Archinect - News 2015-03-04T23:07:04-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T21:01:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities,&rdquo; says [Swiss architect Manuel] Herz, who has curated an exhibition of more than 80 buildings from sub-Saharan Africa, showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, until May. &ldquo;But we simply don&rsquo;t know about it... we wanted to show this incredible cultural wealth that also exists.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Usually the projects of African "big man" leaders, the modernist buildings were often constructed for propagandistic purpose and tended to be designed by European architects. Noted architectural photographer Iwan Baan took many of the photographs in Herz's exhibit.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119043175/quo-vadis-charleston-architecture Quo vadis, Charleston architecture? Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:55:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2h5a5rakotqrn83p.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Long accustomed to basing its reputation on the grandeur of its old buildings, the city now finds it almost impossible to agree on how to build new ones. In recent months, traditionalists have blocked efforts to introduce contemporary architecture in the historic core [...]. Modernists are rolling their eyes at new buildings that copy traditional styles, arguing that they pervert a record of architectural progress long documented in mortar and stone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss these heated discussions on the subject matter:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59031955/new-clemson-university-architecture-building-set-to-test-charleston-s-limits-on-context" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie David Chipperfield pledges to carefully "optimize" Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:02:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yk/yk4gpf48z10wjudb.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The restoration of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will cost an estimated &euro;101m [...]. This masterpiece by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which opened in 1968, was closed in early January. David Chipperfield Architects has been entrusted with the refurbishment project, having found international acclaim for its work on rebuilding the Neues Museum on Museum Island in Berlin. The British architect pledged to &ldquo;keep as much Mies as possible&rdquo; at a symposium in late November.</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/118194335/new-documentary-portraits-s-rgio-bernardes-brazil-s-almost-forgotten-star New documentary portraits Sérgio Bernardes, Brazil's almost forgotten star Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T14:42:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf5c3563b8e87d35ef75e564c0c7a56a.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>S&eacute;rgio Bernardes was a star of 60s Brazil, a brilliant architect and a mesmerising man. And then almost forgotten. His grandson has made a film to discover what happened</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/117654709/london-s-traditionalist-architects-come-back-swinging-in-their-fight-against-skyscrapers London's traditionalist architects come back swinging in their fight against skyscrapers Alexander Walter 2015-01-05T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T21:15:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10841a22b8dca7c9d328beb71fe19763.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a warren of rooms inside a 400-year-old townhouse on the Essex-Suffolk border, a counter-revolution against the most dramatic rebuilding of the London skyline in decades is gathering strength. Eschewing computer power for sharp pencils and tracing paper, father and son architect team Quinlan and Francis Terry are drafting classically inspired designs for some of the capital&rsquo;s most prominent sites in a fightback against plans for hundreds of new skyscrapers.</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/117439717/macedonians-protest-to-protect-modernism Macedonians protest to protect modernism Archinect 2015-01-02T18:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T08:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83308c6c345188db440449021dc84f76.jpg" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two nights before New Year&rsquo;s Eve, more than a thousand Macedonians gathered in the snow to hold hands and form a ring around a large shopping mall in the capital city of Skopje. That may sound like the beginning to some strange joke, but the crowd was assembled in earnest, to express its love of the modernist building known as GTC, and to protest a government plan to give it a new, baroque fa&ccedil;ade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/updoa0c4s521qv16.jpg"><br><em>... in a city whose architecture is mostly modernist, all of the Skopje 2014 building is being done in a strictly neoclassical style, from a brand new triumphal arch to a towering sculpture of a man on a horse &mdash; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/aug/14/alexander-great-macedonia-warrior-horse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">presumably, but not explicitly, Alexander the Great</a> &mdash; atop a column adorned with lions, music, lights, and a fountain.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115806490/david-adjaye-contextualizing-approaches-to-urbanization David Adjaye: Contextualizing Approaches to Urbanization Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:31:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c73a6ec22b049a2d7a52c964088ec6b3.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The undoing of the master narratives of modernism should not be taken as an opportunity for an architecture of spectacle and fantasy, but instead one that, utilizing the lessons of the past, speaks to the complexities of the present and the forces that shape us. It is crucial to deconstruct the idea that design can be universal and instead, to think in terms of an architecture that derives inspiration from the specificity of geography, culture and place.</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/115192481/frank-gehry-is-right-98-of-architecture-today-has-no-respect-for-humanity Frank Gehry Is Right: 98% Of Architecture Today 'Has No Respect For Humanity' Alexander Walter 2014-12-04T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T21:44:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukezzluq1fb6i16w.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect, who implicitly exempted himself from that 98%, might have been arrogant, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean he wasn&rsquo;t right. [...] many if not most buildings are the work of contractors, not architects, and that this has been and will likely always be the case. Unfortunately, architectural education and criticism tends to focus on important buildings at the expense of the common and ordinary.</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/114977286/win-a-tiny-modernism-designer-shirt-for-your-future-architects Win a Tiny Modernism 'designer shirt' for your future architects Archinect 2014-12-02T11:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-07T21:25:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nq68sb514dag6ly9.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the holiday season now officially upon us, the annual gift shopping panic has quickly picked up steam &mdash; and knowing how notoriously hard architects and designers are to shop for, doesn't make things any easier.</p><p>One of our favorite gift ideas 'tis season are the adorable architectural toddler t-shirts and baby onesies by LA-based label <a href="http://www.tinymodernism.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tiny Modernism</strong></a>.</p><p>The simple screen-print designs are based on the fact that babies love nothing more than their mommy and showing off their preferred genre of architecture: <em>Rem &amp; Norman &amp; Renzo &amp; Jean</em> on Monday, <em>Zaha &amp; Frank &amp; Daniel &amp; Thom</em> on Tuesday, and maybe Gropius' <em>Bauhaus</em> building on Wednesday. How about a little black <em>Tadao &amp; Kenzo &amp; Shigeru &amp; Toyo</em> for a Friday night out on the town?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fi6xoqpulnrit4d4.jpg"></p><p>You simply can't start early enough with the architectural education of future designers, and admittedly &mdash; channeling parents' need for self expression through their children's outfits never looked so good.</p><p>Visit <a href="http://tinymodernism.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tinymodernism.com</a> for more and use your chance to w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114577094/can-beautiful-architecture-inspire-americans-to-become-good-citizens Can beautiful architecture inspire Americans to become good citizens? Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T22:36:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rxuhi4mot67mdbh.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A hundred and some years ago, an aesthetic force called the City Beautiful movement professed the theory that grand public buildings, lovely civic palaces, could inspire Americans to become good citizens. [...] Since the 1960s, though, it seems as if great civic architecture has become an embarrassment. Politicians who love to cut ribbons find it hard to justify paying for beautiful on top of functional. The result is a style I call Sunbelt Stalinism [...].</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/113344726/palm-springs-art-museum-a-d-center-draws-hundreds Palm Springs Art Museum A+D Center draws hundreds Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T14:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T20:32:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y5/y5iyp58vnt4o8gat.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hundreds flocked to downtown Palm Springs Sunday for the grand opening of the Palm Springs Art Museum's Architecture and Design Center, an ode to the city's unique &mdash; and timeless &mdash; mid-century modern designs. The center opened with "An Eloquent Modernist," an intimate depiction of the work of E. Stewart Williams, the acclaimed architect whose designs defined desert modern style in Palm Springs throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107713249/palm-springs-new-architecture-and-design-center-to-open-in-november" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palm Springs: New Architecture and Design Center to open in November</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112893576/restoration-of-alvar-aalto-s-viipuri-library-wins-2014-world-monuments-fund-knoll-modernism-prize Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtxz82zi1sllo764.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sj98k95sf36axmgl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1eah9hpehk5h9eoe.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5y81crugnpkk34y.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c68rt66c2qy2l3fx.jpg"></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bh/bhruiphwrt3zibc6.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/restoration_of_alvar_aaltos_viipuri_library_wins_2014_world_monuments_fund_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111252707/petrified-forest-buildings-named-national-treasure Petrified Forest buildings named national treasure Archinect 2014-10-14T11:55:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T23:04:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4bca52b6a41b12cea45d51a0d3312b6f.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Spanning dozens of acres, the structures provided everything the park staff and visitors would need: a gas station, restaurant, community building, maintenance shop, housing, even a two-room elementary school. The National Park Service entrusted the design to prominent architects Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander ahead of the agency&rsquo;s 50th birthday, and it&rsquo;s the only project of theirs still standing within the Park Service.