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Donald Trump Throws Shade at the Chicago Tribune’s Architecture Critic

The American Institute of Architects’ annual convention opens in Chicago this Thursday, but the Windy City is already hosting a vociferous design debate courtesy of none other than Donald Trump. It turns out that almost everyone in Chicago hates the 141-foot-long sign that spells out Trump’s surname currently being installed on the riverfront facade of the Donald’s Trump International Hotel & Tower building, which opened in 2009. “The sign is an on-steroids version of Trump’s ubiquitous logo and its bold serif typeface,” writes Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin. But it’s not like Trump has ever been one to back down or acquiesce to what his detractors think. Continue Reading

New Renderings Revealed of Tadao Ando’s First NYC Building

Ando’s planned low-rise building will incldue a rooftop reflection pool.

Foster’s got one, Hadid’s got one, now Ando’s got one: Tadao Ando’s first luxury condominium building in New York City’s NoLIta neighborhood sums up the architect’s hallmark formal flourishes in an urban, residential typology, as evidenced by the first renderings of the project which were released on Thursday. Construction is expected to begin on the poured-in-place concrete, galvanized steel, and glass tower before the fall, with a completion date scheduled for 2016. The 7-story, 32,000-square-foot building at 152 Elizabeth St. will contain 8 residences, with local architects Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard of Gabellini Sheppard Associates both designing the interiors and serving as the Architect of Record. The project has yet to break ground but developer Sumaida + Khurana are already promising a monumental result: “We intend to establish a new paradigm in terms of the relationship between architecture, art, craft and global luxury real estate development,” the firm said in a press release.

— Anna Kats (@fortunaviriliis)

Image courtesy of Sumaida + Khurana.

Xavier Veilhan Sets the Melnikov House on Fire

On May 15, French artist Xavier Veilhan set fire to the 1929 Melnikov House in central Moscow. Despite the premise of destruction that inspired the latest iteration of Veilhan’s Architectones project, the event was orchestrated to build support for the landmark residence’s restoration. Over the course of the evening, Veilhan used a five-foot-tall metal model of architect Konstanin Melnikov’s personal home to grill meat for guests and onlookers inside the garden of Melnikov’s full-scale original. The mock-up featured the home’s distinctive diamond-shaped windows and interlocking double-barrel frame, but Veilhan was inspired to use it for cooking by a stove on the home’s second floor, much like the stoves built by Melnikov after he was prohibited in the late 1920s by the Soviet state from practicing as an architect. Continue Reading

Richard Meier Remembers the Late Massimo Vignelli: “He Made Me Look Twice”

Massimo Vignelli, January 10, 1931 – May 27, 2014

The world of design, across nearly every discipline, experienced a great loss on Tuesday when Italian-born, New York-based icon Massimo Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. On May 9, son Luca had announced that his father was terminally ill, and invited fans to send letters of support and well wishing. Vignelli received thousands, according to fellow modernist and longtime friend Richard Meier.

Meier, who moved his office to 10th Avenue at Vignelli’s suggestion and refused to publish a book unless his upstairs neighbor would design it, spoke to ARTINFO over the phone about one of his best friends. His full, uninterrupted reflections are below.

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Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, Sou Fujimoto, and More Design Bespoke Bus Stops

Sou Fujimoto’s ethereal bus stop in Krumbach, Austria.

Waiting, waiting, and waiting some more for the bus to arrive — who hasn’t been there? The residents of Austrian hamlet Krumbach (population 1000) in the Bregenzerwald district can now while away the wait in high style, thanks to a coterie of international architects, including husband-wife team Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, former Serpentine Pavilion designer Sou Fujimoto, and this year’s Serpentine Pavilion designer Smiljan Radic. The architects and four others designed inventive and unusual bus stops for the village and its surroundings, partnering with local design firms to utilize the resources of numerous handcraft-based businesses in the vicinity. Much like the project brief and end results, the payment plan is far from typical: Designers received a holiday in the Bregenzerwald in exchange for their services.  Continue Reading

OfficeUS Announces American Pavilion ‘Partners’ for Architecture Biennale

When the Venice Architecture Biennale opens on June 6, OfficeUs, the American Pavilion project joint-curated by Eva Franch of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Ana Miljački of M.I.T., and Ashley Schafer of the University of Ohio, will operate a functioning architecture firm inside the U.S. Pavilion for the six-month duration of the Biennale. And like any architecture firm, this one has partners, who were revealed on Friday following an open call for participants that was announced last October. Continue Reading

Tacoma Art Museum Will Open Sustainable New Galleries by Olson Kundig in November

The Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington has announced that it will open its new Haub Family Galleries, devoted to art from the American West, to the public on November 16. The new wing and renovations to the original museum building were designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, with an eye to sustainability. Olson Kundig partnered with local firm Sellen Sustainability to produce an energy efficient building with post-recycled materials for their first museum expansion project.

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See Inside Dubai’s Opus Office Towers, Where Zaha Hadid Designed Her First Hotel

The interiors are just as curvy and spaceship-like as you’d imagine.

The organic, expressive lines of the midcentury Isamu Noguchi table actually pair really well with the digitally designed space — logical, but still surprising.

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Paddle8 Auctions Architectural Drawings to Benefit Drawing Center

If you’re in New York and want to see architectural ephemera, the Drawing Center’s Lebbeus Woods exhibition is primed for your enjoyment. But even if you aren’t in the Big Apple — if you’re anywhere that has a wifi connection — the Drawing Center has something to offer by way of architectural illustrations: Online auction house Paddle8 is hosting a sale of architects’ drawings through May 9, to benefit future design-themed programming at the Drawing Center. Curated by Center director Brett Littman with architects Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works and Steven Holl, the auction seeks both to raise funds and fill a gap in the marketplace for paper architecture: “With the recent closing of several New York galleries that deal with architecture, there are now very few places left to buy architect’s drawings,” notes Littman. To that end, 16 drawings by the likes of Annabelle Selldorf, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, ranging from $1,200 to $6,000, are up for grabs online through May 9. Continue Reading

Architecture Instagram: Checking in on L.A.’s Broad Museum

Because we’ve had the fortune of riding out New York’s recent bad weather spell in Los Angeles, where the days have been sunny — nay, sweltering — of late, ARTINFO decided to stop by the city’s most talked-about construction site: the forthcoming Broad Art Museum, the first West Coast project designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Continue Reading