about 13 hours ago from archinect.com
Despite the themes of the video, nothing was shot in New Orleans...The concept and quick turnaround required Tobman and the rest of the crew to convert [the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena into a] fitting Southern Gothic set...A Beaux Arts mansion commissioned by and built for Dr. Adalbert Fenyes and his wife Eva Scott Muse Fenyes in 1905, there was nothing really Southern about architect Robert D. Farquhar's design
If you're still bumpin' the Queen Bey's latest hard-hitting single, get a glimpse of the history behind the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena, where parts of the song's impressive music video were filmed.
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about 14 hours ago from archinect.com
It would be helpful if there were another word for “infrastructure”: it’s such an earnest and passive word for the blood vessels of this country, the crucial conveyors and connections that get us from here to there (or not) and the ports that facilitate our trade (or don’t), as well as the carriers of information, in particular broadband... The word “crisis” is also overused, applied to the unimportant as well as the crucial. But this country has an infrastructure crisis.
Elizabeth Drew considers several recent books on American infrastructure, with an eye to both the material reality and the political system producing it. She concludes that fixing our infrastructural systems "may require even more widespread paralyzed traffic, the collapse of numerous bridges, and perhaps a revolt in parts of the country that have inadequate broadband."
"In other words, we may well need to incur more chaos and ruin and even deaths before we come to our senses," she writes.
Unfortunately, in the US, while infrastructure is falling apart everywhere, certain contingencies bear the brunt of this more heavily. The ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan brings into sharp focus the socioeconomic and racial undercurrents of infrastructural collapse.
Interested in related issues? Check out these links:
about 15 hours ago from archinect.com
Romance is in the air at Times Square. If you were to walk through there right now, you'll find the "Heart of Hearts", a ring of mirrored golden hearts in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Designed by Collective-LOK, the installation was the 2016 winner of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition.
Get a closer look of the installation on Bustler.
about 15 hours ago from archinect.com
...centralized urban water systems throughout the world are now under significant stress from increasing population density, water-resource competition, changing precipitation patterns, and new sources of pollutants, such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even without these pressures, centralized water is, by design, a fracture-critical system—one that is susceptible “to complete and sudden collapse should any part of it fail,” writes Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA...
"Faced with an excessive price tag, municipalities may welcome decentralized water as the only feasible choice for future water delivery. Architects should therefore develop more expertise related to these net-zero water systems, as they will have direct implications for building design, construction, and operation."
For more on health issues related to the ecology of urban environments, check out these articles:
about 16 hours ago from archinect.com
What I like and what I believe about those sketches and models is that they’re distillations of ideas ... They could become art installations, or they could become buildings. They’re sort of hybrid pieces in the world of visual ideas before they become buildings [...] I always go see the site and try to discern what the energy, nature, and character of the place are—the possibilities of a place. Then I start drawing.
More from the Portland, OR and NYC-based firm:
- Clemson scraps its modern building plan
- Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design
- New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context
- Architect Brad Cloepfil: On architecture, design in Portland, and Allied Works' first creative phase
- Allied Works Architecture unveils design of new National Music Centre in Calgary
about 16 hours ago from archinect.com
Vercheres, a small village near Montreal, has recently integrated a unique memorial to honor those who originally settled the region in 1740. A local firm, Les Ateliers Guyon, has designed a cluster of benches with white oak sails rooted along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. Sails Benches echoes the arrival of 18th century explorers, while reflecting a particular artistic aesthetic that Les Ateliers Guyon has become known for. The project has recently garnered accolade from the prestigious World Interiors News Awards in London, receiving first place in the ‘Furniture Category’.
BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunlé Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahnabout 18 hours ago from archinect.com
The Serpentine Galleries in London announced earlier today the designer of the 2016 iteration of their annual Pavilion series: Bjarke Ingels Group, or BIG, the Copenhagen and New York-based global powerhouse.
This summer marks the 16th Pavilion of the acclaimed program, which began in 2000. Conceived initially by Julia Peyton-Jones, the outgoing co-director of the Galleries, the Serpentine’ Pavilion commission is awarded each year to noted architects who have never built in the UK.
As Peyton-Jones’ swan song, this summer’s program will be expanded to include four other 25 square meter structures, or “Summer Houses”, scattered on the lawns of Hyde Park in close proximity to the Galleries. These will be designed by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ (Amsterdam/Lagos), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York), Yona Friedman (Paris) and Asif Kahn (London).
