INSA, as the undercover street artist is cryptically known, is the net generation’s equivalent of the legendary graffiti artist Banksy. While INSA’s doodles also dapple the walls of buildings in London as well as around the world, the artist creates GIFs—or “GIF-ITIs” as he calls them—based on photographs of his own graffiti paintings.
The Bjarke Ingels Group’s plan to wrap Lower Manhattan in a landscape berm to keep floodwaters at bay was definitely one of the most architecturally interesting proposals to come from Rebuild By Design, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s competition to boost resiliency in a post-Sandy world. Last June, the plan—known as “The BIG U” or “The Dry Line”—also became the competitions’s biggest winner.
The Rotterdam and New York City–based West 8 has unveiled plans for a botanic garden in Doha, Qatar to feature plants mentioned in the Qur’an. According to the firm, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden project will break ground this year, roughly five years after the idea for the project was proposed by UNESCO.
One of hospitality’s hottest hideaways is located—where else—on barren desert land solely accessible via a treacherously winding road. Booked to nearly full capacity for the first two years of operation, the Amangiri resort is nestled in a desert region called the “Four Corners,” where the borders of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona converge.
Airbnb, the hugely popular apartment rental site, has managed to amass a broad coalition of detractors in New York including developers, the State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the New York City Council, and affordable housing advocates. The main line of attack being levied against Airbnb is that it is making New York City’s affordability crisis even worse.
Long the workhorses of finishes, composites have come a long way. Mineral- or wood-based, polymers, ceramics—new chemistries and production methods have expanded the both the performance range and the aesthetic qualities of these surface materials. Here are six new products that are as durable as they are attractive.
SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS STRIVES FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
Monday, February 16, 2015
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This April, the Society of Architectural Historians will hold its 68th Annual International Conference in Chicago. Leading scholars from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment. But the conference goes beyond an examination of the past by providing a forum for present-day discussions and firsthand experiences of the built environment. SAH aims to engage two important audiences—conference attendees and the local community—with public programs that include the SAH Chicago Seminar and guided architectural tours.
The SAH Chicago Seminar, “Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago’s Built Environment,” features local architects, architectural historians, and policy makers addressing issues surrounding the transformations of Chicago’s waterways and its neighborhoods. The half-day program is anchored by a keynote address by Harvard University landscape architecture professor Charles Waldheim.
More than 30 tours of the region’s architecture and landscapes will be led by an impressive group of Chicago-based architects, architectural historians, preservationists and nonprofit leaders. Chicago’s Pilsen, Uptown, Pullman and Chinatown neighborhoods will be featured, along with structures designed by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Netsch, Studio Gang and JGMA, among others.
Tickets are on sale now at sah.org/2015.