Archinect 2020-08-11T23:39:00-04:00 Apartment H. by BEHF Architects BEHF Architects 2020-08-11T19:23:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T19:23:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>Imperial Grandeur</strong> &nbsp; <br></p> <p>BEHF Architects has transformed the interior of a historical bel &eacute;tage apartment from the Gr&uuml;nderzeit era located in the heart of the historic centre of Vienna, only a few minutes walk from St. Stephen&rsquo;s Cathedral. &nbsp; <br></p> <p>The architects have created a home with a series of spacious spaces and carefully completed and restored unique parts of the original design such as floors, ceilings and doors. The apartment that boasts a mix of contemporary and historical features consists of bright, high-ceilinged rooms with parquet floorings which add detail and texture to the space. The walls of the entire apartment are painted white and feature the original stuccos which are preserved. &nbsp; <br><br>Behind the doors, every room has its own original, unique atmosphere that stems from the long history of the apartment. A series of bespoke furniture pieces have been added sparsely in a way to highlight the rooms and their spaciousness. &nbsp; <br><br>As a result, BEHF has enhanced the feeling o...</p> The safest pandemic spaces are well ventilated Antonio Pacheco 2020-08-11T16:27:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T16:28:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the months since the <a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19</a> pandemic arrived across the world, much attention has been placed on how easy it is for the virus to spread in indoor spaces that lack proper ventilation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Writing in the academic journal <a href="" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Conversation</a>,&nbsp;Shelly Miller, professor of mechanical engineering at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">University of Colorado Boulder</a>, adds to a growing body of research highlighting the need for a greater degree of interior ventilation in order to help minimize the spread of the disease. Professor Miller writes, "The safest indoor space is one that constantly has lots of&nbsp;outside air&nbsp;replacing the stale air inside," adding, "Many buildings in the U.S.,&nbsp;especially schools, do not meet recommended ventilation rates."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: "<a href="" target="_blank">'Hygiene ventilation' and the case for Green Stimulus</a>."&nbsp;Image courtesy of Image by Erich Westendarp&nbsp;from&nbsp;Pixabay.</figcaption></figure><p>Miller recommends that building operators move to increase air exchange rates within interior spaces to nine times per hour, up from the standa...</p> Unpacking Adaptive Reuse, Professional Practice, and Interior Architecture with RISD's Adaptive Reuse Program Katherine Guimapang 2020-08-11T15:56:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T15:58:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Unique to <a href="" target="_blank">RISD's Interior Architecture Department</a>&nbsp;(INTAR) is its one-year post-professional <a href="" target="_blank">Master of Arts in Adaptive Reuse program</a>. In this feature we take a closer look at the mission and goals for the students of <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s newest School Partner</a>. According to Interior Architecture Department Head Liliane Wong, "The program emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting the context of the existing structure and making design interventions that contribute to the layers of history embedded in our built environment."</p> <p>To learn more Archinect spoke with Wong, Graduate Program Director Stefano Corbo, and several current students and alumni from the MA Adaptive Reuse program to learn about their experiences and program takeaways. Together we explore the program's mission and how students are prepared to develop expertise in adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and architectural interiors.</p> French-Lebanese architect Jean-Marc Bonfils among casualties in deadly Beirut blast Antonio Pacheco 2020-08-11T14:43:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T18:44:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Jean-Marc Bonfils, a noted French-Lebanese architect who helped lead the reconstruction of Beirut's war-torn downtown after the country's civil war, <a href="" target="_blank">died August 4th, 2020</a> following the massive&nbsp;ammonium nitrate-fueled explosion&nbsp;that rocked the city and caused widespread damage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bonfils was among at least 158 casualties resulting from the blast, which has displaced over 300,000 people and prompted the country's prime minister to resign.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bonfils, whose father was also a prominent architect, was born in 1963 and earned degrees from the Paris-Villemin School of Architecture, the &Eacute;cole du Louvre, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> School of Architecture in London. His early career took root with some of the most daring French architects of the 1980s and 1990s, including&nbsp;Christian de Portzamparc, Alain Sarfati, Architecture Studio, ARTE-Jean Marie Charpentier, and Maurice Bonfils architectes.</p> <p>In 1995, Bonfils and his father selected to lead the reconstruction of downtown Beirut, a <a href="" target="_blank">content...</a></p> A Fissure in the Earth: Qiseshan Quarry Garden Visitor Centre by United Units Architects UUADESIGN 2020-08-11T13:28:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T13:28:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><em></em></strong><strong>Background&#65306;Regeneration of a redundant quarry</strong></p> <p>The Qiseshan Quarry Garden and Visitor Centre are located in a redundant quarry that ceased operations in 2017. As a result of intensive mining, the soil and vegetation in this area has been severely damaged over the years. With the environmental protection initiatives promoted by the local government and supported through investment from private capital, the subsequent ecological restoration has been on-going for several years. As a result, the previous damaged land is now covered with greeneries, with a new ecological public garden to open in 2020. </p> <p><strong>Concept: 'A fissure of the earth'</strong> </p> <p>In order to make a reference the site&rsquo;s previous incarnation, the design concept of the Visitor Centre takes the meaning of &lsquo;a fissure of the earth&rsquo;, and uses a sharp and powerful architectural language to remind people of the ecological damage that has happened here. As the &lsquo;fissure&rsquo; starts from the north, the building rises from the ground and ascend...</p> Sterling Prize-winning architect Simon Allford elected 2021 RIBA president Antonio Pacheco 2020-08-11T12:49:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T18:44:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London-based architect Simon Allford has been elected as the new president of the Royal British Institute of Architects (<a href="" target="_blank">RIBA</a>). Allford is a founding principal of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Allford Hall Monaghan Morris</a>&nbsp;architects, winners of the <a href="" target="_blank">2015 Stirling Prize</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to RIBA</a>, Allford won some 58% of the vote in a landmark election that allowed participation of RIBA's full membership, including students. Despite this wide enfranchisement, however, voter turn out was only 13.2%. Allford beat out four other candidates&mdash;Sumita Singha, Valeria Passetti, Nick Moss, and Jude Barber&mdash;for the institute's top spot. Starting September 1, Allford will be RIBA's President-elect; He is scheduled to assume the presidency in September 2021.</p> <p>A statement from Allford published by RIBA is included below:&nbsp;</p> <p><em>It is a privilege to have been elected and I look forward to working with members, Council, Board and staff to create a leaner, more open, productive, engaged and reinvigorated RIBA.</em></p> <p><em>We need an institute of ideas with a...</em></p> NCARB is killing architecture Bammerdon 2020-08-10T20:48:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T23:33:45-04:00 <p>I&nbsp;am taking my belongings and going home. &nbsp;I have taken PPD and PDD each 3 times now and failed each time. &nbsp;Three times is the limit I set for myself so I am done with this racket. &nbsp;I have passed all content areas on PPD and PDD, but they jump around like a shell game. &nbsp;The fact that I can pass a content area with a score of 1, then receive a score of 4 in the same content area on a different attempt, says to me that these exams don't accurately/consistently measure input. &nbsp;Passing PDD/PPD is more like pulling a slot machine lever and hoping for all cherries on the same line: it's not about passing 1 exam, it's about passing 5 exams at once.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>With planners, engineers, code professionals, attorneys, project managers, construction managers, fire/life safety professionals, architectural designers, interior designers, etc, I am not sure why architects exist at all. &nbsp;The profession in its current form is obsolete, decision-makers (AIA/NCARB/NAAB) stifle competition, and thus stifle innov...</p> Peopling Studio allows you to increase the diversity in your renders Paul Petrunia 2020-08-10T20:24:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T18:44:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Peopling Studio</a> offers a 3D library of diverse characters in a variety of scenes to use and customize in your digital renders. The project appears to be voluntarily founded and run, offering free downloads.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Their "disclaimer" describes the motives and inspiration behind the project...</p> <p>Realism is not neutral. CGI has its own politics. We can see this in digital representations of non-white individuals, which tend to be at best stereotypical and, at worst, caricaturish and overly sexualized. Meanwhile, whiteness tends to be represented as default and neutral as evidenced by the Jack and Jill avatars in Siemens Tecnomatix Jack human modeling software or the original Sketchup scale figure, Bryce. To counter these traditions, PEOPLING STUDIO puts forth black and brown skin tones as the default settings. We also acknowledge the limitations of 3D human models, in particular the distinction between 3D scan data and sculpted meshes. We provide sculpted meshes as these are the least exaggera...</p> House in Kataokayama by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architects Atelier Yoshihiro Yamamoto 2020-08-10T16:57:00-04:00 >2020-08-10T16:57:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It is a house built on the hillside on the south side of the Yamato River. The house consists of a base with bedroom and closet, a main floor with living room and sanitary, and a large gable roof. The three functions of the gable roof are to ensure a smooth approach from the parking lot to the entrance, to focus on the view from the living room, and to take in light and wind from the triangular slit on the side.</p> 1.8 million-square-foot MANICA-designed Allegiant Stadium completes construction Sean Joyner 2020-08-10T15:16:00-04:00 >2020-08-10T15:16:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction on the $1.97 billion, 1.8 million-square-foot stadium wrapped July 30, and the certificate was awarded the following day. Construction on the stadium was not slowed or shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The stadium, designed by Kansas City-based firm <a href="" target="_blank">MANICA Architecture</a>, will be home to the Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada. The project underwent a total of 31 months of construction and has recently received a Certificate of Occupancy,&nbsp;<em>Construction Dive&nbsp;</em>reports. A defining feature in the stadium's design is a large 3D-printed torch located at the north endzone. At 85 feet tall, it is reported to be the largest 3D-printed object in the world</p> <p></p> The pandemic has made it very difficult for entry-level job-seekers. Here are a few opportunities for emerging architectural designers. Katherine Guimapang 2020-08-10T13:49:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T18:44:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The job market may be tricky to navigate as a recent graduate, however, firms across the nation are in search of talented applicants that are looking to gain experience and grow.&nbsp;</p> <p>Recently Archinect has focused on <a href="" target="_blank">highlighting the projects of recent graduates</a> as they work through <a href="" target="_blank">the results of a turbulent pandemic and recession</a>. Although employment rates have fluctuated Archinect provides the industry an <a href="" target="_blank">extensive job board</a> that showcases who's hiring now. Our team has curated a round-up of 5 firms searching for junior architects, designers, and paid interns to kick start their career.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Clinton Hill Brownstone interior. Image courtesy of MICHAEL K. CHEN ARCHITECTURE (MKCA</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">MKCA//Michael K Chen Architecture</a> seeks a <a href="" target="_blank">Junior Architect + Designer</a></strong></p> <p>MICHAEL K. CHEN ARCHITECTURE (MKCA)&nbsp;is a growing New York-based architecture firm dedicated to producing innovative and thoughtful built work and applied research.&nbsp;Junior designers and architects work with more senior project managers and the fir...</p> MAD Architects' "Wormhole Library" offers open-air performance space Sean Joyner 2020-08-10T13:40:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T20:00:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, led by Ma Yansong, have released the design of the&nbsp;<em>Wormhole Library,</em> which will sit on the coast in Haikou, Hainan Province in China. The library will serve as a multi-functional building that will invite visitors to enjoy views of the sea, read through a collection of about 10,000 books, and attend open-air performances.</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><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The project comes as a response to the local government's rejuvenation plan for Haikou Bay to enhance the use of public space along the coastline. As a part of the project, a series of pavilions by a number of local and international architects are currently under planning and the Wormhole Library will be the first to be completed.</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><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The building is a large structure cast as a single piece of white concrete, giving the architecture an aesthetic characteristic similar to that of a wormhole, with its curving organic geometries. The building is being cast using both a CNC and 3D-printed model to ensure accuracy and mitigate any margins for error.</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><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Even th...</p> HonarShahre Aftab Cineplex & Cultural Center by AshariArchitects Ashari Architects 2020-08-10T12:58:00-04:00 >2020-08-10T12:58:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>Honar Shahre Aftab</strong> Cineplex &amp; Cultural Center&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; One of the main goals in designing the complex as a social hub is the human interactions and celebrating the artistic and cultural events. The intent is to create a cultural gathering place that can facilitate communication between the whole part of society which led to more citizens&rsquo;-cultural conversation. </p> <p>The lobby is the connecting element of the halls serving as the focal point of the complex.&nbsp; It has the ability to play variety of roles, including concerts, artistic and cultural events. The multifunctionality of this large space has been enhanced by adding two elements which are a bridge and a communal seating. </p> <p>The proposed bridge not only balance the scale of the space but also perform as a spine which various spaces branch out from it. </p> <p>The bridge allows the visitors to visually experience different perspectives. The organic connection which is created between the spaces, increase the visual and motional communicatio...