Archinect - News 2016-12-03T16:51:16-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149977916/paul-goldberger-on-thomas-heatherwick-21st-century-eames Paul Goldberger on Thomas Heatherwick: "21st-Century Eames" Alexander Walter 2016-11-10T19:39:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T04:39:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5n/5nxut8tmmki6k7up.jpg" width="650" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] part architect, part furniture designer, part product designer, part researcher, part landscape architect, and part Pied Piper of design, and the things he comes up with manage somehow to be at once charming and brash. [...] shares not only the Eameses&rsquo; determination to be wide-ranging but also their fascination with technology, their interest in communication, and, most important of all, their passionate belief in the meaning of actually making things and in using materials in new ways.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other recent Thomas Heatherwick sightings in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968515/renderings-of-thomas-heatherwick-s-vessel-for-new-york-s-hudson-yard-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942976/construction-of-heatherwick-signe-nielsen-designed-pier-55-to-begin-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of Heatherwick + Signe Nielsen-designed Pier 55 to begin this summer</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968515/renderings-of-thomas-heatherwick-s-vessel-for-new-york-s-hudson-yard-revealed Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed Nicholas Korody 2016-09-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T12:57:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gc/gcjl8156o8bg70ad.jpg" width="650" height="722" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, bold and basket-shaped, the structure, &ldquo;Vessel,&rdquo; stands 15 stories, weighs 600 tons and is filled with 2,500 climbable steps. Long under wraps, it is the creation of Thomas Heatherwick, 46, an acclaimed and controversial British designer, and will rise in the mammoth Far West Side development Hudson Yards, anchoring a five-acre plaza and garden that will not open until 2018. Some may see a jungle gym, others a honeycomb.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>But Stephen M. Ross, the billionaire founder and chairman of Related Companies, which is developing Hudson Yards with Oxford Properties Group, has his own nickname for &ldquo;Vessel&rdquo;: &ldquo;the social climber.&rdquo; And the steep price tag Mr. Ross&rsquo;s privately held company is paying for Mr. Heatherwick&rsquo;s installation? More than $150 million.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/312pn4qpqomikmoz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hgogaylt8c943jja.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;My studio was commissioned&nbsp;to design a centerpiece for an unusual new piece of land in New York. In a city full of eye-catching&nbsp;structures, our first thought was that it shouldn&rsquo;t just be something to look at. Instead we wanted to make&nbsp;something that everybody could use, touch, relate to," states Heatherwick in the press release. "Influenced by images we had seen of Indian&nbsp;stepwells, made from hundreds of flights of stairs going down into the ground, an idea emerged to use&nbsp;flights of stairs as building elements.&rdquo;</p><p>Comprised of 154 interconnected stairs and 80 landings, the structure rises from a 50 ft diameter base to 150 ft at the top. A painted steel structure ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955298/construction-on-heatherwick-s-pier55-halted-due-to-court-order Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order Nicholas Korody 2016-06-30T17:28:00-04:00 >2016-07-01T03:36:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d9/d9qfs8iplz9w16sq.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An appellate court on Thursday halted construction on Pier55... Crews had just begun work on the $130 million green space... The opponents, led by the City Club of New York, filed suit in state Supreme Court in June 2015, arguing that the Hudson River Park Trust, the entity that manages and operates the park, did not go through the proper channels to launch the project and didn't adequately study the potential environmental impacts of Pier55.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2.7 acre, Thomas Heatherwick-designed park, which is funded largely by the Diller-von Furstenberg family, has been controversial for both its design and for the alleged secrecy surrounding it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apyh1yhm4t9srtf6.jpg"></p><p>"The project is significantly imperiled at this point, and we are very happy about that," &nbsp;Richard Emery, the attorney representing the plaintiff stated. "We think this is a project borne of secrecy and deception, and should not be part of the city landscape without a very different approach to getting public and government approvals."</p><p>A spokesperson for Pier55 Inc, on other hand, said, "By continuing its misguided crusade, the City Club is obstructing the will of the local community and undermining a much-needed effort to create new public parks in New York City."</p><p>The state appellate court ordered work to be halted until September, when the case will be heard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u15ydrrlpgrx7ie0.jpg"></p><p>For more on Pier55 and other Heatherwick projects, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948451/london-s-garden-bridge-the-saga-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942976/construction-of-heatherwick-signe-nielsen-designed-pier-55-to-begin-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of Hea...