Archinect - News 2016-05-31T21:51:49-04:00 The open graves where New York buries its unclaimed bodies Nicholas Korody 2016-05-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:28:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twice a week or so, loaded with bodies boxed in pine, a New York City morgue truck passes through a tall chain-link gate and onto a ferry that has no paying passengers. Its destination is Hart Island, an uninhabited strip of land off the coast of the Bronx in Long Island Sound, where overgrown 19th-century ruins give way to mass graves gouged out by bulldozers and the only pallbearers are jail inmates paid 50 cents an hour. There, divergent life stories come to the same anonymous end.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"New York is unique among American cities in the way it disposes of the dead it considers unclaimed: interment on a lonely island, off-limits to the public, by a crew of inmates. Buried by the score in wide, deep pits, the Hart Island dead seem to vanish &mdash; and so does any explanation for how they came to be there."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Be forewarned: it's a pretty grim read. Unclaimed bodies tend to have tragic backstories, providing a portrait of a city that provides few resources to its most vulnerable inhabitants: the mentally ill, homeless, elderly, and impoverished.</p><p>"In the face of an end-of-life industry that can drain the resources of the most prudent, these people are especially vulnerable," writes author Nina Bernstein.</p><p>For more on spaces devoted to the deceased, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural design brings light to funeral home</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Of death and Facebook</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Approaching a ...</a></li></ul> Qatar World Cup workers: FIFA launches welfare body to improve labor conditions Alexander Walter 2016-04-28T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:08:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fifa president Gianni Infantino has announced the launch of a body to oversee the treatment of workers on Qatar&rsquo;s World Cup stadiums. Fifa has been under pressure from Amnesty International, among others, over the alleged human rights abuses suffered by construction operatives at World Cup venues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' to Build Infrastructure</a></li></ul><p>Dire safety conditions also in Brazil:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></p> 11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds Alexander Walter 2016-04-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T13:47:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eleven people died while working on Olympic facilities or Games-related projects between January 2013 and March 2016, according to a report released Monday by Rio de Janeiro's Regional Labor and Employment Office. The report, released by Elaine Castilho, the auditor for the Rio Olympic Games works, also notes that no workers died in the preparations for the 2012 Summer Games in London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> Woodbury Dean Norman Millar has passed away Julia Ingalls 2016-04-21T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T13:13:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>School of Architecture Dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Millar</a>, who previously taught at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>, Pasadena Art Center and was active on both the San Diego and Los Angeles campuses of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woodbury</a>, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on April 14. He was 62 years old. Named "Educator of the Year" in 2014 by the&nbsp;AIA|LA and elected as President of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)</a>&nbsp;in 2012, Millar's legacy extended not only to his pragmatic pedagogy, but his dedication to fostering a culture of warmth and joy among his students. According to a statement released by Woodbury, he once said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I exited architecture school with the intention of making good buildings, and discovered that teaching expanded my passion by fostering it in students."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The head of the Woodbury architecture program since 1999, Dean Millar saw enrollment in the program triple during his watch. According to a 2013 discussion with Scott Johnson, as a child Millar initially wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon, bu...</p> A recollection of some of Zaha Hadid's recent prestigious accolades Justine Testado 2016-03-31T18:57:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:12:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid was a daring creative force from the very beginning...She had the ability to consistently shake things up in the architecture world &mdash; and leave a lasting influence. Throughout her extensive decorative career, Zaha Hadid received an abundance of awards including the 2004 Pritzker Prize and most recently the 2016 RIBA Gold Medal, being the first woman architect to win both awards in her own right.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect's sister site <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> rounded up some previous coverage on Hadid's accolades and award-winning projects that she and her firm have won over the last few years.&nbsp;</p><p>For more Archinect coverage on Zaha Hadid's passing:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;We just loved her&rdquo;: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha Hadid</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."</a></p> Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65 Center for Ants 2016-03-31T11:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:00:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>She died of a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Zaha Hadid passed away Thursday from an apparent heart attack in Miami, Florida. She was being treated in a hospital at the time.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Update:&nbsp;</p><p>Zaha Hadid's office has released an official statement on their website as follows:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>ZAHA HADID 1950-2016</p><p>It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning. She&nbsp;had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.</p><p>Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today.&nbsp;Born in Baghdad in 1950,&nbsp;she studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before starting&nbsp;her architectural journey in 1972 at the Architectural Association in London.</p><p>By 1979 she had established her own practice in London &ndash; Zaha Hadid Architects &ndash; garnering a reputation across the world for her&nbsp;ground-breaking&nbsp;theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong (1983), the Kurf&uuml;rstendamm...</p> Claude Parent, the "last Parisian Supermodernist", dies at 93 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-29T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:24:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Claude Parent, architect and theoretician of &ldquo;oblique function&rdquo;, passed away this past Saturday at the age of 93.</p><p>Trained at the Acad&eacute;mie des Beaux-Arts, Parent studied under Le Corbusier and collaborated with the philosopher Paul Virilio to form the idea of &ldquo;oblique function&rdquo;. Jean Nouvel in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domus</a>, on the occasion of the 2010 retrospective on Parent at the Cit&eacute; de l&rsquo;Architecture in Paris, describes the architect&rsquo;s theoretical interests as preoccupied with &ldquo;interior spaces in continuation, based on sequences of oblique and horizontal planes. The radicalism and expressiveness of these principles scramble all the conventions of orthogonal modernity.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Parent&rsquo;s built work is small in number but highly impactful. His Maison Drusch (Versailles, FR) and Church Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay (Nevers, FR) exemplify his &ldquo;oblique&rdquo; theories, constructing dramatic, sloped spaces to provoke inhabitants into being more self-aware. His &ldquo;utopian&rdquo; preoccupations and methodology has inspired many architect...</p> Of death and Facebook Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-12T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T14:49:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>dying online is open to anyone willing to share his or her end with the blogosphere. [...] This dissolving of the barriers between the public and the intimate is death&rsquo;s vital new upgrade... death has acquired a &ldquo;neurotic separation&rdquo; from daily life, and this separation has been identified as part of the &ldquo;malaise of the late twentieth century.&rdquo; But thanks to the internet, death might be losing some of its pariah status.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Prompted by the recent mass internet-public mourning of David Bowie, as well as a few agencies that offer post-death social media updates to perpetuate the online persona of your late loved-ones, Adrian Shaughnessy (graphic designer at the Royal College of Art) reflects on how a death shared online gets us that one step closer to immortality, "or for as long as the links keep working."</p><p>More from the death-desk:</p><ul><li><a title="A story about death and architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A story about death and architecture</a></li><li><a title="They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li><li><a title="Architect proposes turning dead humans into compost" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect proposes turning dead humans into compost</a></li><li><a title="Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape</a></li></ul> Australian architects mourn the loss of Paul Pholeros, renowned housing equality advocate for Aboriginal communities Justine Testado 2016-02-03T21:05:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T21:06:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Healthabitat, the non-profit Paul Pholeros co-founded,] developed a model called Housing for Health...working with Aboriginal communities, conducting a survey of all housing and completing urgent repairs using mainly local Indigenous contractors, and adding whatever upgrades or repairs they can afford until the money runs out. The organisation has improved more than 8,000 houses &ndash; a third of Australia&rsquo;s Indigenous-controlled housing stock &ndash; and with them the lives of 55,000 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New study suggests Aboriginal collective memory reaches back more than 7,000 years</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mindscraper: high-rise educational facility renderings in Sydney unveiled by Grimshaw &amp; BVN</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An illustrated history of Canberra, the Australian capital designed by American architects</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Stutchbury receives 2015 Gold Medal in Australia Achievement in Architecture Awards</a></p> "7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds Alexander Walter 2015-12-29T18:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has estimated that 7,000 workers will die before the first ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup. [...] &ldquo;Qatar&rsquo;s labour laws are ruinous for workers. All the government has done is to codify slavery. Employers can now even lend out workers to another employer without the worker&rsquo;s consent for up to a year&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In its 2015 report <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Qatar: Profit and Loss. Counting the cost of modern day slavery in Qatar: What price freedom?</em></a>, the ITUC demands that FIFA would make workers' right a central concern of the 2022 World Cup preparations. The organization has also called on Qatari authorities to take these immediate steps to improve workers' conditions:</p><ul><li>End the kafala system starting with the elimination of the exit visa;</li><li>Allow worker representation &ndash; a collective voice with elected representatives and workplace committees;</li><li>Employment contracts through direct employment or large, reputable, recruitment companies;</li><li>A national minimum wage for all workers, and collective bargaining rights;</li><li>Proper labor inspection and grievance mechanisms, inclusive of contractors, and an independent labor court.</li></ul><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full report.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qa...</a></li></ul> Approaching a multilayered death at Aldo Rossi’s cemetery Alexander Walter 2015-09-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aldo Rossi&rsquo;s addition to the San Cataldo Cemetery is a paragon of postmodern architecture, seeing the cemetery up close exposes some of the style&rsquo;s major shortcomings. [...] all you&rsquo;ve got left is a half-empty, unfinished cemetery with assorted maintenance equipment left lying around. Perhaps you can keep drawing meaning from this decay. But lord knows it&rsquo;s difficult to sustain a deep engagement with life and death after you&rsquo;ve tripped over a garden hose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li></ul> 'IT'S NOT WORTH IT': Ad Exec's Brutal Rant Before He Died Of Cancer Orhan Ayyüce 2015-09-01T19:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T23:41:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think you&rsquo;re all fucking mad. Deranged. So disengaged from reality it&rsquo;s not even funny. It&rsquo;s a fucking TV commercial. Nobody gives a shit. This has come as quite a shock I can tell you. I think, I&rsquo;ve come to the conclusion that the whole thing was a bit of a con. A scam. An elaborate hoax.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi &amp; Saatchi, died last month at age 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer.Redding also kept a blog, and after his passing an essay he wrote about the ad business, titled &ldquo;A Short Lesson In Perspective,&rdquo; has gained a new and sudden life, on the SF Egotist and on Adfreak.It will not make happy reading for the many people who knew Redding, know of his work, or anyone who works in the creative department of an ad agency."</em></p><p>Maybe change ad agency with architect's office? In most cases?</p> "Man of Steel" Donald Wexler, desert modern icon, dies at 89 Justine Testado 2015-06-29T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:55:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="653" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'His signature style helped bring Palm Springs to the international stage and his body of work is still as fresh today as when first created...'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aptly nicknamed a "man of steel", <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Modern</a>-style architect Donald Wexler was known for his affordable sleek steel homes and was one of the principal figures who influenced Palm Springs' iconic modernist aesthetic that has increased in popularity in the last 15 years or so, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attracting thousands of visitors</a> from around the world. Described by close colleagues as a modest and insightful man, Wexler passed away at the age of 89 this past Friday, June 26 in his Palm Desert home. <em>The Desert Sun</em> reports that he died after dealing with an undisclosed brief illness.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Born on Jan. 23, 1926 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Wexler made his way to Southern California after graduating from the University of Minnesota. In California, Wexler worked as an apprentice for Richard Neutra for nine months before moving to Palm Springs when he landed a job in William Francis Cody's firm. In 1952, Wexler established Wexler &amp; Harrison with Richard Harrison, a colleague he met at Cody's firm, but the two wen...</p> North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un Alexander Walter 2015-06-29T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T17:34:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea's propaganda machine has spent days promoting a new airport in Pyongyang, showcasing the building's sleek glass walls and espresso stations. But the images, which feature Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, fail to mention that the building's principal designer was likely executed last year because Kim was unhappy with the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the starving population of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korea</a> will likely never going to enjoy the airport's amenities (under the current circumstances), it has shown more direct feedback to other key-interest projects of the supreme despot, like the&nbsp;46-story&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taedong River Apartment Towers</a> which remain unoccupied from floors 20 and up due to frequent power shortages and unreliable elevators.</p> A story about death and architecture Nam Henderson 2015-05-21T23:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T12:30:23-04:00 <img src="" width="254" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I'd like to tell you a story about death and architecture has earned its reputation...if we want better buildings for dying then we have to talk about it....where we die is a key part of how we die.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen &mdash; cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too.</p><p>For those interested in more about the architecture of death, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;interview between&nbsp;<a title="Posts by Karen Eng" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karen Eng</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;Alison Killing.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>h/t&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AlJavieera</a></p> Conceptual artist, Chris Burden, dies at 69 Paul Petrunia 2015-05-10T23:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T09:32:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paul Schimmel, a close friend of the artist and the former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art who had organized Burden&rsquo;s first retrospective exhibition in 1988, said the cause was malignant melanoma. Burden was diagnosed 18 months ago, Schimmel said, but kept the information private except for a few family members and friends.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Small Skyscraper, a collaboration between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallmankoch</a> and Chris Burden</p> Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T19:27:06-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>France's best-known 20th century architect, Le Corbusier, was a "militant fascist" who was far more anti-Semitic and a fan of Hitler than previously thought, two new books reveal. [...] the latest, far more damning, revelations have shocked admirers and threaten to cast a shadow over commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his death. [...] "Hitler can crown his life with a great work: the planned layout of Europe."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A. Alfred Taubman, shopping mall pioneer & University of Michigan donor, dies at 91 Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T14:09:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He donated millions to the University of Michigan&rsquo;s health care center, medical school library and college of architecture and urban planning; to Harvard&rsquo;s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and to Brown University&rsquo;s public policy and American institutions program. He led a $75 million expansion of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and was a director of the Detroit Symphony and other cultural organizations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just last week, Taubman was still attending the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">groundbreaking</a> of the new wing of the Art &amp; Architecture building&nbsp;at University of Michigan's Taubman College Architecture and Urban Planning.</p> They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-25T14:48:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:29:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Le Corbusier designed a pair of markers in the style of one of his own concrete architectural models. Carlo Scarpa, who was buried standing up and wrapped in linen in the style of a medieval knight, has a marble grave with a maze-like design. Frank Lloyd Wright's marker could not even be called a gravestone, because it looks more like an uncut rock. Meanwhile, Buckminster Fuller's grave has an esoteric quote he once gave to Playboy magazine inscribed on it: "Call me Trimtab."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sure, an article like this suggests a click bait-y listicle, heavy on images and light on content. But what's installed astride an architect's final resting place is of grave (pardon the pun) importance. Not only would it be surrealistically disorienting to have an architect's professional style countered by an antithetical gravesite, but it also smacks of lost opportunity &ndash; this is the final personal statement, in a way, that an architect can make.</p><p>It's also heartening to realize that even when they died unexpectedly, these architects had their plans sorted. Check out their graves below (a wholehearted and respectful h/t to Curbed for sourcing most of the images):</p><p><em>Alvar Aalto, Hietaniemi cemetery in Helsinki, Finland:</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Bruce Goff, Chicago's Graceland cemetery:</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Adolf Loos, Zentralfriedhof in Vienna, Austria:</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Buckminster Fuller, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts:</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Frank Lloyd Wright (first grave), Unity Chapel Cemetery in Wyoming, Wisconsin (According to Curbed, FLW's final r...</em></p> 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="" width="514" height="333" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">how we bury our dead</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And on the heels of <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooke Hodge</a> i...</p> Michael Graves has died at the age of 80 Justine Testado 2015-03-12T17:53:00-04:00 >2015-03-16T08:45:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="523" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Michael Graves, the renowned architect and founder of Michael Graves Architecture &amp; Design (MGA&amp;D), died peacefully of natural causes in his home in Princeton, New Jersey on Thursday. He was 80 years old.</p><p>Born in Indianapolis on July 9, 1934, Michael Graves is regarded as bringing "post-modernism" to the masses. As a young architect, Graves worked for George Nelson who sparked his deep interest in American pop culture, which was conveyed throughout his work. Graves also collaborated with teaching colleague Peter Eisenman in numerous competitions and was also part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Five</a>. Wherever Michael Graves' name was mentioned, plenty of attention -- good or not -- was sure to follow, and will continue to do so for years to come. For starters, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kean University Michael Graves School of Architecture</a> is slated to open later this year.</p><p>His firm, Michael Graves Architecture &amp; Design, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Reflecting Graves' wide range of design interests and focused ...</p> Architect proposes turning dead humans into compost Donna Sink 2015-03-08T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-10T13:42:58-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I know this is going to be an offensive simplification of the value of a human body," she (Carpenter-Boggs) wrote in an e-mail, "but one could compare the fertilizer value to 100 pounds of cottonseed meal." She linked to a bag of "6-2-1" cottonseed-meal fertilizer on sale at "Which, from this source, would be two of the 50-pound bags = $144" Of course, the nutrient value of human beings as soil is only a small component of the Urban Death Project's overall mission.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A somewhat long-read on a proposal for turning dead human bodies into compost, and the young architect who is proposing a structure for cities to do so. &nbsp;Check out more renderings and information at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Death Project</a>.