On View> Cao Fei’s “Shadow Plays” explores the rapid pace of Chinese development

Art, Development, On View, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

Cao Fei: Shadow Plays
The Mistake Room
1811 E. 20th St., Los Angeles
Through November 21, 2015

Cao Fei’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Shadow Plays, features a chaotic conglomerate of contemporary urban forms in Chinese life. Focusing on the obscurities, Fei’s work offers a surreal sideways glance at China’s rapid development.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Letter to the Editor> Francois Roche responds to Patrik Schumacher’s reproach of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

(Courtesy City of Chicago)

(Courtesy City of Chicago)

[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]

The Architect’s Newspaper recently published an excerpt from Patrik Schumacher’s now-infamous Facebook post which he also sent to AN. In response, Thailand-based architect Francois Roche sent us the following letter from his Facebook page; an edited version was also posted on Dezeen.

Read Roche’s unedited comments after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Grrrl Power: Los Angeles has a ways to go for women’s equality in architecture

Eavesdroplet, West
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Julia Morgan's Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

Julia Morgan’s Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

We live in a listicle age. Why write an article when you can clump a few names together and call it a trend? So when Los Angeles Magazine listed six women who have changed the face of Los Angeles architecture, which included one dead AIA Gold Medalist and two New Yorkers, it was bound to create outcry. Brava to the three local gals who made the cut, but let’s celebrate all the women of the L.A. architecture and design scene. When local schools put one lady on the lecture series and pat themselves on the back, we know more needs to be done for gender equity.

On View> SURPLUS! explores Cairo’s housing crisis through the lens of photography

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Cairo’s Townhouse gallery is hosting an exploration of Egypt’s housing crisis through the lens of 18 photographs by Anthony Hamboussi. The views encapsulate urban and architectural vistas that tell the story of “housing real estate in all sectors of the economy, formal and informal, from high-end developments to state-built “affordable” housing and piecemeal private investments.”

But act fact, SURPLUS! Housing from the Periphery closes on November 4.

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On View> Rachel Whiteread: Looking Out at Luhring Augustine Bushwick

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
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(Courtesy Luhring Augustine)

(Courtesy Luhring Augustine)

Looking Out
Luhring Augustine Bushwick
25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Through December 20, 2015

Rachel Whiteread is a thoroughly architectural artist. Her sculpture exposes the spatial relationships between common objects, or whole buildings, and their environments.

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Eavesdrop> Chicago’s Crater: Is Bjarke Ingels working on a scheme at the Chicago Spire site?

Development, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Photo by Claire Iltis / Flickr; Montage by AN)

(Photo by Claire Iltis / Flickr; Montage by AN)

Since 2008, there has been a giant hole where Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire was supposed to rise some 2,000 feet out of the ground. The project lapsed due to financial woes by Irish developer Garrett Kelleher. The foundation is in place, and it looks like a place where a giant swimming pool or music venue would fit nicely, but AN is hearing that developers are working with Bjarke Ingels’ Danish firm BIG on a possible Spire part to.

Letter> State of what art? Patrik Schumacher rails against the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Amanda Williams’ Color(ed) Theory. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

Amanda Williams’ Color(ed) Theory. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

[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]

The State of the Art of Architecture, delivered by the Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition, must leave lay-visitors bewildered by one overwhelming subliminal message: Contemporary architecture has ceased to exist, the discipline’s guilt and bad conscience has sapped its vitality, driven it to self-annihilation, and architects have now en masse dedicated themselves to doing good via basic social work.

Continue reading after the jump.

On View> SPUR Urban Center Gallery presents VENUE

Architecture, On View, West
Monday, October 12, 2015
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(Noah Christman)

(Noah Christman)

VENUE
SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco
Through October 21

The product of an enviable 16-month-long road trip across the United States, VENUE is the documentation of a series of sites from around the country that are not always considered when surveying architecture and design.

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Eavesdrop> First as Tragedy: What’s up with LA’s Greek Theater?

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, October 9, 2015
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios' rendering of the Greek Theater.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ rendering of the Greek Theater.

When the discussion for Los Angeles Recreation & Parks to give Live Nation the contract to manage The Greek Theatre were scuttled earlier this year, it was unclear what would come of the proposed modernization of the 5,900-seat venue by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Word from inside the office says the project is moving forward with new designs to come, even as Pennsylvania-based SMG looks poised to win the event management contract.

Eavesdrop> Blown Over in the Windy City

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Selgascano and helloeverything at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Courtesy CAB)

Selgascano and helloeverything at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Courtesy CAB)

A juicy tidbit from the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The number of projects in the Chicago Cultural Center right now is a bit dizzying, but we can only imagine what the place was like during the installation. It is a small miracle that it all fit, let alone got assembled correctly. The process was not without snafus.

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Eavesdrop> Tom Tom Club: What’s up with Tom Wiscombe’s futuristic Los Angeles venue?

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

Architect Tom Wiscombe and developer Tom Gilmore have been spotted on more than one occasion imbibing at Redbird, the restaurant located in the former rectory of the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. (Gilmore is the landlord.) Does this mean that the pair’s plans for Old Bank District Museum, a futuristic art venue designed by Wiscombe, is on track for a 2017 opening? Only the bartender knows.

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