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The ax blade of residential high-rises that slices the borough drives from Brooklyn Bridge Park through Downtown, grazing Fort Greene and reaching into Prospect Heights...the best way to preserve low-rise Brooklyn is for the Wedge to succeed by growing up rather than out. A great skyline remains concentrated and confined, its towers made meaningful by borders, its scale a contrast to be savored, not feared.
Justin Davidson examines the current and future state of high-rise construction in Brooklyn.
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Most Americans know MoMA’s Young Architect’s Program (YAP) through its annual summer festival in the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City, but they also have an impressive international program. For the Roman edition of the program, this year’s winner, studio Parasite 2.0, installed a giant green dinosaur, a neon flying saucer, and other peculiar objects in the sunlit courtyard of the Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI Museum.
Entitled MAXXI Temporary School: the museum is a school. A school is a battleground, the installation is composed of three sets made of wood, recycled rubber and metal. One of the sets has two walls rising from a star-shaped podium accessible by a tunnel. Another comprises a rock garden, a rainbow, and the flying saucer. In the third, a dinosaur spout water alongside images of the planet Saturn and Easter Island moan.
“Fantastical settings, references from diverse cultures, fragments of nature and pop-up details providing backdrops for visitors’ thousand-like selfies: ...
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In a surprising new study, Stanford researchers have found that drought-ravaged California is sitting on top of a vast and previously unrecognized water resource, in the form of deep groundwater, residing at depths between 1,000 and nearly 10,000 feet below the surface of the state’s always thirsty Central Valley. [...] new research could prove controversial among scientists trying to interpret what it means for a state that has battled over water, and its distribution, going back many decades.
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In bone, the proportions of protein and mineral are roughly equal – the mineral gives bone stiffness and hardness, while the protein gives it toughness or resistance to fracture. While bones can break, it is relatively rare, and they have the benefit of being self-healing [...] “All of our existing building standards have been designed with concrete and steel in mind. Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry."
Bioengineer Dr. Michelle Oyen of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering and her lab are working on ways to build artificial compounds that mimic bone and eggshell. Eventually, once scaled up, the compounds could be used as building materials.
When the mineral compounds are "templated" onto the naturally occurring animal protein of collagen, Oyen believes that the two materials could make a "lattice-type structure," stronger than the bone itself. Because this combination takes far less energy to produce than say steel or concrete, it could be used as a more energy efficient building material.
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Population growth and lack of shelter are the main indicators of increased poverty in developing countries. Every year, millions of people in rural communities in tropical climates migrate to cities in search of a better life. Informal settlements proliferate on the cities’ peripheries. However, what often awaits them is misfortune: few employment opportunities, lack of clean water, crowded housing spaces, crime, and other threats to their family traditions and lifestyle.
The HOMEKIT training program educates people in rural areas to sustainably cultivate bamboo and empower their villages to be self-reliant and to meet their own shelter needs. The system reduces forest depletion and contributes to the socioeconomic infrastructure of the villages. It provides safe, dignified, highly functional homes that respond to the local environment and natural disasters, connects people with the natural systems that support them, and he...
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It's been a strange week. With London still in shocked disbelief after the referendum result, it’s probably better to channel our energy into something a bit more positive, and to focus on what can be created in our vibrant city. The week ahead holds lots of community based events, focused on bringing people together and creating all-inclusive developments and spaces. As an ongoing theme in London's architecture circles, the importance of community is central to any good proposal or idea.
It is also worth noting that many degree shows are still open, and their optimistic design and positive energy is not only refreshing, but what I feel everyone needs a bit of right now.
Check back regularly to keep up to date with the city’s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!
This event is a great opportunity to hear about ideas surrounding community improvement in a light-hearted setting. Hosted by the NLA and Bespoke, it is sure to be ...
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Your dream home is not your grandmother’s, and it certainly won’t be your granddaughter’s. As the modern family evolves in an increasingly unaffordable housing market, with populations pushing out of the suburbs towards downtown, current models of the single family home don’t seem so tenable, or desirable, anymore. ‘Smart’ devices and shared ownership options add invisible degrees of customization, while perhaps at the expense of domestic ownership as the key to financial stability.
With this shift in mind, architecture should undergo a Case Study 2.0 program. How can we define and design what “domesticity” can be for today’s modern family?
The Call for Submissions under our July editorial theme, "Domesticity", is open immediately. We're accepting both editorial and project submissions. Details below:
》Project Submissions: Case Study 2.0
The Case Study homes of the post-war era became icons of architectural idealism and pragmatism, while also setting the tone for what familial domestici...
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Architecture normally receives very little public notice in Salt Lake City, but the new federal courthouse here got the public’s attention. The Salt Lake Tribune and a local TV news station’s website KSL.com received a wave of letters and posts in response to articles about its opening in 2014. The overwhelming consensus was negative.
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Frank Lloyd Wright, level designer? That’s what artist William Chyr was thinking, from the moment he crossed the threshold at the Robie House...It was a rare IRL architectural excursion, as Chyr has been immersed in building the digital levels of Manifold Garden, his first-person 3D exploration game in which you defy gravity in order to walk up walls, fall through windows, and launch yourself from one side to the other of an infinite stepwell, [while] solving increasingly difficult puzzles.
Alexandra Lange interviews video game designer William Chyr on his upcoming game, “Manifold Garden”, which is due for a January 2017 release on PlayStation 4. “Chyr has slowly incorporated more architectural references,” Lange writes, ”stretching back through the centuries and including built works by Frank Lloyd Wright and Tadao Ando, and unbuilt works by Louis Kahn, Anne Tyng, and Arata Isozaki.”
You can also watch a 16-minute gameplay demo right below. (Just be careful if you have motion-sickness.)
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The areas most likely to benefit from EU structural funding voted predominantly to leave [...] With 12% of those working in construction migrants from the EU and with the construction industry already struggling to keep up with demand, any drop in skilled migrants will hit Britain’s ability to build. [...] Analysts are already predicting a drop in supply of new homes, due to market volatility, predicted slowdown on skilled migration flows and share price drops for developers.
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If causal factors leading to housing unaffordability are not resolved over multiple generations, the social stratification will start to resemble countries like Russia, where a small elite control a vast share of the country’s total wealth. The result? A society where the threat of class warfare would loom large. [...] San Francisco and the Bay Area have long been committed to values which embrace inclusivity and counterculture. To see these values fraying so publicly adds insult to injury
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See the winning results from the CTBUH Tall Building Awards, AZ Awards, Modernism in America Awards and more
At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on the newly redesigned Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.
Last week was filled with announcements that revealed an array of stunning projects worldwide as winners in notable architecture award competitions. Here's recap #114 for the week of June 20-24, 2016.
Out of more than 200 submissions, top honors went to three dozen LA-based projects, including the ever-popular Broad Museum, a LEED-certified housing complex for homeless veterans, Red Bull's snazzy headquarters, and drought-friendly landscape projects.
Competition ran high once again in Azure's latest edition of the AZ Awards, where architects, designers, manufacturers and students in all disciplines can send their best work for a c...
With the growing trend towards hostile architecture now openly admitting its political incentives, are we in an age of transparent hostility? [...] Whereas other instances of hostile architecture are marked by their deliberate obscurity, the Camden Bench was developed, constructed and deployed in plain sight, making it an all too visible reminder of persistent negligence, raising the question: will hostile architecture become an accepted feature of the built environment?
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Don't let the sweltering summer heat curb your creative inspiration. Curious where to find interesting architecture-related happenings in Los Angeles, or where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater LA region? Archinect and Bustler compiled a snappy list of engaging lectures, discussions, upcoming exhibitions and ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other events around town worth knowing about.
Check back regularly so you don't miss out. For this week's event recommendations, stop by these ongoing exhibitions while they're still in LA!
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 | Open now until August 21, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
Take a long look at over 200 menswear looks from LACMA's collection, featuring 300 years of design history in fashion. From the influence of uniforms to the exploration of gender identity, the exhibition is a rich showcase of how men fashion has helped create the modern man.
Frustrated by a succession of boring glass boxes, Mayor Marty Walsh has called for one more: adventurous architecture. [...] the city tries to sell off a decrepit garage in Winthrop Square. Earlier this month, each of six development teams presented its ideas in an open house at Faneuil Hall. On Monday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority revealed each team’s bid for the garage.
Detailed presentations of the six final RFP responses can be found here.
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There's plenty of architectural inspiration around NYC to help fill up the longer days of summer. For anyone who is curious about what local architecture-related events to fit into your weekly schedules, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of thought-provoking lectures, discussions, upcoming exhibitions and ongoing ones you might have not heard about yet, and other happenings around town worth knowing about.
Check back regularly so you don't miss out! Have a look at our selection of NYC events for June 27-July 4.
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Back in 1922, Hugh Ferriss made a series of drawings that illustrated the effects of the 1916 Zoning Code, among the most stringent in the world at the time. Form follows policy, so to speak – even if architects dream of blank slates. This is just as true today and particularly after New York passed legislation that mandates some of the highest-efficiency buildings around. ...
Ozymandian in their hubris and decay. There are over 2,000 buildings, most of them havelis, covered inside and out with frescoes that depict scenes from battle, myth, the ancestries of their owners and the coming of the Europeans. The havelis are mostly empty now, and their desolation, combined with their scale and opulence, produces a feeling of wonder.
Aatish Taseer extols, the faded opulence of, the painted houses found in the desert of Marwar, Rajasthan.
The Concrete House is the latest masterpiece by Nico van der Meulen Architects and M Square Lifestyle Design.
