Archinect - News 2014-04-24T14:46:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/95034331/the-monuments-of-tech-architecture-in-the-age-of-planned-obsolescence The monuments of tech: architecture in the age of planned obsolescence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-06T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T20:54:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0uw6pixqxaxthc7w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Silicon Valley long prided itself on building world-changing technologies from the humble garage, or the nondescript office park. The new spaces are more distinctive, as companies seek to build a consumer profile [...] [There] is a sense that nothing is permanent, that any product can be dislodged from greatness by something newer. It&rsquo;s the aesthetic of disruption: We must all change, all the time. And yet architecture demands that we must also represent something lasting.</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/77689570/gezi-park-monument-by-studio-vural Gezi Park Monument by Studio Vural Alexander Walter 2013-07-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T17:03:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srhaxknk4pvioef7.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York-based Turkish architect Selim Vural, founder of architecture and interior design firm <a href="http://studiovural.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Vural</a>, has shared with us his design for a Gezi Park Monument. The memorial commemorates the recent protests on Istanbul's Taksim Square against the planned construction of a shopping mall in place of the historic Gezi Park &mdash; which sparked the nationwide <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 protests in Turkey</a> (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287877/gezi-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v1/v1li7tn0z04wcv3t.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Project Description from Selim Vural:</strong></p> <p> Beyond commemorating important events, monuments come to being through significant ideas. Their bodies are usually aesthetic, dynamic, communicative and distinctive yet beyond all, they are clear embodiments of their generative ideas.</p> <p> It is also significant that all monuments of liberty in history are made of or derived from female figures. There is a soft power, an illuminated fearlessness in their stance, which is not evident in the singularly powerful male figures. On the one hand they are complex, conflicting, and plural and on th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/18921342/a-paraphrased-quote-stirs-criticism-of-mlk-memorial A Paraphrased Quote Stirs Criticism Of MLK Memorial Archinect 2011-09-01T12:46:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1s/1slfddl1qq449fej.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The poet and author and one of the memorial's consultants, Maya Angelou, told The Washington Post, yesterday, the quote makes King seem arrogant. Actually, she put it in harsher terms. "The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit," she said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Today, <em>All Things Considered</em>'s Melissa Block spoke to memorial's executive architect, Ed Jackson Jr., who explained the quote was paraphrased because of design constraints. At first, he said, the quote was going to be placed on the south face of the monument, but instead the designers decided that they wanted visitors to see the quotation ("Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope...") that explained the whole concept first. So they decided to move the quotation to the north side, where the sculptor had already done some work adding striations that left little room for a lengthy engraving.</p> <p> That's the technical explanation. But Jackson also said he disagreed with Angelou. He said the quote did not make King sound arrogant and said the memorial includes 14 other quotations and that the full experience cannot be determined by one small part of it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/18858881/anyone-else-not-happy-with-how-the-mlk-monument-looks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seems like some of our members agree that the monument is not ideal - discuss</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/18173630/martin-luther-king-jr-national-memorial-opens-in-washington Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens in Washington Archinect 2011-08-26T00:43:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l5/l5u8gap9lttt3zo2.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We don&rsquo;t even see his feet. He is embedded in the rock like something not yet fully born, suited and stern, rising from its roughly chiseled surface. His face is uncompromising, determined, his eyes fixed in the distance, not far from where Jefferson stands across the water. But kitsch here strains at the limits of resemblance: Is this the Dr. King of the &ldquo;I Have a Dream&rdquo; speech? Or the writer of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech?</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/3569833/berlin-selects-giant-rocking-dish-as-monument-to-unification Berlin selects giant rocking dish as monument to unification Paul Petrunia 2011-04-20T14:34:07-04:00 >2011-04-20T14:34:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7e29f034185debd8a7db9066edae5f0d.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After more than a decade of disagreement, Berliners have settled on a monument to celebrate German reunification and the 1989 peaceful revolution: a giant, rocking dish. The 55-metre, 330-tonne glittering steel wing can hold up to 1,400 people at any one time, but it needs at least 20 people to get it moving.</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>