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953176/tell-us-what-does-the-eu-referendum-means-to-you Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you Ellen Hancock 2016-06-22T11:33:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T02:11:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v7/v7oes5siqyyqrbcy.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a recent poll by the AJ 78% of architects want Britain to remain in the EU. &nbsp;In May David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, Amanda Levete, and Thomas Heatherwick were among many prolific industry professionals who vocalised their decision to back the remain campaign with an open letter published in the Telegraph.&nbsp;</p><p>With less than 24 hours before voting begins is this percentage still the same? &nbsp;How will the referendum and aftermath affect the industry? And why are you voting to remain or leave? We want to know what you <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/archinect.com/forms/d/1KGDiiSRkf7wdJoaKD9gWVzeVcAnXkvabDXWUx1LbL_4/viewform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">think.</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T18:25:00-04:00 >2016-06-05T01:21:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p26pmrtkr6a4xo45.jpg" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Garden Bridge is a land grab,&rdquo; says Michael Ball of Thames Central Open Spaces. &ldquo;That is, a major piece of public space and amenity &ndash; the South Bank, the River Thames, and the views across central London &ndash; would be sequestered for private interests, albeit cloaked in some appearance of charity and beneficence. When I saw Pier 55 I realised it was an even more blatant example of the same idea.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this piece design critic par excellence <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71565097/dreams-built-and-broken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> analyzes two similar <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127301057/problem-solving-with-thomas-heatherwick-on-archinect-sessions-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a> designed-projects, London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> and New York's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942976/construction-of-heatherwick-signe-nielsen-designed-pier-55-to-begin-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a>, in the hopes of discovering why one seems to be resonating with the public while the other has inspired <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satiric contests to replace it</a>. Murky funding issues, misleading renderings, <em>Absolutely Fabulous</em> tie-ins: it's all here.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ft10qc8yc4kz85m5.jpg"></p><p>For more on the saga of the Garden Bridge:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140810831/london-garden-bridge-will-track-visitors-phone-signals-submitted-plan-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T04:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:13:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b4/b4ldd7kje41cjtya.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hey London, how do you feel about a major span across the Thames being corporately sponsored? Because that's what's going to happen with the Garden Bridge. It's just been announced that Sky, the media behemoth owned by Rupert Murdoch, has given an undisclosed amount to the Garden Bridge Trust. But this is no altruistic gesture: one of the gardens on the bridge "will be named by Sky".</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the article <a href="http://londonist.com/2016/01/sky-garden-bridge-1234" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">notes</a>, there are a slew of issues &ndash; besides aesthetic ones &ndash; plaguing the newest Thames crossing. First, Sky is set to sponsor the bridge. Second, attendance projections suggest that queues will be necessary and South Bank will get even more crowded (so much for expediting travel). Third, your cell phone <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140810831/london-garden-bridge-will-track-visitors-phone-signals-submitted-plan-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be tracked</a> while on the bridge.</p><p>Yikes.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141841403/has-london-finally-found-a-thames-bridge-that-everyone-can-get-behind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind?</a></li><li><p><a title="London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140810831/london-garden-bridge-will-track-visitors-phone-signals-submitted-plan-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says</a></p></li><li><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p></li><li><p><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></p></li><li><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143148105/thomas-heatherwick-and-diamond-schmitt-architects-to-lead-geffen-hall-redesign Thomas Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt Architects to lead Geffen Hall redesign Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-11T19:09:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T00:21:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vy/vyrslw2u032c6juf.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In making the long-awaited decision as to who would reimagine its home, the New York Philharmonic &mdash; together with Lincoln Center &mdash; has made a surprising choice, selecting the London firm Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall. [...] He will essentially be replacing the British heavyweight Norman Foster, the Pritzker-winning architect who a decade ago was commissioned to redesign what was then known as Avery Fisher Hall.