Archinect - News 2015-03-31T02:42:31-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123205872/pondering-the-cultural-value-of-frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house Pondering the cultural value of Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-03-20T20:56:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T05:00:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0upwgg3zlrgal3gc.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House was recently announced to be up <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">for auction</a> on May 19 in Chicago. Designed for Mike and Penny Winton during the '80s in Lake Minnetonka, MN, the Guest House helped propel Gehry into international stardom in the '90s. Currently, the University of St. Thomas owns the $4.5 million home, which was repurposed as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN a few years ago. Ever since St. Thomas sold the Gainey last year, the Guest House is once again up for grabs and must -- also once again -- start relocation this June to meet its August 2016 deadline.</p><p>The Winton Guest House revives the question of what cultural value that the house -- and others vernacular structures like it -- possess. As this <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comment discussion</a> shows, the topic is a subjective one with no clean-cut answer.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y42c6w0a9j9mm8m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rryc2avj7n89t78e.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd6zfnltiveww3jg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d30r3z6sdfc2tbf9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0i/0izeflax5z7uhj23.jpg"></p><p>Some may agree that the Guest House's value lies in its history, like an art object that can be studied or referred to for inspiration. <a href="http://art.stthomas.edu/gehry/status-of-the-winton-guest-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the University o...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123044351/improvisation-and-troublemaking-frank-gehry-in-conversation-with-eric-owen-moss-at-sci-arc Improvisation and Troublemaking: Frank Gehry in Conversation with Eric Owen Moss at SCI-Arc Scott Kepford 2015-03-16T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:44:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6itdpxvampzpgu62.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite making recent news for a particularly <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111961395/frank-gehry-gives-the-crowd-a-piece-of-his-mind-and-his-middle-finger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">antisocial public display</a>, Frank Gehry remains a highly influential and crowd-drawing figure, as evidenced by SCI-Arc&rsquo;s completely full Keck Lecture Hall over an hour before Gehry took the stage on Wednesday, March 4, for a lecture with Eric Owen Moss.</p><p>The lecture was the last in a series of five annual lectures honoring late SCI-Arc faculty Raimund Abraham, and opened with memorial remembrances of Abraham by Moss and Gehry. The lecture, &ldquo;You Can&rsquo;t Rehearse Something You Haven&rsquo;t Invented Yet&rdquo;, was a quote Gehry supplied to Moss from jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The improvisational quality of Jazz as it relates to Gehry&rsquo;s process of design was a major thread through the talk. Gehry related the actors required to produce a building &ndash; client, contractor, project manager (&ldquo;we don&rsquo;t really need those guys though&rdquo; he quipped), building department, and bank &ndash; to the constraining three notes around which an improvisational jazz composition wou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123041938/facebook-s-zee-town-and-the-rocky-history-of-corporate-urbanism Facebook's "Zee Town" and the rocky history of corporate urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/yc43bjpcq759s9ff.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In founding a town for some 10,000 of his employees to call their own, the Facebook mogul is following generations of entrepreneurs, from the Dutch East India Company to Walt Disney. [...] Zuckerberg&rsquo;s version is to take the form of a 200-acre private municipality adjacent to Facebook&rsquo;s Menlo Park headquarters, masterplanned by long-time collaborator Frank Gehry and ever-so-humbly dubbed &ldquo;Zee Town&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news from Gehry's work with Zuckerberg:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55882137/facebook-gehry-build-idea-factory-for-ripstik-geeks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook, Gehry Build Idea Factory for RipStik Geeks</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98163968/frank-gehry-about-his-battersea-power-station-project-norman-foster-mark-zuckerberg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122606084/archinect-sessions-episode-20-three-funerals-and-a-curator Archinect Sessions Episode #20: Three Funerals and a Curator Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-12T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T10:53:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gmdnswh9tbtxxl6f.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ten minutes before we sat down to record this week's episode, the Pritzker Prize Laureate was announced &ndash; posthumously. The winner, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122595638/frei-otto-wins-2015-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frei Otto</a> (1925 - 2015), was a German architect whose impressive work and research with lightweight and sustainable structures influenced countless architects through the 20th century to today. Otto was informed of the prize before his death in Germany this past Monday, March 9, prompting the Pritzker committee to make the formal announcement the day after.&nbsp;</p><p>This episode, we reflect on Otto's remarkable life and the Prize's announcement in the midst of his passing. We also examine the uncertain fate (and value) of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House</a>, which will be up for sale on May 19, and consider whether architects should shoulder the cultural and emotional weight of deciding <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122440514/architect-proposes-turning-dead-humans-into-compost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">how we bury our dead</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c69c27jy207q8mga.jpg"></p><p>And on the heels of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's announcement that BIG will collaborate with Heatherwick Studios</a> on their campus expansion, Amelia spoke with curator <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/569104/brooke-hodge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooke Hodge</a> i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122524873/new-gehry-mixed-user-in-the-works-at-gateway-to-the-sunset-strip New Gehry mixed-user in the works at "gateway to the Sunset Strip" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-09T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aee4f195fd60995f657541cc3cb73da4.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That unattractive strip mall on the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards ... will be razed in favor of a Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use development [...] The state last year deemed the project to be L.A. County's first California Environmental Leadership Development Project. To qualify developments must see at least $100 million in investment, achieve LEED Silver certification or better, and emit zero net greenhouse gases.</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/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House to be up for sale on May 19 in Chicago Justine Testado 2015-03-06T17:45:00-05:00 >2015-03-17T09:18:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6j/6jmjzh540y69sprv.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House must be sold! Completed in 1987 for Mike and Penny Winton, the Winton Guest House in Owatonna, Minnesota is one of Gehry's few residential projects that contributed to his rising fame during the 1990s. According to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul -- the home's current owner -- the $4.5 million home will be up for auction on May 19 in Chicago, with auction house <a href="http://www.wright20.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wright</a> in charge of handling the sale.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iq/iqu7vfd1jqqbm6sg.jpg"><br><em>Entryway to the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus</em></p><p>Mike and Penny Winton commissioned Gehry to design the home in 1982 when they needed extra room for their family to accompany their Philip Johnson-designed residence on their property in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. Built from plywood, stone, brick, and metal, the 2,300 sq.ft guest house consists of five separate geometric spaces that include a central pyramidal living room tower, two bedrooms, a kitchen, fireplace room, two bathrooms, and loft space. The house's distinctive geometric-block de...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582807/let-s-talk-about-money-in-architecture Let's talk about money in architecture Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:31:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c9ycp5c0zgp68vl.jpg" width="480" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although money is often seen as a taboo topic in art schools, a group of Yale alumni is urging professional architects to place more value on the relationship between money and architecture. The Yale Architectural Journal&rsquo;s latest edition, titled &ldquo;Money,&rdquo; discusses the controversial role of money in the field of architecture. [...] ranging from Frank Gehry to Yale School of Architecture Professor Keller Easterling, the issue urges architects to reconsider the financial side of their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about&nbsp;<em>Perspecta 47: Money</em> <a href="http://architecture.yale.edu/school/publications/perspecta-47-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119964830/gehry-s-crumpled-paper-bag-opens-at-sydney-s-university-of-technology Gehry's "crumpled paper bag" opens at Sydney's University of Technology Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-04T13:09:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:59:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o5/o5tl87qxopjuvh74.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Dr Chau Chak Wing building, which will house a new business school in the inner-city campus, is being hailed as a masterpiece to rival the Sydney Opera House [...] Traditional lecture halls have been replaced with undulating walls, circular classrooms and a grand chrome-silver staircase. [...] &ldquo;The 19th-century buildings in Sydney are the most accessible. They have a humanity while the modern buildings tend to be cold and off-putting,&rdquo; Gehry said.</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/119889336/composer-tries-to-evoke-gehry-home-in-frank-s-house Composer tries to evoke Gehry home in 'Frank's House' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-03T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:17:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qx1fi5z250bj4gu3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It has a quality which is almost sort of punk, iconoclastic and in-your-face," [Norman] says with earnest wonderment. "And when you get inside the house, it's incredibly luminous and spacious and whimsical and really lovely." [...] His assignment for the first of three concerts in a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra series exploring links between music and architecture was to evoke in music what Gehry made of a nondescript early 20th century pink wooden house he'd bought in 1978.</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/118960418/give-frank-gehry-back-his-east-river-project-in-nyc Give Frank Gehry Back His East River Project in NYC Diane Pham 2015-01-22T20:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T20:17:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubjtddv7b3qbod13.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why not ask Howard Hughes to abandon its current plan and do something really wonderful and revive the Guggenheim plan for Gehry&rsquo;s gargantuan palace of titanium ribbons? The residential conversion of so many major office buildings is going, eventually, to create a need for new office buildings. Gehry&rsquo;s plan could be enlarged gracefully to accommodate both offices and condominiums and rebalance the famous Lower Manhattan skyline...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Gehry still the chops to revive Lower Manhattan? One former <em>New York Times </em>architecture critic, Carter B. Horsley, proposes bringing Gehry's aborted idea for South Street Seaport back to life. The plan would replace SHoP Architect's recently scaled-back design for the waterfront site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116653835/brian-libby-on-a-possible-future-for-centennial-mills-portland-s-last-large-industrial-relic Brian Libby on a possible future for Centennial Mills, Portland's last large industrial relic Alexander Walter 2014-12-23T13:42:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T17:55:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3ba09c929d1c1bacdf0f261d8b23f85.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a golden patina to their aged brick, these former flour and seed mills provide a striking contrast to the shiny new condo towers of the adjacent Pearl District, and their proximity to this burgeoning area could also make for an ideal riverside destination. [...] He has approached Frank Gehry to design a glass-ensconced event center and Lin to design a pedestrian bridge over busy Naito Parkway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this fall, we had the pleasure of <a href="https://twitter.com/brianlibby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Libby</a> joining us live to discuss the future of the controversial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111655995/the-portland-building-architect-michael-graves-fiercely-defends-his-controversial-creation-against-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves-designed&nbsp;Portland Building</a> on Archinect's podcast, episode 3:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111882633/keep-portland-architecture-weird-episode-3-of-archinect-sessions-out-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Keep Portland Architecture Weird!</em></a></p><p></p> 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/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/114574679/frank-gehry-defends-mad-s-design-for-lucas-museum Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T13:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-27T22:53:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ef638dc5a4c4d1c375affec6b7b3297.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The work presented for the Lucas Museum has precedent. It's not just out of the blue; it is something that has been in the air for many years. [...] I would hope that the people of Chicago take the proper time to review the Lucas Museum. I also hope that they will give the client and the architects sufficient time to develop the project &mdash; to work with the city and the public to evolve the design. Please do not dismiss it because it doesn't look like something you've never seen before.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a>;&nbsp;<a title="How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112881489/how-the-lucas-museum-design-will-change-chicago-s-lakefront-rendering-reveals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals</a>;&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a title="George Lucas announces MAD and Studio Gang as architects for his Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105242532/george-lucas-announces-mad-and-studio-gang-as-architects-for-his-museum-of-narrative-art-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas announces MAD and Studio Gang as architects for his Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113498244/frank-gehry-at-uts-a-first-look-inside-dr-chau-chak-wing-building Frank Gehry at UTS: a first look inside Dr Chau Chak wing building Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T14:05:00-05:00 >2015-02-03T12:14:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c635a2b92d4070b425a0682da198ea11.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry courts curves and controversy, and the deputy vice-chancellor of UTS admits to a degree of trepidation. A first look inside reveals whether those fears were justified [...] The city&rsquo;s first building by the controversial architect is part of a larger $1.1bn masterplan for the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), but is already attracting a lot of attention.</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/113112077/architecture-s-new-age Architecture’s New Age Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T17:17:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e72c311f2ba46c825b3a860c8ad3e63.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IS THE NEW ARCHITECTURAL century still stuck in the end of the last one? Yes, but not for long. Asked to take stock of their discipline, architects largely agree that one era is winding down and another is beginning. [...] &ldquo;The time of the grand sculptural building is over,&rdquo; says Mr. Sauerbruch, looking back on what he calls architecture&rsquo;s &ldquo;Mannerist period,&rdquo; symbolized by figures such as Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.</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/112337952/famous-architects-flipping-the-bird Famous architects flipping the bird Archinect 2014-10-28T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-12-08T18:53:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1n/1n28x1ew7daug7rm.jpg" width="514" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It was just a matter of time before this Tumblr emerged... feeding off the buzz of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111961395/frank-gehry-gives-the-crowd-a-piece-of-his-mind-and-his-middle-finger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry losing his cool</a> the other day, "<a href="http://supportingfrankgehry.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Supporting Frank Owen Gehry</a>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112337949/picasso-museum-reopens-after-five-year-renovation Picasso Museum reopens after five-year renovation Alexander Walter 2014-10-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T21:43:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8db65c8821200f5dc9bb88513b0cd063.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most popular museums in Paris, the Picasso Museum, reopens on Saturday after a five-year closure for a costly and controversial renovation. [...] In the run-up to the big day, Lebon has been busy conducting VIP tours. Among his guests: the American architect Frank Gehry, whose monumental Louis Vuitton art foundation has just opened on the other side of Paris. "I am not here to criticise the architecture, but to praise the painting - which is of course phenomenal," says Gehry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Architect&rsquo;s Big Parisian Moment</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112260775/law-breakers-prize-winners-bird-flippers-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-20-2014 Law breakers, prize winners, bird flippers: Weekly News Round-Up for October 20, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-27T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:14:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lj/ljpyleaaoybcxsmn.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 24:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112032093/architecture-in-flux-reporting-from-acadia-conference-day-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1</a>: The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture has changed a lot since its inception in the early 1980s; the conference takes a look at the present moment of "digital design" practice, while that term still exists.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 23:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111961395/frank-gehry-gives-the-crowd-a-piece-of-his-mind-and-his-middle-finger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)</a>: At a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, in response to a reporter's insinuation that his architecture was "showy". Frank Gehry is 85 years old.&nbsp;</li><li><a title="Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions out now" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111882633/keep-portland-architecture-weird-episode-3-of-archinect-sessions-out-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions out now</a>: Feat. special guest <a href="https://twitter.com/brianlibby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Libby</a>, we discuss the trials and tribulations of Michael Graves' Portland Building, and&nbsp;<em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Guardian</em>'s speculations on Obama's presidential library.&nbsp;</li><li><a title="Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture</a>: The&nbsp;<em>Denver Post</em>'s fine arts critic sees a lack of diversity at Union Station's multi-use redesign, and...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/111961395/frank-gehry-gives-the-crowd-a-piece-of-his-mind-and-his-middle-finger Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger) Archinect 2014-10-23T16:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T13:46:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1db358f511362ac865d9a96e8b05ad4.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The crowd fell silent as the Great Gehry replied by slowly curling his hand into a fist and extending his middle finger towards the sky. The moderator asked for the next question. But Gehry was not finished, according to El Mundo (translated back into English by our own Jesus Diaz):</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There's no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that's it. Once in a while, however, there's a small group of people who does something special. Very few. But good god, leave us alone! We are dedicated to our work. I don't ask for work. I don't have a publicist. I'm not waiting for anyone to call me. I work with clients who respect the art of architecture. Therefore, please don't ask questions as stupid as that one.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment An Architect’s Big Parisian Moment Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T21:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1c87e26352d2acec2040ff4bc37064d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a cultural twofer that makes it Frank Gehry week here, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private cultural center and contemporary-art museum designed by Mr. Gehry, had its official inaugural ceremony on Monday, attended by the French president, Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande. At the same time, the Pompidou Center across town is giving Mr. Gehry, based in Los Angeles, a major career retrospective, his first in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111194897/museum-directors-hated-bilbao ‘Museum directors hated Bilbao’ Alexander Walter 2014-10-13T18:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:18:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3b2b3bf00eca92c38b33ed61dc7368e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At 85, the architect Frank Gehry has neither stopped building nor started repeating himself and this month offers plenty of proof. Besides the unveiling of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which he designed for the billionaire Bernard Arnault, the explosively coloured Biomuseo in Panama opened on 2 October followed by a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, which opened on Wednesday, 8 October (until 26 January 2015). Gehry dispels some common misconceptions about his museum designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110647923/big-businesses-and-baby-steps-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-22-and-29-2014 Big businesses and baby steps: Weekly News Round-Up for September 22 and 29, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T12:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6zjj16d78davkxy.jpg" width="514" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a>: In a positive step for the Memorial's Approving Process Odyssey,&nbsp;the National Capital Planning Commission&nbsp;has OK'd the Commission on Fine Arts (the other federal body that must approve the design) to vote on the Memorial.</li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a>: A series of infographics on the representation of women in architectural practice and education, courtesy of <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 1:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110274682/guggenheim-plans-new-york-expansion-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again</a>: Not for more art space (Gehry tried that before) but for offices.</li><li><a title="Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110250557/zaera-polo-steps-down-as-dean-of-princeton-s-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture</a>: From the press release: "the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean."</li><li><a title="Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a>: The 10,000 population island will use renewable e...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109559938/geniuses-money-and-monuments-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-15-2014 Geniuses, money and monuments: Weekly News Round-Up for September 15, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-22T20:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnxw8zqj11bzsbmj.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Saturday, September 20</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings</a>: RFR plans to spend upwards of $900M on property and land purchases by the end of 2014. One of its recent buys included the former "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">72-room&nbsp;bohemian dream house</a>" at 190 Bowery.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Friday, September 19</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109342572/macarthur-fellow-rick-lowe-reclaims-urban-neighborhoods-through-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art</a>: Lowe is currently a resident at Philadelphia's Pearl Street Project, which aims at making dimly-lit alleyways more safe. He is also the founder of Houston's Project Row Houses.</li><li><p><a title="Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109343375/zaha-hadid-launches-luxury-homeware-range-with-harrods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods</a>: Pieces include a&nbsp;&pound;9,999 serving platter, &pound;43 cups and saucers,&nbsp;and&nbsp;&pound;4,860 Field of Towers chess set.</p></li><li><a title="Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109328885/archinect-is-at-the-salk-institute-covering-the-academy-of-neuroscience-for-architecture-conference" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference</a>: The three-day conference focused on topics in neuroscientific research that serve the architecture profession, including advances in mobile brain-computing interfaces and the neurological data behind a...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109567194/watch-the-trailer-for-briefly-a-short-film-on-the-creative-brief Watch the trailer for "Briefly", a short film on the creative brief Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-22T15:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T15:24:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55s95einjfy4q5fd.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Briefly</em>, a new documentary short film by Tom Bassett (<a href="http://bassett.tv/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bassett &amp; Partners</a>), explores the relationship between creative professionals and the brief. Featuring interviews with <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, Yves Behar (Fuseproject), David Rockwell&nbsp;(<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/8706/rockwell-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rockwell Group</a>), Maira Kalman, John C Jay (Weiden + Kennedy) and John Boiler (72 &amp; Sunny),&nbsp;<em>Briefly</em>&nbsp;tries to understand the secrets behind a compelling brief, and its potential to innovate.</p><p>The full film <a href="http://bassett.tv/briefly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be available online</a> on September 30.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109173897/eisenhower-memorial-to-consider-plan-that-removes-most-of-frank-gehry-s-designs Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry’s designs Archinect 2014-09-17T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-26T17:03:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb2ea14332bb8b538524b8cec002ab3a.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Wednesday will review two approaches, including one that removes most of these elements. If that plan is selected, Gehry informed the commission, he will ask for his name to removed.</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/108274491/apple-2-campus-taking-shape-ncarb-names-names-and-cities-sell-out-news-round-up-for-september-2-2014 Apple 2 campus taking shape, NCARB names names, and cities sell out: News Round-Up for September 2, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T18:04:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:31:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s16roovge6nuekej.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles</a>: Beijingers can insert a recyclable bottle and receive equivalent rebates in train fares or mobile phone credits.</li><li><a title="Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a>: Thousands of Brazil's bus stops are unmarked, leading fed-up residents to install their own signage under the Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?<em>&nbsp;</em>(Which Bus Stops Here?) program, one of the world's biggest community projects.</li><li><a title="Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251985/town-becomes-a-beer-ad-but-residents-don-t-feel-like-a-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party</a>: Crested Butte, Colorado, population 1,500, was outfitted for a three-day party to publicize Bud Light, with 1,000 partiers vetted and shipped in by Anheuser-Busch. The town's Mayor agreed to host the party to the tune of $500,000, in part to help boost the town's mostly tourist economy during the difficult "shoulder" season between summer and winter.</li><li><a title="Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a>: Nitpicking continues over the Memori...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T13:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2392f48246bd2e7f4b5124c311acf1f.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Frank Gehry has once again revised his design for a long-delayed memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, removing two controversial metal tapestries that would have flanked the installation and two columns. The revised design was shown today to the National Capital Planning Commission, whose members for the most part seemed receptive to moving forward with the plan. But discussion over remaining 80-foot columns &mdash; from placement to height to necessity &mdash; hinted at possible issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108169234/frank-gehry-s-design-for-the-wtc-performing-arts-center-gets-dumped-by-officials Frank Gehry’s Design for the WTC Performing Arts Center Gets Dumped by Officials Diane Pham 2014-09-04T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T11:26:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2r/2rjyzfker5cz9w3q.jpg" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Execs of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center have officially shelved the starchitect&rsquo;s design planned for Ground Zero. Gehry drew up plans for the art center over a decade ago and very few moves were made to bring the project to fruition...The snub, which actually wasn&rsquo;t communicated to the architect directly, seems to not have affected him much, and he had some choice words for the board&rsquo;s President, Maggie Boepple.</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/107657832/moca-announces-new-performance-festival-for-downtown-la MOCA Announces New Performance Festival for Downtown LA Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T21:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zlrl4joyjcvc6bz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month, audiences will be able to check out the first program to emerge from Vergne's nascent administration: Step and Repeat, a multidisciplinary festival of performing arts, takes place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over four Saturday evenings, beginning Sept. 13 [...] Step and Repeat will feature a unique nightly lineup of poetry readings, noise/experimental music, performance art, stand-up comedy, live bands and deejays, all presented side by side.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The news that performance and other public programming will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a sign for some that the new director,&nbsp;Philippe Vergne, is already returning the embattled museum &nbsp;to its former strength. Vergne replaced the former director Jeffrey Deitch, whose stewarding of the institution provoked controversy and ended in his resignation. Some&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/24/entertainment/la-et-cm-deitch-moca-20130725" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contended</a> that Deitch oriented the museum too much around pop culture and celebrity, with exhibits like "Rebel" featuring the work of James France and "Art in the Streets" about graffiti. When he announced a show about disco, prestigious artists like Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/jeffrey-deitch-leaves-moca-jerry-saltz.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned</a> from the museum board.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yx2q2a5t6vcabu.jpg"></p><p>MOCA has a long history of being an "artist's museum," due to the active and experimental role of artists in its programming. For example, the ongoing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/MOCATV" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOCAtv</a> showcases the works of artists who have not necessarily fully broken into the mainstream, such as the recent episodes by <a href="http://thejogging.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Jogging</a> or <a href="http://edfornieles.com/front2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed Fornieles</a>. ...</p>