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Under The Radar Los Angeles #2

Archinect - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:28

After it was built, some tenants pushed to have the building painted dark brown so it would look more "finished." Architect publicly protested this step, and the bank remained its simple, and quite effective, Brutalist self.

Take it for what it is. I think it is 10 stories too short.

Under The Radar Los Angeles #1

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Festivities ensue at the Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft in New York

Archinect - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:35

The Architectural League of New York hosted another successful Beaux Arts Ball this year at Weylin B. Seymour's in Williamsburg, New York this past Saturday night. In spirit of the ball's 2014 theme "Craft", eight architects and designers collaborated with Nuit Blanche New York in creating digital art projections inspired by the gorgeous interior motifs and details of the historic Weylin B. Seymour's building.

Digitally carved onto the arches of the venue's central domed hall, the installation helped create a festive environment as hundreds of well-dressed guests enjoyed drinks and desserts, and danced the night away with music by pazel. It was a fancy occasion indeed.

Want more insight to the Weylin B. Seymour's building? Check out the ArchLeague's feature on the building's restoration.

Check out photos from the ball and the Benefactors Dinner below.

Related: A quick recap of the Beaux Arts Ball 2013

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Inspiring words from TED@IBM: The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

TED Blog - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:51
By Laura McClure, Emily McManus and Kate Torgovnick May Big data is already transforming our daily lives. And at TED@IBM, a TED Institute event, we got a glimpse of what’s next. Speakers revealed how data will change spaces from the kitchen to the emergency room, and how it will even help us react more quickly []
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Hong Kong tops Bloomberg's list of "Most Crowded Cities" by 2025

Archinect - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:20

Bloomberg published their predictions for the top forty most densely populated cities by 2025, with current #1 Hong Kong keeping the top spot, at nearly twice the projected density of #2, Salvador, Brazil. Hong Kong's population growth is predicted to grow by 32.8%, while Salvador's is nearly triple that rate at a 97.3% increase. Mexico City is #3, at 45.3% increase. The "crowded" metric is population per square mile, assuming that borders don't change (by land erosion or reclamation) by 2025.

Of the Top 40, the two cities with the highest estimated population growth (within the span of the generation leading up to 2025) are both in Saudi Arabia: Riyadh (166.6% increase) and Jiddah (137.4% increase), trailed by Brasilia, Brazil at 118.6%. The only other city with a projected growth of more than 100% is Atlanta, Georgia, at 114.7% population growth to become the 40th most crowded city by 2025.

The cities with the lowest projected population growth are: Seoul-Incheon, South Korea at 1.4...

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3XN Designs Sydney High Rise

Archinect - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:34

AMP Capital has named 3XN as the architect for the 49-story, 102,000sm 50 Bridge Street tower and master plan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. 3XN was selected via a multi-stage international competition, the fourth it has won this year, which included two Prtizker Architecture Prize-winning firms. Construction on this important new addition to the Sydney skyline is slated to begin in 2018.

The 50 Bridge Street "Quay Quarter Tower" represents the first major project designed by a Danish architect in Sydney since Jørn Utzon designed the landmark Opera House in 1973,

3XN's innovative design, already well-received by the community, will revitalize AMP Capital-s site, located close to the Opera House, into a vibrant destination for international and local businesses. The bold new tower will engage in an open dialogue with the skyline while also integrating itself into community life at the street level.

Louise Mason, AMP Capital Managing Director Office & Industrial, said, "AMP ...

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Editor's Picks #386

Archinect - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:58

Sean Smith continues his series, in which three architects discuss their transition from student to professional. Therein, Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon makes the point that much of running a firm is about finding work;

"In school everyone wants to be designers and have their own practice, but what most students don't connect is that having a practice is also being a businessman or woman – that you have to run a business which includes finding work, negotiating contracts and building consensus among people from different fields".

In Material Witness #4Julia Ingalls explores how "In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role".

NYC's historic 190 Bowery was part of a massive buy-up by developer RFR HoldingsAmelia Taylor-Hochberg, re-published a piece from 2008, for historical context. Fred Scharmen remembers "reading this when it originally posted. Thanks for putting it up again. Very sad that this unique space will be chewed up so that something not unique at all can take its pl...

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New Resource for Current Codes

I Dig Hardware - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 05:30
Check out the new resource on iDigHardware and you might win a $50 Amazon gift card for helping to validate the current codes in your area!

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Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #39

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:04

Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

In case you missed them, check out the latest EOTD features:

1. Bories & Shearron (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Junior Architect/Drafter

2. Monterey Bay Aquarium
Currently hiring: Multiple listings

3. Omgivning Architects and Interior Designers (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Job Captain/Designer

4. ArquitectonicaGEO (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Architect and/or landscape architect, designer

To follow Employer of the Day, like Archinect's Facebook page.

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How a TEDx event spun up in Bhilwara

TED Blog - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:06
Bhilwara is a city in Rajasthan, India, famous for its textile industry. Textiles dominate the local economy; after agriculture, it’s the leading employer in the city. The city is populated with spinning looms, fabric processing plants and weaving centers, producing huge swaths of yarn and thousands of tons of suiting fabric. But seeing Bhilwara merely []
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Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:29
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Working out of the Box: Adora Lo, Architect turned Pro LEGO Builder

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:47

Working out of the Box is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.

In this installment, we're talking with Adora Lo, LEGO model designer.

Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, please send us a message.

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Working out of the Box: Adora Lo

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:47

Working out of the Box is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.

In this installment, we're talking with Adora Lo, LEGO model designer.

Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, please send us a message.

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Bryan Cantley, Form:uLA Exhibition Opens October 10 at SCI-Arc Gallery

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:40

SCI-Arc is pleased to present Bryan Cantley/Form:uLA’s upcoming exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery, Dirty Geometries + Mechanical Imperfections. The show is an opus in three distinct parts: the articulation of fallacy and artificial chronology of the architectural drawing; the suggested operational misalignments of his visionary projects; and the symbolic deconstruction of the gallery. 

Form:uLA has always defied established contexts and criteria. The SCI-Arc installation is no exception. Challenging the normative current building practices that substantiates the gallery’s lexicon, Cantley will display a more ‘conventional’ oeuvre of drawings, models and images. Not a singular materialization, he will present a body of predominantly new work that suggests alternative spatial discourse. The space itself will be conceptually dissected into a series of graphical surfaces, with the manifestation of the ‘anti-object’ serving as both display [backdrop, organizational maneuver] and spatial d...

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"Hacking" Rem Koolhaas' 2014 Venice Biennale with Project Source Code

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:33

Hacking an architecture exhibition through augmented reality? Yes, there's an app for that. "Project Source Code" is a digital guerrilla-style exhibition created by architect/artist/researcher Güvenç Özel that lets mobile-device users "hack" key works in Rem Koolhaas' "Elements of Architecture" exhibit currently at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Blending digital and physical space, the project is deemed to be the first to use augmented reality on a live exhibition and also the first time that raw 3D architectural models are treated as exhibition pieces.

Ozel's selection includes 6 pioneering works he directly acquired (with prior approval) from contemporary architects and designers known for their use of digital design techniques. This includes Asymptote Architecture, Greg Lynn FORM, Neil M. Denari Architects, and Oosterhuis_Lénárd.

Ozel fully explains his project in the info he provided below:


"In the field of computer science, SOURCE CODE refers to a set of instructions...

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Get Lectured: Oxford Brookes University, 2014-2015

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:30

Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014

Say hello to another edition of Archinect's Get Lectured! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Our poster today features the 2014-15 OxArch Lecture Series, "Beyond Architects, Beyond Architecture" from OxArch (The Oxford Architecture Society). OxArch is the student society of the Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture in Oxford, England.

Beyond Architects, Beyond Architecture investigates the ways architectural thinking operates outside the immediate field of designing and making buildings. The series also highlights ways non-architects approach their design processes.

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

All lectures are on Tuesday evenings at Oxford Brookes U...

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Seven Myths About New Urbanism

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:21

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong. But really, we should be thanking him. In his article, he neatly sums up many of the key myths emerging from the anti-urbanism set, making my job of debunking these myths a lot easier.

The aforementioned WP column already managed to spark a lively discussion last month here on Archinect.

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Further reading and watching on Brazil, to get you in the spirit for TEDGlobal

TED Blog - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:05
TED has traveled to Tanzania, to Canada and to India. We’ve been to Germany, to Qatar and to assorted places throughout the United Kingdom and the state of California in the United States. But in a few weeks, we are headed for the first time to South America. TEDGlobal 2014 kicks off on Monday, October []
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Wild architecture makes German cinema come alive at LACMA

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:05

Movies can be great. Art can be great. But put them together in a museum exhibition, and the combination can be not-so-great. [...] A new exhibition of early 20th-century cinema at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), however, rethinks that equation. [...] Designed by Amy Murphy, a professor of architecture at USC, and Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture, the exhibition design is the antithesis of the traditional framed-stuff-on-a-wall model.

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Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey win 2015 RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:30

Irish architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey have been named the 2015 recipients of the prestigious RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. Awarded since 1848 and personally approved by Her Majesty the Queen, the Gold Medal recognizes a lifetime's work of an architecturally influential person or group.

After training at the University College Dublin, O'Donnell and Tuomey previously worked together at Stirling Wilford Associates and Colquhoun & Miller in London. They then co-founded their practice O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects in Dublin in 1988.

Taking part in "Group 91 Architects" in the early '90s, the husband and wife pair first gained recognition for their first permanent building, the Irish Film Institute (1991). Since then, O'Donnell and Tuomey have built private homes, schools, public housing, and community buildings -- many of their projects crafted in the couple's signature style of brick and sharp-lined geometric forms.

O’Donnell + Tuomey have been shortlisted for the RIB...

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@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon

Archinect - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:00

Welcome to prison, and a celebration of liberty. Ai Weiwei, the big man of Beijing, has spent years discovering pockets of freedom in the most straitened circumstances, resisting every effort by the Chinese government to shut him down. This week he opens a major new exhibition in a place that makes that resistance literal: on Alcatraz [...]. The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But this prison is decommissioned, and Ai is using it to extraordinary effect.

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