Letter to the Editor> Meet the Street

The AIANY's Center for Architecture in Manhattan. (Courtesy Andrew Berman Architect)

The AIANY’s Center for Architecture in Manhattan. (Courtesy Andrew Berman Architect)

We saw your editorial on design organizations (“Design Organizations Need to Meet the Street”) and were thrilled to see the positive things you had to say about the Center for Architecture.

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On View> In the Library: Setting the Scene with Theater Architecture and Set Design

Architecture, East, On View
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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(Courtesy National Gallery of Art)

(Courtesy National Gallery of Art)

In the Library: Setting the Scene with Theater Architecture and Set Design
National Gallery of Art
6th and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
Through October 2

Performance venues have constantly morphed with the times, from the amphitheaters of ancient times to the digitally enabled entertainment centers of today.

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Eavesdrop> Arts & Crafts with Gehry: Frank goes back to school

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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(Courtesy Turnaround Arts)

(Courtesy Turnaround Arts)

Frank O. Gehry, soon to be feted at LACMA with a retrospective shipped in from France, has been busy recently not flipping off the design world. He was downright beaming as he hosted eighth grade students from Hoopa Valley Elementary School at Gehry Partners (FOG).

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On View> “David Hartt: Interval” at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art, Midwest, On View
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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(David Hartt)

(David Hartt)

David Hartt: Interval
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through October 11

Canadian artist David Hartt examines the culture and built environment of a given locale through the changing needs and values of its community. For this essayistic series of films and photographs, Hartt selected two economically and geographically isolated sites: Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon and Sakhalin Island, a Russian territory at the tip of the Japanese archipelago.

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On View> The Center for Land Use Interpretation investigates “The Landscape of Golf in America”

(Courtesy CLUI)

(Courtesy CLUI)

Foreground: The Landscape of Golf in America
Center for Land Use Interpretation
9331 Venice Boulevard, Culver City, CA
Through September 21

As one of few sports determined entirely by terrain, golf’s field of play is an irregular form defined by outdoor features: grass, trees, sands, mounds, and water. Most sports are played on rectangles of constant dimension, but not golf.

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Eavesdrop> Hollywood Hits the Beach: Who will live in Michael Maltzan’s new triangular house?

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, July 2, 2015
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(Courtesy Michael Maltzan)

(Courtesy Michael Maltzan)

Rumor has it that Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA) is hard at work on a triangle-shaped Malibu home for one of Hollywood’s biggest names. The MMA crew is keeping mum on the client, but we’ve heard it’s not an actor. Geometric coastal living for a director or producer, perhaps?

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Endgame: An Open Letter to the Guggenheim Helsinki Finalists

1,715 Entries and One Winner. (Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

1,715 Entries and One Winner. (Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

The following is an abridged version of an open letter by Chicago architect and urban planner Marshall Brown, which was originally presented at the The Design Competition Conference by the GSD and the Van Alen Institute. It follows a previous comment by the author for AN about the state of design competitions in the 21st century. It is in direct response to the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, which attracted 1,715 submissions before the winner was announced yesterday

My Dear Colleagues,

I would like to extend sincere congratulations for your recent achievements and the recognition it has brought to your practices. I suppose you may be wondering about the cause for this letter since, at least that I can recall, we have never formally met. One year ago I wrote an essay for AN that criticized the current state of architectural competitions. It concluded with the melodramatic, yet also sincere invitation for likeminded architects to join me in “early, complete, and permanent retirement” from such contests. In the meantime I have mostly managed to follow through on my retreat from the design competition industry, despite several invitations from colleagues to collaborate.

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Architectural Record sold for the second time in less than a year

Architecture, Media, National
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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Architectural Record covers.

Architectural Record covers.

Architectural Record has been sold…again. Back in September, it was reported that McGraw-Hill Financial’s construction media portfolio—which included the publication, along with its data and analytics services—had been purchased by the Silicon Valley–based private equity firm Symphony Technology Group for $320 million. Now, Dodge Data & Analytics, the company which formed after McGraw-Hill Construction was sold, and includes Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record, Snap, and Sweets News & Products, has been picked up by BNP Media based in Troy, Michigan.

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Eavesdrop> Broken Dreams? Bill Clinton admits he really wants to be an architect

Bill Clinton at the 2015 AIA convention in Atlanta. (Carl Bower / Courtesy AIA)

Bill Clinton at the 2015 AIA convention in Atlanta. (Carl Bower / Courtesy AIA; Montage by AN)

At the 2015 AIA convention in May, former President Bill Clinton gave a keynote address to the unwashed masses. He praised collaboration among designers and other stakeholders, and even admitted that “If I had another life to live, I’d be an architect, especially in this age of climate change.” He is not the only president to speak of a childhood dream of designing buildings. President Obama said in a 2008 campaign speech that he also had aspirations to be an architect as a youngin’. We’re just glad these heads of states didn’t opt for fireman.

Eavesdrop> Tales of bullying from a young Frank Gehry

Eavesdroplet, International
Friday, June 12, 2015
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Frank Gehry. (Courtesy Gehry Technologies; Montage by AN)

Frank Gehry. (Courtesy Gehry Technologies; Montage by AN)

In a recent essay for the forthcoming book Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal, Frank Gehry reminisced about his childhood in Canada. “My family was one of approximately 30 Jewish families in our town—Timmins, Ontario—and for a while, I was the only Jewish kid at my school. I used to get beat up regularly for ‘killing Christ.’”

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Tadao Ando opens up about his first New York City building, architecture as living light, and an early career in professional boxing

Architecture, East, Newsletter
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Rendering of Ando's 152 Elizabeth. (Courtesy Sumaida & Khurana)

Rendering of Ando’s 152 Elizabeth. (Courtesy Sumaida & Khurana)

New York developers Sumaida & Khurana are breaking architectural ground with a series of residential buildings in New York City designed by architects who have never built there before. Their first is a seven-unit beaut by Tadao Ando—called ICHIGONI (152) or 152 Elizabeth—set to bring glass-smooth concrete and highly detailed steel to Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. And now Ando is opening up about its design.

Watch the video after the jump.

The 2015 winners of the Rudy Bruner Awards serve up a healthy dose of urban excellence

Architecture, Awards, National, Urbanism
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced its 2015 gold and silver medalists. For the past 27 years, the biennial competition has honored “transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities.”

See the winners after the jump.

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