</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/140810831/london-garden-bridge-will-track-visitors-phone-signals-submitted-plan-says London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says Alexander Walter 2015-11-11T04:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-11T12:16:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tm/tmz1urikbygz68sk.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visitors to the garden bridge in London will be tracked by their mobile phone signals and supervised by staff with powers to take people&rsquo;s names and addresses and confiscate and destroy banned items, including kites and musical instruments, according to a planning document. [...] Caroline Pidgeon [...] said she feared the bridge was following &ldquo;a worrying trend of the privatisation of public places, where the rights of private owners trump those of ordinary people&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140292849/london-garden-bridge-wins-new-supporters-with-revised-funding-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125910421/further-legal-setbacks-for-london-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137355586/cheeky-a-folly-for-london-winners-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140814059/thomas-heatherwick-named-wsj-magazine-s-2015-design-innovator Thomas Heatherwick named WSJ. Magazine’s 2015 Design Innovator Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T15:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:29:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcp82xoolvx06xbt.jpg" width="650" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The thing about Thomas is that every project seems to come out of a completely different burst of imagination,&rdquo; says media mogul Barry Diller [...] &ldquo;Nothing looks similar&mdash;there&rsquo;s no linkage. I think he&rsquo;s the most creative, interesting architect&mdash;other than Frank Gehry, whom I adore&mdash;alive. They share a kind of genius for imagination in its purest form.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The six other creatives that were &ndash;&nbsp;along with Heatherwick &ndash;&nbsp;awarded the title of WSJ. Magazine's 2015&nbsp;Innovators of the Year are:</p><ul><li>Richard Serra (Art)</li><li>Angelina Jolie Pitt (Entertainment/Film)</li><li>Karl Ove Knausgaard (Literature)</li><li>Miuccia Prada (Fashion)</li><li>Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack (Technology)</li><li>Mark Parker, CEO of Nike (Brand)</li></ul><p>If you haven't yet, take a listen to our interview with Thomas Heatherwick from earlier this year. The interview starts at around 10:30...</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139044030/winners-of-the-thomas-heatherwick-making-monograph-giveaway Winners of the "Thomas Heatherwick: Making" monograph giveaway Justine Testado 2015-10-15T18:11:00-04:00 >2015-10-15T18:35:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/po/pony9nt9kawt3onx.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this month, Archinectors had <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137438360/win-the-thomas-heatherwick-making-monograph" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the chance</a> to win "Thomas Heatherwick: Making", the British architect's latest monograph, published by <a href="http://www.monacellipress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Monacelli Press</a>. Co-authored by Thomas Heatherwick himself, the revised and expanded version of the 2012 publication delves into the details behind 140 projects.</p><p>The winners are:</p><ul><li>Nathan B.</li><li>Daniel S.</li><li>Marlin T.</li><li>Zach P.</li><li>Shawn S.</li></ul><p>Congrats! A big thanks to everyone who participated.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137438360/win-the-thomas-heatherwick-making-monograph Win the "Thomas Heatherwick: Making" monograph! Justine Testado 2015-10-01T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T08:46:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ba/badbu7k60a6ghajd.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Thomas Heatherwick: Making" compiles over 20 years' worth of work by the acclaimed British designer and his London practice into one hefty yet sleek 640-page book. Co-authored by Thomas Heatherwick himself, the revised and expanded version of the 2012 monograph delves into the details behind 140 projects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lv/lv86hp7l4yegbdj0.jpg"></p><p>Heatherwick explains the fundamental design question each project is based on, followed by the creative and practical processes used to address the question. The book contains hundreds of images of works like the recently completed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122754938/look-inside-heatherwick-studio-s-newly-opened-learning-hub-at-ntu-singapore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning Hub at the Nanyang Technological University</a> in Singapore, the sea urchin-like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK Pavilion</a> at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2012 Olympics London Bus, the hotly debatable <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>, and of course, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136279503/archinect-s-comparison-of-gorgeous-yet-pragmatic-chair-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spun Chair</a>.</p><p>Thanks to <a href="http://www.monacellipress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Monacelli Press</a>, Archinect is giving away "Thomas Heatherwick: Making" to five of our lucky readers!