Archinect - News 2014-04-19T13:09:18-04:00 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 >2012-07-05T20:14:09-04:00 <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>