It is a euphemistic urbanism and overlay

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Kieran Long revisits Olympic Park a year later and looks ahead to it's "legacy". Long finds that all the "regeneration" and "overlay" while positivist and successful in providing amenities is more a "carpet of statistical generalisations and demographic assessments" and clarifies something about how the British (ed. and I might suggest society at large in the 21st century attempts) to make cities.

Norman, Zaha, Rem and Richard Compete to Design 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan

Monday, July 9, 2012


The developer David W. Levinson could have set for himself the simple task of commissioning a better-designed tower for 425 Park Avenue than the one that's been there since 1957.

But that would have been a very low bar.

He has engaged four of the world's leading architects to compete for the job: Norman Foster of Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid of Zaha Hadid Architects, Rem Koolhaas of OMA, and Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners.cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com

Yale Assembly Pavilion

Saturday, July 7, 2012


A team of students from Yale's School of Architecture has shared with us their pavilion project which acted as the ticket and information booth at the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas this June. The pavilion was designed, built, and fund-raised this spring and summer in the 'Assembly' seminar led by faculty member Brennan Buck. The seminar sought to explore the relationship between digital design and fabrication on the one hand and public engagement and visual dynamism on the other.

Peter Zumthor + Wim Wenders = movie magic....

Friday, July 6, 2012


The internationally-renowned director Wim Wenders devotes his new film to Graubunden architect Peter Zumthor. Work on the project will take several years to complete. A taste of the film will be available August at the Venice Biennale.

ok - the translation's mine (and my german suspect) but apparently wim wenders is doing a long term documentary on zumthor's work. the primary gist of the movie will be to document - fully - one of his projects from sketch to completion. this could either be brilliant or maddeningly overdone....

Bogota, With Pockets of Hope in Recent Architecture

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


The canopy can look like a lot of architecture for such a small project, but that's partly its value: to put Cazuca on the map and create a de facto town square beside the school (made of shipping containers, serving a population in which a quarter of the children are malnourished, I was told by the school's principal). Now children play soccer under the canopy and clean up the square every day, and there's a vegetable garden with tomatoes and herbs. nytimes.com

At LACMA, art on a grand scale

Monday, July 2, 2012


Its character is determined not just by the color and texture of the boulder itself but also by the detailing and proportions of the ramp. To experience the piece, you descend the ramp, you stand in the shadow of the rock and then you ascend. That trajectory is an architectural one; in fact, Heizer has been upfront that he takes cues in his work directly from architecture. latimes.com

Using Flickr Geotags to Map the World's Cities

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Its character is determined not just by the color and texture of the boulder itself but also by the detailing and proportions of the ramp. To experience the piece, you descend the ramp, you stand in the shadow of the rock and then you ascend. That trajectory is an architectural one; in fact, Heizer has been upfront that he takes cues in his work directly from architecture. latimes.com

Residencia - architecture by Auer + Weber;video by Tramnesia

Friday, June 29, 2012


The Residencia is a hotel for staff and guests at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. Located in an extremely remote and desolate section of the Atacama desert, the Residencia was designed by the German architecture firm Auer + Weber as a sanctuary in an environment that has never supported life. The L-shaped building was dug into the ground as if to conceal its presence, presenting profoundly different faces depending on the approach. vimeo.com

How Thomas Jefferson Made L.A.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Another bigger picture repercussion of the Act is the cognitive and cartographic dissonance that occurs in Los Angeles where the Jeffersonian city grid abuts a pre-existing Spanish or French grid.

KCET's Jeremy Rosenberg continues his column Departures with a running theme "Laws That Shaped LA" with Rhett Beavers, ASLA, who elaborates on the conjunction of several grid types as they have influenced the way Los Angeles constructed and experienced.