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  • Recent Banksy addition in NYC removed with rumors that property owner will profit from auction

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    Last week, a piece by the anonymous graffiti artist was stenciled onto a building at the northwest corner of 14th street and sixth avenue in New York City. The structure—a former bank building—was tagged with one of Banksy's trademark rats running around a clock that is native to the property. Along with another piece that popped up in the city last week, it is believed to be his latest intervention in the city since his October 2013 "residency".

    The work has been drawing crowds to the old HSBC, which is slated for demolition in order to build a 13-story mixed-use building. This morning, according to Hyperallergicthe clock was taken down by four workmen who dismantled the clock motor and mechanism from the interior. The removal was apparently ordered by the property owner and is rumored to be going to auction for the owner to conveniently profit off of. 

  • International Convention Centre Sydney by Populous

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    At the north end of the Darling Harbour precinct, the crystalline glass facade of the HASSELL + Populous designed International Convention Centre reflects the light and sparkle of the water. The venue can accommodate three concurrent conventions and boasts Australia’s largest ballroom with an expansive view of the Sydney skyline across the harbour. It also includes more than 70 meeting rooms, two theatres, a multipurpose event space, a media centre, VIP area and business suite.

    The grand ballroom embraces the cool reflective theme of its waterfront location, with a chandelier-like ceiling of sculpted mirror polished blades that reflect the colour and activity below. While most ballrooms are in the basement, the grand ballroom sits at the top of the building with a stunning 270 degree view of the Sydney skyline across the harbour.

    The International Convention Centre has two theatres. Darling Harbour Theatre, a 2,500 seat plenary hall for conferences and shows, has been specificall...

  • Training refugees to conserve their monumental heritage

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    The problems: how to conserve extraordinary monumental heritage in Iraq and Syria [...]. The issue is exacerbated by the depletion of skilled craftspeople; once the dust of conflict settles, there will be few able to carry out restoration. At the same time, thousands sit in refugee camps, lives on hold, seeking a future. The solution: train refugees to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future. Give them a skill to help restore their nation’s heritage.

    Photo: World Monuments Fund.

    Learn more about the World Monuments Fund’s new stone masonry training center for Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan (backed by the UK government’s Cultural Protection Fund) here.

  • This Swiss firm is experimenting with prefab movable housing

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    Swiss architectural practice Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten is developing an experimental residence to be realized anywhere. Called movable house, every aspect of this project is determined by motion from floor plans to structural elements to energy storage. 

    Movable house rendering © Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten

    The movable house is not designed with a specific site in mind, but rather can be constructed almost anywhere. The main goals of movable house are that it can be put up quickly with easy and efficient transportation of all structural elements. 

    Movable house rendering © Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten

    This prefab architecture can stand alone or be attached to an existing building. The four main areas of the structure are arranged around a central library which doubles as a transitional space to connect it all together. This creates a flexible and transparent living space for a family of four on the smallest possible footprint.

    Movable house rendering © Rahbaran Hürzeler Archite...
  • Harvard GSD "Future of the American City" initiative begins in Miami with $1 million support from Knight Foundation

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    The "Future of the American City" initiative led by Harvard Graduate University School of Design will begin in Miami with $1 million in support from the Knight Foundation. The project will engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing urban issues including affordable housing, transportation, and sea level rise. 

    With this funding Harvard GSD will send urban researchers to Miami and Miami Beach to understand the city's strengths and challenges as part of a 3-year study towards building solutions. The initiative aims to help cities tackle sustainability and resiliency challenges beginning this spring. 

    Building on the school’s multi-disciplinary model, the effort will use architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design to come up with efficient solutions that take into account community needs. This research can also be shared with cities across the nation facing similar challenges. 

    Harvard GSD’s upcoming Miami research will be phase one in...

  • Metro Eighteen Offices by Alex Pettas Architecture

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    Office renovation of an existing warehouse that was neglected for decades into the headquarters for a home audio and low voltage contractor.

