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    Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis is the first full-length critical study of the dingbat apartment, the stucco-clad boxy “building code creature” that is the Southland's most ubiquitous and mundane vernacular typology. Co-edited by Radical Craft founder Joshua Stein and architect and educator Thurman Grant, the book is the latest initiative in the Dingbat 2.0 project, following the LA Forum's 2010 Dingbat 2.0 competition.

    The nearly 300-page publication features essays by figures like Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, Dana Cuff, John Kaliski, the editors themselves, and more. It also includes a Dingbat Field Guide, a fun-to-read section of critical responses and comments from both architects and non-architects, and winning entries of the Dingbat 2.0 competition.

    Thanks to DoppelHouse Press, Archinect is giving away five copies to our readers!

    Joshua Stein and Thurman Grant took a moment with Archinect to share more details about the book. Read on f...

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    As if running a practice wasn’t challenging enough, numerous architects and designers also engage regularly in teaching, whether it’s giving one-off lectures around the world or teaching full studios and courses at universities. So how does teaching influence the practice of architecture, and vice versa?

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    Diriyah, Saudi Arabia is home to the Turaif district, the first capital of Saudis and an UNESCO world heritage site since 2010. Appropriately, ZHA's winning design for the Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Diriyah will help maintain the area's UNESCO distinction, including an exhibition space, a library, lecture hall, educational spaces, and an institution for local archaeological research.

    According to ZHA, the design is inspired by the interaction between humans and the geography, with references to Diriyah's oasis in the Wadi Hanifah valley and the rammed-earth construction of the area's preserved buildings.

    ZHA's proposal is the winning entry from the 2015 competition to design the local Heritage Museum's head office.

    More from ZHA on Archinect:

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    We could've sworn on Frank Lloyd Wright's ghost that the month of October had barely started, and yet, Halloween festivities are upon us. As always, New York City is abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. For anyone curious about what local happenings to fit into your weekly schedules, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of events that are worth checking out.

    Check back regularly so you don't miss out. Have a look at our latest selection of NYC events.

    Critical Halloween: Luxury | October 29, recommended by Justine Testado

    Image credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture.

    Get fancy this Saturday night at the Storefront's Critical Halloween — an intellectual debate and a costume competition rolled into one party. Join a discussion that questions the concept of “Luxury” in architecture and art, now and in the future. And...

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    Trump Tower is no ordinary property: It is the jewel in Donald Trump's brass crown. He lives at the top in a three-story penthouse with his third wife and third son. But it's more than just Trump's home. With its flashy outward image barely concealing a rotting, garbage-filled core, it's a metaphor for the man.

    Trump once famously declared, "I will build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me—and I'll build them very inexpensively." The last part is definitely true, judging by this undeniably cheap construction.

    For more on the architecture of the Republican candidate for president, follow these links:

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    Spend this week exploring exhibitions; whether the work is that of an artist at their prime, a concept drawing from a student, or appreciating the forgotten modern dwellings in historical Highgate, this week is a celebration of hard work and creative pursuits. And, as we move into the end of October, don't miss the opportunity to give yourself a fright with a Halloween tour of historic London. 

    Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!

    Uniqlo Tate Lates | 28 October

    'Hackoustic', image: Axel bluhme

    Opening up the gallery to the post-work crowd, the Tate Modern's new monthly event will bring art, talks, music, workshops, and food to Friday evenings. This month, take the opportunity to see something different, from film and music to iconic artists, there is so much to see. To honour this new series, the Tate has even created a new cocktail, which will be served on the viewing level of the new extension, the Switch House, bringi...

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    Facing a legal and public-relations nightmare with its sinking and leaning Millennium Tower, the San Francisco highrise’s developer is redesigning the foundation of its newest luxury condo project up Mission Street — with the idea of going all the way down to bedrock. [...] the 58-story Millennium Tower at 301 Mission St. [has] sunk 16 inches and is leaning 2 inches to the northwest. That condo high-rise sits on a concrete slab with piles driven 60 to 80 feet deep, well short of bedrock.

    In contrast, the 706 Mission St. tower was designed without any piles. Instead, it was to be held up by a four-story basement garage sitting on a bowl-shaped concrete slab, 12 feet thick at the center and 5 feet thick at the edges.

    The Millenium Tower is already sinking even though it was built just a few years ago. The problems plaguing the site raise questions about the integrity of buildings built on bay fill that aren't anchored to bedrock. The SF Chronicle broke the story a few months ago.

    More news from the Bay Area:

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    You probably don’t recognize George Tsypin’s name, but you’re almost certainly familiar with his projects. After training as an architect in Moscow, Tsypin moved to New York to study theater design, and it’s now safe to say millions upon millions of people have seen his work. He’s designed stage sets for the MTV VMA’s, operas, Broadway plays, and the 2014 Winter Olympics’ Opening Ceremony at Sochi, among many others.