</p> Space and Art |Shimao ·The Wave by Lacime Architects Kris Lu 2020-08-10T12:31:00-04:00 >2020-08-10T12:31:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located at Binhai New Area on the eastern coast of Tianjin, the project is in the heart of the Bohai Economic Rim&nbsp;and close to Tianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park&nbsp;and Binhai Matsu Cultural Park. It is a diversified land that integrates entertainment, edutainment&nbsp;and culture. Its excellent geographical conditions make it a unique area for exhibition and experience. </p> <p>Concept </p> <p>The entire bay area planning follows the basic logic of &ldquo;point, line and plane to create contemporary urban spatial sequence of man, sea and sky&rdquo;. Inspired by the idea of wave, the building focuses on the theme of &ldquo;water&rdquo;, extracts the concept of &ldquo;water drop and wave&rdquo;&nbsp;from waves and creates an image on the sea. The whole building resembles the wave to create a dialogue between the building and nature, and the building has become a symbolic existence where the sea and the earth converge. </p> <p>Function </p> <p>The entire exhibition area is designed with three major functional areas: the Wave (art museum), outdoor thea...</p> Documentary explores the lives of 4 innovative women in architecture Sean Joyner 2020-08-10T12:16:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T23:31:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>City Dreamers</em></a><em></em> is a Canadian documentary directed by Joseph Hillel that looks at the lives of Phyllis Lambert, Denise Scott Brown, Cornelia Oberlander, and Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, all notable powerhouses in architecture and design who were among some of the first women to rise to prominence within the male dominated industry of the time.</p> <p>Founding and creating the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal is probably one of Phyllis Lambert's greatest feats. Apart from working with the likes of Mies van der Rohe and receiving honorary degrees from roughly 26 universities, Lambert has also built a commendable career as a philanthropist.</p> <p>Denise Scott Brown's work along with her husband, Robert Venturi is often regarded as some of the most influential amongst twentieth century architectural discourse. Learning from Las Vegas is a favorite. But, perhaps even more notably, Scott Brown grew to become a powerful advocate for Women in Architecture and continues to be a symbol for equality...</p> Clinton Hill Brownstone by MKCA // Michael K Chen Architecture Michael Chen 2020-08-08T14:28:00-04:00 >2020-08-08T14:28:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A gut renovation of an 1895 brownstone in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood with a bold and immersive approach to color. Sculptural skylights, laid back and low slung furnishings coupled with a devotion to craft and a playful sensibility. Architecture and interior design by MKCA.</p> Hansen Road House by Coates Design: Architecture & Interiors | Seattle Architects coatesdesign_seattlearch 2020-08-08T13:56:00-04:00 >2020-08-08T13:56:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From the outside, this <a href="" target="_blank">home</a> is an anonymous, almost austere, monumental facade anchored deeply into the hillside on a waterfront property. Upon entering, it becomes clear that an entirely different experience awaits on the inside, where it is warm, light, and open. The 18-inch-thick concrete walls that form two sides of the building&rsquo;s exterior provide a poignant counterpoint to the warm wood and copper form that rests at a slight angle to take full advantage of the site&rsquo;s water and mountain views. The concrete exterior wall and exposed concrete within the home reduce energy costs by serving as thermal mass, naturally cooling the home in the summer and retaining warmth in the winter.</p> <p>Each room was carefully designed to take advantage of views, provide comfort to the residents, and have an appealing style. With only a small buildable area available on the site, the building&rsquo;s footprint is maximized through the use of vertical space. The close proximity to the street is softened by nat...</p> 10 Design | China-Israel Industrial and Creative Centre by 10 DESIGN 10 DESIGN 2020-08-08T12:55:00-04:00 >2020-08-08T12:55:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>The Industrial and Creative Centre is a joint development between China and Israel to stimulate future thinking by providing incubator office space for innovative companies in Zhuhai, China.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>The 346,335sqm project is a mixture of headquarter office buildings, flexible office space, serviced apartments, and small incubator office pavilions.&nbsp; </strong> </p> <p><strong>The design is inspired by the idea of FUSION, the merging of different elements into a union while simultaneously creating high amounts of energy.&nbsp; The fusion of China and Israel will foster interaction, symbolically blurring boundaries and creating synergies between the two nations.</strong></p> <p>The idea of FUSION is architecturally expressed by a protective canopy, starting at the &lsquo;Active House&rsquo; at the eastern corner of the site and connecting all major buildings in a U-shaped form to the south-west entrance plaza.