Archinect - News 2017-07-29T07:59:58-04:00 Sweden's king voices disapproval of Chipperfield's Nobel Center design Justine Testado 2016-06-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-06-07T04:47:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[King Carl XVI Gustav] said the sprawling brass-clad structure, designed by the British architect David Chipperfield to house the Nobel Foundation and host its prestigious annual prize ceremony, would dominate Stockholm&rsquo;s celebrated 19th-century waterfront... &lsquo;The size of the building is determined by what is necessary for a Nobel Centre. It&rsquo;s not exploiting the value of the land or something &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a developer building, an office building or a hotel...&rsquo; [Chipperfield said.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>King Carl XVI Gustav isn't favorable toward Chipperfield's dominating design plan for the Nobel Center, which inevitably has sparked opposition. But, supporters of the project beg to differ.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield wins Nobel Center architectural competition</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nobel Center competition shortlists three teams to move on to stage two</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleven renowned architects present proposals for Stockholm&rsquo;s future Nobel Center</a></p> Editor's Picks #445 Nam Henderson 2016-05-08T23:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-09T07:49:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the begining of Apri,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a>'&nbsp;For&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Miller</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;takeway was "<em>am clearly paying my intern too much, that must be why I am not a successful famous Architect...But Seriously, &nbsp;I can sort of see an unpaid internship as a summer intern while still in school. But even then, I think they should make the minimum wage. However, Once you are out of school, a professional wage is appropriate.</em>"&nbsp;As he also noted "<em>t</em><em>his is likely a large factor in why we have so little minority representation in Architecture</em>". <strong>Midlander</strong> added "<em>Can you think of any other profession where working for the most-admired offices pays no more and maybe less? You certainly don't hear of top-5 law grads doing unpaid internships to get into big law, or accountants under reporting hours so they can get that charmed consultancy job&hellip;</em>"</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexis Petrunia</a>&nbsp;featured the "<em>Double Stick</em>" residence, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete architects</a>, which makes i...</p> Architect behind Matrera Castle restoration argues criticism "is prejudiced" Justine Testado 2016-03-10T18:22:00-05:00 >2016-07-08T16:50:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recently completed restoration project [of Spain's Matrera Castle] has provoked an incredulous reaction from some locals and a Spanish conservation group... However, Carlos Quevedo, the architect who oversaw the restoration of the castle...pointed out that the project had been painstaking, professional, and legal...'I do think that some basic, accurate information can help avoid some of the prejudices that spring from a simple image.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Spain is having another cultural kerfuffle over the recent restoration of the ancient Matrera Castle in Cadiz. While locals and preservation groups are mocking and criticizing the makeover, architect Carlos Quevedo says that it was done to prevent further structural collapse.</p><p>More about historic preservation:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway</a></p> Before Donald Trump's beef with Blair Kamin, he tried to sue the Chicago Tribune over a drawing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-24T17:29:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:32:37-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You may recall an entertaining Twitter spat that broke out between ... Donald Trump and Pulitzer-winning Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin. [...] Kamin got off easy compared to his predecessor, the late Paul Gapp, who was also a Pulitzer-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune. [...] But [Gapp's] achievements were overshadowed by his run-in with The Donald: a $500 million lawsuit over one column, about Trump&rsquo;s plan to build the tallest building in America in Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from Trump and the Windy City:</p><ul><li><a title="Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin on why his profession isn't dead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin on why his profession isn't dead</a></li><li><a title="Old Guy Fight! Tribune&rsquo;s Blair Kamin vs. Donald Trump" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Old Guy Fight! Tribune&rsquo;s Blair Kamin vs. Donald Trump</a></li><li><a title="Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a title="Chicago Mayor blasts Trump sign as 'tasteless'" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Mayor blasts Trump sign as 'tasteless'</a></li></ul> Satirical “Folly for London” competition mocks Garden Bridge project Archinect 2015-06-12T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T18:08:33-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As controversy carries on over the notorious Garden Bridge by Heatherwick Studio proposed for London's South Bank, some opposers of the project are expressing their discontent with good ol' British satire in the soon-to-be-launched "Folly for London" competition. If you have a cheeky sense of humor, you'll have fun in this one.