Archinect - News 2017-02-24T19:16:17-05:00 Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-09T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:19:54-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Everybody in China has been moved to a new location or a new city, new town, new apartment... But with such a big movement, or revolutionary change, there is very little discussion or very little meaningful challenge &mdash; intellectual challenge &mdash; about what architecture is in this fast developing society.&rdquo; Despite the country's building boom, Ai says that the state of China's architectural philosphy has largely remained stagnant because conversation is stifled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ai Weiwei, along with former ambassador to China Uli Sigg, journalist Martin Meyer, and Jacques Herzog, discussed architecture's role in contemporary Chinese society as part of a panel hosted by Asia Society Switzerland.</p><p>Weiwei referred to architecture alongside any aesthetic discussions, as threatening to the sitting Chinese government:&nbsp;&ldquo;The discussion does not benefit who is going to be profited. So authorities doesn&rsquo;t like this kind of discussion &mdash; any discussion related to aesthetics. That means [conversation] about philosophy, legitimacy of power &mdash; then that&rsquo;s very dangerous [to officials].&rdquo;</p><p>Watch the panel discussion below.</p><p></p><p>More news on the world-famous dissident artist:</p><ul><li><a title="Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a title="@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets ...</a></li></ul> Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-23T17:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:29:45-04:00 <img src="" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the artist says we should not &ldquo;sentimentalise or romanticise&rdquo; the crisis, which has seen more than 2,000 children die on their way to Europe. [...] Ai first visited Lesbos on Christmas Day last year, and has since dedicated most of his life to helping refugees there, even moving his studio to the island. [...] &ldquo;The goal is to make everyone conscious of the struggle of refugees. We need to protect humanity. The fight is endless. If we don&rsquo;t fight, our children have to fight,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li><li><a title="Curator of MoMA's &ldquo;Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter&quot; on palliative refugee architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curator of MoMA's &ldquo;Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" on palliative refugee architecture</a></li><li><a title="What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li></ul> Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media Alexander Walter 2015-12-30T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-30T16:00:55-05:00 <img src="" width="598" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is visiting Lesbos to document the plight of thousands of refugees who arrive daily on the Greek island by boat from Turkey. For the past two days, Ai has been photographing orange rubber dinghies coming into shore, families huddled around fires, people queuing to register at the Moria refugee camp and piles of discarded lifejackets, among other scenes [...] It is understood Ai will be creating a work in response to the refugee crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are just a few of Ai Weiwei's recent photos from the Lesbos refugee camp; giving a human face to people and entire families escaping war and persecution in their home countries of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, as well as documenting humanitarian workers, such as the Norwegian group, Drop in the Ocean.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All photos by Ai Weiwei via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@aiww</a>&nbsp;on Instagram.</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></li></ul> Herzog & de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners Julia Ingalls 2015-08-19T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:30:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron have the widest approach to architecture varying their style for each job. In this sense they epitomise the global search for an architecture of pluralism, one flexible enough for very different cultures...The high quality of the work is as notable as the wit; the amount of production as much as its personality. -RIBA President Stephen Hodder</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>, whose works include the recently approved yet controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour Triangle in Paris</a>&nbsp;and the redevelopment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's&nbsp;Tacheles cultural center</a>,&nbsp;received the 2015 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Jencks Award</a> for being a practice "that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture." In a statement by RIBA President Stephen Hodder, he noted that "the contribution to our profession from Jacques and Pierre is constantly profound."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The award, which includes a &pound;1,000 pound honorarium and the opportunity to deliver a lecture to RIBA chaired by Mr. Charles Jencks, will be officially presented on October 29th in London.</p> China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:40:33-04:00 <img src="" width="598" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Beijing, Ai Weiwei is back with a vengeance. The dissident Chinese artist has had four solo shows in the Chinese capital, ending an implicit exhibition ban that had been in place since his arrest in 2011. The fact that the shows, which opened in June, were permitted with minimal interference beyond one amended opening date surprised everyone, including Ai. &ldquo;I never planned to have a few shows all at once,&rdquo; Ai tells us.