How Olympic Skateboarder Alexis Sablone Spends Her Sundays

With the Tokyo Games behind her, Alexis Sablone is enjoying Brooklyn — and street skating — again.

#architecture, #brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #sablone-alexis, #skateboarding

A Parisian Home That Breaks With Tradition

When an Italian architect was hired by his French agent to collaborate on an unusual triplex, they committed themselves to creating a space unburdened by the past.

#architecture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #paris-france, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #t-design-and-luxury

An Architect Who’s Known for Aesthetic Purity and Counts Kanye West as a Client

The cult Swiss talent Valerio Olgiati creates austere, often concrete spaces that eschew references to history or place.

#architecture, #chipperfield-david, #concrete, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #olgiati-valerio, #t-design-and-luxury, #west-kanye

In an Ancient Greek Port, a New Cultural Hub

The city of Piraeus, just outside Athens, is becoming a haven for galleries and design studios attracted by its abundant warehouses and growing creative community.

#architecture, #art, #athens-greece, #greece, #niarchos-stavros-foundation-cultural-center, #piraeus-greece, #restaurants

Want to Increase Your Home’s Value? Start With the Entrance.

A few inexpensive changes can boost curb appeal — and your asking price. Here’s where to start.

#architecture, #content-type-service, #design, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

In Spain, California-Style Design and a Popular Golf Course

Sixty-five years ago, a gated community and golf course was built for American military personnel stationed near Zaragoza. Over the years, its allure has only grown.

#architecture, #defense-and-military-forces, #golf, #military-bases-and-installations, #neutra-richard, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #zaragoza-spain

Michel Laclotte, Who ‘Created the Modern Louvre,’ Dies at 91

He championed two of the most debated architectural projects in recent Paris history: the Musée D’Orsay (in a former train station) and the Louvre pyramid.

#architecture, #art, #aulenti-gae, #deaths-obituaries, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #laclotte-michel, #louvre-museum, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #paris-france, #pei-i-m

In Brazil, a House That Frames Its Landscape Like a Camera

By eliminating walls and color, the architect Marcio Kogan takes the form of a Trancoso fishing cottage to its most natural — yet elevated — ideal.

#architecture, #brazil, #flowers-and-plants, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #sao-paulo-brazil

Rebuilding Ground Zero Was a Mess. Lower Manhattan Bloomed Anyway.

A fraught reconstruction was a missed opportunity, but it helped foster a new urbanism and a broader vision of what a neighborhood can be.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #real-estate-commercial, #september-11-2001, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

A House in Tangier Untethered From Time and Place

With the help of a Casablancan designer, one expat art dealer creates a home that’s always undergoing its next update.

#architecture, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #morocco, #tangier-morocco

The Trouble With Airports, and How to Fix Them

With all the aggravation associated with flying these days, airport designers are hoping to calm things down with outdoor spaces, wide-open views, less noise and even foliage.

#airports, #anxiety-and-stress, #architecture, #infrastructure-public-works, #travel-and-vacations

A Sanctuary Takes Shape, Framed Around Migrants

Near Tijuana’s border with San Diego, innovative housing is being constructed for refugees.

#architecture, #central-america, #design, #homeless-persons, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #prouve-jean-1901-84, #san-diego-calif, #squatters, #tijuana-mexico, #university-of-california-san-diego

How We Built a 3-D Model of the Collapsed Surfside Condo Tower

A team of journalists examined building plans and interviewed a dozen experts to understand how the building could have failed.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #architecture, #buildings-structures, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Where Home Blends With Community

How co-housing in four places in the Netherlands and Belgium is helping people cope with rising costs, keep loneliness at bay and live more sustainably.

#architecture, #belgium, #cohousing-communities, #elderly, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #netherlands, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

In London, a Tucked-Away House Where the Living Is Easy

Built around a garden, the home allows three generations of family members to look out for one another without sacrificing privacy.

#architecture, #elderly, #london-england, #magid-christine, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #sarah-wigglesworth-architects, #wigglesworth-sarah-architect

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka List Their Brownstone

The actors bought the Harlem home in 2013 and converted it to a single-family residence from a bed-and-breakfast. Their asking price is $7.325 million.

#architecture, #brownstones, #burtka-david-1975, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #harris-neil-patrick, #how-i-met-your-mother-tv-program, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

A Home That Retreats Into the Brazilian Savanna

Informed by the utopian architecture of Brasília, an expansive weekend house honors and melds with the vanishing landscape of the Cerrado.

