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Updated: 2017-03-27T10:43:27-04:00


5 key drivers of the healthy building movement



The wide-ranging efforts include improving indoor air quality and even increasing activity levels of building occupants. Allen and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have defined nine foundations for healthier buildings, such as better water quality, reducing noise, regulating temperature, and maximizing light.

As part of the Urban Expeditions series, Brian Howard explored some of the latest trends in green design, which go far beyond energy and water efficiency to issues of public health/wellness.

St. Louis, segregation and how history shapes the urban landscape



Segregation is no accident.

Nearly five decades after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, American cities remain racially, culturally, spatially and economically divided. Entrenched conditions and persistent biases undermine the policies and priorities that would heal lingering wounds.

So argues Catalina Freixas, assistant professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Last semester, Freixas and Mark Abbott, professor of history and director of the Center for Neighborhood Development at Harris-Stowe State University, launched “Segregation by Design.”  Developed as part of The Divided City initiative, their class — which will be offered again next fall — explores both the historic roots and present-day reality of urban separation.

In this Q&A, Freixas discusses St. Louis, segregation and the hidden histories that shape our urban landscape.

You’re from Argentina but joined the Sam Fox School faculty in 2004. What drew you to the topic of American segregation?

My researc...

Stefan Al on why the shopping mall isn't dying


(image) is not the mall that is declining, but suburbia. The mall, meanwhile, is becoming urban. In fact, a new breed of shopping centre is integrating so seamlessly into its urban surroundings that it can be difficult to draw any line between city and mall whatsoever. On both sides of the Pacific, the mall is not “dead”. It has simply transformed...[but] “While the idea of the shopping mall becoming ‘urban’ has a certain appeal, the net effect is to turn the city into a shopping mall.”

Stefan Al, author of Mall City: Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of Consumption, writes about how shopping malls in places such as New York, Melbourne, and Hong Kong are increasingly blending into the cities themselves — transforming into “a new breed of shopping centre”, Al writes.

Maricopa County in Arizona, home to Phoenix, experienced the largest population growth in 2016



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maricopa County in Arizona had the highest annual population growth in 2016. Home to the city of Phoenix, the county gained 81,360 people, or 222 people per day. More than half were people who moved to the county from another area, while 25,428 were from natural increase (births over deaths). 10,188 people came from abroad.

Meanwhile, on the other side of things, Cook County, where Chicago is located, saw the largest decrease in population with a net loss of 21,324 people. Wayne County, home to Detroit, saw 7,696 people leave, while Baltimore had a decrease of 6,738 people.

Check out more demographic data here.

Judge once again stops work at Pier 55 over environmental concerns



Judge Lorna G. Schofield agreed with the group’s claim that the Army Corps of Engineers had not conducted a sufficient environmental review on how the 2.4-acre park would affect fish and wildlife. She ordered that work stop at the site and called for a review of alternatives for building along Hudson River Park, a maritime sanctuary.

It's been nearly two years since the City Club of New York first slapped Pier 55, Barry Diller's $200 million offshore park, with a lawsuit. And despite construction starting over the summer, a judge has once again ordered work to stop at the site.

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.↑ Matryoshka House in Rotterdam, Netherlands by shift architecture urbanism; Photo: NoortjeKnulst↑ Modern Mews in London, UK by Coffey Architects↑ Faerder High School in Tønsberg, Norway by White Arkitekter A/S; Photo: Åke E:son Lindman↑ Winkley Workshop in London, UK by Kirkwood McCarthy↑ No. 49, Lewisham in London, UK by 31/44; Photo: Anna Stathaki↑ Chiswick House in London, UK by Au Architects; Photo: David Butler Photography↑ Brunner Showroom in London, UK by Benedetti Architects↑ Stanford University, GSB Highland Hall in Stanford, CA by Steinberg and Legorreta↑ The Garden House in London, UK by De Matos Ryan; Photo: Hufto...[...]

Get Lectured: Cal Poly LA Metro '17



Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter & Spring 2017

Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session for Spring 2017. 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 lecture events are coming up in the 2017 Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design, an off-campus multidisciplinary program of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This year's poster design was inspired by the lecture series' “dissimulation” theme.

