Contemporary art project opens in ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d4/d4levhqfadsn1ir7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii will each be the site of a new installation by artist Catrin Huber, as part of a Newcastle University project designed to create a new dialogue&nbsp;between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d5/d59jj7ntrig1p62j.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" ><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d5/d59jj7ntrig1p62j.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Expanded Interiors at Herculaneum. Photo: Amedeo Benestante.</figcaption></figure><p>"By investigating two distinctive Roman houses, our project sets out an exchange of knowledge between old and new," the <em></em><a href="https://research.ncl.ac.uk/expandedinteriors/projectinformation/" rel="nofollow" ><em>Expanded Interiors</em> project website</a> explains. "We are exploring what Contemporary painting and site-specific fine-art practice can learn from the often incredibly sophisticated and complex works of the Roman wall painters. In turn we investigate how contemporary fine-art practice can provide new perspectives on the spatial configurations of ancient Roman homes and the artefacts that adorned them. In so doing we will bring Roman artefacts (their replicas) back to the sites, while exploring new  forms <!--more--> displaying archaeological artefacts at Roman archaeological sites."<br>
Expanded Interiors runs from May 17 Jan 15, 2019 at Herculaneum and Jul 14 Jan 15 at Pompeii.

PoMo yay, Brutalism nay?

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6swx802ard0cej2q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>That we are now starting to get to grips with PoMo architecture&rsquo;s controversial legacy is welcome, not least because other important buildings have already been destroyed, and others are threatened. [...]
Today the worlds of design and conservation are more closely allied than before. But even as this latest batch of postmodern buildings has won protected status, it is worth noting that important brutalist buildings are still excluded from the roster.



Commentary by Catherine Croft for The Guardian on Historic England's recent selection of 17 postmodern buildings to be listed as heritage without extending the same love to important examples of the brutalist school.
Recently received Grade II listed status: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge by John Outram. Photo: inkelv1122/Flickr.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design new V&A Collection and Research Centre in London

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c7/c7dsn1ctufahvfvz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The V&amp;A this morning announced the winning team of its competition to design the new Collection &amp; Research Centre planned for Here East in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park:&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" >Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>, with Austin-Smith:Lord and Studio Adrien Gard&egrave;re, were selected&nbsp;from a shortlist of five firms which also included&nbsp;6a, Gareth Hoskins Architects, Haworth Tompkins and AOC as well as Robbrecht en Daem and DRDH.
The new center will widen access to the V&A's vast collection of art and design objects that are not currently on display and provide new spaces for research and learning activities as well as other public programs. "It is thrilling to contribute to a new wave of rethinking how London's cultural institutions can reconnect to the city - from the Cultural Mile to the developments emerging in Queen Elizabeth Park," DS+R Partner Elizabeth Diller commented upon learning about the competition outcome.  "We’re excited to start Continue reading "Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design new V&A Collection and Research Centre in London"

First photos of David Chipperfield’s new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0y/0ywb8gjkgf1utig2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/36060842/royal-academy-of-arts" rel="nofollow" >Royal Academy of Arts</a> in London is in extraordinary party mode: to celebrate the institution's 250th anniversary, the RA will host a weekend-long art festival on May 19 and 20 with plenty of events, tours, performances, tours, displays, and DJ sets. <br>
At the heart of the festivities is the grand opening of the new RA campus, a major redevelopment designed by David Chipperfield Architects which will dramatically increase available spaces to present to the public historic pieces from its vast collection, work of its Royal Academicians and the RA schools as well as hosting events and exhibitions.
Weston Bridge and The Lovelace Courtyard. Credit: Simon Menges.
"One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair," the RA project outline explains.
Weston Bridge. Credit: Simon Menges.
"The Continue reading "First photos of David Chipperfield’s new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend"

