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  • Omaha to improve its Metro (for free!)

    about 9 hours ago from

    At the end of May, Metro will debut its FORWARD plan: a fully reconfigured bus network that emphasizes more frequency, better night and weekend service, direct lines through high-ridership corridors, and grid-style access to many parts of the city. The top five routes will now all get 15-minute peak service... Rather than lobby for more taxpayer funding or jack up fares, Metro looked for more efficient ways to use its existing resources.

  • Monica Ponce de Leon appointed as new dean of Princeton Architecture

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    Monica Ponce de Leon has been appointed as the next dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, effective January 1, 2016. Since 2008, Ponce de Leon has served as dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor  where she is heavily involved in The Digital Fabrication Lab, aka FABLab. In her educational approach, Ponce de Leon is a leading figure in applying robotic technology in building fabrication and is a proponent in strengthening studio as the central and all-pervasive educational device.

    Before Taubman, she served as a professor for 12 years at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as well as Director of the Digital Lab. She co-founded the firm Office dA in 1991 and then began her own design practice, MPdL Studio, in 2011.

    Throughout her career, Ponce de Leon has received several awards including the prestigious National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Mus...

  • Graham Foundation Announces 2015 Individual Grants

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    Olafur Eliasson, Charles Rice and Iwan Baan are among the artists, scholars, photographers, and other architecturally-oriented professionals who are being awarded individual grants by the Graham Foundation this evening. The awards ceremony and reception, which is being live streamed as of 6 PM CDT, is being held in The Madlener House, the foundation's headquarters since 1963. This year, the foundation is awarding $490,000 in grants for 63 projects to individuals who "advance new scholarship in the field of architecture, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society." The list of presenters at the ceremony includes Noritaka Minami, Candace Taylor, Lluis Ortega, and Tiffany Lambert, all of whom are 2015 grant winners.

    There are five principal categories in which the awards have been granted: Exhibition, Film/Video/New Media, Public Program, Publication, and Research. Some of the...

  • Office Machelen by Wil-Ma Architectenbureau

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    New façade for an abandoned office building.


    A large office building situated in a residential park. The assignment was to have the façade engage more with the surrounding residential neighborhood, while also hinting at a new corporate culture on the inside (co-working, ‘anders werken’) that was more like home than work.

    The existing concrete structure was still in usable condition, and formed a practical, harmonic base.
    When we first visited the building, it had been abandoned for quite some time, and it stood awkwardly in the park , a symbol of despair for the unlucky homeowners who had to look at it each day.

    We did love, however, how it was surrounded by nature (lots of nature) and how the many trees on the plot were reflected in the existing windows. Unfortunately, there was little connection between inside and outside. And the façade was more neighborhood bully than residential landmark.

    The new house on the block.

    Through the application of a white brick faça...

  • Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities

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    Understanding the nuances of city stories, and tracing those tensions, requires immersion and patience. Whether we are writing about police work, protests, squatting, free parties, banking or parkour, the best socially engaged journalism – like the best university research – is rooted in participation, spiked with empathy, and resists being reduced to spectacle fodder. As any war correspondent will tell you, immersion can also be dangerous...

    Bradley Garrett recounts his own infiltration into urbex (urban exploration) communities, and provides a list of the "five most influential 'gonzo' ethnographies." If you aren't familiar with Garrett's work, be sure to check it out. In particular, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City is a must-read primer on sneaking into the secret corners of the city. In a way, urbex picks up where the Situationists left off, reimagining the urban environment as a giant, unending game board.

    1. On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman​  
    2. Women and Bullfighting: Gender, Sex and the Consumption of Tradition by Sarah Pink 
    3. Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S Thompson 
    4. Good Company: A Tramp Life by Douglas Harper 
    5. Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging by Jeff Ferrell 
  • Oak Pass Main House by Walker Workshop

    about 16 hours ago from

    The Oak Pass main house sits on the top of a 3.5 acre ridge site with panoramic canyon views.  There are over 130 protected Oak trees on the property.  The house was sited to take advantage of the views without the house becoming a central visual focus.  The massing was reduced by utilizing an “upside down” program with the public spaces located above the bedrooms, which are buried into the hill and protected beneath a vegetated roof.  A lower level courtyard allows light and air to flow to the buried hallway of the bedroom level.  A seventy five foot long lap pool with infinity edges on three of four sides, bisects the house and slips beneath one of the largest oaks on the property.  The house is primarily constructed of structural concrete allowing for long, column free spans. 

  • Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley will curate 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

    about 16 hours ago from

    In a press release issued today, the Istanbul Design Biennial announced that powerhouse architectural historians, theorists and educators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley will curate the 3rd Biennial, taking place in 2016. Both are based in New York City (and happen to be married) – Colomina teaches and is a curator at Princeton University, and Wigley recently stepped down from his deanship at Columbia University's GSAPP.

    The Biennial's agenda is to bring together a diversity of ideas and people within the design community to an international forum, and consider global issues from a design-minded perspective. Colomina and Wigley will announce the Biennial's "conceptual framework" in December 2015.

    Their selection also continues the Biennial's trend of selecting international architecture figures for its curators – 2012's Biennial was headed by architects and researchers Emre Arolat (Istanbul) and Joseph Grima (Genoa), and 2014's was led by curator and writer Zoë Ryan (Chicago-based). ...

  • Starhill Gallery by SPARK

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    SPARK’s landmark redesign of the 40,000 sqm Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur's premier shopping mall, has placed the building on the world architecture and retail stage. The highly sculptured glass and stone folded façade, inspired by the tailoring of Christian Lacroix's theatre costumes, engages with the public realm giving it powerful new brand image. A triple height flagship corner pavilion for the luxury French retailer LVMH exemplifies the classic, well-manufactured and timeless quality of the products on sale. The lightweight steel and glass façade’s crystalline form is the first of its kind in Malaysia reinforcing Starhill’s position as the foremost luxury shopping destination in Southeast Asia.

  • Tank18 by Martinkovic Milford Architects

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    Full architectural design and services to convert an existing 6,300 square foot industrial warehouse to a wine tasting room, bottling facility, and events space. The space celebrates the wine making process by drawing design inspiration from the wine bottles, pallets, barrels, and tanks that make it all possible. Movable tables are crafted from wooden pallets and allow a flexible floor plan for hosting events. The custom bar uses metallic patterns from wine storage tanks and features torched wood from wine barrels. The walls are lined with empty wine bottles that function as inventory available for purchase and filling.

  • Share your failed (or near-failed) studio projects

    about 17 hours ago from

    The discussion in this thread brought up an interesting point - a project that gets bad grades in studio doesn't necessarily equate to a bad project.

    I shared a link to a project that almost failed - I got a 4 on the Danish grading scale - equivalent to a B-/C+ or thereabouts. 

    I spent a lot of time sourcing rattan and learning to use the material. I also spent a lot of time prototyping this chair (two prototypes before the final) with very ad hoc resources, since the wood shop didn't have the equipment I needed. I built a stove-top steam box at home and used the gas flame to bend the rattan.

    My studio instructor for this course derided my design as a "beach chair for drinking pina coladas in" (I still can't see the bad in this?)

    Here's the kicker: in the very next semester that same studio instructor, seemingly 'inspired' by my (near-failed) project, went to the very same rattan workshop that I had sourced and bought up a supply of rattan for his whole studio. He then bought 10 gas tor...

  • ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues

    about 17 hours ago from

    In an apparent video message, ISIS forces occupying the ancient city of Palmyra and its environs have stated that they do not intend to bulldoze its architecture, but plan to “pulverize” unspecified statues that they believe have been worshipped by “heretics” in the past. [...] The veracity of the message cannot be independently confirmed, but it has been assumed to be authentic by specialists on the subject, including the journalist Hassan Hassan, co-author of “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.”


