On Friday, the prolific New York Times metro reporter Jennifer 8. Lee, whose beat seems to include everything from fortune cookies to urban planning, covered a new mixed supportive and moderate-income housing development in Harlem, co-developed by the Fortune Society. Unfortunately for the architects involved, she misattributed the design of the project, and of another recent affordable housing development in Harlem, David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens, to the other co-developer, Jonathan Rose Companies.
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Like its architecture/fashion/porn mix or not, PIN-UP doesn’t seem like a magazine that takes itself too seriously. Neither does AN, of course, but we do strive for accuracy (even if we sometimes miss!). So in that vein, we feel obliged to point out a small error on their part. In their Fall/Winter 08/09 issue, as a part of a tribute to the late critic Herbert Muschamp, PIN-UP ran “never-before-published” emails between then Guggenheim director Lisa Dennison and Muschamp, in which he proposed a series of new exhibitions for the museum. Sound familiar? Piranesi? Antinous? Any bells? Dedicated AN readers may recall that edited versions of these very proposals were published in our issue #5 in 2008 [AN 05_03.19.2008, p. 22 (pdf)], eight months prior to PIN-UP. When confronted, editor Felix Burrichter wrote by email, “Caught! I remember reading about the Times memorial and Lisa’s speech in AN, but I must have overlooked the actual correspondence in edited form… so I guess it was not much of an exclusive, after all.” No worries, Felix. We’ll stick to breaking news. You stick to topless centerfolds and architects in S&M gear.
While searching for competitions on a number of architecture websites, I came across a misleading description of an international competition in Madrid, Spain, sponsored by the COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid). English-language sites are promoting a “Solar City” competition that would deal with “solar intervention strategies for temporary use in an artistic, architectural development, particularly in neighborhood involvement,” according to one. What does “solar intervention” mean? Using solar panels? Smarter orientation of buildings? Funnily enough the whole purpose of the competition is twisted by a bad translation, since “solar” in Spanish means “site,” and has nothing to do with our astro rey, the Sun. The competition, in fact, is about proposing temporary uses for urban sites, and might more correctly be translated as, “Ideas for the Development and Temporary Use of Urban Gaps.” The real objective is to identify spaces in the urban grid that have been abandoned after a demolition or remain undeveloped or inactive, which could be reprogrammed for temporary community uses and to design strategies for reuse. Jokes aside, it would be a shame if English-speaking competitors miss the point of this interesting brief. Check out or competitions page for up to date (and, we hope, correctly translated) information.