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously on Archinect</a></p><p><strong>UPDATE, June 15, 2015: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Jennings</a>, artist and initiator of the "Folly for London" competition, sent us this statement to further explain the cause until the design ideas contest officially opens for entries.</p><p><em>Details of the competition will be announced in due course and we will seek entries from across professional architectural and design circles, established and amateur artists, citizens of London and anyone else with an interest in the capital - adults and children alike - before a panel of judges, including architecture writer Owen Hatherley, will meet to decide the best follies. </em></p><p><em>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> is not only intended as a &lsquo;home&rsquo; for the competition, with details being added as we get closer to the launch, but will also have writings and responses to the many issues around the city, politics, finances and architecture which are raised by the problematic Garden Bridge project. </em></p><p><em>While we will invite crazy, ridiculous and satirically nonsensical projects and ask p...</em></p> Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge Justine Testado 2015-06-02T16:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:12:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Architecturally, the ends of the bridge are abysmal: they are sort of hacked off. It&rsquo;s not a good termination of the bridge &ndash; it&rsquo;s inelegant &ndash; and the views of the ends of the bridge are particularly poor and ungraceful. It doesn&rsquo;t look good. It isn&rsquo;t a nice piece of work.' &mdash; Piers Gough</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the cherry on top for the widely dreaded Thames Garden Bridge, <em>The Guardian</em> rounds up a somewhat entertaining mix of critical reactions from prominent British architects, novelists, and artists on the proposed project, which faces an imminent judicial review.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title="Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge</a></p> 'The Final Review: Negaters Gonna Negate' Archinect 2015-05-06T21:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:04:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The review is about speculation as much as evaluation. Critics are not enemies, and they don&rsquo;t know everything. Admitting a level of uncertainty that necessarily occurs within design education completely changes how one imagines the review moment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?" Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:20:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The forest of elevator cores sprouting up around town tells us that we&rsquo;re living in a once-a-century moment&mdash;a sugar rush of development unseen here since our parents&rsquo; parents&rsquo; time. But the dirty little secret behind Boston&rsquo;s building boom is that it&rsquo;s profoundly banal&mdash;designed without any imagination, straight out of the box, built to please banks rather than people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Economic boom isn't always congruent with good architecture in other cities either:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> What makes "good" architecture criticism? These writers define the traits Justine Testado 2015-04-21T13:52:00-04:00 >2017-01-02T08:17:01-05:00 <img src="" width="570" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What is 'serious criticism' in architecture? This is a vital topic, since architecture critics often shape public opinion as much as architects themselves do, if not more so.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Derived from John Ruskin's 1849 essay <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Seven Lamps of Architecture"</a>, architect Lance Hosey compiled a list of comments from the small group of architecture writers pictured above about what they believe are the defining characteristics of good architectural criticism and its role in today's society.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Powers of 10 with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic at the LA Times, on Archinect Sessions #10!" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powers of 10 with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic at the LA Times, on Archinect Sessions #10!</a></li></ul> "Clarity and Contradiction": Part II of our conversation with Kevin Roche, and a discussion about Patrik Schumacher's latest Facebook rant on Archinect Sessions #25 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-16T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul's back from Peru, just in time for our 25th episode! And thanks to Patrik Schumacher, it's mostly about criticism. We respond to a polemic/rant left by Schumacher on his Facebook page, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>", and consider not simply his argument, but its presentation &ndash; how publishing these ideas on a personal Facebook page ultimately says more about celebrity and criticism than Schumacher's exorbitant word count can. In the end, we applaud Schumacher &ndash; not for his argument necessarily, but for his performative act of posting such. Now, more than ever in the saturated critical sphere of new media, the medium is the message.</p><p>We also finish up the interview Amelia did with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche</a>, and hear his thoughts on sprawl and the undeniable human instinct to gather. Roche is a quiet heavyweight in architecture, amassing an incredible extent of work across multiple eras of architectural history, all without paying any heed to "starchitecture", in any form. ...</p> Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring" Alexander Walter 2015-04-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T11:50:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a big deal when Denver's top architect publishes an essay saying this city is failing at design downtown. That we are building one mundane apartment building after the next. That we are wasting the opportunity to become a national leader and ruining the urban landscape by putting profit above civic pride. Jeff Sheppard said all that [...] in a guest editorial in last Sunday's Denver Post. And we'd be wise to hear him and do what he's suggesting: Knock it off immediately.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sheppard's opinion piece "Denver is a great city, so why the bad buildings?"&nbsp; in the <em>Denver Post</em> can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Patrik Schumacher takes to Facebook "In Defense of Stars and Icons" Nicholas Korody 2015-04-10T14:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-07T21:30:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">posted</a> a nearly 1,400 word polemic on Facebook denouncing contemporary architecture criticism and defending the &ldquo;star-system&rdquo; that has been instrumental in his firm&rsquo;s success in the last few decades. Instead of &ldquo;seeing conspicuity and success merely as a red cloth and occasion to knock down icons (and to teach the virtues of the ordinary, obscure and underappreciated),&rdquo; Schumacher suggests that the role of the architecture critic should be to explicate and defend the work and status of successful architects to an ignorant public.</p><p>Schumacher sets out some &ldquo;heuristic principles&rdquo; that he hopes could guide his proposed role for the architecture critic. &nbsp;He states that so-called &ldquo;iconic architecture&rdquo; is the invention of critics rather than &ldquo;the architects&rsquo; discourse,&rdquo; which &ldquo;serves the purpose of filling the explanatory gap that inevitably opens up because the methodology and motivation behind the unusual appearance of a radically ...</p> Inga Saffron: It's not just architecture, it's city life criticism Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T09:58:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inga Saffron, who writes the "Changing Skyline" column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism this week. She talks with Dave Heller about the state of criticism today, and the changing attitudes towards cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism</a></p> Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T18:01:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T10:57:39-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. In its citation, the Pulitzer Committee cited Saffron "for her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise."</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="530" height="357" 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> How We Hate on Architecture Now Alexander Walter 2013-12-05T14:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-06T12:30:06-05:00 <img src="" width="608" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thankfully, the vagina stadium controversy appears to have faded from the news cycle already. [...] It all also reminded me of how architecture is so routinely pilloried, and with such imaginative comparisons, delicious takedowns, and clever labels. The nicknames come from comedians and critics, rivals and urban legend. [...] Mockery, of course, is nothing new. It&rsquo;s just been on a steady incline throughout the 20th century.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Future of Architectural Discourse Nam Henderson 2013-10-28T16:56:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T22:30:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this post I&rsquo;d like to take you through the reasoning for why I chose to publish my thesis online, and what this might tell us about the future direction of architectural discourse.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Important thoughts regarding the future of architectural discourse. Mr. Davis compares the old concept of &nbsp;"<em>publish or perish</em>" to the new methods of digital publishing and discourse.</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eatingbark</a></p> A Critique of Social Practice Art/Design Quilian Riano 2013-10-17T19:01:00-04:00 >2013-10-18T20:29:42-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The best approach, it seems to me, is to say that the genre of &ldquo;social practice&rdquo; art raises questions that it cannot by itself answer. But it would be missing an opportunity not to join the debate, even if the goal is to take it in a completely different direction.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Nuanced critique of an art movement that is increasingly affecting discourse in architecture, design and urban practices.&nbsp;</p> Galaxy Soho accused of damaging 'old Beijing' Archinect 2013-08-05T15:02:00-04:00 >2013-08-08T06:13:52-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) is a philanthropic body, dedicated to preserving local culture. It recently wrote to RIBA after the architectural body awarded Zaha Hadid Architects' Galaxy Soho complex a 2013 International Award for architectural excellence, chastising RIBA's choice of winner.