Archinect - News 2014-04-25T03:11:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/70132194/the-la-time-s-christopher-hawthorne-holds-no-punches-in-his-review-of-morphosis-perot-museum The LA Time's Christopher Hawthorne holds no punches in his review of Morphosis' Perot Museum Archinect 2013-03-26T19:47:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T00:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc258708b83761898ce166bc90ec4b0d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a thoroughly cynical piece of work, a building that uses a frenzy of architectural forms to endorse the idea that architecture, in the end, is mere decoration. Mayne's design appears to put innovative architecture on a literal pedestal &mdash; or a plinth, to be exact &mdash; while actually allowing it to become peripheral, noticeably separate from the heart of the museum and its galleries.</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/67436639/dinosaurs-bones-cavort-in-185-million-science-palace Dinosaurs, Bones Cavort in $185 Million Science Palace Archinect 2013-02-12T11:01:00-05:00 >2013-02-20T13:27:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75f226df3d408c61e44ece72536471a8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thom Mayne of the Los Angeles firm Morphosis Architects wants to inspire curiosity about science, the natural world and technology. And he succeeds. The Perot&rsquo;s architecture evokes wonder, the way ancient ruins, animal skeletons or petroglyphs do. A lot of people wish wilfully spectacular architecture like the Perot&rsquo;s would die off. Mayne, who recently received the American Institute of Architects&rsquo; Gold Medal, shows us what it can do at its best.</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/62692155/editor-s-picks-292 Editor's Picks #292 Nam Henderson 2012-12-04T11:42:00-05:00 >2012-12-07T06:05:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4ktxwegbughgqdcx.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>b3tadine[sutures] concurred "i love it. that work of this complexity and beauty is being built in Dallas, let alone the US, is testament to Mayne and Morphosis being one of the premiere firms in the world&rdquo;. However, some like accesskb argued "beautiful forms and spaces... ugly and cold choice of materials and colours".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61736558/morphosis-designed-perot-museum-of-nature-and-science-to-open-this-saturday-in-dallas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> The post announcing the opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, designed by Morphosis Architects and which opened this past Saturday in Dallas, featured some great photos by the photographer Iwan Baan</a>. <strong>Cosmos</strong> commented "<em>Everything about this building is great.&nbsp; Function, construct-ability, massing, circulation, materials, contextual awareness, technology, aesthetics/ design sensibility, etc...</em>&rdquo; and <strong>b3tadine[sutures] </strong>concurred "<em>i love it. that work of this complexity and beauty is being built in Dallas, let alone the US, is testament to Mayne and Morphosis being one of the premiere firms in the world</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x303/tl/tl3mnmqiovy34yql.jpg"></p> <p> However, some like <strong>accesskb</strong> argued <em>"beautiful forms and spaces... ugly and cold choice of materials and colours</em>". <strong>Thayer-D</strong> also believed &ldquo;<em>This type of &lsquo;throw it on the wall and see if it sticks&rsquo; type of builidng is so common that it makes me wonder why this one should elicit so much commentary...Some of their earlier work was truly sensuous and warm, but this bu...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62664006/in-a-state-that-resembles-wonder In a state that resembles wonder Nam Henderson 2012-12-03T13:42:00-05:00 >2012-12-04T09:27:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i5su3u7yo1rca9ek.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building is alluring but unsettling. Is the museum&rsquo;s 10-story concrete cube splitting apart or being pieced together? Is it being held intact by an enormous brace &mdash; a transparent protrusion on the cube&rsquo;s side containing a 54-foot-long escalator &mdash; or is that a destabilizing gash that pierces the building&rsquo;s body?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Edward Rothstein visited the&nbsp;Perot Museum of Nature and Science and while his review focuses on the contents of the building, he also touches on it's architecture. Rothstein argues that the&nbsp;museum&nbsp;is an example of a not so recent trend wherein science&nbsp;museums&nbsp;as&nbsp;Wunderkammer (their goal being simply to present a collections of objects) have been replaced by science&nbsp;museums&nbsp;as &ldquo;science center" (which is less about objects and more about advocacy).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61736558/morphosis-designed-perot-museum-of-nature-and-science-to-open-this-saturday-in-dallas Morphosis-designed Perot Museum of Nature and Science to open this Saturday in Dallas Archinect 2012-11-29T12:03:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T13:16:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmykc4oh3r22awgo.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Museums, armatures for collective societal experience and cultural expression, present new ways of interpreting the world. They contain knowledge, preserve information and transmit ideas; they stimulate curiosity, raise awareness and create opportunities for exchange. As instruments of education and social change, museums have the potential to shape our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvyn1kx7dyhr7l5q.jpg" title=""></p> <p> As our global environment faces ever more critical challenges, a broader understanding of the interdependence of natural systems is becoming more essential to our survival and evolution. Museums dedicated to nature and science play a key role in expanding our understanding of these complex systems.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5g/5g71bhi7fsv56elv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park will create a distinct identity for the Museum, enhance the institution&rsquo;s prominence in Dallas and enrich the city&rsquo;s evolving cultural fabric. Designed to engage a broad audience, invigorate young minds, and ins...</p>