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If architects wear black, why is so much Modern architecture white?

Archinect - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:52

A very nice blog post about Saarinen's Miller House, that in my mind is correct: architecture is serious business, and black is a serious color.

In black and white and color

But Saarinen's Miller house is just as accurately referred to as Girard's and/or  Kiley's Miller House - it is such a shining example of excellence in design *because* it allows each design specialist to work to their fullest in coordination with others.  I'd also argue that it remains enchanting because its designers all understood the importance of the change in seasons and how both the order of objects and the chaos of time affect the human psyche.

So yes, architects wear black because we are very serious (very, very serious), but we also know that our buildings need to allow for a little unpredictability...which in some case means socks.

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WW: Hole in the Wall

I Dig Hardware - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:05
It's Wordless Wednesday again! When I was in Baltimore a few weeks ago, I was loitering around these pairs of fire doors leading from the exhibit hall to the service corridor...
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Kohn Pedersen Fox's Tianjin megastructure "Riverside 66" now open to the public

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 20:53

After 10 years, Kohn Pedersen Fox's Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China successfully reached completion as scheduled and officially opened to the public on September 26. The grand opening also marked the completion of the final phase of the main pedestrian He Ping Lu boulevard, which aims to become the centerpiece of the developing Heping commercial district.

Read on for more about the building's design.

The 350-meter commercial megastructure is hard to miss at street level. The structure's curved façade converges with the opposing south façade to create a six-story building suitable for the Heping District's smaller scale context. Its "super shell" is claimed to be one of the region's longest single structures, built with 22 seven-story-tall concrete ribs and over 10,000 glass panels. In a statement, KPF Design Principal James von Klemperer describes the structural frame as "what it must be to see a whale skeleton from the inside. Herman Melville would be inspired.”

Inside, the structure e...

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Isay Weinfeld to build first NYC-based project, Jardim

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 18:10

Renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has been commissioned to design his first NYC-based building, a 36-unit luxury condominium project called Jardim. Set to be built on 527 West 27th Street in West Chelsea, Jardim will be surrounded by other recent starchitect-designed projects like the High Line and the developing Zaha Hadid-designed luxury condo building at 520 West 28th Street.

Here are some real-estate-friendly tidbits we know about Jardim so far:

  • Commissioned by New York-based Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group, Isay Weinfeld will be responsible for the architecture and interiors of Jardim
  • The project will be located at 527 West 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in Chelsea just west of the High Line. 
  • The building features 36 condominium residences ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms. Sales for the units are scheduled to launch in early 2015.
  • It will be a block-through development comprised of two 11-story buildings.
  • Many residences will have private outdoor...
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"Wynwood Greenhouse" gets 1st place in DawnTown’s Wynwood Gateway Park Competition in Miami

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:21

Our friends at DawnTown continue to uphold innovative ideas in the Miami architecture scene with their Wynwood Gateway Park Competition. Just recently, the winners were announced for the international competition, which challenged participants to design a 14,000-sq.ft urban park and garden to be realized at the Wynwood Gateway Complex near Downtown Miami. The competition garnered over 238 submissions from interdisciplinary teams from over 20 countries.



Three winning teams were selected under anonymity by the jury:

  • 1ST PLACE (US$10,000): "Wynwood Greenhouse" by artist Jim Drain, landscape architect Roberto Rovira, and architect Nick Gelpi
  • 2ND PLACE ($5,000): “Graffito Green” by Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects from Berkeley, California
  • 3RD PLACE ($2,500): “Wynwood Commons” by Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu/SO-IL from Brooklyn, New York

Wynwood Greenhouse will be constructed and implemented as part of the second phase for the Wynwood Gateway Complex development, which will be built as a dynamic entryway for the Wynwood neighborhood.

Find out more on Bustler.

Previous DawnTown competitions.

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“Wynhouse Green” gets 1st place in DawnTown’s Wynwood Gateway Park Competition in Miami

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:21

Our friends at DawnTown continue to uphold innovative ideas in the Miami architecture scene with their Wynwood Gateway Park Competition. Just recently, the winners were announced for the international competition, which challenged participants to design a 14,000-sq.ft urban park and garden to be realized at the Wynwood Gateway Complex near Downtown Miami. The competition garnered over 238 submissions from interdisciplinary teams from over 20 countries.



Three winning teams were selected under anonymity by the jury:

  • 1ST PLACE (US$10,000): "Wynwood Greenhouse" by artist Jim Drain, landscape architect Roberto Rovira, and architect Nick Gelpi
  • 2ND PLACE ($5,000): “Graffito Green” by Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects from Berkeley, California
  • 3RD PLACE ($2,500): “Wynwood Commons” by Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu/SO-IL from Brooklyn, New York

Wynwood Greenhouse will be constructed and implemented as part of the second phase for the Wynwood Gateway Complex development, which will be built as a dynamic entryway for the Wynwood neighborhood.

Find out more on Bustler.

Previous DawnTown competitions.

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In light of 5 POINTZ demolition, DEFACED fights to protect NYC's artistic roots

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:20

Upon the recent controversial demolition of the "5 POINTZ" graffiti mecca in Long Island City, NY, a group of architects consisting of Arianna Armelli, Ishaan Kumar, David Sepulveda and Wagdy Moussa came up with the idea of DEFACED. In the proposal, DEFACED is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural landmarks, districts, and neighborhoods worldwide.

Using 5 Pointz as a starting point, DEFACED asserts not only the timeless value of open artistic expression but also the need to build communities where all inhabitants can benefit and thrive. The proposal calls attention to NYC's gentrifying cityscape over the last decade, ongoing socio-political concerns, and last but not least, that a structure like 5 Pointz — although considered an eyesore to some — was truly a luxury of its own kind.

Below is the project in fuller detail, provided by the architects:

"INTRODUCTION: You see, it goes like this; New York City was affordable when it was ugly and unpleasant; when di...

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A teenage chef, a planetary geologist and a wordnik walk into TEDYouth: A look at the speaker lineup

TED Blog - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:51
TEDYouth is a free event just for middle and high school students. This year, it takes place on Saturday, November 15, at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, where more than a dozen speakers will explore “Worlds Imagined,” sharing big ideas and inspiring insights on topics that range from science to design, food to technology, entertainment []
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Paint picturesque spaces with the new Mosa Scenes tile collection, available this fall

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:29
This post is brought to you by Mosa.
 

Having collaborated with architects and designers throughout the world in its 130-year history, Dutch ceramic surface expert Mosa is no stranger to the growing significance of producing building materials that are durable, versatile, and of course, sustainable. Sharing these common standards in contemporary architecture and design is Mosa Scenes, one of the company's latest collections.

Mosa Scenes brings the timeless beauty of nature and the art of building spaces with effortless sophistication. Not to mention that Mosa tiles are also Cradle to Cradle-approved, with a few of their collections winning in notable awards programs like the Red Dot Awards.

Inspired by the tones and textures found in the natural environment, the tiles come in eight painterly color groups (four warm and four cool) in four textures each: grain, clay, sand and grit. In regards to functionality, whether the tile's texture resembles a powdery soft clay feel or a coarse sandy...

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Client Interview tips

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:36

As a young architect, it's tough to learn how to go into interviews and learn how to sell to a client because you have to have those skills to be invited.

 

Chicken or the Egg.

 

Any ted talks or videos/blogs for tips?

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LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:57

When Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he did so, for the most part, using the light of the sun that streamed through the windows of the building. And for the past 500 years since then, viewers have admired the results of that work, for the most part, with the help of that same light source. Starting next month...the famous ceiling will be getting a new look in the form of new lights. Some 7,000 LEDs, to be precise [...]



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LAVA'S NEW 'Y' SHAPED YOUTH HOSTEL by LAVA: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:38

Y is for Gen Y, yardstick and ‘yahoo’!

The letter ‘Y’ is the shape of a new youth hostel in Bayreuth,

Germany, designed by award-winning international architects

LAVA for the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association.

“We are in the designer age when Gen Y travellers want funky design, a

special identity, access to online and community and unique experiences,

not just a clean bed and shower,” says Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA.

LAVA’s design is a yardstick for the sports hostel of the future through

innovative spatial configurations, sustainability at environmental, and

structural and social levels, and integrated sporting facilities.

“LAVA chose the ‘Y’ shape because it generates a connective and beautiful

central space offering expansive views and multiple openings to the sports

fields and gardens. And a happy coincidence its also the letter ‘Y’!”

The central atrium is a hub for offline and online entertainment,

interaction and communication. Here, a skylight provides natural daylight

to a central ...

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Join the Online Master Class "Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense", hosted by Sharon Liebowitz

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:35

 

This post is brought to you by IE School of Architecture & Design

 

Online Master Class 
Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense 
Date: Oct 7th 2014 at 6:00 PM Madrid time.
Speaker: Sharon Liebowitz, VP of Global Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase 
Registration: click here to register to the event. 
Brought to you by: IE School of Architecture & Design 

Real Estate is among the top three expenses for most corporations, and as such, needs to be aggressively managed. But, in addition to managing real estate as an expense item, real estate also needs to be managed as a strategic asset. This can include using the workspace to attract talent, developing a location strategy to situate offices near the best labor pool, or creating an office environment that supports collaboration. Deploying the capabilities of real estate as a strategic asset enables businesses to achieve their priorities. 

Biography of the speaker: 
Sharon Liebowitz is a vice president of Global Real Estate at JPMor...

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Tech-Tycoon Loses Forced to Keep Beach Open

Archinect - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:34

San Mateo County Court Judge Barbara Mallach has ruled against Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla in a lawsuit over public access to Martin’s Beach. According to the ruling, Khosla will be required to seek a permit from the California Coastal Commission before locking gates at the beach, as well as to consult with the community to determine changes to the property and public access to the beach.



The secluded Martin's Beach in San Mateo County has been a cherished spot for locals for decades. When Khosla purchased his 53-acre property there in 2008, he locked the gate to the beach, closing off public access. This is just one example of a long history of wealthy property owners trying to privatize beaches. But in the state of California, everything below the mean tide line is public. Still, since access paths sometimes have to be maintained by adjacent property owners, things tend to get complicated.

A few months ago, we posted about the case as it was developing. We mentioned the LA Rangers, an awesome group of urban vigilantes who lead tours on how to access beaches that have – often illegally – been marked as private. Check out their work here

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Hardware Finishes

I Dig Hardware - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:08
When I worked for a hardware distributor back in the 80's, I had a secret hiding place where I kept my prized possessions...including a small cardboard "book" that contained samples of each of the common finishes used for hardware. I had to keep it hidden, because people were always trying to steal it, or rip out the little metal pieces to send as finish samples...
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LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0

Archinect - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:36

In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles’ skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the “flat-topped” look of Los Angeles’ skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.



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O’Donnell + Tuomey, BIG, "Hy-Fi", Arup Germany/SolarLeaf, and the Water Pore Partnership are among this week's many winners

Archinect - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:51

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

Here's Recap #28 for September 22-26, 2014.

The regional Holcim Awards 2014 winners for North America

Following the European announcement, the U.S./Canada jury led by Toshiko Mori selected 13 projects from across the U.S. and Canada. Winning projects include those by students, emerging professionals, and familiar firms -- like BIG, the "Hy-Fi" by The Living's David Benjamin, Sheila Kennedy, and NADAAA. (Above: Holcim Gold Winner: Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA by Water Pore Partnership)

Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe



As one of five winning cities, Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation of €5 million in the first European edition of the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge. Mo...

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World Architecture Festival 2014

Archinect - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:18
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How Majora Carter Plans to Transform a Building of Injustice in New York

Archinect - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:35

The Spofford Juvenile Center was a particularly painful landmark in the Hunts Point community in the Bronx when it was built in 1957... [Majora Carter] envisions the Spofford site combining mixed-income housing, open space and economic development that would appeal to the neighborhood’s existing demographics. Carter is a supporter of affordable housing, but thinks that if it’s built in isolation, you still haven’t solved the problems of employment and a lack of amenities.



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Get Lectured: University of Oregon, Fall '14

Archinect - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:45

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 next featured poster comes from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture in Eugene and Portland, OR.

All lectures free and open to the public.
PDX = Portland campus, Lawrence Hall
EUG = Eugene campus, White Stag Block

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

GORDON GILL / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture - Chicago, Beijing
Oct. 7 - PDX, 5:00 p.m. at Natural Capital Center, Ecotrust Building

PHILLIPE BLOCK / Block Research Group, ETH - Zurich
Oct. 13 - EUG, 5:30 p.m. at LA 206
Oct. 14 - PDX, 5:30 p.m. at WS 150

NEIL DENARI / Neil M. Denari Architects - Los Angeles
Oct. 20...

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