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Mahesh Daas named as new KU architecture dean

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:53

Kansas University has hired a new dean for the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Mahesh Daas, professor and chairman of the Department of Architecture at Ball State University, will start the job June 15, KU announced Monday. Daas will succeed Dean John Gaunt, who has led the school more than 20 years. Daas is known for innovation in design computing, architectural robotics, design thinking, innovation methods and management, according to KU.

Previously: University of Kansas architecture dean John Gaunt stepping down after 20 years

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Why do all hipsters look the SAME?

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:22

There is always a delay between the time a trend begins to gain traction, and the time hipsters begin following it. This delay is caused because people can't be aware of what others are deciding, in real-time. As a result, hipsters gradually realise that the trend, and the decision has been made while making the same decision separately. This leads to them gradually conforming towards what then becomes the mainstream.

Now, try to imagine "architects" instead of "hipster." Vertical farms? Poche? Blobs? Hedonistic urbanism? Parametric buildings? New Urbanism? Old Urbanism? Etc, etc,.

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With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:16

For years, our family journeys have taken us from our hillside home, in the multiethnic Mount Washington district of northeast Los Angeles, into the flatlands of the Latino barrios that surround it. My wife, Virginia Espino, who is Mexican-American, knows these neighborhoods well, especially the community called Highland Park. [...] “I saw them all move out,” my wife said one day, referring to the neighborhood’s white residents. “And now I’m watching them move back in.”

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The TED2015 conference in 30 quotes

TED Blog - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:15
TED2015 featured more than 90 speakers, and more than 20 hours of talks. We turned our perceptions inside-out, saw some new technology, traveled to space more than once, heard astounding life stories, learned about unusual materials, rethought artistic expression and contemplated the divides of society, with an eye toward ending injustice. In the end, this collection of []
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BUSTLER’S NEW CALL FOR ENTRIES: Share your Folly 2015 non-finalist proposals!

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:56

In the annual Folly competition, the Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York invite early-career architects and designers to bring out their eccentric side and propose a contemporary architectural folly. The winning design is then constructed and temporarily installed at the Socrates Sculpture Park throughout the summer months.

The official Folly 2015 competition is already done, but Archinect and our sister site Bustler want to provide an additional platform to showcase and celebrate participants' non-winning Folly entries in our latest Call for Non-Finalists.


You will have to create an Archinect people or firm profile. Just click the "Log in/Join" button on the left-hand side in the black navigation bar.

If you already have an Archinect profile, you're one step ahead. Simply log into your account and upload your submission to your Project Portfolio. Don't have a Project Portfolio yet? Click here to get started.

As more entries are uploaded, we will continuously highlight the ones that pique our interest. 

You can also check out our ongoing call for entries for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre and the Guggenheim Helsinki competitions.

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Peter Stutchbury, Wiel Arets Architects, and IK Studio are among this week's winners

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:35

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

Here's recap #52 for Mar 16-20, 2015 below:

Wiel Arets Architects to design ‘Am Hirschgarten’ cluster in Munich 

Wiel Arets Architects won the competition to design the Am Hirschgarten cluster in Munich. The four-building cluster features WAA's signature sleek, window-clad facades as well as a flexible program.

Winners of the 2015 Fairy Tales Architecture Competition 

Blank Space announced the winners to their second Fairy Tales Architecture Competition, where participants worldwide wrote and illustrated their own architectural narrative. Pictured above is 1st prize winner “Empty” by Zigeng Wang.

Inside2015 is accepting submissions! 

Inside2015 invites all young architects and designers to share their "inside" work with the  community. Hosted by the Morpholio Project, participants no...

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Panic Problem Follow-Up

I Dig Hardware - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:16
Many of you figured out right away that someone has taken fire exit hardware designed for a 3-foot-wide door and installed it on a 4-foot-wide door. The original mechanism tube has been replaced with one from a 4-foot device, and a filler plate fills the area where the wider touchpad should be...

