Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Department of Homeland Security to accept submissions for US-Mexico Border Wall



Image Courtesy Wikimedia Images / © Tomas Castelazo

For architects always eager to "stand ready" with President Donald Trump's commitment to build new infrastructure works, here's your chance: The US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Bureau Issued a "solicitation" President of the controversial border wall between the United States and Mexico.

The solicitation, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on February 24, states:

The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to issue an electronic solicitation on or about 6 March 2017 for the design and construction of several prototypes of wall structures in the vicinity of Border with Mexico. The procurement process will be carried out in two stages, the first requiring suppliers to submit a concept document of their prototype by 10 March 2017, which will result in the evaluation and selection of bidders by 20 March 2017. The second phase will require Phase 1 bidders to submit proposals in response to the full RFP by March 24, 2017, which will include the award. Several awards are expected in mid-April for this effort. An option for additional miles can be included in each contract award.

The solicitation was launched on the same day that the president, speaking at the annual Conservative Political Congress (CPAC) forum, said the progress on the wall was "much, well ahead of schedule" and just two weeks After the administration began a heavy crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the country. As a candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump fueled his candidacy with striking anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric, promising to forcibly deport the some 12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country. It seems now that President Trump, having blurred the deployment of the travel ban of the administration against seven predominantly Muslim countries, turns to immigrants in this country to fulfill these campaign promises.

This new direction will certainly revitalize the debate within the architectural profession about the adoption by individuals and organizations of these so-called infrastructure projects. Following the hullabaloo travel ban, the American Institute of Architects issued a statement in support of immigration and international travel. However, the organization remains silent on the issue of the proposed border wall and on other building-related issues that the administration is currently pursuing, such as the increased use of private prisons for federal detentions, including deportation measures.

Media reported that the private penitentiary industry is seeking to profit generously from the newly relaxed regulations against these facilities under the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Their use should be considerably expanded as part of a directive instructing CBP to expand its detention capacities from approximately 34,000 prisoners today to more than 80,000 prisoners in the near future. The monetary costs for the border wall vary considerably, rising from $ 12 billion to $ 15 billion, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. CBP recently issued an internal note setting the cost of the wall at nearly $ 21.5 billion.

Whatever the cost, the lack of leadership and activism on the part of professional construction organizations is palpable.
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L.A wants to make developers pay for affordable housing




Los Angeles City Council should review the Affordable Housing Linkage fee (AHLF), a new ordinance that would impose certain types of new residential and commercial construction throughout the city to finance a generation of new affordable housing units. Refurbishment of existing affordable housing.

The plan--approved Thursday with some adjustments by the Urban Planning Commission and now directed towards the full city council review - proposes to impose a connection fee of $ 5.00 per square foot of new office, hotel, Retail, and warehouse as well as a $ 12.00 per square foot fee for new residential construction. The fee would be administered by the City of Los Angeles and is expected to generate $ 75 million to $ 92 million annually for new affordable housing.

The new sampling is the culmination of years of planning studies aimed at mitigating the region's property crisis. The Los Angeles area is believed to be in deficit by nearly 500,000 dwellings, a situation that has led to rent increases in recent years. To begin, the city has been gradually delimited to the detriment of housing production and has, for several decades, produced far fewer units of the market than necessary to meet the population growth. The result? Supply tight and higher rents for everyone. A recent study by Adobo lists Los Angeles as having the fourth highest percentage of tenants in the country; Los Angeles is also the largest city among the top ten. In addition a study conducted in 2016 by the Furman Center of the University of New York and CapitalOne revealed that nearly 60 percent of the rental Angelenos pay more than 30 percent of their income in rent. In addition, a whopping 33 percent of the total total pay more than 50 percent of their income for housing.

The shortage in the new market units has put pressure on low-income and working-class communities throughout the region. As high-income earners were excluded from traditionally high-end and professional class areas, they began to search the popular neighborhoods for rental and property opportunities.

And while few people claim that the city has to produce fewer affordable housing, there is a fierce debate about whether taxing housing production is the right step to take given the above facts. In a strongly worded letter presented to the Urban Planning Commission, a group of academics and activists criticized the potentially depressing effects of the connection tax on market housing production, saying, "The highly optimistic analysis Of the Nexus study projects sufficient revenues to create approximately Units, although if LA's analysis reflects Oakland's, there will be a larger number of lost market rate units - potentially 1.5 to 2X low-income production. If these affordable production figures are correct-and we question their accuracy, noting that no other program in the city has produced nearly as many units (San Francisco, for example, has produced only 89 per year) , Then for every 450 units of low income produced, up to 900 low-income families will eventually be moved. How can public policy support such a result? "

According to the authors of the letter, economically disadvantaged people and families across Los Angeles live disproportionately in market-rate housing. The authors argue that while liaison costs would facilitate the creation of new affordable units, the number of potential market-priced units that would be prevented from being built - a figure that will not be monitored by the city Would be very difficult to discern in the first place - outweighs the benefit of relatively few affordable units to be created by the fee.

