Archinect - News 2014-10-30T12:55:56-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110422474/judge-punishes-colorado-s-aspen-art-museum-climbers Judge Punishes Colorado's Aspen Art Museum Climbers Archinect 2014-10-03T17:16:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:05:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/af5e56518645987a36e14a7099b26f3c.jpg" width="496" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of course, the Aspen Art Museum is far more inviting than most edifices when it comes to climbing. The museum exterior is built from Prodema, a composite made of wood and paper pulp, bound by resin, and coated in a wood veneer. The long woven strips that encase the building are placed at regular intervals, creating a ladder-like structure that almost calls out to be scaled.</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/109112857/prada-marfa-saved Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:59:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/963100a38d08759b517e56e9870dd5b7.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The conceptual storefront Prada Marfa, 2005, by Elmgreen &amp; Dragset, has a new lease on life. The Texas Department of Transportation reached an agreement last week with the foundation Ballroom Marfa to preserve the sculpture after nearly one year of negotiations. The government threatened to shut down the work because it could be considered an illegal roadside advertisement under state law. [...] the foundation plans to lease the land underneath Prada Marfa and register it as an art museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82065559/prada-marfa-declared-an-illegal-outdoor-advertisement-faces-possible-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-04T18:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T11:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/asjyqrasgl91odnp.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Calatrava's] at work in the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York, but that project is massively over budget and behind schedule and it's highlighted some of Calatrava's legal troubles back in Spain. [...] The architect was supposed to be in Spain this week testifying as a suspect in a fraud case. Prosecutors say he got 3.6 million dollars to design yet another Spanish convention center that was never built, but Calatrava didn't show up for his court date.</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/107188591/hollywood-target-building-shut-down-during-construction-due-to-established-height-limits Hollywood Target building shut down during construction due to established height limits Nicholas Korody 2014-08-22T19:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/muvfh5uk0dig5qpc.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.</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/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review Archinect 2014-08-22T12:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T22:29:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcv0c729w1m2t4si.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hadid, who was born in Baghdad and is now a British citizen, claimed that Filler falsely implied she was indifferent to the alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her own. She also claimed Filler used large portions of his June 5 review of Rowan Moore's "Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" to question her success and fault her personality, although she was not a prominent character in the book.</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/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court Archinect 2014-07-25T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T13:22:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ezbuxnhmchxuzn5.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The startling cauldron of copper petals that rose up to form a flaming flower at the climax of the ceremony had been hailed as one of the most original in the history of the Games, and another triumph for the highly regarded British designer Thomas Heatherwick. But two years on, Locog has acknowledged in a statement that New York-based practice Atopia came up with five design principles that would go on to become defining characteristics of the cauldron.</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/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05ced60f451da3ceee70083bc4ca0b8f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/005c3a5e07ad382d4a0c137de80cf894.jpg"><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101574497/employers-should-pay-their-interns-here-s-why Employers Should Pay Their Interns. Here's Why Archinect 2014-06-10T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T10:51:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/ne0zt5ukj8m1uqed.jpg" width="346" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of unpaid internships say the jobs help aspiring professionals get on-site experience and r&eacute;sum&eacute; entries that can spur their careers. Detractors insist that unpaid positions exploit workers, take jobs from would be entry-level employees, favor the privileged who can afford to make no money, and perhaps most importantly, break longstanding labor laws... employment defense lawyers are increasingly advising clients to start paying interns at least the minimum wage...