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  • A Transit Agency for the Future

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    With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven’t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.

  • Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum ready for grand opening next week

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    Next Saturday at 5 p.m., after a week of member previews, the 35-year-old Aspen Art Museum in Colorado will open the doors of its new building to the public and then keep them open for a 24-hour celebration. There is much to celebrate. The four-story building is the first American museum designed by the innovative Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

  • The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher

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    Enter the UltraRope, a new kind of lift cable developed by Finnish elevator company Kone. Eschewing woven steel cable in favour of carbon fibre, the UltraRope is described as “lift-hoisting technology” [...]. Strong and lightweight, the UltraRope will supposedly allow lifts to travel up to 1km in a single run, double what’s currently possible with a steel cable. The UltraRope is 90% lighter than the equivalent steel cable, thereby reducing the load and enabling far taller continuous runs.

  • ARCHTOBER Design Festival for NYC Kicks Off Today, August 1, at 12 noon

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    "Archtober is a collaborative initiative of the AIA New York Chapter, the Center for Architecture, and over fifty other organizations focused on the built environment," says Cynthia Kracauer, AIA New York managing director. "The flagship program is the Building of the Day, one for each of the thirty-one days of October."

    Today the AIA New York is hosting a "Summer Live Tweet" event at 12:00 noon at the Public Theater in New York City's Astor Place to launch Archtober, the monthlong, citywide design festival.

    The host, AIA New York, has offered free ice cream from Coolhaus for anyone who tweets the event.

    The reason the event is at The Public Theater is that it's the first announced "Building of the Day" for Archtober, set for a ticketed tour on October 1, the festival's first day.

    About Archtober:
    For anyone who loves architecture and design, New York in October offers crisp, pretty fall days -- and the biggest citywide design festival in the United States. The fourth annual Archtober Architecture and Design Month, led by the AIA New York and with 40-plus participating organizations, will take over the city.

    Today's official kickoff for Archtober 2014 is called the Summer Live Tweet, and it takes place from 12-1:00pm, with FREE ice cream sandwiches by Brooklyn's architecturally inspired dessert-maker, Co...

  • Material Witness #2: Lighting the path of self-destruction in "Mad Men" and "Suits"

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    In an era when corporations are people, people are increasingly the figureheads of corporate emotion.

  • Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California"

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    Suffering in its third year of drought, more than 58 percent of the state is currently in "exceptional drought" stage [...] Exceptional drought, the most extreme category, indicates widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells [...] If the state continues on this path, there may have to be thoughts about moving people out, said Lynn Wilson, academic chair at Kaplan University and who serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations.

  • New Renderings of What Will Replace Grafitti Art Mecca 5Pointz Emerge

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    If you loved 5Pointz, grab a box of tissues because you aren't going to be happy with what's planned for the soon to be demolished building. New renderings of what will replace the former art mecca have emerged, and unsurprisingly, the towers are as ho hum residential as they come. The new design is the work of New York-based HTO Architect, and once complete, will hold 1,000 apartments within two towers of 41 and 47 stories each.

  • Recycled Water in Urban Parks Could Be Spreading Drug-Resistant Germs

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    Sprinkling city parks with recycled water may create a breeding ground for hard-to-treat microbes [...] Even after the recycled water is treated in a sewage plant, it may carry microbes, drug-resistance genes and antibiotics that had washed down the drain. Sprayed into the environment, that water can spread microbes that could cause difficult-to-treat infections, the researchers say.

  • A preview of Biber Architects’ USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 2015

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    Biber Architects of New York recently announced the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet", for the Milan World Expo in 2015. The US pavilion is one of 147 participating countries responding to the expo's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", which addresses global issues regarding food security, access and waste, and the challenging prospect of nutritiously feeding 9 billion people by 2050.

    Highlighting America's role in the global food system, the barn-inspired pavilion includes features like a a harvestable vertical farm, food trucks, and a boardwalk.

    Read more about it on Bustler.

  • Show Case: ‘Schapenboeten’ Holiday Home by Benthem Crouwel Architects

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    Slightly quirky, modest and covered in fishnets, Benthem Crouwel Architect’s holiday house turns a piece of Dutch vernacular into a sleek but cozy nest. Modeled after the local ‘schapenboeten’ sheds for storing hay and tools in a windy climate, the home is now part of the landscape on Texel island, a popular tourist destination in the Wandsee known for its fishing and unique sheep breed.

  • Cafeteria Mabillon by Architecture Patrick Mauger

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    Sixty years after it was first built, the CROUS Mabillon student restaurant has been restructured and renovated, and its façade cleverly utilised. The concrete frontage walls have been covered by split chestnut poles that allow the penetration of a filtered light that can be dimmed during the summer. This rough-finished material successfully provides a solution to thermal, economic and comfort problems.

