New York-based Hou de Sousa creates Prismatic, a kaleidoscope spectacle

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7b/7bebb47d4de29b2305831fea48a66d72.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />If you find yourself in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/35048/washington-dc" rel="nofollow" >Washington, DC</a> in the upcoming month, a spectacle of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/19014/light" rel="nofollow" >light</a>, color, and form finds a temporary home in Georgetown Waterfront Park. Designed specifically for the park, New York-based architecture and design office <a href="https://archinect.com/houdesousa" rel="nofollow" >Hou de Sosa</a> creates a mesmerizing installation that provides a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/485582/kaleidoscope" rel="nofollow" >kaleidoscope</a> effect. With the design process occurring in three phases, the duo uses a single box celluated by prisms starting from a center point to mimic the contextual features of the area. This technique allows for an array of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/463864/perspective" rel="nofollow" >perspectives</a> that passersby can experience.
Prismatic © Hou de Sousa
Appropriately named, Prismatic is an experience that allows for the public to immerse and explore within the multi-angular form. Using a moiré effect, the sculpture consists of iridescent cords woven through steel lattice. The gaps between the polychromatic cords are the key to creating this dynamic visual effect. Using the foreground as a Continue reading "New York-based Hou de Sousa creates Prismatic, a kaleidoscope spectacle"

Forensic Architecture’s Counter Investigations is crowned Beazley Design of the Year 2018

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ww/wwj7pckwsu4kpbey.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The much anticipated <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/beazley-designs-of-the-year/205206" >Beazley Designs of the Year</a> awards has announced its winners. After unveiling 87 <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/beazley-designs-of-the-year/205206/6805/a-danish-lego-house-a-south-african-art-museum-and-a-chinese-village-are-among-the-beazley-designs-of-the-year-nominees" >nominees</a>&nbsp;back in September, winners have been crowned across six categories Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product, and Transport.&nbsp;
Nominees pushed the envelope in design and innovation, as well as each project's impact on social issues. As one jury member stated, "...my main concerns were impact - on society and the environment. From this perspective the nominations were extremely encouraging; from pragmatic developments into the medical world to a myriad of approaches to environmental sustainability. It reminded me that design touches every part of our lives and that it potentially holds the solution to many of our current dilemmas. It was an inspiring experience that left me full of hope.” The six category winners along with the further 81 other nominations are on display at the Design Museum in London until January 6, 2019. 

MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43d7f7361f6882ef46139424d5195968.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Underutilized space is an unfortunate yet reoccurring issue that takes place in densely populated cities, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/112647/manhattan" rel="nofollow" >Manhattan</a> being no exception. When Youngwoo &amp; Associates decided to take on a large underutilized space at the intersection of Amsterdam Ave and Washington Bridge, the team at <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/286/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" >MDRDV</a> took to the challenge and created the plans for Radio Tower &amp; Hotel.&nbsp;
Street view Image © MVRDV
Built on one of the major linking areas between Manhattan and New Jersey, the multi-leveled, multi-purpose building is set to tackle a main design challenge: navigating a way to create a large volumed structure while still keeping its relevance and contextual nature. Standing at 22 stories tall, this "vertical village" takes the typical composition of a small block to be taken apart and reassembled into a stack. The asymmetrical arrangement of these stacked volumes are designed to appear like separate buildings. Each stacked volume, measuring roughly Continue reading "MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city"

MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43d7f7361f6882ef46139424d5195968.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Underutilized space is an unfortunate yet reoccurring issue that takes place in densely populated cities, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/112647/manhattan" rel="nofollow" >Manhattan</a> being no exception. When Youngwoo &amp; Associates decided to take on a large underutilized space at the intersection of Amsterdam Ave and Washington Bridge, the team at <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/286/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" >MDRDV</a> took to the challenge and created the plans for Radio Tower &amp; Hotel.&nbsp;
Street view Image © MVRDV
Built on one of the major linking areas between Manhattan and New Jersey, the multi-leveled, multi-purpose building is set to tackle a main design challenge: navigating a way to create a large volumed structure while still keeping its relevance and contextual nature. Standing at 22 stories tall, this "vertical village" takes the typical composition of a small block to be taken apart and reassembled into a stack. The asymmetrical arrangement of these stacked volumes are designed to appear like separate buildings. Each stacked volume, measuring roughly Continue reading "MVRDV’s first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city"

