Gov’s Island: I’m Not Dead Yet

East Coast, Other
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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GIPECs budget coming into focus. (jglsongs/Flickr)

GIPEC's budget--coming into focus. (jglsongs/Flickr)

While it is well known that the recession has hobbled both the city and state’s budgets for the coming fiscal year, one project has already been left for dead by certain press outlets. Which seems strange because one of the designers behind the recreational magnet that will one day become Governor’s Island works in the same building as us, and they seem as busy as hell. So is it really sink or swim time? Read More

Real Estate Without Us (+Rendering)

Other
Monday, February 23, 2009
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(All cellphotos by Matt Chaban)

There have been countless symbols for the end of the real estate boom, both literal–the collapse of Countrywide, the Fannie & Freddie takeover, the unfinished tract homes and decaying “For Sale” signs–and figurative–the Eastside crane accidents, the TVCC Fire. But we think this back-to-nature scene spotted over the weekend in Williamsburg takes the, uh, mortgage. Read More

VDHRD: ARCH DL V

Other
Friday, February 20, 2009
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There’s been a good bit of coverage so far of LVHRD’s increasingly ubiquitous (and expensive: 30 bucks!) ARCH DL, now in its fifth year. But without question, the best so far has been this video produced by Sebastian Howard, for Record. Hats off, sir. (Video, and assorted photos, after the jump.) Read More

Remembering Max Bond

East
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Max Bond.

Max Bond.

As we reported, Max Bond passed away yesterday. We’re already getting condolences from far and wide–more on that soon–but we also wanted to open up the blog and encourage readers to submit their own thoughts and memories. Please submit them in the comments section below.

UPDATE: Here’s a thoughtful note from Michael Arad, who worked with Bond on the World Trade Center Memorial: Read More

Liz Diller Is Tone Deaf

Other
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

Or so she just told WNYC. The clip was aired during Morning Edition, but as Soterios Johnson (LOVE HIM!) directed us to the web for a complete recap and more, the interview actually appears to be from yesterday’s episode of Soundcheck. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can find the full clip above, as well as a video tour after the jump. And as Johnson gamely noted, be sure to tune in Sunday for the building’s debut performance, which will air live. Think those improved acoustics carry over to radio. Read More

The Stimulus, Uploaded for Your Pleasure

Other
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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There has been a great deal of criticism that the Obama administration has failed to uphold a number of its campaign promises, such as shirking lobbyists and business-as-usual, and reaching across the aisle to craft bipartisan public policy. One thing that has not changed, however, is the commitment to open and transparent governance, particularly through the use of the World Wide Web. And so, today, Recovery.gov was launched, the better to help America keep tabs on the stimulus bill. Read More

A Pat on the Back

Other
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Archpaper.com, thanks in part to this very blog, was named one of the Top Ten Websites for 2009 by Planetizen. At this time, we’d like to thank everyone who might have nominated us or put in a good word. We do this all for you, and couldn’t have done it without you, either. Our commendation after the jump. Read More

Frat Trashes Rudolph’s House

East
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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Following a renovation by the fraternity that occupied it, all most all traces of Paul Rudolph have vanished from his New Haven home. (Calgary Leveen/Yale Daily News)

Following a renovation by the fraternity that occupied it, all most all traces of Paul Rudolph have vanished from his New Haven home. (Calgary Leveen/Yale Daily News)

One could make a living chronicling the iniquities visited upon the work of Paul Rudolph (lord knows we certainly have). From modest tract homes to cutting edge office towers, the trail-blazing, highly influential architect’s work has not fared well of late. Of the handful already demolished, as many are on the chopping block, and it has become an ongoing struggle for the Paul Rudolph Foundation to protect what’s left. One of the better projects to come along was the expansion of Rudolph’s Art & Architecture Building at Yale, where he taught for so long. But it now turns out that that was not the only renovation of the great architect’s work going on in New Haven. Read More

CCTV Day 2: We’re Sorry

Other
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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The remains of yesterdays tragic fire. (drea_beijing/Flickr)

The remains of yesterday's tragic fire. (drea_beijing/Flickr)

As images of a surprisingly intact TVCC building emerge after yesterday’s inferno, the China Central Television network (CCTV) was forced to admit that a fireworks display put on by its employees caused the fire to its iconic new headquarters complex in Beijing, designed by OMA’s Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren.

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CCTV Hotel Ablaze (UPDATE)

Other
Monday, February 9, 2009
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One of countless images streaming across the Internet of the iconic project on fire. (news.ifeng.com)

Images and reports are spiraling out across the Web of a fire taking hold at the hotel adjacent OMA’s CCTV Tower. (Building calls it the TVCC tower.) Details, at least in English, remain slim, but a translation of Chinese reports suggest the fire broke out at 9:21 p.m. local time, or just after eight o’clock this morning in New York. A call to OMA’s New York office did confirm that the fire was in their building, which is still under construction, though all further inquiries were directed to the Rotterdam HQ. Read More

Blame the Senate

Other
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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The Times puts it one way:

But the competing bills now reflect substantially different approaches. The House puts greater emphasis on helping states and localities avoid wide-scale cuts in services and layoffs of public employees. The Senate cut $40 billion of that aid from its bill, which is expected to be approved Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the AIA, in a release just sent out, is a little more blunt: Read More

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Towers of Sin

Other
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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Something something (jolyn27/Flickr)

Sex in the "City within a City." (jolyn27/Flickr)

Like all-dutiful journalists, I read Romenesko each day (it’s like ArchNewsNow, but with media links), mostly for the navel-gazing and doomsaying that characterize print media reporting on print media. And so it was with great surprise that I actually found some architectural news on the site Friday, namely that Chicago’s Marina City, in addition to being one of the city’s most famous buildings, is also one of its most notorious, so much so that one of the tenants has launched an online newspaper about the lurid towers, Marina City News. Read More

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