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TEDYouth 2014, in pictures

TED Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:12
TEDYouth 2014 was an explosion of “Worlds Imagined.” On Saturday, November 15, New York students gathered for a day of punchy, inspiring talks that brought them to the Sahara Desert when it was a river wonderland for dinosaurs, to the surface of Mars as the Curiosity Rover makes its way up a mountain, and into the []
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Tall, smooth, proud and unquestionably 21st Century

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 23:14

The great limestone slabs of Valletta's modern entrance give out on to two broad new monumental stairways leading up to the ancient fortifications....This is certainly statement architecture - and that is exactly what former prime minister, and driving force behind the project, Lawrence Gonzi intended.

Juliet Rix visits Valleta, the capital of Malta, where Renzo Piano Building Workshop has designed a new gate/entrance and square.

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WW: Emerald City

I Dig Hardware - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:16
My kids are in drama - I get it. Sometimes they go a little overboard. But I would have to step in before it got this far...

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Yaohua Wang wins 2014 Harvard GSD thesis prize with “Salvaged Stadium”

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:58

Recent Harvard Graduate School of Design graduate Yaohua Wang finished his M.Arch program on a high note by winning the 2014 James Templeton Kelley Prize for Best M.Arch II Thesis for his project, "Salvaged Stadium". Although Wang doesn't win an award every single time for his projects, his intricate ideas have spurred some debate in the past.

Salvaged Stadium explores the notion of finding architecture's "hidden dimension". In the introduction, Yaohua Wang writes:

"Let’s begin with a joke. A man went into a restaurant, and he asked the waitress; 'Can I have a coffee without milk, please.' The waitress answers: 'Sorry we don’t have milk today, can I give you a coffee without cream.' For me, this is a very interesting moment. It reveals that what you don’t get is also defining what you get, the hidden dimension behind the appearance. How could architecture gain this hidden dimension, beyond the physical form?"

Learn more about Salvaged Stadium on Bustler. You can also watch the animated story below.

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Oak Pass Guesthouse by Walker Workshop

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:33

This two bedroom guesthouse sits along a ridge in a grove of over 120 coast live oak trees.  The building utilizes a small footprint and height to maximize panoramic canyon views while strengthening its connection with the trees below.  An existing barn was rehabbed extensively and functions as both a living room and a concert venue for up to eighty guests.  The upper floor is clad in fire-resistant wood and has bedrooms at opposite corners of the floating volume.

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Mesa City Center Competition by Colwell Shelore Landscape Architecture

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:32

Colwell Shelor+ West 8+ Weddle Gilmore has been selected to lead the design process to transform 19 acres surrounding Mesa’s City Hall into a one of a kind civic space which will capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa’s downtown core.  The team was unanimously selected by the City of Mesa over finalists Woods Bagot+ Surface Design and Otak+ Mayer Reed.


“The very public nature of the design competition culminated in three inspiring designs based on robust public interest participation,” stated Jeff McVay, the Project Manager for Mesa’s Department for Development and Sustainability.  “The City’s ambition is to create a signature urban space from which Mesa residents, visitors, and businesses can identify with, an identity that both respects the past and positions downtown Mesa for the future. With the selection of Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore as the winner of the design competition, the City and public will have a capable and proven partner for completing the ...

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Red Bull's INABA-designed office is the "antithesis" of trendy workspaces

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:05

When it comes to a high-energy drink giant like Red Bull, most would probably expect their corporate offices to reflect the sporty, frat bro-friendly culture that the brand overwhelmingly attracts. Not a single hint of that can be seen in the company's newly designed office in New York by Brooklyn-based architects INABA.

In fact, Red Bull's New York office looks generic. INABA states that the design doesn't integrate the latest theories of workplace productivity nor is it driven by narrative or graphic imagery. It ignores workspace interior trends like grand-scale gestures, playful recreational lounges, or urban-chic office decor. On the other hand, the no-brand minimal aesthetic is a growing trend itself as well.

The office's "timeless", insignia-free design questions the standard that corporate offices must be a spatial representation of the company and the brand qualities of which it established itself. "Red Bull’s New York space is the antithesis of this best practice...The space ...

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Design/Build at the University of Miami School of Architecture

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:45


The Design/Build studio has been developed and led by Prof. Rocco Ceo, and the Billy E. Miller Design-Build Visiting Critic Jim Adamson.  Over the past 5 years the studio has created projects for community use, such as non-profit groups and the state park system.  This year's project is staying closer to home.  Ceo is leading a group of undergraduates and graduate students in a transportable coffee kiosk that will sit in the School of Architecture's courtyard.  Although the campus of the architecture school has a great view of the University's lake, it is quite distance from most dinning halls and food court options. The kiosk would be managed by students and serve coffee and drinks throughout the course of the semesters.  The kiosk will also be mobile in case it needs to relocate or be stored away.  With only 5 weeks left in the semester, it is now crunch time for these design builders and we hope to bring you some more updates soon.

Below is a video of one of the past projects: An...

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Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:49

Amid politically charged scenes, Paris city council has narrowly rejected a plan to build the historic city's first skyscraper since a height restriction was imposed in the 1970s. But Mayor Anne Hidalgo said [...] she would fight the Triangle tower vote. [...] The architects, Herzog and de Meuron, proposed to build the 180m (590ft) tower in the south-west Porte de Versailles area of the city, after then-Mayor Bertrand Delanoe proposed an end to the 37m limit in parts of the capital.

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Planning the Unplanned

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:33

Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren’t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].

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Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World’s Chaotic Change

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:18

Not far from the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz was a no man’s land during the Cold War. Then the Berlin Wall fell, and the German authorities made it a petting zoo for celebrity architecture. The corporate headquarters of Germany’s new global swagger. But the ambitions for Potsdamer Platz, like the hopes and fears about a united Germany, turned out differently. The architecture was not so great. Many companies fled.

Related: 8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall

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How Better Glass Can Save Hundreds of Millions of Birds a Year

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:58

In fact, as many as 600 million birds die in window collisions in the U.S. and Canada every year, scientists estimate. [...] A growing awareness of the threats to bird populations has prompted new laws and voluntary guidelines in cities from Toronto to San Francisco. Along with "green" building programs, these new rules are spurring demand for bird-friendly glass among architects, glass manufacturers, and their clients.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Usonian' house rises again in Arkansas

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:43

How many truckloads does it take to transport a 2,800 sq. ft house, designed by one of America’s most revered Modern architects, more than 1,200 miles from New Jersey to Arkansas? [...] Staff at the three-year-old Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art put that question to the test recently when Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1950s Bachman Wilson House was moved from its flood-prone location on a riverbank in Millstone, New Jersey, to the institution’s sprawling 120-acre campus in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Previously: Museum buys a Frank Lloyd Wright house with plans to move it from New Jersey to Arkansas

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Get Lectured: Otis College of Art and Design, '14-'15

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:13

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 poster comes from the Otis College of Art and Design, Architecture-Landscape-Interiors program in Los Angeles.

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

All lectures free and open to the public. Note each event's time and location.

Nov. 20
7 p.m.
PATRICK TIGHE / Principal - Patrick Tighe Architecture | Santa Monica
at the Forum, Ground Floor - Kathleen Ahmanson Hall, Goldsmith Campus - Otis

Dec. 4
7 p.m.
JULIA CZERNIAK / Principal - CLEAR | Syracuse
at the Forum, Ground Floor - Kathleen Ahmanson Hall, Goldsmith Campus - Otis

Feb. 18
7:30 p.m.
JAMES CORNER / Founder+Principal - James ...

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WWYD? Stairwell Pressure

I Dig Hardware - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:52
When you have a pressurized stairwell that is required for smoke control, the increased pressure in the stairwell makes doors swinging into the stair more difficult to open, and doors swinging out of the stair may not close and latch. WWYD?

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Postpolitical Infrastructures

Archinect - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:27

The architect today is no ‘fountainhead.’ It is rather sad to watch today’s ‘starchitects’, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.

McKenzie Wark pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space in which Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.

"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But “Levittown was simple software.” (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.

The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...

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This is not just hyperbole

Archinect - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:53

"The pied-à-terre tax is seen by New York’s wealthiest 1 percent as a question of fairness" - James Parrott, the chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute

New data from the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey, confirms the high vacancy rate in certain "billionaire buildings" and neighborhoods of Manhattan. Some are making the case that an additional tax should be levied for these pieds-à-terres.

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The key...is not more money

Archinect - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:52

"We need to retreat, especially intellectually...from the idea that we can keep on building anywhere we want. New Yorkers are tough. They can take whatever nature throws their way. But you just can’t grow forever at the expense of the sea" - Professor Ted Steinberg

Going beyond the more well known and singular, such as U.S. HUD's Rebuild By Design competition, Alan Feuer, Greg Moyer and Melanie Burford highlight various more quotidian infrastructural and planning efforts underway. With an eye toward not just rebuilding but resilience, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Con Edison are spending approximately $1 billion (each) on resiliency improvements over the next few years. Meanwhile, initiatives such as New York Rising or the Business Resiliency Investment Program seek to build community/civic capacity. Yet, others argue that NYC will always be vulnerable, as a result of our own "environmental machismo".

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like?

Archinect - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:51

The Chicago Architectural Club launched its 2014 edition of the Chicago Prize ideas competition this past weekend: design the Barack Obama Presidential Library! From the lively discussion (if not frenzy) surrounding a Barack Obama Presidential Library possibly being built, the Chicago Prize invites architects and designers to send ideas of how the U.S. Presidential Library building typology should be reinvented.

The Chicago Prize 2014 competition aims to spark debate on the typology of the presidential library. Speculative proposals will fulfill functions like housing a collection of artifacts and documents relating to the president’s life while also providing educational infrastructure and framework for outreach and community programs.

Entries are due by January 10, 2015. The winner will be announced and exhibited at an opening event at the Chicago Architectural Foundation in February 2015.

Now's the time to bring the best of your clever ideas to the table.

Read more on Bustler.

Related: Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects

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