Critics have argued that big arts-building investments are vanity projects, or that private donors should finance community arts organizations or scholarships instead. — NYT
James S. Russell digs into the building boom on college campuses, where museums and arts centers are opening and expanding. Mostly an elite phenomenon (Stanford University is constructing a $235 million arts district), few state/public schools are able to afford the costs.
Nine student/architect teams will assemble at a private residence in Portola Valley, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 26, for dinner to launch a weekend of intense design and serious competition. The assignment is to design an artist's cottage to be built on Sonia Dhillon-Marty's property, Champ de Portola, by 2014.
Nine architects from four countries will be paired with the students. Teams will be given site plans, a project description and a philosophical statement, but little else. — news.stanford.edu
Having been given a prized collection of contemporary American art earlier this year, Stanford University on Wednesday announced plans for a new $30.5-million museum to house it.
New York-based Ennead Architects will design a 30,000-square-foot building devoted to the Anderson Collection –- 121 works by 86 artists collected by a Bay Area family... — latimesblogs.latimes.com
If Cornell University were to win the city’s competition to build a new science graduate school, it would install on Roosevelt Island almost four acres of solar panels, 500 geothermal wells, and buildings with the rare distinction of generating as much power as they use. — nytimes.com
Robgin Pogrebin of the New York Times reports that Diller Scofidio + Renfro have been tapped to design the 90,000 square-foot Burton and Deedee McMurtry Building. The building was named after the alumni who graciously donated $30,000,000 to its construction. Construction is expected to begin in...
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