Studio Gang's 'Best Nest' a few eggs short
According to those reports, the project’s price tag has soared to $27 million from an initial estimate of $7.6 million. But that is not an apples-to-apples comparison. All it reveals—surprise— is that city officials low-balled the project’s overall cost when they announced that Gang and her firm, Studio Gang Architecture, had bested 107 entrants from nine countries in a design competition for the center.
— Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune
The Ford Calumet Environmental Center— darlingly nicknamed the 'Best Nest'— was officially unveiled on Earth Day in 2004. Seven years later, the project has yet to materialize into anything despite a 2006 completion date. Perhaps merely a political stunt, on-his-way-out Mayor... View full entry
Calatrava's bridge in Dallas shot down, back as zombie
"But I do believe that in these economic times, it doesn't make sends for us to spent extra tax dollars, public funds, taxpayer money on elaborate architectural construction when we have real infrastructure needs..."
— Council member Angela Hunt
But don't fret just yet! Calatrava's previous contract was mostly paid for his earier work. The Dallas Morning News reported that the city voted to accept $5,000,000 in anonymous donations in addition to the $2,100,000 funds left unpaid to Calatrava combined with a $3,500,000 in city bond... View full entry
RMJM: On the subject of Carribean castles and furloughs
The firm, which designed the Scottish Parliament building, has been hit in recent months by the departure of 80 staff from its Hong Kong office, as well as senior personnel from its US operations, amid reports of unrest over late payment of salaries.
— The Construction Index
RMJM, Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall, of Edinburgh, Scotland has found itself in a precarious situation. According to the Scotsman, the firm is in a bit of a pickle with late payments of salaries at its Hong Kong office. Despite the firm receiving a £5,000,000 cash and a £... View full entry
"On Shaky Ground" -- California Watch reports 'systematic failures' in state's school construction
Top management with the Division of the State Architect – the chief regulator of school construction – for years did nothing about nearly 1,100 building projects that its own supervisors had red-flagged. Safety defects were logged and then filed away without follow-up from the state.
— Corey G. Johnson, California Watch
In the wake of the arrest of AI Weiwei, his objections and criticism regarding school construction safety in China were not taken lightly by anyone including the Chinese people and the Chinese government.A similar case is unfolding in the State of California. California Watch is covering a... View full entry