Artists reimagine monuments celebrating the Confederacy

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/921d2e060a79eb036c1ff0e939677d22.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>After the tragedy, [a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va.] and another honoring Stonewall Jackson were shrouded, but only temporarily. Around the country, similar monuments have been removed. In some cases, only their pedestals remain.
We asked artists to contemplate these markers of our country’s racist and violent history — the space they take up, physically and psychically — and imagine what should happen when they are gone.

Around the US many statues and monuments celebrating racism in our country's history have been removed, either partially or fully. The question currently remains on what we as a culture should do concerning the spaces these historical monuments inhabit[ed]. The New York Times asked artists to reimagine these spaces as possibilities for the future.  
Reimagined monument by Studio Ijeoma and Michael Yarinsky Design. Image: Studio Ijeoma/Michael Yarinsky Design.
Studio Ijeoma and Michael Yarinsky Design proposed a
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Watch an urban planner play SimCity with real world commentary

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d4/d4664f3369cf68a3f607d8fc345c6a71.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>In this extended short, City Beautiful takes on the old school classic SimCity from the perspective of a professional planner 20 years later. Along the way, City Beautiful provides pertinent observations of game play versus reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14828/urban-planning" rel="nofollow" >Urban planner</a> Stephen Fesler circles back around to the game that sparked his passion as a kid playing computer games. An advocate for sustainable living and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/633766/urban-diversity" rel="nofollow" >diverse cities</a>, Fesler plays through the old school <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/263326/simcity" rel="nofollow" >SimCity</a> game providing relevant incites learned over the years in his career.&nbsp;</p>           

Air conditioning’s challenge for the built environment

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/74/74e040d7993f2095801c61114d397140.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The US expends more energy on air conditioning, for example, than the whole of Africa does on everything. Then again, it expends even more energy on hot water, which doesn&rsquo;t get the same rap. The question then is not whether to condition climate, but how. As long ago as the 1940s the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy demonstrated, with his village of New Gourna near Luxor, how traditional techniques of orientation, ventilation, screening and shading could be revived.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore dives into the history of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/122648/air-conditioning" rel="nofollow" >air conditioning</a> and how the development of this technology shaped architectural design over the years. Rather than condemn its use, Moore advocates for optimizing both old and new techniques for <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/4450/sustainability" rel="nofollow" >sustainable</a> <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/56993/cooling" rel="nofollow" >cooling</a> with the current challenge to scale up for rapidly expanding cities.</p>            

12 architecture job opportunities focused on mixed-use projects

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e6/e6ba6da4848e2bc56ee61754f5018b8e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><strong></strong>Looking for an architecture job working on mixed-use projects? From single buildings to entire neighborhoods, mixed-use architecture requires several added layers of consideration. If you are primarily interested in large scale projects built for high-density urban spaces, specializing in mixed-use development may be the right fit for you. If so, take a look at this week&rsquo;s roundup of opportunities focused on <a href="https://archinect.com/jobs/search?q=mixed-use&amp;q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" >mixed-use</a> currently active on <a href="https://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" >Archinect Jobs</a>.
Stay tuned next week for our roundup of transportation specific jobs! Jerde is currently hiring a Sr. Project Designer in their Los Angeles office.
Canal City Hakata by Jerde, located in Fukuoka, JP. Image: Jerde.
The firm is looking for an individual to be responsible through all stages of the design process working on large scale projects. The ideal candidate will have at least 10 to 12 years of experience as a senior architectural project designer. TCA Architects has an active listing for Continue reading "12 architecture job opportunities focused on mixed-use projects"

SWA Group announced as winners of the Sandy Hook Memorial Competition

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z0/z0w7hf2l8469h73q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>A commission appointed by the town of&nbsp;Newtown, Connecticut recently announced <a href="https://archinect.com/www.swagroup.com" >SWA Group</a> as the winner of the of <a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/5591/the-sandy-hook-permanent-memorial-commission" >The Sandy Hook Memorial&nbsp;Competition</a>&nbsp;for a new memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The design, titled&nbsp;<em>The Clearing</em>, was officially recommended and will now await final approvals.</p>           

