Brilliant Bamboo

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Friday, January 9, 2009
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Morigami Jin’s Reclining II

It’s hard enough to see all the gallery exhibitions devoted to architecture in any given New York City week, but if I also try to visit design shows, it takes every waking moment. (I missed the top floor of MoMA’s Home Delivery show, for god’s sake, even though I caught the prefabs on West 54th Street.) New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters at the Japan Society is a show I read about in the A/N diary and kept thinking: “I should run up and see this.” Well, it closes on Sunday, Read More

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Bus Stopped

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Thursday, January 8, 2009
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Future Systems proposal for the new London Routemaster Double Decker Bus was quite the departure.

Future Systems' proposal for the new London Routemaster Double Decker Bus was quite the departure. (Courtesy BD)

Architects don’t have a great track record designing vehicles that make it to the marketplace. LeCorbusier, Gropius, Zaha, and, of course, Buckminster Fuller have all tried “streamlining” their buildings and putting wheels on them but their efforts never made it past the prototype stage. Now you can add Future Systems to the list of those who have tried and failed. Read More

The Long Arrivederci

Other
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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The Venice biennale will just not end! It opened in the warmth of September with mobs of well-known architects in attendance and officially closed on a cold November Sunday with scores of Italian schoolchildren roaming the pavilion grounds. I locked the doors of the U.S. Pavilion, put models and drawings into shipping containers (the show will be reprised at Parsons School of Design in February), and floated our Kartell-donated furniture down the Grand Canal on a barge—just in time for the highest floods in La Serenissima’s post–global warming history. Read More

Swan Song for AR’s Finch

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Friday, November 21, 2008
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Finch and Long.

Finch and Long.

The exact details are still not entirely clear but rumors from the London architecture scene suggest that EMAP, the owner of The Architectural Review, is replacing editor Paul Finch with Kieran Long, who edits the company’s weekly magazine, The Architecture Journal.

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The R Is For “Rey”

East Coast, Other
Friday, November 14, 2008
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The board of directors of the Storefront for Art and Architecture met this week at a Noho restaurant to honor its long-serving president El Comandante Belmont(e) Freeman. Monty–who directed the Storefront through the 1990s and the early Aughts and traces his family back to Cuba–shares with the nation’s own former presidente a strong ability to lead. At the dinner, director Joseph Grima presented el rey with the letter “R” (rebirth? revolution?) that formerly graced the Storefront’s transom. (It was replaced during the recent renovation.) Viva Monty! Viva Monty! VIVA MONTY!

Report: World Architecture Festival

Other
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

The World Architecture Festival in Barcelona is in its second day and it’s great seeing New Yorkers doing so well in this international competition. Read More

Megastructures Reload

Other
Monday, October 20, 2008
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La Villa Spatiale by Yona Friedman & Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz

La Villa Spatiale by Yona Friedman & Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz

A derelict old German mint in Berlin has been taken over until November 2 by Megastructure Reloaded an exhibit of  1960′s visionary architecture drawings, models, and films. Descending into the mint’s basement/bunker Archigrammer Dennis Crompton has created an installation that includes Yona Friedman’s la Ville Spatiale, a film of the Archigram guys walking around The Centre Pompidou with Cedric Price, and a toy-like model of a Constant Nieuwenhuijs skyscraper. The dilapidated ground floor has series of interpretations of the themes by young megatsructuralists like New Yorkers Tobias Putrih and Katrin Sigurdardottir. Read More

Buon Viaggio

Other
Thursday, September 18, 2008
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The partys over at the Arsenale.

The party's over at the Arsenale.

Over the weekend the bloggers of AN boarded the worlds most elegant form of public transportation-the venetian water taxi and headed to Marco Polo airport for the 11:35am Delta flight back to New York City and our offices on Murray Street. We are back to spritzless days, the New York subway rather than vaporettos, beautiful fall days in New York and the typically intense –and wonderful world of New York architecture. A press conference today on Lincoln Center’s design changes and tomorrow the new Brad Cloepfil designed MAD museum on Columbus Circle, Yale’s new art school on Friday and next week the opening of The Storefront for Art and Architectures’ restored facade. Now that we are up and running we will be blogging about all these events and more on the new AN blog! But where can we get a decent spritz in this city?

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Guardian Review by Jonathan Glancey

Other
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Greg Lynn

Greg Lynn

Nude hippies, big blobs, stunning dog pounds – is the 2008 architecture biennale too wacky for its own good?  

…The second part of the biennale, held in the national pavilions dotted through the city’s giardini a few minutes’ walk from the Arsenale, begins to offer some real, adult answers to the question of how we can make warm and lovable buildings for people of all classes, creeds and incomes. The US pavilion takes the theme the most seriously, with displays of radical designs for $20,000 homes executed in some of America’s poorest states by such commendable US practices as the Rural Studio. These designs come as a welcome reality check. Read More

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Hugh Pearman on the Venice pavilions (video)

Other
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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See what RIBA’s Hugh Pearman has to say on the BD web-site

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=725&storycode=3122494&c=2 

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Pop-Up Pavilion

Other
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Roving Pavilion

Roving Pavilion

I returned to the giardini from my afternoon spritz to find this pop-up tent in front of the U.S. pavilion- a perfect spot given the theme of Teddy Cruz’s image of the border. It apparently has been migrating around the garden all week and was gone in an hour.

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US Pavilion

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Entrance to US Pavilion

Entrance to US Pavilion

In case you want to see the web-site for the US Pavilion…check it out.

http://positioningpractice.us

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