</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Fill out&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1alJd7OLtO25tvq27FvEKsT_M1CjUYOPC7e6FJPwv_V4/viewform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a>&nbsp;by end of day October 9th, 2015. Five winners will be selected. Good luck...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T04:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xfdtb66u8zd8fme.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London garden bridge project has been placed in jeopardy after a London council withdrew its support because of public costs and the Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said he would ditch the proposed horticultural Thames river crossing if he took office.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed Garden Bridge, which recently inspired <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137355586/cheeky-a-folly-for-london-winners-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a satirical contest of unpalatable entries</a>, may be doomed to remain a hotly contested rendering. The &pound;30 million of public funds needed to fund the bridge has temporarily been withdrawn because Lambeth council leader Lib Peck said the cost is "unjustified." Both current <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136902174/london-mayor-boris-johnson-pledges-285-000-to-crowdfunding-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Boris Johnson</a>&nbsp;and chancellor George Osborne have pledged &pound;30 million of his own to the project, but it will still need additional funding to bridge the gap.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137355586/cheeky-a-folly-for-london-winners-announced Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T06:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4r/4r9eirigs62rarfa.jpg" width="650" height="192" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> hasn't attracted universal acclaim, it has spurred an <a href="http://www.afollyforlondon.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unusual competition</a>. A purposefully free-to-enter satirical contest known as "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Folly for London</a>"&nbsp;encouraged anyone and everyone to submit "absurd, illogical, egotistic and obtrusive designs for&nbsp;the public green space on London&rsquo;s South Bank which would be sacrificed for The Garden Bridge." Judged by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, journalist&nbsp;Owen Hatherley and political cartoonist&nbsp;Martin Rowson, the overall winner, "Green Fire of London" is a perennial flame fueled by trees culled from London's parks to "free up vast tracts of new land for developers to use for luxury constructions." It beat out entries in a variety of categories, including Absurd Transport Infrastructure, Priapic Humour, and Greenwash.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vr/vrtk4i59319nfce9.jpg"></p><p>Some of the honorable mentions, including "Jesus Square &amp; Bridge" took a subtler approach, proposing the construction of an underwater bridge that would allow any species walki...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far Julia Ingalls 2015-08-06T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:32:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5m/5m82619o83ots5q0.jpg" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-hawthorne-405-freeway-design-20150730-column.html#page=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a>, Christopher Hawthorne eloquently pans the new addition to the 405 freeway, noting that "The expanded 405 might be the first L.A. freeway project to look haggard and disjointed the day it opened." His review comes at a time when infrastructure, especially in California, is starting to (violently) show signs of its age: last year, the University of California Los Angeles briefly flooded thanks to an aged <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105398405/water-main-breaks-on-sunset-blvd-floods-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">water main</a>&nbsp;breaking, and in July a freak thunderstorm collapsed a portion of interstate 10. Hawthorne's displeasure is focused primarily on the 405's haphazard design to please multiple neighborhoods, its tacky soil-nail construction retaining walls ("This technique is something like the comb-over of freeway design"), and its simple underwhelming-ness as a public works project.</p><p>Meanwhile, James S. Russell's thoughtful examination of Thomas Heatherwick in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/arts/design/the-price-of-thomas-heatherwicks-imagination.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=2&amp;utm_content=bufferb2c3c&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> delves into one of the perennially feisty debates of the architectural realm: just ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:07:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/35/357ptbdiparo1uax.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has ordered a review of the procurement process for London&rsquo;s garden bridge design after the Architects&rsquo; Journal revealed apparent irregularities in the tendering process. [...] Heatherwick&rsquo;s &pound;173,000 fee was more than three times more expensive than the &pound;49,939 offer by Wilkinson Eyre, and more than 11 times that of the &pound;15,125 offer by Marks Barfield. [...] cost of the project could fund 30 new London parks or 30 times the amount of open space the bridge would provide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127301057/problem-solving-with-thomas-heatherwick-on-archinect-sessions-29 Problem-solving with Thomas Heatherwick on Archinect Sessions #29 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-15T10:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:31:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ah/ahy270ay3j3tgbdz.