Archinect - News 2015-10-05T19:55:25-04:00 Paris pulls off an (almost) car-free day Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T15:39:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris&rsquo;s car-free day was not without controversy, not least because it wasn&rsquo;t a totally carless day and was limited to only around one-third of the city. After a standoff with police, authorities were only able to make car-free certain parts of the city centre, stretching between Bastille and the Champs Elys&eacute;es, and the outer Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, and only between 11am and 6pm. In the rest of the city, cars were allowed but at 20km an hour.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paris, which had a mostly car-free day on Sunday, September 27th, experienced smog-free blue skies and a largely smiling populace, but it's not the first major metropolis to sort of go pedestrian. During a July weekend in 2011, famously car-centric Los Angeles shut down one of its main transit arteries, the 405 freeway, for infrastructural modification in what was nicknamed "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carmaggedon</a>." The stay-off-the-roads frenzy leading up to the closure was so successful that most people took a staycation in their homes, leading city officials to play down the threat the next time the 405 needed to be shut down. (People still needed to spend money to stimulate the local economy, after all.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Can a massive makeover turn Montparnasse into the Times Square of Paris? Alexander Walter 2015-09-09T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T15:14:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has suggested the area around the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper could become the Times Square of the French capital. Now its owners plan to try and make that dream come true. [...] The owners of the 59-storey building are due to launch an international architecture competition next year to revamp the brown tower block and the shopping mall at its base with a major makeover that could cost up to &euro;700 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top architects defend some of the most hated buildings in the world</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris</a></li></ul> Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T20:30:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After imposing taxes on units in Amsterdam, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and elsewhere, &ldquo;home-sharing&rdquo; facilitator Airbnb will now begin collecting taxes in Paris, the company&rsquo;s biggest market. Collection officially begins October 1st and some see the move as Airbnb&rsquo;s attempt at playing nice with city regulators. Venture Beat connects the change to Uber&rsquo;s troubles in Paris, where the ride service company fought new regulation policies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-09T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T17:09:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our episode this week revolves around Paris &ndash; city of lights, riots, artists and cheese-shaped skyscrapers (or at least, those are the bits were talking about). As part of a nationwide strike against UberPop, the cheapest Uber-affiliate in France, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">taxi drivers in Paris launched a riotous protest</a>&nbsp;on June 25, terrorizing Uber drivers and generally disrupting Parisians in transit (and Courtney Love).</p><p>Contention (albeit the nonviolent kind) also arose in response to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's new Tour Triangle skyscraper</a>, which Paris officials approved on June 30. It will be the city's first skyscraper since the much-maligned Tour Montparnasse was built in 1973, precipitating a height limit on new buildings (that has since been relaxed). Critics are unhappy about the Triangle's intrusion onto the Parisian skyline, and its inhospitable-looking atmosphere on the street level.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Paul also shares his conversation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki winners Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki</a>, following up on our...</p> Jean Nouvel in NYMag profile: "I create a film in my head." Alexander Walter 2015-07-01T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:24:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lunch is an important ritual in his workday, a discussion lubricated by copious amounts of wine. Often, it&rsquo;s the first time his staff gets to see him, since he spends mornings in solitude. &ldquo;I wake up, perform my little ablutions, then get back into bed with my eye mask on and my earplugs in, and I work. I imagine. I visualize. I create a film in my head.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Grand Monsieur of French architecture talks openly to <em>New York</em> magazine's Justin Davidson about current projects &mdash;&nbsp;like the Louvre Abu Dhabi,&nbsp;National Museum of Qatar,&nbsp;National Art Museum of China, and the 53 West 53rd Street "MoMA Tower" in New York &mdash;&nbsp;as well as the immense frustration with his/not his Philharmonie de Paris&nbsp;(<em>&ldquo;he still despairs at all the corners cut, the mediocre workmanship, the design details that have been quashed, making the fa&ccedil;ade seem jittery and indistinct&rdquo;</em>).</p> Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century Julia Ingalls 2015-07-01T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T20:54:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Paris] has not built a modern skyscraper since the 1970s, when the 231-metre tall Tour Montparnasse sprung up &ndash; much to the horror of the locals, many of whom still consider it an eyesore.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a narrow vote, the city of lights approved <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s Tour Triangle, a 42-story skyscraper that will be the tallest building to be built in Paris since the 1970s. In 2010, the city voted to remove its multi-decade-long height restrictions of 36 meters on new buildings, which were put in place after the erection of the widely&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular Tour Montparnasse</a>. With a proposed height of&nbsp;180 meters, Tour Triangle is Paris' first official skyscraper&nbsp;of&nbsp;the 21st century, although it required two voting sessions to win approval. In November of 2014, the city council voted down the plan, but&nbsp;mayor Anne Hidalgo&nbsp;called for another vote, dismissing the first round due to what she believed was political inter-party fighting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Tour Triangle will supply 70,000 square feet of office space, a four star hotel with 120 rooms, and what has been described as a "Shard-esque Sky Bar." These amenities do not seem wildly out of place for a metropolitan area with a population of 12 million, despi...