Egg on Face at Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park?

East, Eavesdroplet
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. (Paul Warchol / Courtesy FDR Four Freedoms Park)

Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. (Paul Warchol / Courtesy FDR Four Freedoms Park)

You can’t make a monument without breaking some eggs. Fabergé cosmetics heir Reed Rubin is protesting a decision by the board of Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park to not include a donor inscription on the Louis Kahn-designed FDR memorial. For a $2.5 million donation in honor of Rubin’s parents Vera D. and Samuel Rubin, founders of the cosmetics firm and the Reed Foundation, the foundation claims it was promised an inscription in a prominent spot (preferably near the bust of FDR on a slab facing Manhattan).

The board of the park, not wanting to compromise the monument’s design, proposed an inscription in another location in the park. Rubin and the foundation are fighting back, and had tried to postpone October’s dedication. The New York Daily News quoted a letter written by the park’s board chairman William vanden Heuvel to the foundation: “You may prevail in a courtroom. But it will be a Pyrrhic victory, dear friends, a scar not a medal on the list of your achievements.”

 

After Sandy: A Look Back at New York’s Worst Storm Ever

East
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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While New York and the East Coast try to return to normal after the brutal Hurricane Sandy, AN takes a look at most dramatic storm-related sights as we batten down the hatches for the oncoming nor-easter. Our Lower Manhattan offices reopened on Monday with lights working but our steam-powered heat is still out (space heaters have been working overtime). Architecture for Humanity and AIA New York have already begun mobilizing the design community to help with the recovery effort, as have countless other organizations accepting donations and volunteers.

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Architecture and the Media #4: Evolving Media Platforms.  The last in the popular year-long Architecture and the Media series is this Thursday evening, November 8! The topic: Evolving Media Platforms. Join editors Jenna McKnight (Architizer), Stephanie Murg (Unbeige), Susan Szenasy (Metropolis) and writer Alexandra Lange (Design Observer) for a discussion with Molly Heintz (Architect’s Newspaper) about online journalism and social media, 6-8pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. Click here for TICKETS.  

 

On View> Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts

Newsletter, West
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Rare three panel folding screen in walnut and metal, 1952. (Courtesy PMCA)

Rare three panel folding screen in walnut and metal, 1952. (Courtesy PMCA)

Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union St., Pasadena, Calif.
October 28–February 24

Before Ikea introduced cheaply made Swedish-designed furnishings to dorm rooms across the globe, there was Swedish architect and designer Greta Magnusson Grossman, an often overlooked founding figure of Swedish modernism. For the first retrospective of her work, the Pasadena Museum of California Art presents Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts, which showcases designs that chronicle Grossman’s remarkable career. Her work fuses Scandinavian minimalism with California modernism, as illustrated by her well-known and widely replicated Grasshopper and Cobra lamp designs.

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Cincinnati is Recovering From the Swine Flu

Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Aerial view of Over the Rhine and beyond in Cincinnati. (OverTheRhine/Flickr)

Aerial view of Over the Rhine and beyond in Cincinnati. (OverTheRhine/Flickr)

Dear readers, Eavesdrop had the opportunity to explore Louisville, KY—our hometown—and Cincinnati, OH (a.k.a. Porkopolis) over the weekend. It’s been six or seven years since our last trip to Cincy and we have a couple things to say about it. It’s kind of a real city, like dense and old, with just enough corporate headquarters looming over the skyline.

We finally got to see the HOK designed Great American Tower in real life and it’s just as bad in person as its renderings. You may remember that we thoroughly made fun of its fugly, Princess Di inspired, steel tiara—something about lipstick on a pig. Let’s update that to a more current comparison. That tiara is more Honey Boo Boo than Princess Di. Eavesdrop is not a fan of hats or tiaras on buildings—i.e. the Pappageorge Haymes-designed One Museum Park in Chicago with its sailor cap. The American Institute of Steel Construction disagrees, recently giving said tiara a design award.

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Watch Out For Starchitects While Trick-or-Treating Tonight

International
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Zaha Hadid as Elphaba. (Courtesy Building Satire)

Zaha Hadid as Elphaba. (Courtesy Building Satire)

The sun has set on the east coast and trick-or-treaters are beginning to fill the streets, but keep your eyes peeled for starchitects lurking in the shadows. Building Satire has imagined five of our favorite international stars as vampires, witches, mimes, scary clowns, and Frankenstein. Spooky! But what starchitect could pull off a pirate or headless horseman? Share your suggestions in the comments. [Via Curbed.]

