Archinect - News 2017-07-22T13:03:04-04:00 Robert Michael Kliment FAIA, cofounder of Kliment Halsband Architects, has died Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-07T20:02:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T20:02:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="713" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York architect and cofounder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kliment Halsband Architects</a>, Robert Michael Kliment FAIA, 1922-2017, has passed away.&nbsp;</p><p>Born in Prague in 1933, Robert was one of several hundred children whom the humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton brought to safety in England during the Second World War. He was later schooled in France and Cuba before studying architecture at Yale, where he received his B.A. in 1954. After serving with the U.S. Army in Europe, he returned to Yale to complete his M.Arch in 1959, and upon graduation won a Fulbright Fellowship to study the history and evolution of urban spaces in Italy. He joined <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mitchell/Giurgola</a> in 1960 as the firm&rsquo;s first full-time staff member, and later opened their New York office. In 1972 he founded Kliment Halsband Architects with his wife Frances.</p><p>Robert practiced a humanistic architecture that engaged thoughtfully with historical and cultural contexts while also leaving the way open to future uses and needs. As a practitioner, he brought a rig...</p> Diane Lewis, architect and eminent Cooper Union professor, has died Justine Testado 2017-05-02T13:45:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T13:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="565" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York architect and professor Diane Lewis has passed away, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cooper Union</a> announced in a statement today. She was the first woman appointed to the school's full-time architecture faculty and tenured in 1993. Since then, she was a &ldquo;beloved and influential voice&rdquo; in the community, wrote Nader Tehrani, dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.</p><p>Lewis won the 1976 Rome Prize in Architecture, being one of the youngest recipients of the award. In addition to her experience at the American Academy in Rome, she spent her formative years working at Richard Meier's office from 1977-78, followed by six years at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I.M. Pei</a> and Partners from 1978-83, while launching her teaching career.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo &copy; Rob Mattson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, via Asia Contemporary Art Week.</em></p><p>Then in&nbsp;1983, she established her eponymous firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diane Lewis Architects</a>. She fiercely dedicated her practice to&nbsp;studio teaching and critical writing on architecture, and she integrated the approach of &ldquo;the architecture of the ...</p> New pyramid, older than Giza, discovered 20 miles south of Cairo Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T13:48:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T15:03:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archeaologists have discovered what appears to be the first attempt at a smooth-sided pyramid in Egypt. The pyramid is estimated to be 3,700 years old (about 200 years older than Giza), and although no elaborately-outfitted burial chambers have been found yet, the team is still excavating in an attempt to determine the full size of the pyramid. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>, it's located 20 miles south of Cairo in the sleepy burial community of the Dahshur necropolis, which has long been home to&nbsp;graves of royal courtiers and other high-society movers and shakers.&nbsp;</p> Death is in the details: photographic survey of a mall about to be torn down Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T20:23:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its architecture is painfully lost in its own time and its updates only confuse by neither integrating well into the original structure or standing out as truly contemporary. The pink kiosks, orange tiles, teal chairs and green paneled rooms, the purple plush seating in the JC Penny dressing room, and the bright blue tiered entryways are, along with other decor flourishes, seemingly random, with no coherent pattern.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Declaring that "the&nbsp;dying mall narrative" already peaked a few years ago,&nbsp;Tag Hartman-Simkins decides to photographically zero in on the details of an old mall in Galesburg, Illinois that is about to be torn down and replaced with an updated, outdoor mixed-use space. His careful observations of everything from the floor tile to the overhead music to the way mirrors are arranged in dressing rooms create a nuanced and affecting portrait of long gone times.</p> 74 reported dead after construction scaffolding collapses in eastern China Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T13:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:24:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cooling tower was being built in the city of Fengcheng in Jiangxi province when the scaffolding tumbled down [...] Chinese President Xi Jinping urged local governments to learn from the accident and hold those responsible accountable. [...] China has suffered several major work-safety accidents in recent years blamed on weak regulatory oversight, systemic corruption and pressure to boost production amid a slowing economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<em>Associated Press</em>, the collapse is "the country's worst work-safety accident in over two years." The cause is currently under investigation.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England</a></li><li><a title="Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation</a></li><li><a title='Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a title="Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested</a></li></ul> Diana Balmori, revered landscape architect, has died at age 84 Julia Ingalls 2016-11-15T14:33:00-05:00 >2017-01-30T15:49:56-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Landscape architect and innovative urbanist Diana Balmori has died at age 84, as announced by her&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">firm's website</a>. The Spanish-born&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balmori</a>, who founded her own firm in New York City at age 58, was known for her site-defining and inventive landscape architecture works, including the Abandoibarra District in Bilbao, Spain, the Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park in Minnesota, and numerous green roofs in Manhattan. In addition to their striking aesthetic beauty, Balmori's projects integrated sustainable practices, resulting in a holistic pairing of nature and architecture.</p><p><em>Abandoibarra</em><em> Masterplan, Bilbao, Spain</em><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Balmori, who graduated from high school at age 16, started her career in academia, taking a teaching position at the State University of New York shortly after receiving her Ph.D in urban history from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. Eventually, she became a partner at Cesar Pelli Associates (now known as Pelli, Clarke, Pelli, Architects), creating the firm's in-house Landscape Architecture department. Her dea...</p> Famed designer Jane Thompson dies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:04:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="751" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The influential designer Jane Thompson passed away on Tuesday. Working fluidly across the fields of design, urbanism, and architecture, Thompson left a lasting mark on American visual culture.