Norman Foster and RIBA announce 2017 "survival of cities" traveling scholarship
For the tenth year in a row, RIBA and Norman Foster are offering a traveling scholarship in the form of €7,000 (an increase over last year's €6,000) to the destination of the winning student's choice. Students can't enter directly: RIBA and CAA validated schools are allowed to submit only one... View full entry
Karim Rashid launches design-development firm, Kurv Architecture
Never one to bore, Karim Rashid has announced that he’s formed a new vertically-integrated firm that will incorporate architecture, investment, and development of new projects across New York City. Rashid has teamed up with his namesake firm’s director of interior design, Alex Loyer Hughes, to form Kurv Architecture D.P.C. [...]
Although there’s overlap between Rashid’s namesake firm and Kurv at the moment, Kurv will focus more on ground-up production rather than design alone.
— Curbed New York
"We are foremost, a design-development firm, specializing in the increased return of tangible added value through the implementation of unique award winning design," the mission statement on Kurv's website reads. "The word design is used in the broadest sense to describe the full scope of the... View full entry
This week's picks for London architecture and design events
This week holds a fair few exhibition openings, so if your January calendar has been looking a little empty, then now is a great time to start filling it with these engaging and thought-provoking showcases. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly... View full entry
Zaha Hadid leaves £67 million fortune in her will
[Hadid] bequeathed a lump sum of £500,000 to her business partner Patrik Schumacher. Hadid also left a total of £1.7m to four nieces and nephews, as well as her brother Haytham Hadid, whose share was £500,000 [...] Her will, obtained by the Architects’ Journal, shows that the net value of her estate was £67,249,458. The calculation was filed in the high court dated 14 December 2016 [...] The will shows Hadid is leaving her architecture practice, of which she was the sole owner, in trust.
— The Guardian
Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Tirranna’ home in New Canaan, CT for sale
For the first time in 20 years, Frank Lloyd Wright‘s “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, CT is on the market. The home was built just before his death on a 15-acre wooded estate, has been listed for $8M by the estate of its long-time owner, the late memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley. Though renovated, the horse-shaped home maintains its original architectural integrity.
Death is in the details: photographic survey of a mall about to be torn down
Its architecture is painfully lost in its own time and its updates only confuse by neither integrating well into the original structure or standing out as truly contemporary. The pink kiosks, orange tiles, teal chairs and green paneled rooms, the purple plush seating in the JC Penny dressing room, and the bright blue tiered entryways are, along with other decor flourishes, seemingly random, with no coherent pattern.
— NewCo Shift
Declaring that "the dying mall narrative" already peaked a few years ago, Tag Hartman-Simkins decides to photographically zero in on the details of an old mall in Galesburg, Illinois that is about to be torn down and replaced with an updated, outdoor mixed-use space. His careful observations of... View full entry
A Brutalist coloring book lets you paint it black (and gray, perhaps even blue)
Depending on the level of surreality you favor in your coloring book exercises, The Brutalist Colouring Book from Belgian graphic designer Marc Thomasset allows you to create wildly imaginative or strictly literal renderings of various famous brutalist landmarks, including works by William Pereira... View full entry
Editor's Picks #461
Nicholas Korody talked with Michael Rotondi, a man of deeply-held spiritual convictions, about his spiritual practice and how it affects his architectural and educational practices.To wit;"What you learn from the Buddhists, the Tibetan Buddhists in particular, is that you work on yourself first... View full entry
Within and Without Architecture
The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life.
— Places Journal
Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not “properly” architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline. In her latest article for Places, columnist Naomi Stead is drawn by a cartoon from The New Yorker to consider the relationships between the miniature, the... View full entry
Society of Architectural Historians to Host 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow
It’s a privilege to be welcoming some 600 international professionals from the Society of Architectural Historians to Glasgow this summer. It’s also a milestone meeting as it marks the first time the SAH has held its annual congress outside North America in more than 40 years and it comes during our national Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology—so it’s altogether fitting that it has chosen Glasgow for its first-ever visit to Scotland.
— Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau
The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017, marking the first time SAH has met outside North America since 1973. An estimated 600 historians, architects, preservationists, and museum professionals... View full entry
Aamodt/Plumb Architects resigns from the AIA over Robert Ivy's conciliatory comments toward Trump
Don't pay your national AIA dues if you don't agree with the direction of the association. At least, that's what Mette Aamodt is doing this year. According to a press release issued by the firm, Aamodt explains that she: is calling on architects to join her in refusing to work for... View full entry
Is George Lucas pitting L.A. against S.F. for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art?
But so far, Lucas hasn’t found a permanent home for his museum. The monumental project has brought him almost as much grief as Jar Jar Binks, the prequel creature from the planet Naboo with an oddly Jamaican accent that some found racially offensive.
George Lucas' multi-year, oft-imperiled quest to find a site for his museum is chronicled in this Bloomberg article, which highlights the difficulties of using only the force of one's personality (and the promise of a "gift" of a museum to a city) to cut through local politics and bureaucracy... View full entry
When art architects life: city from Bollywood film "Bahubali: The Beginning" may become actual location in India
While the architecture in real cities has sometimes become the jumping off point for imaginary structures in cinema (think: the Los Angeles of Blade Runner) the reverse seems to be happening in India, where a filmmaker is being asked to design real structures based on the imagined buildings that... View full entry
Philip Johnson-designed Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalized in Dallas
Dallas police were at Cathedral of Hope [...] investigating graffiti painted onto the church’s Interfaith Peace Chapel. The building was vandalized at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, CoH’s lead pastor. [...]
The spray-painted message included a Louisiana phone number and referred to a car as a “Brown Chivy Suburbin.” The name “Johntion Kimbrou” — possibly “Kimbrow” — was also painted on the church, along with a reference to “kitty porn.”
Designers want to transform elevators into "fashionable and functional room(s)"
Forget climbing stars, or even walking laterally--in the increasingly dense and rapid reality of urban life, elevators have become a major part of daily living. According to The Guardian, major elevator designers like Otis are considering re-designing the elevator to become a more comfortable and... View full entry