Archinect - News 2015-08-30T13:58:22-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/125433970/clarity-and-contradiction-part-ii-of-our-conversation-with-kevin-roche-and-a-discussion-about-patrik-schumacher-s-latest-facebook-rant-on-archinect-sessions-25 "Clarity and Contradiction": Part II of our conversation with Kevin Roche, and a discussion about Patrik Schumacher's latest Facebook rant on Archinect Sessions #25 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-16T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0bx2p3kuievgdaf.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul's back from Peru, just in time for our 25th episode! And thanks to Patrik Schumacher, it's mostly about criticism. We respond to a polemic/rant left by Schumacher on his Facebook page, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124976094/patrik-schumacher-takes-to-facebook-in-defense-of-stars-and-icons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>", and consider not simply his argument, but its presentation &ndash; how publishing these ideas on a personal Facebook page ultimately says more about celebrity and criticism than Schumacher's exorbitant word count can. In the end, we applaud Schumacher &ndash; not for his argument necessarily, but for his performative act of posting such. Now, more than ever in the saturated critical sphere of new media, the medium is the message.</p><p>We also finish up the interview Amelia did with <a href="http://archinect.com/krjda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche</a>, and hear his thoughts on sprawl and the undeniable human instinct to gather. Roche is a quiet heavyweight in architecture, amassing an incredible extent of work across multiple eras of architectural history, all without paying any heed to "starchitecture", in any form. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124976094/patrik-schumacher-takes-to-facebook-in-defense-of-stars-and-icons Patrik Schumacher takes to Facebook "In Defense of Stars and Icons" Nicholas Korody 2015-04-10T14:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-07T21:30:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dyfa52d9go6fb7lb.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects <a href="https://www.facebook.com/patrik.schumacher.10/posts/10205380818112860" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">posted</a> a nearly 1,400 word polemic on Facebook denouncing contemporary architecture criticism and defending the &ldquo;star-system&rdquo; that has been instrumental in his firm&rsquo;s success in the last few decades. Instead of &ldquo;seeing conspicuity and success merely as a red cloth and occasion to knock down icons (and to teach the virtues of the ordinary, obscure and underappreciated),&rdquo; Schumacher suggests that the role of the architecture critic should be to explicate and defend the work and status of successful architects to an ignorant public.</p><p>Schumacher sets out some &ldquo;heuristic principles&rdquo; that he hopes could guide his proposed role for the architecture critic. &nbsp;He states that so-called &ldquo;iconic architecture&rdquo; is the invention of critics rather than &ldquo;the architects&rsquo; discourse,&rdquo; which &ldquo;serves the purpose of filling the explanatory gap that inevitably opens up because the methodology and motivation behind the unusual appearance of a radically ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124840314/american-disruption-at-home-and-abroad-gehry-s-facebook-hq-opens-and-airbnb-comes-to-cuba-on-archinect-sessions-episode-24 "American Disruption, at Home and Abroad": Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-09T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:44:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09dvz3pyhfvqzr0a.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever becomes of Facebook&rsquo;s corporate future &ndash; and therefore the consequential Internet &ndash; will play out in the world of Frank Gehry. The architect&rsquo;s new HQ for Facebook in Menlo Park, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124198433/gehry-s-new-facebook-campus-opens-for-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPK20, opened earlier this week</a> with plentiful Instagrammed fanfare, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124762362/facebook-hires-gehry-again-for-next-two-buildings-in-menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook recently submitted plans to build two more Gehry buildings</a> in the area. As we discuss on this week&rsquo;s podcast, MPK20 is refreshingly old-school FOG, designed to embrace Facebook's &ldquo;work in progress&rdquo; feel that Gehry&rsquo;s rougher materiality embraces. It&rsquo;s Facebook&rsquo;s and FOG&rsquo;s world; we&rsquo;re just living in it.</p><p>This episode, we also discuss <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the arrival of Airbnb in Cuba</a> &ndash; whether this style of tourism could encourage architectural preservation, and what the company&rsquo;s disruptive cachet means when there&rsquo;s no status quo to disrupt. We&rsquo;re also featuring part 1 of an interview I did with Kevin Roche, the Pritzker Prize winning architect who got his start over sixty years ago, working with Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. The 92-y...