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With its colorful facade, arched windows, spires and rotunda, the A&I (as it's often called) is a festive relief...But despite the perky building's popularity, its reopening was hardly grand. Why so little fanfare? Lack of funding seems to be one explanation ...the building's "unfinished character is one of its charms...It hasn't always been as gently used as we would like. But that's an important part of our history — Smithsonian history and American history."
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It may be a part of the Olympics the world forgot, but from 1912 to 1948, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) handed out medals across five creative arts categories including architecture...Following the 1948 games, the IOC abandoned the Olympic art competition due to the significantly high number of professionals entering, which went against the spirit of the games being an amateur competition.
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Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, and thinks testing can begin as early as 2017. [...] Airbus is also working on a drone delivery service [...] and plans to start testing it at a Singapore university by mid-2017. The cargo-laden vehicles fly automated routes in "aerial corridors," then drop them off and send delivery notifications to customers.
Airbus engineers are dreaming up no small endeavor as laid out in the company's Future of Urban Mobility vision:
"Imagine landing at a major international airport after a long flight in an A380. Instead of suffering through a 90-minute taxi ride in the megacity’s gridlocked traffic, you hop into an electrically operated aerial vehicle from zenHOP, which brings you to your destination – landing on your chosen zenHUB – in just nine minutes. Too expensive? No, zenMOVE has found three other travellers who also want to get to the city centre. As a result, the flight costs no more than a taxi ride. On top of that, no need to worry about your luggage – zenLUGGAGE takes care of that – or your security, as zenCYBER protects your flight against hacker attacks."
↑ Illustration of Airbus' Skyways drone parcel delivery service, which will enter test mode on the campus of the National University of Singapore in mid-2017.
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From beach trips to music festivals to picnics, have easy access to comfort with the new Sumo Air Lounger. Thanks to our friends at Sumo Lounge, Archinect is giving away four Sumo Air loungers to our readers!
Read on for more and how to enter the giveaway.
Best known for their beanbag chairs, the Sumo Air lounger is light, portable, and doesn't require extra assembly equipment. Unfold the lounger, inflate it with air, and quickly seal it. (It's perfect to inflate in windy places like the beach, otherwise you might need some agility and a strong-enough breeze to do this part). Then sink into the Sumo Air, and relax.
Photos: Sumo Air.
Available in a variety of colors, the Sumo Air is made of top-quality waterproof 300 Grade Ripstop Nylon and comes in a carrying bag. Plus, it's equipped with a phone/tablet/magazine holder, a bottle/cup holder, bottle opener, and a tent peg to ground the lounger for firmness.
Archinect is giving away the Sumo Air in Black, Red, and Sky Blue.
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Gort Scott Architects has transformed London’s Walthamstow Central Parade into a bustling social enterprise hub. The 1960s former council building now accommodates up to 50 independent makers and creative businesses, as well as providing an exhibition and flexible event space, which is open to the public.
Read more news from the UK here:
- London's architectural debate society, Turncoats, is coming to D.C.
- Technology and tradition combine in Jestico + Whiles’ award-winning House 19
- The Wish Machine by Autoban, part of the London Design Biennale, invites visitors to walk through a tunnel made of transparent hexagonal tubes
- Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West
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As conceptually oriented housing design goes, the Berard Residence has a bold aim: it attempts to shift the preconception of housing's elemental function away from shelter and into a more experiential mode, concerned with the qualities of human existence itself. Submitted to our open call under July's theme of Domesticity, the home aligns itself with a new interpretation of the 'case study' ideal.
Like any practicing architect, I have the occasional slow/no pay from clients. Often it is below $1K and it's grudgingly (a) let go as 'the cost of doing business' or (b) negotiated to a settled cost.
However, I have an issue with a client that owes me approx $13K (~$8.5K in fee and ~$4.5 in travel expenses).
The particulars are, in abbreviated fashion:
- My proposal limits expenses to a set amount except for in writing if more is needed.
- The job took a LOT longer than expected, so travel exploded on my end for consulting out of state.
- I have an email approving one of the invoices in question in full, same email lists the scheduled travel addition as well.
- To above, the client's project manager approved in one email the invoice with the first batch of disputed travel expenses and the schedule for the additional travel. (Meets the written approval clause)
- At project conclusion and delivery, the client THEN tells me (2 months later) they will not pay the disputed travel costs despite the emai...
Among the several tributes to the U.S. National Park Service's centennial birthday today, The White House, National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios, and Oculus released “Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks”, a 360-degree VR video featuring stunning views of Yosemite National Park — narrated by special tour guide President Obama. Captured during the First Family's visit to the park earlier this summer, the nearly 11-minute video shows off popular spots like El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, and a canoe ride through Merced River.
All images via whitehouse.gov.
Watch the full video below. The video is also available on the Oculus Store and on Facebook.
If you're planning for the weekend, visit any of the 413 National Parks IRL for free starting today until August 28. Go find a park near you and show your appreciation to the original landscape architect: Mother Nature.
This week's show is dedicated to Louisville, and we're delighted to share the mic with longtime Archinect favorite Steven Ward. Steven is an architect and partner at Studio Kremer Architects, teacher and architecture critic/cheerleader for the local independent paper LEO Weekly. We discuss his recent writings, in particular his survey of the recently completed Speed Art Museum, and the differences between local architecture criticism vs national criticism. We also find out what's going on with OMA's Food Port project.
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The head of an influential charity in Italy has said that it is not feasible to rebuild all of the Medieval villages reduced to rubble by yesterday’s earthquake, as it would be too costly and the region has been depopulating anyway. Instead, the strategic plan for the mountainous area northeast of Rome should be “rethought completely”, said Paolo Beccegato, vice director of the Catholic charity Caritas, which has workers assisting in the devastated zone.
The 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the mountainous area northeast of Rome yesterday morning, affecting 241 towns and killing at least 250 people.
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University of Arkansas Community Design Center seeking Project Designer/Architect in Fayetteville, AR, US
An award-winning design center of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) is seeking an adventurous Project Designer/Architect who will oversee and execute urban design and planning projects including project publication-ready drawings, models, and reports working in such programs as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD. This position will participate in teaching duties, if applicable.
• Bachelor’s degree in architecture or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education
• Demonstrated design/planning and representational experience
• Experience combining design with research
• Accomplishment in 3-D imaging software programs
• Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education
• Architectural Registration/Licensure
• At least three years of experience in a professional design-oriented environment
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There’s no denying it: Virtual Reality (VR) creates a buzz. It’s exciting and attention-grabbing. It attracts and then holds. And keeps holding. Wherever you go, a pair of goggles instantly draws a crowd.
For businesses in the Architecture and Interior Design industries, VR technology becomes a fantastic marketing and business development opportunity. Telling – or showing – prospects that you’re using VR is great for sparking conversations and leaving lasting first impressions.
For those interested in or actively experimenting with it VR, here’s a few tips for using this technology as a business development and marketing tool in your business.
1. Give a great first impression
Show, don’t tell. The best way to explain what VR can do is to simply hand your client or prospect a pair of goggles. Pre-load it with a sample space, past projects or perhaps even a 360° ‘before’ photo, and let them imagine the possibilities for themselves.
Make sure you know y...
It's touted as the "world's highest and longest" glass-bottom bridge, elegantly stretched between two mountain peaks in central China's Hunan province. And as of this weekend, it's open to visitors. Now, one can walk the 470-yard length of the glass bridge, which is positioned a vertigo-inducing 328 yards above the ground, as China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The bridge is located in the Zhangjiajie National Forest [...].
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This isn't your grandfather's urbanization: population figures in major U.S. cities, which on the whole are on the uptick after declining in the 1960s, are adding residents not to their already built urban cores but rather in the form greenfield sprawl, which makes use of farmland and lightly developed suburban housing tracts. The big exception? Los Angeles, whose urban core Slate pronounces full. Here's more detail from the piece:
A new and illuminating analysis by Yonah Freemark, a project manager at Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council and the author of the Transport Politic blog—well worth reading in full—reveals some important trends in the past half-century of city-building...
