Archinect - News 2015-11-26T20:02:17-05:00 Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler meet for one last time in new play, "The Princes of Kings Road" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-15T22:28:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Midcentury modernist architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler may have been good friends when they studied together in Vienna, but by the time they ran into one another one last time in a Los Angeles hospital in 1953, they were bitter enemies. Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A.'s production of&nbsp;The Princes of Kings Road, now playing at the Neutra Institute in Silver Lake, imagines what it might have been like in the hospital room they shared</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "The Hole Idea" celebrates the simple joys of creating "spontaneous architecture" Justine Testado 2015-04-01T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T15:19:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural design can be as playful as a child's imagination and still be taken seriously. Coated in a sunny yellow and candy-colored circular openings, "The Hole Idea -- Now in Technicolor" in Winnipeg is a snow tunnel that may seem like a kids-only zone at first glance, but is an engaging installation that can spark the curiosity of anyone who is trudging by in the snow. Since it was first installed in January after winning the popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warming Huts 2015 competition</a>, The Hole Idea has attracted visitors of all ages. The project's success continues with its recent win of an Ontario Association Of Architects Award.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by Toronto-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weiss Architecture + Urbanism</a>, the playful concept for The Hole Idea -- which was named after a 1955 Looney Tune animation of the same name -- evokes childhood memories of Saturday morning cartoons, colorful playgrounds, and building snow forts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The firm worked alongside Blackwell Engineering and the Canada Culvert fabrication team to complete th...</p> Oren Safdie's play FALSE SOLUTION now released Archinect 2015-03-06T20:19:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T16:03:01-04:00 <img src="" width="278" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Excellent news for all fans of <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=PRESS+RELEASE%3A++%22False+Solution%22+by+Oren+Safdie+released+by+Original+Works+Publishing&amp;utm_campaign=20150227_m124618800_PRESS+RELEASE%3A++%22False+Solution%22+by+Oren+Safdie+released+by+Original+Works+Publishing&amp;utm_term=FALSE+SOLUTION" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>FALSE SOLUTION</em></a>, the latest architecture-inspired play by Oren Safdie (yes, son of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie</a>): the piece not only just came out in publication but re-orders are only $6.99 this week.</p><p>Find some more detailed information we've received from Oren below, and also listen to our 2014 interview with him about <em>FALSE SOLUTION</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br><br>Original Works Publishing announces the publication of Oren Safdie&rsquo;s timely play, <em>FALSE SOLUTION</em>. Dealing with the creative process of the architect as it relates to the design for a Holocaust Museum in Poland, the play was produced in 2013 at La MaMa Theatre in New York before transferring to the Santa Monica Playhouse in 2014 [<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>].</p><p>Margaret Gray of the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> wrote: &ldquo;The dialogue is engaging, witty and bracingly cerebral ... An undertaking Safdie persuasively presents as heart-breaking, morally fraught and politically hazardous.&rdquo;</p><p>Zachary Stewart of <em>TheaterMania</em> affirmed: &ldquo;Oren Safdie's intellectually s...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Kids Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T19:45:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the NEW board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kids Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blaxland Common Playground - Regional Playspace</a> in&nbsp;Homebush, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JMD Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Incheon Children Science Museum</a> in Incheon, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a>; Photo: Park Youngchae</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concordia International School</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watershed</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flad&auml;ngskolan</a> in Lomma, Sweden by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link Arkitektur</a>; Photo: Hundven-Clements Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Upshur Playground</a> in Washington, DC by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape Architecture Bureau</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playdipity</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">db2/ARCHitecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stelzhamerschule</a> in Linz, Austria by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirsch ZT gmbh</a>; Photo: Hertha Hurnaus</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Children&rsquo;s Science Studios</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ioana Urma</a> (Paint Design)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Caracola Beach House</a> in A...