Archinect - News 2015-03-28T05:45:38-04:00 How to Rebuild Architecture: Another "Back to the Drawing Board" Op-Ed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-16T12:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-24T13:25:31-05:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why local architects do it better, and the case against franchised architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T16:16:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:42:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture, however, is a social art, rather than a personal one, a reflection of a society and its values rather than a medium of individual expression. So it&rsquo;s a problem when the prevailing trend is one of franchises, particularly those of the globe-trotters: Renzo, Rem, Zaha and Frank. It&rsquo;s exciting to bring high-powered architects in from outside... But in the long run it&rsquo;s wiser to nurture local talent; instead of starchitects, locatects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NYT Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman to Receive the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize Archinect 2014-03-11T18:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-12T10:42:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MAS is proud to announce that Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of The New York Times, has been named the winner of the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize. [...] The jury singled out Kimmelman&rsquo;s exceptional coverage of the challenges posed by an overstressed Penn Station, challenging New Yorkers and their regional neighbors to no longer settle for anything less than planning and design excellence that befits the busiest transportation hub in North America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Humble Beginnings of Early Roman Architecture Justine Testado 2013-08-20T18:22:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:07:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Any definitive insight into the formative stages of Roman architectural hubris lies irretrievable beneath layers of the city&rsquo;s repeated renovations through the time of caesars, popes and the Renaissance [...] Now, at excavations 11 miles east of Rome&rsquo;s city center, archaeologists think they are catching a glimpse of Roman tastes in monumental architecture much earlier than previously thought, about 300 years before the Colosseum.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The New York Times recently reported on the ongoing excavations of Roman monumental&#8203;<br> remnants from the city's pre-Colosseum era at the Gabii digging site not far from the capital.<br> Since last summer, a team of archaeologists and University of Michigan students led by classical studies professor Nicola Terrenato have found a number of significant discoveries from the formative stages of early Roman architecture, including a possible public building from the city-state Gabii, where the digging site gets its name.</p> <p> The team's findings so far reveal the more modest beginnings of early Roman architecture instead of the image of grandeur many are accustomed to seeing -- and even evidence of urban planning. At this point, the Michigan group has explored two-thirds of the site and continues to unearth the vast layers of ancient Roman history.</p> <p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full article.<br><br><em>Photo by </em><em>Anna Gallone/The Gabii Project, via The NY Times.</em></p> Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society Justine Testado 2013-07-26T17:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-01T18:47:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Ultimately people can&rsquo;t get around conveniently because they are far away from everything.&rdquo; And it is this observation that for me epitomizes the problem of the driverless car &mdash; it&rsquo;s the worst kind of solutionism. By becoming so enamored with how technology might transform the car, we&rsquo;ve neglected to adequately explore how getting rid of cars might transform how and where we live. We&rsquo;d do well to heed Gorz&rsquo;s exhortation to &ldquo;never make transportation an issue by itself.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> It's a given that America continues to be a car-obsessed society despite the more painstaking reality of driving a car in many major cities of today.&nbsp; In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, editor Allison Arieff of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPUR</a> points out that the U.S. is <em>still</em> fixated on selling, using and enhancing the car when commuters are carpooling more and buying fewer cars.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Furthermore, Arieff gets to the root of the problem by pointing out the negative impacts that a car-dependent culture has on public transportation and the even more complex issue of urban sprawl--both which are in need of more attention and innovation. As Arieff mentions in her article, cars aren't what make up the city--it's the city itself. Taking that into account, urban planners have a crucial role in making the Land of the Free less dependent on the car.</p> <p> Do you agree with Arieff? What's your take on the issue? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.</p> DWR teams up with NYT for the Design and Architecture Crossword Archinect 2012-10-12T19:04:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:05:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This puzzle appeared in the October 7 issue of T Design&nbsp;(page 60) in The New York Times.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here to download</a> the printable PDF version.&nbsp;</p> Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing Archinect 2012-09-04T12:32:00-04:00 >2012-09-14T02:22:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IT has become fashionable in many architectural circles to declare the death of drawing. What has happened to our profession, and our art, to cause the supposed end of our most powerful means of conceptualizing and representing architecture? The computer, of course.