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April 4th, 2008


Billowing in the Wind
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
 I've seen this project in print many times... but I just love this image of Shigeru Ban's Curtain Wall House. On a rainy day in Seattle, it sure makes me long for spring days!

Chanel Contemporary Art Container, Zaha Hadid
architect studio in architect studio
Chanel Contemporary Art Container, a travelling art space designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, has opened in its first destination, Hong Kong. Then Tokyo > New York > London > Moscow > Paris. “I think through our architecture, we can give people a glimpse of another world, and enthuse them, make them excited about ideas. Our architecture is intuitive, radical, international and dynamic. We are concerned with constructing buildings that evoke original experiences, a kind of strangeness and newness that is comparable to the experience of going to a new country. The Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel follows these principles of inspiration ...... The fascination of the Mobile Art Pavilion is the challenge of translating the intellectual and physical into the sensual – experimenting with completely unexpected and totally immersive environments for this global celebration of the iconic work of Chanel. I see the Pavilion as a kind of a total artwork that continually reinvents itself as it moves from Asia, to the USA and Europe,” states Zaha Hadid.

OLD STONE HIGHWAY HOUSE: Modern future forward design
Mike Chino in Inhabitat
Founded in 2001, Berg Design offers gorgeous sustainable solutions to residential projects. Their Old Stone Highway house was designed by John Berg as a “Single Family Residence with Environmentally Low Impact Building Technology”. We totally dig their uncompromising approach to housing that is luxurious, super green, and chock full of mid-century charm.

Green Investment Grants and a Resurrected One Waterfront
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Earlier this week the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development and the Energy Trust of Oregon announced $425,000 in grants to several sustainable developments as part of its Green Investment Fund. The projects include Mercy Corps' global headquarters being built in Old Town, with a design from Thomas Hacker Architects; 14th & Everett, the old Meier & Frank warehouse in the Pearl District being renovated by Gerding Edlen Development from a GBD Architects design; Park Avenue West, the Tom Moyer-developed and TVA Architects-designed condo tower just west of Pioneer Courthouse Square; an addition an aquatics center in east Portland that will make innovative re-use of water; Simpsons Commons, an affordable housing project; 12W, a new mixed-use tower; and One Waterfront Place, developer Jim Winkler's BOORA Architects-designed office building.

Landmarks Illinois Redesigns Michigan Avenue Streetwall
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
. . . all in a good cause, of course. On Wednesday, Landmarks Illinois dramatized its Ten Most Endangered list for 2008 by providing several views of what they fear the landmarked Michigan Avenue Streetwall might become in the current climate where hard won protections are being chipped away by "compromises" that are undermining the most basic tenets of landmarks preservation. It began with highrises like the Heritage at Millennium Park towering behind the Chicago Cultural Center, and the under-construction Legacy rising behind the Gage Group and University Club. Now, says Landmarks Illinois, with proposals to demolish all but the front third of the Chicago Athletic Association and placing another tower behind a former YWCA at 830 South, developers are threatening to turn the historic street into a sequence of false fronts, a Potemkin preservation.

Love These Planter
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
I really love both of these planters, although they are both out of my price range. Still, perhaps C and I can cast something similar for the backyard/deck area.... but first we'll have to build it!

April 3rd, 2008

PSU Seeks Accreditation...Again
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
This just in from FOPA (friend of Portland Architecture) Matt Jansen: Although the effort has been in the works on and off for years, this coming weekend, Portland State Uuniversity kick starts the process of becoming only the second accredited architectural program in the state of Oregon. The National Architectural Accrediting Board is sending a team to begin the multi-year long evaluation process whereby PSU could/should have a graduate program in place in the fall of 2009 with full accreditation coming in the summer of 2011. There will a reception (read: free beverages and food) occurring this upcoming Monday at 6:00pm at the AIA Center For Architecture at 403 NW 11th Avenue. As Matt reminds us, "A strong show of support from the architecture community would go a long way in letting the NAAB team know that you/we believe in the creation of a second venue for architectural education within Oregon."

The Greening of Greensburg
SarahKuck in WorldChanging
Last May, an EF 5 tornado hit western Kansas. In Greensburg, the storm leveled every building, picked up cars and tossed them into rooftops, demolished the streets, left more than two-thirds of the town’s population homeless and killed 11 people. Out of this tragedy, an opportunity arose to reconstruct and rejuvenate not only the buildings but also the town itself. As is the story for many small farm towns, the future of Greensburg looked bleak. Even before the tornado, jobs were growing scarce and the population was shrinking by two percent every year. So, the people of Greensburg decided not only to stay, rebuild and provide aid but also to take a revolutionary approach to doing so -- the environmentally sustainable way. City leaders saw their chance to change the city into a place where everyone would want to be, an environmentally sustainable place that would serve as an example for towns everywhere.
We’ve written about our hopes for the heartland before, and the inspiring ways the Great Plains could turn away from business as usual and start imagining what a bright green farm belt would look like. Now, Greensburg is doing just that.

