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    nARCHITECTS is part of the winning team led by James Corner Field Operations for Pierscape, the redesign of Chicago’s Navy Pier, Illinois’ most popular tourist attraction.  Pierscape reactivates the public realm of Navy Pier as a vibrant social and recreational space, as well as connecting the pier back to the city.  As the architects on the team, nARCHITECTS collaborated on the overall plan and designed structures that enhance Chicagoans’ connection to the lake by framing, integrating or reflecting the natural environment.  The architecture of Pierscape is organized into two categories and scales: large singular structures that merge buildings with landscape and smaller objects that punctuate the pier and frame new views towards Lake Michigan.

    To mark the beginning of the pier, nARCHITECTS designed the Info Tower as a dynamic urban beacon clad in glass with a reflective chrome pattern that reflects the sky and pier activity.  Viewed with the Chicago skyline in the background, the I...


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    The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO, citing financial reasons, as well as what it said was anti-Israel bias at the U.N.’s educational, cultural and science organization.



    This morning, the U.S. notified the organization of their intention to withdraw at the end of 2018. Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, supports a variety of programs promoting education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and information around the world, but is perhaps best known for its designation of World Heritage Sites, of which there are 23 in the U.S.

    The decision was made by the State Department, headed by Rex Tillerson, though the country has been at odds with the organization since we stopped funding in 2011 in protest of the admission of the Palestinian Authority as a full member. Since this withdrawal of funding, the U.S. has run up arrears to $550 million, another issue leading to the decision to pull out along with claims of anti-Israel bias. 

    The organization controversially listed the hotly contested core of Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as a Palestinian World Heritage site back in July. The designation was fast-tracked on th...


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    Swiss francs, like most world currencies, have long featured notable faces from the past. But now, each beautiful note is designed around an abstract theme related to Switzerland. For the 10-franc note, instead of the retired portrait of the controversial genius Le Corbusier, the theme focuses on Switzerland’s organizational talent – expressed by time.



    Le Corbusier and his plan for Chandigarh won't be featured on the new 10-Franc bill anymore. The new bill is inspired by Switzerland’s "organizational talent" and punctuality; it represents a pair of hands conducting time, the country's longest railway tunnels, and a map of the country and of its railway network. The Corbusier 10-Franc bill was introduced and in circulation since 1995; it has been highly controversial in Switzerland due to his affinities with fascism and the Vichy government.

    A pair of hands conducting the time with a baton on the new 10-Franc bill from 2017.

    Two rail tracks connecting in the world's longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, part of the world's densest railway network reducing the time for traversing the Alps in Central Switzerland.

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    The anticipated 2017 World Architecture Festival is a couple weeks away, and competition is already heating up. A shortlist of the competitors was revealed earlier this year, and now the winners of the inaugural WAFX Prize have been announced. As part of the WAF's 10th anniversary celebration, the WAFX Prize distinguishes forward-thinking architectural concepts that identify key issues that architects must address over the next decade.

    Spanning categories like climate change, water, aging and health, smart cities, and cultural identity, 11 projects were selected as winners. Paul Lukez Architecture's Hydroelectric Canal was crowned the overall winner and the winner of the Climate, Energy & Carbon category. The team will be presented with the prize on November 17 during the Festival. Read more about the category winners below.

    (cover image) Overall winner + Climate, Energy & Carbon category winner: Hydroelectric Canal by Paul Lukez Architecture.

    Project summary: “The Hydroelectric Canal ...


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    Frances Bronet, senior vice president and provost at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a distinguished educator at the forefront of interdisciplinary curricula and collaboration, has been selected as the 12th president of Pratt Institute, announced Bruce Gitlin, Chair of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee [...]. She will be the first woman president to lead Pratt Institute, one of the world’s most renowned art and design colleges. 



    Frances Bronet will officially commence her presidency on January 2, 2018, succeeding President Thomas F. Schutte who — after more than two decades at the helm — stepped down on June 30 this year. Pratt Institute Provost Kirk E. Pillow has served as the school's interim President since then.


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    The mysterious images of the physical manifestations of military power hover between abstraction and information, between the inscrutable and the mundane. They are at once compelling as visual compositions and chilling as photographic documentation of activities that are otherwise based on speculation.



    The 2017 MacArthur fellows have been revealed. Artist and geographer, Trevor Paglen, won the award for his work on surveillance infrastructures. Twelve years ago, we followed Paglen on his field work and spoke with him about experimental geography. The full feature by Bryan Finoki is available here. 

