Archinect - News 2014-11-28T00:48:03-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/100228775/a-rare-look-at-north-korean-architecture-brought-to-you-by-non-koreans A rare look at North Korean architecture, brought to you by non-Koreans Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-23T11:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-30T13:09:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/227a4c70c6a3bdc07245be1b120fa882.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Korea pavilion has been a part of the Venice Architecture Biennale since 1993, when the optimism of the post-Berlin Wall era made reunification between North and South Korea seem plausible. But getting equal representation from both Northern and Southern architects &nbsp;in 2014 has proved nearly impossible -- architects from the North would never seek individualized attention for their work, their practice entirely determined by guidelines set in stone by "Kim Jong-il's Architectural Theory".</p><p>Minsuk Cho, principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22821/mass-studies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mass Studies</a> in Seoul and the curator of Korea's 2014 pavilion, thought he'd have to give up on the idea of a joint North-South effort when communications with North Korea fizzled out, without explanation. This year's Biennale's theme, <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/koolhaas/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014"</a>, is particularly relevant for Korea, considering both North and South remade their political and architectural landscapes after the Korean War, in the midst of mid-century modernism's development and the bi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98513147/philip-johnson-was-a-nazi-propagandist Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist Archinect 2014-04-22T21:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9642eec233e55a9dfbdc2367a5c2927.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government's Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States...</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/84665657/propaganda-artists-from-north-korea-paint-a-rose-tinted-china Propaganda artists from North Korea paint a rose-tinted China Quilian Riano 2013-10-21T12:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T18:45:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9volnwm2tqo14d8p.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A jovial group of Red Guards bask in the golden glow of cornfields, waving their flags at the magnificent harvest, while a rustic farming couple look on, carrying an overflowing basket of perfectly plump red apples. In the centre of this vision of optimism, where once might have beamed the cheerful face of Mao, stands the twisted loop of the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters, radiating a lilac sheen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Beautiful Future sees icons of Beijing's skyline reimagined by a team of propaganda painters in Pyongyang</p>