Archinect - News 2017-08-21T10:18:02-04:00 65,000 new streetlights illuminate Detroit—here's why that's important Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T18:29:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T14:02:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a> of the <em>New York Times</em> has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> an article about the 65,000 new streetlights now illuminating the streets of Detroit. This seemingly prosaic infrastructural adjustment actually has a lot of import. For a long time, according to the article, Detroit&rsquo;s decline was symbolically represented in articles about its lights going out. &ldquo;Like picking up the trash, fixing potholes and responding to emergencies, these efforts signal that no matter where you live in Detroit, you are no longer forgotten &mdash; that government here can finally keep its basic promises,&rdquo; writes Kimmelman.</p><p>Rather than staying concentrated in the inner-city, like most capital and growth, the lights spread across Detroit&rsquo;s entire 139 miles. Costing $185 million in public money, the lights use energy-efficient LED bulbs. And the whole project came together under budget and on time.</p> Michael Kimmelman presents his 2016 'Best Architecture in New York' list Alexander Walter 2016-12-16T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:11:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In ways big and small, architects like Mr. Berman have changed New York City this year. Projects like the library branch made it a little more livable and humane. What follows is nothing nearly as disciplined or logical as a list of 2016&rsquo;s architectural highs and lows in town. It&rsquo;s more a kind of belated thank you note for a few projects that kept faith with architecture&rsquo;s ideals and the city&rsquo;s better self.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimmelman</a>'s NYC-best-of-16 roundup includes DS+R/Gensler's Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Via 57 West by Bjarke Ingels &amp; team, and the Renzo Piano-designed Jerome L. Greene Science Center, among others.</p><p>In the mood for more year-end reflections? Don't miss our ongoing series <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect 2016 Year in Review</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p> Race for the Prize – Aravena's Pritzker ceremony, the scourge of unpaid internships and more on Archinect Sessions #59 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-07T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T20:56:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week we witnessed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the loss of Dame Zaha Hadid</a>, one of architecture's most formidable and prolific talents. We'll be devoting a later podcast episode to remembering her and honoring her work. Until then, we'll continue catching you up with the most significant architecture news from the past week.</p><p>This episode we discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker acceptance speech</a> (and the designs he's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giving away for free</a>), how NASA is experimenting with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inflatable space houses</a>, how we <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"crave" public space</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> joins us to discuss the cockroach of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpaid architecture internships</a> (they just won't die).</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 59 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Race for the Prize":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Downl...</strong></li></ul> Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares Alexander Walter 2016-04-01T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T19:01:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Squares have defined urban living since the dawn of democracy, from which they are inseparable. [...] I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s coincidental that early in 2011 the Egyptian revolution centered around Tahrir Square, or that the Occupy Movement later that same year, partly inspired by the Arab Spring, expressed itself by taking over squares like Taksim in Istanbul, the Pla&ccedil;a de Catalunya in Barcelona, and Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art of Architecture Criticism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #7 with Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the New York Times</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC's new garage-and-salt-shed complex: "Best examples of new public architecture in the city"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li></ul> The Art of Architecture Criticism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #7 with Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the New York Times Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-18T17:27:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T18:23:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the <em>New York Times</em>, joins me for our first One-to-One interview of 2016. I wanted to talk with Kimmelman specifically about a piece he had published just at the end of last year, called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dear Architects: Sound Matters&rdquo;</a>. The piece considers how an architectural space&rsquo;s unique audio atmosphere helps create its overall personality, invariably affecting us as we experience it. Alongside Kimmelman&rsquo;s writing in the piece are looped videos of different spaces &ndash; an office at the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>, a restaurant, the High Line, Penn Station, a penthouse &ndash; meant to be viewed while wearing headphones, to get to know that space&rsquo;s sonic portrait, of sorts.