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Updated: 2016-10-01T03:42:53-04:00


Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2016 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8)



New York City is ready to kick off another eventful Archtober! Starting October 1, the city-wide festival has 31 days of exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, and other fun public events that celebrate the significance of architecture and design in everyday life. 

Archinect and Bustler are happy to be media sponsors for the sixth year in a row. From Archtober's lengthy calendar of events, we picked some highlights for Week 1, October 1-8:

Authenticity and Innovation Symposium | October 1
This symposium will discuss the questions raised from the Authenticity and Innovation exhibition. Listen to a conversation on topics like the relationship between preservation and gentrification, why new businesses like older buildings, and more

Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter | October 1 - January 22, 2017
This exhibition explores how contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. Once considered temporary settle...

Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Stairs" Pinterest Board


In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.(Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Stairs.↑ Nardini Research Centre and Auditorium in Vicenza, Italy by Studio Fuksas↑ Sulwhasoo Flagship Store in Seoul, South Korea by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute↑ Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home in Orbec, France by Dominique Coulon & associés; Photo: Eugeni Pons↑ Real de Hacienda in Mexico City by Sobrado + Ugalde Arquitectos↑ Chelsea Eco Duplex in New York, NY by Wunderground architecture + design↑ Z53 in Mexico City by MAPmx↑ Blumenhaus in Zurich, Switzerland by Wiel Arets Architects↑ Marubi National Museum of Photography in Shkodër, Albania by Casanova + Hernandez Architecten; Phot...[...]

Get Lectured: University of Michigan, Fall '16



Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall? Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

Check out a selection of upcoming lecture events this fall at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Be on the lookout for lectures from Neil Denari, ACADIA Conference Keynote Elizabeth Diller, panel discussions, and more.

Oct 4
The Case for Regional Transit: Catherine Ross, "What if Transit Works?"

Oct 4
Xavier Vendrell, "Professionals and/or Magicians revised version"

Oct 7
Practice Session No. 3 Lecture: Neil Denari, "The Same and the Different" 

Oct 11
Lecture: Louis Becker / Henning Larsen Architect...

BIG-designed "The Spiral" Hudson Yards tower is inching closer to becoming reality



Everything is spiraling into place for Tishman Speyer. The developer officially filed plans Thursday for the Spiral, an office skyscraper that is slated to cost $3.2 billion. [...] It is being designed by Bjarke Ingels , the Danish architect behind the 2 World Trade Center redesign and VIA57.


The (hotly debated) project previously in the Archinect news: BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards

Related stories:

An ambitious plan to overhaul Penn Station, by moving Madison Square Garden



Penn Station is much more than a transportation center. As the heart of the Northeast Corridor rail system, it has the potential to link downtown to downtown along the Eastern Seaboard in a way far more economical, expedient and environmentally sustainable than air travel. But while the governor’s recently announced plan is a step toward this goal, more must be done. What we propose in addition is a completely new commuter station on the site of Madison Square Garden

The proposed plan for Penn Station's redesign comes by way of Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism. Previously, Chakrabarti was the director of Manhattan's Department of City Planning under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he also oversaw prior refurbishment plans for the station.

Previously, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had released a plan to bring Penn Station up to speed (it was designed for a third of its current 650,000 daily commuters). But while the Governor's plan, headed by SOM, is focused mostly on utility, Chakrabarti's plan (as he writes for The Times) aims to provide the city with a grand public space—by physically relocating Madison Square Garden (an idea that has been floated before) to honor the original station's legacy where travelers "entered the city like a god".

Related on Archinect:

Peter Zellner to launch the Free School of Architecture, a tuition-free, experimental architecture school



Architect Peter Zellner of ZELLNERandCompany (formerly known as Zellner Naecker Architects) is launching a new, tuition-free post-graduate school of architecture dubbed, appropriately, the Free School of Architecture (FSA). Slated to launch in 2017, the FSA hopes to become a laboratory for new thinking about architecture and how it's taught.

While a major part of the motivation for starting the school is to explore where “architecture education might go” without massive financial burdens for students and academic pressures for professors, the FSA also aims to “absolve both students and teachers of conforming to established models of thinking,” Zellner tells Archinect.

“One might think of FSA as providing an extracurricular or alternative education, less a traditional education,” Zellner states. “The end goal is to promote new ways of thinking architecture, not to rubber-stamp more academic and/or professional worker bees.”

The FSA is not yet accredited — Zellner expresses wariness abou...

Public art: I Am From St. Johns



Spiro Kostof, concluding his history, tells us we need "to come to terms with our past and to take shelter and find pride in the continuities of time and place. This is not alone a professional imperative. All of us—architects and users, environmental policymakers and consumers of such policies—need to become engaged." 


This link takes you to the full text of a public artwork in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Sharon's words not only provide a link to the past, publicly on view, but also tap a vital democratic spirit, of special relevance this election season.

No Sage on Stage: 'Exhibit Columbus' shines loving light on Indiana's architectural hotspot, on Archinect Sessions #83



Beginning today through October 1, Columbus, Indiana will celebrate its architectural history and identity with its very first Exhibit Columbus—an annual event alternating between a symposium and a design exhibition. Known for its rich architectural holdings of work by Eero and Eliel Saarinen, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Deborah Berke, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi and others, Columbus has earned its "Athens of the prairie" tagline, and Exhibit Columbus hopes to honor that proud tradition into the future.

We're joined by key members of Exhibit Columbus, Richard McCoy (director of the symposium's parent company, Landmark Columbus) and Joshua Coggeshall (partner at Shimizu + Coggeshall and co-director of next year's Ball State University installations) to discuss the city's architectural heritage, and what's planned for this year's inaugural symposium.

Listen to episode 83 of Archinect Sessions, "No Sage on Stage":

    David Erdman appointed as the Chair of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design at Pratt



    Pratt Institute has named David Erdman, co-founding director of the award-winning design firm davidclovers*, as the Chair of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design. Erdman succeeds William MacDonald, who will now serve as a full-time professor.

    Erdman previously taught at the University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor as well as at the University of California, Los Angeles, among other schools. Erdman is also a co-founder of servo, a design studio whose work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Centre Pompidou.

    “I am honored and excited to serve as the newly appointed GAUD chairperson and to join such a highly esteemed institution located in one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods of the city,” Erdman states in the press release.

    For more news from Pratt, follow these links:

    Paulo Mendes da Rocha wins RIBA Royal Gold Medal



    Paulo Mendes da Rocha is attracting international recognition once again as he continues to rack up top-tier lifetime achievement awards this year. [...] Awarded since 1848 and approved by the Queen of England, the Gold Medal is awarded to an individual or a group of people who have significantly influenced “the advancement of architecture either directly or indirectly”. da Rocha is the second Brazilian architect to win the accolade, joining Oscar Niemeyer who won it in 1998.

    Paulo Mendes da Rocha is most known for his work establishing what would become Brazilian Brutalism. From Bustler:

    Spearheading the Brutalist movement in his native Sao Paulo, da Rocha is credited for transforming the city with his numerous cultural buildings, which are typically designed in exposed concrete and rough finishes. Born in 1928, da Rocha's architecture career kicked off at a young age when he won the competition to design the gymnasium in the Paulistano Athletics Club (pictured [below]) at age 29.


    On the occasion of da Rocha's win, RIBA President and chair of the selection committee Jane Duncan said, "Mendes da Rocha’s work typifies the architecture of 1950s Brazil – raw, chunky and beautifully ‘brutal’ concrete.” Some of his most notable Brazilian projects being: Saint Peter Chapel (1987) [below], the Brazilian Sculpture Museum MuBE (1988), Patriach Plaza (1992-2002), the Pinacoteca do Estado gallery (1993) [second below] and the FIESP Cultural Center (1997).



    da Rocha exp...

    "Great brutalist buildings, it turns out, have soul"



    In this thoughtful ode to the unexpected charms of brutalism, Felix Salmon explores why the formerly nightmarish architectural style is experiencing a renaissance, or at least a renewed appreciation. Salmon's observation that ubiquitous, unimaginative glass towers have replaced brutalism as the new hated icon of class strife is ace:

    "The international style evolved, and not well. What used to be aspirational started becoming an in-your-face statement of conspicuous consumption. The gauche gaudiness of was embraced not only where you might expect it (the Wynn towers of Las Vegas, say), but also in places with real history, such as New York City. Go to Columbus Circle today, for instance, and you’ll see Christian de Portzamparc’s billionaire condos at One57 face off against 'a 1950s international style glass skyscraper in a 1980s gold lame party dress,' as Muschamp described the Trump International Hotel. Such erections generate almost as much hatred today as the worst mistakes of brut...

    Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate



    London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch the UK’s most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London’s housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and spiralling housing costs in the capital. Khan said there are “real concerns” about the surge in the number of homes being bought by overseas investors, adding that the inquiry would map the scale of the problem for the first time.

    In related news:

    Needle exchange: a look at Herzog & de Meuron's transformative "needle" tower development in DTLA's arts district



    The name of Herzog and de Meuron's proposed new development for downtown Los Angeles' arts district, 6 AM, seems like an hour/mindset that most of its current residents experience only because they stayed up much too late. But no one can stop the dawn of high-concept gentrification from breaking all over the district of former abandoned warehouses, especially when that concept promises to embody the so-called "DNA"of Los Angeles.


    According to an article by Frances Anderton, de Meuron purposefully nixed medium height buildings from 6 AM's design in favor of nose-bleed high rises and squat, table-like mixed-use structures, as this was reflective of how he views Los Angeles:

    “The high rise for us is important to make a difference between the low and the high because I think this is a part of specificity of Los Angeles. It’s either flat or it’s high. You don’t have in between bulky buildings. So (we’d) rather do extremely low and then you go higher. (The towers are) needle like — it shows...

    IN(3D)USTRY - The Show


    (image) (image) This post is brought to you by IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions.

    The first edition of IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions, which took place from June 21st to June 23rd 2016 at Fira de Barcelona, successfully introduced an entirely new concept for exploring the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing and 3D printing across four key industrial sectors.

    The event showcased both the present of additive manufacturing, as well as its promising future, by focusing on the challenges 3D printing presents, and offering innovative, pioneering, and state-of-the-art solutions to manufacturers’ specific needs.

    Over the three-day event, prominent international speakers took to the stage to describe their experiences with additive manufacturing in the four most important vertical sectors: Aerospace & Automotive, Healthcare, Architecture & Habitat, and Consumer & Retail Goods.

    This unique approach stimulated participants to explore the many different solutions already offered by additive man...

    Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #110


    Searching for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:1. Martin Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings2. Zerafa Studio (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Junior Architectural Designer3. UCLA A.UD (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings4. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listingsPhoto: Anthony Quintano/FlickrKeep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's Facebook, Pinterest, or the Archinect Jobs Instagram.Need job-hunting or hiring tips? Check out Archinect's EMPLOY(ED) series, our How to write a great architecture job ad feature, or learn straight from the firms in the new How To Get A Jo...[...]

    How to paint an architect



    [Ralph Simons'] portrait is the earliest known example of what became the conventional manner of depicting an architect by having him holding one of these instruments of his profession. [...] Needless to say, this tradition is dying – and not just because architects don’t use compasses, or draw, any more (how do you represent computer-aided design software in a painting?).

    More on the architect's image:

    Why the design of prisons matters



    the world’s prisons are home to an estimated 10 million people globally and this number is rising. The world’s prison population has gone up 10% since 2004, and in some countries, such as Indonesia, the increase has been as high as 183% [...] Architecture sends a silent message to everyone walking into any place. It tells you what to expect and where the limits of behaviour are. Prisons are the same.

    In my view, design is crucial to creating an environment in which prisoners can live and not become institutionalised. This means providing spaces for staying in contact with families, work, education, and playing sport.

    For more on carceral architectures, follow these links:

    Get Lectured: University of Texas at Arlington, 2016-17



    Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall? Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    See what 2016-17 events are in store for the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    Sept 28
    Burton Baldridge / Baldridge Architects, UT Austin School of Architecture

    Oct 3
    Dwayne Oyler / Oyler Wu Collaborative, SCI-Arc

    Oct 26
    reDefining the Relationship Panel Discussion
    Norma Lehman (The Beck Group), Thad Reeves (A.GRUPPO), Brian Rex (South Dakota State U.)
    moderated by Joshua Nason (UTA)

    Nov 16
    E.B. Min + Jeffrey L. Day / Min | Day, CCA - San Francisco, CA, University of Nebr...

    Lloyd Wright's LA Samuel-Novarro House for sale



    The Samuel Novarro House in Los Angeles, designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, has just been put up for sale. Built in 1928, the Art Deco house has been restored and comes with original Wrightian accents throughout, such as oxidized copper accents.

    Located in ritzy “the Oaks” neighborhood of Los Feliz, the home has a stunning pool and equally lovely landscaping. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath house also comes equipped with a recently restored kitchen. The house is listed for $4.295 million and was previously sold for $3.8 million.







    [Correction] Originally this article stated the architect of this house was Frank Lloyd Wright. It was Frank Lloyd Wright's son, Lloyd Wright.

    More images in the gallery.

    For more on the Wright family, check out these articles:

    National Building Museum selects Studio Gang to design 2017 "Summer Block Party" installation



    Studio Gang has worked with the museum before, on its 2003 Masonry Variations exhibition and as a part of the 2009 Transforming Skylines and Communities series. While designs for the installation won't be fleshed out until early 2017, it will most likely follow in the playful, accessible style of previous Summer Block Party installations by BIG, Snarkitecture, and most recently, James Corner Field Operations.

    The museum's aim is for the designers to create "innovative, interactive experiences that temporarily transform the Museum’s historic home and challenge visitor perceptions of the built environment." Studio Gang's appointment to next year's installation comes on the heels of the closing of James Corner Field Operations' "ICEBERGS" pavilion earlier this month.

    Related on Archinect:

    Apple plan to open a huge campus in London’s Battersea Power Station



    Apple will open a mega-campus inside London’s Battersea Power Station in a major boon for the developers behind the Grade II-listed building’s regeneration. The tech giant will take over 500,000 sq ft of the power station’s Boiler House, spanning six floors. Around 1,4000 staff are expected to move into the Apple campus in 2021.

    Take a look back at Archinect's coverage of the Battersea Power Station development:

    Obama calls for zoning overhaul, blames existing laws for rising inequality and unaffordable rents



    The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole [...] The White House published a “toolkit” of economic evidence and policy fixes to help local political leaders fight back against the NIMBYs that tend to hold sway over municipal zoning meetings.

    In related news:

    Salk Institute to be refurbished by The Getty Conservation Institute



    Fungal biofilm and water sealant failure have added a black patina to the Salk Institute's iconic teak paneling, making the material vulnerable to decay. In order to save what is considered to be one of the world's finest architectural projects (and coolest structural alignment of the sunset save for perhaps Manhattanhenge), the Getty Conservation Institute undertook three years of careful study and is now ready to start implementing those improvements.  

    According to Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Sara Lardinois, “The GCI sought to address issues on a long-term basis while preserving cultural significance and addressing the needs of those managing the site. Our aim was to help the Salk Institute incorporate a conservation approach into its overall site management at a critical point in the building’s history—the 50-year mark often coincides with the need for a first major repair in modern buildings.”

    For more on all things Louis Kahn:

    Pollution-plagued Paris to ban cars from the side of the Seine



    In an effort to curb air pollution, the city council of Paris has approved a controversial plan to pedestrianize the 3.3 km road that runs along the Right Bank of the Seine River. Stretching from the Tuileries Gardens to the Henri-IV tunnel near the Bastille, the road is currently used by some 43,000 cars a day. The plan would replace the roadway with wooden walkways and landscaping, and cost an estimated €8 million.

