Serial social media provocateur and and Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher has denounced art school, and public funding for art, as an “indefensible anachronism” in a lengthy Facebook post. His comments, first reported by Dezeen, have drawn the ire of an erstwhile academic colleague, the architectural theorist, historian, and critic Bart Lootsma. In a riposte also published on the social-networking site, Lootsma chastised Schumacher for his hypocrisy, noting that “until recently he earned a salary good as a professor” in publicly funded universities in Innsbruck and Vienna. “Just months ago he desperately tried to get a professorship there,” Lootsma added.
OBJECT LESSONS: Architecture & Design News
In anticipation of the centennial of the Bauhaus, the Fondation Bauhaus Dessau has announced that it plans to construct a Bauhaus Museum in the eastern German city. The applied arts and architecture school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, and during its 14-year history, relocated to Dessau (in 1925, where it was lead by Hannes Meyer), and to Berlin (where it was lead by Mies Van Der Rohe). The school shuttered under pressure from the Nazi regime in 1933.
In a ‘preannouncement’ on its website, the Bauhaus Museum Dessau explained that an open two-phased international competition called on architects to design a museum for the foundation’s “outstanding collection,” emphasizing the need for the “best possible conservation conditions.” Continue Reading
The stretch of 24th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues is typical of Chelsea: galleries, former industrial buildings, and luxury residences. Yet the block that Andrea Meislin Gallery calls home has a somewhat less expected feature through February 28. The gallery’s storefront currently bears pointed resemblance to a kitchen/bath showroom, under the aegis of artist Maayan Strauss, whose “Seven Sinks” installation — a massive kitchen island with operating faucets installed inside — currently occupies its main street-facing room. Pedestrian passersby might well wonder if the gallery sells art or kitchen hardware. Continue Reading
Architect Ken Shuttleworth, former design partner at Foster + Partners, offered some disparaging remarks earlier this month about his fellow designers, according to Architects’ Journal. While giving the keynote address at an awards ceremony for a major English association of structural engineers, Shuttleworth announced: “Celebrity architects – or as they are known in the business starchitects – have taken over with their dazzling shirts, their big watches, and their big pointy shiny erections.” We’d chalk the statements up to British humor if he wasn’t so right in criticizing what he called the “arrogant” and “egotistical” attitudes of many leaders in the profession.
Hauser & Wirth has announced that its new freestanding building at 542 West 22nd Street will be designed by none other than Annabelle Selldorf, who has emerged in recent years as the preferred architect of the New York gallery world with a spate of high-profile projects that include David Zwirner’s 2013 space on West 19th Street.
37 years after publishing his canonical retroactive manifesto “Delirious New York,” Rem Koolhaas will finally design — and, seemingly, build — a project of his own in Manhattan. “Gimme Shelter has learned exclusively that developer The Related Companies has hired Rem Koolhaas to design their new High Line project on W. 18th St,” reports the New York Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil. She leaves the report at that; no renderings or design details are being made public as of yet.
Keil does note, however, that Related has several more starchitect-designed buildings in the works around the High Line (where, in any case, several other Pritzker winners like Norman Foster are currently building): “They are also developing the Zaha Hadid building at 520 W. 28th St. Thomas Juul-Hansen also designed two towers with a long, gallery-like shared lobby underneath the High Line at 505 W. 19th St.” Continue Reading
The American Institute of Architects wants you (to cheer up)! The national association that governs the architectural profession in the U.S.A is releasing television ads with optimistic and inspirational messages about the pursuit and practice of architecture, potentially with the intention of recruiting the country’s TV addicts into design careers — and most definitely with the goal of mending the profession’s hurting pride. An expansion upon the AIA’s “Look Up” campaign, which encourages members of its target audience to throw back their heads and contemplate the built environment, the 30-second ads began airing yesterday on prominent national and cable networks that include CBS, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News. According to a video released by AIA CEO Robert Ivy for the organization’s members, a print advertising campaign will follow later this year.
A still from the AIA’s “Look Up” promotional video, coming soon to a TV screen near you. Continue Reading
Andres Jaque, founder and principal architect of the New York- and Madrid-based firm Office for Political Innovation, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Young Architects Program at the Museum of Modern Art. As the 16th winner of the YAP, Jaque will follow in the footsteps of previous program winners and will construct a pavilion in late June in the front courtyard of MoMA PS1’s Long Island City campus. The pavilion will host the Warm Up summer concert series through September, when the structure will be dismantled. Continue Reading
The 2013 demolition of Bertrand Goldberg’s 1979 Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern University was probably the biggest historic preservation loss of the past half-decade (or decade, for that matter). Now, you can watch a video that chronicles the entire process of dismantling the hugely significant quatrefoil structure in under two minutes.