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #323 Nam Henderson 2013-07-09T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T13:42:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benjamin Paulker interviewed Frank Gehry for Foreign Policy</a>&nbsp;regarding his first project in the Arab World.&nbsp;<strong>sameolddoctor</strong> was amused "<em>It is funny that Gehry thinks of himself as a humanitarian</em>"&nbsp;but <strong>pvbeeber</strong> wondered "<em>Not sure why everyone is giving him such a hard time.&nbsp; What other architects working in the Middle East would hire a human rights lawyer to make sure that workers are treated fairly?&nbsp; Gehry's also one of the few starchitects who bothers to pay his interns</em>".</p> <p> <strong>citizen</strong> took exception to the "<em>Epiphanies from Frank Gehry</em>" title "<em>I'm not giving FOG a hard time.&nbsp; Bully for him...I'm giving the Archinect editors --with whom I generally concur, but who often title these little pieces ridiculously-- the hard time</em>". However as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>citizen.... the title given to this page is the title of the article to which it is referring...</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed the new architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art</a> - concluding "<em>When architects de...</em></p> Better technology does not equal better architecture Nam Henderson 2013-01-23T18:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:50:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How can we let geriatrics design the future? There is a creeping conservatism in old age, Rogers and Piano&rsquo;s Pompidou was genuinely revolutionary, but that was in 1977, ever since then they've been riffing off the same ideas, with decreasing vitality...They are past retirement age and yet they march on, pulling out the same ideas over and over again, while the planet fawns obsequiously at their feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As part of Vice Future Week, Eddie Blake pens a critique of the current geriatric state of architecture. He believes that we must move beyond the tired designs of the past and embrace a new emerging architecture. The future of architecture is more co-operative, varied, often temporary and emphasizes "<em>the evolution of a building, rather than how it looks as a finished piece</em>".</p> <p> H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sevensixfive</a></p> Editor's Picks #276 Nam Henderson 2012-08-07T12:18:00-04:00 >2012-08-09T17:39:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p> posted a list of the 2012 Recipients of the AIA Small Project Awards. Reacting to the Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church; Springdale, AR by Marlon Blackwell Architect Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce posted an image of Fire Station No. 4, Columbus, Indiana, 1967, by Venturi and Rauch asking "Do you think so too? As a student FS 4 was a big deal for me and still is."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Janelle Zara wrote about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Architectural Wisdom of Airports: Ikea, iPads, And Ice Skating Rinks</a>&nbsp;for Art Info. <strong>aml</strong> pointed us to her "<em>more skeptical take on contemporary airports</em>" and airport urbanism over at her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blog</a>.&nbsp;Therein she argued "<em>my main point is that airports are and should be treated as public infrastructure, and as such it&rsquo;s time to demand improvements. running them like places of consumption and following retail models is unimaginative, irresponsible, and ultimately results in deteriorated service</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Heller recently had a chance to talk with Alice Twemlow about What determines a solid piece of critical writing</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eric chavkin</a>&nbsp;felt it was a "<em>Decent short interview</em>" then shared "<em>I agree there should be more discussion about design - all design, and not just the 'I like' , 'I dont like' responses typical in design blogs. Alice should read Archinect</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> posted a list of the 2012 Recipients of the AIA Small Project Awards</a>.&nbsp;Reacting to the Saint...</p> What determines a solid piece of critical writing? Nam Henderson 2012-08-01T21:46:00-04:00 >2012-08-10T10:09:47-04:00 <img src="" width="615" height="186" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But I'm not sure if I want all critical writing to be "solid" however. I'm also interested in more experimental, imaginative approaches to writing that take risks with form and language.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Steven Heller recently had a chance to talk with Alice Twemlow, co-founder of the MFA Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts. They touched on the benefits that come from learning to write critically about design and her belief that there is a need more and better writing by experts in the field.</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> (Architectural) Komplaint Dept Nam Henderson 2012-05-21T11:35:00-04:00 >2012-05-31T13:55:33-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I remember Poly Styrene, the singer from X-Ray Spex, and all her prophetic songs from the late 70s: "I Am A Poser," "Germ-Free Adolescents," "Prefabricated Icon," "Genetic Engineering." Take a look at architecture and people today and you realize that it all came true.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A candid conversation on the horrendous state of new construction in New York, with the crankiest of architecture critics, Ivana Force-Majeure, and Vice Magazine's Bob Nickas.