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  • Yayoi Kusama 'Narcissus Garden' on view at the Rockaways this summer

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    The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s reflective Narcissus Garden, which she first showed at the Venice Biennale in 1966, is set to open in the Rockaways on July 1. The work, which is comprised of 1,500 mirrored, stainless steel orbs, will be installed in a former train garage at New York’s Fort Tilden, a former US military base on the beach. Kusama’s Narcissus Garden was also on view at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in 2016 and at England’s Chatsworth House in 2009.

    Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, T9 building. Site of Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden for Rockaway! 2018. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Pablo Enriquez.

    "Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966 when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd Venice Biennale," explains the project description issued today by MoMA PS1. "The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds. Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words 'Narcissus Garden, Kusama' and 'Your Narcissism for Sale.' Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1200 lire (approximately $2) each. The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of cont...

  • Arts at the heart of school’s teaching by McIldowie Partners

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    Music, drama and dance education is proven to nurture a child’s development. In fact, research has found that learning these creative subjects helps students excel in other subjects and can even increase a child’s IQ.

    Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls is acutely aware of the benefits of integrating the arts into the student learning experience. The school recently completed their exciting new Music & Drama Centre, which is unsurprisingly located at the heart of their campus.

    Architects McIldowie Partners and Upton Architects wanted to celebrate the school’s award-winning music, drama and dance programmes by designing a new creative home for students.

    The new building accommodates music practice rooms for soloists, ensembles, orchestras and choirs, and sprung-floor performance studios for drama and dance troupes.

    Acoustically-isolated recording and percussion studios are wired into the performance spaces to professionally capture and engineer the music produced.

    Internally, each w...

  • Forte dei Marmi by Oppenheim Architecture

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    Housed within a classic, Mediterranean Revival-style building, originally constructed in 1938, Forte Dei Marmi is a new, elegant, two-story villa, Italian restaurant concept set to play a significant role in the renaissance of the swanky South of Fifth area. The 5,875 SF property, and former home of Cavalli Miami, required a complete interior redesign – one that would envisage an amalgam of the enduring spirit of classic Italian beach culture and a contemporary design aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the Tuscan coast and the littoral Italian resort, Forte dei Marmi’s design reflects the beauty, elegance, and simplicity of its namesake Italian city, as well as the immutable modernist allure of South Beach. A palette of rich materials and textures combine to create a refined, yet comfortable interior – the perfect setting for enjoying the restaurant’s highly-crafted, culinary offerings. The concept for the lounge and bar on the second level was to create an intimate, finely- furnis...

  • Winners of the Pape Nature Park Gateway competition

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    Pape Nature Park Gateway is the second of a competition series focusing on Latvia's 51,000-hectare Pape Nature Park. Competition organizer Bee Breeders invited participants worldwide to send their ideas for a new functional, landmark entrance for the park. The competition jury evaluated the entries based on feasible construction, cost effectiveness, and consideration of environmental impact. In the end, three prize winners, a BB Student Award, and six honorable mentions were selected. Have a look at them below.

    1st place + BB Green Award: “LEARNING FROM ASCETISM - Against austerity: for a fundamentalist materialism” by Arthur Schoeler, Corentin Dalon | Belgium

  • Guerrilla Grafting: fruit activists turn city trees into (free) food sources

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    After pothole gardeners and pavement crack fillers, the Guerilla Grafters are the next urban hacking collective that wants to make streets a better places for everyone. The collective sees grafting branches of fruit trees onto trees in the streets as an opportunity to provide free access to food to urbanites. The process of adding a small branch to an existing city tree is considered vandalism. However, that doesn’t stop the Guerilla Grafters [...].

    "The Guerrilla Grafters are not welcomed by everyone," writes Doris Tielemans for Pop-Up City about this branch (no pun intended) of Fruit Activism. "Most trees in cities don’t grow fruit for a reason."

  • Artist Christo's London Mastaba is open to the public with a corresponding exhibition

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    Artist Christo's London Mastaba, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake, is now open to the public and will be on view for the next three months. Celebrated artists Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude are known for their ambitious sculptural works that intervene in urban and natural landscapes around the world and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites. 

  • Denver-Based Paul Andersen Wants to Relieve Architecture of the Responsibility to be Fundamentally Good​

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    "Why not?" answers Paul Andersen when asked why he was originally motivated to start his own firm. Founder of the Denver-based Independent Architecture, this carefree attitude is what sets the architect and his studio apart, with projects that are deceptively simple on the surface, but reveal a profound sense of humor upon retrospection. 

    For this week's Small Studio Snapshot, we talk with Andersen about what he's working on, the importance of pop practices for the field, and not taking architecture too seriously. 

  • After Friday's fire, Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building might be saved from demolition

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    The surviving shell of Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building, devastated by fire last weekend, is expected to be saved from demolition, council officials have said. [...] Fire crews are still working on the last remaining hotspots and are not expected to allow investigators, damage assessors and structural engineers into the structure until Wednesday at the earliest.

    After the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building suffered through yet another devastating fire last Friday night, the art school, Glasgow City Council, and Historic Environment Scotland are coming to an agreement that the building should be saved. However, this does not mean a decision has been made to reconstruct the building to Mackintosh's original design, a council spokesman told The Guardian. An operational sprinkler system was not installed at the time of the fire, although “a fire strategy had been in place for the renovation and reconstruction”.

  • Construction equipment manufacturers 'extremely disappointed' with Trump's tariffs

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    The American Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has criticised the Trump Administration over the introduction of 25% tariffs on $50bn of Chinese imports. Chinese goods affected include types of construction and agricultural equipment. [...] Since Trump’s trade announcement on Friday, China has said it will impose a similar 25% tariff, also worth $50bn.

    "We’re extremely disappointed with the Trump administration’s decision to move forward with these harmful tariffs," said Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater in a statement last Friday. "This move jeopardizes many of the 1.3 million good-paying manufacturing jobs our industry supports. The expected retaliatory actions by China also raise costs for equipment manufacturers that rely on a vast supply chain around the world, further eroding the benefits of the recent tax reform. We will continue to fight to end these tariffs immediately."

    The latest round of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on a variety of goods imported from China comes on the heels of steel and aluminum tariffs that went into effect on March 23, 2018. 

    Need an explainer on how the 25% steel tariff could affect the construction cost of your architectural project? Nick Butcher, Cost/Risk Group Managing Director at MGAC, put it into context for us.

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

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    Wondering what architecture and design events are happening around Los Angeles? Bustler put together a snappy list of architecture and design events coming up this week. Our latest picks: A screening of Hal Ashby's 1970 film, “The Landlord”; “Alternative Spaces: That Was Then/This Is Now” at LAXART; and “Korean Inspiration: A Night of Art & Exploration” at LACMA. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations

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

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    Wondering what architecture and design events are happening around town this week in New York City? Bustler rounded up a snappy list of event recommendations worth checking out. This week's picks: Van Alen Institute's “FLOW! Getting Around the Changing City!” festival, a screening and talkback of “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America”; and the 2018 AIA Conference. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

  • Stainless Steel Bollard Covers Provide Security in Style

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    This post is brought to you by Reliance Foundry

    Long before they began making the news as protection against vehicle attack, security bollards were an important part of the urban landscape. These useful little posts stand guard in front of storefronts, utility meters, playgrounds, and sidewalks.

    Bollards are useful because they don’t impede traffic; they create a permeable perimeter for foot traffic. Bicycles, strollers, and wheelchairs can also easily pass through a line of bollards. As an alternative to a
    fence, wall, or berm, bollards create security for pedestrians without slowing them down.

    As a security feature, bollards can provide a sense of safety—but they should not be an eyesore, nor create the feeling of living in a bunker. Decorative bollard sleeves, like Reliance Foundry’s newly introduced stainless steel bollard cover line, can provide aesthetic enhancements to a security perimeter. Not just guards, bollards are also guides. They direct traffic while protecting people ...

  • Glasgow School of Art engulfed by fire, again!

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    Flames ripped through the celebrated Mackintosh building after it caught fire at about 23:20 on Friday. The blaze spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue, which suffered "extensive damage". The renovated Mackintosh library had been due to reopen next year.

  • A call for cities to own the curb as transit startups invade the streets

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    With more options that ever for getting around cities, and finite space, the question of how we use this infrastructure, and who controls it, is more important than ever. By regulating how these new transportation options evolve, cities can potentially bring about a more sustainable, multimodal, and less car-centric transit future.

    Our city curbs are transportation battles for space in the flow of traffic. While private tech startups are producing popular transportation solutions, such as Bird's electric scooters, the city is the one paying to build and maintain these public spaces. An upswing in dockless vehicles has far reaching potentials for cities to achieve sustainable goals, if they can reassert their ownership. 

  • South Korean construction companies expect big business in the north

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    In the wake of the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, South Korean builders are planning for a flood of infrastructure projects in the northern half of the peninsula. The Construction Association of Korea plans to hold a forum for construction companies, research institutes and public entities on 25 June to discuss possible projects and funding arrangements.