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art? An interview with Ai Weiwei</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei Exhibition Underscores Dangers and Importance of Art</a></li></ul> Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Big businesses and baby steps: Weekly News Round-Up for September 22 and 29, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T12:43:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="615" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a>: In a positive step for the Memorial's Approving Process Odyssey,&nbsp;the National Capital Planning Commission&nbsp;has OK'd the Commission on Fine Arts (the other federal body that must approve the design) to vote on the Memorial.</li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a>: A series of infographics on the representation of women in architectural practice and education, courtesy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 1:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again</a>: Not for more art space (Gehry tried that before) but for offices.</li><li><a title="Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture</a>: From the press release: "the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean."</li><li><a title="Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a>: The 10,000 population island will use renewable e...</li></ul> Editor's Picks #387 Nam Henderson 2014-10-02T12:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:33:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> Archinect talked with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adora Lo, Architect turned Pro LEGO Builder</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>They discussed the "<em>challenge of keeping it LEGO legal</em>" and the satisfaction of designing a "<em>Star Wars building in LEGO</em>".&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> was impressed "T<em>hat Boston model...The Lego version of 111 Huntington is nicer than the real one!</em>"</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;shared the debut issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOBBY</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;, </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bartlett School of Architecture</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;s new architecture magazine</a>, for <strong>Screen/Print #25</strong>.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced that it will be making significant changes to its Intern Development Program (IDP)</a>. Separate from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other considerations to change the IDP's terminology</a>, this decision chiefly includes two phases: (1) the removal of "elective" hourly requirements, and (2) condensing IDP's experience areas from the current 17 into six "practice-based categories".</p><p>The general consensus seemed to be underwhelmed - <strong>midlander</strong> quipped "<em>So......</em></p> @Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to prison, and a celebration of liberty. Ai Weiwei, the big man of Beijing, has spent years discovering pockets of freedom in the most straitened circumstances, resisting every effort by the Chinese government to shut him down. This week he opens a major new exhibition in a place that makes that resistance literal: on Alcatraz [...]. The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But this prison is decommissioned, and Ai is using it to extraordinary effect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Art? An interview with Ai Weiwei Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T15:54:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai&rsquo;s studio, called 258 Fake, has become China&rsquo;s equivalent of Andy Warhol&rsquo;s Factory. And Ai himself has increasingly taken on Warholian overtones: there is now little distinction between Ai the artist who creates artworks, and Ai the dissident who gets beaten by the cops. (In 2009, police pummelled his face, causing a cerebral haemorrhage.) Both are merged in an ongoing performance in which the man has become the art, and the art is the man.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ai Weiwei Exhibition Underscores Dangers and Importance of Art Alexander Walter 2014-04-03T15:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T17:22:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A major exhibition opens in Berlin this week of the work of Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist. Events like this are the very thing that protect him against further repression at home. The show is packed with moving works that are critical of the regime.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM "Only Displays International Artists" Alexander Walter 2014-02-18T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-18T16:54:38-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, art lovers around the world were shocked when someone strolled into the P&eacute;rez Art Museum Miami and destroyed a $1 million vase by Ai Weiwei. [...] The vandal is actually Maximo Caminero, a well-known local painter who has shown works at the Fountain Art Fair. He tells New Times that he destroyed the vase to make a point.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," he says. "They have spent so many millions now on international artists. It's the same political situation over and over again. I've been here for 30 years and it's always the same."</em></p> Interview with Ai Weiwei: 'My Virtual Life Has Become My Real Life' Alexander Walter 2014-01-15T14:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T17:01:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 56, discusses how the authorities monitor his movements in sometimes bizarre detail and the feud with the government in Beijing that has kept him from being allowed to leave the country for three years now.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei, Superflex and others take part in Gwangju Folly Project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-08T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="936" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architectural follies impose on our assumptions of what architecture is and what it should be -- what is function, what is beauty, where do private and public space meet.