The proposed rate is directed to City Council and, if approved, will be implemented later this year.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

SHoP unveils plans for Detroit's tallest tower on downtown historic site





For nearly 100 years, retail store JL Hudson in downtown Detroit has become the main shopping - 25-story structure at a time holding the record for the largest retail building in the world. Then, in 1983, after a slowdown in the Detroit economy, the department store was closed. Its implosion followed in 1998. In the years that followed, the important site put mainly vacant, with the exception of an underground parking structure inserted in the former underground store of retail levels. But now the plans have been revealed to return the site to its former glory.

Announced yesterday by the Detroit-based Bedrock development group, the site is expected to receive a brand new 1.2 million square foot project designed by SHoP Architects consisting of a nine-story podium and a 52-story tower 734 feet Would claim the title of Detroit's tallest building.



"For the long-time Detroiters, we remember what Hudson represented. It was not only a department store - it was the economic engine of Detroit. It attracted residents and visitors to the downtown area, where they spent a day shopping at Hudson's and visiting the shops, restaurants and theaters around it, "says Dan Gilbert, founder and president of Rock Ventures And Quicken Loans and founding partner of Bedrock.

"Our goal is to create a development that surpasses the economic and even experiential impact Hudson had on the city. We believe that this project is so unique that it can help bring Detroit back on the national map - and even world - for world class architecture, talent attraction, technological innovation and job creation.



Aimed at reinvigorating Woodward Avenue and its downtown core, the massive complex would be one of the largest construction projects in the city for decades. An economic impact study conducted by WSP-Parsons Brinkerhoff, based in New York, estimated that development could attract three million unique visitors a year, while generating $ 560 million per year for the region.



The joint development, contemplated by SHoP in partnership with Hamilton Anderson Associates, based in Detroit, would contain a full range of program elements, including retail, residential, parking and what Bedrock calls "an experiential destination centered on Technology, Arts and Culture. "

The 52-storey tower would occupy the residential component of the project, representing 250 units totaling 441,500 gross square feet. The podium below would house 733,823 gross square feet of mixed use, commercial space, offices, technology, arts and culture. Three levels below the level of schooling would provide an additional commercial floor and two levels of parking for 700 vehicles.


"The driving force behind our design for the Hudson site is to create a building that speaks to the rebirth of optimism in the future of the city and an experiential destination that has a positive impact on Detroit in a meaningful way, "Said William Sharples, Director, SHoP. "The building is built around an immense and grand public space, a civic place all year round that, both in its architecture and its culture, fosters and transmits the feeling that we all share when we work together to imagine That this great city can become. "



"At its peak, Hudson was a prime destination in the heart of downtown." After the store closure in 1983, the structure would remind us of a vibrant downtown, "says Sandra Laux, Project Architect , Hamilton Anderson Associates. "We now have the opportunity to be part of creating a unique and new architecture in one of the few downtown vacancies.



The project represents the second partnership between Gilbert and SHoP in recent months,

News Via SHoP Architects, Bedrock
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Frank Gehry to lecture online architecture course






Frank Gehry will teach an architecture and design course for the MasterClass online training platform, sharing his creative process and offering a critique of student work.

For $ 90 (approximately £ 72), Gehry's MasterClass will include 15 video tutoring lessons students on its architectural philosophy using case studies, sketches and models.

A downloadable workbook with summaries and assignments accompanies each class. Students will also be able to download their own videos for comments from the rest of the group, with Gehry criticizing some of the works.

Gehry's masterclass, which will begin in the spring of this year, will also give an overview of its archive of previously unseen models.

"When you're building a building, any building, start with the simple block model to see where it's going," says Gehry in a promotional video for the course.

"As an artist, I have had constraints, gravity is one of them," he continues. "But in all these constraints I have 15 percent freedom to do my art."

"I always try to express the movement, I was fascinated by the fold so fundamental to our first feelings of love and warmth. These ideas are scary like hell to tell the customer, they can reject you and they will. The logic for you to go, stretch to another place. "

The Los Angeles-born Canadian-born architect is famous for the concave and convex plans that often make his buildings, such as the undulating shape of his New York skyscraper, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Louis Foundation Vuitton in Paris.

During the course, Gehry will also discuss the philosophy behind his work, urging his students to do "something for humanity" rather than the economy.

"Most of our cities are built with faceless glass only for savings and not for the humanities," he says. "Whatever you do, promise me that every project you do or conceive, you take the risk of doing something for humanity."

The feeling echoes a previous statement made by the architect at a Spanish press conference in 2014, in which he said that most of today's architectures have "no sense of design" .

"In the world we live in, 98% of what is built and designed today is pure sh!t," he told the group of journalists. "There is no sense of design or respect for humanity or anything. They are bad buildings and that's it."

Gehry will join other well-known MasterClass instructors, with past editions including Werner Herzog on cinema, Deadmau5 on electronic music production and Serena Williams on tennis.

Last year, the architect arrived in Dezeen's Hot List, a guide to the most desirable and sought-after figures in the design world, with a handful of contentious new projects.

These include a master plan for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, which has been violently criticized by a local landscape architect, and an enormous development along the famous Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Australian-made Cross laminated timber from local plantation timber




The long wait for Australian cross-laminated timber (CLT) is almost complete.

Xlam Australia will open its first CLT manufacturing facility in Wodonga and will produce construction boards by the end of 2017.

The company shared its plans to build a factory in the Albury Wodonga area with Architecture & Design last year, but only now we know that this will actually happen.

Fairfax reports that the plant has the support of the local government, the state and the federal government and will be completed in April.

The facility will produce 60,000 m3 of CLT annually and, at production capacity, will produce enough materials to build a project the size of Forte Melbourne - Australia's largest wooden residential building - every week.

It will be produced from local pine, the growing demand for the plantation industry and to shorten delivery and distance delays.

Currently, CLT is purchased abroad by companies like Stora Enso, Meyer Timber and Novatop. Australia Lendlease has opened a prefabrication plant in Sydney that manufactures CLT frame, but it does not create the actual CLT.

Xlam has a number of Australian projects currently underway, including a massive CLT home designed by Fitzpatrick + Partners Director James Fitzpatrick.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

City of Melbourne to post opinion on 1 Queensbridge tower




The City of Melbourne wants its views heard on the development of the recently approved Queensbridge Tower at Southbank.

A motion will be submitted Tuesday to the Melbourne Committee to request that its assessment report on the Melbourne Planning Scheme amendment for the project be posted on the company's website.

The Minister of Planning made a decision to amend the Melbourne Master Plan and to allow the development of Queensbridge Street last week and plans to publish the amendment in the near future.

The decision was taken without publicizing the views of COM planners and the Council intends to publish them before the amendment is published.

The COM wishes to make the City planners available to the public so that the City is not silent on the merits of planning the largest building ever approved within its boundaries.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Architecture Students work harder than all US college majors




According to a recent survey, US students enrolled in senior architecture courses, they spend more hours than other students.

Architecture majors have average 22.2 hours per week of study outside their classes, according to the University of Indiana National Student Survey Engagement (NSSE) as reported by The Tab.

That's 2.5 hours more than the chemical engineering students who came in second. Other engineering and science courses make up the majority of the 10 most difficult to work with.

The communications, sports and management courses all came down, with an extra 11 hours as the lowest figure.

Overall, average overtime hours were calculated at just under 15 hours - seven fewer than a typical architectural student.

The NSSE collected data from thousands of undergraduate and graduate students taking 86 different majors in the United States.

Among a long list of questions about their studies, they were asked how many extra hours they spent studying, reading, writing and doing homework or lab work outside of the scheduled hours.

The tab then averaged the results and compiled them in a ranking order.

Time spent working has already been linked to a high rate of depression and other related disorders among architectural students.

The results of a survey last year revealed that over a quarter of those studying the subject in the UK reported mental health problems caused or affected by their studies, with the workload among Main contributing factors.

As a result of these discoveries, the head of The Bartlett - one of the world's largest architectural schools - called for a review of architecture and accreditation teaching in the UK.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Biasol modifies listed warehouse to restaurant and cocktail bar in East London



The design studio Biasol transformed a 19th century warehouse in Clerkenwell into a restaurant and bar with marble and velvet accents.

The new venue of 260 square meters is the eighth addition to the Grind & Co coffee chain designed by the studio in Melbourne.


Located in a historic heritage warehouse dating back to the 1870s, the space comprises two floors divided into a cocktail bar, a dining room and a basement bar for entertaining evenings.

Biasol removed the existing partitions on the ground floor to create two interconnected spaces, with the bar and private dining room on half, and the main restaurant on the other.


On the entrance, guests are greeted with the Brass Clerkenwell Grind logo that stands against a chevron-patterned wooden wall, forming a backdrop for the host desk.

Worn wood floors contrast with the luxurious aesthetics of the main dining room, including navy blue and pink velvet seats, marble tables and brass fixtures.


A velvet sofa curves around the walls of the main restaurant in the private dining room, blending with the painted navy wood walls.

"The main dining room is open and elegant, but we wanted the basement bar below to feel more fun and more feminine. Materials, colors and lighting play an important role, "say the designers.


Pink velvet chairs accompany the marble tables in the dining area, and continue in the basement where they complete the corresponding pink ceiling.

A long mirror and a curved brass shelf dressed in a colorful assortment of spirits is behind a bar of green marble.


Parquet flooring in the basement bar reflects the rafter wall, while a small stretch of pale colored tiles surround the bar.

"Behind its brick and terracotta façade, we sought to create a brightly colored but elegant interior that contrasts with the architecture while respecting its heritage," the designers said.


A variety of brass lighting hangs ceilings on both floors, adding a warmth to the mainly marine interior.

Biasol also designed the interior of the Southwark Grind & Co in the neoclassical historic London building, rich in marble and flooded with natural light through its six meter high windows.

Image Courtesy  Paul-Winch Furness
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

This is the time to prepare for the 2020 Census




"That's right. It's almost time for census, the American tradition since 1790," wrote Christopher Williamson.

Williamson's post is a call to action for planners to understand the importance of the census for their work, as well as, possibly, to participate in the census as soon as it is fully operational in 2020.

Firstly the Williamson, notes many changes, which are still under consideration in the 2020 census:

A few things different this time. On the one hand, the census, which will be held for three years will be almost entirely digital. It may also have a few changes to the race / ethnicity categories that might affect comparability with previous census and other data sets. And perhaps the most direct use for planners and local authorities: There are a variety of new tools for compiling and crunching data.
With regard to the relevance of census planning profession, Williamson argues the case:

Planners use census data permanently, in particular by ACS. It provides the age and characteristics of the housing facilities, the cost of housing, employment and the journey to work, education and school enrollment, persons with disabilities, as well as other statistical data. These ACS also provides the median income of households and poverty statistics, which are qualified census tract for community development block grants. Every ACS question is connected with the federal program or directly required by law, but it also functions as a continuous narrative about how and where we live in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Williamson completed the list of software tools and data recommendations, which can help to harness the power of the census, as well as the timing of significant events that will take place before 2020 to lay the groundwork for a thorough, successful census.
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Dark metal screen covers the Massimo Dutti store in Mexico Designed by SMA





Patchwork of patterned, fiberglass panels wrap the appearance of the three-storey shop for fashion brand Massimo Dutti, designed by Mexican architects Sordo Maddalena.

Covering 15.608 square feet (1,450 square meters), the store is located along Presidente Masaryk Avenue, Mexico City, one of the most prestigious streets. Artery underwent renovation in recent years "to improve its urban quality."


Local firm Sordo Maddalena Architects (SMA) was charged with the conversion of the existing concrete and steel building in a multi-level store Massimo Dutti, Spanish clothing retailer known for its classical pieces.

The goal was to create a "real work of architecture", which is well integrated into the surrounding city Palanka.


For the exterior, the architects sought to create a facade that corresponds to the "formal landscape of heights and voids in the historic architecture of the zone."

The team wrapped the building with a screen consisting of a lightweight, fiberglass panels, covered with dark gray metallic paint. Their color and structure were inspired by traditional wrought iron railings found in the area.


Brise Soleil has high linear openings that perform multiple functions. "Screen generates a series of rectangular niches, which are randomly repeated in an orthogonal grid," explained team.

"Each of these niches becomes window or showcase closed cell, depending on domestic use."


The screen was made using molds. "It is an excellent cooperation between the traditional local skills and sophisticated technology," said studio.

High glass strip forms the main entrance to the store. Visitors step into the double-height space, with a central staircase connecting all three levels.


"With simple lines and purity of materials, universal and timeless creates a space that does not interfere with the requirements of fashion and provides the product keeps all the attention," said the architects.


I had chosen a neutral materials that embody "a classic, but the essence of innovation." Pale stone paired with wood and metal inserts on the entire space.

The store is equipped with gray carpet and upholstered benches display. Several original features have been specially developed for the project, including tables and hanging rack in walnut, stone and steel.


roof terrace, where guests can have a coffee or refreshment, designed to complement the interior space and enrich the shopping experience.

Offers stunning views of the city, raised terrace also serves as a venue for special events. roof structure houses the kitchen and bathroom.


In general, the team aims to create a retail space covering its vibrant urban context. "It is a living and flexible architecture, thanks to the strong relationship between interior and exterior," said studio.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Architects Speak Out on Absence of Female Speakers at AIA National Convention




A group of more than 50 architects, firms and students of architecture expressed the lack of women's representation among the keynote speakers selected for the AIA national convention in 2017. Of the seven keynotes lectures, to be given within three days of the conference, only one woman will manage, and no female architect.

In a letter to the architect's Newspaper, the group calls for the AIA to revise the program of the conference, as well as consider selecting the participants more, "reflecting the diversity in architecture." The letter also calls into question the organization's commitment to the preservation of the values ​​set out in diversity and inclusion statement listed on their website, according the statement does not go far enough to contribute to the work of many members of this organization.

This year's conference will be held from April 27-29 in the Orange County Convention Center Orlando. Selected keynote speakers at the 2017 Conference will be attended by 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, architect Francis Ker, MASS Design Group co-founder Michael Murphy, a graphic designer and Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, Dan Goods and David Delgado from the Laboratory of NASA's jet propulsion and Social psychologist Amy Cuddy.

The debate can be seen as a second omissions of AIA in recent months, after a poorly received letter of support Trump administration, which led to the organization releasing the official video with an apology and a $ 1 million commitment to increase diversity in the profession.

News Via The Architect's Newspaper
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100 screens welcome public art throughout New York City




When almost everyone blindly stumbles across the city, stuck on the phone, a new series of digital artworks of the social is asking New Yorkers to suspend their small screens to watch the art on the giant screens around the city.

Now, to March 5, the nonprofit will display Commercial Break at roughly four sites: Round Tent LED Brooklyn Barclays Center; Westfield World Trade Center in Manhattan; Hundreds of porn-free stands of LinkNYC; And one of the most famous billboard of all-a Times Square. It should be noted that this is the first show of the organization to simultaneously display the work in the five districts.

Previous commercial break is subject to Public Art Fund public series that worked Lightboard Times Square for most of the 1980s, replacing the usual announcement. In addition, 23 artists participating in this exhibition to the question of the ubiquity of digital images, especially advertising and its impact on real spaces, online and offline.

Public Art Fund Site is the latest job, Casey Jane Ellison paired with the sessions and more information on each IRL website.
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An hair salon in Peckham designed by sam jacob makes people look at artwork instead of themselves




Architect Sam Jacob has overhauled a hairdressers-cum-gallery in southeast London, so now customers stare at artworks rather than their reflections while they get a trim.


Sam Jacob Studio updated the DKUK salon and gallery by applying strips of mirror to the slatted walls, and adding vibrant yellow shelves and matching furniture.

He was also invited by the salon's owner, hairdresser and artist Daniel Kelly, to curate the first exhibition in the newly renovated gallery, which is backed by Arts Council England.


For the show titled Make It Real, Jacob displayed a range of his own products, including scarves knitted with woodgrain patterns, T-shirts printed with building's facades and a collection of objets d'art.

The pieces, as well as several brightly coloured prints of windows, offer an alternative to the traditional mirror-heavy salon interior.


"Usually the way we look is conceived differently in a gallery or a salon," said Jacob, who is also a Dezeen columnist. "The design explores the act of looking through the use of frames, translucencies, perforations and reflections. The space also considers how we are seen (or not) just as much as how we see."

"The mirror, often the central feature of a hair salon and filled with our own reflection, is used here as a spatial device," he added. "Mirrors are used to create a sense of infinite space that contrasts with the reality of the interior."


The items hang from shop-style hooks on the slatted walls of the space which, at just two-by-five metres, claims to be London's most petite gallery.

It is tucked away from the main Peckham thoroughfare on Holdron's Arcade, a narrow passage of shops and cafes. Kelly, who has been running the space for two years, bases his price list on hair length rather than gender.


"DKUK offers artists a unique environment for showing and developing work, away from the pressure of the commercial art world and the growing complexities of the 'publicly' funded spaces," explained Jacob.

"The design frames the display of art through the commercial infrastructure that supports and enables the 'culture'," he continued. "At the same time, commercial references such as the Slatwall wall display system are repurposed as an abstract, graphic gallery display mechanism."


Jacob also created a sound installation titled Selenophonia for the show. Speakers set about the sink play an echoey voice recording of the geographical features of the moon, which was created in the Whispering Gallery of St Paul's Cathedral.

"It echoes Christopher Wren's own obsession with the Moon – he measured, mapped and then made the most accurate Moon Globe – the piece suggesting that perhaps the dome of St Paul's is also both architecture and a moon-like thing," Jacob told Dezeen.

Sam Jacob, who was a director at the now-defunct practice FAT before setting up his own studio, has previously erected an Adolf Loos-designed mausoleum in Highgate Cemetery.

Make It Real continues at DKUK until 12 March 2017.

News Via Dezeen
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Exclusive Lady Gaga Super Bowl Home In Houston





Lady Gaga's living in a $10,000 a night palace ... About 10,000 square ft, with a Renaissance-style stone spiral staircase for grand entrances, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a resort-inspired pool, and Venetian plaster.

The house estimated worth is $20,000,000.
With 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms on a solid acre of land, she has room to roam.


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Toronto's CN Tower reimagined as residential high-rise coated in wooden pods



The cluster of parasitic residential units sticks to the concept of the CN Tower's walls from the Toronto studio's quadrangle.

The modular wooden house is nestled by huge cement pieces 553 meters high - the highest in the world and one of the major tourist attractions in the world.

"The quadrangles saw an opportunity to revitalize the towers ideal for market condominiums with superior geographical location, unique views while maintaining the building's existing successful features," the studio said.

The idea involves a windscreen with a shielded structure, and the concrete drilling bracket is suspended between the prefabricated cubes.

Each of the pods may be designed as a selection command having a size and layout. This diversity creates a pixelized effect on the wall of the host pointing out the tower.


The quadrilateral provides cross-laminated Timber (CLT), which are created by smaller glued wood pieces and pegged as architectural wonder material of the 21st century.

"It combines the brightness and strength of the CLT to ensure that the device can" hang the wings "between the wind shields," says CN Tower's quadrangle.

"As the CLT building is designed to be planted in place at the factory and snapped up at the site construction will be fast and safe without the need to negatively impact the travel traffic on the panel."

Structured planks will also be exposed inside, and residents with people in Toronto Ontario will be offered views through large windows.

It is unclear how people will reach their apartment, especially those above, but the explanation shows multiple units linked together by the stairs.


In the CN Tower it was designed by a local company WZMH Architect, and was completed in 1976, a television and radio communication mast. It has a 360 degree restaurant and several levels of surveillance, including a glass adventurous floor deck for visitors.

The tower holds the title of the highest freestanding structure in the world for 34 years, until it is surpassed by both Buraj khalifa in Dubai and Canton Tower in Guangzhou.

"Quadrangle's proposal reinvents the landmark and in so doing also reinvents the tower as a symbol of Toronto's ingenuity and progress," said principal Richard Witt.

"We wanted the flexibility of its design to inspire other major developments in independent global similar projects, increasing their value to their home and environment."

Other iconic structural parasitic proposals around the world include the Eiffel Tower in Paris at the upper lattice extension and the New York State Hall at the top of Philip Johnson's giant round shed.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Denise Scott Brown achieves Jane Drew Prize 2017 for women in architecture





Denise Scott Brown awarded the Jane Drew Prize this year to raise women's architecture profile, four years after her campaign unsuccessfully retrospectively recognized her role in her husband Robert Venturi Pritzker Prize.

American architect has been announced today as the winner of the prize, which is awarded jointly by the Architects Journal and The Architectural Review, recognizing the contribution of women to the profession.

the award is "the culmination of a basic disk to see their contribution to sufficiently recognized expertise," according to organizers.

the fight for gender equality Scott Brown started in 2013, when she spoke of her role is not recognized Venturi Pritzker Prize this year for lunch time address women Architecture Awards.

To declare the retroactive contributions then began. She won the support of architects, including Zaha Hadid and Farshid Moussavi and his wife, but the back end of the Pritzker committee.

"I'm a bit of" Punch Drunk on any of the prizes, as you might imagine given my history with them, "said Scott Brown, AJ.

"But things have happened that made me feel very happy in my old age, and one of them is the prize, and the report was the work of AJ."

Scott Brown also receives Jane Drew Prize in 2017 for her architecture and its research projects. Her and Venturi credited as the founder of a lot of the post-modern movement. It also co-author of the seminal 1972 book Information Las Vegas.

After the Pritzker countryside, AIA modified the rule that said that only the people can win a gold medal in recognition and presented as Venturi and Scott Brown Award in 2016.

"I was very moved by reference Pritzker - and this is my reward at the end," said Scott Brown. "20,000 people have written in from all over the world and each of them have called me, Denise."

"This is perhaps one of the reasons why the AIA eventually moved and allowed to give a prize for two people," he added.

Jane Drew Prize winner last year was the French architect Odile Decq.

Earlier this year, the same day that hundreds of thousands of women around the world marched with equal rights, David Adjaye said the architecture and design industry still does not offer the same opportunities for both sexes.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

This Mexican city turned a forgotten rail yard into a 86,000-square-foot museum and arts campus



When asked why he installed his latest public intervention at the Museo Espacio in Aguascalientes, Mexico, French artist Daniel Buren simply said, “Because I was invited.” But it is not difficult to see what makes the Museo Espacio and the larger Macro Espacio para la Cultura y las Artes (MECA) campus desirable for an international artist. Over the past five years the local government has been quietly developing one of the most intriguingly designed arts destinations in North America.

Many municipalities profess a dedication to the arts, but the government of the state of Aguascalientes, with assistance from Mexico’s federal government, has successfully implemented an ambitious master plan that transforms a century old rail yard into MECA, a world-class destination and center for the arts.

Carlos Lozano de la Torre, the governor of Aguascalientes, always viewed the revitalization of the rail yard as a cultural imperative. Established by an American railroad company in 1898, the 200-acre property was shut down by the government in 1991, effectively leaving Aguascalientes without any viable industry. Recognizing an opportunity for “regeneration through culture,” Governor de la Torre assembled a homegrown team including architect José Luis Jiménez García and Aguascalientes Cultural Institute director Dulce María Rivas Godoy to develop a master plan to stealthily transform the industrial structures into modern containers for the arts and connect the campus to the other established arts institutions in the small urban center.



Image Courtesy Instituto Cultural de Aguascalientes

Museo Espacio, one of the first buildings to open, is a generous 86,000-square-foot, intentionally barebones contemporary platform for international artists to display large-scale works of art. The former wood warehouse was revitalized with simple materials that nod to the building’s industrial history—polished concrete, steel, and glass—all seamlessly integrated into the long, wide bays often favored by conceptual artists. Rail tracks weave through the building and the site maintaining the balance between old and new. A custom metal screen wraps the exterior with monumental openings on either end.


In January, Museum Espacio opened with a site-specific installation by Jannis Kounellis, followed by a site-specific intervention by Buren, who has a long-standing relationship with Mexico. Buren’s work, titled Como un juego de nino, fills over 64,000 square feet, creating an exaggerated colorful playground on one side that is mirrored by one devoid of color on the other. Buren, who likes “to work with different spaces as much as possible,” found “the transformation of this space very original. It is very simple, and is so sophisticated in many aspects. They took a lot of care [with the structure], so you have this connection between a very straight, modern view of architecture inside and the shape of an old manufacturing outside. The connection of both is very successful.”


Daniel Buren’s Como un juego de nino. Courtesy: Instituto Cultural de Aguascalientes

While the Museo Espacio and the master plan were conceived of over five years ago, it was built in a quick five months, which is inconceivable in the United States. Construction is complete on new offices for Grupo Modelo, an archaeology museum, and a concert hall. All of the buildings on the campus were designed by an in-house design team at the Secretary of Infrastructure and Communications (SICOM) offices headed by Jiménez García, director of projects and secretary of infrastructure and communications. Governor de la Torre hopes MECA will inspire other cities in Mexico and beyond to not just revitalize local resources, but to use native talent to do it. “It was something that was broken’ for a long time it was a place that nobody went, and now we have people from all over the world visiting,” he said. “They always ask, ‘Who did this?’ and we tell them, ‘Our own people.’”

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Autodesk's Generative Design Pavilion Plays with Properties and Fabrication Processes in Stone and Fabric




At Autodesk's 2016 conference in Las Vegas, the company teamed up with computational design expert Sean Ahlquist, engineers Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, and manufacturer Quarra Stone to unveil its new Generative Design Pavilion. The project is an exploration of materiality, with stalagmite stone forms that rise up from geometric floor panels to meet fabric that stretches down from a canopy above. The junction of textile and stone aims to emphasize the distinct behaviors of the two materials.


The 8,500-pound (3,850-kilogram) stone base was built from hand-finished Indiana limestone. A team of engineers led by Paul Kassabian of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger conducted load-bearing performance tests to develop the real feat of the base: its 12-foot (3.6-meter) bench, which was milled down to as thin as 2 inches (50 millimeters) out of a single block of limestone. This was accomplished using glass pultruded rods inlaid into the top and bottom surfaces of the bench and affixed with anchoring epoxy.


Under the direction of Sean Ahlquist, the fabric canopy is made up of custom-designed nylon-elastic panels in "an iterative workflow that combined digital simulations and physical mockups." Exaggerated seams between each panel highlight the material's ability to stretch and pull, further contrasting the stone's strength with the flexibility of the fabric.


To create the illusion of seamlessness at the tendril-like intersections of the two materials, Autodesk built custom connection plates using a waterjet and CNC router. In addition to the plates, every column embedded an LED bulb that visitors could control via iPad.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

IKEA Börder Wåll presents Trump with affordable construction choice





A spoof of an IKEA flat-pack furniture kit shows how to cheaply build Donald Trump's proposed Mexican border wall.

The Börder Wåll offers a "practical, ready-made solution" to the US president's plans for a continuous barrier between the two countries, according to satirical news site The Postillon.

At just $9,999,999,999.99, the IKEA product would be a steal compared to a traditional wall, which is currently estimated to come in between $15 and $25 billion (£12 and £20 billion).

A graphic mimicking a typical minimal instruction sheet provided by the Swedish furniture giant has been mocked up for the builders.

It lists hundreds of thousands of panels and barbed-wire coils, along with millions of screws, but only specifies a single Allen key for assembly.

The Postillon suggests that the partition modules would be pressboard with a birch effect, and would connect to form a blockade that measures 33 feet (10 metres) tall and 1,954 miles (3,144 kilometres) long.

Trump first proposed the border wall as a solution to curbing immigration from Mexico during his presidential campaign. Since then, a host of designers have responded to the plans.

Mexican firm Estudio 3.14 visualised the "gorgeous perversity" of the plan by proposing a pink barrier inspired by the work of architect Luis Barragán, while Miami studio DOMO Architecture + Design created renderings of landscaped features along the border instead of a fence or wall.

IKEA's previous spoofs have included a response to a collaboration request from rapper Kanye West, for which they similarly created a version of an instruction sheet for a "Yeezy" bed – based on one shown in his Famous music video.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

NYC to outplace parking garage with hundreds of affordable units in Jamaica, Queens



Courtesy NYCEDC

New York City is set to replace an underused NYPD parking garage it owns with affordable housing on the eastern edge of Queens.

“Under Housing New York, we committed to looking at every city-owned site as an opportunity to build affordable housing,” said outgoing Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been. “We are thrilled that in partnership with EDC and the NYPD, we now have a proposal to develop a dynamic mixed-use facility with affordable homes, a recreational facility, and commercial space in the heart of Jamaica, Queens.”

A three-agency team selected Omni New York to develop the all-affordable complex, which will include 350 units plus commercial space.

