The Architect's Newspaper - News Channel The Architect's Newspaper speaks directly to architects with the news, developments, trends, resources, and updates when and how they want it. Short, direct, and lively, we are the essential read in the field. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:09:39 +0000 en Cyber Monuments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>LA and Getty Conservation Institute launch Historic Resources Web Portal.</b>:<p>Contrary to the clichés of transient critics, there is more to Los Angeles than a suburban conceit of tacky homes, McMansions, mini malls, and dingbat developments. As the increasing cadre of local architectural and history aficionados will attest, the Southern California metropolis has a rich repository of residential, institutional, commercial, and cultural landmarks.</p> <p>Appreciating them for the distinct sense of place and time they lend Los Angeles has been a problem due to their scattered locations. The city’s multicultural, divergent neighborhoods, many awkwardly tra (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Big Wood Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Michael Green Architecture and Hines back engineered lumber in Minneapolis.</b>:<p>Minneapolis’ Warehouse District may soon be home to a milestone in wood construction. Designed by Michael Green Architecture, real estate firm Hines Interests’ proposed T3 office tower (T3 stands for timber, technology, and transit) would be the tallest mass timber building in the United States.</p> <p>The seven-story, 263,000-square-foot office block includes a concrete and steel foundation and first floor, plus an additional six floors constructed from engineered wood—primarily glulam and cross-laminated timber. The exterior is clad in corrugated weathering steel punctu (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Beantown Goes Deep Green with ISA Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Boston launches a sustainable housing initiative with net-zero energy townhomes.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Strolling the Strand Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>WXY releases plans to knit together Downtown Brooklyn's unraveling urban fabric.</b>:<p>For most of the last century, <a href="">Downtown Brooklyn</a>’s streets have formed a tangled knot that has confounded urban planners. Urban renewal beginning in the 1930s ripped out vast swaths of the borough’s urban fabric, putting back disconnected parks and plazas. Highway building campaigns tore at the street grid and ramps to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges complicate access to and from the waterfront.</p> <p>In the summer of 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined a series of initiatives aimed at positioning the borough&rsq (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Powder, Foam, Liquid Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>New directions in 3D printing and robotic construction technologies lead to breakthroughs in speed and cost saving.</b>:<p>The latest experimentation with digital fabrication and alternative materials in 3D printing involves decomposing glass, sawdust, concrete, and even stone into baser forms such as powders and liquids. This diversifies the repertoire of materials that can be fed into a 3D printer. “The advantage of the powder-based process is that it accommodates a number of materials, any material that we can grind into powder,” said Ronald Rael, associate professor of architecture at UC Berkeley. The environmental and economic implications of cost cutting, automation, and recycling in design, c (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Innovation in Sunset Park Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Plan unveiled to overhaul Brooklyn's Industry City.</b>:<p>Before the artisanal ice cream shop, “eco-chic” gourmet food purveyor, and the 3D-printing lab moved into Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the massive industrial complex was a hardscrabble emblem of the borough’s old working waterfront. Built at the turn of the 20th century, the six-million-square-foot complex, first known as Bush Terminal, was described as an “industrial city within a city.”</p> <p>As the trajectory of manufacturing changed course, so did Industry City. Today, the halls of the once bustling “city within a city” are quiet, o (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Editorial> Houston at a Crossroads Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>America's fourth largest city is poised to leap ahead in its quest for world-class status.</b>:<p>In September, Houston Mayor Annise Parker <a href="">ordered the city’s planning department to create its first General Plan</a>, an effort that represents more than a decade of advocacy, research, and community outreach on the part of non-profit Houston Blueprint. If city council adopts the plan, which it will consider doing in late summer/early fall 2015, it will challenge Houston’s reputation among planning circles as a developer’s wild west where automobile enabled sprawl reigns supreme, and position the city to grow in (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Unveiled> Shanghai Planetarium Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Ennead Architects designs a celestial museum experience in China.</b>:<p style="border-top: 5px solid rgb(0, 170, 238); margin: 6px 10px 10px 0pt; padding: 8px; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(221, 221, 221); -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; float: left; width: 205px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 150%;"><span class="bold">Shanghai Planetarium</span><br /> <b>Architect:</b> Ennead Architects<br /> <b>Client:</b> Shanghai Science and Technology Museum<br /> <b>Location:</b> Shanghai, China<br /> <b>Completion:</b> 2018</p> <p>Ennead Architects won a bid to design the new Shan (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Studio Visit> Fogarty Finger Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Meet New York City's best architecture practice that nobody's ever heard about.</b>:<p>It has been called, by people who know the firm at least, the biggest (or best, depending on who you ask) architecture practice in New York nobody’s ever heard about. Superlatives aside, in the decade-plus since it was founded, Fogarty Finger has produced a solid but unassuming body of clean, modernist built work in and around New York City. It has done so very much outside of the limelight.</p> <p>“We’re a bit shy,” said firm co-founder Robert Finger. “We don’t like to talk about ourselves. We focus on the quality of the work and the client relationship (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News The Hemisfair Confluence Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Gustafson Guthrie Nichol designs a civic park for San Antonio's 1968 international exposition grounds.</b>:<p>In December, Seattle-based landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) unveiled designs for a new civic park within San Antonio’s 1968 International Exposition grounds, otherwise known as Hemisfair. Inspired by the city’s tradition of public gathering spaces and intimate relationship to its eponymous river, the 16-acre park includes plazas, plantings, and promenades, as well as a meandering water feature. Part of an ongoing redevelopment of the 90-acre Hemisfair site on the edge of downtown, the project integrates six new buildings, totaling over 600,000 square fe (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Six Materials & Systems for Great Facade Design Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Whether it's a unitized wall panel to facilitate faster build-speed or a cladding material that promises unlimited creative expression, new products for facades elevate both the art and science of design.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Comment> Alan Hess Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Alan Hess says Googie is as modern as a Craig Ellwood house.</b>:<p>The avalanche of <a href="">support for Norm’s La Cienega</a>, the Googie Modern coffee shop recently threatened with demolition, exposes an often overlooked fact: Modernism can be popular.</p> <p>Many early modern architects sought to bring the fruits of the industrial age to the average person. Over time that goal was often blurred as modernism focused on custom homes and skyscrapers. Today modernism has been narrowed to a stripped-down, less-is-more aesthetic of white walls and spare furnishings, but back in the day there were many mod (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Open> Sawyer & Co. Restaurant Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Austin's Arkie's Grill is given a Googie-inspired transformation to become Sawyer & Co.</b>:<p style="border-top: 5px solid rgb(0, 170, 238); margin: 6px 10px 10px 0pt; padding: 8px; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(221, 221, 221); float: left; width: 220px; -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font: 13px/150% helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><b>Sawyer & Co.</b><br /> 4827 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin<br /> Tel: 512-531-9033<br /> Designers: Mickie Spencer, Clayton & Little Architects</p> <p>Filling some big shoes, a New Orleans–style diner, serving up Texas comfort fare, has opened in the former and much beloved Arkie’s Gril (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Nosh Urbanism Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Reimagined packinghouse centers Anaheim's new "Foodie District."</b>:<p>Few cities have a more fraught relationship with authenticity than Anaheim, California. And yet, under the shadow of The Matterhorn and blocks from Downtown Disney, one of America’s great suburban cities is rediscovering its downtown.</p> <p>Built in 1919, the Sunkist Packing House processed and distributed Orange County’s namesake crop. The citrus industry gave way to tract housing decades ago. The city’s small but lively downtown suffered an even more ignominious fate. In the mid-1970s, the city razed roughly 100 supposedly blighted acres, following a wave of largely mi (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News