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Folly II</a>, part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Biennale Foundation</a>, highlights the politicization of public space through multiple folly-interventions in Gwangju. The project includes follies by Ai Weiwei, Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann, Superflex, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye and Taiye Selasi, among others, this November 10-11.</p> <p> Artistic Director Nikolaus Hirsch, with curators Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun, focus the follies on the contentiousness of public space, and its operation on the global scale. Positioned throughout the city, some follies are mobile (Ai Weiwei's "Cubic-meter Food Cart", a rumination on South Korea's <em>pojangmachas</em>) while others highly site-specific (Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann's "The Vote" is installed in a high-traffic commercial area).</p> <p> As the setting for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju&rsquo;s Democratic ...</a></p> Ai Weiwei’s Music Video, Recreating His Detention Archinect 2013-05-22T11:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T11:48:51-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now Mr. Ai is answering the guards&rsquo; request in a different key. He is presenting them, and the world, with his first heavy-metal music video, one with detailed re-creations of scenes from his 81 days of detention. He also portrays fantasies he imagines flitting through the guards&rsquo; minds. Mr. Ai posted the video on a Web site,, on Wednesday morning, Beijing time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ai Weiwei is featured on CBS News Archinect 2013-01-28T14:12:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T15:10:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has faced censorship and imprisonment by China's government. Rita Braver reports on a U.S. exhibit of the dissident's creations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ai Weiwei goes 'Gangnam Style' in video tribute to Psy Archinect 2012-10-24T19:16:00-04:00 >2012-10-31T15:05:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One media zeitgeist meets another in a new video posted by artist Ai Weiwei&nbsp;showing himself dancing "Gangnam Style."&nbsp;Ai tweeted the video of himself on Wednesday dancing in the style of Korean pop star Psy's popular music video, which has become an international hit.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ai Weiwei to lose design firm licence Archinect 2012-10-02T19:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:51-04:00 <img src="" width="304" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He said it was impossible to re-register his Fake Cultural Development firm because officials had confiscated relevant documents. The move follows his failed bid last week to challenge a tax evasion fine imposed on the firm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Twitter is his city, his favorite city Nam Henderson 2012-08-13T13:32:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T14:07:55-04:00 <img src="" width="625" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai Weiwei: No. Beijing's greatest problem is that it never belongs to its people. Though it's a city of more than 10 million, people living here are like people living in a hotel.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Beijing's best-known dissident, architect, and creative provocateur tells Jonathan Landreth what's wrong with China's frenetic capital.</p> AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY Archinect 2012-07-31T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T18:51:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. In the years she filmed, government authorities shut down Ai's blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention--while Time Magazine named him a runner-up for 2011's Person of the Year... Klayman's compelling documentary portrait is the inside story of a passionate dissident for the digital age...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How To Fill An Empty Bird's Nest: Beijing's Olympic Woes Paul Petrunia 2012-07-10T13:55:00-04:00 >2012-07-11T18:54:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai Weiwei has never set foot inside the [Bird's Nest]. He told NPR that the stadium has become entirely divorced from ordinary people. "We love this building, but we don't like the content they have put in, the kind of propaganda. They dissociated this building [from] citizens' celebration or happiness, [it's] not integrated with the city's life," Ai said. "So I told them I will never go to this building."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The attached photos were taken by me on a recent trip to Beijing.</p> Ai Weiwei the architect Archinect 2012-05-31T17:21:00-04:00 >2012-06-01T21:21:03-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai Weiwei will not attend the opening tomorrow of his architectural debut in London. One of the most important artists in the world today, and certainly the most famous Chinese artist, Ai has been under &ldquo;city arrest&rdquo; in Beijing since last year, unable to leave the Chinese capital and under constant surveillance from the Communist Party regime. He is accused of tax avoidance but many suspect his treatment is in retaliation for his outspoken and frequent criticism of the Chinese government.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously in the Archinect News: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Gallery Opens Pavilion (Without Ai Weiwei)</a>.</p> Serpentine Gallery Opens Pavilion (Without Ai Weiwei) Alexander Walter 2012-05-31T16:50:00-04:00 >2012-06-05T23:36:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, designed by Swiss architects Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, was presented to the press today before it will officially open to the public tomorrow, June 1.