Archinect - News 2017-08-23T00:32:23-04:00 Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Julia Ingalls 2016-11-17T12:56:00-05:00 >2016-11-23T01:41:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Some good news from the White House: iconic designers <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in a ceremony on November 22nd. While both designers have already made tremendous contributions to the global aesthetic landscape, they're not done yet. Gehry is currently undertaking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the revitalization of the L.A. river</a>&nbsp;among other projects,&nbsp;while according to the White House's official site, Maya Lin is working "on a multi-sited artwork/memorial, <em>What is Missing?</em> bringing awareness to the planet's loss of habitat and biodiversity."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on President Obama and architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How will President Obama's move to require overtime pay change architecture?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library</a></li></ul> Maya Lin reveals designs for Smith College library revamp Nicholas Korody 2016-10-20T13:59:00-04:00 >2016-11-10T01:20:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The artist and designer Maya Lin, best-known for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will redesign the Neilson Library at Smith College. Her designs for the project, intended to reduce the existing building&rsquo;s footprint, have been revealed.</p><p>Lin will renovate the 1909 Neilson Library and remove later additions that she says create a &ldquo;telescoping effect&rdquo;. Lin will also add two &ldquo;jewel box&rdquo;, curved wings intended to bring in natural light. An oculus in the central atrium will bring in more light. Additionally, Lin plans to create a &ldquo;skyline room&rdquo; on the building&rsquo;s roof as well as an outdoor patio.</p><p>The library is situated on a campus designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the new design aims to restore the open green space that was part of his original, 1893 plan.</p><p>Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via New York Times</a></p><p>More from Maya Lin:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The search is on for the UK Holocaust Memorial design team</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In honor of Veterans Day, respecting and celebrating o...</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry and Maya Lin find their ancestral roots on PBS Julia Ingalls 2016-02-05T12:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T21:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a> join the ranks of those who have explored the history of their ancestors via the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS show "Finding Your Roots."</a> The show, which is in its third season, has attracted a passionate live-tweeting audience, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one of whom</a>&nbsp;wryly noted that "I did not know that Maya Lin's teacher gave her a B on her design for the Vietnam war memorial." In the preview clip below, Gehry grapples with the reality of the holocaust during WWII, both in his own family and for humanity at large:</p> Brian Libby on a possible future for Centennial Mills, Portland's last large industrial relic Alexander Walter 2014-12-23T13:42:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T17:55:16-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a golden patina to their aged brick, these former flour and seed mills provide a striking contrast to the shiny new condo towers of the adjacent Pearl District, and their proximity to this burgeoning area could also make for an ideal riverside destination. [...] He has approached Frank Gehry to design a glass-ensconced event center and Lin to design a pedestrian bridge over busy Naito Parkway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this fall, we had the pleasure of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Libby</a> joining us live to discuss the future of the controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves-designed&nbsp;Portland Building</a> on Archinect's podcast, episode 3:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Keep Portland Architecture Weird!</em></a></p><p></p> Preservation politics and pricey prizes: Weekly News Round-Up for October 14, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-20T20:51:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:48:53-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Sunday, October 19:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="The Portland Building: Architect Michael Graves fiercely defends his controversial creation against demolition" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Portland Building: Architect Michael Graves fiercely defends his controversial creation against demolition</a>: According to <em>The Oregonian</em>'s piece, the architect does not think any of the problems are by his design, but rather its application under budgetary and civic constraints.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 16:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list</a>: Responding to corruption and mismanagement of environmental risks by the Venetian government, UNESCO may have to declare Venice a "Heritage at Risk".</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 15:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a>: It is now a misdemeanor in the popular tourist destination of Waikiki to "sit or lie on sidewalks", punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a maximum $1,000 fine.