    Tsypin's work is now captured in GEORGE TSYPIN OPERA FACTORY: Invisible City, released on October 18 by Princeton Architectural Press. We spoke about designing for theatrical and mass media performances, and how his architectural training grounds his practice.

    Our interview begins with Tsypin's account of working in 5Pointz, the infamous graffiti building in Long Island City. Special thanks to Princeton Architectural Press for helping coordinate the interview.

    Listen to One-to-One #43 with George Tsypin:

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    We could've sworn on Frank Lloyd Wright's ghost that October barely started, and yet Halloween festivities are upon us. As always, the city is abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Wondering where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater L.A. area? Archinect and Bustler compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings around town that are worth checking out.

    Check back regularly so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's L.A. picks.

    Between East and West: Day One and Two | October 25-26, recommended by Alexander Walter

    Yokosuka Museum of Art, Japan, designed by Riken Yamamoto, 2007. Image via Wikipedia.

    Don't miss this two-day lecture series at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's Perloff Hall: organized by Hitoshi Abe, the event presents the globe-spanning work of Japanese archite...

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    Bakery + Cafe

    Location / Vancouver, Canada
    Project Type / Interior Renovation
    Size / 2700 sf
    Completion / 2014

    Photo Credit: Ema Peter

    Wall Art Installation by Ricky Alvarez

    Small Victory Bread & Coffee opened in its current location on Homer Street in historic Yaletown in 2014. The design pays homage to the heritage character of Yaletown by alluding to the spirit of the Beaux Arts with brass accents that energize the modern and minimalist character of the cafe.

    A Carrara marble coffee bar extends into the heart of the cafe, connecting the food and drink preparation space with an open, communal ambiance. Oak flooring and wall panelling reflects soft light, which gives the cafe a subtle warmth. The brass detailing is complemented by an elegant, crystalline wall-sculpture, designed by Vancouver artist Ricky Alvarez.

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    The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference is considered a premiere venue for the dissemination of cutting-edge work focusing on advanced computation and digital fabrication techniques, and Archinect is proud to be a media sponsor for the workshop portion of the event. A yearly event that attracts top-tier instructors and participants from around the globe, the 2016 workshops will take place from October 24-26th at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Organized around the conference title “Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines”, seven workshops will spend three days exploring design philosophies in which computation, fabrication, material science, and sensory feedback are integrated into cohesive processes that exert their agency in the physical realm.

    As part of its coverage of the ACADIA workshops Archinect has invited students from Taubman College to share their experience as parti...

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    In terms of financial benefits to consumers from reduced utility bills, energy codes could save $126 billion dollars from 2010 to 2040. This equates to a CO2 reduction of 841 million metric tons (MMT). These savings are approximately equal to the greenhouse gases emitted by 177 million passenger vehicles driven for one year or the CO2 emissions from 245 coal power plants for one year.

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) evaluates impacts of model energy codes in residential and commercial buildings. The most recent assessment focuses on the current model codes and their prospective national and state-level impacts from 2010 through 2040.

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    In a previous article I wrote about the Brexit referendum, I concluded by saying it could be the crowning achievement of a long and glorious reign for Elizabeth II. I would like to be clear: I voted to remain in the European Union.

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    I am friendly with several people who all  worked at the same company (not an architecture firm, but related) until recently. They have all quit, spectacularly, in the last few weeks, after finally reaching a breaking point with mismanagement . They have shared letters of resignation with me that include accusations, personal grievances, and lists of reasons why they are jumping ship.

    This seems cathartic but dangerous, IMO....but I do really, deeply understand the desire to do so.

    Has anyone quit spectacularly? And did it come back to bite you later? Or did you sail on out, head high, and never regret it?

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    “In an ensemble, the tone of a singular instrument becomes difficult to distinguish at the moment when all of its players strike a note,” explains the German-born, LA-based designer Paul Krist, a recent graduate of the Southern California Institute of Architecture’s M.Arch II program. “Each sound vibrates to produce a unifying harmony, an emergent sensation.”

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    Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs. Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.

    The expansion which had been publicly opposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has been widely debated for years.

    Funded with private sector cash the new runway will cost £17.6 billion but provide 260,000 more flights with an estimated boost of £147 billion to the economy over 60 years. However, construction is unlikely to begin until 2020 at the earliest. 

    Read more about Heathrow and UK aviation projects here: 

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    After being criticized for helping to displace renters by inadvertently motivating landlords to turn long-term rentals into short-term hotel-like quarters, Airbnb is getting political and donating $100,000 to Los Angeles' Proposition HHH, which would require city officials to raise tax dollars to build 10,000 units of homeless housing. According to an article in the L.A. Times:

    "The contribution comes as a proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals is working its way to the City Council. The measure, approved in June by the Los Angeles Planning Commission, would limit short-term rentals to 180 days per year, exclude rent-controlled units and impose a tax on rentals.