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Hurricane Sandy Hits AN’s Lower Manhattan Headquarters

East, National
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Flooded streets at 34th Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan. (@LassanaDiarra_/Twitter)

Flooded streets at 34th Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan. (@LassanaDiarra_/Twitter)

Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the northeastern United States overnight, hitting Lower Manhattan especially hard. The 14-foot storm surge, the highest tide ever recorded in 200 years, swept across the city filling tunnels, basements, and streets and causing massive power outages across Lower Manhattan.

AN‘s Murray Street headquarters is fortunately located on high ground in Tribeca, but the city-wide subway shutdown, power outage, and cell service outages have made the offices temporarily inaccessible. Editors in New York and across the country continue to work through the aftermath of the natural disaster to produce the best in architectural journalism daily, both in print and online as New York returns to normal, but please bear with us as we work to return to our normal routine, and check back often for the most current architectural news.

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Frankenstorm Snaps Crane at Portzamparc’s One 57

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Monday, October 29, 2012
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Partial crane collapse at Manhattan's One 57 tower. (CBS News via Observer)

Partial crane collapse at Manhattan’s One 57 tower. (CBS News via Observer)

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on New York and New Jersey, and the current 55 to 60 mile an hour wind gusts tearing through Central Park have already taken their toll on Manhattan’s starchitecture, partially collapsing the construction crane at Christian de Portzamparc’s supertall One57 tower on West 57th Street.

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DesigNYC Call for Non-Profits and Pro Bono Designers: Healthy Communities.  DesigNYC Call for Non-Profits and Pro Bono Designers: Healthy CommunitiesCalling non-profits and pro bono designers! DesigNYC announces its 4th cycle of projects with the theme “Healthy Communities.”  DesigNYC is looking for project ideas that “encourage physical activity in urban spaces, advocate a better access to healthy food, clean air and/or water, or carve out room for peace and quiet” as well as design strategies that might include everything from creating educational campaigns and initiatives  to ways of reducing pollution or poor health habits to building playgrounds, community gardens or green markets. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 1, 11:59PM. Find more submission information here.    

 

Fanciful Jack-O-Lanterns from the Oyler Wu Collaborative

National
Friday, October 26, 2012
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(Courtesy Oyler Wu Collaborative)

(Courtesy Oyler Wu Collaborative)

We can’t resist when architects bring out the knives and engage in the fall ritual of pumpkin carving. Jenny Wu of the LA-based Oyler Wu Collaborative shared the results of their annual pumpkin carving contest set in front of the firm’s Screenplay installation. Happy Halloween!

Control This! 2012 in NYC.  Control This! 2012 in NYC The 3rd Annual Control! Wednesday, November 7, 2012 (11:00 am – 7:30 pm) at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, NYC). Hosted by the IESNYC the event exhibits state-of-the-art lighting control systems and energy management systems, features three (3) AIA-accredited seminars (totaling 3.5 AIA LU Credits) that explore the ways lighting controls integrate into and perhaps have the potential to transform the built environment; and presents the first ever Lighting PlugFest. Register now for the Expo Hall and Seminars here.

 

EVENT> Critical Halloween Party: Saturday, October 27

East
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Lisa and Ted Landrum ,”Eye of the Beholder,” (Brett Beyer/Courtesy Storefront)

Lisa and Ted Landrum ,”Eye of the Beholder,” (Brett Beyer/Courtesy Storefront)

CRITICAL HALLOWEEN : On Banality, on Metaphor
Saturday, October 27
10pm til Late
The Autumn Bowl
67 West Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The second annual Critical Halloween hosted by the Storefront for Art and Architecture promises to generate a spooky skyline on Saturday. Mixing in a new theme of “Metaphor” with last year’s banner of “Banality,” guests are invited to critique and comment through costume. Judging by 2011 event (see below), it’s the ultimate cathartic carnival for all things architecture and design. Get inspired here.

Check out some of last year’s costumes after the jump.

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