Today’s News - Tuesday, November 25, 2008
• Ouroussoff has high praise for Ito's Berkeley museum design (and high hopes that it actually gets built).
• Glancey on Libya's "bold move" to build a Museum of Conflict.
• Cooke falls for the charms of a Brutalist housing estate (too bad Robin Hood Gardens doesn't match up).
• There's a Paul Rudolph housing crisis as the Rudolph Foundation flounders.
• An in-depth (and engaging) look at how Corner' Fresh Kills Park will have "the power to change the way we see the past and the future" of NYC.
• Big plans to transform L.A.'s industrial waterfront - but is it enough (or too Disney-esque?).
• Ferrari claims increased productivity and lower energy costs recoup the extra cost of hiring a stable starchitects.
• Plan for Philadelphia's tallest tower nears approval - and draws ire (but will it actually be built?).
• An eyeful of Calatrava's light-filled WTC transit hub galleria - before it's decked over.
• A boutique hotel chain for the 'burbs: part prefab, part craft.
• A homeless hostel in Berlin named "Most Beautiful Homeless Shelter in the World" (there's already one in Moscow, and another planned for NYC).
• Debating the green building premium: USGBC study shows it costs less than you think; others disagree.
• NYC gets its first "green" nightclub (great pix).
• Guggenheim names Van Der Leer as Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design as it gears up for 50th anniversary and big FLW show.
• Winners all: U.K.'s 2008 Building Sustainability Awards. - Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual Patron of the Year awards.
• One we couldn't resist: a solar powered submarine for underwater tours.
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A Berkeley Museum Wrapped in Honeycomb: The University of California’s proposed new art museum...would be a magical place to view art...if it fails [to be built], it will be a blow to those of us who champion provocative architecture in the United States. By Nicolai Ouroussoff -- Toyo Ito [images]- New York Times
Strife almighty: Libya enlists British architects for conflict museum: Libya's decision to present its embattled history in a Museum of Conflict is a bold move. By Jonathan Glancey -- Metropolitan Workshop [images]- Guardian (UK)
How I learnt to love the streets in the sky: Rachel Cooke visits the rejuvenated blocks of Sheffield's Park Hill estate and falls for their charms...Robin Hood Gardens is neither generous, nor well-built... -- Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith; Alison and Peter Smithson- Observer (UK)
Modern Antiquity: The Paul Rudolph housing crisis: In 2002, in an effort to honor Rudolph’s legacy and advocate for preserving his work, friends of the architect, including Ernst Wagner, established the Paul Rudolph Foundation. But since then, seven of his buildings have been demolished...- New York Magazine
Wall-E Park: On giant piles of trash left by a generation of New Yorkers, landscape architect James Corner is building a park that has the power to change the way we see the past and the future of the city...Fresh Kills Park... -- Field Operations [images]- New York Magazine
Port Promenade: Plan for San Pedro waterfront would transform LA's industrial port...also proposes two new harbors...to accommodate visiting cruise ships and other vessels...Yet to some in the area, these efforts are not enough. -- Tetra Design; EDAW; Hood Design; Cityworks [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Enlisting the stars to redesign a dream: Ferrari is turning to big-name architects to help it renew its traditional spirit...Increased productivity and lower energy costs enabled Ferrari to recoup within two years the extra cost of hiring big-name architects. -- Renzo Piano; Marco Visconti; Jean Nouvel; Gunter Henn; von Gerkan, Marg & Partners; Zaha Hadid; Antonio Citterio; Mario Botta; Jean-Michel Wilmotte; Massimiliano Fuksas- International Herald Tribune
Towering Over Philly; City's newest, tallest skyscraper tops first hurdle?? ...KPF-designed American Commerce Center aspires to rise...to 1,510 feet...density of development has drawn the ire of many locals...The bigger concern now, amidst the economic downturn, is whether or not the project can actually get built. [images, links]- The Architect's Newspaper
Seeing the Trade Center Galleria, in Natural Light: ...expansive view will be gone in a matter of weeks, as the galleria is decked over...Calatrava and his collaborators...planned the hub as a sculptural counterpoint to the hard-edged architecture around it.... -- Calatrava; Downtown Design Partnership; STV; DMJM Harris [slide show]- New York Times
With a Wink to Big City Urbanism, NYLO Puts Boutique Hotels Deep in the Exurban Belt: Hotels are part pre-design, part custom craft...combine contextual geographic motifs with urban loft materials and forms. -- Studios Architecture [images]- AIArchitect
Berlin's Vagabond Chic: 'Most Beautiful Homeless Shelter in the World': With chandeliers instead of neon lighting...a newly revamped homeless hostel [Reichtum 2] in south Berlin looks more like a hip hotel -- and aims to give some dignity to those worn out by life on the streets...working towards creating Reichtum 3 in New York... -- Miriam Kilali [slide show]- Der Spiegel (Germany)
Debating the Green Building Premium: Building to “green” specifications costs less than you think, a new study reports...some experts cautioned that the cost differentials are hard to measure.- New York Times
‘Green’ Nightclub Trend Comes to New York: ...several clubs like Temple Nightclub in San Francisco, Surya in London and Watt in Rotterdam have put energy conservation and sustainability at the top of their agendas. Add to the list Greenhouse, a new club in downtown Manhattan -- Natural Progression; Sustainable Spaces [slide show]- New York Times
Guggenheim Museum Appoints David Van Der Leer as Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design; ...to organize "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward"anniversary exhibition set to open in May 2009 [and] other architecture-related programming for the Guggenheim’s 50th Anniversary- ArtDaily.org
Sustainable champions: Winners and images from the 2008 Building Sustainability Awards [links]- Building (UK)
Chicago Architecture Foundation named five winners of its annual Patron of the Year awards -- Krueck & Sexton; Murphy/Jahn; Bertrand Goldberg (1960s)/Lisec & Biederman; Farr Associates; Metter Studio/Epstein Architecture [slide show]- Crain's Chicago
The solar powered submarine: Swiss energy company BKW aims to make this scenario a reality with Project Goldfish, a tourist attraction planned for Lake Thun that would see a 20-30 meter long submarine carry groups of visitors on tours of the underwater landscape.- Gizmag (Australia)
-- Weiss/Manfredi: Taekwondo Park: Ascending Passages, Muju, Korea
-- Renovation & extension: Erick van Egeraat: Municipal Theatre, Haarlem, The Netherlands
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