Archinect - News 2015-03-28T14:51:34-04:00 Archinect's Lexicon: "Magpie Architecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T18:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:18:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>magpie</strong>&nbsp;[ma&#609;&#716;p&#299;],&nbsp;adjective: architecture that is, in the words of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagenize</a>'s&nbsp;Mikael Colville-Andersen,&nbsp;&ldquo;attempting to attract people to big shiny things that dazzle but that have little functional value in the development of a city&rdquo;.</p><p>Colville-Andersen uses the term to chastize&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster's "Skycycle"</a>&nbsp;proposal for London, published&nbsp;in Copenhagenize on January 20, 2014: "Now of course this isn't a good idea." His use of "magpie architecture" is less about critiquing design elements, and more about deriding Foster's entire concept: "Ideas like these are city killers. Removing great numbers of citizens who could be cycling down city streets past shops and caf&eacute;s on their way to work or school and placing them on a shelf, far away from everything else."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Given that the author is an urban designer specializing in urban mobility, and whose Copenhagenize blog champions cycling as a key aspect of thriving cities, it's no surprise that Colville-Andersen isn't a fan of pushing cycling towa...</p> Take a Drone Tour of NYC's Hearst Tower with Norman Foster Diane Pham 2015-01-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2006, the doors of the Hearst Tower were swung open for business. The design of starchitect Norman Foster, the building was one of the most cutting-edge of its time, lauded for its diagrid form, its green construction, and the then-radical approach of marrying the old with the new... Now, a decade later, Foster has returned to the Hearst Tower to mark its anniversary and reflect on his creation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T08:44:20-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 50 leading figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and architecture have signed a petition calling for a ban on giant cruise ships sailing through Venice. [...] Nicholas Penny, the director of the National Gallery in London, Richard Armstrong, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation, the architect Norman Foster and his wife Elena also endorse the appeal which has been launched by the Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> After Foster's departure, Pushkin Museum hires Moscow architect for expansion Alexander Walter 2014-07-02T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:49:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Russian architect Yuri Grigoryan, and his firm Project Meganom, have been chosen for the long-delayed 22bn ruble ($640m) expansion of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. The new design replaces a controversial proposal by the British architect Norman Foster that required the destruction of historic buildings, upsetting preservationists. Foster pulled out of the project last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Foster withdraws from Moscow museum expansion</a></p> Norman Foster Explains How 3D Printing Will Transform Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-05-19T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T13:45:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Super-starchitect Lord Norman Foster and his friends at the European Space Agency stunned the world last year with a plan to build a lunar base by 3D-printing it with moon dust. But what happens when you try something like that on Earth? How is 3D printing changing the way we build cities? I got the chance to ask Foster just that question at the Center for Architecture in New York City last night.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon</a></p> Norman Foster, Daniel Libeskind, Guy Nordenson to speak at Innovators talk series at the MCNY Justine Testado 2014-05-05T17:44:00-04:00 >2014-05-05T17:44:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark your calendars! Some popular architects will be speaking in the upcoming "Innovators" talk series at the Museum of the City of New York, starting tomorrow May 6 at 6:30 p.m... Accompanying the current "Palaces for the People" exhibition, each talk will explore the influence of the Guastavino Company, led by a Catalan father-son team whose architecture, construction, and design practices helped shape NYC's built landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below is the panelist line-up:</p><p><strong>May 6</strong> - <strong>Innovators: Building Design and Construction</strong>: Guy Nordensen (Guy Nordenson Associates); Valentine Lehr (Lehr Consultants International); Jill Lerner and Marianne Kwok (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates); and Corie Sharples (Shop Architects)</p><p><strong>May 14 </strong>- <strong>Innovators with Norman Foster: From Guastavino to the Moon</strong>: Lord Norman Foster and his engineering partner Roger Ridsdill Smith</p><p><strong>July 7</strong> - <strong>Innovators: The Uses of Tiles Today</strong>: Suzanne Stephens (writer, critic, and deputy editor of Architectural Record) as moderator; Daniel Libeskind (Studio Daniel Libeskind), Ingeborg Rocker (Harvard University GSD, Rocker-Lange Architects); and Matthew Karlin (president of Nemo Tile Company).</p><p>Find more details about the series on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First major Guastavino exhibition opening at MCNY on March 26</a></p> Norman Foster as one of the first recipients to receive Isamu Noguchi Award Justine Testado 2014-04-29T15:44:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:17:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Esteemed English architect Norman Foster and contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto will be honored with the inaugural Isamu Noguchi Award this May. The award acknowledges individuals whose work relates to renowned landscape architect and artist Isamu Noguchi. Noguchi's work exhibited a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to the arts as well as promoted the value of innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hiroshi Sugimoto</a> will formally accept the award during the Noguchi Museum's Spring Benefit on May 13 in New York, NY.</p><p>"The evening will include a silent auction of a black and white photograph from Hiroshi Sugimoto&rsquo;s series titled &ldquo;Conceptual Forms.&rdquo; He created this series as a response to "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass)" by Marcel Duchamp.</p><p>'These machines and models were created without any artistic intention. This is what motivated me to produce this series of photographs and title them 'Conceptual Forms.' Art is possible without artistic intention and can be better without It.' - Hiroshi Sugimoto"</p><p>For further event info, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T20:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:44:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He&rsquo;s waited until his ninth decade, but Frank Gehry is turning his attention to the London skyline, starting with Battersea Power Station, where he will draw on the capital&rsquo;s sweeping crescents and stucco terraces as part of its &pound;8bn redevelopment. He tells Harry Mount about courting controversy, banter with Norman Foster and working for Mark Zuckerberg</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Guggenheim protesters highlight poor labor practices Miles Jaffe 2014-04-01T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:08:55-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saadiyat Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, has seen $27 billion in investments pour in as the island hopes to become a new beacon of culture in the region developers behind the island have received international attention for the poor conditions in which migrant laborers work and live. Reports have found that in some cases, the control employers hold over the island's workers, such as withholding their passports to prevent them from returning to their home countries, amounts to forced labor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Saadiyat Island includes a half-billion-dollar branch of the Louvre Museum designed by Jean Nouvel, a national museum designed by Norman Foster and a variety of luxury resorts, golf clubs, marinas and private villas.</p><p>Where does an architect's responsibility begin and where does it end?</p> Winners of the "NORMAN FOSTER In the 21st Century" giveaway Justine Testado 2014-03-17T18:13:00-04:00 >2014-03-18T17:41:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="639" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A few weeks ago, Archinect had another monograph giveaway for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquitectura Viva</a>'s "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster In the 21st Century</a>". The most recent and longest installment in AV's monograph series, the book features 50 works and projects by British architect Norman Foster that were developed in the 21st century.</p><p>The lucky winners who'll receive the "Norman Foster" monograph are:</p><ul><li><strong>David I.</strong> - Detroit, MI</li><li><strong>Andrew H.</strong> - Cambridge, MA</li></ul><p>Congrats, David and Andrew! Thanks to everyone that participated.<br><br>For more details about the book, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Win "NORMAN FOSTER In the 21st Century" from Arquitectura Viva Justine Testado 2014-03-03T20:06:00-05:00 >2014-03-17T17:53:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Missed our last monograph giveaway? Here's your next chance. Archinect is giving out another big-name architect's monograph: <em><strong>Norman Foster</strong> In the 21st Century</em>. The 328-page book is the longest installment from publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquitectura Viva</a>'s monograph series.</p><p><strong>To be eligible for this random drawing, <a href=";formkey=dGFGQWg3NjRVeWhaekEybUpjdFRCYXc6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">please fill out this survey</a> by end of day March 7, 2014. Winners will be selected at random. Good luck!</strong></p><p>Keep reading for more details from AV...<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Over the course of more than fifty years, the prolific oeuvre of Norman Foster has earned worldwide renown for its innovative approach and environmental commitment. The third AV monograph devoted to the British architect &mdash; after issues 38 and 78 &mdash; gathers fifty works and projects developed in the 21st century."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Produced in close collaboration with the architect, the monograph begins with an extensive essay in which Norman Foster takes stock of this influences, and continues with an article by Luis Fern&aacute;ndez-Galiano."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Structured in eight thematic grou...</p> Lord Foster withdraws from Moscow museum expansion Archinect 2013-08-19T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:34:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renowned British architect Norman Foster has resigned from a proposed expansion to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. In a statement released on Thursday, Foster + Partners claimed it had formally resigned from the project more than two months ago. In 2009, the Russian government approved Foster's plans and agreed a sum of $650m (&pound;415m) to modernise and expand the museum. But the project subsequently stalled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Steve Jobs, Architect? Places Journal 2013-03-18T19:24:00-04:00 >2013-03-19T18:19:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yet another treatise on Steve Jobs? As an &ldquo;architect&rdquo; &mdash; really? And with Apple seemingly waning, aren't we behind the curve on this? Suffice it to say that my interest is not solely in Jobs himself, but rather in the challenge he poses to the methods and purpose of an architectural historian.... But since architectural stories are surprising rare here on the edge of the continent, I need a shtick; no matter my connoisseur-ish personal tastes and leftist political dispositions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> What is revealed when we contemplate the late Steve Jobs not only as a technologist extraordinaire but also as a sort of architect? And if we then compare Jobs with another complicated virtuoso, Rem Koolhaas? On Places, architectural historian Simon Sadler argues "Jobs and Koolhaas both seem to have been driven by the possibility that they can act inside, or around, a postmodern world resistant to purpose. Both share an attraction toward design as a type of hermeneutics &mdash; a will to learn about the world through the attempt to change it."</p> In Renderings for a Library Landmark, Stacks of Questions, Still anthony dong 2013-01-30T12:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T15:01:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The value of an institution isn&rsquo;t measured in public square feet. But its value can be devalued by bad architecture...The designs have all the elegance and distinction of a suburban mall. I was reminded that Mr. Foster is also responsible for the canopied enclosure of the inner court at the British Museum, a pompous waste of public space that inserts a shopping gallery into the heart of a sublime cultural institution.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer by Norman Foster Archinect 2012-12-06T11:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:51:07-05:00 <img src="" width="447" height="674" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oscar Niemeyer. He was an inspiration to me &ndash; and to a generation of architects. Few people get to meet their heroes and I am grateful to have had the chance to spend time with him in Rio last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For architects schooled in the mainstream Modern Movement, he stood accepted wisdom on its head. Inverting the familiar dictum that &lsquo;form follows function&rsquo;, Niemeyer demonstrated instead that, &lsquo;When a form creates beauty it becomes functional and therefore fundamental in architecture&rsquo;.</p> <p> It is said that when the pioneering Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin visited Brasilia he likened the experience to landing on a different planet. Many people seeing Niemeyer&rsquo;s city for the first time must have felt the same way. It was daring, sculptural, colourful and free - and like nothing else that had gone before. Few architects in recent history have been able to summon such a vibrant vocabulary and structure it into such a brilliantly communicative and seductive tectonic language.</p> <p> One cannot contemplate Brasilia&rsquo;s crown-like cathedral, for example, without being thrilled both by its formal dynamism and its structural economy, which combine to engender a sense almost of weightlessness from ...</p> Hadid, Koolhaas and Rogers Losing Designs for Park Avenue Tower Unveiled HotSoup 2012-10-18T11:53:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T15:00:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;For us, it was really a blend of what&rsquo;s the right concept for Park Avenue, a place that has not had a new building for almost 50 years, an avenue that is quite possibly the most important commercial boulevard in New York City, quite possibly the United States, and what is the place of a new build down the street from Seagrams and Lever House, two of the greatest buildings ever built,&rdquo; Daivd Levinson said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Four very different schemes for an office tower in New York. Who's your pick?</p> Lord Foster Beats Rem, Zaha, Rogers for Unusual NYC Office Tower HotSoup 2012-10-03T12:42:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:53:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="1103" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are grateful to each of the firms for the thoughtfulness and creativity they demonstrated throughout the process. There is no doubt that each group was fully capable of helping us realize our vision of a 425 Park Avenue tower that redefines the modern office environment while also respecting and enhancing the timeless allure of the Plaza district.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> In one of the most unusual assignments around, Foster, Rogers, Koolhaas and Hadid were asked to tackle a New York City office building on Park Avenue. A famous address with two famous towers, but really, the rest of them stink. The catch for 425 Park, one of those middcentury stinkers, is that the zoning for the existing 1957 building was modified a few years later so any new building on the site would be smaller than what is there now. The developer figured out that if he tore down most but not all of his tower and built back up from there, he could keep his zoning envelope. Check out Lord Foster's fascinating design for this challenging project.</p> <p> See also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partner's related press release</a>.</p> Foster for Cuban Ballet School, A Dance Of What? Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-11T15:57:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T19:40:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You have to accept that 50 years have gone by, but the changes should be done by the architect who was in charge. If this architect is no longer able, this is another thing. But the last time I saw Garatti, he was thinking clearly. So there's no reason to put him aside. I don't think it's ethical."</p></em><br /><br /><p> British architect Sir Norman Foster jumps on the opportunity to remodel iconic and unfinished <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuban&nbsp;National Art Schools</a>. But one of the the original architects, Roberto Gottardi, is still alive. (via Alexis Navarro)</p> <p> Also see; &nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revolution of Forms: Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools by John A. Loomis&nbsp;</a></p> Editor's Picks #278 Nam Henderson 2012-08-21T11:50:00-04:00 >2012-08-21T18:44:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reacting to Tatzu Nishi&rsquo;s concept for Discovering Columbus, Donna Sink exclaimed "Wow, I love the interior environments he makes for these installations! The existing piece is so out-of-place." The conceptual piece will consist a living room six stories up in the air wrapped around the historic statue of Christopher Columbus found in Columbus Circle, NYC.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest edition of the UpStarts: feature FreelandBuck</a> aka David Freeland and Brennan Buck (an architectural design practice based in New York and Los Angeles affiliated with Yale School of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) and Woodbury University, ed. wow that is a lot of affiliated withs...) discussed;&nbsp; their first built project, "<strong>scale jump moments</strong>",&nbsp; the impact of the recession on the architecture + &nbsp;construction industry and finally the importance of "<strong>Making work</strong>"&nbsp;via email with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Jason Muller</strong> shared "While I was studying for my undergraduate in Architecture at Woodbury University in Burbank California, my second year design architecture studio was tough by David Freeland&nbsp; and it was one of the best and inspiring experiences of my life."</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House KE12</a> is the focus of the latest Showcase. The project by&nbsp; SoHo Architektur is in Memmingen Germany.&nbsp;It is a townhouse with two housing units, designed as a &ldquo;three-window house&rdquo;. ...</p> Norman, Zaha, Rem and Richard Compete to Design 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan Archinect 2012-07-12T14:38:00-04:00 >2012-07-12T21:23:28-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developer David W. Levinson could have set for himself the simple task of commissioning a better-designed tower for 425 Park Avenue than the one that&rsquo;s been there since 1957. But that would have been a very low bar. He has engaged four of the world&rsquo;s leading architects to compete for the job: Norman Foster of Foster &amp; Partners, Zaha Hadid of Zaha Hadid Architects, Rem Koolhaas of OMA, and Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour &amp; Partners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What Do Norman Foster's Plans for the New York Public Library Mean for its Storied Architecture? Alexander Walter 2012-06-06T14:28:00-04:00 >2012-07-19T12:48:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People love the New York Public Library, and yet there&rsquo;s a general agreement that it cannot survive in its current state. [...] While strong points have been made on all sides of the debate over the NYPL's future as a center of research, a real conversation about its future as an architectural treasure is just now emerging &mdash; and thankfully so, for the fate of the institution is also the fate of one of New York's most iconic landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Norman Foster buys President Obama’s summer retreat, Blue Heron Farm, for $22 million Archinect 2011-12-05T15:53:00-05:00 >2012-09-26T18:36:33-04:00 <img src="" width="315" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster of Thames Bank in Great Britain purchased the 28-acre &ldquo;gentleman&rsquo;s farm&rdquo; in West Tisbury for a whopping $22 million last month, The Vineyard Gazette reports. According to the broker who handled the sale, the new owners do not intend to rent the property to the first family &mdash; or anyone else.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Torn open': Wind rips roof off $2.8 billion terminal Archinect 2011-11-26T13:22:58-05:00 >2011-11-30T12:59:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The airport is the result of a frenetic Chinese building boom that has produced numerous architectural marvels, though some of the iconic new projects have been hit by quality and safety problems.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Terminal 3 was designed by Fosters &amp; Partners.</p> Lord Foster reveals £50bn Thames Hub project Archinect 2011-11-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:36:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Wednesday Lord Foster announced a plan so big that even Burnham would have been impressed. The Thames Hub, a &pound;50bn project devised by architects Foster and Partners, planners and builders Halcrow and Volterra, a consultancy group of British economists, aims to revolutionise Britain's often creaking and largely inadequate national transport and energy infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Norman Foster's Tribute to Steve Jobs Paul Petrunia 2011-10-06T14:50:35-04:00 >2011-10-07T14:08:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He was the ultimate perfectionist and demanded of himself as he demanded of others. We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him. His participation was so intense and creative that our memory will be that of working with one of the truly great designers and mentors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered LEED Gold Kuwait International Airport molly.cotter 2011-10-04T16:27:26-04:00 >2011-10-07T12:28:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners just announced they will be designing the new Kuwait International Airport - and they're aiming to make it the world's first LEED gold certified passenger terminal! The stunning design is sure to be an eye-catcher from both the ground and the sky, and it will raise the environmental bar for airports everywhere with a smart set of green features that will reduce the building's energy use and keep it cool in one of the hottest places on earth.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MGM Targets (Foster-designed) Harmon Tower in Vegas for Demolition Archinect 2011-08-22T11:41:59-04:00 >2011-08-22T11:43:49-04:00 <img src="" width="262" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MGM Resorts International on Monday said it wants to destroy its Harmon building &mdash; an unfinished condo-and-hotel tower riddled with construction engineering problems. Designed by famed architect Norman Foster, the Harmon is part of the Las Vegas Strip&rsquo;s $9 billion CityCenter project...</p></em><br /><br /><p> As we reported 3 years ago, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas' Harmon Hotel gets cut in half</a>.</p> Architect behind the Gherkin says he has finished designing strangely shaped edifices Paul Petrunia 2011-06-30T18:52:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the architect of such curvaceous London landmarks as "the Gherkin" and the City Hall building described as a "glass testicle", it is something of a Damascene conversion, but Ken Shuttleworth has called time on strangely shaped edifices.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Norman Foster Honored with the 2011 Save the Children Award Alexander Walter 2011-06-27T17:02:07-04:00 >2011-07-16T06:01:46-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="133" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Norman Foster has been presented with the 2011 Save the Children Award, given by Save the Children Spain, at a ceremony in Madrid. The high profile awards are given annually to outstanding individuals whose work helps to build a better world for children. Lord Foster has been recognised for his longstanding relationship with the charity and his humanitarian work.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Steve Jobs Proposes Spaceship-Shaped Cupertino Campus Paul Petrunia 2011-06-08T13:06:51-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple] has staff scattered in rented buildings throughout the city. The plan for the future campus puts 12,000 to 13,000 employees inside a single four-story oval building. Jobs made a convincing case for what he calls "a shot at building the best office building in the world." By moving parking underground, 80% of the 150-acre property will be landscaped. Apple has hired the lead arborist from Stanford to fill it with 6,000 trees, and the company will build its own energy center power source.</p></em><br /><br /><p> We assume this design is by Norman Foster, judging from the design and rendering style, but we don't have confirmation.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster tapped to design new Apple campus</a></p>