Archinect - News 2015-11-30T17:50:24-05:00 "Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-19T17:05:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T11:45:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"You repress almost everything to produce a building," states Daniel Libeskind during a long and wide-ranging <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conversation</a> with the architectural historian Gillian Darley&nbsp;in the context of the exhibition <em>Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design</em> at the Roca London Gallery.<br><br>"Everything is repressed because it has to fit into the context, it has to be stylized, it has to appeal to clients, it has to be normal," he contends. "But I always thought, try to show what has been repressed in architecture. It&rsquo;s very difficult because people don&rsquo;t like it."<br><br>Their conversation touches on a number of Libeskind's central concerns and makes frequent reference to both his biography and his oeuvre. Here are some of the highlights (check out the full video below):<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>On his childhood:</strong></p><ul><li>"I was lucky to have that experience of... the mythology of New York, which is arriving by boat as an immigrant. You know, woken up, 4 o&rsquo;clock in the morning by my mother with my sister, go up, wake up, 'you&rsquo;re going to see Ne...</li></ul> There is nothing so stable as change: Nick Taylor, director of BIG's 2WTC video, and McShane Murnane of Project M Plus on Archinect Sessions #34 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-18T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T10:13:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Easily the biggest news of last week, and probably of this year, was the unveiling of BIG's design for 2WTC. For a project of such status, on such a highly charged site, representation must be handled with expert care &ndash; so to dig a bit deeper into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the splashy video introducing&nbsp;2WTC</a>, we spoke with Nick Taylor, co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> and director of the BIG video. We cover Squint/Opera's historied relationship with architects and how creative vision is managed across many powerful stakeholders.</p><p>Paul and Amelia also sat down with McShane Murnane, architecture director and co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project M Plus</a>, a husband-wife creative studio out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake. Often viewed as a case-study for gentrification in LA, Silver Lake has established a highly specific aesthetic within the Californian sensibility, that has its pros and cons &ndash; we speak with Murnane about how he's dealt with issues of developmental displacement head-on.</p><p>And in the news, we discuss how&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>&nbsp;is faring am...</p> The growth of a skyscraper: One WTC in photos Archinect 2014-09-11T15:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:27:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On this 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a shiny new skyscraper towers over what was once a smoldering pile. It&rsquo;s touted as &ldquo;an ever-present symbol of renewal and hope,&rdquo; but the process to build One WTC, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, has been arduous and much-delayed. The project, which has had its share of critics, is finally set to open in early 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> World Trade Center Bosses Turn Site into Grim Fortress Archinect 2013-07-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-04T21:46:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Antiterrorist paraphernalia litter parts of nine square blocks, or at least a dozen acres -- all to protect the New York Stock Exchange from attacks. Where Broadway opens to Wall Street, jaw-like truck barriers and a plastic-tent guard booth block the street. A fence squeezes pedestrians into one narrowed sidewalk. Concrete Jersey barriers posing as planters are particularly hideous, part of a new antiterrorist aesthetic that afflicts courthouses and City Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The NYT on the 9/11 Museum, to open Spring 2014 Archinect 2013-07-01T17:29:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:08:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steven M. Davis, a partner in Davis Brody Bond, which designed the museum, said he and his colleagues had been guided by the principles of memory, authenticity, scale and emotion. The museum will not open to the public until next spring, but officials have begun taking reporters through the unfinished galleries, confident that what was a construction zone a year ago, and a disaster area after Hurricane Sandy, now looks more like a museum.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Security trumps urban planning at WTC site Archinect 2013-05-17T13:56:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T21:34:46-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="497" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the blank slate offered by a catastrophic attack, planners, soon joined by the mayor himself, saw a chance to re-establish a great crossroads: Fulton and Greenwich Streets, tying the second World Trade Center into New York &mdash; north, south, east and west. Now, however, they see that vision slipping away, as security concerns trump urban planning.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vandalism at the Louvre Lens references "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth" group Archinect 2013-02-08T20:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-09T15:30:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The woman wrote &ldquo;AE911&rdquo; on the bottom right-hand corner of the painting before she was challenged by a security guard and a visitor. A Louvre conservation expert cleaned off the writing yesterday and the unharmed painting will be on show to the public once again this morning. &ldquo;AE911Truth&rdquo; is the name of a website for Architects &amp; Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group which claims that the official version of the terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington on 11 September 2001 is a cover-up.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Image of Democracy: Why I Want to Build Nine Freedom Towers in Tiananmen Square Archinect 2012-03-22T12:39:00-04:00 >2012-03-26T08:56:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eleven years ago I made a modest proposal to create a series of three massively flat and empty superblocks (two in New York and one in Washington DC). I last showed these proposals as three large architectural site models, just six months before September 11th attacks. Because my proposals seemed to foreshadow the 16 acre gap left in Manhattan&rsquo;s grid, I was urged to revisit the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MVRDV Responds to 9/11 References in Cloud Project Archinect 2011-12-09T18:14:00-05:00 >2012-10-04T11:43:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A real media storm has started and we receive threatening emails and calls of angry people calling us Al Qaeda lovers or worse. MVRDV regrets deeply any connotations The Cloud projects evokes regarding 9/11, it was not our intention.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The Cloud was designed based on parameters such as sunlight, outside spaces, living quality for inhabitants and the city. It is one of many projects in which MVRDV experiments with a raised city level to reinvent the often solitary typology of the skyscraper. It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt, the design was not meant to provoke this.</em></p> <p> <em>The design inspiration of The Cloud is visualised in the image here attached. </em>(see above)</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> 9/11 Museum Is Delayed Archinect 2011-11-22T16:28:18-05:00 >2011-11-25T12:26:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The planned 2012 opening of the Sept. 11 museum at the World Trade Center is in jeopardy amid a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpected costs related to redeveloping the site, people familiar with the matter said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From the School Blogs: Live Blog: Naginski, Jarzombek, Savage, and Wodiczko on Memory, Vision, and Practice Archinect 2011-09-13T19:58:00-04:00 >2012-10-11T20:44:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Live-blogging tonight from Piper Auditorium, where we have a new gold lam&eacute; curtain. Krzysztof Wodiczko, Erika Naginski, Mark Jarzombek, and Kirk Savage are talking in an event marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #228 Nam Henderson 2011-09-11T13:58:47-04:00 >2011-09-12T01:45:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> In the lead up to 9/11 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne wrote</a>&nbsp;"<em>The tall tower is architecture's most famous building type and also the one most clearly at odds with the profession's roots. Fundamentally, architecture is shelter, a concession that we're afraid to face the elements without protection. A skyscraper is vertical hubris.</em>"&nbsp;In response to which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;queried "<strong>So is CCTV a greater or lesser example of hubris than the next-temporarily-tallest tower?</strong>"<br><br> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Observer, observed</a> that "<em>Thanks to some lightning rods, 1 World Trade Center will be free from some of the silly symbolic weight given to it by Danny Libeskind.</em>" &nbsp;However,&nbsp;<strong>TheMasterBuilder</strong> disagreed "<em>I like this design, and I'm glad they went with this instead of exactly what Libeskind had proposed. The Chamfered edges, the square profiles the large antenna all recall the original WTC buildings. ..Overall, I'd say, it's not ideal, and its not what people were hoping for, but neither was the first WTC, and I'm sure...</em></p> We saw it coming Archinect 2011-09-07T18:20:36-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marking the decade since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Lebbeus Woods offers reflections on the context for the tragedy, and the reconstruction's bitter sense of business as usual</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> dispersed memorial Archinect 2011-08-26T15:04:14-04:00 >2011-08-26T15:06:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On September 11, 2010 fieldoffice launched an effort that will acknowledge lives lost during the tragedy of September 11, 2001 as well as reconstruct as many views of the city&rsquo;s lost skyline. Thousands of glass plates, inscribed with a written dedication to a victim and an outline of the missing skyline, will populate New York City from anywhere in the city that the towers would have been visible.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ground zero master planner, Daniel Libeskind, praises 9/11 memorial, calls it a 'visceral encounter with this piece of New York' Alexander Walter 2011-08-15T14:40:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:34:11-04:00 <img src="" width="320" height="213" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My idea in the master plan was that this was a place of the spirit. This is where people perished. It was not a piece of real estate any longer. You could not put a building there.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously on Archinect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Water On at WTC Memorial</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On the 9/11 memorial and its disappointments</a>.</p> On the 9/11 memorial and its disappointments. Nam Henderson 2011-08-15T09:41:19-04:00 >2011-08-15T12:15:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What hit me there was the awful anticlimax of repetition. A singular moment, the Big Bang that launched a fearful decade, is marked by d&eacute;j&agrave; vu. &ldquo;Never forget,&rdquo; this monument exhorts&mdash;and then says it again</p></em><br /><br /><p> Justin Davidson reviews&nbsp;Michael Arad's almost completed 9/11 memorial. He finds that while the original concept was noteworthy for its poetic simplicity,&nbsp;a thicket of bureaucracies, budgets, rules, security fears, agendas, and political interests have dogged virtually every step of the redevelopment. This has resulted in a &nbsp;space which "<strong>has an uncertain vibe. Its equilibrium will depend on an ongoing negotiation between those who consider it a public square and those who yearn for decorum and remembrance.</strong>"</p> <p> An LA Times review, by Christopher Hawthorne was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously posted to Archinect</a></p> Water On at WTC Memorial Orhan Ayyüce 2011-08-11T21:00:38-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at its heart, the memorial has come through at least somewhat intact. And at ground zero, that is saying quite a bit. - Christopher Hawthorne</p></em><br /><br /><p> If anything can be said from a single image above, the&nbsp;upcoming memorial will be highly emotional, meaningful, well visited&nbsp;and worth the wait.</p> 9/11 Memorial Nears Completion, Ending Complicated, Contentious Process Archinect 2011-07-14T01:13:42-04:00 >2011-07-14T01:13:54-04:00 <img src="" width="445" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the National September 11th Memorial will open to the public. This event marks the end of a process that began with an international design competition that yielded 5,201 submissions from 63 nations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> RIBA comes under fire for hosting ‘bonkers’ 9/11 talk Paul Petrunia 2011-06-24T12:19:37-04:00 >2011-06-24T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="321" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leading architects on both sides of the Atlantic hit out at the institute this week after American architect Richard Gage, part of the group Architects &amp; Engineers for 9/11 Truth, delivered a lecture at RIBA HQ on Monday night. The venue was booked by fellow American and RIBA member Craig Phillip Kiner, an associate at Zaha Hadid Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Institute reviews policy after controversial event booked by Zaha Hadid Architects associate</em></p> <p> The RIBA is reviewing its policy on hiring out 66 Portland Place following a storm of criticism over its hosting of a group claiming that New York&rsquo;s Twin Towers were brought down through a controlled explosion.</p> <p> Leading architects on both sides of the Atlantic hit out at the institute this week after American architect Richard Gage, part of the group Architects &amp; Engineers for 9/11 Truth, delivered a lecture at RIBA HQ on Monday night.</p> <p> The venue was booked by fellow American and RIBA member Craig Phillip Kiner, an associate at Zaha Hadid Architects.</p> <p> Gage claims that the fires caused by the impact of the two jets flown into the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, could not have been sufficient to make the steel structure of the towers collapse, and he questions the collapse of World Trade Centre 7, a nearby 47-storey building which was not hit by an aircraft.</p> <p> But critics clai...</p>