Archinect - News 2016-12-08T21:14:51-05:00 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award goes to SF-based Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-08T17:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T17:46:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA Architecture Firm Award is the top honor a firm can receive from the AIA, in recognition of "a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years."&nbsp;Prior winners have included LMN Architects (2016), Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (2013), Gensler (2000), Perkins &amp; Will (1999), and Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill (1962).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Rene Cazenave Apartments</em></p><p>In particular, the AIA highlighted work done by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) that addresses underserved populations and embraces universal design, including LMSA's Plaza Apartments in San Francisco (the city's first permanent housing for the formerly homeless, designed with Paulett Taggart Architects) and their Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, a community center in honor of the Independent Living / Disabled Rights Movement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Ed Roberts Campus</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Plaza Apartments</em></p><p>Since formed by principals&nbsp;William Leddy, FAIA, Marsha Maytum, FAIA, and Richard Stacy, FAIA,&nbsp;in 1983, LMSA has produced a rich variet...</p> Robert A.M. Stern wins 2017 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion Justine Testado 2016-12-08T17:39:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T18:05:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) deemed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert A.M. Stern</a>&nbsp;the 2017 laureate of the Topaz Medallion, the highest accolade bestowed to an architecture educator. The yearly award distinguishes an individual for their significant involvement in architecture education for at least a decade, and also for their widespread influential teaching.</p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Credit: Yale School of Architecture</em><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Robert A.M. Stern was acknowledged for his dedication to architecture education throughout his 50-year career &mdash; from his buildings, his teaching at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia University</a> and deanship at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a>, to his numerous books such as &ldquo;New Directions in American Architecture&rdquo;, his New York City architectural heritage series, and&nbsp;the recent &ldquo;Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale&rdquo;. The Partners at Robert A.M. Stern Architects also promote emerging talent in awarding the $10,000 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RAMSA Travel Fellowship</a> every year.</p><p>Previous Topaz laureates include ...</p> SHoP Architects' "Flotsam & Jetsam" installation is world's largest 3D-printed object Julia Ingalls 2016-12-08T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T13:53:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Biodegradable bamboo filament makes up the globe's largest 3D printed object, an installation for this year's Design Miami Fair designed by SHoP Architects called "Flotsam &amp; Jetsam" that will make a subsequent appearance as a site for performances and educational programs in the&nbsp;Jungle Plaza in the Design District by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami&nbsp;in 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Newspaper</a> interview with SHoP principal&nbsp;Gregg Pasquarelli, he described the process behind the making of the installation. "We worked with two companies: Branch Technology based in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which produced three-dimensionally printed bamboo," he said.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We thought that could be an nice intersection between furniture and art. ORNL actually broke the &shy;Guinness World Record for the largest solid 3D-printed &shy;structure earlier this year [when it created a tool to be used for building Boeing jets], so they are breaking their own record with this pavilion."</p><p>For more...</p> In Memoriam: those we lost in 2016 Julia Ingalls 2016-12-08T12:21:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T17:13:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Reasons for celebration in 2016 have been rare; it was largely a year of profound change and loss, especially within architecture. Here is a brief memorial for 17 remarkable architects, designers, planners, and educators we lost this year.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Balmori Associates' "GrowOnUs Floating Landscape"</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diana Balmori</a>&nbsp;</strong>(1932 - 2016)</p><p>Designing nature within a highly compact and industrial grid isn't a simple affair: landscape architect Diana Balmori, who died in November of 2016, flawlessly and imaginatively integrated the two in works throughout her award-winning career. In addition to the Abandoibarra District in Bilbao, the Spanish-born and U.S.-based Balmori designed numerous living or green roofs in Manhattan, creating gorgeous and sustainable arrangements. In addition to teaching and running her own firm, Balmori was frequently recognized with awards, including a nod from The National Endowment for the Arts.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>"Gunnar Asplund" monograph by Peter Blundell Jones</em></p><p><strong><img alt="" src=""></strong></p><p><strong>Peter Blundell Jones&nbsp;</strong>(1949 - 2016)</p><p>Pro...