The Edgewater Residence is an addition and remodel in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Designed for the co-founder of Giant Robot Magazine, Martin Wong, his wife Wendy, and their daughter, the 300 square foot addition is attached to a small house as a statement - a building 'prosthesis' which assists to reimagine the existing residence and grounds, reformulating relationships between old and new, inside and outside, and those of the urban and domestic.
The addition employs formal references to nearby buildings and local urban characteristics both important and commonplace, including: The sloping embankments of the Silver Lake Reservoir, Richard Neutra's own VDL Resarch House, an auto body shop, the Astro Family Restaurant and Coffee Shop. This associative array of local urban phenomena inflect the formal and functional directions of the new addition, acting as an 'urban-selfie' and expanding the dialogue of the small addition beyond a strictly private domesticity.
Architecture schools saw a fair amount of shuffling this past academic year in their leadership departments. Aside from a handful of high-profile step-downs, including Mark Wigley at Columbia University and Adèle Naudé Santos at MIT, a hefty number of schools across the US appointed new leadership, potentially ushering in a new era in their school's history. As an off-shoot of our Deans List editorial series, we interviewed a few of these new-appointees, to survey their plans for the position at the very beginning of their tenure.
The following interview samples responses from:
- Daniel S. Friedman, Dean of School of Architecture, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (effective August 1, 2014)
- Peter MacKeith, Dean of the University of Arkansas' Fay Jones School of Architecture
- Jonathan Solomon, Head of Architecture at the School of Art Institute of Chicago (effective August 1, 2014)
- Marc Swackhamer, Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota
A piece of student work from eac...
Construction of a four-mile long steel wall going up along a stretch of the Jersey Shore ripped apart during Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin next month [...] The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $23.8 million contract to Springfield-based EIC Associates in May to build the steel wall that will stretch from Lyman Street in Mantoloking through Brick.
Goldsmiths, which is part of the University of London and home to one of the UK’s leading art schools, plans to build a public art gallery behind the art department’s home, in an early 20th-century former public baths. To help raise the £2m needed to convert the old water tanks of the Laurie Grove Baths into an art space, the institution is asking its star alumni and emeritus professors [...] to donate works that will be auctioned by Christie’s, possibly next year.
IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–, the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), recently wrapped up a packed roster of conferences, debates, lectures, excursions and other events spanning over several weeks.
URBAN BY NATURE– focuses on the interdependence of society and nature and the intricate relationship between city and landscape. Six separate exhibitions, still on display until Sunday, August 24 at the Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, showcase almost one hundred projects that address these issues.
In this article, we highlight the first of the six exhibitions, A PLANET CULTIVATED:
Photo: Aranzadi Park (Aldavoyer Architecture) © Gerencia de Urbanismo, Ayuntamiento de Pamplona
Today, there are more trees in parks and nurseries than there are in forests. What we call nature is never free of human intervention: whether as small-scale as parks, or as large-scale as the climate. At the same time, we are part of nature. Now that more than 50 pe...
The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab’s “You Are Here” project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google’s map directions services API.
Direct link to You Are Here.
Rather than laying out exactly what it wants to buy (say, bike lockers), Barcelona is laying out six problems it wants to fix (such as reducing bike theft). Responses could involve buying things, but they might also suggest new services, regulatory changes or any other means of accomplishing the goal. Anyone around the world with a creative idea, including startup companies or even individuals, has a shot at a contract and all the market legitimacy that comes with that.
Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent competition-winning projects, commissions, and awards on Bustler from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.
Check out Recap #18 for the week of July 14-July 18, 2014:
The Architecture League and the Center for an Urban Future selected the five interdisciplinary teams to participate in their "Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study". The initiative seeks to address the various issues that New York's branch libraries face as city policymakers continue to overlook them.
One Central Park has gained plenty of recognition in recent weeks like winning a regional award in CTBUH's 2014 Best Tall Buildings, being shortlisted in the upcoming World Architecture Festival Awards, and receiving a Commendation in Australia's NSW Architecture Aw...
The map [...] based on a report by the Boston Harbor Association, shows the impact of 5-foot and 7.5-foot coastal floods in Metro Boston that could be caused by a number of things — a rising sea level, storm surges, astronomical high tides or other causes.
[Helsinki] has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 ... allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. [...] Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and ... the app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries
Where apps and mass transit collide, commuters struggle most with coordination. Now, with so many different forms of transit, both public and privately mediated, commuters (and cities) need navigation tools that compare all options for them. Making this as accessible as possible, as Helsinki is trying to do, also eases the transition away from private-car ownership, by making all types of transportations options seem just as imminently accessible as your car in the driveway.
The U.S. is also experimenting with these "point-to-point", "mobility on demand" transit systems. Bridj, a new bus company in Boston, doesn't actually own buses but will create routes, nearly in real-time, based on rider's mobility data, and then contract actual bus companies to get people where they need to go.
With all the time and energy cartographers spend preparing maps, it makes sense that they would want to protect their investment. One of the ways they do so — although they don’t always admit it — is by including “trap streets,” deliberate mistakes added to maps to catch unsuspecting copyright violators. These may include fake streets, as the name suggests, but the term is also applied to other erroneous cartographic data included to embarrass those who might steal it.
He said the property that he had inherited from his parents who had built it in 1986 had also been fully furnished with a brand-new fitted kitchen and bathroom. He added: 'I had been worried about thieves maybe breaking in and stealing the television or something, and so I put a barbed wire fence up around the house for added security. But they stole that as well.'
[...] tech guru and multimillionaire Tim Draper has put forth a plan which will solve the ills of the state by – wait for it – splitting it into six smaller states! This “Six Californias” plan [...], as you might expect, divides the state into six smaller chunks, maintaining county lines. [...] But there’s another reason to oppose the plan that few people are talking about: it would do damage to the state’s transportation systems, especially mass transit.
Serious money is in play in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “Mayors’ Challenge” for cities competing to show they have come up with promising innovations to cope with 21st-century challenges. “It was a big surprise to hear we’d share our ideas with competitors,” says Gomes. “But it works brilliantly. It’s exactly what you need—everyone sharing and trying to help each other. It’s crazy, but it works.”
US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government’s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country’s ongoing civil war. Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria.
At the ACSA, we are most familiar with the 127 U.S. and 11 Canadian schools with accredited architecture programs, but prospective students and the public are seeing a much broader context. We wanted to learn more about all the institutions that offer programs in architecture and related fields, so we put together an interactive based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This includes a map and charts offering key statistics on over 800 U.S. institutions offering over 1,800 programs in architecture, architectural sciences and technology, architectural drafting, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, art and architectural history, and more.
Here's a screenshot of the interactive which you explore at the ACSA website.
Here are two more snapshots, covering topics which you can also explore in more depth in the interactive: Graduation Rate by Net Price, for public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit schools as well as for schools wi...
Istanbul is the city of transformation and contradiction. As an urbanist, I am trying to keep record and make sense of this transformation and am especially interested in its winners and losers. At the moment we live in a giant construction site, where skyscrapers, mega projects and urban renewal projects are taking place all around. There is a gold rush to real-estate development.
Fresh from the sky:
HIVE-INN™ CITY FARM JUST LANDED IN NEW YORK.
Hive-Inn™ City Farm is a modular farming structure where containers are designed and used as farming modules and acts as an ecosystem where each unit plays a role in producing food, harvesting energy and recycling waste and water.
The idea of this ecosystem is to bring farming down-town and grow fresh produces near their urban consumers. Containers can be owned or rented by major organic brands, local restaurants or even serve as private local gardens / kitchen gardens. They can also serve educational purposes for the neighbouring schools.
Containers can be taken out, plugged-in or replaced to switch usage from farming to hotel rooms, service apartments and offices...etc.
The Hive-Inn™ structure shows here another aspect of its possible uses (see Hive-Inn™ Hotel) and demonstrate its versatility.
We chose New York City as an iconic landing site for the first Hive-Inn™ City Farm, near the U.N. headquarters to symbolize the wor...