Archinect - News 2015-11-27T06:52:12-05:00 Can Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center be saved? Alexander Walter 2015-10-19T13:56:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:14:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I confess that I feel the sort of ambivalence toward the James R. Thompson Center as I did toward Prentice Women's Hospital: I do understand why people want to raze it, I don't find it pretty, I understand the functional problems. But all the same, I believe the Thompson Center should be saved. [...] Chicago remains full of examples of money and vision coming together to create wonderful buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Chicago preservation stories:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Prentice Hospital Could Become Modern Architecture&rsquo;s &lsquo;Penn Station Moment&rsquo;</a></li></ul> Approaching a multilayered death at Aldo Rossi’s cemetery Alexander Walter 2015-09-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aldo Rossi&rsquo;s addition to the San Cataldo Cemetery is a paragon of postmodern architecture, seeing the cemetery up close exposes some of the style&rsquo;s major shortcomings. [...] all you&rsquo;ve got left is a half-empty, unfinished cemetery with assorted maintenance equipment left lying around. Perhaps you can keep drawing meaning from this decay. But lord knows it&rsquo;s difficult to sustain a deep engagement with life and death after you&rsquo;ve tripped over a garden hose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li></ul> Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T20:05:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It might be the City&rsquo;s most contested site. A new call to list No 1 Poultry, designed by architect Sir James Stirling and one of the last monuments of postmodernism, has revived a debate about the position and the protection of recent heritage. A proposal by Perella Weinberg [...] to make changes to an imperfect building has provoked the Twentieth Century Society to call for its listing at Grade II*, the second highest status available (and the highest possible for such a recent structure).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #408 Nam Henderson 2015-03-16T11:50:00-04:00 >2015-03-16T18:43:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Nomadic Division</a> (LAND).&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong>&nbsp;was excited as has "<em>been looking for a way to get involved with something like this</em>".&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;- The world lost visionary Frei Otto and his death moved up the announcement of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his winning the 2015 Pritzker Prize</a>.&nbsp;Plus,&nbsp;the renowned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves died</a> and his firm promised to "<em>continue to honor Michael&rsquo;s humanistic design philosophy</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> thought Otto was "<em>a spectacular choice. &nbsp;Bravo.</em>",&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>Frei Otto's work inspired Glen Small's BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE and much of early SCI_Arc student work</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RJ Magoon</a>&nbsp;also opined "<em>No matter your opinion on the man or his work, it's hard to deny Graves' enormous influence on the practice and education in the last quarter of the Twentieth Century</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayesha Ghosh</a>&nbsp;reported in from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the first of the Architectural League of New York 2015 </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emerging Voices</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> lecture series</a>, with firms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aranda\Lasch</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS</a>. There Aranda claimed "<em>we like th...</em></p> How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:40:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T20:18:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As buildings from the postmodern eon continue to age with their residents, questions about historic significance and aesthetic relevance start to surface, leading to often heated debates whether the structures we used to love so much already merit magisterial protection or should give way for the new "now" architecture.</p><p>The case of the Solpol department store in Wroc&#322;aw, Poland is only the latest in a list of soon to be decided PoMo fates: Built in the early 90s, the color- and shapeful structure embodies Poland's violent optimism of that time, when the tristesse of decades of communism was replaced with capitalism's promise of opportunity over night.</p><p>Hailed as "one of the best examples of postmodern architecture in Poland," the Society for Beautifying the City of Wroc&#322;aw (TUMW) and Fundacja Transformator have now filed a motion to the Lower Silesian Monument Conservation Officer to include Solpol on the list of protected monuments.</p><p>Should everything go as planned, this PoMo gem would ...</p> More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:11:41-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;More is more,&rdquo; was the motto of Deborah Sussman, the graphic designer behind this brilliant visual riot, who died last week at the age of 82. Trained in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, she took their love of colour and pattern to new heights, establishing a studio with her husband, Paul Prejza, that would tackle everything from shop fit-outs to city wayfinding, sprinkling her distinctive brand, like sugary confetti, from Philadelphia to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One week ago: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83</a></p> Portland Building still controversial after 30 years Archinect 2012-02-22T22:20:00-05:00 >2012-02-27T12:47:28-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It had such a low budget. I was criticized for putting the windows in too small, but it got more expensive the more glass I had. I wasn&rsquo;t the one who put the workers near the windows, limiting the light let in. Most people don&rsquo;t realize I didn&rsquo;t design the interior.&rdquo; Despite proceeding to design award-winning buildings and products worldwide, Graves holds the Portland Building as one of his greatest achievements. He still enjoys talking about the sculpture that sits in front, Portlandia.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bye bye to Eighties architecture? Archinect 2011-08-31T12:28:02-04:00 >2011-08-31T12:28:15-04:00 <img src="" width="415" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by developer/architect Ian Pollard, it's a brash, grandiose office building on Queenstown Road facing Battersea Park that was completed in 1987... In short, it's an architectural dog's dinner, one of a very few buildings that can actually make me laugh out loud on the rare occasion I pass it on the bus.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cesar Pelli's that 70's dream is about to come true Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-07T14:56:00-04:00 >2012-10-19T14:07:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="182" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> When architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesar Pelli</a> built his aka <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Blue Whale'</a> Pacific Design Center in 1975, West Coast officially declared it was going to be the center of the decorating universe. Almost forty years later and with the addition of green and red compartments, that primary shaped colorful dream is nearly and retroactively fullfilled. One potential problem is,&nbsp;centrally&nbsp;located design showrooms are also so yesterday and there are floors of&nbsp;vacant&nbsp;office spaces everywhere in the city.&nbsp;</p>