Archinect - News 2015-05-24T03:37:33-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127787413/buckminster-fuller-s-fbi-file-revealed Buckminster Fuller's FBI file revealed Alexander Walter 2015-05-22T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T03:36:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cb665d596af7dc921ed11d9775e5120.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In response to a freedom of information request I filed with the FBI in June of 2014, the agency has finally released 44 heavily redacted pages. Why would the FBI have a file on Bucky Fuller? Well, for one thing, he was a counterculture icon with unconventional ideas about resource allocation, environmental conservation, and globalization. And as we know, the FBI has historically been rather uncomfortable with counterculture icons.</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/127723149/frank-gehry-awarded-getty-medal-for-changing-the-course-of-architecture Frank Gehry Awarded Getty Medal For "Changing the Course of Architecture" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T17:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:05:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bozjq5p0yrhc4ey.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry becomes the first designer or artist to win the award that the Getty launched in 2013. The prize &ndash; a bronze medal with a profile portrait of J. Paul Getty &ndash; recognizes lifetime contributions in various art-related fields that are part of the Getty&rsquo;s mission, including philanthropy, art-history research, archeology and conservation of art and architecture, as well as art-making.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Frank Gehry can now add the Getty Medal to his collection of esteemed prizes, including the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker</a>, the Order of Canada, and the <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/AIAB025046" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Gold Medal</a>. The <a href="http://www.getty.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty Trust</a> announced the awarding of the medal to Gehry, with an official dinner to follow on September 28, 2015. The award seems fitting for a man who, while he has never been comfortable calling himself an artist, last year stated that "I don't beg for work. I don't have publicists. I'm not waiting for people to call me. I work with clients who have respect for the art of architecture."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/st/stte819zo4bnk49s.jpg"></p><p>As J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno noted, "There have been very few individuals in all of history who have changed the course of architecture, and Frank is one of them. He effectively reinvented architecture with his use&nbsp;of new technologies in the design of beautiful and iconic buildings. And architecture will never be the same as a result.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/pomcx7r27oq2uzqf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/opinion/save-new-yorks-four-seasons.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127656481/frei-otto-feared-society-was-ignoring-the-ecological-crisis Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</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/127651840/two-million-swedes-can-t-be-wrong-populace-helps-design-ideal-home-via-mouse-clicks Two Million Swedes Can't Be Wrong: Populace Helps Design Ideal Home Via Mouse Clicks Julia Ingalls 2015-05-20T19:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T13:39:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6irpl6jbd70kn33a.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although analyzing 200 million data points and 86,000 top-ranked online properties may not sound like the sexiest way to begin residential concept design, this is precisely how Swedish property site Hemnet began the statistically-oriented process for designing the ideal "Swedish home." An estimated two million Swedes participated in the survey by clicking on their favorite design features and ideal property types. Hemnet gave the user-generated information,&nbsp;such as preferred number of rooms, bathrooms, ideal room size and overall price, to architects&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tvark.se/the-hemnet-home/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tham &amp;&nbsp;Videg&aring;rd</a>, who took the data and transformed it into a tangible, livable design.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2i/2icmef1aaz37k4i6.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to utilizing the popularly derived statistically-oriented data (Swedes prefer 1.5 floors, 120 square meters, three bedrooms, and an open kitchen, among other amenities), the architects blended iconic Swedish aesthetic concepts to create the final design. The red wooden exterior is meant to recall a traditional Swedish cottage, while the w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127639747/thomas-vonier-elected-2017-aia-president Thomas Vonier elected 2017 AIA President Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T16:44:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T16:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/484608cce84f337713fc67fc5847f6aa.jpg" width="300" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thomas V. Vonier, FAIA, from AIA Continental Europe, was elected 2016 AIA First Vice President/2017 President at AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta. [...] "Our profession must have unity of purpose and enlarge its constituency. This new era demands fresh ideas and new approaches. We have begun to set new directions for AIA, putting members and components first. We are on a new course."</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/127643979/coy-howard-book-the-thickening-of-time-reviewed-by-craig-hodgetts Coy Howard book, The Thickening of Time, reviewed by Craig Hodgetts Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-20T16:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T17:16:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fnkmqkba7eh0env.jpg" width="423" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Those images, wrought by a wicked mash-up of the hand, the eye, and the mouse, defy any effort to reverse-engineer their creation. Dot for dot and pixel for pixel they proclaim their origin as documentary evidence. Yet by their implausible point of view, their visceral texture, and their mini-Wagnerian scale, they are more painterly than Maya-ish, far more lavish than Rhino.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A long time colleague&nbsp;Craig Hodgetts reviews Coy Howard's newly printed book 'The Thickening of Time' for Architect's Newspaper.&nbsp;</p><p>Being familiar with Coy Howard's work, Hodgett's words describe the essence of the enigmatic images and the persona well. I'd just say poetry of the images is verbatim with Coy's architecture. As his built works are rare gems, Coy is a legend capable of thickening time to process exceptional architecture, meticulously&nbsp;considered. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/101781/coy-howard-interview" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McCafferty House</a> in San Pedro, CA, 1979</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127639137/calatrava-i-have-been-treated-like-a-dog Calatrava: "I have been treated like a dog." Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T21:16:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixtzstglvfb7hkr3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the U.S., he isn&rsquo;t getting asked to compete for new projects at all, he said, amid criticism of the rail project&rsquo;s delays and costs. [...] These overruns and years of delay have taken a toll on Mr. Calatrava&rsquo;s reputation, with local press and some observers painting him as an architect prone to overruns&mdash;a point he believes is quite unfair. &ldquo;It has not been easy for me,&rdquo; he said. After living in the city for 12 years and feeling pride in the city, &ldquo;I have been treated like a dog.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122737225/nymag-talks-to-santiago-calatrava-about-his-wtc-station-budget-reputation" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73850206/path-fail-the-story-of-the-world-s-most-expensive-train-station" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127583605/spiegel-interviews-koolhaas-we-shouldn-t-tear-down-buildings-we-can-still-use SPIEGEL interviews Koolhaas: "We shouldn't tear down buildings we can still use" Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T11:54:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55a66dc1v3d2f91j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas talks to SPIEGEL about&nbsp;the new&nbsp;Fondazione Prada museum he&nbsp;designed&nbsp;in Milan, the danger of turning cities into historical Disneylands and his desire to raze an entire neighborhood of Paris. [...] Koolhaas: Before the 1980s, the decisions were made by cities. Since then power has shifted toward private investors. Nothing good has come of this for Holland. [...] I regret that cities no longer have money to even pursue a vision of their ongoing development.</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/127523248/chilean-architecture-is-coming-out-of-its-shell Chilean architecture is coming out of its shell Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T19:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18e8f5ab80551bf3d9ce0619acef96c6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chilean architects have begun to exert an influence well beyond the size and scale of their string-bean nation. [...] &ldquo;There are enough people working here in a way that shifts the art,&rdquo; explains Aravena, sitting in the middle of his firm&rsquo;s buzzing Santiago offices. &ldquo;There is healthy competition and there is critical mass. When you have a critical mass, you are not alone in trying to push boundaries.&rdquo; The result: remarkable buildings all over Chile.</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/127295020/frei-otto-what-does-society-really-need Frei Otto: "What does society really need?" Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/ex670w1l5llslxoh.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pritzker Architecture Prize, undoubtedly the most prestigious architecture award in the world, is having its ceremony in Miami this week. [...] Otto often questioned how his work could benefit mankind. When speaking with Icon magazine in 2005, he was critical of grandiose structures such as Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s vision of an enormous dome over Manhattan, asking to himself: &ldquo;What does society really need?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122595638/frei-otto-wins-2015-pritzker-prize" target="_blank">Frei Otto wins 2015 Pritzker Prize</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127290790/mvrdv-s-nathalie-de-vries-elected-as-new-chair-of-the-royal-institute-of-dutch-architects MVRDV's Nathalie de Vries elected as new chair of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf33886da9dc08d9bf6b05638b25d8cb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Members' Council of the BNA has elected Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV as the new chair of its board. Nathalie de Vries will take over the position on July 1st from Willem Hein Schenk, architect and partner of architecture firm De Zwarte Hond, which he has held since 2011.</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/127258260/editor-s-picks-415 Editor's Picks #415 Nam Henderson 2015-05-14T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jsczvbcyz04bgw6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/NickCecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Cecchi</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126542532/the-motley-life-and-uncertain-legacy-of-lina-bo-bardi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a> of &lsquo;<em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em>&rsquo; on view at the Graham Foundation through July 25th.&nbsp;He found the</p><p>"<em>narrow focus wisely limits Together to investigating the conditions and experiences that helped shape Bo Bardi&rsquo;s mature approach to architecture...Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work and life resist reduction and compartmentalization into terms easily digested. To experience and understand Together is to experience the sum of conflicting experiences, opinions, and buildings Bo Bardi brought into this world</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1u86rz23q82wc1z.jpg"></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> commented "t<em>hat drawing of chairs is beautiful! I love her work. It's rugged and big without being standoffish. Knew nothing about her background - interesting</em>".</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Lost in the Ozon</a>e,&nbsp;the third installment of the recurring feature <strong>Architecture of the Anthropocene</strong>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>This week at the <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia, NCARB <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aims</a> to settle the debate over the title &ldquo;Intern Architect&rdquo; with an address by CEO Michael Armstrong ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127241362/how-frank-gehry-helped-create-the-era-of-technological-construction How Frank Gehry helped create the era of "technological construction" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-13T16:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/kr6v7szpeti61d79.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1990s, Frank Gehry pioneered... &ldquo;smart&rdquo; digital design in architecture, by using software to optimize designs and translate them directly into a process of fabrication and construction. Now known in the industry as parametric design and building information modeling, this approach has ushered in a new era of architecture, according to art historian Irene Nero: the era of &ldquo;technological construction&rdquo; [...] How did an architect who doesn&rsquo;t use computers start a technology company?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an article for <a href="http://priceonomics.com/the-software-behind-frank-gehrys-geometrically/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Priceonomics</a>, Lian Chang looks at the role Frank Gehry and his team had on the development of parametric design, aka building information modeling. Beginning with Gehry's fish-inspired&nbsp;pavilion for Barcelona&rsquo;s 1992 Olympics, Chang traces the various construction impasses and subsequent revelations that have helped establish Gehry Technologies as a significant player in the realization of many major architecture projects today (and not just the one's bearing his famous signature).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6umsm09noqmbuo0.jpg"></p><p>After a contractor failed numerous times to translate Gehry's vision for the Barcelona pavilion, the resident "office hippy,"&nbsp;Jim Glymph, turned to&nbsp;CATIA, a C++ software package originally developed for the aerospace industry. Using parametric B&eacute;zier curves (or vectors) and 3D surface algorithms, Gehry's team was able to realize the project, and on budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Chang continues her history looking at the initial controversies surrounding Gehry's plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the impo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127173702/bjarke-ingels-wants-to-make-the-world-of-the-future-more-like-our-dreams Bjarke Ingels wants to "make the world of the future more like our dreams” Julia Ingalls 2015-05-13T10:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-16T11:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8jo398xz9i3jbwm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Striking a balance between Steve Jobs&rsquo; product-launching gravitas and the bounding playfulness of a TED-talker, Bjarke Ingels presented a summary of his firm&rsquo;s work on social infrastructure at the WIRED Business Conference in New York on Tuesday. Instead of displaying static plan sections and a PowerPoint from the last presidential administration, Ingels peppered his talk with creative imagery and a three minute, bass-groove laden video (replete with jaunty squiggle-style animations over live people) illustrating the underlying concepts of &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122507983/bjarke-ingels-and-oliver-wainwright-talk-new-york-dryline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Dryline</a>.&rdquo;</p><p>The projects that Ingels briefly highlighted, including the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85854633/big-in-arquitectura-viva-s-monographs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danish National Maritime Museum</a>, the <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48061920998730393/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hellerup Gymnasium</a>, and the <a href="http://vancouverhouse.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver House</a> all explored how to integrate and amplify the social dynamics of a given space by encouraging greater connectivity among likely inhabitants. This was done in some places by innovatively inverting expectations of what a space should be (converting a dock into a museum, for example) or by creating...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design Julia Ingalls 2015-05-12T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:56:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96qus826b1js2yyw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When an architect talks about &ldquo;transparency,&rdquo; as Sou Fujimoto did during his well-attended lecture at UCLA&rsquo;s Decafe at Perloff Hall on Friday, it&rsquo;s always a relief when it refers to more than a literal degree of opacity. Presenting nine of his projects in a lecture than ran ten minutes over time, Fujimoto framed his practice in terms of applying the complex organizational structure of nature to urban environments. Fujimoto grew up in relatively bucolic Hokkaido and later moved to Tokyo, where he perceived the mess of urban density with its skyscrapers and street-level food stalls as a kind of steel and glass forest, replete with pockets of intimacy and inspiring vistas. This central concept of the forest and its alternating layers of transparency and density neatly encapsulates the bulk of Fujimoto&rsquo;s work. But the &ldquo;transparency&rdquo; in Fujimoto&rsquo;s work extends far beyond the stagger of windows and literal glass houses: here is an architecture that seems to embody the 21st notion of priva...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127170080/translucent-oppositions-oma-s-proposal-for-the-1980-venice-architecture-biennale Translucent oppositions. OMA’s proposal for the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-12T11:44:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/anx3a244a3otoq2o.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Here is a nice excursion into the early days of the discussion on facades and how to avoid them. Wish I had seen it in real, and at the time. " - via <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/93732471/karen-lohrmann" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karen Lohrmann</a></p><p>Some excerpts from the conversation between Rem Koolhaas, Stefano de Martino and&nbsp;L&eacute;a-Catherine&nbsp;Szacka&nbsp;discussing post modernism, 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale and the opposition to facadism from the early collaborators.</p><p>A historical delight!</p><p><em><strong>Stefano de Martino&nbsp;</strong><strong>[</strong><strong>SdM</strong><strong>]</strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp;The piece of canvas was a temporary screen &ndash; the only concession to an exterior presence was the OMA neon sign. We did not play the formalist game, proving that architecture can be very little, that you can concentrate on content.</em></p><p><em><strong>Rem Koolhaas:&nbsp;</strong>I hated the idea of having to do a facade, even more a facade to represent oneself. So there were essentially a number of things that we wanted to avoid.</em></p><p><em><strong>SdM:</strong>&nbsp;We were never into </em><em>facadism</em><em>. Maybe now that it&rsquo;s all about facades, you don&rsquo;t hear this word anymore, but at the time it was an insult. We saw the&nbsp;Strada Noviss...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126959147/van-alen-auctioning-a-hot-tub-roundtable-helicopter-rides-birdwatching-with-famous-architects-for-spring-fundraiser Van Alen auctioning a hot-tub roundtable, helicopter rides, birdwatching with famous architects for spring fundraiser Justine Testado 2015-05-11T09:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T12:57:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36ug0ek3pqrx3xmj.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/81052576/van-alen-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Van Alen Institute</a> and online auction platform Paddle8 recently opened up their 2015 Auction of Art + Design Experiences that lets eager (and wealthy) bidders opt for basically hanging out with some of today's famous architects and designers.</p><p>This year's auction boasts an international list of activities with 24 leading creatives, like sitting in a hot-tub roundtable with Charles Renfro in his beach house, biking through downtown L.A. with Michael Maltzan on his daily route, birdwatching with Jeanne Gang, flying in a helicopter with Norman Foster over the River Thames, and testing the smoke ring generator at Copenhagen's waste-to-energy power plant with Bjarke Ingels and BIG partner Jakob Lange.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dq98kpiylegv8xgi.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvocp9vafbnwhhps.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/68murndd9nkwlrz1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fm78vscf5puwjx9g.jpg"></p><p>After bidding closes on May 20, proceeds will support Van Alen's ongoing cross-disciplinary research, public programs, and design competitions. Additionally, Van Alen will host their annual <a href="https://vanalen.org/events/spring-party/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spring Party</a> on May 13 at The Surrogate's Courthouse in Lower Manhattan, New York City.</p><p>Check out the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal Nicholas Korody 2015-05-08T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T20:58:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2p/2p5av06enurbo4eo.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban has announced plans to contribute to emergency relief efforts in Nepal after the April 25 earthquake reduced cities to rubble, killed more than 7,000, and left thousands homeless. In the short term, Ban&rsquo;s firm and his relief organization Voluntary Architects&rsquo; Network (VAN) will distribute simple tents&mdash;supplemented with plastic sheets donated by contractors to serve as wall partitions&mdash;and assemble them onsite as temporary shelter and medical aid stations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, VAN aims to partner with local universities, students and architects in the coming months to work towards create stable housing once conditions have stabilized. This is not the first time that Shigeru Ban, who won the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96419252/shigeru-ban-named-as-2014-pritzker-prize-laureate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Pritzker prize</a>, has deployed his architectural expertise to respond to emergency situations. After Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2012, Ban <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45668922/shigeru-ban-in-christchurch-nz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed</a> a soaring cathedral out of paper tubes to temporarily shelter congregates. His firm is well-known for designing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105188/shigeru-ban-develops-shelter-for-displaced-japanese" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">emergency housing</a> following a massive tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126890953/henry-cobb-presented-with-2015-architectural-league-of-ny-president-s-medal Henry Cobb presented with 2015 Architectural League of NY President's Medal Justine Testado 2015-05-07T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T03:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tiz90255drdsz840.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over 300 guests gathered at New York's Metropolitan Club for the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/53068420/the-architectural-league-of-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s 2015 President's Medal dinner to honor medal recipient Henry N. Cobb, a founding partner at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3360816/pei-cobb-freed-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners</a>.</p><p>Bestowed by the League's President and Board of Directors as the organization's highest honor, the President's Medal recognizes a distinguished body of work in architecture, urbanism, art, or design. Architectural League President <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billie Tsien</a>, who also previously received the Medal, presented the award to Cobb.</p><p>Here's more about the event from the Architectural League.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pn/pnnu5z42hyn32p2f.jpg"><br><em>2015 President's Medal Dinner. Photo: Fran Parente.</em></p><p>In presenting the award, Tsien remarked:</p><p>"'There&rsquo;s a lovely moment that happens from time to time when you look at a person&rsquo;s face and you can see exactly what they looked like as a child. It is fleeting, and it is very beautiful. Now, often that look happens when curiosity is sparked and with it a sense of wonder. I have been lucky enough to spend some ti...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126822760/new-renzo-piano-designed-residential-tower-to-rise-in-nyc New Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower to Rise in NYC DianePham 2015-05-06T15:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:36:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivqtops7fdgc69l7.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano's versatility continues to win the hearts of NYC developers, and it looks like the starchitect is finally getting his chance to flex his muscle in the residential realm. Piano&mdash;who just cut the ribbon to the new Whitney to rave reviews&mdash;has been chosen by Michael Shvo and Bizzi &amp; Partners to design a brand new 290-foot tower at 100 Varick Street in up-and-coming Hudson Square bordering Soho.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will be Piano's first large-scale residential project in the U.S.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126795058/editor-s-picks-414 Editor's Picks #414 Nam Henderson 2015-05-06T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T17:04:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yx7nij381bsxixf5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/125765734/between-sampling-and-dowsing-field-notes-from-grnasfck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a>, an experimental landscape studio. Therein they explained "<em>We travel to places of material action, geologically leaky locations, where the evidence of disturbance, but also creation, is evident...While we see our narratives as a version of a field report, it seems important to acknowledge ourselves as emotional, human agents. In this way we are equally inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, John McPhee, and Chris Kraus</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mo2wkyjlwhzu10pm.jpg"></p><p>Plus following last month&rsquo;s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;stopped by and provided some insight into post-tsunami redevelopment in Tohoku</p><p>"<em>The trick is to &nbsp;still be there and still be engaged 2 years or 4 years or 5 years later, when communities are finally ready to build...Now is really the time for architects to act, to help build a sustainable community. But we blew our wad on sexy stuff in the early days, and anyway the news...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126771486/robert-venturi-prince-charles-that-false-corinthian-column Robert Venturi, Prince Charles & that false Corinthian column Alexander Walter 2015-05-05T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:15:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7n3il5gkf4rtn1mv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today it houses one of London&rsquo;s best permanent collection displays, but the 1991 Sainsbury Wing extension to the National Gallery in London was almost scuppered when Prince Charles and the other trustees opposed the architect of the new building, Robert Venturi. The row was over a false Corinthian column that the US architect wanted as a decorative feature on the Trafalgar Square fa&ccedil;ade of the new extension.</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/126712339/eileen-gray-s-e1027-masterpiece-reopens-to-the-public-today Eileen Gray’s E1027 masterpiece reopens to the public today Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2bd119b9764e6c87eee3cf1dc6a2f8c.jpg" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This modernist villa on the C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Azur, designed by Irish architect Eileen Gray, has witnessed wartime shootings, murder and vandalism by Le Corbusier. Now, at last, it has been brought back to life [...] Le Corbusier visited and, apparently outraged that a woman could have made such a significant work in a style he considered his own, assaulted it with a series of garish and ugly wall paintings, which he chose to execute completely naked.</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/126521452/new-call-for-submissions-for-monu-23-participatory-urbanism New Call for Submissions for MONU #23 - Participatory Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-05-01T11:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T14:52:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kd1ws1d7xaal1rgc.