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Updated: 2017-04-29T17:29:43-04:00

 



What does Trump's 20% tariff hike on Canadian softwoods mean for architecture?

>2017-04-29T15:30:15-04:00

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What will higher timber prices as a result of Trump's new tarriff mean for architecture? Dr. Warren Mabee, who is the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation at Queen's University, told me over the phone that it will likely halt or significantly alter the design and construction of formerly ubiquitous wood-frame residences. "I think one of the big things you're going to see, particularly in the U.S., is that introducing this type of tariff or countervailing duty, is that it will drive up the price of lumber. What that will mean is that for architects who are specializing particularly in residential construction, where there is a lot of wood and wood frame that goes into it, they may find themselves limited in what they can do. So if you're building something that's on a budget or something that's going to use a lot of wood, you may find yourself in a position where the costs are now going to be substantively higher than prior to the tariff being intr...




Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bathroom Spaces" Pinterest Board

>2017-04-28T18:12:03-04:00

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 Bathroom Spaces.↑ West London House in Hammersmith, UK by Neil Dusheiko Architects; Photo: Charles Hosea and Agnese Sanvito↑ Jax House in Hackney, UK by Paul Archer Design; Photo: Will Pryce↑ PRESTON in Venice, CA by OBERMEYER↑ The HUB Performance and Exhibition Center in Shanghai, China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office; Photo: Dirk Weiblen↑ cdr in Cesena, Italy by tissellistudio↑ Modern Residence in Sacramento, CA by Klopf Architecture; Photo: Mariko Reed↑ York House in Marylebone, UK by Patrick Lewis Architects; Photo: Simon Kennedy/Joseph Seresin↑ Wembley WCs in London, UK by Gort Scott↑ Modern Mews in London, UK by Coffey Ar...[...]



Architects envision Trump's America in the “Complicity and Defiance” charrette — winners announced!

>2017-04-28T17:21:58-04:00

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The U.S.A. is barely 100 days into the Trump presidency, and a sure hell of a lot has happened in the last few months, huh? No doubt, the design community has reacted strongly to Trump's rambunctious power-mongering, including a revival of the debate on complicity and defiance in architecture.



In response, competition organizer Archistophanes/Reality Cues — who previously created the cheeky “Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump” competition — launched the Complicity and Defiance in Architecture charrette, wherein entrants had to create “a provocative message of critique and/or defiance” towards any of Trump's authoritarian legislation measures. Here's a peek of the top three winners and a few honorable mentions:

1ST PLACE: Oil Border by Elisabeth Drumpf​

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2ND PLACE: ​Absurdity Redlined by SJ Kwon

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3RD PLACE: ​Humane Security Corridor by Zachary Wilson

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HONORABLE MENTION: EcoPorn by Yoshihara Hisao

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HONORABLE MENTION: Trumpe L’œil by Sara Castillo

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HONORABLE MENTION: The Garden of Contemporary Blight by Black Fish

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See more of the top entries on Bustler.




Vito Acconci, pioneering artist and architect, is dead at 77

>2017-04-28T17:50:48-04:00

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Vito Acconci, pioneering conceptual artist and architect, passed away today at the age of 77. After starting his career as a poet, Acconci gained recognition for his influential performance and video works. A man of many parts, he then transitioned into working with audio/visual installations before beginning to work primarily as a landscape architect and designer.

During the early ‘80s, Acconci created works like Instant House, a sculpture that assembles into an inhabitable structure when a person sits on a swing, with each interior wall covered in an American flag, and on each exterior wall, a Soviet flag. In 1983, Acconci made his first permanent installation, Way Station I (Study Chamber) at Middleburg Collegea sculpture so controversial (it likewise juxtaposed the flags of capitalist countries with communist states) that it was burned down. Later, it was reinstalled.

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By the late ‘80s, Acconci had founded Acconci Studio and focused on designing furniture as well as theoretical d...




Get Lectured: Abedian School of Architecture '17

>2017-04-28T18:36:19-04:00

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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 connect@archinect.com.

Check out what upcoming lectures the Bond University Abedian School of Architecture has in store throughout 2017.

May 18
Lance Herbst / Herbst Architects, New Zealand

July 27
Creative Practice Seminar: Bob Sheil / Director, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Sept 14
Andrew Maynard / AIA QLD Chapter, Soutbank; Austin Maynard Architects, Melbourne

Oct 6
Queensland Housing Seminar
Poole / Andresen / Clare

Nov 16
Hannah Tribe / Tribe Studio Architects, Sydney

All talks are free admission and open to the public. To r...




The Clerkenwell Design Week countdown heats up!

>2017-04-28T12:50:50-04:00

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This post is brought to you by Clerkenwell Design Week.

Clerkenwell is less than a month away and with the festival celebrating its 8th year in May 2017 (23-25), it will be quite the celebration! CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. 

Home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, Clerkenwell is truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Highlights this year include some of CDW’s most ambitious installations yet, such as The Beacon,  a 7.5m tall structure located at the entrance to Design Fields and inspi...




Can you guess how many architects there are in each state?

>2017-04-28T18:33:40-04:00

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The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) has tallied up the number of architects practicing in the United States, as well as each individual state. According to their 2016 survey, there are 109,748 architects in the U.S. It’s a drop from the previous year, although pretty minimal (0.4%).

The survey also shows that more and more architects are licensed in multiple states (a 3% increase since 2015). Another finding is that the rate of new architects appears steady, with more than 41,400 candidates taking the Architectural Registration Examination and/or reporting Architectural Experience Program hours.

“Our data confirms that the economy is generating strong demand for initial and reciprocal licensees,” states NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “We’re also seeing continued growth in the number of architects who hold an NCARB Certi cate, which facilitates reciprocal licensure across the United States and in several countries.”

So how many architects are there in each ...




London Mayor Sadiq Kahn scraps Garden Bridge

>2017-04-29T17:18:44-04:00

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The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has finally pulled the plug on the controversial plan for a garden bridge across the Thames, announcing that he would not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin. In a letter to the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity leading the much-delayed project, Khan said he was taking the decision because of a continuing shortfall in fundraising for the scheme, and a lack of the necessary land use agreements despite three years of talks.






MIT and Steelcase reveal a new process of 3D printing

>2017-04-28T12:21:30-04:00

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Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created.



From hearts to pizza, many industries have been eager to investigate the potential usages of 3D printing since the technology first became an obsession. In the realm of architecture, companies have experimented with everything from 3D printed homes to bridges. However, the limitations – mainly that the process is too slow, difficult for large-scale adaptation, and the materials are of low quality – have kept the technology from being used on a commercial level.

Here to change that is MIT and furniture-giant, Steelcase, whom have teamed up to work on a new process of 3D printing that solves many of these issues. The innovation is Rapid Liquid Printing, in which a giant tub of goo is injected with a material (hard plastics or flexible rubbers) in continuous streams to form the shape of the desired object. Printing inside a gel allows the designer to draw in 3D space without the limitations of gravity. Additionally, the two-part mixing process chemically cures the material allowing the ...




One of these crafty pavilions will win the 2017 CHART ARCHITECTURE competition

>2017-04-27T17:59:34-04:00

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The competition's 2017 “The Living City” theme revolves around promoting public awareness of sustainable urbanization. Participants had to propose a sustainably designed pavilion for the Chart Art Fair's gastronomy partners and SPACE10 that considers upcycling and reusing materials, multifunctionality, and innovative fabrication methods. Most recently, five teams were announced as the finalists.



Here's a glimpse of the proposals:

“Algae Dome” by Aleksander Wadas, Rafal Wroblewski, and Anna Stempniewicz

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“Paper Pavilion” by Kazumasa Takada, Yuriko Yagi and Yohei Tomioka

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“Stick Box” by Miki Morita, Suguru Kobayashi and Keita Shishijima

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“Sunday Temple” by Mia Frykholm and Astrid Gabrielsson

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“Adapt” by Harry Clover, Jack Cripps, Sebastian Gatz and Fabrian Puller

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All renderings © CHART ART FAIR.

