Editor’s Picks #478

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qo3fq7jgff80h0k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qo3fq7jgff80h0k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qo3fq7jgff80h0k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qo3fq7jgff80h0k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Archinect published a three (<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150032898/archinect-s-guide-to-the-architecture-graduate-school-application-part-one-identify-your-interest" rel="nofollow" >1</a>,<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150032924/archinect-s-guide-to-the-architecture-graduate-school-application-part-two-do-your-research" rel="nofollow" >2</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150032930/archinect-s-guide-to-the-architecture-graduate-school-application-part-three-choose-your-advisor" rel="nofollow" >3</a>) part guide to the Architecture Graduate School Application, in a partnership with ACSA&rsquo;s Study Architecture platform.
Plus, Mackenzie Goldberg reconnected with a chatty Peter Zellner to get a status update, for a second Small Studio Snapshot ft ZELLNERandCompany.
New renderings of Peter Zumthor's $600-million LACMA redesign were released. While some were enthusiastic, Orhan Ayyüce argued  "The institutional critique that is going around locally is much more interesting. In a way, it will be perfect with Peterson Museum and Piano's new movie museum next to it, an art Disney for gentrified people. After a few money shots, it will bury the Zumthor mystic with tar. As far as the existing buildings, they were buried with HHPA in 80's and some other Pianos this century."
Archinect Sessions featured conversations recorded by Ken and Donna at Exhibit Columbus, Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #478"

"The building is truly in service to the people that work there"

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/31/31tow5k5sj2tpqll.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/31/31tow5k5sj2tpqll.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/31/31tow5k5sj2tpqll.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/31/31tow5k5sj2tpqll.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>the building has three sides that are facing active streets...has quite a bit smaller scale than its neighbors...really sets a precedent for the future, for buildings that are carefully modulated to fit into the Boulder scale</p></em><br /><br /><p>Natthan Heffel speaks with David Tryba (of Tryba Architects) about their new design for the Google Boulder Campus. He highlights the firm's collaborative approach to designing a cutting-edge, flexible work environment.
They also talk about the firm's Denver Union Station renovation and larger role, in filling Denver's "empty canvas" over the last two decades, of the cities urban revitalization.

R.I.P. Architect Albert C. Ledner

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7w/7w9qxralw7iyzi91.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7w/7w9qxralw7iyzi91.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7w/7w9qxralw7iyzi91.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7w/7w9qxralw7iyzi91.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Ledner's trio of buildings for the union's headquarters in Manhattan catapulted him onto the national stage, raising eyebrows and earning him accolades for his innovative approach. One of the structures resembles a giant Connect 4 game board, speckled with more than 100 porthole windows and sloping 20 feet from the base.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Susan Langenhennig reports that&nbsp;Albert C. Ledner, died Monday night in Manchester, N.H.
For more about the "quirky modernist architects who, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright" read this, this or this.
The Ledner House, New Orleans, December 2006 | Credit Karrie Jacobs
The O’Toole Building of St. Vincent’s Hospital, originally headquarters of the National Maritime Union | Credit Albert Ledner
via https://www.aianeworleans.org/event/albert-ledner-exhibit-opening/

It’s unofficial – official. Denver did #VoteYes on #I300.

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/bessnc2tq75otlm3.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/bessnc2tq75otlm3.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/bessnc2tq75otlm3.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/bessnc2tq75otlm3.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>The leads in those races have never flipped since polls closed Tuesday night. Denver city officials, including Mayor Michael Hancock, already were treating the Green Roof Initiative as though it would pass, given its growing lead with every release of results.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jon Murray and Kieran Nicholson reported the final, unofficial, results released by the Denver Elections Division. <strong>BLUF</strong> Denver voters passed the Green Roof Initiative and Mayor Hancock and the city are now&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cpr.org/news/story/denver-voters-approve-a-937m-bond-package-heres-who-benefits" rel="nofollow" >committing</a> to "<em>how best to implement it within the laws and property rights that people have, and to make sure that the spirit of the law that the people have passed is implemented appropriately.</em>"
For some on the ground reporting the night of the election, check out; Andrew Kenney over at Denverite and some video/Tweets via Denver Posts @ShannonHoffmanM. * Disclosure I was at the I300 celebration and part of the campaigns street team. Finally, if Continue reading "It’s unofficial – official. Denver did #VoteYes on #I300."

Raising taxes was the easy part

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mv/mvh6dk67hstfz3z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mv/mvh6dk67hstfz3z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mv/mvh6dk67hstfz3z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mv/mvh6dk67hstfz3z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>For homeless advocates who had been glowing after November, the unanimous vote in August blocking the project by a Los Angeles City Council land use committee, headed by Mr. Huizar, was a discouraging setback. It was also a reminder that some of the toughest battles lie ahead as Los Angeles moves from the task of persuading voters to raise money for the homeless to the logistics of getting the money spent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adam Nagourney reports in from L.A., where homeless advocates and neighborhood activists are fighting over implementation of HHH (a $1.2 billion effort to build housing for the homeless). NIMBYs or concerned citizens? Professor Tim Iglesias <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/opinion/homeless-los-angeles.html" rel="nofollow" >responded</a> "<em>it will require sustained political will to manage the inevitable local opposition to building supportive housing throughout L.A</em>".
Meanwhile, there is a revival of Hotel Hipness in the city, as "elements of the once-lost glittering age are re-emerging".

Editor’s Picks #477

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sk/sk068ksiu0zptqay.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sk/sk068ksiu0zptqay.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sk/sk068ksiu0zptqay.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sk/sk068ksiu0zptqay.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/870072/proust-questionnaire" rel="nofollow" >Proust Questionnaire</a>&nbsp;featured&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150030310/the-proust-questionnaire-herman-hertzberger" rel="nofollow" >Herman Hertzberger</a>&mdash;one of the most important Dutch architects and theoreticians of the modern age known for his designs of housing complexes, offices and schools.&nbsp;
Or as randomised summed up "Legend"! Others were interested to learn more about his seemingly conflicted relationship to/thoughts on, Le Corbusier.

Plus, Hannah Wood discussed Housing after Debt? with Alastair Parvin.
News Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy RIBA’s Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, released a set of 15 initial recommendations, for changes to Building Regulations and Fire Safety systems, regulations and guidance. Noémie Despland-Lichtert highlighted the work of a relatively unknown Austrian architect Konrad Frey, who is getting a second look. Particularly for his series of sun house prototypes and ties to the Grazer Schule.
After seven months of steady growth in the  demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) paused in September. The ABI score was 4...

Trend Watch: Shou sugi ban, the art of preserving wood by charring

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xa/xaxz016ktbn41npy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xa/xaxz016ktbn41npy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xa/xaxz016ktbn41npy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xa/xaxz016ktbn41npy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>The unpolished, naturalistic quality of burnt wood also appeals to architects seeking to evoke a rough organic feel in tune with the surrounding landscape. It&rsquo;s bituminous-black and scaly, like alligator skin that&rsquo;s been singed. But such dark, reptilian wood is also startling and gorgeously eerie...like it floated out of a dream</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Fortini highlights the ancient Japanese technique, which has grown&nbsp;in <a href="http://shousugiban.com/" rel="nofollow" >popularity</a> among Western architects.
A topic discussed here on Archinect back in 2007 and then in 2012

Editor’s Picks #476

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hy/hyd1sijb2ha94cwb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hy/hyd1sijb2ha94cwb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hy/hyd1sijb2ha94cwb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hy/hyd1sijb2ha94cwb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="https://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" >Nicholas Korody</a> published <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150030298/the-amnesias-of-make-new-history" rel="nofollow" >The Amnesias of "Make New History"</a>, a reflection on the "<em>broader curatorial failures</em>"&nbsp;of the second <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/978956/2017-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" >Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;which launched with the theme "<em>Make New History.</em>" <strong>davvid</strong> (and others) were impressed "<em>Wow. Thats an excellent critique.</em>"

The latest The Proust Questionnaire: featured Steven Holl. randomised thought it noteworthy that "he chose an associate architect at his own firm (Dimitra Tsachrelia) as his favourite living architect." For me, it was Holl's definition of architectural misery.
News The Washington Post examined how a year after its opening the building of the National Museum of African American History already shows signs of aging. Marc Miller drew attention to more substantive concerns "the real matter at hand is the ability of the building to effectively represent the African-American experience given physical limitations, circulation issues, and an ever expanding collection." The French architect Jean Nouvel defended his Lou...

Editor’s Picks #472

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/og/og8we4s6e7n519mh.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://archinect.com/davidcapener" rel="nofollow" >David Capener</a> penned an entry in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/892392/practice-diaries" rel="nofollow" >Practice Diaries</a> series. It is in part, a reaction to deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, wherein he argues <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150015975/what-we-do-as-architects-is-not-neutral-it-is-political" rel="nofollow" >What we do as architects is not neutral: it is political.</a><br>
ubu loca summed up the mood of many I suspect "Thank you David. Architects of conscious must speak up, challenge the status-quo, and take action." Plus, the latest installment of the Deans List featured Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, just one month into her new post as Dean of the School of Architecture at Woodbury University. Of particular note the emphasis placed on diversity, the school as "an engine for upward mobility", "this idea that as architect-citizens" and "alternative modes of professional engagement".