</p> Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-04T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T14:11:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle-based architect [Katrina Spade], originally from New England, has a vision that could radically reshape not just the death-care industry but the way we think about death itself. She calls her plan the Urban Death Project, and it proposes a middle road between burial and cremation: compost. [...] The centerpiece of the idea is an approximately three-story-high building in an urban center where people could bring their dead.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "She had got it." Razan Abu-Salha remembered by her architecture professor Alexander Walter 2015-02-18T15:18:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T21:04:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha was killed on Feb. 10, she had an epiphany in her architecture class. [...] "Within a few moments after we began the demonstration, she lit up like she completely got it. In her eyes, I remember the most, just the kindness in her eyes. Behind those deep eyes, a little bulb went on, and she no longer needed me. It's the moment any teacher wants to have with their students, like, 'OK, they get it, you can go now.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Razan Abu-Salha, Architecture Student: A Small Memorial</a></p> Jon Jerde, founder and chairman of The Jerde Partnership, has died Justine Testado 2015-02-09T19:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:27:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="619" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Jon Jerde, founder and chairman of the Venice, California-based Jerde Partnership, passed away today in his home in the Brentwood area in Los Angeles after a longterm illness. He was 75.</p><p>Born in Alton, Illinois on January 22, 1940, Jerde grew up in the oilfields of the West where his father worked as an engineer at Fluor. After his parents divorced in 1952, he and his mother moved to a garage apartment in Long Beach, California, a city he soon developed a connection with. While Jerde studied engineering at UCLA, a chance meeting in 1958 with Arthur Gallion -- dean of the USC School of Architecture -- led to Jerde studying architecture at USC after Gallion recognized his talent through his sketches.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Jerde led a multi-disciplinary team that created more than 100 urban places worldwide since The Jerde Partnership's inception in 1977. He developed the concept of "placemaking", which can be defined as designing memorable vibrant places, using entertainment and shopping as catalysts. This c...</p> Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89 Alexander Walter 2014-12-30T13:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T21:58:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ricardo Porro, an architect who gave lyrical expression to a hopeful young Cuban revolution in the early 1960s before he himself fell victim to its ideological hardening, died on Thursday in Paris, where he had spent nearly half a century in exile. He was 89. His death was confirmed by friends and associates, including John Loomis, the author of &ldquo;Revolution of Forms: Cuba&rsquo;s Forgotten Art Schools.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>School of Modern Dance, by Ricardo Porro</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>School of Plastic Arts, by&nbsp;Ricardo Porro</em></p><p>To learn more about the&nbsp;Cuban National Art School project and the related documentary<em>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unfinished Spaces</a></em>, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> CityLab reflects on August Perez III's influence on his hometown of New Orleans Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>August Perez III had an incredible impact on the way New Orleans looks today, from its skyline to Mardi Gras. Perez, one of the city's most important architects of the 20th century, passed away last week at the age of 81.[...] Taking over his father's architecture firm in 1975, Perez quickly made his mark on postmodern architecture, teaming up with Charles Moore to design the Piazza D'Italia in 1978. The public plaza [...]remains one of the most defining pieces of postmodern design to this day.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Paul Katz, President of KPF, dies at 57 Archinect 2014-11-25T11:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:09:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="530" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bridging the aspirations of developers and the firm&rsquo;s architects, Mr. Katz negotiated into existence some of the tallest mixed-use buildings in the world, among them the Shanghai World Financial Center and the International Commerce Centre in HK. His other projects for KPF included Roppongi Hills, a huge complex in Tokyo encompassing an office tower, apartments, shops and restaurants, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a television studio, parks and an outdoor amphitheater.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mildred Friedman, 85, Dies; Curator Elevated Design and Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T13:12:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mildred Friedman, a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the 1970s and &rsquo;80s who helped both the museum and the contemporary design and architecture it celebrated become objects of international acclaim, died on Sept. 3 in Manhattan. She was 85. [...] Ms. Friedman executed a curatorial hat trick: She elevated design even as she made it more accessible &mdash; and she did it in Minnesota, far from the traditional sanctums of aesthetics.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The New Urban Cemetery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T13:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:06:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of the Future Cemetery is to create a place for people to connect with death. What that actually means and looks like is still in development, Troyer says, but in the first stage of the project they did everything from projections to audio installations. Now, they&rsquo;re working on developing augmented reality experiences in cemeteries&mdash;elements that are only visible with certain devices and if you know they&rsquo;re there. The idea is to allow people to add to their own cemetery experience...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>