Archinect - News 2017-08-21T08:26:09-04:00 You can buy Leonardo DiCaprio's beachfront home for $10M — but will it alleviate the crushing weight of existence? Nicholas Korody 2016-09-21T14:18:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:27:38-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="547" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio's Malibu dream house hit the market on Friday, listing for $10.95 million. Leo purchased the midcentury California bungalow... back in 1998, and the three bed, two bath home is a beaut. It's on star-studded Carbon Beach, the views are killer, and the interiors are gorgeous. But the truth is, life is probably meaningless and there is a strong chance that we all die alone. Could buying this house change any of that?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>LAist: Hi! Love the house!! Just a few questions. Albert Camus once said "At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman." This house is obviously super beautiful&mdash;do you think there is anything inhuman about that beauty?</em></p><p><em>Redfin: Um, wow, that wasn't the question I was expecting. I think with this house in particular, with where it sits especially, it's an absolutely breathtaking home. I do not think there is anything inhuman about this house. I think it's a representation of the oceanfront property that it sits on.</em></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p>For more on the intersections between architecture and celebrities, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Accusing architects of prioritizing looks over feel&mdash;Moby edition</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Table-flipping 'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice and the world of architectural billing</a></li></ul> Accusing architects of prioritizing looks over feel—Moby edition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-12T17:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-16T00:01:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I have an issue with architects and designers who think about how is the space going to look when it's on an architecture website, rather than how it&rsquo;s going to feel for the people who either live there, work there or patronise it,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I had a couple of nights in Madrid staying in a hotel room that Zaha Hadid Architects had designed. It looked amazing, but was the least comfortable space I&rsquo;ve ever inhabited... Literally sleeping in a dumpster would have been more comfortable.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More design forays by the rich and famous:</p><ul><li><a title="Pharrell Williams Will Give the AIA 2014 National Convention Keynote Address" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pharrell Williams Will Give the AIA 2014 National Convention Keynote Address</a></li><li><a title="Moby: Dancing About Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moby: Dancing About Architecture</a></li><li><a title="A Famous Person&rsquo;s 5-Step Guide to Becoming an Architect" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Famous Person&rsquo;s 5-Step Guide to Becoming an Architect</a></li><li><a title="Oh, Moby..." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oh, Moby...</a></li><li><p><a title='Paris Hilton "designs" a beach club in the Philippines' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Hilton "designs" a beach club in the Philippines</a></p></li></ul> Table-flipping 'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice and the world of architectural billing Alexander Walter 2016-01-05T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:13:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An architect who is owed $13,000 by Teresa and Joe Giudice has spoken of his anger at the lavish display of wealth that welcomed the criminal Real Housewife of New Jersey home on the day she got out of prison [...] 'I did plans for modifications to that house and to an addition. I didn't do the final drawings that make it look like a miniature castle. I wouldn't want to put my name to that [...] 'I think our billing was about $13,000 and we've never received a penny of it.'</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The public life of the world's celebritrees Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:39-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="923" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To be recognized as a Great Tree, in New York City, is not just a matter of having the correct heritage or coming from the right family. [...] For a person, achieving fame or prominence comes with both perks and pitfalls. But what are the advantages of being a celebrated tree? And what are the dangers? While humans have long venerated old and large trees, we've also cut them down and razed whole forests of their less superlative brethren.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Need to see how your backyard elm compares to America's greatest trees? Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to search the 2015 American Forests Champion Trees national register or sign up to become a big-tree hunter in your area.</p> Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort Justine Testado 2015-04-15T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:50:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it opens to guests in 2018, 'Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island' will feature the trappings of many luxury resorts, with sprawling villas, infinity pools and stunning sunset views. But the 'Restorative' in the title refers not just to the impact the island might have on visitors, but to the island itself. Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing, an eroding coastline and the deforestation of its mangrove trees, and the partners mean to put it back to rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After co-purchasing the unpopulated Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize for reportedly $1.75 million in 2005, actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently revealed plans with Delos chief executive Paul Scialla and lead architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan</a> to build an eco-conscious resort dubbed "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island&rdquo;, slated to open in 2018. The resort's design will follow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living Building Challenge</a> standards and include Delos' signature health-conscious amenities for guests. It'll also feature artificial reefs, fish shelters, and plant nurseries to what the partners say will eventually restore the island.</p><p>While the millionaire-friendly resort could propel Belize's economy, it brings up the debatable topic of ecotourism and its legitimacy. As it seems, giving money to an environmental conversation program isn't vogue enough for the rich and famous.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obscenely Rich Tech Folk Are Still Building Their Island Utopia Off Th...</a></p></li></ul> Pharrell Williams Will Give the AIA 2014 National Convention Keynote Address Archinect 2014-03-24T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-06T19:59:49-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Williams joins artist and urban planner Theaster Gates and MacArthur Genius and architect Jeanne Gang, FAIA, as speakers who will deliver keynote addresses. ARCHITECT Live host Stephen Chung, AIA, and 2014 AIA President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, will also give talks. And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may put in an appearance as well, but who ever knows with that guy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Famous Person’s 5-Step Guide to Becoming an Architect Quilian Riano 2013-10-04T13:13:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T16:09:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="477" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For our soon-to-be new pals Kayne, Brad and any other super-famous, ridiculously wealthy, mega-stars looking to become architects out there, here is BUILD&rsquo;s Famous Person&rsquo;s 5-Step Guide to Becoming an Architect: 1. Your new wardrobe budget is $175. 2. Your personability is too personal. 3. Dumb-down your life experiences. 4. You&rsquo;re still too young. 5. Less bling, more books</p></em><br /><br /><p> Becoming an architect is the new luxury product, but are celebrities ready to downgrade their lives?&nbsp;</p> Pharrell Williams hints at pre-fab collaboration with Zaha Hadid Archinect 2013-01-04T17:32:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T22:28:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s a collaboration I&rsquo;m working with Zaha Hadid, we&rsquo;re touring around with the idea of a prefab for a house.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> I miss that cohesiveness... Nam Henderson 2011-10-24T11:50:19-04:00 >2011-10-24T12:45:37-04:00 <img src="" width="250" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The word celebrity and the word architect are basically incompatible. I know it&rsquo;s come to pass that some of us have become famous, but it&rsquo;s a temporary condition, a strange pact: We get a lot of attention, but we&rsquo;re taken less seriously. Journalists seem mostly interested in what brand of shoes I wear.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Justin Davidson talks with Rem Koolhaas about the recently released <a href=";field-keywords=Project+Japan%3A+Metabolism+Talks&amp;x=0&amp;y=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Japan: Metabolism Talks</a>, a book of interviews conducted by Koolhaas and the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.. They also discuss the current state of the profession and the fact that OMA has never completed a building in New York.&nbsp;</p> Paris Hilton "designs" a beach club in the Philippines Archinect 2011-09-15T13:53:44-04:00 >2011-09-15T13:57:21-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Just finished putting together all the designs for my meeting with Century Property for my new Paris Beach Club at Azure,&rdquo; Paris Hilton excitedly share the great news to her million fans on Twitter.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the forum</a></p>