</p> <p>The canopy also mediates and blurs the higher towers surrounding the outer edges of the site and the lower garden-offices at the heart of t...</p> Park Avenue Prewar by MKCA // Michael K Chen Architecture Michael Chen 2020-08-07T14:28:00-04:00 >2020-08-07T14:28:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in a distinguished Carnegie Hill co-op building, the 2,800 sf apartment has been reimagined for contemporary family life while retaining its original gracious formality.&nbsp;The renovation concentrated on maximizing the already well-proportioned formal spaces, including a generous entrance gallery, formal living room and dining room; while converting the dark and crowded storage and service areas into functional contemporary living elements. Because the historic layout was quite segmented,&nbsp;we&nbsp;set out to create enlarged openings to increase circulation between spaces. The selection of furniture, finishes, and unique art and design objects played a large part in maximizing natural light, visual interconnectivity, and playfulness throughout.</p> <p>The interiors throughout are a playful, graphic, and colorful mix custom and curated furniture, lighting, and artwork. MKCA is responsible for both architecture and interior design.</p> Marchi Architectes designs a portable home inspired by a concept car Sean Joyner 2020-08-07T13:50:00-04:00 >2020-08-07T14:23:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In response to a competition held be Renault back in 2016 for new automotive-inspired architecture and design, French-based design studio <a href="" target="_blank">Marchi Architectes</a> submitted the first place entry. Called the&nbsp;<em>Renault Symbioz House 33,</em> the architects designed a portable home inspired by Renault's concept car, the Symbioz. The home fully integrates the Symbioz, treating it as a natural extension of the spatial aspects of the interior space.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure></figure><p>The 21-meter-long rectangular structure rises a subtle 7 meters in height. Utilizing three primary materials: steel, glass, and wood, the home maintains a minimalist quality that accentuates texture and transparency.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The lower main level holds all of the living spaces including the living and kitchen areas. The upper-level holds the bedroom and bathroom. However, the dwelling's defining feature is its mobile room, which is Renault's Symbioz concept car. The vehicle can park on a movable platform that enables it to move through the architecture's two levels...</p> Architecture hiring continues in Los Angeles and Orange County Alexander Walter 2020-08-07T12:59:00-04:00 >2020-08-07T22:04:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you are looking for new architectural career opportunities in the <a href=";q_radius=50&amp;region_id=2054699&amp;location=Los+Angeles%2C+CA%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" target="_blank">greater Los Angeles area</a>, check out this curated selection of newly posted positions from <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.<br></p> <p>Need to look up specific job titles from the architectural profession? Simply consult <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Guide to Job Titles</a> series. To improve your portfolio, resume, interviewing skills, and increase your overall chances of getting that next job, follow our <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect Tips</a> series.<br></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Michael Maltzan Architecture</strong></a><strong> seeks an <a href="" target="_blank">Archivist Intern</a></strong><br>"Michael Maltzan Architecture seeks a motivated and knowledgeable Archivist Intern to assist in establishing its digital data archive, containing more than 50 projects spanning the firm&rsquo;s 25+ years of experience."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vienna Way Residence by Marmol Radziner. Photo: Joe Fletcher.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Marmol Radziner</strong></a><strong> seeks a <a href="" target="_blank">Project Manager</a> (they're also hiring a <a href="" target="_blank">PM in New York City</a>)</strong><br>"Applicants should have a degree in architecture from an accredited college, with 5 to 10 years of working experience in schematic des...</p> Denver Architecture Foundation releases new audio tours of Downtown Denver Sean Joyner 2020-08-07T12:25:00-04:00 >2020-08-07T12:25:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF) has launched two free audio tours featuring 24 locations of notable structures across Denver. The tours highlight over a century of architectural history throughout the region through dynamic storytelling and presentation.</p> <p>"DAF values historic preservation as a means of celebrating diverse architecture, honoring styles and stories across distinct eras and protecting places that signify the heritage of our city and state," said Pauline Herrera, DAF executive director in a <a href="" target="_blank">recent <em>Mile High CRE</em> article</a>. "The audio tours provide a unique opportunity to encourage exploration of our city and an understanding of its history, architecture and landscape. In telling these stories through an experiential means, DAF seeks to maintain our community&rsquo;s collective commitment to existing landmarks and to protect the integrity of future landmarks."