Archinect - News 2016-05-29T21:19:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T18:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-28T18:49:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p26pmrtkr6a4xo45.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Garden Bridge is a land grab,&rdquo; says Michael Ball of Thames Central Open Spaces. &ldquo;That is, a major piece of public space and amenity &ndash; the South Bank, the River Thames, and the views across central London &ndash; would be sequestered for private interests, albeit cloaked in some appearance of charity and beneficence. When I saw Pier 55 I realised it was an even more blatant example of the same idea.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this piece design critic par excellence <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71565097/dreams-built-and-broken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> analyzes two similar <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127301057/problem-solving-with-thomas-heatherwick-on-archinect-sessions-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a> designed-projects, London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> and New York's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942976/construction-of-heatherwick-signe-nielsen-designed-pier-55-to-begin-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a>, in the hopes of discovering why one seems to be resonating with the public while the other has inspired <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satiric contests to replace it</a>. Murky funding issues, misleading renderings, <em>Absolutely Fabulous</em> tie-ins: it's all here.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ft10qc8yc4kz85m5.jpg"></p><p>For more on the saga of the Garden Bridge:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140810831/london-garden-bridge-will-track-visitors-phone-signals-submitted-plan-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled "Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled Justine Testado 2016-01-21T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T18:40:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4bzsdlziw0yq068c.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The more period commentary on these spaces you read...the more you see the hotel's owners are falling into the very trap the interiors were engineered to escape: banality, anywhere-ness, the flimsiness of changing fashion...Are the current going to rip out the mirror and replace it with barn wood and mason jars? Just wait. Stop the unpermitted demolition. Landmark this interior and, in doing so, remind people of its undated and undateable wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange writes about the&nbsp;Ambassador Grill &amp; Lounge and Hotel Lobby at the United Nations Plaza Hotel (now known as ONE UN New York), which is currently planned for reconstruction and where illegal exploratory demolition has reportedly begun. The remodeling plan has sparked outcry from advocates, who recently filed a Request for Evaluation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant landmark status to the iconic Roche Dinkeloo-designed interior.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145195457/another-bittersweet-look-at-hotel-okura-s-legacy-as-redesign-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141449075/carry-out-world-s-first-taco-bell-is-being-rescued-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132822247/editor-s-picks-425 Editor's Picks #425 Nam Henderson 2015-07-27T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T03:02:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz7l8k4prll4a3ch.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Upstarts</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410487/upstarts-design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55962127/design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a>, the Los Angeles-based firm.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cussfppr162j0vc.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;highlighted <a href="http://laplusjournal.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA+</a>, the new publication produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/400/university-of-pennsylvania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a> in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/132432116/screen-print-35-penndesign-s-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest edition</a> of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlftly450f5cnmd0.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132326552/liam-young-an-architect-s-skills-are-completely-wasted-on-making-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TANK Magazine published a chat with Liam Young</a>, wherein he argued "<em>an architect&rsquo;s skills are completely wasted on making buildings...Finding ways to operate in other disciplines just gives us much more agency</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> can get behind the idea "<em>that 'architect' is a strategy</em>", however <strong>Good_Knight</strong> is concerned "<em>Great....So in an era when only refining one's professional specialty is profitable...non licensed 'architects' (in reality an oxymoron) or shall I say wanna-be-poser architects are pushing to broaden and generalize the title even more.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mr Banks</strong> argued "<em>If architecture is a strategy rather than a profession, then surely anyon...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-19T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:25:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rnmtjgjd68r29w8.jpg" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We call it &ldquo;destructoporn&rdquo; (since 2007, according to Urban Dictionary) and it comes, unbidden, via digital media. Where did I see that Tod Williams and Billie Tsien&rsquo;s Folk Art Museum, just thirteen years old, was down to steel and rubble? The art critic Jerry Saltz&rsquo;s Instagram. [...] The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe. Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures.</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/71565097/dreams-built-and-broken Dreams Built and Broken... Nam Henderson 2013-04-22T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T15:00:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3m/3mul0g8lhq7qmjwx.jpg" width="500" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Analysis, rather than the promotion of starchitects, was her aim, and a prodigious amount of research underlies her early, punchy pronouncements as well as her late, magisterial style...Her death removes a passionate and particular voice from the shrinking ranks of full-time architecture critics, but also represents a loss of institutional memory for architecture culture...She didn&rsquo;t offer compromise positions</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the May 6th edition of magazine Alexandra Lange authored a paean, in which she explores the legacy of Ada Louise Huxtable. Ms. Lange identifies how Ada Louise Huxtable's life and career make the case for architecture criticism "<em>as an essential beat for a metropolitan newspaper</em>" as well as for an appreciation of architecture.