In Tokyo, Brand-Name Stores by Brand-Name Architects
Many local architects complain that these high-end follies are not serious architecture, but gimmicky flash. In many cases they are right. But that’s O.K. Form, as any architect will learn, follows function. In this case it’s selling a name and a mystique.
Sam Lubell visited Tokyo for some "architectural shopping", taking in the works of many architecture stars (including Herzog and De Meuron, Toyo Ito, Sanaa and MVRDV), for global luxury brands. Thus the requisite trips to sites in Omotesando and Ginza.If you were looking for "spectacular, game... View full entry
Penis church, vagina stadium: Can genital-shaped architecture really be accidental?
"Sometimes,” wrote Charles Lindbergh in his 1953 flight memoir, The Spirit of St. Louis, “the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.”
And sometimes, it looks like a bunch of genitals.
Recently: Unnecessary Muffness; Jon Stewart discusses Zaha's "f**kable buildings" View full entry
Hey Middle East: Enough With the Regional Architectural Clichés, Already
Many of these references are to natural phenomena: the wind-blown sand dunes of the desert or the sanctuary of an oasis; others refer to a way of life seemingly passing beyond recall: the dhows used for trade and pearl diving, or the tents of the nomadic Bedouins.
— Atlantic Cities
It is like the new expression of Orientalism. Middle East architecture is defined by few limited metaphors by Western architects who are really looking East to fulfill their payroll obligations. View full entry
Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Book by WAI Think Tank
WAI Architecture Think Tank upcoming publication Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture (August 2013) is featured on Artifice Books on Architecture Autumn 2013 Catalog. The Catalog can be downloaded here. Pure Hardcore Icons summary: In the kingdom of... View full entry
The Shapes of Hardcore Architecture
hard–core adj \-ˈkȯr\ 1: a : of, relating to, or being part of a hard core 2: of pornography : containing explicit descriptions of sex acts or scenes of actual sex acts 3: characterized by or being the purest or most basic form of something Modernism Modern Architecture was a... View full entry
Frank Gehry: 'There's a backlash against me'
"There is a backlash," says Gehry, now aged 82, "against me and everyone who has done buildings that have movement and feeling", that is "self-righteous" and "annoying… The notion is that it is counterproductive to social responsibility and sustainability. Therefore, curving the wall or doing something so-called wilful is wrong and so there is a tendency back to bland."
Also make sure to check out the heated debate going on in Driehaus and Krier do battle against Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design View full entry