<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z1/z1iqegrzee9dn1jv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/12533/3xn" >3XN</a> has won a competition to build Denmark’s new international climate center, the Climatorium, in the Danish city of Lemvig. Their design not only aims to tell a story about climate change, but also celebrate the area's cultural history as a fishing town. The Climatorium will serve as a strong information center, hosting exhibitions and conferences about issues surrounding climate change as well as concerts and events. The program also includes a café and hang-out space, with hopes of it becoming a new local meeting place. </p>
Prosecutors are also charging that Brock pocketed millions in profits from the various projects his companies carried out, using the money to renovate his house as well as buy condos, large acreages in South Caroline, and a hair salon for a friend.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d45334f9f0377682870f797fb9adf6b.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>A US businessman has pleaded guilty in a case involving the fraudulent winning of federal government construction contracts intended for companies run by women, ethnic minorities, former servicemen and disabled people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thomas Brock is accused of taking advantage of his wife, an Air Force veteran with a service-connected disability, and his friend Cory Adams, who is black, to apply for military construction projects meant for minority-owned companies. His schemes ran from 2002 to 2013, and totaled around $350 million in government contracts.
One of these radios, however, considered too modern looking for the time, never saw production. That is now changing thanks to Vitra; the Swiss furniture company that owns the license to many of the Eames's work has decided to revive this compact radio. Limited to just 999 units, the reissued radio comes encased in a walnut cabinet and equipped with up-to-date technology by the Continue reading "Eames’ radical plywood radio from 1946 to be reissued by Vitra"
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/28/28b437e6b61db738b7bc4c124bffe4d5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Better known for their <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/825267/eames-lounge-chair" rel="nofollow" >iconic lounge chairs</a>, the mid-century designers <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/39389/eames" rel="nofollow" >Charles and Ray Eames</a> spent a good portion of the post-war period applying their revolutionizing plywood-modeling process to radio housings. Dubbed <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/designs-best-kept-secret-eames-radios-1432836580" rel="nofollow" >"Design's Best-Kept Secret"</a> by the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, an estimated 200,000 of these radios were manufactured at the time and are now enjoying an afterlife on the auction circuit as a more affordable way of owning one of the couples masterful designs.
A new memorial, to be located at Boston Common, seeks to honor this legacy and its connection to the city. Working with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the nonprofit MLK Boston has sought proposals from architects, artists, landscape architects and others alike to create a commemorative addition to America's oldest public park. After receiving 126 submissions, the committee chose five finalist teams to develop a design for the memorial. Announced yesterday, their proposals have been released and are available for public comment. “Each one of these Continue reading "Finalists unveiled for new Boston Common memorial to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King"
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y0/y0oygdrv7cxc09nt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />It was in the city of Boston that <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/31191/martin-luther-king-jr" >Martin Luther King Jr</a>., who had come to study systematic theology at <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/8409630/boston-university" >Boston University</a>, decided to become the civil rights activist that marks his legacy today. It is also the place where he met Coretta Scott, the equally influential racial and social justice activist whom he would later come to marry.
Given this context, the theme for this year’s edition is “A School of Schools.” Exploring the possibilities of design education in the 21st century, the biennial will take place across six iconic cultural institutions around the city, transforming the various art venues into sites of investigation. The world-class Pera Museum, for example, will become home to the Scales School, looking at the standards, norms, and taxonomies of learning. Another, the Digestion School, where participants can learn about metabolic systems and Continue reading "Six cutting-edge arts venues to be transformed into interdisciplinary schools at this year’s Istanbul Design Biennial"
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fd/fde9a3f178372a0915e5d89ba9ac5cef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Set to kick off on September 22nd, the 4th <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/204976/istanbul-design-biennial" rel="nofollow" >Istanbul Design Biennial</a> will bring the city’s multi-layered cultural heritage and dynamic ecosystem of creativity to life. Named a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/373207/unesco-cities-of-design" rel="nofollow" >‘Design City’</a> by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/6771/unesco" rel="nofollow" >UNESCO</a> last year, the Second Rome provides the perfect backdrop to host the biennial, which has emerged over the years as a crucial center for critical thinking around design in a country increasingly isolated by its political situation.
The conversion is the work of Storey Studio, a British design studio that has collaborated with Nike on a number of colorful projects. Outfitted with a state-of-the-art basketball court, sports gym, and locker room, their latest work was open for the month of August, offering activities such as interactive youth workshops, training, and school clinics. Former Bulls star Scottie Pippen even stopped by to share some advice with local high school athletes.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/eb02ddf43fabdfd65a1d6fa574b7a647.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />It has been said that sport is a religion, and a new <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/592575/pop-up-architecture" rel="nofollow" >pop-up</a> court in Chicago facilitated by Nike takes this quite literally. The Church of Epiphany, dating back to 1885, has been converted by the shoe company into its latest Just Do It HQ. Decked out in custom stained glass, the former historic place of worship has become a site for local high school basketball teams to shoot some hoops.
“Simply put, sustainable coffee, served sustainably is our aspiration,” said the company's CEO Kevin Johnson. "We know that designing and building green stores is not only responsible, it is cost effective as well. The energy and passion of our green apron partners has inspired us to find ways to operate a greener store that will generate even greater cost savings while reducing impact.”
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/6492d5cb87090a5d5f5eac978d8b0868.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/6669956/starbucks-coffee-company" rel="nofollow" >Starbucks</a> has <a href="https://news.starbucks.com/press-releases/starbucks-announces-global-greener-stores-commitment" rel="nofollow" >announced</a> that the company plans to create 10,000 eco-friendly stores globally by 2025. The news follows other sustainability focused initiatives taken on by the coffee giant such as eliminating single-use plastic straws by 2020 and its <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90202133/exclusive-starbucks-and-mcdonalds-team-up-to-rethink-cups" rel="nofollow" >partnership with McDonald's</a> to create a compostable coffee cup.
To do so, Starbucks has developed a six-part framework, coined The Greener Stores Framework, based on the LEED certification program and other sustainable operations. The framework offers a comprehensive model, laying out six key standards ranging from waste management Continue reading "Starbucks commits to move towards more sustainable stores by 2025"
This is the latest major commission for the Ghanian-British architect who has completed a bunch of high profile projects for civic and cultural institutions over the years; most notably, the acclaimed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. He is currently overseeing a number of museum designs including the new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga. Adjaye, who taught at Continue reading "Sir David Adjaye to design new Princeton University Art Museum"
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a959166c0e11c00653fcebfbe3f57a9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/309/princeton-university" rel="nofollow" >Princeton University</a> has tapped <a href="https://archinect.com/adjayeassociates" rel="nofollow" >Sir David Adjaye</a> to build the school's new art museum. Done in collaboration with local firm <a href="https://archinect.com/cooperrobertson" rel="nofollow" >Cooper Robertson</a>, it will replace the current museum with a “dramatically enlarged space for the exhibition and study of the museum’s encyclopedic collections, special exhibitions and art conservation, as well as object-study classrooms and office space for the hundred person museum staff,” according to the school’s statement.
Ranked the 18th richest person in Japan, Mr. Maezawa is the founder of the online fashion retail website Zozotown. He is also known for having dropped $110 million on a painting by the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat last year at a Sotheby's auction. The price tag for reserving a spot on Musk's first launch was, reportedly, much more than what he paid for the Basquiat masterpiece. The Big Falcon Rocket, which will take Maezawa to space—and which Musk says will allow his company to build a base on the moon, colonize Mars, and enable a must faster commercial travel on Earth—has not yet been built. SpaceX's other major venture thus far, the Falcon Heavy, which is a reusable heavy lift launch vehicle, took nearly Continue reading "Japanese billionaire to be sent to moon by SpaceX says he’ll bring along architects and other artists"
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3b5d0bc013a0d7565afd6559b336e4bf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/154376/elon-musk" rel="nofollow" >Elon Musk</a> has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/sep/17/elon-musk-space-x-moon-rocket-japanese-billionaire" rel="nofollow" >revealed</a> Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the potential first passenger to be launched to the moon by Musk's private aerospace company, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/484003/spacex" rel="nofollow" >SpaceX</a>.
