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Zaha Hadid Donates Lawsuit Settlement to Worker Rights Group

Zaha Hadid has settled a lawsuit against the New York Review of Books and its architecture critic, Martin Filler, reports Architectural Record. The suit, originally filed in late August 2014 in New York State Supreme Court, accused the publication and its writer of defamation and slander in an article that amounted to “a personal attack disguised as a book review,” asserted her lawyers at Manhattan firm BakerHostetler when the suit was initially filed. “Ms Hadid is pleased to have put to rest this dispute, and to have resolved it in a way that demonstrates her commitment to safe and fair working conditions at construction sites around the world,” said Gonzalo Zeballos, one of the attorneys representing the architect, to Architectural Record.

Zaha Hadid’s Al-Wakrah Stadium, to be built in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup was compared in appearance to female genitalia when renderings were first released in November, 2013.


Fondazione Prada’s AMO-Designed Campus Opens in May

Fondazione Prada will open its permanent home, designed by AMO, in southern Milan on May 9, reports Dezeen. The research branch of Rem Koolhaas’s Rotterdam-based firm OMA has been converting an industrial space at Largo Isarco outside the city center into a multipurpose arts complex since the project was first announced in April 2008. The site includes 36,000 square feet of exhibition space and also features a bar — “modelled on traditional Milan cafes,” according to Dezeen — designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson. (more…)

Paestum Archaeological Museum Seeks Director

Twenty of the leading museums in Italy have just announced an executive head hunt, en masse: from the Uffizzi in Florence to the Nationa Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, some of the country’s best cultural institutions are looking to hire new directors, according to a post on the Economist’s jobs portal. The long list of venerable institutions with job openings includes a few renowned archaeological and architectural sites, such as the Archaeological Park in Paestum — which contains three Greek temple structures that date to approximately 600 B.C.E. and are among the best-preserved examples of their kind in Italy. Three branches of the National Archaeological Museum (in Napoli, Reggio Calabria, and Taranto) are also looking for new directors, and the entire list of Italian museums looking for new directors can be found below.


Architects Who Restored Statue of Liberty File for Bankruptcy

Swanke Hayden Connell, the architecture firm responsible for the 1986 restoration of the Statue of Liberty, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, reports the Wall Street Journal. The New York City-based architecture and interior design firm is “citing its inability to collect more than $2 million from an assignment in Russia,” according to the Wall Street Journal. (more…)

Design Tips From AIA Gold Medalist Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie, who won the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects last month (the organization’s highest honor given out annually to one of its own members), famously modeled his landmark Habitat ‘67 housing complex on the St. Lawrence River in Montreal out of Lego pieces. “We bought out all the Legos in Montreal at the time, because we built many, many alternatives,” he told Dezeen shortly after winning the AIA award. Though he eventually left Lego behind, Safdie has designed via hand-drafting throughout his 50 years of practice — even though digital technologies have long since replaced manual drawing as the preferred rendering method of the architectural profession. Younger architects, including — invariably — those in his Boston office, design by computer. Yet Safdie would like to see the emerging generation of architects put down their mouses and pick up pencils. (more…)

Norman Foster is Still the Most Admired Architect in the World

Norman Foster has been named the “world’s most admired architect” for the ninth year in a row, in a survey conducted by British architecture and design journal Building Design. His firm, Foster + Partners, beat second place candidate firm Herzog & de Meuron by seven percent. He took the top place with 17% of the vote — tallied from fellow British architects. Though Foster + Partners ranks first among admired architecture firms, the London-based global practice is actually the 16th largest in the world, according to ArchDaily. Gensler, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Bjarke Ingels Group ranked immediately after the top two; all firms that made the top 10 listing are either mid-size or corporate offices.

“To be voted most admired practice by our peers is a great honor,” Foster told Building Design. “It is a huge tribute to our talented and hard-working teams with their myriad skills and disciplines, both in our many studios around the world and our base in London, all working towards the common goal of bringing innovative design solutions to create a better built environment.”

See the 10 highest ranking firms in the Building Design survey after the cut: (more…)

Flying Facades: 175-Pound Panel Falls Off Zaha Hadid’s Vienna Library

A facade panel weighing 175 pounds made from fiberglass reinforced concrete fell off the Zaha Hadid-designed Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business on January 2, according to reports by Dezeen and Austrian newspaper Die Presse. An area in front of the building where the panel landed was cordoned off, and the building remains open. Nobody was hurt during the incident or immediately after — though it’s unlikely that anybody was deeply shocked by the flying facade either. (more…)

Lifting the Veil of the Broad’s Finished Facade

The Broad Museum dropped some big news about one of the most highly-anticipated buildings of 2015 just as 2014 was wrapping up. The Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed museum, which is currently under construction on Grand Avenue in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, announced on December 31 that scaffolding has been removed on its nearly completed facade — referred to as “the veil” by the architects and the institution. (more…)

Instagram’s Newest Filter Is Inspired by Mies Van Der Rohe

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe pioneered the architectural manipulation of images long before the invention of AutoCAD — just look to his collages from last summer’s “Cut ‘n’ Paste” show at the Museum of Modern Art for proof. He began creating imagined landscapes through photomontage, and continued to do so through collage and a variety of other methods for the duration of his career. It’s fitting, then, that Instagram has chosen to name one of its five new filters, dubbed Ludwig, after the pioneering modernist.

The honor, however, was bestowed upon Mies not for his history with image manipulation, but because of his affiliation with minimalism, reports CNET. The filter is a “minimalist look with a hint of desaturation. It also enhances the light,” according to the site. Instagram gave the website a similar line: “We named it Ludwig because of the famous minimalist mantra ‘less is more,’ coined by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It works especially great with portraits, architecture, and geometric shapes,” the app developers told CNET. (more…)

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Lakefront Competition

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yet another feature of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial today: Lakefront Kiosk Competition, an architectural competition organized by the biennial in partnership with the Chicago Park District. The winner of the competition will receive the BP Prize, named in honor of the biennial’s prominent corporate sponsor, British Petrolium. “Our parks are a vital part of our city’s heritage, and the Lakefront Kiosk Competition is an opportunity to bring progressive design to one of Chicago’s most celebrated urban spaces,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in the statement. Applications are due March 23, 2015 and the winner will be announced in April 2015.