</p><p>Too often, says Kimmelman, architects don&rsquo;t think of sound as a material like they would concrete, glass or wood, when it can have a profound effect on the design&rsquo;s overall impact. In our interview, Kimmelman shares how the piece came to be, and how it fits into the <em>Times</em>&rsquo; overall push into more multimedia...</p> Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-29T17:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:40-05:00 <img src="" width="599" height="798" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>we rarely talk about how architecture sounds, aside from when a building or room is noisy. [...] Sound may be invisible or only unconsciously perceived, but that doesn&rsquo;t make it any less an architectural material than wood, glass, concrete, stone or light. [...] Acoustics can act in deep, visceral ways, not unlike music ... And while it&rsquo;s sometimes hard to pin down exactly how, there is often a correlation between the function of a place or an object and the sound we expect it to make.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and producers Alicia DeSantis, Jon Huang and Graham Roberts document the sounds of some archetypal city spaces, conveying the personality and subtle (or sometimes not) musicality of interiors.</p> Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC's new garage-and-salt-shed complex: "Best examples of new public architecture in the city" Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T01:32:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of noisy protests, the New York City Department of Sanitation&rsquo;s new garage-and-salt-shed complex has opened in Hudson Square, on the northern edge of TriBeCa. [...] The garage and shed have ended up being not just two of the best examples of new public architecture in the city but a boon to the neighborhood, whether the wealthy neighbors have come around to it or not. I can&rsquo;t think of a better public sculpture to land in New York than the shed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T12:15:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a fifty-one minute conversation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> does little to dispel his reputation as a media-friendly starchitect who dances his way around thorny design issues by reminding everyone of the rose. When Kimmelman brings up the wind issues that an 80th story outdoor space (such as the ones proposed for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two World Trade Center</a>) is likely to encounter, Ingels relates an anecdote about how in Denmark the only car to have is a convertible, because even if the pleasant days are rare, they must be savored fully.</p><p>However, it is Ingels' redefinition of the architect's role, especially in the context of&nbsp;the&nbsp;discussion about how to shape the future cultural vibe of Manhattan, that makes Kimmelman shift in&nbsp;his&nbsp;seat:&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ingels: [Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives.</p><p>Kimmelman: You make the architect sound a little more passive or receptive than maybe I'm comfortable with. Do you think the architect is just receiving other peopl...</p> Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving Alexander Walter 2015-03-04T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T14:07:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Kimmelman&rsquo;s column this week, about the debate over plans to demolish a midcentury Paul Rudolph building in Goshen, N.Y., makes the case for why it should be saved. It is only one example of his taking up a cause. As The Times&rsquo;s architecture critic, he has not been shy about advocacy. Here, he describes why he&rsquo;s been outspoken in supporting this building, which doesn&rsquo;t have the profile of other fights he has taken up.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking a Spurned Landmark</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #400 Nam Henderson 2015-01-06T11:52:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T13:18:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest <strong>Student Works:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cellular Tessellation</a>, a pavilion done as a "<em>collaborative research effort among students from Bond University, University of Technology Sydney, University of South Wales, and University of Sydney</em>" for the Sydney Vivid Light festival of 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander</a> <strong>Showcase:</strong>(ed) architect Jorge Mealha&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Oacute;bidos Technological Park Main Building</a>, sited in the countryside north of Lisbon.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>&nbsp;scoured the archives and website analytics in an attempt to most accurately represent 2014, month by month, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by sharing the most popular stories, job opportunities and discussions</a>.&nbsp;Reflecting on digital publishing trends he noted</p><p>"<em>As the internet continues to move discussions away from publications to social networks, Archinect's increase in volume in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">forum</a> and comments sections proves that we're continuing to provide a platform to facilitate communication across diverse social circles</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;put together a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;what Randy Deutsc...