Archinect - News 2014-04-24T06:40:21-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T09:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/noymct2t6afeb3gu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The axe is set to fall on the American Folk Art Museum -- after months of controversy and protest, MoMA initiated its expansion and began <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/04/140414-MoMA-Begins-Demolition-Folk-Art-Museum.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preparing the FAM for demolition</a>&nbsp;this past Monday. As per prior concessions by MoMA,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the museum's distinctive fa&ccedil;ade will be preserved</a>, but it's unlikely to abate the sour feelings of those who oppose both the loss of the FAM, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's expansion designs.</p><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71018337/moma-to-raze-ex-american-folk-art-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA first announced it would raze the FAM</a> in April of 2013, the news resonated not only as a blow to preservationism and sustainability, but as an issue of architectural ethics and institutional monopolies. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71052733/folkmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#folkmoma</a> became a rallying post for protest and alternative proposals, and the widespread news coverage brought architectural drama to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">front page</a>.</p><p>But pro-con feuding aside, the Folk/MoMA issue implicates difficult questions of architecture's responsibilities -- to preservation, sustainability, other architects, and the public&rsquo;s opinion. Architects and Archinect c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97717344/applications-to-cooper-union-stumble-in-wake-of-decision-to-charge-tuition Applications to Cooper Union stumble in wake of decision to charge tuition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-10T17:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T21:14:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36oisajfp7snr1iu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Cooper Union], which announced last April that it would charge undergraduate students tuition for the first time, released figures on Friday that showed overall applications were down this year by just over 20 percent. [...] The new figures indicate that the admission rate nearly doubled, from 7.7 percent last year to 14.4 percent this year, which still places Cooper Union among the most selective schools in the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The freshmen class of Fall 2014 will be the first in Cooper Union's history to pay tuition. It remains to be seen whether Cooper Union's reputation overtime will falter, as quality considerations are matched against tuition rates and student debt, and students are given fewer options to pursue affordable education.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97733475/russian-pavilion-commissioner-for-venice-biennale-fired-for-criticizing-putin Russian pavilion commissioner for Venice Biennale fired for criticizing Putin Archinect 2014-04-10T17:58:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T17:59:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vc6nl1e1a7fovr38.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grigory Revzin, a respected architecture critic, has been fired as the commissioner of the Russian pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (7 June-23 November). Writing on Facebook on Monday, Revzin speculated that the cause was his vocal criticism of Russia&rsquo;s annexation of Crimea. In a statement posted on its website, the culture ministry said on Tuesday that he was fired due to his &ldquo;extremely active&rdquo; public positions.</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/97261574/panel-rejects-design-for-eisenhower-memorial Panel rejects design for Eisenhower Memorial Archinect 2014-04-04T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-08T22:36:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a01a16c5c8454c685d6cbf3480604c79.jpg" width="460" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A federal commission that oversees plans for monuments in the nation's capital voted Thursday to reject the current design for a memorial honoring President Eisenhower, sending the concept back to its architects for revisions. The National Capital Planning Commission voted 7-3 to endorse its staff's report opposing the current design. The objections focus primarily on the scale and placement of columns that would hold large stainless steel tapestries framing a memorial park honoring Eisenhower.</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/97010538/guggenheim-protesters-highlight-poor-labor-practices Guggenheim protesters highlight poor labor practices Miles Jaffe 2014-04-01T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:08:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eias3h1fa7uf6yrl.jpg" width="400" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saadiyat Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, has seen $27 billion in investments pour in as the island hopes to become a new beacon of culture in the region developers behind the island have received international attention for the poor conditions in which migrant laborers work and live. Reports have found that in some cases, the control employers hold over the island's workers, such as withholding their passports to prevent them from returning to their home countries, amounts to forced labor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Saadiyat Island includes a half-billion-dollar branch of the Louvre Museum designed by Jean Nouvel, a national museum designed by Norman Foster and a variety of luxury resorts, golf clubs, marinas and private villas.</p><p>Where does an architect's responsibility begin and where does it end?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96713093/guggenheim-spoof-site-targets-abu-dhabi-controversy Guggenheim Spoof Site Targets Abu Dhabi Controversy Archinect 2014-03-28T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:08:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/5470c88b9a46806b4d43777ef7bfec90.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A spoof Guggenheim website, globalguggenheim.org, went live this morning with a satirical &ldquo;Sustainable Design Competition&rdquo; for the global museum&rsquo;s embattled Abu Dhabi branch. The website, a slightly modified replica of the official Guggenheim version, features images of Saadiyat Island, where the museum is to be built, overlayed with the hashtag #futureguggenheim, as well as references to Gulf Labor&rsquo;s ongoing 52 Weeks campaign.</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/96483572/new-seoul-landmark-stirs-debate-architectural-accomplishment-or-landing-of-ugly-spaceship New Seoul landmark stirs debate: Architectural accomplishment or landing of ugly spaceship? Archinect 2014-03-25T13:04:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/ba2a7af958949212193ce00b28c6f486.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A curvy futuristic $450M building meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital opened to the S. Korean public Friday after years of debate about its impact on a historic city precinct. And not everyone is happy with the outcome. Designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a stark contrast to its neighbourhood, which is better known in Seoul for its links to a royal dynasty that ruled for half a millennium and as home to one of the city&rsquo;s oldest markets.</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/96481159/patrik-shumacher-backhanded-compliment-to-shigeru-ban Patrik Shumacher - backhanded compliment to Shigeru Ban? Archinect 2014-03-25T12:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T21:59:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39hh6pwgdy4cr937.jpg" width="514" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I worry if the criteria of the Pritzker Prize ... architecture's... most prestigious prize ... are now also being diverted in the direction of political correctness ....</p></em><br /><br /><p>Conrad Newel responds to Patrik Schumacher's "backhanded compliment" criticizing the Pritzker Prize awarding political correctness...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Patrik Schumacher</strong> :<br><br>"it is Ban's humanitarian work that the Pritzker jury emphasized in announcing the prize"<br><br>&nbsp;I congratulate Shigeru Ban ... love his work, especially the Metz project ... however, I worry if the criteria of the Pritzker Prize ... architecture's... most prestigious prize ... are now also being diverted in the direction of political correctness .... I would wish that architectural innovations that upgrade the discipline's capacity to cope with and facilitate the great urban develpment and restructuring tasks we are facing would dominate choice here ... I am afraid that if criteria shift towards political correctness great iconoclast-innovators like Wolf Prix or Peter Eisenman wont ever stand a chance to be recognized here ...<br><br>does this mean that those who aspire to win the Pritzker - or the nobel prize in physics - have to add humanitaria...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95422193/leed-exposed-exposed-a-look-at-who-s-behind-the-new-organization-attacking-leed "LEED Exposed" Exposed: A look at who's behind the new organization attacking LEED Archinect 2014-03-11T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T18:11:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83499047cc6ff4aa00f39234a74bdb0c.jpg" width="514" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researcher Anastasia Swearingen claims that "LEED certification is little more than a fancy plaque displayed by these &lsquo;green&rsquo; buildings", and compares energy use intensity (EUI) of LEED certified buildings to non-certified buildings. Quoting data from the Green Building Report for the District of Columbia, she concludes that "For LEED-certified buildings, their EUI was 205, compared to 199 for non-certified buildings..."</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/94880450/and-onward-to-questions-of-conscience And onward to questions of conscience... Aditya Ghosh 2014-03-04T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T23:35:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osv5t3v6do8m6vsr.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Ai Weiwei, who helped design the Bird&rsquo;s Nest stadium in Beijing, stayed away from the opening ceremonies because he said he wanted his building to represent freedom, not be a trophy for an autocratic regime uninterested in change."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Are we even delineating the role of the Architect in the construction process? Especially in the case where the clients are a monarchy and the problem cited is endemic to the entire region and not limited to the construction industry?</p><p>Quoting Ai Weiwei and not Herzog and de Meuron seems almost tactical in an attack on the architect's lack of empathy compared to an artist's. Maybe a reader should be as personal in their critique of the journalist and question his ethnicity and entitlement, compare them to Zaha's story and probably fatigued de-sensitivity (as opposed to insensitivity) to the repression of the Other and then decide if we want to use the words "Awful Human Being". &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade MoMA will preserve Folk Art Museum's facade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T14:32:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T13:09:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b5gweh8qp68d7tq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to what you may have read lately, the Museum of Modern Art is intent on carefully preserving the former American Folk Art Museum next door. At least, the part of it that is most recognizable to the public: an 82-foot-high sculptural ensemble of 63 panels, cast in a gorgeous copper-bronze alloy [...] &ldquo;We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,&rdquo; Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week.