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Wilcox and Trandafirescu Exhibit PROTOMOMENTS at McGill University

Archinect - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:55

Assistant Professors Glenn Wilcox and Anca Trandafirescu, founders of Ann Arbor-based practice area. - along with their exhibition team of Secil Taskoparan and Ava Wilcox - have premiered PROTOMOMENTS at McGill University.

The exhibition running from January 5-26, represents the recent work of the design studio and features three full-scale constructions. The first, C-LITH, is work from their 2014 Research Through Making project which has received many accolades including a 2014 R+D Awards Honorable Mention. The other two are new projects funded by the University of Michigan’s Office of Research. Boards of other projects and three videos describing the full-scale work will also be on display.

According to the team, the PROTOMOMENTS exhibition is described as follows:

Looking across the field of architecture today, one is witness to a landscape occupied by a whole class of objects that are neither the scaled versions of a known, but future, thing - a model; nor a full-scaled test of kno...

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Register now for the Field Constructs installation competition in Austin, TX

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:50

The international Field Constructs Design Competition is currently open to all emerging architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists for temporary installation proposals for the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas. If you haven't registered yet, now's the chance: the early-bird deadline is February 15.

The FCDC jury will select 5-8 proposals to be realized and then publicly exhibited at the nature preserve during a week-long series of creative community events in November. Aside being innovative, proposals should also be engaging minimal-impact outdoor installations that reflect the cultural and natural characteristics unique to the evolving city of Austin.

All submissions are due on April 1, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Winners will be announced on June 1. They'll receive a US$5,000 reimbursable budget to build their proposals. Authors of the winning proposals will be honored during a public reception.

FCDC Jury:

  • Benjamin Ball, Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles
  • Eva Franch i Gilabe...
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Archinect's Lexicon: "Magpie Architecture"

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:55

magpie [maɡˌpī], adjective: architecture that is, in the words of Copenhagenize's Mikael Colville-Andersen, “attempting to attract people to big shiny things that dazzle but that have little functional value in the development of a city”.

Colville-Andersen uses the term to chastize Norman Foster's "Skycycle" proposal for London, published in Copenhagenize on January 20, 2014: "Now of course this isn't a good idea." His use of "magpie architecture" is less about critiquing design elements, and more about deriding Foster's entire concept: "Ideas like these are city killers. Removing great numbers of citizens who could be cycling down city streets past shops and cafés on their way to work or school and placing them on a shelf, far away from everything else."

Given that the author is an urban designer specializing in urban mobility, and whose Copenhagenize blog champions cycling as a key aspect of thriving cities, it's no surprise that Colville-Andersen isn't a fan of pushing cycling towa...

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Dissecting NYC's transit shutdown after an underwhelming snowstorm

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:27

By shutting down New York City’s subways, commuter rail, and roads for this week’s storm-that-wasn’t, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) made the right call. [...] The city has learned the hard way that the best way to keep people off the streets is by shutting down mass transit. [...] Preemptively shutting down subways before Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 worked well in keeping people home.

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Read the Urban Land Institute's full report on the micro unit housing trend

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:49

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently published a report titled "The Macro View of Micro Units", which shares the latest findings in the revived trend of micro dwellings in the United States. The report arose from a ULI Foundation research grant that the Multifamily Housing Councils received in 2013 to evaluate the market performance and acceptance of small living spaces.

The 23-unit SMARTSPACE SoMa micro apartments at 38 Harriet St. in San Francisco.

Bill Whitlow, a partner of Terra Search Partners, led the ULI Research Committee that wrote the 46-page report. The Committee worked with ULI Multifamily Council members as well as other developers, operators, and design professionals familiar with micro unit developments in conducting interviews. The findings were presented at the ULI's annual fall meeting in New York.

The report focuses especially on high-density and pricey metropolitan cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. The prefab SMARTSPACE ...

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Preserving England's history in concrete

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:11

This week, English Heritage ... listed 14 late 20th century office developments as historic monuments. The buildings, all constructed between 1964 and 1984, will now be protected from summary demolition or insensitive remodeling, standing as examples of the best architecture of their period. [...] The buildings being spared might seem extremely modest, even provincial. That could partly be the point—the buildings are supposed to be representative of their country, after all.

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Get Lectured: Rensselaer, Spring '15

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:43

Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015

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

The next featured poster comes from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to connect@archinect.com.

Unless noted, lectures begin at 6 p.m. at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center: 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. Free admission.

Feb 9
Architecture in Surplus
at the EMPAC Concert Hall

Mar 11
"The Pursuit of Excellence in an Era of Resistance"
at the EMPAC Theater

Apr 6
Bedford Chair Symposium:
"Integrated Ideation: The Art and Science of Extraordinary Structures"


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Ontario, California fighting for a stronger airport in Los Angeles' mega-region

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:49

While American airlines carry more than 700 million passengers annually, nobody wants to fly out of his own backyard. Nobody that is, except the citizens of Ontario, California. [...] Ontario wants as many of those potential 30 million passengers as it can get. And it has been pleading, negotiating and suing for the right to do so. [...] “The Ontario Airport is the largest economic engine in the Inland Empire ... It generates jobs, revenue to the city and to the entire region"

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Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for January 2015

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:26

Our first Kickstarter list of 2015! Here you'll find our latest selections of crowdfunding campaigns that piqued our interest for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page.

Parabola Chair

After two years of development and 15 full-sized prototypes, designer Carlo Aiello's Parabola Chair recently won the prestigious 2014 Red Dot Design Award. Aiello's Kickstarter campaign could help bring the chair to a wider market.

MODUS: The Ultimate 11-in-1 Portable Sketching Tool

The MODUS combines multiple essential drawing tasks into one nifty portable tool. It has the exact dimensions of a credit card, so it can slip right into a wallet. It's also made of 6061 Aluminum that can prevent RFID theft.

Life-size Animated Film

London-based animated filmmaking team Daisy Jacobs and Chris Wilder are crowdsourcing funds in hopes to bring their next film project together, where 2D painted characters interact with real-world 3D objects. You can check out the trailer of the team's last life-size animated film, "The...

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Filmmaker, blogger … butcher? How TED Fellow Bassam Tariq works to upend conventional views of Muslim life

TED Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:43
Artist Bassam Tariq is determined to shine a light on the incredible diversity of Muslim life – and he does it by any means necessary. Known for his blogging project 30 Mosques in 30 Days, Tariq and a friend took a month-long road trip through all 50 states, breaking their Ramadan fast each evening in []
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Square the circle and see clearly

Design Matters - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:23
Note the circles inside this bookcase which offers geometric clues to the proportions

Note the circles inside this bookcase which offers geometric clues to the proportions

Pre-industrial design books frequently employed squares, circles, and simple rectangles to convey the basic proportions in a design. Often these drawings show circles surrounded by squares and rectangles to help the reader quickly grasp the composition. A circle conveys that the space is equal in width and height (essentially a square) and combinations of overlapping circles easily convey a square expanding into a rectangle. The beauty of using these simple overlapping circles is that it’s easy to depict rectangles which have harmonic width to height ratios. Draw two circles where the diameters just touch the focal points and the surrounding rectangle has a ratio of 2 parts high to 3 parts wide ( 2:3 is a fifth in music).


This design uses a simple rectangle with overlapping circles to reveal a rectangle that is 2: 3

I often encourage students to draw these simple rectangles to help them visualize harmonic shapes, rectangles with ratios of 1:2, 2:3, 3:4, 3:5, and 4:5.

Let’s say you want to draw a rectangle that is 4:5 or four parts high by five wide. Historically this was called a square and one quarter square. Begin by drawing a circle then scribe a horizontal line through the center and extend it in the direction you want to expand. Then use dividers to step off the line into four equal parts inside the circle. Go back to your  compass and draw  an overlapping circle so the circumference of your second circle overlaps all but one quarter of the first. Surround both with a rectangle and you have a nice harmonic shape to use for the opening on a fireplace or the outline of an end table.

