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  • In memoriam: Pritzker winner Hans Hollein dies at age 80

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    Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize whose work ranged from big museums through tiny shops to furniture and sunglasses, has died. He was 80. [...] He won the 1985 Pritzker Prize for his work, which often included touches of fancy, such as bronze-clad palm trees in a Vienna travel agency.

    RIP Hans Hollein (1934 - 2014), independent architect, artist and professor.

    From 1976-2002, Hollein served as a professor at the University of Applied Art in Vienna, where he was also Dean of the Architecture department. He also held professorships at Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of California, Los Angeles, and Ohio State University. According to Dorothea Apovnik, a spokeswoman for Hollein's family, he died in Vienna after a long illness.

    The following is a selection of Hollein's work, including his Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main and Haas-Haus in Vienna.

    Additional images of Hollein's earlier work are available here.

    Donna Sink has begun a thread in the forum honoring Hollein, discussing his life and work.

  • .PSLAB's "lion fish" chandelier adds the finishing touch to The Jane Antwerp

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    The Jane restaurant in the Groen Kwartier of Antwerp still brandishes the now-trendy artisanal interior of the military hospital chapel it once was. Throughout the entire design process, Michelin Star Chef Sergio Herman and Nick Bril closely collaborated with Dutch practice Piet Boon Architects, who then brought in .PSLAB, a site-specific Beirut studio whose work specializes in creating sensory experiences.

    Complementing the brass, stone, leather, and oak, the focal point of the restaurant is .PSLAB's chandelier that the studio nicknamed the "Lion Fish". The chandelier boasts a radius of 12 x 9 m and a weight of 800 kilograms. Its black-finished tubes are accented with over 150 glass light bulbs that disperse upward toward the vaulted ceiling. The studio also describes that at 2.75 m above the ground, "the chandelier communicates a very human scale."

    Check out .PSLAB's video below to see the making of the chandelier.

  • Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera

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    It's the urban planning equivalent of Rinaldo. Except instead of the siege of Jerusalem, it's the battle for Greenwich Village. The legendary 1960s struggle pitted planning czar Robert Moses against neighborhood activist Jane Jacobs. Moses wanted to make the city easily navigable by car [...] But the powerful planner met his match when he proposed an expressway through Lower Manhattan. Though she had little institutional support, Jacobs built a citizen coalition that ultimately defeated Moses.

  • Quantifying Community: Hudson Yards to Partner with NYU’s CUSP

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    What is said to be the largest private real estate development in US history is set to become the country’s first “quantified community” as well. Hudson Yards, a 17 million-square foot [...] development on the far west side of Manhattan, will be embedded with technology to monitor environmental conditions, energy production and usage, and traffic flows among its soon to rise towers. The developers are partnering with New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) [...].

  • The Folly of Saving What You Kill

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    [...] MoMA has said it would detach and preserve the facade’s 63 textured copper-bronze panels. One might suppose that salvage is preferable to annihilation, but before we get too comfortable with such piecemeal preservation, it is worth noting that the panel-by-panel disassembly and storage of an architectural treasure’s metal facade has been tried before in New York City, with comically disastrous results. Who around here remembers the Laing Stores?

    Related: As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications

  • Hans Hollein RIP

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    Hans Hollein died today in Vienna at age 80.   I imagine this will be a News item, but I wanted to go ahead and talk about it, so I'm starting this thread.

    Most Archinect readers will likely not know who Hollein is, frankly, as I think we skew young in the forums.  When I was in architecture school in the mid-80s Hollein's name was huge.  The Haas Hous in Vienna was underway, with its tongue-in-cheek glossiness and sophistication in what we saw as an old beleaguered city.  And he wasn't afraid to talk about sex!

    I studied in Vienna for six months in 1991.  His little shops were influential to me in material handling and in having a sense of slightly cynical fun about all the things that humans make:


    This Tumblr has some nice images of his early small shop work.  Look how groovy it is!

    Look at this awesome, moody, menacing drawing-collage, from a different Tumblr:

    Unfortunately PoMo has become so reviled (due to developer excess, but that's for another time and place) that it's now hard ...

  • Out of Shenzhen: Catalog #1 of the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism

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    Was it:

    Possible for a group of architects, artists, educators, writers, publishers to fly to Shenzhen and start a dialog and call it a Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, a.k.a. LAB A/U? (Yes) 

    A first for architecture and urbanism for Los Angeles? (Yes)

    Possible to bee line the assumptions, suspicions, silent treatments and doubts? (Yes) 

    Real? (Yes) 

    Possible to talk about the aura of a city via on the road biennale? (Yes) 


    Could the nomads' opinion be harnessed? (No)

    LAB A/U did not happened in a vacuum even though it seemed that way. The participants, hosts and audience have thought so.

    Is this a one time deal? (No) 

    Can I join when it convenes again? (No , you need to be curated) 

    Does it cost to participate? (No) 

    Will LAB A/U continue indefinitely (Yes, there are no plans to shut it down at the moment) 

    Will it be always nomadic? (Yes, even when it is in LA)

    Is its nomadism in spirit or action? (Both) 

    Will it be critical and threatening? (Yes, but it will be promot...

  • Live Blog - Mike Bostok from the New York Times, at Bocoup OpenVis Conf

    about 7 hours ago from

    Hello Archinect!

    I'm in East Cambridge for the two day OpenVis Conference hosted by Bocoup, an open web technology company based here in Boston.

    Mike Bostok, graphics editor for The New York Times, is the first speaker. From the conference websiteHe is also the author of D3.js, a popular open-source library for visualizing data using web standards. Prior to The Times, Mike was a visualization scientist for Square and a PhD student in the Stanford Visualization Group.

    "I've always wanted to give a talk about design, but have always hesitated because it's hard to talk about design. Design is hard in a particular way. In design, like coding or writing, everything is continuously in a total state of failure, until it's not. It's subjective, and a solution or technique that works for one person or situation may not work for the next person or situation.

    Bostok quotes from the blurb for Dieter Ram's As Little Design as Possible. Ram's tenth principle is: "Less, but better – because it conce...

  • Seven category winners for Designs of the Year 2014

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    This year's Designs of the Year jury have chosen their crème de la crème of the world's most cutting-edge design. Since London's Design Museum announced the 76 nominees in February, the competition has narrowed down to seven category winners. In the final step of the competition, one of these category winners will be announced as the overall winner by June 30 at an event hosted by St. Martins Lane London.

    The category winners are:

    (Pictured above) Architecture: HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - Designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher

    Digital: PEEK (PORTABLE EYE EXAMINATION KIT) - Designed by Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, Stewart Jordan, Dr. Mario Giardini, Dr. Iain Livingstone

    Fashion: PRADA S/S14 - Designed by Miuccia Prada

    Furniture: PRO CHAIR FAMILY - Designed by Konstantin Grcic

    Graphics: DRONE SHADOWS - Designed by James Bridle /

    Product: THE SEABOARD GRAND - Designed by Roland Lamb and Hong-Yeul Eom

    Transport: XL1 CAR – Designed by Volkswagen

    More details can be found on Bustler.

    Related: Seventy-six nominations listed for Designs of the Year 2014

  • Richard Serra is the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York

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    Known for his large-scale sheet-metal sculptures, Richard Serra will be the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York. As the highest honor from the League, the Medal is presented by the organization's president and Board of Directors to an individual in recognition of a significant body of work in architecture, design, urbanism, or art.

    Serra will formally receive the medal on May 6 during a dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York. Emily Rauh Pulitzer (early Serra patron and Founder and Chairman of The Pulitzer Foundation) as well as architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (designers of Seattleʼs Olympic Sculpture Park that features the major Serra work Wake) will be present at the event to give brief remarks on Serra and his work.

    Here's more detail from the Architectural League:

    "In presenting this award, the League honors Richard Serra for contributions his work makes to the way we think about space, viewer and object, site, an...

  • Lakewood Residence by Murdock Solon Architects

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    This new 5,000 SF suburban residence focuses on the use of courtyards to address the need for privacy. The L-shaped plan allows for both a public and private face to the residence. Facing the street, the single-family house presents a solid face of zinc panels and white cementitious stucco. On the interior courtyard, ample glazing gives occupants views out on the landscaped yards and provides abundance of natural light for the family dining and living spaces. An elegant feature staircase connects the ground floor living spaces with a cantilevered second floor for the sleeping areas. The kitchen and living spaces are designed to incorporate faith-based living.

  • Architecture Students Create Parti Wall Installation over 72-Hour Period

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    Over the course of the 72 hours, the architectural sensibilities of the nine mentor-led teams emerged, demonstrating the versatility that the nine-square problem previously offered as an abstract spatial problem, a project on tectonics and an indexing of form, and, with this project, as an infrastructure for an event.

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #19

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    Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, check out the latest EOTD features.

    1. 590BC (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Junior Architectural Designer

    2. Brooklyn Digital Foundry (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Visualization Specialist

    3. Standard (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Intermediate Architect

    4. 5468796 architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Architect

    5. Caron Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    To follow Employer of the Day, like Archinect's Facebook page.

  • Has Manhattan Become Too 'Manhattanized'?