    Meanwhile in Palmyra: ISIS executes more than 300 civilians in Syria’s Palmyra

  • Red Building, Pacific Design Center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

    about 17 hours ago from

    The Red Building completes the Pacific Design Center, a West Hollywood landmark that spans over 40 years of design and construction. The first building (nicknamed the “Blue Whale”) was designed by Cesar Pelli when he was Partner for Design at Gruen Associates, and was completed in 1975. The Green Building, along with a smaller freestanding outpost of the Museum of Contemporary Art, followed in 1988. With the addition of the Red Building, the horizontal Blue Building and the chamfered Green Building are reinvented as elements in a new composition around the 5.6-hectare (14-acre) site’s plaza.

    The most dynamic of the three, the Red Building is composed of two curved, sloping towers atop seven levels of parking. The five-story West Tower slopes inward against the Hollywood Hills to the north. The eight-story East Tower continues the gesture, curving upward and culminating in a high point to the east.

    Between the two towers is an eight-floor courtyard verdant with palm trees. The walls fa...

  • Master the Business Side of Your Architecture Firm

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    This post is brought to you by BQE ArchiOffice.

    Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. Sure, they may delegate that authority to someone who knows more than they do about balance sheets, income statements and financing, but a firm’s principals are ultimately responsible for the decisions made and actions taken in their organization.

    For many small architecture firms, principals don’t have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters. In some instances, firm owners use other employees to assist with day-to-day operations.

    Jennifer Pullinger writes in the “Architect Magazine” that Belmont Freeman, FAIA, of Belmont Freeman Architects in New York City, “delegates some of the firm’s financial management to individual project architects.” Freeman also explains in the article that he creates “processes that allow them to continually examine key metrics for their firm. It’s good to have an associate in the ...

  • The End of a Tradition

    about 18 hours ago from

    For as long as I have been a student at Cal Poly Pomona, there has been a tradition of showing a dance video during the end-of-the-year Bauhaus Ball. In the past it has been a fun display of our silliness throughout the endless days and sleepless nights, but these past two years have been a forceful attempt to record reluctant, exhausted students as they half-heartedly wiggled their bodies. As the reluctance heightens, the more we are willing to let go of a tradition.

    Last year, Zachary Green and Samuel Rubio invited me to assist them in a separate video project, on top of the yearly dance video. "Night", in some ways, was a tribute to the graduating class, acting similarly to the first several dance videos. This year, Sam and Zack have once again taken it upon themselves to create a second short film to end not only the school year--my last year in undergrad--but also the possible end to the Cal Poly Pomona dance video tradition. 

  • Chinese game developer designs HQ after Star Trek USS Enterprise

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    The 260-meter long, 100-meter wide, six-floor building was built by Hong Kong-listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft, whose founder Liu Dejian — a 43-year-old University of Kansas alumni — is a huge [Trekkie]...With a total investment of 600 million yuan ($97 million), the building was inspired by the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E, which appeared in three “Star Trek” movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

    Sources report that construction of the office building started in October 2010 and was then completed in May 2014.

    Check out the building on Google Maps or in the drone footage below.

  • China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge

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    Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July. Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop. In comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States is 21 meters (69 feet) in length and stands 219 meters (718 feet) above the canyon floor.

  • Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says

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    Between 925 and 1,960 units citywide have been removed from the housing market by hosts renting out entire units on Airbnb for more than 58 days, the [San Francisco Budget & Legislative Analyst's] report estimates. [...] The report draws a comparison between the number of evictions in neighborhoods with the most hosts, though notes there is no way to draw a direct connection. In the Mission, for example, there were 315 hosts last year and 323 evictions.

  • They're promising us jetpacks again (and deeper basements)

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    Floating cities and high rise farms are also predicted to shape Britain’s landscape for future generations, according to some of the country’s leading experts. In new research they outline the future form of the places where people will live and work. Spaceports for travel to the Moon and Mars are also expected to become a reality within the next 100 years, they say.

  • Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C.

