Archinect - News 2015-11-30T03:07:38-05:00 "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T07:43:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wavelength Pictures, a London-based production company, has been awarded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grant funding by the Graham Foundation</a> to put out "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect", a feature-length documentary about the eponymous, Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect. Wavelength has previously produced features profiling architects Oscar Niemeyer and Rem Koolhaas, among other artists, but this will be its first documentary.</p><p>Roche's career has been a long and storied one &ndash; at 93, he is still working at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC</a>, the firm he founded out of Eero Saarinen's office after his death. Roche first moved from Ireland to study architecture with&nbsp;Mies van der Rohe at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Illinois Institute of Technology</a>, and has since compiled an impressive portfolio of institutional and corporate projects, spanning over the past half-century.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The film uses Roche's lengthy career to discuss many issues contemporary to architecture in the 20th century and its development into the 21st. Fitt...</p> Exclusive: Graham Foundation announces winners of 2015 Grants to Organizations Julia Ingalls 2015-08-11T09:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:59:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From Kiev to Los Angeles, from mind-bending artist&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Graham</a> to stately architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graham Foundation</a> has announced the 49 international winners of its 2015 Grants to Organizations. Each year, the Foundation gives out two sets of grants: one for individuals including architects, writers, and artists, and one specifically for organizations, such as museums, universities, publishers, and trusts. The grant categories include film, exhibitions, public programs, and publications. This year, $496,500 was awarded to 49 winners from a competitive pool of 200 entries featuring both emerging and established organizations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In keeping with the Graham Foundation's mission to foster innovative explorations of architecture and art, the winning projects encompass a variety of perceptual and investigative terrain, from the MoMA's exploratory exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> and other Japanese architectural firms, to the creation of several new projects for this fall's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architectur...</a></p> Editor's Picks #420 Nam Henderson 2015-06-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-18T07:55:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;presented <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curated thoughts</a> from an earlier (Archinect Sessions Episode #24 and #25) conversation with Kevin Roche, "<em>a hero of the long-game</em>".&nbsp;<strong>snooker-doodle-dandy</strong> noted "<em>I have always liked Kevin and his work. &nbsp;He was one of the people whom drove me to the profession...have never had the good fortune to bump into him. It is on my bucket list!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explored how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and other "<em>social media has oddly become a kind of virtual worker&rsquo;s union, helping to expose unethical <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hiring</a> practices</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Next September, the historic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra Institute and Museum</a> in Silverlake will host a new play by Tom Lazarus entitled &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Princes of Kings Road</a>'.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eric chavkin</a> "<em>used to live there. Right after Pauline Schindler died. Some of the stories I heard made Kings Road house look like a real &nbsp;party palace. When I was there lots of architects would drop by&hellip;.I hope they get this play right. The tales are true, the names famous.</em>"</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode 33 of Archinect Sessions</a>, which fea...</p> Editor's Picks #412 Nam Henderson 2015-04-21T12:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T20:31:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Deans List</strong>; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;profiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Speaks, the Dean at </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse Architecture</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;commented "T<em>he SU Architecture program stands in stark contrast to what is happening, and has recently occurred at NJIT. Credible, steady leadership at Syracuse, instability in the leadership at NJIT.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jolanda Morkel</a>&nbsp;felt the piece was "<em>Wwll worth a read</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The roster of over 60 architecture firms and artists who will exhibit their work at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was announced</a>.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong> proposed "<em>Archinect field trip anyone</em>"? Meanwhile <strong>Lightperson</strong> tried not to get his hopes up "<em>I'm excited to see the new crop of architecture ideas but also get the feeling this will be another Tactical Urbanism show from the usual suspects, the cool European curators</em>".</p><p>Denver Post Fine Arts Critic, Ray Mark Rinaldi <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explained</a> why locals should listen to Jeffrey Sheppard&rsquo;s (co-founder and design principal for Roth Sheppard Architects in Denver) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism...</a></p> "Clarity and Contradiction": Part II of our conversation with Kevin Roche, and a discussion about Patrik Schumacher's latest Facebook rant on Archinect Sessions #25 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-16T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul's back from Peru, just in time for our 25th episode! And thanks to Patrik Schumacher, it's mostly about criticism. We respond to a polemic/rant left by Schumacher on his Facebook page, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>", and consider not simply his argument, but its presentation &ndash; how publishing these ideas on a personal Facebook page ultimately says more about celebrity and criticism than Schumacher's exorbitant word count can. In the end, we applaud Schumacher &ndash; not for his argument necessarily, but for his performative act of posting such. Now, more than ever in the saturated critical sphere of new media, the medium is the message.</p><p>We also finish up the interview Amelia did with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche</a>, and hear his thoughts on sprawl and the undeniable human instinct to gather. Roche is a quiet heavyweight in architecture, amassing an incredible extent of work across multiple eras of architectural history, all without paying any heed to "starchitecture", in any form. ...</p> "American Disruption, at Home and Abroad": Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-09T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:44:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever becomes of Facebook&rsquo;s corporate future &ndash; and therefore the consequential Internet &ndash; will play out in the world of Frank Gehry. The architect&rsquo;s new HQ for Facebook in Menlo Park, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPK20, opened earlier this week</a> with plentiful Instagrammed fanfare, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook recently submitted plans to build two more Gehry buildings</a> in the area. As we discuss on this week&rsquo;s podcast, MPK20 is refreshingly old-school FOG, designed to embrace Facebook's &ldquo;work in progress&rdquo; feel that Gehry&rsquo;s rougher materiality embraces. It&rsquo;s Facebook&rsquo;s and FOG&rsquo;s world; we&rsquo;re just living in it.</p><p>This episode, we also discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the arrival of Airbnb in Cuba</a> &ndash; whether this style of tourism could encourage architectural preservation, and what the company&rsquo;s disruptive cachet means when there&rsquo;s no status quo to disrupt. We&rsquo;re also featuring part 1 of an interview I did with Kevin Roche, the Pritzker Prize winning architect who got his start over sixty years ago, working with Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. The 92-y...</p> 55 Hudson Yards breaks ground in Manhattan Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T14:47:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:26:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="886" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsui Fudosan Co. (8801), Japan&rsquo;s biggest developer, is building an office tower on Manhattan&rsquo;s far west side at a cost of about $1.4 billion [...]. Construction has started on the skyscraper in New York&rsquo;s Hudson Yards development zone in partnership with Related Cos., the area&rsquo;s principal developer, and Canadian pension investor Oxford Properties. [...] The project, known as 55 Hudson Yards, is at the north end of the site, at the southeast corner of 34th Street and 11th Avenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Hudson Yards coverage on Archinect</a></p> Kevin Roche in His Own Words Archinect 2012-06-07T13:09:00-04:00 >2012-06-10T19:48:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008, while conducting research on the work of celebrated modernist Kevin Roche (b. 1922), Yale School of Architecture associate professor Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen conducted a series of interviews with the architect in his Hamden, Connecticut, home. She included selections from the interviews in Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment (Yale University Press, 2011), the monograph published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment: Yale Press Paul Petrunia 2011-05-16T20:41:24-04:00 >2011-05-17T12:33:42-04:00 <img src="" width="490" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo met in the Saarinen office, where Roche was Saarinen's indispensible lead designer and Dinkeloo directed the firm's production. Upon Saarinen's sudden death in 1961 the pair assumed control of the firm, completing a series of highly significant projects then in construction or on the boards (including Dulles Airport, the CBS Building, Bell Labs and the St. Louis Arch) after which, in 1966, they seamlessly transitioned into their own independent practice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>