Eavesdrop> Less Is More: Here’s why Philippe Starck refuses to wear underwear

Eavesdroplet, International
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Nowness)

(Courtesy Nowness)

Philippe Starck, the famed architect and designer, has let the world know that he incorporates the architectural adage of “less is more” into his everyday sartorial decisions. In a video interview with Nowness, Starck said, “I don’t wear underwear because I don’t need it.”

Watch the video after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Holl-y Moly: Could there be a ballet about Steven Holl at the Chicago Architecture Biennial?

Eavesdroplet, National
Friday, August 28, 2015
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Steven Holl. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Chicago Biennial will not be short on architectural morsels, but the most delicious one could well be “a ballet about Steven Holl,” which sources tell AN will be held in a local theater. What exactly a “ballet about Steven Holl” means we are unsure, but here’s hoping that it stars Robert de Niro (a Holl doppelgänger) in his biggest dance role since his infamous “Twinkle Toes Shakespeare” role in Stardust (2007).

Eavesdrop> What’s your resign? Hilary Jay steps down at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
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The Philadelphia Center for Architecture. (Courtesy Google)

The Philadelphia Center for Architecture. (Courtesy Google)

After just under two years at the helm, Philadelphia Center for Architecture director Hilary Jay has stepped down. The Center said in a statement that the departure was “mutual and amicable.”

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Bike path in pieces: Skeptics dismiss Dutch solar bike path SolaRoad as inefficient “cash grab”

(Courtesy SolaRoad)

(Courtesy SolaRoad)

Naysayers have rained criticism on Dutch Solaroad solar bike path system. In the first six months of operation, it reportedly overshot energy production expectations to the collective glee of engineers. However, self-described “scientists” are taking it down with numerical rhetoric, namely the cost and inferior production capacity relative to rooftop solar panels. Last year’s pilot test ate up $3.2 million in investor funding for a 230-foot stretch of concrete, and SolaRoad remains tightlipped on the cost per square foot.

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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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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?

More renderings after the jump.

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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Eavesdrop> The Bell Rings In Silence: Gossip swirls over changes at AIANY

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Rick Bell. (ZOË SEIBEL)

Rick Bell. (ZOË SEIBEL)

There was one question on everybody’s mind in New York this spring: What happened to Rick Bell? On March 27, without warning or explanation, the former executive director of AIANY and the Center for Architecture tendered his resignation, effective immediately, which AIANY’s board of directors promptly accepted.

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Eavesdrop> Jerde Music: Noted architect gets an exuberant farewell at Los Angeles’ Union Station

Eavesdroplet, Obit, West
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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(Ali Wade / Flickr)

(Ali Wade / Flickr)

One of Los Angeles‘ most influential architects, Jon Jerde, who recently passed away, was known for the ebullience and animation of his designs. So it was only fitting that his funeral be held at LA’s stunning Union Station, inside the Grand Concourse, accompanied by nothing less than a full Mariachi band. When Eavesdrop finally goes to the Page Six in the sky, this is exactly how we would like to go out.

Was Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park tower inspired by an architect-designed trashcan?

Is 432 Park really a supertall trashcan? (Montage by AN)

Is 432 Park really a supertall trashcan? (Montage by AN)

AN had the unique opportunity to walk around the top floor of the supertall 432 Park Avenue tower, where the full-floor penthouse with a $95 million view of Central Park is nearing completion. A Saudi billionaire, Fawaz Al Hokair, was recently announced as the buyer. Ironically, The Real Deal has reported this week that it was also announced by one of the architects—at a Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance lecture in December—that the Rafael Viñoly design was inspired by, wait for it, a trashcan.

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Eavesdrop> Downtown LA, You’re Nuts: Soho House, swanky international development remaking the urban core

Development, Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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Soho House in reportedly interested in a warehouse at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Google)

Soho House in reportedly interested in a warehouse at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Google)

The swanky meter is getting dialed to 11 in Downtown Los Angeles. Rumor has it that the rarified Soho House club will be opening its second LA location in a six-story warehouse in the area’s Arts District.

But, wait. There more.

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