</p> Michael Kimmelman Reviews 1 World Trade Center davvid 2014-11-30T13:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T13:42:24-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not so bad,&rdquo; offered an architect who has a window facing the building. Alas, it is. Like the corporate campus and plaza it shares, 1 World Trade speaks volumes about political opportunism, outmoded thinking and upside-down urban priorities. It&rsquo;s what happens when a commercial developer is pretty much handed the keys to the castle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Give and Take: Michael Kimmelman and Annabelle Selldorf discuss architectural ethics in urban environments Dane Borda 2014-10-20T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T20:35:54-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The power of architecture at work in the modern city was a theme that emerged from the start at last Thursday night&rsquo;s <em>Big Ideas, Bold Thinkers, Brilliant Dialogue </em>series at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>. This particular conversation featured <em>New York Times</em> architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and Architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Annabelle Selldorf</a>. Moderator Spencer Bailey of Surface magazine used the broad term of &ldquo;power of architecture&rdquo; as a catalyst that spawned a conversation on the social responsibility of architecture as we move into an ever&#8208;growing, thickening urban environment.</p><p>Selldof&rsquo;s recent Sunset Park Recycling Center Brooklyn got the discussion going. Selldorf began by explaining why she was so excited to take on an infrastructure project, noting the architectural demands of the site and program were very interesting problems to take on. But the thing that most fascinated her about the project was its capacity to give back to the city by providing an important logistical hub to New York City as well as co...</p> NYT Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman to Receive the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize Archinect 2014-03-11T18:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-12T10:42:29-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MAS is proud to announce that Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of The New York Times, has been named the winner of the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize. [...] The jury singled out Kimmelman&rsquo;s exceptional coverage of the challenges posed by an overstressed Penn Station, challenging New Yorkers and their regional neighbors to no longer settle for anything less than planning and design excellence that befits the busiest transportation hub in North America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vines and Vintner Beautify a Tuscan Hill anthony dong 2013-08-27T12:31:00-04:00 >2014-05-04T18:17:10-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That the Antinori family embraced a more ambitious project, allowed Archea to design everything down to the furniture and fittings, then paid the bills after the budget more than doubled from its original $45 million, and also endured years of delays because of construction problems, shows how much fine, successful architecture depends on the right client.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Andrew Rice shines a spotlight on Michael Kimmelman's war on Madison Square Garden Nam Henderson 2013-06-10T15:43:00-04:00 >2013-06-12T18:58:20-04:00 <img src="" width="560" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It might seem like a mismatch: the Dolans, veterans of many public brawls, against Kimmelman, an urbane trained pianist who previously wrote primarily about art. But such is the power of the Times when it&rsquo;s given to a crusading voice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In Renderings for a Library Landmark, Stacks of Questions, Still anthony dong 2013-01-30T12:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T15:01:58-05:00 <img src="" width="594" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The value of an institution isn&rsquo;t measured in public square feet. But its value can be devalued by bad architecture...The designs have all the elegance and distinction of a suburban mall. I was reminded that Mr. Foster is also responsible for the canopied enclosure of the inner court at the British Museum, a pompous waste of public space that inserts a shopping gallery into the heart of a sublime cultural institution.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Is This Museum Shaped Like a Tub? Nam Henderson 2012-12-26T13:36:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T20:45:04-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mels Crouwel, the lead architect for the Stedelijk, was government architect for years. His firm is normally reliable, with an industrial bent. He promoted the tub as a technological novelty, its aerodynamic exterior made of a reinforced synthetic fiber coated in white airplane paint to give the museum a shiny, enameled finish and to nod to the old Stedelijk&rsquo;s white rooms, which still fails to explain the plumbing metaphor or other moves.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Michael Kimmelman reviews the new addition to the&nbsp;Stedelijk Museum by&nbsp;Benthem Crouwel Architects.</p> A hunkered-down, hunchbacked, brooding sight Nam Henderson 2012-11-02T17:52:00-04:00 >2012-11-02T17:53:01-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No, this isn&rsquo;t a beautiful or ingratiating building, but it&rsquo;s technologically smart, with an underground turntable for trucks that may sound eye-rollingly dull but makes traffic engineers like the city&rsquo;s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, swoon...SHoP has also spared Brooklyn another retro stadium.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Michael Kimmelman reviews&nbsp;the new Barclays Center and the surrounding Atlantic Yards project. While he finds the arena by SHoP Architects to be a good start, Kimmelman criticizes the larger plans for Atlantic Yards. He argues that the current plans share the same faults as many other mega-projects and he offers some suggestions on how Mr. Ratner could alter his plans to provide more benefit to the surrounding community.</p> Editor's Picks #287 Nam Henderson 2012-10-22T00:13:00-04:00 >2012-10-22T19:14:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The latest Archinect ShowCase featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cassia Co-op Training Centre by TYIN tegnestue Architects</a>. The project is located in Sungai Penuh, Sumatra, Indonesia.</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Observer reported on Cornell&rsquo;s plans (unveiled this week) for a brand new 12.5-acre tech campus on Roosevelt Island this week</a>. The master plan is by SOM and Field Operations, the first academic building is by Thom Mayne. <strong>snail</strong> commented "<em>So they would have us believe that a great center of future technological innovation will look like a standard tower-in-the-park development with a few curves thrown in, and an atrium borrowed from John Portman?</em>"</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> For his part <strong>toasteroven</strong> thought &ldquo;<em>cornell is trying to recreate MIT's medialab in NYC - on an island - by making a fancy new campus - BEFORE they've even established the program?...The city is making such a huge deal about this - but it seems like it's primarily being used as a marketing ploy to sell NYC as a new tech hub or seems like there's a...</em></p> Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman propose a way to save Prentice Women’s Hospital Nam Henderson 2012-10-17T16:31:00-04:00 >2012-10-22T18:30:04-04:00 <img src="" width="351" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adding on top of the old Prentice is intended as a thought exercise in what might be called a third way that may not always get its due in preservation battles...And this is where Ms. Gang comes in, compellingly. After our conversation she rapidly crafted a concept for a 31-story skyscraper atop the cloverleaf.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman team-up and offer a proposal which could save the concrete, cloverleaf structure from 1975 by Bertrand Goldberg. While Northwestern University argues, it needs new biomedical research facilities, saving Prentice would be too costly and/or difficult, preservationists have been trying to save the building from demolition. However, Gang and Kimmelman have a simple solution "<em>Build a research tower on top of Prentice</em>".</p> So what is Louisville doing now? Nam Henderson 2012-09-26T18:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-20T10:57:44-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As for the notion that expanding the interstate tangle and adding the sister bridge next to the Kennedy might bring more people and jobs into the city, I can only say that 40 years after the interstates supposedly started pumping life into Louisville&rsquo;s downtown, the streets here looked pretty empty, especially at night.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Michael Kimmelman criticizes plans to add to Louisville's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spaghetti Junction</a>" by increasing the capacity of downtown highways and building a second bridge next to the Kennedy Interchange. He considers it especially foolhardy, in light of recent efforts in cities across the globe, to repair the damages done to their urban fabric, by postwar highways.</p> Editor's Picks #278 Nam Henderson 2012-08-21T11:50:00-04:00 >2012-08-21T18:44:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reacting to Tatzu Nishi&rsquo;s concept for Discovering Columbus, Donna Sink exclaimed "Wow, I love the interior environments he makes for these installations! The existing piece is so out-of-place." The conceptual piece will consist a living room six stories up in the air wrapped around the historic statue of Christopher Columbus found in Columbus Circle, NYC.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest edition of the UpStarts: feature FreelandBuck</a> aka David Freeland and Brennan Buck (an architectural design practice based in New York and Los Angeles affiliated with Yale School of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) and Woodbury University, ed. wow that is a lot of affiliated withs...) discussed;&nbsp; their first built project, "<strong>scale jump moments</strong>",&nbsp; the impact of the recession on the architecture + &nbsp;construction industry and finally the importance of "<strong>Making work</strong>"&nbsp;via email with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Jason Muller</strong> shared "While I was studying for my undergraduate in Architecture at Woodbury University in Burbank California, my second year design architecture studio was tough by David Freeland&nbsp; and it was one of the best and inspiring experiences of my life."</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House KE12</a> is the focus of the latest Showcase. The project by&nbsp; SoHo Architektur is in Memmingen Germany.&nbsp;It is a townhouse with two housing units, designed as a &ldquo;three-window house&rdquo;. ...</p> An urban affairs position that coincides with architectural criticism.... Nam Henderson 2012-07-18T10:45:00-04:00 >2012-07-18T10:50:03-04:00 <img src="" width="190" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Landman views these attempts at defining the critic&rsquo;s frame of reference &mdash; Kimmelman-style and Scott-style &mdash; as entirely appropriate. Critics, he said, are not supposed to be objective; they are free to champion certain kinds of work. They are &ldquo;free to like or dislike anyone or anything.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Arthur S. Brisbane, (the Public Editor) provides some insight into the workings of the NYT&nbsp;Arts section. He spoke with Jonathan Landman, The Times&rsquo;s culture editor, in an effort to better understand the rules that The Times plays by. Specifically, when it comes to the New York Times&rsquo;s many cultural critics. They discuss the purpose of reviews and how Michael Kimmelman, The Times&rsquo;s recently minted architecture critic has been given "<strong>perhaps the widest latitude</strong>" with regards to coverage.</p> Editor's Picks #268 Nam Henderson 2012-06-11T18:57:00-04:00 >2012-06-11T20:55:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Last week the Buckminster Fuller Challenge <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced that the Living Building Challenge, founded by Jason McLennan, was the official winner of this year's competition</a>. The LBC sets the world&rsquo;s highest ecological standard for building thoughtful, sustainable buildings, but it's much more than that - it&rsquo;s also a philosophy, an advocacy tool and a support network.