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Michael Graves pens an opinion piece for the Times.</p> An urban affairs position that coincides with architectural criticism.... Nam Henderson 2012-07-18T10:45:00-04:00 >2012-07-18T10:50:03-04:00 <img src="" width="190" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Landman views these attempts at defining the critic&rsquo;s frame of reference &mdash; Kimmelman-style and Scott-style &mdash; as entirely appropriate. Critics, he said, are not supposed to be objective; they are free to champion certain kinds of work. They are &ldquo;free to like or dislike anyone or anything.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Arthur S. Brisbane, (the Public Editor) provides some insight into the workings of the NYT&nbsp;Arts section. He spoke with Jonathan Landman, The Times&rsquo;s culture editor, in an effort to better understand the rules that The Times plays by. Specifically, when it comes to the New York Times&rsquo;s many cultural critics. They discuss the purpose of reviews and how Michael Kimmelman, The Times&rsquo;s recently minted architecture critic has been given "<strong>perhaps the widest latitude</strong>" with regards to coverage.</p> Michael Kimmelman Will Not Play Your Architecture Games HotSoup 2012-03-09T14:14:00-05:00 >2012-03-09T15:11:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Kimmelman is not a very good architecture critic, at least that is what some of his critics would have you believe. As invigorating as his first few columns championing urbanism and public design were, the whole thrust has devolved into a sort of schtick, whereby every article is about the greatness of cities, and barely about architecture. Michael Kimmelman knows this.</p></em><br /><br /><p> What, exactly, should the <em>Times</em>' new architecture critic be writing about? Something, his fellow critics agree.</p> Michael Kimmelman, the Architecture Critic New York Has Been Waiting For HotSoup 2011-10-13T10:59:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are looking at the work of very good if far from famous architects doing remarkable work right here at home&mdash;not starchitects toiling away on the other side of the planet, cooking up schemes that may well never get built. [...] It was not that long ago that Mr. Kimmelman was writing a column called "Abroad," dealing with artistic matters in Europe. Now, here he is, plying local waters, reminding the world [New York[ is still the place to be and build.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Michael Kimmelman observed Orhan Ayyüce 2011-08-11T17:34:13-04:00 >2011-08-11T18:59:45-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ada Louise has a voice (acerbic defender of the city); Goldberger has a voice (the artful company man); Muschamp had a voice (champion of glamour). Nicolai, alas, has no voice. Kimmelman will need to stake out some critical territory for himself, a voice on the subject. &hellip;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ms. Julie Iovine an ex editor of NYT's Home Magazine whose quotes were relied upon in this article, noted &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a worry now, that someone who is known as an art critic&mdash;an appraiser of the object&mdash;will be tempted to also treat architecture as an object. It ain&rsquo;t so! Especially right now&mdash;the idea of the starchitect is entirely pass&eacute;. No one practices that way anymore. It&rsquo;s over, done, good riddance.&rdquo;</p> New York Times names Michael Kimmelman to be new architecture critic Paul Petrunia 2011-07-06T00:04:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="292" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York Times&nbsp;art critic and "Abroad" columnist&nbsp;Michael Kimmelman will become the paper's&nbsp;new&nbsp;architecture critic, the Times&nbsp;is announcing today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> No More Nicolai: Critic Leaving NY Times Paul Petrunia 2011-06-06T12:56:22-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to an in-house memo, New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff is &ldquo;moving on&rdquo; at the end of this month. The sweet but short memo about the critic&mdash;who this year submitted his own Pulitzer nomination package&mdash;was sent around this morning from culture editor Jonathan Landman.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Willis Tower Suspends Visitors Above Chicago Paul Petrunia 2011-05-31T14:25:03-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite the reassuring rivets in the 1,500-pound glass panels, the calm stillness of the air at the Windy City&rsquo;s pinnacle and the security of a 10,000-pound weight capacity for each of the four 4.3-foot-deep glass boxes that protrude past the sheer edge of the Western Hemisphere&rsquo;s tallest building &mdash; despite all that, you still feel twinges of queasiness.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ghostly Developments Also Haunt Spain’s Banks Paul Petrunia 2011-05-10T15:59:11-04:00 >2011-05-10T15:59:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of these units have never sold, and though they were finished just three years ago, they are already falling into disrepair, the concrete chipping off the sides of the buildings. Vandals have stolen piping, radiators, doors &mdash; anything they could get their hands on.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> End the University as We Know It Paul Petrunia 2011-04-12T18:30:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="227" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning. Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields within subfields and publication in journals read by no one other than a few like-minded colleagues), all at a rapidly rising cost (sometimes well over $100,000 in student loans).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>