Kevin Roche, the Pritzker-winning architect known for his innovative and sometimes unusual designs, turns 91 today. His firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates was once described by critic C. Ray Smith as “the most aesthetically daring and innovative American firm of architects now working”.
Born in Ireland in 1922, Roche’s early years as an architect are telling: he first moved to the USA in 1948 to study under Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology but left after just one semester, eventually swapping Mies’s strict formulaic style for a much more expressive modernism when he joined the firm of Eero Saarinen.
Roche is well known for his buildings such as the Knights of Columbus Building; however as Principal Design Associate at Eero Saarinen and Associates at the time of Saarinen’s death, he was also instrumental in the completion of many well known Saarinen projects such as the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
On the occasion of his 91st birthday, we invite you to look at our coverage of Kevin Roche on ArchDaily:
The Museum of Finnish Architecture’s summer exhibition, ‘Light Houses.Young Nordic Architecture‘ is a two-part showing of contemporary work by young Nordic architects taking place now until September 22. Thirty-two architects from Finland, Sweden and Norway – all born after 1962,…
Artist: John Gerrard
Location: Jevnaker, Norway
Architect In Charge: John Gerrard
Area: 100 sqm
Photographs: John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran
Australia based Williamson Architects…’ proposal for the City Cultural Center of Taichung, Taiwan aims to create a sculptural beauty that resurrects the romance of the architectural journey through a building. Driven by function, the building’s form is expressed in
The Gurgaon 71 residential project proposal by Maison Edouard François… represents French-style luxury living while simultaneously respecting Indian traditions. Located in Gurgaon, India, these luxurious apartments make use of noble materials such as marble and wood and have large interiors,
Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: Shaanxi, China
Principals In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associate: mariarosa doardo
Sr. Interior Designer: Briar Hickling, Candice-Lee Browne
Architectural Designer: Willow Zhang, Amy Hu, Kevin Azanger
Interior Designer: Eva Wieland, Qi xiaofeng, Alena Fabila
Project Manager: Joy Qiao
Area: 80000.0 sqm
Photographs: Pegenaute, Jeremy San Tzer Ning
Dazzling viewers with its “tron-like landscape of infinite white,” as described by Guardian critic Oliver Wainwright, Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park is arguably “one of the most radical pavilions to date.” The 350 square-meter latticed structure melts into its surrounding by fusing together the man-made and natural world, creating a lush, semi-transparent terrain in which transforms into a variety of seating, steps and side tables that complement its interior coffee bar (view more images here).
The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Make It Right, St. Bernard Project and Architecture for Humanity has formed a strategic partnership to launch “Designing Recovery,” an ideas competition created to aid in the rebuild of sustainable and resilient communities.…
Japan, inventor of the world’s first bullet train, recently unveiled plans for an even faster and more radical train model: a floating train, powered by magnets, that will travel 100 mph faster than current bullet trains (about 300 mph). The maglev train, standing for “magnetic levitation,” will run between Tokyo and Osaka, an estimated distance of 315 miles, cost $64 billion, and be completed by 2045.
High-speed rail has already revolutionized national and international transportation in many parts of the world - for example, China has a maglev that already goes 270mph – and now high-speed is transitioning into hyper-speed. Last year, we reported that Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of both PayPal and Tesla Motors, shared with the public his desire to patent a new mode of transportation – the “Hyperloop” that would get passengers from San Francisco to LA in only 30 minutes.
So what might the future hold for train travel? And, more importantly, how will it affect our cities and the people who live in them?
For more on the maglev train and the future of rail, read on.