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Tag Archives: Architecture

February 20, 2017
The Rise Of Walltecture
Pop Up City

The current political climate is challenging the concept of ‘borders’ and what they look like. The architecture and design communities are responding in different ways, reinventing the idea of a border wall and showing that such a wall could be as much open as it can be closed.

New York’s Vast Flop
New York Review of Books

No urban design project in modern American experience has aroused such high expectations and intense scrutiny as the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York City.

Economic Booms Are Bad For Urban Design
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Cash-rich developers looking for a chance to make a quick buck often produce bad architecture and urban design when there are opportunities for making positive changes in the built environment.

February 16, 2017
Krumwiede’s Satirical Jolt For Architecture Publishing
Los Angeles Times

It is that rare thing in architecture: a book of satire. It lays out the history of a place called Freedomland, an imaginary new town that brings together Thomas Jefferson, garden city planner Ebenezer Howard and the back-to-the-land collectivism of 1970s Northern California.

A Conversation With Urban Designer Eran Chen

Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, ODA’s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA’s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city.

February 15, 2017
NYC’s Story of the Squats
Urban Omnibus

The story of the squats of the Lower East Side — heroic acts of reoccupying abandoned buildings and violent clashes with the police — are now the stuff of myth and history.

February 14, 2017
L.A.’s 100 Coolest Buildings
Boing Boing

From Spanish-style adobe to Art Deco to Googie to Midcentury Modern to new experimental forms, L.A. is one of the most eclectic cities for architecture. Los Angeles Magazine curated this great list of 100 architectural gems worthy of a visit.

February 13, 2017
February 9, 2017
Netflix Bets On a New Design Series, Starchitect
Los Angeles Times

“I never dream about my buildings,” Bjarke Ingels says in one episode of “Abstract: The Art of Design,” an eight-part documentary series from Netflix premiering Friday.

February 8, 2017
February 7, 2017
Disco Architecture in the Global City

What might disco have to do with the development and rhythm of the global city? Even better, what is the value of considering these types of spaces against our current political moment?

What Happened To Newcastle’s Dream for a Vertical City?
The Guardian

In the 60s planners reimagined Newcastle as a 3D multi-level city, but what remains is now being closed off or demolished. Guided by architecture professor Stephen Graham, Karl Whitney explores this disappearing city.

How Architecture Can Fight Air Pollution
City Metric

My research on the architectural history of the Houses of Parliament reveals the surprising story of a building whose problems helped speed the creation of these new environmental laws.

February 6, 2017
Dutch Architects Aim to Redesign Russian City
Global Construction Review

Dutch firms de Architekten Cie and Felixx Landscape Architects are to redesign the historic centre of Chelyabinsk, a city in central Russia, about 1,500km east of Moscow.

Is The World Finally Ready for Uhü?

Uhü, or Urban Housing Unit, designed by Addison Godine of Live light with the City of Boston’s Housing Innovation Lab and Boston Society of Architects, recently toured Boston. It is a 385 square foot prefabricated unit that looks pretty comfortable. And now, it’s a sixplex.

Raleigh Picks 1 WTC Architect for Downtown Campus
The News & Observer

Raleigh is partnering with Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to design a new civic campus for its city offices, the company announced Monday. The company, known as SOM, dates back to the 1930s and has designed landmark buildings around the world.

February 5, 2017


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