Archinect - News 2016-10-23T16:34:05-04:00 Diller Scofidio + Renfro win $1.3 billion 'Pearl Eco-Island' competition in the South China Sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-02T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T09:05:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South Sea Pearl Eco-Island development is funded by HNA Group and will include houses, hotels, a cruise ship port, yacht harbour, spa and theme park. [...] The jury said the &ldquo;singular and clear&rdquo; design would &ldquo;create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "eco" stands for... well, it depends. To HNA Group:&nbsp;&ldquo;This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.&rdquo; To the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague</a>, these manmade islands&nbsp;are an explicit move by China to exert sovereignty (a status that The Hague explicitly rejects), and they're causing massive environmental harm.</p><p>Investigating China's role in the South China Sea this past July,&nbsp;"The tribunal clearly decided that China had caused severe harm to the coral reef environment," according to&nbsp;Kent Carpenter, the tribunal's expert witness and a professor of biological science. Much of that damage was attributed to island building. You can find more on their proceedings <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Runners up to the competition include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title='Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite ban on...</a></li></ul> DS+R vs. Tod Williams Billie Tsien? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-01T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T01:06:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not the first time, though, that a design like this has been pitched for the university. However inadvertently, the DS+R design resembles another proposal for the campus&mdash;a draft project that was eventually revised. While the resemblance between two draft renderings is hardly consequential, this one comes as a surprise, given the nature of the projects and the history between the firms.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Raking only the choicest aesthetic muck, in this piece Kriston Capps wonders at the passing similarities between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>' initial proposed design for the University of Chicago's David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller, Scofidio, and Renfro</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently unveiled plans for the Rubenstein Forum</a>, before bringing up the destruction of TWBTA's Folk Art Museum Building, which was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">destroyed to make way for DS+R's MoMA expansion</a>. As Capps writes, "The tortured history between these firms suggests that a resemblance is something that these firms would rather avoid."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The latest on TWBTA:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"It&rsquo;s almost as if they were getting revenge for what MoMA did to their Folk Art Museum" &mdash; TWBTA take on Charles Moore's Hood Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Starts with me, ends with us": A conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on Archinect Sessions Episode #22</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams &amp; Billie Tsien lecture at SCI-Arc emphasizes building "from the ground"</a></li></ul> "A stack of neighborhoods": DS+R's design for Rubenstein Forum revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T12:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:06:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago</a>, weary of holding large events off-campus, hired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller, Scofidio and Renfro</a> to design a 90,000 square foot, multi-faceted meeting place. The result is the Rubenstein Forum, which will&nbsp;be placed next to the Harris School of Public Policy&rsquo;s future Keller Center and across the Midway from Rockefeller Chapel.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In terms of the design concept, Liz Diller stated that "we composed the tower as a stack of &lsquo;neighborhoods&rsquo; with meeting and communal spaces of all sizes&mdash;both formal and informal, calm and animated, focused and diffuse. The building prompts its varied populations to cross paths with one another where possible to enhance intellectual exchange. The lower floors of the Rubenstein Forum are porous and dynamic with connections to the campus and the community in all directions. As one climbs the building, there is a progressive retreat from the everyday to more contemplative spaces with dramatic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.&rdquo;</p><p>What else is DS+R up to these ...</p> The first US exhibition on Pierre Chareau coming to the Jewish Museum Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T21:53:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This fall, the Jewish Museum will present what it&rsquo;s billing as the first United States exhibition devoted to the work of Pierre Chareau, a French Modernist who for decades fell out of the mainstream history of art and architecture [...] Chareau (1883-1950) was a prolific designer and art collector in France, and best known for his Maison de Verre (&ldquo;Glass House&rdquo;), a landmark building in Paris created in 1928 in collaboration with the Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibition, entitled "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design", is the third exhibition in a trilogy of design exhibitions, following surveys of the work of Isaac Mizrahi and Roberto Burle Marx.</p><p>The French architect and designer also had an impressive collection of art, which will be on view in the exhibit.