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  • Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 2 (Oct. 9-16)

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    Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, Archtober is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life.

    For the fifth year, Archinect & Bustler are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.

    From the extensive roster of Archtober events, here are some highlights to take note of from Oct. 9-16:

    • Paul Rand Closing Party with Kyle Cooper | Oct. 9
      Join us for the grand finale of the exhibition Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand. Star designer Kyle Cooper will reflect on how Rand impacted him as Cooper's teacher at Yale University. Donald Albrecht, MCNY’s Curator of Architecture and Design, will join Cooper afterwards for a brief conversation. We will keep the Rand gallery open for late viewing and signature “Rand” cocktails!
    • National Design Week | Oct. 10-18
      National Design Week celebra...
  • Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Zürich and MIT

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    Rock Print, one of the most technologically-impressive installations at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, is the collaborative project of Gramazio Kohler Research of ETH Zürich and MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab. A towering stone assemblage put together by robots and secured with nothing more than thread, the installation is a reminder that feats of technical ingenuity can also be poetic.

    According to the catalogue description, Rock Print “brings forward a new category of potentially random-packed, poly-disperse structures that can be automatically fabricated in nonstandard shapes.”

    The project differs from existing jammed materials in that it operates on the macroscale, giving it potential architectural applications. And looking at its alien form, well-framed by a doorway into its room in the Chicago Cultural Center, the mind begins to run wild with the formal possibilities.

    Perhaps most remarkable is that with the snip of a knife, the assemblage would fall to pieces (and it will, come clos...

  • Long Island City ‘Micro’ Units Will Have Three Bedrooms

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    A micro apartment is typically less than 350 square feet, but the term “micro” is getting an expansion (figuratively and literally) in Long Island City. A new rental complex will offer 57 two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 490 to 735 square feet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The project at 37-10 Crescent Street is being developed by Ranger Properties.

  • Mastering behavioral master planning: inside The Global Studio

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    For his master's architecture thesis, Geoff Piper proposed reorganizing a Kenyan village with an estimated 70% HIV infection rate so that instead of being isolated in their post-colonial individual land plots, people would regularly cross paths. "There was a funeral every few days," Piper explains, "because for people living in these separate plots, it wasn't easy to grasp the extent of the [HIV] problem." By reorganizing the village to create more frequent public meetings, Piper hoped to raise awareness and stop the spread of the disease. A little over a decade later, Piper is now one of the six principal members of The Global Studio, a collaborative design-build organization that teams with non-profits to master plan settlements around the world. The Global Studio's expertise isn't just technical: it's the rare and difficult art of working successfully with people, whether it's the particular culture of non-profits, tenant farmers, or savvy village teens.

    "We're willing and try ver...

  • Bridge House by Joeb Moore & Partners Architects, LLC

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    The Bridge House is located in Kent, Connecticut, along a 300' ridge that parallels the Housatonic River and Kent Falls State Park. The Kent Falls are a series of cascades formed when the bedrock containing alternating hard and soft layers eroded over time. The most striking experience of this dynamic ecological system is the gradual and cascading flow of rock and water as they slide down over time through the more stable and rooted surroundings of trees, plants, and earth. Our impression of the falls and the more recent historic covered bridges of the area inspired the conceptual design of the Bridge House.

    Translating and mirroring the slow geological flow of bedrock and the more active flows and streams of water above, we invented a strategy where the building becomes a bridge, springing out of the sloping topography. As the house takes on form and volume it turns and spans across the landscape, which rolls directly under it and down the hillside, where the house is anchored by tw...

  • Spiral House by Joeb Moore & Partners Architects, LLC

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    Situated along the Connecticut shoreline of Long Island Sound, the Spiral House seeks to engage, reflect, and enhance the surrounding coastal climate and its atmospherics of light, air, and water. Formally and spatially, the house is a direct, pragmatic response to the strict environmental and local zoning regulations imposed on the building and its site. Conceptually, the house is the resultant form of an interface and tension between two systems of geometry - one projective, the other radial. Through an overlapping construct of spatial progression, growth, and interference, the socio-spatial roles of publicity and privacy; interior and exterior; house and landscape, are intimately connected and entwined, yet also left open-ended and indeterminate, much like the water itself. It is an architecture that operates precisely and creatively within the found and prescribed social and environmental boundaries of the place to produce a dynamic, experience-oriented dwelling.

