Archinect - News 2015-10-08T12:31:56-04:00 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> Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T13:16:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are very sad to learn of the passing of amazing designer Deborah Sussman, who died this morning after a battle with cancer." &mdash; @DesignObserver</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designer Deborah Sussman passed away this morning at age 83.</p><p>Perhaps best known for her environmental and graphic design for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles,&nbsp;Sussman began her career working as an office designer for Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s. She founded her own firm in 1968, and created <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sussman/Prejza &amp; Co.</a> along with her husband, architect and urban planner Paul Prejza, in 1980.</p><p>Her distinctively colorful and intrepid graphical work brought character to Disney World, the city of Santa Monica, CA, and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.</p><p>View a selection of Sussman's graphical and environmental work in the gallery below.</p> Randall Stout, Architect of Innovative Environmental Designs, Dies at 56 Archinect 2014-07-16T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T14:55:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Randall Stout, an environmentally sensitive architect who earned a national reputation for designing dynamically shaped regional museums, mostly in his native South, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 56. His brother, Steven, said the cause was renal cell cancer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eric Kahn, Long-time Design Studio Professor, Passes Away Paul Petrunia 2014-06-02T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-04T22:14:56-04:00 <img src="" width="260" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn was one of three founding members of IDEA Office, formerly the Central Office of Architecture. He originally opened the office in 1987 together with fellow architects Ron Golan and Russell N. Thomsen. In 2009, he renewed his long-standing partnership with Thomsen to form IDEA Office. Their work includes design at all scales, from graphic design to installations and industrial design, to architecture and urban planning</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sad news today from the SCI-Arc and LA architecture community. Eric Kahn, teacher and architect, has passed away at 58.&nbsp;</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Y-House Showcase feature, by IDEA Office</a></p> Massimo Vignelli, acclaimed modernist architect and graphic designer, dies at 83 Justine Testado 2014-05-27T14:14:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:05:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Massimo Vignelli, the award-winning designer whose influential signature minimalist style balanced architecture and graphic design in the later half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 83 after a long-term illness.</p><p>Born in Milan on Jan. 10, 1931 and inspired by Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Vignelli began his career in architecture working as a draftsman when he was 16. He went on to study art and architecture in Milan and Venice, and came to the U.S. through academic fellowships between 1957-1960. He met his wife Lella Vignelli while studying in Venice and in 1960, they established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After Vignelli formed renowned design firm Unimark International with six other designers in Chicago, where they created New York's subway signs and helped shape corporate identities through graphic design, he and Lella co-founded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vignelli Associates</a> -- their own architecture firm -- in 1971.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Massimo Vignelli communicated architectural c...</p> Frederic Schwartz, 63, Dies; Designed Sept. 11 Memorials Alexander Walter 2014-04-30T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-30T14:02:44-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frederic Schwartz, an architect whose plan to rebuild the World Trade Center site finished second among hundreds of entries, and who went on to create memorials in New Jersey and Westchester County to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 63.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Robert Hull, founding partner of The Miller Hull Partnership, dies at 68 Paul Petrunia 2014-04-09T17:55:00-04:00 >2014-04-09T17:55:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is with great sadness that The Miller Hull Partnership today announces the recent passing of beloved colleague and founding partner, Robert Hull FAIA, from complications related to a stroke suffered while on sabbatical in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Hull, the creative force behind the highly successful and deeply respected firm <a href="" target="_blank">The Miller Hull Partnership</a>, has passed away due to complications from a recent stroke. For the full release provided by the firm, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> (PDF).</p><p>From their website...</p><p>As a founding partner of The Miller Hull Partnership, along with David Miller, Robert has been the creative force behind the majority of the firm&rsquo;s public projects and community buildings. An award-winning design architect, Robert&rsquo;s experience on a wide range of project types goes beyond meeting the program requirements. It is a search for ideal solutions.</p><p>Robert received a bachelor of architecture degree in 1968 from Washington State University, twice receiving the Student Distinction Award. From 1968 to 1972, Hull served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Afghanistan, where he designed and built the headquarters for the National Tourism Agency and helped establish a school of architecture at Kabul University.</p><p>After returning to the United ...</p> High Culture and Hard Labor Alexander Walter 2014-03-31T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T19:30:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If liberal cultural and educational institutions are to operate with any integrity in that environment, they must insist on a change of the rules: abolish the recruitment debt system, pay a living wage, allow workers to change employers at will and legalize the right to collective bargaining. Otherwise, their gulf paymasters will go on cherry-picking from the globalization menu [...] while spurning the social contract that protects basic human rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> In Memoriam: Horace Havemeyer III Paul Petrunia 2014-03-21T12:13:00-04:00 >2014-03-21T12:13:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, March 19, Horace Havemeyer III, Metropolis&rsquo;s founding publisher passed away peacefully at his home in New York City. Death released him from the suffering brought on by complications from CIDP, a chronic neurological disorder that rendered him quadriplegic in mid-2011. He was 72.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thanks for giving us Metropolis, Horace.</p> Zaha Hadid defends Qatar World Cup role following migrant worker deaths Archinect 2014-02-26T19:11:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T22:05:55-05:00 <img src="" width="220" height="132" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I have nothing to do with the workers," said Hadid. "I think that's an issue the government &ndash; if there's a problem &ndash; should pick up. Hopefully, these things will be resolved." Asked if she was concerned, Hadid added: "Yes, but I'm more concerned about the deaths in Iraq as well, so what do I do about that? I'm not taking it lightly but I think it's for the government to look to take care of. It's not my duty as an architect to look at it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Amber Long, young Philadelphia architect, killed in attempted robbery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T18:43:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect is shocked and saddened to report the death of Philadelphia architect Amber Long, a recent Philadelphia University graduate working for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Construction Inc</a>. Long was shot and killed this past Sunday night, the victim of an attempted robbery while walking home with her mother. She was known for her passion in sustainability and green architecture, both as a student and in her young professional life, planning to become a LEED-certified, registered architect.</p> <p> Friends, family and Philadelphia University colleagues have joined together to create a scholarship foundation in Long's memory, to be awarded to a student with the energy, selflessness and passion for sustainability that Long was known for.</p> <p> Updates regarding the scholarship will be posted to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amber's website</a>,&nbsp;along with tributes to Amber's life by friends and family.</p> <p> NBC Philadelphia's coverage of the tragic news is available&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>