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  • SPF:a unveils orange tree-inspired design for Anaheim Performing Arts Center in California

    about 6 hours ago from

    After 20 years in the heart of Anaheim, California, the City National Grove of Anaheim venue will soon become the Anaheim Performing Arts Center. Today, SPF:a from Culver City unveiled their scheme for the new $500 million project.

    For starters, the 500,000-square-foot campus will feature three theaters: a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 1,700-seat opera hall, and a 600-seat black box theatre. It'll also include a museum tower with an observatory set on a 24-foot podium, an outdoor amphitheater, a convention hall, office space, two restaurants, and lecture rooms. 

    Image courtesy of SPF:a.

    Image courtesy of SPF:a.
    The Anaheim Performing Arts Center in Anaheim, California by SPF:a. Image courtesy of SPF:a.

    Featuring concentric circles and perforated copper-anodized cladding on the main structures, the campus pays tribute to Anaheim's citriculture history. After Anaheim's vineyards succumbed to disease in the late 19th century, the city invested in citriculture.  “Anaheim’s socioeconomic drive...

  • Russian artist burns Gothic cathedral made of sticks at Maslenitsa carnival

    about 7 hours ago from

    A 30m-tall Gothic cathedral built of branches and twigs that was set alight on Saturday (17 February) causing controversy in Russia. The burning took place at Nikola-Lenivets, a rural artists’ colony 200km south of Moscow, and was the culmination of pre-Lenten carnival festivities known as Maslenitsa. The event is often likened to the US Burning Man festival.

    Artist Nikolay Polissky, founder of Nikola-Lenivets, creates impressive land art installations to burn for Russia's Maslenitsa festival each year. This Russian folk tradition is celebrated during the last week before Lent and traditionally ends with the burning of a scarecrow. 

    This year, the festival's title was Flaming Gothic, which is the literal Russian translation of the ornate architecture style. Although it was in line with the theme of the festival, Polissky's cathedral sparked controversy after the images and videos of it burning went viral. Some claimed it was an attack on Christianity and Russian Orthodoxy, while others asserted this played into Russian nationalist propaganda. 

    Flaming Gothic installation by Nikolay Polissky at Maslenitsa 2018 festival. Image: Andrei Nikerichev.

    Far from his intentions, Polissky explains, “There was nothing of religious worship in my art object, of course there were no crosses, altar or any religious symbols. This is not a copy of any exis...

  • Memphis Slim Collaboratory House by brg3s Architects

    about 9 hours ago from

    Peter Chatman, the famed blues singer and pianist better known as Memphis Slim, drew attention for his punishing performing schedule and unorthodox lifestyle. Extreme poverty characterized much of his life, but also created a personality which was uncommonly resourceful. His life embodied the paradox of his music: hard times and rough experiences were transformed into an upbeat and lively musical energy, the essence of triumph.

       Memphis Slim’s boyhood home is typical of many in the low-income neighborhood in which it is located. The original home reflected the character of the individuals in the community: strength, survival against overwhelming odds, and resourcefulness. The collaboratory embraces those qualities, building a space that will inspire future musicians to achieve despite potential setbacks, while simultaneously engaging the community.

       The collaboratory design takes elements of the original house and celebrates them.

       Carving out sections of the re-built e...

  • How 6 Successful Women in Architecture, Planning, and Engineering Joined Forces to Win "The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition"

    about 10 hours ago from

    The VeloCity team met through PedElle, a charity cycling endurance event open to female riders working in the property industry. Each successful in their own right, they decided they wanted to work together combining their expertise in architecture, design, engineering and town planning - a place-making competition developing the corridor that spans Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford, seemed the perfect opportunity. 

    I recently met with the team to find out more about how they work together collaboratively and what made their entry stand out. Since we met they have gone on to win the 'The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition', cementing their exciting future working together.

  • This video game tests your ability to handle the retail madness of an American mall

    about 11 hours ago from

    With the rise of online shopping, we have all been watching the dead mall epidemic for many years now. Addressing those left hanging on in today's world, Bloomberg now brings us the The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge. Try your odds at managing a failing mall in this retro 90's computer game. 

    First you must choose a player—I chose Colton, who made his fortune selling his beanie babies collection at the height of its craze and wants to prove to his parents he's an adult. Next you will choose a strategy of either modernizing, creating an alternative mall, or cutting costs. 

