speculative design studio, and how the firm's latest project Aqu&iacute;Aqu&iacute; is more than just a public space project. Clifford shared, "I can say that we have built Matter Design on a series of speculative built works that serve as individual challenges to default practice." In response to the development of Aqu&iacute;Aqu&iacute;, he explains, "we t...</p> More than a meeting space: Moody Nolan to lead the renovation of Greenwood Cultural Center Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-13T20:19:00-04:00 >2021-04-13T20:19:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The importance of rebuilding and reclaiming <a href="" target="_blank">America's Black communities</a> is essential to honoring and understanding how social justice and design reform can improve the systemic and racial histories of cities across the nation. The Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is no exception.&nbsp;</p> <p>On June 1, 1921, the deadly and destructive events of the <a href="" target="_blank">1921 Tulsa Race Massacre</a> is still to date a tragic example of racial violence and domestic terrorism in U.S. history. While the tragedy and loss should not be forgotten and the lives lost continue to be honored, the Greenwood District persevered and rebuilt its community. Now, in 2021 the historic district announces its plans for the renovation of the Greenwood Cultural Center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; <a href="" target="_blank">Marc Carlson via/Flickr</a></figcaption></figure><p>On April 12, 2021, the City of Tulsa announced the selection of award-winning architecture firm <a href="" target="_blank">Moody Nolan</a> to lead the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Greenwood Cultural Center</a>'s renovation. If you visit the Center's website, it's the following statement that amplifies...</p> New architecture and design competitions: Modernism in America, Race and Space, Graduation Projects, and Interior Design Awards Alexander Walter 2021-04-13T17:54:00-04:00 >2021-04-13T17:53:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">curated picks</a> of architecture and design competitions listed on Bustler, we have selected three award programs and one call for nominations inviting advocacy efforts of Modernism in the United States, examples of threatened and at-risk cultural landscapes, submissions to SBID's interior and product design awards, and graduation project entries from around the world to the Tamayouz International Award program.<br></p><p>For the complete directory of newly listed competitions click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.<br></p> MIT offers free access to 34 major architecture books Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-04-13T16:31:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T13:34:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>MIT Press has launched an unprecedented digitization program for architecture and design publications, with 34 classic architecture and urbanism books now freely available on its platform. The &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies</a>&rdquo; is dedicated to classic and out-of-print titles, providing open access to the public via the MIT Press Direct digital book platform.</p> <p>Among the titles now available are Moshe Safdie&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Beyond Habitat</a>&rdquo; from 1970, Donald Leslie Johnson&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright versus America</a>&rdquo; from 1994, and Mark Jarzombek&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">On Leon Battista Alberti</a>&rdquo; from 1990. Other titles explore the works of famous architects such as Palladio, Walter Gropius, and Le Corbusier. </p> <p>The collection is in response to years of requests received by MIT Press for e-book versions of historic, out-of-print publications. As many of these books were published before the internet age, digital versions were often impractical to produce due to the complex design and licensing costs. However, fund...</p> Pelli Clarke Pelli's Austin tower for Google is making progress Alexander Walter 2021-04-13T15:24:00-04:00 >2021-04-13T18:23:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Block 185, the downtown Austin office tower project best known as the future home of Google, has made significant progress since its groundbreaking back in the downright prehistoric era of 2019 &mdash; and though it hasn&rsquo;t reached its full height of 594 feet just yet, the 35-floor building&rsquo;s ever-growing prominence on the downtown skyline is becoming increasingly difficult to overlook.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 35-story <a href="" target="_blank">Block 185</a> office tower, designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects</a> in collaboration with the local office of <a href="" target="_blank">STG Design</a> for developers <a href="" target="_blank">Trammell Crow Company</a>, will be Google's regional HQ in Austin. Completion is scheduled in 2022.