Archinect - News 2015-08-01T22:22:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130721146/man-of-steel-donald-wexler-desert-modern-icon-dies-at-89 "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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01goq6p0yxljvgrp.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/121599690/baby-boomers-pass-the-mid-century-baton-in-palm-springs" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/121118801/archinect-sessions-episode-17-from-the-101-to-the-60-to-the-10-to-the-111" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/pv/pv0e09ijbu2ajdhf.jpg"></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/130412905/design-marfa-sheds-light-on-desert-living-design-in-2015-symposium-this-september Design Marfa sheds light on desert-living design in 2015 Symposium this September Justine Testado 2015-06-25T15:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:37:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qokrs6nvf5821dbf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://designmarfa.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Marfa</a> &mdash; the non-profit that hosted the <a href="http://designmarfa.com/housingcompetition.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition</a> this past fall &mdash; announced the details to their 2015 Symposium and Home Tour taking place September 18-19 at the Crowley Theater in the Texan desert town of Marfa. Although the topics focus on desert environments, they could still offer some handy tips for different locations and climates.</p><p>Friday, September 18 will include presentations from an international array of architects and designers such as, "Does This Structure Make Me Look Hot?" by Tucson architect Cade Hayes in regards to earthen building-materials like lava rock or adobe; DUST principal Brad Lancaster's session on harvesting rainwater; a presentation by multidsciplinary designer Gina Coffman on how to design community spaces that help increase walkability in our local neighborhoods, and more.</p><p>Then on September 19, Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition winner Paul Vincent presents <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_at_77_by_paul_vincent_the_design_marfa_housing_competition_w/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his design "7+7"</a>, while juror Sharon Odum delves into the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look Alexander Walter 2015-06-11T14:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wspmw9pbf583kqk.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, tourists have been coming to Southern California's Coachella Valley, drawn by spectacular mountain vistas, great weather and lush landscapes. Those landscapes have been, for the most part, man-made &mdash; an artificial oasis in a land of desert. [...] As California enters a fourth year of drought and state and local water officials unveil a series of conservation dictates, at least some hotels in the valley &mdash; big and small &mdash; have begun launching water conservation measures.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127708656/in-the-midst-of-historic-drought-barclay-s-plans-a-residential-development-in-new-mexico-s-desert In the midst of historic drought, Barclay's plans a residential development in New Mexico's desert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T13:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fypss15ei72lag2h.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Barclay's] plan, to fabricate a &ldquo;master-planned community&rdquo; for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico&rsquo;s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe [...] Columbia University&rsquo;s Earth Institute points to 2050 as a time when the drought will begin to worsen dramatically, right around when Santolina planners predict the development could approach full capacity</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126493763/richard-serra-engages-with-the-qatari-desert-landscape-in-his-new-sculptural-piece Richard Serra engages with the Qatari desert landscape in his new sculptural piece Justine Testado 2015-04-30T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:19:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ft7fg3kg1qh16xf6.jpg" width="514" height="187" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Serra&rsquo;s new sculpture, 'East-West/West-East,' is a set of four standing steel plates rolled in Germany, shipped via Antwerp, and offloaded, trucked, and craned into place in the middle of the western Qatari desert...the steel is the same that he&rsquo;s used in his other pieces, and it will oxidize in the same way, albeit more quickly in the hot, salty conditions of the Brouq Nature Reserve. The plates will [ultimately] turn a dark amber&mdash;approximately the same color...as the Seagram Building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Richard Serra is the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98562050/richard-serra-is-the-first-artist-to-receive-the-president-s-medal-from-the-architectural-league-of-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Serra is the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;Serra Gate&rdquo; salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114437437/serra-gate-salutes-to-taksim-square-protests-in-istanbul-will-tour-city-next-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Serra Gate&rdquo; salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123293427/protectcity-campaign-launched-in-support-of-michael-heizer-s-city #ProtectCity campaign launched in support of Michael Heizer's "City" Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T14:16:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mzp8222h66dfaom.jpg" width="514" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in Garden Valley, Nevada, Michael Heizer&rsquo;s City is one of the most significant works of art in the United States. Begun by Heizer in 1972, the project is now in its final stage of completion. It will, in the future, be accessible by the public. [...] To see the land developed into a site for military, energy, or waste purposes, would ruin it forever. After 43 years of work, can it really be destroyed like this?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Notable American museums publicly expressed their support on Twitter via&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProtectCity?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#protectCITY</a>. The LACMA petition to protect Michael Heizer's&nbsp;<em>City</em>&nbsp;and the Basin and Range can be reached&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/protectbasinandrange/app_335652843138116" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T19:59:00-05:00 >2015-07-09T20:58:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47c513123473574131bd51d4bb3b9957.