Archinect - News 2014-08-22T17:40:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/92304250/berlin-hopes-germany-s-tallest-residential-tower-has-the-bilbao-effect Berlin hopes Germany's tallest residential tower has the 'Bilbao effect' Alexander Walter 2014-01-28T14:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:20:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7mrdkw2rm0mm3xom.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tallest residential block in Germany is to rise up next to Berlin's needle-like TV tower by 2017. Designed by the US architect Frank Gehry and paid for by US real estate firm Hines, the 150-metre (492ft) building on Alexanderplatz will have 39 floors, with about 300 apartments, restaurants, a hotel and a spa. [...] Nonetheless, the city senate's building director, Regula L&uuml;scher, welcomed the plans for "an extremely striking new landmark".</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/90910949/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism-pt-2 Lessons from North Korean urbanism, pt. 2 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oh/oh1v72hlxhewfipu.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I foresee that major urban spaces of Pyongyang, such as Kim Il Sung Square, will be used as &ldquo;public&rdquo; space with a greater variety of urban activities, such as commercial activities and show events. [...] The last thing that may happen in North Korea, or the thing that should not happen in some sense, is the Chinese model. Considering the scale of the economy and the potential of the North Korean market compared to China, it is hard to picture radical and massive urban development in Pyongyang.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Part two of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90763575/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NK News</em>' interview with Dongwoo Yim</a> pushes the discussion of North Korean urbanism into the future, comparing potential development methods to those seen in China and South Korea. Focusing on capital Pyongyang, Yim proposes a "Bilbao effect" development strategy that is heavy on catalytic architecture, and soft on strategy -- Pyongyang has very strict development restrictions that keep it from expanding, and will not be remodeling its mass-demonstration public spaces anytime soon.</p> <p> Yim suggests that those spaces can be relevant in a post-dictatorship North Korea, and that they should be re-appropriated rather than razed for their history. How a hypothetical reunification with South Korea would look depends on how North Korean statehood is interpreted, as either autonomous or an infringement on South Korean land. But the prevailing lesson in Yim's interview is that Pyongyang is not going to be another Seoul, Guangzhou or Shenzhen, and will ultimately have to rely on it...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77532933/containers-without-content Containers without Content Orhan Ayyüce 2013-07-22T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T20:25:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uabppf2d344u9mp.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from being anchored in the local context, the project (the disastrous City of Culture of Galicia outside Santiago de Compostela, designed by Peter Eisenman) has decapitated Monte de Gaias and replaced it with a phony landscape with curves like those of a fun-fair roller coaster. These cynical intellectual manipulations cannot mask the reality of structures resembling supermarkets twisted about with algorithms and camouflaged with a thin veneer of granite (imported from Brasil!).</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a short sweet and illustrated article writer historian&nbsp;William J.R. Curtis puts several Bilbao effect projects in the trash can. It might as well be called "f..k content."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/4243733/300-million-no-frank-gehry-award $300 Million "No Frank Gehry" Award Paul Petrunia 2011-04-26T11:31:15-04:00 >2014-04-27T15:28:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cxroalx58h24dfek.jpg" width="397" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An Iowa-based philanthropist and architecture aficionado has offered a $300 million reward to any city anywhere in the world that dares to hire someone other than Frank Gehry to design its gleaming new art museum.</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>