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The tragic fire at the Glasgow School of Art, Charles Rennie Mackintoshâ€™s masterpiece, raises anew the question: How to rebuild? In a thoughtful blog, George Cairns of Melbourneâ€™s RMIT, who has studied the building in detail, points out that many undocumented changes were made during the buildingâ€™s construction, so it will be impossible to recreate what was there. In addition, the inevitable demands of modern fire security will likely alter the original design. Rather than try to rebuild Mackintoshâ€™s design, Cairns argues for â€œgreat architects to be invited to design a worthy intervention that will breathe new life into the school.â€
Coming to New York City from Washington, D.C., this exhibition illuminates the legacy of architect and builder Rafael Guastavino. A Catalan immigrant, Guastavino created the iconic (and aptly named) Guastavino tile. By interlocking terracotta tiles and layers of mortar to build his arches, Guastavino married old-world aesthetics with modern innovation. The resulting intersection of technology and design revolutionized New York Cityâ€™s landscape, and is used in over 200 historic buildings including Grand Central Terminal, Carnegie Hall, The Bronx Zooâ€™s Elephant House, and Ellis Island.
Brooklyn-based illustrator Paul Tuller was inspired to create a new poster-portrait series, Architecture As Crown,Â by his architect boyfriend. This series features illustrations of famous architect’s wearing their most famous works on their heads. Beginning as a parody of Andy Warhol‘s God Save the Queen, the project includes such figures as PeterÂ Eisenman wearing House I as a crown.Â Purchase your own posters here.
In 1969, Walter Gropius designed a collection of china for Rosenthal. Named after his atelier in Cambridge, The Architects Collaborative, TAC’s elegant and curious forms areÂ pristine in white porcelain.Â Embellishing Gropius’ design wouldÂ naturally be heresy to some purists. To others, it would reflect his belief in the collaborative process. In their update of the tableware, called TAC Big Cities, architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG and Danish industrial design studio Kilo teamed up to create an urban motif for the collection.
Big projects command the most media attention, but small works of art and architecture can still make a splash. Thatâ€™s the ethos of AIA Chicagoâ€™s fourth annual Small Projects Awards, which last week named 13 honorees among 96 entries that included Chinatownâ€™s new boathouse, a barn-like complement to Mies van der Roheâ€™s Farnsworth house, and an un-built â€œSafe Houseâ€ for tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri. Read More
The United States will celebrate one of its most prized national treasures at the next Worldâ€™s Fair: the food truck. In honor of the theme of the 2015 Â MilanoÂ Expoâ€”â€œFeed the Planet,Â Energy for Life”â€”the American Pavilion, called American Food 2.0, includes street-level food trucks that will serve up some favorite American dishes. James Biber, the New York Cityâ€“based architect of the pavilion,Â toldÂ Business Insider, it’s not been decided which food trucks will be included at the site, but that there will be lobster rolls “for sure.”
But the pavilion design doesn’t end with food trucks.
The sinkhole that opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky has quickly become one of the institutionâ€™s most popular exhibits. Just three months after eight prized automobiles slid down Planet Earthâ€™s jagged gullet, visitors from around the country are flocking to the Bluegrass StateÂ to see the damage.
OMA’s proposal for the Broad Museum. (Courtesy OMA)
WithÂ Eli Broad hypingÂ his DSR-designedBroad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles, we thought it would be appropriate to share The Broad that never was: OMA’s runner up proposal. As featured in this author’s book,Â Never Built Los Angeles, Rem Koolhaas’s firmÂ proposed a “floating” box covered in a lacy-patterned metal screen and cantilevered via steel brace frames above Grand Avenue.