Archinect - News 2014-11-23T09:40:31-05:00 China's massive empty housing stock Nam Henderson 2013-11-07T16:56:00-05:00 >2013-11-07T16:59:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who do not believe travelers&rsquo; tales, there is the Chinese government&rsquo;s own report, from 2010, concluding that home ownership rates in China were then nearly 90%. This compares with a world average of 63% and a U.S. average of 65%.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Anne Stevenson-Yang (co-founder and research director of J Capital Research Ltd.) penned an op-ed regarding the status and future of the Chinese housing market. The gist - massive urbanization has led to a vast oversupply according to the governments own figures and she predicts that "<em>these 'urbanized&rdquo; developments' will become crucibles of crime and poverty, plagues of which Chinese cities had been blessedly free</em>".</p> The ‘Starchitect’ Stereotype Quilian Riano 2013-10-10T12:08:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T20:20:50-04:00 <img src="" width="402" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Articles like &ldquo;A Star Architect Leaves Some Clients Fuming&rdquo; shouldn&rsquo;t make us architects defensive about our work. It gives a deserved death blow to the &ldquo;starchitect&rdquo; and all the unhelpful stereotypes that come with it.... The image that architecture is done by a single genius has never conformed to reality, but particularly in today&rsquo;s practice &mdash; relying as it does on extended technical expertise &mdash; it is ridiculous to attribute the design to a single genius.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #316 Nam Henderson 2013-05-22T11:11:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T23:29:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned a thoughtful <strong>Op-Ed</strong> titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ego and the Architect</a>. Therein,&nbsp;she briefly examined "<em>the idea of &lsquo;leadership&rsquo; in an architectural office</em>".</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Celebrating the fact that "the Museum of Modern Art blinked" Michael Kimmelman wrote an article <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Defending the Former American Folk Art Museum Building</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>A lovely, calm argument and well- written article. Fingers crossed that MOMA's less egotisticsl and more community-focused board members will listen</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect talked to Ivan Blanco, designer of the competition-winning entry in the LA Film Festival Director's Lounge Design Competition</a>.&nbsp; Ivan heads LA-based multi-disciplinary design studio Blnko Design Labs.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin&nbsp;</a>enjoyed the interview but had a couple of&nbsp; thoughts "<em>The scheme is, well, kind of typical but does address the very important IMHO</em> the after film-aspect of going to a screening. The 'windows frame' metaphor is just weak".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following the release of CLOG: Brutalism&mdash;the NYC-...</a></p> Op-ed: Questions without Answers: the Venice Biennale 2012 Jaakko van 't Spijker 2012-09-03T00:10:00-04:00 >2012-09-05T11:38:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture Biennale Venice 2012: <strong>Questions without answers</strong><br> by Jaakko van &lsquo;t Spijker</p> <p> <strong>As opposed to what certain critics and commentators have&nbsp; suggested in about the opening week, they&nbsp; actually were there, the exhibitors with sociopolitical engagement asking relevant questions,&nbsp; at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale opening. What was lacking, however, were outspoken conclusions; the risky and exciting part of taking position after having made interesting observations. Where were the architectural mavericks, the po</strong><strong>lemical daredevils and provocateurs, to stir up and the debate and bring it further? It was in the Japanese pavilion that questions were asked as well as answered.</strong></p> <p> <br> In one of the first&nbsp; pre-events of the Biennale, a surprise storm raged over the Venetian Laguna while in an old warehouse in Giudecca, MVRDV&rsquo;s Winy Maas and his Delft University department The Why-Factory, put &lsquo;the decline of the identity of The European City&rsquo; on the agenda by presenting a new EU C...</p>