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  • An (almost seamless) Glass Museum

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    This combination of high-tech and hands-on making would be repeated over and over in the process of designing, curating and fitting out the wing

    Last month Alexandra Lange reviewed the Corning Museum of Glass’s new 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing, by Thomas Phifer and Partners.

  • The Underline holds Public Interest Meetings in Miami

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    Our vision is to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into an iconic linear park, world-class urban trail and living art destination.

    The Underline is a proposal to activate the 10 mile space underneath Miami’s elevated metro rail into an urban trail.  This initiative was a collaboration between the organizers of The Underline nonprofit, The University of Miami School of Architecture, and Miami Dade County.  Recently, James Corner Field Operations won a proposal to develop a master plan for the area.  This is a continued involvement by the firm, as they already are developing strategies for the Lincoln Road area of Miami Beach, and developed Knight Plaza between the art and science museums in Downtown Miami.  

    Over the course of this weekend, organizers and volunteers of The Underline are putting together public meetings to gauge ideas from the locals of what they want for the future linear park.  Holding interactive presentations, members of the community were asked to vote on preselected ideas by Field Operations, write in their own ideas, draw out ideas on maps showcasing the scope of the project, and open poste...

  • Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop)

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    A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future—including a Hyperloop, “3D-printed gourmet delicacies,” and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].

    Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign here.

  • Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end

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    In 2013, Copenhagen—a city of ebullient cyclists—launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets—expensive, but designed for a place whose people and visitors truly believed cycling was the best way forward. Now the city that pioneered its first shared bikes in 1995 is facing a stark possibility: no bike share scheme at all.

  • How fault creep is (very slowly) tearing one California town apart

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    South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. [...] This is Hollister, California, a town being broken in two slowly, relentlessly, and in real time by an effect known as “fault creep.” A surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city. As if its grid of streets and single-family homes was actually built on an ice floe, the entire west half of Hollister is moving north along the Calaveras Fault, leaving its eastern streets behind.

  • Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris

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    Jean Nouvel, the famed French architect, on Thursday lost a court battle against a £280 million Paris concert hall he designed but whose architecture he claimed had been "martyred" and "sabotaged". Mr Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, an ultra-modern building in the French capital's eastern Parc de La Vilette, accusing project managers of cutting corners to save money during its completion.


  • FILM: The Northparker signals change in a once-blighted San Diego district

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    Breadtruck Films captures a glimpse of The Northparker's impact in the booming Northpark neighborhood of San Diego in the nearly 6.5-minute film, "The Northparker". Designed by architect/developer Jonathan Segal, the monolithic mixed-use structure has 27 stylish residential units tucked inside in addition to four hipster-friendly restaurants that offer craft beer and street food. Plus, the building received a 2015 AIA Housing Award yesterday.

    Watch the whole film right below. (Adorable-kid commentary included.)

  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Interiors" 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 Interiors.

    A-Frame Re-Think in Fire Island Pines, NY by Bromley Caldari Architects; Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama

    Graveney School Sixth Form Block in Tooting, London, UK by Urban Projects Bureau; Photo: Kilian O'Sullivan

    Roof Apartment in Polítia, Greece by Savvas Sarafidis

    Rozet in Arnhem, the Netherlands by Neutelings Riedijk Architects; Photo: Scagliola/Brakkee © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

    Jesuit High School Chapel of the North American Martyr in Carmichael, CA by Hodgetts + Fung; Photo: Joe Fletcher

    Synagoge Chabad Lubawitsch in Berlin, Germany by nps tchoban voss; Photo: Julia Jungfer

    Peribere Residence in Miami Beach, FL by ...

  • Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots

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    [Researchers at Tsinghua University] discovered that an applied electrical current causes the gallium alloy to drastically alter its shape. Changing the voltage applied to the metal allowed it to 'shape-shift' into different formations. When the current was switched off, the metal returned to its original drop shape. [...] they realized that bringing it into contact with a flake of aluminum caused a reaction creating hydrogen bubbles that allowed it to move of its own accord.

    The metal alloy in question is made mostly of gallium, which is liquid at <30 degrees Celsius. Researchers think that the material could have profound implications for medical science, in particular the delivery of drugs into the blood stream. Professor Liu Jing, leader of the research team at Tsinghua University, believes the discovery could lead to a "robot for the veins".

    See the material in action below: 

  • Pratt GAUD Exhibition 2015 by SOFTlab

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    This year Michael along with Ryan Whitby worked with a group of students to produce Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture & Urban Design exhibition of student work in the Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery. Each year the course produces an installation that explores digital fabrication methods as while showcasing the previous year’s student work. The opening of the exhibition coincides with In Process, the annual publication of student work. The curatorial component of the exhibition is meant to contrast the more traditional way of indexing the work through In Process.

    This year’s GAUD exhibition grouped the visual work of the previous year in a large hanging installation. The collection of work takes the form of a field of hanging panels that have been precisely rotated to form a spatial catalog of the work. The panels are rotated in a way to both visually reveal and obscure slices of the work as visitors move around the floating volume forming a three dimensional lenticular effec...

  • Why does OMA produce successful offspring? What is their secret?

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    It is like OMA has monopolized the field. If you don't work or have close connects at OMA the odds are stacked against you. What kind of ritual witchcraft is going on behind the scenes there specifically? There is such a long list of successful OMA alumni. You don't see that for other firms. 

    Also, how can I get my foot in the door there as an intern? Can anyone show me examples of accepted portfolios? Do you  need to know someone to get in or do you have to have a certain work style? Help me crack the code please. Regards

  • Rocking Stone Belvedere by Barna D. Kovacs

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    Architecture and landscape approach

    An architectural idea competition had been organized to collect the best proposals for a landmark lookout to be situated on the top of Bence Hill close by Budapest. Our design took advantage of the area’s unique granite rock formations that came about as a result of water and wind erosion. These formations are rocking stones and they are popular meeting and resting places for the locals and tourists. Our design symbolically and visually connects with the rocking stone sites around the hill, thus sustaining harmony between the newly built structure and its environment. The natural atmosphere had to be maintained in a very original way, so that the landscaping and the proposed artifact only afflict the vicinity of the construction site. The enrichment of the region’s tourist values may be further developed via connecting the hiking paths, symbolically and content wise. The adjoined Pákozd, Sukoró, Bence-Hill paths could be a great tourist attraction....

  • 2015 AIA Housing Awards continue to foster designing high-quality housing for all

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    Residential design doesn't have to stop at neat rows of identical apartment buildings or houses, although sometimes it's what is inside a home that can leave the biggest impression. But what's most important is the availability of high-quality housing that suits the various needs for people from all walks of life. The AIA likes to promote these residential-design qualities in their Housing Awards, one of their several annual architectural awards programs.

    For 2015, ten recipients received awards in three of the four awards categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Specialized Housing. The jury didn't select any winners for the One/Two Family Production Housing category this year.

    Get a glimpse of this year's winning projects, which include an apartment building that supports former homeless families, a housing community for senior-aged LGBT residences, and a cottage cluster for musicians, to name a few.

    Multifamily Housing

    Broadway Affordable Housing; Santa Mon...

  • "Clarity and Contradiction": Part II of our conversation with Kevin Roche, and a discussion about Patrik Schumacher's latest Facebook rant on Archinect Sessions #25

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    Paul's back from Peru, just in time for our 25th episode! And thanks to Patrik Schumacher, it's mostly about criticism. We respond to a polemic/rant left by Schumacher on his Facebook page, "In Defense of Stars and Icons", and consider not simply his argument, but its presentation – how publishing these ideas on a personal Facebook page ultimately says more about celebrity and criticism than Schumacher's exorbitant word count can. In the end, we applaud Schumacher – not for his argument necessarily, but for his performative act of posting such. Now, more than ever in the saturated critical sphere of new media, the medium is the message.

    We also finish up the interview Amelia did with Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche, and hear his thoughts on sprawl and the undeniable human instinct to gather. Roche is a quiet heavyweight in architecture, amassing an incredible extent of work across multiple eras of architectural history, all without paying any heed to "starchitecture", in any form. ...

  • Christopher Hawthorne remembers the LACMA that once was

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    As the museum turns 50 this year and debate continues about LACMA Director Michael Govan's plan to replace the Pereira buildings (and a later addition by Hugh Hardy) with a giant new wing by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it's worth remembering how the original LACMA campus was greeted — as well as a few things about the Los Angeles into which it was born.

    Related: Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan

  • JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal

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    [JetBlue Airways] reportedly wants to get into the hotel business by partnering with New York-based hotel developer MCR Development to turn the landmarked terminal into a 500-room hotel. The deal isn't final—the parties are in 'advanced negotiations'—so things could still fall apart...The Port Authority previously chose hotelier Andre Balazs as the developer, but Balazs backed out after realizing how long the project would take. He told the [WSJ] his company had 'more interesting opportunities.'

    Previously: Hotelier Andre Balazs to convert JFK’s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center

  • Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon

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    New York City this week will officially break ground on a spot near the Staten Island Ferry terminal where the world’s tallest observation wheel will rise — unless Dubai builds a bigger one first. The Dubai Eye started erecting its 690-foot wheel a week ago. [...] The 630-foot New York Wheel seeks to dethrone the 550-foot High Roller in Las Vegas as the tallest in the world.

