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December 21st, 2007

Bad Sign From REACH: Housing Nonprofit Threatens Classic Interstate Motel Sign
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
It wouldn't be much of a stretch to call North Interstate Avenue Portland's version of Route 66, the classic mid-20th Century motorway that has inspired many a romantic ode and cable TV documentary. It's not to say this is the open road, which was part of Route 66's mystique. But the other half of Sixty-Sixiana is the style of its accompanying motor hotels. Local filmmaker/artist Matt McCormick devoted half of his aclaimed show earlier this year at Elizabeth Leach Gallery to a slideshow of old motel signs in the southwest, and seeing the succession of them, with names conjuring the space age, tropical motifs, or cowboy mythology, they seemed like western America's own version of Easter Island statues.

Michael Arad's September 11th Memorial Pushed Back to 2011
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Today, 5:05 AM
What's the one lesson you learn in your first middle school civics class? "If the government is involved with it, it's going to take a lot longer than expected." Such is the case with the news that, after cutting costs and stopping and starting over the past year, the Michael Arad-designed September 11th Memorial, "Reflecting Absence," has had its unveiling pushed back to 2011, instead of two years from now.... 

December 19th, 2007

loft on renwick street, fernlund and logan
Justin in materialicious
Loft, Renwick Street, NYC, New York. Project: 1996. Two adjacent floors of a former factory were joined by removing a quadrant of the floor area between them, creating a double-height space that links all parts of the loft. A large, new opening in the exterior wall replaced two rows of existing windows. Industrial steel sashes were used to break down the scale of the opening and to reference neighboring natural-light factories. Public areas on the lower level utilize a concrete floor—a nod to the building’s past— while wide-board oak was used for the stairs and upstairs bedrooms. The building’s rough textured columns and beams became a counterpoint to the smooth surfaces of the new walls....

Tonight on Project Runway: A Sweet Deal?
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A highly-placed, design-savvy little birdie has told us that tonight's new episode of Project Runway will involve a chocolicious designer challenge. Our source reports that the regal and charming Tim Gunn will give the remaining 11 contestants all the details on a trip to the Hershey's Times Square megastore at 48th and Broadway.....

vacation house in the dordogne, piet hein eek
Justin in materialicious
Yesterday, 11:54 AM
De vakantiehuizen in de Dordogne: Piet Hein Eek is renovating an old stone farmhouse for himself and his family in The Dordogne region of France. Running a project like this from a distance can present a unique set of problems, but in this case it looks like all the hard work is starting to pay off…. I’d love to see more photos. Via The Reference Library
Also: Be sure to spend some time perusing Piet Hein Eek’s site - the kitchens, the furniture, the architecture, and lots more cool stuff...

Compare and Contrast
Aventinus in CONTINUITY IN ARCHITECTURE
Yesterday, 11:51 AM
Ph.D. candidate James Robertson is continuing his research into the early career of Jack Coia and has recently visited both the Sir Basil Spence exhibition in Edinburgh: Back to the Future (Dean Gallery, Edinburgh), and the Gillespie, Kidd & Coia exhibiton in Glasgow: Gillespie, Kidd &...

Sci-ARC Installation
The 1A class at Sci-ARC recently [December 10, 2007] completed an installation for the main entrance using laminar flow. Professors: Andy ku, Jenny Wu, Marcos Sanchez.

Ingo Maurer Redesigns Munich Subway Station
Frame Magazine
Ingo Maurer will transform the subway station Münchner Freiheit, one of the busiest junctions of Munich's public transport system. Construction is to be finished in autumn 2009, simultaneous with the inauguration of a new tram line terminal at Münchner Freiheit. With his design, Ingo Maurer wishes to create a timeless, vivid atmosphere

Tristan Nuggets and Isolettes
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
If you didn't happen to be in Italy for the evening-after broadcast of the Daniel Barenboim Tristan and Isolde at La Scala in Milan, here's Waltraud Meier's stellar Liebestod, to give you an idea of what was up. You have to think that this production is a prime candidate for a future Great Performances installment, but for now, here's a direct link to it on You Tube, where, if you're patient, you should be able to listen to the entire opera by piecing together all of the eight to ten minute fragments.

December 18th, 2007

The High Line: A River Runs Through It...Both Ways
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Native Americans dubbed the river we know as the Hudson "Muhheakantuck," meaning "the river that flows both ways." That fluvial versatility inspired Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch's "The River that Flows Both Ways," the just-announced public art project that will inaugurate New York's High Line Park next fall.

Katrina Cottages Not Welcome in Mississippi
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Although over 900 families along the Mississippi coast have already moved into the so-called Katrina Cottages, according to this piece, "Post-Katrina cottages get a lukewarm welcome," all is not well. The cottages, which you'll remember won Marianne Cusato the Cooper-Hewitt's People's Design Award last year, are being kept out by communities that don't want them to bring down the property value of their recovering neighborhoods...

shaker house condominium
Justin in materialicious
Shaker House Condominium is a six unit project located at 464 Hancock Street in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Inspired by the Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts, each unit incorporates elements of Shaker design. The painstakingly renovated homes are a perfect blend of function and form, featuring top quality cabinets, hand crafted inset storage closets in every bedroom, wide plank pine flooring, period authentic bathroom fixtures, and historically accurate windows. All of the units have either a separate storage space or adjoining recreation room on the basement level and access to two shared courtyards.

Design Hotel With Kinetic Facade
Frame Magazine
The recently opened Lánchíd 19 design hotel in Budapest has a special feature: a kinetic glass façade which responses to the environment. Lánchíd 19, the first design hotel in Hungary, is the result of a collaboration between the following artists, architects and other specialists....

Architects Say They Are ‘Very Happy’ With Their Job
admin in mirage.studio.7
According to Time Magazine’s survey on Job Happiness, 53.5% out of an unknown numbers of architects surveyed appears to be very happy with their job, I wonder what happen to the 46.5%? Draftsman on the other hand happens to be the worst in the architecture industry, under paid for their knowledge and capabilities, I believe draftsman deserve more, no wonder they are sober, Mr.Architect can’t run an office without a draftsperson, can he/she?

Jetson Green: 2007 Sunset Idea House
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Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green writes: This is the San Francisco Sunset Idea House for 2007, and it’s one of the first LEED Certified residential remodeled homes in the nation. This home is unique from other Sunset Idea Houses in that it’s in a dense urban area on a compact site. There are two-units and the smaller one, which is about 1,200 sf, is reportedly on sale for $1,089,000. No word on whether the larger, 3,600 sf unit will be for sale.

Looking Back at 10 Years of a Getty'd LA
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Today, 7:00 AM
Not only was yesterday the ten year anniversary of the word "weblog," this week also has marked the tenth birthday of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Thinking about the building has left everyone apparently in something of a reflective mood, going back to that age old question of LA's place in the architectural world...

No Overlooking SERA's New Interstate Condo
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Being that it’s the first new condo infill project along the Interstate Avenue corridor with its still relatively newfangled MAX line, The Overlook probably will not (despite its name) fail to be noticed. If the renderings and the look of it during late-period construction provide an accurate picture, the project -- situated next to the St. Stanislaus Catholic church (they put on the wonderful Polish Festival each September), and developed by one of its members -- also seems to have the potential to be some very nice architecture...

Pedro E. Guerrero's American Century
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift? Check out Pedro E. Guerrero's A Photographer's Journey, which combines his strikingly beautiful and often iconic pictures of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louis Nevelson, among others, with a memoir that provides both the stories behind the shots and the poignant saga of the trials and triumphs of his Mexican-American immigrant family. It's a book that's continued to linger in my mind since I first read it this past spring. You can read about Guerrero's quietly epic story, and see a few of the photographs, here...

Chicago vs. Pittsburgh: Round 1
Brendan in Where
Tonight's post is the first of three in a blogging debate, in which Jim Russell of The Burgh Diaspora, who guest posted at Where last month, and I will discuss the relationship between Pittsburgh and Chicago, and which city relies more heavily on the other. Nowadays, anyone following urbanism, economics, public policy, or related fields will have certainly heard of the theory that we are entering into an age of global urbanism where cities all over the world will be competing directly with each other for talent. Talent, we are told, will be more and more valuable as society becomes more technologically advanced, shifting even more heavily toward an international information economy. What you know, essentially, will become what you're worth. In this economic environment, megacities like Chicago will no longer merely be competing with New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco for talent; soon (already, many would say) Chicago will have to go head to head with London, Paris, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Mumbai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, and on and on.



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