The Seattle North Transfer Station, which receives approximately 400 tons of various materials, was built to modernize an original 1960s facility. Designed by the Pacific Northwest-based firm Mahlum, the trash dump is "“a great use of exposed steel and an excellent long-span application,” according to Stephen Csernak, a civil engineer who serves as the academic juror in the competition.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ua/uaex5k0f8wme2uly.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />A solid waste transfer station uncommonly located in a residential neighborhood in Seattle has been selected as one of 12 winners of the <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/ideas2-building-design-awards/715514" >AISC's 2018 IDEAS2 National Steel Design Awards</a>. Established over 50 years ago, the prestigious awards are bestowed to building projects for outstanding structural engineering design.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f7/f77fd61e58dc5edc9c19153cad85834c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>With its thriving restaurant and hospitality scene, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1335/new-orleans" >New Orleans</a> was the perfect place for husband-and-wife team <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/150073653/farouki-farouki" >Farouki Farouki</a> to set up their full-service architecture and interior design practice. Since its recent founding, Caroline, with a background in interior design, and Sabri, whose CV includes stints at BIG and DS+R, have made their mark on the historic yet continuously emerging city with a variety of interior projects that have tapped into the influx of new restaurants, shops, and landmarks opening their doors. Here, the two talk about their <a href="https://archinect.com/jobs/entry/150073654/junior-interior-designer" >expanding practice</a>.</p>
The original, and extremely decrepit, Victorian weatherboard cottage had become impossible to inhabit but was well loved by the neighbourhood as well as its new owners. We tried to retain its weathered character by re-using as much original fabric as possible from warped weatherboards and fence palings to random accumulations such as door knobs, vents and street numbers. Like fragile museum artefacts, these were carefully removed, labelled, stored and re-installed in their original location on a new mount that not only highlights their charms by contrast but allows the house to live again in a new way.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/98/98e7b7a7565c018d705b6e008077ebef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Acute House is the transformation of a 'renovator's nightmare' into a compact 21st century family home. The severe limitations of a tiny, very triangular site and the demanding heritage context have resulted in a pointy new wedge of house that is designed to exploit its problems.
Sandwiched between the Guardian Building and One Woodward, the 16th floor passing was constructed in the late 70s to allow employees of the Michigan Consolidated Gas company and the American Natural Resources Co.—which occupied the two buildings—to pass freely. When the American Natural Resource Co. relocated in the 90s, decreased usage led to the walkway's subsequent closure and it has since sat abandoned.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90a43b8246fd6f93a1b5deb1195bc6b4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The 100-foot-long skybridge connecting two of Detroit's most iconic buildings has been brought back to life with the colorful, site-specific work of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/365165/phillip-k-smith-iii" rel="nofollow" >Phillip K. Smith III</a>, who has transformed the abandoned passageway into a floating bar of light hovering above the streets of <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149982006/when-you-cut-funding-and-abandon-people-surprises-happen" rel="nofollow" >downtown Detroit</a>.
The project titled 'Mirage Detroit' is a continuation of the California artist's ongoing investigation into what he calls 'liquid architecture,' described by the desire of wanting to make 'the Building' disappear. Last year, for the inaugural Desert X event which saw various artworks scattered across the Coachella Valley, Mr. Aitken created a sculptural installation in the form of a typical ranch house, fully covered in mirrors inside and out. A riff on this elaborate structure will now be presented inside the archaic bank building. Entirely reflective, the mirrored installation transforms the classic one-story house into a 'human-scale kaleidoscope'. Placed within the Beaux-ar...
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7ce15b86bc6596e56f2f14cb5553fe0d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The historic State Savings Bank in downtown Detroit will soon play host to the <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/31749042/doug-aitken-workshop" rel="nofollow" >award-winning artist Doug Aitken</a>'s latest site-specific work. <a href="https://dougaitkenmiragedetroit.com/" rel="nofollow" >Opening to the public</a> on October 10th, the former bank building will see a ranch-style suburban home erected inside its century-old walls.
Established in 2016, the biennial award was the institute's first to be open to an architect based anywhere in the world and was created for the general advancement of civil architecture. The projects selected this year reflect that goal; the distinguished buildings all demonstrate the meaningful impact architecture can have on communities across the globe.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ll/llttryh9u7womwxl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9592/riba" >Royal Institute of British Architecture</a> has shortlisted four buildings in running to be crowned the world's best new building of the year. The selected projects—<a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1644/stefano-boeri-architetti" >Stefano Boeri</a>'s 'vertical forest' in Milan, the Children's Village in Brazil, a music school in Tokyo, and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/109716704/o-donnell-tuomey-architects" >O'Donnell + Toumey</a>'s addition to the Central European University in Budapest—will compete for RIBA's 2018 International Prize.
"The marker of a truly successful building is the positive contribution it makes to its local context and people" said RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire. "All four of these projects thoroughly demonstrate visionary, innovative thinking and exc...
