Real Estate Without Us (+Rendering)

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Monday, February 23, 2009
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(All cellphotos by Matt Chaban)

There have been countless symbols for the end of the real estate boom, both literal–the collapse of Countrywide, the Fannie & Freddie takeover, the unfinished tract homes and decaying “For Sale” signs–and figurative–the Eastside crane accidents, the TVCC Fire. But we think this back-to-nature scene spotted over the weekend in Williamsburg takes the, uh, mortgage. Read More

South Central Farm Documentary Up For an Oscar Tonight

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Sunday, February 22, 2009
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The 14-acre South Central Farm

The 14-acre South Central Farm

As you’re dazzled by light refracting off one million Swarovski crystals at a very Rockwellian Oscars this evening, there’ll be one award worth watching besides the Mickey Rourke vs. Angelina Jolie faceoff for Biggest Lips. Up for best documentary feature is The Garden, the story of a 14-acre community garden in South Central that was the largest of its kind…until it was bulldozed in 2006 by developer Ralph Horowitz to make way for a Forever 21 warehouse.

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Transit + Art = THE FUTURE

Other
Friday, February 20, 2009
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Jake Loniaks Deus Ex Machina

Jake Loniak's Deus Ex Machina

This week Pasadena’s Art Center College hosted its summit, Expanding the Vision of Sustainable Mobility. Lots of interesting ideas, some of them making us realize that despite our financial ruin, science fiction has already arrived (even if we can’t pay for it). These include Leik Myrabo’s laser-powered rocket ship (no, we’re not making that up), Neville Mars’ constantly-moving subway, his plan for “dynamic density,” and his floating city, and Paul Wilbur’s plug-in, ultra-aerodynamic Aptera car. One of the most interesting ideas, though, came from an Art Center student… Read More

Kenny’s Paradise

Other
Friday, February 20, 2009
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Paradise, in wood, stucco, and stone. (All photos courtesy Crosby Doe Associates)

(Courtesy Crosby Doe Associates)

Could it be possible that Mr. San-Francisco-architecture Kenny Caldwell is tiring of the city? He is looking into the purchase of a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright home in Los Banos, California, an “undiscovered” Central Valley town he calls “paradise.” Read More

Oscars to Rock Well

East Coast, Other
Friday, February 20, 2009
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A concept drawing of David Rockwells designs for Sunday nights festivities. (All images courtesy the Rockwell Group)

A concept drawing of David Rockwell's designs for Sunday night's festivities. (All images courtesy the Rockwell Group)

Possibly channeling a youth well spent watching late night reruns, David Rockwell envisioned a stage set for the 81st Academy Awards straight from the dazzling finale of 42nd Street wherein a woman’s face dissolves into a crescent moon.   Read More

VDHRD: ARCH DL V

Other
Friday, February 20, 2009
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There’s been a good bit of coverage so far of LVHRD’s increasingly ubiquitous (and expensive: 30 bucks!) ARCH DL, now in its fifth year. But without question, the best so far has been this video produced by Sebastian Howard, for Record. Hats off, sir. (Video, and assorted photos, after the jump.) Read More

War-torn Architecture

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Rebuilding and remembering in Belgrade. (Courtesy Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss)

Rebuilding and remembering in Belgrade. (Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss)

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss sent along this thought provoking picture from his native Bosnia, as well as the following explanation: Read More

Remembering Max Bond

East
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Max Bond.

Max Bond.

As we reported, Max Bond passed away yesterday. We’re already getting condolences from far and wide–more on that soon–but we also wanted to open up the blog and encourage readers to submit their own thoughts and memories. Please submit them in the comments section below.

UPDATE: Here’s a thoughtful note from Michael Arad, who worked with Bond on the World Trade Center Memorial: Read More

Liz Diller Is Tone Deaf

Other
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

Or so she just told WNYC. The clip was aired during Morning Edition, but as Soterios Johnson (LOVE HIM!) directed us to the web for a complete recap and more, the interview actually appears to be from yesterday’s episode of Soundcheck. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can find the full clip above, as well as a video tour after the jump. And as Johnson gamely noted, be sure to tune in Sunday for the building’s debut performance, which will air live. Think those improved acoustics carry over to radio. Read More

The Stimulus, Uploaded for Your Pleasure

Other
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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There has been a great deal of criticism that the Obama administration has failed to uphold a number of its campaign promises, such as shirking lobbyists and business-as-usual, and reaching across the aisle to craft bipartisan public policy. One thing that has not changed, however, is the commitment to open and transparent governance, particularly through the use of the World Wide Web. And so, today, Recovery.gov was launched, the better to help America keep tabs on the stimulus bill. Read More

A Pat on the Back

Other
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Archpaper.com, thanks in part to this very blog, was named one of the Top Ten Websites for 2009 by Planetizen. At this time, we’d like to thank everyone who might have nominated us or put in a good word. We do this all for you, and couldn’t have done it without you, either. Our commendation after the jump. Read More

On the Right Track?

Other
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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(newtonxl/Flickr)

Yesterday afternoon in Denver, Colorado, President Obama signed the stimulus bill into law. The process of doling out the spoils begins, as we wait, and hope, for the desired economic recovery. One piece of good news for urbanites and green transportation advocates, the bill includes $8 billion for high-speed rail, according to Politico. Read More

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