Archinect - News 2014-04-24T00:38:51-04:00 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> We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture to save us from uninspiring design Archinect 2013-12-23T13:40:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T14:57:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is the fault of the public&rsquo;s &ldquo;indifference to good design&rdquo;, rather than &ldquo;corporate greed&rdquo; of building companies, argues Mr de Botton, founder of Living Architecture and honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba). &ldquo;They merely want to make money and they have zero confidence (rightly) that we would follow them in the venture of delivering quality at the necessary price.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> André Chiote illustrates the role of iconic buildings in the "urban collective memory" Justine Testado 2013-12-09T13:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:21:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="719" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Rendered into clean lines and bold graphic hues, Oporto-based architect and illustrator Andr&eacute; Chiote draws some of the world's most iconic contemporary structures designed by their equally iconic architects. He began developing this project by choosing specifically-programmed buildings that became cultural symbols eventually engrained into the "urban collective memory."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Even by only highlighting a particular detail, the building is still recognizable whether one remembers seeing it on TV, online, in print, or in person. The souvenir poster/advertisement-like quality of Chiote's illustrative style further emphasizes the popularity of these structures.</p> <p> In his last approach, Chiote illustrated famous museums like Renzo Piano's addition to LACMA or the Mercedez-Benz Museum by UNStudio, among others.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Chiote continues exploring the role of these memorable buildings with "Sport's Buildings" -- many that have been seen in past Olympic Games. Here, he describes them as examples of "...</p> Park named after Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch now open in Brooklyn Archinect 2013-05-03T16:52:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T13:39:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This Brooklyn Heights playground is named for Adam Yauch, an artist, a filmmaker, an activist, and one of Brooklyn&rsquo;s most influential musicians. Most famous as &lsquo;MCA&rsquo; of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Beastie Boys, Yauch grew up playing in this playground, then named State Street Park and later Palmetto Playground, as a child.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>&ldquo;Born and bred in Brooklyn the U.S.A./<br> They call me Adam Yauch but I&rsquo;m M.C.A.&rdquo;</em><br> - &ldquo;No Sleep Til Brooklyn,&rdquo; The Beastie Boys</p> <p> NYC Parks &amp; Rec. announced today that Adam Yauch Park, named after the Beastie Boys' late MCA, is now open.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Culture, ethics & architecture Alexander Walter 2013-02-22T13:02:00-05:00 >2013-03-25T17:05:48-04:00 <em><p>Today, many Muslim societies like Pakistan are facing enormous challenges in terms of the built environment. At times construction-related activities are driven largely by economic forces with less consideration for their impact on common people and the environment. It is also observed that sometimes, buildings are constructed while copying from other contexts without considering the local context/culture. This process has posed critical challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013 Archinect 2013-01-07T19:52:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T19:53:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>America&rsquo;s Top Twelve ArtPlaces is a new annual ArtPlace initiative recognizing neighborhoods in the largest 44 metropolitan areas in the country where the arts are central to creating places where people&mdash;residents and visitors&mdash;want to be.</p></em><br /><br /><p> America&rsquo;s Top 12 ArtPlaces for 2013 are:</p> <ul><li> Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights</li> <li> Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park</li> <li> Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood</li> <li> Miami Beach, FL / South Beach</li> <li> Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side</li> <li> New York, NY / Manhattan Valley</li> <li> Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square</li> <li> Philadelphia, PA / Old City</li> <li> Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown</li> <li> San Francisco, CA / The Mission District</li> <li> Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor</li> <li> Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle</li> </ul> Why People in Cities Walk Fast Paul Petrunia 2012-03-21T19:05:00-04:00 >2012-03-22T03:46:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the exception of Nairobi &mdash; insert joke here about Kenyans crushing everyone at the New York City Marathon &mdash; the fastest walking cities were from wealthy nations. The statistical analysis confirmed this general perception: two of the three strongest social predictors of walking speed were a country's G.D.P. and its purchasing power parity (the other was its individualism).</p></em><br /><br /><p> This reminds of of a fascinating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Radiolab</a> episode from a couple years ago about cities. I HIGHLY recommend listening to this - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">download it here</a>.</p> The Works of Yoichiro Kamei Derek Kaplan 2011-07-29T12:37:20-04:00 >2011-07-30T07:50:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He is one of the most appreciated young ceramic artists. With more than 10 solo exhibitions had in the past ten years in Kyoto, Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka and Faenza, he was awarded Merit Prize at the 1st Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale in 2004. In 2010 he received the Kyoto City Artist Prize, which is one of the most valuable Japanese art awards.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Meissen | SO - IL', 18th-century Porcelain in Contemporary Architecture' adelz 2011-06-01T18:27:00-04:00 >2012-11-15T19:11:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building of the Day</a> series is brought to you by our friends at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, the web's most comprehensive directory of buildings.</em></p> <p> During the summer of 2011 (May 28&nbsp; - Aug 28), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">de KAdE</a> in Amersfoort will host an extensive overview of the work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solid Objectives &ndash; Idenburg Liu (SO &ndash; IL) architectural office</a>. The show will take place concurrent to 'Meissen | SO - IL',&nbsp;18th-century porcelain in contemporary architecture'.</p> <p> SO &ndash; IL has designed 32 modern, geometrically shaped showcases in bright colours and with &lsquo;pointed tops&rsquo;. As well as showing off the fifty-plus Meissen objects to best advantage, these vitrines are autonomous works in their own right.&nbsp;</p> <p> As Florian Idenburg of SO &ndash; IL explains, &ldquo;We wanted to come up with a strategy to help visitors &lsquo;take a fresh look&rsquo; at Meissen so that they could understand the pieces in a new way. By using the vitrine to &lsquo;upset&rsquo; conventional ways of looking at the works, we force viewers to redefine their relationship with the...</p> Art as MOCA-latte: APPROVED-DISAPPROVED Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-09T15:50:48-04:00 >2011-04-24T12:02:25-04:00 <img src="" width="209" height="197" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Los Angeles MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch ordered the removal of artist Blu&lsquo;s mural, which he commissioned, from the wall of his museum, he was quickly accused of censorship by various folks in the art community. In response to his act, an anonymous street artist put up a wheatpasted mural near MOCA that depicted Deitch as the Ayatollah Khomeini, dressed in traditional garb, holding a dripping paint roller with outstretched arm &ndash; fresh from removing Blu&rsquo;s mural from the museum&rsquo;s wall.</p></em><br /><br /><p> MOCA further sucks it up to its Blu(es) and PR's a Tea Party like survey on what art 'you'd' suck up to.&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peviously</a></p> No Blu Wash Orhan Ayyüce 2010-12-17T14:56:46-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> MOCA commissions a mural from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blu</a> and than finds it offensive and whitewashes it. Artist says it is cencorship. The museum <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">director</a> says he was in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> art fair when it was painted. <a href=",0,6698582.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latimes</a><br> MOCA commissions a mural from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blu</a> and than finds it offensive and whitewashes it. Artist says it is cencorship. The museum <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">director</a> says he was in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> art fair when it was painted. <a href=",0,6698582.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latimes</a></p>