    Image via MacArthur Foundation

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    Clearly, Goldhagen is not a writer who approaches her subject with a sense of tentativeness. But once you get a little deeper into this book, it becomes clear that her hubris (if we can call it that) coexists with a sense of earnestness and civilizing intentions. Goldhagen is an engaging and generous writer, alert to the subtleties of human experience, and she has written Welcome to Your World with a desire to genuinely reveal something new to us about how cities, buildings, and places affect us



    Paul Goldberger dissects Sarah Williams Goldhagen's book, Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives, itself a dissection of the human mind and how neuroscience can explain our ability to detect when architecture is merely good — and when it is awe-inspiring.

    Click here to find more on the topic of neuroscience and architecture.


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    Established in 1989 AHMM have offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City. They are well known for their renovation projects particularly in London including The Barbican, The Tea Building and Scotland Yard. In 2015 they won the prestigious Stirling Prize for their transformation of Burntwood School, a 1950s modernist school in Wandsworth. We went to have a look around their London office in Clerkenwell. 


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    Core Modern Homes is a 16,000sf 7 unit townhouse development which explores the potential of spatially oriented apertures that work to induce movement and visual interest within an efficient volume which maximizes programmatic potential. Located within Toronto's Leaside neighbourhood, the development occupies a prime site along Eglinton Avenue. This street is poised to be one of Toronto's new public transit corridors with the completion of the new LRT line. Designed with family life in mind, these contemporary residences offer generous living and dining rooms and spacious kitchens intended for the active cook. Each features three bedrooms, including a serene master suite that occupies an entire level, a flexible loft space perfect for family gatherings as well as 4 large completely private terraces each totalling 500-600 sf per unit.

    The windows on the front street facing facades reference an inverted model of the traditional bay window, found on much of the cities Victorian housing...


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    The Chongqing Jinke Bocuishan Sales Office is located near mountains and rivers. The design inspiration came from the stone, water, wood and metal. The designer is looking for the modern impression on the basis of Asian atmosphere.

    There is a marble reception counter with copper bar inlaid on the south of the antechamber which is matched with a jade background wall of Chinese ink wash drawing. A crystal installation is set opposite the reception counter which corresponds with the jade wall.

    Walking through the screen of Chinese style pattern at the end of the antechamber , we come to the sand table show area. The lamp above the sand table is like a pouring waterfall and composes the pattern of propitious clouds. 

    The artworks put on the Chinese traditional decoration cabinet in the water bar area make the space elegant and quiet. The lamp above the water bar adopts the shape of Chinese lantern which pervades the eastern charm. The Chinese painting and inkstone on the desk express th...


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    Manhattan townhouse


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    The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on September 24th, 2016. In celebration of recently reaching their one year anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service is commemorating the occasion with the museum's very own "forever stamp." Announced on Septemeber 26th, the stamp—featuring art based on a photograph of the museum showing a view of the northwest corner of the building—is officially available nationwide today. 


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    After the Louvre demurred, an art installation many consider to be sexually explicit will instead be displayed outside the Pompidou Center in Paris.



    The Louvre might not want it, but the Pompidou will take it! 

    The 40-foot-tall, semi-building, semi-sculpture, "Domestikator," by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, was intended to be shown in the Tuileries Gardens, next to the Louvre. But the Museum cancelled the project; the Louvre's president and director, Jean-Luc Martinez explained: “Online commentaries point out this work has a brutal aspect. It risks being misunderstood by visitors to the gardens.”

    Joep van Lieshout, Atelier Van Lieshout’s founder, replied, “The piece itself is not really very explicit. It’s a very abstracted shape. There are no genitals; it’s pretty innocent.”

    While Louvre faced censorship accusations, the "Domestikator" will find asylum at the Centre Pompidou. Parisians and tourists will be able to see the work from October 18 to 22; we hope they don't misunderstand it. 


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    Looking for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms.

    1. John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects(Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo credit: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects.


    2. nARCHITECTS (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo credit: nARCHITECTS.

    3. DWY Landscape Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Landscape Design Associate

    Photo credit: Ryan Gamma & Greg Wilson.

    4. Matiz Architecture and Design (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Architect - Healthcare

    Photo credit: Matiz Architecture and Design.

    5. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Intermediate Archit...


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    The 10 fastest-growing U.S. solar markets between the second quarters of 2016 and 2017 were Western, Midwestern or Southern states that voted for Trump, with Alabama and Mississippi topping the list. And solar firms are ramping up investments in these regions, signaling their faith that key renewable energy incentives will remain in place for years to come.



    Despite Trump's disbelief in solar power, the sector is booming in his partisan states. The growth of clean energy, particularly in the regions that showed overwhelming support for Trump, greatly undermines the president's goal of boosting the coal industry. 


