Archinect - News 2017-08-20T01:59:18-04:00 Gaudí envisioned a parabolic hotel apparently proposed for site of original WTC Twin Towers Justine Testado 2016-07-08T19:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed the Hotel Attraction (according to Matamala&rsquo;s recollection), Gaud&iacute; proposed a parabolic skyscraper towering over the city at 360 meters. It would have been the tallest building in the world until the completion of the Empire State Building. The exact location for the proposed tower is unknown, but a group of architects and historians argued that it was intended for the site of the first World Trade Center towers and put it forward for the Ground Zero memorial design competition in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaud&iacute;'s towering basilica</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 1-Minute Video Shows The Completion Of Gaud&iacute;'s Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia</a></p> A recap on the Unbuilt Visions Exhibition in Ankara, Turkey Justine Testado 2014-01-22T15:51:00-05:00 >2014-01-23T12:34:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shortly after the 2013 Unbuilt Visions competition concluded, d3 hosted the Unbuilt Visions exhibition showcasing some of the winning entries at the TSMD Turkish Architectural Center in Ankara from Jan. 7-21, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you didn't get a chance to be there in person, here are a few photos and a video from the event:<br><br>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the d3 Unbuilt Visions 2013 Competition</a><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Winners of the d3 Unbuilt Visions 2013 Competition Justine Testado 2014-01-17T17:55:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:03:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>d3 announced four Grand Prize winners and 11 Special Mentions in the 2013 Unbuilt Visions competition. The program recognizes excellence in unbuilt projects to promote critical debate about architecture and design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>Grand Prize Winners:</strong><br><br><em>Coastal Caretaker</em> - Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA) - see title pic above<br><br><em>Here After: The Material Processor </em>- Aron Wai Chung Tsang (HONG KONG)<img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><em>Sadic Apiaries</em> - Loukia Tsafoulia (GREECE-USA)<img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><em>Urban Paradox</em> - Chris Tsui (HONG KONG)<img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> And here are a few <strong>Special Mention </strong>projects:<br><br><strong>Special Mention, Built Ecologies</strong>: Cloud Ecologies - Lydia Kallipoliti (ANAcycle), Andreas Theodoridis (207x207), Stella Nikolakaki (207x207), Katie Okamoto, Ezio Blasetti (USA-UK)<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Special Mention, Dystopian Futures</strong>:<em> Post-Nuclear Necropolis</em> by Compagnie-O Architects: Joke Vermeulen, Francis Catteeuw, Bram van Cauter, Ioannis Gio (BELGIUM)<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Special Mention, Commemoration:</strong><em> Slanted Memorial</em> - Jin Young Song (KOREA-USA)<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Special Mention, Fantastical Typology</strong>: <em>Grimm City: An Architectural Fairytale</em> - Pascal Bronner, Thomas Hillier (UK)<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><em>All images courtesy of Unbuilt Visions competition.</em><br><br> Find more projects and competition details at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> "Unbuilt SF" showcases past and future Bay Area architecture projects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-20T21:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T18:19:29-04:00 <img src="" width="398" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If San Franciscans like to describe their city as &ldquo;49 square miles surrounded by reality,&rdquo; the visionary ideas that were too grandiose for even San Franciscans to consider remain some of the most fantastic designs for any city in the world. Imagine a grand casino on Alcatraz, the city wrapped in freeways and a subdivision covering flattened hills north of the Golden Gate Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p> San Francisco is a small yet fierce city; its 7x7 mile girth is home to a rich history of social activism, tech start-ups, foodies, artists, composting programs and <a href=",0,7066358.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">absurdist housing rates</a>. Given its compact and hilly terrain, any addition or subtraction would drastically impact the city&rsquo;s image -- how do you regard a San Francisco without the Transamerica pyramid, or with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giant freeway at the Embarcadero</a>? As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and the City Festival</a>, the &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unbuilt San Francisco</a>&rdquo; exhibition provokes citizens to consider their relationship to the city through its architecture, by examining designs for past and future landmarks.</p> <p> This exhibition may sound familiar -- down south in Los Angeles, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> is exhibiting similar themes of architectural potential with Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built</a>&rdquo; show. As discussed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a> a few weeks ago, the unrealized plans featured in &ldquo;Never Built&rdquo; are all about past imaginations of a city trying to choose its path...</p> Editor's Picks #327 Nam Henderson 2013-08-07T11:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T11:54:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed</a> the exhibit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built: Los Angeles</a>,&nbsp;currently on display at the Architecture and Design Museum in L.A.&nbsp;She concluded "<em>When Los Angeles appears so often but rarely as itself, Andersen&rsquo;s piece honors the city&rsquo;s ability to be a kind of transforming icon -- each destination in conversation with its inhabitants.&nbsp; It's impossible to know exactly what Los Angeles would be like today were these projects successful, but that isn't the point of "Never Built" -- it captures the collective consciousness of a city in the unrealized language of iconic architecture</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;Archinect&rsquo;s Editorial Intern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highlighted the work of CARDBORIGAMI&trade;</a>, an effort started by Tina Hovsepian to "<em>provide temporary, transitional shelter and connections to social services to help get people off the streets</em>".