Archinect - News 2014-10-01T06:38:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108582827/the-next-helsinki-counter-competition-launches-in-response-to-guggenheim-helsinki-controversy The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy Justine Testado 2014-09-09T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qcna17w27zigz7xz.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the same day that Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition will conclude, The Next Helsinki is launching their own international call for alternative solutions to attract the best ideas that they believe would better meet the needs and enhance the city of Helsinki, Finland. Launched by a group of independent arts organizations and chaired by Michael Sorkin, The Next Helsinki bluntly addresses the controversy that the Guggenheim Helsinki competition has sparked [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below is <em>The Next Helsinki</em> announcement:</p><p>"Coinciding with the end of the official competition for the design of the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki, a group of independent arts organizations has issued a call for submissions for alternative ideas. This competition&mdash;titled The Next Helsinki&mdash;is designed to attract innovative ideas about how to more fully meet the city&rsquo;s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p>Following the success of the Guggenheim Bilbao in transforming that region&rsquo;s tourist economy, many city managers have been seduced by the fantasy that a high-concept museum, designed by a starchitect, will turn around its urban fortunes in a similar way. Advocates of this branding formula see Helsinki as an ideal candidate for a new Guggenheim franchise. Yet the proposal has generated a surprisingly heated public debate among Finland&rsquo;s citizenry, with pro and anti-Guggenheim sentiment running high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Next Helsinki competition aims to elevate the debate by giving voice to b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90674847/bridge-over-troubled-waters-open-letter-to-mayor-bill-de-blasio Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Open Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio Quilian Riano 2014-01-07T12:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T21:50:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hgu7og036jurn15l.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the money, municipalize the program, and make gorgeous, genuinely affordable housing your greatest legacy, building it where it's most needed? We can do it! -Michael Sorkin</p></em><br /><br /><p> Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio:</p> <p> Along with many other architects and urbanists, I'm looking forward to your taking office this month as mayor of New York City, and working to implement the theme of your campaign, the elimination of the increasingly radical disparities that underlie that &ldquo;tale of two cities&rdquo; you so frequently spoke about&mdash;a tale, increasingly, about two nations. While this program of social equity must operate in many spheres&mdash;from the creation of jobs to the provision of services, to the fight for environmental and social justice&mdash;planning the physical city in its growth and transformation is one of the most important powers of municipal government, one that the Bloomberg administration has deployed with stark effectiveness...</p> <p> Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74062119/editor-s-picks-317 Editor's Picks #317 Nam Henderson 2013-05-28T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T19:03:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91l46uh0jdb8tphg.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of Working out of the Box: Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning who is currently seeking funding for A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo. @bawshaw commented "@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career"...Yet Connely Farr disagreed "@ LandMass - yep. you sound like an ass".</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73718716/working-out-of-the-box-larraine-henning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning</a> who is currently seeking funding for <strong>A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo</strong>. <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-practical-guide-to-squatting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy a copy of the book &ldquo;A Practical Guide to Squatting&rdquo;, and help support independent art and promote the squatting movement!</a>&nbsp;During the interview, she reflected "<em>I think the most valuable thing architecture school bestowed upon me was tolerance and persistence...School taught me to bear conviction and purpose with whatever project I take on, to be earnest and to take judgement in stride</em>"...</p> <p> <strong>@bawshaw</strong> commented "<em>@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career. half of my graduating class ended up taking similar paths; more as a product of the recession than anything else. these paths may be alternative to the modern career, but not to architecture specifically. i do applaud her for doing what she believes in</em>".</p> <p> Yet <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/18704843/connely-farr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connely Farr</a>&nbsp;disagreed "<em>@ LandMass - yep. ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62274079/op-ed-architect-magazine-finally-found-its-voice Op-Ed: Architect Magazine Finally Found its Voice Keith Zawistowski 2012-11-28T03:04:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:04:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qyv7q4qxt9y6ld7n.jpg" width="514" height="621" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I recently received my November Issue of <em>Architect</em> and for the first time since the blogs caused us all to begin devouring images at warp speed and sent print media into a battle for survival, I actually "read" an architecture magazine. It was truly satisfying.</p> <p> From its inception, the idea behind <em>Architect</em> was clear; its title was the proof. <em>Architectural Record</em> had lost touch. It had become a glossy product placement catalog, serving its advertisers but increasingly bereft of intellectual rigor. <em>Architect</em> promised to peel back the facade of idealized pre-occupancy images and to share the stories of the people who make architecture: to deliver us process and ideas. The bar was high and so were many of our expectations. Perhaps that is why I have been so underwhelmed as <em>Architect</em> has struggled for nearly 7 years to find a voice. The magazine has taken us on a journey from in-depth interviews of firms producing irrelevant projects, to garnish cartoony graphics that distracted from...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/11055044/world-architecture-festival-announces-michael-sorkin-as-head-of-super-jury World Architecture Festival Announces Michael Sorkin as Head of ‘Super-Jury’ Alexander Walter 2011-06-24T14:19:37-04:00 >2011-06-24T14:27:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79e4jlb011l2gcf3.jpg" width="200" height="169" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World Architecture Festival (WAF) has confirmed Michael Sorkin will head-up the &lsquo;super-jury&rsquo; at this year&rsquo;s WAF Awards, to determine which building, from entries across the globe, will be crowned with the ultimate prize - &lsquo;World Building of the Year 2011&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The jury will also comprise Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Rotterdam; Jo Noero of Noero Wolff Architects, Cape Town; Odile Decq of ODBC, Paris; and Kongjian Yu of Turenscape, Beijing.</p> <p> If you are thinking about submitting projects into the WAF Awards, you better hury; all entries close on July 1.</p>