</p><p>The exhibition will be designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chareau Chareau, Oh Chareau</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maison de Verre's nouveau proprietaire</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> "How the Sausage Is Made" – All the recent news that's fit to podcast, on Archinect Sessions #50 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-28T18:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T13:09:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our 50th (!!!) episode, we discuss the biggest news items from the last week &ndash; everything from the latest BIG and DS+R shake-ups to a surprisingly controversial Seattle homeless shelter &ndash; and it's been a doozy. We take a look at:</p><p>The&nbsp;"sphincter from which digital art issues" (according to one Archinect commenter), aka&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's new Berkeley Art Museum</a>;&nbsp;the controversy surrounding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's latest client</a> (referred to here as the Washington "Pigskins"); recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions of diversity</a> issues that have arisen on the site; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25-year old</a> who won a big World War I memorial design contest; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's updated expansion</a> plans; Architecture for Humanity's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">potential second life</a>; and more.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 50 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "How the Sausage Is Made":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite...</li></ul> DS+R's Berkeley Art Museum is a conceptual success Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T05:53:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the renderings and Twitter pics of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio +Renfro</a>'s Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive produced a heated response on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect</a>, evaluating the museum from a programmatic standpoint makes it appear as less of a "giant TV on the sidewalk" and more a clever fusion of needs into an elegant, if perhaps somewhat muscular, form. The museum is part art exhibition space, part film gallery/archive. DS+R have chosen not to mask these separate identities into an amorphous form, but rather to architecturally demarcate these two mediums. Viewed from the side, as in Iwan Baan's photographs above and below, this choice results in an elegant exterior wrap that offers visual intrigue with the glassed-in multipurpose space peeking out between the two halves. This asymmetrical glimpse of the interior gives the building a muscular quality, as if it is in motion.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There are perhaps inadvertent throwbacks to Renzo Piano's BCAM at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a> throughout the interior, not only with the ...</p> DS+R-led MoMA redesign scaled back, more details released Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T06:33:10-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gone is the &ldquo;Art Bay,&rdquo; with a glass garage-like door that would have allowed visitors to enter galleries straight from the street. Gone, too, is the fourth-floor &ldquo;Gray Box,&rdquo; with acoustic absorption panels through which passers-by could have peered up at performance art in progress. And there will be no new public entrance to the sculpture garden on 54th Street. The Museum of Modern Art has eliminated these polarizing elements of its sweeping redesign, museum officials said on Tuesday...</p></em><br /><br /><p>MoMA officials also released more information on the construction, slated to begin in February with total costs estimated between $390 million and $400 million.</p><p>The Diller, Scofidio + Renfro-led renovation is the second major redesign for the influential museum in recent memory. Just over ten years ago, Yoshio Taniguchi completed a major, $858 million overhaul of the facilities.</p><p>According to&nbsp;<em>the Times,&nbsp;</em>the renovation will be divided into three stages: changes to the museum's easternmost site, then renovations to the Taniguchi-designed space, and finally new construction on the former site of the American Folk Art Museum, which was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversially demolished in 2014</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The eastern building is set to be opened up to improve flow to the main lobby, which will be significantly expanded with the bookstore and gift shop moved underground. Galleries on the third floor will be opened up forming two much larger spaces &ndash; one 5,000 sq. ft. and the other 10,000. New spaces won't have permanent walls...</p> 'Architecture of Life' exhibition marks opening of DS+R-designed new Berkeley Art Museum next week Alexander Walter 2016-01-25T15:51:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T21:32:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="536" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Commissioned to convert an abandoned printing plant into a university art museum, Diller Scofidio + Renfro took inspiration from fresh fruit. The architects left the original building intact, stretching a sleek skin around it, split open at the front. The new Berkeley Art Museum will open next week with an exhibition that historically contextualizes Diller Scofidio + Renfro&rsquo;s design process, and provides a formidable storehouse of ideas for future architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recent photo of the almost completed structure on January 21. (Image via @BAMPFA on Twitter.)