</p> <p> Image via Laurie Olin's tribute to Ada Louise Huxtable <a href="http://www.theolinstudio.com/blog/laurie-olin-remembers-ada-louise-huxtable-champion-of-urban-design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58092721/the-barclays-center-in-brooklyn-reviewed-by-alexandra-lange The Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, Reviewed by Alexandra Lange Archinect 2012-09-26T19:31:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T21:04:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be25c98e4acecc34f6351b03cd49a673.jpg" width="465" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The arena was always a Trojan horse: its stars (Jay-Z), its original starchitect (Frank Gehry), and its semi-public function (bringing pro basketball to Brooklyn) have been used to make the development of the Vanderbilt rail yard seem like a reward rather than an imposition. In 2009, Gehry left the project, adding his arena and tower designs to the long list of New York&rsquo;s famous unrealized buildings.</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/57680301/the-barclays-center-in-brooklyn-reviewed The Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, Reviewed Archinect 2012-09-20T16:50:44-04:00 >2012-09-20T18:16:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be25c98e4acecc34f6351b03cd49a673.jpg" width="465" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I do not think the arena&rsquo;s architecture should relate better to the context. The immediate context is the developer Forest City Ratner&rsquo;s two cheaply clad, faux-historicist malls across Atlantic Avenue. The larger context is the lowrise brownstone neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. To relate to the first would be depressing; to relate to the second, impossible. The real building is an exact analogue to the renderings of this site, which... blur and dematerialize the neighbors.</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/39911133/how-to-be-an-architecture-critic How to Be an Architecture Critic Places Journal 2012-03-01T15:50:00-05:00 >2012-03-04T14:15:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqlrucqhsd19pyg3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are rarely roused by the day-to-day, brick-by-brick additions that have the most power to change our environment. We know what we already like but not how to describe it, or how to change it, or how to change our minds. We need to learn how to read a building, an urban plan, a developer&rsquo;s rendering, and to see where critique might make a difference.... We need more critics &mdash; citizen critics &mdash; equipped with the desire and the vocabulary to remake the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Places features an essay from Alexandra Lange's new book&nbsp;<em>Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities&nbsp;</em>(Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).</p> <p> Lange takes on a classic text by Ada Louise Huxtable &mdash; a review of SOM&rsquo;s 1967 Marine Midland Bank Building &mdash; and shows us why it's so good and what we can learn from it by following in the footsteps of a master.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/37871366/editor-s-picks-250 Editor's Picks #250 Nam Henderson 2012-02-12T23:32:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T16:30:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2j8y720ap7wyzd.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeanne Gang and Greg Lindsay suggested some ways of Designing a Fix for Housing, beginning with rethinking our historic commitment to detached, single-family homes and segregated Euclidean zoning. Louis Arleo agreed that we need to redesign suburbia but argued "however suburbia will never be improved until architects embrace the idea of a developers business model."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/37248630/anthony-carfello" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Carfello</a>,&nbsp;analyzed Los Angeles media&rsquo;s failings in their role as "<em>the de facto voice</em>" of AEG&rsquo;s development plans for Farmers Field&nbsp;in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a>.&nbsp;Carfello contended "<em>The existing biases, the assumptions in play, the prized status of CEQA exemption, the traffic, the legitimate fiscal drawbacks weighed against any foreseeable benefits (to the non-AEG public), and greater questions of diversity of primary uses in downtown&rsquo;s future buildings all beg for further dialogue.</em>"and then offered up <a href="http://www.323projects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(323) Projects</a>&nbsp;as an alternative model of citizen discourse.</p> <p> In the latest addition to the <strong>CONTOURS</strong>: series <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/20580749/sherin-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>&nbsp;touched on some of the ways various changes taking place in architecture firms with regards to compensation and valuatization, are a result of the "<em>realization that employees are people, not just &lsquo;workers&rsquo; or &lsquo;laborers&rsquo;.</em>"&nbsp;in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37129517/contours-on-business-and-bosses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On Business and Bosses</a>.</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2532608/gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a> commented he would like Sherin to "<em>come on here and enga...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/26666538/tell-me-a-story-urbanized Tell Me a Story, 'Urbanized' Archinect 2011-11-07T18:59:37-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/6783b9cae63efcc4390e6440c8a255e0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As he has moved through the design professions, Hustwit has scaled up from a single typeface (Helvetica) through industrial design (Objectified) and now to cities. Each one has followed essentially the same structure, talking heads interspersed with images, one person and one idea leading to the next. No voiceover. No narrative. No critique. And not a lot of style. As Hustwit told Adam Harrison Levy, that&rsquo;s the way he wants it.</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>