BIG designs first prototype for affordable vacation home company Klein

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/279d98a10984cae96bc3e1a55b3095a5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Behold the first prototype of the Brooklyn-based Klein, a new company that wants to make the process of building small houses more affordable all over the world.&nbsp;A45 is a 13-foot-long wood and glass cabin for one, two, or three people (if one of them is tiny) designed by the&nbsp;Danish architectural firm&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group [...] meant to be the first of many designs [that will fulfill the fantasy] of having a home outside the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Founder Soren Rose started Klein after leading the firm S&oslash;ren Rose Studio&nbsp;based in New York and Copenhagen. By providing small, cheap, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/6317/prefab" rel="nofollow" >prefab</a> houses the company aims to make vacation <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/744712/home-ownership" rel="nofollow" >home ownership</a> more affordable to a wider audience.&nbsp;
Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.
While there are currently no set prices, homes are projected to range from $50,000 to $300,000. 
Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.
The first prototype, designed
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Notre Dame is falling apart and relying on US donations for major repairs

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b9/b9525b754266595dfc4138232bf4e0fc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>One of Europe&rsquo;s most visited sites, with about 12 million tourists a year, is in dire need of repairs. Centuries of weather have worn away at the stone. The fumes from decades of gridlock have only worsened the damage. &ldquo;Pollution is the biggest culprit,&rdquo; says Philippe Villeneuve, architect in chief of historic monuments in France. &ldquo;We need to replace the ruined stones. We need to replace the joints with traditional materials. This is going to be extensive.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/66207/notre-dame" rel="nofollow" >Notre Dame</a> faces major <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/160662/repairs" rel="nofollow" >repairs</a> as the historic Cathedral's structure decays due largely to pollution. Funding for the repairs needed were difficult to raise as the cathedral is owned by the French government, yet their arrangement allows the&nbsp;Catholic archdiocese of Paris&nbsp;to use it for free. Both claimed the other responsible for raising funds, however the&nbsp;archdiocese stepped up <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150025364/a-rchbishop-of-paris-launche-s-100-million-campaign-to-save-the-chipping-gothic-arches-of-notre-dame" rel="nofollow" >creating&nbsp;Friends of Notre Dam last year</a>.&nbsp;
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Hong Kong’s public housing receives widespread photographic attention

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7f/7f0b42dd40d11a808bfdd6509b4a52ec.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Across Hong Kong, where almost half the population lives in government-provided housing, public housing complexes have become wildly popular Instagram destinations. Locals and tourists have flocked to estates around the city, craning their necks to get that perfect social media shot and irritating residents in the process.
The estates have drawn professional interest as well, featuring prominently in marketing campaigns and even a music video by the Korean boy band Seventeen.



Hong Kong's public housing, largely built in the 1960's and 70's, has attracted widespread public attention for its aesthetic appeal. These modernist style high-rises photograph beautifully with colorful displays of clean lined symmetry. While these buildings are visually engaging, they also play an important role providing affordable housing to millions in one of the most expensive cities to live. Hong Kong's immense public sector housing program creates space for nearly half of the city's residents. 

Architecture professor defends brutalism against Trump’s call for demolition

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8a/8a3ccfd47f154fa3cfdccafc7b26de83.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Depending on who you ask, brutalist buildings like the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., are little more than misshapen mounds of concrete. But architecture professor Mark Pasnik&nbsp;says the structures were built with a much deeper meaning in mind.
"People think of them as communistic or as alienating," says Pasnik, who came to brutalism's defense in a recent Boston Globe op-ed.



Architecture professor Mark Pasnik makes the argument for preservation of brutalist buildings in an opinion piece for the Boston Globe. Pasnik's piece was in response to Trumps recent outcry to tear down the FBI headquarters. He explains the style's history of material honesty, along with reasons to preserve brutalist architecture. Even if the style does not appeal to an individual, Pasnik advocates the historic importance and sustainability of renovation over demolition are worth keeping brutalist buildings intact.

NEH announces $13.2 million in grants for cultural infastructure

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/ca73f8fcd6306c8e5e63b7fd1ff3426f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/872253/national-endowment-for-the-humanities" rel="nofollow" >The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)</a> has just announced $13.2 million in grants for cultural infrastructure. <a href="https://www.neh.gov/files/press-release/neh_infrastructure_and_capacity_building_challenge_grants_august_2018.pdf?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" rel="nofollow" >29 U.S. cultural institutions&nbsp;were awarded</a> with matching grants&nbsp;including libraries, museums, archives, colleges, universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions which build institutional capacity for long-term sustainability. The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/217283/frank-lloyd-wright-foundation" rel="nofollow" >Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation</a> was among those awarded, receiving a grant of $576,106.&nbsp;</p>            

Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto waterfront smart city raises dystopian concerns

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/172730d7d9c25f39d0f754ed592b1abd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Sidewalk&rsquo;s vision for Quayside &mdash; as a place populated by self-driving vehicles and robotic garbage collectors, where the urban fabric is embedded with cameras and sensors capable of gleaning information from the phone in your pocket &mdash; certainly sounds Orwellian. Yet the company contends that the data gathered from fully wired urban infrastructure is needed to refine inefficient urban systems and achieve ambitious innovations like zero-emission energy grids.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last fall Sidewalk Labs, a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/26/google" rel="nofollow" >Google</a>-affiliated company, announced plans to build a new <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/578224/smart-city" rel="nofollow" >smart city</a> model on 12 acres of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1880/toronto" rel="nofollow" >Toronto</a> waterfront named Quayside. The design would include infrastructure with sensors and data analytics with the claim of building an overall more streamlined, economical, and green urban space. Sidewalk Labs' partnership with Canada is the beginning of an urban model they hope to expand globally.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Le Corbusier’s influence on Japanese modernism

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/3708770eed1da616b17a1daf3a515b8a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Thanks to the overwhelming clarity of [Le Corbusier's] positions, the bewitching nature of his epigrammatic style and the already-powerful international movement for Modernism, the impact he had on a rising generation of Japanese architects would prove to be immense. But it would be the nature of that impact to be felt only in conditions of overwhelming ambivalence.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nikil Saval traces <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/336/japan" rel="nofollow" >Japan</a>'s modernism back to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/8829/le-corbusier" rel="nofollow" >Le Corbusier</a> citing influences on Kunio Maekawa and Kenzo Tange. Japan was the earliest country in all of East Asia to engage with Le Corbusier's work in the late 19th century, and by the 1930's many of his books has been translated into Japanese.&nbsp;
The piece navigates conflicting views in Japan with the introduction of modernism and the “Japan tradition debate”. Saval explores the struggle around a desire to embrace global modernity while also retaining a sense of tradition or “Japaneseness” in the culture. 

Betsy DeVos’s summer home resides in McMansion Hell

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/26/2603caac987ec2f74658ec54d6466ad6.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Two weeks ago, somebody untied Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos&rsquo;s $40 million yacht from its mooring. It got me thinking about another opulent display of wealth owned by DeVos: her 22,000-square-foot nautical-themed summer mansion, located in Holland, Michigan. Just a few more years of climate change and it&rsquo;ll be floating too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kate Wagner critiques Betsy DeVos&rsquo;s Michigan summer mansion on her <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/12855/humor" rel="nofollow" >humor</a> blog <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/969163/mcmansion-hell" rel="nofollow" >McMansion Hell</a>. Wagner unpacks&nbsp;not only the architectural design but also the greater social implications of why the education secretary's McMansion is so horrendous. The essay is dedicated to "all of the public school teachers who taught [Wagner] how to write".&nbsp;
Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Advance Media/Barcroft Images.
Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Advance Media/Barcroft Images.
Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Advance Media/Barcroft Images.
Betsy DeVos's summer home on McMansion Hell. Image: Kate Wagner/Advance Media/Barcroft Images.

13 Top Residential Architecture Job Opportunities

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a95c489856c1370fd6ad3522b6abae6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><strong></strong>Are you specifically interested in housing architecture? From private high-end residences to modular homeless units, the residential sector offers a wide range of possibilities for dwelling design. The architecture of a living space has a tremendous impact over those who inhabit it shaping their everyday experiences and modes of thinking. If designing for housing is your passion, take a look below at our roundup featuring some of the top <a href="https://archinect.com/jobs/search?q=housing&amp;q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" >residential architecture</a> opportunities active on <a href="https://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" >Archinect Jobs</a>.
Be sure to also check out our roundup next week of mixed-use architecture jobs! Marmol Radziner is currently hiring an Interior Architect in their Los Angeles office.
Ward Residence by Marmol Radziner, located in Los Angeles, CA. Image: Benny Chan.
The firm is seeking an individual to work on designs and construction documents for multi-unit housing projects, focusing primarily on interiors. The ideal candidate will have 2 to 4 years of relevant experience and Continue reading "13 Top Residential Architecture Job Opportunities"

Authorship dispute erupts over Europe’s tallest skyscraper in St. Petersburg

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/82/824c51038a4892388bd767c302dcdc7e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>A row has broken out between&nbsp;former RMJM international group design director Tony Kettle and a Russian architect over who designed Europe&rsquo;s new tallest building &ndash; an&nbsp;87-storey skyscraper near St Petersburg. Staff at Moscow-based firm Gorproject have accused Scottish practice The Kettle Collective of trying to claim &lsquo;authorship&rsquo; over energy giant Gazprom&rsquo;s mammoth tower, currently nearing completion on the Gulf of Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Europe's <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150075725/europe-s-new-tallest-building-the-lakhta-center-by-rmjm-nearly-completed-in-st-petersburg" rel="nofollow" >tallest skyscraper nears completion</a>, a dispute has erupted over the&nbsp;authorship of the completed project. The Moscow-based firm Gorproject claims design authorship over the Lakhta Center, while Tony Kettle claims the delivered design is his concept while working at&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/rmjm" rel="nofollow" >RMJM</a>. Letters on the issue were sent to&nbsp;the RIBA, the RIAS, and&nbsp;the Union of Architects of Russia. A statement from the client, Gazprom, asserts the design was RMJM&rsquo;s original 2011 concept with Tony Kettle as design director.</p>           