</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/92842193/watch-diller-lowry-critics-writers-and-more-discuss-moma-s-expansion-plans WATCH: Diller, Lowry, critics, writers and more discuss MoMA's expansion plans Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-04T18:31:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T08:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iitkiv7qxghyp32e.jpg" width="514" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As reported last week by Archinectors Ayesha Ghosh and Alex Stewart, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92379152/elizabeth-diller-moma-discuss-expansion-and-folk-museum-s-demolition-with-slice-of-ny-architectural-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion regarding MoMA's expansion plan</a> and the intended demolition of the American Folk Art Museum took place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, an appropriate venue for a conversation rife with implications for the ethics of preservation, real estate development and the architectural profession. The aim was to create an opportunity for public discussion of what has been criticized as a unilateral move by MoMA, and investigate the supposed necessity of the Folk Museum's demolition.</p><p>The conversation was presented by The Architectural League, in partnership with the Municipal Art Society and the AIA, New York Chapter. Watch the entire discussion below, featuring:</p><p>Glenn Lowry (Director of the Museum of Modern Art), Ann Temkin (The Marie-Jos&eacute;e and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture),&nbsp;Elizabeth Diller (principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro),&nbsp;Reed Kroloff (director of the Cranbrook Academy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92379152/elizabeth-diller-moma-discuss-expansion-and-folk-museum-s-demolition-with-slice-of-ny-architectural-community Elizabeth Diller, MoMA discuss expansion and Folk Museum's demolition with slice of NY architectural community Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-29T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-02-04T12:57:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vtyt29xxdi2xeo7.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The controversial plans to demolish the American Folk Art Museum in service of MoMA's expansion rumbled along last night, at a panel discussion hosted jointly by the <a href="http://archleague.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League</a>, the <a href="http://mas.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Municipal Art Society</a>, and the <a href="http://main.aiany.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA's New York chapter</a>.</p><p>Catch-up on news surrounding MoMA's expansion here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples' Friendship.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91367784/christopher-hawthorne-interviews-elizabeth-diller-regarding-moma-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne interviews Elizabeth Diller regarding MoMA plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90837680/architects-and-critics-bristle-at-ds-r-s-folk-museum-sacrifice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects and critics bristle at DS+R's Folk Museum sacrifice</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion</a></li><li><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">MoMA reconsiders razing of Folk Art Museum, hands decision over to newly selected architects DS+R</a></li></ul><p>Archinect contributors / <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/87291/parsons-the-new-school-for-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons</a> MArch students&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/ayeshaghosh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayesha Ghosh</a>&nbsp;and Alex Stewart attended the event, taking notes and logging thoughts. The following is their report.</p><p><em>* updated February 3, 2014: You can also find a video of the entire discussion, courtesy of the Architectural League, at the bottom of this post.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/ki9ls6t7qkjknv0e.jpg"></p><p><em><strong>A Conversation on the ...</strong></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91367784/christopher-hawthorne-interviews-elizabeth-diller-regarding-moma-plans Christopher Hawthorne interviews Elizabeth Diller regarding MoMA plans Nam Henderson 2014-01-16T11:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-17T17:03:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dhyxpkp25a9idkq7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs, and to suggest that what MoMA is doing is necessarily bad. We want to get more information out. We want to share the problem with others and invite them to really take a hard look" - Elizabeth Diller</p></em><br /><br /><p> They discuss the almost uniformly negative reaction to the announcement as well as the details of DS+R&rsquo;s proposal for MoMA, which is still in an early design phase.</p> <p> In response&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>&nbsp;tweeted "<a href="https://twitter.com/kimmelman/status/423839859946430464" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Her answers are deeply unsatisfying</a>".&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90935135/cooper-union-board-votes-for-tuition-to-begin-fall-2014 Cooper Union board votes for tuition to begin Fall 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T21:03:00-05:00 >2014-01-11T20:33:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g2/g2lgv6ltxe4d0tkv.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Working Group plan puts forward a number of recommendations that are worth pursuing under any financial model. However, we believe that the contingencies and risks inherent in the proposals are too great to supplant the need for new revenue sources. Regrettably, tuition remains the only realistic source of new revenue in the near future.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Below is the entire email announcing the Cooper Union's decision to start charging tuition this fall, breaking the school's 153-year tradition.</p> <p> Catch-up on the history behind the controversial move, explained in Archinect's 13 top issues of 2013: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89234233/archinect-s-top-13-architectural-issues-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#5: Free Cooper Union</a></p> <p> To: The Cooper Union Community<br> From: Richard S. Lincer<br> Date: January 10, 2014<br> Subject: Working Group Report</p> <p> In late June 2013, an ambitious plan took shape to provide an alternative to a tuition-based financial plan for The Cooper Union. Authored by trustees, faculty, staff and alumni, this alternative came to be known as the &ldquo;Working Group Report.&rdquo; In December, the board began a rigorous review of the assumptions underlying the financial plan that had been adopted by the board in April 2013, and studied in depth the specific recommendations of the Working Group.</p> <p> This review was conducted by everyone on the Board of Trustees with the assistance of the Huron Group, The Cooper Union&rsquo;s financial consultants. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-08T18:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:53:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yw/ywest8svoa6pt23o.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Diller] had great respect for the Folk Art Museum, calling it a &ldquo;bespoke&rdquo; design tailored to the needs of the museum. She went through several scenarios on how to integrate the museum in the expanded footprint. [...] Adapting the Folk Art Museum building, however, would basically compromise the building&rsquo;s interior beyond recognition. [...] The architects would have had to destroy the Folk Art Museum building in order to save it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In what looks like the kiss of death for the #folkMoMA movement, Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design for MoMA's expansion will necessitate the destruction of the neighboring American Folk Art Museum, as proposed today in a MoMA press conference. The initial threat to the Folk Museum was made last spring when MoMA announced its redevelopment plans, provoking a widespread preservationist movement among architects, rallying under #folkMoMA.</p> <p> To catch-up on #folkMoMA's history, see #8 in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89234233/archinect-s-top-13-architectural-issues-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's coverage for the Top 13 Issues of 2013</a>.</p> <p> Here are some concept sketches for the new MoMA, via <em>Architect Magazine</em> (image credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.architectmagazine.com/Images/1409589671_0108_DSR_Folk_MoMA_02_tcm20-2106391.jpg?width=600&amp;amp;404=404.png"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.architectmagazine.com/Images/1699932123_0108_DSR_Folk_MoMA_tcm20-2106392.jpg?width=600&amp;amp;404=404.png"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88063915/david-adjaye-s-sugar-hill-building-sparks-controversy David Adjaye's Sugar Hill Building sparks controversy Archinect 2013-12-04T14:47:00-05:00 >2013-12-24T08:35:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3r0hdah6jgdburyy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It looks like a prison to be honest with you," said Lynda Johnson, an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and editor and founder of KidStyleSource.com who has owned a townhouse on St. Nicholas Place for 20 years and is a member of the Hamilton Heights Homeowners Association. Some feel the design does not fit into the context of the nearby Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill Historic District, which is filled with Beaux Arts and Queen Anne-style 19th-century row houses.</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/87473058/architects-accuse-northwestern-university-of-blacklisting-firms-over-prentice-women-s-hospital-petition Architects Accuse Northwestern University of Blacklisting Firms Over Prentice Women's Hospital Petition Archinect 2013-11-26T20:24:00-05:00 >2013-11-26T20:24:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fab09b3b71e32811c32910b83c604a41.jpg" width="514" height="607" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the wake of the controversial demolition of Bertrand Goldberg&rsquo;s Prentice Women&rsquo;s Hospital, Northwestern University has moved forward with the process for selecting an architecture firm to design the building's replacement. Firms that protested the demolition, however, have been excluded from consideration for designing the building's replacement&mdash;and may be blacklisted from other projects at Northwestern.</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/87369405/zaha-hadid-says-al-wakrah-world-cup-stadium-doesn-t-resemble-vagina Zaha Hadid Says Al Wakrah World Cup Stadium Doesn't Resemble Vagina Archinect 2013-11-25T12:05:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T17:45:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e23fcadf4674ad4167fce9ac90ba136c.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid, the world&rsquo;s best-known female architect, is none too pleased with critics like Jon Stewart, who have mocked her Al Wakrah Stadium&mdash;designed with AECOM for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar&mdash;and likened her to the &ldquo;Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe of things you can walk inside.