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    Instead, he lives on Buena Vista Terrace SE, a grim stretch of low-rise apartments pushed up against the Maryland border. And on Buena Vista Terrace, just standing outside can get you in trouble. [...] The law is meant to fight disorderly conduct, but some lawyers and the people arrested for the “crime” say it’s routinely used to harass people seen as undesirable: protesters, the homeless, and black men.

  • Controversy over Hitler's Prora beach resort continues

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    Axel Bering and Michael Jacobi, the main investors behind the Prora project, claim they could not care less about a building once being dedicated to Hitler. [...] He and his partner, Michael Jacobi, both confess that because they had to comply with German regulations, their investment carries some Third Reich architecture qualities. They did, however, add a balcony, but otherwise they see Prora as a nice beach town and a solid investment.

    Artist impressions of various sections of the Prora colossus and their new make-up (source: Seebad Prora):


  • Etsy seeking Art + Furnishings Project Manager in Brooklyn, NY, US

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    Etsy is seeking an Art & Furnishings Project Manager to join the Workplace Ecology and Design Team. You’re a superstar at project management, and know how to translate a multifaceted creative vision into reality. Working with the Arts and Interior Design Lead, you’ll be responsible for outfitting Etsy’s offices with quality local handmade pieces in a variety of platforms on a rotating basis. Etsy is dedicated to highlighting and supporting its community members; we inject our workplace environments with their creations and voices. Our workstations, meeting tables and support furnishings are developed by local makers in each of our global locations. Local Artwork showcased in our offices is continuously expanding; from unique objects displayed in gallery vitrines to large-scale installations.  Our workspaces reflect the Etsy mission and community!

    About the Team
    The Workplace Ecology & Design team is responsible for designing, programming and operating Etsy’s offices around the world. ...

  • Philip Johnson's Tent of Tomorrow still stands, but what should happen to it?

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    During the [1964-65 World's Fair], the elliptical Tent of Tomorrow was used as a versatile performance space...But not much has been done to preserve the structure since the fair ended in 1965...At the moment, there are no formal proposals, and ['Modern Ruin' film director Matthew Silva] admits it’ll be hard to raise funds without one. But he hopes the film, as well as his advocacy group, will get people thinking about what can be done.


    The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow'

    Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map

    "Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion

    Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2014

  • Frank Gehry, ELEMENTAL, Architecture 00 Ltd, and PLACE by Design are among this week's many winners

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    At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

    Here's recap #61 for May 18-22, 2015 below:

    The winners of INSIDE2015 

    Morpholio revealed the winners of their INSIDE2015 competition, which promotes the works-in-progress of today's emerging talent.

    Design Museum announces Designs of the Year 2015 category winners

    The Design Museum in London announced the category winners of their annual Designs of the Year competition. This year's batch includes deformed vegetables for an anti-food waste campaign, a distinctive eco-friendly university building, and microchips that imitate human organs. (Pictured: Architecture Category Winner - UC INNOVATION CENTER – ANACLETO ANGELINI by Elemental.)

    Winners of the Mongolian Cool School Design Challenge 

    Participants in the Building Trust International's 6th annual competition submitted designs of an...

  • College wins $5.5MM lawsuit against firm for use of unlicensed architects

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    The community college had sued architectural and design firm Burt Hill Inc., now known as Stantec Architecture and Engineering LLC, for using unlicensed architects with no higher-education project experience and interns from Drexel University after being promised services from "senior-level" professionals [...] Additionally, the community college claimed Burt Hill caused delays in the project and upped the final price of construction by over 50 percent from $28 million to $42 million.

  • Starchitect Rafael Vinoly to Design a 10-Story Meatpacking District Building

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    Look out—not up—because there’s a new low-rise Rafael Vinoly-designed building coming our way. The architect mastermind behind the city’s tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue, has just been chosen to to design a comparatively demure ten-story office-and-retail building in the Meatpacking District, reports The Real Deal. The new addition is being developed by Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital Associates and is located on the former site of Prince Lumber at 61 Ninth Avenue.

  • France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings

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    A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.