Archinect - News 2014-10-21T08:13:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110647923/big-businesses-and-baby-steps-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-22-and-29-2014 Big businesses and baby steps: Weekly News Round-Up for September 22 and 29, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T12:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6zjj16d78davkxy.jpg" width="514" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a>: In a positive step for the Memorial's Approving Process Odyssey,&nbsp;the National Capital Planning Commission&nbsp;has OK'd the Commission on Fine Arts (the other federal body that must approve the design) to vote on the Memorial.</li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a>: A series of infographics on the representation of women in architectural practice and education, courtesy of <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 1:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110274682/guggenheim-plans-new-york-expansion-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again</a>: Not for more art space (Gehry tried that before) but for offices.</li><li><a title="Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110250557/zaera-polo-steps-down-as-dean-of-princeton-s-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture</a>: From the press release: "the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean."</li><li><a title="Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a>: The 10,000 population island will use renewable e...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109328884/garage-museum-teaches-an-old-building-new-tricks Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:25:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3fb03c77716f29e0fcba5387e08a2d4.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced yesterday that its forthcoming permanent home inside the Soviet-era eatery in the capital&rsquo;s central Gorky Park is due to open in June 2015. [...] And Rem Koolhaas, who was tasked with transforming the abandoned restaurant's ruin for the museum, is leaving it largely untouched.</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/108020528/architecture-s-rebellion-at-the-2014-venice-biennale Architecture's Rebellion at the 2014 Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T20:36:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47ab24537cfb3df43d08748e30b0e2ce.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Biennale reveals that neither modernism nor contemporary architectural practice is as it seems. The best architecture today may not be revolutionary, but then today more than ever the desirability of revolutions are in doubt. Situated modernism has for many years been and continues to dominate architectural practice with the opposite of flattening results.</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/106100539/koolhaas-missing-fundamental-is-alive-and-kicking-in-house-housing-exhibition Koolhaas' missing Fundamental is alive and kicking in "House Housing" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T16:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42c27r2h8hzo1xz1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most attention falls on the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the city itself hosts an uncertain number of simultaneous, satellite events, operating somewhat under the public's radar but still orbiting around the Biennale's curatorial center. There are the Biennale-recognized roster of exhibitions, called "<a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/22-04.html?back=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collateral Events</a>", and then there are the outer planets of the Biennale's solar system; the unsolicited riffs taking place at smaller, less conventional spaces throughout the city. The Biennale's five-month run gives ample time for dissent and complication within the city, offering alternate interpretations to this year's sanctioned theme: "Fundamentals", from Rem Koolhaas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojcebz50cd04w1h6.jpg"></p><p>Criticism of Koolhaas' biennale has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">well-trodden</a>. Creating a catalogue of architecture's supposedly "fundamental" elements has been called depressing, inappropriate, cynical, or pejoratively part of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Reporters griping and academics critiquing is a fundamental pa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-24T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T19:19:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xo53qs2fdr8s93d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The documentary <em><a href="http://www.submarine.nl/#!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lagos Wide and Close - An Interactive Journey into an Exploding City</a></em><a href="http://www.submarine.nl/#!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>,</em></a>&nbsp;arose from Rem Koolhaas' 2001 visit to Lagos, Nigeria with filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, hoping to document a phase in one of Africa's fastest growing cities. The doc's unique direction allows viewers to switch between two video and three audio channels in realtime, mixing and matching different perspectives on the city. At once documenting Lagos from the personal perspective of bus driver Olawole Busayo ("Close"), and an aerial urban view ("Wide"), the interactive piece samples from Busayo's daily journey, interviews with Lagos' citizens, and comments by Koolhaas.</p><p>After visiting in 2001, Koolhaas continued to research Lagos throughout the early 'aughts with the Project on the City at Harvard's GSD, leading to the interactive documentary's release on DVD in 2004. The film is now <a href="http://lagos.submarinechannel.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available to experience online</a>, where viewers can take full advantage of the multi-modal storytelling, and flip through ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale Archinect rounds up critical reactions to Koolhaas' biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T18:12:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vgex3jicofo8lwt.