</p><p>Thompson started her career as the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, then led by Philip Johnson. Afterwards, she helmed&nbsp;<em>Industrial Design Magazine</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Thompson worked on the revitalization of Boston's Quincy Market alongside her husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. Other urban projects included the Chicago Navy Pier and the Grand Central Business District in New York.</p><p>One of Thompson's most influential endeavors was assisting her husband in operating the retail stores Design Research (D/R). Bring European designers like Alvar Aalto and Marikmekko into the United States, she helped introduce a generation of Americans to Scandinavian design. In a 2000 survey, D/R was named the number one design store, even after it had been closed for 22 years.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Metropolis Mag</a></p><p>[Correction: originally th...</p> A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness Alexander Walter 2016-08-03T17:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T17:07:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;One day at around eight in the morning, I was returning from the market when six of the developer&rsquo;s thugs tackled me outside my home and pushed me into a car,&rdquo; remembers Xi. Several others, she says, climbed a ladder to her balcony. Xi says she screamed for her husband, but it was too late. There was a scuffle inside, and then black smoke poured out of their balcony window before the house went up in flames. Xi&rsquo;s husband burned to death, and the developer&rsquo;s men escaped.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Chinese families are handling the country's ongoing mass evictions</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now THAT's a skywalk! Jin Mao Tower to open world's highest fenceless, all transparent walkway in Shanghai</a></li></ul> Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-07T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-07T17:49:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Police were called to the Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant at 8.45am today after a large concrete wall containing metal collapsed. Paramedics tried to free the men, including one who had suffered a heart attack, however West Midlands Police pronounced all five victims dead at the scene. A sixth man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries. The victims have yet to be identified.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Police investigation is underway, but next to nothing is known at the moment as to why the wall at a Birmingham recycling centre collapsed. Responding to the tragedy, Brian Rye of the construction union UCATT commented:&nbsp;&ldquo;Information on how and why this accident occurred is currently very limited. However this tragedy underlines that in dangerous industries it is imperative that the Health and Safety Executive plays an active and high profile role in ensuring safety is maintained.&rdquo;</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation</a></li><li><a title='Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a title="Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested</a></li><li><a title="Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></li><li><a title="Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured</a></li></ul> Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-01T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T22:38:44-04:00 <img src="" width="625" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown, 40, of Williston, Florida was heading down the highway in his Tesla Model S, using the car&rsquo;s autopilot mode, when he fatally collided with a tractor trailer. The truck took a left-turn in front of his vehicle, and according to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news release</a> issued by Tesla, &ldquo;Neither autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor-trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied.&rdquo;</p><p>A Navy veteran and owner of a technology consulting firm, Brown had used the autopilot mode before, even going so far as to record videos of himself riding in the car under its guidance.</p><p></p><p>The tragic death is also a historic one, as the first known fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. Federal regulators have opened up an investigation into Brown&rsquo;s death at a time when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">car companies, technology firms, and legislators</a> are all scrambling towards the seemingly inevitable future of ubiquitous autonomous vehicles.</p><p>Tesla maintains that their autopilot mode is still very...</p> IKEA recalls over 35 million MALM and other dressers and chests due to child fatalities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-30T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:19:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Well that's a downer. In response to multiple child deaths resulting from their distinctive particleboard units tipping over,&nbsp;IKEA is offering a full refund or a free wall-mounting kit for any MALM dresser or chest, and additional&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">models</a>, made between January 2002 and June 2016. In total, that affects more than 35 million pieces of furniture sold in the U.S. and Canada.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the&nbsp;U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the unstable units pose&nbsp;"a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children." Last year, after two reported child deaths in 2014, IKEA announced that it would offer wall-anchoring repair kits to owners for free. Two additional deaths after the 2015 announcement prompted IKEA to go full-recall, asking consumers to stop using the units entirely, and keep them away from children.</p><p>According to the CPSC, one child dies every two weeks from furniture or TVs tipping over, and one is injured every 24 minutes. More i...</p> 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="650" height="271" 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="650" height="412" 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="650" height="460" 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="650" height="433" 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="650" height="578" 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="650" height="650" 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> Landscape architect Takeo Uesugi has died at age 75 Julia Ingalls 2016-02-18T17:58:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T00:17:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a designer, Uesugi created serene landscapes that adapted the elements of a Japanese garden &mdash; rock, plants and water &mdash; to the climate and lifestyle of Southern California. Among his most significant projects are the restoration of the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Pine Wind Garden at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego's Balboa Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In memorium, a few photos of Uesugi's landscape work at the Japanese Garden of The Huntington Library:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></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="630" height="317" 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="620" height="396" 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="650" height="281" 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="650" height="434" 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="650" height="438" 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="650" height="826" 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="650" height="366" 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="650" height="402" 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="650" height="530" 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>