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CLOG : National Mall at Cooper Union

Archinect - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:05
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Life-hacks from Bill Nye, a letter to Mom on the universe, and a graphic novel from the “Aristotle of Comics”

TED Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:00
The TED community has been busy in the past week. Below, a few TEDsters with news to share. Bill Nye’s life hacks. Bill Nye, aka the Science Guy, has shared his best advice with Lifehacker. He reveals the mantra he uses in distilling scientific concepts: “Discuss, argue, analyze and think through exactly what you want []
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FF: Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

I Dig Hardware - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 21:13
I really love this restaurant, but every time I go I wonder if someone approved this egress arrangement or it just sorta happened as they were hanging the drapes...

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Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite – A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition

Archinect - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:25

This episode is a doozy. Paul and Amelia left the temperate sunshine of Los Angeles for Washington, DC's frigid monumentality, to interview Bjarke Ingels on the eve of his "Hot to Cold" exhibition at the National Building Museum. The 40-year old architect shared some quick-won wisdom about scaling a business, the Danish condition, and the indispensability of humor and play in architecture.

Donna and Ken joined Paul and Amelia to speak with Lian Chang about her recently published visualizations of the Archinect Salary Poll for the ACSA, in charming emoji-based data sets. The Sessions co-hosts also discuss Aaron Betsky's new appointment as the head of the deeply troubled Taliesin West, and what Thom Mayne's demolition of Ray Bradbury's house means for architecture preservation and sentimentality.

And for another climatological analogy, Paul and Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions's legal correspondent, poke at the tip of the iceberg concerning issues of copyright in architecture.  

A remind...

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Boris Johnson greenlights London's "Crossrail" bicycle superhighway

Archinect - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:10

Boris Johnson today confirmed he would build Europe’s longest segregated urban cycle lane through central London after delays likely to be suffered by motorists were reduced. The Mayor approved the “Crossrail for bikes” protected route through Parliament Square and along the Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street after it won overwhelming public support.

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Minneapolis rejects plan to build Minnesota's tallest new tower

Archinect - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:51

City of Minneapolis planners on Friday rejected a proposal for an 80-story tower downtown and revealed problems they saw in the efforts of its developer. The move quashed the prospects for a building that would have surpassed the IDS Center to become the tallest in Minnesota and injected new drama into an unusual public contest the city created to redevelop a parking lot on Nicollet Mall.

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Favorite Building: Konrad Wachsmann and Le Corbusier

Archinect - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:41

From Esther McCoy's 1981 memorial to Konrad Wachsmann:

"Finally all internees who wanted to, were permitted to join the French army. Konrad did. They heard then about the Dunkirk disaster. When Konrad’s regiment crossed the Loire River, the Germans were already in Marseilles. They had destroyed the Pont Transbordeur, which bridged the inner harbor entrance to Marseilles.

Ten years later Konrad sat one day in a restaurant in New York with Le Corbusier. Konrad said, "He asked me what I thought was the most beautiful structure in this century."
"I hope, " Konrad said, "you are not expecting me to say the Villa Savoye.”
“No, no, " Corb replied.

Konrad then proposed that each write the name of the structure and compare them. They had both written Pont Transbordeur..."

Cover photo and quote via Susan Morgan

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Landscape research project takes on Long Island's Jamaica Bay

Archinect - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:24

Landscape architect Catherine Seavitt, along with her team at the City College of New York, take those approaches to Jamaica Bay a step further as part of the larger Structures of Coastal Resilience study, which includes three other East Coast bays attended to by university-based teams. As Seavitt explains, her studio follows a growing trend in the field of landscape architecture toward experimental and science-based design processes and active participation in policy discussions.

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Field Constructs Design Competition

Archinect - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:10
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