Archinect - News 2015-11-27T08:46:55-05:00 REVEALED: Bjarke Ingels’ Brand New High Line Towers Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-23T11:02:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T14:26:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in February it was revealed that HFZ Capital Group was in talks to bring a &ldquo;monumental&rdquo; new structure to a lot at 76 11th Avenue in the Meatpacking District. And between shortlisted architects Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels, in April the developer decided to move forward with starchitect-of-the-moment Ingels for the high-profile project. Now Yimby has our first look at the design that may rise along the coveted High Line site.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #432 Nam Henderson 2015-10-25T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T11:19:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned an essay on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;wherein she argues "<em>the Biennial is more about architects than it is about architecture.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed the book <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity</a>, by former corporate interior designer turned international architectural curator Vladimir Belogolovsky.&nbsp;<strong>DTElmore </strong>was convinced "<em>this article has helped me to see that now, more than ever, buildings and criticism of buildings are inextricably linked to the characters that design them, possibly to the detriment of architecture.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Moscow is on a roll, of post-industrial rehab; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with Renzo Piano Building Workshop releasing a redesign - for turning a Moscow power station into an art site for the V-A-C Foundation</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architects proposing golden glass and steel towers for a defunct Moscow auto plant</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The SANAA designed arts and community center, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the River</a>, finally opened its doors to the public...</p> Fun game: spot the double-standards in this Zaha-bashing piece! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-06T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T15:51:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="211" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid is the most famous woman architect in the world. Would women or, indeed, architecture, be better off without her pushily hard-won, global celebrity? [...] Hadid began a global strut in billowing drapery by Prada or Issey Miyake. She became the champion of an architecture that was more about personal &lsquo;vision&rsquo; than public utility. [...] From the air, Hadid&rsquo;s 2022 World Cup stadium with its almond-shaped opening and labial folds looks bogglingly like giant pudenda.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sure, roasting starchitects is fun, and &ndash; at its best &ndash; can volley constructive criticism towards those architects most visible in the public eye as "Architects", ideally improving the profession at large. And then there's a piece like&nbsp;<em>The Heckler</em>'s, which discredits any otherwise pointed jabs at Zaha by wrapping them in sexist stereotypes. See if you can spot them all!</p> Starchitect César Pelli Buys $17.5M San Remo Apartment from John Leguizamo’s Mother-in-Law Alyssa Alimurung 2015-07-30T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T13:14:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Starchitect C&eacute;sar Pelli and his wife Diana Balmori have bought a $17.5 million apartment at the San Remo, according to city records released today. And the seller of the 4,900-square-foot, 12-room residence is Rona Maurer, John Leguizamo&rsquo;s mother-in-law who was recently involved in a lawsuit claiming she was covering up the sale of the home to keep her stepdaughter from getting any of the profits.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Starchitect Rafael Vinoly to Design a 10-Story Meatpacking District Building Alyssa Alimurung 2015-05-26T13:18:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:32:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Look out&mdash;not up&mdash;because there&rsquo;s a new low-rise Rafael Vinoly-designed building coming our way. The architect mastermind behind the city&rsquo;s tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue, has just been chosen to to design a comparatively demure ten-story office-and-retail building in the Meatpacking District, reports The Real Deal. The new addition is being developed by Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital Associates and is located on the former site of Prince Lumber at 61 Ninth Avenue.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2 World Trade Center May Ditch Norman Foster’s Design for a Bjarke Ingels Skyscraper Alyssa Alimurung 2015-04-27T12:02:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T11:45:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Norman Foster may lose out on yet another major project in Manhattan. The Journal writes that if News Corporation and 21st Century Fox decide to move into 2 World Trade Center, as previously reported, developer Larry Silverstein may drop Foster&rsquo;s design in favor of a new one by none other than starchitect of the moment, Bjarke Ingels of BIG.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Listen to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's interview with Bjarke in ep #14, "His bjark is BIGger than his bjite"</a>.</p> Oliver Wainwright takes a closer look at Beirut's downtown redevelopment Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T19:04:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two decades after civil war blew the Lebanese capital to rubble, the city centre boasts immaculately rebuilt streets lined with Gucci and Prada stores &ndash; but the whole place is strangely deserted [...] the resulting place feels less souk than Duty Free airport lounge. It is a monotonous world of more swanky high street brands, from Burberry to Tag Heuer, staffed by idle shop assistants awaiting the promised customer footfall that has yet to arrive.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #380 Nam Henderson 2014-08-13T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Student Works: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;spoke with project architect, Duncan Baker-Brown, about T<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he Waste House</a>,&nbsp;designed/built by faculty and students from the Faculty of Arts and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City College Brighton &amp; Hove</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;did some quick math "<em>The numbers tell quite the average of 8 people per work week day for the 15 month project duration. Compared to an equivalent wood frame house in the US that could be an entire subdivision. This should tell you how far industry has to go to do the right thing</em>".</p><p>Plus, elementary school librarian, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shared her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top 15 recommendations of architecture books for young children</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The NYT published a letter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Editor: Less Ego in Architects</a>&nbsp;by Peggy Deamer, a partner in Deamer Architects and professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Editors saw an opportunity to start a Sunday Dialogue,&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a week later published responses and a rejoinders</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> had a thought "<em>Architecture firms are alrea...</em></p> NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:43:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surroundings. In an interview, he argued in favor of local architectural talent, or &ldquo;locatecture.&rdquo; Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this "Room for Debate" at <em>the New York Times,&nbsp;</em>Allison Arieff, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Beverly Willis, and Angel Borrego Cubero all provide their opinions on the much-used and controversial portmanteau.&nbsp;</p> End of the Starchitects? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-27T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-28T06:39:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Practitioners create visually dazzling and unexpected forms that&rsquo;re seemingly unrelated to anything as prosaic as function or context. They exploit advances in design and construction technology to build ever more visually arresting and extraordinary buildings. The future of this movement is likely to be limited because the law of diminishing returns inevitably applies to the search for ever-newer and ever-more unexpected architectural forms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> I miss that cohesiveness... Nam Henderson 2011-10-24T11:50:19-04:00 >2011-10-24T12:45:37-04:00 <img src="" width="250" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The word celebrity and the word architect are basically incompatible. I know it&rsquo;s come to pass that some of us have become famous, but it&rsquo;s a temporary condition, a strange pact: We get a lot of attention, but we&rsquo;re taken less seriously. Journalists seem mostly interested in what brand of shoes I wear.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Justin Davidson talks with Rem Koolhaas about the recently released <a href=";field-keywords=Project+Japan%3A+Metabolism+Talks&amp;x=0&amp;y=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Japan: Metabolism Talks</a>, a book of interviews conducted by Koolhaas and the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.. They also discuss the current state of the profession and the fact that OMA has never completed a building in New York.&nbsp;</p>