Archinect - News 2015-05-26T22:04:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans Alexander Walter 2015-05-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmljshrmqoy9wka5.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the museum describes the 42,000-square-foot addition as something that would &ldquo;further fulfill Henry Clay Frick&rsquo;s long-standing vision to offer public access to its works of art," others, including a group of 51 prominent artists and architects &mdash; Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman [...] among them &mdash; think it would undermine exactly what they love about the place. Under the banner of Unite to Save the Frick, this group sent a letter to the city, copied to the museum, expressing their displeasure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the letter that <a href="http://unitetosavethefrick.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unite to Save the Frick</a>&nbsp;sent to NYC leaders today:</p><p><em>May 6, 2015</em></p><p><em>Dear Mayor de Blasio and Chair Srinivasan:</em></p><p><em>The residential scale of the Frick Collection exerts a special power over those who walk its halls. To have visitors experience the feeling of living with art was the intention of founder Henry Clay Frick as he envisioned his personal residence being opened to the public. Up until now, the Frick&rsquo;s fidelity to its founder&rsquo;s vision of a &ldquo;house museum&rdquo; has been laudable. Those of us in the art world who cherish the unique and tranquil ambiance offered by the Frick are urging the Frick to withdraw its proposed plan and consider alternative methods of expansion that would preserve the character essential to its appeal.</em></p><p><em>As professionals working in the art world (sculptors, painters, critics, journalists, dealers, gallerists, financiers, and more), we strongly believe that the Frick&rsquo;s effectiveness as a display space lies in its intimacy. Viewing highlights of the co...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction Justine Testado 2015-04-21T20:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T20:26:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fw/fwrorhtwem5x5i0c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An independent investigation into the construction of New York University&rsquo;s Abu Dhabi campus has found that despite the school&rsquo;s best intentions and efforts, about one third of the workforce at the site &mdash; roughly 10,000 workers &mdash; was not covered by the school&rsquo;s labor guidelines, and thus faced unfair and exploitative practices [that were reported in previous allegations].</p></em><br /><br /><p>To add to that, construction of the NYUAD main campus is nearly complete and the workers have already moved on to other jobs.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/25019275/abu-dhabi-saadiyat-guggenheim-stalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat Guggenheim Stalls</a></li><li><a title="High Culture and Hard Labor" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124970457/frank-lloyd-wright-house-causes-controversy-in-wealthy-phoenix-neighborhood Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-04-10T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:19:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8j8jeueqh8qr0zqp.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arcadia has neighbors riled up. Owners of the 1952 house want to turn it into more than just a home, but those living in the wealthy neighborhood aren't too happy about it. [...] said the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house is "an example of what I consider to be an architecture embodiment of Arizona exceptionalism." However, this landmark home now finds itself in the middle of controversy.</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/124359170/thom-mayne-s-vals-tower-draws-criticism Thom Mayne's Vals Tower Draws Criticism Nicholas Korody 2015-04-02T15:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T17:30:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/94bybedfr6zoeuuf.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Release a rendering of a very tall, very shiny glass tower looming over an&nbsp;idyllic mountain&nbsp;village and the Internet goes bananas. That's what happened earlier this week when Morphosis Architects&nbsp;of Los Angeles released its design renderings&nbsp;for a new luxury hotel in Vals, a low-key spa town in the Swiss Alps. The design, conceived by Morphosis founder Thom Mayne, would check in at a whopping 1,250 feet, making it the tallest building in the European Union.</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/124126906/mixed-response-to-the-new-university-of-miami-soa-design-studio-building Mixed response to the new University of Miami SoA design studio building Alexander Walter 2015-03-30T14:35:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T21:12:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1527e29116bb47276458566a1c12840.jpg" width="454" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new design studio building for the School of Architecture (SoA) is expected to be completed by spring 2017. While some say the addition is long overdue, other architecture students are concerned with the building&rsquo;s look. [...] Underwood says he was also disappointed in the absence of input from students and faculty in the design process.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related announcement on the&nbsp;Archinect school profile page of the&nbsp;University of Miami School of Architecture:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/release/5208403/coastal-construction-funds-design-studio-at-the-university-of-miami-school-of-architecture/121590045" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coastal Construction Funds Design Studio at the University of Miami School of Architecture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119043175/quo-vadis-charleston-architecture Quo vadis, Charleston architecture? Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:55:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2h5a5rakotqrn83p.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Long accustomed to basing its reputation on the grandeur of its old buildings, the city now finds it almost impossible to agree on how to build new ones. In recent months, traditionalists have blocked efforts to introduce contemporary architecture in the historic core [...]. Modernists are rolling their eyes at new buildings that copy traditional styles, arguing that they pervert a record of architectural progress long documented in mortar and stone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss these heated discussions on the subject matter:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59031955/new-clemson-university-architecture-building-set-to-test-charleston-s-limits-on-context" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over ‘turtle-like’ Olympic stadium Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:59:00-05:00 >2014-12-21T19:52:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2e7e005d47423b1f14663f85fa058ad4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They don&rsquo;t want a foreigner to build in Tokyo for a national stadium. On the other hand, they all have work abroad. Whether it&rsquo;s Sejima, Toyo Ito, or Maki or Isozaki or Kengo Kuma.&rdquo; Last month Isozaki, 83, wrote an open letter to the Japan Sports Council, the government body in charge of plans for the 2020 Games, in which he attacked the &ldquo;distorted&rdquo; process that has led to &ldquo;a dull, slow form&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114577094/can-beautiful-architecture-inspire-americans-to-become-good-citizens Can beautiful architecture inspire Americans to become good citizens? Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T22:36:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rxuhi4mot67mdbh.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A hundred and some years ago, an aesthetic force called the City Beautiful movement professed the theory that grand public buildings, lovely civic palaces, could inspire Americans to become good citizens. [...] Since the 1960s, though, it seems as if great civic architecture has become an embarrassment. Politicians who love to cut ribbons find it hard to justify paying for beautiful on top of functional. The result is a style I call Sunbelt Stalinism [...].</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/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan Clemson scraps its modern building plan Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T14:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T23:15:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7131e6aaee42fd18177cc08d04f7941.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clemson University has backed off its plans to build a modern architecture center at Meeting and George streets - a project applauded at first but later bitterly fought by two neighborhoods and preservation groups. Clemson announced its decision to change course on its $10 million Spaulding Paolozzi Center in the wake of a recent lawsuit filed challenging how the city's Board of Architectural Review handled its approval.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105020838/charleston-groups-sue-over-approval-of-clemson-architecture-center-s-proposed-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113032564/zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-slammed-as-a-monumental-mistake-and-a-disgrace-to-future-generations Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake' and a 'disgrace to future generations' Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T13:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T13:11:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a0eb8645acb10b458bc53efc45c6cc5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was supposed to represent a dynamic future vision for Tokyo, flaring up out of the city&rsquo;s Meiji Jingu park in sinuous white arcs. But Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s design for the 2020 Olympic stadium [...] now facing its fiercest public attack yet. [...] In a lengthy open letter to the Japan Sports Council [...] Isozaki rails against the &ldquo;distorted&rdquo; process that has led to &ldquo;a dull, slow form, like a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110183096/in-light-of-5-pointz-demolition-defaced-fights-to-protect-nyc-s-artistic-roots In light of 5 POINTZ demolition, DEFACED fights to protect NYC's artistic roots Justine Testado 2014-09-30T17:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:23:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0wvwht5fcs6bs0fn.jpg" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Upon the recent controversial demolition of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360147/5-pointz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"5 POINTZ" graffiti mecca</a> in Long Island City, NY, a group of architects consisting of <a href="http://archinect.com/AriannaArmelli" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arianna Armelli</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/ikumar21" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/davidsepulveda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Sepulveda </a>and Wagdy Moussa came up with the idea of DEFACED. In the proposal, DEFACED is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural landmarks, districts, and neighborhoods worldwide.