Learn more about each project on Bustler.




Digging through architectural treasures at the Avery Drawings and Archives

>2017-04-28T10:14:52-04:00

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Uptown and underground is the home of a dense community of New York architects, their colleagues, clients, and friends, their skyscrapers and townhouses. They are the denizens of the boxes and the file folders of the Avery Drawings and Archives, one of the richest collections of American architectural drawings and records. For the last 36 years, Janet Parks, curator [...], has been mayor of this town, located in the lower level of Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.



"The trove of drawings, which took a good 18 months to sort through, contained the physical traces of a long-gone city — and not just how it looked. Parks remembers opening a tightly sealed tube of drawings: “This wafting smell of cologne and pipe tobacco came out. It had been trapped inside. We all stood around it and we were back in the 1920s.”"




New USC Dean Milton Curry shifts pedagogical focus toward theory

>2017-04-27T14:30:52-04:00

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When you think about diversity and globalization and urbanization, you can’t do it without a theoretical underpinning. You just can’t. And I think that what we’re seeing in the discipline at large is the limit conditions of thinking a-theoretically about urbanism, about inequality, about what we should do about environmental challenges and sustainability. We’ve got to address it through a theoretical lens. - Milton Curry



In this interview conducted by Christopher Hawthorne as part of his pithy Building Type column, the soon-to-be-Dean of USC's School of Architecture Milton Curry talks about reintroducing a theoretical emphasis to the school's programs. Curry, who in his time at University of Michigan experienced Detroit's imploding urbanity first-hand, also wants to build greater connections between underserved students in Los Angeles and the university. "Los Angeles metro region is huge in its economic footprint, its land footprint," Curry explains. "I believe cities to some degree have more influence than merely being one of a combination of cities within one nation. They execute trade deals on their own, in some cases. They execute climate policies, other kinds of policing policies on their own. I think that some of those lessons will apply to Los Angeles."




Saving Modern buildings, one hashtag at a time: World Monuments Fund kicks off #ModernCentury Instagram campaign

>2017-04-29T07:38:04-04:00

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The World Monuments Fund (WMF) launched its first Instagram campaign [...] to draw attention to the plight of the world’s Modern buildings, an increasing number of which are at risk because of the lack of regulations or political will needed to protect them. The fund kicks off the programme with a list of 30 sites nominated by architects, experts and students posted on its website and is appealing to the public to add to this list by submitting nominations via Instagram.



"The list will be sent to an advisory council formed of architects, including Annabelle Selldorf, designers and critics, who will advise the WMF on the next phase of the Modern Century programme."

The sites included on the initial list of 30 nominees are:

Hall of Nations (pictured in the cover photo above, demolished on April 23, 2017), New Delhi, India

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Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building), Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo: Mobilus In Mobili, Flickr)

Algiers Polytechnic School of Architecture and Urbanism, Algiers, Algeria

Hiraoka City Hall, Hiraoka, Japan

Honduras National Congress, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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SESC Pompéia, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Photo: Markus Lanz, Flickr)

Sirius Building, Sydney, Australia

Alexandria Zoo, Alexandria, Egypt

South Humber Park Pavilion, Toronto, Canada

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Spomen Dom, Kolašin, Montenegro (Photo: Boban Scepanovic)

Restaurante Panorâmico de Monsanto, Lisbon, Portugal

Scala Theater, Bangkok, Thailand

Painted Desert Community Complex, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, ...




Michael Ford on why teaching Hip Hop Architecture is crucial

>2017-04-29T15:08:09-04:00

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Ford thinks that hip-hop culture, from rapping to break-dancing, is the ultimate critique of midcentury modern vertical slums, and one that could be translated positively into new buildings and city plans [...] By promoting what he calls "Hip Hop Architecture," Ford is advocating an attitude and an approach more than a style.



After architect Michael Ford was inspired to enter the profession by Professor Dan Pitera, “a self-described ‘political and social activist masquerading as an architect’”, he is working on bringing Hip Hop Architecture nationwide to schoolkids everywhere.