    The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge with an irritated shopper.

    Your broker, wearing flashy 90's shades, gives you advice on how to save your dying mall. Navigate through stores like "Victoria's Conspiracy" and "Marcy's" while you get rid of rats, trash, and cyberpunk delinquents. 

    I was too busy clicking on shoppers to read their irritated comments and failed quickly. See how you fare in thi...

  • Frank Gehry + Santiago Calatrava rumored to be designing Hudson Yards buildings

    about 11 hours ago from

    WSJ reports that “a person familiar with the matter” claims that Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry have been tapped to design buildings for the megaproject’s second phase, due to rise over the west side rail yards [...] There’s little information beyond that, but 2018 is the year that co-developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are due to start work on the platform that will cover the west side yards

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava may be joining the star-studded lineup of designers working on the Hudson Yards development, which — so far — includes SOM, Foster + Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group, and Thomas Heatherwick, to name a few.

  • "Probably the most creative person in the world" — The New Yorker profiles Thomas Heatherwick

    about 11 hours ago from

    Heatherwick Studio employs architects, but Heatherwick is not an architect. His work could be described as a celebration of never having absorbed, in a formal architectural education, dogma about designing things to be flush and taut. “There’s a Harry Potter-esque, Victorian quirkiness in the work,” Ingels said. “An element of steampunk, almost.”

    In his long read for The New Yorker, Ian Parker tells the story of New York's (potential) new Eiffel Tower, the Vessel at Hudson Yards, and profiles the British designer behind this and many other ambitious structures, Thomas Heatherwick

  • OMA to design Lille's new Palais de Justice courthouse

    about 11 hours ago from

    Out of four finalists, OMA had the winning proposal for the new Palais de Justice courthouse in Lille, marking the firm's first project in the city in over 20 years since the Euralille district masterplan (1989) and the Congrexpo exhibition center (1994). Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the courthouse will be located near the former fortifications of the French military engineer Vauban, on the outskirts of town.

    Led by OMA's Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas, the courthouse's scheme features a colorful, multi-faceted building that will house Lille's high court and district court. The base of the building will contain the public and major courtrooms, with a “ring of offices floating above it”, OMA describes. A triangular tower rising from the heart of the building will house smaller courtrooms.

    According to the firm, “the interiors of each of the building's components are conceived to make all the procedures of justice accessible, even inviting, free of the intimidation that has...

  • Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '18

    about 11 hours ago from

    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018

    Archinect's Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

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

    See what Spring '18 events are coming up at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, AIADO.

    Feb 13
    Yuri Suzuki
    Rubloff Auditorium, 6-8 p.m.

    Feb 22
    Chen Chen & Kai Williams
    at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

    Mar 1
    James Shen / People's Architecture Office 
    at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

    Mar 13
    Anna Puigjaner / MAIO
    at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

    Apr 13
    Elizabeth Diller / Diller Scofidio + Renfro
    at Rubloff Auditorium, 6-7:15 p.m. 

    Apr 16
    Shona Kitchen / Hooker and Kitchen
    at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

    Apr 26
    Vishaan Chakrabarti
    at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:...

  • Norman Foster & Stelton present new range of minimalist tableware

    about 12 hours ago from

    A range of minimalist tableware is the result of Norman Foster's latest collaboration as a designer outside of the world of architecture, with Danish design house Stelton. 

    Image: Foster + Partners.

    Combining simple sculptural form and soft geometry, the Norman Foster Collection spans a spectrum of materials, including glass, porcelain, and stainless steel, and features wine goblets, carafes, bowls, porcelain and glass coffee cups, a sugar bowl, and a thermos.

    Image: Foster + Partners.

    "There’s a wonderful ambiguity in the power of a curve, the power of a line, whether it is defining an individual, a building, a bridge, a skyline, or a vessel," Norman Foster says about the new line. "They are all part of the same family, in a way. The issues of quality, workmanship and textures is common to all these different scales. In the end, it comes down to the elements that we touch, the interface of our daily lives. 

    Image: Foster + Partners.

    "The translation of a design idea through prototypin...

  • This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events

    about 15 hours ago from

    Wondering what architecture and design events are happening around New York City? Bustler rounded up a snappy list of event recommendations worth checking out. This week, hear book talks and lectures from Li Hu and Huang Wenjing of OPEN Architecture, architect Emre Arolat, and Steven Cohen, the executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute. It's also the last week for the interactive “Sonic Arcade” exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design! Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

  • This week's picks for LA architecture and design events

    about 15 hours ago from

    Planning ahead for another busy week in Los Angeles? Bustler put together a snappy list of architecture and design events happening around town. This week's picks include lectures by Bryony Roberts, Höweler + Yoon, and Jonathan Ward of NBBJ. The A+D Museum's upcoming exhibition, ”No Taste For Bad Taste”, will showcase different object interpretations of what defines the essence of French design. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

  • Do you say "I think..." or "I know..."?

    about a day ago from

    This tweet raises for me a huge issue in architecture practice communication:

    April Wensel is right that people communicate differently, and as architecture practice is more and more a team effort, communicating in ways that allow for collaboration and problem solving is more important. 

    I always approach projects, both in the office and on-site, as collaboration among a group of people who all have contributions to make. 

    I have experience working with minor starchitect-type people, however, who consider everyone else at the table to be there in service to their idea, and have no interest in entertaining suggestions, even when the suggestion could save time and money for everyone. 

    This is sadly why architects are so often labeled prima donnas, and this is why I want to see more and more women take on the discipline.  Did anyone see the Billie Tsien discussion with RAMStern and Libeskind at 92Y recently? The boys are both making grand pronouncements and denigrating others and playi...

  • Zaha Hadid Architects' exhibition proposes full-scale pedestrian network for London

    about 3 days ago from

    Walkable London: Upgrading the urban prosperity engine is a research initiative and exhibition proposing a full-scale network of pedestrian routes across London. Zaha Hadid Architects proposes an integrated transport infrastructure to make walking part of an individual's daily routine in the city. The firm's scheme aims at connecting existing pockets of pedestrianized areas into one city-wide network. 

  • Driverless technology is about to reshape the real estate industry

    about 3 days ago from

    The link between property and transport has been perhaps the most durable in human history. Since the ancients, few things have delivered higher land values with more certainty than advances in transport, from roads to canals, railways to highways. [...] But now, the dawn of the driverless car—promising a utopia of stress-free commutes, urban playgrounds and the end of parking hassles—threatens to complicate the calculus for anyone buying property.

    Bloomberg Technology explains how the real estate industry is already preparing for all that sweet, sweet valuable space to open up for development once the widespread arrival of driverless vehicles makes parked cars — and the blocked square footage they occupy — a thing of the past. 

  • The winning 2017 Tile of Spain architecture + interior design projects

    about 3 days ago from

    Last fall, ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association) invited designers around the world to send their best work to the 16th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards. The projects could be located anywhere in the world, but had to significantly use Spanish ceramics and be completed between January 2015 - October 2017.

    First-prize winners and special mentions were announced in each of the three categories: Architecture, Interior Design, and Final Degree Project. Scroll down to have a look at them.


    First place: Bodega Mont-Ras by Jorge Vidal and Victor Rahola. Tiles by Cerámica Elias (cover image)

    The panel of judges particularly valued the industrial and rustic-type materials used in the project, which also reflects the capacity of the chosen materials to adapt to the layout of the various spatial geometries, adding a strong sense of character to the entire setting.

  • Employees at Apple's new headquarters keeping walking into its famed glass walls

    about 3 days ago from

    There’s been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass.

    The Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA, designed by Foster and Partners, was built with much glass—the building's exterior features the famed curved panels of safety glass while the interior is populated with work spaces, also made from glass. Well, apparently, the favored building material is starting to be a real pain as Apple employees keep bumping into the clear, spotless walls. 

    This is not the first time Apple's penchant for prioritizing aesthetics over functionality has posed a safety risk. This winter, their flagship store in Chicago, also designed by Foster, caused a snow-related safety hazard due to its thin, gutter-less, carbon fiber roof. 

  • Wild Ginger at Lincoln Square by SkB Architects

    about 3 days ago from

    Conceived over twenty years ago as an homage to the foods and cultures of Southeast Asia, Wild Ginger was ready for an update. The challenge was how to transform the successful concept pioneered in the original, large-format restaurant and evolve it to meet the needs of current dining trends—both for those seeking a more intimate experience as well as satisfying the increased interest in happy hour culture. Rekindling the spirit of exoticism that inspired the original restaurant, the redesign (which includes a visual rebrand by Hornall Anderson) digs deep into the roots of the cultures that inspired it. The result is a stylistic blend that merges cultural influences with contemporary design to create a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere in which to celebrate food and friends. 

    “Understanding our client’s history was essential,” notes Kyle Gaffney, principal and co-founder of SkB Architects. “In order to know how to move forward, we had to know the past. We weren’t interested in cre...

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #167

    about 3 days ago from

    On the lookout for a new job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:

    1. CORE architecture + design (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo: Greg Powers.

    2. Charles Rose Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo: Charles Rose Architects.

    3. Laney LA (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Outdoor Designer

    Image: Laney LA.

    4. Future Green Studio (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Staff Designer

    Photo: Future Green Studio.

    5. Board & Vellum (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo: Board & Vellum.

    Keep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's FacebookTwitterPinterest, or the Archinect Jobs Instagram.

    Want ...

  • Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia's wooden architecture

    about 3 days ago from

    “Today’s state of wooden architecture can be defined as an SOS,” says Igor Shurgin, an architect and restorer who runs the Foundation for Maintenance of Wooden Architecture Monuments. “If we do nothing to support it, then nothing will be left in 20 years.” A grant from the European Union enabled the organisation to stage a series of exhibitions in Russia and Europe between 2010 and 2012 that highlighted the problem.

    After the contemporary artist Danila Tkachenko photographed a series of the country's abandoned wooden houses set ablaze, attempts to save Russia's wooden architectural heritage have become a high priority for preservation activists. Russia's ministry of culture has intentions to adopt an action plan to preserve these structures based on the work of architect and restorer Igor Shurgin, but many fear that it might be too little too late. 

    Estimated costs for preservation are assessed at around £183m, in addition to an extra £70m to protect 87 particularly significant works. Though the growing number of grassroots initiatives are promising, Konstantin Mikhailov, a coordinator of the Arkhnadzor preservation group, tells the Art Newspaper "that a great deal now depends on proper implementation of the recommendations."

  • FXFOWLE Lounge by FXCollaborative (Previously FXFOWLE Architects)

    about 3 days ago from

    Custom-designed by FXFOWLE Architects for the inaugural Miami Project art fair, the FXFOWLE Lounge featured a free-standing architectural pavilion housed within a well-appointed lounge and bar area.

    The pavilion – which paired technologically-sophisticated scripting software with simple museum board – comprised 180 varying segments that, together, took the form of complex structural geometries. The segments were pre-assembled, in-house and by hand, into 19 different ribs – using solely Elmer’s glue and a stock adhesive – and subsequently installed upright and fastened to one another via twist ties.  The pavilion structure was thoughtfully complimented by plus beanbag chairs and a timeless Prince Aha stool, provided respectively by Fatboy and Kartell.  SCRA, an applied technology research corporation, custom-fabricated the lounge’s 20 foot-long carbon fiber bar that FXFOWLE designed in-house, also with the aid of scripting software.  A light-sculpting accent wall provided by 3M A...

  • Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out

    about 3 days ago from

    We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new architecture competitions launching worldwide on any given week — let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why Bustler is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design competition submissions that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.

  • 10 store designs that make shopping an experience

    about 3 days ago from

    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 Shopping Spaces.

    Nike's Women Studio in New York, NY by Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large

    Silverpeak in Aspen, CO by Bldg Seed Architects & Surface Architectos

    3.1 Phillip Lim in New York, NY by O'Neil Langan Architects

    The Inverted Truss – Renovation of a Historical Building in Taipei, Taiwan by B+P Architects; Photo: Hey! Cheese

    Alessa by Taller KEN

    MALVA in Tigard, OR by FIELDWORK Design & Architecture

    MAHER Women’s Apparel Store in Hamedan, Iran by Harmonic Trend [L]; Photo: Hamed Badami

    ChicBus Alipay Flagship Store in Hangzhou, China by LYCS Architecture; Photo: Elton, HU Xianjuan

    House of Pure Vin ...

