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Tag Archives: Architecture

June 25, 2017
June 22, 2017
An Identity Crisis for American Architecture?
Los Angeles Times

What is Americanness in 2017? What does it mean to say that a building “belongs” in that sort of rich architectural and historical context? How noticeably should that sense of belonging evolve over time?

Excessive Design Standards Add $150K to Sydney Apartments

Excessive requirements relating to design features such as size, cross ventilation, natural daylight and building depth are adding as much as $150,000 to the cost of delivering new apartments in Sydney compared to Melbourne, a property industry lobby group has claimed.

June 21, 2017
Architecture Competitions in an Urban Planning Context
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper analyzes discussions and controversy surrounding the architecture competitions that have been part of a large-scale waterfront redevelopment plan called the Fjord City plan in Oslo, Norway.

June 20, 2017
June 18, 2017
Climate Change as a Design Problem
New York Times

Discussions of climate change begin in cities and towns where the rising ocean is an existential threat. But when he chose to embark on a series on the topic, Michael Kimmelman, the Times’s architecture critic, started instead with a long look at landlocked Mexico City.

June 15, 2017
Why Looking at Buildings Can Give People Headaches

Over tens of thousands of years, the human brain evolved to effectively process scenes from the natural world. But the urban jungle poses a greater challenge for the brain, because of the repetitive patterns it contains.

Architect Sues SOM for Stealing One World Trade Center Design

Architect Jeehoon Park has filed a lawsuit against Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), claiming the design of New York City’s One World Trade Center was stolen from a project he developed as a graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1999.

June 13, 2017
Monumental Architecture Folly
National Review

If you’re looking for a textbook example of the Washington swamp Donald Trump vowed to drain, the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial, designed by celebrity architect Frank Gehry and soon to be erected in the capital’s monumental core, has plenty to offer:

June 12, 2017
How 7 Dictators Used Buildings to Influence and Intimidate

The construction of buildings is among the clearest and most obvious visual indicators of a society’s power and economic standing, so for a new government trying to project power and prosperity, for example, architecture can be the quickest way to show its success.

UK Rail Station’s Tribute To Mathematician Got The Wrong Answer

Despite being built in his honor, Princeton professor John Conway said he hadn’t been asked about Cambridge North’s station design, and hadn’t seen the new building since it opened in 1970. After reviewing photographs of the building, he noticed something: “They’re wrong.”

June 11, 2017
3-D Architectural Model of Aleppo Imagines a Post-War Syria

“Future Aleppo” was made by 10-year old Mohammed Qutaish. Working in temporary, makeshift studios, he built a colorful, four-by-four foot model of Aleppo made of cardboard and glue, styled after architectural scale models he found online.

Uncertainty and Design Practice in Shanghai
Journal of Architecture & Urbanism (abstract)

Building on the Foucauldian notion of apparatus, this paper unpacks the condition of uncertainty in Shanghai’s experimental architecture design practice and examines the negotiations of power emerging among the diverse actors taking part in this process.

The Asianization of Future Cities in Filmdom
Journal of Architecture & Urbanism (abstract)

The clichéd 1930–1950 Western cinematic images of Shanghai as a fascinating den of iniquity, and, in contrast, as a beacon of modernity, were merged in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

June 8, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, he urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.


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