Daniel Libeskind gets to design the new Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/os/os88jeyw2xro4lx4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Many big-name architects enjoy dabbling in product design and use their brand recognition to sell <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150060590/zaha-hadid-architects-design-3d-printed-chairs-for-nagami-s-milan-debut" rel="nofollow" >chairs</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/451131/tableware" rel="nofollow" >tableware</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/203832/shoes" rel="nofollow" >shoes</a>, and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149937514/the-extra-architectural-ventures-of-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" >anything in-between</a>&mdash;but getting to design the new star topping the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City is one of the rarer commissions. <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" >Daniel Libeskind</a> was just tapped by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/220620/swarovski" rel="nofollow" >Swarovski</a> to create a replacement for the current star the crystal company had first unveiled in 2004.<br>
Daniel Libeskind and Nadja Swarovski. Image courtesy of Swarovski.
While designs for the new tree topper aren't available yet, an initial release announced a three-dimensional structure "radiant with light," inspired by the cosmos, and exemplifying Libeskind's trademark dramatic architectural lines. "The new Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is inspired by the beauty of starlight–something that radiates meaning and mystery into the world," Libeskind hinted at his inspiration. "The Star is a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions Continue reading "Daniel Libeskind gets to design the new Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star"

Daring interventions at historic V&A and Royal Academy of Music sites win top honors at RIBA London Awards

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lo/loee4oc69bysn1yj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />61 buildings of all shapes, sizes, and budgets have been honored with a 2018 <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/london-awards/25122" >RIBA London Award</a>, bestowed annually for architectural excellence by&nbsp;the Royal Institute of British Architects. The winning projects were selected from a <a href="http://bustler.net/news/6415/riba-announces-colossal-shortlist-for-2018-london-awards" >shortlist of 93 buildings</a> with 208 initial entries.
Top honors, the RIBA London Building of the Year Award, went to two outstanding projects: the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter by AL_A as well as the Royal Academy of Music, Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall by Ian Ritchie Architects. Find the complete list of winners and a selection of images below.

New two-tower development at Chicago Spire site could dominate the city skyline

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j8/j8x62r0lmnhf7k8k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The long-awaited vision for the 2.2-acre site along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, unveiled in the first community meeting for the project, is toned down a bit from the 2,000-foot-tall Spire plan that stirred emotions but never advanced beyond a 76-foot-deep foundation hole. The design, by One World Trade Center architect David Childs, includes a south tower rising 1,100 feet and an 850-foot north tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever since work on <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1636/santiago-calatrava" rel="nofollow" >Santiago Calatrava</a>'s 2,000-foot-tall <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/727316/chicago-spire" rel="nofollow" >Chicago Spire</a> came to a halt in 2008 due to financial troubles, the city was left with a gaping hole in the ground rather than the nation's tallest building.&nbsp;
Rendering: Related Midwest.
A new proposal by Related Midwest for a pair of towers at 400 Lake Shore Drive, designed by architect David Childs with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, could rehabilitate the site.

Patrik Schumacher calls for a ‘capitalist revolution’ to fix housing

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zq/zqlihakh3o00ytqq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Housing is one of our most essential and cherished commodities. It is rightly one of our biggest markets, but unfortunately one of the most politicised, suffocating under quasi-socialist political interventionism. The loss of prosperity in our whole society is enormous. Not only because of poor housing provision, but because of its stifling impact on all economic activities. That&rsquo;s why the need for a capitalist revolution is so urgent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been a bit quiet around Zaha Hadid Architects principal and outspoken free-market evangelist <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149941758/zha-after-zaha-patrik-schumacher-on-zaha-and-what-s-next-for-the-firm-on-archinect-sessions-61" rel="nofollow" >Patrik Schumacher</a> since his last big public statement calling for the elimination of social housing caused an <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150045298/patrik-schumacher-addresses-backlash-against-his-statements-on-eliminating-social-housing-and-privatizing-public-spaces" rel="nofollow" >overwhelming backlash</a>, but now he's back with a new commentary piece on how to fix housing via privatization and deregulation, published in <em>The Guardian</em>.<br></p>          

David Chipperfield on the crisis of architecture

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fv/fvwht1zu4cc17apy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think architecture is in a sort of crisis,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve lost our social purpose. What we are seeing now is construction as a product of investment. We are building a lot, but we are building big investment projects, as if we&rsquo;re doing architecture without architecture. It&rsquo;s more about investment than it is about urbanism. We used to be involved in planning and building cities, building societies. But now we are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Jan Dalley's <em>FT</em> piece, the soft-spoken British architect expresses his concerns about architecture as a mere tool of the free market, the shrinking role of architects as society builders, and why we are building "horrible cities."<br></p>         

Will Alsop, British maverick architect, remembered after unexpected death

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nr/nric7fdoid0ihb98.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The news of British architect <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/24712/will-alsop" rel="nofollow" >Will Alsop</a>'s death over the weekend was met with an outpouring of sympathy from fellow architects and journalists around the web. <br>
A recipient of the RIBA's Stirling Prize for his Peckham Library building in 2000, an avid painter, and master of seemingly floating buildings on playful stilts, Alsop never settled for the expected but rather embraced the 'maverick' reputation for balancing genius and wacky, recognized and controversial.
RIBA Worldwide Award winner: Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada, 2004. Photo: Taxiarchos228/Wikipedia.
"Will has inspired generations and impacted many lives through his work," Marcos Rosello, director of Alsop's firm aLL Design, said in response of his passing. "It is a comfort to know that due to the nature of Will’s work and character, he will continue to inspire and bring great joy. He had an exceptional ability to recognize Continue reading "Will Alsop, British maverick architect, remembered after unexpected death"

Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to ‘dark’ Marcel Breuer building

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/835b3f12989d0084d9a578c76f7389f7?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Drilling holes&mdash;for windows, granted&mdash;into famed architect Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s final project could cost $1 million, and preservationists are peeved such plans are still on the drafting board.
But despite community pushback, the window plans are still very much alive. Tuesday night, a crowd again convened at downtown’s Central Atlanta Library, a Breuer-designed Brutalist building, to argue against aspects of the $50 million plan to renovate the 38-year-old structure.

Current state of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library building. Photo: Aleksandr Zykov/Flickr.
To drill or not to drill—that's at the center of a heated debate between the Atlanta–Fulton Public Library System, who would like to see additional windows to bring some natural light into their aging Marcel Breuer-designed Central Atlanta Library building, and preservationists, who insist that the concrete shell of the brutalist structure from 1980 must not be altered.  "What we’ve always heard about this building is it’s dark; it’s dingy; it’s Continue reading "Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to ‘dark’ Marcel Breuer building"

Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5y/5yw38jtcgflfxodj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;
According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods. The selected firms and proposals are:
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Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5y/5yw38jtcgflfxodj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;
According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods. The selected firms and proposals are:
↑ Gannett
Continue reading "Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis"

Adrian Lahoud selected to curate inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4d/4dl5xdf7wfpckbqz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Sharjah is looking to transform the discussion around urban life with its new initiative, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, which has announced the curator for its inaugural exhibition.
Adrian Lahoud, dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London and a researcher on Arab cities, will curate the new initiative’s flagship event, to be held in November 2019.

Research work of RCA Architecture Dean Adrian Lahoud focuses primarily on urban spatial forms and large scale environmental change, particularly in the Arab world and Africa, making him a qualified candidate to establish this new triennial program for Sharjah, Dubai's neighbor and third largest city in the United Arab Emirates. "I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to shape the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial," Lahoud said, "and to find ways of supporting an emerging generation of architects, artists and scholars in the Middle East, North Continue reading "Adrian Lahoud selected to curate inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial"

The Taj Mahal went from white to yellow and now greenish

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l1/l15x9z9322ipzi2k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>India&rsquo;s Supreme Court on Wednesday faulted the country&rsquo;s archaeological conservation body for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration, dirty feet and green slime emitted by millions of mosquito-like insects.
Since 2015, the body, the Archaeological Survey of India, has overseen a restoration project at the Taj Mahal, with workers scaling scaffolding to remove grime from the 17th-century tomb [...].



After decades of slowly turning dull and yellowish from smog and pollution, the Taj Mahal's formerly white facade has now taken on an unattractive green discoloration. Archaeological experts suspect swarms of tiny bugs to be the perpetrators, but India's highest court isn't pleased with the slow pace of cleanup of what is arguably India's most well know architectural landmark.

California is now the first state to require solar panels on new homes

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9emt2dotzwjn8nnr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>California just sent the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market and becoming the norm.
On Wednesday, the Golden State became the first in the U.S. to require solar panels on almost all new homes. Most new units built after Jan. 1, 2020, will be required to include solar systems [...]. While that’s a boost for the solar industry, critics warned that it will also drive up the cost of buying a house by almost $10,000.



Rooftop solar panels are finally becoming an integral part of most new California homes beginning in 2020, however skeptics say that the move will further worsen the state's housing crisis.

Foster + Partners’ new Shenzhen HQ for drone maker DJI will feature robot fighting rings

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/21/21zz3r7v6sc9e8bl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />First renderings were unveiled today of Dajiang Innovation HQ, the slick new Shenzhen headquarters of drone maker and robotics company DJI.
Designed by Foster + Partners, the ensemble of two mirrored towers connected via a not so undramatic sky bridge is currently under construction.

Foster + Partners: Dajiang Innovation HQ, Shenzhen, China
"The twin towers combine sensitive research and development spaces with office and other public functions," the project description explains. "The floors are arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large steel megatrusses – creating large, column-free spaces throughout, with unique quadruple-height drone flight testing labs. The towers are linked by a sky bridge, which will become another platform for showcasing the latest drone technology."
Foster + Partners: Dajiang Innovation HQ, Shenzhen, China
"The ground floor features a public exhibition space that pays tribute to DJI’s extraordinary reputation for technological develo...

UNStudio team wins Budapest’s New Danube Bridge Competition

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gp/gp2idbf4chbjylyt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The international architectural competition for a new Danube bridge in Budapest has selected the joint design proposal by <a href="https://archinect.com/unstudio" >UNStudio</a>
with Buro Happold Engineering as the winning entry.  Plans for a new bridge over the Danube in this southern area of Budapest have existed for decades, but lack of funding kept the initiative from moving forward. An international design competition was finally launched in 2017 and attracted entries from high-profile architecture firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, WilkinsonEyre, and the ultimately victorious UNStudio. The new bridge is expected to further development in this formerly industrial area of Budapest and alleviate traffic congestion by providing road, tram, pedestrian, and cycle lanes.

Chicago’s Willis Tower is getting new elevators

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7v/7vexhat7r620g0xm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The 16,000 people who work in and visit Willis Tower each day could soon be spending less time on their elevator rides in Chicago's tallest building.
A five-year project to upgrade the tower's 83 elevator shafts -- and replace 97 passenger cabs, as some shafts have two-level elevators -- will start in June, according to the building's owner, Blackstone Group's Equity Office, and elevator firm Otis.



This major upgrade is expected to significantly reduce trip times as well as energy consumption (by as much as 30-35%), according to Equity Office and Otis.  The 110-story Willis Tower—once ranked as the world's tallest building for nearly 25 years—hasn't undergone such an enormous overhaul since it was completed in 1973 as Sears Tower.

200 significant buildings have been selected as Illinois Great Places in celebration of the State’s Bicentennial

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/km/kmzu4bg5k1gjxdlg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The State of Illinois is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and architects from all corners of the Windy State have contributed noteworthy examples of the built environment in honor of the Bicentennial. An AIA Illinois selection committee picked the final list of 200 Great Places, all of which are accessible to the public and hold significance for their respective local communities. This new, updated 2018 list builds upon the 150 Great Places project from 2007 and includes a host of recently realized, contemporary buildings.
No respectable Illinois Great Places list without Frank Lloyd Wright's 1907 Unity Temple building in Oak Park. Photo: Sandra Cohen-Rose & Colin Rose/Flickr
The historic range of featured Great Places goes all the way back to approximately the year 1000 with the Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, then advancing to post-colonial buildings like Springfield's Old State Capitol (1837), early modernists such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Continue reading "200 significant buildings have been selected as Illinois Great Places in celebration of the State’s Bicentennial"