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  • Geniuses, money and monuments: Weekly News Round-Up for September 15, 2014

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    Saturday, September 20

    Friday, September 19

  • La Pesadilla de la Participaci√≥n by dpr-barcelona

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    La Pesadilla de la Participación
    Markus Miessen

    Edición en castellano del libro The Nightmare of Participation [Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality]. Sternberg Press, 2010.

    En línea con el estado de la profesión en los tiempos que corren, este libro cierra la trilogía sobre “Participación”, con la que Miessen reclama la figura del “outsider desinteresado” alguien no sujeto a los protocolos existentes y que se anima a lanzar propuestas solamente armado de su inteligencia creativa y la voluntad de generar un cambio en su entorno. Miessen propone una forma urgente de participación que traspase el consenso político interesado e inefectivo. Un agente de conflictos constructivos, que refresque los campos del conocimiento con una nueva mirada... A veces, "la democracia" tiene que ser evitada a toda costa.


    Autor: Markus Miessen 
    Textos de: Eyal Weizman, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chantal Mouffe, Bassam El Baroni, Jeremy Beaudry y Carson Chan.
    Traducción: Alba Hernández Veliz
    Revisión de textos:...

  • Weston Residence by Specht Harpman

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    The Weston Residence nestles in a valley adjacent to the Saugatuck River. In plan and section, the elements of the house engage the site in a way that purposefully blurs the transition and distinction between the built and natural environment.

    As the house is approached from a road that begins high on a cliff above, the roofscape, or fifth facade, becomes a critical element of the design. Terraced planes planted with year-round, region-specific succulents step down the hill. Bedrooms project out into these roof gardens, giving a feeling of being fully immersed in the landscape. The planted roofs are also integral to the high-performance building envelope.

    Interior and exterior spaces are joined through views, portals, and material continuity. A glass-backed fireplace provides an elegant surprise. Like other glass houses, the landscape becomes the decoration for the rooms, playing with transparency during the day and reflectivity at night.

  • Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says

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    The Information reports that Page started up a Google 2.0 project inside the company a year ago to look at the big challenges facing humanity and the ways Google can overcome them. Among the grand-scale plans discussed were Page's desire to build a more efficient airport as well as a model city. To progress these ideas to fruition, the Google chief has also apparently proposed a second research and development lab, called Google Y...

  • The regional Holcim Awards 2014 winners for North America

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    Following the European announcement, the North American regional winners for the Holcim Awards 2014 were recognized at a recent ceremony at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Canada...The international jury led by Toshiko Mori (USA) highlighted 13 projects from across the U.S. and Canada, which altogether received US$330,000 in prize money.

    Winning projects include those by students, emerging professionals, and leading practitioners — with some familiar names like BIG, the "Hy-Fi" by The Living's David Benjamin, Sheila Kennedy of KVA MATx, and NADAAA.

    Below are a few of the winning projects.

    HOLCIM AWARDS GOLD 2014 - North America: Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Main authors: Amy Mielke, Water Pore Partnership, New York, NY, USA; Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, Water Pore Partnership, Woodbridge, VA, USA

    HOLCIM AWARDS SILVER 2014 - North America: Rebuilding by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York, NY, USA
    Main Authors: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Daniel Kidd and Jeremy Siegel, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Laura Starr, Stephen Whitehouse, Andrea Parker and Melon Wedick, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects & Planners; James Lima, James Lima Planning + Development; Steven Baumgartner, Buro Happold Engineering and Byron Stigge, Level Age...

  • NCARB announces major changes to IDP program

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    The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced today that it will be making significant changes to its Intern Development Program (IDP). Separate from other considerations to change the IDP's terminology, this decision chiefly includes two phases: (1) the removal of "elective" hourly requirements, and (2) condensing IDP's experience areas from the current 17 into six "practice-based categories", linked to future sections planned for the revised Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0. These changes will be implemented beginning mid-2015 and mid-2016, respectively.

    By removing the "elective" IDP hours, NCARB is decreasing the total required from 5,600 to 3,740 (still based on the seventeen "core experience areas", until ARE 5.0 is in place). NCARB reportedly made this decision to cut down on the average amount of years it takes "interns" to become licensed. The current average is more than seven — five years for IDP and another 2.2 to complete the ARE...

  • Sheila Kennedy, UNStudio, Philippe Prost, and FORA are this week's winners

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

    Here's Recap #27 for September 15-19, 2014.

    2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize awarded to Sheila Kennedy of KVA MATx

    Sheila Kennedy — a principal of KVA MATx and the first woman to hold the title of Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT’s School of Architecture & Planning — is the second recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize. Given every two years by the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED), the prize awards a distinguished design practitioner or academic who has made valuable contributions to advancing gender equity in the architecture profession.

    World War I International Memorial at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette to be inaugurated in November

    Designed by architect Philippe Prost -- who had the winning proposal in an international competition, the International Memorial at Notre-...

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'

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    Apple has previously advertised the environmentally conscious features of Campus 2, most notably on the recently updated environmental section of its website, which states that the building will be "powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources" and rely on natural ventilation instead of temperature control during 75 percent of the year. Apple will also be installing more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations on the campus and planting more than 7,000 trees on the grounds.

  • In Residence: Ricardo Bofill

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    There are houses, and then there’s Ricardo Bofill’s house: a brutalist former cement factory of epic proportions on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain. A grandiose monument to industrial architecture in the Catalonian town of Sant Just Desvern, La Fabrica is a poetic and personal space that redefines the notion of the conventional home.

  • Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA lectures at GSAPP

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    This past Wednesday, Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA addressed an overflowing Wood Auditorium, giving the first GSAPP lecture of the semester. Recently appointed dean Amale Andraos gave a brief introduction of Sejima and returned at the end of the lecture to lead a discussion as well as the Q/A portion of the evening.  

    Sejima began her lecture by explaining her choice of “Canopy” as her theme, an idea that is central to her, both as a part of SANAA and independently. “I like to make a space like a park, because a park is a place where different kind of people can gather,” stated Sejima, describing her desire to create an architecture that allows diverse groups of people to come together to both share and create their own space. By developing the concept of a canopy, Sejima creates a direct connection with the building and the environment, in a similar way that parks connect people with each other and the environment.

    Starting with the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland and conclud...

  • Watch the trailer for "Briefly", a short film on the creative brief

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    Briefly, a new documentary short film by Tom Bassett (Bassett & Partners), explores the relationship between creative professionals and the brief. Featuring interviews with Frank Gehry, Yves Behar (Fuseproject), David Rockwell (Rockwell Group), Maira Kalman, John C Jay (Weiden + Kennedy) and John Boiler (72 & Sunny), Briefly tries to understand the secrets behind a compelling brief, and its potential to innovate.

    The full film will be available online on September 30.

  • China's Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion

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    Today, on China’s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) is turning fiction into fact (sans the harsh lawman), with 11 cities linking to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million. The nine cities of the PRD, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, are becoming increasingly linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, roads, and high-speed rail networks.

  • Get Lectured: University of Virginia, 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.

    Our poster for Monday is from the University of Virginia, School of Architecture.

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

    Below are upcoming lectures. Unless noted, lectures begin at 6 pm in Campbell Hall, Room 153.


    Sept. 22
    JEANNE GANG / Studio Gang - Chicago, IL.
    HOK Lecture on Sustainable Design

    Sept. 25
    5:30 pm
    WALLACE J. NICHOLS / Author of "Blue Mind"
    at Javor Lecture Hall

    Sept. 29
    TOÑO FORASTER / AV62 Arquitectos - Barcelona
    Porter Visiting Professor Lectur


    Oct. 6
    "Planning for Happiness and Well Being"
    Keynote: Emily Talen

    Oct. 20

  • Designs for Beijing mega-museum unveiled

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    The French architect Jean Nouvel has announced details of his design for the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. [...] “The National Art Museum of China represents an incredible opportunity for the most ambitious materialisation of a place of expression… a place that witnesses the vitality of a civilisation, the civilisation of the greatest people on earth,” say the organisers.

    Previously: Jean Nouvel Confirmed as Winner of the National Art Museum of China Competition

  • The Final Segment of the High Line Is Stunningly Refreshing

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    There are some deft variations on the design themes of the two older sections, and they show some gentle wit, a quality that was absent in 2009 and 2011, when these earlier portions, which run from Little West 12th Street to West 30th Street, were completed. Now, for example, you can actually walk on old train tracks, rather than look wistfully at the remnants of the tracks poking up amid the plantings.

  • The Eerie Architecture of East Germany's Secret Police

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    The sterility of the photos, especially the images of prisoner bedrooms, hints at the degree to which the Stasi kept a tight lid on dissenters. In prison culture (or at least prison culture as it’s portrayed in the movies), there’s a lot of graffiti: on the walls, in library books, between cells. “We were searching for any scratching or anything in the cells—usually you would think they were sending messages—but it was very clear you couldn’t see anything”

  • Mosa introduces Scenes and Solids tile collections to the American market

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    With over 130 years of tile-making experience, Dutch ceramic surface specialist Mosa continues its mission of creating reputable products for architects and designers worldwide with the U.S. debut of two new tile collections, Mosa Scenes and Mosa Solids. The Maastricht-based manufacturer meticulously crafted each collection with optimal standards of durability, visual flexibility, and Cradle-to-Cradle certified sustainable quality to add sophistication in a variety of design projects.

    This post is brought to you by Mosa.

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    Mosa Scenes offers cost-effective style and versatility that can help architects and designers effortlessly create captivating environments. Available this October, the collection produces distinct wall and floor color gradations that add depth and richness to any surface.

    Following Mosa's trademark of adaptability and originality, the Scenes collection features 8 color groups — consisting of 4 warm color sets and 4 cool colo...

  • Learning From Michael Asher

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    Haus Lange installation, 1982 (photo from the exhibition catalog)


    Michael Asher's, the artist, died almost two years ago in October 2012. When he was alive his work was mostly unknown to architects except somebody like Frank Gehry who was his good friend. In the art world, he was a hero and mentor to many art students with highly creative, fully engaging works and intensely figured out in-situ art installations. His teaching at Cal Arts was legendary. As an architecture student, I was introduced to his work by his lifelong friend and fellow artist John Knight, who was my teacher at SCI Arc in late 70's and early 80's.

    As Duchamp did with his readymades, Michael Asher also sought to connect art with people. In Asher's case they were decidedly more direct interdependencies between art and architecture.

    What made Michael Asher extremely relevant to architecture has to do with his work in its spatial concerns and their contextual narratives, particularly site spe...

  • In NYC trophy townhouses are back in favor again

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    “For 10 or so of these important properties to come on the market at the same time, that matters a lot,” - Gregory J. Heym, an executive vice president and the chief economist for Halstead Property and Brown Harris Stevens

    Earlier this month Robin Finn, looked at one trend in Manhattan's luxury/high-end real estate market. Given the less than 2,000 single-family homes in Manhattan, a recent influx of historic mansions and townhouses into the market, offers buyers a rare opportunity to avoid co-ops and condos.

    Some are calling it a nouveau form of recycling, but without a doubt one that caters to the 1 percent.

  • NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings

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    RFR plans to spend $250 million on Manhattan land purchases, up to $500 million on office building deals and $100 million to $150 million more on retailing properties — all before the end of the year. [...] Perhaps the most under-the-radar purchase was 190 Bowery... Developers have been trying for years to buy the six-story Renaissance Revival structure, which appears abandoned, with blocked-off doorways, boarded-up windows and graffiti covering nearly all of the lower facade.

    For some more context on 190 Bowery, check out Wendy Goodman's 2008 profile of the family living there.

