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  • ARSHIHARA: Applying the Ishihara Test to architecture's most iconic buildings

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    Here's a fun visual exercise to drift off into the weekend with: Yannick Martin, a French architect and graphic designer now based in Colombia, has shared with us his latest project, ARSHIHARA — like much of Martin's œuvre, an investigative play with forms, language, architecture and cubes.

    This is how he describes it: "The idea was to create minimal graphics that could represent the best some of the most famous building, and to illustrate them using the formal and colorful test of Dr Shinobu Ishihara, test that he made to recognize colorblind people."

    Keep scrolling and try to guess the buildings before reading the hint...

    All images courtesy of Yannick Martin

  • How concrete floors can prevent child deaths in Bangladesh

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    An initiative from Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) is working to decrease infectious disease rates in Bangladesh through a simple housing intervention: concrete floors. Homes with dirt or mud floors are prime gateways for gastrointestinal and parasitic pathogens, and both are widespread in the country's more vulnerable populations.

    Children under five are particularly at risk, who are disproportionally impacted by such diseases to the point of morbidity or death. ARCHIVE's "High Fives" project aims to install concrete floors in 500 Bangladeshi homes by 2015 — a simple adjustment that ARCHIVE estimates would reduce children's risk of contracting parasites by over 75%, severely undercutting disease and mortality rates.

  • Hollywood Target building shut down during construction due to established height limits

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    A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.

  • Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale?

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    Eating food that’s grown locally and sustainably is a fantastic and increasingly popular idea, but it’s also expensive. Producers tend to drown under marketing and distribution costs, and struggle to find retail channels for their products. To assume that urban farms can escape that trap because of their extreme proximity to consumers would be a mistake; getting food to consumers has proven a logistical nightmare for them as well.

  • Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US

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    The study from UCLA's Ziman Center for Real Estate shows that the average renter in Los Angeles, which has the highest percentage of renters in the country, devotes 47 percent of his or her paycheck to rent. [...] It's the latest depressing news about L.A.'s rental market, and it comes with a twist: affordability is not a new post-recession problem, but one that has been getting worse for decades. “Our studies show a severe housing burden among poor renters has existed since 1970

  • And the book giveaway winners are....

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    We have some winners to announce for a couple of our recent book giveaways.

    A copy of A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home is en route to the following lucky Archinect readers:

    1. Madelene M. in New York, NY
    2. Zach M. in Chicago, IL
    3. Matthew W. in Somerset, NJ
    4. Daniel D. in Dallas, TX
    5. Wendy A. in Reno, NV 

    And a copy of ÁLVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA will soon be in the possession of these lucky readers:

    1. Shota B. in Los Angeles, CA
    2. Carolynn K. in New York, NY
    3. Brian S. in Philadelphia, PA
    4. Alan A. in Seattle, WA
    5. T. Joseph S. in Chicago, IL
  • Working out of the Box: Julia Watson of "Studio Rede"

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    Working out of the Box is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.

    In this installment, we're talking with Julia Watson, landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist.

    Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, please send us a message.

  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Minimalism" Pinterest Board

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    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 brand new board, Minimalism.

    office 04 / Tribal DDB in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by i29 interior architects

    Hamptons Modern in Bridgehampton, NY by Cetra/Ruddy (Interior Designer / Project Manager: Jessica De Kler)

    Office + House Luna in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Hitzig Militello arquitectos; Photo: Federico Kulekdjian

    University Extension in Aix-en-Provence, France by DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

    5/6 House in Toronto, Canada by rzlbd; Photo: borXu Design

    EDF Archives Center in Bure, France by LAN Architecture

    Residence in Palo Alto, CA by CCS ARCHITECTURE

    Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA by Merge Architects

    Vancouver ...

  • Midtown Manhattan Wouldn't Be the Same

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    The hardworking Skyscraper Museum, in the belly of a condo complex on Battery Place, doesn’t have much space or much of a budget, but with admirable frequency its director, Carol Willis, stages smart shows that uncover telling moments of New York skyscraper lore and architecture history. The museum has just opened “Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment,” about the battle 30 years ago for the soul of Times Square and the profession.

  • The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun

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    5 Pointz, New York City’s “graffiti mecca,” is being demolished right now. This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal spot for aerosol artists for over two decades. In 2011, the property owner announced that he will be developing the site and transforming it into a massive residential condo complex.


  • Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review

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    Hadid, who was born in Baghdad and is now a British citizen, claimed that Filler falsely implied she was indifferent to the alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her own. She also claimed Filler used large portions of his June 5 review of Rowan Moore's "Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" to question her success and fault her personality, although she was not a prominent character in the book.

  • Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less)

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    Love is the universal tether that binds kings to paupers and geniuses to fools. Perhaps this is why audiences are endlessly fascinated by psychopaths, serial killers, and other characters who seemingly live without love.

  • A passion for color and taxonomy

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    The two were commissioned, along with other artists including Chris Burden and Cindy Sherman, to create site-specific works dealing with Charleston’s history...The pair ended up painting the outside of an old house in colors approved by the city’s Board of Architectural Review — but in a camouflage pattern, which was hardly what the preservationists had in mind.

    Back in July, Frank Rose reviewed a "poignant" exhibition at Galerie Perrotin on Madison, of the work Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler. For those interested in learning more, there is exactly one more day to visit, as the exhibit runs through August 22 - 2014.

  • Fusionner 3.0: The air house by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

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    Exhibition Kotaro Horiuchi 2014 ”Fusionner3.0” – The Air House

    Location:Nagakute, Aichi, Japan (Aichi Shukutoku University)
    Program :Installation of the exhibition
    Surface : 50m2
    Completion date : 7th May 2014
    Design : Kotaro Horiuchi / KHA – Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture INC.
                Shohei Nishishita / KHA – Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture INC. O.D.

    Construction : KHA – Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture INC. + 25 students from Aichi Shukutoku University + 5 students from Meijyo University

    « Fusionner » comes from a French word meaning « to merge ». The architecture merge in the town just like renovations merge into inside space. Everything happens without imposing in the place. The most important thing is the inside of those places, the content with someone, or should we say, a group of people who will be actors of the activities that will take place in that space. To emphasise on those activities, the existence of architectural place or a place, which evolve smoothly, is necessary.


  • ARCADIS to buy Callison

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    Global architecture and design firm Callison announced today that it will be acquired by ARCADIS (Euronext: ARCAD), the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. Callison plans to join ARCADIS, which also owns the built asset consultancy firm EC HARRIS, architectural design firm RTKL, and Asia's leading construction program planning and value management consultancy Langdon & Seah, in the third quarter of 2014.

  • Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court

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    California’s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the principal architects for a condominium project may be sued directly by a condominium homeowners association for design defects. [...] The decision held that even though, on most projects, the developer has the final say on design choices, the architect can’t escape liability to the end user. This decision is likely to give homeowners associations another target in defect cases.

  • Vancouver by KAAN Architecten

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    The main design objective of the office building is to maximize its volume, floor space, gross/net ratio within the urban and zoning plan, and creating large floor plates for generous work places.
    By wrapping the program in a supporting white concrete prefab façade, as opposed to the stated red brick, the building distinguishes itself between the nearby red housing and the black office building. The simple yet muscular building which came into existence seems to play a central role in a curious and interesting composition of old and new and, as such forms a keystone of the ambitious urban development plan of Laan op Zuid.

  • Is there a future for Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art?

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    The difficulties faced by Moca in North Miami in recent years highlight the changing cultural landscape of Miami. Moca was once one of a very few contemporary art institutions in the wider metropolis, but it has faced increasing competition for resources and support in recent years. [...] The suit cites Art Basel Miami Beach and Pamm as posing “new challenges to the relevancy and reputation of Moca’s permanent art collection.”

  • Rubber Duckie, you make globalization so much fun

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    A six-story-tall floating "Rubber Duck" is making its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles, where it will lead more than a dozen battleships and sailboats in the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade [...] Dubbed the world's largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties," Hofman said on the event's website. "It can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them."

    Adorable? Certainly. Humorous? Obviously. Architecture? Maybe.

    According to Hofman's website, the Rubber Duck "doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation... The Rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!" This description accounts for all rubber duckies ever. What distinguishes this Rubber Duck is where its been. The giant inflatable has appeared on the shores of Beijing, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Osaka, São Paulo and others, to delight folks around the world. The ocean is the globalized world's bathtub, and this giant duck its bath toy.