</p> Lebbeus Woods on Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Center Archinect 2012-02-16T23:40:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T23:25:44-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... one the most gifted architects of my time has been reduced to wrapping such conventional programs of use in merely expressionistic forms, without letting a single ray of her genius illuminate the human condition. Am I being pretentious and overly demanding? Of course. But that&rsquo;s the way disappointed lovers behave. Exaggerated emotions. Absurd demands. Anger that transgresses all reason. She has let me down, and what makes it worse is that she apparently couldn&rsquo;t care less.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jonathan Glancey's final article for the Guardian Nam Henderson 2012-02-13T10:38:00-05:00 >2012-02-16T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="400" height="554" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2002, Tony Blair decided to invade Iraq &ndash; not a decision that, on the face of it, has a lot to do with architecture; but one of the articles I am most proud to have written for this paper was the story of a journey I made from one end of Iraq to the other, with Stuart Freedman, an unflappable press photographer.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonathan Glancey has been the Guardian's architecture and design correspondent for &nbsp;the past 15 years. On the&nbsp;occasion&nbsp;of his last article for the paper he looks back at some of the projects &ndash; ancient and modern &ndash; that have enchanted him over the past 15 years.</p> Editor's Picks #250 Nam Henderson 2012-02-12T23:32:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T16:30:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeanne Gang and Greg Lindsay suggested some ways of Designing a Fix for Housing, beginning with rethinking our historic commitment to detached, single-family homes and segregated Euclidean zoning. Louis Arleo agreed that we need to redesign suburbia but argued "however suburbia will never be improved until architects embrace the idea of a developers business model."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Carfello</a>,&nbsp;analyzed Los Angeles media&rsquo;s failings in their role as "<em>the de facto voice</em>" of AEG&rsquo;s development plans for Farmers Field&nbsp;in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a>.&nbsp;Carfello contended "<em>The existing biases, the assumptions in play, the prized status of CEQA exemption, the traffic, the legitimate fiscal drawbacks weighed against any foreseeable benefits (to the non-AEG public), and greater questions of diversity of primary uses in downtown&rsquo;s future buildings all beg for further dialogue.</em>"and then offered up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(323) Projects</a>&nbsp;as an alternative model of citizen discourse.</p> <p> In the latest addition to the <strong>CONTOURS</strong>: series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>&nbsp;touched on some of the ways various changes taking place in architecture firms with regards to compensation and valuatization, are a result of the "<em>realization that employees are people, not just &lsquo;workers&rsquo; or &lsquo;laborers&rsquo;.</em>"&nbsp;in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On Business and Bosses</a>.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a> commented he would like Sherin to "<em>come on here and enga...</em></p> Alien, Immigrant, Refugee: The Architecture of Hospitality Places Journal 2012-01-30T18:52:00-05:00 >2012-01-30T19:32:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Passage across a border wrenches us from a space of citizenship &mdash; where our individual being is cloaked in layers of legal protection &mdash; to a space where we experience at once freedom and nothingness. As architects and planners, we lack the language for describing this shift in the perception and socio-political dimension of place; for distinguishing between the place of the citizen and the place of the stranger within the space of the state.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In an essay on Places titled "Hospitality Begins at Home," architect and Pratt Institute professor Deborah Gans explores the spatial and political dimensions of being a stranger, particularly an immigrant or refugee. She reviews Maya Zack's Living Room exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York and the In-House Festival at the Jerusalem Season of Culture.</p> The Evil, Evil Grain Elevator Places Journal 2011-12-12T14:49:35-05:00 >2011-12-13T19:23:30-05:00 <img src="" width="525" height="525" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In landscape, legible intent is different for forms we perceive to be buildings than for forms we perceive to be sculptures, since in most cases (Gehry is the exception) before we ask, what is the architect&rsquo;s purpose, we ask, what is the building&rsquo;s purpose? This may be the single most profound difference between architectural and sculptural presence in landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p> David Heymann analyzes the very different ways in which works of sculpture and works of architecture occupy the landscape. And he looks closely at a grain elevator, and shows how a form which we usually experience as a familiar and even neighborly presence can come to seem evil.</p> <p> The final installment in a series of three essays on Places,&nbsp;following "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape Is Our Sex</a>" and "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Mound in the Wood</a>."</p>