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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang

Former AN editor and occasional China correspondent Andrew Yang sent us some pictures recently of what he describes as Beijing’s new, unavoidable landmark. Whether it’s on the scale of, say, the Empire State Building, we’re not sure, but it’s certainly looks as symbolic. He writes:

Whenever anyone visits Beijing, it is hard not to run into Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren’s CCTV building, which has clearly finished construction on the exterior, and is now undergoing a massive interior fitout. Read More

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LA Live! (ugh)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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A hopeful rendering: L.A. Live excitement

A hopeful rendering: L.A. Live excitement

LA Times critic Christopher Hawthorne yesterday summed up the problems with L.A. Live!, the behemoth development in Downtown LA’s South Park district, whose second phase is now opening. Hawthorne decries its “placelessness,” its buildings that “have almost nothing to say to or about downtown Los Angeles,” and worst of all, its inability to help the rest of the area.

“When we trap the energy of an urban crowd inside this sort of self-contained world,” he writes, “and when we allow developers and their architects to heighten the differences between that world and the streets around it so dramatically, we help keep the rest of our blocks underused and, as pieces of the city, undernourished.”

Amen brother. While the development, with its mix of residences, hotels and entertainment venues, should certainly bring activity and money downtown in tough times, it is still a wasted opportunity.

One For the Books

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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In this age of blogs and 24-hour cable news, rarely does breaking news come from an old-fashioned hardcover book. But that is exactly what happened with Studio Daniel Libeskind’s New York Tower, which can be seen above (and which we also talked to the architect about earlier today). Read More

Blade Runner Barbie

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Whether you are buying gifts this weekend or merely window-shopping, New Yorkers willing to brave the crowds on upper Madison Avenue can also see cutting edge architecture, albeit in miniature form. Read More

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Sidwell It Is

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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The Sidwell Friends School, the country's first LEED Platinum grade school. (All images courtesy KTA.)

As if we haven’t written enough about Barack Obama or schools of late (what can we say, we’re in the tank with the rest of the press), we still can’t help but weigh in on the Obamas’ decision to send their daughters to the Sidwell Friends School. Sure, there’s been tons said already about the school’s Quaker values and its symbolic standing in D.C., even the hypocrisy of the choice.

But what really matters–and hopefully speaks volumes for the coming administration–is the school itself. No, not the teachers. We’re talking about the building, and the middle school in particular, which happens to be the first LEED Platinum grade school in the country. Read More

Getting Schooled

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Monday, November 24, 2008
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Leo A Dalys

Leo A Daly's LAUSD High School #9

Last Thursday AN California Editor Sam Lubell (author… ahem… of this post) moderated the first in a series of panels hosted by the AIA/LA called Design Dialogues. The discussion centered around educational design, and panelists included Hraztan Zeitlian of Leo A Daly Architects, John Enright of Griffin Enright Architects, and John Friedman of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects. Read More

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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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Rogers Goes Terminal

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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AJ got word two weeks ago that Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners had been chosen to develop a new 42-story tower atop the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. What our colleagues across the pond did not have was the new rendering released yesterday by the PA when it made the announcement official. Read More

Suddenly Remodeling Takes On a Whole New Meaning

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Monday, November 17, 2008
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Caleb Mulvena

Manhattan architect/J.Crew model Caleb Mulvena

If the model sporting the purple Italian cashmere scarf and hand-finished denim in the November J.Crew catalog looks familiar to you, that’s because he’s none other than New York architect Caleb Mulvena, principal with Colin Brice at the hot new firm Mapos. Read More

Coney of the Mind

Other
Monday, November 17, 2008
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It’s been a busy day out at Coney Island. Not only did local City Council rep Dominic Recchia tell the Post that the city is trying to buy up developer Joe Sitt’s stake in the area, but now comes the Municipal Art Society’s zany plans for the famed amusement park.

The MAS spent a busy week talking to the community and then working to conceive fanciful designs with a world-renowned team of planners, designers, and amusement experts, the fruits of which were unveiled at a press conference today at Borough Hall. AN had a correspondent on the scene, but these renderings are just too nice to keep to ourselves. With the blustery weather outside, maybe they can give hope for a warmer future. More amusements after the jump. Read More

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!

And the Real Winner Is…

East Coast, Other
Friday, November 14, 2008
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The "Hoop," coming to a corner near you.

As we mentioned Tuesday, there was some confusion as to who had won the CityRacks Design Competition–held by the city’s Department of Transportation, the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transportation Alternatives–given that no official announcement had been made last week. Whether Bustler’s report impacted the decision or not may never be known, but it was the “Hoop” (above) and not, as predicted, the “Alien” (after the jump) that carried the day. Read More

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