Apr 4
Herwig Baumgartner + Scott Uriu / B+U Architects

Apr 8
Paul Lewis / Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects
lecture, exhibition, book signing of Manual of Section

Apr 13
Elastic Architecture Definitions Series: “Resilience”
Beatriz Colomina, Mark Li...

Looking back at a time when architecture was thought to be a cure for mental illness



When the Government Hospital for the Insane opened in Anacostia in 1855, the asylum’s supervising physician, Charles Nichols, predicted that 50 percent of the mentally ill people treated there would make a full recovery. What made him so confident? The building. He’d designed it in accordance with the most cutting-edge theories of the day, which called for sunny, well-ventilated asylums in the countryside

The "Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeth's 1852-2017" is a new exhibit opening at the National Building Museum this weekend. It looks at past theories that contended that design could have a major and healing effect on mental illness. Fresh air was encouraged, as was scattering patients across a campus.

While presumably nicer than precedents: “It turns out that’s not true. You can’t fix brain chemistry with architecture.”

Check out the massive new car elevators inside the Porsche Design Tower in Miami



“What does [the Porsche] brand have to do with real estate?” It’s a good question, poised by the Miami developer Gil Dezer, who helped create the brand-new, 60-story, Sieger Suarez Architects-designed Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami.

Their answer? An elevator for cars. You know, for “car lovers and people who enjoy having their car next to them in their apartments”.

Not surprisingly, this demographic is also defined by their access to at least $5 million, the starting price for one of the tower’s 132 condos. The crowning jewel, a $32 million penthouse apartment, comes with a “car gallery” for seven of your eleven automobiles.

Driven by three high-tech hydraulic lifts, the elevators weight 30,000 lbs. and carry up to 8,000 lbs. Cars zoom up the black-glazed tower at 800 feet a minute. 

h/t Miami Herald

Daniel Libeskind to design spiraling garden tower and new East Thiers Station in France



It's a double-win for Studio Daniel Libeskind, who was recently selected to design two mixed-use projects in France: the Occitanie Tower in Toulouse and the East Thiers Train Station in Nice. The projects unveil a new development strategy for both cities that was set forth by commercial real estate firm Compagnie de Phalsbourg.

As Toulouse's first skyscraper, the Occitanie Tower will take over the former site of the Gare Matabiau postal sorting center in the city's evolving business district. The “curvaceous” tower will be a 150-meter-tall glass structure wrapped in a spiraling “ribbon” of vertical gardens (designed by landscape architect Nicolas Gilsoul) that will start from street level up to the 40th floor — a reference to the Canal du Midi that winds through the city, according to the architects.

Occitanie Tower, Toulouse. Rendering by MORPH.

Occitanie Tower, Toulouse. Rendering by LUXIGON.

The scheme includes 11,000 square meters of office space, a Hilton hotel, 120 apartment units...

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office is named the recipient of the 2016 Chicago Prize



The Chicago Architecture Club named Lake Forest's Kwong Von Glinow Design Office the recipient of the 2016 Chicago Prize.  This is a biennial prize given for the design of an international competition.  This year's competition, titled On the Edge, asked architects and designers to rethink Lake Shore Drive's connection to Chicago's waterfront.  Kwong Von Glinow Design Office's proposal, titled Lattices on the Drive, seeks to enhance the pedestrian's relationship to Lake Shore Drive.  At each underpass which leads to the Lake, an access point at the media brings pedestrians up to a steel-frame viewing deck from which they can see the Lake, the city, and of course, Lake Shore Drive.  An exhibition of their winning proposal will be in the lobby of the Chicago Architecture Foundation through June.


Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow co-founded Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Chicago in 2016.  Both partners earned their Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of D...

Il[LUMEN]ating; A conversation with Jenny Sabin, winner of 2017’s MoMA PS1 YAP



In this week's episode, we talk to Jenny Sabin—architect, artistresearchereducator, and winner of the 2017 Young Architect's Program at MoMA PS1.

Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #127


Looking 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.In case you missed them, here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms.1. Piercy&Company (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Senior architectPhoto: Jack Hobhouse.2. The Fractal Group (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Senior Architect (Upper East Side)3. Rapt Studio (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Multiple listingsPhoto courtesy of Rapt Studio.4. think! architecture and design (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Multiple listingsPhoto: Alexander Severin RAZUMMEDIA.5. Woodford Sheppard Architecture (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Junior/Intern ArchitectImage courtesy of Woodford Sheppard Architecture.Keep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's Facebook, Twitt...[...]

If you can't stand the heat, get an outdoor kitchen (homeowners are, says AIA)



Over the past century, kitchens have gone from being a back room to the center of many homes. Now, according to a new study released by the AIA, many homeowners are requesting outdoor kitchens, creating an uptick in work for residential architects. “Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Kitchens have become a hub for the home, now homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.”

Gimme (customizable) shelter: pop-up modular homeless housing project tailor-made for each community



Assembled from containers placed within a scaffolding net, WE Architecture's Jagtevj 69 aims to create alluring public space while simultaneously providing temporary housing for the homeless.


The proposal stresses that it's a temporary solution; by creating a variety of different spaces for different activities, the project ultimately provides an opportunity for social networking for both the community and the homeless population in "urban gardens and semi-public activities." These activity-specific spaces, which include workshops, yoga studios, and offices, form each modular unit, making it easy to swap out or add different functions as needed. 



Currently envisioned for a site in Copenhagen, the proposal is designed to be disassembled and then reassembled in different locations, making it a kind of traveling social aid that is also custom tailored to the needs of its particular community.

A tower that arcs high above New York



“What if our buildings were long instead of tall?” ask oiio studio, authors of a new, speculative project titled “The Big Bend”. Their design, which seems to riff on Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue Condominium tower, features a horseshoe shaped tower that arcs high in the air, framing Central Park. The project seems hyperbolic, but in their description the architect seem to think there’s meat to the idea.



From the architects:

There is an undeniable obsession that resides in Manhattan. It is undeniable because it is made to be seen. There are many different ways that can make a building stand out, but in order to do so the building has to literary stand out.

We have become familiar with building height measurements. We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by its price per square foot. It seems that a property’s height operates as a license for it to be expensive.



New York city’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough which develope...

Sam Jacob explores the "Age of Post-Digital Drawing" for Metropolis



Instead of striving for pseudo-photo-realism, this new cult of the drawing explores and exploits its artificiality, making us as viewers aware that we are looking at space as a fictional form of representation. This is in strict opposition to the digital rendering’s desire to make the fiction seem “real.”

Sam Jacob brings a current and analytical view to an essentially important and generative architectural tongue, the drawing. He writes about its anachronistic existence in the transitionally digital threshold years and how it is re-emerging and manifesting itself via the post-digital fictionalism. The article alludes to the demise of the money shot type of hyper-realism as well as the return of the fictional and sensorial collage, at this time via google, illustrator and the photoshop.

Four World Trade Center, NMAAHC, Samsung Americas HQ among 2017 IDEAS² winners for steel construction



It's already that time of year when the American Institute of Steel Construction reveals the latest winning projects of their Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards...Out of nearly 100 submissions from firms across the country, 13 winners received National and Merit Awards. The judging panel evaluated each submission's use of structural steel through multiple architectural and structural engineering elements.

Some of this year's winning projects are:

Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering: Four World Trade Center, New York.
Submitted by: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, New York

Photo credit: Fadi Asmar.

National Award: Samsung Americas Headquarters (Device Solutions), San Jose, Calif.
Submitted by: Arup, Los Angeles

Photo credit: Tim Griffith

National Award: National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. 
Submitted by: Clark/Smoot/Russell A Joint Venture, Bethesda, Md.

Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution - Michael Barnes.

Merit Award: Fulton Center, New York. 
Submitted by: Arup, New York

Photo credit: James Ewing Photography.

Merit Award: Nippert Stadium West Pavilion, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Submitted by: THP Limited, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo credit: Bittermann Photography.

Check out the rest of the winners on Bustler.

The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring goes to "LIVING PICTURE" by T+E+A+M



Ragdale, the acclaimed artists’ residency in Lake Forest, announces the winning design of the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition. Amidst a field of national and international submissions, T+E+A+M, a young, internationally recognized architectural collaborative based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected by jury for their proposal of LIVING PICTURE– a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.


The winning T+E+A+M exclaims, "We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we’re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming."


Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the grounds. Blending ...

Architecture Billings Index in February climbs back into positive terrain



The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to growth mode in February, after a weak showing in January. [...] (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up from a score of 49.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index climbed from 52.1 to 54.7.

“The sluggish start to the year in architecture firm billings should give way to stronger design activity as the year progresses,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “New project inquiries have been very strong through the first two months of the year, and in February new design contracts at architecture firms posted their largest  monthly gain in over two years.”

The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of February:

  • Regional averages: Midwest (52.4), South (50.5), Northeast (50.0), West (47.5)
  • Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.8), multi-family residential (49.3), mixed practice (49.2), commercial / industrial (48.9)
  • Project inquiries index: 61.5
  • Design contracts index: 54.7




All graphs represent data from February 2016 - February 2017, images via

Severe flooding in Peru exposes vulnerable architecture and infrastructure



The worst flooding in two decades has struck Peru, causing a death toll of 72 people since the beginning of the year. The floods are caused by a series of “highly unusual rains” produced by the warming of surface waters along the country’s northern coasts. The waters have inundated hospitals and left villages in isolation, and are expected to continue to ravage the country for another two weeks.

The toll on the built environment has been severe. 115,000 homes have already been damaged. More than 100 bridges have been destroyed. The flooding has caused the drainage systems in cities along the coast to fail, creating pools of water that host dengue-carrying mosquitoes. In response, the Peruvian government has started to fumigate. Meanwhile, Lima hasn’t had water service since the beginning of the week.

The disaster has also caused a spike in prices—up to 5 per cent. Meanwhile, 22 inmates at a juvenile detention center have escaped. In the city of Trujillo, a cemetery flooded, exhuming b...

The AIA responds to the Trump Administration budget for the Fiscal Year 2018



Last week, the Trump administration submitted its budget to Congress for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The budget included slashing several programs, many of which will affect community projects.

In response, the AIA has issued a statement:

"This budget includes many cuts that will have severe long-term ramifications for our communities and economy. It does away with programs that foster a cleaner environment and strong neighborhoods and it eliminates programs with a proven track record of job creation in the design and construction industry.

"We are concerned about a proposed 31 percent cut in the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Within EPA alone, 50 programs and 3,200 positions would be eliminated. Future federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, which provides grants to architecture programs and conferences sponsored by the AIA, is also being cut.

"The Federal government plays a vital role in promoting community development, performing research into sustain...

Make it rain as you sit on rocking chairs inside the Cloud House



Not far from the hustle and bustle of Farmers Park in Springfield, Missouri, the Cloud House is a getaway spot where anyone can sit and enjoy a few moments of peace and relaxation as you listen to the (somewhat simulated) sound of a gentle rain, as if you were sitting on the porch of a rural farm away from it all. 

Designer Matthew Mazzotta developed the idea for the Cloud House during a two-month artist residency at Farmers Park. Mazzotta and his project team built the house from reclaimed barnwood and tin obtained from a nearby abandoned Amish farm, and its gutter system is modeled after the natural water cycle. During rainy days, the house collects rainwater as it hits the tin roof and into the storage tank underneath. 

Diagram via Matthew Mazzotta.

Sitting in the rocking chairs inside the house triggers a pump that brings the rainwater up into the cloud, which will then release the water onto the tin roof and produce that pleasant pitter-pattering sound of rain hitting the roof.



Dror's plan for Istanbul's Parkorman offers the city a love story with nature



The lack of public greenery is a concern troubling many urban areas around the world. For city-dwellers living in increasingly dense neighborhoods, nature often becomes synonymous with a singular tree or two as existing green spaces are few and far between. Istanbul, as the heart of Turkey, is one of the most congested cities in the world and has been struggling with the loss of public greenery due to privatization and population growth. Back in 2013, a riot over Gezi Park broke out as citizens desired to protect one of the cities last remaining green spaces from development. 

Dror, the NY-based design practice, has plans to address this dearth with their new master plan for Istanbul’s Parkorman. Located six miles north of the city center, Dror plans to counter the industrialized city-scape by “designing a love story between people and nature in a city with no Central Park.” 



From the architects: We set out to create a park that dissolves the anxiety and fear that often accompanies an...

Hugh Hardy dies at the age of 84



Hugh Hardy, the architect best-known for his renovation of many of New York’s most famous theatrical landmarks, passed away on Thursday at the age of 84 from a cerebral hemorrhage. He is survived by his wife, Tiziana Hardy.

Born on July 26, 1932 in Majorca, Spain to American parents, Hardy was raised primarily in New York. He attended Princeton where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1954 and a master of fine arts degree in 1956. Hardy served as a drafting instructor in the Army Corps of Engineers before working with Jo Mielziner, a theatrical and set designer. 



Among Hardy’s many restoration and renovation projects are the New Victory Theater, the Majestic Theater, the Central Synagogue, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center and the Windows of the World at the top of the World Trade Center. Other notable projects include the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, as well as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Claire Tow Theater and 420 West 42nd Street, all in New York.

Hardy headed thre...

Get Lectured: RISD, Spring '17



Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter & Spring 2017

Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session for Spring 2017. 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 the Spring '17 lecture series at the Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture.

Feb 23, 6:30 PM
Brett Schneider / Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture

Feb 27, 6:30 PM
Jeanette Kuo / Karamuk*Kuo

Mar 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium
Petra Blaisse / Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum

Mar 13, 6:30 PM
Allan Wexler / Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID

Mar 16, 6:30 PM
Jarrett Walker / Jarrett Walker + Associates

April 3, 6:30 PM
Kunle Adeyemi / NLÉ

April 24, 6:30 PM

Architecture employees don't think supervisors think it's important they get licensed



Combining all the tension of a passive-aggressive relationship with the clarity of survey-derived data, a new study released by the AIA and NCARB reveals that while both employees and supervisors think attaining licensure is important, employees don't think supervisors think it's important. 


Dubbed the "perception gap," this disparity is quite sharp: as the NCARB blog notes,

While the results revealed that almost all supervisors surveyed (98 percent) believe it is important for emerging professionals to obtain licensure, just 66 percent of emerging professionals reported believing that their supervisor thinks it is important for them to become licensed. In fact, just 27 percent of emerging professionals indicate they believe it is “very important” to their supervisors for them to obtain licensure, while 88 percent of supervisors indicated that it was “very important” to them for the emerging professionals they supervise to get licensed.


How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars?



As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in Vice, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?

Superflex to take over the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern



Each year, the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London houses a site-specific work designed specially for the massive space. This year, the Danish collective Superflex will install a work, the details of which are under wraps until October 3.

Founded in 1993 by the artists Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen, Superflex are known for their participatory and engaging installation work. The group describes their work as Tools, or proposals that invite audiences to join in experimental models intended to alter economic production conditions and engage in democratic processes.


“Their work raises timely questions about the role of the artist in contemporary society, exploring how we interpret and engage with the increasingly complex world around us,” states Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern. “I can’t wait to see how they tackle these themes within the unique scale and public context of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.”

Studio Fuksas designs the New Rome/EUR Convention Centre, the largest building built in Rome in over 50 years



EUR, a business district in Rome developed in the 1930’s under the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini, is filled with the heroic modernism, otherwise known as Rationalism, of the Fascist era. Now the area will host a new building designed to echo the stark geometry of its context. The €239 million New Rome/EUR Convention Centre, which is designed by Studio Fuksas, is the largest building built in the Eternal City in over 50 years, and is expected to bring in €300-400 million per year to the city.

Within the main, large rectangular structure, “The Cloud” comprises an organic shape that will contain an auditorium. Adjacent to the main space is “The Blade”, a tall tower housing a new hotel.


From the architects:

Located south of the city’s core, in the business district of EUR, the complex follows the simple orthogonal lines of the surrounding 1930s rationalist architecture. 

The spaces surrounding the centre will serve as two public squares. Integral to the new complex and the neighbourhood,...