</p> 2017 AIA Gold Medal posthumously awarded to Paul Revere Williams — the first African-American recipient Justine Testado 2016-12-07T20:02:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T13:53:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="544" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's that time of year when the American Institute of Architects reveals the winner of the AIA Gold Medal, which honors an individual's outstanding body of work that has influenced architecture theory and practice. For 2017, the Medal was awarded posthumously to architect Paul Revere Williams, the first African-American recipient. Williams passed away in 1980.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>LAX Theme Building.</em></p><p>A trailblazer&nbsp;throughout his&nbsp;career, LA-born Paul Revere&nbsp;Williams was the&nbsp;first black architect to join the AIA&nbsp;and to be elected to the Institute's College of Fellows. He designed over 2,000 homes and commercial buildings around LA and abroad, including affordable homes for new homeowners, the glitzy abodes for his celebrity clients, and infamous icons like the LAX Theme Building (1961) and his renovation of the Beverly Hills Hotel (1949).&nbsp;</p><p>Having to deal with racial obstacles,&nbsp;Williams is also known for&nbsp;developing the ability to&nbsp;draw upside down to accommodate white clients who might not have wanted to sit n...</p> 5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T14:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T14:09:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are the likely policy goals of a neurosurgeon appointed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development by a man who can't stop disappointedly tweeting at Alec Baldwin? "There&rsquo;s not a dearth of qualified Republicans for that job, so if you choose somebody with no background in housing, it says something about your priorities,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Julia Gordon, executive vice president of the National Community Stabilization Trust, according to an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>. Various other housing experts, including Barbara Sard and Benjamin Dulchin, voiced concern about the man with no actual federal housing experience, although former HUD official Maurice Jones was cautiously optimistic, saying that "whatever agenda or whatever priority they have, I look forward to learning what that is."&nbsp;The article goes on to note that:&nbsp;</p><p>"a&nbsp;<em>Washington Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>&nbsp;by Ben Carson published in July 2015 indicates that he either does not understand or does not support the AFFH rule [Affirmatively Furthering...</p> SCI-Arc announces full-tuition scholarship for LAUSD students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T12:52:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T16:52:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Are you a LAUSD student who loves architecture and would like to attend SCI-Arc free of charge starting in the fall of 2017? Well, you're in luck: if you apply online by January 15, 2017, you'll be in the running for the recently announced merit-based, full-tuition scholarship for first-year freshmen originating from the metropolitan school district which, if you stay in the top 10% of your class, could last all five collegiate years.</p><p>As SCI-Arc director Hernan Diaz Alonso sees it, &ldquo;SCI-Arc is embedded in the fabric of Los Angeles. With this scholarship we are reaffirming our relationship to the city&rsquo;s public education system. We are proud of our well-rounded and rigorous Undergraduate program. A Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc provides a creative way to see the world not only in architectural terms, but in sociological, political and economic terms as well.&rdquo;</p><p>Get thee to an application form! &nbsp;In the meantime, check out these related posts about SCI-Arc:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc EDGE launches four...</a></li></ul> Craig Dykers on Snøhetta's innovation lessons Alexander Walter 2016-12-05T17:31:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T17:32:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been privileged to interview Craig Dykers, founding partner in the extraordinary global architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta, on several occasions and walked away each time incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of their creativity and innovation approaches. [...] Analyzing their innovation process can yield important lessons for companies. Here are some highlights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Forbes</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a> of&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta innovation lessons and glimpses into the firm's intercontinental problem-solving process includes flat hierarchies, embrace of contrasts across a variety of sectors, an internal podcast, and celebration of good news, among many others.</p><p>Other Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA addition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mountaineers: Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar of Sn&oslash;hetta on One-to-One #27</a></li></ul> Listen to our final interviews from 'Next Up: The LA River' on One-to-One! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-05T16:43:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T16:53:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Missed out on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>, Archinect Sessions' podcasting event? Now you can listen to the whole thing, released in two parts on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>. Last week, we released the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first half of the interviews</a>, and this week we've got the rest.&nbsp;</p><p>This week's playlist of live recordings features interviews with:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Lou Pesce</strong></a>&nbsp;(designer with Metabolic Studio)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Julia Meltzer</strong></a>&nbsp;(director and founder of Clockshop, a non-profit arts organization) and&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Timme</a>&nbsp;</strong>(co-director of LA-M&aacute;s)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Renee Dake Wilson</strong></a>&nbsp;(partner at Dake Wilson Architects and VP of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission) and&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Robinson</a>&nbsp;</strong>(assistant professor of architecture at USC and principal at Office of Outdoor Research)</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a>&nbsp;</strong>(founder and president at Mia Lehrer + Associates)</p><p>Individual episodes are available on Archinect Sessions. Listen and subscribe&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong>One-to-One</strong>&nbsp;#48, featuring the last four interviews from<strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a></strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the lo...</li></ul> Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-05T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T14:01:32-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the dual Canadian-American citizen expressed serious concerns about the incoming commander-in-chief. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know whether we should get into politics here because some of you may think Trump is OK, but I&rsquo;m very worried about him,&rdquo; said Gehry, 87. &ldquo;I remember in 1937 and being in Canada and listening to Hitler&rsquo;s speeches on radio &ndash; and this resounded similar to me. It&rsquo;s just frightening.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quoted above from a recent discussion at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frank Gehry told the audience that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he was not leaving the U.S. for France</a>, while facing the imminent future of a "frightening" Trump presidency. In a previous interview with&nbsp;<em>Le Figaro</em>, a French newspaper, Gehry had mentioned French president Francois Hollande's offer for him to seek self-exile in France.</p><p>More Gehry on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council</a></li><li><a title="Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-12-05T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T14:51:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At a perfect time of year to take stock (the 'silly season' of parties hasn't quite started, but we are quickly moving towards the year's close), this week provides a series of events focusing on reflection. From&nbsp;collections showing the life works of iconic creators to&nbsp;a discussion on how we continue to work in the city;&nbsp;and from looking at the concept of the city itself from a different (sweeter) angle, to challenging our consumer society through craft.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Workshop - Gingerbread Houses! |&nbsp;7-21&nbsp;December</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gingerbread City - exhibition | 7-22 December</a></strong></p><p><a title="Image: Museum of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em>Image: Museum of Architecture</em></p><p>The Museum of Architecture are opening&nbsp;<em>The&nbsp;Gingerbread City</em> this week, a new, annual&nbsp;competition where practices have designed and created gingerbread plots, which come together to create an entire city of sugar.&nbsp;&nbsp;Different city zones had different briefs, ranging from Unite d&rsquo;Hobnob (high density, central urban a...</p> Moreau Kusunoki, winners of Guggenheim Helsinki competition, respond to rejected plans: "an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-02T18:26:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:51:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki's city council has rejected</a> the latest round of financing plans for the Guggenheim outpost, it appears that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning design by Moreau Kusunoki</a> most certainly won't be built. We reached out to the architects for comment, and they provided the following statement:</p><p><em>Guggenheim Helsinki was an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result of the vote from the City Council of Helsinki.</em></p><p><br><em>The reflections we had in conceiving the 21th-century museum in Helsinki were thought-provoking and revelatory, such as the participatory and social dimensions of the museum, the studies on in-between spaces and flexible use, and the use of charred-wood cladding.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;<br>This journey was also an opportunity to meet exceptional professionals, whose commitment to promoting art and architecture we deeply admire.</em></p><p><br><em>We are confident that this project represents a stepping stone and the possibility of an exciting future for our firm and for the field of architecture. It encourages new thoughts ...</em></p> Editor's Picks #458 Nam Henderson 2016-12-01T21:04:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T00:54:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published the last of his series from a conversation with Denise Scott Brown. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Part 3:</a> focused on the pedagogical methods employed in the Learning from Las Vegas studio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;wrote about Faulders Studio's Wynwood Facade and how it <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Highlights Street Art in Miami's Dynamic Parking Structure Scene</a>. While&nbsp;<a href="http://tp://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;really loved "<em>the drawing that shows the lines of the city crawling up to compose the facade&hellip;</em>" it seemed nonetheless a "<em>Nice idea and a beautiful drawing,</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The AIA <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> a statement on 2016 U.S. election results, indicating a willingness to cooperate with Trump to tackle pressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban issues</a>.</p><p>Which caused a huge uproar. <strong>null pointer</strong> spoke for many "<em>I'm not renewing my AIA membership next year. Fuck both of these assholes.</em>"</p><p>Responding to the outcry, AIA came out with an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">apology</a> (of sorts). Then tried <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">again</a>.</p><p>Others like Bryan Lee (Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and member of Nat...</p> Zaha Hadid's sleek, curvy BRIT Awards statuette revealed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-01T14:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:23:15-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five different statues have been revealed, but only one - a depiction of Britannia with her hips to one side - will be handed out to winners at the February ceremony. [...] Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley said: "We are delighted with the finished statues. "Like Zaha, they are innovative and original and have gone well beyond our expectations to create something special that will progress the award into the future."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month, the Brit Awards revealed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's concept sketches</a> for their 2017 statuette. The finalized design will be given out at the BRITs ceremony on February 22nd in London.</p><p>More ZHA news:</p><ul><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's &quot;manifesto&quot; in open letter" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter</a></li><li><a title='Patrik Schumacher on architectural discourse and leadership: "People who are frank are trusted"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher on architectural discourse and leadership: "People who are frank are trusted"</a></li><li><a title='"But always with Zaha&rsquo;s DNA"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"But always with Zaha&rsquo;s DNA"</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club takes RIBA's award for International Excellence" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club takes RIBA's award for International Excellence</a></li></ul> Eero Saarinen documentary to air on PBS Dec. 27th Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:54:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For those who are interested in seeing <em>Eero Saarinen:&nbsp;The Architect Who Saw the Future</em> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed her</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">e on Archinect)</a>, they'll have their chance on December 27th when PBS airs the documentary as part of its American Masters Series. The film, which charts both Eero's professional and personal stories, will officially be released on DVD on January 3rd, 2017 from PBS distribution. In the meantime, here's a clip from the film where Eliel Saarinen finds out it is not him but his son Eero who has won the competition for St. Louis memorial design:</p> Guggenheim Helsinki plans nixed by city, citing "the project’s excessive cost for the Finnish taxpayer" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:41:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The mix of private and public funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki has officially been rejected in a city council vote, meaning that the plans for the museum designed by&nbsp;Moreau &amp; Kusunoki are unlikely to ever be built. A new financing plan that drew the bulk of public funding from the city and the rest from private fundraising had been approved by the city board in November, but was vetoed by the larger city council last night. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>,&nbsp;Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, said about the vote that&nbsp;&ldquo;I suppose that it was a reaction to a sense of engulfing internationalism, or a reaction against globalism. That&rsquo;s how I&rsquo;m explaining it to myself.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, Helsinki City Council member and Guggenheim opposer&nbsp;Osku Pajamaki said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m exhausted but relieved. Instead of buying a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we can now focus on creating unique local cultural attractions in Helsinki.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Offici...</p> The toy-like Mola Structural Kit allows architects to experiment with structural engineering Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T18:51:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects determine if their designs are structurally sound? Aside from consulting with a professional structural engineering firm, the Mola Structural Kit offers a playful way to test out the strength and durability of various designs. The company has unveiled the second edition of the kit, which has been designed to be compatible with the first. Here's a video that explains it all:&nbsp;</p> Mia Lehrer discusses her long-running history with the LA River's redevelopment on our final 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-29T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's here: our final interview from 'Next Up: The LA River', featuring Mia Lehrer of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>. Lehrer was a major driving force in the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, and has worked for nearly 20 years on projects related to the River&mdash;undeniably preceding any involvement from Frank Gehry.</p><p>Paul Petrunia sits down with Lehrer to speak about her history with the river and its redevelopment, as well as her thoughts for how the project must proceed. Read more about Lehrer's work on the LA River <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>To get caught up on all Mini-Sessions from our Next Up: The LA River event, you can listen to the whole first half at once on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> (the second half will be available next week), or download each interview separately through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;Mini-Session #8&nbsp;</strong>from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&nbsp;</strong>with<strong>&nbsp;Mia Lehrer</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Po...</strong></li></ul> Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:48-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The perenially&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinionated</a> Patrik Schumacher, who gave a speech about his "urban policy manifesto" at the November 17th World Architecture Festival in which he called for an end to all social housing and privatization of public space, has attracted push-back from an unexpected source: the firm he currently runs, which was founded by the late, great Zaha Hadid. In an open letter from the architectural office, Zaha Hadid Architects states that Schumacher's manifesto does not reflect the future direction of the firm, noting that Zaha "deeply believed in the strongest international collaboration" and she "did not write manifestos. She built them." The full text of the letter follows below:</p><p><em>November 29, 2016</em></p><p><em>Patrik Schumacher&rsquo;s &lsquo;urban policy manifesto&rsquo; does not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; past&mdash;and will not be our future.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid did not write manifestos. She built them.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid Architects has delivered 56 projects for all members of the community in 45 cities around the world.</em></p><p><em>Refusi...</em></p> Waterfront Towers Reel In Unusual Loan Deal Richard Meier & Partners 2016-11-29T12:10:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="845" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of the foundations are completed for the three buildings, which will have rental apartments on the lower floors and condominiums on the upper ones. The partnership tapped Uruguayan architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who designed the slender ultraluxury condo skyscraper at 432 Park Ave., Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects LLP and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC to design the glass, stone and metal towers, which range from 34 to 38 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Now you can listen to interviews from 'Next Up: The LA River' on One-to-One! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T19:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:25:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Missed out on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>, Archinect Sessions' podcasting event? Now you can listen to the first half all at once, on One-to-One, recorded live. Next week we'll release the full second-half.</p><p>This playlist of live recordings features interviews with:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Frances Anderton</strong></a>&nbsp;(host, KCRW&rsquo;s DnA) and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Christopher Hawthorne</strong></a>&nbsp;(architecture critic,&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Steven Appleton</strong></a>&nbsp;(co-founder, LA River Kayak Safari) and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Catherine Gudis</strong></a>&nbsp;(co-founder, Play the L.A. River game)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Marissa Christiansen</strong></a>&nbsp;(Executive Director (formerly Senior Policy Director), Friends of the Los Angeles River)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Deborah Weintraub</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chief Deputy City Engineer, LA Bureau of Engineering)</p><p>Individual episodes are available on Archinect Sessions. Listen and subscribe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to <strong>One-to-One</strong> #47, featuring the first four interviews from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCl...</strong></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-11-28T15:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:32:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we enter into December, it seems as though&nbsp;there are already too many Christmas fairs and markets to write about.&nbsp;So, if you need a break from the busy&nbsp;streets, then why not retreat to a gallery, an interesting talk,&nbsp;or to a botanical wonderland to avoid the rush of (early) Christmas shoppers?&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour: Great British Buildings - Thornsett Road | 7 December</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Allies and Morrison</em></p><p>Thornsett Road, designed by Allies &amp; Morrison, completed in 2015 by architects was awarded the RIBA London Award&nbsp; this year. The business headquarters&nbsp; south London is, in part, a new building and in part a respectful response to the existing buildings and context. This architect-led tour is a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with this south-of-the-river gem.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Rauschenberg | 1 December - 2 April 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Robert Rauschenburg</em></p><p>Opening this week is the comprehensive collection of the works of Rober...