</p><p>Using 5 Pointz as a starting point, DEFACED asserts not only the timeless value of open artistic expression but also the need to build communities where all inhabitants can benefit and thrive. The proposal calls attention to NYC's gentrifying cityscape over the last decade, ongoing socio-political concerns, and last but not least, that a structure like 5 Pointz &mdash; although considered an eyesore to some &mdash; was truly a luxury of its own kind.</p><p>Below is the project in fuller detail, provided by the architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vutnsb7wudpx8nvn.jpg"></p><p>"INTRODUCTION: You see, it goes like this; New York City was affordable when it was ugly and unpleasant; when di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109559938/geniuses-money-and-monuments-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-15-2014 Geniuses, money and monuments: Weekly News Round-Up for September 15, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-22T20:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnxw8zqj11bzsbmj.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Saturday, September 20</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings</a>: RFR plans to spend upwards of $900M on property and land purchases by the end of 2014. One of its recent buys included the former "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">72-room&nbsp;bohemian dream house</a>" at 190 Bowery.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Friday, September 19</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109342572/macarthur-fellow-rick-lowe-reclaims-urban-neighborhoods-through-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art</a>: Lowe is currently a resident at Philadelphia's Pearl Street Project, which aims at making dimly-lit alleyways more safe. He is also the founder of Houston's Project Row Houses.</li><li><p><a title="Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109343375/zaha-hadid-launches-luxury-homeware-range-with-harrods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods</a>: Pieces include a&nbsp;&pound;9,999 serving platter, &pound;43 cups and saucers,&nbsp;and&nbsp;&pound;4,860 Field of Towers chess set.</p></li><li><a title="Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109328885/archinect-is-at-the-salk-institute-covering-the-academy-of-neuroscience-for-architecture-conference" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference</a>: The three-day conference focused on topics in neuroscientific research that serve the architecture profession, including advances in mobile brain-computing interfaces and the neurological data behind a...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109173897/eisenhower-memorial-to-consider-plan-that-removes-most-of-frank-gehry-s-designs Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry’s designs Archinect 2014-09-17T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-26T17:03:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb2ea14332bb8b538524b8cec002ab3a.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Wednesday will review two approaches, including one that removes most of these elements. If that plan is selected, Gehry informed the commission, he will ask for his name to removed.</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/108582827/the-next-helsinki-counter-competition-launches-in-response-to-guggenheim-helsinki-controversy The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy Justine Testado 2014-09-09T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qcna17w27zigz7xz.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the same day that Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition will conclude, The Next Helsinki is launching their own international call for alternative solutions to attract the best ideas that they believe would better meet the needs and enhance the city of Helsinki, Finland. Launched by a group of independent arts organizations and chaired by Michael Sorkin, The Next Helsinki bluntly addresses the controversy that the Guggenheim Helsinki competition has sparked [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below is <em>The Next Helsinki</em> announcement:</p><p>"Coinciding with the end of the official competition for the design of the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki, a group of independent arts organizations has issued a call for submissions for alternative ideas. This competition&mdash;titled The Next Helsinki&mdash;is designed to attract innovative ideas about how to more fully meet the city&rsquo;s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p>Following the success of the Guggenheim Bilbao in transforming that region&rsquo;s tourist economy, many city managers have been seduced by the fantasy that a high-concept museum, designed by a starchitect, will turn around its urban fortunes in a similar way. Advocates of this branding formula see Helsinki as an ideal candidate for a new Guggenheim franchise. Yet the proposal has generated a surprisingly heated public debate among Finland&rsquo;s citizenry, with pro and anti-Guggenheim sentiment running high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Next Helsinki competition aims to elevate the debate by giving voice to b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T13:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2392f48246bd2e7f4b5124c311acf1f.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Frank Gehry has once again revised his design for a long-delayed memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, removing two controversial metal tapestries that would have flanked the installation and two columns. The revised design was shown today to the National Capital Planning Commission, whose members for the most part seemed receptive to moving forward with the plan. But discussion over remaining 80-foot columns &mdash; from placement to height to necessity &mdash; hinted at possible issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-04T18:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T11:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/asjyqrasgl91odnp.