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    What seemed inevitable for quite some time now, has finally come to pass; Uber has overtaken yellow cabs in average daily ridership figures, the New York Times reports. This past July, Uber witnessed an average of 289,000 rides per day, whereas yellow cabs only managed 277,000.



    More than half of Uber's rides start outside of Manhattan. Yellow and green cabs are not as accessible in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island and users prefer Uber and other ride-share apps. The company capitalized on this market by offering borough-specific promotions and moved its support and recruitment center outside of Manhattan. 


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    The U.S. Department of Energy's 2017 Solar Decathlon has opened its doors to the public, and the anticipated results for the 10 different contests are rolling in. The biennial competition brings together passionate student teams across the U.S. and abroad who dedicate two years to building a full-scale, sustainably designed house. 

    Teams work to achieve the highest overall score in 10 contests: Architecture, Market Potential, Engineering, Communications, Innovation, Health and Comfort, Appliances, Home Life, Level of energy produced vs. energy consumed, and the new Water contest. With each contest worth 100 points, the team who achieves the most out of 1,000 possible points wins the Decathlon.


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    In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.

    (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

    Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the NEW board Exhibition Spaces.

    Grand Louvre Modernization in Paris, France by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

    Museum of Design Art and Architecture [MODAA] in Culver City, CA by  SPF:a - Studio Pali Fekete architects

    Ghost Gallery in Oklahoma City, OK by Elliott + Associates Architects; Photo: Scott McDonald, Hedrich Blessing

    Design Republic Design Commune in Shanghai, China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute

    Archaeological Pavilion, Elisengarten in Aachen, Germany by kadawittfeldarchitektur; Photo: Jens Kirchner

    The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA by Selldorf Architects; Photo: Mike Agee

    Museum o...


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    The Bund Finance Center, designed by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, is a major new mixed-use project on in Shanghai’s waterfront. The 420,000-square meter masterplan, composed of eight buildings, links the old town to the financial district.

    © Foster + Partners

    © Lauratian Ghinitoiu

    © Lauratian Ghinitoiu

    The project include office space, restaurant, luxury boutiques, a public plaza and at the cultural center. The iconic moving veil of the cultural center adapts to the changing uses of the building, revealing or hiding interior spaces. Developed in collaboration with local engineers Tongji University, the facade is organized along three tracks and made of layers of ‘tassels’ – a reference to the traditional Chinese bridal headdress. Each tassel length is between two and sixteen meters.

    © Lauratian Ghinitoiu

    © Lauratian Ghinitoiu
    © Lauratian Ghinitoiu

    Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner, Foster + Partners commented: “The Bund Finance Centre creates a pivo...


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    Galerie Lelong of New York and Paris commissioned McBride Architects to design a 5,100 square foot gallery in a former industrial space in Chelsea.  In addition to exhibition spaces, the location includes offices, private viewing rooms for collectors and a storage and work room.  


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    I recently visited Undisclosable at their office in the Arts District of Los Angeles, where I had the pleasure of meeting the practice's witty and charming founders, Bryan Flaig and Alejandra Lillo. We discussed current projects they are working on, fostering a jovial workplace and the practices unusual, and often comedic, name!


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    New York City's Archtober is in full swing! From October 1-31, the citywide festival celebrates the significance of architecture and design in everyday life. 

    For the seventh year in a row, Archinect & Bustler are proud to present Archtober's jam-packed roster of exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, and tours across the five boroughs. From their lengthy calendar of events, we'll be picking out exciting weekly highlights. Plan ahead with our very last list of recommendations (already!) for Archtober Week 4, October 23-31. Bustler also recently chatted with Camila Schaulsohn, the Communications Director for the AIANY and the Center for Architecture, about how Archtober began.

    Evolving Traditions: Architecture, Design, and Locale in South Asia | October 23

    Dipti Khera, Professor of Art History, New York University and Abigail McGowan, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont will be in conversation about contemporary Indian and Pakistani architecture and interior spaces...


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    “… And Though She be but Little, She is Fierce!”, the title of Liz Teston’s contribution using a quote from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, captures the content of this MONU issue on “Small Urbanism” very well. For when it comes to urbanism, small things seem to matter, whether they are actions, small physical elements, information and communications technology, or small-scale interventions. With regard to actions, Teston shows how transient micro-urbanisms of protest architecture can have a significant impact on our cities. During such actions, human bodies can alter public spaces through practices that challenge the arrangement of urban power and convert it into a channel of opposition, as Ana Medina argues in her piece“Dissident Micro-occupations”. In her explorations of dissident architectural practices, she reveals that spaces for protests are in fact not designed, but taken over by the dissidents to transform the architectural urban landscape. However, t...


