ICYMI: A guide to gutting your storm-damaged house

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6d/6d53dfc56751b362e6f0aab09b31eb2c.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Gutting a badly inundated, 1,500-square-foot house packed with stuff is likely to take 12 workers about three days, said Kevin Fitzpatrick, who managed the clearing-out and internal demolition of dozens of homes after Hurricane Katrina for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans...Before they start, they all need tetanus shots, goggles, hats, boots, gloves and masks certified to block mold spores</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following Hurricane Florence, Michelle Krupa republished, a 5 step guide to recovery (from 2017) for those affected by flooding or storm-damage.</p>          

The next housing crisis can be found (Again) in North Las Vegas

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/79/796b9412e62b346df8f489b29c3466ac.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The damage from the housing crisis &mdash; a toxic combination of frenzied buying, rampant construction, predatory lending and investment excess &mdash; was extensive. Of the 23,000 single-family homes in the 89031 ZIP code, more than 7,500 have had at least one foreclosure since 2006, according to Attom Data Solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A team including; Matthew Goldstein, Robert Gebeloff, Ross Mantle and Matt Ruby released a deep dive into the community of North Las Vegas. The global financial crisis of 2008 impacted it greatly and though the local housing market has strengthened and it is today one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, affordability is a growing concern.<br></p>           

Editor’s Picks #491

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/704f8ee3cca135e8ae03322adae35318.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/people/cover/150077131/sophia-bannert" rel="nofollow" >Sophia Bannert</a> worried <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150077564/is-the-rigidity-of-the-architectural-profession-constraining-innovation" rel="nofollow" >Is the Rigidity of the Architectural Profession Constraining Innovation?</a> For his part, <a href="https://archinect.com/people/cover/84673730/jason-buchheit" rel="nofollow" >Jason Buchheit</a> found a problem or three with the piece "<em>I'm going to be more pointed. &nbsp;Fundamentally I think your core argument is correct.  The current model of architectural education does need to change to reflect the current demands of the profession. &nbsp;My issue lies is that all of the reasons you give undercut your own arguments.</em><em>"</em>
Triplex Apartments. Image via Eric Owen Moss
Plus, the latest edition of From the Ground Up featured Eric Owen Moss's Playa Del Rey Triplex, which Orhan Ayyüce believes is "one of Eric’s best projects."


News ICYMI, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s AT&T Building, now known as 550 Madison Avenue, a landmark. Contrary to some critics of the move, Thayer-D argued while "It's not Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #491"

A new and improved, ‘Decathlon 2019–2020’, is heading back to DC

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/0496229a2bcd13cd50e897ee647181b2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Teams that compete in the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge must design and construct fully functional houses...In the National Showcase, teams will ship their houses to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June 2020 for display and operation on the National Mall. In the Local Build, teams will showcase their built houses in their communities and bring a smaller representative exhibit to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival</p></em><br /><br /><p>Plus, both the Solar Decathlon and Race to Zero competitions are merging, creating the new, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
For further details check out the 2019–2020 Competition Guide

Reflecting Prada’s philosophical roots in Arte Povera, plus other ghosts of midcentury modernism

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fb/fba5dfc99251cf32cbc5a82b6e877051.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>I kept running my hands over the tower&rsquo;s concrete walls. Infused with Carrara marble and poured by construction workers who wore white gloves, they feel smooth as silk. The big rectangular and wedge-shaped galleries, windows alternating between panoramas of the city and narrow views over the campus, accommodate best the large-scale works in the inaugural show</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this year Michael Kimmelman traveled to Milan, for the completion of '<em>Torre</em>',&nbsp; cornerstone of <em>Fondazione Prada</em>'s new campus, by OMA.<br>
Back in April, davvid shared his own review "It's very nice. The whole...complex is beautiful."

Editor’s Picks #490

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ce/ce9ae4a55e62a88a580477fc7199b238.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" >Anthony Morey</a> introduced <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150072287/cross-talk-6-east-vs-west-introduction" rel="nofollow" >Cross-Talk #6: East vs West</a>. <br>
WAI Think Tank started by looking at the problem(s) of Imperialism, Orientalism, "hegemonic powers" and canon. They argued "In the midst of an ongoing debacle of global proportions only a truly critical architecture can offer a vision of a world where humanity, architecture and the environment are in radical balance, and where East and West are just geographical references to explain where the Sun rises and the day sets."
Duane McLemore made reference to Orientalism, Critical Regionalism, Audre Lorde and "dealing with privilege", while Conor Gravelle contended
"The narratives of the East and West begin to loose grounds where they fail to adequately surmount the intersectionality of contemporary existence...While this truth may not deliver the kind of critical fodder as the grander concepts of East or West, careful engagement with place offers a powerful sense Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #490"