&rdquo; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this,&rdquo; Hadid tells TIME exclusively. &ldquo;What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That&rsquo;s ridiculous.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87000917/unnecessary-muffness-jon-stewart-discusses-zaha-s-f-kable-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unnecessary Muffness; Jon Stewart discusses Zaha's "f**kable buildings"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86592926/feminist-wall-of-shame feminist wall of shame Quilian Riano 2013-11-15T12:44:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:23:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q3/q3yz2u49uub7xgdz.jpg" width="240" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New tumblr blog that looks at "outrageously gender-imbalanced lecture series, etc." send observed inequalities to feministwall at gmail dot com.</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/85753170/luis-barrag-n-homage-tweaks-vitra-the-copyright-owners Luis Barragán Homage Tweaks Vitra, the Copyright Owners Archinect 2013-11-04T12:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:20:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2b9ac44eb6e826a643c1a5d5ef2e65.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After passing to the widow of Barrag&aacute;n&rsquo;s business partner, it was sold in 1994 to a wealthy Swiss couple, Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of Vitra, the international furniture company and design museum, and the woman who was to become his wife, Federica Zanco, an architectural scholar. In the years since, Ms. Zanco has devoted her life to promoting Barrag&aacute;n&rsquo;s legacy. But her determination to keep the archive at Vitra headquarters near Basel has rankled many in Mexico...</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/85518615/daniel-libeskind-is-no-architect Daniel Libeskind Is No Architect Archinect 2013-11-01T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-11-06T17:13:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ec72cbf3bc38b43d9bef19bf340f3c24.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many top designers whom the general public may believe to be architects are, in technical terms, not allowed to use the terminology. And this isn&rsquo;t raising ire just in America. A British architecture publication was instructed last year to stop calling Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind architects since they aren't officially registered as such in that country.</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/85005794/hadid-s-stadium-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games-to-be-scaled-back Hadid’s stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games ‘to be scaled back’ Archinect 2013-10-25T20:11:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T00:17:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b745e5fe1f34df16ed4e80993b0eeb1.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six months after the Japanese government approved Hadid&rsquo;s proposals, the country&rsquo;s parliament has signalled a reverse in its support. Hakubun Shimomura, the minister in charge of education, sports and science, said that the New National Stadium would cost 300 billion yen (&pound;1.8 billion) to build and that was &ldquo;too massive a budget&rdquo;. The design of the 80,000-seat stadium will be preserved but Mr Shimomura said: &ldquo;We need to rethink this and scale it down.&rdquo;</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/84919788/john-hill-opines-on-the-highly-debatable-recent-article-what-starbucks-gets-that-architects-don-t John Hill opines on the highly debatable recent article "What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don’t" Archinect 2013-10-24T17:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T22:21:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcwq0z6fgfcr2ryi.jpg" width="300" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is it necessary to poll hundreds of coffee drinkers to determine that round tables "protect self-esteem for those...flying solo"? Or could an architect have come to the same determination by believing their impression that round tables work better in some environments than square tables, be it by observing patrons at a local cafe or in a public park, or by choosing a round table over a square one themselves?</p></em><br /><br /><p> To read the commentary on this article here on Archinect, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84452042/what-starbucks-gets-that-architects-don-t" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84391777/denise-scott-brown-and-the-myth-of-individual-creativity Denise Scott Brown and the myth of individual creativity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-17T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-10-20T19:57:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2x/2xh2vp0r7mb6nv9p.jpg" width="300" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, despite breaking with the past stylistically, nonetheless maintains this image of the gifted architect as a lone autonomous genius who overcomes gravity and prevails over his client [...] Rather than an inner activity done in solitude, it has been found that people often discover their thoughts and ideas through interactions with others [...] The centrality of collaboration in architecture is often overlooked in a culture celebrating and branding &ldquo;starchitects.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Referring to recent statistics concerning <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78986132/why-are-so-many-women-leaving-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women in architectural practice</a> and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown Pritzker controversy</a>, architect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14977736/esther-sperber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;calls for an overhaul of how we think about creativity and authorship in architecture. Her piece for <em>Lilith</em>,&nbsp;"Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration", argues that what is perceived as "creative genius" relies on cultural and social affirmation, and is therefore a necessarily collective act.