The Bronx’s Universal Hip Hop Museum gets a 2024 opening date

An opening date has been set for S9 Architecture’s Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) project in the South Bronx.

Located on the site claiming to be the birthplace of hip hop, the new $80 million museum, which is part of a larger $349 million mixed-use residential development called Bronx Point, will open sometime in 2024. According to Hyperallergic, the museum is being developed by Bronx native Rocky Bucano alongside Microsoft and MIT professor D. Fox Harrell to create an immersive and “technologically advanced interactive museum experience.”

The Bronx's Universal Hip Hop Museum gets a 2024 opening date

May 2022 construction photo of the Bronx Point development. Image courtesy the Universal Hip Hop Museum via Facebook

Phase One of the Bronx Point development is expected to be completed by the end of next year. In total, the 22-story building will include over 1,000 residential units (around 540 of which are considered affordable), the museum (the exhibition spaces of which are designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates with the Hip Hop Architect, Mic…

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Researchers from Flinders University have developed bricks made from waste materials that don’t require mortar to bond

Researchers from Flinders University’s Chalker Research Lab have developed a more sustainable alternative to making bricks by using waste products. 

The team used low-cost feedstocks to make lightweight but durable polymer building blocks, which can be bonded together with an adhesive-free chemical reaction. Their study tested the strength of these materials and explored ways they can be reinforced in construction

Researchers from Flinders University have developed bricks made from waste materials that don't require mortar to bond

Cover image of international chemistry and physics journal, “Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics” Sustainability Edition. Graphics by Animate Your Science. Image cover courtesy of Flinders University.

“In this study, we tested a new type of brick we can make from waste cooking oil, mixed with sulfur and dicyclopentadiene (DCPD),” says Justin Chalker, Professor of Chemistry at Flinders and the project leader. “Both sulfur and DCPD are byproducts of petroleum refining. These bricks bond together without mortar upon application of a trace amount of amine catalyst. All the s…

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MVRDV gets the bid for new ‘Oasis Towers’ development in one of China’s fastest-growing cities

MVRDV will lead a new mixed-use development in the growing Chinese city of Nanjing following the results of an international competition that was announced on Monday.

The newly-minted Oasis Towers project reportedly entails two 150-meter-tall (492-foot) towers separated by a green plaza and featuring the same staggered, chasm-like facades seen in the firm’s previous Valley design from 2017.

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Inflation Reduction Act is ready to make climate impact on building sector

Industry groups are applauding lawmakers after the passage of the Biden Administration’s recently proposed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, pointing to its more than $5 billion in provisions they say are “critical” to enacting climate change-related policies and modernizing transportation infrastructure across the United States.

Once implemented, the bill, officially titled H.R. 5376, will help incentivize the use and development of low-carbon building materials in government buildings as well as provide grants and other forms of funding that will aid in the country’s effort to match CO2 emissions mandates outlined in the Paris Agreement from 2015. 

In a statement, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) president Peter Templeton commented that “the Inflation Reduction Act would put in place the most critical and consequential climate policies we have ever seen, and it would do so while reducing energy costs for American families and businesses and shoring up our energy security with a …

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Meet community engagement champions CIVIC: Your Next Employer?

Following last week’s visit to Los Angeles-based OPEN OFFICE, we are moving our Meet Your Next Employer series east to Providence, Rhode Island, where we find CIVIC.

Founded by architect Manuel Cordero, and based in Providence’s Innovation District, CIVIC’s work is defined by an inclusive vision of the built environment, and in particular, the public realm. Their portfolio has thus developed to include a collaboration with Arup on a masterplan for public spaces across Providence, as well as ongoing educational and community projects.

The firm now seeks to expand by advertising for a multidisciplinary designer role on Archinect Jobs. For candidates interested in applying for the position, or anybody interested in learning more about life as an architect, we spoke with CIVIC founder Manuel Cordero for a behind-the-scenes look at the studio.

Meet community engagement champions CIVIC: Your Next Employer?
CIVIC’s workspace is in the CIC co-working studio in Providence. Image via CIVIC

How did CIVIC get started?

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Record job openings in construction are showing signs of cooling off

The number of unfilled positions in the construction industry appears to be falling, according to new figures by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). June 2022 saw 334,000 unfilled positions in the sector, down 17% on the previous month, but still 4% higher than June 2021.

ABC’s analysis, using survey data derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, suggests that the construction industry has experienced one of the sharpest reductions in job openings across the economy in the past month. ABC believes the decline to be fuelled by rising borrowing costs, and growing fears of a recession.

Record job openings in construction are showing signs of cooling off
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“While debate regarding whether or not the United States is in recession rages on, one thing appears clear: the U.S. economy is poised to slow,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu in a statement. “What had been an economy beset largely by issue…

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Work from anywhere: 15 featured remote job opportunities for architects and designers

Remote working arrangements continue to be a popular feature among the openings listed on Archinect Jobs, as many architecture and design firms in need of new team members seek to attract talented applicants regardless of geographic proximity, according to the feedback we received from this Archinect employment survey.

In today’s curated job picks, we are highlighting a number of exciting remote working opportunities at hiring firms around the country.

To show only positions designated as “remote” on Archinect Jobs, use this direct link or select “Remote” under the “browse by state/country” region selector.

Work from anywhere: 15 featured remote job opportunities for architects and designers

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