Just a collection of my thoughts or links to other thoughts on architecture and design.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Rome Prize Winners Announced

Another professor in the news…I had one for a studio professor and she was my reviewer a few times


Sounds like some very good projects were selected for 2008-2009. Congratulations! Matthew Hural's project reeks of typical ARCH 101 at UVA. Wonder how many conversations he had with Waldman on that... Bustler


Pitfalls in Paradise

Turns out the Palm might be more of a blunder than a wonder... Guardian

This makes me happy.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Creative Minds Go Green

Studio 360 looks at some architects in the green movement. Nader Khalili | William McDonough | Studio 360


Where a 75-Story Tower Blends Right In

The "contextualists" have it all wrong: Jean Nouvel's beast is exactly what 53rd Street needs. nymag


A Mountain of Music

The sloping marble roof of the Oslo opera house may be perfect for snowboarding. But, for Jonathan Glancey, the warm heart of this stunning building is just as thrilling. Guardian


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Franklin Adams, 74, Artist and Architect

A professor I had in school…good man and great artist.


The Tulane Architecture community is sad to lose Franklin Adams, Professor Emeritus of Tulane School of Architecture and artist, cajun dancer, writer and friend, who passed away on Saturday April 13 in the New Orleans home he designed and built. He was 74. Times Picayune


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Food, Sex and Yale

From and to Archinect:


These are a few of Frank Gehry's favorite things...published yesterday in the Yale Daily News and being discussed today in the forum.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Eyes on the Prize

Recently, Lebbeus Woods has blogged a position that questions the role of the "top" architecture prize in the land. What is the Pritzker's impact other than to confirm what we already know... LWB |


We Dial .357

The last stronghold of the "American Dream" is the subject of this incredibly dynamic documentary film Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa. Here in the dusty southwest lies the middle position of both extremes, equally favored with utopian ideals and post-apocalyptic nightmares. Preview


Monday, April 7, 2008

Lost City in the Woods

Amazing! Completely amazing…


North Brother Island in the East River is visited by rare birds, the occasional park employee, and photographer Christopher Payne, whose work documents the Art Deco hospital, Neo-Gothic morgue, and other ruins there. The complex is a crumbling testament to an era with a greater sense of civic duty. The Architect's Newspaper


Where the mightiest towers meet the most delicate details.

For it's 40th Anniversary NY Mag examines the "Architectural Canon" of NYC. link


Design and the Elastic Mind

Nicolai on the new MOMA show: "As revolutionary in its own way as MoMA's "Machine Art" exhibition of 1934, which introduced Modern design to a generation of Americans, the exhibition is packed with individual works of sublime beauty. Like that earlier show, it is shaped by an unwavering faith in the transformative powers of technology." - NYT


Madison Square Garden Renovation

Madison Square Garden executives unveiled plans on Thursday for a $500 million, top-to-bottom renovation of the aging arena, including the creation of a sunlit entryway off Seventh Avenue, the installation of luxury suites closer to the floor and better views of the action, even from the last row of seats. <a...


Can Urban Sprawl Improve Public Health?

In response to a tongue-in-cheek premise that sprawl improves public health, a new strategy for promoting urban living develops from an economic theory on diminishing returns.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Complexities of Keeping It Small and Simple

The NY Times profiles an Oregon couple who built a "compact green home" in the shadow of Mt. Hood. Included in the article are descriptions of the techniques they used to deal with building on the flood plain.


Make fat people use the stairs, architects told

Architects and town planners are to be recruited in the Government's drive against obesity. Staircases will need to be made more attractive and roads narrowed or even closed to discourage cars, under guidance to be sent to developers and authorities. Telegraph


beijing and '08 olympics


accoring to jerru guo, the '08 olympics may not be so great for beijing, or china... link "The capital hasn't seen this kind of an architectural makeover since the Mongols overtook the city, but a new Beijing may not be what's best for a modern China..."


Crazy house built


Not for Mere Mortals. NYT


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

the education of architecture

Peter Eisenman and Wolf D. Prix don't believe in teaching architecture. apeiron

Design is Dead

Renowned French designer Philippe Starck says he is fed up with his job and plans to retire in two years, in an interview published in a German weekly on Thursday. - Breitbart

The food infrastructure of cities

"We need to start thinking about food production being part of a city's infrastructure - like roads." Architect Andre Viljoen on an urban agricultural spatial planning project in The Guardian. More on the project here.


Ban's Cardboard Bridge

From 12/20/2007


The NYT discusses Shigeru Ban's paper-composite footbridge, over the Gardon River in the south of France. The bridge's steps are constructed from a new material called ProFi, assembled from paper and plastic left over from the manufacture of self-adhesive labels, similar to that of his...


If It's Hit, Strummed or Plucked, It'll Be Here


Robert J. Ulrich is donating millions of dollars to establish the decidedly unglamorous Musical Instrument Museum. NYT


6 International Squares


The Walrus tracks 6 examples of the public square and its role in civic life. | walrus


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

FW: Campus Green


College students are often considered the wellspring of the environmental movement. Now campus designers are going green, too. BusinessWeek explores.