Archinect - News 2015-10-08T23:20:36-04:00 Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:21:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a statement issued on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors." The stadium, whose controversial design has spawned a series of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">derisive memes</a>, was shut down after officials announced the cost would be 250 billion yen (approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars). The cost <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shocked</a> design committee chairman <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>, who made a similar statement about the inflated construction costs in Japan.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In her statement, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> goes on to say that the arched roof structure was carefully designed so that it could be built in tandem with the seating bowl, and by Japanese engineering and design team estimates should only cost 23 billion yen. Hadid also notes that due to an increase in&nbsp;the&nbsp;price...</p> With modern Charleston building off the table, Clemson looking to lease space for its architecture center Alexander Walter 2015-07-20T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T14:43:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clemson University plans to lease space in downtown Charleston to house all of its locally based architecture and historic preservation programs until it decides on a permanent location. The decision comes about eight months after the university scrubbed plans for a contemporary architecture center at George and Meeting streets. The proposed building&rsquo;s sleek design sparked a lawsuit by neighborhoods and preservation groups.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p> Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T19:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:00:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The price tag for 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is now a whopping $2.1 billion. That&rsquo;s more than the stadiums for the past three summer Olympic stadiums combined. That&rsquo;s pretty silly! So is the stadium&rsquo;s new Photoshop meme.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the current estimated cost for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> 's stadium design clocking in at more than $2 billion (that's $700 million more than the initial estimate), a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent poll</a> by Japanese news network NHK found that "81 percent of respondents say they disapprove of the plan to build the stadium without changing its design." Only 13 percent said that they approved.</p><p>Here are a few of the cheeky Japanese memes <em>critically</em> expressing their discontent with the pricey design for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Olympic Stadium</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nickjil</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AKID_0831</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@641236A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@nabe_chan_</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By Twitter user <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@yuki_japantokyo</a></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kotaku</a> for more memes.</p><p>Recently in the Archinect News: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo will stay the course with Zaha's Olympic stadium</a></p> Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition Justine Testado 2015-06-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T17:31:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are strange days in San Francisco, where the clamor to build needed housing &mdash; especially at affordable levels &mdash; is matched only by the self-righteous vigor with which actual proposals for that housing tend to be opposed...But if we want a well-planned city with distinctive new buildings for all its citizens, projects like this show that good design and good policy can go hand in hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Tishman Speyer's nearly one-year-old proposal for a 400-foot-tall residential tower, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which Jeanne Gang designed</a>, at 160 Folsom St. is suddenly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facing opposition</a> from local groups. With former mayor Art Agnos at the forefront of the opposition, the groups argue that the building promotes "economic segregation" and is yet another example of "developers wreaking vengeance" on the city, as <em>S.F. Chronicle</em>'s urban design critic John King states in the article.</p><p>Opponents claim the 400-foot tower would overshadow the nearby Rincon Park and the Embarcadero waterfront, although that area is already developed with large structures like the Gap HQ, the Hills Plaza complex, and the Infinity luxury condo complex&nbsp;&mdash; where Agnos and other opponents recently held their kickoff meeting, interestingly enough.</p><p>In terms of exterior design, King writes that Gang's corkscrew tower would be "a great addition" to San Francisco's skyline, and that the tower's visual distinction has the potential to "g...</p> That new Texas Confederate Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T14:28:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="678" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Orange, Texas, the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans just built a large Confederate memorial park, complete with a classical-ish monument featuring 13 columns&mdash;one for each of the states in the short-lived, and utterly defeated, Confederate States of America. [...] And this being Confederate sympathizers, they did not hesitate to build the memorial where the highway meets Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building the First Slavery Museum in America</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets</a></li></ul> Satirical “Folly for London” competition mocks Garden Bridge project Archinect 2015-06-12T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T18:08:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As controversy carries on over the notorious Garden Bridge by Heatherwick Studio proposed for London's South Bank, some opposers of the project are expressing their discontent with good ol' British satire in the soon-to-be-launched "Folly for London" competition. If you have a cheeky sense of humor, you'll have fun in this one.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously on Archinect</a></p><p><strong>UPDATE, June 15, 2015: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Jennings</a>, artist and initiator of the "Folly for London" competition, sent us this statement to further explain the cause until the design ideas contest officially opens for entries.