Archinect - News 2015-11-30T17:48:46-05:00 "Latin America is where modernist Utopia went to die." – A closer look at the changing urban landscape of Caracas Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T17:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T18:40:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;El mejor anuncio de la historia&rsquo;, or &lsquo;the best ad in history&rsquo; is a picture taken in February 2008, which neatly encapsulates several aspects of the city&rsquo;s urban landscape: the formal, the informal and the promotional. '[...]Around and in between the super bloques a carpet of slums has grown, an organism that now seems to bind the blocks together in some symbiotic relationship. These are the kind of hybrid forms that are developing in Latin American cities [...]&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura Alexander Walter 2015-11-13T14:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-13T14:51:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those former guests and architectural buffs who lamented the demolition of the iconic Hotel Okura Tokyo, they can soon preserve a piece of it in their homes. Hotel officials plan to sell on the Internet some of the furniture and fixtures used in the guest rooms and restaurants during the main building's 53-year history, with the proceeds going to charity. [...] The 11-story main building, which opened in May 1962 [...], was called &ldquo;a masterpiece of Japan&rsquo;s modernism architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul> Hippie Modernism: How Bay Area design radicals tried to save the planet Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-29T11:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:27:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hippie modernism focused not on rigorous form but rather on a kind of socially inspired bricolage. Hippie modernism has been not only misunderstood but also underestimated. Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s concept of a &lsquo;design science revolution&rsquo; inspired the hippie bricoleurs to shoulder their generation&rsquo;s emerging notion of environmental stewardship.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Greg Castillo pens a great article about one of the most overlooked and often dismissed role of hippies in what we have today&nbsp;greedily claimed by the millenials and&nbsp;known as &nbsp;"environmental movement."</p><p>&ldquo;Hippie Modernism&rdquo; is published in coordination with the Walker Art Center exhibition,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia</a>,</p> Pyonghattan & water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions Alexander Walter 2015-09-14T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:25:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Let us usher in a great golden age of construction,&rdquo; exhorts one of the 310 official patriotic slogans published this year. The ambition is already evident in the number of cranes that dot the skyline [...]. The most prominent structures are the 47-storey shafts of the Changjon Street apartments, an 18-tower complex completed last year in less than 12 months and nicknamed &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; by foreign diplomats. But other emerging skyscrapers go undiscussed and unphotographed [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories on Archinect and our sister site <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Crow&rsquo;s Eye View&rdquo;, from the 2014 Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion, returns as a NY exhibition</a> (Bustler)</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Koreans hesitate to move into Kim Jong Un's shiny, new apartment towers</a></li></ul> Massive renovation of U.N. Headquarters improves security but sacrifices Hammarskjöld Library Alexander Walter 2015-09-02T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T13:46:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the 70th regular session of the General Assembly convenes on Sept. 15, it will do so in a complex of buildings that hasn&rsquo;t looked so good or felt so secure in generations. &ldquo;We now have a very safe compound,&rdquo; said Michael Adlerstein, [...] executive director of a seven-year, $2.15 billion renovation, known as the capital master plan, that is nearing completion. More visible than anything else is the robust yet crystalline new glass facade of the 39-story Secretariat building.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:05:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul><p>And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the <em>new</em>, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel,&nbsp;here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.</p><p>Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the ones we've lost</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All images via <em>Monocle Magazine</em>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> petition site.</p> Cap d'Agde: a naked city in the south of France Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:04:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-1960s, the De Gaulle-instigated Mission Racine to develop Languedoc-Roussillon&rsquo;s tourist economy created six modernist seaside resorts from scratch, each a day&rsquo;s boat ride apart &ndash; still one of the largest state-run development schemes ever. ...there was some ideological overlap between the purifying doctrines of naturism and modernism: Le Corbusier himself enjoyed airing his bits on the Cote d&rsquo;Azur and shared the same teacher as Cap d&rsquo;Agde&rsquo;s chief architect, Jean le Couteur.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Man of Steel" Donald Wexler, desert modern icon, dies at 89 Justine Testado 2015-06-29T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:55:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="653" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'His signature style helped bring Palm Springs to the international stage and his body of work is still as fresh today as when first created...'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aptly nicknamed a "man of steel", <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Modern</a>-style architect Donald Wexler was known for his affordable sleek steel homes and was one of the principal figures who influenced Palm Springs' iconic modernist aesthetic that has increased in popularity in the last 15 years or so, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attracting thousands of visitors</a> from around the world. Described by close colleagues as a modest and insightful man, Wexler passed away at the age of 89 this past Friday, June 26 in his Palm Desert home. <em>The Desert Sun</em> reports that he died after dealing with an undisclosed brief illness.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Born on Jan. 23, 1926 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Wexler made his way to Southern California after graduating from the University of Minnesota. In California, Wexler worked as an apprentice for Richard Neutra for nine months before moving to Palm Springs when he landed a job in William Francis Cody's firm. In 1952, Wexler established Wexler &amp; Harrison with Richard Harrison, a colleague he met at Cody's firm, but the two wen...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-06-19T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-21T13:16:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" 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 board <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Courtyard House</a> in Scottsdale, AZ by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendell Burnette Architects</a>; Photo: Bill Timmerman photographs</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peribere Residence</a> in Miami Beach, FL by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">[STRANG] Architecture</a>; Photo: Claudia Uribe-Touri</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lune de Sang Sheds</a> in NSW, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHROFI</a>; Photo: Brett Boardman Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Song-chu Bending Band</a> in Yangju, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L'EAU Design</a>; Photo: Park Wan-soon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barn House</a> in Sebastopol, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anderson Anderson Architecture</a>; Photo: Anthony VIzzari, Anderson Anderson Architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Edward's University Doyle Hall</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deha Proje Office</a> in Ankara, Turkey by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ven Architecture</a>; Photo: Gurkan Akay...</p> Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list Nicholas Korody 2015-06-16T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T18:13:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The father of modern architecture Le Corbusier and the most influential architects of the 20th century Louis Kahn will not find place in the latest heritage conservation list of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Ahmedabad happens to be the only place in the world where Le Corbusier had designed four different buildings. Louis Kahn's IIM-A building too does not figure in the list of heritage buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The list, which consists of 2,247 buildings and havelis in the walled city and 382 buildings outside the walled city area, will be notified in a day or two. Inclusion in the list will mean that the new conservation building bye laws would now be applicable."</p> As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-11T00:15:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hotel Okura, built in 1962 in time for the 1964 Olympics, is slated to be torn down in September to make way for a bigger, fancier Okura, in time for the 2020 Olympics. (The less-good, less-famous southern wing of the old Okura, added in 1973, will be allowed to stay.) [...] There will never be this particular hush again in the middle of Tokyo. You will have to have been there to know what you will soon miss.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></p> Kengo Kuma: "Architecture can initiate communication among people." Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T23:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:58:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo is known for its mix of modern and traditional architecture, but for long-term residents it is easy to feel like the concrete is winning out. [...] The buildings done by&nbsp;acclaimed Tokyo-based architect Kengo Kuma are different. [...] Kuma&rsquo;s campaign to bring Japanese-ness back to architecture has had fascinating results.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> Eileen Gray’s E1027 masterpiece reopens to the public today Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:50:48-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This modernist villa on the C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Azur, designed by Irish architect Eileen Gray, has witnessed wartime shootings, murder and vandalism by Le Corbusier. Now, at last, it has been brought back to life [...] Le Corbusier visited and, apparently outraged that a woman could have made such a significant work in a style he considered his own, assaulted it with a series of garish and ugly wall paintings, which he chose to execute completely naked.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A closer look at the current exhibition "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:28:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley,&rdquo; an exhibition at the Center for Architecture, shows how modern landscapes often make a better case for modernism than the architecture itself. Over a span of 60 years, Kiley (1912-2004), a founding father of modern landscape design, worked for the best architects around, among them Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill. He was fully versed in architecture&rsquo;s modernist strategies and overriding focus on form and abstraction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Where Architects Fear to Tread: Britain Bores Again Julia Ingalls 2015-04-03T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-03T17:17:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Terry, 77, is Prince Charles&rsquo; favourite architect, a purveyor of classical confections from his drawing board in the quaint Essex village of Dedham. Scruton, 71, a philosopher of aesthetics, is a vocal enemy of modern architecture and author of The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism (as well as I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher&rsquo;s Guide to Wine).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Oh, man. Prince Charles: the new urban dictionary entry meaning "zero architectural innovation."</p> NY exhibitions reflect on Latin American midcentury architecture + design Justine Testado 2015-03-30T16:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:17:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until the advent of cable television and then the Internet, Latin Americans, creators and consumers alike, were often more aware of trends in Europe and the United States than in nations neighboring theirs: Whatever similarities in style that emerged regionally were largely the result of discrete, parallel responses to the challenges of urbanization, poverty and the need to somehow integrate modernity and tradition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Midcentury architecture and design from the Latin America region seems to be a trend in recent exhibitions in MoMA, MAD, and Americas Society in New York. New York Times writer Larry Rohter compares and contrasts the exhibitions, which shed light on the all-too-familiar tension of integrating globalized innovation with local traditions and techniques that was present throughout Latin American architecture and design.</p> This modernist Rudolph Schindler church in South LA could be yours for $1.85M Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:02:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prolific Los Angeles Modernist Rudolph Schindler designed dozens of timeless duplexes, apartments, houses, and office buildings, but he only ever designed one church. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda was built in 1944 for a small, black church congregation. Now, just after a much-needed restoration to what was for many years a pretty rough-looking building, the architecturally significant church&mdash;an official Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark&mdash;is up for sale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:10:37-05:00 <img src="" 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> Quo vadis, Charleston architecture? Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:55:58-05:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></p></li></ul> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Macedonians protest to protect modernism Archinect 2015-01-02T18:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T08:25:28-05:00 <img src="" 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=""><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="" 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> David Adjaye: Contextualizing Approaches to Urbanization Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:31:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:26-05:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" 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=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> for more and use your chance to w...</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palm Springs: New Architecture and Design Center to open in November</a></p> 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>