Long-time Archinector and reliably sane commentator Will Galloway joins us from his base in Tokyo to discuss the weekly news, including his interview with Assemble, crucially taking place mere weeks before they won the Turner Prize. While news from Bjarke Ingels Group commanded the feistiest comment threads this week – with renderings of BIG's spiraling Hudson Yards tower provoking debate over craft in skyscrapers, and the firm being selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion for 2016 in their last last eligible year – recent news included big wins for firms both star-studded and unknown. MoMA PS1 named Escobedo Solíz Studio as the 2016 winner of its Young Architects Program, for their "Weaving the Courtyard" submission, while Dame Zaha Hadid received her RIBA Gold Medal (the first woman to win solo). Lastly, for you planning wonks, we throw in a brief discussion of a controversial proposed ballot measure to halt big developments in Los Angeles.
Listen to episode 52 of Archinect Sessions, "What's the Big Deal‽":
Donna and Amelia's interview with Elizabeth Timme on Archinect Sessions #13
Paul and Amelia's interview with Bjarke Ingels on Archinect Sessions #14
Granby Workshop, one of Assemble's projects mentioned by Will
Sou Fujimoto's design for the Serpentine Pavilion