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Since Chinese officials had put Ai Weiwei on 'city arrest' in his hometown Beijing, he was not able to attend the ceremony together with his design collaborators Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Weiwei was however allowed to send a recorded statement: &ldquo;As an artist, I&rsquo;m always very interested in putting art, design, architecture and social change together&thinsp;...&thinsp;to give new possibilities.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>For a detailed conceptual description by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, check out this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous Bustler post</a>.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>All photographs above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei &copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Photo &copy; 2012 Iwan Baan)</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>All drawings and renderings above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron &amp; Ai Weiwei &copy; 2012, by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei</em></p> A Dissident Did Our Guesthouse Archinect 2012-05-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2012-06-04T14:08:11-04:00 <img src="" width="560" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one thing to own a dozen original &ldquo;Zodiac Head&rdquo; sculptures by the Chinese artist, dissident, and human-rights cause c&eacute;l&egrave;bre Ai Weiwei. It is quite another to live in a house partially designed by him. But such is the good fortune of two Columbia County art collectors, who six years ago commissioned the Swiss firm HHF Architects and its scruffily bearded collaborator to build them a home with a detached guesthouse and garage on a pastoral 40-acre plot upstate.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First Images of the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei Alexander Walter 2012-05-07T20:14:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T01:11:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London's Serpentine Gallery just released plans for the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. This summer's pavilion, the twelfth commission in the gallery&rsquo;s annual series, will be open to the public from June 1 to October 14, 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Let us know what you think about this year's pavilion design in the comment section below. You can also re-read reactions to the initial announcement of the design team <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Ordos 100, directed by Ai Weiwei Archinect 2012-02-22T17:16:00-05:00 >2012-02-28T10:28:04-05:00 <img src="" width="635" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Directed by Ai Weiwei (China, 2012). Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012. Ordos 100 is a construction project curated by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. One hundred architects from 27 countries were chosen to participate and each design a 1000-square-meter villa to be built in a new community in Inner Mongolia. The 100 villas would be designed to fit a master plan designed by Ai Weiwei.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron, selected for 2012 Serpentine Archinect 2012-02-07T10:42:00-05:00 >2015-08-19T13:29:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei collaboration &ndash; the 12th pavilion &ndash; breaks the mould of the sequence so far as the criterion for the commission had been for an architect not to have built in England. But Herzog &amp; de Meuron are also deeply engaged in the art world, having built the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. They are currently working on art museums in New York, Miami and Kolkata.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AI WEIWEI: Evolution of a Dissident Orhan Ayyüce 2012-01-25T11:33:00-05:00 >2012-01-27T10:49:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am not stupid, you know. Of course I know what I am doing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Thousands pay Ai Weiwei's tax bill Archinect 2011-11-08T20:35:00-05:00 >2013-01-28T14:18:30-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial artist has already received more than 6,000 yuan ($958,000) from more than 22,200 people. While many have sent money via post and the internet, other have resorted to rather unconventional methods -- folding bank notes into paper planes and throwing them into Ai's garden at night.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #227 Nam Henderson 2011-09-04T13:59:55-04:00 >2011-09-05T13:51:10-04:00 <img src="" width="591" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>theids wants to start a conversation about the Animal Architecture Awards. To theids, "this is not Animal Architecture. I feel that they have taken a term that was already being used to describe other projects... which pre-dates this competition that has been hosted for 3 years. " der flaneur cautioned "Zoomorphic is an architecture book for 1st year students that want to see 'cool animal-looking buildings'."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> Apple&rsquo;s just-opened 4th Street (N. Calif.) store, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">is designed so that the new sidewalk, store window panels and inside stone floor tiles all are dimensioned and positioned to present a symmetrical appearance</a>.</p> <p> <strong>subtect</strong> feels "<em>This is a really terrible drawing. if you draw the room volume as a single point perspective, then follow through with the tile and sidewalk lines for fuck sake. The end gaps between the glazing and the storefront perimeter are different widths.</em>" while <strong>tagalong</strong> believes "<em>the cube is actually quite the disappointment, the rear window is a conventional rear window, the only glass that wraps is the exterior so it's all just fake aesthetics...probably started off with the idea for wrap around visibility but at some point got VE'd out due to not being able to reconcile the structural C column with visibility,</em>"&nbsp;However, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Gachich</a>&nbsp;thinks this is just "<em>Another example of architects designing for architects. Looking for some kind of peer recognition, never t...</em></p>