Archinect - News 2015-09-01T18:28:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/134030277/van-der-rohe-s-lafayette-park-and-three-other-sites-named-national-historic-landmark Van der Rohe's Lafayette Park and three other sites named National Historic Landmark Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T18:41:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lktzb904z2otkq1r.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lafayette Park, the neighborhood northeast of downtown dotted with high-rises and townhouses, and known for its modern architecture, has attained the status of national historic landmark. [...] The neighborhood consists of a 78-acre housing development designed and realized by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, considered a master of modern architecture. It was founded by developer Herb Greenwald to help keep the middle class in the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The three other sites that also recently gained landmark status are:</p><ul><li>George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia</li><li>Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Jefferson County, Colorado</li><li>First Peoples Buffalo Jump in Cascade County, Montana</li></ul><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12264/mies-van-der-rohe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MvdR</a>-related in Archinect's <em><a href="http://archinect.com/features" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a></em> section: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132959584/survey-why-glass Survey: Why glass? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T13:51:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msd0mqfcrrxp5jgn.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies Van Der Rohe's groundbreaking designs</a> popularized the deceptively simple glass facade, architects have experimented with the incorporation of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131024735/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-glass-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the material</a> in their designs. Some, such as PLP Architecture, have opted to create commercial buildings that utilize an almost entirely glass facade in&nbsp;order&nbsp;to facilitate new types of professional interaction. Others, such as <a href="http://archinect.com/kosullivan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin O'Sullivan + Associates</a>, have tempered their use of glass with other materials to create a more integrated feel with the surrounding landscape. Archinect decided to survey these two firms about the challenges they faced in their design process. Here, in their own words, the architects speak about how they ultimately arrived on their new final designs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jl/jlhuavvuvvqak24r.jpg"></p><p><strong>David Leventhal of PLP Architecture on the Deloitte HQ</strong></p><p>As Sylvia Lavin puts it, 'Architecture generally considers environmental design to be repulsive, an odious amalgam of pseudoscience, bad form and moralism.' The challenge for us was to conceive a gr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131950074/two-of-a-kind-photographer-robin-hill-contemplates-the-farnsworth-house-and-glass-house-simultaneously Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:48:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/of34z52gyrhqxrsz.jpg" width="514" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Naturally paired, but too quickly equated. Photographer Robin Hill takes on the iconic and somewhat contending Farnsworth House and Glass House in his photo series, "<a href="http://sidebyside.photoshelter.com/#!/portfolio/G0000ao4ebepAYSY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Side by Side: The Glass Houses of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson</a>". With eighteen magazine-ready spreads, Hill matches shots of each house as a &ldquo;dyptych&rdquo;, often aligned to show how one house&rsquo;s element can be extended into the other, but with clear atmospheric differences. Other shots are paired by their similar perspectives, or proportional beauty &ndash; the hinge of the dyptychs serving as the axis of symmetry between the two houses.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezcwiqlslotizu3n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/un9utppx331ao6pe.jpg"></p><p>The gaze in these photos isn&rsquo;t critical &ndash; the goal doesn&rsquo;t seem to be to declare a winner in the Glass House battle. Instead the pairings have a composed distance that seems genuinely concerned with illustrating the buildings&rsquo; co-evolutionary existence. The series takes a fresh look at these iconic, historical buildings to consider why they appear so similar in the first place, and then bri...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129964678/view-from-the-farnsworth-house-may-soon-be-a-lot-drier View from the Farnsworth House may soon be a lot drier Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T20:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T14:38:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0uj3abv1zfjlkz6.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The river was part of its immediate environment. To move it to higher ground where it never floods would be ridiculous. You would ask: 'Why is it on stilts?' It makes no sense to me."</p></em><br /><br /><p>All along, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/128649077/screen-print-33-the-alternative-history-of-edith-farnsworth-and-her-architect-from-mit-s-thresholds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe's iconic design for the retreat of Dr. Edith Farnsworth</a> was intended to withstand floodwaters, but in the past 19 years, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">house has flooded</a> three times, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. These incidents were partially blamed on rapid suburban development nearby, for bringing more water into the Fox River.