</p> <p> Endorsing D.S.B.'s demand that the architecture community "salute the notion of joint creativity", Sperber's piece recognizes issues of gender inequality within the practice, but is more concerned with the whole notion of individual intellectual ownership -- creativity just doesn't work this way, and prestigious awards shouldn't either.</p> <p> As creative industries adapt "orchestrated serendipity" strategies to capitalize on collaborative processes, the presumption that intellectual production belongs to any one individual dissolves. Sperber'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84213161/ted-talks-are-lying-to-you TED talks are lying to you Quilian Riano 2013-10-15T12:57:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T01:19:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4b368f30cecde309d95a952edcd24715.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Creativity was now the most valuable quality of all, ran Florida&rsquo;s argument, &ldquo;the decisive source of competitive advantage.&rdquo; This made creative people into society&rsquo;s &ldquo;dominant class&rdquo; &mdash; and companies that wished to harness their power would need to follow them wherever they went... Every element of Florida&rsquo;s argument infuriated our future correspondent. Was he suggesting planned bohemias? Built by governments? To attract businesses?</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/83829399/zaha-hadid-s-2020-olympic-stadium-under-fire-from-japanese-architects Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium under fire from Japanese architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-10T13:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-17T10:20:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r5f60r2lemaohnx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki has gathered a throng of designers including Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto to oppose the design of Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Maki, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1993, has organised a symposium where Japanese architects will protest against the scale of the proposed 80,000-seat stadium, which is set to become the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.</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/82056695/the-artist-is-present-in-the-bronx The Artist is present in the Bronx Quilian Riano 2013-09-17T14:30:00-04:00 >2013-09-22T02:50:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa54a9f0e5a3574d03c0cda509278398.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art Critique Of Gramsci Monument: A Work in Public Space by Thomas Hirschhorn at Forest Houses, the Bronx, New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thomas Hirschhorn&rsquo;s Gramsci Monument, a temporary public art work sponsored by the Dia Foundation now on view at Forest Houses in the Bronx, reportedly cost $500,000 to construct.1 If you try accounting for its material costs in plywood, nails, tarps, and packing tape, and still come up $490,000 short, you are not alone. The Swiss-born Hirschhorn is the type of Continental sophisticate who traffics in the naive. A regular on the Kunsthalle circuit, he knows how to work the levers of funding while enjoying the representation of a high-rolling Chelsea gallery, all in advancement of his phony patois. As a general contractor, he also deserves to be stripped of his license. Hirschhorn makes things that are worth less than the tape they are wrapped in. As it happens, obsessively wrapping junk in packing tape, thus furthering its decrepitude until it devolves into Hirschhorn junk, is his stock in trade. His shoddy constructions are poststructural manifestations representing the inverse o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81071148/prison-design-faces-judgment Prison design faces judgment Archinect 2013-09-04T18:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T18:04:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/371cd8c257b867605090f46c24446262.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And just as prisons in the U.S. are now designed to look not just secure and largely windowless but so nondescript that they practically disappear, architecture firms often coat their prison-design work in several layers of euphemism. Prisons and jails become "correctional facilities." On the website of the large corporate firm HOK Architects, which designed the 1997 Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown L.A., they are tucked into a broader portfolio of "justice buildings."</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/78930723/fake-comments-muddy-a-debate-in-dallas Fake Comments Muddy a Debate in Dallas Archinect 2013-08-07T20:21:00-04:00 >2013-08-08T11:34:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5c7e91057192c4fb7e2ecd325532f2e.jpg" width="190" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Louvers won&rsquo;t work, they reflect light too,&rdquo; he wrote in June in a blog comment on dallasnews, &ldquo;and retrofitting on a 42 story building has never been tried and the makers say they would rip off in high winds prevalent in Dallas.&rdquo; An honest opinion, except that there is no such Barry Schwarz. This post and others proved to be the work of Mike Snyder, long a fixture in the city and now a public relations executive who had been hired by the tower&rsquo;s outside law firm.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46017272/the-nasher-and-the-ant-bully" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Nasher and The Ant Bully</a><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62208546/renzo-piano-s-nasher-sculpture-center-controversy-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano's Nasher Sculpture Center controversy continues</a></p>