Another month, another wounded architect. This time, it isn’t due to the recession resentments of Spanish leftists, it’s conservative Washingtonians who want a monument to Dwight Eisenhower that’s lot more conventional than the one proposed by Frank Gehry. They don’t seem to like any of the “isms” of the past century or so. We find out who wins this coming Friday.
03.06.12 in architects
Architect / protaganist: Gehry Partners
Architect / protaganist: Denton Corker Marshall [DCM]
As part of last week’s Plan radio show, South Australian architect Max Pritchard gave a long interview about his career and recent attempts to address the project home, which met with mild success. Worth lending a spare ear to.
Architect / protaganist: Max Pritchard
Some very sad news. On Sunday Lena Yali (Troppo Darwin) and Kevin Taylor (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) died in a car accident near Darwin. Last night Greg McNamara (Troppo Darwin) also died. Here is an ABC interview from this morning, an interview with Richard Layton from AIA NT, and a written tribute from Phil Harris, who was able to walk away from the crash.
11.08.11 in architects
Chinese architect Ai Weiwei was detained at an airport in China in early April and is still locked up without charge. BD Online surveys the attitudes of architects working in China on the arrest.
24.05.11 in architects
Architect / protaganist: fake
Fenella Kernebone of Arts Nation speaking with Fumihiko Maki in April 2011, shortly after his appearance at the AIA national conference in Melbourne. Most of the discussion is about the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
Architect / protaganist: Maki and Associates
University of Melbourne lecturer Dr Marcus White has been named the inaugural National Emerging Architect of the Year at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards ceremony, run by the AIA.
Architect / protaganist: HAW Harrison & White
Sydney architect Bruce Rickard died last week, at the age of 80, after a long career turning out very good residential work. Here are a few links.
30.09.10 in architects
Architect / protaganist: Bruce Rickard + Associates
Stumbled upon this 1979 proposal by Steven Holl to span over the Melbourne rail yards with a series of Ponte Vecchio inspired buildings-as-bridges. Kind of nice, post Federation Square, to remember the nature of the rail yards then, though half his bridges span from nowhere to nowhere in particular. The proposal is shown here together with another similar one for New York’s Highline – since made schmick by Diller, Scofio and Renfro.
Architect / protaganist: John Portman & Associates
Greg Lynn does some cyrstal curtains for a crystal-making sponsor. 2,000,000 crystals welded into sails. Just what we need. The net effect is surprisingly unsurprising (on video at least). Lynn sounds remarkably polite when asked by the interviewer whether he had to work with an… architect to do the project.
He didn’t leave his own firm to become a painter, because the planners were horrible to him. He was secretly going corporate. Comments at AJ are not on his side. This one is very British:
“What a trumped up little fart.”
02.10.09 in architects
As Bjarke Ingels demonstrates in this recent video , he can speak English faster than most native speakers. Here he motors through his new behind-the-scenes comic book, the Shanghai pavilion, that Mountain, and some new mountains in Azerbaijan.
Following on from several other newspapers’ reviews of local architecture, Adelaide Now profiles a few ‘strange’ and ‘bizarre’ built in South Australia. The freak show includes this number from levitating architect and builder Shane Hendricks.
19.09.09 in architects
08.09.09 in architects
Architect / protaganist: Lab architecture studio
Architects embroiled in planning or heritage merry-go-rounds might find this article in the NYT warms the cockles. Read how architect Wilfred Armster landed a ‘monstrous’ spaceship condo in a historic streetscape in Connecticut by giving a ‘Jimmy Stewart’ speech to a crowded town hall.
14.08.09 in architects