</p> Plans revealed for the future European Center of Judaism in Paris Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:41:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction has begun on the future Centre Europ&eacute;en du Juda&iuml;sme (European Centre of Judaism) in the 17th arrondissement of Paris [...]. The planned cost of the project is &euro;10m, with &euro;2.7m in state and regional public funding, and it is due to be completed in spring 2017. Covering 4,900 sq. m over eight floors, the Jewish centre will include a synagogue, library, theatre and classrooms. The new building has been designed by the local architects Bruno Fl&eacute;chet and St&eacute;phane Maupin [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:05:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris [...] The two executives were charged with two different allegations. First, according to them, Uber is running illegal taxi operations. Uber has been struggling with this charge in many countries, starting with the U.S. Second, the police said that Uber France is concealing digital documents...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests last week</a> turned violent, French authorities have detained two executives of the ride-sharing company Uber, although officials stated that they were brought into custody on charges unrelated to the protests. Uber is facing ferocious criticism in France, with taxi-drivers complaining that drivers for UberPOP don't have professional licenses and don't pay the same taxes as traditional car services. The conflict highlights tensions in France, a country with a long tradition of hard-fought labor rights, as it grapples with new technologies and economic models.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week's rioting, which resulted in 70 damaged cars, gained international attention in part due to tweets from Courtney Love, who found herself at the center of the mel&eacute;e, and sparked a lively <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion</a> on Archinect.</p><p>The conversation oriented around issues of technological disruption, bureaucratic regulation and workers' rights, with some, like <strong>jla-x,</strong>&nbsp;drawing comparisons to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Donna Sink</strong>&nbsp;asked: "the co...</p> Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber Nicholas Korody 2015-06-25T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T20:36:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parisian taxi drivers have taken to the streets, smashing cars and burning tires to protest UberPop, a budget iteration of the car-sharing service akin to UberX in the States. Traffic came to a stop&nbsp;in the French capital, with reports of stranded travelers walking along the highway with luggage in tow, attempting to catch flights out of Charles de Gaulle airport.&nbsp;So far, 70 vehicles have been reported damaged around France and ten people arrested, according to the AP report.&nbsp;</p><p>One passenger caught in Thursday's melee was the singer Courtney Love, who tweeted throughout the experience. Love was able to escape via two men passing by on a motorcycle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Over the past few weeks, taxi drivers have turned increasingly violent in their opposition to the car-sharing service, which they contend unfairly undercuts their business. Unlike Uber drivers, taxi drivers have to pay tens of thousands of euros for certification each year. Drivers are also frustrated by passenger complaints over a lack of t...</p> Who are Helsinki Guggenheim winners Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T09:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T03:32:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before yesterday's announcement that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a> had won the highly contentious and big-budget Guggenheim Helsinki competition, the firm wasn't much used to the spotlight. Querying Google Trends for "Moreau Kusunoki" preceding the Guggenheim news, the firm barely blips twice since the husband-wife duo, Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki, began their practice in 2011. Before now, the highest instance of search traffic was in December of 2014, when the six finalists for the competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">were announced</a>. Their website's "info" section currently includes only contact information.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After having won such a high-profile competition, the firm had to make some kind of statement of its architectural perspective, and revealed&nbsp;that their media silence was highly intentional, as "architecture is best conceived in reserve and introspection, which are favorable to the emergence of poetic visions." Or at least so states their firm bio, released as part of the press packet for the Guggen...</p> Prada vs Louis Vuitton: The new fashion foundations compared Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:23:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Money is not an issue here&rdquo; is the motto that leaps out at you in both the Prada and Vuitton Foundation museums, although in Paris it is thrown into high relief on the building&rsquo;s facade by the almost vulgar silver logo of Louis Vuitton&mdash;the star company in the LVMH group.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris Justine Testado 2015-06-05T12:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:57:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver architect Michael Green is proposing to alter the iconic Parisian skyline &mdash; by building the world's tallest wooden building...'Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront,' said Green in a press release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More:</p><p><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></p><p><a title="A New Use for the Eiffel Tower" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></p><p><a title="Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals</a></p><p><a title="Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards</a></p><p><a title="2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p> Pompidou responds to "fascist" Le Corbusier claims Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T12:16:09-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="671" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pompidou Centre in Paris has hit back at critics who say its Le Corbusier exhibition, which opened to the public&nbsp;yesterday, 29 April, glosses over recent accusations that the Swiss-born French architect was a militant fascist with links to the Vichy regime. A spokeswoman for the Pompidou says the exhibition does not refer to Le Corbusier&rsquo;s fascist past because &ldquo;it&rsquo;s about the proportions of the human body, which are present in his architecture and painting. [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary</a></p> Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T19:27:06-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>France's best-known 20th century architect, Le Corbusier, was a "militant fascist" who was far more anti-Semitic and a fan of Hitler than previously thought, two new books reveal. [...] the latest, far more damning, revelations have shocked admirers and threaten to cast a shadow over commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his death. [...] "Hitler can crown his life with a great work: the planned layout of Europe."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean Nouvel, the famed French architect, on Thursday lost a court battle against a &pound;280 million Paris concert hall he designed but whose architecture he claimed had been "martyred" and "sabotaged". Mr Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, an ultra-modern building in the French capital's eastern Parc de La Vilette, accusing project managers of cutting corners to save money during its completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></p></li></ul> Google doodle honors Eiffel Tower's 126th opening anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T13:55:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:03:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower, one of Paris's most visited attractions, welcoming almost seven million visitors per year, was completed 126 years ago today - and there's a Google Doodle to mark the anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the <em>Telegraph</em> quote above, the Eiffel Tower was actually completed on March 15. Today's anniversary honors the <em>public opening</em> on March 31, 1889.</p><p>Joyeux anniversaire, old friend!</p> A New Use for the Eiffel Tower Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:16:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While hard to imagine today, Paris&rsquo;s most iconic monument was largely reviled when it was first built for the 1889 World&rsquo;s Fair. On February 14, 1887, as construction was just beginning, a group of some of most notable Parisian artists, writers, architects and intellectuals &ndash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">including</a> Charles Garnier, &Eacute;mile Zola, Alexandre Dumas <em>fils</em>, and Guy de Maupassant &ndash; launched a petition against the Eiffel Tower. "We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower,&rdquo; their statement <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">read</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Today, concerns over the use-value of the most-visited paid monument in the world seem comical. But throughout its history, the question of utility has been central to conversations about the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the 906 ft. tall structure, defensively <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">touted</a> it&rsquo;s scientific ...</p> MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris Justine Testado 2015-02-25T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T16:50:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MVRDV officially got the green light from the City of Paris for their plans to restructure the Vandamme Nord at Ga&icirc;t&eacute;-Montparnasse in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Built in the early 1970s by French architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Dufau</a>, the mixed-use complex is located on a triangular island bordered by Rue Mouchotte, Avenue du Maine, and the rail tracks to Gare Montparnasse.</p><p>The Vandamme was once a landmark as one of the largest urban projects at the time, but -- with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dying malls</a> continuing to be the norm -- its glory days faded away as it failed to keep up with a changing urban society.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Aiming to renew a sense of place within the Montparnasse district and improve public accessibility, MVRDV plans to give the building a new fa&ccedil;ade as well as completely reorganize and open up the building's internal program. The complex will be broken up into a collection of "boxes" inserted in the existing structural frame that will vary in size, program, color, and materials, and will also be flexibly designed for...</p> Centre Pompidou to cover France with pop-ups Alexander Walter 2015-02-12T14:47:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:26:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Towns and cities across France will soon be able to boost their culture offerings by hosting pop-up branches of the Centre Pompidou. The Paris museum is expanding its empire, and aims to establish domestic temporary outposts. &ldquo;We will soon launch an open call for candidates [to select a French city],&rdquo; says a spokesman for the Centre Pompidou. These pop-ups will remain open for four years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-14T20:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hours before the official inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall on Wednesday, its architect, Jean Nouvel, declared his intention to boycott the gala because he said the towering, 386 million euro (about $455 million) building is not ready to open. [...] Mr. Nouvel wrote a column that appeared on the website of the French daily Le Monde denouncing the &ldquo;contempt&rdquo; of the concert hall managers for &ldquo;the architecture, the work of the architect and the architect.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction escalated in the days preceding the opening but large parts of the Philharmonie are still not complete, including the restaurant and exhibition space. The inaugural concert will feature the Orchestre de Paris, with dignitaries and French president Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande among the&nbsp;attendees, and&nbsp;"will be dedicated to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack and related killings."</p> VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels gives a peek of upcoming Europa City amusement hub Justine Testado 2015-01-13T20:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-15T06:44:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Bjarke Ingels building an amusement park? The architect created a promotional film with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> that presents his proposed design for Europa City, a leisure and recreational destination that will be built north of Paris by the year 2020. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2017.</p><p>In the first film, Bjarke Ingels introduces the project, whose plan consists of radial streets connected by a central loop pathway and adjacent quarters with designated spaces for a water park, an international exhibition hall, sports, music venues, retail, restaurants, and hotels. In a way, Europa City resembles the snail-like layout of the Parisian arrondissements. The second film tours each of Europa City's quarters through the use of photorealistic 3D and 2D graphics and stills.</p><p>See the videos for yourself below.</p> HdM's Triangle skyscraper continues to divide Paris over its historic identity Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T12:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-29T09:41:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alexandre Gady, conservationist, historian of French architecture and professor of modern architecture at the Sorbonne, argues that changing or &ldquo;renewing&rdquo; Paris diverts from its real need to look outwards. Paris, he says, is a &ldquo;finished&rdquo; city that does not need improving or anything more doing to it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not that we should be doing this or that &ndash; we should not be doing anything in central Paris ... any plan is a diversion from the need of the city to grow outwards,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected</a></p> The Louvre to Undergo Reorganization Nicholas Korody 2014-12-15T18:01:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:32:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A two-year, 53.5 million euro makeover, or nearly $67 million, is underway in the vast reception area below I. M. Pei&rsquo;s glass pyramid, where long lines of waiting visitors stream into a chaotic, open space that [the museum president] [Jean-Luc] Martinez likens to a noisy airport and that leaves many people disoriented and lost. He is also revamping the museum&rsquo;s basic storytelling tools: almost 40,000 banners, wall text, signs and symbols...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cuts and gains: Weekly News Round-Up for November 17, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-24T19:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T10:17:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="703" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, November 21:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.</a>: Surveying Architectural Registration Boards in 2014, NCARB found a 3.1% growth of architects in the US since 2011.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, November 20:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Renzo Piano will design the new Kum &amp; Go corporate HQ in Iowa" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano will design the new Kum &amp; Go corporate HQ in Iowa</a>: For non-locals, "Kum &amp; Go" is a Midwestern chain of gas stations-cum-convenience stores. The HQ will be built in Des Moines.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, November 19:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Clemson scraps its modern building plan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a>: This past July, local preservation and historical foundations&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sued Clemson University</a> for initially approving a modernist-style new building, and now, Clemson has dropped the building plans.</li><li><a title="Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not)</a>: Alexandra Lange opines on the use and efficacy of social media to preserve architecture.</li><li><a title="Architecture Billings Index shows slower expansion in October" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index shows slower expansion in October</a>: AIA reports continued growth but at a slower pace than last month, thanks to&nbsp;"continued strength in the multi-family residen...</li></ul> Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid politically charged scenes, Paris city council has narrowly rejected a plan to build the historic city's first skyscraper since a height restriction was imposed in the 1970s. But Mayor Anne Hidalgo said [...] she would fight the Triangle tower vote. [...] The architects, Herzog and de Meuron, proposed to build the 180m (590ft) tower in the south-west Porte de Versailles area of the city, after then-Mayor Bertrand Delanoe proposed an end to the 37m limit in parts of the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Designers chosen for Louvre’s €60m storage outpost Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:04:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five architectural firms are on the shortlist to design the Louvre&rsquo;s new storage facility, planned to open near the museum&rsquo;s satellite in Lens, northern France. Corinne Vezzoni &amp; Assoc and Zig Zag architecture, both from France, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten from the Netherlands, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners from the UK and Estudio Arquitectura Baeza from Spain were chosen from 173 applicants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T14:04:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] a gallery dedicated to design and architecture will soon also be added the Centre. Like the &ldquo;Galerie de Photographies," which is housed in former technical facilities, the future design gallery will be located within the existing Piano + Rogers-designed building. &ldquo;Eventually, there should be almost no offices in the building, and we'll keep only the technical facilities that are strictly indispensable," said Seban.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Architect&rsquo;s Big Parisian Moment</a></p> An Architect’s Big Parisian Moment Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T21:07:28-04:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> Louvre director plans its grand revamp Alexander Walter 2014-09-04T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:39:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean-Luc Martinez, who was promoted to the directorship of the Mus&eacute;e du Louvre last year, is proposing the most ambitious renovation of the Paris museum since the Grand Louvre project of the 1980s. [...] Planning the museum&rsquo;s comprehensive renovation began in June and work is due to start on the main entrance this month. [...] Martinez also plans to devote 1,500 sq. m of space to major temporary exhibitions in the Napoleon Hall, which is beneath the museum&rsquo;s I.M. Pei-designed entrance pyramid.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>