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124762362/facebook-hires-gehry-again-for-next-two-buildings-in-menlo-park Facebook hires Gehry again for next two buildings in Menlo Park Alexander Walter 2015-04-07T20:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:33:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w4/w40ixbmj3cqyx66x.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The same week Facebook employees moved into a new Frank Gehry-designed building with a massive green roof, the social media giant submitted plans to Menlo Park for the construction of two office buildings on 58 acres it purchased last year. [...] Also designed by Gehry, the two office buildings would total 985,719 square feet and have a similar look, feel and height to the new Facebook building across from its main headquarters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124198433/gehry-s-new-facebook-campus-opens-for-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's new Facebook campus opens for business</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13898/facebook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much more</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124198433/gehry-s-new-facebook-campus-opens-for-business Gehry's new Facebook campus opens for business Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T15:56:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b0726e9c76a05803551c3f23d1045ca.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the Facebook building is something different. [...] For one, it&rsquo;s more subdued. ... Gehry held back for Facebook. &ldquo;From the start, Mark wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact, and cost effective,&rdquo; Gehry says in statement, referring to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. &ldquo;He did not want it overly designed.&rdquo; [...] The open floor plan has become a cliche. But Facebook helped set the cliche&mdash;and it takes the idea so much further than most.</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/123041938/facebook-s-zee-town-and-the-rocky-history-of-corporate-urbanism Facebook's "Zee Town" and the rocky history of corporate urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/yc43bjpcq759s9ff.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In founding a town for some 10,000 of his employees to call their own, the Facebook mogul is following generations of entrepreneurs, from the Dutch East India Company to Walt Disney. [...] Zuckerberg&rsquo;s version is to take the form of a 200-acre private municipality adjacent to Facebook&rsquo;s Menlo Park headquarters, masterplanned by long-time collaborator Frank Gehry and ever-so-humbly dubbed &ldquo;Zee Town&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news from Gehry's work with Zuckerberg:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55882137/facebook-gehry-build-idea-factory-for-ripstik-geeks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook, Gehry Build Idea Factory for RipStik Geeks</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98163968/frank-gehry-about-his-battersea-power-station-project-norman-foster-mark-zuckerberg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95406850/second-facebook-building-in-lule-sweden-to-test-new-rapid-deployment-data-center-concept Second Facebook Building In Luleå, Sweden, To Test New Rapid Deployment Data Center Concept Alexander Walter 2014-03-11T14:21:00-04:00 >2014-03-14T17:39:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/808088ecaa670dd715ddcf50f022b4ac.jpg" width="514" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The newly announced second building at Facebook&rsquo;s data center in Lule&aring;, Sweden, will be the first of the social network&rsquo;s data centers to be built using its new rapid deployment data center concept, which leans on modular and lean construction principles, much like those demonstrated by Swedish furniture giant Ikea.</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/85993696/facebook-hires-architect-frank-gehry-for-dublin-london-offices Facebook hires architect Frank Gehry for Dublin, London offices Archinect 2013-11-07T15:19:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:12:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7164175bff77f1736bdfd4afdfee782.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facebook is taking its friendship with Frank Gehry across the Atlantic, reportedly signing the Los Angeles architect to work on new office space in Dublin, Ireland, where the company already has a major presence. He will also design new office space for Facebook in London.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74569090/facebook-s-positive-experience-with-gehry-in-california-leads-to-commission-to-design-new-nyc-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook's positive experience with Gehry in California leads to commission to design new NYC office</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83215368/facebook-is-getting-into-the-housing-business Facebook is getting into the housing business? Archinect 2013-10-02T14:06:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:23:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e83e9bb3e6128dc554acb822c87bb31.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $120 million, 630,000-square-foot complex, called Anton Menlo, is a partnership between Facebook and Northern California residential real estate developer St. Anton Partners. Details of the financial arrangement, including Facebook's investment, were not disclosed. Designed by Southern California KTGY Group, it will have a mix of studios and one, two and three-bedroom apartments. As part of Facebook's agreement with the city, 15 below-market-rate units are set aside for low-income tenants.</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/74569090/facebook-s-positive-experience-with-gehry-in-california-leads-to-commission-to-design-new-nyc-office Facebook's positive experience with Gehry in California leads to commission to design new NYC office Archinect 2013-06-04T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:09:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcg6elb93mmija58.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company will be moving all of its teams from its current office near Grand Central to two floors at the new office, the interior of which architect Frank Gehry has agreed to design. Gehry is already leading the expansion of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. A source familiar with Facebook's plans said the company is "extraordinarily pleased with [Gehry's] ability to delivery an incredible quality of design at a remarkably efficient price"...</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/70297422/gawker-thinks-gehry-s-facebook-hq-design-looks-like-the-ground Gawker thinks Gehry's Facebook HQ design looks like the ground Archinect 2013-03-29T16:24:00-04:00 >2013-04-01T19:41:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fj/fjn4iqo7ore33bqe.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"They felt some of those things were too flashy and not in keeping with the kind of the culture of Facebook, so they asked us to make it more anonymous. Frank (Gehry) was quite willing to tone down some of the expression of architecture in the building."</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/68531158/city-planners-approve-frank-gehry-designed-facebook-campus-in-menlo-park City Planners Approve Frank Gehry-Designed Facebook Campus in Menlo Park Archinect 2013-02-28T16:19:00-05:00 >2013-03-01T15:51:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e50gu72byj5yyiq8.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facebook recently got a big blue thumbs up from the Menlo Park Planning Commission to build its sprawling Frank Gehry-designed headquarters. Along with the requisite rezoning for the design, the commission approved the project&rsquo;s environmental impact report, an official statement concluding that the new development would have more positive than negative effects on the area, and a cartographical change that will create a private road in front of the property called &ldquo;Facebook Way.&rdquo;</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/55882137/facebook-gehry-build-idea-factory-for-ripstik-geeks Facebook, Gehry Build Idea Factory for RipStik Geeks Archinect 2012-08-24T12:36:00-04:00 >2012-09-10T07:47:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80b8cc82c127939148b144ab6a3db8da.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Mark said he wanted to be in the same room with all his engineers,&rdquo; Gehry said. &ldquo;I told him we could put the building up on stilts, park cars underneath and create a room as large as he wanted.&rdquo; This is not a Gehry project of shiny fronds of fluttering reflective metal. To support his vision of anti-hierarchy, free- form collaborative work, Zuckerberg tapped the Gehry who has built furniture out of cardboard and covered his own house in chain-link fencing.</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/11052639/facebook-s-garage-billions Facebook's Garage Billions Orhan Ayyüce 2011-06-24T13:52:59-04:00 >2011-06-24T14:44:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/07/0787zilxf7iv0mds.jpg" width="500" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Garages, of course, hold a storied place in Silicon Valley lore. Think Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG), which all started in garages. The start-up garage is a powerful symbol of the do-it-yourself underdog, and the creative, collaborative and scrappy culture they hope to reinforce through the renovation of the 57-acre former Sun Microsystems campus and new construction on an adjacent 22-acre parcel over the next few years.</p></em><br /><br /><p> I couldn't see architects' name in approx. 1000 words article. Only words come from&nbsp;John Tenanes, the director of global real estate facilities who is overseeing the project...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/10811220/real-estate-developer-uses-facebook-as-a-crowdsourcing-platform Real Estate Developer Uses Facebook As A Crowdsourcing Platform Paul Petrunia 2011-06-22T11:43:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/284eede18f11161e8333f7d9ceb849e3.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazilian real estate developer Gafisa decided to ask people directly, what they want in their new apartments? Launched last week, the Edif&iacute;cio Colaborativo (Collaborative Building) initiative transformed the company&rsquo;s fan page on Facebook in a crowdsourcing platform, intended to harvest innovative ideas for a new building.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ideiasgafisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to visit the Facebook page.</p>