Archinect - News 2014-12-21T16:02:10-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116110641/how-to-rebuild-architecture-another-back-to-the-drawing-board-op-ed How to Rebuild Architecture: Another "Back to the Drawing Board" Op-Ed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-16T12:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:18:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t3/t35p3owpvosdehj0.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture, of the capital &ldquo;A&rdquo; variety, is exceptionally capable of creating signature pieces, glorious one-offs. We&rsquo;re brilliant at devising sublime (or bombastic) structures for a global elite who share our values. We seem increasingly incapable, however, of creating artful, harmonious work that resonates with a broad swath of the general population [...] We&rsquo;ve taught generations of architects to speak out as artists, but we haven&rsquo;t taught them how to listen.</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/115223812/editor-s-picks-396 Editor's Picks #396 Nam Henderson 2014-12-05T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T17:38:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8irjst3gxs45lqhq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned an <strong>Op-Ed:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114913845/op-ed-if-architecture-were-optimism-a-response-to-michael-kimmelman-s-critique-of-1-wtc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Response to Michael Kimmelman's Critique of 1 WTC</a>. She writes "I&nbsp;<em>can only imagine the list of priorities that 1 World Trade entailed, but am still celebratory of the feat that it was realized despite perhaps the greatest obstacles any project could possibly have&mdash;fear and memory</em>".&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;chose to respectfully disagree with her "<em>The building is a touchstone for the future of large scale bunker buildings in America...which will certainly preclude the kinds of mixed use that Kimmelman's real critique addressed...Thousands died, two wars waged, but we've got our post card view, our symbol, our icon, our Freedom Tower. How picturesque</em>". Similarly <strong>Krimson</strong> struggles "<em>to overlook the blatant closed off nature of the project</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jb0dp26nthp3nljw.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong> features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114504045/showcase-sparrenburg-visitor-center-by-max-dudler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sparrenburg Visitor Center by Max Dudler</a>,&nbsp;a "<em>brutalist, rammed concrete</em>"&nbsp;addition to a historic castle/fortress.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bsg901ptfcy8ehe.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fijxg12qlpbhv8h5.jpg"><br>Paul Katz, who as president and managing principal of KPF was the mastermind of m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85996908/china-s-massive-empty-housing-stock China's massive empty housing stock Nam Henderson 2013-11-07T16:56:00-05:00 >2013-11-07T16:59:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jd/jd53hrqwuek7a5tc.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/83818935/the-starchitect-stereotype The ‘Starchitect’ Stereotype Quilian Riano 2013-10-10T12:08:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T20:20:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/ro7443508xowodw5.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73660342/editor-s-picks-316 Editor's Picks #316 Nam Henderson 2013-05-22T11:11:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T23:29:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdr6ov1049ro7oq4.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned a thoughtful <strong>Op-Ed</strong> titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73381902/the-ego-and-the-architect" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/73093361/defending-the-former-american-folk-art-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Defending the Former American Folk Art Museum Building</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/73170115/archinect-talks-wtih-ivan-blanco-winner-of-the-la-film-festival-director-s-lounge-design-competition" 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="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdr6ov1049ro7oq4.jpg" title=""><br><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73223594/brutalism-preservation-panel-discussion-tonight-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following the release of CLOG: Brutalism&mdash;the NYC-...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/56483801/op-ed-questions-without-answers-the-venice-biennale-2012 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7a6wkjqfwbwewy5.jpg" 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>