Easily the biggest news of last week, and probably of this year, was the unveiling of BIG's design for 2WTC. For a project of such status, on such a highly charged site, representation must be handled with expert care – so to dig a bit deeper into the splashy video introducing 2WTC, we spoke with Nick Taylor, co-founder of Squint/Opera and director of the BIG video. We cover Squint/Opera's historied relationship with architects and how creative vision is managed across many powerful stakeholders.
Paul and Amelia also sat down with McShane Murnane, architecture director and co-founder of Project M Plus, a husband-wife creative studio out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake. Often viewed as a case-study for gentrification in LA, Silver Lake has established a highly specific aesthetic within the Californian sensibility, that has its pros and cons – we speak with Murnane about how he's dealt with issues of developmental displacement head-on.
And in the news, we discuss how Tadao Ando is faring amidst serious health concerns, speculate on what fantastical designs might come out of SpaceX's newly announced competition for Hyperloop pods, and take a moment to recognize the death of Charles Correa, who passed away Tuesday at 84 years old.
Listen to episode thirty-four of Archinect Sessions, "Nothing So Stable But Change":
Squint/Opera's video for 2WTC:
And some of Squint/Opera's rendering work for BIG/Heatherwick's Googleplex expansion:
Project M Plus' brush with gentrification over a Hollywood Hotel
Some selected architectural works by Project M Plus:
The failure of the Pulaski Skyway
On interpreting The Broad, What makes an artless museum?
The Fight for Frogtown, nitty-gritty reporting on a key site of urban development in Los Angeles
Intermediate architects are scarce, which means their income is climbing
The short-and-slick video introducing the Hyperloop competition: