Eavesdrop> Stressful Recovery: As architecture work rebounds, companies are slow to re-hire

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

The new boom in architecture work has been a godsend for once-struggling firms nationwide. But there’s a downside. Offices consistently tell us that a hangover of the brutal recession is that they’re hesitant to hire large quantities of new workers, which means more work for not enough people. This, of course, means exhaustion and stress. And so we’ll dub the new economy the Nervous Breakdown Boom until we can think of something better.

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Eavesdrop> Raging River Rumors: What’s next for the Los Angeles River?

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

We’ve been collecting dribs and drabs about the next phase of development along the already booming Los Angeles River, and the next is that the LA River Revitalization Corporation—the non-profit created to oversee development around the changing waterway—is hoping to put together a dream team of architects and planners to do something ambitious. The group won’t comment on the specifics (though their last board meeting did discuss “projects, infrastructure, and investment, according to the agenda), but we’re very curious to learn more about this.

Eavesdrop> No resurrection for this near-north-side Chicago church

St. Dominic’s Church in Chicago. (Courtesy Google)

St. Dominic’s Church in Chicago. (Courtesy Google)

The area around Chicago’s former Cabrini-Green public housing project has been a contentious site for a long time, basically in flux since the city first started demolishing it in 1995. Despite Chicago Housing Authority moving decidedly without alacrity to redevelop much of the site, the neighborhood is changing. The latest cue? Developers plan to demolish the long-vacant St. Dominic’s Church on the corner of Locust and Sedgwick.

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Eavesdrop> Stiffed! The Lisbon Architecture Triennale tells its curators they won’t be paid

"Marshmallow Laser Feast" was part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. (Delfino Legnani)

“Marshmallow Laser Feast” was part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. (Delfino Legnani)

The life of an independent architecture curator is always tenuous at best. They develop a concept for an exhibit then pitch it to multiple venues in academia and museums and spend three to four years realizing the project. The financial rewards for such projects are minimal, but usually cover the curator’s costs and allow them a modicum of profit.

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Eavesdrop> Hocus Pocus: Leak in David Copperfield’s pool sends water flowing through his 57th Street penthouse

East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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(Image courtesy Google; Montage by AN)

(Image courtesy Google; Montage by AN)

David Copperfield can saw himself in half, fly around theaters, and even make the Statue of Liberty disappear, but he cannot keep gallons of water inside his penthouse pool in Manhattan.

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Separated at birth: A reader spots the Whitney’s carbon copy predecessor

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This “separated at birth” image came to us via architect Ken Saylor who noticed a quirky doppelganger for Renzo Piano‘s about-to-open Whitney Museum. Anyone have other Whitney comparisons? Leave them in the comments below.

Eavesdrop> Police raid millionaire murder suspect’s Houston condo

Eavesdroplet, Southwest
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Robert Durst. (Courtesy HBO)

Robert Durst. (Courtesy HBO)

The last time Robert Durst—the accused killer and heir to one of New York City’s most influential real estate dynasties—was behind bars in the Southwest, he was on trial for the murder of his neighbor, Morris Black, in Galveston, Texas. That time he was caught after swiping a sandwich and some Band-Aids from a Pennsylvania supermarket while wearing cross-dressing attire. Now, he is donning an orange jumpsuit once again.

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Eavesdrop> Don’t call me Shirley! Eric Garcetti lands Airplane! in Downtown Los Angeles

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, March 30, 2015
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From the Airplane! movie poster. (Courtesy Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker)

From the Airplane! movie poster. (Courtesy Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker)

Last month LA Mayor Eric Garcetti attended a screening of his favorite movie, Airplane!, at the historic Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The event included a Q&A with Garcetti and the film’s directors, Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker.

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Eavesdrop> No Parks For You: Republican governor’s funding cuts put Chicago projects at risk

Bruce Rauner, left, and Rahm Emanuel, right. (Courtesy Bruce Rauner; Talk Radio News Service / Flickr; Courtesy 606)

Bruce Rauner, left, and Rahm Emanuel, right. (Courtesy Bruce Rauner; Talk Radio News Service / Flickr; Courtesy 606; Montage by AN)

Illinois’ new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is an old finance buddy of Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the two are due for some awkward wine club outings and vacations to Montana judging by the rhetoric Rahm’s slinging towards Springfield.

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Eavesdrop> Ski Bummer: Proposed enormous indoor ski slope resort in Texas calls it quits

Eavesdroplet, Southwest
Monday, March 23, 2015
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The Grand Alps Resort. (Courtesy Grand Alps Group)

The Grand Alps Resort. (Courtesy Grand Alps Group)

Grand Prairie, Texas, has been spared what could have been the nation’s first indoor ski resort and Hard Rock Hotel. The project’s developer, The Grand Alps Group, pulled the $215 million proposal after a meeting with Grand Prairie’s mayor and city manager. They were not happy about losing the big fish. “We were a little surprised,” City Manager Tom Hart told the Dallas Morning News. “We thought we had a pretty good meeting.”

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Eavesdrop> It’s Very European! Houston developers invoke the Old World to help sell real estate

Before and after of the Alessandra Hotel design. (Courtesy Gensler)

Before and after of the Alessandra Hotel design. (Courtesy Gensler)

Eavesdrop is scratching its head. First, in January, Gensler released new renderings for the Hotel Alessandra in downtown Houston. Where before the firm had proposed a sleek modern glass tower for the site with strong, swooping vertical lines that accentuated the building’s height, the new iteration shows a collection of rectilinear facade treatments of varying levels of transparency arranged to express a podium, tower, and crown with cornice. Jonathan Brinsden, CEO of the project’s developer, Midway, described the new look as a “modern interpretation of European style.”

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Eavesdrop> What Climate Change? Florida government allegedly bans the words “climate change” and “sustainability”

Florida Governor Rick Scott. (Nathan Edwards)

Florida Governor Rick Scott. (Nathan Edwards)

 

Florida officials have reportedly banned the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from using “climate change,” “global warming,” and “sustainability” in all official correspondence.

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