The Architect's Newspaper - News Channel The Architect's Newspaper speaks directly to architects with the news, developments, trends, resources, and updates when and how they want it. Short, direct, and lively, we are the essential read in the field. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:09:39 +0000 en Review> Art or Design? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Philip Berger visits CHGO DSGN at the Chicago Cultural Center.</b>:<p style="border-top: 5px solid rgb(0, 170, 238); margin: 6px 10px 25px 0pt; padding: 8px; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(221, 221, 221); -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; float: left; width: 250px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 150%;"><i><b>CHGO DSGN</b></i><br /> Chicago Cultural Center<br /> 78 East Washington Street, Chicago<br /> Through November 2</p> <p>When the world thinks about Chicago’s storied design legacy, the topic usually turns to architecture and urban planning. <i>CHGO DSGN</i>, an i (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Shifts at the Pits Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>LACMA changes development plans, neighborhood braces for impact.</b>:<p>LACMA director Michael Govan has taught us to never get comfortable with his plans. For a moment it looked like the museum had settled on a design by Peter Zumthor that suspended a new complex over the La Brea Tar Pits. But now that proposal—and the museum’s development plans in general—are a lot different.</p> <p>In June, responding to fears that Zumthor’s curving, tar pit–like design would disturb the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits, the museum revealed that the new building would instead bridge over Wilshire Boulevard. The glass-clad structure would touch down on (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Library At Last Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>After 11 years, North Beach opens new facility.</b>:<p>The North Beach Library has finally opened its doors to a community eager to experience the outcome of one of the most contentious recent architectural disputes in San Francisco. The lead designer of the project, Marsha Maytum of Leddy Maytum Stacy, endured 11 years of community meetings, public hearings, and fierce neighborhood opposition to build a vision as highly contextual as it is efficient.</p> <p>The project occupies a residual triangular site, formerly a parking lot, whose hypotenuse is Columbus Avenue, the major North Beach artery. This shape, inherently challenging for functiona (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Return of the Jedi Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Chicago wins George Lucas museum, but site is disputed.</b>:<p>Pursued by both San Francisco and Los Angeles, George Lucas ultimately chose Chicago for his Museum of Narrative Art, an archive for the Hollywood icon’s extensive collection of movie memorabilia and modern art.</p> <p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel celebrated the announcement, calling it a “cultural and job creation asset.” The museum is part of Emanuel’s agenda to promote cultural tourism downtown. After a nonprofit in San Francisco rejected Lucas’ original proposal to build near the Golden Gate Bridge, Los Angeles, and Chicago—home to Lucas’ wife, Melody Ho (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Life After the Collider Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Accelerating particles and business development at an Illinois national lab.</b>:<p>Upon accepting the commission to design a new office building at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, architect Carol Ross Barney found herself at the crossroads of art and science, this time set curiously in the prairielands of rural Illinois.</p> <p>Located 35 miles west of Chicago in Batavia, Fermilab houses what was once the largest particle accelerator in the world. It is defined by what Barney called “a strong artistic and architecture bent,” which is seen in the unique buildings and somewhat notional sculptures that dot Fermi’s 6,800-acre campus. “That (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Overdue Connection Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Los Angeles' METRO approves first stage of rail link to LAX.</b>:<p>At long last, it appears Los Angeles is getting a train to the airport. In late June the board of LA County’s transit agency, METRO, agreed to proceed with a $200 million light rail station, part of the new Crenshaw Line, connecting to a proposed people mover that will usher passengers to their terminals. The new station would be located about a mile and a half east of LAX’s central terminal area, and about a half mile north of the Crenshaw Line’s Aviation/Century Stop, at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard.</p> <p>As <a href=" (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Marlon Blackwell's Vol Walker Hall Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>University of Arkansas addition celebrates the future with a contemporary rewrite of Neoclassicism.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Doubling Down Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Tony Hsieh's downtown project transforming Las Vegas.</b>:<p>Big things are happening in Sin City courtesy of Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, who, with other investors, is backing the $350 million Downtown Project. Announced in late 2011, the venture aims to transform downtown Las Vegas—and in particular the mile-long stretch of Fremont Street east of the Fremont Street Experience—through investments in real estate ($200 million), small businesses ($50 million), education ($50 million), and tech startups ($50 million). Though the built environment is only part of the larger Downtown Project picture, it is crucial to its success.</p> <p>&ldquo (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Portfolio> Beyond the Supersquare Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Two exhibits reexamine modernism in Latin America.</b>:<p>The modern movement began with universal aspirations for an architecture that could be built in any part of the world. Latin America quickly became a proving ground for modernism, and architects and designers began adapting its forms and materials to suit the climate and context. Many Latin American and Caribbean governments embraced the style as a symbol of their progressive values. A new exhibition at the Bronx Museum, <a href=""><i>Beyond the Supersquare</i></a>, presents work by artists who look critically at the legacy of mod (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Borough Made Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>The Museum of Art and Design celebrates New York City's design culture.</b>:<p>In recent years, New York’s Museum of Art and Design (MAD) has become one of the most vital if somewhat undefined cultural institutions in the city. The museum has opened its doors to adventurous programming and has increasingly courted the design world as it has distanced itself somewhat from craft. Under the leadership of new director Glenn Adamson, the museum has embraced this messy vitality and further emphasized process over object. Its latest exhibition, <a href=""><span class="italic">NYC Makers: The MAD Biennale</span></a>, celebrates (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Editorial> Make Chicago's Biennial Count Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Chris Bentley lays out some hopes for Chicago's new architecture expo.</b>:<p>News <a href="">broke in late June that Chicago plans to kick off a new tradition in 2015</a>. Every two years the city will host North America’s biggest exposition of international and contemporary architecture—its own biennial, taking after the famous gathering in Venice that has inspired global design pilgrimages since 1980.</p> <p>The goal of the event is to renew Chicago’s vaunted place among the international design community, and to nab tourism dollars for economic development. It’s a bombastic proposal, perfe (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Comment> Alfred Vidaurri Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>NCARB Tri-National program opens the doors for North American practice.</b>:<p>Today, our world and practices have become more globally connected, reinforcing the need for mutual recognition that opens the doors both domestically and internationally to qualified architects. I am excited about the “Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for International Practice,” a National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) program that eliminates barriers among eligible architects interested in practicing throughout North America. The careful planning, execution, and overall rigor of this process recognizes the standards of professional licensure and (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Do the Twist Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Studio Gang tower in San Francisco bolsters downtown boom.</b>:<p>It has been known for some time that the firm of Chicago architect and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Jeanne Gang has been planning a residential tower for San Francisco’s Transbay District, south of Market Street. Now Gang and developer Tishman Speyer have revealed renderings of a 400-foot-tall, 40-story building clad in masonry tiles at 160 Folsom Street.</p> <p>The design shows units with large bay windows, a staple in the Bay Area, but the bays jut out at sharp angles and change configuration up the elevation, lending a twisting profile to the tower. The design is inspired in p (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Urbana's Shape-Shifting Parking Garage Facade Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Folded aluminum panels deliver the illusion of movement to passersby.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News