Soapbox: Race

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4t/4th97lxv80g2vxy2.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1045325/soapbox" rel="nofollow" >Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p>            

Soapbox: Black in Design

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5q/5q2tlfoxj5exmt8w.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1045325/soapbox" rel="nofollow" >Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p>            

Cross-Talk #4: Academic Aesthetics — Introduction

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1n/1nvdyj1jckjyiywc.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150008484/introducing-archinect-s-new-critical-debate-forum-cross-talk" ><strong>Cross-Talk</strong></a>&nbsp;is a new recurring series on Archinect that endeavors to bring architectural polemics and debate up-to-date and up-to-speed with the pace of cultural production today. Each installation will feature four responses by four writers to a single topic. For this week's iteration, the topic is 'Academic Aesthetics'.</p>         

Fellow Fellows: Outpost Office

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/co/coc81q1x7zhdoqwi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;is a series that focuses on the current eruption of&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/925992/fellowships" >fellowships</a>&nbsp;in academia today. Within this realm, these positions produce a fantastic blend of practice, research and design influence, traditionally within a tight time-frame. <em>Fellow Fellows</em> sits down with these fellows and attempts to understand what these positions offer to both themselves and the discipline at large.&nbsp;<em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;is about bringing attention and inquiry to the otherwise maddening pace of refreshed academics while giving a broad view of the breakthrough work being done by those who exist in-between the newly minted graduate and the licensed associate.&nbsp;
This week we are talking to Outpost Office. Outpost Office is lead by Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann. Both Ashley and Erik have both Walter B. Sanders Fellows at Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. (Ashley in 2015-16 and Erik in 2016-17.)

Soapbox: Semiotics

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bf/bfpdbrgqy774cni4.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1045325/soapbox" rel="nofollow" >Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p>            

Bogota from the Roofs, Streets and Sky by Camilo Mønón Navas

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kc/kcxmbmxkkdydcqey.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>To me, everything looks fascinating from the air. But, for some reason, I never expected Bogot&aacute;, Colombia, to look so striking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Columbian artist, Camilo M&oslash;n&oacute;n Navas has produced a series of images titled, Arial Fa&ccedil;ades, in which Camilo takes various <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/79627034/architecture-photography-in-the-21st-century-interview-with-bilyana-dimitrova" rel="nofollow" >perspectival photographs</a> and assembles them whimsical and fantastical means while bringing his home city of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/79858212/my-ideal-city-crowd-sourcing-bogot" rel="nofollow" >Bogota</a> to the surface through all its cultural glory.&nbsp;
In Camilo's words. "Those buildings, spaces, or architectural complexes that are part of our city and that show us through a drone the incredible details that our city hides from the air...by exploring from the terrace of my apartment–a 10-story building–the structures of the cities from the zenith views.”

Soapbox: Diversity

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4k/4kdkdrsxyvhv4fr6.gif" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1045325/soapbox" rel="nofollow" >Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p>            

From the Tropics to Winter Wonderlands: Second Home is redefining the workplace

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hy/hy4k3rpkkb3suon2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>&ldquo;We always want people to think &lsquo;What&rsquo;s that?&rsquo; and be drawn inside our buildings,&rdquo; says Rohan Silva, the 37-year-old co-founder of Second Home, provider of &ldquo;unique workspaces and cultural venues for entrepreneurs and innovators&rdquo;. The company opened its first space in Spitalfields, east London, in 2014 and now boasts users ranging from tiny tech startups to the likes of Volkswagen and auditing giant KPMG.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A winter wonderland, a tropic landscape, a colorful explosion of swirling surfaces and walls of color enveloping even the smallest of spaces&mdash; one could say that I was describing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's film sets and yet, this could become the description of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/8230/office-space" rel="nofollow" >modern day office environment</a> if <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/116116281/selgascano-creates-a-stunning-members-only-workspace-for-creative-nomads" rel="nofollow" >Second Home</a>, a provider of &ldquo;unique workspaces and cultural venues for entrepreneurs and innovators,&rdquo; has its way.&nbsp;
Second Home, Holland Park. Photograph: Iwan Baan
One of Second Home's most potent and provocative concepts Continue reading "From the Tropics to Winter Wonderlands: Second Home is redefining the workplace"