#architecture, #brasilia-brazil, #brazil, #design, #interior-design-and-furnishings

An Elegant Inwood Apartment Designed for Living and Working

The architect Christopher Rawlins moved into his Art Deco Manhattan building in 1999 and has used his space there as a laboratory for creating a sensual sort of Modernism.

#apartment, #architecture, #content-type-personal-profile, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #inwood-manhattan-ny, #modernism, #rawlins-christopher

The 25 Most Significant Works of Postwar Architecture

Three architects, three journalists and two designers gathered over Zoom to make a list of the most influential and lasting buildings that have been erected — or cleverly updated — since World War II. Here are the results.

#aalto-alvar, #architecture, #barragan-luis, #bo-bardi-lina, #design, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #le-corbusier, #lu-wenyu, #mies-van-der-rohe-ludwig, #perriand-charlotte, #piano-renzo, #rogers-richard, #wang-shu, #williams-amanda-1974, #zumthor-peter

New York Loves Outdoor Dining. Here’s How to Keep the Romance Alive.

The rules of restaurant spaces are up for grabs as the city’s Department of Transportation looks to the future of street and sidewalk seating.

#architecture, #design-trust-for-public-space, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #sidewalks, #transportation-department-nyc

UNESCO Mosul Competition Design Prompts Outcry

The restoration is seen as essential to the idea that the Iraqi city has moved on from ISIS. But some critics say the plan betrays Iraq’s heritage.

#architecture, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #iraq, #mosques, #mosul-iraq, #muslims-and-islam, #restoration-and-renovation, #united-nations, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #wright-frank-lloyd

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Architect of ‘Concrete Acrobatics,’ Dies at 92

He belonged to a group of architects known for a muscular style often called Brazilian Brutalism, but he had a lighter touch than that label implies.

#architecture, #brazil, #deaths-obituaries, #mendes-da-rocha-paulo, #pritzker-prize, #sao-paulo-brazil

Los Angeles’s Housing Crisis: Can Design Be a Solution?

As Angelenos grapple with ways to address affordable housing, density and homelessness, a new architecture competition looks to low-rise solutions.

#affordable-housing, #architecture, #homeless-persons, #los-angeles-calif, #may-cliff, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

How a Family Transformed the Look of European Theater

The Bibienas, the focus of an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, dominated Baroque theatrical design.

#architecture, #architecture-theater-and-fantasy-exhibit, #art, #bibiena-family, #bibiena-ferdinando-galli-1657-1743, #classical-music, #design, #europe, #morgan-librarymuseum, #theater

Cornelia Oberlander, a Farsighted Landscape Architect, Dies at 99

Her acclaimed modernist but naturalist designs recognized the fragility of the climate and the social effects of parks and playgrounds.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #british-columbia-canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #erickson-arthur-v, #gardens-and-gardening, #harvard-university, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #oberlander-cornelia-hahn, #playgrounds

Living Not Just by the Water, but Over and Even Below It

Six decades ago, a hotel was built with rooms set on concrete piles placed deep within the ocean floor. The design has been flourishing ever since.

#architecture, #caribbean-area, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #europe, #french-polynesia-france, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #overwater-bungalows, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #second-homes-and-non-primary-residences

Buildings With Sections That Seem to Hover in Midair

Cantilevered towers help deal with space limitations in New York City. They start narrow at the street but expand as they rise, more lollipop than traditional wedding cake.

#architecture, #buildings-structures, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #dumbo-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Far From Paris, the Pompidou Plans an Outpost in Jersey City

Out: the Metro and the Seine. In: the PATH and the Hudson. The Pompidou Center plans to open its first North American satellite museum in a renovated industrial building.

#architecture, #art, #culture-arts, #fulop-steven-m, #jersey-city-nj, #lasvignes-serge, #museums, #paris-france, #pompidou-center, #restoration-and-renovation

Building a Cantilever

Towers with sections that extend into the open air seem to defy gravity. Here are a few ways architects and engineers make it happen.

#architecture, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #engineering-and-engineers, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Solving the World’s Problems at the Venice Architecture Biennale

The question: “How Will We Live Together?” The answers: Pavilions that resemble science-fair projects, conflict-resolution sites and flights of fancy.

#architecture, #art, #sarkis-hashim, #venice-architecture-biennale

MoMA Built a House. Then It Disappeared. Now It’s Found.