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Tuesday, October 14:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Maya Lin wins the 21st Annual $300K Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin wins the 21st Annual $300K Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize</a>: At $300,000 USD, the prize is one of the US's largest, afforded to artists working to affect social change.</li><li><a title="Petrified Forest buildings named national treasure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Petrified Forest buildings named national treasu...</a></li></ul> Maya Lin wins the 21st Annual $300K Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Justine Testado 2014-10-14T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:24:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Iconic artist, designer, and environmentalist Maya Lin was announced as the recipient of the 21st Annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize...Established in 1994 through the will of legendary actress Lillian Gish, the award recognizes highly accomplished artists who have pushed the boundaries of their respective art forms, contributed to social change, and are seen as a lasting inspiration for the next generation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Gish Prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors bestowed to U.S. artists and has one of the largest cash awards, with this year's prize valued at US$300,000.</p><p>"Maya Lin has created a powerful and highly influential body of work within both art and architecture that includes large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works and memorials. In her large-scale environmental artworks such as the recent <em>A Fold in the Field</em> (2013), <em>Storm King Wavefield </em>(2009) and the epoch-making <em>Vietnam Veterans&rsquo; Memorial</em>, she has consistently explored how we experience and relate to the landscape, setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history, time and language."</p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Time has a Q&A with Maya Lin Archinect 2013-05-02T12:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:28:30-04:00 <img src="" width="225" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the very first, the Vietnam Memorial, it was about being extremely site-specific and site-sensitive, creating something that merged with the land around it. But much more so in the last decade or two decades, my artwork has focused on making you aware of things in the natural world that we might not be aware of. What&rsquo;s invisible we tend not to think about, so I&rsquo;ve made sculptures that reveal the terrain below sea level.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Maya Lin invites and challenges visitors to her website to help improve Earth's well-being Archinect 2012-04-18T19:46:00-04:00 >2012-04-18T19:49:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ms. Lin conceived "What Is Missing?" as the fifth, and last, of her memorial projects, which began with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1982.</p></em><br /><br /><p> If you're looking for something to do on Earth Day, consider a visit to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, the site developed by noted artist and activist Maya Lin that launches its second stage Sunday.</p> Which is it, both? Meanwhile... Nam Henderson 2012-04-09T21:30:00-04:00 >2012-04-09T23:48:24-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is still far and away the greatest memorial of modern times&mdash;the most beautiful, the most heart-wrenching, the most subtle, and the most powerful. It&rsquo;s also the most abstract, which makes it even more miraculous that it was built in a nation that generally prefers symbols more along the lines of the Lincoln Memorial.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Reacting to the news that&nbsp;The New Yorker's influential architecture critic Paul Goldberger, was moving to another magazine (although both are owned by&nbsp;Cond&eacute; Nast) Vanity Fair, some have wondered whether&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eulogies For Architecture Criticism (are) Not Far Behind</a>. Meanwhile,&nbsp;others have seen it as a sign&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect Critic Is Dead</a> and confirmation that in this era of digital abundance, in which the profession has witnessed a "<em>'</em><em><strong>sea change' </strong>in the conception of architecture</em>", the new critic "<em>must be a reporter. And an activist one at that.</em>"</p> <p> Meanwhile, Paul Goldberger found the time to contribute a short and thoughtful piece on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reflected Grief</a> of Maya Lin&rsquo;s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, for the April 2012 Issue of Vanity Fair.&nbsp;</p> <p> Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger Leaves New Yorker for Vanity Fair, Will Not Be Replaced</a></p> Maya Lin says the Earth has lessons to teach us Archinect 2012-02-20T18:39:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T23:18:53-05:00 <img src="" width="338" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the exhibition at the Carnegie is not about the Vietnam memorial or other moving memorials she has done since. Instead, this is a straightforward presentation that wants to lead us to meditate about rivers, seas, lakes, land forms and other elements in the natural environment. What we see here are her persistent efforts to find sculptural forms that will get us to care more about the world around us. All of her recent work, in fact, seems to be an outpouring of her concerns for the environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>