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    In a city where real estate values are as dizzying as the skyscrapers, the angst over Manhattan’s changing profile and streetscape is becoming louder. The most recent outcry came over the demolition of a five-story building on West 57th Street, former home of Rizzoli Bookstore. [...] "There won't be anything left to love if we don't stop this kind of development," State Senator Liz Krueger said during a rally protesting the Rizzoli building's pending demolition.

  • London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats

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    Whenever a campaign wants to stop some new development it will use the phrase "tower block". This isn't what the developers would call them – they prefer "stunning developments" or "luxury apartments". There is a national campaign afoot against new towers, specifically against the astonishing 230 mostly residential ones planned for the capital. Inevitably, the campaign has referred to tower blocks and "the mistakes of the 1960s" knowing this is emotive language [...].

  • Architecture Billings Index indicated contraction in March

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    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 50.7 in February. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.

  • Yestermorrow Design/Build for Public Interest

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    Hello Archinect,

    This is a throwback to 2007 for me, when I attended the two week design/build course led by Jersey Devil co-founders Steve Badanes and Jim Adamson, along with New York-based architect Bill Bialosky. I had the pleasure of seeing Steve at our ACSA Annual Conference in Miami a couple weeks ago and he reminded me that his Yestermorrow course, which starts on August 3, is currently open for registration. 

    Here are a few images from past years' courses. In my year, we designed and built a portable fruit stand for Shelburne Farms in Vermont, a nonprofit educational farm that you can visit, to stroll its walking trails, observe and take part in farm life, and pet the fuzzies. Our fruit stand was smaller than most of the projects here but it had the added constraint of being easily portable along Vermont's sometimes-bumpy roads for regular farmer's market events. The course is an amazing way to spend part of the summer, so I wanted to let you know in case you're thinking about...

  • Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist

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    Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government's Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States...

  • Editor's Picks #364

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    For the latest edition of the Working out of the Box feature Archinect talked with Emily Fischer, Founder of Haptic Lab.  

    In the interview she explains how she started "The very first quilted map I made was designed to be a wayfinding tool for the visually impaired; my mother was diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration while I was a student at TCAUP”.

    Fred Scharmen commented "Those kites are amazing!".

    Meanwhile issue #12 of Screen/Print highlighted The Cairo Review's "Future of the City" along with One:Twelve (the student-run journal from the Knowlton School of Architecture) seventh issue, Black and White.

    As demolition of the Folk Art Museum began Amelia and Paul moderated a conversation between Archinect Contributors  Ken Koense and Donna Sink, Quilian Riano and Lee Rosenbaum, who writes about art museums for the Wall Street Journal.

    vado retro was curious "Would we have the same outrage say if a hospital were the ones tearing down the FAM...Our response of outrage is a...

  • Timea Tihanyi's Constructs - Not Printed, Made

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    ...the little structures will remind you of every last thing: foreclosed houses...the Olympic stadium in Beijing...the Colosseum, the crumbling ruins next door to the Colosseum. Each building maps a path through Tihanyi's mind, and yours. You visit every teeny room...climb every ladder...Then you return to your big self, looking down on layers of sheen and pale color emanating from the surfaces, as if layers of translucent skin have been laid on top of flesh. How could you not love these?

    Art critic Jen Graves (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize ultimately won by Inga Saffron) reviews the tiny building-like constructions made by artist Timea Tihanyis.  But while architecture aficionados will find these little structures initially reminiscent of 3D printed models, their laborious, fragile craftsmanlike construction reveals them as being made of Merleau -Ponty's "the flesh of the world".  In other words (fighting words?), revealing them to be much more like architecture.

  • AIA announces the 2014 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

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    Since it's Earth Day, here are the 18th annual Top Ten Green Projects just announced by the AIA and their Committee on the Environment (COTE). The awards program is the best known in the field for recognizing excellence in sustainable architecture and ecological design. Additionally, AIA and COTE awarded one project as the Top Ten Plus Project, which honors a past Top Ten Green Project that demonstrates through quantifiable metrics the impact of sustainable design and technology.

    The winners will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago this June.

    Have a look at this year's winning projects below.

    Pictured above: Arizona State University Student Health Services; Tempe, Arizona
    by Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow 

    Bud Clark Commons; Portland, Oregon
    by Holst Architecture

    Bushwick Inlet Park; Brooklyn, New York
    by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects

    Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building Modernization; Portland, Oregon 
    by SERA Architects in association with Cutler Anderson Architects

    Gateway Center - SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry; Syracuse, NY
    by Architerra

    John & Frances Angelos Law Center; Baltimore
    by Behnisch Architekten and Ayers Saint Gross

    Sustainability Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia Design
    by Mithun (Architect); BNIM (Executive Architect/Architect of Record)

    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters; Los Altos California
    by EHDD

    U.S. Land Port of Entry; Warroad, Minnesota
    by Snow K...

  • 3xn to design the new International Olympic Committee HQ in Lausanne

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    3xn was chosen by the International Olympic Committee as the architectural partner to design the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC selected the Danish firm after a collective decision by the IOC Architecture College during a March 25 meeting... The design for the new headquarters will be revealed at a later date arranged by the IOC.

    The winning concept for the IOC Headquarters will be located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva providing an ‘Olympic campus’ of administrative buildings for 500 employees. 3xn has worked continuously on their proposal since last July when they were shortlisted with 12 international all-star practices.

    Head over to Bustler for more info.

  • Christchurch's replacement cathedral has boosted a fledgling furniture sector

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    Two years after the 2011 earthquake destroyed Christchurch's neo-Gothic cathedral, the building has been resurrected. It has also undergone something of a public transfiguration. [...] In the past few years cardboard has also become increasingly popular in small-scale design. Hipster boutiques, museum gift shops and high profile public events such as the State of Design Festival now stock cardboard lighting, storage units, stools and kids' toys.

  • Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group

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    The Real Affordability for All Coalition — made up of 50 tenant advocate and labor union groups — is accusing Airbnb of “throwing gasoline on a fire” by contributing to a growing affordable housing crisis. “After years of operating an illegal enterprise in New York, your company is now apparently interested in paying your fair share of taxes and announcing that development as though you are some kind of charitable organization bestowing your riches on our city [...]”

  • “The Space of Poetry” exhibition in Boston examines the built environment of poetry

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    Who knew that architecture could let you perceive poetry in a new angle or two. Currently at Boston Architectural College's 951 Boylston Street Building until May 1, "The Space of Poetry" exhibition reveals the intricate ties between the written art form and architectural history, theory, and design — all by Cara Armstrong, a trained architect and poet who works as an educator, writer, and illustrator.

    As an exhibition extra, the gallery is inviting everyone to a free talk on April 30 at 5 p.m. We can be sure this won't be like your typical poetry analysis class.

    "The exhibition delves into the space of poetry by bringing it together with architecture history, theory and design, encouraging viewers to look critically at poetic construction and promoting a more evocative understanding of architecture and writing...

    Using the lens of architecture and art, [Armstrong] visually considers story, structure, music, and imagination as building blocks. Then, through architectural analysis techniques such as solid/void analysis and diagramming, she translates individual poems into a set of spatial relationships that becomes art in its own right. This allows the work of poets such as John Donne, Jean Valentine, and Jane Mead to converse across time and brings to light similarities in form, structure, and meaning."

    Find more details on Bustler.

  • Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?

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    These days, it is not just a woman who can never be too rich or too thin. You can say almost exactly the same thing about skyscrapers, or at least about the latest residential ones now going up in New York City, which are much taller, much thinner, and much, much more expensive than their predecessors. And almost every one of them seems built to be taller, thinner, and pricier than the one that came before.

    Did Paul Goldberger just say that women can never be too thin?

  • Auckland Art Gallery by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp-FJMT

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    World Building of the Year 2013 (WAF)

    fjmt in association with Archimedia were awarded this important project following an international design competition. The culturally significant project will provide an urban focus, diverse cultural experience and create a unique opportunity to reveal and interpret the history of the site and to revitalise an important part of the city.

    Relating as much to the organic forms of the landscape as it does to the architectural order and character of the noteworthy heritage buildings, the gallery is characterised by a series of fine ‘tree-like’ canopies creating a memorable image and character referencing the beautiful overhanging tree canopy of adjacent Albert Park. The project incorporates contemporary and heritage buildings, new entry forecourt, flexible atrium/function space and new and refurbished gallery areas that will double the gallery’s curatorial capacity, and an array of international state-of-the art back-of house areas.

  • St Barnabas Church by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp-FJMT

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    St Barnabas church and adjacent community hall, located on Sydney’s busy Broadway, were destroyed by fire in May 2006. A Sydney institution for over 145 years, efforts to rebuild the church began almost immediately. The architecture of the new church complex seeks to respond to the qualities and opportunity of this special site, and equally importantly, to the great sense of openness, welcoming and joy that characterises St Barnabas.

    The new church offers a peaceful oasis of gathering and worship within the busy noise of the city. It provides a balance of open courtyard, landscaped gardens, informal and formal, fixed and flexible spaces. 

    The gentle rising curved volumes of the worship space characterise and focus the appearance of the church in the city. The worship space, with its folding floor that wraps up around the congregation and opens up to soft cloud-like ceilings, is conceived like an open-hand under the sky; a warm, protective, generous and light-fill space. Complementing ...