In 1950, the museum exhibited Gregory Ain’s modernist creation. It’s now nestled in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

#ain-gregory, #architecture, #art, #croton-on-hudson-ny, #museum-of-modern-art

The Curious World of NFT Real Estate and Design

People are selling and buying art, furniture and even houses and land that exist only virtually.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-service, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Venice Honors Lina Bo Bardi With a Golden Lion in Memoriam. Finalmente, Many Say.

The multitalented 20th-century architect’s work is especially pertinent to our times, and to the theme of a pandemic biennale, its curator says.

#architecture, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #bo-bardi-lina, #brazil, #content-type-personal-profile, #golden-lion, #sao-paulo-brazil, #venice-architecture-biennale

Along the Columbia River, Making a Monument of the Land

In the Pacific Northwest, Maya Lin’s ‘art landscapes’ celebrate the river’s partnership with Native American tribes.

#architecture, #columbia-river-pacific-northwest, #confederated-tribes-of-the-umatilla-indian-reservation-ore, #confluence-project-nonprofit, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lin-maya, #maxey-museum-walla-walla-wash, #minthorn-antone, #native-americans, #oregon, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #washington-state

A New $260 Million Park Floats on the Hudson. It’s a Charmer.

Little Island, developed by Barry Diller, with an amphitheater and dramatic views, opens on Hudson River Park. Opponents battled it for years.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #diller-barry, #heatherwick-thomas, #hudson-river-park-manhattan-ny, #hudson-river-park-trust, #little-island-manhattan-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

Construction tech upstart Assignar adds a Fifth Wall with $20M Series B

Construction technology may not be the sexiest of industries, but it is one where tremendous opportunity lies — considering it has historically lagged in productivity. And, lags in productivity means project delays, which typically costs everyone involved more time and more money.

There are a number of larger players in the space (think Procore, PlanGrid and Autodesk) that are tackling the problems from the perspective of the general contractor. But when it comes to the subcontractors that are hired by the general contractor to do 95% of the work, the pickings are few and far between.

Enter Assignar, a cloud-based construction tech startup that was originally born in Australia and is now based in Denver, Colorado. Co-founder and CEO Sean McCreanor was a contractor himself for many years, and grew frustrated with the lack of offerings available to him. So, as in the case of many founders, he set out to create the technology he wished existed.

And today, Assignar has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round led by real estate tech-focused venture firm Fifth Wall. 

Existing backer Tola Capital and new investor Ironspring Ventures also put money in the round, which brings Assignar’s total raised since its 2014 inception to $31 million.

“I had 100 crews and workers out in the field, lots of heavy equipment and project work, and was running the entire business on spreadsheets and whiteboards,” McCreanor recalls. “With Assignar, we essentially help the office connect to the field and vice versa.”

In a nutshell, Assignar’s operations platform is designed for use by “self-perform general and subcontractors” on public and private infrastructure projects. The company’s goal is to make the whole process smoother for large general contractors, developers and real estate owner-operators by providing a “real-time snapshot of granular field activity.”

Specifically, Assignar aims to streamline operations and schedules, track crews and equipment, and improve quality and safety, as well as measure and monitor productivity and progress with data on all projects. For example, it claims to be able to help match up the best crews and equipment for a specific job “more efficiently.”

The startup says it has hundreds of international customers working on multibillion-dollar projects in infrastructure, road, rail, heavy civil, utilities and other construction disciplines. Those customers range from specialist contractors with as few as five crews to multi-national, multibillion-dollar companies. Projects include things such as bridges and roads, for example.

Image Credits: Assignar

Assignar historically has “more than doubled” its revenue every year since inception and in 2020, saw revenue increase by 75%.

“We could have grown faster but wanted to manage cash flow,” McCreanor told TechCrunch.

Assignar’s focus is particularly significant these days considering that the Biden administration’s Infrastructure Bill is nearing agreement, likely signaling an investment in infrastructure for communities across the U.S. 

The heavy civil and horizontal construction industry has long lacked a well-designed and ubiquitous operations platform, according to Fifth Wall Partner Vik Chawla.

“Assignar’s cloud-based software offers a detailed view on when and where different types of field activities are being performed,” he said. “It streamlines communications between headquarters and the field, allows for a reduction in paperwork, and brings time and cost savings to an industry where much of the planning, tracking and reporting are still done by hand, in Excel or on white boards.”

Assignar plans to use its new capital to grow its business in North America (which currently makes up about 25% of its revenue) and double its 65-person team by hiring for roles across all departments. The company also plans to invest in R&D and product development to further build out its core platform. Among the features it’s planning to develop is a contractor hub and a schedule recommendation engine that McCreanor says will leverage data, AI and machine learning “to support planning and execution processes.”

#architecture, #artificial-intelligence, #assignar, #australia, #autodesk, #biden-administration, #cloud, #cloud-based-software, #cloud-computing, #colorado, #construction, #construction-software, #construction-tech, #contractor, #denver, #fifth-wall, #funding, #fundings-exits, #heavy-equipment, #ironspring-ventures, #machine-learning, #north-america, #plangrid, #procore, #recent-funding, #startup, #startups, #tc, #tola-capital, #united-states, #venture-capital, #vik-chawla

As More Australians Migrate to the Coast, Development Follows

Coastal developments around Australia are booming thanks to population growth and a pandemic-related appetite to be closer to the water.

#architecture, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eco-tourism, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #real-estate-commercial

Second Life for Shipping Containers: Selling Bao Buns and Baked Goods

The brightly colored steel boxes are being repurposed by developers in an effort to liven up bars, cafes and restaurants inside food halls.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #food, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial

Helmut Jahn, ‘Convention-Busting’ Architect, Dies at 81

He helped redefine Chicago architecture with his postmodern designs of the Thompson Center and the United Airlines terminal at O’Hare International Airport. But he was also known worldwide.

#architecture, #buildings-structures, #chicago-ill, #deaths-obituaries, #jahn-helmut, #real-estate-commercial

Old Buildings, New Views

Recent renovations around town have uncovered views of Manhattan that had been hiding in plain sight.

#alchemy-properties-inc, #architecture, #building-construction, #city-hall-park-manhattan-ny, #condominiums, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #general-electric-company, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #skyscraper-museum, #steinwaysons, #waldorf-astoria-new-york-manhattan-ny-hotel, #woolworth-building-manhattan-ny

Operating Rooms Go Under the Knife

Hospitals are bringing together surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with architects, engineers and administrative staff to rethink the modern operating room.

#architecture, #building-construction, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #surgery-and-surgeons

6 Design Books That Celebrate a World of Artifacts

New titles offer insight into some often-overlooked creators and creations in England, Austria, Japan and the United States.

#architecture, #art, #books-and-literature, #ceramics-and-pottery, #design

The Googleplex of the Future Has Privacy Robots, Meeting Tents and Your Very Own Balloon Wall

The company that helped popularize open office plans and lavish employee perks is trying to reinvent office spaces to cope with workplace sensibilities changed by the pandemic.

#alphabet-inc, #architecture, #chairs, #computers-and-the-internet, #desks, #furniture, #google-inc, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #pichai-sundar, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tables, #workplace-environment

A Billion Dollar Battle Over a Parking Lot at the Seaport

For decades, development of a scruffy lot on the edge of the South Street historic district has divided residents. Now our critic supports a new plan.

#architecture, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #howard-hughes-corporation, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #museums, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #skidmore-owingsmerrill, #south-street-seaport-manhattan-ny, #south-street-seaport-museum

On Majorca, a Wellness Retreat Whose Design Was a Family Affair

How a pair of siblings, him an architect and her a fashion designer, worked together to help shape their father’s latest study in soothing minimalism.

#architecture, #majorca-spain, #travel-and-vacations

Frank Gehry Is Too Busy to Retire

The Pritzker-winning architect is focusing on social justice projects — and can be something of a lightning rod — but he also has lighthearted pursuits.

#architecture, #gagosian-gallery, #gehry-frank, #guggenheim-museum-bilbao, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #los-angeles-calif, #warner-brothers

Niki de Saint Phalle: Nothing More Shocking Than Joy

At MoMA PS1 and Salon 94, the French-American artist gets long overdue attention for her boundary-defying architecture and public sculptures.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-nyc, #moma-ps1, #queens-nyc, #saint-phalle-niki-de, #salon-94-manhattan-ny-gallery, #sculpture

Here Come Hot Desks and Zoom Rooms. And Holograms?

As more companies consider plans to bring workers back to the office, experts say to expect expanded gathering spaces and fewer personal workstations.

#architecture, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Famed Modernist Architect, Dies at 91

Mentored by Louis Kahn, he created designs for clients like Meryl Streep and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as well as colleges and museums.

#architecture, #deaths-obituaries, #jacobsen-hugh-newell, #marthas-vineyard-mass, #onassis-jacqueline-kennedy