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened on June 7, under the theme "Fundamentals". The deluge of criticism and reporting coming out of the Biennale will surely continue until it closes November 23, but so far reactions from the architectural journalism community seem pretty consistent. Critics seem at once relieved that the biennale is not given away to preening and doting upon architectural personalities, but instead focused on "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66227111/rem-koolhaas-announces-fundamentals-to-be-2014-s-venice-biennale-theme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture, not architects</a>", as per Koolhaas' design. The flip-side of this could be seen as replacing objects of starchitectural value with a too-safe generalism, imbued with the self-importance of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Responses seem largely concerned with interpreting the man at the same time as his Biennale, rather than investigating the interplay of national pavilions' personalities under a unifying theme. But we've got many months to go, and this is only the beginning.</p><p>But with the sheer mass o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101168218/rem-koolhaas-blows-the-ceiling-off-the-venice-architecture-biennale Rem Koolhaas blows the ceiling off the Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-06-05T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-06-13T09:38:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a75736f8472b195b964cfa2174e87216.jpg" width="460" height="601" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An exploded false ceiling and a lineup of lavatories become the stars as Koolhaas delves into the overlooked innards of today's buildings &ndash; and shows how architecture has become nothing more than cardboard</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/100937134/the-end-of-architecture The end of architecture? Alexander Walter 2014-06-02T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T18:51:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/6613d78516a5d00463d8126e346b30d2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture prepares to open, the pavilions of the Giardini might be the perfect venue for an analysis of the architectural manifestations of national identity. [...] Architecture is a curious world in which the things we hate might look very similar, to a less-inured eye, to the things we love. It is a question of degrees, of finesse. Koolhaas exemplifies the paradox.</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/100054708/real-estate-and-the-responsibility-of-architects Real Estate and the Responsibility of Architects Places Journal 2014-05-19T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:57:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l3kl944xsizud6fm.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To sever instances of &ldquo;architecture&rdquo; from the deaths of indentured construction workers on a building site in Qatar, or from the property lines measured out at Twin Lakes, is an elemental act, comparable to flushing a toilet, turning on the water, or switching on a light... Understanding these infrastructures, and contesting their hegemony with that knowledge, is therefore as basic as it gets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, curator Rem Koolhaas has chosen as his theme "fundamentals," meaning the "inevitable elements of all architecture ... the door, the floor, the ceiling, etc." To this list Reinhold Martin proposes Fundamental #13: real estate, the land itself, without which "all the rest is inconceivable." He then asks difficult questions about architects' complicity in the uses to which land is put by the "transnational, translocal, global and otherwise border-violating and border-producing system of real estate."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96639078/rem-koolhaas-s-g-star-raw-hq-is-like-two-brands-having-unprotected-sex Rem Koolhaas's G-Star Raw HQ is like 'two brands having unprotected sex' Alexander Walter 2014-03-27T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T18:28:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e8b6b7216a1aea973dc72a048e2c7d1.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We've never been this vulgar,&rdquo; says the practice's founding partner Rem Koolhaas, sitting in the building's boardroom, flanked either side by neat men in military denim jackets, like officers from some future fashion police. [...] brazenly conflating G-Star's brand values with their own, aligning their manifestos, house styles, ways of working and even presenting a shared aesthetic of raw industrial chic &ndash; with concrete and steel fragments of OMA buildings overlaid on to G-Star models.</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/96568028/oma-wins-axel-springer-berlin-hq-competition OMA wins Axel Springer Berlin HQ competition Justine Testado 2014-03-26T15:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T21:03:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xr/xrehjctrvlfm7ffy.jpg" width="514" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wait is finally over. After a unanimous decision from the jury, Rem Koolhaas of OMA has the winning design for the new Berlin Media Campus of German publishing house Axel Springer. OMA's concept won against those of two notable finalists, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Buro Ole Scheeren. A contract will be issued once it has been decided if and when the construction project can be implemented.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pi8ih1424gkjdneg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvt5i5amwk7x6etz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pvgjp4ckt0id9iye.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/oma_wins_axel_springer_berlin_hq_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92256782/editor-s-picks-352 Editor's Picks #352 Nam Henderson 2014-01-28T00:14:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:09:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fh/fhqk7qum88b2hz5s.