Archinect - News 2014-04-24T13:48:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/64541818/renzo-piano-my-inspiration-for-the-shard Renzo Piano: my inspiration for the Shard Archinect 2012-12-31T12:18:00-05:00 >2013-01-02T20:48:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6b03a495891a3253d616e1dd1a86cfdb.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Piano apparently sketched his idea on a restaurant napkin while meeting property developer Irvine Sellar in March 2000. According to Piano's architectural firm, RPBW, Sellar keeps the famous napkin in his offices. "He saw the beauty of the river and the railways and the way their energy blended and began to sketch in green felt pen on a napkin what he saw as a giant sail or an iceberg," Sellar recalled in a recent interview.</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/63874542/william-matthews-shard-project-architect-will-leave-piano-to-start-new-practice William Matthews, Shard Project Architect, will leave Piano to start new practice Archinect 2012-12-21T14:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T15:22:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f61uyh8whdd83zb.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has split his time between London and the French capital for the past decade but next year will open a new office in the central London architecture hotspot of Clerkenwell where his neighbours will include Zaha Hadid Architects and Wilkinson Eyre. Before he goes, Matthews has agreed to complete all his work on the Shard including the viewing gallery, due to open in February, and the restaurants on floors 31, 32 and 33 which are expected to open in the spring.</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/53174962/editor-s-picks-272 Editor's Picks #272 Nam Henderson 2012-07-08T12:50:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T05:33:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oo/ood5lr027667cyn4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>HandsumCa$hMoneyYo commented "Norman Foster seems like a really odd fit for this project. He's a wealthy corporatist architect from northern Europe...taking on an abandoned arts academy in a communist state in the tropics, hmm. What could possibly go wrong, yo?"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52730212/scuola-di-ballo-escuela-nacional-de-arte-to-be-converted" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reports surfaced via an interview in the Sunday Times that Sir Norman Foster has been engaged to plan for a conversion of the famed Scuola di ballo, Escuela Nacional de Arte in Cuba</a>.&nbsp;<strong>HandsumCa$hMoneyYo</strong> commented "<em>Norman Foster seems like a really odd fit for this project.&nbsp; He's a wealthy corporatist architect from northern Europe...taking on an abandoned arts academy in a communist state in the tropics, hmm. What could possibly go wrong, yo?</em>"</p> <p> Gov. Brown granted fast-track status to Apple headquarters because "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52896539/gov-brown-gives-fast-track-status-to-apple-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's state-of-the art campus brings at least $100 million dollars in investment to California and generates no additional greenhouse gas emissions</a>".&nbsp;<strong>holz.box</strong> corrected "<em>tax breaks and fast tracked status! also, brown's dead wrong on this: 'generates no additional greenhouse gas emissions' - only if the project is off-grid. grid-tied net zero ain't 'emissions free&rsquo;.</em>&rdquo; and <strong>Apurimac</strong> added "<em>Suburban superblocks are just as boring as urban ones.</em>"</p> <p> SCI-Arc student <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53012223/brian-henry-sci-arc-student-jumps-to-his-death" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53013440/renzo-piano-s-the-shard-in-london-europe-s-tallest-building-is-officially-open Renzo Piano's The Shard in London, Europe's tallest building, is officially open Archinect 2012-07-05T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T14:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58e2660a19765546726dcbe3a98aae7f.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will contain offices, exclusive residences, a luxury hotel, restaurants and a viewing gallery across 72 floors which can be occupied. There are a further 15 levels which make up the 'spire' - six of which have the potential to be used, with another nine exposed to the elements. The 1,016ft skyscraper was inaugurated by the prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Qatar, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, and The Duke of York.</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/51487269/the-shard-renzo-piano-s-great-glass-elevator The Shard: Renzo Piano's great glass elevator Archinect 2012-06-15T12:28:00-04:00 >2012-06-15T12:42:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/faf571ec5589b9727d0b23b46502eabf.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has transformed the London skyline, but the giant Shard faced hostility all the way. Its Italian architect Renzo Piano meets Steve Rose on the eighth floor &ndash; and answers his critics</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/44741500/base-jumping-inside-the-koekelberg-basilica Base jumping inside the Koekelberg Basilica! Paul Petrunia 2012-04-12T12:28:00-04:00 >2012-04-12T23:41:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofcdpbhdzrn83vm2.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To continue with Javier's recent place hacking post of this dude <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/44200134/just-climbing-the-shard-whatever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climbing the Shard</a>, I bring you this insane video of base jumpers "hacking" the Koekelberg Basilica in Brussels.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44740295/residential-skyscrapers-come-of-age-in-britain Residential skyscrapers come of age in Britain Archinect 2012-04-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2012-04-12T12:24:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a15519c7a1b7ec0983f7ad9463ae8958.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because towers take so long to plan and construct, the current crop reflect a vision up to a decade old, reckons Nick Offer of Arup, an engineering firm. Economic conditions and the scale of such projects mean that only the very brave will invest now... In 2010 the coalition scrapped the previous, Labour government&rsquo;s density targets, which were designed to encourage developers to build more units. Instead it has endorsed &ldquo;garden cities&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/44200134/just-climbing-the-shard-whatever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just climbing the shard, whatever...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/33806856/editor-s-picks-245 Editor's Picks #245 Nam Henderson 2012-01-08T15:56:00-05:00 >2012-12-15T11:55:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38hz1m128c2ao1k5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Y Design Office has proposed Unit Fusion, a modular, plug-in high-rise residential typology for Hong Kong. However, as of yet, the 75-story tower project is still in its conceptual design phase. Liebchen quipped "Who wants to bet it won't leave the conceptual design phase?"</p></em><br /><br /><p> As we enter another new year (Archinect's 15th!), it is an opportunity to reflect back on the previous year and share the most trafficked pages in Archinect's diverse online ecosystem, with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/33243012/archinect-s-11-top-11-for-11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a list of 11 top 11 lists for '11</a>, based exclusively on visits by unique page-views.</p> <p> The most popular news item was the post&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/16953790/plans-for-new-apple-hq-by-norman-foster-officially-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released</a>.<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>,&nbsp;had two of the ten most popular features namely: his <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/4373663/review-central-park-at-playa-vista-by-michael-maltzan-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review of Central Park at Playa Vista by Michael Maltzan Architects</a>,&nbsp;which came in at number 1 and his <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/8302721/next-series-architecture-jury-a-factual-and-fictional-manual" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">factual and fictional manual to the types of people who sit on architectural juries</a>,&nbsp;coming in at number 6.&nbsp;Javier Arbona&rsquo;s post inspired by a NYT article which profiled <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/27286401/rafael-vi-oly-on-a-sunday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly and his wife&rsquo;s Sunday Routine</a>,&nbsp;earned the number 1 slot, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/33471975/archinect-s-top-11-blog-posts-for-11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">out of all blog posts this year</a>. While Lian at GSD had 4 of the top ten blog posts.&nbsp;Additionally, it should come as no surprise that the number one discussion thread&nbsp;of the year was the annual <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/16245500/2012-m-arch-applicants-commiserate-here%20thread" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(2012) M.Ar...</a></p>