</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's new Berkeley Art Museum gets opening date</a></p> "Its skin feels hermetic and overwrought" Nam Henderson 2015-12-04T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T00:45:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But overall the Broad is a disappointment, and the ways in which it fails are more than a little concerning. Its incoherence, its poor urbanism and its unoriginality suggest that the transition from critics to makers may have DS + R stumped...The Broad&rsquo;s failures of urban design are its biggest and most disappointing surprise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sarah Williams Goldhagen pens a critique of&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Broad</a>.</p> Archinect chats with Benjamin Gilmartin, Diller Scofidio + Renfro's new partner Julia Ingalls 2015-10-26T17:52:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:15:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> announced that Benjamin Gilmartin had become their fourth partner. I had a chance to ask Gilmartin about his past history as a writer, how that has influenced his working relationship with DS+R, and what the future holds for both him and the firm.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>JI: You've been with DS+R since 2004, and been a principal there since 2011. What is the biggest change now that you're partner?</strong><br><br>BG: I think day-to-day not a lot. [laughs] I've been collaborating with Liz, Rick and Charles for years on most of the projects that go through the studio, and that continues to be the case. I think that in truth there's not really a plan for the studio but there's a sense that there's a potential future beyond the founding partners. That's not for sure, but there's definite optimism about the possibility of that.&nbsp;<br><br><strong>JI: You wrote for PRAXIS. How did writing shape your concepts of design, and what did you bring from that experience into the design process with your new partners?</strong><br><br>BG:...</p> Archinect's critical round-up of Los Angeles' Broad Museum Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T15:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a super-sized cheese grater, to a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contraceptive sponge</a>, to an inadvertent fun house ride, the critics have thoroughly analogized the new Broad museum in mostly positive (if occasionally biting) reviews. To follow up with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia's review, published earlier today</a>, we offer some other critical perspectives on LA's latest architectural landmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The L.A. Times</a>' Christopher Hawthorne frames the museum's relative success principally in terms of the political and physical struggle it took to realize it (Broad is currently suing the structure's skin fabricators for what he claims were costly, time-delaying fabrication errors). "It wouldn't be fair to say that the museum, which has moments of real charm, buckles under the burden of those expectations and conflicts. But in a number of places, including its surprisingly punchless facade, it shows the considerable strain of holding up that weight."</p><p>Hawthorne also reflects on the building in terms of&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro's overall body of...</p> Leading up to its September-20 opening, Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new Broad museum Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T14:21:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elements of the Broad that have been most closely scrutinized or most often reworked, in fact, are the most uneven. It is only in the relative shadows &mdash; in the peripheral or easily overlooked spaces, or in the rooms added or enlarged late in the design process &mdash; that the architecture of the museum really comes to life.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on <em>The Broad</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So what's new at the Broad?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's Broad Museum set to open on Sept. 20, with a Feb. 15 preview</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?</a></li></ul> DS+R's new Berkeley Art Museum gets opening date Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T18:44:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:48:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After having to relocate its facilities due to seismic issues, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives</a>, collectively known as BAM/PFA, will open <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">its new home</a> on January 31, 2016 in Downtown Berkeley. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>, the $112M project integrates a preexisting art deco building, the former printing plant of neighboring UC Berkeley, into a 35K sq ft new structure. All in all, the new BAM/PFA will include two theaters, a performance space, cafe, four study spaces (the museum has a strong connection with UC Berkeley's film and art departments), an "art-making lab", and a reading room.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Given its hybrid exhibition/screening requirements, BAM/PFA's total gallery space is relatively small at 25k square feet &ndash; compared to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA</a> across the bay at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">130K</a>, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano's new Whitney</a> at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50K</a>. The museum's inaugural exhibition, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture of Life"</a>, will "explore the ways that architecture&mdash;as concept, metaphor, and practice&mdash;illuminates aspects of life ex...