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    Happy October! Wondering where design-inclined folks are gathering around Greater Los Angeles? This week, Chris Warren of WORD and Graham Ferrier of Ferrier Architecture Studio will give a lecture at the Woodbury School of Architecture, and the Facades+ Los Angeles 2017 conference will take place at the LA Hotel Downtown. On Friday, SCI-Arc will host an opening reception for Ruy Klein's “Apophenia” installation.

    Read on for Bustler's latest architecture event picks for L.A., and check back regularly for more event recommendations.


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    So why is it that, as the United States has engaged in a contentious process of dismantling monuments to its Confederate past, and France has rid itself of all streets named after the Nazi collaborationist leader Marshall Pétain, Italy has allowed its Fascist monuments to survive unquestioned?



    Many monuments and buildings constructed in the late nineteen-thirties, as Benito Mussolini was preparing to host the 1942 World's fair, are still standing in Rome.  

    "In Germany, a law enacted in 1949 against Nazi apologism, which banned Hitler salutes and other public rituals, facilitated the suppression of Third Reich symbols. Italy underwent no comparable program of reëducation."


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    In an emerging subgenre of architectural documentary, Nathaniel Kahn, Tomas Koolhaas, and Eric Saarinen take a personal look at their mythologized fathers. [...] Whether a film deals in the social or monumental legacy of an architect, the idea of the genius—which has been so unevenly applied—should come under scrutiny. As the children of architects have conferred through these films, nobody can be all things to all people.



    In her piece for CityLab, Daisy Alioto looks at three recent examples of iconic architects having their life's work documented in film by their sons: Rem Koolhaas in REM, produced by Tomas Koolhaas; Eero Saarinen in Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, by Eric Saarinen; and Louis Kahn in My Architect, a film by Nathaniel Kahn.

    In case you missed it, listen to our One-to-One podcast interview with Tomas Koolhaas.


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    Detroit was the first North American city to obtain such a designation, which joined it to UNESCO's Creative Cities Network — a group 22 international cities whose aim is "to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.



    Earlier this week, president Trump announced the U.S. withdraw from UNESCO citing anti-Israel bias. The decision could affect Detroit's 'City of Design' designation, earlier awarded to the Detroit Creative Corridor, a non-profit initiative to strengthen Detroit's creative economy. 


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    For the last two years, dedicated student teams from across the U.S. and abroad worked ceaselessly to build a full-scale, sustainably designed house in the 2017 Solar Decathlon, which concluded yesterday in Denver. After winning first place in the Architecture and Water contests last week, the Swiss Team was able to maintain the top overall spot. Out of 1,000 points, they won first place overall with a final score of 872.910 for their house, the NeighborHub. The University of Maryland got second place with 822.683 and the University of California, Berkeley/University of Denver team placed in third with 807.875.

    “Today's results are the culmination of two years of collaboration among students from different academic disciplines — including engineering, architecture, interior design, business, marketing, and communications — who otherwise might not work together until they enter the workplace. Together, we're ensuring that employers have the qualified workers they need to support Ameri...


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    The monument conservation group, World Monuments Fund, has announced 25 of the world's at-risk sites on its biennial watch list. Threatened by human conflict, climate change, disasters and/or urbanization, the newly listed historical gems span more than 30 countries and territories dating from prehistory to the twentieth century. 

    Presenting a diverse group of cultural heritage sites, experts in archaeology, architecture and art picked from over 170 nominations made by citizens, activists, and governments. The whittled down selection ranges from a collection of little-known homes, churches and community centers in Alabama where pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement took place to a collection of vulnerable modern architecture in Delhi; from the last active synagogue in Alexandria, to sites of the Caribbean, the Gulf, and Mexico, recently affected by hurricanes and earthquakes

    In the Souk of Aleppo, with a Mamluk portal leading to a courtyard to the right, 2008. Photo: Adli Qu...

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    This week the U.S. announced their intention to withdraw from UNESCO at the end of 2018. President of the AIA, Thomas Vonier, responded in support of the organisation. 

    Full release follows:

    Washington, D.C. – October 16, 2017 –
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the United States withdrawal from UNESCO. Please attribute to AIA 2017 President Thomas Vonier, FAIA:

    “The American Institute of Architects has long supported the cultural mission of UNESCO, and especially its World Heritage Sites program, which seeks to identify and preserve buildings and places of exceptional importance to humankind. We hope and expect that the United States will continue to work with global stakeholders to protect such sites.

    “In addition, UNESCO has recently agreed to join with the International Union of Architects (UIA) to designate a World Capital of Architecture every two to three years, choosing cities of outstanding character with the World Congress of...