Archinect - News 2014-10-30T10:01:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/56841138/chipperfield-counters-prix-s-venice-biennale-criticism Chipperfield counters Prix's Venice Biennale criticism Archinect 2012-09-07T17:37:00-04:00 >2012-09-12T19:38:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/441cfa50f9f3a212c33e12fc330d856a.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter titled &lsquo;Kicking against the Prix&rsquo;, the RIBA gold medallist claimed the Coop Himmelb(l)au founder had failed to attend the biennale despite issuing a critical press release last week describing it as &lsquo;banal&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>David Chipperfield&rsquo;s full letter</strong></p> <p> I am disappointed that our British architectural press should give so much coverage to the destructive opinions of a Viennese architect about the Biennale, even though he hadn&rsquo;t even visited Venice.</p> <p> My concerns are not about the criticism, which I didn&rsquo;t understand, but that this statement and the ensuing &lsquo;controversy&rsquo; stimulated by its publication reinforce the negative attitudes of our architectural culture. Wolf Prix demonstrates no interest in the position of others and only imagines that architecture can conform to his own priorities and preconceptions.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s Biennale, with all its weaknesses and mistakes, was above all conceived and realised in a spirit of generosity, optimistically proposing that there is an architectural culture bound together by shared intentions, influences and disappointments and that even the most celebrated protagonists of our profession are capable of engaging in such a dialogue.</p> <p> When I began to formulat...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/56587075/editor-s-picks-280 Editor's Picks #280 Nam Henderson 2012-09-03T23:21:00-04:00 >2012-09-04T01:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g0/g0918wdqs03d22ci.jpg" width="514" height="1378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architects' Journal reported that Wolf Prix referred to the Venice Architectural Biennale as an &lsquo;expensive dance of death&rsquo; and went on to claim a &lsquo;great&rsquo; biennale would have featured forums and themes looking &lsquo;behind the scenes&rsquo; at decision-making. mimiz took on the charge "having just come back from venice where I moderated several panel discussions on the behind the scenes making of interventions at the US Pavilion, I think Prix is sucking on some sour grapes."</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest feature in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/557/student-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works</a>&nbsp;series <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/55956512/nicholas-waissbluth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Waissbluth</a> &nbsp;explored&nbsp;the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/55830183/student-works-insitu-medellin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inaugural workshop for the INSITU program which took place in Medellin, Colombia</a>. INSITU is&nbsp;an initiative founded by Blokcad Lab and uAbureau in 2011 to implement projects that investigate the informal development of cities, its non-consolidated urban spaces and auto- construction processes.</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56243314/wolf-prix-attacks-chipperfield-s-banal-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects' Journal reported</a> that Wolf Prix referred to&nbsp; the Venice Architectural Biennale as an&nbsp; &lsquo;expensive dance of death&rsquo;. The Coop Himmelb(l)au-founder went on to claim a &lsquo;great&rsquo; biennale would have featured forums and themes looking &lsquo;behind the scenes&rsquo; at decision-making &lsquo;instead of boring exhibitions&rsquo;.&nbsp;<strong>job job</strong> noted there was a "<em>Better source at Building Design, but their need for registration denies access to many" </em>and<em>&nbsp;</em><strong>toasteroven</strong>&nbsp;wondered "<em>wouldn't wolf prix's buildings classify as &lsquo;expensive dances of death?</em>"</p> <p> Meanwhile <strong>mimiz</strong> took on the charge more directly "<em>having just come back from v...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/56243314/wolf-prix-attacks-chipperfield-s-banal-venice-biennale Wolf Prix attacks Chipperfield's 'banal' Venice Biennale job job 2012-08-29T21:14:00-04:00 >2012-12-19T15:04:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwvcdj7h5hxswhfh.jpg" width="200" height="181" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Labelling the festival an &lsquo;expensive dance of death&rsquo;, the Coop Himmelb(l)au-founder went on to claim a &lsquo;great&rsquo; biennale would have featured forums and themes looking &lsquo;behind the scenes&rsquo; at decision-making &lsquo;instead of boring exhibitions&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Better source at Building Design, but their need for registration denies access to many.</p>