Snøhetta’s custom-made cutlery set is now available for you to buy

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/72/727c016c59a76b4f40ff6756466cfafe.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Known for their innovative designs and mesmerizing buildings,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/2579/sn-hetta" rel="nofollow" >Sn&oslash;hetta</a>&nbsp;has created custom-made cutlery for restaurant Barr in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/3691/copenhagen" rel="nofollow" >Copenhagen</a>. Collaborating with design brand <a href="https://tablenoir.com/en/" rel="nofollow" >Table Noir</a>, Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;designed the pieces based on the holistic design experience that compliments the restaurant. Having already designed restaurant Barr's interiors as well as creating the visual identity for the Noma Restaurant Group, Sn&oslash;hetta's vision was to highlight the restaurant's conceptual expression.&nbsp;

Image © Table Noir
Located in North Atlantic House, Barr focuses on food and drink that are traditional to the region along the North Sea. Its name, meaning "barley" in old Norse, reflects executive chef Thorsten Schmidt's passion for regional food and drink through its history and culture. 
Image © Table Noir
Emphasizing on its tactile feel and physical experience while dining, "the cutlery is not merely defined by aesthetics or functionality; it actually enhances the enjoyment of the food and thus elevates th...

What’s it like to work for a famous architect? Here’s your chance to find out, with these current job opportunities…

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/25/2552bd242189bb9cb7b12c3c6099f3fc.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Every star architect started their journey somewhere. In order to become a leading innovator in the field many architects started off by working for firms run by innovative design heads. Although, not all firms are created equal, there are several out there that combine skill and leadership, while pushing the boundaries of where architecture and design can go.&nbsp;
Below are 10 leading firms seeking to hire new members to their star studded practice.
9 Deklab Ave Image © SHoP Architects
SHoP Architects is seeking a Technical Assistant in NYC
"Candidates must have demonstrated proficiency in construction documentation and construction administration. We are seeking a talented individual with the ability to work, both independently in a self-directed manner, as well as collaboratively within a project team. Proficiency in Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office required. Knowledge of Rhino and rendering using vRay a plus. 
Experience in the documentation of Construction Administration pha...

Startup Pod(o) proposes a tiny-architecture solution to the festival industry’s waste problem

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aa/aa5f7831fd0248e3793e1799e9d25192.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />With the increase in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/129843/festival" rel="nofollow" >festival</a> events and attendance, one company strives to fix the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/13412/waste" rel="nofollow" >waste</a> problem these highly attended festivals make. Based in Christchurch, Dorset, <a href="https://www.above-all.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" >Above All C6(n)</a> is a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/219506/sustainable" rel="nofollow" >sustainable</a> technology company that is using recycled <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/621387/plastic" rel="nofollow" >plastic</a> water bottles to create sustainable alternatives to tents found at festivals. Pod(o) is an accommodation unit that is reusable, stackable, and lockable. It is capable of incorporating <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11462/solar-power" rel="nofollow" >solar-power</a> components, an eco water supply, as well as its own bio toilet. Currently holding a capacity of 2 person(s), the team at Above All C6(n) is working on a pod that can accommodate more people.
Pod(o) Image © Paul Collins
At the core of its construction are single use plastic flakes that make up its MESR TECNIC (Modular, Extensible, Scalable and Reusable) building components. These lightweight structures are made to reduce the production of more plastic waste. Event organizers claim that many of the tents Continue reading "Startup Pod(o) proposes a tiny-architecture solution to the festival industry’s waste problem"

The intricate details of Central European University impress on RIBA’s 2018 international shortlist

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ss/ss6qti9tfj0qqt6u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Located in <a href="http://bustler.net/news/search/budapest" >Budapest, Hungary</a> is Central European University. An institution that has stood in Budapest since its relocation from <a href="http://bustler.net/news/search/prague" >Prague</a> in the early 1990's. A combination and preservation of old and new were the driving forces behind the campus' redesign. Consisting of a specific palette of materials, the refurbished university uses stone, timber, concrete and steel to form the structure. In order to highlight the continued tradition of the solidity and permanence of Budapest's stone architecture, the building <a href="http://bustler.net/news/search/facade/6952/stefano-boeri-s-vertical-forest-dazzles-as-it-stands-on-riba-s-2018-international-shortlist" >fa&ccedil;ade</a> emphasizes the rich history of its neighboring buildings.</p>         

The intricate details of Central European University impresses on RIBA’s 2018 international shortlist

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ss/ss6qti9tfj0qqt6u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Located in <a href="http://bustler.net/news/search/budapest" >Budapest, Hungary</a> is Central European University. An institution that has stood in Budapest since its relocation from <a href="http://bustler.net/news/search/prague" >Prague</a> in the early 1990's. A combination and preservation of old and new was the driving force behind the campus' redesign. Consisting of a specific palette of materials, the refurbished university uses stone, timber, concrete and steel to form the structure. In order to highlight the continued tradition of the solidity and permanence of Budapest's stone architecture, the building <a href="http://bustler.net/news/search/facade/6952/stefano-boeri-s-vertical-forest-dazzles-as-it-stands-on-riba-s-2018-international-shortlist" >fa&ccedil;ade</a> emphasize the rich history of its neighboring buildings.</p>            

What buildings can teach us about accessibility and future cities

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8c/8c5865c2df244bae26a1d293dd3a6b0e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/370527/accessibility" rel="nofollow" >Accessibility</a> looks like different things to different people. When architects design buildings there are parameters that must be met in order to meet standard building codes. With the passing of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/618663/american-with-disabilities-act" rel="nofollow" >Americans with Disability Act</a>, building regulations were placed to ensure that the design process included these "check off items". However, how can individuals with varying <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/347000/disabilities" rel="nofollow" >disabilities</a>&nbsp;know where spaces are "fit" for them.
McCormick Tribune Campus Center, ITT Image © Simon King
Accessibility mapping has become a method which helps identify areas that provide access to individuals with disabilities. Groups all over the world from Nashville to Paris take part in "map-a-thons" that allow people to come together in a collective effort to understand where access is available in their city. Whether they themselves are disabled, know of people who are, or concerned citizens who want to become more aware of their surrounds for others accessibility mapping allows Continue reading "What buildings can teach us about accessibility and future cities"

Stefano Boeri’s Vertical Forest dazzles as it stands on RIBA’s 2018 international shortlist

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/68/68k4tr3xsjeesssv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>A vertical vision stands at the center of Milan, Italy. The sustainable, residential building created by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1644/stefano-boeri-architetti" >Stefano Boeri Architetti</a> reaffirms the possibility of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/633766/urban-diversity" >urban diversity</a> and its impact within architecture. Developing a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14019/green-building" >green building</a> was taken to the next level with Vertical Forest. <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14828/urban-planning" >Urban planners</a> are tasked with the responsibility of enhancing and maintaining the infrastructure of cities through various solutions. An increase in population density, lack of space, and pollution are only a few of the issues that highly dense cities experience. Through its construction, architect Stefano Boeri wanted to develop a building that would emphasize on metropolitan reforestation. Through this initiative the building would contribute to the regeneration of the city's environment and urban biodiversity. One common issue with building projects in dense cities is space and impact. Through the vertical densification of nature, Boeri and his team used this model to help the city function with...</p>            

Zaha Hadid’s New York City pop-up features a collection of amazing design collaborations