Harvard GSD tops graduate school ranking

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d3/d3d8d483e7eeb393856b5149e0203255.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" >Harvard GSD's</a> Master in Architecture 2 program has been ranked number one on the <a href="http://www.bestarchitecturemasters.com/ranking/" rel="nofollow" >2018 BAM (Best Architecture Masters) Ranking</a>. Different postgraduate study programs have been selected from the best architecture schools in the world in this year edition of the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/architecture" rel="nofollow" >QS Ranking by Subjects&nbsp;&ndash; Architecture / Built Environment</a>. Out of these, 20 programs were selected in this year's BAM Ranking, reflecting the best masters programs from around the world.&nbsp;</p>            

MAD Architects restore a historic lookout tunnel for Japan’s 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/98/98a5df64bbe39662bbd5daaf186252a9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad-architects" rel="nofollow" >MAD Architects</a> have restored Japan's historic Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel as a permanent <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/666131/art-installations" rel="nofollow" >art installation</a>, &ldquo;Tunnel of Light&rdquo;, coinciding with the&nbsp;2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. The art event hosts&nbsp;approximately 160 artworks across 200 villages, inhabiting abandoned spaces as sites for interaction. Located in the&nbsp;Niigata prefecture, the 2,500-foot long passageway cuts through rock formations to offer visitors panoramic views of Japan's mountainous snow country.&nbsp;
"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.
The firm's scheme for this historic lookout consists of transforming several points along the tunnel as spaces for interaction with art and nature. 

"Tunnel of Light" by MAD Architects, located in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Image: MAD Architects.
Upon approaching the tunnel, a small wooden hut has been constructed to serve as the café and souvenir shop. Inside the pitched cedar roof on the upper level is a hot spring foot spa.
"Tunnel of Light" ...

OMA selected to develop the new Jersey City Museum arts & culture center

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qq/qqdzgemhpswnpkrv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency has selected <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" >OMA</a> and AEA to lead development on the new&nbsp;Jersey City Museum in Journal Square. OMA New York will serve as the team&rsquo;s architecture firm, while AEA will function as a consulting partner specializing in strategy and planning. The museum will be located inside of the Pathside Building adjacent to the PATH station, and will house a variety of art forms and community activities.&nbsp;
The five-story, 55,000 square foot building will focus on the visual arts with a component of the building reserved for local artists. The close proximity to the PATH gives this future museum space a unique opportunity to bring in artists and visitors as Journal Square continues to grow its arts and culture communities.

OMA selected to develop the new Jersey City Museum arts & culture center

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qq/qqdzgemhpswnpkrv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency has selected <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" >OMA</a> and AEA to lead development on the new&nbsp;Jersey City Museum in Journal Square. OMA New York will serve as the team&rsquo;s architecture firm, while AEA will function as a consulting partner specializing in strategy and planning. The museum will be located inside of the Pathside Building adjacent to the PATH station, and will house a variety of art forms and community activities.&nbsp;
The five-story, 55,000 square foot building will focus on the visual arts with a component of the building reserved for local artists. The close proximity to the PATH gives this future museum space a unique opportunity to bring in artists and visitors as Journal Square continues to grow its arts and culture communities.

5 studios awarded the 2018-19 Miller Prize for architecture in community

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/or/orot5d5bgcbz6s38.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The 2018-19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize has been awarded to 5 studios for connecting people to places and community through architecture. The prize is presented by&nbsp;Exhibit Columbus, which celebrates the design legacy of Columbus, Indiana through an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community. Studios were chosen as international leaders in their fields for their unique perspectives on architecture as interaction between people. The award recognizes commitment to the transformative power of architecture, art, and design in improving people&rsquo;s lives and making cities stronger.&nbsp;
MASS Design Group (Boston, MA) The nonprofit architecture firm operates with the understanding that all architecture is embedded in a social, cultural, and political context. Led by a collective of principals, the firm is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and Kigali, Rwanda. They have built a reputation for sensitive projects that strengthen community ties and use architecture to heal. ...