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Will The Traditional Museum Survive?

00:00 - 20 November, 2014
Will The Traditional Museum Survive?, Caruso St. John's Remodelling of the Tate Britain (London, 2014). Image © Helene Binet
Caruso St. John's Remodelling of the Tate Britain (London, 2014). Image © Helene Binet

The question of whether the traditional museum survive in the digital age has been bounced around since the dawn of digital art and archiving. In an article for The Independent, Christopher Beanland examines the issue of a global "museum boom" (especially in China where a new one opens every day), and how this is having an undoubtedly positive impact on people's quality of life. For Beanland, it's curious that "we don't splash out on council houses or universities or hospitals any more – but we do build museums and galleries." Perhaps it's because they are "a reliquary for our collective memories" and "a triumph of our collective will" or, in most cases, because they employ excellent PR and branding strategies. He notes that "despite being swamped by possessions, we've changed our views towards those things. In the second half of the 20th century, people defined themselves by what they had. But today people increasingly define themselves by what they do."

2014 World Bamboo Design Competition

01:00 - 20 November, 2014
2014 World Bamboo Design Competition , Courtesy of WBDC 2014
Courtesy of WBDC 2014

Architects, students and designers worldwide are being summoned to propose innovative design solutions centered around bamboo that explores the material's future potential. The competition, organized by World Bamboo and Damyang-Gun, hopes to “discover fresh ideas related to domestic and foreign industrialization of bamboo.” Architecture is one of three divisions in the competition. Winners will receive up to $10,000 in awards. Submissions are due November 30, 2014. You can learn more about the 2014 World Bamboo Design Competition, here

October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services , October ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
October ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Demand for design services in the US has slowed. According to the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the October ABI score was 53.7, down from a mark of 55.2 in September, and the new projects inquiry index fell to 62.7. Despite this, the demand is still considered “healthy” with the South showing the strongest regional conditions.

“Though it has been slow in emerging, we’re finally seeing some momentum develop in design activity for nonprofits and municipal governments, and as such we’re seeing a new round of activity in the institutional sector,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “It will be interesting to see if and how the results of the mid-term Congressional and gubernatorial elections impact this developing momentum.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Emerging Objects Invents Earthquake-Proof 3D Printed Column

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
Emerging Objects Invents Earthquake-Proof 3D Printed Column, Courtesy of Emerging Objects
Courtesy of Emerging Objects

A team of California-based designers have invented an earthquake-proof column built of 3D printed sand, assembled without bricks and mortar to withstand the harshest seismic activity. The 'Quake Column' is comprised of a pre-determined formation of stackable hollow bricks which combine to create a twisting structure, optimized for intense vibrations in zones of earthquake activity. Created by design firm Emerging Objects, the column's sand-based composition is one of many in a series of experimental structures devised by the team using new materials for 3D Printing, including salt, nylon, and chocolate. The column can be easily assembled and disassembled for use in temporary and permanent structures, and was designed purposefully with a simple assembly procedure for novice builders.

Find out how the Quake Column works after the break

Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team

    Thomas Landenberg, Karin Jakobsson, Karin Sjödin, Jeroen Matthijssen, Lars Zackrisson, Christian Wahlström, Lena Osvalds, Mikaela Åström Forsgren, Daniel Hultman
  • Area

    7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

V+D SET / BAK arquitectos

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
V+D SET / BAK arquitectos, © Inés Tanoira
© Inés Tanoira

© Inés Tanoira © Inés Tanoira © Inés Tanoira © Inés Tanoira +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mar Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Design and Project Management

    María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
  • Collaborators

    Florencia Testa
  • Area

    414.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Red Bull's New York Offices / INABA

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Red Bull's New York Offices / INABA, © Greg Irikura
© Greg Irikura

© Greg Irikura © Naho Kubota © Greg Irikura © Naho Kubota +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Jeffrey Inaba, Ostap Rudakevych, Yoichiro Mizuno, Alan Kwan
  • Area

    16800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in Sayo / Den Nen Architecture

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
House in Sayo / Den Nen Architecture, © Eiji Tomita
© Eiji Tomita

© Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sayo, Sayo District, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Naohiro Sumi、Shuhei Morita
  • Area

    141.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Park Tower / Studio Farris Architects

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Park Tower / Studio Farris Architects, Courtesy of Studio Farris Architects
Courtesy of Studio Farris Architects

Courtesy of Studio Farris Architects Courtesy of Studio Farris Architects Courtesy of Studio Farris Architects Courtesy of Studio Farris Architects +19

UK Government Confirms Protection of Title Will Continue

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
UK Government Confirms Protection of Title Will Continue, One of the more embarrassing examples of the ARB's 'mission creep' which the review may address came in 2012, when they demanded that media organizations cease to refer to Renzo Piano, designer of the Shard, as an architect. Image © Eric Smerling
One of the more embarrassing examples of the ARB's 'mission creep' which the review may address came in 2012, when they demanded that media organizations cease to refer to Renzo Piano, designer of the Shard, as an architect. Image © Eric Smerling

The UK government's Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has concluded that UK architecture should continue to be governed by "light-touch regulation based on protection of title," following the first phase of a review into the future of the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Now, a second phase of the review promises to investigate options to deliver this regulation, determining whether or not it is best achieved by the ARB.

