Archinect - News 2014-07-23T22:54:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale Archinect rounds up critical reactions to Koolhaas' biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T18:12:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vgex3jicofo8lwt.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened on June 7, under the theme "Fundamentals". The deluge of criticism and reporting coming out of the Biennale will surely continue until it closes November 23, but so far reactions from the architectural journalism community seem pretty consistent. Critics seem at once relieved that the biennale is not given away to preening and doting upon architectural personalities, but instead focused on "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66227111/rem-koolhaas-announces-fundamentals-to-be-2014-s-venice-biennale-theme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture, not architects</a>", as per Koolhaas' design. The flip-side of this could be seen as replacing objects of starchitectural value with a too-safe generalism, imbued with the self-importance of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Responses seem largely concerned with interpreting the man at the same time as his Biennale, rather than investigating the interplay of national pavilions' personalities under a unifying theme. But we've got many months to go, and this is only the beginning.</p><p>But with the sheer mass o...</p> 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/62274079/op-ed-architect-magazine-finally-found-its-voice Op-Ed: Architect Magazine Finally Found its Voice Keith Zawistowski 2012-11-28T03:04:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:04:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qyv7q4qxt9y6ld7n.jpg" width="514" height="621" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I recently received my November Issue of <em>Architect</em> and for the first time since the blogs caused us all to begin devouring images at warp speed and sent print media into a battle for survival, I actually "read" an architecture magazine. It was truly satisfying.</p> <p> From its inception, the idea behind <em>Architect</em> was clear; its title was the proof. <em>Architectural Record</em> had lost touch. It had become a glossy product placement catalog, serving its advertisers but increasingly bereft of intellectual rigor. <em>Architect</em> promised to peel back the facade of idealized pre-occupancy images and to share the stories of the people who make architecture: to deliver us process and ideas. The bar was high and so were many of our expectations. Perhaps that is why I have been so underwhelmed as <em>Architect</em> has struggled for nearly 7 years to find a voice. The magazine has taken us on a journey from in-depth interviews of firms producing irrelevant projects, to garnish cartoony graphics that distracted from...</p>