Since its inception, the Serpentine Pavilion has drawn large crowds, garnering public attention for practitioners whose reputations had not necessarily exce...
about 19 hours ago from archinect.com
Until recently, though, Mr. Meier had never broken ground in South Korea. He checked that off his list with the newly opened Seamarq Hotel, a towering white complex overlooking the East Sea in the city of Gang-neung. “Our client chose a really magnificent site,” Mr. Meier said from his New York office.
about 19 hours ago from archinect.com
When asked why the company chose not to commission Rem Koolhaas' OMA, who are already involved with designing the department store’s art foundation, Costa says that the decision to select BIG was based on the firm’s disruptive thinking and that OMA was already working with German department store KaDeWe in Berlin. “We were confident to work with new architects,” he says.
Tune in to tomorrow's Archinect Sessions to listen to a fuller discussion of what this disruptive design choice means for BIG, for Paris, and for flagship stores everywhere. In the meantime, here's a window display from Galeries Lafayette, circa 2007:
And here's a quick refresher on what Bjarke's been up to:
- BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards
- Bjarke Ingels offers his architectural advice to young architects
- "[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels
- Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite – A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition
about 20 hours ago from archinect.com
In a fresh bid to confront a problem that has confounded lawmakers for decades, Los Angeles city and county officials approved sweeping plans Tuesday aimed at getting thousands of homeless people off the streets. But one crucial question remains unanswered: Where will most of the money come from? [...] The renewed government attention to homelessness was spurred in part by a 12% surge in people living on the streets [...] pushing the total to more than 44,000 homeless people countywide.
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Paul Goldberger, advisor for the Obama Presidential Center, says Obamas prefer "modern and refined" over a "traditional" buildingabout 20 hours ago from archinect.com
MCP: How would you characterize the President and First Lady’s architectural taste, as best as you can tell up to this point? PG: Modern and refined. They like modern things quite genuinely. They do not want a traditional building... there’s a certain kind of, let’s say tailored modernism, that they respond best to. But they’re interested in a range of things, and they’re also very interested, as they should be, in somebody who they will feel comfortable talking to.
Paul Goldberger was first offered to advise the Obama Foundation in the selection of the Presidential Center's architect by Penny Pritzker, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, who also happens to be the niece of Jay Pritzker – founder of the Pritzker Prize in 1979.
Get caught up on the selection process for the architect of Obama's Presidential Library:
- Meryl Streep's husband among those helping select architect for the Obama Center
- David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library – but not because of the color of his skin
- These are the seven finalists in the Obama Presidential Center competition
- Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed
- First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center
Judged by a five-member jury including Architect's Newspaper editor-in-chief William Menking and Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MOMA Martino Stierli, the 2016 New Practices New York winners are MODU, SCHAUM/SHIEH, stpmj, Studio Cadena, Taller KEN, and the suitably-named Young Projects. Some of the award-wining work includes a "sliding screen partition made from folded, polished stainless steel" by Young Projects in Tribeca:
stpmj garnered the award by submitting their Shear House project, an environmentally sensitive house sited in Yecheon, Korea:
Meanwhile, Taller KEN used an inventive moulded fiberglass element for their Zona 14 House in Guatemala City:
After Feb. 29, when he packs the plywood portraits back into the truck and heads back to Texas, the house will be demolished and replaced by a pair of three-story condos. "It's not going to be fun when I drive off," he says, "but this is always going to be my hometown."
"Six years ago, when developers offered artist Gary Sweeney "an armored truck full of money" for his childhood home in Manhattan Beach, he turned them down. Sweeney, who currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, was content renting out the old wood-paneled beach house to surfers and letting a management company deal with repairs.
But then the airline where Sweeney worked a day job as a baggage handler offered him cash to retire. He's in his 60s now, with no children and a wife whose job as a flight attendant would make traveling the world easy and affordable. On top of that, tree roots in the yard of the house at 320 35th St. were constantly mucking up the plumbing and maintenance costs were piling high. It was time to sell. Time to retire. Time to travel and make art full-time.
Eventually the developers came knocking again and offered Sweeney "two armored trucks full of money" for the property his parents purchased for $5,400 in 1945. He accepted on one condition: He would maintain occu...
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Does VR need to be as accessible as photography, video, and other 2D medias? Stimuli believes it should be.
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Tens of thousands of hard-working families will be forced to leave their council homes and find themselves unable to afford a local alternative as a result of government plans to restrict social housing to the poorest, according to research obtained by the Observer. The devastating figures...show that almost 60,000 households in England will be unable to afford to remain in their council properties from April next year, as a result of George Osborne’s reform, called “pay to stay”.