“Through his writing, teaching and national speaking, Ford aims to dissolve barriers that have discouraged black children from becoming architects, city planners and urban designers.”




Rejecting modernist master planning notions, MAD's Milan master plan repurposes dilapidated rail yards by symbiosis

>2017-04-27T14:02:21-04:00

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Repurposing and renovation have gained greater appeal in the years since the overwhelming success of The High Line, extending to a variety of applications and structures. At the recent Milan Design Week, MAD took this to a new level by showcasing their proposal for a new masterplan of Milan, which transforms dilapidated rail yards into a series of thriving new city districts, or micro-systems.

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According to MAD, these spatial districts, termed “City of Connections,” “City of Green,” “City of Living,” “City of Culture,” and “City of Resources" each address "a vernacular development typical of Italian cities, where various typological elements and scales are overlapped into dense systems of relations. Designing first at the human scale within recognizable landmarks, the broader urban scale is connected to smaller ones through the interjection of topographic landscapes, serving to unify the continually changing relations of the pedestrian, city, and nature. Each of the yards, following t...




Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #132

>2017-04-27T13:50:13-04:00

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. With summer just around the corner, more firms are looking for interns.1. Ballistic Architecture Machine - BAM (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Lead Landscape DesignerPhoto credit: Terrence Zhang.2. Colega Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Junior ArchitectImage credit: Colega Architects.3. DkGr Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: InternImage credit: DkGr Architects.4. Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: InternshipImage credit: Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio.5. STUDIOrobert jamieson (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Summer InternPhoto © Sam Oberter Photography.Keep t...[...]



New York to spend $100M to extend the Waterfront Greenway surrounding Manhattan

>2017-04-27T12:32:12-04:00

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The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a 32-mile ring of parkland that surrounds Manhattan—or almost all of it, that is. Between 41st and 61st Streets along the East River lies a “glaring gap”, as The New York Times calls it. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will spend $100 million to close part of the gap, with another $5 million dedicated to smaller gaps in Harlem and Inwood.

Specifically, a path will be built atop pilings from 53rd to 61st Street, standing some 15 feet from the shoreline on a boardwalk rising above the water. Eventually, the goal is to surround the entire island with bike and running paths.

“The Hudson River Greenway has vastly improved quality of life on the West Side, and we want families in every corner in the borough to have that same access to bike, walk and play along the water,” Mr. de Blasio said. “This is the first of many big investments we’ll make as we bring the full Greenway to reality.”




Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill unveils Al Wasl Plaza scheme for Dubai Expo 2020

>2017-04-26T20:11:23-04:00

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After securing the commission in a fierce competition, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture revealed their design of the Al Wasl Plaza for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. As the Expo's last major design element to be finalized, AS+GG's building will stand among other major pavilions designed by Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, BIG, and Santiago Calatrava's falcon-like UAE Pavilion. Back in 2013, AS+GG had the winning scheme for the 2017 Astana World Expo site.

According to the architects, Al Wasl Plaza is named after a historical reference to Dubai and also translates to “connection”, pertaining to the Expo's overall “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” theme. 

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Al Wasl Plaza will be a central event hub at the heart of the 4.38-square kilometer Expo site that is being masterplanned by HOK, Populous and Arup. It'll also connect the three sub-thematic districts, “Opportunity”, “Sustainability”, and “Mobility” — whose pavilions are being designed by BIG, Grimshaw, and Foster + Partners, r...




Announcing the 2017 winners of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers!

>2017-04-26T14:55:26-04:00

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Six talented winners were revealed today for the 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Established in 1981 by the Architectural League of New York, the Prize carries a legacy in that many now-well-known architects received the award at the start of their careers, like Steven Holl, Billie Tsien, Stan Allen, Shih-Fu Peng & Roisin Heneghan, J. Meejin Yoon, James Slade & Minsuk Cho, and several more.

Open to North America-based designers who are no more than 10 years out of school, the juried portfolio competition had “Support” as its 2017 theme. Support “identified a present situation in which precarious forms and precarious social arrangements exist side by side. How does one clarify the modes of support in architecture today when the discipline’s role is obscured by a tangled network in which exchanges between built form and various systems of framing, assistance, and reinforcement are constantly in flux?”

Here are the winners!

Greg Corso and Molly Hunker - S...




The Neutra VDL House Celebrates its National Historic Landmark Status

>2017-04-26T18:04:19-04:00

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Built in 1932, the VDL Research House designed by Richard Neutra is one of Southern California’s modernist gems. Now it has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior following the tireless work of its owners, the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and, in particular, the VDL House director and chair of the architecture department at Cal Poly, Sarah Lorenzen. The effort was assisted by Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff, who helped celebrate the designation last Sunday.

Neutra’s third building in the United States, and his own private home, the House is said to encapsulate his ideas. For the famed Austrian-American architect, the role of contemporary architecture was to shape life in the modern world, marked by new technologies and new lifestyles. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the House is “the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the nation...




Aravena wins the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design

>2017-04-26T16:25:31-04:00

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From winning the Pritzker to curating the Venice Biennale, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena had a pretty good 2016. Apparently, he’s still on a roll: Aravena has just been awarded the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design. Awarded each year to people or organizations for “outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future”, the award comes with 1 million swedish krona (just over $100,000).

“Mr Alejandro Aravena is an innovative Chilean architect that together with his colleagues in the ‘Do-Tank’ Elemental applies a design philosophy including citizens as part of the solution and not part of the problem, creating bridges of trust between people, government and business,” write the jury. “All three dimensions of sustainability are balanced in a participatory process; socially, environmentally and economically.”




Brutalist Sydney Map celebrates the city's concrete heritage

>2017-04-25T21:12:39-04:00

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The family of Brutalist Maps architectural guide books just welcomed its newest member into this world and extends the reach to Australia: Brutalist Sydney Map—launched this week by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Glenn Harper of @Brutalist_Project_Sydney and Senior Associate Architect at PTW Architects—helps concrete aficionados locate and learn more about landmark buildings designed by Marcel Breuer, Herbert Beckhard, Harry Seidler & Associates and many others.

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"The guide features fifty of the most significant examples of Brutalist architecture in the city and suburbs of Sydney. Celebrated buildings such as the Sirius Apartments (likely to be sold without heritage listing) by Tao Gofers and the former NSW Housing Commission, Sydney Town Hall by Anchor Mortlock and Woolley, and Bidura Children’s Court (now sold and likely to be demolished) by former NSW Government Architect are included alongside lesser known structures such as Buhrich House II by the émigré architects Hugh an...




Cameron Sinclair to lead Airbnb humanitarian team for temporary-housing project

>2017-04-26T09:33:13-04:00

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Sinclair has been working with Airbnb over the past year on various pilot projects, with the official [temporary housing] project launching this summer. The ultimate goal is for one million Airbnb users to register as “hosts for good,” signaling that they will provide housing for people impacted by natural disasters or otherwise displaced.



Sinclair will lead Airbnb's in-house humanitarian team as part of the company's goal to provide free, short-term housing for 100,000 people in need over the next five years. Airbnb announced the #weaccept project in a commercial (linked below) that aired at this year's Super Bowl, not long after Trump's travel ban was issued and also in light of Airbnb guests reporting that they experienced racial discrimination from hosts on the website.




Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform?

>2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00

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Good walls make good neighbours – but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of “near constant surveillance”.



In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market. 




In celebration of I.M. Pei's 100th birthday tomorrow, the National Gallery of Art revisits his legacy

>2017-04-25T13:19:46-04:00

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Harmonizing with architect John Russell Pope's neoclassical West Building, the award-winning East Building, which opened in 1978, was designed by Pei in the modern idiom of its time. Magnificently realizing the long-term vision of Gallery founder Andrew W. Mellon and his children, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, the East Building has taken its place as one of the great public structures in the nation's capital. — National Gallery of Art



I.M. Pei's 100th birthday is tomorrow! In celebration of the legendary architect's birthday, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will host a public talk in the Pei-designed East Building featuring architect Perry Y. Chin – a longtime associate of Pei's — and Susan Wertheim, the Gallery's chief architect and deputy administrator for capital projects.

Learn more on Bustler.




AIA awards $100,000 to five intriguing Upjohn Research Initiative projects

>2017-04-25T13:12:58-04:00

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From a Circadian Daylight Metric and Design Assist Tool to Trashwalls, the AIA has announced the five projects it has selected for its 10th annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants, and they're all fairly promising. Speaking broadly, the projects each propose investigating a particular aspect of the built environment in an effort to try and improve the quality of life of that structure's likely daily inhabitants. For example, the Trashwalls from a team of researchers from Washington State University are "fabricated using materials harvested from the local solid waste stream, are designed to reduce heat loss from rented apartments, improve the comfort of those spaces during hot or cold weather, and save renters money on their utility bills, while reducing pollution. The purpose of this project is to design, construct, and examine prototypes of interior insulating walls that are attractive, have an R-value of R-10 (US) or greater, cost less than ten cents per square foot, are built fr...




This architect embellished a building with emoji ornament

>2017-04-27T14:15:30-04:00

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Emoji are going to be some of the most recognizable icons of the 21st century, says architect Changiz Tehrani, which is why he decided to cast 22 of them in concrete and use them as decoration for a building in the Dutch city of Amersfoort.



“In classical architecture they used heads of the king or whatever, and they put that on the façade,” Tehrani told The Verge. “So we were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say ‘hey this is from that year!’” The answer was obvious: emoji.

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The emojis cover only one side of the mixed-use building. Tehrani, who works for the Dutch practice Attika Architekten, based the emojis on the WhatsApp standard. "Only faces were chosen as they were the most expressive and recognizable emoji," the Verge reports. In his view, all architecture is timely—not timeless—so better to have fun with what's in vogue at the moment.

Started at the Gigantomachy frieze, now we're here. Thoughts?

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'The New Inflatable Moment' at BSA Space will explore the role of pneumatic architecture in envisioning utopia

>2017-04-27T21:24:48-04:00

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Pneumatic architecture—aka inflatables—have been a mainstay of avant-garde and experimental architecture for decades. Back in the ’60s, figures like Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto, alongside radical practices like Haus-Rucker-Co, Utopia and Ant Farm, pioneered the use of these structures. They’ve also been used by more mainstream studios, from Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Grimshaw.

Now, they’re the subject of an exhibition at BSA Space in Boston. Entitled The New Inflatable Moment, the exhibition, which opens on May 3, “will explore inflatable structures used in architecture, art, and engineering since the emergence of the hot air balloon,” with a particular focus on their role in “envisioning utopia.”

The exhibition is inspired by a recently-released book, The Inflatable Moment: Pneumatics and Protest in ’68. It looks at renewed interest in the architectural media within this historical context. 

“With this exhibition, we revisit the moment of the 1960s explored by Dessauce to sugges...




Foster + Partners plan redundancies due to uncertainty in the construction market

>2017-04-26T18:15:56-04:00

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Britain’s largest architectural firm, Foster + Partners, plans to lay off nearly 100 people, and blamed the uncertainty around construction projects caused by last summer’s Brexit vote. The company, whose London projects have included the Millennium Bridge, the Great Hall redevelopment at the British Museum and the Gherkin tower, said the cuts would mainly affect staff at its headquarters in Battersea, south-west London.






This week's picks for London architecture and design events

>2017-04-24T19:12:15-04:00

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Returning once again, the Tate opens its doors wide this Friday night to mark the end the month. Expect the usual views and sunsets from the Switch House tower, as well as workshops and talks throughout the building. What better start to the bank holiday?

The Bartlett's talk New London Vernacular/Urban Qualities, hasn't yet been fully booked, so make sure you register before all the tickets are gone.

Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!

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James and Jazz | 2 May

James Stirling may be world-renowned for his contributions to architecture, but he was also well known for his 'larger-than-life character'. His love of jazz music will be celebrated in this evening of live music, top DJs, and hearing from Stirling's life-long friends including Robert Maxwell, who studied alongside the great architect at Liverpool. This event is part of the Circling the Squareexhibition.

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