William Menking

William Menking is the Editor-in-Chief of The Architect's Newspaper.

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MIPIM Day Two: Modeling and mapping the Responsive City

MIPIM takes place in the most complicated, counterintuitive series of convention halls on the Mediterranean waterfront. In trying to find the basement registration hall I ran into Ben Van Berkel who tried to help, but was having his own problems finding the ‘innovation forum’ that is the center of…
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AN is on the ground this week at MIPIM, a real estate conference in Cannes

This week, AN joins over 20,000 real estate professionals, property developers, and architects in the south of France at MIPIM, or Lemarche international des professionnels de l’immobilier. The 2016 iteration of the nearly 30-year-old international trade show carries the theme, “housing the world.” We will be reporting on…
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Vienna in search of new housing models with launch of international competition

German-speaking Europe has a long history of vibrant international competitions for housing. Generally referred to by the acronym IBA, we can trace their roots all the way back to the Darmstadt Colony in 1901, and then 1927 and Weissenhof in Stuttgart and Bruno Taut’s 1932 Berlin Britz.
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How about expanding LaGuardia Airport onto Rikers Island?

[beforeafter] [/beforeafter]   (Renderings courtesy RethinkNYC, Cezar Nicolescu, and Sigmund Lerner) The New York Times published an editorial on February 24 called "Imagining a Rikers Island With No Jail" that proposes various uses for the East River island if its prison were closed. “As for the…
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Renato Bialetti interred inside his iconic coffee maker

The creator of one of the most ubiquitous Italian industrial designs of the 20th century, Renato Bialetti, has died and was interred in one of his designs—the octagonal Moka coffee maker. Bialetti acquired the patent for the stovetop percolator in 1933 and promoted…