Archinect - News 2014-04-18T11:39:40-04:00 Guggenheim protesters highlight poor labor practices Miles Jaffe 2014-04-01T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:08:55-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saadiyat Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, has seen $27 billion in investments pour in as the island hopes to become a new beacon of culture in the region developers behind the island have received international attention for the poor conditions in which migrant laborers work and live. Reports have found that in some cases, the control employers hold over the island's workers, such as withholding their passports to prevent them from returning to their home countries, amounts to forced labor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Saadiyat Island includes a half-billion-dollar branch of the Louvre Museum designed by Jean Nouvel, a national museum designed by Norman Foster and a variety of luxury resorts, golf clubs, marinas and private villas.</p><p>Where does an architect's responsibility begin and where does it end?</p> Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow Archinect 2014-03-17T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-19T00:53:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the great feats of 20th-century engineering, a landmark of modernist architecture is facing demolition. Late last month, the Russian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting agreed to the dismantling of the Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow. This is the Eiffel Tower of Russia, a 50-story conical structure of steel latticework, shaped roughly like a collapsing telescope, designed by the engineer Vladimir Shukhov.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "LEED Exposed" Exposed: A look at who's behind the new organization attacking LEED Archinect 2014-03-11T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T18:11:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researcher Anastasia Swearingen claims that "LEED certification is little more than a fancy plaque displayed by these &lsquo;green&rsquo; buildings", and compares energy use intensity (EUI) of LEED certified buildings to non-certified buildings. Quoting data from the Green Building Report for the District of Columbia, she concludes that "For LEED-certified buildings, their EUI was 205, compared to 199 for non-certified buildings..."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architects Accuse Northwestern University of Blacklisting Firms Over Prentice Women's Hospital Petition Archinect 2013-11-26T20:24:00-05:00 >2013-11-26T20:24:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="607" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the wake of the controversial demolition of Bertrand Goldberg&rsquo;s Prentice Women&rsquo;s Hospital, Northwestern University has moved forward with the process for selecting an architecture firm to design the building's replacement. Firms that protested the demolition, however, have been excluded from consideration for designing the building's replacement&mdash;and may be blacklisted from other projects at Northwestern.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Free Cooper Remixes Banksy Confessional Archinect 2013-10-15T12:23:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T12:23:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the latest in their inventive visual mockery of Cooper Union president and unalloyed economic realist Jamshed Bharucha, the student activists of Free Cooper Union satirically reconfigured a Banksy work that popped up near the school&rsquo;s campus over the weekend.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-10T13:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-17T10:20:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki has gathered a throng of designers including Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto to oppose the design of Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Maki, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1993, has organised a symposium where Japanese architects will protest against the scale of the proposed 80,000-seat stadium, which is set to become the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gezi Park Monument by Studio Vural Alexander Walter 2013-07-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T17:03:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York-based Turkish architect Selim Vural, founder of architecture and interior design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Vural</a>, has shared with us his design for a Gezi Park Monument. The memorial commemorates the recent protests on Istanbul's Taksim Square against the planned construction of a shopping mall in place of the historic Gezi Park &mdash; which sparked the nationwide <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 protests in Turkey</a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Project Description from Selim Vural:</strong></p> <p> Beyond commemorating important events, monuments come to being through significant ideas. Their bodies are usually aesthetic, dynamic, communicative and distinctive yet beyond all, they are clear embodiments of their generative ideas.</p> <p> It is also significant that all monuments of liberty in history are made of or derived from female figures. There is a soft power, an illuminated fearlessness in their stance, which is not evident in the singularly powerful male figures. On the one hand they are complex, conflicting, and plural and on th...</p> Cooper Union and former occupiers reach an agreement Archinect 2013-07-16T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:20:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We have received news that the administration, Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union and those who have occupied the Office of the President since May have reached an agreement that ended the occupation on Friday, July 12. A "working group", as described in more detail below, consisting of Board, faculty, alumni, students and administration representatives, will be established to seek an alternative to tuition that will "sustain the institution&rsquo;s long-term financial viability and strengthen its academic excellence".</p> <p> The working group will report to the administration and Board of Trustees for consideration at the December Board of Trustees Meeting.</p> <p> The Board also confirmed, in accordance with the motion approved at the June Board meeting, that procedures for student representation on the Board will be established at the September meeting.</p> <p> An interim room has been identified as a Community Commons that can serve as a student center or a community center for all members of the...</p> Plans to redevelop Taksim Square cancelled by judge Nam Henderson 2013-07-05T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-07-05T19:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can Atalay, a lawyer for the Chamber of Architects which brought the lawsuit, said the administrative court ruled in early June at the height of the unrest that the plan violated preservation rules and unacceptably changed the square's identity. It was not clear why it had only now been released.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ayla Jean Yackley reported that a Turkish court has canceled an Istanbul building project backed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan which provided the trigger for nationwide anti-government demonstrations last month, a copy of the court decision showed.</p> #occupygezi architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2013-06-24T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-12-23T19:52:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The protests in Istanbul indicated one simple thing for architects. We need new definitions for architecture in situations when architecture is removed from architects." -Yelta K&ouml;m, the organization founder</p></em><br /><br /><p> Group of architects are documenting the temporary structures that were destroyed by the police in Gezi Park, Istanbul. Take it from the Turks, the original nomads from Central Asia.</p> Taksim Square and Gezi Park Protests: Designing a Common Present, Future, and Past Archinect 2013-06-17T20:22:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T15:32:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I call these projects urbicide because of the social and ecological damages they cause, such as land speculation, expulsion of the lower-middle classes from the urban center, and the zoning of green areas for development. Among the projects is a third bridge over the Bosphorus, a canal bisecting Istanbul in the north-south axis near its western border, and the redevelopment of Taksim Square.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Full-Page Ad Inspired By Turkish Protests Is One Of Indiegogo's Fastest Campaigns Ever Paul Petrunia 2013-06-05T14:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T20:34:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As protests have rocked Turkey over the past few days, three Turkish professionals in the U.S. decided on Sunday that they had to take some action. Turning to their technology backgrounds, the trio launched a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to buy a full-page ad in the front section of the New York Times in support of their fellow Turkish citizens who&rsquo;ve clashed with the government across dozens of cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information on the protests in Istanbul, check <a href="" target="_blank">Orhan's report with ongoing commentary</a>. Here's a <a href="" target="_blank">link</a> to the Indiegogo campaign.</p> An open letter to Milan's Mayor about his dismissal of Stefano Boeri Archinect 2013-03-27T12:06:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T12:14:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Open letter to Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of Milan, from the international community of arts &amp; culture...<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> Dear Mayor Pisapia,</p> <p> It is with regret and disappointment that we learn that Stefano Boeri was dismissed from his position as Councillor for Design, Fashion and Culture for the city of Milan.</p> <p> Thanks to the energy and commitment of Boeri, and despite the deepening of the gravest crisis to have faced Italy since the postwar years, since 2011 Milan has succeded in projecting an image of renewed cultural vibrancy and dynamism onto the international stage. Thanks to Boeri's many initiatives&mdash;citywide events such as Book City and Piano City, or international exhibitions of internationally renowned artists such as the Marina Abramovic, Picasso, Bramantino, Alberto Garutti and Jeff Wall&mdash;Milan had finally succeeded in reaffirming itself forcefully on the international stage as an epicentre of art, design, fashion and culture.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Mayor Giuliano Pisapia</em></p> <p> This unmotivated dismissal de...</p> R.I.P. - Rajib Haider Nam Henderson 2013-02-22T01:01:00-05:00 >2013-02-24T10:48:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tens of thousands of people resumed mass demonstrations in Bangladesh&rsquo;s capital Dhaka, on Saturday, intensifying their demands for more severe punishment for war criminals from the country&rsquo;s 1971 liberation war, while also demanding justice for the slaying of Rajib Haider, an architect and blogger, who had been a leading organizer of the protests.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Students Seize Cooper Union Room to Protest Possible Tuition Archinect 2012-12-03T20:08:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T07:24:53-05:00 <img src="" width="480" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twelve students barricaded themselves inside an eighth-floor room at the top of the Cooper Union Foundation Building at noon on Monday to urge the school not to begin charging tuition to undergraduates. The school has not made a decision on charging tuition for undergraduates. But in April, it decided to begin charging tuition to graduate students for the first time in its 110-year history.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lone Chinese home destroyed; farmer accepts deal Archinect 2012-12-03T11:32:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T11:32:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation. Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai told The Associated Press the house was bulldozed Saturday after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000).</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">Chinese Highway builds around "Nail House" protesting development</a></p> Chinese Highway builds around "Nail House" protesting development Archinect 2012-11-25T13:00:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T09:50:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luo Baogen and his wife are the lone holdouts from a neighborhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare heading to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province. "Nail house" families occasionally have resorted to violence. Some homeowners have set themselves on fire in protests. Often, they keep 24-hour vigils because developers will shy away from bulldozing homes when people are inside.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Local architects power Winnipeg’s reinvigorated design Archinect 2012-10-19T20:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:13:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like the meeting of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, there&rsquo;s a compelling confluence of urban activists standing next to each other on the sidewalk of Portage Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. To my right is a group of First Nations flood evacuees protesting (politely) against cuts to their daily living allowance. To my left, below the gleaming, mirror-polished aluminum balconies of the Avenue on Portage mixed-use development...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 50 Years Ago, Sharply Dressed Protesters Stood Up for a Train Station They Revered Archinect 2012-08-01T13:57:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T18:51:29-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="697" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architects Peter Samton and Diana Goldstein can tell you exactly where they were a half century ago, at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2, 1962: out on Seventh Avenue, tilting at windmills. Pennsylvania Station, the McKim, Mead &amp; White masterpiece, was doomed. They knew it. But they weren&rsquo;t going to let it go down undefended.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In protest, the power of place Quilian Riano 2011-10-15T22:09:29-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We tend to underestimate The political power of physical places. Then Tahir Square comes along. Now it is Zucotti Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Going Bald For Ai Weiwei: A Righteous Head-Shaving Performance Sharpens Debate Over Milwaukee Museum's Collaboration With China Archinect 2011-06-08T20:29:58-04:00 >2011-06-08T20:29:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forget petitions: art professionals are showing their support for detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in increasingly creative ways. Last week, Milwaukee-based Mike Brenner shaved his head into a style reminiscent of Ai's outside the Milwaukee Art Museum as a show of support for the artist, who has been missing for over two months.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ai Weiwei’s Face Projected onto Chinese Consulate Paul Petrunia 2011-05-24T11:37:22-04:00 >2011-05-25T00:00:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of Ai Weiwei&rsquo;s better known works is &ldquo;Study of Perspective,&rdquo; a series of first-person photographs in which the artist gives the finger to various landmarks around the world, including the Forbidden City. A Cuban artist recently made a similar gesture, projecting a massive portrait of Mr. Ai along the side of the Chinese consulate building in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>