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Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for February 2015

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:31

It's already time for the next round-up of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page. Check out this month's list right below.

BOOKNITURE- Furniture Hidden in a Book

Designed by Hong Kong-based MIKE/PLATEAUS, BOOKNITURE is a sleek Origami Structure "book" that unfolds like an accordion into a clever portable piece of furniture. The Kickstarter, which has already far surpassed its initial goal, will help fund necessary tools for mass production.

re Brut: Brutalist Architecture Re-Imagined

As a winning design in a student studio seminar course/competition, the "re Brut" pavilion reinterprets the Brutalist architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kickstarter funds would support the pavilion's realization for the UIC School of Architecture's annual Year End Show (Y.E.S.)

Obelisk: Volume I: On Art, Architecture, & Antiquities

OBELISK Vol. 1 contains 36 articles and interviews from the Obelisk quarterly journal. Most of the articles in the 240-...

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Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:30

Los Angeles is a place that is “conducive to making ideas and forms at the same time,” asserted Michael Maltzan during a talk yesterday at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Part of the museum’s ongoing lecture series inCOLLABORATION, Maltzan’s talk focused on the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts, as well as his conception of the role of contemporary architecture in the future of American cities.

The talk was divided into three categories: housing, civic or landscape design, and infrastructure. Yet as Maltzan moved from one to the next, he noted the conceptual permeability of these categories. On the one hand, he asserted that the movement between a house and an infrastructure project, for example, can be radically divergent. This is a fact with which Michael Maltzan Architecture has become intimately acquainted as they have greatly expanded their reach both programmatically and geographically in recent years. On t...

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Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:26

“Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,” asserts Bjarke Ingels of BIG at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn’t adopted a particular language for buildings.” Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio.

Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios – they’re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,” while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...

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Archinect's Lexicon: "Ethnoburb"

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:01

ethnoburbs (noun): "suburban ethnic clusters of residential areas and business districts in large American metropolitan areas. They are multi-ethnic communities, in which one ethnic minority group has a significant concentration, but does not necessarily comprise a majority."

Dr. Wei Li, currently a professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at ASU, coined the term while a PhD student at USC in the 1990s. The above definition is quoted from the abstract of "Anatomy of a New Ethnic Settlement: The Chinese Ethnoburb in Los Angeles", Li's 1998 paper where the term was first published, when Li was an assistant professor of geography and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut.

(Google's ngram charting published instances of "ethnoburb".)

The word grew out of Li's research on Los Angeles, where high concentrations of non-white ethnicities were settling in suburban areas, such as the San Gabriel Valley, during the 1980s and 1990s. The term has since been applied to demograph...

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Why I chose to stand up, alone: TED Fellow Boniface Mwangi on risking his life for justice in Kenya

TED Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:25
Award-winning photojournalist Boniface Mwangi captured the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya unflinchingly through the lens of his camera. But the horrors he witnessed propelled him into a new career as an activist and artist. Here, Mwangi talks to the TED Blog about the events that led him to stand up against injustice, literally, rather than simply document it. Tell us about your experience on []
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HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:46

The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.

"Architecture is Building-plus-value." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...

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ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:42

Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East. The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.

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Get Lectured: University of Kentucky, Spring '15

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:42

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 University of Kentucky College of Design.

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

Below are upcoming events only. Free and open to the public.

Feb 27
2:30 pm
Design Chat - School of Interiors
Mary Lee O'Bryan / The Design Studio - Louisville, KY
Jennifer Dumesnil / Swope Design Group - Louisville, KY
at Pence Hall, Room 209

Mar 6
9 am - 3 pm
HPGO Symposium: Rebranding Historic Preservation
Andrew Hurley / Author of "Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner-Cities" - St. Louis, MO
John-Mark Hack / Partner of Marksbury Farm - Midway, KY

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Editor's Picks #406

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:32

Julia Ingalls published another edition of Archinect’s UpStarts: featuring Martha Read Architects. Referring to the design for a Marina authorities Building in Porto Montenegro, Olaf Design Ninja_ commented "it's like it's dancing, right Kristofer?...a little twist on the water kind of thing"

Architecture professor Jane Porter wrote an essay in memory of Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Lye__Nerd____Sky__Nerd thought the whole thing tragic beyond words and proposed the establishment of "a scholarship fund in her name". On a related note check out this StoryCorps interview with from May 2014 with Yusor Abu-Salha – one of the other victims of the shooting in Chapel Hill – recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen (L), who was her 3rd grade teacher.

Nicholas Korody reported in from Süha Özkan recent talk at SCI-Arc which "convincingly explicated the radicalism of socially-aware architecture, even when it appears traditional". Orhan Ayyüce argued he "is either guilty by associati...

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Brooklyn Row House 2 by Office of Architecture

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:11

When we were approached by our clients to gut renovate and add to a 110 year old, 15' wide row house, our goal was to create a home that could adapt to change over time. The building is designed to oscillate easily between a two-family and one-family configuration, giving the owners the ability to gradually grow into and out of the house as needed. 70% of the building can be used as a 2 bedroom / 2 bath unit, while the remaining 30% of the building is given over to a 1 bedroom/ 1 bath unit. Depending on their priorities at any given time, the owners have the option to occupy one of the units themselves, while using the other for rental income. It also gives the owners the ability to combine both units to create a 2100SF one-family home for themselves simply by removing a small demising wall on the second floor and demolishing the rental kitchen – a job that can be executed over the course of a long weekend. Elegant material choices, subtle detailing, and thoughtful spatial sensibili...

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Barack Obama sits down for a StoryCorps interview with a White House mentee

TED Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:06
Some people might not take kindly to being called a knucklehead by their boss. Not Noah McQueen. But if your boss were President Barack Obama, you’d probably give him a pass, too. In a Storycorps interview that aired this morning, President Obama interviewed McQueen, an 18-year-old White House mentee in the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which celebrates its first []
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Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 04:30

In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect 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 Student Work.

Kiruna City Hall repositioning by Michal Scieszka & Dale Smith

deferentialCONSTRUCTIONS by Harold-Sprague Solie, Mark Wright, Ning Zhou and Bennett Scorcia

Choucair Museum by Caroline Ross

Courtyard House by James Kehl

Medial Surface Detailing by Royce Perez in collaboration with Yufeng Zheng

Fish market and cultural place by Ana Luisa Martínez Santos

Typologies into towers and linear buildings by Santiago Restrepo

LACMA'S Basement by Aiden Carty

American Stone Company by Alfredo Pimentel

(Cover pic: 5 OZ Installation by Evan Rotenberger, Greg Pilotti, Belinda Daisey)


Click here to see more "Ten Top Images on Arc...

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Grey House by 08023 · Architecture + Design + Ideas

Archinect - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:32

A house that differs significantly from the initial project but we've experimented with a new system of work: this time were the homeowners who have taken major project decisions and work.

Our goal was that the house they want and how they want, without pressure or gestures architect should do.

The result is a home that fits like a glove to everything they want and desire its inhabitants.

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Dean Douglis to Receive John Q. Hejduk Award at The Cooper Union

Archinect - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 21:44

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Architecture Evan Douglis is among four individuals to be honored by the Cooper Union Alumni Association at their Founder’s Day Celebration on April 26, 2015. Douglis will be presented with the John Q. Hejduk Award, given to a graduate of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture who has made an outstanding contribution to the theory, teaching and/or practice of architecture. The award has been presented since 2003 to a recipient who reflects the passion and commitment that John Hejduk, Cooper Union faculty member from 1964 to 2000 and dean of the School of Architecture from 1975 to 2000, had for architecture.

“I am very honored to receive this distinguished award from The Cooper Union. John Hedjuk’s international reputation as a visionary educator, administrative leader and architect continues to have a resounding impact on our discipline today,” Douglis said. “His focus on the poetics of architecture from a literary, design and cultural per...

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FF: Missed Opportunity

I Dig Hardware - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 21:16
This Fixed-it Friday news report about replacing entrance doors in multi-family homes makes a few good points, but misses out on the chance to educate people about how their fire doors should operate.  I noticed a few things that weren’t 100% accurate or could have been more clear…like the statement that you don’t need fire […]

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Folly 2015 : Scroll by derek pirozzi

Archinect - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:05

Our 2015 Folly proposal Scroll becomes redolent of a younger generation, increasingly entitled and self-obsessed. Kinetically simple, the continuous reflective surfaces exploit our excessive (sometimes erotic) interest in ones physical appearance. Composed of dynamic flexible mirror panels joined together to create an endless scrolling surface, Scroll becomes activated through the limitless movement of a reflective rolling system. The resulting experience evokes the notion of an endless digital feed of selfies, forcing the user to continually observe their immovable reflection, unaffected by the speed or length of the users scroll. Over time, the highly reflective surface becomes smudged with the user’s imprint, creating a blurred reflection, distorted by the remaining hand prints of a community. The effected character and appearance becomes synonymous with this folly’s attempt to replace admiration for one’s self with the appreciation for our fellow man.

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40 Housing Units by LAN Architecture

Archinect - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:18

Lot 4.2 is part of the new Clichy-Batignolles mixed development area and is located at the edge of boulevard Pereire, at the meeting point of two different periods in the history of Paris’ urban development. The building plays a key role in linking these two architectural worlds. 

The project renders homage to Paris and the 19th century architecture of the Haussmann building. It seeks to preserve the “intrinsic intelligence of this form,” which has allowed the buildings constructed during the Haussmann period to survive many changes and grow with the city, providing multiple, often very different uses of the same building. 

The Haussmann building was designed originally as a place of residence for the bourgeoisie, but it revealed itself to be an extraordinarily open architecture capable of incorporating other uses besides habitation: offices, stores, workshops, schools, etc. 
There are common characteristics in all these architectures that lie at the base of this flexibility: a clear s...

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The Edmonton Freezeway may soon become a reality

Archinect - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:37

If all goes accordingly, Canada might get another ice-skating trail known as The Freezeway to turn Edmonton -- a city that can get average below-freezing winter temperatures up to five months in a year -- into a hot destination. Or more like a winter wonderland. Proposed by Edmonton-born graduate student Matthew Gibbs, the 11 km Freezeway is a climate adaptive trail that would enable users to skate to different parts of the city.

Gibbs got inspiration for the skating trail when former city councilor Tooker Gomberg suggested, perhaps lightheartedly, back in the 1990s that the city "crack the fire hydrants open in the winter and flood the streets so people can skate to work."

In the summer months, the Freezeway would become a greenway for bikes and walking. According to Gibbs, the trail would promote a more active winter lifestyle, winter programming and social activities, and an alternative method of sustainable transportation.

Since the Freezeway was one of three winners in the annual ...

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12 tips for hosting a TED Live party

TED Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:50
Ideas are best when shared in good company. So invite the gang, grab some popcorn and enjoy TED2015 via TED Live, our high-definition webstream that beams the TED Conference, either in the moment or after the fact, into your living room, office or classroom. The on-demand conference, to watch anytime, costs $100, or you can []
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Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, a musical trip down the Nile, plus a tasty menu á la TED

TED Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:22
As usual, the TED community has been very busy over the past week. Below, a few newsy highlights. Overlooked treasures. A bed, a watch, a shoe: all mundane items unappreciated in the moment. But through history’s eyes, they gain new meaning. In this beautiful “Portraits in Creativity” documentary, Maira Kalman talks about curating the exhibit []
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