Gehry Goes Back To School

West
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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After years in the spotlight it appears that University of Southern California (USC) uber-alum Frank Gehry has decided it’s time to give back. The school announced today that Gehry has been named the school’s Judge Widney Professor of Architecture. He’s also taught at Columbia and Yale, but this is his first time teaching at his Alma Mater.

It’s not clear yet what classes he’s going to lead. Gehry, 81, graduated from USC (B.Arch) back in 1954. He’s arguably the school’s most famous alumnus, but there is good competition, including architects Thom Mayne and Gregory Ain, astronaut Neil Armstrong, filmmaker George Lucas, and, of course, O.J. Simpson.

Williamsburg Galleries on the Verge

East
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Verge, the satallite art fair, comes to DUMBO in March.

Verge, the satallite art fair, comes to DUMBO in March. (Photo courtesy Julia Rubinic/flickr)

The satellite art fair Verge is ruffling a few painted feathers at galleries in Williamsburg. After the announcement last week that the Miami-based art fair was coming to the borough in an event coinciding with the Armory Show from March 3 to 6, several Billyburg gallery owners balked.  The event, called Art Brooklyn, would conflict with Brooklyn Armory Gallery Hop, which Williamsburg Gallery Association has held the past seven years. Recently, the not for profit Best of Brooklyn helped hype the annual event through Brooklyn Tourism and smART Brooklyn, an initiative of the Borough President’s office promoting the borough’s gallery districts.

More on the controversy after the jump.

This Is Your Brain On Architecture

National
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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An interesting piece in this month’s Architect magazine about architects’ personalities. After giving 100 architects Myers-Briggs tests, business consultant Robert Gaarder discovered that many scored ENTJ, which stands for Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, and Judging. That combination, said Gaarder, only shows up in about 2 percent of the normal population.

But what does it all mean?

Helsinki Asks for a Guggenheim

International
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Central Railway Station in Helsinki (Photo courtesy Paul Allais/flickr, additions BK/archpaper)

Central Railway Station in Helsinki (Photo courtesy Paul Allais/flickr, additions BK/archpaper)

The Guggenheim could be headed to the land of a thousand lakes. Helsinki’s Mayor Jussi Pajunen announced today that the city is commissioning the venerable museum to conduct a concept and development study to be completed by the end of the year to determine the potential museum’s economic impact and mission.

More after the jump.

St. Louis Throws Car-Oriented Planning to the Curb

Midwest
Monday, January 17, 2011
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The City of St. Louis in 1912

The City of St. Louis in 1912

Like many cities around the country, St. Louis is in search of a more sustainable, more dense city that promotes walkability and public transit. With the help of $150,000 in stimulus funds, St. Louis will soon be evaluating its zoning codes to affect such land-use changes in unincorporated areas around the county. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch described plans to densify the county focusing on redeveloping currently built-up areas.

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Broadly Speaking, Old Veil, New Twist

West
Monday, January 17, 2011
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American Cement Company in Los Angeles (Courtesy / Flickr)

American Cement Company in Los Angeles (Courtesy kurious kite / Flickr)

The recent unveiling of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Broad Art Foundation has been generating a lot of buzz in the past couple weeks. The defining architectural element of the museum is its porous structural concrete veil which the architects hope will create an interplay between interior and exterior spaces. The Broad’s concrete skin won’t be Los Angeles’ first, however. Sitting just two miles away on Wilshire Boulevard, the American Cement Building features a mid-century veil of its own.

See the American Cement Company after the jump.

Quick Clicks> Lost, Super, Speed, Parking

Daily Clicks
Monday, January 17, 2011
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Hotel Grand Prospect rendering (Courtesy Curbed)

Hotel Grand Prospect rendering (Courtesy Curbed)

Parking Slope. A parking lot in Park Slope, Brooklyn could soon sprout an 11-story, 166-room hotel designed by Doban Architecture (pictured above). Curbed stopped by a community meeting last Thursday and reports Hotel Grand Prospect has extended the neighborhood an olive branch in the form of a 400-car parking garage which has won over some community members. The project is still in its early phases and traffic and environmental studies have yet to be completed. (More at Curbed.)

More quick clicks after the jump.

See CRA Sprint

West
Friday, January 14, 2011
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..But maybe not for long.

We learn from our friends at Curbed LA that LA’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) is scrambling to put away funds for about a billion dollars in projects before being potentially done away with later this year. You see, earlier this month California Governor Jerry Brown proposed— among $12.5 billion in budget cuts— “phasing out” funding for all of the state’s redevelopment agencies, a move that, according to Brown, “will return billions in property tax revenues to schools, cities and counties and help pay for public safety, education and other services.”

According to Curbed, the CRA just “quickly put together a draft agreement with the city that socks away $938 million for future projects.” That includes money for The Broad‘s new parking garage, for a new office tower on Vine Street in Hollywood. No matter what you think of redevelopment agencies, the move will hurt architects and builders. So stay tuned next week for AN‘s comprehensive article on just how much it will hurt. Sounds fun, right?

Peering into Architecture′s Crystal Ball

National
Friday, January 14, 2011
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As architecture emerges from the depths of recession, the future remains uncertain. The latest covers of Architectural Record and Architect magazine have both emblazoned their covers with such deep questions as “What Now?” and “What’s Next?” While the magazines may be inquiring into the future of architecture, with the recent departure of Robert Ivy from Record and ensuing transition, one must wonder if the questions are more applicable to the magazines themselves.

Quick Clicks: Ruination, Context, Issues, Movement, Resolutions

Daily Clicks
Friday, January 14, 2011
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Obelisk in Central Park (Courtesy Thom Watson/Flickr)

Obelisk in Central Park (Courtesy Thom Watson/Flickr)

[ Quick Clicks> A hand-selected tour of links from around the world. ]

Ruination. Mayor Bloomberg received an angry letter in the mail last week from Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. According to the NY Times, Hawass is threatening to take back the circa-1500 B.C. monument if the city doesn’t properly care for the inscribed hieroglyphics. Heavily eroded, the obelisk was a gifted to the United States in 1869 to celebrate the completion of the Suez Canal.

Much, much more after the jump!

New Boldface Names from the Architectural League of New York

National
Friday, January 14, 2011
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LentSpace in New York by Interboro Partners (photo: Michael Falco/The New York Times)

The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program is one of the country’s most prestigious venues for showcasing significant design talent. This years list is no exception, with a mix of young and more established firms, working in a variety of scales and formal and social approaches. The lecture series will begin on Wednesday, March 9 with Brooklyn’s Interboro Partners and Lateral Office of Toronto.  Read More

Prince Charles Is Slumming It?

International
Thursday, January 13, 2011
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Yesterday AN learned, via ArchNewsNow, that Prince Charles is planning a new town in India that draws its inspiration from the slums and informal settlements of Calcutta and Bangalore. While the Prince has long been a bete noire for modernists, his interest in vernacular, impromptu settlements is in line with modern architects like the members of Team 10 and Bernard Rudofsky.

The Prince is no stranger to town building, having created a simulacrum of a medieval village at Poundbury. In India, the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment plans to build 3000 homes–for an estimated 15,000 low income residents–interwoven with schools and small shops.

“We have a great deal to learn about how complex ­systems can self-organize to ­create a harmonious whole,” the Prince said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail. The Prince, widely admired for his work on sustainable agriculture, plans to include green features like rainwater collectors and natural ventilation.

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