Archinect - News 2015-12-02T00:35:05-05:00 Reinier de Graaf: "The western architectural ivory tower has become a theatre of the absurd" Nicholas Korody 2015-11-05T18:02:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:42:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the evening progresses, the event turns into a painful X-ray of the current state of American academia: a strangely insular world with its own autonomous codes, dominated by some antiquated pecking order with an estranged value system and no hope of a correction from within. The often grandiose character of the debate stands in stark contrast to the marginal nature of that which is being debated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reinier de Graaf, partner at OMA, delivers a scathing takedown of the current state of architecture academia as represented by the participants of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArchAgenda Debates</a>, a&nbsp;panel in which he was also a participant. Alongside Jeff Kipnis, Patrik Schumacher, Peter Eisenman, and&nbsp;Theodore Spyropoulos, de Graaf was meant to discuss "a potential agenda for 21st-century architecture." The panel was a periphery event of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.<br><br>But for de Graaf, the all-male panel of architects "from a part of the world to which &ndash; unless all current indicators are completely misgiven &ndash; the 21st century will not belong" failed to deliver an agenda or achieve relevance. Check out the op-ed on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dezeen</a>.&nbsp;</p> Archinect's round-up of the week's architectural critiques Julia Ingalls 2015-09-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T13:41:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the role of creative exploration in architecture? From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Republic</a>, this question is very much on critical minds. In a piece entitled "How to Make Architecture Human," Anna Wiener reviews <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Witold Rybczynski</a>'s latest collection of essays, <em>Mysteries of the Mall</em>, which sets out to explore the "mundane" locales of architecture and quickly proclaims a distaste for the avant-garde in favor of lasting value.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Wiener notes that "Rybczynski is right to call out architects who submit designs for cities they have little relationship to, but work that favors experimentation&mdash;in aesthetics, in use, in design process&mdash;occupies a valuable space in the culture, too. 'Lasting value' is subjective and arbitrary; it serves a culture well to explore its desires and curiosities, however eccentric, and expand beyond the mainstream comfort-zone." Her review delves further into the problems of outdated and out of touch criticism: many of the essays contained in the book were origi...</p> Editor's Picks #415 Nam Henderson 2015-05-14T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Cecchi</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a> of &lsquo;<em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em>&rsquo; on view at the Graham Foundation through July 25th.&nbsp;He found the</p><p>"<em>narrow focus wisely limits Together to investigating the conditions and experiences that helped shape Bo Bardi&rsquo;s mature approach to architecture...Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work and life resist reduction and compartmentalization into terms easily digested. To experience and understand Together is to experience the sum of conflicting experiences, opinions, and buildings Bo Bardi brought into this world</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> commented "t<em>hat drawing of chairs is beautiful! I love her work. It's rugged and big without being standoffish. Knew nothing about her background - interesting</em>".</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Lost in the Ozon</a>e,&nbsp;the third installment of the recurring feature <strong>Architecture of the Anthropocene</strong>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>This week at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia, NCARB <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aims</a> to settle the debate over the title &ldquo;Intern Architect&rdquo; with an address by CEO Michael Armstrong ...</p> Let's talk about money in architecture Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:31:21-05:00 <img src="" width="480" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although money is often seen as a taboo topic in art schools, a group of Yale alumni is urging professional architects to place more value on the relationship between money and architecture. The Yale Architectural Journal&rsquo;s latest edition, titled &ldquo;Money,&rdquo; discusses the controversial role of money in the field of architecture. [...] ranging from Frank Gehry to Yale School of Architecture Professor Keller Easterling, the issue urges architects to reconsider the financial side of their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about&nbsp;<em>Perspecta 47: Money</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #403 Nam Henderson 2015-02-03T11:20:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T13:38:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> still wants you to share your client horror stories!, (Inspired by the insane&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just lost a-hole clients&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thread</a> from a earlier this month) which you can do via twitter <a href=";q=%23archinectsessions&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#archinectsessions</a>, email or call us at (213) 784-7421.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Stephen Burgen <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">traveled to</a> the newly opened Museo Universidad de Navarra, designed by Rafael Moneo.&nbsp;<strong>Mr_Wiggin</strong> was disappointed "<em>To me, Moneo's best works are those that are inserted into a place built up 100+ years ago....this, standing alone in the middle of a verdant green, looks like failure of planning</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT</a>&nbsp;reported on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest developments regarding Paul Rudolph&rsquo;s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y.</a>&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> lamented "<em>I know this building is a maintenance nightmare, but it's truly one of the more interesting brutalist buildings out there. &nbsp;A lot of ideas to cull from it</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;shared <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a quote/story</a> from Esther McCoy's 1981 memorial to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Konrad Wachsmann</a>, wherein both Corbu and Konrad praise the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pont Transbordeur</a>&nbsp;as ...</p> Editor's Picks #372 Nam Henderson 2014-06-18T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T11:34:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, talked with director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kelly Anderson about her documentary "My Brooklyn"</a>&nbsp;and the &ldquo;incredible, derogatory, racialized way people talk about the space". The film &nbsp;will air multiple times as part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS World's America ReFramed series</a>, starting Tuesday, June 19, at 8pm (EST).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, the eighteenth edition <strong>Screen/Print</strong> featured an excerpt from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Judith K. De Jong</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;s new book, </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New SubUrbanisms</a>, which touched on <strong>Flattening: Formal and Spatial Practices</strong>.</p><p><strong>citizen</strong> complained "<em>The author seems to proclaim as breaking news the complex connectivity of central &amp; peripheral parts of metropolitan regions...This isn't new...others have been working for decades now with the premise of a metropolitan system in which the urban/suburban binary is less and less meaningful</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Archinect discussed Fran&ccedil;ois Roche claim that Rem's Venice Biennale (is) "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obscene</a>".&nbsp;<strong>boy in a well</strong> responded "I<em>s the Biennale a good place for a soap box because the event is organi...</em></p> On the legacy of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies Places Journal 2014-01-13T16:59:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:50:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I wish that it still existed. &mdash; Frank Gehry It would be the world's biggest nightmare if the Institute were still alive. &mdash; Mark Wigley It was the moment for something to happen. &mdash; Diana Agrest //</p></em><br /><br /><p> In 1967 Peter Eisenman founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, and until it closed in 1985 the Institute &mdash; a heady mix of think tank, exhibit space, journal publisher and cocktail party &mdash; was one of the centers of American architecture culture. Belmont Freeman describes the new documentary by Diana Agrest, <em>The Making of an Avant-Garde</em>, as a remarkable contribution to the record, and a fascinating glimpse at the early years of many of today's stars: "There is something almost (almost) touching about listening to today&rsquo;s titans of corporate and haute institutional architecture remind us that once upon a time they were young, idealistic, radical thinkers."</p> Containers without Content Orhan Ayyüce 2013-07-22T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T20:25:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from being anchored in the local context, the project (the disastrous City of Culture of Galicia outside Santiago de Compostela, designed by Peter Eisenman) has decapitated Monte de Gaias and replaced it with a phony landscape with curves like those of a fun-fair roller coaster. These cynical intellectual manipulations cannot mask the reality of structures resembling supermarkets twisted about with algorithms and camouflaged with a thin veneer of granite (imported from Brasil!).</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a short sweet and illustrated article writer historian&nbsp;William J.R. Curtis puts several Bilbao effect projects in the trash can. It might as well be called "f..k content."</p> Eisenman's House VI, Venturi's Philadelphia House, and Louis Kahn’s Esherick House all set to hit the market Archinect 2013-05-01T18:18:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T10:35:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three of the most important modernist houses in the Northeast, including the 1964 house Robert Venturi designed for his mother, have been (or will soon be) put up for sale by their long-time owners, two of them without covenants that would ensure their preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Venturi's Philadelphia House</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Louis Kahn&rsquo;s Esherick House<br> &nbsp;</p> Three Entries Share First Prize in Istanbul’s Yenikapı Design Competition Alexander Walter 2012-04-13T17:50:00-04:00 >2012-04-14T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the international design competition for Yenikap&#305; Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area in Istanbul, Turkey, three First Prizes have been announced this week. The jury selected the top project teams Eisenmann Architects/Ayta&ccedil; Architects, Atelye 70/Francesco Cellini/Insula Architettura E Ingegneria, and Cafer Bozkurt Architects/Mecanoo Architects from nine shortlisted teams, including MVRDV and other international firms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Is There a Jewish Architecture? Places Journal 2012-02-02T20:13:00-05:00 >2012-02-03T08:16:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Within the parameters of the building art there cannot be artists like Saul Bellow and Philip Roth or like Sidney Lumet and Woody Allen, who in books and movies probe the excruciating details of the Jewish encounter with American capitalism and lifestyle. Architecture cannot tell stories about one&rsquo;s Jewish mother or one&rsquo;s Jewish nose. Especially in the era of high modernism, architecture possessed limited expressive resources for detailed cultural critique.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Is there a type of Jewish architecture that unifies the work of Louis Kahn, Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, and Daniel Libeskind?</p> <p> Architectural historian Mitchell Schwarzer reviews Gaven Rosenfeld's ambitious book, <em>Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust</em>, and comes away unconvinced.</p> Building of the Week: City of Culture of Galicia adelz 2011-07-06T17:07:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:35:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Archinect's Building of the Week series is brought to you by our friends at, the web's most comprehensive directory of buildings.</em></p> <p> As I set on writing about the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Culture of Galicia</a>, I was baffled by the amount of papers, articles and comments on the subject and their diversity. I should have seen this coming, as the project's scale, budget and implications have stretched far beyond the initial expectations and urged a furious debate among architects, journalists, politicians and locals.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Commissioned in 1999, after an invited competition featuring a constellation of starchitects (Libeskind, Koolhaas, Nouvel, Perrault, Steven Holl and Ricardo Bofill, to name a few), the winning project of Peter Eisenman originally featured eight buildings (later reduced to six) composed in a complex, three-dimensional undulating terrain merging harmoniously with the environment.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Eisenman himself admits that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"there is no question that the Santiago project is a res...</a></p> Eisenman addresses admitted students, talks time and space Paul Petrunia 2011-04-14T12:09:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:41:52-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="220" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Immanuel Kant said that human beings make sense of our experiences by using the concepts of space and time. Famed architect and School of Architecture Professor Peter Eisenman said that architects tend to pick one or the other.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>