Editor’s Picks #489

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/89/89c87fc0d62a88e7ae5ff5b887d38e95.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/ericbaldwin" rel="nofollow" >Eric Baldwin</a> kicked off a new series, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1159078/designing-practice" rel="nofollow" >Designing Practice</a>. lt kicked off featuring chats with <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150071446/i-love-this-profession-but-i-think-it-s-in-danger-a-talk-with-evelyn-lee" rel="nofollow" >Evelyn Lee</a> (of AIA&rsquo;s YAF and Practice Innovation Lab) and <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150071962/if-architects-don-t-attempt-to-maintain-social-and-public-relevance-i-m-not-certain-what-we-are-doing-a-conversation-with-lola-sheppard" rel="nofollow" >Lola Sheppard</a> (of Lateral Office) regarding Alternative or Expanded practice models in the 21st century. Plus, <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150070952/everything-is-changing-but-not-architecture-s-deep-state" rel="nofollow" >Duo Dickinson</a> (architecture critic for the New Haven Register) surveyed the changing professional landscape and saw <em>"</em><em>A whole lotta doom and gloom...!</em>"
ralph@bfmarch.com countered "With all due respect, lines of code won't keep out the rain or hold up the roof. As a retired but still teaching architecture faculty member and founding, retiring partner in a 12 person practice, I find us busier than ever with our role as interpreter of the building industry for clients unfamiliar with it." Later, Will Galloway chimed in "the profession has indeed moved on. I don't agree that the step away from beauty has been a bad Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #489"

A small factory of bricks

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d1/d1249b6879279779ce3deebd7bb0716c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Three nine-foot-high, 300-square-foot rooms stacked atop one another, along with two interior bricked-in patios on the first floor furnished with clay pots of cacti and other regional plants, which offer the only visual disruption of the house&rsquo;s earthen hues and exacting lines. Inside, the brick walls are adorned with little but the shadows of the day&rsquo;s moving light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Luisita Lopez Torregrosa traveled to Mexico City, to profile <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/44392537/taller-de-arquitectura-by-taller-mauricio-rocha-gabriela-carrillo" rel="nofollow" >Taller / Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo</a> and their Studio Iturbide project, built for Rocha&rsquo;s mother, the photographer <a href="http://www.gracielaiturbide.org/" rel="nofollow" >Graciela Iturbide</a>.</p><figure><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ec/ec2ac12061526905cae58a67b677be96.jpg"><figcaption>via Ben Sklar</figcaption></figure>          

Consider, for instance, the humble coffee lid

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c5/c5e67bbf81082839547cee8c7401e946.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The coffee lid&rsquo;s entire purpose is to prevent the loss of coffee due to movement of the cup, but it still must have a penetration to enable drinking.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in April, Sam Anderson highlighted a sentence from '<a href="http://www.papress.com/html/product.details.dna?isbn=9781616896560" rel="nofollow" >Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture</a>' (Princeton Architectural Press, 2018, Page 24), for the series <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/column/new-sentences" rel="nofollow" >New Sentences</a>.
Any Archinectors read the book? If so share your thoughts in the comments below.

Editor’s Picks #488

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/53/532c84eb8a5d9db6f3aac089c89ff08c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Last week Archinect profiled Denver-Based Paul Andersen for a <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150069609/denver-based-paul-andersen-wants-to-relieve-architecture-of-the-responsibility-to-be-fundamentally-good" rel="nofollow" >Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <a href="https://archinect.com/people/cover/149990266/apple-chris" rel="nofollow" >Apple Chris</a> liked what he read "<em>nice interview...and a sense humor. the entire Pop paragraph is quotable</em>".
Five Rooms at the Landmark Gallery in the Chicago Cultural Center. Designed with Paul Preissner Architects. Photo by James Florio.
Plus, Café militaire (or Café Godeau), by the Utopian and Visionary Claude Nicolas Ledoux, was featured as part of the From the Ground Up, series.
News After seeing their design for the new Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), chigurh needed to get something off their chest, "becoming less and less interested in morphosis....liked the work better when it was more about tectonic play than sinuous curves and code aesthetic."
Animo South Los Angeles High School's newest building designed by Brooks + Scarpa. Photo: Tara Wujcik.
Animo South Los Angeles High School's newest building Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #488"

Still, the architect’s importance is clear

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4d/4d9f7180cbf3f64e9e5209a03854caa2.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Between 2007 and 2013, Fotiadis designed all or part of six Trump-branded developments: a Trump Tower in Kazakhstan; a Trump-branded seaside resort in the republic of Georgia; a 47-story Trump Tower in Tbilisi, Georgia; hotel rooms at the Trump Tower in Istanbul; a Trump movie studio complex in Florida; and major portions of the Trump Parc Stamford, a condominium tower in Connecticut.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christina Wilkie tries to learn more about architect John Fotiadis (reportedly Trump&rsquo;s favorite architect). Yet, within hours of being contacted, John Fotiadis closed down his 10 yr old architecture firm, deleted his portfolio and left Twitter. <br>
h/t @Marcy Wheeler

Editor’s Picks #487

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93995c876f913f7f043a6fbbe8b71203.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />As part of the <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150063907/from-the-ground-up-frank-gehry" rel="nofollow" >From the Ground Up</a> series, <a href="https://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" >Anthony Morey</a>, profiled David Cabin, named after client Melvin David, by Frank Gehry.<br>
mmandemnorris added further detail "A little more research would show this was Gehry's effort to connect to his earliest inspiration, historical Asian architecture. The house also shows traits of later early work, with exposed wood framing, geometric design and vertical line douglas fir throughout. Another very interesting and possible indelible mark on his his life/career, is this was the only build his difficult to please father ever saw and Gehry always felt he didn't like it."
(Melvin) David Cabin by Frank Gehry

Later responding to Soapbox: American Architecture Now (1980), Alexander Morley commented "This series of interviews with Barbara Lee Diamonstein is an utterly fantastic time capsule into a fascinating moment of architecture...I recommend adding the interviews with Stanley Tigerman, Hugh Jacobsen, Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #487"

An army of underground robots will collect waste and deliver parcels

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7d/7dfbbeb52d2c7f746b4366c8d557e19f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Initially Sidewalk's deal with the organisation will cover a 12-acre site but it is believed it wishes to expand this to the whole area - which at 325 acres will represent a huge land-grab....As part of the planning process of bidding to develop the waterside location, the firm looked at 150 examples of smart cities, including those built from the ground up such as Masdar, in Abu Dhabi and Songdo in South Korea.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jane Wakefield chatted with both critics and proponents of a, Sidewalk Labs, proposed project on Toronto's Eastern waterfront.<br></p>         

Editor’s Picks #486

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/urvmloengn2tew7y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Tuscon based D.U.S.T, was profiled in a recent <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150061427/architecture-firm-d-u-s-t-carries-out-the-master-builder-tradition-in-the-arizona-desert" rel="nofollow" >Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>This aesthetic seems to work well in desert like climates.</em>" which makes sense since D.U.S.T explained their approach as "<em>doing our best to respond to the dreams, goals and desires of our clients and to each site, landscape and specific conditions of the natural environment that we have the opportunity to design for.</em>"
Casa Caldera. Photo Credit | ESTO–Jeff Goldberg
ICYMI, check out The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence (a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by Otis Harley). The videos are based on ‘The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence' by Hannah Wood, published on Archinect last year. jla-x couldn’t help worry about the future, "Awesome and exciting, but the problems are in the politics of an increasingly automated world.  What happens when 80-90% of Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #486"

Modernism invades a classically-traditional Swedish Island

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wy/wyjha059szd0fsqv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>But recently, a generation of homeowners and architects...have started not just ignoring, but defying the Law of Jante....From cast-concrete bunkers to glass-framed aeries, the new houses shock, subverting long-established order with a cool blast of modernity, while also paying homage to the island&rsquo;s chilly dignity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Hass travels to Gotland, a low-key, summer retreat for Swedes. Traditionally, simple farmhouse vernacular reigned. Yet, now firms such as Skalso, Murman Arkitekter, Deve Architects and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/80156745/tham-videg-rd-arkitekter" rel="nofollow" >Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd</a> are exploring a more contemporary idiom.<br></p>            

Six stories of interdisciplinary space aka "This is not about shopping"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ugiolvm0akh7fih8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>the facade of the recently opened Blue Mountain School is impossible to miss. The six-level brick townhouse, on the corner of Redchurch and Chance Streets, has been painted in a sleek and surprising silver. Inside, the multipurpose space defies easy categorization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Natalia Rachlin highlights the <a href="http://bluemountain.school/holding/" rel="nofollow" >Blue Mountain School</a>. The latest project by James Brown and his partner, Christie Fels, with architecting from <a href="http://www.6a.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" >6a Architects</a>, this corner of Shoreditch is a kind of <em><strong>Gesamtkunstwerk</strong></em>!
h/t AD, The Telegraph and Wallpaper

Six-storey’s of interdisciplinary space aka "This is not about shopping"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ugiolvm0akh7fih8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>the facade of the recently opened Blue Mountain School is impossible to miss. The six-level brick townhouse, on the corner of Redchurch and Chance Streets, has been painted in a sleek and surprising silver. Inside, the multipurpose space defies easy categorization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Natalia Rachlin highlights the <a href="http://bluemountain.school/holding/" rel="nofollow" >Blue Mountain School</a>. The latest project by James Brown, and his partner, Christie Fels, with architecting from <a href="http://www.6a.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" >6a Architects</a>, this corner of Shoreditch is a kind of <em><strong>Gesamtkunstwerk</strong></em>!
h/t AD, The Telegraph and Wallpaper

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bs/bs6pu16evtupl3ci.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 201<em>8.</em> <em></em>

Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 2018.

Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bs/bs6pu16evtupl3ci.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 201<em>8.</em> <em></em>
Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo