Archinect - News 2014-08-21T16:07:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107096195/in-kazakhstan-a-shimmering-skyline-on-the-steppe In Kazakhstan, a Shimmering Skyline on the Steppe Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T13:59:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30cef026d80156b442868a1ac92aaca5.jpg" width="315" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seventeen years ago, when Kazakhstan moved its capital here, the city of Astana didn&rsquo;t even exist. [...] But after years of rapid economic growth fueled by Kazakhstan&rsquo;s oil and gas riches, the skyline of Astana [...] is now punctuated by gleaming skyscrapers and Western-style shopping malls. The city has become a hotbed for architectural experimentation, attracting big names like Norman Foster and Manfredi Nicoletti who have transformed it into what locals now call &ldquo;Manhattan on the Steppe.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More big players wanting a slice of that yummy Astana cake:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80399280/kazakhstan-s-astana-world-expo-2017-competition-attracts-big-international-names" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kazakhstan&rsquo;s Astana World Expo 2017 Competition Attracts Big International Names</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106961208/editor-s-picks-381 Editor's Picks #381 Nam Henderson 2014-08-19T20:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5lff5ykdnxgxtpnj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a>.&nbsp;Therein drawing lessons; from Slavoj Zizek on the toilet and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Morton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timothy Morton</a> (of Object-Oriented Ontology [OOO]) on sustainability as the preservation of the status quo, he argues that "<em>Under the weight of the ecological crisis, the world has been flattened. There is no exit</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0fcle6sz9qdc5cu.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;In response, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;offered up an image of the sublimely absurd, "<em>I am always baffled by big houses that are marketed with +5.5 bathrooms (very common in wealthy neighborhoods) and so on. And of course these host extremely hi end living styles. It is kind of funny to think all these people do all day is shit and shit and shit everywhere in the house</em>".</p><p><br>For the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai, of </a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Francis-Tsai-Illustration-and-Concept-Design/367692304491?ref_type=bookmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Design</a>,&nbsp;who received a Master's degree in 1993 from <a href="http://archinect.com/utsoa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Texas in Austin</a>.</p><p><strong>Xenaxis</strong>&nbsp;"<em>worked with Francis Tsai at Rockstar games and he was one of t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106870326/how-spain-s-guerrilla-architect-is-building-new-hope-out-of-financial-crisis How Spain’s ‘guerrilla architect’ is building new hope out of financial crisis Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T15:26:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b45f8a28d1ac35f3a4eeabb4b361484.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the state has withdrawn, Santiago Cirugeda has stepped in to turn abandoned sites in Seville and other Spanish cities into dramatic art spaces that are inspiring a new breed of architect</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106865498/gehry-s-paris-coup Gehry’s Paris Coup Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:20:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42916d91fbdf68203ebec879a73bbdcd.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite its echoes of Paris&rsquo;s architectural past, Frank Gehry&rsquo;s latest museum project&mdash;the Fondation Louis Vuitton, opening this fall in the Bois de Boulogne&mdash;is like nothing the city has seen before: muscular and delicate, utilitarian and fantastic, a marriage of cultural ambition and private enterprise. Paul Goldberger looks at the genesis of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault&rsquo;s partnership with Gehry, and the triumphant result.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558894/l-a-landscape-architect-mia-lehrer-on-what-makes-a-successful-park L.A. landscape architect Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:11:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b538fab694706e9f7d725cb66d8663b6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It relates to scale, who's going to be there, what reflects the culture and interests of the community. People's first notion about a park is Central Park &mdash; big, grassy, lush. So adjusting expectations about that aesthetic, we have a hard row to hoe in L.A. This is the era for our city to think about parks and the river and the urban forest as all one thing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106499499/editor-s-picks-380 Editor's Picks #380 Nam Henderson 2014-08-13T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ax21xbfp5zqazft.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Student Works: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;spoke with project architect, Duncan Baker-Brown, about T<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he Waste House</a>,&nbsp;designed/built by faculty and students from the Faculty of Arts and <a href="http://www.ccb.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City College Brighton &amp; Hove</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;did some quick math "<em>The numbers tell quite the story...an average of 8 people per work week day for the 15 month project duration. Compared to an equivalent wood frame house in the US that could be an entire subdivision. This should tell you how far industry has to go to do the right thing</em>".</p><p>Plus, elementary school librarian, <a href="http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shared her <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top 15 recommendations of architecture books for young children</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The NYT published a letter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Editor: Less Ego in Architects</a>&nbsp;by Peggy Deamer, a partner in Deamer Architects and professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Editors saw an opportunity to start a Sunday Dialogue,&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a week later published responses and a rejoinders</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> had a thought "<em>Architecture firms are alrea...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T15:16:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74auc5dbv45rxc11.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Regardless, there are two paths forward. One is to scrap the project and start over with an open public competition, which would cost around $17&thinsp;million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The other is to push forward with the existing plan to finalize the memorial design and begin breaking ground. We favor the latter. [...] And the current design is nowhere near a &ldquo;monstrosity,&rdquo; as some have called it; it is a novel take on memorialization [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106406329/amale-andraos-to-succeed-mark-wigley-as-gsapp-s-new-dean Amale Andraos to succeed Mark Wigley as GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-12T16:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:37:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bw/bw571ts213w95tt7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Andraos, an associate professor of architecture, planning and preservation at GSAPP since 2011 and a principal at WORKac., will succeed Mark Wigley, who announced he would retire at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;Columbia is already a leader in addressing the challenges of high-speed urbanization around the globe and I believe it can lead in recasting architecture in dialogue with our urban societies and the natural environment,&rdquo; Andraos said in the release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just shy of the new academic year, Columbia's GSAPP has appointed Amale Andraos to succeed Mark Wigley as Dean, effective this fall. Andraos is a firm presence in New York architecture and beyond, as principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/WORKac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKac</a> alongside her husband, Dan Wood (both previously profiled in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/64596/upstarts-workac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts series</a>). The&nbsp;<em>Wall Street Journal</em>&nbsp;named her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91989166/rem-koolhaas-s-prot-g-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one of Rem Koolhaas' prot&eacute;g&eacute;s</a>, and her writing has been&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95130918/screen-print-10-zawia-s-utopia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featured in our&nbsp;<em>Screen/Print</em></a>&nbsp;series.</p><p>You can see what kind of post Andraos is inheriting in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103338066/the-deans-list-mark-wigley-of-columbia-university-s-gsapp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List interview with Mark Wigley</a>, the prior GSAPP dean.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106405526/john-lautner-s-silvertop-home-to-list-for-7-5-million John Lautner's Silvertop home to list for $7.5 Million Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T14:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T08:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c27c0c76ba89bbb4cd4982e5f13d4a3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been the setting for music videos, TV commercials and scenes from the '80s movie "Less Than Zero." Now, the unusual Los Angeles home by influential architect John Lautner is slated to go on the market for $7.5 million. Known as Silvertop, the house has a striking design: It is made up of a series of interlocking half-circles, with a massive, arched concrete roof over the living room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Can't get enough of that good Lautner stuff? Read Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce's tale of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/52668208/lautner-s-concannon-residence-from-dust-to-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concannon Residence</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image The ‘Starchitect’ Image Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T09:27:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff003c17e40e8f644a2b24c04c94cc87.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Readers respond to a letter by Peggy Deamer, an architect, calling for less arrogance and more collaboration in architecture. [...] It is not only the public that is fed up with this idea of The Architect, but also the profession itself. Having watched ourselves increasingly backed into the corner of aesthetic elitism, we are now more interested in models of practice that do away with the egos and the glamorous buildings they are associated with.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106322758/real-architects-design-chairs Real architects design chairs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb644703760b014f2571bb128d714bad.jpg" width="470" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pretty much every architect in the alphabet has produced a chair, a miniature version of their particular aesthetic. [...] Buildings are all very well, but it seems you haven&rsquo;t truly made it as an architect until you&rsquo;ve given us something to sit on. [...] &ldquo;Mentally, it&rsquo;s a very good exercise, to go from [designing] a building to the smallest bit in a building,&rdquo; [Alex Michaelis] says. &ldquo;You go back to the detail of the human body."