A statement released by the DCLG says that it will now work "with all parts of the profession to identify opportunities to simplify the role of the regulator," with BD Online reporting that the available options including absorbing the role of the ARB into that of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), or to keep the ARB as an independent body - but with the DCLG warned that "it should not be assumed that an independent regulatory body would necessarily have the same form or role as the existing regulatory body."

Myoenji Columbarium / Furumori Koichi architectural design studio

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Myoenji Columbarium  / Furumori Koichi architectural design studio, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha +19

Housing Rehabilitation in La Cerdanya / dom - arquitectura

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Housing Rehabilitation in La Cerdanya / dom - arquitectura, © Jordi Anguera
© Jordi Anguera

© Jordi Anguera © Jordi Anguera © Jordi Anguera © Jordi Anguera +22

Check Out These Images of New York's Skyline in 2018

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
Check Out These Images of New York's Skyline in 2018, View looking south above Central Park showing "Billionaires Row" towers visible in foregorund, midtown towers in background, and various Financial District and Downtown Brooklyn Towers in far background. Image Courtesy of CityRealty
View looking south above Central Park showing "Billionaires Row" towers visible in foregorund, midtown towers in background, and various Financial District and Downtown Brooklyn Towers in far background. Image Courtesy of CityRealty

If New Yorkers thought that construction during Michael Bloomberg's tenure as Mayor was frantic, then what's coming next might be quite a shock: courtesy of CityRealty, these images show the New York skyline in 2018, when many of the city's current projects will be complete. Produced from building models by TJ Quan and Ondel Hylton as a marketing ploy for Jean Nouvel's 53 West 53rd street which recently (finally) began construction, the images include all of Nouvel's illustrious future neighbors: the "Billionaire's Row" including 111 West 57th Street, 220 Central Park South, 225 West 57th Street (Nordstrom Tower) and One57; new Midtown developments such as 432 Park Avenue, 520 Park Avenue425 Park Avenue, One Vanderbilt, 610 Lexington, 15 Penn Plaza, and the Hudson Yards towers; and even the latest financial district towers, 1WTC, 30 Park Place, 125 Greenwich, and 225 Cherry Street.

View Looking West Above Long Island City. Image Courtesy of CityRealty  View over Upper East Side. Background shows supertall towers. Image Courtesy of CityRealty View looking north above Midtwon showing Central Park and supertowers planned allong "Billionaires  Row". Image Courtesy of CityRealty Courtesy of CityRealty +5

How Serendipity Helped Make 22-Year-Old Pedro E Guerrero FLW’s Favorite Photographer

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
How Serendipity Helped Make 22-Year-Old Pedro E Guerrero FLW’s Favorite Photographer, Robert Llewellyn Wright House. Image © 2014 Pedro E. Guerrero Archives
Robert Llewellyn Wright House. Image © 2014 Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

What does it take for a 22-year-old art school drop-out to start a lifelong professional relationship with "the greatest American architect of all time"? Originally published by Curbed as "How a 22-Year-Old Became Wright's Trusted Photographer," this article reveals that for Pedro E. Guerrero, it took some guts and a lot of luck - but once they were working together this unlikely pairing was a perfect match.

When Frank Lloyd Wright hired Pedro E. Guerrero to photograph Taliesin West in 1939, neither knew it would lead to one of the most important relationships in architectural history. Wright was 72 and had already been on the cover of Time for Fallingwater. Guerrero was a 22-year-old art school drop-out. Their first meeting was prompted by Guerrero's father, a sign painter who vaguely knew Wright from the neighborhood and hoped the architect would offer his son a job. Any job.

Young Guerrero had the chutzpah to introduce himself to the famous architect as a "photographer." In truth, he hadn't earned a nickel. "I had the world's worst portfolio, including a shot of a dead pelican," Guerrero said later. "But I also had nudes taken on the beach in Malibu. This seemed to capture Wright's interest."

Danish Embassy and University of Manchester Present "The Liveable City"

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
Danish Embassy and University of Manchester Present "The Liveable City", Courtesy of Kåre Gade
Courtesy of Kåre Gade

Imagine the ideal city—one where residents are happy, healthy, financially secure, and living in a community that is both beautiful and safe. How do we bring our own neighborhoods up to that standard? The Liveable City, a series of (free!) seminars and events starting this week at the University of Manchester, can offer a few answers. A collaboration between the University, the Danish Embassy in the UK, and RIBA North West, The Liveable City is an exploration in urban design and planning. It invites architects, businesses, and the general public to participate in dialogue that seeks to improve the quality of life in cities in the United Kingdom and in Denmark. The schedule of events runs from November 20th to the 27th, and will take place in the Benzie Building of the Manchester School of Architecture. See more details after the break!

Coalimex / group8asia

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Coalimex / group8asia, © Régis Golay
© Régis Golay

© Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Maxx Royal Kemer Hotel / Baraka Architects

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Maxx Royal Kemer Hotel  / Baraka Architects, Courtesy of Baraka Architects
Courtesy of Baraka Architects

Courtesy of Baraka Architects Courtesy of Baraka Architects Courtesy of Baraka Architects Courtesy of Baraka Architects +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    07980 Kemer, Turkey
  • Area

    100000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Entourage 3 / Re-Act Now

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Entourage 3  / Re-Act Now, © Andrei Margulescu
© Andrei Margulescu

© Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bucharest, Romania
  • Architects in Charge

    Mario Kuibus, Viorel Zoicas
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs