Archinect - News 2015-05-23T12:27:27-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-04T20:10:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:54:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcnu6ks3mst6bk3m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What will Zumthor's plan do for the museum's art and its audience? An art museum presents our histories in visual form; is LACMA making room for enough stories? [...] Los Angeles is one of the world's four major centers of art production. Yet the museum has no permanent-collection galleries that tell a California-authored story of contemporary art. [...] The proposed Zumthor building is also awfully expensive given its modest gain in exhibition space.</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/126389943/editor-s-picks-413 Editor's Picks #413 Nam Henderson 2015-04-29T00:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T12:42:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffmlnpf7w9hs5aaj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Senior editor <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;published the first in a series of mini-interviews for a new feature <strong>Touching Base</strong>: In which he profiled <a href="http://www.alkanoglu.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/125518443/touching-base-with-volkan-alkanoglu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, founding principal of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/125517637/volkan-alkanoglu-design-llc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN LLC</a>. It was a reminder for&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;how small the world is, as her "<em>husband's company</em><em><a href="http://indianapolisfabrications.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Indianapolis Fabrications </a>made and installed Volkan's piece <a href="http://www.alkanoglu.com/Memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Memorial</a></em><em>&rdquo;. Plus, she did some &ldquo;shop drawing work on it!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lkob6tp22j462kha.jpg"><br><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745578/le-corbusier-militant-fascist-claims-overshadow-50th-death-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two new books claim</a> Le Corbusier was a 'militant fascist'.&nbsp;<strong>Lightperson</strong> thought it was "<em>a leap to say he was a nazi because of a sort of anti-Semitic note to mom</em>". Yet, <strong>Jayness</strong> wanted to stand against false idols who aligned themself "<em>with those in power (Vichy, France), and which by default is the act of a coward. No amount of design or expressive talent can overcome this shortcoming</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pgf8q09hty95bqtg.jpg"></p><p>Over at The Los Angeles Review of Books, Joseph Giovannini <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">examined</a> plans for the new Peter Zumthor at LACMA.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;only wished "<em>Giovannini had given more hi-end decision-making board of truste...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-20T19:32:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:57:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h85gqike31aplp81.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not to worry, Gowan said, we&rsquo;ll just pop in extra entrances if and when we need them.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://larb.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lacma_plan3.jpeg"></p><p>Veteran architecture critic Joseph Giovannini writes a long format, meticulous, repetitious, detailed, campy, foxy, fundamental, accurate, conjectural, civic, economic, organizational, institutional, back of the house, sobering, exemplifying, nerdy and most serious to date criticism of LACMA Director Michael Govan commissioned and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designing/designed/perpetually preliminary plans for LA's most extensive museum which considered architects like Mies van der Rohe early on and Rem Koolhaas in 2004. Existing museum was designed by William Pereira in 1968, later remodeled by&nbsp;Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in early 80's with recent additions by, who else, Renzo Piano, the Museum Man.</p><p>I wish Giovannini had given more hi-end decision-making board of trustees&nbsp;0.1%&nbsp;dirt instead of talking about pancakes and curves repeatedly. Of course, his secret architect allies are not saying a word.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125447647/christopher-hawthorne-remembers-the-lacma-that-once-was Christopher Hawthorne remembers the LACMA that once was Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/056dqu8x77zqcvua.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the museum turns 50 this year and debate continues about LACMA Director Michael Govan's plan to replace the Pereira buildings (and a later addition by Hugh Hardy) with a giant new wing by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it's worth remembering how the original LACMA campus was greeted &mdash; as well as a few things about the Los Angeles into which it was born.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124614456/editor-s-picks-410 Editor's Picks #410 Nam Henderson 2015-04-06T10:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:30:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lt/lt4q0gppm7v42l5d.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a> Archinect talked with <a href="http://abrahamburickson.com/?page_id=130" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abraham Burickson</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/123744704/working-out-of-the-box-abraham-burickson-poet-conceptual-artist-and-founder-of-odyssey-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, founder of </a><a href="http://www.odysseyworks.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Odyssey Works</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;He explained "<em>Architecture school required total commitment, and in Odyssey Works that&rsquo;s the case as well &ndash; absolute, total commitment. Because otherwise nothing new is possible, and it&rsquo;s almost not worth it, that was the other thing I walked out of architecture with, that it&rsquo;s not really worth it to go into any project without a total commitment.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6w46b6qjj34etas.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;commented "T<em>his was a great read, and I really appreciate the very close links to architecture and daily experience that somehow moves you out of a set mindframe and into a new one. &nbsp;Mr. Burickson is an excellent example of how it can be beneficial to get degrees in (or learn a lot about) other disciplines and apply a more general knowledge to our experience of living in a built world</em><em>.</em>"</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqwczn9g0gxdxcxs.jpg"></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest iteration of Peter Zumthor's desig</a>n for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;criticized "...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124302971/the-erection-the-inkblot-and-the-rfra-riff-raff-morphosis-vals-tower-zumthor-s-lacma-and-hoosier-hospitality-confronts-rfra-on-archinect-sessions-episode-23 "The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff": Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-02T19:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T08:51:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3et5ujpw2tag66t7.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s been a strange week, especially in Indiana. On this episode, before getting to the RFRA-ff, we hit on a neat architectural inversion: LA-heavyweight <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123741481/morphosis-turns-vals-into-skyscraper-village" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis designs a "middle-finger" luxury tower in the quaint mountain town of Vals</a>, Switzerland, while the subtly grand Swiss museum-master <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor pushes a calligraphic inkblot for LACMA</a> on LA's Miracle Mile. Vals is already home to Zumthor's Therme Spa. It&rsquo;s like Trading Spaces, but with starchitects!</p><p>On the latter-half of our show, Amelia, Donna and Ken talk with Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions&rsquo; legal correspondent, about <a href="http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/31/indianas-rfra-similar-federal-rfra/70729888/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana&rsquo;s controversial revisions to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act</a> &ndash; with our own Donna Sink on the ground in Indianapolis, we dig into how this national and local issue would affect architects and the profession.</p><p>Paul is away this week, on vacation in the outer reaches of Peru, blissfully out of Skype's reach. He'll be back as soon as he re-enters the connected world.</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;y...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-28T09:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T09:32:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7n29tlrpiua5mr2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since opening the doors of its original William Pereira buildings in 1965, the Los Angele County Museum of Art has grown along with its home. The version of the city beloved by Reyner Banham and Pereira was alive then on the historic Miracle Mile, proselytizing megasized car-infrastructure and New Suburban models of living. From the 1980s through the 2000s, the museum expanded and reorganized, adding Bruce Goff&rsquo;s Japanese Pavilion and Renzo Piano&rsquo;s additions. Now, the entire conglomerate is slated for a redesign, into a singular swath by famed museum architect Peter Zumthor, with new attention paid to an incoming Metro station. And according to the <em>Los Angeles Times&rsquo;</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, this is distinctly on track with where the megaregion as a whole is going &ndash; part of his so-called &ldquo;Third Los Angeles&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9mcgcj2evjrd34l.jpg"></p><p>This third stage of Los Angeles is &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an altogether more integrated, metropolitan-oriented</a>&rdquo; place, and is the namesake for Hawthorne&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series exp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:03:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/227710a0510cce73bc2a63fd375d915d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once a free-flowing, biomorphic design inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits and the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the design has become noticeably more angular and muscular in recent weeks. It now features double-height galleries made of white or light-gray concrete and poking up above the roofline of the rest of the museum [...] "No one will call it a blob anymore," LACMA Director Michael Govan said ... "Peter hasn't given up the curve. But he's really, really reined it in."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a title="Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102705026/peter-zumthor-pushes-lacma-redesign-to-the-curb-to-make-room-for-tar-pits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits</a></li><li><a title="L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113033373/l-a-county-supervisors-approve-initial-funding-for-new-lacma-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building</a></li><li><a title="Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/119069722/editor-s-picks-402 Editor's Picks #402 Nam Henderson 2015-01-24T20:42:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T19:27:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1ddke0646ev8nae.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned an essay on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair</a>, "<em>the so-called photographic-seamless</em>" and "<em>The aura of art works</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;His conclusion &nbsp;"<em>Art exists now in a strange truce, in which an object is used as the establishing point for a market as much as the market is used as the establishing mechanism of the object</em>".</p><p><strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;thought it was a "<em>hefty piece</em>" and posed the question "<em>so now that the containers of art became art, the architecture, the art has moved on?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jynqyrbwqi8gjof1.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrei Zerebecky (left) and Lukasz Kos of Shanghai-based architectural firm Four O Nine</a>, for the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3cfkq7lzb34ppds.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>CurbedLA <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Ray Bradbury&rsquo;s home was demolished by architect Thom Mayne.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;was a "<em>friend and client</em>" of Bradbury and sorry to see the "<em>house go</em>".</p><p>For his part, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;believed "<em>Three underground levels is pretty curious and strong....Going down three floors in Los Angeles is unusual and very artistic concept....</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113033373/l-a-county-supervisors-approve-initial-funding-for-new-lacma-building L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T13:29:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fc0c95da4502d7ffaca4046cce4c09b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Board of Supervisors has approved a road map for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as it plans a $600-million makeover that would tear down and rebuild most of its Miracle Mile campus [...]. If there are no serious bumps in the road ahead, the plan would yield a streamlined, curving 410,000-square-foot new museum building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor that would open in 2023, spanning Wilshire Boulevard with an enclosed bridge that doubles as gallery space.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/524084/lacma-makeover" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104246142/in-praise-of-lacma-s-vulgar-architecture In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qbsut8kg1xlczd3b.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be better to reconsider this wholesale demolition. Especially as the proposed replacement, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, leaves much to be desired. [...] Or maybe it&rsquo;s the quintessential Angeleno building? After all, replacing an aging faithful spouse with a younger, more stylish trophy wife is an established Hollywood custom.</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/102705026/peter-zumthor-pushes-lacma-redesign-to-the-curb-to-make-room-for-tar-pits Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-25T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T17:48:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c1e0d355389eeb45990c5de19e4348f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his design for a new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, creating a new bridge-like section of the building that would span Wilshire Boulevard. The new design is meant to address concerns that the original plan would encroach on, and potentially damage, the La Brea Tar Pits at the neighboring Page Museum, casting a shadow over the largest pit.</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/100587804/peter-zumthor-selects-paraguayan-architect-gloria-cabral-as-rolex-arts-initiative-prot-g-e Peter Zumthor selects Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral as Rolex Arts Initiative protégée Justine Testado 2014-05-28T20:09:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:02:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1a7grpv762do2yd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Peter Zumthor has chosen Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral as Architecture prot&eacute;g&eacute;e for the 2014-2015 Rolex Arts Initiative. In each of the program's seven artistic fields, mentors selected three to four finalists, who were originally chosen from a total of 154 nominated applicants. Each mentor met and interviewed their finalists and selected the person he or she felt would gain the most from the one-year mentorship.</p><p>Zumthor, the 2009 Pritzker Prize laureate who was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85290938/peter-zumthor-named-as-architecture-mentor-for-rolex-arts-initiative-2014-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appointed as this year's Architecture mentor</a>, will collaborate with Cabral for one year. She was selected out of four other Architecture finalists announced this past April.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u6k6ecgndbxea29y.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96901866/peter-zumthor-rolex-mentor-and-prot-g-arts-initiative Peter Zumthor- Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative albalucrecialopez 2014-03-31T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:50:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x5/x5r4shhuiithbivk.jpg" width="514" height="223" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twenty-five young artists from 21 countries have been selected as finalists for the 2014-2015 Rolex Mentor and Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Arts Initiative.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rolex recently unveiled the names of the 4 finalists for the Rolex Mentor and Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Arts Initiative in the field of architecture. From left to Right: Amritha Ballal, India; Gloria Mar&iacute;a Cabral Insaurralde, Paraguay; Orlando Garc&iacute;a, Colombia / United States; Hiba Shahzada, Jordan.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85290938/peter-zumthor-named-as-architecture-mentor-for-rolex-arts-initiative-2014-2015 Peter Zumthor named as architecture mentor for Rolex Arts Initiative 2014-2015 Justine Testado 2013-10-29T13:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T20:26:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4n/4n4eblr73ilozs0r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss architect Peter Zumthor was announced last week as the architecture mentor for the Rolex Arts Initiative, where seven major artists in their respective fields will collaborate with seven young, emerging talents for the year 2014-2015.</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/79076236/special-documentary-giveaway-20-discount-from-michael-blackwood-productions Special documentary giveaway + 20% discount from Michael Blackwood Productions Sponsor 2013-08-13T11:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T19:50:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6pjxno0gfaysihp4.jpg" width="445" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Hey Archinectors! We're having another exciting giveaway, this time from <a href="http://www.michaelblackwoodproductions.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Blackwood Productions</a>, who is also giving a summer discount of 20% + free shipping for both institutional and individual clients until September 30.</p> <p> <em>To enter, simply fill out t<a href="http://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFB2R09IeG9mU1RKR0ZmNmhrVWVOTVE6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his survey</a> by 11:59 PM Friday, August 30, 2013. Winners will be selected at random.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7t/7taw0ldu77sny44k.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Michael Blackwood Productions is an independent film company founded in 1966 that has produced over 150 documentaries in the arts. They artfully document the creative individuals behind current innovations in dance, art, music, and of course architecture. Their films appear on international public TV and have become a valuable resource for educational and cultural institutions worldwide.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2z73ycg0hsp93fu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In 1983, the company added architecture to their repertoire with "Beyond Utopia", a much-appreciated title in public TV and screenings in educational institutions. To date, they have released 44 films -- both monographs and surveys -- on architects an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75004861/editor-s-picks-319 Editor's Picks # 319 Nam Henderson 2013-06-11T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T18:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnf963f139lii3pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rh9wiiui4vhkvwt3.jpg"></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;spoke with Ali Jeevanjee and Ben Anderson from the <a href="http://fluxfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux Foundation</a>, an Oakland based organization dedicated to producing large scale public art via a collaborative process. To this end they installed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73629983/the-sidewalk-s-end-by-flux-foundation-for-coachella-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk's End at this year&rsquo;s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, back in April 2013</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the LA Times Christopher Hawthorne reported on LACMA's unfurled Peter Zumthor's design</a>. Mr. Hawthorne wrote "<em>Still a work in progress, the design is full of gestures that are more speculative, even searching, than fully formed. One crucial element that remains under-developed is how it will feel to walk beneath the museum's raised main floor &mdash; and how the underside of the building will be clad or look as seen from the ground. (In such a large, dark piece of architecture it will be important to keep that space from feeling cave-like.) The plan so far has little to say about landscape architecture</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2532608/gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a>&nbsp;had a few questions "<em>is this really any ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA Gregory Walker 2013-06-03T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T14:36:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/ss8h44u1e87746op.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Bracingly forward-looking, Zumthor's design for LACMA would give the city a much-needed jolt of architectural energy."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Zumthor's design, which obliterates the original campus of LACMA, would cost an estimated $450M to construct, with another $200M in soft and operating costs built in.</p><p>A few questions abound: is this really any different (in overall approach) than OMA's ill-fated masterplan from roughly 10 years ago? Will this truly solve LACMA's core collections questions? And would the money raised be much better allocated towards improving those, the existing facilities and creating a long term operations fund to help stabilize the institution?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73121553/editor-s-picks-315 Editor's Picks #315 Nam Henderson 2013-05-14T08:00:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T09:35:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9frcozbpzlwha2c.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Robin Pogrebin reported that following wide-ranging protests, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72833750/moma-reconsiders-razing-of-folk-art-museum-hands-decision-over-to-newly-selected-architects-ds-r" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Museum of Modern Art has selected the design firm Diller Scofidio &amp; Renfro to re-examine it&rsquo;s planned expansion including whether to keep any of the existing American Folk Art Museum</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/scottmbgustafson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Gustafon</a>&nbsp;was somewhat relieved "<em>I believe that Tod Williams and Ricardo Scofidio are old friends, so this is a step in the right direction</em>"&nbsp;and <strong>Lian Chikako Chang</strong> deadpanned "<em>Pretty sure that DSR can handle staggered floorplates</em>". Added <strong>Darkman</strong>&nbsp;"<em>There is room behind the museum... you could install very gradual ramps or something. Additionally, i'd like to see the facade brought out to the sidewalk to open up the building--not sure how to do that though... ha.&nbsp; Or replace with semi-transparent glazing in the same pattern and shape. Would be cool to see it glow</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rg8eg6nuxx9zmob.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72761253/parabola-chair-wins-2013-icff-studio-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler.net showcased Parabola Chair by Los Angeles-based architect and product designer Carlo Aiello</a>, winner of the 2013 ICFF Studio Award. The chair will be e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72295165/lacma-taps-zumthor-for-650-million-new-look LACMA taps Zumthor for $650-million new look Archinect 2013-05-01T14:08:00-04:00 >2013-05-24T00:50:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d2e234c1451d31586ce49605e120d804.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an acclaimed Swiss architect is hoping to pull off what an acclaimed Dutch one could not. Next month LACMA will publicly unveil a $650-million plan by Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor for a dramatic new museum building along Wilshire Boulevard.</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/66966293/peter-zumthor-riba-awards-gold-medal-to-architecture-s-man-of-mystery Peter Zumthor: RIBA awards gold medal to architecture's man of mystery Archinect 2013-02-05T11:34:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T17:06:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb4b096de4c5486fbff05f29792061a9.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the age of 69, he has only built around 20 projects, but each one has caused ripples. He is now courted by millionaires around the globe &ndash; from Spiderman's Tobey Maguire to Qatar's Sheikh Saud al-Thani &ndash; each desperate for a piece of his pure, unadulterated vision. He is the architect every architect wants to be, the inspiration every student cites. So how did the myth of the mountain man come to be?</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/62075731/peter-zumthor-as-developer peter zumthor as developer? Gregory Walker 2012-11-24T20:17:00-05:00 >2012-11-25T10:47:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7cbh7hoo8hg75tsn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In 2009 we built two timber houses, the Oberhus and the Unterhus, in the hamlet of Leis, just over 1,500 m above sea level in the community of Vals in Grisons. From 1 December 2012 onward we are letting out the Unterhus for vacations. A third timber house, the T&uuml;rmlihus, will soon complete this little ensemble. The T&uuml;rmlihus will welcome its first guests in autumn 2013. We are very much looking forward to having guests in our timber vacation homes in Leis. Annalisa and Peter Zumthor"</p></em><br /><br /><p> peter and annalisa zumthor are, apparently, getting into the hospitality business. one - and soon to be two houses, designed by zumthor and located in the small town of leis, will be able to be leased out beginning next week. both houses appear to be located adjacent to <a href="http://leonardofinotti.com/projects/annalisa-zumthors-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a house designed for annalisa</a> when she was the manager of the <a href="http://www.therme-vals.ch/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thermal baths in vals</a>. (zumthor <a href="http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news_digest/Vals_thermal_baths_change_hands.html?cid=32267034" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lost a bid</a> two years ago to buy the thermal baths from the town, who sold it to a young developer).&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/ziydj885blzpwhy7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> given that the leasing arrangements are made directly through a website apparently set up by the pritzker prize laureate, one would assume this is being directly managed by either his or his wife's office. at the very least, it could end up being yet another opportunity to 'reside' in one of the architect's homes. (these come on top of <a href="http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/zumthor-lands-go-ahead-for-revised-devon-holiday-home/8638003.article" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'the secular retreat</a>' home&nbsp;being designed for alain de botton's '<a href="http://www.living-architecture.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">living architecture</a>' program of rental homes throughout england.)&nbsp;</p> <p> it's an interesting turn for zumthor and one i perso...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60042917/the-architect-and-the-plantsman The Architect and the Plantsman Archinect 2012-10-25T16:08:00-04:00 >2012-10-25T21:15:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd2a0f0d76a660d6e3d7f727b3b25326.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Zumthor] runs a small office from his mountain home in Switzerland; he doesn't give interviews by telephone; he rarely makes public appearances; and his projects&mdash;like the ghostly luminescent bathhouse he created for the Swiss town of Vals&mdash;emanate a high seriousness that could only have come from this oracle of the Alps. Yet recently, the typically solitary Zumthor has taken to palling around with another prominent designer: celebrated garden designer Piet Oudolf.