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Résidence Jouanicot - Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Résidence Jouanicot - Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes, © Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara + 23

The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn't Have Sued the New York Review of Books

00:00 - 27 January, 2015
The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn't Have Sued the New York Review of Books, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Update: Last week, Hadid and the New York Review of Books agreed to a settlement agreement, with Hadid accepting the apology of the New York Review of Books and, in conjunction with the settlement, donating an undisclosed sum of money to a labor rights charity. You can read the full joint statement at the end of this article.

For those that follow the ins and outs of architectural criticism, it will have been hard to miss the news this week that Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books, claiming that the critical broadside launched by Martin Fuller against Hadid in his review of Rowan Moore's book Why We Build was not only defamatory but also unrepresentative of the content of the book. Hadid's lawyers demanded a retraction of the review, which they claimed had caused Hadid "severe emotional and physical distress."

Hadid's lawsuit did manage to elicit an apology from Filler, but probably not the one she was hoping for: Filler posted a retraction admitting that his review confused the number of deaths involved in all construction in Qatar in 2012-13 (almost 1,000) with the number of deaths on Hadid's own Al Wakrah stadium (exactly zero). However, much of Filler's comments criticizing Hadid's cold attitude to conditions for immigrant workers in Qatar remain unaddressed.

Throughout the week, a number of other critics took this opportunity to pile more criticism on Hadid, unanimously agreeing that the lawsuit was a bad idea. Read on after the break to see the six reasons they gave explaining why.

Pulp Press at Kistefos / A2 Architects

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Pulp Press at Kistefos / A2 Architects, © Jiru Havran
© Jiru Havran

© Jiru Havran © Jiru Havran © Jiru Havran © Jiru Havran + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jevnaker, Norway
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Carroll, Caomhan Murphy, Joan McElligott, David McInerney
  • Technical Design

    Jakob Ilera, INSEQ
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Call for Proposals: 2015 Deborah J. Norden Fund

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Call for Proposals: 2015 Deborah J. Norden Fund, © Architectural League of New York
© Architectural League of New York

In memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, the Deborah J. Norden Fund is calling for proposals from students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies for awards up to $5000 in travel and study grants. A program of The Architectural League of New York, participants must submit a maximum three-page proposal, which succinctly describes the objectives of the grant request and how it will contribute to the applicant’s intellectual and creative development. The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2015. For more information, please visit here.

In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Siamak Hariri - Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Local Architect

    BL Arquitectos
  • Client

    National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Chile, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada
  • General Contractor

    Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá'í para Sudamérica Ltda.
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings. 

Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America + 41

Michael Sorkin On The Guggenheim, Museum Culture, and "The Next Helsinki" Competition

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Michael Sorkin On The Guggenheim, Museum Culture, and "The Next Helsinki" Competition, Finalist: GH-121371443. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
Finalist: GH-121371443. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

Aside from attracting a huge level of media interest, the record-breaking competition to design the Guggenheim Museum's planned outpost in Helsinki also generated a significant level of criticism - not least from Michael Sorkin and his collaborators, who launched a counter-competition seeking alternative suggestions for how the site could be used. In this article, originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "'We Mean to Be Provocateurs': Michael Sorkin on the Next Helsinki Competition," Zachary Edelson interviews Sorkin on his reaction to the Guggenheim's shortlist, his hopes for his own competition, and the critical role that museums play in the worlds of both art and architecture.

The reverberations of the Bilbao Effect, where a prize museum infuses a region with prosperity and global cache, have concentrated on an unlikely city: the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is famous for its Fifth Avenue museum, but its 1997 Frank Gehry-designed Bilbao outpost famously catapulted its small Basque host city to new levels of international renown. The city’s tourism revenue quickly helped recoup the museum’s extensive costs: $100 million for design and construction, subsidies towards a $12 million annual budget, $50 million for an acquisitions fund, and $20 million to the Guggenheim for its name, curatorial services, and the use of parts of its collection. Within three years, visitors’ spending had garnered $110 million and by 2013 more than 1 million had entered the gleaming metallic structure. Many have tried to replicate Bilbao’s success but opposition against such massive expenditures always looms. In this case, it has manifested in a rival competition led by New York-based architect and writer Michael Sorkin and titled The Next Helsinki.

Jabuticaba House / Raffo Arquitetura

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Jabuticaba House / Raffo Arquitetura, © R.R.Rufino
© R.R.Rufino

© Fabio Pitrez © Fabio Pitrez © R.R.Rufino © Fabio Pitrez + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Londrina, Brazil
  • Architectural Design

    Lucas Raffo
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Theatre Speelhuis / Cepezed Architects

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Theatre Speelhuis / Cepezed Architects, Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom
Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom

Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom Courtesy of Jannes Linders, Léon van Woerkom + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Helmond, The Netherlands
  • Area

    1997.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

BLUEPRINT: Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer and Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu of SO – IL

00:00 - 27 January, 2015

BLUEPRINT is the latest exhibition on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, the exhibition features 50 blueprints from participating artists and architects, ranging from as far back as 1961 to 2013. 

Fenwick Street House / Julie Firkin Architects

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Fenwick Street House / Julie Firkin Architects, © Christine Francis
© Christine Francis

© Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis + 25

Farewell Chapel Zgornji Tuhinj / Tria Studio

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Farewell Chapel Zgornji Tuhinj / Tria Studio, © Damjan Švarc
© Damjan Švarc

© Damjan Švarc © Damjan Švarc © Damjan Švarc © Damjan Švarc + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    1219 Zgornji Tuhinj, Slovenia
  • Design Team

    Jernej Hočevar, Martin Lovrečić, Matevž Vrhovnik, Blaž Češka, Tjaša Justin
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Viennese Guest Room / heri&salli

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Viennese Guest Room / heri&salli, © Hans Schubert
© Hans Schubert

© Hans Schubert © Hans Schubert © Hans Schubert © Hans Schubert + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Design Team

    Wolfgang Novotny
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Aaron Betsky Appointed New Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

00:00 - 26 January, 2015
Aaron Betsky Appointed New Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture’s Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture’s Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl

Critic, curator and educator Aaron Betsky has been announced the new dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Betsky will assume his role immediately, taking over responsibilities regarding the School’s academic programs, personnel, students, finances, and character, as well as relations with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s broader programs.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to continue the work that for so long made Taliesin into a workshop for reinventing American architecture,” said Betsky. “I look forward to continuing its traditions and making the School into the best experimental school of architecture in the country.”

Betsky's appointment comes at a critical time, as Taliesin is at risk of losing its accreditation should the school fail to raise two million by the end of 2015. Read on to learn more. 

Riviera Bar / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Beatriz Meyer + Eduardo Chalabi + Diana Radomysler

00:00 - 26 January, 2015
Riviera Bar / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Beatriz Meyer + Eduardo Chalabi + Diana Radomysler, © Rômulo Fialdini
© Rômulo Fialdini

© Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini + 56

AJA Restaurant / Arch.Lab

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
AJA Restaurant / Arch.Lab, © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sector 11, Chandigarh, Chandigarh, India
  • Design Team

    Harsimran Singh, Mohit Vij, Taruni Aggarwal, Jasnam Kaur
  • Area

    900.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

BEBO Renovation - Folding Box / sculp[IT]architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
BEBO Renovation - Folding Box / sculp[IT]architects, © Luc Roymans Photography
© Luc Roymans Photography

© Luc Roymans Photography © Luc Roymans Photography © Luc Roymans Photography © Luc Roymans Photography + 19

Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects, © Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

© Jens Lindhe © Martin Schubert © Jan Kofod Winther © Martin Schubert + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aarhus, Denmark
  • Team from Henning Larsen Architects

    Louis Becker (Responsible Partner), Niels Edeltoft (Project Manager), Troels Troelsen (Design Responsible, Competition Phase), Elizabeth Ø. Balsborg (Architect and Design Manager), Birte Bæk, Carsten Fisher, Gitte Edelgren, Greta Lillienau, Hans Vogel, Henrik Vuust, Irma Persson Käll, Johnny Holm Jensen, Julie Daugaard Jensen, Lars Harup, Lars Krog Hansen, Magnus Folmer Hansen, Mai Svanholt, Maja Aasted, Martha Lewis, Matthias Lehr, Peter Koch, Sarah Kübler, Stefan Ernst Jensen
  • Area

    16000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Residence in Megara / Tense Architecture Network

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
Residence in Megara / Tense Architecture Network, © Petros Perakis
© Petros Perakis

© Petros Perakis © Petros Perakis © Petros Perakis © Petros Perakis + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ditiki Attiki, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Tilemachos Andrianopoulos, Kostas Mavros, Thanos Bampanelos
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs