A Slat in the Face

Eavesdroplet
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Heres another good idea for ya.

Here's another good idea for ya'.

Metropolis contributor Jeff Speck wrote an open letter to Dwell magazine about its “wood-slat” issue. Eavesdrop laughed and laughed, then wondered aloud, “Why no diagonal slats?” You can read the letter after the jump. Read More

Bette Midler, Gardener

Other
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Shes at it again: Bette Midler is adding to her good works in the city, which already include this Robert A.M. Stern boathouse on the Bronx River.

She's at it again: Bette Midler is adding to her good works in the city, which already include this Robert A.M. Stern boathouse on the Harlem River.

Bloomberg Networks’ architectural critic James Russell writes today about Bette Midler’s continuing commitment to beautifying some of New York’s derelict open spaces (with the unintentional side effect of reducing the number of “Law & Order” crime-scene sites). The Divine Miss M is in New York “to open a community garden next to an abandoned tenement, the 33rd oasis her New York Restoration Project has transformed from garbage-strewn wasteland.” You remember the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse by Robert A. M. Stern with Armand LeGardeur on the Harlem River in Swindler Cove Park, one of the Restoration Project’s most lauded transformations.

Up on the Roof

East Coast, Other
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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The party is definitely pool (noodle) side. (Photos by Matt Chaban, except where noted)

The party is definitely pool (noodle) side. (Photos by Matt Chaban, except where noted)

Last night was the opening party for No Soul For Sale a (very) temporary show (it closes Saturday night) at the old Dia space on West 22nd Street organized by X Initiative. The crowning achievement–literally–is a lounge designed by LA-based architect Jeffery Inaba and his eponymous firm. An amusing if uncertain follow-up to Dan Graham’s former installation, the new piece, entitled Pool Noodle Roof, is meant to provide both comfort and unease. Read More

Convention Wars: Attack of the Clones

Other
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Thanks to some strategic re-scheduling, it appears that this weekend has become LA Design Conference-Palooza. It all started when AIA Los Angeles decided months ago to merge its Mobius conference with the popular Dwell On Design. Both shows will be held at the La Convention Center this weekend (June 25-28). All was well with the world.. But then came more recent news that design entrepeneur Charles Trotter had rescheduled his March design show, CA Boom, for the same weekend, at the former Robinsons Department Store in Beverly Hills! Well then all hell broke loose… Read More

Class of 09: Will Work for Green Design

Other
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Daniel Sommers folding garment bag (photos courtesy SAIC).

Daniel Sommer's folding garment bag (photos courtesy SAIC).

Friend of AN Ryan Lafollette sends this dispatch from the Windy City.

Recent graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) architecture and design programs are facing a challenging job market. For those employers looking for new talent, as well as for enthusiasts of design who couldn’t make it to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, SAIC’s department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects is currently showing its graduate design exhibition, Making Modern. Read More

Best of (Trade) Show

Other
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Knoll Textiles Air Rights Drapery (All images courtesy respective manufacturers)

Knoll Textiles' Air Rights Drapery (All images courtesy respective manufacturers)

Recognizing the top new contract product and furnishings introduced at this year’s NeoCon Trade Show, the Best of NeoCon 2009 Awards named 74 products winners of the prestigious award. A total of 280 products were entered in 40 different categories, ranging from carpets and flooring to lighting, furniture, and textile design. Read More

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High Line Reaches The Street

Other
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Today, The Wall Street Journal ran an article on the High Line, written by none other than AN‘s Executive Editor, Julie V. Iovine. Employing the same skill for observation and elegant phrasing that she applied to our own sneak peek of the elevated park back in April, Iovine has brought the wonders of this industrial-wreck-turned-lilly-scented-promenade to a whole new readership: the brokers and bankers of The Street. The Journal also put together this video on the High Line just before its opening. Enjoy!

Curves and Curriculum

Other
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Van Berkels pavilion just prior to the opening (photos by Ryan Lafollette),

Van Berkel's Burnham pavilion in Chicago just prior to the opening (photos by Ryan Lafollette),

There was a lot of trading congratulations and extending thanks at Chicago’s Art Institute last Friday during talks connected to the opening of the Burnham Pavilions, two temporary structures in Millennium Park designed by Ben van Berkel of UN Studio and Zaha Hadid. The pavilions were commissioned as part Chicago’s centennial celebration of Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Chicago Plan, and in truth, construction of only UN Studio’s design is complete. Apparently difficulties with the tensile exterior of Hadid’s project have pushed back the pavilion’s completion to mid-July. Neither that nor the fact that Hadid was unable to attend Friday’s panel as anticipated—reportedly because of a knee injury—dampened the atmosphere. A group of panelists including Robert Somol, director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), Donna Robertson, dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) architecture program, UN Studios’ Ben van Berkel, and Thomas Vitevke, an associate of Zaha Hadid’s studio, spoke to an eager crowd about the designs as well as the collaboration between the architects and the local schools. Read More

Winning Combination: Dumplings and Design

Other
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Photo courtesy Masterson

What do we love more than Dim Sum? Not much… But how about design and biking and Dim Sum? This Saturday LA arts incubator De Lab (Design East of La Brea) put together this genius combination, with a bike tour that left from LA’s Highland Park neighborhood and wound up in Chinatown. Read More

Campgrounds? Try Campskies

Other
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Go pitch a tent. (Courtesy AR)

Go pitch a tent. (Courtesy AR)

From David Livingston to Edmund Hillary and Lawrence of Arabia, the Brits have always been ace at camping, so it only makes sense a firm ‘cross the pond would come up with a system to provide space for tents in cramped urban environments. Read More

The Architecture of Fun

Other
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Sim City 2000: I think I can see my house from here. (Courtesy Game Axis)

Sim City 2000: I think I can see my house from here. (Courtesy Game Axis)

First, AJ brought us the architecture of Star Wars. Now, in another brilliant twist, comes the Top 10 video game designs. From Sim City to Marioworld, Second Life to World of Warcraft, we nerds couldn’t be happier. Sure, they left out Diablo II and Roller Coaster Tycoon, but who are we to complain about our new favorite architecture pub? After ourselves, of course.

Change At Wimbledon

Other
Monday, June 22, 2009
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There’s a feeling of drastic change this year at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, home to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Don’t worry, the players are still wearing all white and bowing and curtsying to the Queen. But when one looks upward from Centre Court they’ll see a new translucent, retractable roof, meant to keep away the rain that inevitably delays the matches every year. Read More

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