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Calatrava's] at work in the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York, but that project is massively over budget and behind schedule and it's highlighted some of Calatrava's legal troubles back in Spain. [...] The architect was supposed to be in Spain this week testifying as a suspect in a fraud case. Prosecutors say he got 3.6 million dollars to design yet another Spanish convention center that was never built, but Calatrava didn't show up for his court date.</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/107648182/nimbys-go-to-court-over-modern-home-zaha-gets-an-apology-global-warming-rages-on-news-round-up-for-august-25-2014 NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vtxfdi8z3dbl47e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107563031/after-11-years-of-controversy-atlantic-yards-becomes-pacific-park-brooklyn After 11 Years of Controversy, Atlantic Yards Becomes Pacific Park Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:12:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/50e25428661fbe2ce7179f8343524d2c.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big real estate projects sometimes go through name changes, but the announcement August 4th that the Atlantic Yards mega-development near downtown Brooklyn, which has faced steady controversy since it emerged in 2003, would become Pacific Park Brooklyn, was an unusual, strategic and dubious adjustment.</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/107558197/a-banker-s-bold-vision-inspires-an-arts-center-and-neighbors-doubts A Banker’s Bold Vision Inspires an Arts Center, and Neighbors’ Doubts Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:11:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c893bdcb91ae769d1909f00fec4d3b9f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the horizon, the new Bot&iacute;n contemporary art center hovers over Santander&rsquo;s agate-colored bay like a fleet of spaceships poised for a close encounter. [...] The $106 million center &mdash; designed by Renzo Piano, the Italian architect, to jut over the bay &mdash; is the latest private museum emerging in Europe that matches star architects and dramatic designs with billionaires who have huge ambitions and brands to promote.</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/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:30:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4zl35r26mr1rsj38.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist and animator Sam Grinberg revisits the fight over the future of the American Folk Art Museum.</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/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T15:16:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74auc5dbv45rxc11.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Regardless, there are two paths forward. One is to scrap the project and start over with an open public competition, which would cost around $17&thinsp;million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The other is to push forward with the existing plan to finalize the memorial design and begin breaking ground. We favor the latter. [...] And the current design is nowhere near a &ldquo;monstrosity,&rdquo; as some have called it; it is a novel take on memorialization [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106402302/london-skyline-campaigners-dismay-as-unesco-ignores-risk-to-westminster London skyline campaigners' dismay as Unesco ignores risk to Westminster Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T13:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T13:43:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e53c7b660bf07a8d45ebdd64b09c2f0.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The march of London's skyscrapers looks set to continue unchecked after the UN watchdog charged with protecting sites of international importance delayed a move to place parliament &ndash; which is being obscured by a rash of new towers &ndash; on its endangered heritage list. Unesco was due to put Westminster on its List of World Heritage in Danger when it met recently in Doha, Qatar.</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/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:43:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3ti8x3ufdkbdw74.jpg" width="514" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surroundings. In an interview, he argued in favor of local architectural talent, or &ldquo;locatecture.&rdquo; Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this "Room for Debate" at <em>the New York Times,&nbsp;</em>Allison Arieff, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Beverly Willis, and Angel Borrego Cubero all provide their opinions on the much-used and controversial portmanteau.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105020838/charleston-groups-sue-over-approval-of-clemson-architecture-center-s-proposed-design Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design Alexander Walter 2014-07-25T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-11-24T16:31:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e1ccf67d3cd1a4c938c38d41d38776f.