</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/58888802/peter-zumthor-a-modern-giant-builds-on-his-reputation Peter Zumthor: a modern giant builds on his reputation Archinect 2012-10-08T14:29:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:56:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2fe3cc4aac92853e759120262ded38d.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zumthor&rsquo;s work has nothing coldly functional or academic about it. He doesn&rsquo;t deal in stacks of Lego or Zaha Hadid-style computerised ziggurats. Instead he seems to warm bricks and mortar into subtle poetry, and whether he is dreaming up thermal baths (as at Vals), sheltered housing (Chur) or a place of worship (the Bruder Klaus chapel near Cologne), one invariably senses a powerful spirituality inspiring and informing the design.</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/58226818/peter-zumthor-to-receive-the-2013-royal-gold-medal-for-architecture Peter Zumthor to Receive the 2013 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture Alexander Walter 2012-09-28T19:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-19T14:36:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rjryj8eer8qhj2bo.jpg" width="514" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pritzker-winning architect Peter Zumthor has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. Given in recognition of a lifetime&rsquo;s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the Queen of England and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence on the advancement of architecture.</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/53351996/wim-wenders-responds-to-rumors-about-zumthor-feature-film Wim Wenders responds to rumors about Zumthor feature film Paul Petrunia 2012-07-11T14:08:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xd/xd2dk58uedzzx3tc.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Wim Wender's studio has informed us that the information relayed the other day, was not entirely accurate, due to misinformation in Suedostschweiz, the source article as cited in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53162939/peter-zumthor-wim-wenders-movie-magic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our recent news post</a>.</p> <p> <em>It is correct that Mr Wenders is currently working on an artistic interview film with Peter Zumthor for the upcoming Biennale. This short film, however, will be a unique contribution to this year's Biennale only and has nothing to do whatsoever with Mr Wenders' intention to do a feature documentary on Mr Zumthor at a later point of time. It is certainly not a trailer for the feature documentary. These are two completely different projects with the Biennale short film being singularly exhibited at the Biennale and with no connection to a possible feature documentary. </em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53162939/peter-zumthor-wim-wenders-movie-magic peter zumthor + wim wenders = movie magic.... Gregory Walker 2012-07-08T07:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T12:15:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvsbj7rliodui4uz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The internationally-renowned director Wim Wenders devotes his new film to Graub&uuml;nden architect Peter Zumthor. Work on the project will take several years to complete. A taste of the film will be available August at the Venice Biennale."</p></em><br /><br /><p> ok - the translation's mine (and my german suspect) but apparently wim wenders is doing a long term documentary on zumthor's work. the primary gist of the movie will be to document - fully - one of his projects from sketch to completion. this could either be brilliant or maddeningly overdone....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41217380/peter-zumthor-loses-bid-for-vals-thermal-baths Peter Zumthor loses bid for Vals thermal baths Archinect 2012-03-13T00:19:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T12:13:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4jp0xbjk6fio7jdh.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss star architect Peter Zumthor has lost a battle for ownership of the spa and hotel complex in Vals, eastern Switzerland, which he designed. The commune, which owns the complex, decided on Friday night to sell it to 35-year-old property developer Remo Stoffel.</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/11791017/piet-oudolf-s-garden-at-the-serpentine-gallery-pavilion Piet Oudolf's garden at the Serpentine Gallery pavilion Paul Petrunia 2011-07-01T00:45:29-04:00 >2011-07-01T10:39:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4acead18352f62d4c863c4e71b396802.jpg" width="460" height="566" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So who did Zumthor call upon to provide the garden, the green hortus at the centre of his conclusus? Piet Oudolf, of course, foremost exponent of the new perennials movement, a low-key Dutchman with the build of a rugby player who has practically cornered the market in high profile planting projects: the Lurie Garden at Chicago&rsquo;s Millennium Park, New York&rsquo;s Battery Park and the wildly popular High Line are among his best known works.</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/11621637/peter-zumthor-s-serpentine-gallery-pavilion-opens-this-friday Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens this Friday Alexander Walter 2011-06-29T13:29:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:53:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nucnjbjuec8g2mss.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Peter Zumthor's first completed building in the UK opens this Friday, July 1: the 2011 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. The concept for this year&rsquo;s Pavilion is the hortus conclusus, a contemplative room, a garden within a garden. One enters the building from the lawn and begins the transition into the central garden, a place abstracted from the world of noise and traffic and the smells of London &ndash; an interior space within which to sit, to walk, to observe the flowers.</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>