  • Life in the Bowery's 72-room "Bohemian Dream House"

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    190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn’t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. [...] With the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn’t some developer turning it into luxury condos? Because Jay Maisel, the photographer who bought it 42 years ago for $102,000, still lives there, with his wife, Linda Adam Maisel, and daughter, Amanda.

    This 2008 piece on 190 Bowery is being published for historical context, on the recent occasion of the property being sold to NYC developer, RFR Holdings.

  • Hellen Panorama by Link Arkitektur

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    In 1989, Vestbo, a local housing cooperation acquired a stunning site 10 minutes north from Bergen.

    The plot is up in the hillside and have spectacular views over the fjord leading into the Bergen harbor.

    Vestbo developed most of the land before year 2000, but one plot had been preserved due to a high power line above that went over it and made it uninhabitable due to electrical radiation In 2008 the power company dismantld the power line and put it underground and suddenly the possibility for a new housing development arose.

    The area Eidsvåg has a large residential community, with housing of all types from villas to tower blocks. Most of the area was developed from 1930 to 1970.  In the later years, it has been mostly rehabilitation and sporadic new villas that have been built.

    LINK Arkitektur was commissioned to design 40 new flats and we saw immediately the possibility to create a housing project with a different approach than the surrounding area.

    The site was sloping towards the sea...

  • Indian School of Business: Mohali Campus by Perkins Eastman

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    The new campus of the Indian School of Business-Mohali, consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world by the Financial Times, represents the latest thinking in the planning and design of business schools competing on an international stage. The new 28-hectare (70-acre) Mohali campus responds to the school’s mission to provide a world-class curriculum and real-world experience on par with peer institutions around the world. Established to supplement the success of the school’s inaugural campus at Hyderabad 1,109 miles to the south, Mohali will continue the school’s tradition of creating the next generation of business leaders.

    Designed by international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman, the 1,200-student campus—equal parts Indian heart and global soul, Western infrastructure and core ISB values–at the foothills of the Himalayas is simultaneously of its time yet timeless, uniquely responsive to its site yet rooted in international best practices. Drawing on...

  • The Burke Gilman House by Paul Michael Davis Design

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    Located near Seattle’s Burke Gilman bike trail, this project is a design for a new house for an active Seattle couple. The design takes advantage of the width of a double lot and views of the lake, city and mountains toward the southwest.

    Primary living and sleeping areas are located on the ground floor, allowing for the owners to stay in the house as their mobility decreases. The upper level is loft like, and has space for guests and an office.

    The building form is high and open at the front, and steps down toward the back, making the backyard quiet, private space. An angular roof form specifically responds to the interior space, while subtly referencing the conventional gable forms of neighboring houses.

  • Debating Privatization: Southbridge Towers Votes

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    Charles Chawalko, a recent graduate of Parsons’ Design & Urban Ecologies program, is a resident of Southbridge Towers, a 1,651-unit development that remains in the program. But as he explains below, his cooperative is in the midst of a decision over whether it will join the majority of Mitchell-Lama buildings and leave. To residents of Southbridge Towers, the vote over whether to opt out of Mitchell-Lama transcends the citywide conversation on affordable housing [...].

  • Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods

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    If the sinuous curves of the bone china teacups don’t betray their creator then the gently undulating Aqua Platter surely will. Dame Zaha Hadid has launched her first “luxury homeware line” and the exclusive Harrods range, which includes a £9,999 serving platter, boasts the signature aesthetic of the acclaimed architect.


  • MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art

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    Grassroots, place-based arts initiatives got a boost yesterday when the artist Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Earlier this week, I profiled Lowe’s dynamic approach to arts-driven revitalization in “Street Makeover: Artists Bring Visibility to a Low-Lit Alley.” Lowe is currently working as a multi-year resident of the Pearl Street Project, an alleyway transformation launched by Philadelphia’s Asian Arts Initiative.

    Related: How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District?