    The ground floor offers an open-plan café intended for students and their activities, with the space being usable for events, film screenings, conferences, etc.

    On the upper floor, several dining rooms have been redesigned. The glazing stretching out around the building is retained, providing attractive views over the city. The installed mirrors reflect Paris.

    The furniture has been completely revamped. Wood-shelled club armchairs, calling to mind the wooden frontage, and glass tables occupy the ground floor space. On the upper floor in the restaurant area, the furniture is quite diffe...

  • Mintz Residence by Robert Maschke Architects

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    The Mintz Residence is an urban villa located on Cleveland’s near west side. Despite being situated within the urban context of the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, its “virgin” site is an idyllic enclave within a park-like setting. Uninterrupted views of Lake Erie and Cleveland’s downtown and industrial flats, as well as the site’s proximity to a busy vehicular thoroughfare, keep the project connected to its urban environment.

    Designed for a couple, one of whom is a photographer, the program called for spaces to live, work, and play. These were distributed on four levels due to a limited footprint and a desire to take advantage of the spectacular views afforded by the site. This vertical organization gives the architecture a sense of urban density even in contrast to its residential scale.

    The architecture of the Mintz Residence is articulated as a series of minimal and discrete volumes which continually stack and shift, both in plan and in section, generating the building’s massing. M...

  • Wright State University Student Enrollment Center by Robert Maschke Architects

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    The Wright State University Student Enrollment Center consolidates two related yet distinct functions: a welcome and orientation center for new students and their families, and an advising center for currently enrolled students. While each center required distinct entries, spaces and amenities, certain functions such as conference, meeting rooms and reception areas are to be shared. Additionally, the University desired that the Student Enrollment Center be seen as a single environment that would enhance Wright State University’s brand, creating a unique and inviting space. As the project is located on the first floor of an existing building near the main entrance to the campus, the center informs the visitors’ first impression of the University.

    The architecture of the Student Enrollment Center seeks to capitalize on the functional demands of the program while creating a distinct gateway to the campus. A bamboo-clad canopy extends into the main lobby of the building and seamlessly fo...

  • Saint Corneille Library by Architecture Patrick Mauger

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    Restructured and enlarged, the Saint-Corneille library has undergone a complete renewal and been given new volumes. It is incorporated into the remains of the Saint-Corneille Abbey of which only the cloister, a cellar and the external envelope still exist. The archaeological cut-aways provide an understanding of the building’s historic complexity.


    The entrance has been redefined through the addition of a contemporary glass volume. From the street, passers-by can see the vaults supporting the ground floor and the cellar, and discover the atmosphere of the setting.

    The reading spaces have been rethought on each level. The ground floor is given over to current affairs and an arts and leisure sector, while the first floor is devoted to young people, languages and literature. The second floor groups together the social sciences. The basement is used to archive historic documents. A conference space has been laid out in the former chapter house.

    Lighting is maximised through the creation of...

  • Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for July 2014

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    Time for this month's Kickstarter picks! Potato salad-making aside, check out our latest selection of crowdsourced fundraisers right below for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page that are surely worth a look.

    ClassAct: Active School

    actLAB NYC's ClassAct: Active School is on a mission to rebuild low-cost classrooms in the rural Filipino communities still struggling to recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in October 2013. actLAB is looking to crowdsource funding to have their classroom prototypes built for the students to use.

    Architecture Lobby presents San Precario Exhibition

    Based in the repurposed Weigh Station venue in Callicoon, NY, North School Studio and The Architecture Lobby set a stretch goal to improve the San Precario exhibition's design and content. The exhibition is dedicated to San Precario, a faux "patron saint" figure created in Italy in 2004 to raise awareness of precarious worker issues and unstable architectur...

  • I Quant NY: Visualizing NYC's Open Data

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    Quantitative Analysis of NYC Open Data: Every data set that the city releases tells a story. This blog is all about telling those stories, one data set at a time.  

    Ben Wellington's "I Quant NY" blog is a gem in data-driven journalism's crown. Featuring visualizations of data sets from New York City's remarkable Open Data Portal, the blog covers a wide-variety of civic topics, everything from mapping fire hydrant usage to rate of taxi complaints by borough. 

    Wellington began using the Open Data Portal as coursework for his statistics class, teaching urban planning students at the Pratt Institute.

    h/t to City Lab, who spoke with Wellington about his blog and teaching stats to city planners.

  • Sharif El-Gamal Commissions Jean Nouvel to Design Islam Museum Next to WTC

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    Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of real estate developer Soho Properties, announced today that his company acquired 49-51 Park Place from Consolidated Edison for $10.7 million. He also revealed that none other than Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Jean Nouvel will be designing the site’s three-story Islam museum and prayer space.