A Closer Look at the New Parrish
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
And for those who are more interested in Herzog & de Meuron's design for the new Parrish Art Museum than artfully folded paper in the current one, we direct you to the Architectural League of New York's exhibition of the Pritzker Prize-winning architects' plans for the 64,000-foot museum. "Studio as Muse: Herzog & de Meuron's Design for the New Parrish," on view through May 2, is part of an ongoing series of Architectural League exhibitions that investigate the design process of a single significant building.

Perspektiva Lamp
sabine7 in MoCo Loco
The Perspektiva Lamp is a new concept from Transparent House (full disclosure: one of our advertisers), based on an idea of incorporating an iconic item into the form and function of a useful everyday object while maintaining certain artistic qualities. Transparent House chose a vintage camera and flipped the whole notion behind the camera: instead of taking in light, the camera is now the source.

The mathematics of preservation and the future of urban ruins
Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG
For a variety of reasons, it seems worthwhile to do a kind of combined recap of my recent talks for the AIA in Baltimore and at the University of Pennsylvania. If you were present at either one of those events, then this should hopefully serve as a nice trip down memory lane; if you weren't there, this should give at least some idea of the topics covered, themes discussed, images seen, and so on. Of course, if this sounds even remotely interesting, I'd be more than happy to give a similar talk at a venue near you... I've been having a blast doing these things.
In any case, I was in Baltimore two weeks ago on a joint invitation from the AIA and Preservation Maryland, to discuss architectural preservation, broadly conceived, with at least some relation to Baltimore proper.

< 40 Architects.
Christoph in anArchitecture
20 essential young architects- as seen by the April issue of Icon: From Joshua Prince Ramus (REX - 37 years) to Bjarke Ingels (BIG - 33 years). For the first time, according to Icon magazine, “young actually means young, but architect may no longer mean architect”. Frankly, stressing the architect’s age doesn't make you feel comfortable - especially for people in their thirties. How much time have you got left?

EcoDEEP HAUS, Green Conversion from 1940s Cape Cod to Modern Home
Preston D K in JETSONGREEN.COM
I recently received an email from reader Roxanne Nelson about her green transformation of a 1940s cape cod home in St. Paul, Minnesota.  When done, it's going to be a modern green knockout.  Roxanne and her husband, Kevin Flynn, both architects, are documenting the transformation at EcoDEEP Haus, which I've been following for the past couple weeks.  Check it out. The renovation will seek Minnesota Greenstar Remodeling Gold Level Certification, and to top that, will try to do it on a normal budget. Nelson and Flynn hope EcoDEEP Haus becomes a model for other homeowners that want to incorporate sustainability in their remodels.

A Little More on 'French Man' Jean Nouvel's Pritzker Win
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
More bits and piece about the biggest design news story of the week, Jean Nouvel's winning of the Pritzker Prize. First comes Slate's architecture critic, Witold Rybczynski, asking why we award these Pritzkers to just this one guy when architecture, from concept to completion, is never about just one person, and rarely does it even involve just one company, it's a whole bunch of people acting together as a team in order to build something. But, his argument continues, unlike things like the Nobel Prize, which awards everyone involved in a process, the Pritzker ignores the more than a hundred people who work in Nouvel's firm.

Andrew Maynard’s Suburb-Eating Robots
ArchitectureMNP
Andrew Maynard has what some may consider to be a peculiar vision for the future of the Australian suburb - lush forest wilderness, or otherwise natural untouched land devoid of cookie-cutter human settlements. And it would all be thanks [if he had his way, perhaps?] to something resembling the image above.

China’s First Carbon Neutral Hotel Hits Shanghai
Cate Trotter in Inhabitat
Environmentally conscious visitors to Shanghai who are looking for the luxury experience can stay carbon-free and enjoy green living on the go at URBN Hotels. Designed to attract ‘urban world travelers’, the 28-room full-service hotel fuses Western and Chinese influences and a host of green-minded practices to create an urban eco-oasis for tourist and business travelers. From the building’s design and materials to cleaning products to energy-efficiency, URBN Hotels is an eco-friendly refuge amid the bustle of Shanghai.

Curve and countercurve: Zaha Hadid in Rome
Aventinus in CONTINUITY IN ARCHITECTURE
The continuity of the urban grid of northern Rome is relieved by an infrequent series of curved structures, Pier Luigi Nervi’s Palazzetto dello Sport, Renzo Piano’s Auditorium di Roma and Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI , due for completion in 2009. The first two exploit the circular and...



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