&nbsp;Her Cardborigami shelter is currently on display at the Berkshire Museum's latest exhibit, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PaperWorks: The Art and Sc...</a></p> Editor's Picks #326 Nam Henderson 2013-07-30T10:54:00-04:00 >2013-07-31T12:01:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In her recently published <strong>Op-Ed</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ann Lui</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reflected on the experience of receiving a jury citation</a>, for her and her partner&rsquo;s entry in the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP-Designing Chicago BRT Stations.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> She concluded "<em>So submit the competition that doesn&rsquo;t have a properly sized curb &mdash; and in fact doesn&rsquo;t have a curb at all. This is a defense for the projects that have balloons, trees on skyscrapers, and blimp docking stations. It is also a defense for every detail a designer developed and then translated into reality</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;was moved "<em>Beautiful. I love this so much. It's ultimately an optimistic profession, even with knowing how little we know (and I say this after 28 years in the discipline - still learning)</em>".<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York-based Turkish architect Selim Vural, founder of architecture and interior design firm Studio Vural, shared his design for a Gezi Park Monument, with Archinect</a>. The memorial commemorates the recent protests on Istanbul's Taksim Square.</p> ... Winners of the d3 Unbuilt Visions 2012 Competition Alexander Walter 2013-02-01T17:24:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T11:38:39-05:00 <img src="" width="626" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three Grand Prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions have been announced in d3's Unbuilt Visions 2012 competition. The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #300 Nam Henderson 2013-01-30T11:35:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T15:02:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce published parts 1 + 2 of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR)...Thayer-D chimed in "This is an excellent example of how well intentioned architects continue to talk past each other...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward...What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in the Congress for New Urbanism</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In the first edition of our In Focus&nbsp; in 2013&nbsp; Archinect spoke with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yohan Zerdoun an architectural photographer based in Germany/Switzerland</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> published parts <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1&nbsp;</a>+ <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>&nbsp;of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR) in which they continued <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their discussion from where they left it two years ago</a>. Topics include; the theme of the 5th Biennale itself: Making City, the model used for the 5th IABR of Test&nbsp; Sites and Counter Sites, and also&nbsp; Istanbul as either "<em>the next metropolitan nightmare, inspiring example?</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong> chimed in "<em>This is an excellent example of how well&nbsp;intentioned&nbsp;architects continue to talk past each other while so many of their interests intersect...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward.&nbsp; Again, I'd be in full agreement.&nbsp; What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in ...</em></p> L.A. imagined: The city that isn't Paul Petrunia 2013-01-23T20:12:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:08:13-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It all leads one to ponder the what-if Los Angeles, to imagine the city that would exist today if the best proposals for remedying its ailments had been realized. Los Angeles would now include a ring of thousands of acres of urban and regional parks, a bold, space-age airport, a winged nature center for Griffith Park and hillside housing developments sculpted to the contours of the landscape rather than sitting on graded and terraced scars. We would be living in a very different city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell talk about their co-curated show, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Never Built: Los Angeles</em></a>, which is currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seeking funding on Kickstarter</a>.</p> The architectural dreams that never came down to earth Archinect 2012-12-05T14:17:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:51:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="817" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Produced as a diploma project in 1928, it justified itself by pointing out &ndash; as generations of environmentalists would later insist &ndash; the need to minimise human impact on the planet. Except rather than treading lightly on it, we wouldn't be treading on it at all, but living in flying mobile homes, which could dock at collective housing, hotels, factories and leisure centres, able to descend to the earth to enjoy it unspoilt.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The landmark buildings that never were Archinect 2012-07-24T20:56:00-04:00 >2012-08-14T12:01:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Economic and social factors across the ages meant that some of the grandest designs of renowned architects such as Lutyens and Inigo Jones were never completed. Here are five ambitious building projects that never made it off the drawing-board.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Unbuilt Washington' exhibit shows rare designs by Jefferson, Wright, Saarinen Archinect 2011-11-18T10:24:51-05:00 >2011-11-18T15:38:20-05:00 <img src="" width="400" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The exhibit also has models of grandiose never-built projects, like converting more than 62 acres of what's now Foggy Bottom into "The National Galleries of History and Art". "Nothing in the built environment is inevitable," commented Moeller, senior vice president of the National Building Museum. "It's very unpredictable. There are some accidents. Often as not, things don't go according to plan."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>