0 for 25? Christopher Hawthorne challenges the 25 Year Award

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x7/x7xxv50rdkrd487t.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>In that spirit I set a challenge for myself: Could I come up not just with one but with 25 buildings that might have deserved the award this year? It took me a few days &mdash; and I was helped by some terrific suggestions from architects, critics and historians on Twitter and elsewhere online &mdash; but in the end finding 25 wasn't that difficult.</p></em><br /><br /><p>LA Times journalist <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10" rel="nofollow" >Christopher Hawthorne</a> has penned, or passionately typed, an inquiry into the fact that this year's <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/233564/twenty-five-year-award" rel="nofollow" >25 Year Award</a> was awarded to - <a href="https://archinect.com/news/bustler/6225/all" rel="nofollow" >no one</a>.&nbsp;
In the article, Hawthorne walks us through the importance and aim of such an award and how to him, there are more than a few projects that could have claimed the award this year. Hawthorne even goes as far to produce personal 25 for 25 list to emphasize the lack of clarity and potential rigor that might have Continue reading "0 for 25? Christopher Hawthorne challenges the 25 Year Award"

Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/cay4h3bviqfs8ll4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/cay4h3bviqfs8ll4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/cay4h3bviqfs8ll4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/cay4h3bviqfs8ll4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Shortly, electricity will replace petrol and diesel as the fuel for our cars, and such a change could radically shift our urban landscape as the formal aspects of gas stations is then open to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149974428/aecom-to-build-1b-electric-vehicle-plant-in-vegas" rel="nofollow" >reimagining</a>. Danish Architecture firm <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/46834/cobe" rel="nofollow" >COBE</a> is looking to do just that. Understanding that under current technological trends the average charging time for an electric vehicle is upwards of 45 minutes, COBE is looking to use such a newly established time frame as a possible opportunity for rethinking the traditional <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150008239/2017-s-10-best-gas-stations-worldwide-as-ranked-by-design-curial" rel="nofollow" >gas station</a> as a place and less of a transient space.&nbsp;
Ultrafast Charging Station: Small. Image: COBE
Ultrafast Charging Station: Medium. Image: COBE
Ultrafast Charging Station: Large. Image: COBE
“Electric vehicles are the future. In our design, we want to offer drivers a much-needed and meaningful break in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, and we want the architecture, the materials and Continue reading "Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations"

Fellow Fellows: WAI Architecture Think Tank

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uwero87achkj5zg2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uwero87achkj5zg2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uwero87achkj5zg2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uwero87achkj5zg2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;is a series that focuses on the current eruption and trend of&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/925992/fellowships" >fellowships</a>&nbsp;in academia today. These positions within the academic realm produce a fantastic blend of practice, research and design influence and traditionally within a tight time frame. Fellow Fellows sits down with these fellows and attempts to understand what these positions offer to both themselves and the discipline at large.&nbsp;<em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;is about bringing attention and inquiry to an otherwise maddening pace of refreshed academics while giving a broad view of the exceptional and breakthrough work being done in-between the newly minted graduate and the licensed associate.&nbsp;
This week we talk to WAI Architecture Think Tank. WAI Architecture Think Tank is an international studio practicing architecture, urbanism and architectural research, founded in Brussels in 2008 by Puerto Rican architect, artist, author and theorist Cruz Garcia and French architect, artist, author and poet, Nathalie Frankowski. WAI ...

De-Trumping: Museums Today

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fy/fy4ulyjk5on1zlkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fy/fy4ulyjk5on1zlkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fy/fy4ulyjk5on1zlkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fy/fy4ulyjk5on1zlkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>This is demanding and important work that we have done for 138 years, and continue to do with pride and gratitude, each and every day at the Art Institute of Chicago. We need museums, not just &ldquo;now more than ever&rdquo;&mdash;but always.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The traditional and agreed upon purpose of modern museums is to collect, preserve, interpret, and display items of artistic, cultural, or scientific significance for the education of the public. What then, is the role of the museum in today's <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/148423518/what-does-donald-trump-s-architecture-reveal-about-his-politics" rel="nofollow" >cultural and political climate</a>? What are they to present concerning where we are today and who is their public?<br>How are museums to position themselves and even further, should they?&nbsp;
Museums have historically and commonly aligned with missions that are congruent with the prevailing values of a civilized society, their ethics, and morals and customarily supported by the leaders of the society they pertain to. With our current leader Continue reading "De-Trumping: Museums Today"

Rachel Whiteread brings American Suburbia to London

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ze/zeiq75fzkhzkdj0d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ze/zeiq75fzkhzkdj0d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ze/zeiq75fzkhzkdj0d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ze/zeiq75fzkhzkdj0d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>A major new public art work by Rachel Whiteread modelled on a suburban US house will be unveiled next week at the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, south London. The wall sculpture, titled US Embassy (Flat pack house; 2013-1015), will greet embassy visitors as they enter into the lobby through the consular court. The work was commissioned by Art in Embassies, a US governmental body.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150019307/artist-rachel-whiteread-creates-two-ghost-cabins-in-the-desert-outside-of-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" >Rachel Whiteread's</a> name&nbsp;has become synonymous with the production of architectural interventions, invention and material playfulness through her large-scale artist sculptures, specifically her casts of the interiors of buildings. Her newest addition, installed in the US Embassy titled, US Embassy (Flat pack house; 2013-1015) in London is no exception.
The large-scale sculpture will be on display at the US Embassy in London and consists of a collection of concrete interior casts of a traditional American suburban home, interiors of a traditional mid-century suburban home Continue reading "Rachel Whiteread brings American Suburbia to London"

Virtual reality’s emergence in real estate. Finally, Penthouse shopping made easy!

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n59f9mns6xasg6yu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n59f9mns6xasg6yu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n59f9mns6xasg6yu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n5/n59f9mns6xasg6yu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Virtual reality, a technology that most associate with gaming, entertainment and dystopic warnings from sci-fi writers including Ray Bradbury and Neal Stephenson, has moved into the real estate world in a big way.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With increasing <em>frustration</em> of penthouse shoppers reaching an immeasurable high, a novel application of new technology has been making a splash in the real estate market. <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/92794/virtual-reality" rel="nofollow" >Virtual reality</a> has become the go-to tool for allowing <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/2203/real-estate" rel="nofollow" >real estate</a> investors the opportunity to see precisely what they are paying for, before paying for it.&nbsp;
Developers and Architects had already begun to use virtual reality as a means to understand ongoing projects, specification questions or operational processes but now this medium of spatial exploration has reached the ultimate audience, the potential inhabitant/client.

Foundation by Volkan Alkanoglu & Matthew Au

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cgnq2xs1sk9dd5i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cgnq2xs1sk9dd5i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cgnq2xs1sk9dd5i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cgnq2xs1sk9dd5i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="https://archinect.com/demiurge/in-the-shop-volkan-alkanoglu" rel="nofollow" >Volkan Alkanoglu</a> has a prolific history of producing provocative interventions that playfully embrace the audience while researching and experimenting with the limits of color, geometry, depth and the representational techniques which use them. From his Cloudscape playground in Florida to his eruption of Plumes throughout the country, Volkan has found a delicate balance between tectonics, art, architecture and the image.
image: VA | DESIGN
image: VA | DESIGN
His most recent addition to his body of work completed with a partnership with Designer Matthew Au is no exception.  Foundation, an installation in Lee Hall III, on the Clemson University Campus consists of two formations: the visual and physical extension of the roof form on the wall as a 3Dimensional reading of the building, and the unique and custom folded golden structures which are inspired by the geometry of the building as well as the techniques used by students during their academic studies.
image:
Continue reading "Foundation by Volkan Alkanoglu & Matthew Au"

YeouiNaru Ferry Terminal Proposal by Preliminary Research Office

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6fute534au6evo1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6fute534au6evo1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6fute534au6evo1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6fute534au6evo1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="https://archinect.com/p-r-o" rel="nofollow" >Preliminary Research Office</a>, headed by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/113982402/yaohua-wang-wins-2014-harvard-gsd-thesis-prize-with-salvaged-stadium" rel="nofollow" >Yaohua Wang</a>, Dingliang Yang and Chloe Natan&eacute;l Brunner, has shared their proposal for the YeouiNaru Ferry Terminal. The proposed Ferry Terminal is situated upon Seoul&rsquo;s Han River and is surrounded by both natural and urban landscapes. The project uses playful graphic and perspectival looseness to foster endless elevations and gradual sense of proximity and approach.&nbsp;

Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)
Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)
Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)
PRO's proposes looks for walkways to connect each platform into the surrounding park and the Han River promenade. The promenade itself steps down upon intersection with the terminal, maintaining continuous circulation along the waterfront. 
Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)
Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)
Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)
At the center of the structure, PRO designs the intersection of two lar...

Soapbox: Aesthetics

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znw96w1p6rf67u9c.gif" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1045325/soapbox" rel="nofollow" >Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p>          

Fellow Fellows: Zachary Tate Porter

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ge/ge64p09vnq0xrgff.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ge/ge64p09vnq0xrgff.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ge/ge64p09vnq0xrgff.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ge/ge64p09vnq0xrgff.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1073280/fellow-fellows" >Fellow Fellows</a></em> is a series that focuses on the current eruption and trend of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/925992/fellowships" >fellowships</a> in academia today. These positions within the academic realm produce a fantastic blend of practice, research, and design influence, traditionally within a tight time frame. <em>Fellow Fellows</em> sits down with these fellows and attempts to understand what these positions offer to both the fellow and the discipline at large. <em>Fellow Fellows</em> is about bringing attention and inquiry to an otherwise maddening pace of refreshed academics while giving a broad view of the exceptional and breakthrough work being done in-between the newly minted graduate and the licensed associate.&nbsp;
This week we talk to Zachary Tate Porter. He is a historian, educator, and designer based in Los Angeles. He uses objects, images, and texts to explore the shifting conceptions of ground that undergird architectural production.

From Search Engines to Sidewalks?

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0n63vg23tdhx58l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0n63vg23tdhx58l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0n63vg23tdhx58l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c0/c0n63vg23tdhx58l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Yet what has drawn the most concern and curiosity with regards to Quayside is a uniquely 21st-century feature: a data-harvesting, wifi-beaming &ldquo;digital layer&rdquo; that would underpin each proposed facet of Quayside life. According to Sidewalk Labs, this would provide &ldquo;a single unified source of information about what is going on&rdquo;&mdash;to an astonishing level of detail&mdash;as well as a centralized platform for efficiently managing it all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While tech companies struggle to discover the new way to get into a glimpse into our daily habits, attempting to discover how and where we spend our time and money, Alphabet might just brought upon the &lsquo;<em>Truman Show</em>&rsquo; approach to marketing.&nbsp;
With Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announcing its first ever Urban Development in Toronto earlier this year, it is no surprise that tech companies have begun to switch gears from the device in your hand to the city as Continue reading "From Search Engines to Sidewalks?"

Bordering on Art.

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dp/dpxnucpqjvhafftk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dp/dpxnucpqjvhafftk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dp/dpxnucpqjvhafftk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dp/dpxnucpqjvhafftk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The notion that the prototypes could qualify as conceptual art might seem somewhat far-fetched. They were designed to United States Customs and Border Protection specifications, built to withstand a 30-minute assault from sledgehammers to acetylene torches, and to be difficult to scale or tunnel beneath. Aesthetic considerations are largely secondary to brute strength, but, when viewed up close, the walls collectively have the undeniable majesty of minimalist sculpture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cadillac Ranch, Prada Marfa, The Gates from the Met and The Border Wall. As excessive, fantastical, dismal and maddening as that list may sound, it may be closer to reality than we would think. For artist, Christoph B&uuml;chel, the possibility that the expected role of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150035778/trump-border-wall-prototypes-completed-prepare-for-sledgehammer-testing" rel="nofollow" >Border Wall proto-types</a> and their contentious implications should be classified as art is a interesting turn of events. The artist&rsquo;s hope is to have the prototypes declared a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906, <!--more--> protects naturally, culturally, or scientifically significant sites and for better or worse, we could agree that their cultural signification of the current state of America is undeniable. What do you think? Are they worth saving and what should their story be?&nbsp;</p>