Museum Closure Exposes Financial Risk of Signature Architecture

© Michael Moran

–Although the American Folk Art Museum has avoided dissolution thanks to a cash infusion from trustees and the Ford Foundation, the institution’s ongoing financial troubles raise difficult questions about the relationship between and cultural capital.

Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: Alvaro Leite Siza
Client: Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
Location: Lugar das Carvalhinhas – Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
Site Area: 1000 sqm
Constructed Area: 180 sqm
Contractor: Óscar Gouveia
Landscape: Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
Materials:
Services: GOP
Project Start: 2000
Project Complete: 2005
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Gardiner House / 4site Architecture

© Kevin Hui

Architects: 4site Architecture
Location: ,
Project Team: Kevin Hui, Monique Choi
Builder: A.T. Interiors & Construction Pty Ltd
Engineers: Coulthard Shim Pty Ltd
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 39 sqm
Photographs: Kevin Hui

Is it too late to get out of Architecture?

John Picacio's cover art for 'AGE OF MISRULE: WORLD'S END'

Within the last few months, the number of emails I have received from people asking whether or not they should get out of architecture has been staggering. Equally surprising are the emails I receive that ask for direction on whether or not they should go into the field of architecture. The answer to both questions is easy:

Maybe?

For some people, the first question I ask them – the ender question, is always the same:

“Why do you want to be an architect?”

‘Fierljep’ Polder and Information Centre / Bureau B+B

polder garden

The city of is located 430 kilometers north of Beijing in the province of Liaoning and lies 20 kilometers inland. The Longqiwan New Area is an urban development on the coast of the Bonzai Sea. Part of this development is a park, for which Bureau B+B is building a ‘fierljep’ polder and an information centre. This polder-garden will open during the Jinzhou World Landscape Art Exposition in 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Scape House / Andrew Simpson Architects

© Christine Francis

Architect: Andrew Simpson Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Project Team: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Dennis Prior, Stephan Bekhor, Eugene An
Builder: GK and KM Trease Builders
Structural Engineer: Adams Consulting Engineers
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Christine Francis

Fall Museum Exhibits

West Hollywood Library / MDA Johnson Favaro

Beginning this October, get ready to experience … lots of them!  Whether you’re located in Los Angeles, London, Montreal, Arkansas or New York, check out some exciting exhibits taking place this Fall.  “It is a group of seasonal offerings that reflect the state of the profession, to be sure. Credit remains tight for commercial and civic projects, for the most part, which means that there is plenty of time for retrospective analysis — and that completed buildings continue to get outsize attention,” explained Christopher Hawthorne for the LA Times.

Check out the list of museums after the break.

2011 Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

Courtesy of AIA Dallas

The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition recognizes architectural visualizations from talented artists all over the world and represents the longest running delineation on record.

Ken Roberts was a Louisiana native and an architect who worked for the firm Craycroft-Lacy & Partners during the late 1960′s in Dallas. He then left to join forces with Dick Savage and later with Clutts & Parker to form Iconoplex, Inc in 1973. As his former boss Jack Craycroft recalls, Roberts was “a great designer and even better architect”. In addition, Roberts produced numerous immaculate ink perspective drawings of small residential and commercial projects that testified to an impressive facility for architectural rendering by hand. More information on the competition after the break.

Elamang Avenue / Luigi Rosselli

© Justin Alexander

Architects: Luigi Rosselli
Location: ,
Project Architects: Candace Christensen, Patrick Bless, James Horler, Sean Johnson
Landscaper: Terragram, Vladimir Sitta
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Justin Alexander

Long Slow Distance / Upsetter Architects

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Architects: Upsetter Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 33.4 sqm
Photographs: Yusuke Wakabayashi

Aptos Retreat Residence / CCS Architecture

© Paul Dyer

Architects: CCS Architecture
Location: Aptos, ,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: Residence, 2800 square feet; Barn, 1600 square feet
Interior Designer: Lynn Ross Designs
Landscape Designer: Natalain Schwartz Designs
Structural Engineer: Ron Belknap
Civil Engineer: David Dauphin
Tent Cabins: Sweetwater Bungalows
Photographs: Paul Dyer

Video: Virgin America and Gensler offer Behind-the-Scenes look at SFO T2

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Gensler, architects of SanFrancisco International Airport’s Terminal2(SFO T2) and Virgin America, the terminal’s anchor tenant, announce the release of A Day in the Life of SFO T2, a video by filmmakers Spirit of Space. A Day in the Life of SFO T2 is a key element in ’s fall promotion “VX Deals on the Fly,” launching today via Loopt, the geo-social network. The promotion will offer travelers mobile check-in rewards at various locations throughout SFO T2. More information after the break.

AD Classics: Chandigarh Secretariat / Le Corbusier

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This AD Classic was done in collaboration with John Rizor.

Taking over from Albert Mayer, produced a plan for on the foothills of the Himalayas that conformed to the modern city planning principles of Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM), in terms of division of urban function, an anthropomorphic plan form, and a hierarchy of road and pedestrian networks, Inherently, the Secretariat building is the largest edifice in the Capitol Complex and is the headquarters of both the Punjab and Haryana governments.

Le Corbusier’s plan for the capitol consisted of four buildings (or “edifices”) and six monuments arranged on a single site, loosely conceptualized as three interlocking squares. Only three of these four buildings were ever realized (the High Court, the Legislative Assembly, and the Secretariat) and were designed to represent the major functions of democracy — the fourth building, the Governor’s Palace, was never built.

More information after the break.

House RNG / The Heder Partnership

© Amit Geron

Architects: The Heder Partnership
Location: Yodfat,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 230 sqm
Photographs: Amit Geron

Formwork / Architecture Republic

© Paul Tierney

Architect: Architecture Republic
Location: Drumcondra, 9,
Client: John Graham, artist
Project Area: 25 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul Tierney

Miller Porch House / Lake | Flato Architects

Courtesy of Lake | Flato Architects

Architects: Lake | Flato Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,500 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Lake | Flato Architects

Pablo Serrano Museum / José Manuel Pérez Latorre

© Wojtek Gurak

Wojtek Gurak, a friend of ArchDaily and photographer, recently shared with us his photographs of the Pablo Serrano Museum in , Spain. The expansion of the Museum, designed by , was completed in March of this year. The expansion triples the size of the original museum that opened in 1994. Check out more photos after the break.

Video: “Cities of Opportunity” Interview with Rem Koolhaas

In this video from Cities of Opportunity 2011, architectural superstar and OMA founder shares his views on the contemporary evolution of the city and his vision for the future of urban centers. Produced by accounting giant PwC (a.k.a PricewaterhouseCoopers before their 2010 re-branding) and the Partnership for New York City, “analyzes the trajectory of 26 cities, all capitals of finance, commerce, and culture and through their performance, seeks to open a window on what makes cities function best.”