From the inception of this project; the client brief, existing house and contextual setting were all factors to consider carefully before pursuing the extensive alteration and additions to a modest hillside house. From concept to documentation and ultimately implementation, the project was guided by this clear understanding.
Situated in Bedfordview, bordering a serene nature reserve, the altered house is perched on the steep face of the hillside, seemingly sliding down the hill. This nature informed the architectural concept and guiding principles behind the making of space and formation of the architecture: Rockface Extension. From a conceptual point of view, the architecture aims to act as an extension to the rocky hillside, with the occupants seemingly inhabiting a mountain face. This insertion/extension aims to deliver just that, as it is firmly rooted to the hillside thr...
No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot
It's like these cities think that he's building a Death Star.....
Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the Department of Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State University, has accepted appointment as dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture. [...] Ankerson, who was a professor and associate dean in the UNL architecture college from 1996 to 2011 before her tenure at Kansas State, will assume the dean's post July 1.
Previously in the Archinect news: Scott Killinger named interim dean of UNL's College of Architecture
Visually changing skylines aside, new sky-high structures get a shot at prestigious recognition in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Tall Building Awards. The yearly awards highlight noteworthy tall-building projects worldwide and the impact they have on inhabitants and their urban surroundings, as well as innovative design and construction methods that push the industry forward.
A little sneak peek:
Best Tall Building - Middle East & Africa: The Cube, Beirut
10 Year Award: Hearst Tower, New York
Urban Habitat Award: Wuhan Tiandi, Wuhan
See the rest of the winners plus the Best Tall Building regional finalists over on Bustler.
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This project is our response to the housing crisis in Los Angeles. In lieu of investing our limited resources into a detached one-family house of singular use and limited flexibility of residential occupancy, we decided to create a property with spaces that can be shared and foster a wider spectrum of activities and living situations. While modest is the gesture to maintain the residential unit density of two, we believe that the project represents an viable and sustainable alternative (not a replacement) to the dominant single family housing type maintained and produced in the region. This alternative can provide a contrast to the general homogeneity of the perpetual proliferation of detached single family homes many of which are growing only in size rather then usefulness. Given that both low density multi-family buildings and single family dwellings are similar in entitlement standards (ie. zoning, building code, etc.) and costs of construction, we believe there is far more va...
Located in Park Slope, a new facade was installed onto a residence created from combined warehouses from the early 20th century. The wood rain screen acts as a sunscreen during the day and lantern at night.
On Friday, President Obama formally [declared] the Greenwich Village bar and its surrounding area the Stonewall National Monument, and creating the first National Park Service unit dedicated to the gay rights movement. According to the White House, the monument designation will consist of 7.7 acres, protecting the tavern, Christopher Park across the street, and several other streets and sidewalks where spontaneous protests were held for equal rights in 1969.
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In a ceremony packed with construction workers, news crews, and real estate folk, the final bucket of concrete made its way to the top of 3 World Trade Center, marking the topping out of this 1,079-foot supertall tower. The 80-story building was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and spans 2.5 million square feet. Once complete in 2018, it will be the fifth tallest tower in New York City.
↑ Silverstein Properties Chairman Larry A. Silverstein (right) and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye at the topping out ceremony signing the final bucket of concrete.
↑ This rendering shows what the completed 1,079-ft tower will look like.
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"Bouncy-house urbanism is on the rise." – Christopher Hawthorne rides the U.S. Bank Tower's 'SkySlide'
As white-shoe law firms shrink and expanding tech companies in L.A. increasingly move into restored warehouses or historic buildings, commercial skyscrapers around the country are struggling to find tenants. [...] That leaves the owners of aging all-office high-rises like the U.S. Bank Tower looking for ways to produce new revenue [...] OUE is not the first company to see a possible revenue stream in the desire of adults to pay money to act like children in downtown settings.
More on what's happening in Downtown Los Angeles:
- The West Coast's tallest tower is getting a glass-bottomed slide on its 69th floor
- Mia Lehrer + OMA win over Eric Owen Moss, Brooks + Scarpa, AECOM to design DTLA's new public park
- Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew with “radically flat“ proposal
- Apple store to take over historic theater in Downtown Los Angeles
- Wilshire Grand Tower, the West Coast's tallest building, structurally tops out in LA
RIBA President Jane Duncan said:
“The RIBA is a global organisation that supports its members, validates schools of architecture and champions the importance of a quality built environment around the world. UK architecture talent is incredibly resilient and we will continue to ensure that our profession has a bright future, whatever the operating environment.
“Clearly there is uncertainty about the timescales and impact on a range of issues important to our industry including free movement in the EU for architects as well as students, trading and material sourcing, inward investment relationships, EU procurement rules and the effect on the construction sector if restrictions are placed on EU migration.
“In common with other UK businesses and organisations, the RIBA is assessing the short and longer term effect of the withdrawal on our members and the Institute and we will provide further guidance in due course.
“Most importantly, we will work with colleagues in industry and government t...