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Egypt is in the throes of a severe housing shortage [...]. But one thing the country has an abundance of is lonesome desert, and developers are turning there to construct immense projects that stick out in the emptiness like skyscrapers on Mars. London-based photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has a yen for the monumental [...] naturally he was interested in the colossal structures rising on the outskirts of Egyptian cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry Archinect 2014-11-04T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:04:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7q6t8x4ywjz18ml.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t like people coming into the studio and seeing the paintings before they were finished,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is one of the most ambitious artworks ever envisioned, certainly in the United States.&rdquo; Heizer's mammoth masterpiece in the desert is called "City." &ldquo;It was in 1994 when I first saw it, unfinished,&rdquo; Govan said. &ldquo;You do cry. You think, what an incredibly beautiful ambition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103109862/this-secret-swimming-pool-in-the-mojave-desert-could-be-all-yours This secret swimming pool in the Mojave desert could be all yours... Archinect 2014-06-30T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5c87e93b09461c03f19c8b2c5642886.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The piece was completed last Friday and it consists of a single, diminutive swimming pool located somewhere in the southern Mojave Desert between Joshua Tree and Apple Valley. The public is allowed to use the pool, but in order to do so visitors need the key that unlocks it (it is kept covered) as well as the GPS coordinates. Only once you have the key, which is kept at the MAK Center, are you given the coordinates.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77701638/editor-s-picks-325 Editor's Picks #325 Nam Henderson 2013-07-23T12:34:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T08:40:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2n7csxbywzkvhs57.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series, Archinect spoke with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/77142890/working-out-of-the-box-gustavo-almeida-santos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain-based Brazilian Creative Director/Creative Consultant Gustavo Almeida-Santos</a>&nbsp;of <a href="http://archinect.com/studiogaas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studiogaas</a>.</p> <p> Therein, we learn Mr. Almeida-Santos&nbsp;is currently attending ETSAM in Madrid, where he is enrolled in a Master in Advanced Architecture Projects. For his studies he is "<em>interested in research on the architecture of fashion catwalks</em>".</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over at the NYT Patricia Cohen reported the news <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77249856/suffocating-the-bubble-of-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hirshhorn Museum Drops Plan for an Inflatable Garden Roof</a>. Achinector&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/andrewdavis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Davis</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>In the words of Woody Allen, &lsquo;What we have on our hands is a dead shark.&rsquo; As has been previously reported, the DS+R project for the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. will not be moving forward. The reason for this failure is purportedly due to fundraising deficiencies and not aesthetics as the Smithsonian's dense bureaucracy continually reiterates. However, as thisTimes articles suggests, the impermanent nature of this design is not only ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62598026/there-is-water-that-far-down There is water that far down Nam Henderson 2012-12-02T18:23:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T13:05:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38kkh96fs2drxdcd.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You need to get concrete out of your head and replace it with greenery," B&ouml;deker had thundered at the head of planning at the urban planning authority. The gruff German made such an impression that to this day, Saudi authorities continue to hire and recommend him. Image by Susanne K&ouml;lbl / DER SPIEGEL</p></em><br /><br /><p> Susanne Koelbl introduces the work of Richard B&ouml;deker, a German landscape architect who has been working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 40 years. <a href="http://www.bp-la.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B&ouml;deker Partners</a> has played a key role in introducing green spaces to Riyadh and has pushed the limits in terms of making the desert bloom. However, one does wonder how green all that green really is, in a desert?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/33493697/yucca-crater-ball-nogues Yucca Crater: Ball-Nogues Archinect 2012-01-05T22:52:00-05:00 >2012-10-05T13:41:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a2c230bc8799bed3b463b55e6a39e23.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I've read that it's biodegradable, right? I ask Ball. "It's degradable," he says. "I don't know about bio."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Our friend Katya Tylevich covers Ball Nogues Yucca Crater installation in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. You may recall <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92238/upstarts-ball-nogues-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Katya's UpStarts feature on Ball Nogues</a> that we published here a couple years ago.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/11869074/yucca-crater-by-ball-nogues Yucca Crater by Ball Nogues Paul Petrunia 2011-07-01T16:47:24-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gz2tuzrp6s38711b.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each fall High Desert Test Sites invites artists to create experimental projects adjacent to California's Joshua Tree National Park. This year HDTS invited Ball Nogues Studio to create a structure in a remote region of the Mojave Desert. This presents a unique opportunity to make an intervention upon an unfettered landscape at a grand scale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/3454533/desert-lodges-by-chad-oppenheim-in-wadi-rum Desert Lodges by Chad Oppenheim in Wadi Rum Paul Petrunia 2011-04-19T14:32:36-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qdir8j1o0ubsr258.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chad Oppenheim's competition-winning plan for a new Desert Lodge scheme takes this ersatz upscale canvas and blends it with minimalism, drama and, perhaps most importantly, sustainability.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>