The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Architect builds a shocking pavilion to explore society’s domination of nature

(Courtesy Atelier Van Lieshout)

(Courtesy Atelier Van Lieshout)

Bochum, Germany is host to Ruhrtriennale, a six week art festival which opened last weekend and gave Joep van Lieshout of Atelier van Lieshout a chance to create his biggest—and most shocking—work to date.

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ISIS militants demolish ancient heritage sites in Syria after vowing to leave them unharmed

Destruction of Baalshamin Temple (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Destruction of Baalshamin Temple d (Courtesy Wikipedia)

World heritage sites in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria are being bombed by the militant group ISIS. The 2,000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin and Temple of Bel in Palmyra, designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have allegedly been destroyed by the terrorist group. Images featuring the explosion posted through social-media accounts in affiliation with ISIS depict the bombings.

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Eavesdrop> Less Is More: Here’s why Philippe Starck refuses to wear underwear

Eavesdroplet, International
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Nowness)

(Courtesy Nowness)

Philippe Starck, the famed architect and designer, has let the world know that he incorporates the architectural adage of “less is more” into his everyday sartorial decisions. In a video interview with Nowness, Starck said, “I don’t wear underwear because I don’t need it.”

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Obit> Karol Lautner Peterson, 1938–2015

Architecture, Obit, Preservation, West
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Karol Lautner Peterson (Mark G. Picascio)

Karol Lautner Peterson (Mark G. Picascio)

Los Angeles lost an important figure in the architecture and preservation community last week. News reached AN of the passing of Karol Lautner Peterson, president of The John Lautner Foundation, which plans to host a memorial celebration in the Los Angeles area. The organization shared the following remembrance:

Karol Lautner Peterson died early in the morning of August 25, 2015, in her home. She was surrounded by close, loving family members.

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Product> Design for Wellness: New Healthcare Furnishings

Interiors, National, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
WIELAND_trace-hip-chair

(Courtesy Wieland)

While technology heals the body in increasingly marvelous ways, healthcare interiors are taking a more holistic route, becoming more hospitality than hospital-like in their design and furnishings.

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Pittsburgh Penguins hire Bjarke Ingels for new residential housing development

(Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

(Civic Arena, the Penguins home from 1967-2010. Image Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins, via their residential developer are set for, in the words of Bjarke Ingels, a “promiscuous hybrid” form of residential housing aimed at bridging the Uptown and Downtown areas of Hill District. The development will occupy a 28-acre plot of land around the former home of the Penguins the Civic Arena.

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On View> Psychadelic Farnsworth House installation gets a second life at a Chicago art gallery

(Kate Joyce)

(Kate Joyce)

Last year artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero led a collaborative effort to take over Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House with kaleidoscopic light and video loops. That project, INsite, followed similar work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House, and imbued Mies’ modernist touchstone with a vivacity often lacking in the contemporary experience of midcentury interiors. (Read AN‘s review of Luftwerk’s INsite installation here.)

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Finalists in SXSW Eco’s Place by Design competition seek to elevate public space through design

Other
Monday, August 31, 2015
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(Courtesy Place by Design/SXSW Eco)

Airbare by Urban Matter Inc. (Courtesy Place by Design/SXSW Eco)

SXSW Eco’s Place by Design (PxD) competition recently announced an ambitious list of finalist projects. Each design represents the competition’s belief in the impact of quality design and the utilization of space to develop the interactive relationship between people and place.

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Growing Tall and Going Big: San Francisco studied density bonuses to generate affordable housing

Development, West
Monday, August 31, 2015
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San Francisco (gags9999)

San Francisco (gags9999/Flickr)

This Fall, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal made by the city’s Planning Department concerning the possibility of “relaxing” height and density limits for many of San Francisco’s western neighborhoods. If enacted, the program expects to transform some of San Francisco’s uninhabited residences and unused space into affordable housing units for newcomers.

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Gehry Partners presents preliminary Los Angeles River study, not master plan

Gehry Partners is using a LIDAR unit by Trimble to create a 3-D model of the L.A. River (Courtesy of Gehry Partners)

Gehry Partners is using a LIDAR unit by Trimble to create a 3-D model of the L.A. River (Courtesy of Gehry Partners)

“This is not a master plan,” said Omar Brownson, executive director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LARRC) at an event to introduce members of the press to the work underway by Gehry Partners on the Los Angeles River. The news earlier this month that Frank Gehry was spearheading a new master plan for the river drew surprised and mixed responses from design, development, and landscape communities near and far. Read More

Eavesdrop> Holl-y Moly: Could there be a ballet about Steven Holl at the Chicago Architecture Biennial?

Eavesdroplet, National
Friday, August 28, 2015
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Steven Holl. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Chicago Biennial will not be short on architectural morsels, but the most delicious one could well be “a ballet about Steven Holl,” which sources tell AN will be held in a local theater. What exactly a “ballet about Steven Holl” means we are unsure, but here’s hoping that it stars Robert de Niro (a Holl doppelgänger) in his biggest dance role since his infamous “Twinkle Toes Shakespeare” role in Stardust (2007).

The Facades+ conference digs into Miami architecture this September

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

Facades+, the premier conference on high performance building envelopes, stands out as an exception to the rule of generic meet-and-greets.

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