    In all its detai...

  • Stanley Tigerman on the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "I am stunned, if not thrilled"

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    Stanley Tigerman, the Chicago architect whose 1977 conference, "The State of the Art of Architecture," became the namesake for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, has issued a statement effusively praising the Biennial's execution.

    Co-artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Sarah Herda (director of the Graham Foundation, which hosted Tigerman's 1977 conference) and Joseph Grima, are using the Biennial to illustrate shifting tides in the profession, as architects seek to address multitudes of pressing contemporary issues through architecture, and subsequently diversify the idea of a "traditional" architect.

    Tigerman's initial conference addressed the profession as it dealt with the collective hangover from modernism, and faced an existential crisis of sorts to retain a cohesive cultural and professional identity.

    The Biennial opened on October 3, and Tigerman, in the below letter to the editor, expresses his satisfaction with its execution, his admiration for t...

  • Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films

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    I slowly became more and more of a storyteller and less and less of a painter until I embraced film-making as the only profession that really included everything I liked. It was photography and architecture, music and writing and acting—everything I liked together into one package that was called “film-making”.

    In an interview with The Economist, film director Wim Wenders speaks about the relationship of landscape and architecture in his work, and how focusing on a scene absent of anyone often amplifies the stories of everyone. 

    "I try to make places tell their stories about us," he says. Indeed: from "Paris, Texas" to "Wings of Desire" to "Pina," Wenders' filmmaking agilely pairs emotional and physical terrain.

  • Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy"

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    Fashioned out of traditional larch wood but accented with titanium and a glass latticework that glimmers like a school of fish, she looked schizophrenic, a hybrid of past and future. [...] Gehry is an avid yachtsman, and sailing informs much of his most famous work—think of the billowing motif of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, New York's IAC building, and, most recently, the Louis Vuitton Foundation [...] "On a boat like this, it's about romance and romantic encounters," the architect says.

    It took him nearly 87 years, but Frank Gehry has finally designed his first yacht, for developer Richard Cohen – joining the ranks of Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano and John Pawson who have all taken a stab at nautical design. Gehry's personal sailboat, a Beneteau First 44.7 named "Foggy 1", resides in Marina del Rey.

    Check out more shots of the boat and its interior in the image gallery.

  • Brooklyn Duplex by James Koster Architect, PLLC

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    This project began with the need to combine a pair of ordinary one-bedroom apartments -- one above the other. All the original ceilings, walls, fixtures and finishes were replaced by crisp, modern elements revolving around a new modern stair. These minimalist design elements coordinate effortlessly with the modern furnishings and contemporary African art collection.

  • Get Lectured: University of Oregon, Fall '15

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    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015

    Archinect's Get Lectured is ready for another school year. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    Our next featured poster comes from the University of Oregon, Department of Architecture.

    All lectures free and open to the public.
    EUG = Eugene campus, Lawrence Hall
    PDX = Portland campus, White Stag Block

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Listed below are upcoming events.

    Billy Leddy & Marsha Maytum / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects - San Francisco
    EUG - Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. at LA 206
    PDX - Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. at Room 150

    Luis Hoyos / California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
    EUG - Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. at LA 206
    PDX - Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. at Room 150

    Carrie Strickland & William Neburka...

  • Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats

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    Planners have panned a rocket-shaped tower proposed for a site in Southwark by Russian practice Studio 44, saying it would be a ‘wilfully insensitive insertion on the skyline’

    Studio 44's Russian-investment-backed apartment scheme, which was based on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 space flight, has been scathingly rejected by Southwark planners. The developer and designers behind the proposed 30-flat development (which made no provisions for affordable housing, despite having enough units to do so) apparently did not heed the warnings of planners during the 2011 pre-application submission, when planners indicated that the design likely wouldn't fly. 

