Still, the architect’s importance is clear

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4d/4d9f7180cbf3f64e9e5209a03854caa2.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Between 2007 and 2013, Fotiadis designed all or part of six Trump-branded developments: a Trump Tower in Kazakhstan; a Trump-branded seaside resort in the republic of Georgia; a 47-story Trump Tower in Tbilisi, Georgia; hotel rooms at the Trump Tower in Istanbul; a Trump movie studio complex in Florida; and major portions of the Trump Parc Stamford, a condominium tower in Connecticut.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christina Wilkie tries to learn more about architect John Fotiadis (reportedly Trump&rsquo;s favorite architect). Yet, within hours of being contacted, John Fotiadis closed down his 10 yr old architecture firm, deleted his portfolio and left Twitter. <br>
h/t @Marcy Wheeler

Editor’s Picks #487

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93995c876f913f7f043a6fbbe8b71203.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />As part of the <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150063907/from-the-ground-up-frank-gehry" rel="nofollow" >From the Ground Up</a> series, <a href="https://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" >Anthony Morey</a>, profiled David Cabin, named after client Melvin David, by Frank Gehry.<br>
mmandemnorris added further detail "A little more research would show this was Gehry's effort to connect to his earliest inspiration, historical Asian architecture. The house also shows traits of later early work, with exposed wood framing, geometric design and vertical line douglas fir throughout. Another very interesting and possible indelible mark on his his life/career, is this was the only build his difficult to please father ever saw and Gehry always felt he didn't like it."
(Melvin) David Cabin by Frank Gehry

Later responding to Soapbox: American Architecture Now (1980), Alexander Morley commented "This series of interviews with Barbara Lee Diamonstein is an utterly fantastic time capsule into a fascinating moment of architecture...I recommend adding the interviews with Stanley Tigerman, Hugh Jacobsen, Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #487"

An army of underground robots will collect waste and deliver parcels

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7d/7dfbbeb52d2c7f746b4366c8d557e19f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Initially Sidewalk's deal with the organisation will cover a 12-acre site but it is believed it wishes to expand this to the whole area - which at 325 acres will represent a huge land-grab....As part of the planning process of bidding to develop the waterside location, the firm looked at 150 examples of smart cities, including those built from the ground up such as Masdar, in Abu Dhabi and Songdo in South Korea.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jane Wakefield chatted with both critics and proponents of a, Sidewalk Labs, proposed project on Toronto's Eastern waterfront.<br></p>         

Editor’s Picks #486

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ur/urvmloengn2tew7y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Tuscon based D.U.S.T, was profiled in a recent <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150061427/architecture-firm-d-u-s-t-carries-out-the-master-builder-tradition-in-the-arizona-desert" rel="nofollow" >Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>This aesthetic seems to work well in desert like climates.</em>" which makes sense since D.U.S.T explained their approach as "<em>doing our best to respond to the dreams, goals and desires of our clients and to each site, landscape and specific conditions of the natural environment that we have the opportunity to design for.</em>"
Casa Caldera. Photo Credit | ESTO–Jeff Goldberg
ICYMI, check out The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence (a 5-part video series, produced for Archinect by Otis Harley). The videos are based on ‘The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence' by Hannah Wood, published on Archinect last year. jla-x couldn’t help worry about the future, "Awesome and exciting, but the problems are in the politics of an increasingly automated world.  What happens when 80-90% of Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #486"

Modernism invades a classically-traditional Swedish Island

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wy/wyjha059szd0fsqv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>But recently, a generation of homeowners and architects...have started not just ignoring, but defying the Law of Jante....From cast-concrete bunkers to glass-framed aeries, the new houses shock, subverting long-established order with a cool blast of modernity, while also paying homage to the island&rsquo;s chilly dignity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Hass travels to Gotland, a low-key, summer retreat for Swedes. Traditionally, simple farmhouse vernacular reigned. Yet, now firms such as Skalso, Murman Arkitekter, Deve Architects and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/80156745/tham-videg-rd-arkitekter" rel="nofollow" >Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd</a> are exploring a more contemporary idiom.<br></p>            