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">Pelli Clarke Pelli, Gensler projects reshape Austin's skyline</a></figcaption></figure> Microsol Resources' discusses 'Leveraging Digital Twin Technology' during upcoming TECH Perspective's online conference Sponsor 2021-04-13T14:23:00-04:00 >2021-04-13T14:24:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" target="_blank">Microsol Resources</a></em></strong></p> <p>On April 14, 2021, Microsol Resources is doing a spotlight on the latest innovations in construction and design at TECH Perspectives. This is a continuation of our TECH Perspectives conferences and now hosted online and brings together thought leaders at the forefront of building and construction innovation to discuss new and existing technologies that are reshaping the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.<br></p> <p><strong>The first of TECH Perspectives&rsquo; online conference series is about <a href="" target="_blank">Leveraging Digital Twin Technology</a>.</strong></p> <p>Digital twins are quickly proving to be a key strategic accelerator for digital transformation, unlocking the value created by the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and analytics.</p> <p>But what exactly is the buzz about? What is a digital twin? What elements define it? When can and should we apply this technology? What makes it so powerful? And how will its adoption influence our design proce...</p> Brooklyn-based Almost Studio provides a new interpretation of mobility with their winning competition proposal 'That's a Wrap' Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-13T14:06:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T12:01:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Co-founders Dorian Booth and Anthony Gagliardi established&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Almost Studio</a>&nbsp;in 2018. Along with junior designer&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Isabella Calidonio Stechmann</a>, the team considers a successful project "as never complete and always becoming: exposing unknown cultural, social, and spatial potential as time passes." With this design methodology, the team has become well known for projects such as "<a href="" target="_blank">Playground for a Fashion Designer</a>," RADICAL, House for a Sojourner, and Tent in a Vegetable Garden. The design studio entered the Ragdale Foundation's annual competition, the Ragdale Ring competition, and selected as winners for their design "That's<em>&nbsp;a Wrap</em>."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Original 1912 Ragdale Ring by Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. <a href="" target="_blank">Image courtesy of Ragdale Foundation</a></figcaption></figure><p>The Ragdale Foundation is a national artist residency program located in Lake Forest, Illinois. In 2013, the Foundation launched a competition to "reinterpret the Ragdale Ring" designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912. Shaw's ring design helped spring...</p> Frank Gehry: enjoying architecture at 92 Alexander Walter 2021-04-13T13:40:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T12:16:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It was midafternoon on a Monday and the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry &mdash; despite having just turned 92 in a pandemic, completed the top floor of his building in the Grand Avenue development, and prepared for a show of new sculpture at the Gagosian Gallery &mdash; had little interest in sitting back to reflect on this potentially meaningful moment in his life and career.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Frank Gehry in conversation with <em>NYT</em> culture reporter Robin Pogrebin. Touring the acclaimed architect's Los Angeles studio, passing models of small residential projects as well as enormous urban developments, the exchange touches on several completed and ongoing Gehry projects that have also made news on Archinect: the soon-to-open <a href="" target="_blank">LUMA Arles art complex</a> and renovated <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia Museum of Art</a>, the recently-topped-out <a href="" target="_blank">The Grand</a> project in Downtown Los Angeles, the newly unveiled <a href="" target="_blank">King Street West towers</a> in his native Toronto, the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles River revitalization project</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Second Century Project</a> for Warner Bros. in Burbank, the <a href="" target="_blank">8150 Sunset</a> project, the $20 million <a href="" target="_blank">Children's Center</a> in LA's Watts neighborhood, a <a href="" target="_blank">mixed-use complex</a> in Santa Monica, and, <em>why not</em>, this <a href="" target="_blank">extravagant bottle design</a> for French cognac maker Hennessy X.O.'s 150th anniversary.</p> <p>When asked if he saw himself scaling back in the future, Gehry &mdash; who had just turned 92 &mdash; told Pogrebin: "What would I do? I enjoy this...</p> Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation sues its former executive director Alexander Walter 2021-04-12T19:06:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T11:55:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Friday, the Make It Right Foundation sued its former executive director, Tom Darden III, along with the former treasurer and other officials, accusing them of mismanaging the $65 million project between 2007 and 2016. The suit, filed in in Civil District Court, also alleges that Darden and the others misled fellow Make It Right officials, including Pitt.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The legal saga around the <a href="" target="_blank">Make It Right</a> Foundation continues: after <a href="" target="_blank">facing a lawsuit</a> of their own for delivering improperly constructed homes as part of the initiative's high-profile post-Hurricane Katrina housing initiative in New Orleans and then <a href="" target="_blank">suing the architect</a> responsible for the flawed designs, the foundation is now <a href="" target="_blank">reportedly</a> taking aim at former executive director Tom Darden III and other leadership team members.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" target="_blank">David Adjaye-designed house for Brad Pitt's Make It Right initiative to be demolished</a></figcaption></figure> Paradise Road by Caleb Johnson Studio calebjohnsonstudio 2021-04-12T18:10:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T18:29:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A ski house at heart providing both intimate family living and guest dwelling. This property close to Sunday River revealed a steeper incline than initially realized. Creative problem solving would result in a unique, sprawling, layered plan.</p> <p>The client requested a sense of zen in the home, with a focus on clean, minimalist design. Limited trim and natural materials throughout make for a simple interior. White oak was chosen for both flooring and millwork, each with a unique stain to allow multiple tones to come through. The downstairs bunk rooms, which will see more traffic than other bedrooms, use reclaimed paneling and salvaged wood from Portland&rsquo;s Architectural Salvage. In the bathrooms, a simple limestone with white oak creates a natural, calming ambiance.</p> Ten structures recognized with 2021 IDEAS² Awards for innovative steel design Alexander Walter 2021-04-12T15:22:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T16:50:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One week after unveiling a 3D-printed pedestrian steel bridge concept as the <a href="" target="_blank">2021 Forge Prize winner</a>, the American Institute of Steel Construction has announced this year's recipients of the <a href="" target="_blank">Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards</a> (or IDEAS&sup2; for short).&nbsp;</p><p>The ten selected project designs from across the U.S. were honored for pushing the envelope of structural steel.</p><p><strong>Less than $15 Million</strong><br></p> The author of 'Architecture in Black' delivers an exhibition that depicts Blackness as a 'process of unraveling and becoming' Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-12T14:59:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T17:49:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2000, distinguished scholar, designer, inventor, and teacher Darell Wayne Fields, Ph.D. published "<em><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture in Black</a></em>." His book is a theoretical treatise that expands on the historical, philosophical, and semiotic texts regarding race in architectural discourse. It argues "architecture, as an aesthetic practice, and blackness, as a linguistic practice, operate within the same semiotic paradigm." Through this extensive examination, Fields curated&nbsp;<em>On Solitude</em>&nbsp;which is described as a "contemporaneous anthology" that shadows <em>Architecture in Black</em>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Michael Vahrenwald. Courtesy of Princeton University School of Architecture.</figcaption></figure> I thought Blackness&rsquo;s intersection with architecture represented epic struggle and conflict. The conflict remains true in what the exhibition has to say (to me), but there&rsquo;s a critical difference. The artifacts, interacting together, signify and witness architecture&rsquo;s subtle, yet persistent, unraveling. - Darell Wayne Fields <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Michael Vahrenwald....</figcaption></figure> Amazon is buying up dead malls–adaptive reuse, or just eating its prey? Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-12T14:30:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T15:10:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a> continues to makes headlines with its labor issues, workers' rights, and headquarters expansion. However, that hasn't stopped the multi-billion-dollar company from growing, for better or for worse. A recent news report from <em>NBC News</em> shared Amazon's moves towards purchasing empty <a href="" target="_blank">shopping malls</a> into new fulfillment centers.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">According to Leticia Miranda</a>, "Malls that buckled due to e-commerce or suffered during the pandemic are being given new life by the very entity that precipitated their decline &mdash; Amazon."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Macy&rsquo;s, 2018. Image &copy; <a href="" target="_blank">Jesse Rieser</a></figcaption></figure><p>From 2016 thru 2019, Amazon's abandoned mall transformations have resulted in 25 converted shopping malls to <a href="" target="_blank">fulfillment centers</a>. As malls and big box stores continue to experience the ongoing "retail apocalypse," mall owners needed to pivot and adapt. In July 2020,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect briefly dove into mall typology</a>&nbsp;and the "the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">post-mall future</a>&nbsp;of American commercial architecture." COVID-19 may have been the final nail in the coffin for most strugg...</p> Lots of new featured job openings at firms like RIOS, Handel Architects, Works Progress Architecture (W.PA), PUNCH, and Baxt Ingui Architects Alexander Walter 2021-04-12T13:35:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T17:48:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">highlight of featured architectural employers</a>, we have selected five practices with <a href="" target="_blank">current job openings</a> in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon.<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>In Los Angeles, multidisciplinary studio <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>RIOS</strong></a> is looking to add a number of professionals to their team: a <a href="" target="_blank">Senior Architect/Project Designer</a> with a minimum of 10+ years of professional experience, an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect/Designer</a> and an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect/Designer - Residential</a> with 5+ years of experience, an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Dual Landscape/Architect</a> with at least 5 years of landscape or architectural design experience, an <a href="" target="_blank">Intermediate Landscape Designer/Architect</a> with a minimum of 5 years of landscape architectural design experience, and this <a href="" target="_blank">Interior Architect/Designer</a> with 5+ years of professional interior design/architec...</p> UDWR 2H by David Marchiori david_marchiori 2021-04-12T13:02:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T13:02:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Underground Drinking Water Reservoir "Rusca"<br>Ragoli (TN) / Italia / 2019</p> <p>Underground concrete opera designed to contain 200 cubic meters of&nbsp; drinking water and partially meet the water needs of the village of Ragoli, in the Province of Trento, Italy.<br></p> Preserving History Christopher Parsley 2021-04-12T12:18:00-04:00 >2021-04-15T16:53:36-04:00 <figure><p>In a world of constant demolition and construction it becomes difficult to keep the close ties to what used to exist, and once something is gone physically many start to even forget it was ever there. Not only does the historical tie diminish, but pollution in the area increases due to the total deconstruction that occurs over and over again whenever someone wants to start anew.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p><p>When the building has a strong connection to its past this allows for the public to learn from it and understand the community better. When the connection is lost then there is not really much of a deeper meaning as a whole. Some architects today focus solely on new innovations with structures and facades, which is amazing work in itself, but what if that same mindset was put to focus on improving what was already there. Building upon existing buildings and keeping the main aspects of what was there is not a new concept; however, it is something that should be done more when possible.</p> <p><br></p><p> Look at the Kolumba M...</p></figure> To Love Life, Love Home: Harold and Maude Gor Gevorkyan 2021-04-12T12:11:00-04:00 >2021-04-16T00:43:43-04:00 <figure><img src=""><br></figure><p><strong>Harold&rsquo;s Mansion, Maude&rsquo;s Rail Car</strong></p> <p>In the film,&nbsp;<em>Harold and Maude,</em> film director Hal Ashby depicts the psychological effects of one&rsquo;s connection to their home. Harold: an old money directionless twenty-year-old that is begging to be heard by staging theatrical suicide attempts; lives in a mansion that screams formality. Maude: an eighty-year-old holocaust survivor that finds beauty in the unseen; lives in an abandoned rail car that has been personalized to her liking. Two people with juxtaposing backgrounds, find inseparability with one another due to vicarious learning. A home can explain a lot about a person, but what Ashby is trying to showcase is the importance of the size and personality of a home. </p> <p><strong>Juxtaposition</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>In this movie, we see the world from Harold&rsquo;s point of view. With Harold living in a household that does not encourage personalization, he takes it into his own hands to find ways to make his mark, without making a mark. Harold uses his palatial home that resembles a ...</p>