Providing an online platform to build the world we want to inhabit, Minecraft's great distinction is its offer of complete freedom from real world constraints—there's no clients, no engineers, and no financial restrictions. Testing those limits, architect and designer Andrew McClure of Nomad Design set out to build something using Minecraft. Educated on the program by his young cousin, McClure picked a site Continue reading "Watching a real Architect tour his dream house built in "Minecraft""
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/56/566e1e64eb5523a40ff195e868924079.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />While normally used by online gamers to create a generated world for exploration and combat, the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/306880/minecraft" rel="nofollow" >world-building computer game Minecraft</a> has been noted for its architectural capabilities. <a href="https://www.blockworks.uk/" rel="nofollow" >BlockWorks</a>, a design studio in the UK, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/134499490/this-studio-illustrates-minecraft-s-architectural-capabilities-to-create-imaginary-worlds" rel="nofollow" >uses the game</a> as a design tool to create materials for marketing, media, and education; a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/126073578/primary-school-kids-could-design-australia-s-next-national-park-via-minecraft" rel="nofollow" >competition in Australia</a> a few years back invited students to design a national park using the block-building program; and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" >Bjarke Ingels</a> has <a href="https://www.wired.co.uk/article/architect-bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" >proselytized</a> at length that the architecture field should become more like the game as well.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4b/4bc0577d4d9593c97b2cdaf6b71ccf03.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The work of Japanese photographer <a href="http://hisaharumotoda.com/Home.html" rel="nofollow" >Hisaharu Motada</a> envisions what Tokyo might look like in some version of the future. Offering <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/344392/apocalypse" rel="nofollow" >glimpses of doomsday</a>, Motoda's lithographs depict deserted cityscapes, crumbling buildings, monuments overgrown with weeds, and other markings of a post-apocalyptic world. Picturing familiar <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14722/tokyo" rel="nofollow" >Tokyo</a> landscapes devoid of humans and overrun by plant life, Motada captures a sense of both the world′s past and its future. In another series, titled <em>Neo-Ruins</em>, he gives the same treatment to notable works such as the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Sydney Opera House. Below, a selection of some of his work.
Outside of the office, founder Fooi-Ling Khoo also serves on the board of directors at ArchiTeam, a cooperative organization for Australian architects working in small, medium and emerging practices. Here, Khoo talks about the firm's work and her role championing the voice of Australia’s small architectural practices.
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f467939ce42bb4451140ac0be706d841.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />For a relatively young practice, <a href="https://www.oof.net.au/" >OOF! Architecture</a> has impressively produced two of the most recognized residential projects to come out of Australia in the past few years. Working in heritage dense areas, particularly tricky renovations with tight constraints and tight budgets —such as their <a href="https://archinect.com/OFFArch/project/hello-house" >Hello House</a>, a renovated two-bedroom Victorian-era home, and their <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/project/150085038/acute-house/150085040" >Acute House</a>, a renovation of an extremely decrepit, weatherboard cottage—are typical projects for the Melbourne-based studio.
The city plays host to an abundance of Communist-era Brutalist and Modernist architecture. Rocked by a devastating earthquake in 1963, Skopje was largely built up by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, who won an international competition to lead the urban reconstruction of the city center. With a particular focus on concrete brutalism, Tange and his team of international architects masterplanned the rebuilt capital, their retro-futuristic influences still apparent today. From the The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, to the Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, pockets of these original modernist buildings remain and are spotl...
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/25/25124bf2c029a7b1a8ad04e0c96b873d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />A new map featuring the modernist architecture of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/364846/skopje" rel="nofollow" >Skopje</a> has been released by Blue Crow Media, the publishing company behind a popular series of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/928702/brutalist-map" rel="nofollow" >Brutalist architecture maps</a>. Their latest release, the <a href="https://bluecrowmedia.com/products/modernist-skopje-map" rel="nofollow" >Modernist Skopje Map</a>, graphs the radical and visionary architecture of the Macedonian capital, detailing over forty buildings and structures.
This year's competition concept was "open-source," asking participants to unfold the potential of open-source content through modular design. Underlining the significant relationship that exists between art and architecture, participants were expected to work closely with artists to design a pavilion that would house gastronomy partners and SPACE10 for the duration of this year's fair. Held earlier in September, the competition's five finalists have now displayed their innovative structures to a panel of judges including Bjarke Ingels, MoMA curator Beatrice Galilee, designers Ben Clement and Sebastian de la Cour of benandsebastian, HHF Architects founder Simon Frommenwiler, gallerist and Chart cofounder Susanne Ottesen, and Thomas Lommeé, founder of OpenStructure. Selected as the winner of the 2018 Ar...
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ky/kym2efevbca0k65w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Launched in 2014, the <a href="https://chartartfair.com/" >Chart Art Fair</a>'s architectural initiative hosts an <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5618/from-ikea-bags-to-algae-to-trusty-ol-paper-here-are-the-2017-chart-architecture-finalist-proposals" >annual competition</a> to promote young Nordic architects and explore the crossovers between art and architecture.