    While Koreans on both sides of the Military Demarcation Line appear increasingly hopeful in the wake of recent friendly diplomatic exchanges, it's the deep-pocketed South Korean industrial conglomerates that have started to map out the north's opportunities for development. Shares in Hyundai Asan, Daewoo Engineering & Construction, Samsung C&T, and retail giant Lotte are trending up.

  • Jean Nouvel's MoMA luxury tower 53W53 tops out at 1,050 feet tall

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    Back in January, the Jean Nouvel-designed MoMA tower was on the heels of reaching its full 82-story height and now, that milestone has been accomplished. Last week, the long-awaited supertall, named 53W53, topped out and it now stands at 1,050 feet tall, tying with the New York Times building and the Chrysler Building as the city’s sixth tallest building.

    Jean Nouvel's ultra-luxurious MoMA tower 53W53 is now topped out to its full height at 1,050 feet. Once completed, the tower will include 145 residential units designed by Thierry Despont, amenities, and new MoMA galleries and a restaurant that are expected to open in 2019. You can check out recent construction photos of the tower on the blog Field Condition.

  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company selected to build Chicago airport high-speed transit tunnel

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    Autonomous 16-passenger vehicles would zip back and forth at speeds exceeding 100 mph in tunnels between the Loop and O’Hare International Airport under a high-speed transit proposal being negotiated between Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Hall and billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s The Boring Co., city and company officials have confirmed. Emanuel’s administration has selected Musk’s company from four competing bids to provide high-speed transportation between downtown and the airport.

    Musk's Boring Co. beat out established engineering firms, including Mott MacDonald and JLC Infrastructure, even though it has famously been in business for less than two years and only has a test tunnel near the company's headquarters in the Los Angeles area to show for as construction experience.

  • Results of the Irish Cult Music Venue Competition have been announced

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    Participants were challenged in the The Irish Cult Music Venue Competition with envisioning the renovation of a music venue located in Leap, a village in County Cork Ireland. With a rich music culture, this site builds on the Connolly’s of Leap venue which is located on a steep hill next to a ravine and waterfall. The existing site contains a music venue building, family quarters, and a collection of outbuildings used for storage. 

    All projects were tasked with re-thinking the site to offer a unique setting for musical performance through refurbishing the existing venue, and by expanding the site to include programs such as an external performance, a bar, a cafe or restaurant, external seating area, a recording lab, management offices, a creative workshop and studio spaces etc. 

    1st Prize: "The Leap" by Ian O'Brien, Enrique Garcia Blázquez, and Oliver James
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #183

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    It's time for another Archinect Employer of the Day weekly round-up! Check out the latest firms profiled amid the thousands of active listings on our job board. If you don't already, get each day's Employer of the Day by following us on Facebook, showcasing a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work. 

    Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:

    1. Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape  (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Architect / Designer

    Photo: Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape.

    2. Waechter Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Director of Business Development

    Photo: Lara Swimmer.

    3. Abramson Teiger Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Job Captain

    Photo: Abramson Teiger Architects.

    4. Workshop Design + Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Junior Designer for Architecture & Interiors Studio

    Photo: Kate Glicksberg.

    5. Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Architect

    Photo: Matthew Carbone.

    Keep track of Employe...

  • Pull back the negative and discover the brutal charm of the European capitals’ suburbia!

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    Poland-based Zupagrafika has long made their fascination with Brutalism known, selling a range of pop-out and build concrete modernist structures from cities around the world. Now, the design studio has launched a new photo project for Brutalist fans to enjoy, that allows buyers to "remove the negative and discover the brutal charm of European suburbia."

    Described as interactive photo boxes, the four packets—focused on the cities of Warsaw, Berlin, Moscow and London—come with 8 interactive cards, resembling Polaroid 55 films. Users are expected to pull the negative apart, revealing images of post-war modernist estates.

    “Modernist housing estates erected in the suburbs of European cities after the Second World War have been ignored and neglected for decades,” says Zupagrafika. "Although they are homes to the vast majority of urbanites, many would rather they were invisible." Through these photographs, shot by Zupagrafika along with photographers Alexander Veryovkin and Peter Chadwick...

  • TERRA by Atelier JMCA

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    Restaurant creation


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    Located in the middle of Paris, this restaurant was designed for a Franco-Korean chef. It emphasizes the specific geometry of the space to turn it into one of the design key points of the project.

    The space is divided in two clear areas: two square rooms, about 40m² each, linked together by a narrow corridor. The first room has a view on the street, and the second one on the inner courtyard.