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to talk! We at MONU think that the time has come to talk with you about "participation" in architecture and urbanism and re-evaluate and re-examine developments around this topic in recent years and what the future might hold. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, May 2015)</p></em><br /><br /><p>We need to talk! We at <strong>MONU </strong>think that the time has come to talk with you about <strong><em>"participation"</em></strong> in architecture and urbanism and re-evaluate and re-examine developments around this topic in recent years and what the future might hold. Our 11th issue on the topic of <em>"Clean Urbanism"</em>, around 6 years ago, instigated a similar day of judgement when we asked how <em>"Clean Urbanism"</em> might become more than just a brand label for a city, or how we could smarten up existing cities and transform them into truly clean cities. This time we would like to initiate a critical discussion on what is currently happening in cities with regard to <strong>"Participatory Urbanism"</strong>.</p><p>These days, most urban designers and architects would agree that involving the public in planning processes and city building is a good thing or that - at least - a mix of bottom-up and top-down planning mechanisms need to be achieved. We at <strong>MONU</strong> are also strong believers and supporters of <em><strong>participatory decision-making</strong></em> and collaborative k...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126531688/the-new-york-times-reviews-moma-exhibit-latin-america-in-construction-architecture-1955-1980 The New York Times reviews MoMA exhibit, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 Joachim Perez 2015-05-01T11:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T14:52:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hoy3qew0b7kfhkgr.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The exhibition recalls an earlier era when architects there believed that social challenges should be tackled by design, that humane societies deserved beautiful new forms, and progressive development put faith in art, nature and the resilience of ordinary people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times wrote a review on the recent MoMA exhibit,<em>&nbsp;&lsquo;Latin America in Construction: Architecture&nbsp;1955-1980&rsquo;</em>. The exhibit highlights the work of Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi,&nbsp;Eladio Dieste, Rogelio Salmona and others who helped define Latin American modern architecture. &nbsp;On display are photographs, videos, drawings, blueprints and models. &nbsp;Some models shown in Kimmelman's article feature the work of University of Miami students who collaborated with MoMA on this exhibit.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126481671/pompidou-responds-to-fascist-le-corbusier-claims Pompidou responds to "fascist" Le Corbusier claims Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T12:16:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8eivjh97yxwrhagr.jpg" width="500" height="671" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pompidou Centre in Paris has hit back at critics who say its Le Corbusier exhibition, which opened to the public&nbsp;yesterday, 29 April, glosses over recent accusations that the Swiss-born French architect was a militant fascist with links to the Vichy regime. A spokeswoman for the Pompidou says the exhibition does not refer to Le Corbusier&rsquo;s fascist past because &ldquo;it&rsquo;s about the proportions of the human body, which are present in his architecture and painting. [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745578/le-corbusier-militant-fascist-claims-overshadow-50th-death-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126425500/the-wsj-s-review-of-the-corning-glass-museum-minimalist-makeover The WSJ's review of the Corning Glass Museum minimalist makeover Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-05-02T19:16:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c204bbe9d39bbf17bed7b052c1de1b0a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In over 140 years of making glass, [...] Corning Inc. has also established a reputation for commissioning first-rate works of architecture at its home base in this small city in the Finger Lakes region of New York. [...] And now there&rsquo;s a Contemporary Art + Design Wing by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Mr. Phifer is a New York architect whose intensely crafted minimalist sensibility comes as close as any American architect has to a Japanese aesthetic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125528119/an-almost-seamless-glass-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An (almost seamless) Glass Museum</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126382705/furniture-designer-christopher-guy-harrison-s-interview-with-thomas-heatherwick Furniture designer Christopher Guy Harrison's interview with Thomas Heatherwick Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-29T12:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T13:05:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8noqmkw2nj5rb29g.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the occasion of winning Harrison's 2015&nbsp;BritWeek Design Icon Award, Thomas Heatherwick spoke with the furniture designer about his work and visions for his firm's future. We've selected a few highlights from Heatherwick's interview below:</p><p><strong>Harrison: Your staggering body of work has spanned the globe &ndash; is there a there a piece of work which you are most proud of, and is there one which is on the horizon which you are excited about?</strong></p><p>Heatherwick: Every single project is exciting. I was always wary of friends I have known who had set up organizations or companies and then done some things which were supposed to be special things and then 'bread and butter' projects. I was always wary of that because it seemed a slippery slope. I was aware of how limited the resources of your brain and team are, and it seems to waste that on anything that you didn't put everything into is crazy; because you diminish the energy for what you do really care about. So every one of the projects has got someth...</p>