Plans for the 450,000-square-foot project put the NYPD parking garage below-grade, with street-level retail fronting 168th Street between Jamaica and Archer avenues—all busy neighborhood thoroughfares.

The development is a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), HPD, and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

While Omni manages a portfolio of thousands of units nationwide, last month the city’s Human Rights Commission charged that the company had discriminated against tenants who use housing vouchers and rental assistance, the Daily News reports. Omni denies all allegations.

This project falls under the Jamaica Now Action Plan, a sweeping neighborhood revitalization initiative that launched in 2015. The $153 million plan emphasizes the community’s “livability,” which here includes workforce development and help for small business, as well as investments in public space.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan To Feature Much Space




Apple is working on renovating its iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan, and when finished, the new store will be twice the size of the original location, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The store will be extended from 32,000 square ft to 77,000 square ft, giving Apple more space to work with. The company's plans were shared by Douglas Linde, president of Boston Properties Inc., which owns the General Motors Building where the store is located.


Apple reporter Nick Leahy said the company anticipates an "incredible" new Fifth Avenue store, "where our customers will enjoy new services and experiences in a much larger space."

While construction is underway, Apple has relocated the store to a nearby empty storefront that formerly housed the FAO Schwarz toy store. Plans to renovate the Fifth Avenue store were first announced in 2015 and are part of a wider set of Apple Store renovations Apple has undertaken.

It is not clear how long it will take Apple to revamp the store, but while work is underway, the temporary FAO Schwarz location will remain open.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Santa Monica Airport to develop into public park in 2029





Courtesy Airport2park

Marking an end to a years-long legal and political struggle, the Santa Monica City Council announced an agreement with the United States Federal Government last weekend that calls for the closing of Santa Monica Airport on December 31, 2028. Upon closing, the site will be converted into a public park.

The announcement, first reported by Santa Monica Next, calls for immediately shortening the airport’s runway to 3,500 feet in an effort to reduce airplane traffic at the 227-acre complex. The airport would continue to operate commercially for the next 11 years after which it will be “returned to the residents of Santa Monica.” City residents voted in 2014—via the ballot initiative Measure LC—to use the site only for park purposes after it closes. Any other proposed change in use—including converting the site for much-needed housing—would require a public vote.

Architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios developed a series of proposals for the park in 2016 and is currently working on final designs for the park that, presumably, would go into construction after January 1, 2029. A community group known as Airport2Park coalesced around the conversion idea several years ago and advocates for a mixed-use park that contains, among other programmatic components, hiking, jogging, and cycling trails; playgrounds for children; senior citizen recreational areas; natural habitats; and artworks and cultural facilities.

The Santa Monica City Council’s announcement establishes that the city does not need to perform an environmental assessment to close the airport. The overall agreement to convert the airport to a park comes after many years of community outcry and the filing of dozens of legal initiatives by local residents to close the airport. The agreement also follows a back and forth debate between the Santa Monica City Council, which passed a motion last year seeking to close the airport in 2018, and a federal judge, who sought to keep the airport open until 2023.

Planning and community input gathering is also currently underway to add a 12-acre plot of land adjacent to the park site to the overall airport park scheme.

Neither a final plan for the park nor a timeline for construction have been released by city officials.

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Design Census Revealed That 73 Percent of Designers are White




A survey of design industry demographics has found that almost three quarters of designers are white.

The 2016 Design Census revealed that 73 per cent of those surveyed identified as white, nine per cent were Hispanic, eight per cent were Asian, and three per cent were black.

The survey was undertaken by US professional organisation AIGA and tech giant Google, with the aim of highlighting the lack of diversity across the range of design disciplines.

The team polled 9,602 designers internationally, asking questions on topics including race, gender, salary, job satisfaction, as well as how much caffeine and candy they consume.

Other headline figures include a male majority of 55 per cent, and that female designers earn an average of six per cent less across the disciplines.

Gender inequality was also recently highlighted by British architect David Adjaye, who stated that the architecture and design industry still doesn't provide the same opportunities for both sexes.


An overview of the 2016 Design Census results by Timothy Hykes

To accompany the results, AIGA commissioned several designers to create visual representations of the data.

Brooklyn-based Ekene Ijeoma produced the Ethnic Filter, which blurs webcam portraits depending on how "visible" the user's race is compared to others in the industry.

Those who select "white" see their face clearly, while those choosing the "black" filter can barely distinguish their features.


On a more positive note, the poll found that 80 per cent of designers are happy in their jobs, as shown in a short film created by New York studio Siegel + Gale. Interior designers were the happiest, while architects were the least content.

The Design Census Survey was initiated when Antionette Carroll – founder of Creative Reaction Lab and president of AIGA's St Louis chapter – was asked in 2014 to create an up-to-date overview of the industry.

Three years later, the findings show that design has diversified since 1991, when the AIGA published an article titled Why is Graphic Design 93% White?

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