Yesterday, Peter Zumthor accepted the Pritzker Prize in Argentina for his (primarily Swiss) projects of modern and highly-refined buildings, such as the Bruder Klaus Chapel, which ingeniously used a teepee of trees as formwork for a concrete core. Besides comparing work in architecture with falling in love, he reiterated his satisfaction in designing works of [...]
Archive for May 2009
As most know, the architecture industry has been hit hard by the recession. If you thought only lowly associates and staffers were subject to the falling ax of cost-cutting, the news that Bay Area architect Michelle Kaufman is shuttering her firm MK Designs is evidence of how widespread the effects of the economic downturn really are. [...]
Who knew that that one of the “mafia” organizations Floridians have to deal with on a daily basis is an “elitist cartel” of interior designers? As reported by the Tallahassee Democrat (article now in archive), a couple interior decorators filed a lawsuit challenging the state laws regulating the licensure of people hoping to work as [...]
I’ve heard of similar ways of finding solutions to the client’s proposal, but CSG Architects, an architecture firm in Dallas, has really demonstrated its commitment to their nursing-home client by spending a bit of time living at the nursing- home facility for which they are designing a replacement. Each participating architect was assigned a [...]
Architecture fans got a twofer last week. Charlie Rose recently spoke with Renzo Piano about the newly-finished Art Institute of Chicago (a 21st-Century version of the lightness embodied by 19th-Century Chicago skyscrapers) and to a lesser extent, the California Academy of Sciences (oneness with nature). Interestly, when asked what he had learned since designing the [...]
StructureHub Assessment: Interesting.
Two elementally alike structures; two very different applications. The New Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Suejima+Nishizawa’s/SANAA and Gensler, lightly squats amidst a dense muddle of older buildings on the Bowery in New York City. The bundled sculpture of rusting steel boxes and windows, designed by Rebecca Horn, sways in structural isolation above beachgoers in Barcelona.
One building houses art as [...]
“Footwear by Zaha Hadid & Lacoste”
Well. If you were curious where the boundaries of Zaha Hadid’s talent and cross-branding potential lay, they remain as elusive as ever. While I think Hadid is at her best creating places that hold people rather than objects that cling to people, I must say that her shoe (that is, [...]
As the New York Times recently reported, cities are beginning to consider other approaches to revitalizing neighborhoods in economically-distressed areas.
The strategy of shrinking the city’s phyiscal footprint makes a great deal of sense, really. With the exodus of people out of cities like Flint, Detroit, and Buffalo, it is simply impossible to redevelop and maintain [...]
All designers (architects, et al) have portfolios revealing certain stylistic tendencies. Some express an ongoing fascination with texture; others are intrigued with a certain material such as concrete (Tadao Ando), corrugated metal (Shuhei Endo), or wood (James Cutler); still others narrow in on a particular vernacular (David Salmela).
However, even though common themes inevitablly permeate each designer’s [...]
With the news that Zaha Hadid’s still-in-construction Guangzhou Opera House (sorry, no image available) has burned (cause still unknown), following the dramatic, recent gutting of OMA’s TVCC Tower (or at least the hotel portion), should all the other “starchitect” projects in China be cowering in their foundations?
Is this just karma making a cruel appearance - taking [...]