  • How the US Crushed Youth Resistance?

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    Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.

    In the darkness of the passive and compliant society we are living in, the article by Bruce E. Levine offers some clues to why it is like this. Are we now "WHATEVER PEOPLE?"

  • Requiem for a Nightmare

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    This week came the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leaving its home in Washington, D.C. [...] Most importantly, from the perspective of thousands of D.C. residents, the District will finally be rid of the FBI's dark architecture. I will be sad to see the building go, as the city will almost certainly demand. Not only could it still potentially be put to good use, but whatever replaces the FBI Building will be regular, orderly, safe, and worse.

  • 'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing

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    "Of course these so-called 'poor doors' are shocking, but they are a symptom, not the problem," says Michael Edwards, senior lecturer at the Bartlett school of planning at UCL. "We've simply stopped building proper social housing, and until that's addressed then fiddling around with front-door arrangements is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic."

    Previously: Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise

  • Book Review: "The City in the City—Berlin: A Green Archipelago. A manifesto"

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    When its first seeds were presented in 1977, Berlin: A Green Archipelago was a quiet, prescient manifesto. Oswald Mathias Ungers and a number of colleagues at Cornell University deviated from the intellectual tenets of current reconstruction efforts, seen in the post-war development of European cities, to propose a new model for the "shrinking city". The text's idea of a polycentric urban system really took hold in the 1990s, as urban planning discourse turned towards socioeconomic considerations of ebbing and flowing growth. 

  • Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President Obama

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    Tod Williams and Billie Tsien were honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). As the highest award bestowed to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. federal government, the medal specially recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the country.

    President Barack Obama individually presented the medals to Williams, Tsien, and all the recipients during the recent awards ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.

    Read on for more info:

    "Billie Tsien and Tod Williams [were acknowledged] for their contributions to architecture and arts education. Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions"

    The list of notable medal recipients also included:

    • Julia Alvarez, Noveli...
  • IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 3: Exploring the Underground

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    IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–, the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), claims that we can only solve the world’s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.

    Looking through the lens of landscape architecture, IABR–2014– redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.
    This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.
    With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...

  • Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul

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    For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time [...] With about 70 of its 123 floors completed, the Lotte World Tower is now undergoing a review by experts and has put on hold the opening of adjacent low-rise buildings that form part of its complex.

  • SURE Architecture’s winning “Endless City” skyscraper proposal for the streets of London

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    SURE Architecture's "The Endless City in Height" skyscraper is all about going with the flow while making a bold statement. Proposed for the SkyScraper & SuperSkyscraper Competition, the entry recently won first place in the international competition. Designed to integrate itself with the surrounding streets in London, pedestrians discover the skyscraper's vertical city inside while walking up and down the "endless" interweaving ramps that wrap around the tower.

    Learn more about it on Bustler.

  • Levitating State Secrets by A(n) Office

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    Titled “Levitating State Secrets,” this installation continues work in architecturally reproducing spaces of United States intelligence. This series of investigations uses transducers to amplify sound through built surfaces. In this installation, state secrets collected from wikileaks and other public sources are conducted through a lightweight surface hung from helium balloons. Thematically, the work explores planned failure and benign neglect.

    At Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Failing to Levitate exhibit. On view June 6 – July 3, 2014.

  • Winklevoss Capital by BR Design Associates

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    Located near Madison Square Park in New York, the design of the space reflects the open culture of this firm which supports and houses start ups

  • Hidden cameras in Berlin will record century of urban development

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    As we speak, pinhole cameras are being placed in secret locations all over Berlin. Each will each take a single photograph with a 100-year exposure. Volunteers will place the cameras in neighborhoods throughout the city, keeping the location a closely guarded secret until they grow old or ill, at which time they will pass the information on to someone in the next generation. In 2114, the people they’ve told will retrieve the cameras from their hiding spots

  • When an emerging design firm gets an office in downtown Manhattan for $1

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    My collaborators and I have recently secured an office space in downtown Manhattan to lease for $1.  That's one dollar.  It's a pristine storefront, ideal location between the Lower East Side and Chinatown (easy biking from Brooklyn and 1 block from the Grand St subway).  Wifi and utilities included.  What's the catch?  It's for one month only.  

    The arrangement is through a gallery called P!, and the whole set-up is part of a lead-up to their big fall exhibition on Speculation.

    Operating as A(n) Office, my design collaborators and I are continuing to evolve a practice with ruthless opportunism, both conceptual and practical.

    What would you do with an office in downtown Manhattan for one month?  What are your speculations?