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  • Live Blog - Craig Edward Dykers, Snohetta

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    Hello Archinect!

    7pm: We are in Airbnb’s amazing headquarters in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco, for a talk by Craig Dykers from Snohetta. I live blogged Dykers before, so I know we're in for a treat.

    [Dykers was presented by this lovely architect who works at Airbnb and plans their office spaces.]

    CD: This presentation is very graphic, so if you’re at an angle you may want to change seats. There is sex, so you’ll want to see that.

    The lecture is about a question.

    I was in China many years ago, and was learning Chinese. I walked into a fruit stand in Nanjing, and the only thing I recognized was oranges. So I said “Can I have three oranges?” in Chinese and the guy said “yes” and held up four fingers. I was disappointed, and repeated myself—and again he said yes—and counted “one, two, three,” while pointing out the spaces between his fingers.

    That changed everything for me. It’s those things in between the objects that we create where life happens. That’s a valuabl...

  • Repositioning and possible name change of Georgia Tech's College of Architecture underway

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    Georgia Tech is launching a strategic repositioning of its College of Architecture, including a possible name change. "The College of Architecture currently faces several reputational challenges as it seeks to implement its strategic plan that took effect in 2014," Tech said in a posting on its website on Tuesday. "Student enrollment levels in the undergraduate architecture program need significant improvement. [...] its research contributions show similar opportunities for improvement."

  • Photos (and video) of Amanda Levete's MPavilion

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    The 2015 pavilion, founded and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, was designed by AL_A, the studio of award-winning British architect Amanda Levete. The pavilion is made up of 13 large and 30 smaller petal-like shades, supported by four metre high columns.

    Made from carbon fiber poles and roof petals, Amanda Levete's newly opened MPavilion (which runs through February 7th, 2016) also has an acoustic component, courtesy composer Matthias Schack-Arnott of Speak Percussion.

    "Sunset Ritual," as the L.E.D. lighting and music show is known, welcomes the night in Melbourne, Australia.

    Check out a far more swooping, aurally pleasing view of the MPavilion in this video:

  • The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough

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    To stand a fair chance of keeping warming to just 2°C by the end of the century—the de-facto goal of global climate policy—the stock of atmospheric carbon dioxide must be kept under 1 trillion tonnes ... If emissions continue on their present course around 140 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases will be released each year and temperatures could rise by 4.5°C by 2100. And even if countries fully honour their recent pledges, temperatures may still increase by 3.5°C by then.

    In the article, the author lays out an argument that "when negotiators meet in Paris, they need to keep in mind that the world is already suffering from the effects of global warming." At the crux of it lies the fact that the current, so-called "ambitious" plans of the world's largest economies, like the US and China, still fall short of what's needed.

  • Fenlon House by Martin Fenlon Architecture

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    In the little-known neighborhood of Hermon, located just outside of downtown Los Angeles, a dilapidated 1920’s bungalow has undergone a major remodel, bringing new life to the old structure. The new addition to the front of the house forms a unique alliance with the remodeled existing house. This new frontispiece appears to be intimately nested within the older existing house, while maintaining a stark differentiation. The frontispiece has been clad in a clear cedar which contrasts the torched cedar that wraps the rest of the structure. The front addition integrates the house with the adjacent streetscape as it terraces down to the sidewalk and forms a long bench.

    The original gabled porch roof was removed leaving a large triangular opening in the roof which has become a skylight, flooding the interior with natural light. The existing ceiling was removed to expose the original wooden roof structure. The new walnut and teak finishes throughout are similar in tone with this existing wo...

  • A melancholic tour of Sad Topographies

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    Humans have sculpted the landscape in their image ever since the age of the anthropocene began – but aside from our delusions of grandeur (Mt. Rushmore) or engineering marvels (Panama Canal), our sadder, more pathetic selves have also made their mark on the Earth. 

    Sad Topographies, a selection of spitefully named geographical features culled from Google Maps screengrabs, gathers the instances where we couldn’t help but project our miseries onto an unassuming Earth. The collection includes such melancholic gems as Mt. Despair, Crazy Woman Creek, and Mistake Island.

    Let's take a despondent tour, starting with a walk down Sad Road...

    Continuing woefully through Hopeless Pass...

     Before questioning our life choices by Point No Point...

    Followed by shamefully relieving ourselves "Where the devil urinates"...

    In the terrifying shadow of Bloody Dick Peak...

    As we consider shuffling off our mortal coil along Shades of Death Road...

    Until asking ourselves why we even try anymore as the sun sets out...

  • Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020

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    After building 2014's Aktivhaus B10, a house that generates twice as much energy as it uses for its own needs via renewable sources, architect Werner Sobek believes that we have all the technology we need to live in entirely emissions-free cities in only five years. He also understands that to make this shift, he will need the full support of the construction and automotive industries

    “The automotive industry is driving forward the creation of ever more powerful, longer-lasting batteries," Sobek said. "At the same time, the construction industry is working on such solutions as a retrofittable building automation system that can noticeably reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings in a very short amount of time.”

    Sobek believes that the efficient city model could be brought into being via a "Sisterhood Principle" of data sharing, whereby multiple houses, even city districts, exchange information about what energy they are using, storing, and generating, and correspondingly ...

  • Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists – 3,540 feet above ground

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    A section of a new glass-bottomed walkway at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan Province, China, cracked at around 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, causing the tourists on it to understandably freak out. [...] The walkway is suspended at a height of about 1,080 meters, or 3,543 feet. [...] Glass walkways and bridges have become extremely popular in China: The walkway at Yuntai opened on Sept. 20, and just days later a 900-foot glass suspension bridge opened in Yunnan province.

    "A spokesperson for the Yuntai Mountain tourism bureau told People's Daily Online that the cracks occurred after a tourist dropped a stainless steel mug on the walkway."

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  • Hello Wood's "Project Village" shifts architectural focus from urban to rural

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    What is a village? More importantly, how rapidly can one be formed? The 150 academics, students and practicing architects participating in Project Village set out to answer these questions by constructing an entire community in a week, including a stage, a pub, and a residential building. 

    Because the team, led by Hello Wood, was assembled from a group of multi-national participants, there was no pre-existing notion of one national architectural heritage. The resulting installations therefore reflected a globalized 21st century cultural context within the sparse infrastructure of a rural setting, and correspondingly referenced issues such as private property, immigration, and multi-faith communities. 

    Project Village, which debuted in Hungary, is the first stage of a three year process. According to a press release, "During the first phase the creators have established a Village that’s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a ...

  • Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tomás Saraceno's spiders

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    For the first few seconds you’re blind in the darkness. Then a reflex forces your pupils wider and your photoreceptor rod cells become more sensitive, sending a neural signal that alerts you to four glowing cubes that seem to be floating in mid-air in front of your body. It takes another few seconds for the glow to connect to its source, illuminate the supports of the plexiglass boxes, and finally render their content legible: a series of startlingly-complex and impossibly-delicate spiderwebs.

    Here drawing back the curtain doesn’t destroy the magic. Quite to the contrary, Tomás Saraceno’s collaboration with various arachnids for the first Chicago Architecture Biennial has a power that extends beyond some mere trick of the light and runs deeper than a one-liner about non-human construction. It's a reprise of a project he's exhibited before, notably at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, but within an architectural context it conjures a particular significance.

    The Argentine-born, Berlin-based Sara...

  • Neutra's Case Study House 20, formerly owned by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon, is for sale

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    But this is no ordinary celebrity party pad; the unusual property is a showstopper even for the ritzy Pacific Palisades real estate market, and is actually comprised of two different homes. First is Case Study 20 Bailey House, designed by famed architect Richard Neutra and fully restored by Simon. [...] The second part of the estate is a certified LEED Gold, four-bedroom contemporary main house, which Simon built in 2010.

    The entire estate, including both Case Study 20 and Simon's 2010 four-bedroom, is listed at $18M.

  • The Deans List: Amale Andraos of Columbia University's GSAPP

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    The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the head honcho – giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.

    For this issue, we spoke with Amale Andraos, Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York City.