Archinect - News 2018-08-16T15:48:13-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150023245/every-city-needs-a-crank-a-conversation-with-architecture-critic-inga-saffron Every City Needs a Crank; A conversation with architecture critic Inga Saffron Paul Petrunia 2017-08-17T20:07:00-04:00 >2018-04-04T13:20:03-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/84yfg1m764pd6zye.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>This week we're joined by Inga Saffron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. If you haven't read her latest piece on Henry Wilcots, the relatively unknown architect responsible for finishing Louis Kahn's masterpiece in Dhaka, <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/inga_saffron/the-overlooked-african-american-architect-who-completed-louis-kahns-masterpiece-20170814.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go read it now</a>. We talk with Inga about her experience meeting with Wilcots, architecture criticism pre and post-internet, Philadelphia and more.</p> <p></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/m0/m0aw9lnd0gtcqi9b." rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/m0/m0aw9lnd0gtcqi9b.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo from 1970 of Wilcots and Kahn discussing the roof structure of the National Assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.</figcaption></figure><p>Listen to "Every City Needs a Crank":</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" 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://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-107.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022624/meet-henry-wilcots-the-overlooked-african-american-architect-who-completed-louis-kahn-s-dhaka-national-assembly Meet Henry Wilcots, the overlooked African-American architect who completed Louis Kahn's Dhaka National Assembly Justine Testado 2017-08-14T13:59:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/04/04lacg44498e8mim.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>It would be the decisive moment in Wilcots&rsquo; life. By saying yes, he ended up devoting more than 20 years to helping Kahn build the new capital...The meetings would cause him to move to Philadelphia, a place that at the time seemed to him far less welcoming to African Americans than Dhaka. When Kahn suffered a fatal heart attack in 1974...Wilcots would assume the awesome task of finishing a Louis Kahn masterpiece.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This article sheds light on the story of Henry Wilcots (now 89 years old), the much overlooked architect who was responsible for completing Louis Kahn's Dhaka National Assembly masterpiece. Dubbed as the &ldquo;Kahn whisperer&rdquo; by fellow colleagues, the calm-and-collected Wilcots was able to have a smooth working relationship with Kahn, the article says.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149953927/inga-saffron-calls-big-s-new-navy-yard-building-mesmerizing-reminiscent-of-a-richard-serra-sculpture Inga Saffron calls BIG's new Navy Yard building "mesmerizing", "reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-24T17:39:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cv/cv3yxgfpzxqgfwxa.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>A spec office is not how a superstar usually makes a debut. [...] Ingels hasn't reinvented the form with 1200 Intrepid, but he does manage to inject it with an impressive level of pizzazz, imagination, and even refinement. [...] The optical effects are mesmerizing. If you stand at the corner and look across the breadth of the facade, the front wall appears to be tumbling to the ground like a collapsing row of dominos. The curves are reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Inside Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion: &quot;The work becomes a pure manifestation of that architect.&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion: "The work becomes a pure manifestation of that architect."</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title='"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941747/the-first-major-architect-who-disconnected-the-profession-completely-from-angst-rem-on-bjarke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke</a></li><li><a title="BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C.</a></li><li><a title='BIG is proposing this "pixellated"-module housing project in Toronto' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148749401/big-is-proposing-this-pixellated-module-housing-project-in-toronto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG is proposing this "pixellated"-module housing project in Toronto</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/98919263/editor-s-picks-365 Editor's Picks #365 Nam Henderson 2014-04-30T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:02:01-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vf/vfhvwp3ztnsdjokg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98438242/inga-saffron-it-s-not-just-architecture-it-s-city-life-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dave Heller spoke with Inga Saffron</a> about not just architecture but "<em>city life criticism</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;asked for tips "<em>Has anyone compiled a good 'top ten' of her articles?</em>"</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Quondam</strong> replied "<em>Links to Saffron's articles appear almost weekly within ArchNewsNow's daily collection of worldwide architecture news. The articles themselves, however, may not have a broad audience appeal because they are, for the most part, very Philadelphia centric. What is significant though, is that a local newspaper still publishes the work of a critic that is so in tune</em>"...</p><p>Referring to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98105950/out-of-shenzhen-catalog-1-of-the-los-angeles-biennale-of-architecture-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalog #1</a> of the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;warned interested buyers "<em>for now, the aim is first limited and numbered edition of 100</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zvm9u6vs1mbmpbr.jpg"><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609130/the-folly-of-saving-what-you-kill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT published an editorial by John Freeman Gill</a>, which points out similarities between the fate of the Laing Stores (sometimes called the Bogardus Building) and the current FolkMoMA discourse/proposals.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;proposed a future PS1 competi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/98438242/inga-saffron-it-s-not-just-architecture-it-s-city-life-criticism Inga Saffron: It's not just architecture, it's city life criticism Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:29:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4b/4b43ee5cb773103de6c59f515b2e1102?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Inga Saffron, who writes the "Changing Skyline" column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism this week. She talks with Dave Heller about the state of criticism today, and the changing attitudes towards cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98041785/inquirer-s-architecture-critic-inga-saffron-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/98041785/inquirer-s-architecture-critic-inga-saffron-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-criticism Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T18:01:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2d/2d06e9a6fd2ced553de033251c8469ee?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. In its citation, the Pulitzer Committee cited Saffron "for her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>