Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."about 6 hours ago from archinect.com
I’m not so critical about New York, because they have this very firm grid-pattern. Even the newer buildings are lined up on good streets. If you stand in front of the Empire State Building, you can’t really guess how tall it is, because it meets the street in a friendly way. [...] It’s not so important how high the building is, or how much it looks like a perfume bottle, it’s more important how it interacts with the city.
Related stories in the Archinect news:
about 9 hours ago from archinect.com
Private property developers are outmanoeuvring councils in housing negotiations and routinely delivering fewer affordable homes than town halls want, an industry analysis has revealed. Amid growing anger at the sale to foreign buyers of almost two-thirds of London’s tallest residential skyscraper, which includes no affordable housing, it has emerged that not one London borough which set targets met them in the last six years.
For more on the increasingly dire state of housing in London, take a look at some past coverage:
Portland responds to homelessness crisis by temporarily allowing 'rough sleeping' on sidewalks and in parksabout 9 hours ago from archinect.com
Portland has embarked on a gentler approach – letting the homeless bunk down on city sidewalks or pitch tents on public rights of way during evening hours, with the understanding they pack up and move out by 7 a.m. The city's "safe sleep policy" is aimed at breaking up the homeless encampments where crime and drug use can fester by allowing people to sleep in public places and sidewalks without fear of being harassed by authorities.
More on the homelessness crisis throughout the US:
- Increasing development translates to more homeless housing
- Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing
- "It’s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis
- Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy
- LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year
about 13 hours ago from archinect.com
Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up is up and running once again. If you've been following the feature on Archinect's Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.
In case you missed them, here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms:
Need job-hunting or hiring tips? Check out Archinect's EMPLOY(ED) series....
about 13 hours ago from archinect.com
The cherry atop 520 West 28th, Penthouse 37 contains five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, including a corner master suite with two windowed dressing rooms and his-and-hers baths nestled on its lower level, which also houses three guest en-suite bedrooms, a utility room, and a wet bar.
Running at a little over $7,269 a square foot, Zaha Hadid's one and only High Line-adjacent luxury penthouse design features a sinuous metal exterior with floor to ceiling glass windows between 10th and 11th avenues in Chelsea. Ismael Levya Architects worked with Zaha Hadid Architects to create the 39-unit condominium, which offers starter units at $25 million.
The latest on Zaha Hadid Architects:
It's now more common for young adults in the US to live with their parents than in any other scenario
In that age group, 32.1 percent of people [ages 18-34] live in their parents' house, while 31.6 live with a spouse or partner in their own homes and 14 percent live alone, as single parents or in a home with roommates or renters. The rest live with another family member, a nonfamily member or in group-living situations such as a college dorm or prison. [...] the rise in the number of young adults living at home started before the economic crash — and so did the possible contributing factors.
The analysis, done by the Pew Research Center, also makes clear that this isn't the all-time high for young adults living at home – that topped out in 1940, at 35%. Still, at that time, it was more common for young adults to have shacked up with a spouse or partner.
Pew is also careful to couch the analysis in the context of other demographic developments, such as the rise of male unemployment and the fact that young adults working today make "less than they would have in their parents' day". And interestingly, as women made more, the rate of women living at home increased as well.
More on shifting residential demographics:
* Eisenman rails against the use of modern software in architecture school, launching a stinging attack on the processes associated with parametric design. “Technology is a cruel tool, because what it does is defer the possibility of the student being creative. The student can take an algorithm, produce 50 alternatives to the same problem … It takes away from you the possibility of value judgment.”
* This post does not reflect my personal sentiments nor I disagree with it. Of course, the timing of the piece is carefully chosen as attention grabbing Venice Biennale news item. It grabbed mine.
Are you stuck at home feeling Biennale-FOMO while everyone else is sipping Campari and sodas in the Arsenale? Assuage it by watching a live tour of the Biennale conducted by Alejandro Aravena tomorrow.
The stream will begin on May 26th at noon (Venice time, assumedly). You can watch it on the T Magazine Facebook.
For more from Venice, check out these links:
A very large 3D printer measuring 20 x 120 x 40 ft (6 x 36 x 12 m) did most of the work, printing the building by extruding a cement mixture layer by layer, in a similar method by which WinSun's 3D-printed homes were made (WinSun is involved in this project too). There were also some additional smaller mobile 3D-printers used too, however. It took 17 days to print the basic building, but it then required finishing both internally and externally.
How many people does it take to 3D print an office? Well, according to Arabian Business, "The labour involved in the printing process included one staff to monitor the function of the printer, in addition to a group of seven people to install the building components on site as well as a team of 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering." Also: the building was completed in 17 days, and saved 50% on labor costs when compared to traditional built projects of a similar size.
Located in Dubai's Emirates Towers complex, the 250 square meter office was installed on its site in two days.
For more on innovations in large-scale 3D printing:
Rome has issued a €500m (£380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital’s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works.
"Saddled with debts of some €12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own."
Or: in search of noblesse oblige during the age of austerity politics.
Of course, Rome isn't the only European city struggling under the weight of debt. Check out these related articles:
- Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe
- Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile
- Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece
- Zaha Hadid says austerity is not an excuse for low-quality housing
- "Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes
about 20 hours ago from archinect.com
Here is a look back at the early stages of unpacking the work of 12 invited architects for the US. Pavilion. Careful storage of the fragile artifacts, some accompanied by diagrams and others with no instructions, echoed the theme of what the 6 Venice Biennale Fellows would face as we unpacked 49 Crates in 3 days!
Some crates contained tools to unpack more crates... others contained models, drawings, more tools, vinyl, parts of columns + other surprises; a bit like Christmas in May with a new appreciation for the process of gift wrapping.
Knolling was a must at all times! Knolling tools and crates. The process of storing 39 crates inside the US Pavilion, along with the size and fragility of all the work and models, was just as intense and required careful attention to where items in the room would be placed, as the team hauled the 39 empty crates back out to the front area of the Pavilion.
After the crates were covered for the rain the was about to follow that week, I was lef...
A City Council committee could take the first steps Tuesday toward mandating that developers include affordable units in new housing complexes to be built in several East Austin neighborhoods. The proposal by Council Member Greg Casar, who chairs the council’s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee, comes as soaring rents have pushed poorer and minority residents out of the city.
The plan would mark a significant shift in direction from the current, incentive-based approach that allows developers to build larger buildings in exchange for including affordable housing units. As it stands now, developers can also pay a fee to the city's housing fund in order to build bigger buildings.
In related news:
Swiss architect Simon Kretz is the lucky protégé who will get to work with David Chipperfield in a year-long architecture mentorship from the 2016-17 Rolex Arts Initiative. The prestigious philanthropic program allows rising young artists worldwide to team up with globally esteemed professionals in their respective disciplines in Architecture, Film, Dance, Literature, Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre. Imagine exchanging ideas with figures like Peter Zumthor, Kazuyo Sejima, or Álvaro Siza, who have all been previously appointed as the architecture mentor.
In selecting his protégé, Chipperfield conducted one-on-one interviews with the three finalists, which included Kretz, Luis Callejas of Colombia, and Anna Puigjaner of Spain — who in fact, won the 2016 Wheelwright Prize just last week.
Gaining experience in Zurich-based firms as well as big-name practices like OMA Rotterdam, Kretz co-founded Christina Nater und Simon Kretz Architekten in 2010 and then he became founding partner of Chri...
Stories from behind the curtains by Kristen Gandy, M. Arch – Taubman College University of Michigan
We really had a crate week. Photo credit: Deniz McGee
The Most Important Room in the Pavilion. Photo credit: Kristen Gandy
After a night of adjusting to the time change, the first day was off bright and early at the pavilion. Thirty-nine giant art crates awaited us in the pavilion’s four rooms. First things first: unpack the tool crate. To un-crate the tool crate, however, we needed a power drill, and the power drills were in the tool crate. Hence, adventure number one. Luckily for everyone, I took a single semester of Italian four years ago in my undergrad, making me the most-fluent speaker of the team. So I wandered among the pavilions in Giardini to find someone kind enough lend a drill for a moment. So for all you future exhibition installers, here is the method of finding what you lack:
First, find an Italian construction team. Ask them, in Italian (very poor Italian, ...
Curious where to find interesting architecture-related happenings in Los Angeles, or where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater L.A. region? Let Archinect and Bustler help you out! We compiled a snappy list of engaging lectures, discussions, upcoming exhibitions and ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other events around town worth knowing about.
Check back regularly so you don't miss out. Have a look at our Los Angeles recommendations for May 23-30.
How Participatory Design is Changing Los Angeles | May 24, recommended by Nicholas Korody
Hosted by the California Historical Society at Gensler's LA offices, this panel discussion will engage with the benefits of soliciting public input in design processes. Putting its money where its mouth is, the panel will be structured around audience questions and attendants will be asked to write down their questions on post-it notes when they arrive. It's a great roster of panelists who really know what they're ...
Whether it be the Middle East, the favelas of Rio, slums of Kenya, New York, Le Havre or Shanghai, JR’s works leave no one indifferent, because they return our gaze and cut to the very heart of our innermost selves. [...] Invited by the “biggest museum in the world”—which also generates the most selfies—JR has set his sights on one of the Louvre’s symbols, the Pyramid, which he intends to transform with a surprising anamorphic image.
The artist JR, best known for his series of giant portraits wheat-pasted in cities around the world, has been commissioned to create a piece for the Louvre. Documenting the progress on his Instagram account, JR has been covering I.M. Pei's iconic glass Pyramid with an anamorphic image of the edifice behind it: the Sully Wing of the Louvre.
"I will never forget this day. Today I'm going to make the Louvre Pyramid disappear," JR told the Humans of Paris Facebook account. "I want to make the Louvre Pyramid disappear because I want people to see themselves alone, just their head and the Louvre.
"I find it funny seeing people taking selfies all day in front of the pyramid but always with their back to the Louvre," he continues. "It says a lot about our society where people turn their back on things and focus on themselves."
For related coverage, check out these links:
“What we’re seeing right now is what I saw in 1996,” said Mr. Lloyd, a former president of sales and development at Cisco. “We all had I.P. routers and everything was done a certain way. At Cisco, we said, ‘You can carry that over the Internet,’ and everyone said, ‘No.’ But those high-speed networks made the Internet possible.” Hyperloop, he said, “will do to the physical world what the Internet did to the digital one.”
Allison Arieff (editorial director at SPUR and former Dry Futures judge) has some questions for Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) after a propulsion test demonstration in the Nevada desert. While the company has managed remarkably fast developments in its tube technology for such high-speeds as the Hyperloop demands, it's nowhere near reality – and Arieff clearly articulates the (many) remaining concerns of such technology, after mere feasibility.
Related on Archinect:
Some people think VR is a second class reality. I am not sure of that
There are some convincing points here by Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers. Just imagine how the humanities future is being shaped by the fast developing technologies.
Anzin media library
Sited in a dip at a distance from the surrounding town, Anzin’s media library is an architectural object with what appears at first sight to be a relatively simple general shape – a large rectangular volume resting on a base with a smaller footprint.
On approaching the building, however, a geometric complexity that is hard to take in at first sight becomes apparent: the outer shell is made up of folded planes, fine curtains of concrete pinched together slightly out of line. This play of articulation and interlocking creates an almost two-dimensional composition, like an intriguing origami model.
Immediately on entering the building, the visitor finds himself directly at the foot of a monumental staircase that occupies almost the entire hall and directs the eye upwards, towards the underneath of the roof, where a set of suspended volumes – enormous “inverted patios” – bring light into the heart of the building: the spatial dimension comes from the ceiling. This is w...
It’s that time of year when London's design district opens its doors to the public for Clerkenwell Design Week and shows the rest of London and the design industry what it has to offer. An impressive showcase of distinct and accomplished talent the three-day event spans; furniture and product design, interior design as well as architecture. This year’s event includes over 120 spaces and directly engages 100 local businesses.
For its seventh year the team have employed the help of local architects OMMX to create a new masterplan that navigates visitors and links eight temporary exhibitions as well as commissioned installations.
With so much creativity on show we thought we would make a few suggestions. Here are Archinect's top recommendations:
Open Showrooms - open throughout the festival
50 Great Sutton Street
102-108 Clerkenwell Road
91 Goswell Road
1 Dallington Street
There's something fun for everyone amid the hustle and bustle in New York City, including architecture and design events! For anyone who is curious about what architecture-related events to fit into your weekly schedules, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of thought-provoking lectures, discussions, upcoming exhibitions and ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other happenings around town worth knowing about.
Check back regularly so you don't miss out. Have a look at our selection of NYC events for May 23-30.
Creative Collaboration | Big Art | May 24, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
The South Cove in Battery Park is a joint design by environmental artist Mary Miss (one of the event's featured speakers), architect Stanton Eckstut, and landscape artist Susan Child.
The notion of the architect as a master collaborator is starting to finally overtake its casting as the lone genius, slaving away in solitude on their creative creation. One of the architect...
A building blending into the landscape
Located at the approach to the town of Mattaincourt, the new medico-social establishment (“Maison d’Accueil Spécialisé” - MAS) blends into the landscape, merging with the topography of the surrounding area. It preserves the landscape. Its roof, onto which the local meadowland extends, contributes to the building’s integration. From the road, the disposition of the building hints at the hollows of the large inner garden and the collective terrace that opens onto the landscape.
The programme for the operation is divided between the two levels. Level with the garden is the administration, staff premises, and public reception areas providing the transition between public and private areas. The forty rooms for residents, common living areas and treatment stations are on the upper floor, looking out over the landscape.
On this upper floor, the traffic areas are generously dimensioned for fluid movement, and all have natural light, thanks to the presence...
These public pools, or sundlaugs, serve as the communal heart of Iceland, sacred places whose affordability and ubiquity are viewed as a kind of civil right....The pool is Iceland’s social space: where families meet neighbors, where newcomers first receive welcome, where rivals can’t avoid one another.
Dan Kois considers how communal pools and the sociability of soaking, are "a key to Icelandic well-being."
On a related note, Dan Hill recently published an essay reflecting on ‘The Pool’, a book published as part of The Australian pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The interviews collected therein he finds, make a case for the pool as the authentically antipodean contribution to urbanism, a distinctly Australian public place, the country’s piazza.
Thirty-five partners have achieved their Challenge energy or water savings goals, all ahead of schedule...These partners accomplished their energy, water and financing goals through a combination of innovative solutions and proven strategies, which are openly exchanged through the Better Buildings Solution Center website.
The latest data from U.S. DOE Better Buildings program shows that partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. A new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s important.
...Given all the harm we know air pollution can cause, does cycling actually help, or could it hurt? After all, I’m not breathing in the foul fumes of a truck when I’m sitting inside an air-conditioned train. I’m certainly not breathing them in deeply, as I would while huffing and puffing on my cycle. Air pollution kills more than 5 million people every year, yet there has been no analysis of the costs versus benefits of city cycling. Until now.
Long story short: keep biking. Researchers found that, in almost every city around the world, the health benefits of biking "far exceed" the damage than can be caused by breathing in dirty air. Even in the worst polluted cities in the world, you have to ride at least 60 minutes a day to be more harmed than helped.
For more on the dirty air polluting cities around the world, check out these links:
The Experienced: Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith, editors of "20 Over 80: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design" on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #24
20 over 80: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design is the antidote to those breathless, over-hyped lists you’ve seen, trying to predict which baby-faced youngster will be the next big thing in their creative practice. A compilation of unique interviews with such greats as Milton Glaser, Michael Graves, Phyllis Lambert, Jens Risom, Denise Scott Brown and Deborah Sussman, 20 over 80 not only draws a thread through the last century of creative practice, but is also a testament to the talented people whose lifetime of experience came to define today’s design and architecture.
Editors Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith joined me to discuss how they approached the dream assignment of interviewing such "legends", and the surprising similarities and differences running through the interviewees' history.
Listen to One-to-One #24 with Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith:
Casa Linder is a 3,700 square foot single-family residence located in a well-established, but transitional East Dallas neighborhood. Informed by the owner’s fondness for reclaimed materials, and inspired by the historic architecture of the Texas Blackland Prairie homestead vernacular, Casa Linder embraces the architectural heritage of the earliest Dallas settlers by blending the simple forms and materials of the original prairie dwellings with contemporary planning and crisp detailing.
The roof and exterior walls are clad in recycled, corrugated steel panels intended to patina to a rusty, weathered finish. At each of the south and north elevations, the walls are clad in reclaimed snow fencing planks. A gabion wall provides privacy to the pool area and gives texture to the composition of the front elevation. The interior finishes are modest, consistent, and neutral throughout.
The organization of the plan is conceived as a series of individual “modules” linked together by a conti...
If twenty or so policemen shut down your architecture exhibition, it’s probably a sign that you’re doing something right. Far from the antiseptic tedium that characterizes so many architecture events these days, the second iteration of One-Night Stand LA, "the Rendezvous", was a raucous affair and all the better for it.
Beer flowed from the bar-cum-installation designed and staffed by Happy Hour Agency, a creative agency that hosts a “conceptual cocktail pop-up” every few months in the Highland Park neighborhood. As you waited in line for a drink (or a tube of alcoholic toothpaste), a harlequin face would appear from a hole in the wall and grin at you.
Just down the hall, a major highlight was the installation by Jennifer Bonner and Volkan Alkanoglu, which comprised an “architectural crime scene” replete with taped off floor plans, number tags and description cards. One “victim,” so to speak, was John Hejduk’s Wall House II. The installation worked well both as a one-liner and with mo...
Housing First, a federal policy for ending chronic homelessness that grew out of initiatives in Los Angeles and New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s, provides what appears to be the most effective solution to homelessness in the United States: actually housing people. Since implementing Housing First programs in Utah in 2005, Salt Lake City reported up to a 91% reduction in their rate of the chronically homeless.
the artist says we should not “sentimentalise or romanticise” the crisis, which has seen more than 2,000 children die on their way to Europe. [...] Ai first visited Lesbos on Christmas Day last year, and has since dedicated most of his life to helping refugees there, even moving his studio to the island. [...] “The goal is to make everyone conscious of the struggle of refugees. We need to protect humanity. The fight is endless. If we don’t fight, our children have to fight,” he says.
Related on Archinect:
- Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media
- UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters
- Curator of MoMA's “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" on palliative refugee architecture
- What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?
- Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience