Bulgaria’s Buzludzha Monument opens its doors for the first time in eight years, with restoration plans underway

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c1nnm8vctj7orgn3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Officially called the &ldquo;House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party&rdquo;, the building fell into disrepair following the collapse of the country's socialist government in 1989, but remains a popular landmark and tourist attraction. The trip comes before an expected visit by European and Bulgarian experts at the end of 2018, who will report on the building&rsquo;s structural integrity with the view of opening it officially to tourists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">

Bulgaria’s Buzludzha Monument opens its doors for the first time in eight years, with restoration plans underway

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c1nnm8vctj7orgn3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Officially called the &ldquo;House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party&rdquo;, the building fell into disrepair following the collapse of the country's socialist government in 1989, but remains a popular landmark and tourist attraction. The trip comes before an expected visit by European and Bulgarian experts at the end of 2018, who will report on the building&rsquo;s structural integrity with the view of opening it officially to tourists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">

New findings state Grenfell Tower insulation never passed fire safety test

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0f/0fluogn9su9woooh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The insulation that burned out of control on Grenfell Tower had never passed the required safety test and should never have been on the building, a BBC investigation has discovered. Panorama understands the manufacturer, Celotex, used extra fire retardant in the product that qualified for the safety certificate.
A more flammable version was then sold for public use, the programme believes. Celotex said it is co-operating with the police investigation and inquiry.

Last June the Grenfell Tower fire in London killed 72 people prompting ongoing investigations. It has been found that the RS5000 insulation used in the building's refurbishment gives off toxic fumes containing cyanide when burned. Almost all who perished in the fire were killed by smoke.  The manufacturer Celotex has been accused of misleading marketing, selling their insulation as compatible with other cladding panels and tower block refurbishment—both of which are false. Safety was neglected as the cladding panels Continue reading "New findings state Grenfell Tower insulation never passed fire safety test"

New findings state Grenfell Tower insulation never passed fire safety test

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0f/0fluogn9su9woooh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The insulation that burned out of control on Grenfell Tower had never passed the required safety test and should never have been on the building, a BBC investigation has discovered. Panorama understands the manufacturer, Celotex, used extra fire retardant in the product that qualified for the safety certificate.
A more flammable version was then sold for public use, the programme believes. Celotex said it is co-operating with the police investigation and inquiry.

Last June the Grenfell Tower fire in London killed 72 people prompting ongoing investigations. It has been found that the RS5000 insulation used in the building's refurbishment gives off toxic fumes containing cyanide when burned. Almost all who perished in the fire were killed by smoke.  The manufacturer Celotex has been accused of misleading marketing, selling their insulation as compatible with other cladding panels and tower block refurbishment—both of which are false. Safety was neglected as the cladding panels Continue reading "New findings state Grenfell Tower insulation never passed fire safety test"

A sinkhole has appeared on the White House lawn (and so have swamp jokes)

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vk/vkq2wg8pc5oa2s06.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>A sinkhole has formed on the North Lawn of the White House, and predictably, the temptation was too great for many on social media, who filled the void with all the &ldquo;drain the swamp&rdquo; jokes and metaphors one could imagine.
But forget the obvious political jabs and the fact that President Trump uses that phrase as a rallying cry about eliminating corruption in Washington: The saying has some geological merit.



  "The White House sits at the intersection of a Quaternary colluvium (base of steep slope) deposit & a Pleistocene fluvial (river) & estuarine deposit," Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist, geologist, and currently a congressional candidate for the Democratic Party in California, commented on the natural occurrence that some have given prophetic meaning. "It’s built on poorly consolidated sediments, not bedrock. Sinkholes happen."

Andrés Jaque appointed as Columbia GSAPP’s new Director of Advanced Architectural Design Program

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9h/9hfbh6phf0ry1lme.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/columbiagsapp" rel="nofollow" >Columbia GSAPP</a> Dean Amale Andraos announced today that <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/611397/andres-jaque" rel="nofollow" >Andr&eacute;s Jaque</a> will be the&nbsp;new director of the school's Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design program, effective June 1, 2018. As founder of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/564402/office-for-political-innovation" rel="nofollow" >Office for Political of Innovation</a> and a&nbsp;teacher of advanced design studios at GSAPP since 2013,&nbsp;Jaque will succeed Associate Professor Enrique Walker, who has directed the program since 2008.
The three-semester Advanced Architectural Design program is for outstanding students who already have a bachelor's or M.Arch degree, and is best known for offering students a framework through which they can explore professional and academic concerns. In directing the program, Jaque aims to further develop architecture's role as a critical practice that is based on constructive debate of ideas and innovative experimentation. “More than ever, architecture is now a key player in the challenges the world faces. The AAD program occupies a unique position from which the relevance of architec...

Architecture Billings Index in April gains strength

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0h/0h2quriwthg6x75x.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting today that architecture firm billings rose for the seventh consecutive month, with the pace of growth in April increasing modestly from March.
Overall, the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for April was 52.0 [...], which indicates the business environment continues to be healthy for architecture firms despite continued labor shortages, growing inflation in building materials costs and rising interest rates.

“While there was slower growth in April for new project work coming into architecture firms, business conditions have remained healthy for the first four months of the year,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Although growth in regional design activity was concentrated at firms in the sunbelt, there was balanced growth so far this year across all major construction sectors.” The American Institute of Architects reports these key ABI stats for the month of April:

Lagranja Design Revives the 1930s Hotel Terramar Back to Its Historic Mediterranean Roots

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/lagranja-design-revives-1930s-hotel-back-historic-mediterranean-roots/hotel-terramar-sitges-lagranja-design-9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/hotel-terramar-sitges-lagranja-design-9-810x456.jpg" alt="Lagranja Design Revives the 1930s Hotel Terramar Back to Its Historic Mediterranean Roots" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/sitges/me-sitges-terramar/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hotel Terramar</a> in Sitges, Spain is a historic property belonging to the <a href="https://www.melia.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Melia</a> hotel chain that dates back to its opening in the 1930s. Back then, a bourgeoning beach culture activated by avant-garde artists and modernists revived the town and created the concept of “chiringuito” (a Spanish term for open-air beach bar), or so they say. In an effort to restore the hotel&#8217;s storied past, <a href="http://lagranjadesign.com/?lang=en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lagranja Design</a> gave the hotel an updated facelift that highlights the aesthetic of the Mediterranean, like ceramics, wicker, clay, macramé, terra cotta.
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There were many custom projects that were involved in the restoration of the hotel, including the marble-covered bar, the wood screening, the pottery wall hangings, and the fish installation art. The hotel now features 213 rooms in 18 different layouts, spread out over six floors. Lagranja also designed the furniture for the hotel, including the sofas and Basic XL armchairs, which now
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Color Knockout: 20 Accent Chairs That Will Rock Your World

Colorful accent chairs are making waves in decor, and it’s not hard to see why: They’re an easy way to update and invigorate your space. If you find yourself boxed into a too-neutral color palette but you’re not ready to make a huge change to the room, add an accent chair for color or focus. One or two new accent pieces can turn your color palette around instantly. With your new accent chair color in place, adding a few decorative accessories in the same color will give your space that elusive put-together look.

Accent chairs are available in every decorating style and color, making it easy to find the perfect match for your home. Here are some of our favorites in the top decorating styles.

Contemporary accent chairs

Contemporary style is clean and unfussy, and contemporary accent chairs are great for rooms where you need a simple addition without clutter.
Modern Teal Chair
Green Modern Accent Chair
Contemporary White Chair
Contemporary Teal Chair
Lilly Pulitzer glam chair
Royal Blue Chair
Teal Accent Chair
Green Glam Chair
Colorful Boho Accent Chair
Fuchsia Boho Chair
Gray Print Boho Chair
Pink boho chair
Modern Farmhouse chair
Rustic Modern Plaid Chair
Modern rustic accent chair
Rustic modern accent chair
Blue mid-century chair
White mid-century modern chair
Wood mid-century modern chair
Mid-century cow pattern chair
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Korokoro Bush House / Parsonson Architects

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Text description provided by the architects. The house sits at the end of a narrow road,perched on a steep hillside, looking down a bush-clad valley to the Korokoro Stream with views out to Wellington Harbour through a V in the hills. It is two storied with bedrooms upstairs and livings spaces below.

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A covered walkway steps down beside the garage leading to the front door with diagonal views out to the north facing deck, lawn and hill views. From the entry, passage through the house follows the line of the hillside in a procession of gentle steps down to the main living spaces, that look over the valley and wrap around a private north facing deck.

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Mattias Stenberg’s On Point & Carry On Make Perfect Informal Office Seating

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mattias-stenbergs-on-point-carry-on-make-perfect-informal-office-seating/on-point-table-carry-on-stools-mattias-stenberg-offecct-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/ON-POINT-table-CARRY-ON-Stools-Mattias-Stenberg-offecct-1-810x717.jpg" alt="Mattias Stenberg&#8217;s On Point &#038; Carry On Make Perfect Informal Office Seating" /></a>
                                With offices going more towards open floor plans that allow employees to collaborate, having pieces of furniture that allow for that is key. It also makes sense to incorporate pieces that can easily be moved around for meetings or for overall growth. <a href="https://www.mattiasstenberg.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mattias Stenberg</a> has nailed just that with two designs for <a href="https://www.offecct.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Offecct</a> that offer workers informal workspaces that can be changed up. First are the <a href="https://www.offecct.com/product/on-point/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">On Point</a> powered tables which allow for meetings while also having a central spot for plants, and then the <a href="https://www.offecct.com/product/carry-on-stool/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carry On</a> stools which provide quick additional seating when needed.
The On Point tables are designed to work in office or public spaces or even airports as a way to provide informal workspaces wherever needed. The large tabletop is enough space for up to eight people to work or give plenty of room for just a few. In the center, the On Point table is
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Studio Hagel Remixes 3D Printed Adidas ALPHAEDGE 4D

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/studio-hagel-remixes-3d-printed-adidas-alphaedge-4d/studiohagel-remix-adidas/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/StudioHagel-Remix-adidas-810x609.jpg" alt="Studio Hagel Remixes 3D Printed Adidas ALPHAEDGE 4D" /></a>
                                Oxygen and light applied onto liquid polymer. That&#8217;s the formula <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Adidas</a> is using to manufacture their latest generation of footwear, the <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us/alphaedge-4d-shoes/AC8485.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ALPHAEDGE 4D</a>. Digital Light Synthesis was developed with <a href="https://www.carbon3d.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carbon</a> to allow the footwear makers to tailor midsole structure for cushioning, stability, and comfort specific to the weight and activity of its wearer. Now Amsterdam’s <a href="http://www.studiohagel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Hagel</a> is using the 3D-printed midsoles and compositing a hybrid shoe as componetry to reconstruct their own unique hi-top reinterpretation.
From Andy Barr, Adidas’s global category director for running:
With AlphaEdge 4D our goal is to enhance the athlete’s preparation for their sport. Running is the foundation of every athlete’s training and at adidas we understand that each athlete exhibits different movement patterns based on their sport, stature and gender.
The original goals of the ALPHAEDGE 4D as stated above – available domestically in the US since February – may have been motivated in
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NYDG Integral Health & Wellness / Brandon Haw Architecture

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Text description provided by the architects. The new flagship facility for the world-renowned New York Dermatology Group occupies the second floor of a classic Fifth Avenue landmark building situated on the Northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 19th Street. The project comprises 7,000 sq ft of new wellness and treatment facilities and a new, discreet VIP entrance from East 19th Street. The design accommodates 8 new treatment rooms, blood infusion facility, nutrition center and 2 new cryotherapy treatment facilities, each with their associated support spaces, reception and retail product area. The distinct characteristics of the NYDG’s practice -- deeply personal, calm and care-focused approach coupled with the use of latest technological procedures -- are reflected

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