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106100539/koolhaas-missing-fundamental-is-alive-and-kicking-in-house-housing-exhibition Koolhaas' missing Fundamental is alive and kicking in "House Housing" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T16:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42c27r2h8hzo1xz1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most attention falls on the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the city itself hosts an uncertain number of simultaneous, satellite events, operating somewhat under the public's radar but still orbiting around the Biennale's curatorial center. There are the Biennale-recognized roster of exhibitions, called "<a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/22-04.html?back=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collateral Events</a>", and then there are the outer planets of the Biennale's solar system; the unsolicited riffs taking place at smaller, less conventional spaces throughout the city. The Biennale's five-month run gives ample time for dissent and complication within the city, offering alternate interpretations to this year's sanctioned theme: "Fundamentals", from Rem Koolhaas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojcebz50cd04w1h6.jpg"></p><p>Criticism of Koolhaas' biennale has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">well-trodden</a>. Creating a catalogue of architecture's supposedly "fundamental" elements has been called depressing, inappropriate, cynical, or pejoratively part of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Reporters griping and academics critiquing is a fundamental pa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106098934/par-wins-the-2014-aia-los-angeles-emerging-practice-award PAR wins the 2014 AIA Los Angeles Emerging Practice Award Justine Testado 2014-08-08T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92adt9ima7ri7g61.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our friends at PAR &mdash; or Platform for Architecture + Research &mdash; were announced as the 2014 recipient of the Presidential Emerging Practice Award from the AIA Los Angeles. In a constantly evolving setting like the City of Angels, the award is the highest honor that the AIA|LA Presidential Board presents to an emerging architecture firm in recognition of consistently creating innovative work. It also highlights individuals who take leadership roles in advancing the architectural profession.</p></em><br /><br /><p>An evening awards ceremony will take place at the Million Dollar Theatre &amp; Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on October 29, 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nl5eb3v1zr0cita5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4xqawdmujwjz23p.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/p-ar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAR</a> Founding Partner, Jennifer Marmon:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdyldyyk407mg4uq.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/par_wins_the_2014_aia_los_angeles_emerging_practice_award/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106017734/david-adjaye-interview-i-m-not-always-looking-at-the-usual-references David Adjaye interview: 'I'm not always looking at the usual references' Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T18:57:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a39b7c88dd2bb3795a948355eee17d3.jpg" width="220" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adjaye himself is weary of people obsessing over his being black in a profession which, in Europe and the United States, is very white. Which is not to say that he regards his heritage is unimportant. "I can't win with this one," he says. "Everyone has a view on it. I am an architect first of all, whose background is complex. I use the continent of Africa as a background, But I also grew up in London."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105955054/win-a-copy-of-the-reprinted-lvaro-siza-viagem-sem-programa Win a copy of the reprinted “ÁLVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA” Justine Testado 2014-08-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T19:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jw/jwlzwfsn587h3ajq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The popular<em> &Aacute;LVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA</em> book tells the personal stories of renowned Portuguese architect&nbsp;&Aacute;lvaro Siza through his own collection of drawings. Upon the success of the first edition, Red Publishing recently reprinted the book -- and guess what, Archinect is now giving away five copies to our readers!</p><p><strong>To enter the book giveaway, fill out <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&amp;formkey=dGI5aVV2WWdwYzBkVWRzRXEzOVU2V1E6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a> by Wednesday, August 13, end of day. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bq/bquxywhniwyg6268.jpg"></p><p>The book presents 53 drawings that Siza created over a period of 60 years, beginning in Porto to the end of the 1950s when he made his way into the architecture world. In an interview, Siza talks about his most significant encounters with colleagues and friends, and the lasting relationships that were established.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sw99gfhostb21g1.jpg"></p><p>Authors Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino worked with Siza himself in selecting which drawings to publish from his numerous sketchbooks and diaries. Digitally reproducing the drawings involved an in-depth study on materials and a digital ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105949411/homeboy-travels-far-and-edges-on Homeboy travels far and edges on Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-06T16:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7j/7jl20akd036cna7r.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Enough said... Some of you will know this is the open country. In it, you need small and big ideas. I like big cars and the universe is made from small things. There shouldn't be any speed limits on a thousand high plains.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z48z3y70am9lvozp.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Some will know architecture is like the universe, made from small parts.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tttl7wlwi3sdfxx.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Some will know even the big parts are small in relative thinking... How do I know..?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nl43bnj8wa4bef1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Fundamentally speaking, not because I see a lot of walls, windows and ceilings from the water's edge."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8m061b2x88i0g38.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Not because my mind is like the ocean"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70g2d3vnwgdo9rpd.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;And not because I can speak and script,"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gso6fi4xqwb8o15i.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;and jump.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s97bkrtf08l1l0lu.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;I don't know.., maybe because I'm Homeboy from the plateaus.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photographs: Michael Rotondi<br>Story: Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</em></p><p><em><em>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104480/homeboy-on-tupperville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homeboy on Tupperville</a></em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104480" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> </a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105884329/editor-s-picks-379 Editor's Picks #379 Nam Henderson 2014-08-06T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bm0q30yvpu1ld33.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oyfauutobve3u9xj.jpg"></p><p>The latest<strong> Show Case:</strong> featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105482832/show-case-schapenboeten-holiday-home-by-benthem-crouwel-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a holiday home modeled after the Dutch vernacular &lsquo;schapenboeten&rsquo;</a>, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> wondered "<em>what makes fishing nets a good cladding material? Isn't the purpose of a net pretty much exactly the opposite of the purpose of a cladding? I want insane rationalism</em>".&nbsp;<strong>Non Sequitur</strong> added "<em>The colour coding is nice but I was really hoping to see fishing nets used as interior walls</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105242532/george-lucas-announces-mad-and-studio-gang-as-architects-for-his-museum-of-narrative-art-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas announced</a>, an architectural team for his planned museum on Chicago's lakefront.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was impressed "<em>Chicago has really made a commitment to creating great new buildings. I recently visited the WNS Boathouse and Nature Boardwalk structure in the Zoo, both by Studio Gang. Its very exciting and I hope it spreads to cities across the US</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ruojc2dkz6retvp6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4ut7o01grg8t5n7d.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554301/shigeru-ban-designed-aspen-art-museum-ready-for-grand-opening-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT&rsquo;s Roberta Smith reminded readers</a>, of the upcoming opening for Aspen Art Museum&rsquo;s new Shigeru Ban&rsquo;s-designed building.&nbsp;<strong>boy in a well</strong> was excited by the "<em>wood!</em>" and believed that a few winters in Col...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105800701/new-dead-prize-launched-by-cameron-sinclair New "DEAD PRIZE" launched by Cameron Sinclair Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-04T19:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/st/stzx5dztldlu5vs4.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the past decade we have seen an explosion of honors and awards for the most innovative and forward thinking solutions. Yet no one recognizes the projects that have caused harm to the environment - designs that are helping shorten our existence on this planet. This is why we created the DEAD prize. Let's recognize the bad, honor the failures and hopefully do something to rectify these designs against humanity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/dead_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Prize</a> may be the first ever anti-prize in architecture. Launched by Cameron Sinclair, the Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.mjpasia.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jolie-Pitt Foundation</a> and co-founder of <a href="http://architectureforhumanity.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>, Dead Prize opened its nominations today for architecture that has caused remarkable environmental harm. The goal is to create an anti-standard, by which architects can understand what makes a design harmful, how to not repeat that harm, and hopefully, how to form solutions to the winning Dead Prize design. To curate a set of "worst practices" in architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>The Prize's website makes clear that this is a satirical mix of serious and tongue-in-cheek commentary on the architecture profession. Once a winner is chosen, sometime in early 2015, the Dead Prize committee will reach out to the designer for their side of the story, to gain the widest angle on why things went wrong.</p><p>If the Prize acquires sufficient funding, a complementary competition will be launched to design a solution to a Dead Prize ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105576807/weekly-news-round-up-for-july-28-2014-exploding-pipelines-and-contentious-museums Weekly News Round-Up for July 28, 2014: Exploding pipelines and contentious museums Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-04T14:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:19:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2sjlbh17oilmbq9c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 1</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555911/gas-pipelines-explode-in-taiwan-city-killing-24" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gas Pipelines Explode in Taiwan City Killing&nbsp;24</a>: The cause of the propene pipeline explosion is <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/taiwan-gas-blasts-likely-caused-by-faulty-pipe-1406964902" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">still unknown</a>, but officials noticed irregularities in the pipe's flow hours beforehand, without investigating further.</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555912/jacko-s-neverland-ranch-is-up-for-sale-at-50-75m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacko's Neverland Ranch is up for sale at $50-75M</a>: Michael Jackson's Disneyland-esque compound in Santa Barbara was handed back to Tom Barrack's Colony Capital in 2008, when Jackson was heavily in debt. With $5M in annual upkeep, Colony Capital is now selling the property.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans approved for Damien Hirst's village on the British coast</a>: Hirst will collaborate with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rundellassociates.com/practice-profile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Rundell Associates</a>&nbsp;on the 75-home city. Renderings are surprisingly conventional when compared to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Love_of_God" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hirst's work</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, July 31</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings of What Will Replace Grafitti Art Mecca 5Pointz Emerge</a>: Unsurprisingly, it's two residential towers: with some mixed-use space on the ground floor, and 20% affordable housing. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/HTO-Architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HTO Architect</a>, the buildings will have some space set asid...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105788632/build-it-and-they-will-come-princeton-architecture-at-the-venice-biennale Build it and they will come: Princeton architecture at the Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:03:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7be236e5f864b77336cdb6d7792b06ae.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Venice Architecture Biennale, an international showcase of trends and research, showcases the work of a number of Princeton faculty and students. It marks the greatest number of invitations Princeton has received to participate in the Biennale, reflecting the University's strength in pioneering research. "Much like other art biennales, its purpose is to present the current panorama of the discipline," said Alejandro Zaera-Polo, dean of Princeton's School of Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105784596/paper-palaces-the-architect-of-the-dispossessed-meets-the-one-per-cent Paper Palaces: The architect of the dispossessed meets the one per cent. Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:43:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c5801b6b44f4fc7503a18006659a6de.jpg" width="320" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not the architect to make a shape,&rdquo; he told me firmly. &ldquo;My designs are always problem solving.&rdquo; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who worked on a team with Ban in 2002 to propose a design for the new World Trade Center&mdash;they made it to the final round&mdash;says, &ldquo;This is a guy that still thinks architecture is about building, the mechanical part of building and what the building does. Architecture is not writing or talking, it&rsquo;s building buildings.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554301/shigeru-ban-designed-aspen-art-museum-ready-for-grand-opening-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum ready for grand opening next week</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects Archinect 2014-08-04T11:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T18:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4w/4wqc61s8jffyjklf.jpg" width="514" height="652" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry once said that if we didn&rsquo;t have starchitects, architects (and architecture) wouldn&rsquo;t be in the media at all. But this kind of coverage, even when positive, we don&rsquo;t need. It perpetuates a Howard Roarkian image that makes most of us architects cringe &mdash; not the least because of the uber-capitalist, Ayn Rand alignment &mdash; and also deflates a more productive optimism within the profession that sees these arrogant acts as old school.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105554301/shigeru-ban-designed-aspen-art-museum-ready-for-grand-opening-next-week Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum ready for grand opening next week Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3416f2e07ad6b09df4bb3fa49783b14.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next Saturday at 5 p.m., after a week of member previews, the 35-year-old Aspen Art Museum in Colorado will open the doors of its new building to the public and then keep them open for a 24-hour celebration. There is much to celebrate. The four-story building is the first American museum designed by the innovative Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105478814/sharif-el-gamal-commissions-jean-nouvel-to-design-islam-museum-next-to-wtc Sharif El-Gamal Commissions Jean Nouvel to Design Islam Museum Next to WTC Diane Pham 2014-07-31T14:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6cdq5snam5hapw43.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of real estate developer Soho Properties, announced today that his company acquired 49-51 Park Place from Consolidated Edison for $10.7 million. He also revealed that none other than Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Jean Nouvel will be designing the site&rsquo;s three-story Islam museum and prayer space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105424202/tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-presented-with-national-medal-of-arts-by-president-obama Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President Obama Justine Testado 2014-07-30T21:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:41:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39aq7dxzhy81oc7k.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> were honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts from the <a href="http://arts.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts</a> (NEA). As the highest award bestowed to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. federal government, the medal specially recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the country.</p><p>President Barack Obama individually presented the medals to Williams, Tsien, and all the recipients during the recent awards ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2b74pgcavthf85q.jpg"></p><p>"Billie Tsien and Tod Williams [were acknowledged] for their contributions to architecture and arts education. Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions"</p><p>The list of notable medal recipients also included:</p><ul><li><strong>Julia Alvarez</strong>, Noveli...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105403243/more-bad-news-with-hadid-s-qatar-stadium More Bad News with Hadid's Qatar Stadium Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T15:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awi98cctmgcim00v.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrant workers building the first stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup have been earning as little as 45p [&asymp;75&cent;] an hour, the Guardian can reveal [...] More than 100 workers from some of the world's poorest countries are labouring in ferocious desert heat on the 40,000-seat al-Wakrah stadium, which has been designed by the British architect Zaha Hadid [..]</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is just the most recent in a slew of bad PR for the British-Iraqi architect. Earlier, <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/02/26/qatar-zaha-hadid-stadium/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">she was rebuked</a> for asserting that architects have neither power over nor responsibility for the conditions of workers on their buildings. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103115491/zaha-s-baku-win-ignites-protests-over-forced-eviction-and-suspicions-over-worker-s-rights-and-human-trafficking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">She won the 2014 Design Museum award for a building in&nbsp;Azerbaijan</a> that has been criticized for both its construction practices and more generally for being a symbol of support for the country's dictatorial leader. Her designs for a new stadium in Tokyo were called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103705443/protests-pay-off-as-hadid-alters-tokyo-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">too big, too expensive, and inappropriate for its urban context.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;And the awarding of the Iraqi Parliament project to her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102706634/it-s-official-zaha-hadid-will-design-the-iraq-parliament-regardless-of-the-fact-she-came-3rd-in-the-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was also met with controversy</a>&nbsp;(the emerging Islamic State is probably threatening the viability of the project anyway).</p><p>Still, ZHA don't seem to have any trouble finding clients!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:43:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3ti8x3ufdkbdw74.jpg" width="514" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surroundings. In an interview, he argued in favor of local architectural talent, or &ldquo;locatecture.&rdquo; Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this "Room for Debate" at <em>the New York Times,&nbsp;</em>Allison Arieff, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Beverly Willis, and Angel Borrego Cubero all provide their opinions on the much-used and controversial portmanteau.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105326910/behold-the-first-look-inside-zaha-hadid-s-high-line-condos Behold, The First Look Inside Zaha Hadid's High Line Condos Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ce327100bc9636a93e33d296b3e7209d.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid's swooping, spaceship-like condo building along the High Line is just about the most exciting of the many buildings on the rise in West Chelsea and the dozens of projects designed by starchitects in New York City. Mind-boggling renderings of the wavy exterior? Check. Some voluptuous floorplans, plus pricing? Check. Here now, the first look inside the West 28th Street condos, with two unreleased renderings snagged by a tipster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77134027/zaha-hadid-architects-commissioned-to-design-high-line-condo-to-be-first-hadid-project-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects commissioned to design High Line condo, to be first Hadid project in NYC</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105242532/george-lucas-announces-mad-and-studio-gang-as-architects-for-his-museum-of-narrative-art-in-chicago George Lucas announces MAD and Studio Gang as architects for his Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago Archinect 2014-07-28T12:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T13:30:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qvs8aumpd8dxpbb.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday will announce an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and Chicago's Jeanne Gang, shaper of the undulating Aqua Tower here.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Read our recently published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview with Ma Yansong of MAD</a></p>