    Airbnb welcomes being regulated but is not endorsing all the terms of the proposal as is, said spokesman Christopher Nully." 

    Airbnb in the news:

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    They were living in San Francisco, but they wanted to move out of the city to a playborhood — a version of American kid life featured in shows like “The Little Rascals” and “Leave It to Beaver,” in which kids build forts and ride bikes outside, unsupervised — free, skirting danger, but ultimately always lucky. [...] Dangerous play is how kids learn how to titrate fear. [...] “If the instinct wasn’t of evolutionary benefit, the behavior would have been rooted out.”

    This piece is ostensibly about parenting, and one Silicon Valley-dad who is trying to teach (and trust) his kids to take physical risks. But in defiance of the "helicopter parent" method, Mark Laska, the piece's subject dad, elects to modify his own environment rather than coaching his individual kids. He changes his home, yard and (he hopes) his city to create environments that all kids can learn test their own limits in—without parents presence, but with their parents' trust.

    More on parenting urbanism:

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    LIke everything else in the 21st century, infrastructure is no longer about big moves but rather about nuance, refinement, and creative strategy. This is the argument advocated by The Hill, which makes the case that all infrastructure projects should be resilient and made to serve multiple functions. As the article notes: 

    "In the wake of Hurricane Sandy there were calls for a flood wall around lower Manhattan. But the path the city, state and federal government took was far better – instead of just building a wall, they are creating a system of parks which will provide the same protection, provide additional greenspace for the city, and improve community cohesion by giving people public space to meet and socialize. Instead of gray infrastructure, the city will have a brand new park."

    For more on infrastructure:

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    This post is brought to you by Blank Space.

    Next Wednesday, November 2nd, is the last day for regular registration in the Fairy Tales competition! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see where your imagination can take you. The beauty of Fairy Tales is that there are absolutely no constraints. We’re excited to see where you will take us.

    All participants will be invited to the first annual Night of Fairy Tales event at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Here you can take a peek into the greatest minds in architecture and design as we announce the winners of this year's Fairy Tale Competition. This night of whimsy will feature performances inspired by the winning entries all staged under the grand canopy of the NBM’s Great Hall.

    Entries to this year's competition will be reviewed by a jury of 25 of the most influential architects and designers from around the world. The jury includes: Dan Wood, Jing Liu, Alan Maskin, Gro Bonesmo, Michel Rojkind, Marion Weiss, John Maeda, ...

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    The Rothko Chapel in Houston, a masterpiece of midcentury architecture, houses 14 panels by the revered artist Mark Rothko. But the Chapel is in need of some TLC, from fixing the HVAC system to improving the lighting. The New York-based office Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been selected to oversee the renovations.

    In addition to bringing the mechanics of the Chapel up-to-date, ARO will retool the entrance vestibule and renovate the Chapel’s skylight. They will also design a master plan, which will include modifications to an outdoor plaza and a reflecting pool that contains the Barnett Newman sculpture “Broken Obelisk”. The master plan also includes several nearby bungalows. 

    ARO has a proven track record when it comes to light-weight, highly-sensitive restoration projects. Back in 2013, they renovated a 19th century cast-iron warehouse used by Donald Judd as his studio and home until his death in 1994. While extensive renovations were required, ARO updated the building with ...

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    Every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

    Catch up on last week's competition headliners in recap #129 below.

    SANAA's Grace Farms “River” project crowned as MCHAP winner

    After much anticipation, the IIT School of Architecture finally revealed SANAA's Grace Farms “River” arts and community center in New Canaan as the grand-prize winner of the second Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

    Inaugural American Architecture Prize names three Architects of the Year

    Architects worldwide had a shot at recognition in the inaugural AAP American Architecture Prize, which scopes out stellar projects in architecture, landscape, and interior design. Find out which designers were crowned as the AAP Architects of the Year.

    Ian Ritchie, David Chipperfield, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill among 2016 LEAF Awards winners

    See which projects made it to the top in their cate...

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  • 10/26/16--14:22: Bee Connected by MARELD
  • To connect the park to its theme – bees and pollinating – the park’s elements are portrayed in the shape of a hexagon, which is strongly as­sociated with bees and honeycombs. The hexagon is also a common form in nature. By placing several hexagons on top each other in varying levels, different communities are cre­ated within the park that serve as planters, seating, walking surface or water containers. Each stack of hexagons sym­bolize building blocks with green walls, roofs and yards that enhances and connects the city’s green spaces. The space in-between these green communities demonstrates mono­cultures such as the city’s hard surfaces that prevent good habitats for bees and good connections. The park consisted of more than 500 hexagons and was part of Gothenburg Green World 2016 exhibition.

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    The $350-million, 633,000-square-foot courthouse, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is an unusually polished work of civic architecture — especially by the standards of Los Angeles...This is a building that wants to look respectable and rational but not staid, one that is fairly conventional on the horizontal plane and takes a significant if measured chance on the vertical one. Still, it’s a chance that pays off.

    Christopher Hawthorne gives a thumbs up in his review of SOM's design for the now-completed Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse, which appears to “float” in mid-air. Don't forget to check out a virtual tour of the building in the video below.

    Previously on Archinect:

    LA Federal Courthouse under construction

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to Design Federal Courthouse

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    The L.A. River's redevelopment is one of the most challenging, and exciting, projects currently underway in Los Angeles. Accounting for the River's 51-mile stretch, and all the neighborhoods it runs through, is a mammoth endeavor—and one that will necessarily involve contention and compromise. As a toast to this XXL project, Archinect is hosting Next Up: The LA River—a live podcasting interview event featuring perspectives from all along the river's edge.

    On Saturday, October 29 at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, we'll be discussing the River and its redevelopment in a fast-paced format of quick interviews and panels, featuring the following:

    • Mia Lehrer (Mia Lehrer & Associates)
    • Christopher Hawthorne (architecture critic for Los Angeles Times)
    • Frances Anderton (Host of KCRW's Design and Architecture)
    • Steven Appleton (LA River Kayak Safari)
    • Marissa Christiansen (Friends of the LA River)
    • Elizabeth Timme (LA-Más)
    • Renee Dake Wilson (LA City Planning Commission)
    • Catherine Gudis (Play the L.A. Rive...

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    The Anthropocene is a contested name for "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth." As the fourth installment of the recurring Architecture of the Anthropocene series, this piece looks at a design problem that is larger, and perhaps more important, than any other imaginable.

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    Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall? Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Have a look at these upcoming lectures at the Rensselaer School of Architecture for Fall '16.

    Oct 27
    Marc Fornes + Will Laufs
    “Ouvrage d'Art: The Art of Prototypica”

    Nov 2
    Kate Orff
    “Toward an Urban Ecology”

    Nov 8
    Contemporary Design Conference:
    Dirk Vander Kooij
    Tomas Libertiny
    Tuomas Markunpoika
    Jolan van der Wiel
    “Dark Matter and the Secret Lives of Objects“

    Nov 14
    Marlon Blackwell
    “Figures and Types”

    Unless otherwise noted, all lectures start at 6 p.m. in EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center. Contemporary Design Co...

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    The Dutch-Chinese firm NEXT Architects has a well-deserved reputation for designing eye-catching bridges. Their latest project, a bright red, Mobius strip-like pedestrian bridge for the Chinese city of Changsha, is set to become another jewel in their portfolio.

    185 metres long and 24 metres tall, the “Lucky Knot” bridge will span the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha’s ‘New Lake District’ development. The bridge will offer views of the nearby Meixi Lake and the mountain range that surrounds the city.

    “The shape of the Lucky Knot was inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolises luck and prosperity,” states John van de Water, partner at NEXT architects Beijing. 

    Additional images in the gallery.

    More bridges:

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    Hot on the heels of their lauded new National Museum of African American History, Adjaye Associates has been awarded a major new commission: the 760-acre masterplan for the second phase of the San Francisco Shipyard redevelopment.

    The Shipyard will house some 12,000 homes and apartments, a million square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 350 acres of public space on the renovated waterfront. Previously, work on the Shipyard has been led by IBI Architects. 

    “I’m thrilled to be partnering with FivePoint to explore ways to reinvigorate this site’s unique infrastructure for the 21st century,” states David Adjaye. “This is a project with incredible transformative potential; to be given the opportunity to contribute to San Francisco’s urban fabric in such a significant way is a true honour.”

    h/t Global Construction Review

    More from Adjaye Associates:

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    The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial opened to the public this past Saturday, October 22, curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley. The curators' full title, “Biz Inan Miyiz? / Are We Human? The Design Of The Species: 2 Seconds, 2 Days, 2 Years, 200 Years, 200,000 Years,” sets up an ambitious meeting of manifesto and provocation, delving into how the human race has designed our world and how design has impacted it in return. I attended the Biennial's opening as part of the student coalition from GSAPP and Princeton that helped with the curators' research.

    At the press opening, Wigley ruminated on the meaning of a biennial itself; “Maybe that’s what a biennale is, it’s just a social gathering, for people to share ideas... in a city in which ideas have been shared maybe more than any other city I know.”

    Wigley explained the importance of studying humanity's relationship to design: “We literally live inside design, like the spider lives inside the web constructed from its own body.” Colom...