  • From the Ground Up: Lina Bo Bardi

    about 3 days ago from

    From the Ground Up is a series on Archinect focused on discovering the early stages & signs of history's most prolific architects. Starting from the beginning allows us to understand the long journey architecture takes in even the formative of hands and often, surprising shifts that occur in its journey. These early projects grant us a glimpse into the early, naive, ambitious and at points rough edges of soon to be architectural masters.

  • Three candidates shortlisted in AA School of Architecture's search for its new director

    about 4 days ago from

    The last few months have been full of uncertainty for the prestigious AA School of Architecture, which currently does not have a permanent director (Samantha Hardingham has been interim director since Brett Steele left the position in 2016). In the school's ongoing search for a new leader, they recently revealed a shortlist of three finalist candidates. They are:

    • Pippo Ciorra, Senior Curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome, architect, critic, and professor
    • Eva Franch i Gilabert, Chief Curator & Executive Director of Storefront for Art & Architecture in New York, architect, curator, and educator
    • Robert Mull, Head of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton, architect, educator, urbanist, and activist

    After receiving 73 responses to their call for applications, the AA selected 26 candidates for their initial list, which was then narrowed down to 15 candidates for the first round of interviews. The first round of interviews included individuals from Australia, North and South A...

  • plus energy rooftop by HOLODECK architects

    about 4 days ago from

    The two-storey loft conversion on Schüttauplatz takes references from the landscape and creates by projections (dormers) and recesses views from the indoor and outdoor use and protected high-quality open spaces. The transition between apartment house and construction is accentuated road side by an architectural design element which protrudes above the last inventory levels in the road space. The lightweight steel sets itself as an independent member on the existing building.

  • Methodist South Emergency Department by brg3s Architects

    about 4 days ago from

    Methodist South's emergency department provides critically important services to the South Memphis community. The previously existing facilities were not able to keep up with the increasing demand and were nearly impossible for patients to locate. They lacked presence and blended into the rest of the beige brick hospital massings. The interiors were inadequate as well; small spaces, harsh glare and heat gain of the southwest facing all-glass façade made visitors uncomfortable.

    brg3s answered this challenge with two primary elements. The first, a bright white translucent skin wraps the southwest façade.  The highly visible curved wall contrasts with the existing brick and is easily recognizable by patients and visitors. The second, a large cantilever extends past the translucent wall. This cantilever creates a covered drop-off and becomes the backdrop for the primary emergency signage directing visitors from near and far. 

    Once inside, the southwest translucent wall works to maximize...

  • Salon Architects' cultural event space among winners of 2018 German Design Awards

    about 4 days ago from

    Salon Architects, based in Istanbul, were among the 2018 German Design Award winners for their project titled Parkopera. The project was nominated under the architecture category of Excellent Communications Design. Launched in 2012, The German Design Awards are aimed at discovering unique trends in the international design landscape.

  • Kengo Kuma wants to change the definition of architecture

    about 4 days ago from

    Rejecting flashy forms in favor of buildings in harmony with their environment, the architect — poised to become world famous for his stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo — is trying to reinvent his entire trade. [...] Kuma, a constant source of paradoxes and ironies, often makes demagogic statements on behalf of his own brand of architectural modesty. “I want to change the definition of architecture,” he told me; in a way, he already has.

    Nikil Saval pens a beautiful profile of Kengo Kuma for T Magazine and investigates the architect's ongoing quest to ground his version of Modernism in authentic Japanese craftsmanship.

  • Get Lectured: University of Kentucky, Spring '18

    about 4 days ago from

    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018

    Archinect's Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

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

    See what events are coming up in the University of Kentucky College of Design's Spring 2018 Architecture/Interiors/Historic Preservation lecture series.

    Feb 2-3
    Karen Lewis / Ohio State University 

    Feb 7
    Sarah Dunn / UrbanLab 

    Feb 28
    Jeanne Gang / Studio Gang

    Mar 26
    Patrick Hobgood / Hobgood Architects

    Mar 30
    Alan Ricks / MASS Design Group 

    Apr 9
    Diana Agrest / Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects

    For more event info + the latest updates, click here or visit

    Check out previous posters on the Get Lectured Pinterest page! 

    Want another way to share your school's even...