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb744fdf67463e7bb403f4ee3615381f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The esteemed works of the late <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/110/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" >Zaha Hadid</a> and her practice traverses into all forms of conceptualized design. You name it, Zaha Hadid has probably made some sort of contribution. However, in exploring various forms of design from city plans, to furniture pieces, product design, and even jewelry, ZHA's lust for creation has only deemed her and her team in spearheading the trajectory of design and architecture. Having established her practice in 2006, an extensive collection of projects have come through the doors of ZHA.&nbsp;
Facade of 520 West 28th St Image © ZHA
“My product designs and architecture have always been connected. Some of our earliest projects were designs for products and interiors. These design pieces are very important to me and my team. They inspire our creativity by providing an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and through different media; an essential part of our
Continue reading "Zaha Hadid’s New York City pop-up features a collection of amazing design collaborations"

Zaha Hadid Gallery’s New York City pop-up features a collection of amazing design collaborations

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb744fdf67463e7bb403f4ee3615381f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The esteemed works of the late <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/110/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" >Zaha Hadid</a> and her practice traverse into all forms of conceptualized design. You name it, Zaha Hadid has probably made some sort of contribution. However, in exploring various forms of design from city plans, to furniture pieces, product design, and even jewelry, Dame Hadid's lust for creation has only deemed her and her team in spearheading the trajectory of design and architecture. Having established her product design practice in 2006, an extensive collection of projects have come through the doors of Zaha Hadid Designs.&nbsp;
Facade of 520 West 28th St Image © ZHA
“My product designs and architecture have always been connected. Some of our earliest projects were designs for products and interiors. These design pieces are very important to me and my team. They inspire our creativity by providing an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and through different media;
Continue reading "Zaha Hadid Gallery’s New York City pop-up features a collection of amazing design collaborations"

Central Park’s long forgotten design alternative

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c2/c2a190686138bc7348491e2ba264b508.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The iconic <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/3767/landscape" rel="nofollow" >landscape</a> of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" >New York</a> wouldn't be complete without a view of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/406977/central-park" rel="nofollow" >Central Park</a>. But, what if the beloved New York staple could have looked different? It's hard to envision Central Park any other way, but after the uncovering of a long forgotten park plan was rediscovered renderings could prove otherwise.&nbsp;
Central Park Image © Airpano
Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image © Budget Direct
In 1858, a design competition invited individuals to submit their ideas for the construction of, at the time, an area of unused space. For a prize of $2000, submissions had to include various features ranging from a fountain, skating arena, parade ground, four major cross streets, and a room for an exhibition hall.
Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image © Budget Direct
After reviewing 33 potential park designs two individuals by the name of F.L. Olmsted Continue reading "Central Park’s long forgotten design alternative"

Nikken Sekkei’s Toho Gakuen School of Music shines as it’s placed on RIBA’s 2018 international shortlist

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nd/ndndkqbdrmk65tc1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>In an orchestra each instrument has its place to shine as well as accompany the rest of the ensemble. <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/336/japan" >Japanese</a> architectural firm <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1095127/nikken-sekkei" >Nikken Sekkei</a> takes a building in the suburbs of Chofu, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14722/tokyo" >Tokyo</a>, Japan and transforms it into a musical sanctuary. The original structure which housed the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/112809/music-school" >music school</a> stuck to a conventional arrangement of practice rooms and interiors. The architects at Nikken Sekkei decided to use the musical needs and specifications of various instruments to design the layout of the space.</p>            

A deeper look at RIBA’s 2018 international shortlist building Children Village by Rosenbaum + Aleph Zero

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qk/qkkecmveqrayt7so.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />After the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9592/riba" >Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)</a> International Prize 2018 shortlist was announced, its category award winners Children Village and the the team of Rosenbaum + <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/150095146/aleph-zero" >Aleph Zero</a> made headlines.&nbsp;
At its core, Children Village was built to create a space that allowed for the children of rural, Brazilian farm workers to attend school. Designed as a boarding school to house 540 children, the team at Rosenbaume + Aleph Zero made it a point to design the school with the community in mind. Their goal was to create not only a safe place for the students to learn and reside in, but to construct a place that could help improve their quality of life. Intention and community was a driving factor that allowed the project to transform into what it has become. Within Brazil, the rural landscape and indigenous roots were elements the architects wanted to keep and implement. 