The economy, coupled with concerted political efforts to dismantle what's left of the welfare state, has birthed a veritable housing crisis in London and the rest of the UK. According to new figures, "pay to stay", a plan crafted by George Osborne, the Conservative MP for Tatton, will leave an estimated 60,000 English households unable to continue to afford their current council housing, worsening an already dire climate.
For more Archinect coverage of housing in the UK, check out these articles:
- London's Bleak Housing
- The (state-facilitated) death of the council house
- Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge
- Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile
- Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty
- 100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released
And, if you're not already familiar with this visage, here's a portrait of Osborne (without his monocle, top hat, or handlebar moustache):
The Pink Moon Saloon in Adelaide, Australia, almost looks like something inspired by a Roald Dahl book. The restaurant takes on the appearance of a traditional woodland hut, yet randomly resides between two ordinary office buildings in the midst of a bustling city avenue. The traditional façade resembles the type of cottage one might imagine nestled amongst a more rural landscape; or at least juxtaposed within an environment less urban than the twelve-foot wide alleyway it’s been built into.
"Very refined; it’s like a jewel" – a look at former architect Jader Almeida's new furniture collection
A joint venture with star Brazilian furniture designer Jader Almeida is bringing a new dimension to the luxury furnishings brand Artefacto. For Paulo Bacchi, the 47-year-old Brazilian CEO of Artefacto USA and brand advisor to Artefacto Brazil, the curvy seats, low round wood tables, minimalist lighting fixtures, and other iconic designs of the 35-year-old Almeida add a young, cosmopolitan flair to his company and its stylish, sustainably sourced, mansion-worthy wares.
Jader Almeida is a Brazilian designer born in the state of Santa Catarina in 1981, where he still maintains his office. Educated as an architect, Almeida has made a name for himself in the world of furniture design, garnering numerous awards.
In this interview, Almeida talks alongside Paulo Bacci, the CEO of the luxury furnishings brand Artefacto, about their new collaboration. We've put together some of the better bits of the interview between images from the new collection.
"The ambiance of Miami is close to my city, Florianopolis, an island in the south of Brazil. It has the beaches—it’s vibrant. My pieces are timeless. They can mix with the old and new Miami style."
"A chair is like a prosthesis—it extends the body. The lines follow the curves of the body. You can feel that when you use my product."
"The more time that passes, the more the people like [my furniture]. They get an emotional relationship with the product."
February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furn...
Santiago Calatrava won the competition to design an observation tower for the Dubai Creek Harbor development in the city...Calatrava's winning design was met with approval this past weekend from Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the [UAE] and Ruler of Dubai. 'This architectural wonder will be as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower,' he commented on Calatrava's proposal.
You can also find more images of the project on Bustler.
Graham Fink has been documenting the demolition sites of Shanghai for five years, trying to capture the state of flux during this period of rapid urbanisation. His Ballads of Shanghai exhibition is at London’s Riflemaker gallery until Sunday.
With an eye for the juxtaposition of graphic imagery and demolition sites, Graham Fink takes fascinating images of a city under the midst of mass transformations. His camera is drawn, in particular, to remnants of street art and commercial advertisements.
For other depictions of the built environment, take a look at some of these featured photographers from our dedicated architectural photography series In Focus:
[Aaron] Jacobson [of FAAN], now 31, spent “a lot of time imagining space” as a child in Cleveland, Ohio, and remembers being ecstatic when his parents gave him graph paper, which he’d fill with blueprints for dream houses. He studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and received his master’s degree from University of Toronto before moving to Beijing to work for a small Chinese firm. A half-year later...he first tried his hand at garments...
"Jacobson’s early sketches were more architectural drawings, the only visual language he spoke. (“I was even cutting sections through them, and blowing up details to try to explain the construction,” to the bewilderment of his pattern-makers, he says.)"
Interested in other architectural adventures into fashion (or sartorial forays into architecture)? Check out some these links:
- Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada
- Architecture in fashion design
- In at the deep end: Zaha Hadid takes the plunge into swimwear
- Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal
- AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show
The inequity built into The Lyric Theatre's very architecture is a painful reminder of [Birmingham's] ugly past as one of the most segregated places in America. But it also serves as a living history lesson [...] Across the South, people are struggling with similar questions: What does a changing region do with the vestiges of back-alley service windows, segregated waiting rooms, dual water fountains and abandoned schools that once formed the skeleton of a society built on oppression?
