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Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House Goes to Auction in May

Frank Gehry’s 1987 Winton Guest House will go up for sale at auction on May 19, according to the seller, the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. The building currently stands on a 180-acre site in Owatonna, Minnesota that the university sold to a health clinic last summer; the seller has until August 2016 to move the house from the new owner’s land. Chicago auction house Wright is organizing the sale, and is noted for previous sales of historic architecture — in particular for the successful 2006 auction of Pierre Koenig’s 1959 Case Study House #21 in Los Angeles. Continue Reading

Plans Cancelled to Rebuild the Crystal Palace in London

A Chinese developer that had earlier been eager to build an exact replica of the Crystal Palace, designed by Joseph Paxton in 1951, has seemingly pulled out of the project, according to the BBC. “The ZhongRong Group wants to rebuild Crystal Palace, which burnt down in 1936, but has failed to meet a deadline set by the council to produce plans,” explains the news outlet. Continue Reading

Patrik Schumacher Decries Public Funding for Arts Education

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.

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New Bauhaus Museum to be Constructed in Dessau

The original Bauhaus Academy building in Weimar, designed by Henry van de Velde.

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, and to Berlin in 1932. 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-phase 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

Maayan Strauss Parodies Kitchen Design Through Sculpture

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

Starchitects Chastised for Their “Big Pointy Erections”

30 St. Mary Axe, designed in part by Ken Shuttleworth at Foster + Partners, was nicknamed The Gherkin for its various resemblances.

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.

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Rejected Designs for the Lincoln Memorial

In light of the recent anniversary of the inauguration of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. — February 12 rounded out the monument’s 206th birthday — the History Channel turned its gaze to the monument. The network dug up some of the stranger designs submitted to the original competition for the memorial.  ”The neoclassical monument designed by Henry Bacon has become an iconic piece of architecture,” notes the network’s website, “but had one of the designs from the other competing architect been selected, the familiar Lincoln Memorial would have looked jarringly different—perhaps in the form of a ziggurat, Mayan temple or Egyptian pyramid.” Continue Reading

Razan Abu Salha, Murdered Architecture Student, Remembered by her Professor

In the wake of the triple murder of three young Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by their neighbor on February 10, it has emerged that one of the victims was an architecture student. Razan Abu-Salha, 19, was the younger sister of Yusor Abu-Salha, a dental student who was killed along with her sister and husband. The younger Abu-Salha was a sophomore in the architecture department of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, where her professor, Christian Kersow taught Razan in his Fundamentals of Architecture class. Continue Reading

Annabelle Selldorf Will Design New Hauser and Wirth Building

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.

The current Hauser & Wirth structure on West 18th Street, the interior of which was redesigned by Selldorf into a gallery space.

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Designer Rosanne Somerson Appointed President of RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence has concluded its search for a new president, and it turns out that the winning candidate has been serving as interim president all along. Furniture designer, writer, and editor Rosanne Somerson is the 17th president of the preeminent design institution in the United States, and also a 1976 alumna of the school and longstanding professor there.

Somerson has been interim president since January 1, 2014, and her permanent appointment to the position is effective immediately. She served as provost from 2012 through 2014, but was promoted to interim dean when former president John Maeda left in late 2013 to work for Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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