Archinect - News 2014-10-25T21:32:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/99358366/court-approves-demolition-of-foster-partners-harmon-hotel-in-vegas Court Approves Demolition of Foster + Partners' Harmon Hotel in Vegas Archinect 2014-05-07T12:10:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6hnm0ze7ezsnz4a.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; Harmon Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is being razed without ever opening. Owner MGM Resorts International received court approval on April 22 to demolish the unfinished 27-floor, oval-shaped tower following a protracted legal battle with its contractor, Tutor Perini Corp., over building defects.</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/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-21T13:28:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:28:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r64fmgfjjs1x5sy.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late in 2011, [Zappos CEO] Hsieh became even more legendary by announcing almost larkishly that he&rsquo;d be leading a $350 million effort to rejuvenate a blighted stretch of Las Vegas&rsquo; downtown [&hellip;] His plan was to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into an entrepreneurial tech nirvana. [...] Doubters have no place in the ecosystem. Pragmatists stand little chance. A love of hyperbole prevails.</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/84161736/archinect-field-trip-solar-decathlon-2013-basking-in-arrays-of-energy-efficiency Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2013-10-18T12:12:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bj/bjvjbh49ppb5q88h.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Plopped down on a former Marine Corp air station in the geographic middle of Orange County, nineteen solar-powered model homes line the runway to be judged in the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s 2013 Solar Decathlon. For its first year held away from the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Solar Decathlon was staged in Irvine&rsquo;s Great Park, which while being an abandoned airstrip surrounded by farmland, housing developments and dirt, purports to be the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ocgp.org/learn/design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first major metropolitan park of the 21st century</a>&rdquo;. For ten days, collegiate teams from around the world showcased their houses for public tours and competition in ten categories that grade affordability, marketability, design and energy efficiency. Each team has architects and engineers (sometimes from multiple schools) collaboratively design and build a fully functional solar-powered home for their chosen environment.</p> <p> What does the Department of Energy do with these winning designs once the competition is over? Anticlimactically, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82159513/get-lectured-unlv-school-of-architecture-fall-13 Get Lectured: UNLV School of Architecture Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-09-19T10:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-19T12:10:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/eyxp707a7l94kbnk.jpg" width="514" height="780" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a></p> <p> Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> We're featuring another Fall '13 + Spring '14 list, this time from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture.</p> <p> <em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em><br><br> All lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures will be held at <strong>6:00 pm</strong> at the <strong>UNLV Downtown Design Center</strong> at the Historic Fifth Street School in the Auditorium: <strong>401 South 4th Street - Las Vegas, NV</strong><br><br><strong>SEPTEMBER<br><br><em>September 9</em></strong><br><strong>Dan Sesil</strong> / Partner at LERA<br><strong>The Structure of Things</strong><br><br><em><strong>September 23</strong></em><br><strong>Rick Joy</strong> / Principal at Rick Joy Architects<br><strong>Taking the Time</strong></p> <p> <br><strong>OCTOBER<br><br><em>October 14</em></strong><br><strong>Mark Jarzombek</strong> / Associate Dean of th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81696242/70-s-vegas-underground-home-on-the-market-for-1-7m 70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M Archinect 2013-09-12T20:43:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:00:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1be24af7a5e583c5366a8f50d12b865c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The above ground structure is just like any other&ndash; with the only hints being multiple air conditioning units, and emergency exits around the property. The underground interior is one that&rsquo;s stuck in the hippy chic 1970&prime;s days. Pink draperies, carpet and classic columns outfit the dated interior. Putting greens, a rock facade barbecue and natural style light settings make for an interesting setting that&rsquo;s completely user controlled.</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/76416883/something-is-happening-in-vegas-but-will-it-convince-people-to-stay Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay? David Smolker 2013-07-05T17:51:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/omdw9hx1xlf7cus5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Writes New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman: "Las Vegans I spoke with, young and old, complained about not having 'enough authentic places,' which are 'locally owned, one of a kind, less corporate,' as Tyler Jones, a 35-year-old architect-developer of luxury homes and third-generation Las Vegan, put it to me. They wanted a Las Vegas for Las Vegans."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Las Vegas, a city long-defined by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdyLfdHbr7E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">googie</a>, short-term stays, and the flash and pulse of the Strip, is doing some soul-searching. The <a href="http://www.downtownproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Project</a>, backed by online apparel mogul and Zappo's executive Tony Hsieh, is leading efforts to cultivate authentic neighborhood feel and life at street level through investments in small-businesses filling decrepit areas of the city. Zappo's will soon relocate to the old City Hall building, and Hsieh and the Downtown Project are pursuing redevelopment under a feverish pace: 5 years to "transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world".&nbsp;</p> <p> The rapid pace of redevelopment should seem familiar to those who watched Las Vegas emerge from a desolate patch of desert to a flashing neon playground for the rich and fabulous, and despite the good intentions of Hsieh and his partners, the question looms: is community developed in a flash anything more than a mirage?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63804386/pbs-architecture-show-to-explore-story-behind-gehry-designed-ruvo-clinic PBS architecture show to explore story behind Gehry-designed Ruvo clinic Alexander Walter 2012-12-20T12:56:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T15:23:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4c5ffc2805d97cfd3583a30e1536d40.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the Gehry story is about how Ruvo lost his father to Alzheimer's and wanted to bring a world-class architect to Las Vegas &hellip; if he could attract Gehry, maybe then he gets the Cleveland Clinic. Let&rsquo;s go after the best architect and then the best clinic.</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/59840464/revitalizing-las-vegas-via-the-downtown-project Revitalizing Las Vegas via the Downtown Project Nam Henderson 2012-10-22T16:40:00-04:00 >2012-10-23T19:56:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bpvm2q3pryiuoy2e.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Florida...thinks it needs a &ldquo;robust community proc&shy;ess,&rdquo; in which an outside group could help build consensus with the surrounding community and create a plan that takes their wishes&shy; into account. &ldquo;You can have serendipity,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But when you&rsquo;re building a community, you also need a strategy.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Timothy Pratt profiled Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project for the Sunday NYT Magazine. The project began when the chief executive of Zappos decided to lease the former City Hall,&nbsp; instead of buying land and building the typical Silicon Valley corporate campus. In order to provide an attractive urban community for his employees, Hsieh went one step further and started the Downtown Project, a $350 million urban experiment to build "<strong>the most community-focused large city in the world</strong>". The goal is not R.O.I. but maximizing R.O.C (Return on community) and increasing "<em>serendipitous encounters</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41963078/how-roger-thomas-redesigned-las-vegas How Roger Thomas Redesigned Las Vegas Archinect 2012-03-19T11:29:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T11:29:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap519k9l81f7589f.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wynn&rsquo;s hotels are famous for having brought a luxurious, five-star approach to Vegas. But their real achievement may be psychological: they have remade the architecture of gaming itself. The received wisdom of modern casino design was codified by a former gambling addict named Bill Friedman in his book &ldquo;Designing Casinos to Dominate the Competition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonah Lehrer pens a piece in this week&rsquo;s issue of the New Yorker, in which he visits Roger Thomas, the head of design at Wynn Resorts, who has revolutionized casino design in Las Vegas.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/17764570/mgm-targets-foster-designed-harmon-tower-in-vegas-for-demolition MGM Targets (Foster-designed) Harmon Tower in Vegas for Demolition Archinect 2011-08-22T11:41:59-04:00 >2011-08-22T11:43:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00dffda1b1ba2718991e68d484a4b4ad.jpg" width="262" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MGM Resorts International on Monday said it wants to destroy its Harmon building &mdash; an unfinished condo-and-hotel tower riddled with construction engineering problems. Designed by famed architect Norman Foster, the Harmon is part of the Las Vegas Strip&rsquo;s $9 billion CityCenter project...</p></em><br /><br /><p> As we reported 3 years ago, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85515/vegas-harmon-hotel-gets-cut-in-half" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas' Harmon Hotel gets cut in half</a>.</p>