Six stories of interdisciplinary space aka "This is not about shopping"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ugiolvm0akh7fih8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>the facade of the recently opened Blue Mountain School is impossible to miss. The six-level brick townhouse, on the corner of Redchurch and Chance Streets, has been painted in a sleek and surprising silver. Inside, the multipurpose space defies easy categorization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Natalia Rachlin highlights the <a href="http://bluemountain.school/holding/" rel="nofollow" >Blue Mountain School</a>. The latest project by James Brown and his partner, Christie Fels, with architecting from <a href="http://www.6a.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" >6a Architects</a>, this corner of Shoreditch is a kind of <em><strong>Gesamtkunstwerk</strong></em>!
h/t AD, The Telegraph and Wallpaper

Six-storey’s of interdisciplinary space aka "This is not about shopping"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ug/ugiolvm0akh7fih8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>the facade of the recently opened Blue Mountain School is impossible to miss. The six-level brick townhouse, on the corner of Redchurch and Chance Streets, has been painted in a sleek and surprising silver. Inside, the multipurpose space defies easy categorization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Natalia Rachlin highlights the <a href="http://bluemountain.school/holding/" rel="nofollow" >Blue Mountain School</a>. The latest project by James Brown, and his partner, Christie Fels, with architecting from <a href="http://www.6a.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" >6a Architects</a>, this corner of Shoreditch is a kind of <em><strong>Gesamtkunstwerk</strong></em>!
h/t AD, The Telegraph and Wallpaper

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bs/bs6pu16evtupl3ci.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 201<em>8.</em> <em></em>

Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.



To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 2018.

Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 2018.

Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bs/bs6pu16evtupl3ci.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 201<em>8.</em> <em></em>
Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo

A new ceiling for Philip Johnson’s iconic The Glass House

The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To see the new ceiling in person make plans to visit this summer, as The Glass House re-opens, May 2018.

Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo

Editor’s Picks #485

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3j/3j132yuzdeo30dx7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The latest <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" rel="nofollow" >Cross-Talk</a> focused on Criticism. <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150059816/cross-talk-5-criticism-introduction" rel="nofollow" >Anthony Morey</a> kicked things off<br>
"Does criticism today have a role in architecture at all? At least, does the version of criticism that exists today have a role? ...There is no real criticism in architecture today; it has vacated its own integrity for the sake of visual relevance."
Thayer-D chimed in "Wonderfully clear and thoughtful.  This is the kind of analysis that everyone can understand.  Hopefully this can begin to bridge the gap between so many who love architecture without the semantic jungle that passes for criticism robbing them of a voice."

Later, Clemens Finkelstein began to "unpack a fundamental error in architectural criticism brought about by this lackadaisical state: the confusion between criticism and critique". Responding to the From the Ground Up entry on Philip Johnson, Donatello D'Anconia wrote "Thank you for including this insight into the Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #485"

Disorientation, can be its own kind of decadence

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txql3wc27tj3two6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Latches that wouldn&rsquo;t catch on doctors&rsquo; lab-coat sleeves replaced ordinary doorknobs, plywood wardrobes were raised off the floor for easier cleaning...radiant heat panels in the ceiling minimized drafts and balconies were oriented for optimal sun exposure. Other Modernist sanatoriums include the Klinik Clavadel in Davos, Josef Hoffmann&rsquo;s Purkersdorf Sanatorium outside of Vienna and Jan Duiker and Bernard Bijvoet&rsquo;s Sanatorium Zonnestraal</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alice Gregory, with a paean to sanatoriums. Plus, a review of contemporary, historical and Modernist, spa culture.<br></p>           

A tour of The LA Times’ historic HQ

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i8/i847jjwcvyu7ajpk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The buildings were constructed and built by the Chandler Family. The different sections of the block have different cornerstones set by succeeding generations. &ndash; at Los Angeles Times</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the <a href="https://twitter.com/meg_barnes/status/985003541231058944" rel="nofollow" >news</a> that Patrick Soon-Shiong is moving the LAT&rsquo;s newsroom from its historic HQ, to El Segundo, Ben Walsh Editor <a href="https://twitter.com/LATdatadesk" rel="nofollow" >@<strong>LATdatadesk</strong></a> took readers on a wander through the interlocking buildings, at 1st and Spring.

The Alabama memorial dedicated to African-American lynchings

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h2/h23gi9if5orv5037.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Uneven, rusted steel is meant to echo the many shades and skin tones of those African-Americans lynched.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0x/0xgibiy35eus875f.jpg"><figcaption>via The National Memorial for Peace and Justice</figcaption></figure><p>Oprah Winfrey visited <a href="https://eji.org/national-lynching-memorial" rel="nofollow" >The National Memorial for Peace and Justice</a>, which opens to the public on April 26, 2018. She talks with criminal defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which is behind the project.<br></p>           

Not NIMBY or YIMBY, but PHIMBY

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pm/pmy8xwxolht32w8c.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>If we are to take the housing crisis in the United States seriously, 
after reviewing international models, we see only one conclusion—local governments, supported by the federal government, must build a very large amount of affordable, mixed income, publicly-owned housing, initially by developing existing publicly-owned land.

The People's Policy Project  (3P) has put out a report making the case for Social Housing in the United States. The authors Ryan Cooper and Peter Gowan also published an adapted essay in Jacobin Magazine wherein they contrast their approach with previous programs like HOPE VI "we support a massive expansion of the publicly owned housing stock for all income groups, not evicting poor people to make way for middle-class people". Their colleague, Matt Bruenig, penned a related editorial in the Guardian summarizing why "Expanding the housing supply through this social housing approach has many benefits over private, market-led development."
Continue reading "Not NIMBY or YIMBY, but PHIMBY"

Editor’s Picks #484

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va9bl7vgygdrn6qu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" >Anthony Morey</a>
published From the Ground Up: Zaha Hadid, on her Vitra Fire Station. Donatello D'Anconia offered some broader feedback on the From the Ground series
"Excluding capital from the discussion perpetuates the idea that architecture is open to those with prolific ideas, eclipsing the reality that access to capital is pivotal to becoming a prolific architect".  
Though, the Soapbox series of curated lectures, talks and symposia on a theme, is a rich archive, Donna Sink and other readers haven’t explored it. Simply because the "pink moving graphic repulses...so much...haven't read a single one of the articles associated with it."

News Two years after it’s collapse, Allyn Gaestel tells the full story of, Kunlé Adeyemi's, Makoko floating school. randomised made the case "Not doing anything would lead to no collapse either...at least NLÉ tried to do something for the community.
Continue reading "Editor’s Picks #484"

It has to do with electromagnetic fields and transmissions from the stones of these buildings

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9v/9vzucytnpqohmh0c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Each piece of the structure tells that grander story. The poorly constructed stone walls in the original room hint at the area&rsquo;s isolation and the need to use nearby materials. A sundial over the northern door installed by the fort&rsquo;s early inhabitants is a celebration of the return of two men who were kidnapped during a Native American raid. In one room, a prayer is inscribed on a ceiling beam.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Serena Solomon traveled to the small town of San Ygnacio, Texas, where the <a href="http://www.riverpierce.org/" rel="nofollow" >River Pierce Foundation</a> is working to identify, conserve and make known the built vernacular and cultural heritage of the rural village. With a special focus on the early 19th century sandstone complex of the Trevi&ntilde;o-Uribe Rancho.</p>           

Multigenerational and communal, but not a commune

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibgi7swfh021l0dr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The heart of each community is the common house, or a space, where group meals are offered once or twice a week, together with activities and events. Houses are connected by pathways. Instead of a lawn mower in every garage, there often are no attached garages. Cars are exiled to peripheral parking areas, while a single, shared lawn mower suits the needs of everyone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tom Verde covers a new trend in retiring, not communes but cohousing communities. From Denver and Boulder, CO to Amherst MA or Davis CA, currently there are only 165 communities nationwide, but another 140 in the planning stages.<br></p>