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  • The Rise and Fall of Manhattan’s Density

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    In 1910, Manhattan reached a peak population of 2.2 million, from which it has never since rebounded, even after modest growth in the past three decades. Angel’s research found that today, Manhattan’s population density is down a surprising 40% from 1910.

  • New Plan for Architecture School at Wright Foundation

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    The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has approved a possible path toward independent incorporation of its architecture school – providing fund-raising targets are met, Sean Malone, the foundation’s president and chief executive, said in a note sent Wednesday evening to people involved in the school.

    Previously: Spiralling Tensions at Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture School

  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" 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 student projects on various Archinect 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 Student Work.

    Medial Surface Detailing by Royce Perez in collaboration with Yufeng Zheng

    Bathing Ritual by Tigran Kostandyan

    TainAreaSpotting by Vicky Zomenou, Andreas Platis, Fotis Rovolis, Vasilis Ioanidis

    Flexagon: Transformative Kinetics (Thesis Project) by Michael Burton

    Parametric Office by William Suyoto

    The Cove by Scott Johnson

    Linear Wrap Bike Shelter by Franco Chen, Haley Galian, Naomi Herring, Carmen Ng, Patricia Reyes, Megan Symm, Lusine Yeghiazaryan

    New Orleans Building Arts Center by Whitney Jordan

    The Shadow of Structure by Gemma Gené and Dimitros Spyropoulos

    (Cover pic: Animated by Rachel Hadfield)


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  • Editor's Picks #391

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    In Screen/Print #26: an interview with Jessica Walsh, currently half of design firm Sagmeister & Walsh, was excerptedfrom the 2nd issue of Intern Magazine (devoted to "intern culture" in the creative industries).

     Darkman was confused "Strange choice to interview the most hated designer in the world for Intern magazine...She almost brags about not paying interns...Reads like PR I've already read". Similarly Mr_Wiggin wrote "seems, to me, diametric to the message Intern Magazine should be publishing".

    Malaysia-born Melbourne-based sculptor Daniel Dorall spoke with Archinect for the latest installment of Working out of the Box. He finished up his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2005, as he explains that now

    "In a nutshell, I make miniature objects out of cardboard – it usually takes the form of the maze...creating walk through maze-installations". midlander felt the work was "Fantastic! Witty and meticulous".

    Anthony Morey attended Acadia Conference of 20...

  • ‘Choral Fields 1-6’ of MIRRORCITY in London ponders the urban city’s rhythmic flow

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    For as long as digital technology continues to creep into every part of our daily lives, so will the discussion regarding its impact on everyday reality. Over at London's Hayward Gallery, the MIRRORCITY exhibition features the multimedia works of London-based emerging and established artists that address the dilemmas, consequences, and experiences of living in the digital revolution. MIRRORCITY will be at the Hayward Gallery until January 4, 2015.

    One of the MIRRORCITY artists is Emma McNally whose Choral Fields (1-6) graphite drawings are featured in the exhibition. If McNally's name sounds familiar, she exhibited her beautiful cosmos-inspired drawing/space body of work in the Drawing Room's "Abstract Drawing" last year. Similar to drawing/space, McNally's Choral Fields offers a metaphysical, cartographic perspective to contemporary urbanism.

    Read more about it on Bustler.

    Related: "drawing/space" by Emma McNally to show at “Abstract Drawing” exhibition in London’s Drawing Room

  • 10x10 London auction renders 100 drawn perspectives around The Shard

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    10x10 Drawing the City London is an annual fundraising event established by British architect Tim Makower and organized by charity group Article 25 that gets its name from the 100-square grid that captures one particular area in the city of London.

    Each square of the grid is assigned to 100 participants, who are typically some of the U.K.'s most well-known and emerging architects, designers, and artists. Participants will then create and donate an original work of art inspired by the buildings and public spaces within their assigned square. For 2014, The Renzo Piano-designed Shard will be the center of the grid.

    This year's set of participants include notable names and 10x10 favorites like Norman Foster, Ivan Harbour, Sheila O'Donnell, C.J. Lim, Piers Gough, Chris Wilkinson, textile designer Celia Birtwell, artists Norman Ackroyd and Roger FitzGerald, and 10x10 founder Tim Makower himself.

    Online bidding for the art begins November 4 through November 25, followed by an exclusive evenin...

  • Generative Design and the Future of Architecture: Workshopping with Zaha Hadid: Code

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    Zaha Hadid: Code is the programming arm of the renowned Zaha Hadid Architecture, a firm known for it's sleek, futuristic designs. During the ACADIA workshop, the designers chose to focus on the task of developing unique, computationally derived models to 3D print within the tight three day timeframe of the workshop. For architecture firms like Zaha Hadid, these workshops serve as playgrounds and testbeds for technologies.

  • Archinect's Lexicon: "Anthropocene"

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    Welcome to Archinect's Lexicon. Architecture notoriously appropriates and invents new language – sometimes to make appeals, sometimes to fill conceptual gaps, sometimes nonsensically. But once a word is used, it's alive, and part of the conversation. We're here to take notes.

    Anthropocene [ænθrəˈ poʊ sin], noun: "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth" (Oxford English Dictionary).

    The term "Anthropocene" first appeared on Archinect in April of 2007, in a news post recommending a series of lectures by economist Jeffrey Sachs. In June of 2014, the Oxford English Dictionary officially adopted it:

    The -cene suffix, derived from the Greek for ‘new’ or ‘recent’, has been used since the 1830s to form names denoting the epochs and strata of the present Cenozoic era of geological time, ranging from the Palaeocene to the Holocene. The Holocene epoch covers roughly the past 10,000 year...

  • Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning

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    Beavercreek, Ohio, nabbed its own infamous place in civil rights history last year, when the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the suburb had violated anti-discrimination laws by blocking bus service from nearby Dayton. [...] The Beavercreek case illustrates larger, more widespread problems with America’s transportation system [...]. The Kirwan Institute is producing a one-hour documentary exploring the Beavercreek case and how racism can influence transportation decision making.

  • Get Lectured: Arizona State University, Fall '14

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    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014

    Say hello to another edition of Archinect's Get Lectured! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    Today's poster features the Design Details Lecture Series of The Design School at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Design Details explores "the diverse relationships of the parts to the whole" and the significance of paying attention to the often overlooked particularities in the design process.

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

    Below are upcoming lectures only. Events start at 6 p.m. at Design North 60 on the ASU Tempe campus. Free and open to the public.

    Nov. 5
    Joan Blumenfeld / Global Design Director, Perkins + Will 

    Nov. 12
    Meredith Davis / Director of Graduate Progra...

  • China's obsession with vertical cities

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    By the end of next year one-in-three of the world’s 100m+ skyscrapers will be in China, as its state-orchestrated urbanisation drive prompts a megacity building bonanza [...] China now has over 140 cities of more than one million people; America has nine

  • Arctic Adaptations: Inuit Architecture Showcased in Venice Biennale

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    For the first time in the 14-year history of the International Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Nunavut flag flew at the entrance to the Canadian Pavilion, an Inukshuk floating at the entrance of “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.” The exhibit, curated by architects Lola Sheppard and Mason White, from Toronto-based design firm Lateral Office, coincides with the 15th anniversary of the territory’s creation.

    Previously: “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” to represent Canadian Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale

  • A Chat with the Architect who Invented the Hoverboard: Episode 4 of Archinect Sessions out now!

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    This week, PaulAmeliaDonna and Ken speak with architect Greg Henderson about his hoverboarding technology, and its potential applications in architecture. Greg's architectural background led us to discuss the history of Working Out of the Box, and what may come next for the series, now that employers have more jobs than there are architects to fill them.

    We also consider the problematics of the Helsinki Guggenheim's Stage One entries, and whether Gehry's bird flipping makes him into a crotchety old man or defiant punk.

    Listen to episode four of the Archinect Sessions podcast, "A Chat with the Architect Who Invented the Hoverboard":


    Greg He...

  • 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” results reveal two first-prize winners

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    Interestingly enough, the ONE Prize "Smart Dock" competition has two 1st prize winners for 2014. Organized by Terreform ONE, this year's theme had participants propose a new design and science educational facility for the renovated Building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The program of the collaborative educational facility will also include a public outreach center for socio-ecological design as well as spaces for lectures, events, and design studios for about 30 graduate students.

    Out of 92 teams from 22 countries, the jury — chaired by Christian Hubert of Christian Hubert Studio and Chair of Terreform ONE — awarded two 1st prize winners, one 3rd prize winner, and one honorable mention.

    1st Prize ($3500): THE LUCENT CUBE
    By “CAD monkeys" - Yun Wan, Silvia Lopes, Balazs Fekete | London, UK

    1st PRIZE ($3500): SELF GROWING LAB
    By Diaz Paunetto Arquitectos, PSC: Victor Diaz, Ariel Santiago, Carlos Garcia, Danniely Staback, Nestor Lebron | San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    3rd PRIZE ($1000): COL-LAB
    By DDEC: Jaehun Woo, Youra Cho, Sang Hoon Park | Seoul, South Korea.

    Honorable Mention: SKOOL HAUS
    By Nikole Bouchard - Nikole Bouchard, Vanessa Moon | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

    Head over to Bustler for more details.

  • LA's Unbuilt Freeways

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    Los Angeles' vast freeway system is incomplete — at least by the standards of its architects. In the 1940s, freeways were sketched through Santa Monica Boulevard, along Melrose, Highland and La Brea avenues, and near the Griffith Observatory. Many of L.A.'s freeways were built during the 1960s, but a combination of a freeway revolt, skyrocketing costs and a failure to increase the gas tax doomed the expansion of the freeway system during the 1970s.


  • Relocation or Adaptation: São Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues

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    South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon. São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year.

    One of the most important reservoirs in Brazil is the Cantareira watershed, which supplies around 45% of the city of São Paulo's water. Back in August, authorities warned that the city, which is the largest on the continent, could run out of water in 100 days if the waters dropped to 12%. Now, supplies are at a record 3.3% and creating shortages for over 30% of the city's 44 million residents. According to the Financial Times, residents in 70 other cities in the state of São Paulo have experienced water outages, some of which have gone on for days. Despite some minor efforts to curb usage – such as reducing water pressure by 75% at night –, Vicente Andreu, president of Brazil's Water Regulatory Agency, has stated that São Paulo should prepare for a "collapse like we've never seen before" in the next few weeks.

    President Dilma Rousseff, who just won reelection, had used the drought as a major campaign issue. She claimed that Governor Geraldo Alckmin, whose a member of the opposition p...

  • Snøhetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center

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    This would be the first U.S. tower for Snøhetta, founded in Norway but on the rise in the United States since being selected in 2004 to design the pavilion for the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum. Snøhetta will replace an even better-known architect for the corner: Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize-winning designer of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, whose firm has been working on a tower in the same location since 2008.

    The site in question is directly adjacent the Civic Center's metro stop on Market St., and a large part of the developer's plans revolve around shifting this existing stop one block north, to avoid (in the SFGate author's words) the "squalid even by neighborhood standards" area. The residential tower being built on the site, which includes condominiums with retail space on the ground floor, would account for its affordable housing requirements by building separate properties three blocks away.

    Snøhetta's other work in San Francisco includes SFMoMA's expansion, which is currently under construction.

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #44

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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. J Frankl Associates (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    2. Francis Bitonti Studio (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Designer

    3. Shigeru Ban Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    4. builtd (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Architect / Designer

    5. The Walt Disney Company
    Currently hiring: Land + Urban Planner, Principal

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

  • What Can the French Teach Americans About Transit?

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    ...there's an awful lot that U.S. cities should learn as soon as possible about the way the French design their transit networks. Whereas American light rail systems have had modest success and modern streetcar lines have questionable transit value, France operates 57 tram lines in 33 cities that together carry some 3 million passengers a day and create a fantastic balance of mobility options for urban and suburban residents alike—all built in the last 30 years.

  • Material Witness #6: The Interstitial Blues

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    So you've spent the last few decades ducking who you are, or what you do for a living. Nobody's perfect. But try to steer clear of the interstitial spaces, because that's where fate is gonna getcha. 

  • Plastic Stereotomy wins TEX-FAB’s Plasticity competition

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    TEX-FAB's Plasticity is the fourth annual competition that focuses on connecting experimental design practices with industry leaders, while also promoting innovative research in the architectural applications of digital fabrication and parametric design. Out of four finalists, "Plastic Stereotomy" by Knowlton School of Architecture assistant professor Justin Diles was announced as the winner during the ACADIA 2014 conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles late last week.

    Further details on Bustler.

  • The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an Opening Date: Fall 2015

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    When we last checked in with Eli Broad’s eponymous downtown museum, its fall 2014 debut had been pushed back to some time in 2015. Today it was announced that the institution will open in fall 2015, although no precise date was given. [...] The multi-story building, designed Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is still in the midst of construction. When it opens it will join two MOCA facilities and the Japanese American National Museum, making the northern end of downtown something of a museum hub.


  • ACADIA Conference 2014: Architectural Auto Show

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    Acadia 2014 was presented this year at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angles from October 23-25. The term "Design Agency" was the cornerstone term of discourse through out the conference. It would be considered from different angles, including but not limited to: materiality, fabrication, and programming. The conference also considered the impact of external influencers, such as games and art, that have shaped our industry through their usage and invention of tools – the same tools that made ACADIA  possible. Keynote speakers such as Will Wright (Creator of The Sims, SimCity and Spore), Casey Reas (Co-Creator of Processing and Artist) and Zaha Hadid (Zaha Hadid Architects) provided touchstones throughout the conference's weekend. 

    [Zaha Hadid's keynote]

    The cross-pollination of Architecture with other disciplines has allowed for ACADIA to broaden its scope since its inception in the early 1980s, making the conference more inclusive. The ability to call upon a wide array of spea...

  • California's 'at-risk' cultural landscapes include Watts Towers

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    Three sites in California — the Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree and the "Bay Lights" installation on the Oakland-Bay Bridge — have been named to a list of 11 "at-risk" sites by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C. [...] "Landscapes often die quiet deaths when you're dealing with the elements," says foundation President Charles Birnbaum.

    Related: UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers