Archinect - News 2015-10-13T05:10:16-04:00 How Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman Wilson House was moved from New Jersey to Arkansas Alexander Walter 2015-10-12T18:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T18:08:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Bentonville, Arkansas, a house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a New Jersey couple more than 60 years ago has been painstakingly reassembled, board by board and pane by pane, overlooking the clear waters of the Crystal Spring. When it opens to the public next month on the lushly wooded 120-acre campus of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, it will be the first Wright house in Arkansas&mdash;a delicately preserved later example of the so-called Usonian homes [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Usonian' house rises again in Arkansas</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum buys a Frank Lloyd Wright house with plans to move it from New Jersey to Arkansas</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Wants to Relocate New Jersey Frank Lloyd Wright to Italy</a></li></ul> George King installs glowing string maze in former train underpass for Detroit Design Festival GeorgeKingArchitects 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T13:31:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lasermaze is an architectural installation formed from three miles of UV wool and over 3000 hand tied knots, suspended from an industrial structure of steel scaffolding and chains. Created for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival, Lasermaze is currently located along the Dequindre Cut, a former railway line in Detroit that has been converted to a greenway and walking track.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lasermaze&rsquo;s playful structure invites visitors to get lost within a unique, surreal space as they journey towards the centre. The complex geometry of the form combined with the ethereal, semi-transparent nature of the walls adds to the challenge of this spatial puzzle. The dividing walls of the maze are formed from glowing string which creates a physical barrier but not an obviously visible one. Within the maze the layers of string and the barriers they form become almost imperceptible from each other, creating an overwhelming feeling of being lost within a distorted, surreal reality. In addition the unique glowing na...</p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Sou Fujimoto's potato chips and other found architectures Nicholas Korody 2015-10-11T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T15:24:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="702" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s a difficulty inherent to any presentation of architecture in an exhibition context: architecture (it is commonly thought) operates in the physical world, so how do you <em>do </em>architecture inside a gallery space? Hence, it&rsquo;s pretty inevitable that a survey like the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be met with lots of questions marks and even defiant denouncements: &ldquo;This is not architecture!&rdquo;&nbsp;In general, such accusations tend to fall flat: architecture is hardly an immutable object moving through space-time.&nbsp;</p><p>But then again, when an exhibit is explicitly tailored to professional, academic, <em>and </em>lay audiences, it&rsquo;s also difficult to ignore the murmurs of an exiting tourist, &ldquo;I just don&rsquo;t get what that has to do with architecture&hellip;&rdquo; For some, the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto&rsquo;s installation <em>Architecture is Everywhere</em>, comprising a collection of &ldquo;found architectures&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;a pile of potato chips, a cardboard box, an upturned ashtray &ndash; left them scratching their heads.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There&rsquo;s a whole lot...</p> AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show Nicholas Korody 2015-10-09T15:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-13T01:14:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AMO &ndash; the think tank counterpart to OMA &ndash; extensively works with fashion labels. They've designed stores and runways for brands like Prada and Miu Miu for years, crafting (often) conceptually-charged, and (always) visually-punchy environments to consume the latest and greatest sartorial inventions.</p><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Miu Miu show in Paris, AMO designed a large geometric volume &nbsp;clad in reflective industrial materials that served both as backdrop and pathway for the models, who walked around it on Wednesday.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Jammed into the hypostyle of August Perret's monumental Palais d'Iena, the structure &ndash; or folly &ndash; is intended to play off the architecture, both obscuring and offering glimpses of the building's famous tapered columns.<br><br>"Timeless Ruin" &ndash; as its called in the press announcement &ndash; is intended to introduce "a dramatic counterpart to the rigorous linearity of the Palais." It's a pleasant-enough name and probably intended to reflect AMO's thinking about Perret's architecture, but ...</p> Private money attracts big-name architects to design new museums in Beirut Alexander Walter 2015-10-09T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T15:05:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A raft of museums, most backed by private money, are springing up in what is, for many, an unlikely cultural hub: Beirut, the capital of Lebanon [...] The design competition launched on 1 October; the architect Zaha Hadid is on the jury along with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones of London's Serpentine Galleries. Salam&eacute;, who founded the A&iuml;shti fashion chain, invested $100m in funding a contemporary art museum, designed by the British architect David Adjaye, in Jal El Dib [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #431 Nam Henderson 2015-10-09T10:37:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T21:45:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;interviewed Giancarlo Mazzanti, founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti. The two <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussed</a> "<em>architecture for social inclusion...from a political point of view</em>", play or leisure, and "<em>an architecture made of parts...or open work</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile the latest editions of <strong>Deans List</strong>: featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amale Andraos of Columbia University's GSAPP</a>.&nbsp;<strong>vado retro</strong> agreed that Tulane is a "<em>great school in a great city. enjoy it while it is still above water.</em>"</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>In a collaboration with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Biennial</a>, Archinect offered up an Chicago installment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Next Up</em></a>, the live-podcasting event.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;shared some criticism of the event and participants "<em>one still wonders whether these laudable concerns should usurp the space that was presumably meant to be allocated to contemporary architecture</em><em>.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> the first look at their design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, a significant update on the Gallery's ol...</p> Mastering behavioral master planning: inside The Global Studio Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T09:23:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For his master's architecture thesis, Geoff Piper proposed reorganizing a Kenyan village with an estimated 70% HIV infection rate so that instead of being isolated in their post-colonial individual land plots, people would regularly cross paths. "There was a funeral every few days," Piper explains, "because for people living in these separate plots, it wasn't easy to grasp the extent of the [HIV] problem." By reorganizing the village to create more frequent public meetings, Piper hoped to raise awareness and stop the spread of the disease. A little over a decade later, Piper is now one of the six principal members of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Global Studio</a>, a collaborative design-build organization that teams with non-profits to master plan settlements around the world. The Global Studio's expertise isn't just technical: it's the rare and difficult art of working successfully with people, whether it's the particular culture of non-profits, tenant farmers, or savvy village teens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We're willing and try ver...</p> Stanley Tigerman on the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "I am stunned, if not thrilled" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T15:29:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Stanley Tigerman, the Chicago architect whose 1977 conference, "The State of the Art of Architecture," became the namesake for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, has issued a statement effusively praising the Biennial's execution.</p><p>Co-artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Sarah Herda (director of the Graham Foundation, which hosted Tigerman's 1977 conference) and Joseph Grima, are using the Biennial to illustrate shifting tides in the profession, as architects seek to address multitudes of pressing contemporary issues through architecture, and subsequently diversify the idea of a "traditional" architect.</p><p>Tigerman's initial conference addressed the profession as it dealt with the collective hangover from modernism, and faced an existential crisis of sorts to retain a cohesive cultural and professional identity.</p><p>The Biennial opened on October 3, and Tigerman, in the below letter to the editor, expresses his satisfaction with its execution, his admiration for t...</p> Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T08:53:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fashioned out of traditional larch wood but accented with titanium and a glass latticework that glimmers like a school of fish, she looked schizophrenic, a hybrid of past and future. [...] Gehry is an avid yachtsman, and sailing informs much of his most famous work&mdash;think of the billowing motif of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, New York's IAC building, and, most recently, the Louis Vuitton Foundation [...] "On a boat like this, it's about romance and romantic encounters," the architect says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It took him nearly 87 years, but Frank Gehry has finally designed his first yacht, for developer Richard Cohen &ndash; joining the ranks of <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjfsY_TrrPIAhWNNYgKHQnXDGY&amp;;usg=AFQjCNFnq44NcMkyoSmEBRAxQA8Y4kS3BA&amp;sig2=UDxLx44xsS6FkOBgtxUNtA&amp;bvm=bv.104615367,d.cGU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjKwK_arrPIAhVLMogKHbeOBhI&amp;;usg=AFQjCNExDuVHrYqYBfro_R36yg3miY6IUA&amp;sig2=JDDCurEL0yRt9OeF5uXp0Q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, Renzo Piano and John Pawson who have all taken a stab at nautical design.&nbsp;Gehry's personal sailboat, a Beneteau First 44.7 named&nbsp;"Foggy 1", resides in Marina del Rey.</p><p>Check out more shots of the boat and its interior in the image gallery.</p> Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T12:12:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Planners have panned a rocket-shaped tower proposed for a site in Southwark by Russian practice Studio 44, saying it would be a &lsquo;wilfully insensitive insertion on the skyline&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 44</a>'s Russian-investment-backed apartment scheme, which was based on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 space flight, has been scathingly rejected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark</a> planners. The developer and designers behind the proposed 30-flat development (which made no provisions for affordable housing, despite having enough units to do so) apparently did not heed the warnings of planners during the 2011 pre-application submission, when planners indicated that the design likely wouldn't fly.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Images via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> Photos (and video) of Amanda Levete's MPavilion Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T20:45:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2015 pavilion, founded and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, was designed by AL_A, the studio of award-winning British architect Amanda Levete. The pavilion is made up of 13 large and 30 smaller petal-like shades, supported by four metre high columns.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Made from carbon fiber poles and roof petals, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amanda Levete's newly opened MPavilion</a> (which runs through February 7th, 2016) also has an acoustic component, courtesy composer&nbsp;Matthias Schack-Arnott of Speak Percussion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Sunset Ritual," as the L.E.D. lighting and music show is known, welcomes the night in Melbourne, Australia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out a far more swooping, aurally pleasing view of the MPavilion in this video:</p> Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020 Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T15:08:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After building 2014's&nbsp;Aktivhaus B10, a house that generates twice as much energy as it uses for its own needs via renewable sources, architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek</a> believes that we have all the technology we need to live in entirely emissions-free cities in only five years. He also understands that to make this shift, he will need the full support of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">automotive industries</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;The automotive industry is driving forward the creation of ever more powerful, longer-lasting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">batteries</a>," Sobek said. "At the same time, the construction industry is working on such solutions as a retrofittable building automation system that can noticeably reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings in a very short amount of time.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Sobek believes that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the efficient city model</a> could be brought into being via a "Sisterhood Principle" of data sharing, whereby multiple houses, even city districts, exchange information about what energy they are using, storing, and generating, and correspondingly ...</p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tomás Saraceno's spiders Nicholas Korody 2015-10-07T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T15:31:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the first few seconds you&rsquo;re blind in the darkness. Then a reflex forces your pupils wider and your photoreceptor rod cells become more sensitive, sending a neural signal that alerts you to four glowing cubes that seem to be floating in mid-air in front of your body. It takes another few seconds for the glow to connect to its source, illuminate the supports of the plexiglass boxes, and finally render their content legible: a series of startlingly-complex and impossibly-delicate spiderwebs.</p><p>Here drawing back the curtain doesn&rsquo;t destroy the magic. Quite to the contrary, Tom&aacute;s Saraceno&rsquo;s collaboration with various arachnids for the first&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> has a power that extends beyond some mere trick of the light and runs deeper than a one-liner about non-human construction. It's a reprise of a project he's exhibited before, notably at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tanya Bonakdar Gallery</a>, but within an architectural context it conjures a particular significance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The Argentine-born, Berlin-based Sara...</p> Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center Alexander Walter 2015-10-06T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T19:54:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has coined a punning term, BIGamy, to describe his own up-for-anything style. He rejects the idea that an architect must adhere to a single personal aesthetic, which enables him to be cheerfully flexible in meeting the demands of corporate clients. Ingels&rsquo; creative impulse to say yes to everything, even contradictions, often leads him into hybridism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of BIG's Two World Trade Center Design</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Renderings of BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center Revealed</a></li></ul> Building Voice: Visually impaired architect, Christopher Downey, lectures in Downtown Miami Joachim Perez 2015-10-05T12:53:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:47:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect Christopher Downey came to Miami to present a lecture as part of a local exhibit called Listen to This Building.&nbsp; The exhibit is organized Exile Books, a pop-up artist&rsquo;s book store, and is meant to show the architecture of downtown Miami through the senses of touch and as stated in the title of the show, through hearing.&nbsp; It is believed to be the first architectural exhibit designed to address accessibility for persons with visual impairments. Downey is an architect who is visually impaired having lost his eyesight in 2008 yet continues to practice architecture in the Bay Area.&nbsp; His lecture, &ldquo;Building Voice&rdquo; is a play on words, as it can be interpreted as the acoustic characteristics of an edifice or the creation of an individual&rsquo;s style.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re going to lose your eye sight, start training yourself to be an architect&rdquo;, says Downey, who believes his training and the 20 years of practicing architecture before the loss has given him a set of skills (problem solving, criti...</p> Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T10:20:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> A wrap-up of Vancouver's "City Fabric" Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:25:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction safety netting may not sound like the stuff which picturesque <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cityscapes</a> are made of, and yet: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver, B.C</a>. was host to an art installation known as "City Fabric" this past August and September which produced more gorgeous visuals (and sly references to real estate speculation) than your typical netting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by artist Rebecca Bayer and architect Matthew Soules, the installation hung beneath the south side of Burrard Street Bridge between concrete piers as a kind of celebration of the ephemeral, specifically "the temporary permanence of construction debris netting; beautiful, impoverished for its utilitarian use, yet profoundly normal."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The installation, which was sponsored by 221A and The Burred Arts Foundation, officially closed on September 30th and consisted of 800 lineal feet of the netting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> A look inside the Nadja Apartment & Serpantina by Point Supreme Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:14:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> participants <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>'s Nadja Apartment is a study in color and geometry: specifically, how vivid, geometric forms can unite and disassemble a space, giving the visitor clues on how to navigate and inhabit their environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's a technique that has been employed before, notably in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle Central Library,</a> where an entire floor is swathed in red and the escalators are an eye-popping vivid neon green. In the Nadja apartments, the deployment of color and geometry creates its own energy and language within the domestic sphere:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The stairs serve as focal point for the house, helping to anchor the spaces that make up the upper and lower floors of the apartment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this same geometric color vein, the firm has also unveiled photos of its newest project called Serpantina, which is a linear shading element for an outdoor public space:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Roll call of Chicago Architecture Biennial participants on Twitter, Facebook, and by world region Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-10-04T23:10:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're attending this weekend's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> in person or virtually, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jessica A.S. Letaw</a>'s comprehensive alphabetical lists of biennial participants on Twitter, Facebook, and by World Region makes it easy to quickly update yourself on who's doing what, where. Here are the links to get started:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: Roll Call - Twitter&nbsp;</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: Roll Call - Facebook</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: Participants By World Region</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> MMYST: a crowd-funded, human-animal hybrid building by François Roche and Camille Lacadee of New-Territories/M4 Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T16:14:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:08:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"What we propose here is a different format for making architecture,"&nbsp;Camille Lacadee states in a deadpan tone, "with multiple clients, multiple users, backers, lovers, following a bottom-up mode of exchanges and desire." A robotic arm extends into the frame and offers her a bowl of bird's nest soup, which she takes. "Oh it's hot!"</p><p>Alongside Fran&ccedil;ois Roche,&nbsp;Lacadee&nbsp;heads the&nbsp;ever-mutating, radically-experimental architecture studio currently-known-as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories / M4</a>. For their new project&nbsp;MMYST, or "mke_Me_yungR_sheltR_tmptation," they've launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> that includes what is likely one of the most wonderfully strange videos that's ever been on the crowd-funding website.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>According to the campaign description, MMYST would comprise a 140 sqm (1500 ft&sup2;) "experimental hybrid building" to be shared by humans and swiftlets, a species of bird that makes unique nests out of saliva that are prized for their culinary applications.<br><br>Sited on an outcropping of cooled-lava in th...</p> Future Not Found: a "para-tour" of the Chicago Board of Trade led by GRNASFCK Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:07:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Chicago Biennial is set to launch this weekend with a flurry of events and exhibitions, including Archinect's live podcasting event <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a>. Alongside the Biennial&rsquo;s programming are a slew of periphery events located around the city and spanning the spectrum of architectural topics. Near the top of our list is&nbsp;<em>Future Not Found</em>, a "para-tour" of the&nbsp;Chicago Board of Trade led by Dry Futures jury members <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a>&nbsp;on Friday morning.</p><p>Last year, we <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiled</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a>, a nomadic landscape architecture studio that operates along the borderlands of ecology&nbsp;and architecture and focuses on&nbsp;"the geologic past and speculative future."&nbsp;Led by Colleen Tuite and Ian Quated, GRNASFCK leads research expeditions across diverse landscapes, with an eye towards the invisible forces that shape our cities &ndash; from extremophile bacteria to resource speculation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Abandoning their sampling kits for the weekend (or maybe not), Tuite and Quate will lead an archaeologic tour of the world's largest futures and opt...</p> Paul Goldberger cements Frank Gehry's narrative at The Getty Center Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T14:24:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:11:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a lecture hall that sat a third empty due to the eclipsed "super blood moon" transpiring outside, Paul Goldberger discussed his new biography of Frank Gehry, "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry" with J. Paul Getty Trust C.E.O.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Cuno at The Getty Center</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goldberger</a> spent the first part of the evening recounting of the well-known narrative of Gehry's life: a Canadian Jewish working-class boy, Gehry moved from chilly Toronto with his ailing father to the warmer climes of Los Angeles, eventually becoming the city's, if not the world's, most iconic architect.&nbsp;After&nbsp;paying the bills in his early adulthood by driving trucks, Gehry enrolled at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> and then on to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard</a>, where he completed his studies in architecture. He went on to work for a variety of architects including Victor Gruen, and on projects including 1961's so-called "futuristic building" at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAX</a> (although, Goldberger was careful to note, in a purely junior capacity). Goldberger framed Gehry's existence not o...</p> Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd! Archinect 2015-09-30T12:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-06T23:48:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect is excited to announce the Chicago installment of our two-part live-podcasting series,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><em>Next Up</em></strong></a>, hosted in collaboration with the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>!</p><p>Taking place on the Biennial's opening weekend, the (live!) marathon set of interviews, panels and discussions with Biennial participants will feature an&nbsp;international host of architecture's most exciting and promising players, including:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryony Roberts</a></li><li>Rural Urban Framework</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Territories</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a></li><li>Norman Kelley</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a></li><li>Paul Preissner (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Preissner Architects</a>)</li><li>Paul Andersen (Independent Architecture)</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a> (co-artistic director of the Biennial)</li><li>Michelle Boone (Chicago Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)</li><li>FAKE Industries</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andreas Angelidakis</a></li><li>Grupo Toma</li><li>Pedro y Juana</li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><em>Next Up</em></strong></a>&nbsp;will take place on <strong>Saturday, October 3</strong>, from <strong>12 - 4pm</strong>, at the <strong>Chicago Cultural Center's Randolph Sq</strong>. The event is free and open to the public &ndash; come watch the discussion unfold, and add your own questions to the mix vi...</p> "Hitler at Home" by Despina Stratigakos Places Journal 2015-09-28T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adolf Hitler was an extreme anti-Semite, convicted traitor, and leader of a violent paramilitary force. In a remarkable press campaign, the Nazis reinvented him as a genial Bavarian gentleman.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How did the Nazis reinvent Adolf Hitler &mdash; an extreme anti-Semite, convicted traitor, and leader of a violent paramilitary force &mdash; as a genial Bavarian gentleman?</p> Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX wins $100K 2015 Marcus Prize Justine Testado 2015-09-25T20:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T22:18:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Widely hailed in the architects-under-50 bracket, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REX</a> founding principal and president Joshua Prince-Ramus will receive the sixth Marcus Prize, as announced today by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee</a> School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP). The prize is awarded to architects who have demonstrated at least 10 years of exceptional practice and show a "strong trajectory to greatness", as SARUP describes.</p><p>In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, Prince-Ramus will make scheduled visits to SARUP and participate in public lectures and and workshops during the spring 2016 semester. He'll also be leading a graduate design studio at the school alongside Adjunct Associate Professor, Matt Jarosz. There isn't much detail about the studio at the moment, but it will deal with specific architectural challenges with the intent to bring about long-term benefits to Milwaukee&rsquo;s urban fabric.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>From top to bottom: Necklace Residence; Seattle Central Library; AT&amp;T Performing Arts Center Dee and ...</em></p> Traveling to Chicago soon? seDURST's Scott Durst shares his favorite go-to spots around town Justine Testado 2015-09-25T11:23:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:15:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="689" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals? Archinect got in touch with Scott Durst, owner of Chicago-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seDURST</a>, who shared a snappy list of go-to places where he likes to spend his "spiritual off-time" around the city.</p><p>Oh, Chicago: Home to nearly 3 million people and, of course, the great abundance of&nbsp; landmarks that draw in some 40 million visitors every year. Moving forward from its rich architectural history, the city will host the very first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Architecture</a>, starting October 3. So whether you're planning your first or your 10th voyage to the Windy City, give Scott Durst's suggestions a whirl. You might discover something new.</p><p>1. <strong>The J. Parker &mdash; Chicago Rooftop Restaurant</strong><br>1816 N Clark Street, 13th Floor, Chicago IL, 60614</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>I recommend this Lincoln Park retreat because it's a roof top bar overlooking Lake Michigan and downtown C...</p> Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T08:58:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T22:17:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Phifer and Partners</a>&nbsp;has released remarkably boxy renderings for&nbsp;The Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theater in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warsaw</a>, Poland. The renderings hint at a more complex internal spatial arrangement, a la The New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, but from the outside they are undoubtedly square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The idea behind the design is that "the museum, theater, and forum form an ensemble working simultaneously together while remaining distinct from each other and the context." Visitors will be able to access the museum from all sides, while the architecture of the theater "reflects TR Warszawa's varied programming."&nbsp;</p> London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T04:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London garden bridge project has been placed in jeopardy after a London council withdrew its support because of public costs and the Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said he would ditch the proposed horticultural Thames river crossing if he took office.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed Garden Bridge, which recently inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a satirical contest of unpalatable entries</a>, may be doomed to remain a hotly contested rendering. The &pound;30 million of public funds needed to fund the bridge has temporarily been withdrawn because Lambeth council leader Lib Peck said the cost is "unjustified." Both current <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Boris Johnson</a>&nbsp;and chancellor George Osborne have pledged &pound;30 million of his own to the project, but it will still need additional funding to bridge the gap.</p> MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:11:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 27th, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a> will officially present their idea for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus-type</a> school for Sub-Saharan Africa at the United Nations Solutions Summit. The proposed program would be based in Kigali, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rwanda</a> and would purposefully "incubate local innovation towards tackling the biggest building boom of the next quarter century" according to a press release issued by MASS.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This building boom refers to the estimated addition of one billion Africans over the next two decades, while the project's name refers to the infamous 20th century Bauhaus school, which encouraged not only theory, but actual practice, resulting in a widespread adoption of modernism. This practice element will be crucial in a nation which will require massive amounts of new (and hopefully, artfully designed) infrastructure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T15:04:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:11:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a>'s retrospective of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>&nbsp;is based off a previous show organized last year at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou</a>, Mus&eacute;e National d&rsquo;Art Moderne, its Los Angeles locale (plus an additional gallery not present at the Paris show) provides a different context. Some critics took a fawning approach to the show; others looked at the work in the context of Gehry's recent undertaking of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River</a>, and his history in Los Angeles generally.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>KCRW's resident art critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edward Goldman</a> said that "LACMA, with its unique history of collaboration with Frank Gehry as a designer for a number of the museum's high profile exhibitions, was able not only to deliver a thoroughly researched lecture, but also succeeded to bring us, visitors, inside his studio and even inside his mind." Goldman, who marveled at how lovely it would be to travel to Minneapolis to see the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frederick R. Weisman Museum</a>, gushed that "it's simply amazing how prolific and unstoppable Gehry has been ...</p>