When I posted about former pro-football player Keyshawn Johnson’s new interior design gig, I assumed he was a pioneer out to prove that good fashion sense in post-game attire is indicative of design-ability. I also assumed Keyshawn’s love of interior design was about as deep as his love of the television show that supplied him [...]
Archive for October 2009
Should the Gowanus Canal be declared a federal Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency?
As if PCBs, heavy metals, raw sewage, and brackish tidewater weren’t damaging enough, New York City’s Gowanus Canal won’t get an answer until the end of an on-going political battle among forces wielding nearly as much influence on its physical state [...]
Nearly every city with an interstate-freeway running through it has encountered a certain level of collateral damage. Typically, such damage takes the form of noise, air pollution, and sometimes, even more traffic congestion.
On land adjacent to such corridors, these and other usual suspects also tend to create psychological barriers that separate formerly united neighborhoods in [...]
Perhaps it is unfair to single out a brand new building. But since these posts highlight ugly buildings - not poorly-aged buildings - it seems perfectly appropriate to show off this McDonald’s in Utrecht, Netherlands.
If you are a modernist, you may think the restaurant’s beauty is simply disguised by the fast-food garb. I think not.
Choosing an architect doesn’t need to be daunting and can even be fun. In any event, architects, even less-than-optimal architects, are worth hiring if you want to build something. Regardless of whether your project is big or small, expensive or thrifty, architects can make it better and your life easier. Here are ten tips for how to snag “Architect Right.”
Although Lord Richard Rogers is an estimable architect who thoroughly deserves most of the accolades given to him and his firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the 2009 Stirling Prize just awarded him seems more a product of his reputation and the high-profile nature of the commission for which he won than the superiority of the [...]
Peer hard enough into the (cultural) darkness of the Las Vegas Strip pictured above, and you may be able to make out the rising hulk of the future Harmon Hotel & Spa. The Foster + Partners-designed project is just a small component of the enormous, embattled CityCenter development but lately, it has produced a dispute of litigious [...]
Twenty years after Loma Pieta Earthquake, Mandela Parkway finally improving Oakland street life - just a bit
Twenty years ago this October 17th, the Loma Prieta Earthquake disrupted more than the pre-game routines of the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, who were prepping to battle each other in Game Three of World Series. A few miles away, motorists on the Cypress Street Viaduct had the misfortune of either being crushed by [...]
CSX against Thomas Viaduct restoration because of trespass risk; CSX open to restoration if you pay for it
CSX is playing its cards effectively - transparently, but effectively. Although concerned citizens are trying to arouse within CSX a sense of obligation to preserve a landmark, CSX is perfectly aware that it has a duty to none but itself, when deciding how much money (and for what purpose) it wants to spend on the [...]
PNC Financial’s green wall disarms G-20 protesters in Pittsburgh, hints at loophole in billboard bans
Judging by the positive captions of the many protester-taken photos of the new green wall hanging at PNC Financial’s Pittsburgh headquarters, I think the G-20 security personnel surrounding PNC Plaza were unnecessary; apparently financial companies just need some greenery to direct the ire of their philosophical adversaries elsewhere.
Not that PNC’s new green wall isn’t good [...]