Eavesdrop> Spearing Impaired

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, February 5, 2016
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The Florida Seminoles' new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

The Florida Seminoles’ new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

In recent years, there has been much backlash against mascots that misappropriate their meaning from American history. From The Fighting Illini of University of Illinois to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, many teams have been pressured to adopt personas that are not deeply, deeply racist. However, the Florida State Seminoles have apparently doubled down on their offensive mascot by codifying it in the architecture of their stadium.

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Eavesdrop> Go Art, Go: Who will design Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Downtown Los Angeles move?

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, February 1, 2016
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FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS' WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS’ WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

After a bitter fight at Bergamot Art Station, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is decamping to Downtown Los Angeles. Reports of an eastward move come with hints of a necessary name change as well a shortlist for its new space in the Arts District. Players are tightlipped, but AN’s sources say Gensler, Zellner Naecker Architects, and wHY (a longtime museum collaborator) have been invited to submit design proposals.

Woody and The Donald

East, Eavesdroplet, Urbanism
Friday, January 22, 2016
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(Courtesy Gawker)

(Courtesy Gawker)

Here is a story to file under the Republican presidential primary, celebrity, radical American politics, and affordable housing policies in New York City. The Conversation writer Will Kaufman reports that the “This Land is Your Land” folk singer Woody Guthrie lived in Federal Housing Authority–financed housing in Coney Island‘s Beach Haven. Those residences were constructed by non other than Fred Trump, Donald’s father.

The story continues…

BIG Game: Does Bjarke Ingels really like M&Ms or is he designing the Redskins’ new stadium?

Development, East, Eavesdroplet
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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The current FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland, is not known for its architectural features (bsoist via Flickr).

The current FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland, is not known for its architectural features (bsoist via Flickr).

A suspicious Instagram post and confirmation by Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) head of communications that the firm is designing an NFL stadium have everyone wondering if Ingels will be designing for the Washington Redskins.

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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.

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.

Eavesdrop> Everyone’s a winner? Mitchell Joachim and Michael Sorkin square off with rival anti-Guggenheim competitions

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

What is it about architect Mitchell Joachim that he cannot let go of his Oedipal desire to go after his former “father” employer Michael Sorkin? Not happy about the direction of Sorkin’s non-profit Terreform, Joachim went out and founded his own 501c3, Terreform ONE.

Which brings us to Helsinki…

Eavesdrop> Town ‘n Gown: Fall means change in Los Angeles

Eavesdroplet, Shft+Alt+Del, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy SCI-Arc)

(Courtesy SCI-Arc)

Although the weather seems like summer will never end, fall has been a tizzy of school daze–related comings and goings. After raising eyebrows a couple years ago when he left his practice and teaching behind to join AECOM’s Los Angeles office, Peter Zellner recently left the corporate world to hang a shingle with former AECOM-er Paul Naecker and is back molding young minds at SCI-Arc.

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