CCTV Day 2: We’re Sorry

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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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TVCC Blaze: Report From the Ground

Other
Monday, February 9, 2009
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Crowds and guards outside the smoldering TVCC building (photo: Aric Chen)

From Beijing, longtime AN contributor Aric Chen writes in with these observations:

As of 1:00 AM, hundreds of people were still gathered around police barriers (some holding their dogs), taking photos and videos of the smoldering building, while water cannons were intermittently shot at both the north and south facades. It’s a misty night and, through the haze, the building, which was lit by floodlights, appeared to be burnt to a crisp. From the south side, two fires were still flaring at what looked like about the 15th and 30th floors.

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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

T.C. Boyle’s Frank Lloyd Wright Obsession Is More Novel Than We Thought

Other
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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T.C. Boyle and his wife Karen in their Wright place

T.C. Boyle and his wife Karen in their Wright place. Photo: LAT

We were already anxious to get the word on T.C. Boyle‘s new book The Women since it’s all about the sexploits of that infamous philanderer Frank Lloyd Wright. (The women the title is named for would be Kitty, Mamah, Miriam and Olgivanna, in that order.) But little did we know the origins of Boyle’s influence when it came to writing this novel in the first place…his muse, if you will. Boyle and his family actually live in the first Wright-designed house built in California!

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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

Max Neuhaus is Dead

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Friday, February 6, 2009
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Max Neuhaus installs his sound work in Times Square in 1977.

Max Neuhaus installs his sound work Times Square in 1977.

Pioneering sound artist Max Neuhaus has died of cancer at his home in Marina di Maratea, Italy, according to a report in the Houston Cronicle. In a career that spanned 50 years, the Texas native brought people’s attention to the aural experience of space through sound installations, a term he coined. After abandoning a career as a percussionist in the early 1960s, Neuhaus began to realize anonymous sound works in public spaces, such as his 1977 installation under a subway grating in Times Square

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If Architects Ruled the World

Other
Friday, February 6, 2009
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Munsey Mayor Harry Nicolaides. (Courtesy Village of Munsey) 

Munsey Mayor Harry Nicolaides. (Courtesy Village of Munsey)

In the wake of the recent presidential election, more people, including architects, have become interested and involved in local and national government. As part of the AIA’s efforts to encourage members to run for or be appointed to political offices or commissions, they recently conducted a survey tallying up the number of active members involved in politics, running the gamut from mayors to city council members and planning commissioners. Read More

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Postopolis! Comes to LA

Other
Thursday, February 5, 2009
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Architecture bloggers in La La Land

Architecture bloggers in La La Land

You remember Postopolis! don’t you? The reality show-worthy architecture blog-a-thon that sequestered five bloggers for five days at the Storefront for Art and Architecture two years ago? Well, hold onto your laptops, kids, because Postopolis! is back and promises to be bigger, better, bloggier and more exclamation-pointy than ever before…because it’s coming to LA, baby!

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Their Heart Will Go On (in Times Square)

East Coast, Other
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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A rendering of the 10-foot-high heart, Gage/Clemenceaus Valentine to the city. (Courtesy Rubenstein Communications)

A rendering of the 10-foot-high heart, Gage/Clemenceau's Valentine to the city. (Courtesy Rubenstein Communications)

Correction: Apparently, we can’t keep our Marc/ks straight. In a previous version of this post, quotes attributed to Bailly were incorrectly attributed to Gage. Apologies all around.

UPDATE: We’ve added some shop photos Mark (not Marc) kindly sent over.

While not quite a standalone building, digitally-driven firm (and 2006 New Practices winners) Gage/Clemceau Architects will celebrate its coming out on February 11, when Marc Clemenceau Bailly and Mark Foster Gage deliver their “Valentine to Times Square.” As Bailly told AN, “This is our first big thing that we’ve built, outside of a few exhition pieces and some interiors work.” Read More

Ciao, Bryant Park

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Fashion Week is abandoning Bryant Park for Diller Scofidio + Renfros newly redesigned Lincoln Center, specifically Damrosch Park, which can be seen in the upper lefthand corner. (Courtesy Playbill)

Fashion Week is abandoning Bryant Park for Diller Scofidio + Renfro's newly redesigned Lincoln Center, specifically Damrosch Park, which can be seen in the upper left hand corner. (Courtesy Playbill)

The AP first reported last night, and the mayor confirmed it earlier today: Fashion Week is departing Bryant Park for Lincoln Center. But not just any Lincoln Center. The new-and-improved, Diller Scofidio + Renfro-approved Lincoln Center. According to Bloomberg–in this case, we mean both the mayor and his eponymous news service, via the latter link above–the festivities will take place at the center’s Damrosch Park. Read More

Pricking PIN-UP

Other
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Like its architecture/fashion/porn mix or not, PIN-UP doesn’t seem like a magazine that takes itself too seriously. Neither does AN, of course, but we do strive for accuracy (even if we sometimes miss!). So in that vein, we feel obliged to point out a small error on their part. In their Fall/Winter 08/09 issue, as a part of a tribute to the late critic Herbert Muschamp, PIN-UP ran “never-before-published” emails between then Guggenheim director Lisa Dennison and Muschamp, in which he proposed a series of new exhibitions for the museum. Sound familiar? Piranesi? Antinous? Any bells? Read More

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