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  • The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative

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    The wildly successful BEACH installation is down to its final exhibition days at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum. Since opening on July 4, over 120,000 visitors both young and old "splashed" around in its bubbly waters, lounged about on the "shore", and perhaps saw a live band rock out in the 10,000 square-foot monochromatic ball pit, designed by Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture. Although the Beach closes on September 7, that won't be the last of it.

    Recycling the Beach was always part of the plan. Even before the installation opened, representatives of the D.C.-based initiative, the Dupont Underground, proposed to transport, store, and re-use its building materials.

    The Dupont Underground has set its sights on revitalizing an abandoned trolley station beneath the Dupont Circle neighborhood into a public venue for arts and design-oriented events. As part of their inaugural programming, the group will take the Beach's more than 650,000 microbial plastic balls and its 6,000 squar...

  • Uber brings Mad Max to Seattle

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    To promote the new Mad Max video game coming out at the start of September, Uber teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this weekend to give fans in Seattle real rides in real Fury Road vehicles. Through Monday (we know — not enough time, life isn't fair, etc.), those going to and from the city's PAX Prime gaming convention will have the chance to nab a varied set of postapocalyptic chariots that seat either one, three, or four other riders.

    The rules are simple:

    • Trips must begin and stay within downtown Seattle. The Wasteland is vast and gas is precious — the Warboys must remain near their Stronghold.
    • Your dollars are worthless in the Wasteland. Payment shall not be required.

    Here's a look at some of the cars helping to bring new meaning to "disruptive innovation":

  • Binational Urbanism – On the Road to Paradise Released

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    Binational urbanism has the potential to become one of the most interesting forms of life in the twenty-first century.

    The Amsterdam-based publishing house trancityxvaliz just released Bernd Upmeyer’s new book entitled “Binational Urbanism – On the Road to Paradise”.

    “Never before was the mobility of individuals higher than it is today. People work and live not only in different places, but often even in different countries. Binational Urbanism examines the way of life of people who start a second life in a second city in a second nation-state, without saying goodbye to their first city. They live in constant transit between two homes, between two countries.

    Binational urbanists come from all strata of society, from the highly educated and cosmopolitan creative classes to the working class. Through their continuous change of location, binational urbanists appear to be living in a state that is characterized by a constant longing, or a constant homesickness, for the other city. The author interviewed people of Turkish origin currently living in Germany, who commute regularly between cities in Germany a...

  • Mariehøj Culture Center in Holte, Denmark by WE Architecture

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    The culture center merges together with the green landscape as it bridges the gap between the arrival area, the cultural plaza and the beautiful backyard of Mariehøj. It opens up towards the surroundings and incorporates the green qualities to the activities in the house.

    The house is on the same time a cultural activity center and a well-functioning working place. Through reorganization and rebuilding better spaces for individual activities are created and a more appropriate positions of the various functions. At the same time more cross field and meeting points are created. It brings together the multiple activities in the house and creates a space where new meetings and activities across interest and age may arise.

  • Black Box by Aaron Neubert Architects

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    A steeply sloping property in the Franklin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles is the site for this 200 square foot writer’s studio, labeled the “Black Box” for its minimal geometry and dark stained cladding. Floating above an existing residence and capturing a panoramic view of Griffith Park and its famed Observatory, the Black Box serves as the office for a technology author and columnist.

    Entry to the structure is obtained by ascending the hillside stairs and passing below the tree canopy enveloping the studio. A custom fabricated steel fenestration system opens to the entry platform though a pair of telescoping doors. The assembly turns the corner and terminates in a picture window, directing the occupant to the expansive views. The position of the studio and the arrival sequence creates the desired separation between home life and work life.

  • The eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition is accepting entries now until January. Register early!

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    Floating in mid-air, inspired by traditional designs, or built out of carbon dioxide, the sky is indeed the limit in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Since eVolo first launched the contest in 2006, there's no question that the 2016 edition will be just as competitive.

    Every year, participants worldwide are invited to reinvent the skyscraper: examining its definition, historical context, purpose, and exploring the potential for vertical living in the 21st century. The fun part is that entrants are given complete freedom in designing their skyscrapers.

    Get a headstart on those submissions! You can sign up for early registration now until November 17, 2015 for $95. Then from November 18 until January 19, the registration fee will hike up to $135.

    The final registration deadline is January 19, 2016. Submissions are due on January 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.

    This year's jury features: Matias del Campo, Thom Faulders, Greg Lynn, Marcelo Spina, and Skylar Tibbits.

    Here's a t...

  • Sea level rise accelerating, according to new data from NASA

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    NASA has released new images that show an acceleration in global sea level rise, from about 1 millimeter per year at the beginning of the last century to 3 millimeters per year today.

    “NASA’s been looking down at the oceans from space for about the last 23 years,” explains Josh Willis, a NASA climate scientist, in a video posted below. “And when they do we see the sea levels are rising – rapidly. Much more rapidly than they have any time in the last thousand years."

    Since 1992, NASA has noted about 7 centimeters of sea level rise total. While this may not seem like much, it's spread over about two-thirds of the planet's surface. And as the planet continues to heat up, glacier and ice sheets will melt, further contributing to sea level rise. According to Willis, the implications will be profound. 

    "We live in a society that loves the ocean. We love the beaches and we put a lot of infrastructure there," Willis states. "Across the world, there are hundreds of millions of people that will ...

  • Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America

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    For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk – to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car – is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.


  • Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali

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    The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.

    "Alaskans have informally called the mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term."

  • Learn about desert-living design in Design Marfa's 2015 Symposium and Home Tour, Sept. 18 + 19

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    Design Marfa is ready to share fresh insight into desert-living design in their 2015 Symposium and Home Tour, happening on September 18 and 19 at the Crowley Theatre in the Texan town of Marfa.

    Hosted by Design Marfa — the non-profit who created the Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition — the two-day Symposium will feature relevant discussions led by an international array of architects and designers.

    Events on Friday, September 18 include the earthen building-materials presentation, "Does This Structure Make Me Look Hot?" with Tucson architect Cade Hayes; DUST principal Brad Lancaster's session on harvesting rainwater; multidisciplinary designer Gina Coffman's presentation on how to increase walkability and bikesharing in our local communities; Los Angeles-based architect Linda Taalman on precision building systems in her "IT House" discussion, and more.

    Then on September 19, Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition winner Paul Vincent presents his proposal while juror Sharon Odum delv...

  • Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?

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    From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Sydney Opera House, the world's most recognizable landmarks display the character of the people who created them, but can individuality in architecture stand up to increasing pressure from developers to deliver universally popular designs? ...Daniel Libeskind warns that his profession is currently battling against commoditization and a "design by committee" approach that devalues the architect's role.

    CNN Style has made Daniel Libeskind a guest editor for a series of articles around the theme, "Architecture and Emotion." In this article, Alyn Griffiths takes a look at "individuality" in architecture, with a general presumption that it's under attack.

    While beginning with the caveat that every building is the product of "many minds and hands," the article is primarily oriented around Libeskind's belief that buildings best "engage people's emotions... when the architect's own vision and feelings are expressed through the design."

    It's a bit unclear how much Libeskind was involved with the article itself, although he's quoted early on in the piece. "Individual expression is what makes people different from other animals," claims Libeskind. "It's what defines us as a species and yet, increasingly, individuality is a dirty word in architecture."

    These are strong biological and sociological claims – with little backing offered. But assumptions aside, is their some validity to concerns tha...

  • Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced

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    Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan’s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.

    More recent Tokyo architecture news:

  • Leading up to its September-20 opening, Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new Broad museum

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    The elements of the Broad that have been most closely scrutinized or most often reworked, in fact, are the most uneven. It is only in the relative shadows — in the peripheral or easily overlooked spaces, or in the rooms added or enlarged late in the design process — that the architecture of the museum really comes to life. 

    More on The Broad on Archinect:

  • About Overwork: Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you… slower.

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    That’s when the ulcer started

    Read on architects...

    A personal note: During my travels to foreign countries I encounter one of the most frequented questions, "how come you guys in America work all the time?"  Of course, I don't even bother to tell them "but we get TWO weeks of paid vacation after working diligently for three years" in order to prove them wrong! They would never understand how good we have it here. 

  • Get Lectured: USC, 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.

    Kicking off the new school year last Monday, our first featured poster comes from the University of Southern California School of Architecture for Fall 2015.

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

    Listed below are selected upcoming events. Lectures are free and open to the public.

    Sept 9
    Jose Sanchez / Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture

    Sept 28-Oct 16​
    Midterm Presentations & Reviews

    Oct 12
    Graduate Open House

    Oct 21
    Junya Ishigami Drawing Workshop / Junya Ishigami + Associates - Tokyo

    ​Oct 26-30
    ​Architecture in Italy
    Exhibition from Global Studies Program

    Nov 4
    Kelly Shannon, P...

  • ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month

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    Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel. [...] It is the second temple that Islamic State has attacked in Palmyra this month. On 25 August, the group detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple, an act that the cultural agency Unesco has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria’s diverse cultural heritage.

    Previously in the Archinect news:

  • Design Manifestos: Aniket Shahane of Office of Architecture

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    Modelo recently interviewed Aniket Shahane the founder and principal of Brooklyn-based firm Office of Architecture. Shahane splits time between leading his firm and teaching at Yale University’s School of Architecture. Last week, he spoke to Modelo about starting the firm, his approach to teaching and the kinds of projects he aspires to create.

    On his start
    In college, I went to the University of Texas at Austin, and like a lot of people I just checked off a box and declared a major. I think I was a business major or something. You’re 18 years old, I didn’t know what I wanted to do then. Sometimes I even wonder what I want to do now (laughs). I always had an interest in architecture; I just didn’t realize it was architecture. A friend of mine was actually in the school there, he suggested I take an elective Architecture and Society course. I had the option to switch over to architecture to try it out, and that was it.

    I actually struggled through school quite a bit. It’s not like I to...

  • Greening Piano’s roof: a conversation with ecologist Paul Kephart

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    A masterful work of architecture, like a great symphony, relies not just on the vision of the conductor, but on the imagination of its individual players. Many highly-regarded buildings are the result of collaborations between architects and professionals from other disciplines who, on first glance, would have no business in an architectural studio. Yet it is often the interplay between these professionals' expertise and an architect's sensibility that creates noteworthy work.

  • Don't forget that the Dry Futures submission deadline is Tuesday, September 1!

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    Got an inventive design idea on how to address the historic drought that's parching up California? Send your submissions to Archinect's Dry Futures competition! Architects and non-architects worldwide are welcome to send entries that are imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or even dystopic. The submission deadline is Tuesday, September 1 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.

    We're accepting submissions in two categories: Speculative and Pragmatic. Three prize winners in each category will be announced.

    "Speculative" refers to proposals of the sci-fi variety, perhaps involving technologies that don't yet exist, or imagining alternative future scenarios for a drought-affected California. "Pragmatic" are the more standard, realistic proposals – ones that could feasibly be implemented today.

    1st place winners in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a custom one-week survival kit, including a backpack. 2nd place winners get an emergency kit stocked with one-week of supplies, and 3rd ...

  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Old+New" 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 Old+New.

    Library in Birmingham, UK by Mecanoo

    Crèche et logement de fonction rue Pierre Budin in Paris, France by ECDM architects

    Office Zotov&Co in Kiev, Ukraine by Zotov&Co

    SPARK Office in Beijing, China by SPARK; Photo: Shu He

    Business House Langenzipen in St. Petersburg, Russia by nps tchoban voss; Photo: Bernhard Kroll

    Performers House High School in Silkeborg, Denmark by schmidt hammer lassen architects

    V' House in Maastricht, the Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

    Businesspark Breitensee in Vienna, Austria by HOLODECK architects; Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

    Blackbird in Chicago, IL by Design Bureaux, Inc

    (Cover pic: Poder...

  • Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law

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    Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.

    More from the tiny home world:

  • Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea

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    While Burning Man really is a one-of-a-kind, temporary event, there are communities full of similarly minded radical folk across the globe.

    Burners 'round the globe will soon make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City, a "temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community" in Nevada's desert. The psychedelic social experiment born of "radical self-reliance" known as Burning Man begins this Sunday, and in its nearly 30-year history has attracted legions of loyalists, while also being criticized for a radicalism compromised by expensive ticket prices and a "buddy-buddy relationship with Silicon Valley billionaires"*.

    By its nature, Black Rock City disappears when Burning Man ends – but many similarly radical communities around the world are being built to last. Sure, no giant effigies, but often, infrastructure!

    This piece from looks at some of the other experiments in communal living from around the world – from ecovillage Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to Copenhagen's autonomous Christiana and even autonomous micronations like the Principality of Sealand.

    More news from The Burn:

  • It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week

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    Tokyo’s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.

    Previously on Archinect:

    And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the new, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel, here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.

    Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to the ones we've lost.

    All images via Monocle Magazine's petition site.

  • Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning

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    [Botany professor Paloma Cariñanos] found it surprising that the design of these green spaces thought about landscaping, climate, and fashion criteria, but didn't think about pollen problems. [She] says that in the future, urban green spaces 'will become 'comfort islands' inside 'urban heat islands.''...Cariñanos and her team stress that their research is a tool for planning and prevention. They hope that other cities will be able to use their methods to prevent high allergen levels.

    You can read more of Cariñanos' team's research in the Journal of Environmental Quality.

    More on Archinect:

    Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design

    Delhi’s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time

    KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa

    New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees

    Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat

  • Design Manifestos: Mette Aamodt & Andrew Plumb of Aamodt / Plumb Architects

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    Last week Modelo visited the offices of Aamodt / Plumb a Cambridge-based Architecture firm founded by partners, Mette Aamodt, AIA and Andrew Plumb, AIA. Mette and Andrew first met in graduate school at Harvard GSD. After they gained experience working at both boutique studios and large firms in New York and Boston, they decided to start their own firm in 2007. Nearly eight years later, the venture has matured into an award-winning firm focused on creating beautiful modern homes for a nationwide list of clientele. Despite their busy schedules, the founders took time to reflect on their approach to design and running a business as well as their aspirations for the future.

    On their projects
    We focus on modern homes and creative work spaces because those are the places where people spend the majority of their lives. Recently, we completed the Modern Texas Prefab house that is our new benchmark for a design and construction process that we think works really well. We’ve tried a lot ...

  • Why we blame buildings

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    Accepted wisdom has it that the continuing social unrest in the banlieues, as these suburbs are called, is a direct result of their built form: repetitive slabs and blocks of modern housing, often in large isolated estates. [...] In fact, environmental determinism accompanied the very making of the French suburbs in the postwar period and the development of modern urbanism more generally. Why is it that we assign so much power to buildings?

  • Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion

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    The government hopes to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at ¥155 billion, much lower than the ¥252 billion projected under a recently scrapped plan [...]. The government intends to make sure that the stadium will be built by April 2020. But given the International Olympic Committee’s request that the venue be built by January of that year, it plans to ask a yet-to-be-named contractor to propose shortening its construction schedule, the sources said.

    Read more about the troubled New National Stadium Tokyo in the Archinect news:

  • Architecture shapes hyperreal photographic narratives in art collection "Schude"

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    Photographer Ryan Schude's narrative panoramas are as informed by the artist's humor as they are by the structures in which they often take place. Consider "The Saturn," a typical Southern California dingbat that is transformed into a tableau of subjects wondering where they went wrong. There's the man whose belongings are being unceremoniously tossed out of a window by an enraged lover to the woman staring out of her kitchen window to the mildly distressed dingbat itself. At least, that's one reading. Look closer: other stories begin to emerge. 

    Beginning as an editorial portraitist for a magazine, Schude "wanted to figure out how to do more than just show a documentary aspect of [a subject's] personality. I wanted to tell a story that would be more interesting than the person themselves, and take that concept and apply it to a much bigger scene with actual actors and create another story, depending on the location." The narrative within "The Saturn" evolved as he sought a location....