</p><p>So as a protective measure, the house's owner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is considering a few drastic alternatives for how to proceed &ndash; most notably moving the house entirely to another, higher spot on Farnsworth's 62-acre property. The other options include lifting the house on hydraulic stilts, or reorienting it on top of a "9-foot mound at its original site". An advisory committee, including Chicago architect and grandson of Mies, Dirk Lohan (quoted above), is discussing the options with the Trust today.</p><p>The Trust alone can't make the final call &ndash; Landmarks Illinois, a group of historic preservation advocates, ...</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/125232179/editor-s-picks-411 Editor's Picks #411 Nam Henderson 2015-04-13T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:11:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0125eqsxdf8e7k7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/lamayac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124819398/interview-with-alfredo-brillembourg-founder-of-urban-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank.</p><p>&nbsp;Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "<em>I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the </em><strong><em><em>expanded field of architecture.</em></em></strong><em> We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be an architect</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported <a href="https://www.pratt.edu/academics/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Architecture School</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124666656/pratt-institute-to-offer-masters-in-placemaking-and-management" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> will begin offering a master&rsquo;s program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"</a>,&nbsp;led by David Burney FAIA, who was also recently appointed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124448438/david-burney-named-interim-executive-director-of-aiany-and-center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interim Executive Director</a> of AIANY and the Center for Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lightperson</strong> let it be known "<em>I'm all for placemaking in urban space if it is local (^) and isn't just high-line-washing or bike washing. Unfortunately this doesn't sound like a complete system of thought, but a trendy commodification and repackaging of what's hip</em>".</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eifufls6gnscua7c.jpg"></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest updates</a> on plans for the Mecanoo led redesign of DC Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-07T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:41:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45ec9cffe6221eae919909e3ad389e70.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to find a landmark building in Washington more polarizing than the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Designed by legendary German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the city&rsquo;s central library was never much loved by Washingtonians. If anything, its popularity has gone downhill since its 1972 opening. [...] But now, as a four-year process wends its way toward a final design, it&rsquo;s clear Washingtonians shouldn&rsquo;t expect a major overhaul of Mies&rsquo;s flawed design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<em>Washingtonian</em>, Mecanoo (the firm leading the redesign) will release updates to their redesign (along with local partner Martinez &amp; Johnson) later this month. But only after many of the proposed redesign elements have already been nixed: a "3-story rooftop addition"; replacing the brick stairway enclosure with glass; turning windowless rooms into wide, open spaces. But, it's likely that the redesign will include:</p><ul><li>a one-story addition with bordering "garden-like public space"</li><li>a ground-floor cafe</li><li>a lobby that opens up into "an amphitheater-like performance space"</li></ul><p>Redesigning the Mies building is problematic for many reasons, especially considering Modernism's fraught reputation in the US, and the shifting status of public libraries. From&nbsp;<em>Washingtonian:</em></p><p>"Modernism&rsquo;s status as preservation-worthy is still relatively tenuous. The United States nominated its first examples of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119816278/10-frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-to-unesco-world-heritage-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist architecture to the UNESCO World Heritage List</a> only earlier this year, all of them relatively...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie David Chipperfield pledges to carefully "optimize" Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:02:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yk/yk4gpf48z10wjudb.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The restoration of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will cost an estimated &euro;101m [...]. This masterpiece by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which opened in 1968, was closed in early January. David Chipperfield Architects has been entrusted with the refurbishment project, having found international acclaim for its work on rebuilding the Neues Museum on Museum Island in Berlin. The British architect pledged to &ldquo;keep as much Mies as possible&rdquo; at a symposium in late November.</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/116210253/the-european-mies-van-der-rohe-award-rounds-up-420-nominated-projects-for-2015 The European Mies van der Rohe Award rounds up 420 nominated projects for 2015 Justine Testado 2014-12-17T19:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T20:25:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zzbahmf7yl6z6qj.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A total of 420 projects across Europe were nominated to compete for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, regarded as the highest-ranking prize in European architecture for projects less than 2 years old. The biennial&nbsp;&euro;60,000 prize was initiated in 1987 by the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall to highlight recent projects that are exemplary of the prize's mission to foster design and technological innovation as well as noteworthy contributions from architects across the continent. The prize also gives an outlook of the evolving creative process of present-day architects working in Europe.</p><p>With 420 nominees, perhaps it's still too early to predict which projects will get shortlisted and then become finalists by the end of January 2015.</p><p>A few of the 2015 nominees include:</p><p>Spots - a conversion of former transformation stations in Ko&scaron;ice, Slovakia by Architektonick&eacute; &scaron;t&uacute;dio Atrium</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v5hzyari3ir5a10b.jpg"></p><p>Hideg House in K&#337;szeg, Hungary by B&eacute;res Architect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115038321/video-luftwerk-s-insite-performance-at-the-farnsworth-house VIDEO: Luftwerk's INsite performance at the Farnsworth House Justine Testado 2014-12-02T14:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:18:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pfozsh9z5c9449n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>INsite by Chicago-based Luftwerk put Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in the public eye yet again this past October in Plano, Illinois. Spectators got to see the Miesian landmark transformed into a structure of light and sound through site-specific digital video projections&nbsp;directed by Liviu Pasare and original music compositions by Owen Clayton Condon.</p><p>Check out the performance in the video below.</p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99726458/insite-by-luftwerk-turns-mies-farnsworth-house-inside-out-with-light-and-sound" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INsite by Luftwerk turns Mies' Farnsworth House inside-out with light and sound</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99726458/insite-by-luftwerk-turns-mies-farnsworth-house-inside-out-with-light-and-sound INsite by Luftwerk turns Mies' Farnsworth House inside-out with light and sound Justine Testado 2014-05-15T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-05-23T00:00:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/ei43mwneapu7ja1o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're a diehard Miesian fan or could care less about the modernist architecture canon, we've heard of ol' Farnsworth time and time again since its completion in 1951 in Plano, Illinois. But Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of <a href="http://luftwerk.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luftwerk</a> want the public to see the historic Farnsworth House in a whole new light &mdash;&nbsp;literally &mdash;&nbsp;with their digital installation project called INsite.<br><br>INsite highlights the house's characteristic clean lines through site-specific digital video projections and original music compositions, thus rendering it into a new structure of light, sound, and space. In addition to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent preservation efforts</a> to protect the Farnsworth from more floodwater damage in the future, INsite could help revive public interest&nbsp;in an eye-catching way that is suitable for these tech-friendly times.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/un2xoqib6hzb5sl8.jpg"></p><p>Illuminating modern architecture landmarks is nothing new for Gallero and Bachmaier, who have collaborated with video designer and programmer&nbsp;<a href="http://liviu.stoptime341.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liviu Pasare</a>&nbsp;and co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage Should it stay or should it go? Preservationists weigh options to protect Farnsworth house from flooding damage Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T00:05:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/732wdh6vd7c9iph4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Fox River has shown little respect for Mies' brilliant juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made. In the past 18 years, the river has inundated the [Farnsworth] house three times. [...] Confronted with the prospect of more flooding, the house's owner is carefully weighing how to preserve and protect the house, two goals that potentially conflict... Such are the choices in an era when disastrous "100-year floods" seem to occur every few years.</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/93762216/editor-s-picks-355 Editor's Picks #355 Nam Henderson 2014-02-18T20:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T13:44:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7d6eijcj2jluldg.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The third edition of <strong>The Deans List: </strong>&nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92861538/the-deans-list-jack-davis-of-virginia-tech" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Davis of Virginia Tech</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oc/ocd1jzy0wb2p48ra.jpg"></p><p>Topics ranged from Virginia Tech&rsquo;s founding in a pedagogy of "experimental laboratories", the <a href="http://spec.lib.vt.edu/iawa/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)</a>, a Center in the School of Architecture + Design which brings together research in multiple design and construction disciplines and the winning 2010 Solar Decathlon <a href="http://www.lumenhaus.com/index2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LumenHAUS</a> design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tq/tqivmnpsx7whc97j.jpg"></p><p>Plus, for the latest from the <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Focus</a>: </strong>series <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93394904/in-focus-pygmalion-karatzas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect talked to Greece-based </a><a href="http://karatzas-architects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93394904/in-focus-pygmalion-karatzas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and </a><a href="http://karatzas.wix.com/photo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photographer</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93394904/in-focus-pygmalion-karatzas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, Pygmalion Karatzas</a>. Before focusing on photography he studied architecture in Budapest, urban design in Edinburgh, and ecovillage design education in Findhorn.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bi/bijhaktxyh6b98ay.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>We discussed whether a Geoff Manaugh post at Gizmodo on whether Gehry was the worst living architect was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93644080/gehry-worst-living-architect-reasonable-critique-or-typical-gizmodo-link-bait" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reasonable critique or typical Gizmodo link bait?</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2vt9en2j15ki8xyy.jpg"></p><p>to get things started <strong>sevensixfive</strong> rehashed some reactions he posted on Twitter "<em>The tone is really shocking on the first read, then on the second run through, you re...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88135440/phyllis-lambert-steps-down-from-canadian-centre-for-architecture Phyllis Lambert steps down from Canadian Centre for Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-05T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-07T06:28:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/fowy0g68655paepw.jpg" width="514" height="592" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Phyllis Lambert, 86, announced Wednesday she is retiring as chair of the board of trustees of the museum and research centre she founded in 1979. A tireless defender of Montreal&rsquo;s built heritage, Lambert has taken an active role in every major urban planning debate in the city in the last four decades, from redeveloping the Old Port to protecting Mount Royal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Phyllis Lambert, founder of the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46248430/canadian-centre-for-architecture-cca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Centre for Architecture</a>, is stepping down as chairperson. She had also served as Director of the CCA until 1999. Toronto architect <a href="http://www.kpmb.com/index.asp?navid=15&amp;fid1=35&amp;fid2=1&amp;offset=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Kuwabara</a> will succeed her as chair of the world-renowned museum and research center.</p> <p> Before becoming an architect in the 1960s, Lambert established herself as Director of Planning for the Seagram Building, where she was responsible for hiring Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the designer. She recently published a book, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73106772/fred-bernstein-reviews-phyllis-lambert-s-building-seagram" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Building Seagram</em></a>, chronicling the experience.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82750119/the-redesign-of-the-interior-mies-van-der-rohe-s-crown-hall The redesign of the interior Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall wellbornroot 2013-09-26T13:06:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:31:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l73kujwvk8odepfn.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The redesign appears to have become a lightning rod for those unenamored of the changes Arets has made both to the building and the curriculum.</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/73106772/fred-bernstein-reviews-phyllis-lambert-s-building-seagram Fred Bernstein reviews "Phyllis Lambert’s Building Seagram" Archinect 2013-05-13T18:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T18:39:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e05b993ae7ea20f7f512560426f6e08.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Seagram&rsquo;s director of planning, Lambert visited the site daily. &ldquo;I had intended to go back to Paris, but I stayed in New York, convinced that if the one person who really cared about the building was not there, Mies would not build Seagram,&rdquo; she says. With Lambert as his protector and Johnson as his assistant, Mies went on to create in 1958 the Seagram building, a landmark of 20th-century architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/70894246/editor-s-picks-310 Editor's Picks #310 Nam Henderson 2013-04-09T12:04:00-04:00 >2013-04-09T12:19:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b91jx6sgvvjlgm1e.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest entry in the ShowCase series Archinect published the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/70536084/showcase-shrine-of-the-virgin-of-la-antigua-by-otxotorena-arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shrine of the Virgin of "La Antigua" by Otxotorena Arquitectos</a>. The project is located in Alberite, La Rioja, Spain and the architects main constraint was the need to "<em>incorporate a preexisting stone archway in the design. This archway was rescued from a previous demolition in the town and it was preserved by the locals</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mozhdaqqkmnl7pd1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> exclaimed "<em>Wow, wow. &nbsp;I love it. &nbsp;Love the multiple arcade forms and multiple striations and similar but different textures...Would love to see a floorplan if there is one?</em>".</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0w1msm2mfbx8gyg.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Times reported that the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA</a> to determine the stability of the historic sculptures.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/530dxt9g61n29brz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> shared these words "<em>In my opinion it is the most beautiful and meaningful public art in Los Angeles that people neglected for decades</em>" and a photo.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4huz1se8ugucxpj8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Plain Dealer</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">/Cleveland.com announced th...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70868290/the-story-behind-the-seagram-building The Story Behind the Seagram Building Places Journal 2013-04-08T13:43:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T00:25:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3u2jpkudm14u1jh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reading this was for me an epiphany. I could see, almost in a flash, the unity of building and landscape developing throughout Mies&rsquo;s building art, ultimately morphing into the podium that binds the Seagram tower to the urban landscape &mdash; plaza, platform, an oasis amid the chaos of New York. This led me to reevaluate the importance of surrounding context, in Mies&rsquo;s architecture throughout his career and to understand in a new light some of his statements, drawings, and photomontages.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "What led Mies to create the union of skyscraper and plaza on Park Avenue, a binding together so profoundly important in his oeuvre?" On Places, in an excerpt from the new book <em><a href="http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300167672" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Seagram</a></em>, Phyllis Lambert recounts the evolution of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's architectural philosophy, from his early years in Berlin to the postwar American projects; in particular she explores his deep concern for the interrelationship between architecture and landscape, which culminated in his design for the Seagram Building.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house Fox River Flash Flooding Surrounds the Farnsworth House Archinect 2013-03-13T21:00:00-04:00 >2013-03-15T06:34:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/26363b781c5f0d33cefaee9712cdc4b7.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Above freezing temperatures and continued rainfall has left the Fox River that runs next to the Farnsworth House in a state of rising flood waters today, March 11, 2013. The house is fully surrounded by river water, but neither the lower deck nor the upper deck has yet to be breached.</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/58622467/living-in-mies-van-der-rohe-s-lafayette-park Living in Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park Places Journal 2012-10-04T15:45:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdi5sekt93yuqdui.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ability to observe the private lives of strangers from the windows of my home is one reason why I&rsquo;ve chosen to reside within a dense urban fabric. I am not a voyeur: I do not receive sexual satisfaction from watching the daily lives of others. But I do like to imagine the many meaningful &ldquo;relationships&rdquo; I have created with people that I will never meet or even recognize on the street.</p></em><br /><br /><p> When architect Melissa Dittmer moved from New York City to Detroit, her reaction was a "year-long panic attack." Where, she wondered, were the people? "Where was the density, the sense of connection with strangers?" But then Dittmer and her family bought a townhouse in Lafayette Park, the modernist development created in the early '60 by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell &mdash; a place where the design itself encourages "a shared sense of intimacy that fosters community." On Places, she writes about how the architecture and landscape design of Lafayette Park conspire to create a sense of ordered exhibitionism, in a chapter from the new book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artbook.com/9781935202929.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies.</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57679599/board-considers-renovation-of-mies-s-martin-luther-king-library Board Considers Renovation of Mies's Martin Luther King Library Archinect 2012-09-20T16:40:00-04:00 >2012-09-20T18:16:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd26459645c7b3af7ff0f7d8dbacade2.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a historical landmark but has been expensive and troublesome to maintain. The library&rsquo;s management, led by D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, has been considering whether it can be renovated or expanded in some way, or if the library needs to find a new home for the central library.</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/52895332/you-can-buy-mies-van-der-rohe-s-detroit-towers-at-a-foreclosure-auction-but-there-s-a-catch You Can Buy Mies Van Der Rohe's Detroit Towers at a Foreclosure Auction — But There's a Catch Archinect 2012-07-03T17:01:00-04:00 >2014-06-12T16:04:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67f9d579864c92ae4b5fb097e88587ac.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the buyer will be contractually obligated to shell out over $10 million to execute a detailed, 80-page list of renovations, ranging from a handful of new peepholes to a sweeping overhaul of the buildings&rsquo; bathtubs. On top of that, the buyer must deposit just over $2.5 million into an escrow account that HUD can access in the event that repairs are not on schedule, as evidenced in the illustrated quarterly progress reports the buyer will be required to send.</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/43966792/mies-van-der-rohe-s-towers-at-lafayette-park-detroit Mies van der Rohe's Towers at Lafayette Park, Detroit Archinect 2012-04-05T19:47:00-04:00 >2012-04-08T22:21:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc45b6c66abafd889976f0cc2a5df418.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2009 and 2010, we visited residents of Lafayette Park with photographer Corine Vermeulen while researching our forthcoming book Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies. Vermeulen&rsquo;s portraits of townhouse owners in their homes appeared in the New York Times. Here we present the corollary to that series: tenants of the Pavilion and the Lafayette Towers in their apartments. Vermeulen&rsquo;s portraits are accompanied by Lana Cavar&rsquo;s photos of the views from each apartment window and by excerpts from interviews</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qf/qfaef41ol1f307yn.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/43951133/the-land-of-broken-promises The Land of Broken Promises Archinect 2012-04-05T16:19:00-04:00 >2012-04-05T16:33:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76f4a9d20c8390553d816c66effcc38f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1958, Baghdad was featured in Time magazine&mdash;not as a hotbed of revolutionary, civil or sectarian strife, but for its ambitious plans for the world's most famous architects, among them Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto, to recapture through their modern buildings the city's former glory.</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/43830642/david-chipperfield-to-renovate-berlin-s-neue-nationalgalerie David Chipperfield to Renovate Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie Archinect 2012-04-04T15:30:00-04:00 >2012-04-04T18:31:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59c725a448898e758c70e1a3f439688a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British architect David Chipperfield will oversee a major renovation of Berlin&rsquo;s Neue Nationalgalerie, a concrete, steel and glass landmark at Potsdamer Platz completed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1968. Chipperfield has worked extensively in Berlin, finishing work on the war-ravaged Neues Museum on the Museum Island complex in 2009.</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/42892894/google-celebrates-mies-126th-birthday Google celebrates Mies' 126th birthday Paul Petrunia 2012-03-27T12:38:00-04:00 >2012-04-04T06:20:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f76w9musgipex5p7.jpg" width="514" height="163" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To celebrate 126 years since the the father of modernism was born, Google is honoring Mies with a Google doodle tribute, referencing the classic IIT Crown Hall building.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/31711698/remembering-mies-right-hand-man Remembering Mies' right-hand man Barry Lehrman 2011-12-21T11:41:36-05:00 >2011-12-23T12:40:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcdkank1gvwpd0wv.jpg" width="471" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Summers &ldquo;was Mies&rsquo;s absolute right-hand man, always,&rdquo; said Phyllis Lambert... Asked in 1987 why he and Mies got along so well, Mr. Summers speculated that, as a Texan, he talked so slowly that Mies, a German &eacute;migr&eacute; with halting English, could understand him.</p></em><br /><br /><p> RIP Gene Summers, 'modernist', architect of McCormick Place, and Mies' lieutenant for the Seagrams Building has died. Oh, he turned down pursuing the design of the WTC and was dean of IIT among other storied accomplishments.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/30820316/chicago-architect-gene-summers-dies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago architect Gene Summers dies</a></p> <p> also: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-gene-summers-20111221,0,1882258.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAtimes</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/30900848/mies-van-der-rohe-s-czech-masterpiece-tugendhat-house Mies van der Rohe's Czech Masterpiece: Tugendhat House Archinect 2011-12-14T11:11:40-05:00 >2011-12-17T21:45:55-05:00 <em><p>Clips from documentary of modern architectural masterpiece built in 1930 in Czechoslovakia by German architect Mies van der Rohe for a Jewish family that had to flee in 1938. Interviews with the Tugendhat daughter and Mies' grandson about this unique house now owned by the government in Brno, Czech Republic.</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/30820316/chicago-architect-gene-summers-dies Chicago architect Gene Summers dies Archinect 2011-12-13T18:29:07-05:00 >2011-12-16T12:50:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2h8tcszpm9s5de7s.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago architect Gene Summers, the former dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the chief designer of the muscular McCormick Place convention hall, died Monday. Summers also served as a right-hand man for Mies van der Rohe, working on such significant projects as the Seagram Building in New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> </p> http://archinect.com/news/article/8995645/living-with-mies Living With Mies Paul Petrunia 2011-06-06T17:13:39-04:00 >2011-06-06T17:14:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac47f2be0ad68eb3379b886cc10abf7.jpg" width="427" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A few blocks east of Detroit&rsquo;s downtown, just across Interstate 375, sits Lafayette Park, an enclave of single- and two-story modernist townhouses set amid a forest of locust trees. Like hundreds of developments nationwide, they were the result of postwar urban renewal; unlike almost all of them, it had a trio of world-class designers behind it: Ludwig Hilbersheimer as urban planner, Alfred Caldwell as landscape designer and Mies van der Rohe as architect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>