“The average of the 100 largest cities grew by 48 percent overall,” Freemark notes. “Yet the average city also lost 28 percent of its residents within its neighborhoods that were built up in 1960.” That’s not just true in Youngstown and Detroit, post-industrial Rust Belt cities that have struggled with...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next up is the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, School of Architecture & Urban Planning. Look out for lectures from Dominic Leong of LEONG LEONG, Ronald Rael of Rael San Fratello, and All of the Above's Janette Kim, to name a few.
Wisconsin Historic Tax Credits: Creating Jobs, Saving Heritage
Jim Draeger / State Historic Preservation Officer, Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office - Madison
Jon Beck / Senior Research Fellow, The Historic Preservation Institute, UWM...
Mike Ford, a lead architect for the Universal Hip Hop Museum, has studied and written about the relationship between disastrous urban planning/architecture and the rise of hip hop. Essentially, Ford's argument is that the ghettoization of African Americans in the 20th century via ill-conceived public housing projects created the conditions for the musical art form. As an article in VIBE puts it:
Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”, Wutang Clan’s “S.O.S”, and Nas’s “Project Window” demonstrate the importance of understanding the role that these conditions created in influencing hip-hop. “Hip-hop lyrics are [filled] with first-hand accounts of living conditions in the projects,” Ford states. “The hip-hop MC used lyrics to create a dialogue, to give commentary and counterpoints to the modernist vision [that birthed towers like 1520 Sedgwick Ave]. The MCs served as a voice for disenfranchised communities and often un-consulted end users of public housing.”
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Last night, the Los Angeles County Museum held a public scoping meeting in advance of preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) for a planned Peter Zumthor-designed building. The Zumthor building would replace four existing structures and result in a net reduction of space amounting to approximately 24,571 square feet.
The meeting, which was well-attended but provided scant new information on the project, primarily consisted of a pitch for the building by LACMA’s director Michael Govan. “I thought it would be helpful to personally explain the genesis of the project and some of the facts of the project,” he stated.
Explaining that adapting the existing buildings would be cost-prohibitive, Govan went on to praise Zumthor’s design. Describing the planned building as “something permeable and transparent”, “exciting and innovative”, Govan stated that he believed other museums would follow their lead in creating “visibility into the museum”.
One of the most controversial parts of the pl...
Works Partnership Architecture has emerged as one of the few truly progressive architectural design studios on the West Coast. Created in early 2005 by principals Carrie Strickland and William Neburka in Portland, W.PA has established a design approach rooted in clear conceptual diagrams applied across a wide spectrum of project scales. W.PA strives to bring thoughtful engagement to each project and maintains a staff that contributes in this way. The studio is fast paced and collaborative with tight timelines and tight budgets and holds a high standard for design quality.
W.PA is seeking candidates with 4-15 years of professional and design related industry experience. We are looking to fill multiple positions (PA I and PA II) in our newly opened office in Los Angeles in the Arts District. The positions will be filled as soon as possible.
- Possess a personal interest and understanding of the design process.
- Have a belief that the entire project timeline, from conceptio...
"it performs the functions of a great city, in terms of size, cosmopolitan style, creative energy, international influence, distinctive way of life, and corporate personality [proves that] all the most admired theorists of the present century, from the Futurists and Le Corbusier to Jane Jacobs and Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, have been wrong.”
"In the 1960s, British architectural critic Reyner Banham declared his love for the city that his fellow intellectuals hated. What Banham wrote about Los Angeles redefined how the world perceived it – but what would he think of LA today?"
With a nod to Glen Small's Biomorphic Biosphere is a noteworthy paragraph from the book.
Los Angeles, where homes sell for a median price of $475,000, has an overall Walk Score of 66.3. Each additional walkability point adds an average of $3,948, or a 0.83% bump, to the sale price. [...] Pedestrian access adds the most proportional value to homes in cities such as Atlanta, where the overall score is 48.4 and revitalization efforts are starting to open up more community gathering hubs. A single-point upgrade to an Atlanta home’s Walk Score boosts the sale price 1.69% on average.