</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/108022943/neo-classical-falls-foul-of-brazil-s-love-of-baroque Neo-Classical falls foul of Brazil’s love of Baroque Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:52:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d308a37dba5b9a9e58a26c59d5e4dc1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through the free-flowing talent of Costa, Niemeyer, Burle Marx and Athos Bulc&atilde;o, Bras&iacute;lia&mdash;the only city built in the 20th century that is listed by Unesco&mdash;has captivated the world since 1960. But the federal capital has not made Modernism sacred in the country as a whole and the protection of Modern architecture is still in its infancy.</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/108020530/why-modern-architecture-struggles-to-inspire-catholics Why Modern Architecture Struggles to Inspire Catholics Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T02:11:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee66e2fcca2a7dec4c615d748e92dd89.jpg" width="355" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside a few rare examples such as Ronchamp, I sense that Modernism has failed to deliver an architecture that connects with most Catholics and other traditional Christians. Much of this has to do with fact that Modernism as a cultural movement is inherently atheistic as it is based on a secular materialist philosophy.</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/108020528/architecture-s-rebellion-at-the-2014-venice-biennale Architecture's Rebellion at the 2014 Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T20:36:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47ab24537cfb3df43d08748e30b0e2ce.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Biennale reveals that neither modernism nor contemporary architectural practice is as it seems. The best architecture today may not be revolutionary, but then today more than ever the desirability of revolutions are in doubt. Situated modernism has for many years been and continues to dominate architectural practice with the opposite of flattening results.</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/107713249/palm-springs-new-architecture-and-design-center-to-open-in-november Palm Springs: New Architecture and Design Center to open in November Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-11-10T14:22:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76890b9c0093aad29708b4da9635038f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each year Palm Springs dedicates a week to celebrating Midcentury Modernism architecture in the desert city. Now, it has more reason to celebrate. The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, is set to open Nov. 9. It will provide a place to showcase the sleek style pioneered by architects such as Richard Neutra, Donald Frey and E. Stewart Williams. The project is an expansion of the Palm Springs Art Museum, which also is housed in a Williams building.</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/107172505/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-minimalism-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Minimalism" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-08-22T14:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T14:18:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd5atm3qiwk1m5xl.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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 brand new board, <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/minimalism/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Minimalism</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agjy8eew7ftfb2am.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/i29ia/project/office-04-tribal-ddb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office 04 / Tribal DDB</a> in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/i29ia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">i29 interior architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed544krhyy7j2i7p.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/18182032/hamptons-modern/106432052" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamptons Modern</a> in Bridgehampton, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4259383/cetra-ruddy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cetra/Ruddy</a> (Interior Designer / Project Manager: <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/18182032/jessica-de-kler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jessica De Kler</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lznz0uwcnzb87ysj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/104784449/office-house-luna/104865674" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office + House Luna</a> in Buenos Aires, Argentina by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104784449/hitzig-militello-arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hitzig Militello arquitectos</a>; Photo: Federico Kulekdjian</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khvnur5rn2fnc9p6.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/68182948/university-extension/99637581" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University Extension</a> in Aix-en-Provence, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/68182948/dfa-dietmar-feichtinger-architectes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/euhf9zug4a5yl55n.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/79523288/5-6-house/102862618" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5/6 House</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/rzlbd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rzlbd</a>; Photo: borXu Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xpmgjh75zieun2di.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/39353/edf-archives-center/9174600" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EDF Archives Center</a> in Bure, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39353/lan-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAN Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/foxobjrwxe3ebzgb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/13826520/palo-alto-residence/103796384" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Palo Alto, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/ccsarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCS ARCHITECTURE</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvac2rpbwphfy63o.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/38193635/middlesex-lounge/106636786" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Middlesex Lounge</a> in Cambridge, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/mergearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merge Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dv/dvfvrxij7z98pcnm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/91342039/vancouver/106993311" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura Farewell to the Old Okura Alexander Walter 2014-08-15T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T12:58:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5ev1d2zsxkczcy67.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the planned destruction of the Hotel Okura building in Tokyo to make way for a larger 38-story glass tower has brought cries of protest in Japan and elsewhere in the world. Monocle, the wide-ranging global magazine, has started a petition to save the old Okura on behalf of &ldquo;all lovers of modern Japanese architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Monocle's <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition website is still up, but it seems that the fate of Ol' Okura has been sealed.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105336559/the-rise-and-spectacular-fall-of-venice-beach-s-pacific-ocean-park The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T17:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T17:49:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f5c93d6a6e4b88e5b33069fc400e8b2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you had walked along the beach in Venice in the early 1970s, you would have come across the sagging, crumbling, partially incinerated ghost of an old amusement park on a pier. [...] But when it opened in July 1958, more than half a century ago, Pacific Ocean Park &mdash; or P.O.P., as it came to be known &mdash; was the thing: an amusement park that married Venice Beach's kitschy seaside carnival culture with the space-age Modern architecture of the late 1950s.</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/104964608/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-07-25T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:56:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/waxrf3o0uh1rrr1k.jpg" width="514" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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 board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p5/p532xraz9rot6e23.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/masastudio/project/amangiri-resort-spa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amangiri Resort + Spa</a> in&nbsp;Canyon Point, UT by <a href="http://archinect.com/masastudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marwan Al-Sayed Inc. Architecture + Design</a>, Wendell Burnette and Rick Joy</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w69xxw3j6671u6lm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/5468796/project/oms-stage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMS Stage</a> in Winnipeg, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/5468796" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ouw5ow7yf07i68yf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arkylab/project/xafix-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xafix House</a> in&nbsp;Aguascalientes, Mexico by Luis Mor&aacute;n in collaboration with <a href="http://Arkylab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arkylab</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/koff99g6jiaakkcc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/45216499/house-boz/97166663" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Boz</a> in Gauteng, South Africa by <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8k/8k61x1k2pfrhpjd2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/cebra/project/grundfos-dormitory2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grundfos Dormitory</a> in Aarhus, Denmark by <a href="http://archinect.com/cebra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CEBRA </a>&amp; NIRAS</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tz4xekqtbbhn9f9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/19455964/belimbing-avenue/96294677" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Belimbing Avenue</a> in Singapore by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/19455964/hyla-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HYLA Architects</a>; Photo: Derek Swalwell</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1t0lytbw33x12q90.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/104784449/office-house-luna/104865674" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office + House Luna</a> in Buenos Aires, Argentina by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104784449/hitzig-militello-arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hitzig Militello arquitectos</a>; Photo: Federico Kulekdjian</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p8/p8glclfjgyndyb6y.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/99419368/fernandez-leal-62/99420579" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernandez Leal 62</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/99419368/raul-pe-a-arias" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raul Pe&ntilde;a Arias</a>; Photo: Alber...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104807798/uk-contributes-10m-to-glasgow-school-of-art-half-for-mackintosh-restoration UK contributes £10m to Glasgow School of Art, half for Mackintosh restoration Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T20:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:56:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kz/kzs84i4m7sbzbgea.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The people of Glasgow and many people far beyond were horrified when a few weeks ago fire ripped through the Art School, gutting its priceless library. The UK government has already made a &pound;5m contribution to the Mackintosh Appeal to help ensure that the building is restored to its former glory. And we are today making an additional &pound;5m contribution to support the School's new Graduate and Research Centre." &mdash; UK Chancellor George Osborne</p></em><br /><br /><p>This past May, a fire destroyed much of the historic Mackintosh library at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/16607/the-glasgow-school-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art,</a> a modern <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=mackintosh+glasgow+school+of+art&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;hs=Wja&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;channel=sb&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;source=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=Rot_U_jJEM6JogSFkYCYDA&amp;ved=0CCoQsAQ&amp;biw=1272&amp;bih=1289" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">masterpiece</a> by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Now, as part of an increase in the UK's funding of Glasgow's life sciences, business and arts sectors, the School has the resources to restore Mackintosh.</p><p>Previous reports about the Mackintosh fire can be found here:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100285007/update-glasgow-school-of-art-fire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UPDATE: Glasgow School of Art fire</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale Archinect rounds up critical reactions to Koolhaas' biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T18:12:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vgex3jicofo8lwt.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened on June 7, under the theme "Fundamentals". The deluge of criticism and reporting coming out of the Biennale will surely continue until it closes November 23, but so far reactions from the architectural journalism community seem pretty consistent. Critics seem at once relieved that the biennale is not given away to preening and doting upon architectural personalities, but instead focused on "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66227111/rem-koolhaas-announces-fundamentals-to-be-2014-s-venice-biennale-theme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture, not architects</a>", as per Koolhaas' design. The flip-side of this could be seen as replacing objects of starchitectural value with a too-safe generalism, imbued with the self-importance of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Responses seem largely concerned with interpreting the man at the same time as his Biennale, rather than investigating the interplay of national pavilions' personalities under a unifying theme. But we've got many months to go, and this is only the beginning.</p><p>But with the sheer mass o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101495681/korea-chile-canada-france-and-russia-are-among-the-distinguished-at-the-2014-venice-biennale-award-ceremony Korea, Chile, Canada, France and Russia are among the distinguished at the 2014 Venice Biennale award ceremony Justine Testado 2014-06-09T20:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-11T00:51:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zvsf99kxfeimb440.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, "Fundamentals" -- a.k.a. the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/news_tags/tag/venice+biennale+2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Venice Biennale</a> -- officially opened on a festive note with the awards ceremony that took place on June 7 at the Giardini at la Biennale.</p><p>Awards and Special Mentions were given to national pavilions and individuals to what the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100579935/members-appointed-for-the-2014-venice-biennale-international-architecture-jury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biennale Jury</a> considered to convey the most compelling approaches to the "Fundamentals" theme, which examines how societies worldwide have progressed, adapted to, or even rejected modernism. The theme also highlights countries and regions whose contributions to the global discussion on modernism are typically overlooked.</p><p>Below is a list of the winners:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/ji7w06znqxi2lxag.jpg"></p><p><strong>Golden Lion for Best National Participation: <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/details_into_the_korean_peninsulas_crows_eye_view_pavilion_for_the_2014_ven/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Korea - "Crow&rsquo;s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula</a></strong><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/details_into_the_korean_peninsulas_crows_eye_view_pavilion_for_the_2014_ven/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"</a><br>Commissioner/Curator: Minsuk Cho<br>Curators: Hyungmin Pai, Changmo Ahn<br>Deputy Curator: Jihoi Lee<br>Summary: "The jury wishes to recognize Korea with a Golden Lion for the extraordinary achievement of presenting a new and rich body of knowledge of arch...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101249386/minimalist-homes-rise-in-tijuana-as-violence-subsides Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:09:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/46/46416b0af97b699708e5f1793e77da50.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask almost any of the local architects in this Mexican border town and they will tell you Tijuana has become a hotbed of building activity. The growing demand for designer homes, they say, is being driven primarily by Tijuana natives returning to the city... Most of the developments in Tijuana are for upper-middle-class families ... but the spare designs and basic building materials, especially concrete, used by Mr. Medina and others make it possible for more residents to have designed homes.</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/100517642/massimo-vignelli-acclaimed-modernist-architect-and-graphic-designer-dies-at-83 Massimo Vignelli, acclaimed modernist architect and graphic designer, dies at 83 Justine Testado 2014-05-27T14:14:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:05:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pib0noifdvkgg0s1.jpg" width="514" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Massimo Vignelli, the award-winning designer whose influential signature minimalist style balanced architecture and graphic design in the later half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 83 after a long-term illness.</p><p>Born in Milan on Jan. 10, 1931 and inspired by Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Vignelli began his career in architecture working as a draftsman when he was 16. He went on to study art and architecture in Milan and Venice, and came to the U.S. through academic fellowships between 1957-1960. He met his wife Lella Vignelli while studying in Venice and in 1960, they established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptd0pd75wt8lsr0y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l1vd0mr46ksw2fej.jpg"></p><p>After Vignelli formed renowned design firm Unimark International with six other designers in Chicago, where they created New York's subway signs and helped shape corporate identities through graphic design, he and Lella co-founded <a href="http://www.vignelli.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vignelli Associates</a> -- their own architecture firm -- in 1971.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4zbhelj591qjktqt.jpg"></p><p>Massimo Vignelli communicated architectural c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100303112/new-zealand-exhibition-for-the-2014-venice-biennale-shows-the-country-s-pacific-architectural-roots New Zealand exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale shows the country’s Pacific architectural roots Justine Testado 2014-05-23T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-05-27T14:25:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nn/nnf3zbi9c63wu0o3.jpg" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our next featured pavilion for the fast-approaching 2014 Venice Biennale hails from Down Under in New Zealand, who will be participating in the keystone event for the first time. Curated by award-winning Auckland architect David Mitchell, the New Zealand exhibition is titled "Last, Loneliest, Loveliest" from Rudyard Kipling's The Song of the Cities poem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a response to Biennale Director Rem Koolhaas&rsquo;s theme, "Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014" that addresses the homogeneity of modernism, the New Zealand exhibition puts the country's distinct architectural scene in the spotlight -- from its traditional yet overlooked Pacific roots to dominant international influences. Below are a few highlights to be showcased.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30jr0mo4beascigh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4yku1hg46awmmu9.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/6228081eleva6ull.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/exx6ryj7qoxw0sy6.jpg"></p><p>Read background info on the exhibition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/new_zealand_exhibition_for_the_2014_venice_biennale_shows_the_country_s_pac/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100239685/arctic-adaptations-nunavut-at-15-to-represent-canadian-pavilion-at-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15&rdquo; to represent Canadian Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95960286/parliament-themed-austrian-pavilion-revealed-for-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parliament-themed Austrian Pavilion revealed for 2014 Venice Biennale</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/100187115/mid-century-norwegian-design-pieces-make-their-way-to-new-york-s-openhouse-gallery-in-soho Mid-century Norwegian design pieces make their way to New York’s Openhouse Gallery in Soho Justine Testado 2014-05-21T20:38:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:01:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/ok3ebgq689nvcen4.jpg" width="514" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After success in Oslo and Tokyo, the Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design exhibition is ready to make its U.S. debut in New York's Openhouse Gallery starting May 23. Highlighting Norway's contribution to mid-century Scandinavian design, the selling exhibition will showcase over 500 high-end designer objects created by 44 Norwegian designers between 1940-1975.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The objects will be arranged with iconic Norwegian artworks, including those by renowned artist Edvard Munch. Works will be presented so as to showcase the artists' various roles in shaping the traditions of Norwegian design and architecture during the 20th century.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l13yehp8zv4pmmqd.jpg"></p><p>Find more event details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/mid-century_norwegian_design_pieces_make_their_way_to_new_yorks_openhouse_g/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99881734/a-renaissance-for-bauhaus-as-germany-grapples-with-its-past A renaissance for Bauhaus as Germany grapples with its past Alexander Walter 2014-05-16T13:56:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/2712d012c58aa9e0ec60894a99112bdd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The most striking Bauhaus designs, such as Marcel Breuer's tubular steel chair or the Wagenfeld table lamp, have been endlessly copied and mass produced. But the architecture of the design school has left a more complicated legacy in Germany. [...] reopens two of the art school's most significant houses on Friday, almost 70 years after they were bombed, the move is sure to reignite the old debate about what to do with historic buildings damaged during the second world war.</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/98436419/czech-communist-architecture-may-be-protected Czech Communist architecture may be protected Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:41:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cd267818e2b651bda5d75f18f7345f1.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new commission for cultural heritage protection, an adviser to the Czech National Heritage Institute (NP&Uacute;) director, has recommended that the state start protecting relatively young works of architecture from the second half of the 20th century [...] &ldquo;Unlike the architecture of the interwar Czechoslovakia, the post-war architecture has been omitted by protection programs so far, also because its valuable pieces are more difficult to distinguish."</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>