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, the Board of Architectural Review voted 4-2 to give preliminary approval to the Spaulding Paolozzi Center design by Portland, Ore., architect Brad Cloepfil. The vote marked the second level of approval in the city's three-step review. [...] This week, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society and the Charlestowne and Historic Ansonborough neighborhood associations took their fight to another venue: Charleston County's Court of Common Pleas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102789462/clemson-architecture-center-gets-city-approval-residents-pan-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson architecture center gets city approval; residents pan design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104941218/london-mayor-boris-johnson-nimbies-pretend-to-care-about-architecture-to-block-developments London Mayor Boris Johnson: Nimbies pretend to care about architecture to block developments Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e568b365da8a08ef58ba34730c1953a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homeowners who "pretend" to care about architecture are "nimbies in disguise" who in reality want to block any development in their local area, Boris Johnson has said. In a scathing assessment, the Mayor of London said homeowners are dishonestly claiming they care about new homes being affordable or well-designed, in fact they simply oppose new developments entirely. Mr Johnson has promised to increase house-building in the capital, and wants to see 45,000 new homes by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708923/how-the-six-californias-plan-threatens-california-s-transportation-future How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e8816490e0b4f17ea1191d6186bfd6b.jpg" width="514" height="602" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] tech guru and multimillionaire Tim Draper has put forth a plan which will solve the ills of the state by &ndash; wait for it &ndash; splitting it into six smaller states! This &ldquo;Six Californias&rdquo; plan [...], as you might expect, divides the state into six smaller chunks, maintaining county lines. [...] But there&rsquo;s another reason to oppose the plan that few people are talking about: it would do damage to the state&rsquo;s transportation systems, especially mass transit.</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/104244523/helsinki-divided-on-plan-for-a-guggenheim-satellite Helsinki Divided on Plan for a Guggenheim Satellite Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T18:46:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7a22485ef58b831d91c0afbad306d3b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City boosters in this Nordic capital dream of a Guggenheim museum of Finnish wood rising near the Baltic Sea and one day drawing millions of tourists and cruise passengers. But the huge costs of the proposed development are stirring a backlash here against an institution that is ordinarily accustomed to eager suitors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91148304/helsinki-city-council-reserves-plot-for-guggenheim" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki city council reserves plot for Guggenheim</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103705443/protests-pay-off-as-hadid-alters-tokyo-stadium Protests pay off as Hadid alters Tokyo stadium Alexander Walter 2014-07-08T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:13:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/trfpphs3biyzzs3z.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid Architects has admitted it has made changes to its design for the stadium that will be the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The firm has faced hostility in Japan with critics complaining that the proposed 80,000-seat stadium is too big, too costly and clashes with Tokyo&rsquo;s urban planning. At the weekend, 500 protestors marched around the existing National Stadium to demonstrate over plans to replace it with Hadid&rsquo;s proposal [...].</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/101780190/chicago-mayor-blasts-trump-sign-as-tasteless Chicago Mayor blasts Trump sign as 'tasteless' Paul Petrunia 2014-06-13T12:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-14T12:39:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yuflij7fgk2uayzo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel belatedly jumped into the fray after a public campaign against the sign on Chicago's second-tallest building spearheaded by the Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin. &ldquo;Mayor Emanuel believes this is an architecturally tasteful building scarred by an architecturally tasteless sign,&rdquo; Kelley Quinn, the mayor&rsquo;s newly-appointed communications director, said in an emailed statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Trump responds in his typical classy style...</p><p><em>Before I bought the site, the Sun Times had the biggest, ugliest sign Chicago has ever seen. Mine is magnificent and popular.</em></p><p><em>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/statuses/477121438994804736" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">June 12, 2014</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100121237/chilean-artist-steals-and-destroys-500-million-worth-of-student-debt-papers Chilean artist steals and destroys $500 million worth of student debt papers Archinect 2014-05-20T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-05-21T18:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6uhon0labtirnamh.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late last week, Chilean police arrived at Santiago&rsquo;s Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral and removed a white bin of gray ash &mdash; allegedly all that remained of $500 million worth of student debt notes. In the video, which went viral last week in Chile, Papas Fritas confessed he had recently stolen the documents from the for-profit Universidad del Mar. Then he set them ablaze in a defiant, brazen act of art.</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>