    Previously: Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Plans To Build World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

  • Amanda Baillieu weighs in on "Architect-free" Open Source Architecture

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    We are told that the “architecture of tomorrow” needs to be networked, collaborative and inclusive, drawing its inspiration from crowdsourcing, open access and mass customisation. But to do this “architecture must be put into the hands of people themselves” and the architect possibly “guillotined”. [...] This is inflammatory stuff [...].

  • Envisioned as tallest tower in Turkey, Ankara's partially-built Republic Tower is now heading for demolition

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    Started in 2003 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and intended to be Turkey’s tallest tower, the partially-constructed Republic Tower in Ankara’s Keçiören district will now be demolished after the Ankara Municipal Assembly rejected its zoning plan. [...] First started in 2003 and stalled since 2008, the 144-meter tall tower which has already cost TRY 27 million (USD 10 million) will now be demolished.

    Related: Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling

  • UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation

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    “The School of Architecture has a long history of helping to reshape and revitalize the South Florida community,” said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. “We are pleased that Knight Foundation has chosen to support this unique project that will have a lasting impact on communities in need of assistance.”

    The University of Miami School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring “third places” – community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers – into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

    The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment. The grant will support Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

    “A major challenge in the Miami metro area is the disconnect between extraordinarily wealthy neighborhoods and boom areas and long-struggling urban neighborhoods such as Allapatah, Little Haiti and Opa-locka,” said Charles Bohl, associate professor an...

  • Context: disregard

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    MORPHOSIS - the LA-based architecture firm popular for the San Francisco Federal Building and Cooper Union's 41 Cooper Square - has been selected from a total of 8 shortlisted firms to design a monstrosity in Vals, Switzerland.  Vals may sound familiar to many architecture enthusiasts because perhaps one of Peter Zumthor's most influential works lies at the foothills that carve the cascading valleys of the small town.  A village with a population barely cresting 1,000 inhabitants, Vals has seen a recent explosion in tourism partially due to the Thermal Baths but also for its scenic backdrops and remoteness.  With a new 1,250 foot high tower moving in, there may be many more people flocking to this quiet village negatively impacting its agricultural practices and quaint old-country atmosphere.

    Contextualism in architecture has fluctuated in importance and focus over time.  Many of the most popular 'starchitects' of their days flagrantly disregarded context (apologies Mr. Frampton) see...

  • Three teams left to compete for St. Petersburg Pier redesign

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    Just three proposals left in the second attempt of the St. Petersburg Pier design competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. Back in 2012, "The Lens" by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Tom Leader Studio won the original competition, but that design was kicked to the curb after local group Concerned Citizens of St. Pete fiercely opposed it -- mostly because it eliminated the pier's iconic inverted pyramid that was built in 1973. The group's request to preserve the pyramid became a requirement for RFQ #2.

    A final shortlist of seven new proposals was revealed last December. The Pier Selection Committee convened on March 20 to discuss each proposal, and then narrowed down the list to the following three proposals and their current designs:

    ALMA by Alfonso Architects
    Original proposal.

    Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group
    Original proposal.

    The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
    Original proposal.

    Each team is now preparing responses to an additio...

  • Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition

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    On April 15, 2015, University of Michigan's President Mark ​Schlissel and Taubman College Architecture and Urban Planning Dean Monica Ponce de Leon broke ground with donor, A. Alfred Taubman on the new wing of the Art & Architecture building. [...] The ceremonial shoveling of the ground was performed by Taubman College's Kuka robot, normally used for architectural digital fabrication research, painted maize and blue for the occasion.

    Previously: University of Michigan revives plan for architecture school addition and doubles budget to $28M

    Also, don't miss our recent Dean's List feature with Monica Ponce de Leon, the Dean at UM's Taubman College.

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #65

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    Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, check out the latest EOTD features:

    1. Guild (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    2. studioTECHNE (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Manager

    3. Brook Landscape (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Junior Landscape Architect

    4. Hamilton Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Captain

    5. Bureau V (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Junior - Mid-Level Freelance Architect

    To follow Employer of the Day, like Archinect's Facebook page.

  • Protests at Renzo Piano's new Whitney Museum building

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    The Whitney Museum of American Art has yet to open its doors in a new location in the meatpacking district, but on Tuesday night it unwittingly played host to its first radical art exhibition. At 11 p.m., activists from groups including Occupy Museums and Occupy the Pipeline gathered on the street in front of the museum for a performance art-style demonstration about a natural gas pipeline that is adjacent to the $422 million building and its vast art collection.