Day 37 & 38: The sheen of the Chicago Architecture Biennial has not worn off as programming continues to impress

Architecture, Midwest
Thursday, November 19, 2015
"Tesseracts of Time" by Jessica Lang Dance Co. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

“Tesseracts of Time” by Jessica Lang Dance Co. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

Often, there’s a blast of attention for the opening of a Biennial, or Biennale, or Triennale. This happens partly because the media descends on a place for the first few days while opening events abound, and then go back on their merry ways. It’s also due in part to the event’s programming—how much of note actually happens after the initial weekend? The Chicago Architecture Biennial, now over a month on, is bucking that trend by doing a great job of extending its initial burst of programming.

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Everybody Dance Now: Steven Holl collaborates for dance at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, Newsletter
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11/5/15 7:24:30 PM -- World Premier of "Tesseracts of Time" by Jessica Lang Dance Co. . © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

World Premier of “Tesseracts of Time” by Jessica Lang Dance Co. and Steven Holl. (Todd Rosenberg Photography)

One of the more unusual things I heard when preparing for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) was a tip from someone involved that there was going to be “a ballet about Steven Holl.” I was obviously excited about this prospect, and I finally got to see the final results last Friday. It may not have been exactly about Steven himself, but it was close.

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Thursday> The Elvis Zapp Urban Film Festival will knit together 60 one-minute design videos into a film unlike any other

Architecture, Design, East
Wednesday, September 9, 2015


The Elvis Zapp Urban Film Festival Projection showcases short videos on architecture urbanism. The brainchild of Andrew McNair, the festival is unlike any other film event devoted to design—and it’s not to be missed.

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

Eavesdroplet, National
Friday, August 28, 2015

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).

Wilshire Boulevard Temple announces shortlist for its “Gathering Place” building

Architecture, News, West
Monday, May 4, 2015

Sanctuary ceiling from Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s recent renovation. (Tom Bonner)

Earlier this year AN‘s Eavesdrop column predicted the shortlist for Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s “Gathering Place,” a 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s sanctuary. The final list has been revealed and includes big hitters such as OMA, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects.

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Will China Become a Design Dictatorship?


(Courtesy Zaha Hadid)

The days of China as a staging ground for progressive, even experimental, architecture may be numbered. High-profile projects by Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, et al, while the delight of design aficionados around the world, haven’t impressed Chinese President Xi Jinping—at least in a positive way.

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Archtober Building of the Day #19> Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University

Architecture, East
Monday, October 20, 2014

(Rochelle Thomas)

Archtober Building of the Day #19
Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University
Broadway & 218th Street
Steven Holl Architects

We rode the subway to the northern tip of Manhattan to tour Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The design, based on football play diagrams, incorporates “points on the ground, lines in space” that develop from the sloping site in this industrial section of Inwood. Olaf Schmidt, associate-in-charge of the project, led the Archtober tour through the building.

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Steven Holl Wins Japan’s Praemium Imperiale

Steven Holl (courtesy Mark)

Steven Holl. (courtesy Mark)

Steven Holl has been awarded the 2014 Praemium Imperiale, the annual award of the Japan Arts Association and one of the world’s most important cultural prizes. The New York–based architect is known for his formally inventive buildings with sophisticated use of natural light and careful consideration of site and context. Among his many notable projects are the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University, the expansion of the Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, the Linked Hybrid in Beijing, and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. Read More

Holl’s Pricey New Library in Queens Must Tone it Down a Notch

Development, East, News, Newsletter
Friday, April 4, 2014
Rendering for Hunters Point Community Library. (Courtesy Steven Holl Architects)

Rendering for Hunters Point Community Library. (Courtesy Steven Holl Architects)

Looks like Steven Holl’s impressive design for a new library in Queens, New York costs quite a bit more than expected. DNA Info reported that bids for the 21,000-square-foot project came in about $10-20 million over budget. But that doesn’t mean the project is dead just yet. While the city has nixed a planned geothermal heating and cooling system, is swapping customized interior fixtures for standard ones, and is replacing the aluminum façade with painted concrete, they say the library will stay true to its original design.

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Stunning Site and Stunning Shortlist at UC Santa Cruz

Architecture, Newsletter, West
Monday, January 27, 2014
Capacity studies for the Institute and the surrounding arts area.The Institute will be on the site of the red buildings in the center.  (Walker Macy)

Capacity studies for the Institute and the surrounding arts area.The Institute will be on the site of the red buildings in the center. (Walker Macy)

For weeks we’ve been hearing murmurs about the hottest RFQ in California: the UC Santa Cruz Insitute of Arts and Sciences, a hilltop museum, research center, and innovation hub on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Finally the shortlist has been announced, and it features a group of very heavy hitters from around the country.

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Is That a Steven Holl in Downtown Los Angeles? No, It’s Medallion 2.0

International, Newsletter, West
Monday, August 5, 2013
Medallion 2.0 (Kevin Tsai Architecture)

Medallion 2.0 (Kevin Tsai Architecture)

While it’s been well-documented that China has been “borrowing from” U.S. designs for some time, it appears that relationship is starting to go both ways. Downtown Los Angeles is ready to get a new residential project that bears a striking resemblance to Steven Holl’s Linked Hybrid apartment complex in Beijing. Note the porous, gridded facade and the glassy skybridges, to name just a couple of  similarities. The mixed-use Medallion 2.0, designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture, would be located off the corner of Third and Main Streets, reported downtown blogger Brigham Yen. It’s scheduled to break ground in 2015 and include 400 rental units, a theater,  retail, and over half an acre of green space. We’ll keep you posted on more Asian imports as they no doubt continue to arrive.

(Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid. (Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

(Steven Holl’s Linked Hybrid. (Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

Obit> Yukio Futagawa, 1932-2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Left to right: Yukio Futagawa, Stevel Holl, Yoshio Futagawa. (Courtesy Steven Holl)

Left to right: Yukio Futagawa, Stevel Holl, Yoshio Futagawa. (Courtesy Steven Holl)

A sad but touching note today from Steven Holl informed us that Yukio Futagawa, the founder and impresario of GA Architecture magazine, passed away in Japan on March 5, 2013. Futagawa was 80 years old and was best known as the founder and director of GA Architecture Publishing Group. GA is recognized for seeking out the world’s best architects and projects and presenting them in elegant and intelligent formats (GA Houses, GA Documents) that crossed magazines with book publishing.

It is understandable that GA would be such a powerful and distinguished publishing house since Futagawa was a much respected architectural photographer and, as Holl writes, “a cultural force for fine architecture globally [who] understood that we must think beyond the provincial beyond the national.”

GA will continue to operate under the new leadership of Yukio’s son Yoshio. The family held a private funeral service for Futagawa in Japan on March 10, but if you are in Beijing, Holl will hold a tribute toast for him at the Opposite House Penthouse on March 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

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