<br></p> <p>The audio tours are split into two "journeys" titled&nbsp;<em>Downtown Denver: A Game of city and Empire Builders</em> and&nbsp;<em>Civi...</em></p> Residential Architects: Is radon real? Donna Sink 2020-08-07T10:25:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T12:11:08-04:00 <p>I'm buying a new (old) home and it's the first time I'll have a basement in 15 years. Our radon test came back high. Is radon real?&nbsp;</p> <p>I mean, I know it's a real thing, but the hysteria over radon mitigation makes me think 20 years ago someone said "Hey I can make a ton of money telling people they have cancer-causing air in their basement then selling them "mitigation services" and how will they ever know any better?"</p> <p>Am I just being a conspiracy theory weirdo about this?&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's Brad Pitt building a house as a thank you for your advice.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> 10 new examples of architectural landscapes & outdoor spaces Alexander Walter 2020-08-07T08:00:00-04:00 >2020-08-07T14:22:41-04:00 <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>use the handy <a href="" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> 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"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Rice Trellis</a> in Scottsdale, AZ by <a href="" target="_blank">Mancusi Design, LLC</a>; Landscape Architecture: Bill Tonneson; Photo: Bryan Black<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Zhejiang Perfect Production Factory (Phase1)</a> in Haining, China by <a href="" target="_blank">gad &middot; line + studio</a>; Photo: Arch-Exist Photography, wen studio, Jianzhi-Arch Photography<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Park School</a> in Mortsel, Belgium by <a href="" target="_blank">Binst Architects</a>; Environmental Construction: TV Thiers &ndash; Dujardin Landschapsarchitecten<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Theodora House</a> in Copenhagen, Denmark by <a href="" target="_blank">ADEPT</a>; Photo: Rasmus Hjortsh&oslash;j - COAST<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Ridge Mountain</a> in Palm Springs, CA by <a href="" target="_blank">Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher, Lance Gerber<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" target="_blank">Suzhou Swan Harbor Park</a> in Suzhou, Ch...</p> Brazilian photographer creates fantastical urban landscapes Sean Joyner 2020-08-06T21:11:00-04:00 >2020-08-08T20:10:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In Brazilian photographer <a href="" target="_blank">C&aacute;ssio Vasconcellos'</a> series entitled&nbsp;<em>Collectives,</em> the artist "instigates a visual debate on the urban chaos of modern civilization by exploring jam-packed situations typical of our society," writes Art Historian and Critic Cynthia Garcia. Some of those scenarios include crowded beaches, cluttered parking lots, congested highways, and even "aircraft boneyards."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><br></p><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Coletivo 3 &mdash; Detail.</figcaption></figure></figure></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Coletivo 3.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Vasconcellos used hundreds of photos to create the final product, resulting in a fantastical reimagining of the urban landscapes of our modern age. Content Producer Micaela Neiva said of the collection: "The series...reveals a contemporary look of life stories from a globalized world seen through mosaics of constructed images."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Coletivo 2.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Coletivo 2 &mdash; Detail.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aeroporto.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aeroporto &mdash; Detail.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Verde.</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Verde &mdash; Detail.</figcaption></figure></figure> Apfelhotel Torgglerhof: In full bloom by noa* network of architecture networkofarchitecture 2020-08-06T16:50:00-04:00 >2020-08-06T16:50:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>As the age-old adage goes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. In South Tyrol, Saltaus, Apfelhotel&rsquo;s young new generation of owners are breaking new ground while staying true to their traditional roots. noa*&rsquo;s novel design and architecture evokes the vintage charm of this historical hotel while creating an oasis for the senses and shared moments.</em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The apple, a fruit that originated in Kazakhstan and was brought to South Tyrol by the Romans, is central to the region&rsquo;s cultural landscape. The Torgglerhof lies at the mouth of the Passeier Valley, its roots run deep in classic apple cultivation culture. Over time, it became a spot for people wanting to linger, connect, and soak up the scenic views. It's here that the Apfelhotel (<em>eng. Applehotel</em>) was built, and it has since become both an outing destination and an insider tip for guests looking for a holiday treat and special getaway - with scrumptious architecture.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>AN IDEA TAKES ROOT &nbsp; </p> <p>In 2014, noa* won a design c...</p> MASS Design Group publishes COVID-19 guide for retrofitting senior housing Antonio Pacheco 2020-08-06T16:07:00-04:00 >2020-08-07T14:23:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mass Design Group</a> has published its latest <a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19</a> guide aimed at retrofitting and upgrading existing senior living facilities to minimize pandemic transmission. The <em><a href="" target="_blank">Designing Senior Housing for Safe Interaction; The Role of Architecture in Fighting COVID-19</a></em> guide follows a strategy document published by the group earlier this year focused on adapting existing hospital spaces to better deal with a surge of patients suffering from airborne disease.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Mass Design Group's latest guide highlights the high level of infections and deaths that have taken place within these facilities and offers a bevy of approaches for minimizing the ways in which residents are exposed to the disease.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Previously on Archinect: "<a href="" target="_blank">MASS Design Group brings pandemic design expertise to American hospital wards</a>." A diagram showing interventions that the Mount Sinai Hospital implemented to turn this adult ICU wing into one that could treat patients who have tested positive for coronavirus. Image courtesy MASS Desig...</figcaption></figure> Hidden Noguchi ceiling found at a U-Haul St. Louis store Sean Joyner 2020-08-06T15:52:00-04:00 >2020-08-07T14:23:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An undulating lobby ceiling that Isamu Noguchi sculpted in the 1940s has emerged at a U-Haul branch in St. Louis, two decades after it was hidden by partitions and dropped ceiling panels. Noguchi designed the feature, known as a lunar landscape, for the building&rsquo;s original owner, the American Stove Company.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The ceiling was discovered back in 2015 and immediately many began to advocate for its preservation.&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em> reports David Conradsen, the St. Louis Museum of Art's decorative arts and design curator said that experts had contemplated removing the sculpture to transfer it to the museum, but concluded that it would be destroyed in the removal process.</p> Micro Living for Hafele by MKCA // Michael K Chen Architecture Michael Chen 2020-08-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2020-08-06T15:08:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A micro-housing concept for H&auml;fele, the leading manufacturer of architectural and furniture, lighting, and hardware. Designed to take advantage of H&auml;fele&rsquo;s comprehensive product line in both conventional and speculative ways and to position the brand as a resource for emerging models of living, the project will be unveiled at Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2020 and subsequently installed in the H&auml;fele America&rsquo;s New York showroom.</p> <p>In an age where people are staying single longer and having children later, and increasingly competing for limited housing stock in our densest urban areas, there is an undeniable cultural shift toward smaller, more flexible ways to live. By strategizing around scenarios&mdash;how uses and activities unfold over the course of a day and evening&mdash; simple motions transition between and negotiate all of the functions we expect from our homes, transforming how a small space can work and feel like a much larger one.</p> <p>As configured, ...</p> LAForum's 2020 Summer Exhibition “Every. Thing. Changes.” showcases the collective views of 20 Los Angeles-based designers and thinkers Sponsor 2020-08-06T13:27:00-04:00 >2020-08-06T13:39:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by the <a href="" target="_blank">L.A. Forum</a></strong></em></p> <p>The summer exhibition&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Every. Thing. Changes.&rdquo;</a></strong>&nbsp;by the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a>&nbsp;presents 20 new works documenting the collective view of life in Los Angeles in its new decade. The newly commissioned texts and visual works exhibited in &ldquo;Every. Thing. Changes.&rdquo; were developed over the course of spring 2020, and are the outcomes of a &ldquo;call and response&rdquo; process between five initial L.A.-based writers, their texts, and the visual responses of five L.A.-based collaborators (of the allied design disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design). The 10 writers/designers then chose one additional collaborator each to bring into the process, for a total of 20 new visual and text-based works.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Featured Participants:</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">Loren Adams,&nbsp;Architect</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">John Atkinson,&nbsp;Sound Artist</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce,&nbsp;Architect</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">Sam Bloch,&nbsp;Journalist</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">Anthony Carfello,&nbsp;Editor, Educator</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">Polaris Castillo,&nbsp;Artist</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">Yvonne Estrada,&nbsp;Poet, Photographer</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="history" target="_blank">Y...</a></li></ul>