</p> First glimpse at Diller Scofidio + Renfro's prelim designs for U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Justine Testado 2015-05-15T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T23:16:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever your feelings are toward the Olympic Games, plans for the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame</a> in Colorado Springs are pushing forward so far. For starters, the Museum unveiled Diller Scofidio + Renfro's initial design concepts for the 60,000 sq.ft building, set to be built in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.&nbsp;DS + R is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the team who won</a> the commission in a competition last fall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>DS + R's design includes 20,000 sq. feet of exhibition space showing off artifacts, media, sports science technology and interactive exhibits that depict the history of the Games and the stories behind famous American Olympic and Paralympic athletes. And of course, the museum will include a theater, gift shop, cafe, and a broadcast studio.</p><p>"Inspired by the movement of athletes, the [museum] spirals up and outwards from a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through the galleries,' Elizabeth D...</p> DS+R's Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive announces first exhibit, preps for 2016 opening Justine Testado 2015-03-27T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:17:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive</a> recently revealed details to their inaugural exhibition and other fun-sounding programs as they prepare to move into their new downtown Berkeley location at Oxford and Center Streets, across the University of California, Berkeley campus. The new museum -- which Diller Scofidio + Renfro was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned</a> to design -- is scheduled to open in early 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>With DS + R as design architect, the $112 million project will integrate the former UC Berkeley printing plant and a new steel-clad curvilinear structure, encompassing about 82,000 sq.ft total. The new structure will include improved accessible spaces to house BAM/PFA's exhibition spaces, film screenings, offices, and other public amenities. On the other hand, the project preserves some original elements of the UC Berkeley printing plant such as the north-facing sawtooth roof to let natural light filter into the ground-floor galleries.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new structure will also feature two film theaters (232 ...</p> So what's new at the Broad? Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T14:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T22:20:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Elizabeth Diller [...] stood on the Grand Avenue sidewalk Friday morning in front of the Broad museum, which she designed with her New York firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and is set to open Sept. 20. Was she giving an architectural preview? Doing damage control? Trying to regain some influence over the narrative of the museum&rsquo;s construction, which has been beset by delays, fabrication problems and legal wrangling? The answer seemed to be some combination of the three.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> DS+R's Broad Museum set to open on Sept. 20, with a Feb. 15 preview Justine Testado 2015-02-05T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T20:06:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The opening art display in September will offer an array of greatest hits from the more than 2,000 pieces the Broads have amassed. The show will range through some 60 years of post-World War II art, arranged in "predominantly chronological" order from the 1950s to a recently acquired massive video installation created in 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For $10, you can get a one-day not-so-sneak preview in the museum on February 15.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title="Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an Opening Date: Fall 2015</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles cultural boom gives city&rsquo;s artists spaces they can call home</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eli Broad&rsquo;s Art Showcase in Los Angeles, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eli Broad's art museum, designed by DS+R, to open in late 2014 and will offer free admission</a></p> Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings? Alexander Walter 2015-01-02T18:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T11:43:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The facade of Bunker Hill's The Broad museum was officially unveiled this morning as workers removed the last of the exterior scaffolding, and things are not looking quite as originally envisioned. The design, by starchitects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, was originally advertised as an "innovative veil" that will activate "two-way views that connect the museum and the street"; today it's been updated to be, well, a bit less innovative.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For comparison - the rendered promise:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Cooper Hewitt puts can-do spirit into the house Carnegie built Alexander Walter 2014-12-09T15:32:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:11:06-05:00 <img src="" width="591" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a $91m, three-year renovation, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is due to reopen on Friday, 12 December. [...] the firms Gluckman Mayner, Beyer Blinder Belle and Diller Scofidio + Renfro&mdash;moved the museum&rsquo;s offices and research library, previously on the third floor, into the adjacent Miller-Fox townhouses, which had been used for storage. In the offices&rsquo; place, they built the Cooper Hewitt&rsquo;s first open-plan galleries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper-Hewitt Selects DS+R as Exhibition Designer and Local Projects as Media Designer</a></p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro named as design architect for U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs Justine Testado 2014-11-04T18:49:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:16:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro was announced as part of the winning team who will design and build the new U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado...the $60 million project will display artifacts, media, technology, tell the stories of American Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and share the historical significance and national pride spurred by the Olympic Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning team includes:</p><ul><li>Diller Scofidio + Renfro from New York (design architects)</li><li>Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver (architect of record)</li><li>Gallagher and Associates from Washington, D.C. (exhibit designers)</li><li>Pacific Studio of Portland, Oregon (exhibit fabricators)</li><li>GE Johnson of Colorado Springs (general contractor)</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On the other hand, some members of the local Colorado Springs design community were critical in that museum officials seemed inclined toward selecting an out-of-town design architect during the request for proposals.</p><p>Read more about the museum on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an Opening Date: Fall 2015 Alexander Walter 2014-10-29T14:41:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:24:19-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When we last checked in with Eli Broad&rsquo;s eponymous downtown museum, its fall 2014 debut had been pushed back to some time in 2015. Today it was announced that the institution will open in fall 2015, although no precise date was given. [...] The multi-story building, designed Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is still in the midst of construction. When it opens it will join two MOCA facilities and the Japanese American National Museum, making the northern end of downtown something of a museum hub.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles cultural boom gives city&rsquo;s artists spaces they can call home</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eli Broad&rsquo;s Art Showcase in Los Angeles, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eli Broad's art museum, designed by DS+R, to open in late 2014 and will offer free admission</a></p></li></ul> Los Angeles cultural boom gives city’s artists spaces they can call home Alexander Walter 2014-10-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;People used to complain that people went to New York to buy what they could buy in LA,&rdquo; said Kathy Halbreich, the associate director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think that happens anymore. I think there&rsquo;s a recognition that the city matters, that the people aren&rsquo;t just there for the weather. You see a level of ambition that&rsquo;s been ratcheted up.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #380 Nam Henderson 2014-08-13T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Student Works: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;spoke with project architect, Duncan Baker-Brown, about T<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he Waste House</a>,&nbsp;designed/built by faculty and students from the Faculty of Arts and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City College Brighton &amp; Hove</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;did some quick math "<em>The numbers tell quite the average of 8 people per work week day for the 15 month project duration. Compared to an equivalent wood frame house in the US that could be an entire subdivision. This should tell you how far industry has to go to do the right thing</em>".</p><p>Plus, elementary school librarian, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shared her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top 15 recommendations of architecture books for young children</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The NYT published a letter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Editor: Less Ego in Architects</a>&nbsp;by Peggy Deamer, a partner in Deamer Architects and professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Editors saw an opportunity to start a Sunday Dialogue,&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a week later published responses and a rejoinders</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> had a thought "<em>Architecture firms are alrea...</em></p> Rice picks DS+R for opera theater Archinect 2014-03-21T16:44:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:17:01-04:00 <img src="" width="520" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rice University has picked the New York architectural firm Diller Scofidio &amp; Renfro to design an opera theater scheduled to open in 2018. The 600-seat theater will stand in what now is a parking lot between Alice Pratt Brown Hall, the home of Rice's Shepherd School of Music, and Rice Stadium. Besides serving the school's Opera Department, the theater will be used for chamber music concerts and other events, Rice said. Charles Renfro, a 1989 Rice graduate, will be the lead architect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples’ Friendship. Archinect 2014-01-19T17:24:00-05:00 >2014-02-21T12:37:08-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;All of us who knew them thought this was going to be pretty much a slam dunk &mdash; that they would save the Folk Art Museum,&rdquo; said Peter Wheelwright, a former chairman of the architecture program at Parsons, the New School for Design. &ldquo;I knew they were capable of doing it and that, because of their friendship, that they would make a sincere, genuine, wholehearted effort.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Christopher Hawthorne interviews Elizabeth Diller regarding MoMA plans Nam Henderson 2014-01-16T11:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-17T17:03:22-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs, and to suggest that what MoMA is doing is necessarily bad. We want to get more information out. We want to share the problem with others and invite them to really take a hard look" - Elizabeth Diller</p></em><br /><br /><p> They discuss the almost uniformly negative reaction to the announcement as well as the details of DS+R&rsquo;s proposal for MoMA, which is still in an early design phase.</p> <p> In response&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>&nbsp;tweeted "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Her answers are deeply unsatisfying</a>".&nbsp;</p> Vancouver Art Gallery opens up shortlist ring to five international design heavyweights Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T21:04:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T11:18:18-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The heat is on in the architectural competition for Vancouver Art Gallery's new downtown home on a site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets. From a pool of 75 applicants, the gallery narrowed down a shortlist of five firms &mdash; all of which are no strangers to designing world-class exhibition spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The five finalists are:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)</li> <li> Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York)</li> <li> Herzog &amp; de Meuron (Basel)</li> <li> KPMB Architects (Toronto)</li> <li> SANAA (Tokyo)</li> </ul><p> Could this be the welcome redemption time for TWBTA after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">it was announced</a> just yesterday that DS+R's MoMA expansion will officially raze the much beloved <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum</a>? <em>(*ding ding ding!*)</em></p> Elizabeth Diller on Spike Jonze's 'Her' Archinect 2014-01-08T13:20:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T19:54:29-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In doing press for the film, Jonze has repeatedly credited New York architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, AIA, founding principals of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with helping him devise the feel of his settings. Diller took time to chat with ARCHITECT about the film, as well as the uncanny qualities of the near-future and why she generally prefers murder stories to sci-fi.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Diller Scofidio + Renfro wins Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow Justine Testado 2013-11-12T15:31:00-05:00 >2013-11-15T19:31:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow. Set in the historic district of Zaryadye in downtown Moscow, the design competition was established to find an architecture and landscape plan to transform the 130,000 sq.m. former site of Hotel Russia into a multi-functional public park. Coming in second and third place are TPO Reserve and MVRDV, respectively.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2nd-place Zaryadye Park competition entry by team TPO Reserve</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Master plan. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Entrance from the Red Square. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Postcard Moscow. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Panorama. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <em>The concept of the Zaryadye park is based on the principles of wild urbanism, where people and plants co-exist in the same area. Wild urbanism creates a clear system of interaction between nature and the city. People are not imposed on certain routes and plants can grow freely. Wild urbanism - is an opportunity to leave the city, and at the same time be closer to it. Nature provides an unexpected contrast to the city, keeping the balance with culture. The territory of the park has four typical Russian landscape zones : tundra, steppe , forest and marsh. The zones are organized in terraces that descend from the upper to a lower level of the...</em></p> Suffocating the Bubble of Democracy Andrew Davis 2013-07-17T14:20:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:31:24-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"To some degree, the very characteristics that promised to make the bubble easier to build ultimately handicapped its fund-raising ability. Because the structure was temporary &mdash; Mr. Koshalek envisioned inflating the pavilion designed by the New York firm Diller Scofidio &amp; Renfro in May and October &mdash; the museum was able to avoid the layers of approval usually required for any structure destined for the National Mall."</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the words of Woody Allen, "What we have on our hands is a dead shark." As has been previously reported, the DS+R project for the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. will not be moving forward. The reason for this failure is purportedly due to fundraising deficiencies and not aesthetics as the Smithsonian's dense bureaucracy continually reiterates. However, as this <em>Times</em> articles suggests, the impermanent nature of this design is not only a disincentive for donor's support but also integral to its aesthetics. The failure of this unique project is thus fittingly situated in the democratic heart of Washington D.C. where thoughtful deliberations flourish.</p>