More on the relationship between pedestrianism and the market:
- Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."
- Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains
- Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities
- Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline
When you think of game theory, you might imagine numbers scrawled with a wax pencil on a pane of glass by a troubled genius—calculations extrapolating order out of the apparent chaos of human activity. After all, that’s pretty much how it goes in A Beautiful Mind, the biopic of the mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., a major contributor to the field. But game theory isn’t just the domain of high-minded academics; it has very real and practical applications, including for architectural design. I talked with the London-based firm Mzo Tarr about their use of game theory in “every aspect of the design process”.
You’ve always wanted to call Brooklyn home. But it’s complicated. You’re not really the pioneering type. Brooklyn can be rough around the edges. Amenities are lacking. We understand. Industrial-chic finishes are important in life. So are 25-year tax abatements. And European-style, car-sized parking turntables.
Failed Architecture takes a closer look at Brooklyn's wildly sprouting 'developer architecture':
Photographs by Cameron Blaylock. Find many more examples of subtle contextualism over on failedarchitecture.com.
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Over one year after its groundbreaking ceremony, MAD's Clover House is now complete. Built next to a rice paddy field in Okazaki, the family-run kindergarten marks MAD's first project in Japan. Siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara, who originally operated the kindergarten from their family's two-story house, commissioned MAD to redesign the home into a new kindergarten that can provide a nurturing learning environment.
Wrapped in a white exterior shell, the Clover House's organic form and haphazardly placed windows are meant to evoke a sense of playfulness, as if it were “designed from a child's point of view,” stated MAD founder Ma Yansong. “We wanted to create a playful piece of architecture that would stay in the memory of the kids when they have grown up.”
During special occasions and school activities, the kids can doodle on the exterior shell as a way to create memories of their time there, MAD partner and Clover House lead architect Yosuke Hayano previously told Archinect. Students...
The National Labor Relations Board decided in favor of Columbia University graduate students and teaching assistants in a landmark case over their right to unionize. The decision will affect private universities nationwide and overturns a 2004 Brown University precedent, which asserted that students were not employees and therefore did not have the right to collectively bargain.
The decision was preceded by a long legal battle between the Graduate Workers at Columbia group and the university. The students complained about a lack of job and wage security, late paychecks, poor medical coverage, and a host of other issues. Columbia University argued that students "have a primarily academic relationship with the University and therefore are not employees."
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The influential designer Jane Thompson passed away on Tuesday. Working fluidly across the fields of design, urbanism, and architecture, Thompson left a lasting mark on American visual culture.
Thompson started her career as the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, then led by Philip Johnson. Afterwards, she helmed Industrial Design Magazine.
Thompson worked on the revitalization of Boston's Quincy Market alongside her husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. Other urban projects included the Chicago Navy Pier and the Grand Central Business District in New York.
One of Thompson's most influential endeavors was assisting her husband in operating the retail stores Design Research (D/R). Bring European designers like Alvar Aalto and Marikmekko into the United States, she helped introduce a generation of Americans to Scandinavian design. In a 2000 survey, D/R was named the number one design store, even after it had been closed for 22 years.
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Los Angeles wants to rethink its river. [...] And LA isn’t the only metropolis looking to reclaim its once-mocked waterway. Cities around the world are realizing that water can be a cultural and recreational asset, not something to hide or pillage, and it seems no waterway will be wasted for long.
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Searching for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start 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.
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The true impact of air pollution has been obscured by the failure to consider people’s exposure as they move around during the day... The research cites air pollution as “the world’s single largest environment and human health threat” but laments that the problem has not previously been “considered spatially and temporally”, with most studies basing a person’s pollution exposure on where they live.
Interested in urban initiatives to combat air pollution? Follow these links:
Beautifully Banal, a marvelously detailed, narrative-driven exploration of architectural drawing types via a fly’s structural adventures, is both a slender comic and an architectural delight.