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  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" 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 board Installations.

    Glimmer in San Francisco, CA by Variable Projects; Photo: Joseph Chang, Adam Marcus

    Luminous Depths in Singapore by Desai Chia Architecture; Photo: Desai Chia Architecture, Sandy Wong, Issa Weng

    STIK Pavilion in Tokyo, Japan by University of Tokyo Digital Fabrication Lab (Kevin Clement, Project Manager, Design Lead)

    Behance in New York, NY by SOFTlab; Photo: Alan Tansey

    SANDBOXING in Dallas, TX by DSGN AGNC (Quilian Riano, Designer), New Cities Future Ruins (Gavin Kroeber, Curator), Ash Studio (Fabrication)

    Taumascopio in Zingst, Germany by Mattia Paco Rizzi

    Under Magnitude in Orlando, FL by MARC FORNES / THEVER...

  • MIT startup creates camouflage solar panels

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    Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sistine creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments, with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems. Sistine’s novel technology, SolarSkin, is a layer that can be imprinted with any image and embedded into a solar panel without interfering with the panel’s efficacy. Homeowners can match their rooftop or a grassy lawn.

    The product caters to the growing "aesthetic solar" market which tries to attract homeowners that are considering going solar but fear the aesthetic impact of the traditional, bleak-looking dark solar panels on their home's appearance. Just last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded roof tiles that mimic (currently) four common roof covering styles.

    Here a few more examples of Sistine's SolarSkin technology that allows—so the company claims—the panels to either completely blend in with the existing roof or display any desired image, like business logos or advertisements.

    All images via Sistine Solar's website.

  • Obama reacts to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects's first design for the Obama Presidential Library

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    Interviewed by Paul Goldberger, the New York architecture critic who advised the Obama Foundation on the architect selection process for the library, Williams and Tsien revealed conceptual ideas for the project, said Obama critiqued an early plan of theirs as too quiet [...] "He said it was too unflashy," ArchDaily quoted Tsien as saying. "He looked at what we did and he said, 'I said you could be sort of quiet, but I think you're a little too quiet.'"

  • Check out these watercolor illustrations of the settings of some of this year's biggest films

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    Boryana Ilieva is an architect and artist. For the past two years, she’s been engaged in a project, dubbed “Floor Plan Croissant”, in which she paints the house and apartments that serve as the settings for films. Employing watercolor as her medium, Ilieva has studied the architecture of some of this year’s biggest films, all of which have been nominated for Academy Awards.


    La La Land


    20th Century Women

    Toni Erdmann

    Like her work? Support Ilieva on Patreon.

  • David Chipperfield’s Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture by Anna Gibertini

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    On 10.17.16, a mixed crowd of nearly 300 architects, students, and enthusiasts packed the Center for Architecture to hear one of the industry’s contemporary greats: David Chipperfield, CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA, principal of London-based David Chipperfield Architects. On the occasion of the 10th-annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture, he offered an overview of his pioneering work with museums, and his thoughts on the evolving purposes and demands of these institutions.

    “A museum is just a box full of paintings, but it’s also something else,” Chipperfield remarked. That “something else” is an issue his work addresses again and again in a variety of site-specific iterations, but ultimately it boils down to a simple existential question: What is the purpose of a museum?

    Chipperfield began with a review of noteworthy predecessors, although he paid the greatest attention to Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Altes Museum in Berlin. He argued that this museum was the first real attempt at making a truly...

  • Memphis Botanic Garden - Live at the Garden by archimania

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    Master-plan and comprehensive design for an outdoor performance venue and support facilities on an 11-acre site within the Memphis Botanic Garden. The project uses a series of linked landscape interventions to create an outdoor garden room and strengthen the relationships between the new landscapes and the surrounding gardens.

  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church by archimania

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    The young congregation purchased an abandoned building to reinvigorate it as their new home and enhance their presence and permanence within the community. Since its founding, the congregation has worshiped in a school auditorium, away from its office in a leased tenant space. The congregation purchased a small 1960’s building in Midtown that once served as a shelter for battered women. To meet their modest budget, we concentrated the budget on the worship space and the building’s exterior relationship to the street, making minimal improvements to back-of-house spaces.

    On the exterior, a simple treatment of paint, the addition of a weathering steel parapet and low site wall bounding a street-side outdoor gathering space, and a new large window to the streetscape generate an active presence on Cooper. It welcomes visitors as the gathering space and window draw the activity within to the street.

    Inside, one enters beneath a low ceiling of acoustical, highly textural tectum panels before...

  • Aycock/Moise Residence by archimania

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    An active couple wanted a simple and clean, yet tough and durable, retirement home. Sited in a cattle pasture in rural Mississippi, this house is a retreat for an active couple to escape busy city life. Appreciating the simple agrarian structures of the region, the clients requested a house that was simple and clean, yet tough and durable. The owners are avid chefs and enjoy outdoor activities like cooking, biking, swimming and dining. A linear bar forms the primary body of the house with its proportions intentionally exaggerated to create a long line when viewed from a distance. The simple form of the shed profile creates a gable when combined with the projection to the rear which frames the pool.

    The entry sequence begins with a courtyard that punctures the roof and is framed by the screen porch and carport. The screen porch, rear covered porch and the outdoor dining space extend the interior space for outdoor entertaining. Visitors enter into a gallery which continues outdoors und...

  • Golden by Wolfgang Buttress

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    The idea behind the sculpture is simple. The 19 metre high corten steel sculpture is designed as a visible beacon for Chatterley Valley that extends the vertical uplift of Goldendale when viewed from road level. The piece makes reference to the natural and industrial heritage of the Goldendale Valley.

    Golden can be appreciated up close and from afar. It is more concerned with weightlessness than mass, cascading upwards with a delicate, elegant and almost ethereal energy. Floating arrangements of glass prisms within the design create a sense of movement rising up through the spiral.

    The spiral has considerable significance to fundamental principles of geometry and symbolism about transition, growth and evolution. Named after Fibonacci, the Renaissance mathematician who applied the spiral to geometry, it has been described as “the seed within the seed” of the sphere. Within Golden the Fibonacci spiral creates vertical transitions that instil a transcendent affect or a sense of being air...

  • The Hive by Wolfgang Buttress

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    The Hive consists of 32 horizontal stacked layers of hexagonal geometry creating an abstracted analogue of a honeycomb. A rotational twist in the aluminium structure introduces movement, suggestive of a swarm. The form is a 14m cube raised-up on columns, appearing almost to hover, a spherical void hollowed from the centre, allows visitors to enter. Walking beneath the sculpture, visitors may peer up through the glass floor into the interior.

    Accelerometers (vibration sensors) are used to measure the activity of a real bee colony in the UK, feeding real-time signals to a 1000 RGBW LED light array inside the spherical void. Algorithms are used to convert the bee colony vibrations into lighting effects. Each light is individually - addressable allowing for the Hive to pulse and glow in response to the signals it receives, so acting as a visual representation of bee activity. This unison of light and sound brings together art and science, through the research methods of Dr. Martin Bencsi...

  • In Focus: Marcus Peel

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    In Focus is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?

    In this feature, we talk to Marcus Peel based in London. 

  • Buildings Need to be Curated; Collaboration With Other Fields Is Vital to an Era of Experience

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    Look around. What is it that makes you most happy? Is it the mountain bike, or is it where that mountain bike takes you? Out amongst nature, wind in your face, exploring newfound tracks. Without this, the experience, it would simply just be a steel frame with wheels, sitting in a rack.

    It’s the same with buildings or places. Without activation and life, they are just mere bricks and mortar or concrete structures, static in nature.

  • Doug Aitken among artists in Palm Springs-adjacent art show, "Desert X"

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    Amid the dust and clamor is the steel skeleton of Aitken’s “Mirage,” which takes the form of a 1960s-style suburban California ranch house. The seven-room structure, to be fully mirrored on the outside and inside, is perched on a hillside with city and desert views, which are key to the piece. The structure has gaping holes where doors and windows might be, and its interior walls are built on angles to reflect the sky and contrasting surrounding terrain...

    What does the desert in Riverside County have to offer aside from a massive annual music festival, the sleek modernism of Palm Springs, and the ethereal vista of untrammeled nature? Well, starting on February 25th, it has the Desert Exhibition of Art, or Desert X for short.

    Exhibitors in the self-guided, wide-ranging exhibit (you should plan on driving) include Doug Aitken, Sherin Guirguis, and Claudia Comte, who has created a 110-foot long stucco/wood sculpture that is part wall, part meditative exercise. Maps are available at the Ace Hotel; the exhibition will be up until April. 

  • How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units

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    While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America’s inner cities, it’s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there’s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.

  • Herzog & de Meuron's "6 AM" is a late bloomer, reaching completion in 2035

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    Two 58-story towers, eighteen years and two billion dollars make up the fundamental elements of Herzog & de Meuron's city-like mixed-used development "6 AM," which, while beginning its first phase of construction in 2018 in downtown L.A.'s Arts District, won't be finished until its principal architects are both 85 years old.

    The wait should be worth it, though: Mia Lehrer will be providing the landscape architecture, while the project's seven buildings will include space for arts and performance, retail, a public/private school, a hotel and of course, plenty of apartments. The delay does prompt the question: will Los Angeles' Arts District still be the Arts District by then, or will it just be an evocative placard in 2.8 million square gentrified feet?

    h/t Archpaper

  • DRIVERLESS FUTURE: A challenge to shape the impact of autonomous transportation

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    This post is brought to you by Blank Space.

    The Driverless Future challenge seeks proposals that actively shape NYC’s response to driverless technology - will offer resources to help finalists transform their proposals into real companies and products.

    Blank Space is proud to announce the Driverless Future challenge, a global competition to shape the impact of autonomous transportation in NYC, with a prize purse worth over $60,000 for the 4 top teams. The focus of the challenge is not on the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to mass transit, accessibility, shipping, logistics, software, services, and new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. The primary goal is to create a launchpad for entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, engineers, architects and futurists to enact real change in New York City.

    Blank Space is proud to partner with the NYC Mayor’s OfficeNew LabFast Company, and AIA New York to host the challenge and support winning entries b...

  • Tamarindos by Sobrado + Ugalde Arquitectos

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    Tamarindos in Mexico by Sobrado + Ugalde Arquitectos

  • Explore mitigating human suffering via design in this New School symposium

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    As cities densify and the global population increases, much has been made of reclaiming physical spaces: but how does one reclaim a place that is bound up in tragedy, whether that tragedy was natural or man-made? On March 3rd and 4th, Parsons the New School for Design will host a symposium featuring Lina Sergie Attar, a Syrian-American architect, writer, and activist who hails from Aleppo.

    In addition to Attar's keynote address, the symposium, entitled “Making Home in Wounded Places: Memory, Design, and the Spatial," will explore several dozen case studies dealing with refugee shelters, the repurposing of Latin American prisons into shopping malls, and how painful memories of the past have been represented and memorialized in places including a Warsaw ghetto. Those interested in registering to attend can do so on the website

  • Foster + Partners' Apple "spaceship" set to touch down and open up in April

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    According to a press release from Apple, it will take six months to move all 12,000 employees into the 175-acre campus, which will officially open for occupancy in April. In addition to the 2.8 million square foot, naturally ventilated Foster + Partners'-designed "spaceship" building, the campus features two miles of running and walking paths, and boasts a 17 megawatt solar energy rooftop installation (making it one of the largest in the world). Nothing about this place is small, or happenstance; the construction process was reportedly a clash between perfectionist designers and slightly more impressionistic contractors.

    However, all's well that ends well: although Steve Jobs won't be able to see the completed campus, designer Apple's chief design officer Jony Ivy feels like things worked out. “Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and ...

  • The Barack Obama Presidential Center may end up costing up to $1.5B

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    At an estimated $1.5 billion, the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago may end up costing more than three times what the George W. Bush Museum cost, according to new reports. This is primarily due to the fact that the center will house not one institution but two—both a presidential library and a museum about the lives of the former president and his wife. Moreover, Obama avoided doing much fundraising while in office, making it all the more difficult to come up with the funds.

    “It won’t be easy,” said Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, designers of the Center. “It’s not just about preserving the past. It’s about the future.”

  • Can Skwerl Bring Architecture into the “On-Demand” Economy?

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    Technologies, from computation to automation, have certainly and radically altered architecture. So have the economic transformations that accompanied their emergence as well as the concurrent financial crisis. But, in the era of mass disruptions, technological and otherwise, architecture has remained, in at least one way, largely unscathed. That is to say, the firm structure (for better and worse) persists while other industries have succumbed to an “on-demand economy” marked by flexible hours, scant job protection, and little-to-no employee benefits. Is that about to change?

  • Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)

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    The transformation of Burntwood School pieces together a 1950’s modernist education campus for 2000 pupils and 200 staff in south-west London. Within an existing mature landscape, six new buildings-as-pavilions develop the heritage of the existing, orchestrating a system of bespoke constructional components to bring both efficiency and delight. The new buildings – four 4-storey teaching pavilions, a new sports hall and a new performing arts building – are placed amongst a number of retained buildings (including two by Sir Leslie Martin) to form a complete and coherent campus, with lawns, squares and a central pedestrian spine. Within each pavilion, classrooms and ancillary accommodation are arranged along a central corridor with voids and double-height spaces at each end to increase natural daylight and make connections to the exterior. The regularity of each plan is followed through to the elevation with faceted precast concrete panels that correspond to a 7.5 metre structural and ...

  • Del Rey Small Lot Subdivision by ae architecture

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    5 unit 3 story small lot subdivision. 

  • Malibu house by Jeffrey Eyster

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    New single family dwelling in the hills overlooking Malibu.

  • Mithun's Wanapum Heritage Center nabs 2 awards, honors Native Am tribe

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    Just off the Columbia River, the Wanapum Heritage Center is a home for Wanapum culture and artifacts. The building form weaves solidity and light, from a protective repository enclosure that references traditional cliffside cave storage spaces to the glazed welcome area that evokes traditional fishing lanterns. The entry path aligns with the equinox sunrise, a Wanapum 'marker'. The center houses archival items alongside recording studios for oral history, and new gathering spaces.

  • Michael Rotondi’s legendary Carlson-Reges House is now for sale

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    For the first time ever, the Carlson-Reges House designed by Michael Rotondi is up for sale. A collision of industrial materials and a 1920’s era power plant, the home is an iconic work of Los Angeles architecture that was awarded an American Institute of Architects award. It is listed for $12.5 million.

    Back in the 1990s, Richard Carlson and Kathy Reges commissioned Rotondi to design the building, intended to serve as the heart of The Brewery, the massive Lincoln Heights live/work art colony that they developed. The home doubled as an art gallery and a kennel for purebred dogs (as well as rescues). 

    Check out this review by Orhan Ayyüce from a few years ago for more on the project. And head over here to find out more about what makes Rotondi tick.

    h/t LA Mag

  • Harvard Graduate School of Design announces Richard Rogers Fellows

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    Harvard’s GSD has announced the 2017 winners of the Richard Rogers Fellowship, a new residency program to be hosted at the Wimbledon House. The Wimbledon House was designed by acclaimed architect Lord Richard Rogers for his parents in the 60s and generously gifted to Harvard.The landmarked residence will house the fellows with the goal of bringing together experts and practitioners across disciplines who are focused on the built environment and its capacity to advance the quality of human life. 

    Central to Rogers' life and career were the questions of urbanism, sustainability and how people use cities. “The spirit of the Fellowship” said Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at Harvard GSD “is intended to carry forward and expand on Richard’s deep commitment to cities not as ends in themselves, but as a fundamental means to bettering human life. At the GSD, our work is organized around the urgent issues cities are facing globally, a pedagogical a...

  • Architecture Billings Index in January enters 2017 with modest decrease

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    The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January, after a very strong showing in December. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a score of 55.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.0, up from a reading of 57.6 the previous month.

    “This small decrease in activity, taking into consideration strong readings in project inquiries and new design contracts, isn’t exactly a cause for concern,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fundamentals of a sound nonresidential design and construction market persist.”  

    * Every January the AIA research department updates the seasonal factors used to calculate the ABI, resulting in a revision of recent ABI values.

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

    • Regional averages: South (54.2), Northeast (53.0), Midwest (52.4), West (48.8)
    • Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.6), commercial / industrial (53.4), mixed practice (48.1), multi-family residential (48.1)
    • Project inquiries index: 60.0
    • Design contracts index: 52.1

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

  • Screen Print #50: Rem Koolhaas discusses controversy, collaboration, and cultural revolution in "Happy Tropics"

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    What is the role of an ethically and aesthetically astute architect in a market-driven economy? For Rem Koolhaas, the obstacles of reality shouldn't hinder architects who wish to contribute works that enhance the public realm. In this discussion with Michael Schindhelm excerpted from Happy Tropics 1, Koolhaas explains how by working in Asia, he has not only witnessed the increasing cultural influence of the East versus the West, but also retained his idealism, drive, and desire for collaboration.

  • A Canadian developer is building an enclave of world-class architecture in the Alberta foothills

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    Ian MacGregor, the president and chief executive of North West Upgrading Inc. and a self-described “guy who works in the oil business”, is reportedly planning to fund and develop a cluster of architectural icons in the idyllic foothills of Alberta. Dubbed the Carraig Ridge, the community will be located between Cochrane and Canmore. Already, the 650-acre site hosts “the Rock House” designed by Seattle-based architect James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects.

    MacGregor, compelled by the beauty of the region, says he bought the $20-million site to avoid its division into a series of smaller parcels. Despite his profession, the developer is committed to preserving the area’s environment. He brought some notable conservation planners, including Randall Arendt and Christopher Alexander, to scope out the site.

    Now, the development will host 44 lots between two and five acres. Each parcel is priced at $1.05 million—unless you’re willing to put up an extra million to get a sleek home design...