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Christopher Hawthorne's "infatuation" with Toyo Ito

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:16

In an era when many architects are acclaimed for impressive rhetoric or jaw-dropping computer renderings — or both — [Ito] has earned his following in purely architectural terms. He knows how to build, to shape space in a way that respects traditional craftsmanship and seems utterly contemporary. [...] That odd and productive co-dependence of design and place, architect and site, is a relationship that doesn't really exist in any other art form.

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Bali’s fascinating bamboo architecture

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 09:47

“There was a time when you could not be poor enough, or rural enough, to want to live in a bamboo house,” says Ibuku founder Elora Hardy. A former print designer for Donna Karan, Hardy now leads an Indonesian firm that creates innovative, luxurious structures out of cheap, sustainable, plentiful bamboo. In a talk at the TED conference last week, Hardy wowed the audience with spectacular images that defy traditional notions of house shapes and construction.

Learn more about Ibuku on the firm's Archinect profile.

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The Seven Non-Deadly Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Divisions

Archinect - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:00

This post is brought to you by PPI.

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is a professional licensure examination. It has been adopted by all 50 United States as well as the U.S. territories. The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to help protect public health, safety, and welfare in various aspects of architecture. Currently, the ARE is made up of seven exam divisions.

To call yourself an architect, you need a degree in architecture, validated work experience, and you need to pass all seven ARE divisions.

What Does This Mean to You?

It may mean that though you studied architecture, and are currently working in the field of architecture, you’re working as a designer—not an architect.

If you’re interested in furthering your career as an architect, here are four steps that will help you get started:

  1. understand your state board’s eligibility requirements (click here)
  2. research the ARE divisions and determine the best order for you ...
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Great Garden Design by Ian Hodgson – review

Garden Visit - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:02

Ian Hodgson Great Garden Design book jacket

Ian Hodgson Great Garden Design book jacket

The Society of Garden Designers has produced a vry good book on garden design. I commend it to anyone commissioning a garden and to future historians of garden design.
The section I like best, on Outdoor Experiences, deserves to become a book in its own right. There only four sections are on Relaxing, Dining, Playing and Bathing. But theere are subsections, so that Dining includes Cooking Outside, Keeping Livestock and Growing Your Own.
This approach to garden design comes, in the UK, from John Brookes. His Room Outside, first published in 1969, launched British garden design on its profression from the Arts and Crafts Style to Modernism. In his introduction to Great garden design Brookes draws attention to the way in which ‘this book breaks down the overall plan of a garden and deals with the various sections and functions it may include’.
A failure to grasp the key principle of Modernism hindered, and hinders, the development of garden design. Form follows function was the most convenient summary of Modern Movement principles but caused problems for garden designers. ‘What’ they wondered, ‘are the functions of a garden?’ My criticism of Great garden design is a weakness in the history and theory of garden design.
After Brookes’ Forward and an Introduction by Ian Hodgeson, the author, there is a chapter on Contemporary Garden Styles. A section on Sourcing Inspiration is followed by a section on Choosing a Style – which struck me as a return to the high Victorian eclecticism of Edward Kemp and the Mixed Style. It is followed by a menu of styles. Their names are Contemporary Formal, Urban Chic, Cottage and Country Style, Natural Style, Water Gardens and Subtropical Style. This is a departure from Modernism but I would not call it Postmodern and nor do I think the categories will be of use to those future garden historians who come across this useful and very well-illustrated book.

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3M LifeLab SXSW by SOFTlab

Archinect - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:55

We worked with 3M and BBDO to create the 3M LifeLab at SXSW. The structure was not simply a space that showcased 3M products, but was created using some of the amazing materials created by 3M. We designed a multi-functional structure that acted as a ceiling, spatial divider, and custom interior display elements. The modular structure was designed to turn the interior of the 3M pavilion into a kaleidoscopic prism using 3M’s dichroic film. As visitors move through the space and the sun passes over the tent during the day the color and reflectivity of the film changes. All of the interior elements were laminated with glossy white Di-Noc, a 3M architectural finish. The Di-Noc captured the light cast by the sun through the dichroic film above creating a dynamic landscape of light that changed throughout the day. The exterior of the tent was clad in a custom surface made of triangles of Scotchlite fabric that were held together using zippers. It is one of the first times the retroreflecti...