News Diana Budds questioned Why Is There So Much Modern Architecture In The NRA’s New Ad?
Donna Sink pointed out "Amanda Kolson Hurley also wrote Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #472"

A literary Giro d’Italia

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a0/a0k6c8c13jig46ut.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of Italy&rsquo;s splendid old libraries got their starts as the private collections of a humanist noble or cardinal...Where the Angelica is small, plush and perfectly faceted, the Casanatense is spartan and muscular. The Angelica reflects the wealth of its Augustinian founders, whose church, the Basilica di Sant&rsquo;Agostino, adjoins the library, while the Casanatense shows its Dominican roots in its deep collection of books and codices on Church doctrine and natural history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Laskin reflects on a trip he took, earlier his year, to&nbsp;Venice, Rome, Florence and Milan, where he visited a sampling of Italy's many historic libraries.</p>            

Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman mosques

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8w/8wlcwqp3kgbu04xu.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Erdogan is ordering the construction of mosques much as Suleiman the Magnificent once gave orders to Mimar Sinan. But as Bozdogan points out, there were many styles of mosques throughout the Ottoman Empire; in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries...Erdogan, however, sees such 18th- and 19th-century mosques as a contamination, not purely Turkish like the mosques of the 16th century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Suzy H. Hansen visits Turkey, where Erdogan&rsquo;s AK Party and TOKI (the national housing commission) have overseen a&nbsp;boom in construction and urban re/development. Including of houses of worship designed to reference a "<em>golden age</em>" of&nbsp;Turkish identity, while also furthering the Islamicization&nbsp;<strong>of the country and providing an ongoing economic engine.</strong></p>          

Editor’s Picks #471

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1siat0bjkyrukqoq.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" />ICYMI the always "<em>into it</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" >Julia Ingalls</a>, sat down with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150011097/discussing-the-role-of-jargon-and-difficulty-with-harvard-gsd-s-k-michael-hays-lisa-haber-thomson" rel="nofollow" >Harvard GSD's K. Michael Hays + Lisa Haber-Thomson</a> to discuss the role of jargon in pedagogy, a new GSD online course offering and the "<em>vexed notion of architecture&rsquo;s autonomy.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" >Will Galloway</a> was "<em>very impressed that Michael Hays and Lisa Haber-Thomson agreed to the exchange. That speaks a lot about them, and deserves a lot of respect...</em>" For his part,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/13529719/jeffry-burchard" rel="nofollow" >Jeffry Burchard</a> theorized "<em>that there are and have always been three languages of Architecture. They happen to correspond nicely to the audiences of architecture</em>".
Plus, Zack Semke highlighted the potentials of Passive House Design. Daniel Piselli chimed in "Great, timely article. Passive House is no longer a fringe concept. Its being proven feasible in the US on projects of multiple scales & types by a growing number of architects & engineers.
Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #471"

Taking up the challenge of the back loop

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgbvudginjgz5fo2.jpg" width="600" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like a Shell futurologist, one can imagine multiple disastrous futures for Miami. Will it become a southern Super Venice, a la Kim Stanley Robinson&rsquo;s New York of 2140...Perhaps the hard realism of Paolo Bacigalupi&rsquo;s The Water Knife is more apt...Or imagine a super Katrina resulting in something a little more Odds Against Tomorrow:</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ho/hof9v1gmgferjfae.jpg" rel="nofollow" ><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ho/hof9v1gmgferjfae.jpg"></a></p>from Key Largo John Pennekamp nature center, by author, February 12, 2017<p>Stephanie Wakefield penned some <em>Field Notes from the Anthropocene</em>, inspired by a recent honeymoon in Miami Beach. In which she explores 'experimentation' as a mode of dwelling in the Anthropocene and the emancipatory possibilities offered by the concept of the 'back loop.'</p>            

Editor’s Picks #470

ICYMI Anthony Morey launched Archinect’s latest series Cross-TalkEach session of Cross-Talk will be oriented around one topic.  Each topic will be addressed by four texts.  Each text will be produced by a different author. Each writer will have their own stance. Each stance will be meant to agitate others. Each agitation will produce a possible crack in reason. Each crack will reveal a possible new position. The first installment explored agonism. Reacting to one of the pieces Donna Sink wrote "I've never, ever thought of myself as struggling against gravity as an architect...But reading this and thinking about the current project that is obsessing me - renovating a 100 year old abandoned brick building - I realize I constantly fight against decay, or entropy, or disuse." Plus, Hannah Woods published Architects of Social Responsibility, in which she "engages with architects adopting Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #470"

Regarding the ‘Entryways of Milan’

The collection spans buildings from 1920 to 1970 and showcases the work of some of the city’s most illustrious architects and designers, including Giovanni Muzio, Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi, and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, as well as non-pedigreed architecture of equal impact and interest.

Dan Thawley reviews "a beautiful architectural book" called 'Ingressi di Milano', by German editor Karl Kolbit. Via Taschen

Editor’s Picks #469

Stefano Colombo, Eugenio Cosentino & Luca Marullo published a second text in a series conceived for Archinect on deserts and radical islands. It is a heady exploration of subcultures (ranging from Punk to Dark Valley, Dark Enlightenment and the Neoreactionaries) and how they "can be seen to possess their own cosmologies". Chris_Teeter was impressed "this could be an intro text to an entire university course. covers a lot and summarizes it quickly and well. good work." Plus, Nicholas Korody chatted with Moshe Safdie on the 50th Anniversary of Habitat 67, the Masterpiece He Completed at 25. Safdie reflects "It was a fairy tale. I hadn’t built a building at that time. When they did approve it". Orhan Ayyüce offered up praise "Great architect with rightfully earned respect." News Mackenzie Goldberg rounded up The Twitterverse Response to Obama's Presidential Library. won and Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #469"

Marijuana Real Estate: This isn’t just another greenhouse

Innovative Industrial Properties, Kalyx and other similar groups are following the same strategy: buy buildings, retrofit them and lease them to commercial or medical marijuana growers. But it can often cost millions to turn a vacant warehouse into a facility suitable for cannabis cultivation.

David Gelles reports that the spread of legalization, means the weed business is booming and with it demand for commercial, industrial space. The latest post-industrial trend in states like California, Colorado, Massachusetts or even New York, is a retrofitted industrial-scale "cultivation center". Related readings include; a 2005 look at how Pot Clinics (were) Grow(ing) Like Weed in SF and last year's photo essay of L.A.'s "Green Mile". Or back in February, the Marketplace Morning Report on how these new REITs could help grow the medical-marijuana business. Finally, last year over at the Weed thread, gruen noted "Big gold rush here to convert disused industrial facilities to indoor grow in advance of legislation."

Megacities and the Future of Warfare

The conclusions of the SSG research are clear: megacities are unavoidable, they are potentially the most challenging environment the Army has ever faced, and the Army is unprepared to operate in them...by 2030 there will be 662 cities around the world with at least one million inhabitants (compared to 512 today) and 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. The potential for operations in dense urban areas will rise correspondingly, presenting a challenge the Army cannot ignore.

Back in February, Maj. John Spencer made the case for why It's Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit. A few days ago, he fleshed out the concept, by detailing "What would such a unit look like?" Interesting to note, that rather than the more au courant image of a generic middle eastern/Arab city, the Major used a photo of Ho Chi Minh/Saigon for the essay published Continue reading "Megacities and the Future of Warfare"

Megacities and the Future of Warfare

The conclusions of the SSG research are clear: megacities are unavoidable, they are potentially the most challenging environment the Army has ever faced, and the Army is unprepared to operate in them...by 2030 there will be 662 cities around the world with at least one million inhabitants (compared to 512 today) and 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. The potential for operations in dense urban areas will rise correspondingly, presenting a challenge the Army cannot ignore.

Back in February, Maj. John Spencer made the case for why It's Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit. A few days ago, he fleshed out the concept, by detailing "What would such a unit look like?" Interesting to note, that rather than the more au courant image of a generic middle eastern/Arab city, the Major used a photo of Ho Chi Minh/Saigon for the essay published Continue reading "Megacities and the Future of Warfare"

A monumental new biography of Kahn

In You Say to Brick, her subtle interpretations of conversational remarks by Kahn’s intimates, and especially of of Kahn’s written ephemera—a dream journal entry on the back of an airline receipt, an unsent postcard—are luminous and deep. It is difficult to develop, in prose, an architectural equivalent for this kind of close reading or close listening.

Over at n+1, Thomas de Monchaux reviews Wendy Lesser's newly published You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn. While everyone knows the story of Kahn's gothic and ignominious death, did you also know that "When Kahn died, his firm—slow-rolling chaos held together by a long-suffering Quaker deputy named David Wisdom—owed its creditors $464,423.83. In 1974 dollars"?