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End of weird architecture in China?

Archinect - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:44

Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.



Is it possible Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break lose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's. 

This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.

Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares

ben lepley- Not sure what this means for MAD >:l 

orhan ayyuce- maybe he he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?

bl- or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? or both

oa- are you back in china?

bl- no, in Tucson still. clean air here. but I keep in contact with those who are still there. I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big. If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still ther...

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The Portland Building: Architect Michael Graves fiercely defends his controversial creation against demolition

Archinect - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:22

Graves came out swinging. "I saw some people outside selling tomatoes," he said. "I have no idea what that meant." He complained about his treatment in the local news media: "350 buildings, and I don't have this treatment anywhere else. . . Usually when I revisit buildings, it's to get the keys to the city. Here, there are tomatoes for sale."



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Live Blog: (Afternoon) Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!

Archinect - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:25

After a glorious lunch in the sun, looking out over the bay, we're back for the first afternoon session. (You can catch up on our morning session here.) (You can also view the full survey results from the Equity in Architecture Survey 2014  here.)

Amber Evans, senior associate at GouldEvans, is introducing the session on negotiation. "If you don't negotiate your salary, the amount of money you will forfeit over your career will likely be over a million dollars." "Don't wait for others to notice and offer things to you."

Laurie Dreyer: There are five personality types in terms of negotiation: 

  • competing
  • compromising
  • collaborating
  • avoiding
  • accommodating

Designers and architects are most often avoiders and accommodators. "An introverted architect will look at their shoes; an extroverted architect will look at your shoes."

The 'competing' type is the most aggressive, and is often represented among client representatives, which can make it hard for architects. But there's a cost to be paid for th...

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Live Blog: Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! (Afternoon)

Archinect - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:25

After a glorious lunch in the sun, looking out over the bay, we're back for the first afternoon session. (You can catch up on our morning session here.)

Amber Evans, senior associate at GouldEvans, is introducing the session on negotiation. "If you don't negotiate your salary, the amount of money you will forfeit over your career will likely be over a million dollars." "Don't wait for others to notice and offer things to you."

Laurie Dreyer: There are five personality types in terms of negotiation: 

  • competing
  • compromising
  • collaborating
  • avoiding
  • accommodating

Designers and architects are most often avoiders and accommodators. "An introverted architect will look at their shoes; an extroverted architect will look at your shoes."

The 'competing' type is the most aggressive, and is often represented among client representatives, which can make it hard for architects. But there's a cost to be paid for that style of behavior--you may win in the short term but the relationship may suffer. The way to...

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Live Blog: (Morning) Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!

Archinect - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:07

There's a sold-out crowd for the big Missing 32% event today in San Francisco, at the gorgeous San Francisco Art Institute. We're in an intimate auditorium for introductions and recognition of sponsors who collectively shared $34k for the symposium.

8:49 am: Rosa Sheng is explaining how she became involved with Missing 32%: there was a "perfect storm" of Architect Barbie, the Denise Scott Brown petition, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In--and Rosa was invited to speak at a symposium, drawing her in.

It's no longer a clear-cut issue of outright discrimination, but one of implicit bias, and other subtle and difficult problems.

8:58 am: Emily Grandstaff-Rice of Cambridge 7, president of the Boston Society of Architects, is delivering the keynote. "I cringe when I hear the term woman architect." 

What does the public think about when they think of an architect? The audience shouts "Frank Lloyd Wright," "Mies Van Der Rohe," "Frank Gehry"--white men. Women (and minorities, implicitly) are a minority ...

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Live Blog: Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! (Morning)

Archinect - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:07

There's a sold-out crowd for the big Missing 32% event today in San Francisco, at the gorgeous San Francisco Art Institute. We're in an intimate auditorium for introductions and recognition of sponsors who collectively shared $34k for the symposium.

8:49 am: Rosa Sheng is explaining how she became involved with Missing 32%: there was a "perfect storm" of Architect Barbie, the Denise Scott Brown petition, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In--and Rosa was invited to speak at a symposium, drawing her in.

It's no longer a clear-cut issue of outright discrimination, but one of implicit bias, and other subtle and difficult problems.

8:58 am: Emily Grandstaff-Rice of Cambridge 7, president of the Boston Society of Architects, is delivering the keynote. "I cringe when I hear the term woman architect." 

What does the public think about when they think of an architect? The audience shouts "Frank Lloyd Wright," "Mies Van Der Rohe," "Frank Gehry"--white men. Women (and minorities, implicitly) are a minority ...

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The 2014 winners of the Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:43

Following RIBA's announcement of the 2014 Stirling Prize winner, two more UK-based projects won big in the 2014 Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize competitions. The Stormy Castle in Wales by Loyn & Co. Architects received the Manser Medal, which is the UK's highest housing design award. The Stephen Lawrence Prize, which recognizes fresh architectural talent and smaller construction budgets, went to a residential project this year: House No 7 in Scotland by Denizen Works.



Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:

2014 Manser Medal winner: Stormy Castle in Wales by Loyn & Co. Architects

2014 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize winner: House No 7 in Scotland by Denizen Works:

Find more photos and project details on Bustler.

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Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:22

Damningly described as ‘hell on wheels’, ‘malice in blunderland’, and ‘a field of dreams’; welcome to a run-down of some of the world’s most eye-wateringly over-budget projects.



After adjusting costs for inflation and converting into US Dollars, Podio put together a simple, nifty visualization of the world's most over-budget monuments. Unsurprisingly, Olympic and large infrastructure projects rank high, with projects like Healthcare.gov and the International Space Station thrown in the mix for comparison.

Check out the projects below in the interactive infographic:

(via Podio).

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Atlanta plans big for bikes, and Atlantans turn out big time

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:13

The massive Beltline and an impressive grid of protected lanes that will connect the trail system to key urban destinations are poised to remake transportation in the city that anchors the country's ninth-largest metro area. [...] As the video above shows, Atlanta's embrace of active space is part of a psychic shift in a city that's shaking off its old Sprawlville USA image with a combination of bike, transit and affordable housing infrastructure.



Similar bike-friendly development is underway in the South's other notorious mega sprawl metro area, Houston: The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston?

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Reflections on TEDGlobal 2014, from the community

TED Blog - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:52
One of the best things about a week after a conference? The chance to reflect on the experience. In the last week, several TEDGlobal 2014 attendees and community members have shared their thoughts throughout the blogiverse. Below, some highlights: Steve Song shared his experience preparing to speak at TED in a post called “Steve and []
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Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Stairs" Pinterest Board

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:51

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 Stairs.

The Three Cusps Chalet in Braga, Portugal by Tiago do Vale Arquitectos; Photo: João Morgado

Detached House in Darmstadt, Germany by in_design architektur

Greenwich Street Penthouse Loft Renovation in New York, NY by Turett Collaborative Architects

Humphrey Park in Portland, OR by Weedman Design Partners

Oriental Warehouse Loft in San Francisco, CA by EDMONDS + LEE ARCHITECTS

Sinjinmal Building in Incheon, South Korea by studio_GAON; Photo: Youngchae Park

Office + House Luna in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Hitzig Militello arquitectos; Photo: Federico Kulekdjian

East Village Loft in New York, NY by James Wagman Architect...

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Haworth Tompkins’ Everyman Theatre wins the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:30

Haworth Tompkins architects spent nine years transforming the rundown historic Everyman Theatre in Liverpool into the building it is today. Those nine years were well worth it, as Haworth Tompkins just won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for the UK's best new building of the year.



Find more photos and project details on Bustler.

Previously: 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is revealed

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Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014 - Week 4 (Oct. 25-31)

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:30

Archtober–New York City's Architecture and Design Month–is back for another year. The anticipated month-long festival from Oct. 1-31, 2014 continues to grow with a variety of engaging exhibitions, conferences, films, tours, and other activities for all ages to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life.

For the fourth year, Archinect & Bustler are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.

From the lengthy Archtober event calendar, we have our final list of highlights to take note of for Oct. 25-31:

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Editor's Picks #389

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:02

Sean Smith completed the third (and final?) in a series of articles about the The Life of a New Architect, in which Jim Bogle reflected on the best part of the of actually working in architecture

"That's an easy one: meeting a deadline. Meeting a deadline is like taking a bite out of your favorite food after staring at it for 10 hours".

Plus, for the latest installment  of Working out of the Box Archinect talked with Linda Bennett, co-founder of Architact Collective. Therein she explains "What I took away from architecture school flowed immediately into the architecture industry before expanding, evolving and flowing into my current career as a jeweler….Moving on (aka quitting my job in the architecture industry) is precisely what allows me to be where I am at this moment".


 

News
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg Editorial Manager for Archinect announced "Archinect Sessions", a new weekly podcast hosted by Archinect's founder and publisher, Paul Petrunia and her. For the first episode they were jo...

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What’s it like to live with locked-in syndrome? A TED Fellow shares her father’s inspiring experience, in words and images

TED Blog - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:51
Three years ago, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana suffered a rare brain stem stroke that left him fully conscious, yet his entire body paralyzed. It’s a condition known as “locked-in syndrome.” Last month, TED Fellow Kitra Cahana spoke of her father’s experience at TEDMED (watch her talk, “My father, locked in his body but soaring free”), revealing []
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The Deans List: Hernan Diaz Alonso of SCI-Arc

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:37

The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the head honcho – giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.

For this issue, we spoke with Hernan Diaz Alonso, upcoming Director at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

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Art + Architecture: Felix Melia and Josh Bitelli in the Gaps Between Buildings

Archinect - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 09:44

Felix Melia and Josh Bitelli are artists who live and work in London. We met last year and have remained in contact through email since then, exchanging periodic updates and continuing our fragmentary, rambling conversations over shared interests (and confusions) regarding the contemporary urban experience. Threads of continuity arise between individual emails with each of them, unsurprising since the two are old friends, share a new studio space, and often collaborate. Our conversations are inescapably informed by the digital media that allows them but at the same time bears traces of a perhaps nostalgic notion of letter exchanges. Both Melia and Bitelli investigate the city through the (often unnoticed) infrastructure and industrial processes that support it, while also grappling with the shifts in phenomenological experience produced by the internet – all of which is often tinged with an undeniable romanticism.

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FF: Fire Exit Hardware

I Dig Hardware - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:47
I can't count how many times I've been asked for help when a label from a listing laboratory has been removed by the painter/cleaner/installer/meddling kid from the door/frame/armor plate/fire exit hardware. Unfortunately, I'm not much help...I can't send you a new label to stick on. That's what makes these Fixed-it Friday photos so sad...
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