    Hofman claims the duck "doesn't have a political connotation", but its difficult to not see it as a symbol for globalized commerce. With the same universal cuteness the world-over, it visits ports (such as in Los Angeles) that support global shipping infrastructures, networking economies and cultures with a universally accessible cuteness. The duck's path is paved by human, economic forces, not natural ocean ones — un...

  • Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling

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    The Turkish Council of State has ordered three luxury apartment blocks to be bulldozed amid widespread outrage. But will it have any impact on the country’s unstoppable, and often unlawful, construction boom?

  • Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick–shaped foundation stones

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    This week the first six oversize Lego bricks were laid for the foundation of the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the Lego Group’s hometown. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the architecture of the Lego House is based on—what else but?—the iconic shape of the Lego brick.

    Previously: Design for LEGO House, designed by BIG, unveiled today

  • In Kazakhstan, a Shimmering Skyline on the Steppe

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    Seventeen years ago, when Kazakhstan moved its capital here, the city of Astana didn’t even exist. [...] But after years of rapid economic growth fueled by Kazakhstan’s oil and gas riches, the skyline of Astana [...] is now punctuated by gleaming skyscrapers and Western-style shopping malls. The city has become a hotbed for architectural experimentation, attracting big names like Norman Foster and Manfredi Nicoletti who have transformed it into what locals now call “Manhattan on the Steppe.”

    More big players wanting a slice of that yummy Astana cake: Kazakhstan’s Astana World Expo 2017 Competition Attracts Big International Names

  • In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling

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    "There's still a glass ceiling, ironically, in architecture," said Rosa Sheng, senior associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in San Francisco and chairwoman of the Missing 32% Project, a group that promotes equitable treatment of all architects. "There's an influx of more women coming in, but the hurdles haven't changed," she said. It takes roughly 12 years to become a licensed architect, according to NCARB.

  • Great Mistakes in English Medieval architecture

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    One of the great things about medieval art and architecture is that people just went in and did things. They didn’t build models and scale them up, building great cathedrals and abbeys was a learning process as much as anything else. This means many of these apparently perfect aspirations to the Heavenly Jerusalem have some often quite comical mistakes, corrections and bodge-jobs that once you see, you can’t unnotice.

  • Screen/Print #23: REM magazine interviews Philippe Rahm and Ugo La Pietra

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    It might be best to consider REM magazine as a performance, rather than a publication. The “short-term” magazine isn't solely about Koolhaas, but began publishing at the start of his Venice Biennale of Architecture in June, placing its feet firmly alongside other satellite exhibitions taking place during the Biennale. But REM isn’t here to analyze — it’s here to pit architects against one another in Koolhaas’ boxing ring.

  • Gentrification of Burning Man

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    “Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,” said Brian Doherty, author of the book “This Is Burning Man.” “It does have this feeling that, ‘Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.’ It’s gentrifying.”

    "By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the Google search but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from Burning Man, a new religion? 

  • Submit your Vision42 entries to transform Manhattan's 42nd Street – Registration due September 8

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    You don't have to be a New Yorker to submit design ideas for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard in Manhattan's iconic 42nd Street: Open to all architects, planners, and urban designers, the Vision42 design competition invites proposals from around the world to transform the street into a "world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram."

    Registration ends September 8, 2014, and (digital) submissions for phase 1 are expected by October 1. And did we mention that $10,000 are waiting for the lucky winner as well as a feature in the Architect's Newspaper for the jury’s top selected projects? Well, there you go.

    From the competition brief:

    "The first phase of the competition will be entirely digital, permitting applicants to submit their entries electronically, greatly expanding opportunities for participation globally. Upon selection of finalists by the jury, those selected shall prepare and send boards for the exhibition to a designated...

  • Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack

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    In a paper published this month, the researchers describe how they very simply and very quickly seized control of an entire system of almost 100 intersections in an unnamed Michigan city from a single ingress point. The exercise was conducted on actual stoplights deployed at live intersections [...] As is typical in large urban areas, the traffic lights in the subject city are networked ... allowing them to pass information to and receive instruction from a central management point.

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #35

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    Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, check out the latest EOTD features:

    1. Mockler Taylor Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Junior Architect

    2. Belzberg Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Intermediate Architect - Temporary Position

    3. Walker Warner Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    4. Cunningham Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Designer / Project Architect

    5. D'Apostrophe design, Inc. (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: multiple listings

    To follow Employer of the Day, like Archinect's Facebook page.