</p><p><em>Details of the competition will be announced in due course and we will seek entries from across professional architectural and design circles, established and amateur artists, citizens of London and anyone else with an interest in the capital - adults and children alike - before a panel of judges, including architecture writer Owen Hatherley, will meet to decide the best follies. </em></p><p><em>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> is not only intended as a &lsquo;home&rsquo; for the competition, with details being added as we get closer to the launch, but will also have writings and responses to the many issues around the city, politics, finances and architecture which are raised by the problematic Garden Bridge project. </em></p><p><em>While we will invite crazy, ridiculous and satirically nonsensical projects and ask p...</em></p> The Cooper Union turmoil continues: President Jamshed Bharucha resigns Archinect 2015-06-11T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="416" height="626" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was a matter of hours from when the resignations of five Cooper Union trustees rolled in until their names were erased from the college&rsquo;s website. And it was a day later that the President Jamshed Bharucha announced he too would resign, more than a year before his employment contract expires. Yet the upheaval that led to the acrimonious departures has been years in the making.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Events are unfolding very quickly in Cooper Union's leadership right now: Just hours after five members of the 23-member Board of Trustees <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned yesterday</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jamshed Bharucha</a>, the school's embattled President, publicly announced his resignation in an email to the Cooper Union community.</p><p>Following is the email in full length (h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>):</p><p><em>Subject: Presidential Transition<br>From: The Cooper Union &lt;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&gt;<br>To: All community and alumni<br>Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:09 PM</em></p><p><em>Dear Members of the Cooper Union Community:</em></p><p><em>I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving my post as President of The Cooper Union at the end of June, 2015. Starting in the fall, I will serve as Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education.</em></p><p><em>It has been an honor to serve as the 12th President of Cooper Union these past four years. The focus of my presidency has been to secure Cooper&rsquo;s finances for generations of deserving students in the future, while preserving excellence and...</em></p> Five Cooper Union trustees just resigned Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T21:39:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last night five members of the Cooper Union&rsquo;s board of trustees resigned: real estate mogul Mark Epstein (the board&rsquo;s former chairman), Vassar College president Catharine Bond Hill, architects Daniel Libeskind and Francois de Menil (the board&rsquo;s vice chairman), and investment banker Monica Vachher. Three of the departing trustees &mdash; Epstein, Libeskind, and Vachher &mdash; have written&nbsp;public resignation letters [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following are the three resignation letters by Epstein, Vachher, and Libeskind&nbsp;&mdash; all widely claimed as strong tuition supporters and loyal to hotly contested Cooper Union president <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jamshed Bharucha</a>&nbsp;&mdash; in full length as published on the Committee to Save Cooper Union from the Committee to Save Cooper Union&nbsp;(CSCUFCSCU) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p><em>All,<br>I am writing to you from under two hats. One as trustee, and one as donor.<br>As a Trustee, I am hereby resigning from the Board, effective immediately. During my term as Chairman we were able to put the school on a path to sustainability. It was going to be a difficult path with some hurdles to get over. We were on our way, but have now gotten so far off of that path due to the actions (or inactions) of the Board that I no longer want to participate. I know that there are some in the Cooper Community that will take my resignation as a false victory of some sort. I am not resigning due to any pressure from that group, rather that I no longer want to associate wit...</em></p> Top architects defend some of the most hated buildings in the world Justine Testado 2015-06-05T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T10:53:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can the field&rsquo;s top minds change the way we think about a doomed housing project in Naples or the most abhorred skyscraper in Paris? Allow them to try.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Annabelle Selldorf, and (everyone's favorite) Daniel Libeskind are among the architects who sum up their thoughts on some of the most controversial buildings around the world. What's<em> your</em> take on these projects?</p><p>More:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p><a title="Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan</a></p><p><a title="Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood</a></p><p><a title="Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers</a></p> Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T21:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Frick Collection has yielded. Facing a groundswell of opposition to a proposed renovation that would have eliminated a gated garden to make way for a six-story addition, the museum &mdash; long admired for its intimate scale &mdash; has decided to abandon those plans and start over from scratch. [...] With the proposed renovation, designed by Davis Brody Bond, the Frick, on East 70th Street in Manhattan, had sought to increase its exhibition space [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans</a></p> Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans Alexander Walter 2015-05-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T13:04:55-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat Guggenheim Stalls</a></li><li><a title="High Culture and Hard Labor" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li></ul> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coastal Construction Funds Design Studio at the University of Miami School of Architecture</a></p> Quo vadis, Charleston architecture? Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:55:58-05:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></p></li></ul> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Clemson scraps its modern building plan Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T14:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T23:15:29-05:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design</a></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a><br>&nbsp;</p> 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="" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Upon the recent controversial demolition of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"5 POINTZ" graffiti mecca</a> in Long Island City, NY, a group of architects consisting of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arianna Armelli</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a>, <a href="" 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=""></p><p>"INTRODUCTION: You see, it goes like this; New York City was affordable when it was ugly and unpleasant; when di...</p> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>