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>vado retro is moved to wonder "with the rash of notable building demolition that has and continues to occur, is there a checklist of what makes a building valuable enough not to demolish?...is it because buildings are more about image and visuals than spatial experience that we are willing to rid ourselves of award winning pieces of architecture/art?...maybe buildings don't really matter that much"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest edition of <strong>ShowCase</strong>: features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91683042/showcase-pocinho-rowing-high-performance-center-by-alvaro-andrade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pocinho Rowing High Performance Center by Alvaro Andrade</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqc7zyyal31u0mbc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v00m27hm9g9bkk35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/pencil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mohammad Hadi Ataei</a>&nbsp;really liked it commenting "<em>Great minimalist work</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally,&nbsp;- Mike "The Poet" Sonksen, @<a href="https://twitter.com/MikethePoeTLA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mikethepoetLA</a>&nbsp;published&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/90301614/take-a-walk-mike-the-poet-on-l-a-s-grand-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a Walk: on L.A.'s Grand Avenue</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;posted a critique "<em>As much as I like poetry I m dont read any poetry in this.Maybe because there are no poetic devices like metaphors or simile. Maybe because there isn't any 'poetic' mood or&nbsp; poetic structure in the form of presentation...I dont see much difference between&nbsp; this and straight descriptive reportage</em>".</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yl/ylt9q2oa7ho7bjih.jpg"></p><p>Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91750680/modern-landmark-to-be-demolished-in-okc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">decried</a>&nbsp;the 3-2 vote, by Oklahoma City&rsquo;s Downtown Design Review Committee, green lighting destruction of the Stage Center aka Mummers Theater designed by the late John M. Johansen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/4053mzv9zfc1ohp6.jpg"></p><p>He writes the building which "<em>will be replaced by a glassy office tower of no particular distinction... is the second major blow to a regional lan...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91989166/rem-koolhaas-s-prot-g-s Rem Koolhaas's Protégés Archinect 2014-01-24T12:40:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T21:45:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/20ieu4oxomjav9k4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Under his tutelage, designers learn to privilege approach over style. Rather than work with drawings, like most traditional architecture firms, OMA employees first "Diagram" a building&mdash;identify the structure's basic components and how they fit together&mdash;and then proceed to build it. It's an analytical method that results in buildings that are sometimes ungainly but never unexciting and reject the signature styles associated with many other renowned architects.</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/88446310/skate-this-limited-edition-rem-koolhaas-flag-deck Skate this: Limited edition Rem Koolhaas Flag Deck Alexander Walter 2013-12-09T14:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T10:51:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cy4ythcnin6ejy4f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> While collaborations between architects and skaters <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13140602/not-your-mama-s-skateboard-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aren't too rare</a>, the symbiosis typically happens in the realm of ramp/rail/ledge/obstacle design. To have an architectural heavyweight like Rem Koolhaas come out and give his blessings to a <a href="http://www.dufarge.com/product/flag-deck-rem-koolhaas/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skateboard deck design</a>, which pays homage to OMA's Museum Park in Rotterdam, is a rather seldom event.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9iu6ikizh6na3m00.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Here's the complete story we've received from NL-based skateboarding brand <a href="http://www.dufarge.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dufarge</a>:</p> <p> "The Dutch designers from surf inspired skatebrand Dufarge produced a skateboard deck that honours their favourite local skate spot. Part of OMA's Museum Park-scheme in Rotterdam, the spot, also known as 'Rem's Flag', features a 150 meter stretch of brightly coloured stripes: a collossal version of OMA's 'EU Barcode'."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlg0h4zboozgrcwv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The EU Barcode was designed in 2001 by the OMA think tank AMO to represent the European Union as "the common effort of different nations, with each state retaining its own cultural identity while sharing the advantages of acting tog...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87527658/prada-celebrates-architecture-exhibit-in-paris Prada Celebrates Architecture Exhibit in Paris Archinect 2013-11-27T13:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T13:23:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4ab263174512de129f67c15fed2eb3da.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Curated by architect and historian Joseph Abram, in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; OMA/AMO, the exhibition celebrates the work of Perret, in particular his extended use of reinforced concrete. The exhibition analyzes, through more than 400 original documents such as sketches, pictures, scale models and personal letters, eight buildings conceived by Perret. These include the Th&eacute;&acirc;tre des Champs-Elys&eacute;es in Paris, along with the H&ocirc;tel de Ville and the Eglise Saint Joseph in Le Havre.</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/86933404/rem-koolhaas-s-de-rotterdam-cut-and-paste-architecture Rem Koolhaas's De Rotterdam: cut and paste architecture Archinect 2013-11-19T20:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-23T03:01:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a5d77d6f51c1f4ffc4ac92c899d81ba.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like one skyline perched on another, the latest mega-building by Rem Koolhaas towers over the starchitect playground of Rotterdam. But why was it even built?</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/86067567/rem-koolhaas-ai-weiwei-superflex-and-others-take-part-in-gwangju-folly-project Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei, Superflex and others take part in Gwangju Folly Project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-08T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c46hqurusry6n75v.jpg" width="514" height="740" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architectural follies impose on our assumptions of what architecture is and what it should be -- what is function, what is beauty, where do private and public space meet.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/folly/intro/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Folly II</a>, part of the <a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/intro/greeting/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Biennale Foundation</a>, highlights the politicization of public space through multiple folly-interventions in Gwangju. The project includes follies by Ai Weiwei, Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann, Superflex, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye and Taiye Selasi, among others, this November 10-11.</p> <p> Artistic Director Nikolaus Hirsch, with curators Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun, focus the follies on the contentiousness of public space, and its operation on the global scale. Positioned throughout the city, some follies are mobile (Ai Weiwei's "Cubic-meter Food Cart", a rumination on South Korea's <em>pojangmachas</em>) while others highly site-specific (Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann's "The Vote" is installed in a high-traffic commercial area).</p> <p> As the setting for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_massacre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju&rsquo;s Democratic ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84210734/cornell-professor-declares-oma-designed-milstein-hall-a-disaster Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster" Archinect 2013-10-15T11:56:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T11:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89edbb6735db9408e07df87dd5818566.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cornell University&rsquo;s new architecture building designed by Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; Office of Metropolitan Architecture is a &ldquo;disaster&rdquo; says Cornell University architecture professor Jonathan Oschorn. &ldquo;The code violations are egregious&rdquo;, states Ochshorn.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t_ferringer/6460678467/in/set-72157628292769099" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theodore Ferringer</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81442279/architects-to-the-rescue Architects to the Rescue? HotSoup 2013-09-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T00:21:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggug7h8w58pas1hl.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost a dozen major architecture contests are underway. By calling in the pros, city and federal officials are casting a wide net for fixes. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have all the good ideas, and I don&rsquo;t care who does have them,&rdquo; Mayor Bloomberg said recently.</p></em><br /><br /><p> New York City and the feds are turning to design luminaries from the city and around the globe to help the five boroughs rebuild. But are the designers up to the task of saving the city from the next disaster? And will anyone actually follow their advice?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78999830/marina-abramovic-tries-to-kickstart-oma-designed-art-institute Marina Abramovic Tries to Kickstart OMA-Designed Art Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-08T18:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-24T05:46:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7gdkdu7alwt32s2.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Marina Abramovic Institute] was launched last year, and designed by none other than OMA, under the direction of partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas. The architects are poised to explore programming for the center and produce mock-ups--depending on Kickstarter results. The funding Abramovic is after is to cover this "first phase" work on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://www.fastcodesign.com/multisite_files/codesign/imagecache/slideshow-large/slideshow/2013/08/1673185-slide-marina-with-study-model-oma.jpg"></p> <p> Performance artist Marina Abramovic is the latest established artist seeking funding for large-scale projects using&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/422090958/marina-abramovic-institute-the-founders?ref=home_popular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>,&nbsp;the democratic fundraising platform.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marinaabramovicinstitute.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Abramovic Institute</a>, to be located in Hudson, New York, will use the funds from Kickstarter backers for its first-phase of development and programming. Abramovic's "long durational works," such as her 2010&nbsp;<a href="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/965" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residency at MoMA</a>, are in line with her rationale for using Kickstarter:</p> <p> "By inviting the broader public to contribute to our early development, Kickstarter helps to affirm and build the engaged community necessary for sustaining MAI into the future. With your contribution, you become a founder of the institute not only financially, but also conceptually, by partaking in the very experiences we hope to create."</p> <p> And from the Kickstarter FAQ, in response to "Why did Marina choose to work with OMA?"</p> <p> "MAI is a new type of multidisciplinary center that requires an innovative design to fulfill its func...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72250246/rem-koolhaas-to-receive-2013-johannes-vermeer-award Rem Koolhaas to Receive 2013 Johannes Vermeer Award Alexander Walter 2013-05-01T00:03:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T10:34:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1lkd22pfpwyjph7q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas has been announced as this year's recipient of the Dutch state prize for the arts, the Johannes Vermeer Award. The jury made a unanimous decision, citing Koolhaas&rsquo; critical contributions to architecture and urbanism since his career began with the publication of Delirious New York in 1975.</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/71140680/rem-koolhaas-and-tools-for-life-called-into-the-principals-office Rem Koolhaas and "Tools for Life" called into The Principals Office Gravitas 2013-04-12T20:19:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T18:07:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y0/y0izj2xwij7p1udw.jpg" width="500" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...even for a big gun like Koolhaas, the global depression has had an impact. Thus his new furniture line for Knoll called &ldquo;Tools for Life.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a pretty standard track for any architect when the commissions start to dry up; have some interns fart out designs for a furniture line, ship it off to China for production, then slap a price tag on it with no less that 4 zeros and BOOM! you&rsquo;re back makin&rsquo; Bentley payments and wearing Prada suits in no time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://theworldsbestever.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/rem-koolhaas.jpg"></p> <p> Every week The Principals call someone new into their office, this week it's Rem Koolhaas and "Tools for Life."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70894246/editor-s-picks-310 Editor's Picks #310 Nam Henderson 2013-04-09T12:04:00-04:00 >2013-04-09T12:19:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b91jx6sgvvjlgm1e.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest entry in the ShowCase series Archinect published the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/70536084/showcase-shrine-of-the-virgin-of-la-antigua-by-otxotorena-arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shrine of the Virgin of "La Antigua" by Otxotorena Arquitectos</a>. The project is located in Alberite, La Rioja, Spain and the architects main constraint was the need to "<em>incorporate a preexisting stone archway in the design. This archway was rescued from a previous demolition in the town and it was preserved by the locals</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mozhdaqqkmnl7pd1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> exclaimed "<em>Wow, wow. &nbsp;I love it. &nbsp;Love the multiple arcade forms and multiple striations and similar but different textures...Would love to see a floorplan if there is one?</em>".</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0w1msm2mfbx8gyg.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Times reported that the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA</a> to determine the stability of the historic sculptures.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/530dxt9g61n29brz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> shared these words "<em>In my opinion it is the most beautiful and meaningful public art in Los Angeles that people neglected for decades</em>" and a photo.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4huz1se8ugucxpj8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Plain Dealer</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">/Cleveland.com announced th...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70580698/the-irrational-exuberance-of-rem-koolhaas The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas Places Journal 2013-04-03T14:44:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T02:07:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c1adzhyuewwuzr8.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Irrational exuberance" seems to me an apt introduction to an understanding of Rem Koolhaas in the '90s and beyond; it foregrounds his great success in navigating the intersection of the pragmatic corporate sector, on the one hand, and the &ldquo;delirious&rdquo; and volatile realm of desire and possibility, on the other. ... Koolhaas has encouraged his followers to shed the crippling shackles of critical theory and pick up a surfboard upon which to ride the shock waves of the new economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For decades Rem Koolhaas has been not only a leading global architect but also a restless provocateur. On Places, in a chapter from the forthcoming book <em><a href="http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415534888/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Capitalism</a>,&nbsp;</em>Ellen Dunham-Jones explores Koolhaas's protean career, from the early fantastical projects to the big books and bigger buildings of recent years. It's a career that has come to embody, she argues, "the inevitable contradictions in trying to marry art and capitalism, radicalism and pragmatism, icon-making and city-making."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69774016/oma-trumps-preservationists-in-battle-to-turn-venetian-palazzo-into-department-store OMA Trumps Preservationists in Battle to Turn Venetian Palazzo into Department Store Archinect 2013-03-20T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T14:53:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5bca1d22ea8e7153d25c0ca6bf472b0.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture&rsquo;s favorite black humorist Rem Koolhaas is at it again, off planning a Venice Biennale that stresses the dangers of globalization while battling conservationists for rights to transform a 16th-century Venetian palazzo &mdash; which currently serves as a post office &mdash; into a retail hotspot. Koolhaas&rsquo;s firm OMA and its client Benetton recently secured permission to redesign the palazzo into a department store/cultural venue after five years of facing resistance from preservationists.</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/69679281/steve-jobs-architect Steve Jobs, Architect? Places Journal 2013-03-18T19:24:00-04:00 >2013-03-19T18:19:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wu/wu6hu5ak9ppta5gj.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yet another treatise on Steve Jobs? As an &ldquo;architect&rdquo; &mdash; really? And with Apple seemingly waning, aren't we behind the curve on this? Suffice it to say that my interest is not solely in Jobs himself, but rather in the challenge he poses to the methods and purpose of an architectural historian.... But since architectural stories are surprising rare here on the edge of the continent, I need a shtick; no matter my connoisseur-ish personal tastes and leftist political dispositions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> What is revealed when we contemplate the late Steve Jobs not only as a technologist extraordinaire but also as a sort of architect? And if we then compare Jobs with another complicated virtuoso, Rem Koolhaas? On Places, architectural historian Simon Sadler argues "Jobs and Koolhaas both seem to have been driven by the possibility that they can act inside, or around, a postmodern world resistant to purpose. Both share an attraction toward design as a type of hermeneutics &mdash; a will to learn about the world through the attempt to change it."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67050072/oma-to-design-essence-financial-tower-in-shenzhen OMA to Design Essence Financial Tower in Shenzhen Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T17:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9u/9u82zp2reu27nzks.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has been awarded the first place in the international design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. OMA Partners David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas are heading the project which they intend to be a new generation office tower for Shenzhen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67106278/essence-financial-building-by-oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see the project in more detail.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66519457/editor-s-picks-300 Editor's Picks #300 Nam Henderson 2013-01-30T11:35:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T15:02:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/dicnsovye7sp8qg5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce published parts 1 + 2 of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR)...Thayer-D chimed in "This is an excellent example of how well intentioned architects continue to talk past each other...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward...What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in the Congress for New Urbanism</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1q/1q78geqkrucr0mi3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In the first edition of our In Focus&nbsp; in 2013&nbsp; Archinect spoke with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66165882/in-focus-yohan-zerdoun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yohan Zerdoun an architectural photographer based in Germany/Switzerland</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mk6av1qgzjjnz28g.jpg"></p> <p> Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> published parts <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66092556/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-1-making-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1&nbsp;</a>+ <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66096130/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-2-arnavutk-y-istanbul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>&nbsp;of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR) in which they continued <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95113/interview-with-george-brugmans-director-international-architecture-biennale-rotterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their discussion from where they left it two years ago</a>. Topics include; the theme of the 5th Biennale itself: Making City, the model used for the 5th IABR of Test&nbsp; Sites and Counter Sites, and also&nbsp; Istanbul as either "<em>the next metropolitan nightmare, or...an inspiring example?</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxe7qo363vj6whfq.jpg"></p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong> chimed in "<em>This is an excellent example of how well&nbsp;intentioned&nbsp;architects continue to talk past each other while so many of their interests intersect...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward.&nbsp; Again, I'd be in full agreement.&nbsp; What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66227111/rem-koolhaas-announces-fundamentals-to-be-2014-s-venice-biennale-theme Rem Koolhaas announces "Fundamentals" to be 2014's Venice Biennale theme Archinect 2013-01-25T12:39:00-05:00 >2013-02-05T22:15:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/lli51whchfyow7wl.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fundamentals will be a Biennale about architecture, not architects. After several Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will focus on histories &ndash; on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime (the door, the floor, the ceiling etc.) and on the evolution of national architectures in the last 100 years.</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/65760133/oma-creates-prada-s-ideal-house OMA Creates Prada’s Ideal House Archinect 2013-01-18T14:45:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:41:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/ycg45fvwcrnrveci.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The staging was called the Ideal House, and it was a fully furnished modern home, but one with an audience, a runway wrapped around it, and &ldquo;windows&rdquo; projected on the walls with scenes of the outside world. It was the latest in many intricate and avant-garde pairings between Prada and OMA... The 12-piece furniture collection, designed by OMA for Knoll, will debut at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April.</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>