  • Two California fake civil engineers face up to 257 years in prison

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    Two men were hit with 487 counts on Wednesday in a complaint alleging they spent years running a scam that has potentially left hundreds of homeowners across Southern California with homes that may not be structurally sound. [...] Huntington Beach resident Ruben Gutierrez, 43, and 46-year-old Wilfrido Rodriguez of Downey each face numerous counts of forgery, identity theft and grand theft in a scheme involving falsified documents and fraudulent engineering services [...].

    "Rodriguez was an engineering drafter and Gutierrez was an architectural designer at Palos Verdes Engineering. Neither Rodriguez nor Gutierrez were licensed architects or civil engineers," a news release published by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. 

    "Investigators estimate that there were more than 700 residential and commercial properties where fraud allegedly occurred in more than 50 cities in Southern California. If convicted as charged, Rodriguez faces up to 152 years in state prison, while Gutierrez faces a possible maximum sentence of 105 years in prison."

    The prison sentences Rodriguez and Gutierrez may face are far more drastic than the 2 1/3-7 years NY State's Paul J. Newman—another highly prominent case of a fake architect—received in the fall of last year.

  • The winning results of the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge

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    The Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge global ideas competition sought pilot-phase design concepts for affordable housing in Sydney, where the economy is strong yet residential space is among the least affordable according to surveys of major metropolitan markets. 

    The jury looked for concepts that were flexible and could be applied to different locations in the city. In evaluating the entries, the jury asked questions like “What is specific to Sydney about the design? Does the idea have potential to offer real affordable housing solutions? Does it also strengthen the city fabric in some other way? Even if abstract and conceptual, can it push the city to reconsider housing in new ways?”

    The competition concluded with three prize winners, a Bee Breeders Green Award recipient, and six honorable mentions. Check out the top prize-winning entries below.

    1ST PRIZE: Bridging Affordable Housing by Tae Jung, Pauline Sipin, Hazel Ventura, Diana Lopez | United States

  • Zaha Hadid's Riyadh research campus reviewed: "Architectural beauty and sustainability not mutually exclusive"

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    Working closely with DaeWha Kang, then the office’s design director, Hadid turned to nature for lessons. “When you look deeply at nature, you find out why things look the way they look,” Mr. Kang said. “You find systems that respond to environmental conditions that result in the forms you see.”

    Photo © Hufton+Crow.

    The NYT's Joseph Giovannini reviews the Zaha Hadid-designed King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: "Her victory in the competition dovetailed with the agenda of a king who, in 2009, founded the coed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah, where men and women mixed freely on an environmentally green campus, attending classes together."

    Photo © Hufton+Crow.

    Find more project photos and details on Archinect here.

  • Want to score a job at Populous? Their Kansas City office shares how applicants can stand out from the competition

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    Populous likes to go big. Since their founding in 1983, the global architecture and design firm has worked on over 2,000 projects around the globe. They have worked with high-profile clients — ranging from professional sports teams to universities to civic clients — in designing an array of stadiums and arenas, convention centers,  masterplans for over 30 major worldwide events, airport renovations, and more.

    Finding unique, well-rounded employees who can work in a team is critical for Populous when it comes to hiring at any one of their 14 global offices and three regional centers in Kansas City, London, and Brisbane. So how can job-seekers stand out from the competition? In Archinect's latest “How To Get A Job At ___”, Missy Ragsdale, Director of Human Resources at Populous' Kansas City regional center, got in touch with us to share some tips and a glimpse into office life at the firm.

  • This week's picks for London architecture and design events

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    We might have started this week with a cold, snowy outlook, but nothing more acts as a marker of spring in London than The Boat Race. As Oxford and Cambridge gear themselves to row down the Thames, why not look into what the other universities are doing by visiting the Bartlett or the RCA when they open their doors this week.

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

  • New LA River renderings reveal potential designs for the massive revitalization project

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    A wide array of projects big and small are now moving forward alongside all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River, and some of the most comprehensive planning is taking place along the river’s southern portion, from Vernon to Long Beach.

    As part of the ongoing Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan, Perkins + Will have recently released renderings of what their contribution could look like. The overall Los Angeles River plan includes proposals varying in size and location. The largest proposals include revitalizing expansive sections along the river to create public spaces with trails, bridges, bike and walking paths, landscaping, and seating areas.  

    A new rendering features terraced seating and access to the river bed itself. Image: Perkins + Will.

    Rendering of a shared street concept by the river in Cudahy.

    Rendering of a trail near the Rio Hondo confluence.

    Rendering of a boardwalk near Willow Street in Long Beach.

    Catch up on all the news around the Los Angeles River Revitalization Projects here

  • Collapsed Miami bridge was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction

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    The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university. Unlike traditional methods of construction, ABC streamlines the building process so that bridge projects can be completed quicker and more cost effectively.

    The FIU bridge which collapsed last week was engineered using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), a method used by many companies for its time and cost efficiency. Weighing 950 tons, the bridge was meant to connect FIU's campus to an adjoining neighborhood where many students live. 

    Of the many types of ABC technology, Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) appears to be the method used in construction of the FIU bridge. This method allows prefabrication of elements off-site which are then transported and quickly assembled on site. 

    A fact sheet on FIU's website relates the bridge cost $14.2 million to build and was funded by a $19.4 million grant from the US Department of Transportation. It was also apparently supposed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and last more than 100 years. The bridge was designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers in Tallahassee and built by MCM in Miami.

  • Work to begin on Dubai's second tallest (and world's fifth tallest) skyscraper

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    Azizi Developments will begin work on what will become the world’s fifth tallest skyscraper in the third quarter of the year. Being developed at a cost of $816m (AED3bn) on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road, the 570-metre tall, 122-storey residential and commercial tower will house residential apartments on the first 100 floors, and a luxury hotel on the remaining 22. In an update, the Dubai-based developer said that it is currently consulting with Atkins to finalise the design based on its feedback.

    It looks like there's new life in a flagship development on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road: after a previous proposal for the supertall Entisar Tower by AE7 with Meydan was sold to Azizi Developers, the company announced plans to work with global architectural firm Atkins on the designs and make the 570-meter plus project a reality within the next 39 to 44 months.

  • COOK8 winners reinvent the social dining experience

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    At a time when the experience of dining at a restaurant is as important as the food they serve, the COOK8 International Competition by the Domés International Review of Architecture challenged entrants around the globe to design a unique 4-30 m² dining and social space. Out of 280 entries from 24 countries, three prize winners were awarded, along with seven commendations to nine other entries (two ties were awarded). The top three prize-winning entries will be realized at a 1:1 scale for the COOK8 Exhibition at the Benaki Art Museum this June. 

    Scroll down for a look at the top-winning designs.

    'Glorious Holistic' by Costas Alivizatos & Ioannis Kitanis

  • Twelve tasty projects selected as finalists of the AIA|LA's 2018 Restaurant Design Awards

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    Done well, restaurant design can be transformative and transportive, and can even make the food actually taste better. It is one of the most important factors of the dining experience, playing a key role in customer satisfaction and ultimately, the success of a restaurant.

    Every year, the AIA|LA honors the vital role good interior design plays in the world of dining, distinguishing designers who take the restaurant typology up a notch with their Restaurant Design Awards. Now in its 14th year, the jury has narrowed the competition pool down to 12 finalists in three categories—'Restaurant', 'Cafe/Bars', and 'Lounge/Nightclub'.

    From a modern, upscale Mexican restaurant dressed in light wood surfaces to a Cuban-inspired cafe whose design incorporates antique coffee artifacts, the 2018 finalists represent some of the year's most striking designs. Get a glimpse right below. A public vote for the 2018 RDA People's Choice Award Winners is also now open here: (To share ...

  • This week's picks for LA architecture and design events

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    Planning ahead for another busy week in Los Angeles? Bustler put together a snappy list of architecture and design events happening around town. Tonight, the USC School of Architecture will host their Generation nEXT exhibition and event. On Wednesday, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside will deliver a lecture at SCI-Arc and the Hammer Museum will host a discussion about the evolving relationship between L.A.'s built environment and natural habitat. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

  • Boris Johnson faces continuing pressure over canceled London garden bridge

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    Gwynne demanded Johnson provide evidence for his allegation against Will Hurst, the managing editor of Architects’ Journal who has won several awards for his coverage of the garden bridge, or withdraw them and apologise. The letter adds to the pressure on Johnson over his role in the troubled story of the planned pedestrian link across the river Thames, which he commissioned and championed as mayor of London, a job he held until May 2016.

    During his term in the London mayoral chair, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson advocated passionately for the £46m Heatherwick-designed London garden bridge proposal, which ultimately lost public support and was scrapped by incoming mayor Sadiq Khan—while the financial burden for the controversial project remains on the public.

    A new Labour initiative pressures Johnson to shed light on his allegations that Architects’ Journal managing editor Will Hurst essentially killed the project because of a "dislike that the Architects’ Journal journalist concerned had for Thomas Heatherwick". Hurst and the AJ categorically deny this claim.

  • This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events

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    Wondering what architecture and design events are happening around New York City? Bustler rounded up a snappy list of event recommendations worth checking out. This week, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Brian Philips, and Lawrence Scarpa will take part in a discussion about the pressing topic of affordable housing in North America; SOM will celebrate the launch of The Future of Public Space; and MoMA's “Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age” exhibition is still open now through April. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

  • Rathbone Square by Make Architects

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    Rathbone Square is a flagship project for Great Portland Estates plc that has taken the former Royal Mail sorting office site and transformed it into a high-quality mixed use development with a new publicly accessible garden just off Oxford Street.

    Designed as a sorting office in 1951, the site was formerly inaccessible to the public. Now, two L-shaped blocks stepping from six to nine storeys surround a garden that takes up 20% of the GDA. From the outset, Make worked with Publica to choreograph the routes and connections, and Gustafson Porter + Bowman to design the garden square. The garden gives a feeling of discovery that is typical of Fitzrovia, and provides an oasis away from the hubbub of Oxford Street.

    The routes through the scheme vary: some are wide and open to the sky, entering through patinated bronze gates designed by Robert Orchardson and meandering through the garden, while others are covered and less obvious, with jade green glazed ceramic passageways that evo...

  • It has to do with electromagnetic fields and transmissions from the stones of these buildings

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    Each piece of the structure tells that grander story. The poorly constructed stone walls in the original room hint at the area’s isolation and the need to use nearby materials. A sundial over the northern door installed by the fort’s early inhabitants is a celebration of the return of two men who were kidnapped during a Native American raid. In one room, a prayer is inscribed on a ceiling beam.

    Serena Solomon traveled to the small town of San Ygnacio, Texas, where the River Pierce Foundation is working to identify, conserve and make known the built vernacular and cultural heritage of the rural village. With a special focus on the early 19th century sandstone complex of the Treviño-Uribe Rancho.

  • The Beirut-based ParalX Makes a Strong Case for the Rise of Boutique, Design-Oriented Firms

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    The Lebanese architecture practice PARALX, founded by Karim Moussawer, was born as a counter idea to the Starchitect model that structures many of today's firms. Believing that architecture is a product of collaboration, the firm whose name is an acronym of Parallel Practice, centers around a collaborative-based design process.

    For this week's Small Studio Snapshot, we talked with the firm about their collective approach, the importance of finding the right talent, and the dramatic urbanization of the Middle East, where much of their work is located.

  • Minima | Maxima by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

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    Minima | Maxima stands at a crossroad of extremes: an ultra-thin shell of just 6mm rises to a height of 43 feet by way of its sprawling, double-curved surfaces. In this whimsical yet durable universe created by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, curves win out over angles. Branches, splits and recombinations make columns and beams irrelevant. A “networked'” surface rolls in, on and around itself, transforming into a space that upends preconceived notions of enclosure, threshold and limit, while also providing its own support.  Towards the base of the Minima | Maxima, its rolling surfaces begin to softly corrugate, its zig-zag angles gently tuck into a full pleat as they meet the ground platform. The visual transition -- from pleated base to smooth and doubly-curved, continuous surface -- is subtle, yet its structural effect is significant, allowing it to rise to impressive heights. It bends in all directions, but still manages to stand upright on its own.

    This project is the tallest-thinnes...

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #171

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    On the lookout for a new job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:

    1. Framestudio (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Design-focused Project Architect

    Photo: Framestudio.

    2. KUBE Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Intern Architect (0-2 years experience)

    Photo: KUBE Architecture.

    3. Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Senior Project Manager

    Photo: Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects.

    4. Eventscape (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Conceptual Designer

    Photo: Tom Arban.

    5. Martin Hopp Architect (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo: Martin Hopp Architect.

    Keep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's FacebookTw...

  • Luxury apartment towers aren't just for NYC

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    The Manhattan skyline is one of the world’s most iconic, but it wouldn’t be complete without the city’s famed residential supertalls. Luxury buildings like 432 Park Ave and One57 have set a high bar in the era of tower living, but the past decade has seen the vertical lifestyle catching on across the globe—from Boston to Monaco to New Orleans.

    Check out these luxury residential skyscrapers outside of NYC:

    Boston, MA

    Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Echelon Seaport is Boston's latest project located in the Seaport District. This new luxury condo and apartment development is currently under construction with a completion date of 2020. 

    Echelon Seaport by Image: Warren Residential.

    San Francisco, CA

    181 Fremont Street was designed by Heller Manus Architects with interiors by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. Reaching 70-stories high it is the tallest residential building in San Francisco. Prices range from $3.24 million to $42 million for an enormous penthouse.

    181 Fremont Street by Heller Manus Architects, located in San Francisco. Image: 181 Fremont.


    Designed by architect Alexandre Giraldi with interior designer Alberto Pinto, Tour Odéon is the tallest building in the city-state. It is also home to the world’s most expensive apartment, a $335 million penthouse that takes up the top five floors of the tower.

    Tour Odéon by architect...
  • Steven Holl to design new Angers Collectors Museum + tapestry-like hotel in France

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    Steven Holl Architects, along with French real estate investor Compagnie de Phalsbourg, will be in charge of designing the new Angers Collectors Museum and an adjacent glass hotel in the heart of historic Angers, France. 

    Located east of the Maine river, the museum will be near Le Quai theater and across the 13th-century Chateau d'Angers built by King Louis IX, therefore creating a new cultural triangle in the heart of the city that connects medieval and contemporary architecture.

  • Ike Kligerman Barkley announces the first two recipients of their new Traveling Fellowship

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    Last fall, Ike Kligerman Barkley, the New York and San Francisco-based firm known for their thoughtful design of classic American residences, established a new traveling fellowship that would grant $12,000 to two graduate students for travel and research. 

    Concerned by the general lack of knowledge about the canon of architectural history, the firm—comprised of three history buffs whose office boasts a 4,000 book library on the world of design—wanted to create a fund that allows students to consider the intersection between traditional and contemporary architecture. It is open to students, in their penultimate year of study, who attend a select group of top-tier architecture schools including RISD, Pratt, Cornell, and Yale.

    The 2018 winners—and the first two ever IKB Traveling Fellows—have been announced as Rebecca Kennedy, from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and Evan Sale, from the Yale University School of Architecture. Kennedy will be using their grant ...

  • Cooper Union Board approves return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduates

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    The Cooper Union Board and President released yesterday a plan to return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students. This decision is the result of an ongoing strategic planning effort of re-examining the schools structure and values after the 150-year tradition of free scholarships was broken in 2014 causing protests and public outcry

    The plan is a modified version of the recommendation published on January 15, 2018 by the Board’s Free Education Committee (FEC). 

    Consistent with the FEC's recommendation are: 

    • Increases scholarships beginning in two years, provided we meet critical fundraising, operating expense, and operating cash surplus goals.
    • Returns The Cooper Union to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students in 10 years.
    • Seeks to generate $250 million over the 10-year timeline to bolster the institution's financial resilience and invest in its world-renowned academic programs.

    Some of the Board's modifications include:

    • Cooper Union will not rais...