A deeper look at RIBA 2018 shortlist building Children Village by Rosenbaume + Aleph Zero

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qk/qkkecmveqrayt7so.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />After the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9592/riba" >Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)</a> International Prize 2018 shortlist was announced its category award winners Children Village and the the team of <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/26057031/rosenbaum-design-group" >Rosenbaume</a> + <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/150095146/aleph-zero" >Aleph Zero</a> made headlines.&nbsp;
At its core, the Children Village was built to create a space that allowed for the children of rural, Braziilan farm workers to attend school.  Designed as a boarding school to house 540 children, the team at Rosenbaume + Aleph Zero made it a point to design the school with the community in mind. Their goal was to create not only a safe place for the students to learn and reside in, but to construct a place that could help improve their quality of life. Intention and community was a driving factor that allowed the project to transform into what it has become. Within Brazil, the rural landscape and indigenous roots were elements the architects wanted Continue reading "A deeper look at RIBA 2018 shortlist building Children Village by Rosenbaume + Aleph Zero"

Are you a project management guru? Check out these architecture PM job opportunities

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/82/8205f4ab554ec27537f6614898dbab32.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Every successful design project needs a project manager. From overseeing the design and construction process to site preparation, an architectural project manager must not only have the technical design skills but ability to lead an entire project operation. Below are firms looking for highly qualified architects who have a passion for project planning and leadership.
Barker Nestor, Inc. is seeking an Architectural Assistant Project Manager/Project Manager in Chicago
They are currently seeking a full-time Architectural Assistant Project Manager/Project Manager in the Chicagoland area with approximately 5-7 years experience with an emphasis on hospitality and restaurant design. Candidates must be highly organized, possess excellent communication skills, and have extensive experience in the production of contract documents. In addition, qualified applicants must be able to transfer verbal and written communication into documents while managing within a small team environment Eigelberge...

Are you a project management guru? Check out these architecture PM job opportunities

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/82/8205f4ab554ec27537f6614898dbab32.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Every successful design project needs a project manager. From overseeing the design and construction process to site preparation, an architectural project manager must not only have the technical design skills but ability to lead an entire project operation. Below are firms looking for highly qualified architects who have a passion for project planning and leadership.
Barker Nestor, Inc. is seeking an Architectural Assistant Project Manager/Project Manager in Chicago
They are currently seeking a full-time Architectural Assistant Project Manager/Project Manager in the Chicagoland area with approximately 5-7 years experience with an emphasis on hospitality and restaurant design. Candidates must be highly organized, possess excellent communication skills, and have extensive experience in the production of contract documents. In addition, qualified applicants must be able to transfer verbal and written communication into documents while managing within a small team environment Eigelberge...

Icelandic Design Center announces Basalt Architects as its top winner for 2018

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9c/9cfymj2ykywvz7xv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Regarded as <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/iceland/1304" >Iceland</a>'s coveted design awards competition, the <a href="http://www.honnunarmidstod.is/Forsida/" >Icelandic Design Center</a> announced its recipients of the Icelandic Design Award and the Best Investment in Design Award. The competition awards the designer, team, studio, or architect who best exemplifies a new work, project, object, or collection. In collaboration with the Museum of Design and Applied Art and the Iceland Academy of the Arts, the winning project was chosen based on the demonstration of creative thinking, presentation and professional methodology throughout the design process. The recipient of the Best Investment in Design Award were chosen based on how design is incorporated into a company's core values and overall operations.&nbsp;
The jury selected 5 nominees and after a thorough review the they selected Basalt Architects as its award winner. The firm has made huge contributions to Icelandic design, specifically contributions in bathing development in Iceland and tourism. Check out Basalt Architects Continue reading "Icelandic Design Center announces Basalt Architects as its top winner for 2018"