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Brian Libby on a possible future for Centennial Mills, Portland's last large industrial relic

Archinect - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:42

With a golden patina to their aged brick, these former flour and seed mills provide a striking contrast to the shiny new condo towers of the adjacent Pearl District, and their proximity to this burgeoning area could also make for an ideal riverside destination. [...] He has approached Frank Gehry to design a glass-ensconced event center and Lin to design a pedestrian bridge over busy Naito Parkway.

Earlier this fall, we had the pleasure of Brian Libby joining us live to discuss the future of the controversial Michael Graves-designed Portland Building on Archinect's podcast, episode 3: Keep Portland Architecture Weird!

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Working out of the Box: Production Designer and Art Director, Colin Sieburgh

Archinect - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:29

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 production designer and art direcor, Colin Sieburgh.

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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WWYD: Fusible Link Arms

I Dig Hardware - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 06:28
NFPA 80 does not prohibit their use but the International Building Code (IBC) requires automatic-closing doors in certain locations to be smoke-activated...automatic-closing by the actuation of smoke detectors...

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Rainbow Station by Daan Roosegaarde

Archinect - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 04:08

Rainbow Station connects the historic Amsterdam Central Station by using astronomy science to create a site specific rainbow of light.

Together with astronomers of the University of Leiden, Roosegaarde unravels light efficiently into a spectrum of colours. Via new liquid crystal technology which is developed for research on exoplanets, Rainbow Station takes the exact shape of the 125 year old historic station roof.

The artwork marks the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the railway station, and the start of the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015.

Rainbow Station can be seen every day for a brief moment within one hour after sunset. The light and colour offers the fifty million travellers a year, a magical moment at night.


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Nature Everywhere Part II

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:53

Probably a lot of you wondering what is so unique about these images and what a poor way to observe the nature (first two images are from Mars.)

Over the years living mostly, if not all, in urban centers I became accustomed to detect and appreciate nature in its manifested forms inside the city dwellers' daily lives. Sure, there are exceptionally idyllic places everywhere but I am happier when I appreciate the ordinary and sometimes what most people call ugly.  

When you start to detect the ugly and the kitch, architecture of everything unfolds in surprising ways, the city becomes the theatre and you start to notice the nature everywhere, Enjoy them everyday, and then, create for the concrete jungle.

You are welcome. 


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Hello Wood to give 5,000 pieces of Christmas Charity Tree firewood to Budapest community

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 16:48

Getting caught up in holiday madness has become so normal that it's easy to forget that the holidays can act as a reminder that caring for each other -- no matter how simple the act -- can go a long way. Architecture firm Hello Wood, who built the 11-meter Christmas tree made out of 365 sleighs last year, recently built another Christmas tree installation in Budapest called the Charity Tree.

This time around, Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to construct the 11-meter Charity Tree, which was built in 5 days from 5,000 pieces of firewood that weigh 150 quintals (or about 30,000 lbs.).

Visitors can also walk inside the tree to find a chapel-like interior space. At night, the tree glows with lighting effects by Philips Hungary.

After the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, all the wood used to make the installation will be given to local families in need. The Charity Tree addresses the issue of the many Hungarian families lacking daily heating during...

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Don't forget to register for YAC's Rome Community Ring competition

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 15:14

Late registration began today for Young Architects Competitions' Rome Community Ring. If you want a chance to win, make sure to register by January 19, 2015 and submit your entries by January 26, 2015.

Students and professionals are encouraged to share their ideas on how to revive one of Rome's historical treasures, the 19th-century Forte Portuense, into a new cultural space for public recreation. Proposed designs must also include room for potential urban development. Built between 1877 to late 1881, Forte Portuense is one of several military fortresses and has remained preserved since military authorities abandoned the site in 1967.

Winners and cash prizes totaling €15,000 will be awarded when the competition ends in March 2015. An awards ceremony and exhibition will follow.

For more important competition details, click here.

Previous YAC competitions:

Wine Culture Centre

Post-Quake Visions

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Libraries Without Borders Creates Kit For Refugee Camps

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:10

A typical library can take years to build. But a new library kit, designed to travel to remote refugee camps or disaster zones, can come together in less than 20 minutes. The Ideas Box...fits the equivalent of a small-town library on two standard shipping pallets. It comes with books and e-readers, tablets, laptops, cameras and other creative tools... Since camps might not have internet access or power, it comes with its own. The boxes that hold all of the devices convert into tables and chairs.

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The real 10 most fascinating people of 2014, from StoryCorps’ Dave Isay

TED Blog - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:28
By Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps (and 2015 TED Prize winner) Last week, I saw Barbara Walters’ list of “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014.” It included interesting thinkers like Elon Musk (watch his TED Talk) and George R.R. Martin (the author of Game of Thrones), along with crowd-pleasers like Taylor Swift and Oprah. But reading this []
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Hello Nature - Hello Yggdrasil by t. joseph surjan

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:08

Hello Nature - Hello Yggdrasil

An ash I know there stands,
Yggdrasill is its name,
a tall tree, showered
with shining loam.
From there come the dews
that drop in the valleys.
It stands forever green over
Urör's well.

(Poetic Edda, stanza 19) 

Yggdrasil is the World Tree, whose mighty trunk is the spine of the cosmos, acting as the path
between the Nine Worlds/Planets, with roots that dig deep into the underworlds of fire and ice.
The branches of Yggdrasil soar high to the heavens and the great feasting Halls of the Shining
Ones. Sacred Yggdrasil, grow within us on Omne Mountain. 


A special tradition that is shared by many Scandinavians is the planting or the knowing of a unique tree (Yggdrasil, The World Tree) in Swedish called a Vårdträd, and in Norwegian a Tuntre; a sacred tree planted in the center of the yard on a family farm that reflects an intimacy with nature. The caring for the Yggdrasil demonstrates respect for ancestor’s spirits that were/are believed to reside in the tr...

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Prince Charles calls to reclaim the streets from cars with his 10-point “master plan”

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:45

Prince Charles urges architects to place pedestrians “at the centre of the design process” as part of a 10-point “master plan” he has devised for the developments of towns and cities. He also calls for many street signs to be removed. “Slow” and “Reduce Speed Now” signs, for example, should be taken down and replaced by features such as squares, bends and trees that “naturally” encourage motorists to reduce their speed.

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OMA, Stereotank, and "Nothing is impossible" are among this week's many winners

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:37

Here's our newest recap on some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

Check out recap #40 for Dec. 15-19, 2014 below:

OMA to design Shanghai’s Lujiazui Exhibiton Center 

OMA had the winning design for the upcoming Lujiazui Exhibition Center near the Huangpu River in Shanghai. The "spatial armature" exhibition center is expected to be built on the grounds of the former Shanghai Shipyard late next year.

Stereotank’s HEARTBEAT wins 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design 

"HEARTBEAT" by Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank won the popular Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest. The "heart-beating urban drum" installation will be on public display at Times Square starting February 9.

Heatherwick Studio’s “Provocations” to make West Coast debut at the Hammer Museum 

Heatherwick Studio's Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio exhi...

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The NYT takes a closer look at Coop Himmelb(l)au's new Confluence Museum in Lyon

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:24

This fall, the French cultural season opened with the private Vuitton Foundation museum in Paris, a rarefied environment for a select collection of contemporary art, by Frank Gehry. At the other end of the cultural spectrum, France’s second largest metropolitan area, Lyon — arguably Paris’s historic rival, the Chicago to New York — just inaugurated the equally large and prepossessing Confluence Museum (the Musée des Confluences).

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Polish Architect Investigates "Shadow Architecture" of the Informal

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:07

Aleksandra Wasilkowska, the vice-president of the Polish Architectural Association in Warsaw, doesn’t care much for skyscrapers... Street stalls, collapsible tables, carts, and makeshift homeless shelters are but a few typologies of what [she] calls “shadow architecture” — the urban phenomena that follow the rise of an informal shadow economy. Its key figures include street peddlers and traders...not urban planners or corporate designers

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HdM's Triangle skyscraper continues to divide Paris over its historic identity

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 09:54

Alexandre Gady, conservationist, historian of French architecture and professor of modern architecture at the Sorbonne, argues that changing or “renewing” Paris diverts from its real need to look outwards. Paris, he says, is a “finished” city that does not need improving or anything more doing to it. “It’s not that we should be doing this or that – we should not be doing anything in central Paris ... any plan is a diversion from the need of the city to grow outwards,” [...]

Previously: Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected

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Remembering Giorgio Ungania, the organizer of TEDxDubai

TED Blog - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 09:44
The TEDx community lost a beloved member this week. Giorgio Ungania, organizer and curator of TEDxDubai, passed away on Sunday at age 46. Giorgio was a force of life and an instrumental leader in our community, organizing his first event in 2009 and going on to organize many more events, including TEDxYouth@Dubai and TEDxDubaiChange. Giorgio was a []
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Michael Graves reports that the Portland Building will be saved

Archinect - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 09:18

“It’s going to be saved,” Graves said. “They told me… They said they are saving the building and not only that but we want you to sit on a committee for the redesign.” Graves added that a time frame for the work has not been set but “I would imagine in the next year we’ll do something.” Dana Haynes, communications director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed that the Portland Building is not under threat of demolition and will continue to house city employees.

Related: Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions

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Elevator Machine Rooms

I Dig Hardware - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:57
Two of our specwriters recently asked me about elevator machine rooms (which would fit the description of "rooms not normally occupied by humans"), because they had specified manual flush bolts on elevator machine rooms, and had been told that automatic flush bolts are required...

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Building An Adobe Wall: #5 Hip Roof for the Gate

Alt. Build Blog - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:10

In this post on building our wall, after having looked at how we put the metal cap on in the last post,
I want to now look at the standing seam hip roof that will protect the yet to be built gate.

All of the posts to date are:

Above you can see the frame of the roof that is constructed much like any hip roof only in miniature.
I built the frame and put on the metal pans in the shop 
so the roof was complete when it was installed over the gate opening.

As with all the wood used in this project we relied on reused lumber saved from the dump
out of a building that was being torn down.

The metal tabs will be bent over at the standing seams to hold down the metal panels (or pans)
 that are just visible in the background right behind the frame (above).

The pitch of the roof is 4" in 12" and is the standard pitch that I normally use,
and also quite common in this area.

I personally don't mind the look of the metal underneath
and the spacing between the purlins allows condensation to easily dry out.
Condensation on the bottom of the metal occurs when warmer moist air condenses on the cold metal.
In our high desert climate this is most common in the winter.

The frame that you saw in the second photo above is now notched and pegged to the extended jamb.

I have made myself a student of the hip roof for the last 20+ years 
so working in miniature was a lot of fun and so much easier.

The frame that the rafters are screwed to is rabbeted, glued, and nailed with galvanized finish nails.
The rafters, ridge, and purlins are screwed with pilot holes to avoid splitting the wood.
The fascia is glued and nailed.

You can just barely see in the above photo the screws
 that hold the drip edge of the metal pans to the bottom purlin.
They work with the tabs that you saw in the second photo of this post 
to hold the metal roof firmly in place.

I made long narrow V shaped pieces of metal that I crimped onto the 1" high standing seams
and used rivets to hold them in place.

In the next post we will look at plastering our wall and how Allison made the designs on the wall.

All of the posts to date are:

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