&nbsp;<strong>joanna callas</strong> commented "<em>I noticed on of our projects was featured in the Buckminster Fuller Award to the Living Building Challenge. While appreciative of the attention, the agreement with our photographer, Matthew Millman requires all photos of the HawaiiPreparatory Academy Energy Lab carry his credit as well as our, Flansburgh Architects.&nbsp; In addition to this, it would be helpful to identify the photos used so that people can get more information on the individual projects.</em>"&nbsp;The project she&nbsp;refers&nbsp;to, is by Flansburgh Architects for the Hawaii Preparatory Academy and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">is one of the Living Building Challenge case stud...</a></p> Criticism on Criticism: Reflecting on a Year of Michael Kimmelman Archinect 2012-05-07T18:32:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T20:47:35-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is easy to see how Kimmelman&rsquo;s resistance to conventional criticism can open the discussion of architecture to those outside of the field. But perhaps more importantly, it prompts critics, readers and architects who look to the Times to consider architecture as both a large-scale work of art, deserving of lofty theoretical contemplation, and an equally large-scale social intervention, deserving of anyone&rsquo;s comments.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Michael Kimmelman Will Not Play Your Architecture Games HotSoup 2012-03-09T14:14:00-05:00 >2012-03-09T15:11:51-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Kimmelman is not a very good architecture critic, at least that is what some of his critics would have you believe. As invigorating as his first few columns championing urbanism and public design were, the whole thrust has devolved into a sort of schtick, whereby every article is about the greatness of cities, and barely about architecture. Michael Kimmelman knows this.</p></em><br /><br /><p> What, exactly, should the <em>Times</em>' new architecture critic be writing about? Something, his fellow critics agree.</p> Editor's Picks #233 Nam Henderson 2011-10-16T14:10:47-04:00 >2011-10-17T13:50:10-04:00 <img src="" width="371" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anthony J. Lumsden, a prolific Southern California architect who helped develop new ways of wrapping buildings in smooth glass skins, died Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. eric chavkin shared a personal memory &ldquo;I remember Tony Lumsden. He taught 5th year studio at SCI-Arc , the time between Cesar Pelli and Alberto Bertolli...Lumsden's after work crits started from later afternoon and lasted to evening , always over-sketching on flimsy. A roll a night. One student after another.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>,&nbsp;takes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Macro Look at Unemployment and the Economy</a>. In the piece she&nbsp;&nbsp;examines what the architecture profession can do in the face of high unemploymentand the current macro economic conditions. Most importantly, she believes &ldquo;<em>First, they must stop simply immersing themselves in a narrow vision of the profession as merely one of buildings, spaces, and aesthetics. They must understand the larger context of both their national and the global economy and how the architecture industry is shaped by those forces. And they must be involved politically. In the famous words of Frederick Douglass, &ldquo;Agitate, agitate.&rdquo; A collective voice of both the unemployed and employed in architecture would prove powerful indeed.</em>&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a>, argued in his response that&nbsp;&ldquo;<em>We need a WPA style program because our infrastructure, which makes Rick Perry&rsquo;s report card look good, is aging to the degree that we will see many countries surpass us (qualitatively) in the near future, making them incr...</em></p> Michael Kimmelman, the Architecture Critic New York Has Been Waiting For HotSoup 2011-10-13T10:59:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are looking at the work of very good if far from famous architects doing remarkable work right here at home&mdash;not starchitects toiling away on the other side of the planet, cooking up schemes that may well never get built. [...] It was not that long ago that Mr. Kimmelman was writing a column called "Abroad," dealing with artistic matters in Europe. Now, here he is, plying local waters, reminding the world [New York[ is still the place to be and build.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Michael Kimmelman's First Architecture Review Made the Front Page of The Times HotSoup 2011-09-26T10:24:03-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Times Culture Editor Jonathan Landman: In this case, Michael had some things to say about the approach he will take to this beat that I and my bosses thought were worth amplifying. The old-writer-new-mantle thing played a part, but there&rsquo;s certainly no guarantee that a writer gets a Page 1 story when he or she switches beats.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In his first review, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIchael Kimmelman goes to the South Bronx</a> of all places, sending a message that he may just be up to the task of replacing, even besting, Nicolai Ourossoff.</p> New York Times names Michael Kimmelman to be new architecture critic Paul Petrunia 2011-07-06T00:04:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="292" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York Times&nbsp;art critic and "Abroad" columnist&nbsp;Michael Kimmelman will become the paper's&nbsp;new&nbsp;architecture critic, the Times&nbsp;is announcing today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>