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Muscovites are voting by smartphone on whether to demolish a beloved modernist landmark

Archinect - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:56

The Moscow city government is asking citizens to weigh in on the fate of the Shukhov radio tower, a rusted icon of Soviet constructivist architecture that’s threatened with demolition. [...] The vote, which began this week and runs until July 6, is being held on Active Citizen, an iOS and Android app released by the city last month. The app polls citizens on topics such as street-tree planting and changes to daylight savings time.

Previously: Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow

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Steve Case takes a road trip, JR turns the Panthéon Inside Out, plus insights into what’s killing bees

TED Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:30
Below, just a few members of the TED community who made headlines this week. Longtime TEDster Steve Case is hitting the road this summer to find and invest in start-ups that may otherwise be overlooked. His “Rise of the Rest Road Trip” kicked off in Detroit this week and will continue on to Pittsburg, Cincinnati []
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The best way to start your job at TEDx? Meet 300 TEDx organizers … all at once

TED Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 06:00
By Jay Herratti There are many great ways to start a new job. But I have experienced none quite as good as meeting hundreds of people—from all corners of the globe—who are extremely passionate about improving their communities through big ideas. When I accepted my new role as director of the TEDx program, I knew []
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FF: Thumbpiece Lock

I Dig Hardware - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:04
Another creative locking solution for Fixed-it Friday...I wonder if they lost the key to the trim cylinder, or if they are trying to keep the guy with the key out at certain times (when the padlock is in place)...

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How to pull off a final exhibition for hundreds of architecture students

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:35

How do you put together an exhibition of over sixty studios at once, including final reviews, for an entire architecture school? With the help of many devoted administrators. Often working behind the scenes and in conjunction with the Deans of schools, administrators like USC's Gail Peter Borden help design and implement final-year shows such as Blue Tape, the architecture school's massive end-of-year exhibition.

Archinect was on the ground at 2014's Blue Tape this past May, and aside from talking with Dean Quingyun Ma and checking in with a few first years, I sat down with Gail Borden, Discipline Head of Architecture and Director of Graduate Architecture Programs at USC, to talk about how Blue Tape got started.

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Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:01

A new technique developed by a Binghamton University physicist and his colleagues will improve the quality of flexible, conductive, transparent glass. (The sort that's needed for Minority Report-style giant computer displays.)[...] Creating a more reliable production process for a-IGZO will save electronics manufacturers money. It could also reduce energy use, as a fully transparent display can take advantage of ambient light and does not require as much backlighting.

Advances in technologies such as this one will enable glass to go beyond transparency and become screens, with the potential to radically change architecture and urbanism. A future in which windows, doors, and even walls could stream movies or display art is fast approaching. LED and LCD screens have already become ubiquitous in many cities for advertising. And in Beijing, screens are being used to display sunrises because air pollution is so bad that the skies are almost perpetually gray – a reminder that cool technology doesn't alone make a for a sci-fi utopia. 

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Kravitz Design seeking Interior Designer in New York, NY, US

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:57

Kravitz Design Inc., specializes in commercial and residential design, product development and branding.

We are looking for an Interior Designer or Architect to be involved in a wide range of global projects. Our designers typically have at least three to five year’s real world experience. You would play a key role in creating design presentations, developing drawing sets, and managing schedules and specifications. Candidates must possess strong problem solving skills in a creative setting, and will have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment while remaining organized and detail orientated.

Candidates should equally take direction and work independently as needed

Job Requirements:

  • 3-5 years experience, preferably in both Hospitality & High End Residential
  • Bachelor degree in interior design or architecture
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD and Adobe Suite
  • Ability to create renderings using Vray for Sketchup
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently, multi-task and prioritize tasks/assignments
  • Accustome...
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CTBUH announces the 2014 Best Tall Buildings regional winners

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:50

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) revealed the regional winners of this year's Best Tall Buildings. Every year, a jury panel of industry experts acknowledge new projects that have contributed majorly to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment. Achieving exemplary sustainability is also recognized.

Out of 88 entries -- most of them submitted from Asia followed by Europe -- four winners were chosen:

  • Americas: The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland, OR, USA
  • Asia & Australia: One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
  • Europe: De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Middle East & Africa: Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE

During the CTBUH 13TH Annual Awards Symposium at Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology on November 6, an overall “Best Tall Building Worldwide” will be named from the four regional winners after presentations by the owners and architects of each building.

The symposium will be followed by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner in the Mies van der Rohe-designed Crown Hall.

Head over to Bustler to find out more.

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Relocation or Adaptation: Building a DIY Civilization

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:47

How do you build a civilization from scratch? According to Open Source Ecology (OSE), the first step is building the right machines.

Started by Marcin Jakubowski in 2003, OSE is a network of farmers, architects, and engineers based in rural Missouri with branches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. According to their website, their mission is “to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production, and distribution – via open source collaboration – to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels.”

Basically, the idea is that a self-sufficient community requires proper tools and equipment, which within our current economy are prohibitively expensive both to purchase and maintain. By developing open source industrial machines, OSE hopes to reduce such expenses to a fraction of their current cost while simultaneously eliminating reliance on global corporations.

The eventual goal of OSE is to manufacture the Global Village Construction Set (GVSE), ...

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Bracket [takes action]: submissions selected and new website launches!

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:01

[takes action] is the fourth issue from Bracket, Archinect's collaborative publication with InfraNet Lab. Edited by a diverse collection of professionals from the intersecting worlds of architecture, environment, and digital culture, Bracket's content is sourced from an open-call for submissions.

Bracket [takes action] asks: What are the collective projects in the public realm to act on?

How have recent design projects incited political or social action? How can design catalyze a public, as well as forums for that public to act? What is the role of spatial practice to instigate or resist public actions? Bracket 4 provokes spatial practice’s potential to incite and respond to action today.

Peruse the selected entries (on the brand new website!): Bracket [takes action]

The Jury included:

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Showroom Eurobike - Porsche by 1:1 arquitetura:design

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:15

From the creators:

We needed to create a new reference for an economic, faster and very luxury architecture. The program was simple; Show the cars. There is no ideal design language in the entire world for luxury cars showroom; we decided to create one. The lounge of Porsche (was named) with the use of concrete, steel corten, wood and so much scenographic lighting he have create the brand, and the space was born.  

Our showroom is a place that enhances ​​the different scales of the interior space; it also values ​​the elements of exposure, decreases the space for idle areas and hides the services areas.

The front is composed of a single, strong and dynamic mapping, which is contrasted by the lightness and glass, the all form is flying. This is like a front-window display.

The WC and administrative areas were hidden. A stair was reused and made up, and the new space was designed, a new concept in car showroom to a high standard.

The Lounge is ready, finished sketches and nights of creatio...

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C-1 House by Paul Cha Architect

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:14

Located in historic Hudson Valley, the four acre site is situated in southern Columbia County, bordering Duchess County to the south. Two hours north of New York City, following the Taconic State Parkway through a picturesque countryside highlighted by orchards, horse farms and vineyards, the site is eventually accessed through Moore Road by a private driveway. Situated on top of a gentle slope overlooking a pond, the house is surrounded by dense vegetation to the south and north, while commanding a vineyard view to the east, and a view of the distant Black Dome Mountain to the west.
The 2,000 square foot house is designed as a weekend retreat from hectic city life, as well as, for entertaining friends and enjoying the nature and the countryside surrounding it. After studying the programmatic, functional, and budgetary requirements, the proposal formed the plan for a hybrid of the New England Salt Box typology: a 50'L X 20'W X 25'H rectangular box with 11' high public spaces on first...

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Happy 8th anniversary, TED.com! A throwback look at the early days

TED Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:13
Step with me for a minute into an internet time machine. The date: June 27, 2006. The event: the first six TED Talks being posted online. “Today, for the first time ever, we’re thrilled to present some of the most remarkable talks from TEDs past,” reads a blog post from Chris Anderson written on that day. (The []
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Cliff House by Altius Architecture Inc

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:13

Set on a rock formation overlooking a spectacular lake, the Cliff House seeks to enhance the extraordinary surroundings through the thoughtful integration of building elements with the natural assets of the site and terrain. The program called for intimate spaces carefully tuned to the unique views, light, and breezes of the site. Self-sufficiency was a key client mandate as the project was to be located completely off-grid.

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Clemson architecture center gets city approval; residents pan design

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:07

Charleston's Board of Architectural Review voted 4-2 Wednesday to allow what may be the most strikingly contemporary building ever placed before it. Architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture said the board's approval of the proposed Clemson Architecture Center design may reverberate beyond its site at George and Meeting streets. "What's exciting to me is it's a moment in this city. It's a pivot point," he said. "It just elevates the discussion of architecture [...]."


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A physical manifestation of "Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space" (COACHELLA) by Undisclosable

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:00

The influential UK band, Spiritualized, teamed up with the acclaimed film director Jonathan Glazer to create a physical manifestation of the song “Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space.” This installation was housed in a cathedral-like space designed by Los Angeles-based Undisclosable. A series of material layers separate the frenetic environment of the Coachella music festival from the serene meditative headspace of the building’s interior. The outermost skin, a torqued trapezoid, is composed of an aluminum fabric, reflecting the sun’s rays, cooling the interior and serving as a beacon within Coachella’s expansive grounds. The inner skins exist primarily to further attenuate sound and light in order to provide an ostensibly blank canvas upon which sound and light are sculpted. The interior of the building is illuminated solely by five trapezoidal shafts of light, forming five 4’ x 7’ rectangles of light upon the floor of the space. Light and sound are fused, each light sha...

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UDK Holstebro by CEBRA

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:00

The new domicile for public authority Udbetaling Danmark (UDK) in Holstebro manages a series of vital social services, such as state pension and maternity pay, for the entire region of Midwestern Denmark. The building gathers employees from several municipalities in one new administration building, which has to handle and ensure a centralized and efficient service for the citizens.
In order to create an ideal combination of exposure, building expression, views, daylight conditions and reduced thermal stress, the design uses a clear architectonic concept – a simple yet recognizable triangular construction with manifold and functional spatial formations that developed out of a conscious use of the triangle as shaping element. The triangle is an unusual shape in the Danish architectural landscape and thus, UDK will draw attention to itself, but without visually overpowering its surroundings.
Throughout the interior the basic shape of the triangle creates a recognizable pattern that is ...

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35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:19

Although it can't compare to experiencing their grandeur in real life, Movoto gives a snapshot of 35 of the world's most recognized palaces in one interactive infographic. The Movoto team created the graphic and focused on analyzing palaces to catch a glimpse of the power, wealth, the rich history, and the architectural styles of various countries.

Hovering over the infographic displays each palace's dimensions (to scale, based on pixels), descriptions, resident, and current status.


See the full infographic here.

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Debating abortion rights and free speech on the sidewalk

Archinect - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:39

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that barred protests near abortion clinics. The law, enacted in 2007, created 35-foot buffer zones around entrances to abortion clinics. State officials said the law was a response to a history of harassment and violence at abortion clinics in Massachusetts, including a shooting rampage at two facilities in 1994. The law was challenged on First Amendment grounds by opponents of abortion

Massachusett's 35-foot buffer zone was initially enacted as a defensive mechanism, responding to a history of harassments and violence around clinics' entrances. The law had previously barred anyone from entering a fixed buffer zone around entrances to reproductive health care facilities (excepting those simply passing through, clinic employees, or those intentionally going in and out of the building). Plaintiffs in the recent Supreme Court case effectively argued that those exceptions were biased towards supporters of abortion rights.

More on the architecture of abortion clinics.

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