</p> Danish parking garage invites to stay and play Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T10:41:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new parking garage in Nordhavn, Denmark by JAJA Architects will combine form, functionality, and fun. Draped in greenery and topped with a public playground, the aptly named Park and Play reimagines a garage as an active social space rather than simply a storage place for cars. [...] The garage is being built as part of the first phase of Nordhavn&rsquo;s almost 500-acre master plan to be developed over the next 40 to 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica Paul Petrunia 2014-05-07T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T19:08:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Oren Safdie, architecture-turned-playwright (and son of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie</a>), has taken his play <em>False Solution</em> to Santa Monica, after a run in NYC last year. <em>False Solution</em>, Safdie's 3rd architecture-themed play, following <em>Private Jokes, Public Places</em> and <em>The Bilbao Effect</em>, follows German-Jewish architect Anton Seligman (played by Daniel J. Travanti) as he designs a new Holocaust museum in Poland. Linda Johansson (played by Amanda Saunders), a first-year architecture student, brings sexual tension as she challenges his work.</p><p>I met up with Oren at his home in Venice Beach to talk about his work as a playwright. You can listen to our conversation below...</p><p></p><p>I also had a chance to record a read-through between leads Daniel J. Travanti, whom you may recognize as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the captain from <em>Hill Street Blues</em>,</a> and Amanda Saunders.</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tickets to False Solution can still be purchased for the final four performances this Thursday to Sunday.</a></p> Finding playground potential in the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht Justine Testado 2014-03-31T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:33:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a kid, a lifesize light-up spinning top that you can play in right in your neighborhood sounds like a dream come true -- and such is the case in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.</p><p>The Energy Carousel by Madrid-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecosistema Urbano</a> is a play structure that is both engaging and educational. As kids grab onto one of the structure's hanging ropes, the kinetic energy released by their movements is stored in a battery, which later serves as supply to light up the structure at night. The carousel's LED lights shine in various colors depending on how much energy was stored during that day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Energy Carousel was one of the winning designs in a 2010 invited competition by <a href=";lg=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carve</a>, an Amsterdam design group that specializes in developing and engineering public spaces for children. Carve asked 10 European firms to design a multi-age sustainable "unconventional play object" to complete the Governeursplein public square in Dordrecht.</p><p>Since then, it seems the Energy Carousel has provided whirls ...</p> 50th anniversary of NYC Penn Station demolition to be honored by staged reading and panel highlighting the debate on historic preservation Justine Testado 2013-10-31T14:49:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T18:39:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eternal Space will visually recreate the marvel of the former Pennsylvania Station using the actual photographs that documented the station&rsquo;s demise. [...] Using the latest in projection technology these arresting photographs will speak to the tragic demolition of an American architectural masterpiece [...] On the 50th anniversary of that great loss, The Eternal Space will pay tribute to the station and the gifted photographers who worked to immortalize it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architects, historians, and all urban enthusiasts are invited to a free evening event that will acknowledge the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the demolition of NYC's Pennsylvania Station</a> on Nov. 6 at the AIA | NY Center for Architecture. Hosted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA | NY</a>, the program will begin with a live reading of selected scenes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Eternal Space</em></a>, a two-man stage play set during the Penn Station's demolition, which began on Oct. 28, 1963.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The play presents a dialogue on the value of old vs. new, past vs. present, and all the timeless arguments that come with them that last to this day. The Eternal Space also points out the ongoing yet overlooked debate on the preservation of historic structures in New York and throughout the U.S. Never-published photography of the demolition from some of the subject's most notable photographers will provide the scenic backdrop for the staged reading.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The reading will be followed by&#8203; a panel discussion &mdash; moderated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a> Senior Editor Hana Alberts ...</p> “Plant-a-BALL PARKS” - PLAYscapes Honorable Mention entry by OP-AL Justine Testado 2013-10-14T13:48:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T13:50:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Upon our recent coverage of the PLAYscapes competition results earlier last week, we would like to present a more thorough look into one of the listed projects, "Plant-a-BALL PARKS" by OP-AL. Out of over 500 registered entrants, OP-AL received an Honorable Mention for their proposal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLAYscapes Design Competition results</a></p> PLAYscapes Design Competition results Justine Testado 2013-10-07T20:25:00-04:00 >2013-10-09T22:24:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building Trust International recently announced the winners for their international PLAYscapes Design Competition. As the name states, PLAYscapes challenged participants to propose their ideas to transform neglected city spaces into interactive places of fun for local communities. More than 500 entrants participated, with many of their projects highlighting the use of sustainable materials and the importance of redevelopment and adaptive reuse in their local cityscapes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The competition-winning project, "Cape Town Gardens Skate Park" was designed by a multidisciplinary team from the City of Cape Town in South Africa. In the Student category, a team from Lusiada University of Lisbon - Faculty of Architecture and Arts won with their entry, "Bring a Pal and have fun."</p> Architecture as Child's Play Places Journal 2013-05-01T19:31:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:28:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At university, students from other courses felt that we in architecture weren&rsquo;t really studying at all; to them the studio seemed like some kind of uber-kindergarten, legitimated for academic credit.... The architecture profession seemed from the outside, and perhaps even to us on the inside, to promise an idyllic eternal childhood of balsa and glue and gee-whiz drawings on computers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Naomi Stead discusses the popular conception of architecture as a kind of "child's play."</p> <p> What do dollhouses and architectural models have in common? Why should we care about Lego Architecture and Architect Barbie and the romantic depiction of architects in Hollywood movies?</p> <p> She concludes: "If the profession of architecture is constructed from the outside as an escapist daydream, available for the idle fantasizing and wish-fulfillment of all, then this leaves the whole profession operating inside a doll&rsquo;s house: idyllic, hermetic and controlled, but largely powerless to act in the actual world."</p> Oren Safdie's architecture-themed play "False Solution" opens this June Archinect 2013-04-16T14:57:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T18:32:18-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Oren Safdie, son of Moshe Safdie, and writer of plays themed around architecture, will be opening his third play, titled "False Solution", on June 13th. The play deals with an established architect struggling to design a new Holocaust museum in Poland, focusing on the architect's creative process.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>FALSE SOLUTION</strong> -- a world-premiere play about an architect's struggles to design a Holocaust museum in Poland - written by Oren Safdie (author of the Off-Broadway hit PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES, and THE BILBAO EFFECT) - will be presented Off-Broadway with previews starting June 13 prior to an official press opening night on June 16, 2013 at La MaMa ETC (74A East 4th Street) in Manhattan.</p> <p> PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES, which also premiered at La MaMa in 2003 before transferring to the Center for Architecture, starred Anthony Rapp. Mr. Safdie's Off-Broadway play THE LAST WORD, also enjoyed critical and popular success in 2007, and starred Emmy Award-winning actor, Daniel J. Travant...</p> 'A Raw Space' explores the architecture of marriage Archinect 2012-02-07T13:44:00-05:00 >2012-02-07T14:46:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Baker is an architect who has just purchased one of [Richard] Meier&rsquo;s raw space apartments with his wife and is supposed to be using his design skills to turn it into a home. But he is suffering through an artistic slump, a malaise his wife hopes to remedy by forcing him into a competition with a younger, up-and-coming architect, whose wife was once her best friend. Through constantly shifting perspectives, the private design competition provides a funny, insightful look at love and ambition...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>A Raw Space</em> is a play by Jon Marans, currently running at the Bristol Riverside theater in Philadelphia. The play is set inside of one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier's Perry Street luxury apartments</a>, while the tenants, two high powered architecture couples, tangle during a design competition.</p> Carsten Höller Is Installing a Slide at New Museum anthony dong 2011-10-07T12:28:13-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If all goes as planned, the New Museum&rsquo;s five-year-old building on the Bowery will become something of an amusement park beginning Oct. 26, with visitors hurtling through a giant plastic tube from the fourth floor to the second</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bilbao Effect turns Off-Broadway Effect Paul Petrunia 2010-03-25T18:57:00-04:00 >2013-04-16T14:55:09-04:00 <p> Playwright Oren Safdie, son of architect Moshe Safdie, will be debuting his latest play "The Bilbao Effect" at the Center for Architecture on May 16th.<br><br><i>In Mr. Safdie's play THE BILBAO EFFECT -- the second play of a planned trilogy focusing on contemporary architecture -- Erhardt Shlaminger is a world famous architect who faces censure by the American Institute of Architects, following accusations that his urban redevelopment project for Staten Island has led to a woman's suicide. The play tackles controversial urban design issues that New Yorkers have recently encountered in Brooklyn as a result of the hotly-debated plans to redevelop the Atlantic Yards into an architecture-star mega-development. THE BILBAO EFFECT explores whether architecture has become more of an art than a profession, and at what point the ethics of one field violate the principles of the other.</i><br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Broadway World</a></p>