Exactly six months have passed since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti by taking the lives at least 250,000 Haitians and the work to rebuild the country is creeping along slowly. The government seems to be at a loss for how to redevelop themselves after two million people were left without a home. [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’
Steven Holl is renouncing architecture to run for Congress. According to sources (but denied by him), Holl felt snubbed when he was not selected for this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Soon after SANAA’s Kazuo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were selected by the Pritzker jury, Holl reportedly began consulting Wikipedia about the ins-and-outs about running for public office; [...]
Although the jury citation for this year’s Pritzker Prize was written to praise SANAA’s Kazuo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, a couple phrases bubble over with unmistakable disdain for unnamed (but very identifiable) architects who stand little chance of winning a Pritzker from the current jury.
This year’s 8-member jury (the roster changes over time and varies between [...]
Even though Minneapolis constantly shows up on “best _____ city” lists, a swath of neighborhoods in North Minneapolis tend to (unwillingly) manifest traits that would undercut any city’s claim to be the best of anything. High crime; rampant poverty; empty houses; abandoned blocks; few businesses with well-paying jobs. Even positive signs of progress have ended [...]
So it turns out that after all, Santa Monica got played by Eli Broad. And ironically enough, the heated competition to host his foundation’s significant collection of contemporary art was not won by any of the competitor cities (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, or reputedly, Culver City), but by Los Angeles. When the dust settles, Broad’s modern art collection [...]
The Architecture of Secularism
Ross Douthat’s admission that he has a “reactionary taste in architecture” mostly explains his recent blog post on religious architecture - the flimsy rhetorical framework of which is doubtless a result of Douthat’s typical focus on political commentary. Although I normally enjoy reading commentary on architecture, regardless of the author’s profession, Douthat’s blog [...]
“Villa Libeskind” takes prefab to the extreme.
Extreme? Well yes, if “extreme” does not mean “future” or imply that Daniel Libeskind is really making a substantive contribution to the prefab architecture movement.
A few months ago, I sensed the palpable irony of Daniel Libeskind’s dabble in prefab, even before any villa was built. Now that the first [...]
Out of 430 entries, eVolo magazine selected 3 winners and 27 “special mentions” for its 2010 Skyscraper Competition. By and large, every honorable mention is original and in sync with the competition’s goal to “redefine skyscraper design.” Perhaps this is because many entries were from students or because competitions like this tend to take full advantage [...]
Los Angeles‘ Architecture and Design Museum - A+D - has been around since 2001, but its upcoming move into new (for them), permanent digs makes now a good time to wish that more cities had exhibition spaces solely devoted to architecture and design.
Like New York City’s near-legendary Storefront for Art and Architecture, A+D is a [...]
Exasperation is running high when demolition is broached as a way to deal with an unused historic building. When demolition is actually supported by both public officials and a plurality of citizens, despite the building’s decent condition and exceptional architectural character, you can fairly assume frustrations are approaching absurd levels. Case in point: St. Paul’s School in [...]