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The red TED letters go out to play: Building TED2015’s logo photobooth

TED Blog - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 20:57
A funny thing happens at the end of every TED event — after the show, first one brave person, and then duos and groups, rush the stage to get their picture taken with the red TED letters. So at TED2015, our tech team thought, why not bring the letters out to the conference floor and let everyone play? In a nights-and-weekends []
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Winners of the MORPHING book giveaway

Archinect - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 18:19

In Archinect's latest book giveaway, we received over 100 responses for MORPHING: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers. Authored by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma, Morphing is a pedagogical guide that can help architects, designers, students, and enthusiasts to understand in greater depth the trigonometric transformations and functions behind the digital design tools they use.

The three lucky winners are:

  • Brian, Columbus
  • Chris, New York
  • Nicholas, Vancouver

Congrats! And a great big thank you to everyone who participated.

Joseph Choma shared more details about Morphing, which you can read here.

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Pondering the cultural value of Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House

Archinect - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 17:56

Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House was recently announced to be up for auction on May 19 in Chicago. Designed for Mike and Penny Winton during the '80s in Lake Minnetonka, MN, the Guest House helped propel Gehry into international stardom in the '90s. Currently, the University of St. Thomas owns the $4.5 million home, which was repurposed as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN a few years ago. Ever since St. Thomas sold the Gainey last year, the Guest House is once again up for grabs and must -- also once again -- start relocation this June to meet its August 2016 deadline.

The Winton Guest House revives the question of what cultural value that the house -- and others vernacular structures like it -- possess. As this comment discussion shows, the topic is a subjective one with no clean-cut answer.

Some may agree that the Guest House's value lies in its history, like an art object that can be studied or referred to for inspiration. According to the University o...

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"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home

Archinect - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 17:01

Russian police say they're looking for the intellectually minded miscreants who graffitied "Kant is a moron"—along with a flower and heart—on the philosopher's home outside Kaliningrad. With Arthur Schopenhauer dead for 155 years, however, authorities start off with few strong leads.

The derelict house does look like an easy target for vandalism, but apparently the philosopher never even actually lived inside. The Atlantic points out that the local structure Kant lived in was destroyed sometime in the 19th century, and the tagged building was in fact a new one built on the same site. Which, apparently, relieves The Atlantic of treating this as a preservationist issue, and instead gives free reign to cram in as many of Kant's philosophical principles as possible. See below:

  • "They say no reason, pure or otherwise, was given for the crime."
  • "Even the timing of the crime is unclear—journalists discovered the note, at once crude and rather refined, while exploring Kant's derelict home."
  • "But for those who would reclaim the discipline's more raucous reputation of the past, the graffiti is perhaps a positive sign, and maybe the first salvo in a war between Situationists and Enlightenment thinkers. Indeed, a critic of Kant's ideas might feel a categorical imperative to tak...
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Marvin Architects Challenge: All Eyes on Your Design

Archinect - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 16:27

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Endgame: A recap of the emotional final session of TED2015

TED Blog - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:43
It is hard to believe that this is final session of TED2015. Luckily Session 12, “Endgame,” is our longest ever — with two full hours of talks that took us on a journey through the human experience, from anger to laughter and back again. Read a recap of these inspiring talks. An ode to anger. []
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“Love brings self-confidence”: 7 quotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at TED2015

TED Blog - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:18
On the final day of TED2015, Curator Chris Anderson reveals an exclusive video conversation between him and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, filmed in Vancouver in October 2014. In their talk, the Dalai Lama speaks about two kinds of happiness, how all humans can coexist, and the cooperation between science and Buddhism. And most important, that []
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