    The first room is a large open kitchen made of a central counter and a bar area. Whether you are simply passing by or you intend to come in, the constant energy and teeming activity keep giving life to the store front.

    The open kitchen is surrounded by a L-shaped large counter. It allows customers to see the preparation and presentation of the different courses, sip a last drink or wait until their table is ready.

    The space scenography allows us to enter, little by little, the world of the chef. We end up walking in a narrow corridor to discover a little secret jewel.

    Indeed, a few ...

  • Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out

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    We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new architecture competitions launching worldwide on any given week — let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why Bustler is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design competition submissions that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.

  • Get to know the publishers represented at Archinect Outpost, Part 3 of 3

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    In anticipation of the launch party of the Archinect Outpost, our new retail initiative in Downtown LA’s Arts District, we present part 3 of the curated collection of small-run, independently published architecture periodicals we will have on display:


    PLACE-HOLDER is a Canadian magazine that attempts to capture the life of architecture and design. It is an active catalogue of design, for contemporary use and future reference, a repository and mediator of ideas that are floating in the collective memories of architects and designers.

    Plat Journal

    PLAT is an independent architectural journal, supported and edited by students of Rice Architecture, whose purpose is to stimulate relationships between design, production, and theory. Plat operates by interweaving professional and academic work into an open and evolving dialogue which progresses from issue to issue.


    POOL is the student magazine of the Department of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Californi...

  • Water Park AQUALAGON by Jacques Ferrier Architecture

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    The direction of the winds and the path of the sun have determined the floor plan for our project. Protected from cold north-easterly winter winds, nestling up to the forest, the aquatic park opens towards the west to make the most of cool breezes in warm weather.
    Looking out to the south-west, the aquatic park is bathed in light throughout the year. It is oriented so as to receive as much sunlight as possible in winter, while protecting itself from excessive exposure to the sun through its terraces in summer. 
    Like an origami sculpture, our proposal for the aquatic park resembles an unfolding landscape, culminating at around 35 m: it is a built landscape, rising into the sky. The structure is clearly visible from the surrounding area - it becomes a point of reference and a symbol of Villages Nature.
    This new type of landmark contrasts with the relatively flat topography. It is not an element which has been imposed on the landscape, but an extension of the landscape itself.

  • 10 stunning homes for your Friday inspiration

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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 Houses.

    Peter's House in San Francisco, CA by Craig Steely Architecture

    Forest <> House in Northern California by envelope A+D

    F-5 Residence in Indian Wells, CA by Studio AR&D Architects

    Koehler House in Saint John, Canada by Snow Kreilich Architects

    Mountain Wood by Walker Warner Architects

    iA_house in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain by LANDÍNEZ+REY architects [eL2Gaa]; Photo: Raúl del Valle

    Grasshopper Studio in Seattle, WA by Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape

    Winnwood Residence in Dallas, TX by 5G Studio Collaborative; Photo: Adam Mork

    Starlight Cabin in Coconino County, Arizona by Studio Ma

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  • When is it a good time to sell out?

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    I recently met a former professor of mine. Back then he was at a respectable design-led firm and had given us a very exciting start to architecture school. A passionate designer at heart.

    He is now a director at AECOM, getting fat paychecks, attending award ceremonies and taking 6 hour lunches. 

    Clearly the guy fed up and sold out for the cash. 

    When is the best time to make the move into such big corporate organisations? I know graduates typically stay in such places 2-3 years and move on. I've never heard of anyone joining AECOM out of school and staying there for 10 years. I am convinced it's best to work at design-led firms for the first years, go after your passion, build a shiny portfolio and then join corporate at mid-senior level for better pay & package. 

    What do you say?

  • Zaha Hadid Architects’ Morpheus hotel in Macau to open tomorrow

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    Opening its doors tomorrow, the Morpheus hotel is already set to become one of Macau's most opulent addresses. Located on the southern edge of China, the area often touted as the "Las Vegas of Asia" has become the region's most popular entertainment destination, welcoming more than 32 million tourists a year and housing a new breed of mega, casino resorts that make the ones in Nevada look modest.

    Photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand.

    Joining their ranks, the Morpheus hotel will very soon be adding another 770 hotel rooms and sky villas to City of Dreams, a massive 1,400-room integrated resort complex on the Cotai Strip. It is the final chapter for Melco Resorts and Entertainment’s sprawling resort development, and also happens to be one of the final buildings designed by the late Zaha Hadid. Intimately involved with the project prior to her passing, the 150,000-square-meter, 40-story complex is complete with all the posh details one has come to expect.

    Photo by Ivan Dupont.

    With its openin...