</p> How Tadao Ando defines his own "home for the spirit" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T13:04:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:22:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This should be Ando&rsquo;s residence. But there is no bedroom. Or food in the kitchen. And a couple of years ago he told Japanese TV that he lives in a normal apartment. This is Tadao Ando&rsquo;s house, but is it his home? [...] Ando built it to be his home in 1995 but never moved in. You can find it listed in architecture books as the &ldquo;Atelier&rdquo; or &ldquo;Studio Annexe&rdquo;. &ldquo;I wanted a fun place to live, a place where every day is thrilling, a quiet place to think,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ando, on the ultimate home, to Robin Harding for the <em>Financial Times</em>:&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;Please write this,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;A church is a home town for the spirit, a place where the spirit lives. Big or small. It&rsquo;s the home of the spirit so when you go there you feel relief. You feel the spirit&rsquo;s richness. I have to think whether I have made a home for the spirit or not. A house is the same. It must be a home for that person&rsquo;s spirit."</em></p><p>More Ando on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M" href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M</a></li><li><a title="New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan" href="" target="_blank">New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan</a></li><li><a title="Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award" href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium" href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium</a></li></ul> Independent Urbanism: Nostalgia and Non-places by Amy Tibbels MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-11-24T13:41:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T00:56:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 25th issue of MONU &ldquo;Independent Urbanism&rdquo; provides a platform to unveil the multitude of decisions that had to be made by countries after becoming independent - and more specifically the cities within these countries. by Amy Tibbels</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In 2010 we became familiar with instagram and along with it a new way to represent ourselves. In the same year, the Republic of Macedonia&rsquo;s capital city Skopje decided to completely cover itself with false neo-classical facades, embodied with hundred year old representation. The 25th issue of MONU &ldquo;Independent Urbanism&rdquo; provides a platform to unveil the multitude of decisions that had to be made by countries after becoming independent- and more specifically the cities within these countries. The magazine&rsquo;s photo essays have an indispensable heaviness within this particular issue of MONU, in it&rsquo;s twelve years it has never featured as many as three. Of this we can be appreciative in largest part because these intimate images bring authenticity to some inconceivable realities. But further, what I find integral to each of these photo essays is a nostalgia, which becomes a binding agent of most articles as if being the authors&rsquo; communal grand answer to the question; what happened to thes...</p> OMA announced as ‘Creative Mediator’ for Manifesta 12 Palermo Alexander Walter 2016-11-24T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T00:56:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="562" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manifesta, the roving European biennial, announced today that the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will be creative mediator for its upcoming 12th&nbsp;edition, set to open in Palermo, Italy, in 2018. As creative mediator, OMA will investigate how Italian cities are governed, looking specifically at immigration, environmental issues, gentrification, and tourism. Led by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, the team will also explore how artists can intervene in places around the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent OMA news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look inside London's new Design Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA revamps 13th c. Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice</a></li></ul> NEXT CITY publishes an article by Bryan Lee on the latest riff between AIA and its members Orhan Ayyüce 2016-11-21T15:12:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:51:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;You are not a profession that has distinguished itself by your social and civic contributions to the cause of civil rights, and I am sure this has not come to you as any shock. You are most distinguished by your thunderous silence and your complete irrelevance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We have fallen short and Mr. Ivy, in this instance, does nothing to belie the concerns of the membership. It is all too easy for us to be cynical and skeptical at times like these, when the more precise tool (and one we are built for) is to be critical and creative. The AIA made a mistake and has apologized both publicly and privately, but apologies mean nothing without action. Now is the time to press the Institute to act. Act as an apolitical (not bipartisan) force for social good in the built environment. I wholeheartedly believe that to protest is to have an unyielding faith in the potential for a just society. As a member of the AIA, I am not removing myself from the conversation. Instead I will continue to stand and I will continue to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protest</a>, when necessary, in hopes of a better profession.</p><p>To that end, I encourage those within the profession to acknowledge the cultural implications of our work and become forceful&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">advocates for true equity and design justice</a>. I am calling on ...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-11-21T13:44:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:05:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preview last week</a> , the Design Museum will be opening its doors on Thursday 24th November, with some fantastic new exhibitions.&nbsp;</p><p>Apart from this new addition to the cultural quarter,&nbsp;the week is packed full of talks and exhibitions exploring the role of the designer in our world. Whether that is the role of an architect within a place without architecture, or the role of designers in our changing capital.</p><p>If you haven't yet managed to get down to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive at Kew Gardens</a>, then this week is your last chance to see this interactive installation from artist Wolfgang Buttress as it goes into its final week.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong>The Opening of The Design Museum |&nbsp;3 events on&nbsp;24 November:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear and Love</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Maker User</a>,&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beazley Designs of the Year</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Luke Hayes</em></p><p>The Design Museum opens its doors this week, starting as it means to go on with three great exhibitions. A permanent collection, <em>De...</em></p> Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes and Hayball among big winners in 2016 World Architecture Festival Justine Testado 2016-11-18T18:44:00-05:00 >2016-11-26T18:08:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 2016 World Architecture Festival has come to a close. After a final round of presentations and jury critiques for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day One</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two</a> category winners, the National Museum in Szczecin in Poland made it to the top as the ninth recipient of the coveted World Building of the Year. Designed by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes, the museum&nbsp;joins previous winners like&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Interlace</a> by OMA/Ole Scheeren in Singapore and a21studio's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chapel</a> in Vietnam.</p><p>During the Friday awards gala dinner, other winning announcements included South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball for Future Project of the Year, while the Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand by Isthmus scooped Landscape of the Year. Last but not least, the Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture won Small Project of the Year for their ZCB Bamboo Pavilion.</p><p><strong>WORLD BUILDING OF THE YEAR: National Museum in Szczecin, Poland by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Jury chair David Chipperfield cited the National Museum as an &ldquo;optimistic...</p> MoMA PS1 YAP 2017 finalists announced; include Bureau Spectacular, Ania Jaworska Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-18T12:56:00-05:00 >2016-11-26T19:57:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every summer, the winning design of MoMA's PS1 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Young Architects Program</a> helps set the mood for the museum's Warm Up music festivities, providing shade, seating, water and atmosphere. Installed in the museum's outdoor courtyard, the YAP-winning design must also address issues related to the environment and sustainability.</p><p>The finalists for 2017 are as follows:&nbsp;Bureau Spectacular / Jimenez Lai;&nbsp;Ania Jaworska;&nbsp;Office of III: Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg and Stephanie Lin;&nbsp;Jenny E. Sabin;&nbsp;SCHAUM/SHIEH: Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum.&nbsp;</p><p>In order to get this far, the firms first had to be among the ~30 nominated to the YAP by deans of architecture schools and editors of architecture publications. Their portfolios were then reviewed by the museum's panel, which consists of Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art; Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director at MoMA; Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1; Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs; Martino Stierli, Philip Joh...</p> Latest from the 2016 World Architecture Festival: Day Two winners Justine Testado 2016-11-17T21:12:00-05:00 >2016-11-26T18:07:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's Day Two at the 2016 World Architecture Festival, which concluded with seven more winners in the Completed Building category and nine Future Projects winners. Now that all the category winners have been revealed, the design teams will face off in one final round of project critiques with the super jury. One project will then be crowned as the Future Project of the Year and another will be the overall-winning World Building of the Year 2016.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few of the Day Two winners.</p><p><strong>Completed Buildings - SHOPPING: Crystal Houses by MVRDV</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HIGHER EDUCATION &amp; RESEARCH: Investcorp Building for Oxford University by Zaha Hadid Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HOTEL AND LEISURE: Fushengyu Hotspring Resort by Aim Architecture</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>SPORT: Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre by HCMA Architecture + Design</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>FUTURE PROJECTS</strong></p><p><strong>COMPETITION ENTRIES: Chengdu City Music Hall by Aedas</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>CULTURE: Wangari Muta Maathai House by Boogertman + Partners Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>See the rest of the winning projects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 2016 World Architecture Festival Day One winners</a></p>