Wait long enough, and anywhere can become a dark tourism site. More from the tricky territory of architectural preservation:
- "Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" – say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence
- Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory
- "Never the Same River Twice" – Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47
- Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina
- The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen
Stephen Lund considers the Canadian city of Victoria his canvas and a bicycle his brush. And the paint? Strava, a GPS tracking system which marks his routes with crimson lines. So far, he has pedaled around in the shapes of critters such as an angler fish, giraffe, giant anteater, and nine-banded armadillo; mythical and interplanetary creatures such as the Siren of the Salish Sea, the Sea Serpent of Haro Strait, and the Dark Lord of the Sith.
Take a look at some of Lund's intricate "GPS Doodles," also known as "Strava art:"
Head over to Stephen Lund's blog gpsdoodles.com to find way more of this goodness and watch him explain his approach in the video from the recent TEDxVictoria below.
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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.
Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next poster features "Informed By...", the third-year studio project and lecture series at the USC School of Architecture for Spring '16. Coordinated by Synthesis Design principal Alvin Huang, the studio course and its accompanying talks focus on the topic of "Informed Form", which explores the various ways in which form is informed by a range of disciplinary, technical, and performative influences.
Listed below are upcoming events. All lectures free and open to the public.
MATERIALITY & FABRICATION
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues / Ball...
My first meeting with Assemble was at their studio in London, in a search to find and speak with interesting people who think that building stuff at 1:1 scale sounds pretty normal. I wanted to convince them to host a workshop at Keio University, where I teach, and I succeeded: our run in with Assemble ended with students building a very rough and very temporary Onsen (the Japanese term for bathing facilities near hot springs), and an equally rough kitchen on a construction site at our university campus.
Young children read books and watch videos about doctors, builders, chefs, mechanics, pilots, and businesspeople. But not urban planners. Why? [...] why is urban planning so under-celebrated, and why doesn’t it emerge as a field of study prior to the college level?
Pete Sullivan, a planner in Chapel Hill, NC, shares his experience explaining his job to his son's preschool class. Initially worried about communicating a profession as abstract and complex as planning to an audience of squirming five year-olds, Sullivan finds a simple engagement strategy – kids like stuff that moves, and Legos.
More on early education efforts for our future planners and architects:
- Never Too Young; 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children
- Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects
- Primary school kids could design Australia's next national park via Minecraft
- "Designing Our World" summercamp: Middle-schoolers get lessons in architecture, urban design
- Architecture as Child's Play
So our students builds. We build all the time. Sometimes it's rough and messy and makes no sense because its a wild casting about for ideas - a sketching in 3d kind of thing. More often than not its directed at solving a problem for real people, and practical. This is an example of the latter kind of effort.
There are both pros and cons to an education based in carrying out real projects. One of the downsides is that spending so much time working out how to build at 1:1 leaves little time to also get enough practice with learning to design the large and clear gestures that architects normally become famous for. it doesn't mean that deep design lessons are not being taught though. One of the big ones in my mind is learning that the limits of construction are the ones we make by ourselves and not what the manufacturers set out in their catalogs. We don't talk about it much in school, but once we graduate and start working in an office it quickly becomes important - its a reality we al...
If we can protect the old city walls for architectural and historical reasons, then the gardens that have existed ever since the walls were built also deserve to be protected. They are a unique, intangible heritage.
"While urban farming gains in popularity in many capitals around the world, Istanbul is struggling to keep its centuries-old farming plots due to the drive for modernisation. Dozens of farmers face being kicked off the land they have cultivated for generations."
Register for the Conscious Cities Conference, featuring keynote Carlo Ratti of MIT's SENSEable City Lab
The Conscious Cities Conference will delve into the evolving relationship between human behavior and the built environment, and the economic impact it creates. Taking place at Arup's London office on March 1, the one-day conference is the UK's first event of its kind and is part of the year-long Health, Wellbeing and Architecture programming from the Museum of Architecture and THECUBE.
The collision of technology with the millennial mindset of knowledge exchange and collaboration is changing the way people work and live. As a result, architects, planners, developers and policy-makers must respond to the urgency for cities to meet these new needs by creating the right infrastructure to support growth.
Conscious Cities will address four different themes that focus on the connection between neuroscience and architecture, with leading experts from both fields responding to the following questions:
- How does the built environment affect behavior and cognition?
- How can the latest findings in n...