    The plan is supported by the Socialist government and faces opposition from the country’s conservative faction, who argue that it will increase traffic in a city already jam-packed with cars. Nearly 55 percent of Parisians support the plan, according to the Independent

    Air pollution in Paris can rival cities like Beijing, and is responsible for over 2,000 deaths per year.

    For more urban initiatives intended to combat air pollution, follow these links: 

    Get Lectured: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, '16-17



    Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall? Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Have a look at the upcoming lectures for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture's 2016-17 Hyde Lecture Series.

    Sept 29
    Michael Bongiorno / Design Group
    4 p.m. at Architecture Hall Gallery

    Oct 14
    Wendy W. Fok / Parsons School of Design | WE-DESIGNS
    11 a.m. at Architecture Hall Gallery

    Nov 9
    Enrique Norten: Design Alliance Omaha Lecture
    7 p.m. at Witherspoon Hall, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

    Nov 11
    Emily Pilloton / Project H Design
    4 p.m. at Richards Hall 15 

    Nov 18
    Gena Wirth / Scape
    4 p.m. at Richards Hall 15

    Jan 25
    Perry Kulper / U...

    Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs



    According to this Fortune article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make architects rethink how they bill for projects).

    For more on drones:

    BAU 2017: Events, services and information for architects


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    This post is brought to you by BAU 2017(image) .

    On about 185,000 m2 of exhibition space, BAU will be presenting a display of architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and interior design, for both new-build and R&M projects. This next edition of the show, which takes place in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017, will again be filling up all the available halls at the exhibition center. Here around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries will be showcasing a comprehensive range of materials and technologies for planning and construction. In particular architects – many coming from all over the world – regard this event as an unmissable source of information and inspiration.

    BAU brings together all the technologies, products and materials that are used in planning and building. This cross-functionality approach makes BAU an essential information source for everyone involved in planning and building: from investors, planners and architects through to s...

    Open Call for Submissions: "XXL"



    It’s going to be “yuge”. It’s an inflated descriptor thrown around a lot these days, but architects have always been trained to think big, whether laying out bathroom plumbing or master planning cities. Sometimes those ideas get built; sometimes others build on those ideas. This October on Archinect, we’re exploring the many ways architects go big, with XXL.

    Our open call for submissions under XXL focuses on one of the biggest strokes of architectural expression: infrastructure.


    Transportation infrastructure is getting an unanticipated overhaul. As new networks like on-demand or ride-sharing services begin to intermesh with older, more static ones, updated expectations of living and getting around have emerged. Speed, access, and sustainability are obvious concerns, as are how they’ll encourage (or prohibit) future urban development.

    Whatever your chosen mode of transportation, create a fantasy transportation map in the city (or country, or planet) of your c...

    Níall McLaughlin and CHHAT are among this week's winners



    Every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

    Check out recap #126 for the week of September 19-23, 2016.

    Níall McLaughlin wins the 2016 RIBA Jencks Award


    Níall McLaughlin is the latest recipient of the RIBA Jencks Award for architectural practice and theory. McLaughlin represented Ireland in the 2016 Venice Biennale and designed projects like the Bishop Edward King Chapel and the Olympic Athlete's Housing for the 2012 London Games.

    Inaugural Fuller Challenge Student Winner CHHAT works to find a “universal building solution”


    For the first time, student-run projects went face to face in their own category in the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller's design principles and geodesic domes, The Center for Human Habitat and Alternative Technology (CHHAT) from the Vadodara Design Academy in Gujarat, India was named the first Studen...

    Winners of the 2016 Beaux Arts Ball ticket giveaway



    The 2016 Beaux Arts Ball is happening this Friday at the new A/D/O space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! Thanks to the Architectural League of New York, two Archinect readers will each win a pair of tickets to the Tabula Rasa-themed ball.

    The giveaway winners are Wendy Fok and Aditya Ghosh.

    Congrats! Thanks to everyone who participated.

    Learn more at