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prior to his artist talk at the Hammer Museum last week, nearing the culmination of his massively successful "<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;ved=0CC0QFjAE&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F116128341%2Fheatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition&amp;ei=rCZVVZuTIoGUNvG_gKgM&amp;usg=AFQjCNEsTRy-VpT8pbr6j9odoFYoQkAWpQ&amp;sig2=2vmCnnmcIzBOb5itt7FZ-w&amp;bvm=bv.93564037,d.eXY&amp;cad=rja" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Provocations</a>" show, Thomas Heatherwick spoke with Paul and Amelia about his firm's personality and design approach. We discuss his interview on this week's single-focus episode, touching on his diverse project list, his "doubting Thomas" identity, and his attitudes towards "franchised" architecture.</p><p>If you're in Los Angeles, "Provocations" will be at the Hammer Museum through May 24. To hear more about the exhibition, listen to our conversation with curator Brooke Hodge, featured on "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122606084/archinect-sessions-episode-20-three-funerals-and-a-curator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three Funerals and a Curator</a>".</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-nine of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "A talk with Thomas Heatherwick"</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcas...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126382705/furniture-designer-christopher-guy-harrison-s-interview-with-thomas-heatherwick Furniture designer Christopher Guy Harrison's interview with Thomas Heatherwick Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-29T12:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T13:05:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8n/8noqmkw2nj5rb29g.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the occasion of winning Harrison's 2015&nbsp;BritWeek Design Icon Award, Thomas Heatherwick spoke with the furniture designer about his work and visions for his firm's future. We've selected a few highlights from Heatherwick's interview below:</p><p><strong>Harrison: Your staggering body of work has spanned the globe &ndash; is there a there a piece of work which you are most proud of, and is there one which is on the horizon which you are excited about?</strong></p><p>Heatherwick: Every single project is exciting. I was always wary of friends I have known who had set up organizations or companies and then done some things which were supposed to be special things and then 'bread and butter' projects. I was always wary of that because it seemed a slippery slope. I was aware of how limited the resources of your brain and team are, and it seems to waste that on anything that you didn't put everything into is crazy; because you diminish the energy for what you do really care about. So every one of the projects has got someth...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125910421/further-legal-setbacks-for-london-garden-bridge Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:39:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05sg2mvuyyyke8jc.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Campaigners opposed to the planned Garden Bridge over the River Thames in London have won the right to challenge a council's approval for it. The judicial review of Lambeth Council's decision to give planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge will be heard in June. Questions were raised about bridge's funding and its impact on views across the river of St Paul's Cathedral.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124917488/looking-at-all-sides-of-the-pier-55-offshore-park-development Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development Justine Testado 2015-04-09T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T14:23:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zw/zw1bk8goewj055zy.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For fans of the park, the gift from the Diller-von Furstenberg foundation represented more than the revival of Pier 54. It was a statement that Hudson River Park deserved to be in the same league as the city&rsquo;s other signature, showy spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More details -- or opinions, perhaps -- are surfacing for the proposed Pier 55 "culture island", which media mogul Barry Diller commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design for New York's Hudson River Park.&nbsp;Since the plan was first publicly announced back <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in November</a>, followed by a lease agreement approved <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/12/nyregion/lease-deal-for-pier-55-park-off-hudson-river-is-approved.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in February</a>, plans to make the $130 million development a reality appear to gradually be moving forward.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122606084/archinect-sessions-episode-20-three-funerals-and-a-curator Archinect Sessions Episode #20: Three Funerals and a Curator Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-12T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T10:53:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gm/gmdnswh9tbtxxl6f.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ten minutes before we sat down to record this week's episode, the Pritzker Prize Laureate was announced &ndash; posthumously. The winner, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122595638/frei-otto-wins-2015-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frei Otto</a> (1925 - 2015), was a German architect whose impressive work and research with lightweight and sustainable structures influenced countless architects through the 20th century to today. Otto was informed of the prize before his death in Germany this past Monday, March 9, prompting the Pritzker committee to make the formal announcement the day after.&nbsp;</p><p>This episode, we reflect on Otto's remarkable life and the Prize's announcement in the midst of his passing. We also examine the uncertain fate (and value) of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House</a>, which will be up for sale on May 19, and consider whether architects should shoulder the cultural and emotional weight of deciding <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122440514/architect-proposes-turning-dead-humans-into-compost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">how we bury our dead</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c69c27jy207q8mga.jpg"></p><p>And on the heels of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's announcement that BIG will collaborate with Heatherwick Studios</a> on their campus expansion, Amelia spoke with curator <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/569104/brooke-hodge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooke Hodge</a> i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122201296/archinect-sessions-episode-19-don-t-be-evil-don-t-throw-stones Archinect Sessions Episode #19: Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones Archinect 2015-03-05T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-03-25T10:22:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1f/1fqwi6bq2zo7nwek.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week Amelia, Paul, Donna and Ken discuss the somewhat controversial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Headquarters</a> design by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a>. On a completely different note, we also discuss the new, and the nation's first, slavery museum,&nbsp;Whitney Plantation, in Louisiana.&nbsp;</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via <a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">twitter</a> #archinectsessions,&nbsp;<a href="http://ed@archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;or call us at (213) 784-7421. And if you can, we'd love for you to rate us on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iTunes</a> or Stitcher!</p><p>Listen to episode nineteen of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-19.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582000/big-heatherwick-studio-to-design-new-google-hq BIG / Heatherwick Studio to design new Google HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:32:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kp/kphyzgeu7vflksdy.jpg" width="650" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, [Google] is expected to propose new headquarters &mdash; a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels [...] The project in Mountain View, which Google has not made public but has discussed with members of the City Council, is likely to aggravate an increasingly testy relationship between the company and community leaders who fear the company is overrunning their small city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Both Heatherwick Studio and BIG have gained global success working on an impressive variety of scales, from the infrastructural to the sculptural, and also happen to both have relatively young founders (Heatherwick is 45, Ingels is 40). While details aren't expected until later this week, it feels safe to say that the design will continue Google's urbanification of its campus &ndash; borrowing elements from urban planning and "spontaneity generating" strategies for a new HQ that has BIG's playfulness and Heatherwick's artfulness.</p><p>More recent news from the firms:</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playing with climate at BIG's "Hot to Cold", now open at the National Building Museum</a></em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/4356w3w6vtjgdw5o.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A legal challenge is being launched in the High Court against plans to build a garden bridge over the River Thames in central London. A south London resident claims Lambeth Council unlawfully granted planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge. Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in Lambeth, fears its impact will be "devastating". Lambeth Council said the bridge would potentially benefit "both the local and wider London economy".</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition Justine Testado 2014-12-17T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T15:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c7/c796m9hnoge74u3x.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <em>Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio</em> exhibition presents&nbsp; the design concepts behind the span of projects that British designer <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick </a>and his London-based studio have created worldwide. Currently at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas until January 4, <em>Provocations</em> will make its West Coast debut at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on February 20.</p><p>Presented as a "jack of all trades" and organized by Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayed, the upcoming L.A. exhibition will feature prototypes, photos, video footage, films, objects, and large-scale models.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxuiuef7r6mid2le.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition will include product designs like the "Spun" chair and the Longchamps Zip Bag as well as more recognizable icons like the Olympic Cauldron and the redesigned double decker buses from the London 2012 Olympic Games.