Archinect - News 2014-09-30T16:12:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107479955/mexico-city-s-new-and-vivacious-architecture Mexico City’s new and vivacious architecture Nam Henderson 2014-08-26T13:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T08:51:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lv6mx4g7o756h177.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They would lead me and two friends through a collection of new and old galleries, museums, neighborhoods, institutions and restaurants, as well as buildings of their own designs, to give me a sense of what stands out to Mexico City architects when they turn their gaze toward home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Lubell visited Mexico City recently, and was led on tours of the city's architecture (old and new) by&nbsp;Fernando Romero and&nbsp;Michel Rojkind.</p><p>Also see previous -&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104641522/the-chromatic-feats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The chromatic feats...</a>, wherein&nbsp;Guy Trebay rediscovers&nbsp;Mexico City and the houses of the great Mexican architect&nbsp;Luis Barrag&aacute;n.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106499499/editor-s-picks-380 Editor's Picks #380 Nam Henderson 2014-08-13T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ax21xbfp5zqazft.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Student Works: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;spoke with project architect, Duncan Baker-Brown, about T<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he Waste House</a>,&nbsp;designed/built by faculty and students from the Faculty of Arts and <a href="http://www.ccb.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City College Brighton &amp; Hove</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;did some quick math "<em>The numbers tell quite the story...an average of 8 people per work week day for the 15 month project duration. Compared to an equivalent wood frame house in the US that could be an entire subdivision. This should tell you how far industry has to go to do the right thing</em>".</p><p>Plus, elementary school librarian, <a href="http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shared her <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top 15 recommendations of architecture books for young children</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The NYT published a letter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Editor: Less Ego in Architects</a>&nbsp;by Peggy Deamer, a partner in Deamer Architects and professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Editors saw an opportunity to start a Sunday Dialogue,&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a week later published responses and a rejoinders</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> had a thought "<em>Architecture firms are alrea...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image The ‘Starchitect’ Image Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T19:13:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff003c17e40e8f644a2b24c04c94cc87.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Readers respond to a letter by Peggy Deamer, an architect, calling for less arrogance and more collaboration in architecture. [...] It is not only the public that is fed up with this idea of The Architect, but also the profession itself. Having watched ourselves increasingly backed into the corner of aesthetic elitism, we are now more interested in models of practice that do away with the egos and the glamorous buildings they are associated with.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects Archinect 2014-08-04T11:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T18:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4w/4wqc61s8jffyjklf.jpg" width="514" height="652" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry once said that if we didn&rsquo;t have starchitects, architects (and architecture) wouldn&rsquo;t be in the media at all. But this kind of coverage, even when positive, we don&rsquo;t need. It perpetuates a Howard Roarkian image that makes most of us architects cringe &mdash; not the least because of the uber-capitalist, Ayn Rand alignment &mdash; and also deflates a more productive optimism within the profession that sees these arrogant acts as old school.</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/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:43:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3ti8x3ufdkbdw74.jpg" width="514" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surroundings. In an interview, he argued in favor of local architectural talent, or &ldquo;locatecture.&rdquo; Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this "Room for Debate" at <em>the New York Times,&nbsp;</em>Allison Arieff, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Beverly Willis, and Angel Borrego Cubero all provide their opinions on the much-used and controversial portmanteau.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99422999/the-competition-a-documentary-that-exposes-how-starchitects-really-work The Competition: a documentary that exposes how 'starchitects' really work Archinect 2014-05-08T15:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T02:25:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9ibu39j4z8akij8d.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Competition, which has its UK premiere at the Barbican tonight, follows the trials and tribulations of five stellar practices competing in a doomed bid to build a new national museum for Andorra, back in 2009. As the global financial crisis hit rock-bottom, no job was too small for architects whose dreams of dotting Middle Eastern deserts with their snazzy signatures had been revealed as a hopeless mirage.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1r75jooc8lmecil5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95031109/homes-of-the-starchitects-recreated-in-milan Homes of the starchitects recreated in Milan Archinect 2014-03-06T12:29:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:19:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91a0c2f682ec7e1dbf003c553d0dbb91.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Curator Francesca Molteni filmed each architect's home, and interviewed them about their lives and careers. Working alongside fellow architect and set designer Davide Pizzigoni, Molteni has recreated the private residences of Hadid and co., &ldquo;by means of real-life videos, images, sounds, comments and reconstructions. The result is an interactive exhibition space that unveils the architects&rsquo; visions of living, their choices and their obsessions.&rdquo;</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/88000434/miami-s-new-vice-an-addiction-to-star-architects Miami's new vice – an addiction to star architects Alexander Walter 2013-12-03T16:46:00-05:00 >2013-12-03T17:04:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b25a6014c2a33d4c2e016e4847b8f1f3.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city has become a drop-off point for the migrant tribe of global super-rich, who feel the need to keep homes in London, New York, perhaps Moscow or an Asian city, and now Miami. [...] At times, Miami seems to be following a London formula: property speculation + contemporary art + restaurant boom + cultural diversity = dynamic world city. It is easy to see where it all gets a bit shallow, starting with the sudden mania for collecting big-name architects.</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/86206339/museums-may-be-his-most-lasting-legacy Museums may be his most lasting legacy Nam Henderson 2013-11-11T11:43:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T11:43:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/clfgf9vz0rhcsso5.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is amazing,&rdquo; said Mr. Piano...&ldquo;Looking back, I counted, and I said, &lsquo;Is this true?&rsquo; &rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ted Loos sat down with Renzo Piano to discuss his firm's design for an expansion to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, opening on Nov. 27. They also discussed the firms history of 25 major museum projects either underway or built, and how Piano has seemingly become the go to "starchitect" for museum commissions.</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/78989347/starchitect-and-love-for-the-portmanteau Starchitect and Love for the Portmanteau Orhan Ayyüce 2013-08-08T14:41:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:56:01-04:00 <em><p>There may be better terms but it seems we are going to be stuck with &ldquo;starchitect&rdquo; until everybody with a keyboard agrees to retire it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://www.metropolismag.com/images/cache/b92af3792f84a8a1d7611d66694aca80.jpeg"></p> <p> Guy Horton tackles the subject of starchitect mechanism in a Metropolis article where he quotes some other critics on the subject including yours truly.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71902300/architecture-with-capital-letter-a Architecture with capital letter A Archinect 2013-04-24T18:38:00-04:00 >2013-04-29T18:17:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4ok6n8vv11c1uecf.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture with capital letter A is a short movie, featuring Architects who might have shaped the concept of Architecture itself in the last decade. The movie combines excerpts of their interviews, speeches or documentaries over the last 70 years. This accumulation of scenes expresses somehow the condition of Architecture today - its moments of Glory and Misery.</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/70580698/the-irrational-exuberance-of-rem-koolhaas The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas Places Journal 2013-04-03T14:44:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T02:07:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c1adzhyuewwuzr8.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Irrational exuberance" seems to me an apt introduction to an understanding of Rem Koolhaas in the '90s and beyond; it foregrounds his great success in navigating the intersection of the pragmatic corporate sector, on the one hand, and the &ldquo;delirious&rdquo; and volatile realm of desire and possibility, on the other. ... Koolhaas has encouraged his followers to shed the crippling shackles of critical theory and pick up a surfboard upon which to ride the shock waves of the new economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For decades Rem Koolhaas has been not only a leading global architect but also a restless provocateur. On Places, in a chapter from the forthcoming book <em><a href="http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415534888/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Capitalism</a>,&nbsp;</em>Ellen Dunham-Jones explores Koolhaas's protean career, from the early fantastical projects to the big books and bigger buildings of recent years. It's a career that has come to embody, she argues, "the inevitable contradictions in trying to marry art and capitalism, radicalism and pragmatism, icon-making and city-making."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62254311/the-emergence-of-architect-branded-property-development The emergence of architect-branded property development Archinect 2012-11-27T11:34:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:59:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3fbczlbskinpwpg.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like Gehry, Ingels relies on the expertise of Packes, SLCE and Durst in his quest to rethink a played-out product. Design, Ingels said, is more than &ldquo;coming up with stuff. We translate specific expert knowledge into a response that addresses given conditions in a new way.&rdquo; That ought to be an obvious approach. I hope other developers take notice.</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/40827688/boldface-buildings-in-the-cold-light-of-now Boldface Buildings in the Cold Light of Now Nam Henderson 2012-03-09T14:38:00-05:00 >2012-03-12T09:57:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xbjpqhf58ohiv3h5.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The city is better for the starchitect phenomenon,&rdquo; said Jonathan J. Miller, the president of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, &ldquo;because it enhanced the mystique of New York&rsquo;s residential housing market. But during the frenzy, those buildings were marketed as if they had inherent greater value, and the jury is still out on that.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Vivian S Toy examines how in this current, post recession residential&nbsp;marketplace, starchitect buildings are providing an opporunity to test the value of a name.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/19641185/starchitects-risk-losing-lustre Starchitects risk losing lustre Archinect 2011-09-07T18:33:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/918c80c669fb88f1179d00e7f7035c26.jpg" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Charlie Hussey of Edinburgh-based firm Sutherland Hussey, which has 75 per cent of its work in China, believes that architects are often singled out. &ldquo;Whenever ethics in China is brought up, architects are always picked on,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;But we&rsquo;re all trading with China. If Joe Bloggs buys a TV, he&rsquo;s trading with China. Architects just deal with bigger pieces. There isn&rsquo;t a single person in the UK who hasn&rsquo;t traded with China&rdquo;.</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/14299422/architecture-of-the-absurd Architecture of the Absurd Archinect 2011-07-22T19:07:53-04:00 >2011-07-22T19:07:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/ae1e725d6b1bd71597874f35d0e90596.jpg" width="200" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Star architects such as Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and Daniel Leibiskind have created sensations with singular, unconventional designs that look (and sometimes are) unbuildable. John Silber thinks that&rsquo;s a problem. He&rsquo;d like to see our buildings showing less individualism, more standards. Silber is the former president of Boston University and the author of Architecture of the Absurd: How &ldquo;Genius&rdquo; Disfigured a Practical Art.</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/14272918/starchitects-design-glamorous-prisons-for-manhattan-s-elite Starchitects Design Glamorous Prisons for Manhattan’s Elite Archinect 2011-07-22T13:37:08-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31c8c15f03f0c646ce4da1483f04c92d.jpg" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shigeru Ban, known for his paper tube structures and disaster relief projects, as well as several ground-breaking homes in Japan, has produced a small minimum security prison. Just eight blocks north of the Americano, the Shutter House opens and closes it&rsquo;s tightly perforated metal shutters as the warden sees fit.</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>