</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/101037764/eli-broad-s-art-showcase-in-los-angeles-still-unfinished-sues-over-delays Eli Broad’s Art Showcase in Los Angeles, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays Archinect 2014-06-03T21:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T21:10:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24abec82c7ad004bcb23a1031955df21.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The flagship museum of the billionaire financier and art collector Eli Broad, still under construction, has filed a $19.8 million lawsuit against a German company for what it describes as delays in fabricating the building blocks for its unusual latticed facade.</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/100587807/lawsuit-filed-over-cooper-union-tuition Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition Archinect 2014-05-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T18:04:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23ebc58326677872a251d28f64e0c286.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slightly more than a year after the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art announced its plan to charge tuition, a group of professors, admitted students and alumni filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday against the school's board of trustees. The plaintiffs' aim: to stop the school from introducing tuition next fall and to prompt a court investigation into how the board has managed school finances.</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/99827942/calatrava-wins-law-suit-against-spanish-political-party-for-slander Calatrava Wins Law Suit Against Spanish Political Party for Slander Archinect 2014-05-15T15:35:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:02:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxgeug3xw6hlvw13.jpg" width="398" height="599" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We are receiving breaking news from Valencia, Spain where a court just ruled in favor of Santiago Calatrava, closing his recent slander case against Spanish political party EUPV. This is legal victory #1 for Calatrava, but more law suits <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90068033/valencia-sues-santiago-calatrava-as-white-elephants-rot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">are piling up</a>.</p><p>Here's the statement in full:</p><p>"Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish-born architect and engineer, has won an action in Spain against the political party Esquerra Unida del Pais Valencia (&ldquo;EUPV&rdquo;) for persistent defamatory comments. (The EUPV is the local Valencia franchise for a coalition of Spanish far left and communist parties). &nbsp;</p><p>In the legal case against EUPV, Santiago Calatrava sought the protection of Spanish courts from the repeated public false and damaging allegations made by EUPV, directly and through a web site setup by the party, with the intention to smear Mr. Calatrava and his business. A number of media outlets in the U.S. and elsewhere covered the existence of the site and have reflected its content.&nbsp;</p><p>In the judgment, the Honour...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99358366/court-approves-demolition-of-foster-partners-harmon-hotel-in-vegas Court Approves Demolition of Foster + Partners' Harmon Hotel in Vegas Archinect 2014-05-07T12:10:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6hnm0ze7ezsnz4a.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; Harmon Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is being razed without ever opening. Owner MGM Resorts International received court approval on April 22 to demolish the unfinished 27-floor, oval-shaped tower following a protracted legal battle with its contractor, Tutor Perini Corp., over building defects.</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/90068033/valencia-sues-santiago-calatrava-as-white-elephants-rot Valencia sues Santiago Calatrava as white elephants rot Archinect 2013-12-30T15:06:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T21:37:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/055d510515b32075972b480c9a880f78.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration</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/88596712/texas-to-require-architects-be-fingerprinted-starting-january-1st-2014 Texas to require architects be fingerprinted, starting January 1st, 2014 Archinect 2013-12-11T12:43:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T12:59:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dwssmw5oe3lprfx.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So what happens if an architect in good professional standing is revealed to have a minor crime on his record due to being fingerprinted? Could he lose his license, despite the quality of his work? The TBAE absolutely reserves that right.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The requirement applies not just to new applicants, but also to licensed architects seeking to have their registrations renewed. Violators face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in which they are not in compliance with the new law. Currently only one other state (Massachusetts) even runs criminal background checks on architects. Now Texas is upping the ante.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84212348/nyc-s-plaza-hotel-call-citi-bikes-an-affront-to-architecture NYC's Plaza Hotel call Citi Bikes an affront to architecture Archinect 2013-10-15T12:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T12:21:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dd8295cce81eaf1a2b0c1074177b7b6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Plaza hotel is suing the city and Citibank &mdash; complaining in scorching court papers that the block-long bike rack outside the landmark building is a traffic-clogging, advertising-festooned &ldquo;eyesore.