On View> The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré

Art, On View, Southwest
Monday, December 28, 2015
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Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré
Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery
1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Through March 6, 2016

Gianfranco Ferré, the “architect of fashion,” probably loved white as much as Le Corbusier did, but thankfully that’s where the comparisons between the Italian fashion designer and modernist pioneer end.

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Letter to the Editor> Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

(Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

(Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Ready for some tough love, some bitter medicine? Looking back, we architects got our profession into some bad places with some serious mistakes. We were often so eager for fame and celebrity that we sometimes behaved irresponsibly. We did not use design in its best sense; we gave away our treasure. We were not always reliable regarding time and money. We handed over the leadership role in building to others who lacked the necessary skills and training, and who held no responsibility or liability. Left with less authority and control, architects instilled fear and distrust in our clients. We aided and abetted clients with unrealistic and unworthy ambitions. Specifically, when clients proposed projects where the scope, budget, and schedule didn’t fit together, we were so eager for the assignments that we did not blow the whistle, but jumped in feet first.

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Eavesdrop> Spidey Style: The elusive designs of Tobey Maguire’s residential architecture

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, December 24, 2015
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(Lei Han / Flickr)

(Lei Han / Flickr)

No sooner than AN got news of an acronym-designed residence for actor-producer-architecture fan Tobey Maguire than we remembered his changeable real estate history. Previously, he nabbed Peter Zumthor to design his house and just last spring he flipped a vintage number by Santa Monica architect John Byers. His latest is a 1,200-square-foot art studio by Koning Eizenberg. Perhaps that’s where he’ll set up his Office of Mercurial Architecture.

On View> Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank showing art and architecture in Chicago

Art, Midwest, On View
Monday, December 14, 2015
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(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago
Carlos Bunga, Under the Skin, through January 3
Frida Escobedo, Materials Reservoir, through January 3

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a project of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates’ nonprofit Rebuild Foundation. The foundation converted a vacant former savings bank on the South Side into an archive, exhibition space, and community center to encourage artist-led, community-driven revitalization.

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Letter to the Editor> A-OKC: Oklahoma City should reconsider demolishing its Modernist heritage

Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Thank you for your piece on Oklahoma City—much needed attention to what is happening there. Having grown up in Edmond, just north, I have watched good buildings disappear over time.

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Eavesdrop> Luxury Leather Daddy Lawsuit: Peter Marino in court after allegations of sexism, racism

East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, December 11, 2015
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Peter Marino. (Courtesy Vogue)

Peter Marino. (Courtesy Vogue)

Luxury New York architect Peter Marino is allegedly being sued for making racist and sexist comments. Deirdre O’Brien, Marino’s former office manager, worked at his eponymous firm for 14 years. On October 26, Marino allegedly “’unleashed a tirade’ against her in front of male executives… He ordered her out, calling her a ‘c–t’ as her back was turned” reported the Post‘s Page 6.

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Eavesdrop> The BIG in Big Apple: Rumors say Bjarke Ingels planning several more New York City towers

King King atop Two World Trade Center (Renderings courtesy DBox / BIG, montage by AN)

King King atop Two World Trade Center (Renderings courtesy DBox / BIG, montage by AN)

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is off the rails lately, netting commission after commission. Five years ago, BIG set up shop stateside to supervise W57, the “courtscraper” along the West Side Highway—the firm’s first New York City project. They have since collected an impressive portfolio of planned projects, and AN hears there’s more on the way.

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Eavesdrop> Borderline Personalities: SHoP Architects could be designing a project in Tijuana

(Xiquinho Silva / Flickr)

(Xiquinho Silva / Flickr)

Seemingly ubiquitous in New York City, SHoP Architects may be taking its urbane brand south of the border, and not just for tacos. The firm won’t confirm or deny rumors that it chatted with Alfonso Medina of T38 Studio about a Tijuana-based project.

Eavesdrop> The Subtleties of Logic: Is Herzog & de Meuron designing in the Los Angeles Arts District?

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

Is Los Angeles going to get another bit of Swiss subtlety? Forget the Zumthor debates over on Miracle Mile, whispers in the wind suggest a Herzog & de Meuron mixed-use complex in the Arts District is in early planning stages.

Eavesdrop> Eric’s Waffle House: Fancy restaurant could fill Eric Owen Moss’ Waffle Building

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, November 20, 2015
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The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

A prominent Los Angeles foodie with a taste for architecture tipped us off that Eric Owen Mosssteel-wrapped Waffle building would soon be the home of a new restaurant. But don’t expect any breakfast items on the menu. We’re told that the plan is for a high-end, 24-seat chef’s table–style joint. Ask the sommelier for the corkage fee on BYO-syrup.

Letter to the Editor> Terreform ONE responds to Anti-Anti-Guggenheim gossip

East, Letter to the Editor
Friday, November 20, 2015
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Mitchell Joachim, left, and Michael Sorkin, right. (Courtesy TED; Verso Books)

Mitchell Joachim, left, and Michael Sorkin, right. (Courtesy TED; Verso Books)

[Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a recent entry in The Architect’s Newspaper‘s gossip column, Eavesdrop. In the response, Michael Sorkin is referred to as an editor at AN. Sorkin is not an editor, but does sit on AN‘s East Coast editorial advisory board. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Our Guggenheim anti-counter competition posted on the Terreform ONE blog is a sarcastic commentary. It is not an actual architecture competition and this is readily apparent to almost anyone reading it. We produced the post in response to the enormous confusion created by Michael Sorkin‘s self initiated counter competition and anti-Guggenheim defamation campaign.

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Benjamin Prosky Named Executive Director of AIA New York

East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Architizer)

(Courtesy Architizer)

The AIA New York has named Architizer co-founder and minority owner Benjamin Prosky as its new Executive Director. He will step away from his role as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Prosky has been overseeing events, publications, multimedia content and special projects since 2011. He will begin his duties at the AIA in early 2016.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as Executive Director of the AIANY and the Center for Architecture,” Prosky said in a statement. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to expand the scope of both organizations—I look forward to engaging with the professional architects who are the backbone of the constituency, and also cultivating the broader public which, in the context of New York, recognizes the profound impact that design and the built environment have on the vitality of the city and all aspects of our lives.”

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