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o68tuvpi273jzeu7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9xv34mhp8w7go5u.jpg"></p><p>"Provocations" will also highlight Heatherwick's large-scale projects like the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the Nanyang Technological University&nbsp;Learning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114038603/london-s-garden-bridge-not-so-public-after-all London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:37:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/91/9126bc2fe3215b35b7f4f645466941bc.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the bridge will be closed at night, won't allow entry to cyclists or groups of 8 or more without prior booking, and will ocassionally be closed off for fundraising events. Right. So less a public bridge than a privately-managed tourist attraction, then. [...] The east of London, on the other hand, could actually use another crossing, with or without limits to access</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104964607/slums-siza-and-squatting-icymi-weekly-news-round-up-for-july-21-2014 Slums, Siza and squatting: ICYMI Weekly News Round-Up for July 21, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-28T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rz/rzfh9e19cqv22sx9.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Case You Missed It, a look back at the major happenings from last week's News.</p><p><strong>Friday, July 25</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum</a>: Venezuelans initially began living in the abandoned office towers in 2007, due to the country's burgeoning financial crisis. They are now being evicted by Caracas city officials, citing safety concerns in the 45-floor building.</li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court</a>: Olympic officials settled with designers from <a href="http://atopiainnovation.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atopia</a>, who claimed the cauldron design relied heavily on their ideas without citation. While Atopia's influence has been recognized, design of the cauldron is still credited to <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, July 24</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104955739/lvaro-siza-donates-his-architectural-archives-to-institutions-in-portugal-and-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza donates his architectural archives to institutions in Portugal and Canada</a>:&nbsp;The archive will be divided up between the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the <a href="http://www.gulbenkian.pt/Institucional/en/Homepage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o Gulbenkian</a> in Lisbon and the <a href="http://www.serralves.pt/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o de Serralves</a> in Porto.</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104938794/can-a-frank-gehry-design-help-change-the-dynamic-of-watts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Wat...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court Archinect 2014-07-25T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T13:22:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0e/0ezbuxnhmchxuzn5.jpg" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The startling cauldron of copper petals that rose up to form a flaming flower at the climax of the ceremony had been hailed as one of the most original in the history of the Games, and another triumph for the highly regarded British designer Thomas Heatherwick. But two years on, Locog has acknowledged in a statement that New York-based practice Atopia came up with five design principles that would go on to become defining characteristics of the cauldron.</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/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:17:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1p/1pfjvsf8qyg82mkf.jpg" width="600" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project &ndash; &nbsp;the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa &ndash;&nbsp;will be designed by&nbsp;British architect Thomas Heatherwick.&nbsp;"How do you turn 42 vertical concrete tubes into a place to experience contemporary culture?" the architect said.&nbsp;"We could either fight a building made of concrete tubes or enjoy it's tube-iness."</p><p>The museum will focus on works since 2000 and will be directed by&nbsp;Mark Coetzee.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime' Alexander Walter 2014-06-24T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-01-02T13:17:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/79606175da223ead3b8cc917c3789318.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor and what do you get? A floating forest across the Thames. But can anyone actually say what the &pound;175m garden bridge is for?</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/85306327/heatherwick-chosen-to-create-potentially-world-s-most-expensive-public-art-piece-for-new-york Heatherwick chosen to create potentially world's most expensive public art piece for New York Archinect 2013-10-29T18:20:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T18:20:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/28/28e35f1727abc673eb23c9d4bfb9fce2.jpg" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It isn't clear what the artwork will look like, though a person familiar with the matter said it would have a "gathering" theme. But it will be expensive: Mr. Ross, chairman of builder Related Cos., has told friends and associates the company intends to spend as much as $75 million on the centerpiece and surrounding public space.</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>