&rdquo; The row of bright-blue Citi Bikes that now stands across from the hotel along Grand Army Plaza is an affront to both architecture and city drivers, according to the suit.</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/82081631/court-oks-forfeiture-of-new-york-building-with-ties-to-iran Court OKs Forfeiture Of New York Building With Ties To Iran Archinect 2013-09-17T20:35:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:41:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f5c43228dc2f6719e4cc0856e995fc8.jpg" width="514" height="543" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A decision by a federal judge paves the way for the forfeiture of a 36-story Manhattan building that the U.S. alleges is secretly owned and controlled by the government of Iran. The court agreed with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York that the owners are a front for the Iranian government and therefore in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which restricts commerce with Iran.</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/82065559/prada-marfa-declared-an-illegal-outdoor-advertisement-faces-possible-removal Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal Archinect 2013-09-17T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:48:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efec13d2243e505390bd9342bb02677c.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly eight years after opening, Prada Marfa has been classified by the Texas Department of Transportation as an &ldquo;illegal outdoor advertising sign&rdquo; because it displays the Prada logo on land where that is prohibited. This could lead to forced removal of the installation, although the department has not yet decided what action it will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109112857/prada-marfa-saved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa saved</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig DianePham 2013-07-15T17:08:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:58:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3zaqpa2nizk9o1j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We never would have expected Tom Kundig to be embroiled in legal battle with a community of conservationists, but the characteristically eco-minded architect was slapped with a lawsuit a few weeks ago by residents of Methow Valley, WA. As it turns out, one of Kundig&rsquo;s newest construction, dubbed the Flagg Mountain Hut, protrudes into the viewshed of a pristine ridge in the valley... the community is not happy with the project and they&rsquo;ve launched a campaign asking the owners to move the hut.</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/74500783/faulty-tower-glasgow-s-10m-white-elephant Faulty tower: Glasgow's £10m white elephant Archinect 2013-06-03T11:43:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T20:24:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27e815e9c506b33de8d38449d419b52c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it was built, it held the Guinness World Record for the "tallest fully-rotating tower" - although to be fair, there was not much competition for that particular accolade. The 127m-tall (416 ft) steel and glass tower, the highest building in Scotland, was the only structure in the world able to rotate fully through 360 degrees from base to top. Neil Baxter, secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland says the idea was unique: "Nobody had ever tried to do that."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>The problem, however, is that it doesn't work.</strong></p> <p> <em>The tower has now been closed since August 2010 and the science centre recently announced it had settled a lengthy court action with the contractors.</em></p> <p> <em>Science centre bosses said they had received "substantial" compensation but there seems to be very little prospect of the tower ever turning again.</em></p> <p> <em>Architect Peter Wilson, of Edinburgh Napier University, is one of the critics of the project.</em></p> <p> <em>"The fundamental thing about this is that when it was initially designed, it was never meant to be built," he says.</em></p> <p> <em>"It was intended for an 'ideas' competition."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73642738/houston-court-awards-home-design-firm-1-3-million-in-architectural-copyright-case Houston court awards home design firm $1.3 million in architectural copyright case Archinect 2013-05-21T17:11:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T17:13:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqpenl4icbjo0svg.jpg" width="307" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The jury in the United States District Court in Houston found that Frontier committed copyright infringement by constructing and marketing nineteen houses that infringed Hewlett&rsquo;s copyrighted designs. Frontier&rsquo;s owner, Ronald Wayne Bopp, was also held personally liable for Frontier&rsquo;s activities. The amount of the judgment was based on the amount of profits Frontier earned from the sales of houses that infringed Hewlett&rsquo;s copyrights.</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/71484231/celebrated-architect-santiago-calatrava-told-to-pay-for-leaking-roof Celebrated architect Santiago Calatrava told to pay for leaking roof Archinect 2013-04-18T13:48:00-04:00 >2013-04-24T23:51:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkd3la56xb4mhkcg.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A dozen years after Calatrava built the spectacular Ysios winery in the rainy Alava region of northern Spain, the building's dramatic, undulating roof continues to let in the damp. Now Domecq, the owner of the winery, has said it is fed up with the botched attempts of Calatrava's original builders at fixing the roof and wants money from them so that it can bring in fresh architects and engineers to design a new one.</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/67661567/design-law-charity Design Law & Charity Archinect 2013-02-15T18:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-20T09:48:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xls2wnmn7t3dqu4m.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few weeks ago <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66634129/apple-trademarks-design-of-its-retail-stores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we reported</a> that the USPTO granted trademark protection to Apple for aspects of its retail store designs (Reg. No. <a href="http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&amp;state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277914</a> &amp; <a href="http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&amp;state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277913</a>).</p> <p> <em>Image above, Reg. No. 4277913 (claiming color)</em><br><em>Image below, Reg. No. 4277914 (not claiming color)</em><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59d91tf69ja4qspn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> While most architectural works don&rsquo;t have the notoriety and consumer association necessary to obtain federal trademark protection, architects have long relied on copyright and design patents to protect their creations.&nbsp; Since 1990 when &ldquo;<a href="http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ41.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural works</a>&rdquo; were first incorporated into our federal copyright regime, much has been written about its use and impact.&nbsp; Yet few architects have stopped to consider the role of design patents.</p> <p> But design patents aren&rsquo;t new.&nbsp; Architects in the US have relied on them for over a century to protect new, original, and ornamental designs for any article of manufacture.&nbsp; For example, Frank Lloyd Wright was granted numerous design patents on everything from <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=bEoCAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">chairs</a> to <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=nAByAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">desk</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=nQByAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home</a> designs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0p/0pegylz56ex4ax9h.jpg" title=""><br><em>Design ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66231340/pei-partnership-sues-national-slavery-museum-for-get-this-not-getting-paid-for-their-services Pei Partnership sues National Slavery Museum for... get this... not getting paid for their services Archinect 2013-01-25T14:12:00-05:00 >2013-01-25T19:35:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czi9kuej1k2ee2j1.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Slavery Museum, which was spearheaded by former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, never paid Pei for the architectural work. Pei says it is owed more than $6 million, money that the firm hopes to recoup in an eventual sale of the 38 acres. The slavery museum organization now owes more than $300,000 in delinquent real estate taxes to Fredericksburg. The city has begun the lengthy legal process of selling the land at auction to recoup the back taxes.</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/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims Archinect 2012-08-30T20:14:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T22:57:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jn/jnqnb2qnfvyv6z93.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A coalition of environmental activists and community advocates has mounted the first major legal challenge to a planned downtown [Gensler-designed] Los Angeles NFL stadium, filing a suit Thursday that says a state law intended to assist the project is unconstitutional.</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/55753518/lack-of-detail-no-reason-to-deny-copyright-protection-to-architectural-works Lack of Detail No Reason to Deny Copyright Protection to Architectural Works Paul Petrunia 2012-08-22T14:40:00-04:00 >2012-08-23T12:07:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txwpna8q7kelfx2o.jpg" width="302" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is no requirement that architectural drawings contain sufficient detail to support actual construction in order to warrant copyright protection under Section 102(a)(5) of the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held Aug. 15 (Scholz Design v. Sard Custom Homes LLC, 2d Cir., No. 11-3298, 8/15/12).</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a recent legal case issued by architecture firm Scholz Design Co., against builder Sard Custom Homes, it was confirmed that &ldquo;Copyright protection of a pictorial work, whether depicting a house, or a flower, or a donkey, or an abstract design, does not depend on any degree of detail.&rdquo;</p> <p> Initially, however, in a lower court, the judge decided in favor of Sard Custom Homes, the defendant, claiming the stolen designs were taken from drawings with insufficient detail. When Scholz Design appealed, a higher court dismissed the initial decision, in favor of the plaintiff.</p> <p> Good news for architects!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/45559502/nice-house-but-is-it-legal Nice House, But Is It Legal? Archinect 2012-04-19T14:34:00-04:00 >2012-04-24T23:24:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c82dce7169405c87396683404d4fb027.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you designed or built a home that met energy code just a few years ago, that same home will probably not be legal to build just a few years from now. Some might say it&rsquo;s about time, while others may think it&rsquo;s not a good idea to increase code requirements during a depressed housing economy.</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/39688487/aia-la-statement-on-tragic-death-of-la-firefighter AIA|LA Statement on Tragic Death of LA Firefighter Archinect 2012-02-28T17:35:00-05:00 >2012-03-04T08:38:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1si0gctmyqvgbi5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week's LA Times article, "Architect of Hollywood Hills mansion damaged in fire, is charged in firefighter's death," stirred discussion, particularly among architects, as the individual who designed the home was not a licensed architect. Aside from requesting that the LA Times retract the word "architect" from the article, the [AIA|LA], in conjunction with [AIACC] Executive Vice President, Paul Welch, Hon. AIA, have released the following statement...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38186395/architect-charged-for-the-death-of-a-firefighter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect charged for the death of a firefighter</a></p> <p> Statement from AIA|LA...</p> <p> Editor,</p> <p> The recent Los Angeles Times article concerning the negligent activities of an individual purporting to be an architect, and how those activities resulted in the tragic death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen, serve to remind us all that the profession of architecture is about much more than aesthetics.</p> <p> The profession of architecture is carefully regulated in the state of California by the California Architects Board (CAB). While the title of "architect" is easily understood by the public, unfortunately, we find many examples of misuse of the term. Despite the Los Angeles Police Department, Fire Department, Building Department, and District Attorney's Office identifying Gehard Albert Becker as an architect, and Mr. Becker identifying himself an architect, a query of the California Architects Board's (CAB) records confirms that Mr. Becker is not, nor was he ever, licensed to p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/38977606/hamburg-sues-over-herzog-de-meuron-s-pricey-late-concert-hall Hamburg sues over Herzog & de Meuron's pricey, late concert hall Archinect 2012-02-22T12:49:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T23:44:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/pt4yilm16sd1dam2.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city was initially prepared to contribute &euro;77 million to the project &ndash; but this figure has since gone up by nearly five times to more than &euro;323 million &ndash; more than half the expected &euro;600 million total cost. And the original completion date of 2010 has been pushed back to 2014. The building&rsquo;s designers had underestimated certain costs &ndash; such as an acoustic panelling for the main concert hall which cost five times as much as expected, adding more than &euro;10 million to the bill.</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/38186395/architect-charged-for-the-death-of-a-firefighter Architect charged for the death of a firefighter Barry Lehrman 2012-02-15T16:23:00-05:00 >2012-02-28T17:24:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlsewqwxia4nx4c6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Gerhard Albert] Becker... built an 18-foot "fire trough" through the home despite being warned of the dangers it may cause. It was described as an oversize indoor fire pit. They said the attic was equipped with plastic pipes for fire sprinklers. The fire melted the pipes, flooding the attic and filling the insulation with water. The weight of the insulation appears to have caused a large section of the ceiling to collapse, injuring Allen and five other firefighters,</p></em><br /><br /><p> This seems to be a case of incompetence and stupidity tied to trying to save a few pennies. PVC pipe for fire sprinklers - might as well revoke his license already. But how can an architect afford a 12,500 sf house in the Hollywood Hills?</p> <p> oh, 'The home was intended for use in a reality show for German TV starring Heidi Klum in a knockoff of "America's Next Top Model."'</p> <p> Even better, Becker was arrested at LAX on Feb 11th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/28518304/rape-victim-sues-architect-contractor Rape victim sues architect, contractor Archinect 2011-11-23T20:02:13-05:00 >2011-11-29T09:35:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/5864988284659f4e1129fcf3d19974a3.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The victim, who was 17 at the time, suffered brain damage in the attack, is blind, and can't eat, walk or stand up without help. In the suit filed Nov. 14 in Hillsborough County, her family says the design and construction of the library, built in 2005, contributed to the attack.</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>