Tiny-House Villages: Safe Havens for the Homeless

Quixote Village. Image © Leah Nash for BuzzFeed

As the need for smart housing solutions rises, so does the appeal of tiny-house villages, not just as shelter for the homeless, but as a possible look to the future of the housing sector. The new article, Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution To Homelessness? by Tim Murphy, takes a closer look into the positive and negative aspects of these controversial communities, as well as their social and political ramifications so far. Through interviews with residents of several tiny-house villages, Murphy investigates the current impacts they have had on the homeless populations within major American , and questions how the lifestyle will evolve in the future. Read the full article, here.

Redesigning Los Angeles For Long-Term Drought

River (2013). Image © Flickr CC User Steve Lyon

With many of the world’s cities combating , it is apparent that channeling water away from populated areas with no intended use is not sustainable. Cities are depending on their “precious rain water” more than ever and, as Arid Lands Institute co-founder Hadley Arnold says, “the ace in our species pocket is the ability to innovate.” We need to “build cities like sponges,” starting with permeable hardscape, drought-tolerant landscaping and smarter plumbing. See what NPR has to say about issue of water treatment and Los Angeles, here.

Warren Woods Passive House / GO Logic

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Architects: GO Logic
Location: , ME, USA
Design Team: Matthew O’Malia, RA, Principal, Timothy Lock, RA, Project Architect, Riley Pratt
Year: 2014
Photographs: Trent Bell

NCARB to Assist Brazil with Regulating Architectural Licensure

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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has formed an agreement with the Conselho de Arquitetura e Urbanismo do Brasil () to “exchange information and share best practices” regarding the regulation of architectural licensure and professional standards.

“NCARB is pleased to be in a position to help strengthen and solidify its regulatory approach governing architects,” said NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB. “We are also excited to learn from ’s activities, including its effective national system of monitoring various aspects of architectural practice.”

360 Architecture Tops New Atlanta Stadium with Retractable “Roof Petals”

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A fly-through over the new Atlanta Falcons’ stadium has been released, revealing an unprecedented retractable roof designed by 360 Architecture (recently acquired by ). According to the stadium’s official website, the Pantheon-inspired stadium’s “eight unique roof petals” can rotate open in less than eight minutes, much like a “camera lens.” It will also be clad in a translucent ETFE fabric that, when closed, will allow natural light to pass into its interior.

The video, after the break.

AIA Says December ABI Closed 2014 on “Solid Footing”

December 2014 . Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Rising from a score of 50.9 to 52.2 in December, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) closed 2014 on “solid footing.” As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), design services continued to increase throughout the majority of last year and all regions, except the Northeast, experienced favorable conditions.

“Business conditions continue to be the strongest at architecture firms in the South and the Western regions,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “Particularly encouraging is the continued solid upturn in design activity at institutional firms, since public sector facilities were the last nonresidential building project type to recover from the downturn.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Phoenix House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

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Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson
Design Team: Anderson, Peter Anderson, Johnson Tang, Yevgeniy Ossipov, Gennifer Muñoz, Yingying Xue, Jia Wu, Chris Campbell
Project Manager: Yevgeniy Ossipov
Area: 3700.0 ft2
Photographs: Anthony Vizzari

United States Courthouse – Salt Lake City / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architects: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: , UT, USA
Thomas Phifer Project Team: Thomas Phifer AIA, Managing Partner Stephen Dayton AIA, Project Partner Mitch Crowder
, Ina Ko
, Katie Bennett
, Robert Chan
, Rebecca Garnett
, Andrew Mazor
, Jon Benner
, Chien Ho Hsu
Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects Team: Ross Wentworth AIA, Principal, 
Sergey Akhpatelov AIA, Project Partner Steve Squires, Scott Smith, Erin Youngberg, Richard Judkins, Tyler Young, Barbara Fowler, Julio Garcia
Area: 400000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Frances

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Commissioned for New Performing Arts Center in Massachusetts

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been chosen as the winner of a design competition for a new performing arts center at the College of the Holy Cross in , Massachusetts. The competition received submissions from eight world-renowned firms, which were then judged by a selection committee. The $60 million building will tentatively begin construction in 2017, as part of the College’s plan to “Become More: The Campaign of Holy Cross.” DS+R ultimately won the competition due to its diverse design and interdisciplinary nature, just as the College hopes to instill in its students through this addition. 

Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light

Firminy C, architecture by Le Corbusier, 2007, digital b-w silver gelatin print. Courtesy of ammann gallery. Image © Hélène Binet

In the wake of her selection as the recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award for 2015, Hélène Binet‘s work will be exhibited at the Woodbury University Hollywood (WUHO) Gallery in , . The exhibition, entitled Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light, will be open from February 28, 2015 to March 29, 2015, showcasing the highlights of the artist’s career as a renowned architectural photographer. The exhibition will be initiated with an opening reception and award ceremony on February 28, 2015 to honor Binet for her achievements. 

Artplace Offering Grants for Cultural Installations

Courtesy of Artplace

Artplace America is offering up to $3 million in funding to an applicant non-governmental organization (NGO) in six different regions of the US as a part of its Community Development Investments program. Artplace will select these six organizations based on their interest in “sustainably incorporating arts and cultural strategies into the organizations work.” If selected, NGOs will work with financial advisement teams, as well as creative consultants to make the best use of the grant money. To see if your organization is eligible, click here!

Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park

Aerial View of the Park. Image Courtesy of Project 120

Chicago’s Jackson Park is expected to see some big changes in the coming years. Nonprofit organization Project 120 is working to revitalize the park, restoring many of the design aspects implemented by its landscape architect, the famous Frederick Law Olmsted. Alongside this restoration, the park will also receive a new Pavilion, homage to Japan’s gift to the US for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. An outdoor performance space will be added to the park, as will an installation funded by musician and activist Yoko Ono. See the details, after the break.

Sport and Fitness Center for Disabled People / Baldinger Architectural Studio

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Architects: Baldinger Architectural Studio
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Ilan Baldinger, Aaron Reddy, Greg Wedge
Area: 45000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Raul Garcia

The Nature Conservancy HQ / MKThink

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Architects: MKThink
Location: , CA, USA
Project Mangement: Studley
Contractor: GCI
Area: 16200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cesar Rubio

2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Louisiana State Museum / Trahan Architects. Image © Timothy Hursly

Celebrating the most innovative spaces in the realm of interior design, the (AIA) has selected this year’s recipients for the prestigious Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. These eight projects will be recognized for their exceptional design at the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta

Learn more about the winning designs after the break.

Vincent Laforet’s Images of New York From Above Will Take Your Breath Away

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Something he has “dreamed of capturing for decades,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has released a stunning set of images that captures his hometown of New York in a way that has never before been seen. Taken from a nauseating 7500-feet above the city, Laforet’s “Gotham 7.5K” series reveals the unrelenting, pulsating energy that radiates from the Big Apple’s city grid.

All the images and the making-of video, after the break. 

Walnut Residence / Modal Design

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Architects: Modal Design
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Daniel Monti
Area: 2727.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Benny Chan for Fotoworks

64North to Construct “Sparkling” Palo Alto Pedestrian Bridge Over Highway 101

Courtesy of the City of Palo Alto

64 North, HNTB Engineering, Bionic Landscape Architecture and sculptor Ned Kahn have been chosen by the City of Palo Alto to realized a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the 14-lane Highway 101 at Adobe Creek. Their winning proposal, “Confluence” will connect residential and commercial areas in south Palo Alto to the Baylands Nature Preserve and the regional Bay Trail network.

Read on for more information and a video about the design.