It should be no surprise to my readers that I have been preoccupied with starting my own practice and working on multiple books, and have been unable to update Critique This! on a regular basis. This will be the last update to Critique This!, but rest assured a new project is in the works, which embodies all of the lessons that I have learned while developing Critique This! The articles featured on this site have been published in Bauwelt, florida/caribbean Architect and YAF Connection, and have opened up so many other doors into the world of architectural criticism. … continue reading Façadomy: A Critique on Capitalism and Its Assault on Mid-Century Modern Architecture
The thought of constructing buildings out of gold may seem like a ridiculous conjecture, but history reveals that this absurd notion is not only a reality of a time past, but that constructing structures of gold in modern times is more tangible than ever. Although many religious structures throughout history contain decorative elements and even domes which have been leafed in gold, none of these structures rival the Bupaya Pagoda and Sripuram Temple in scale. The Bupaya Pagoda located in Pagan, Myanmar is entirely adorned in gold leaf. The spectacle of the pagoda is only outdone by the fantastic Sripuram Temple which is located in India. The temple is the largest gold structure in the entire world and is constructed of 1500kg of gold! Gold has signified wealth and prosperity since the 700BC when the first gold coins were struck. Today modern technology has permitted the re-exploration of gold as a viable treatment for structures throughout the world.
The nearly nineteen million residents of Florida are currently in a battle to protect their neighborhoods from a number of exotic predators. Burmese Pythons, Gambian Pouch Rats and other exotic species have been released into the wild by their irresponsible owners, and are wreaking havoc on the natural equilibrium of Florida’s ecosystem. While the population of the Burmese Python in the Florida wild is estimated to be in the thousands, there is an even more damaging and invasive species lurking in Florida. It was first introduced more than 100 years ago, and currently maintains a population estimated to be in the millions. It has infiltrated our culture, and deceptively convinced the millions of Florida immigrants that it is a style that is both responsive to the unique climate of Florida and of the local vernacular. Clients love it, and laymen praise it for its architectural character.
I asked one student of the new S.C.P.A. (School for Creative and Performing Arts) what she would look forward to in the new building that open its doors this August and she said, “clean drinking water.” Another middle school student mentioned “stairs that won’t hurt”, in reference to the picturesque grand stair covered in a soft, speckled-blue linoleum. She is also excited about the new theatres and dance studios and big lockers. A music student likes having Music Hall just two blocks away and will feel safer with better building security. These are the thoughts of a few of the K through 12 students who will use and evaluate their new school in just a few months’ time. It is an exciting time for the school that has had to make do with aging buildings throughout its entire history. The fact that the new school is located in downtown Cincinnati helps the revitalization of downtown and the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood to the north of Central Parkway.
… continue reading Making The Stage: Cincinnati’s S.C.P.A. Gets a New Home
In the spirit of one of my favorite Cincinnati radio personalities Earl Pitts: “Ya’ know what makes me sick? You know what makes me so angry?” Mostly the lack of integrity of every corporation in the United States. I am not talking about BP, which is equally disgusting, but today is NCARB’s day to shine. I, like many of my fellow architects found my self in complete shock when I read the latest newsletter released by NCARB: NCARB’s e-Connection -July 2010: Answers to Questions About NCARB Fees. I am hosting a PDF version of the article on my site, because as I have discussed in previous articles, NCARB has a habit of quietly changing information. The questions and answers should not concern you, because they are as scripted as any interview you might find on a daytime television talk show. In nearly every case fees have doubled! But WHY? … continue reading The REAL Answers to Questions About NCARB’s Fees Increase
The LEED Accredited Professional 3.0 vector logo collection contains every official LEED AP logo created by the USGBC in vector format. The logos can be downloaded in Adobe Illustrator file format, which allows for complete control over the size and style of the logo without loss of clarity. The LEED Accredited Professional 3.0 vector logo collection is available for download absolutely free. If you require the logos in another file format, please contact us, and we will be more than happy to make additional file formats available for download. … continue reading LEED Accredited Professional 3.0 Vector Logo Collection
Have you seen the results of the Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing Competition? It is an ‘ideas competition’ sponsored by the AIA and Young Architect’s Forum. This competition serves as a reminder that the architecture competition system, or lack thereof, in the United States is flawed, and that it is in desperate need of regulation. Before you accuse me of having a vested interest, let me clarify that I have no horse in this race. I am not associated with this competition or any other competition. So, to clarify, I did not register for, nor did I submit a project to be judged in this competition. A few days ago I received a copy of the winning entries, and I was disgusted with what I saw, as it only confirmed the reasons for which I did not enter the competition and everything that I know to be wrong with the way architectural competitions are run in the United States. … continue reading AIA YAF Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing Competition Results
During a recent trip to New York City I visited the infamous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was my first time at the museum, and unfortunately the glass atop the atrium was covered. The large volume of space that is normally full of light was a dark void, perhaps for the first time in the building’s existence. Already disappointed with the fact that I would have to make another trip to New York City to experience the true spirit of the structure. I was further disheartened by the quality of merchandise sold in the museum’s gift shop. Most of the items in the Guggenheim gift shop were everyday items with an image of the Guggenheim slapped on it, similar in fashion to the image of Mickey Mouse in a Disney gift shop. … continue reading Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Graphic by Ted Naos
1111 Lincoln Road is part of an addition and upgrade to the existing SunTrust office building, which is a Brutalist concrete relic designed by Adolfo Albaisa that was constructed in the 1960s. At first glance, 1111 Lincoln Road looks like a new museum or a swanky new condo building just beginning construction, but in reality the structure is nearly complete. 1111 Lincoln Road is more than a parking garage, it is a building that serves as a continuation of the street with parking, retail, restaurants, event space and residential components scattered throughout the structure. … continue reading 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron: The Beauty of Parking
The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge shows us the possibility of living in the clouds. The newest prestigious address in the Cincinnati area features distinguished high-rise living, a rarity in this area of hills, valleys and single-family homes. The Ascent presides on its small site in Covington, soaring above its dour postmodern neighbors, the Corporex towers, and takes its design cues (both in form and color) from the adjacent Suspension Bridge, designed by John Roebling. The bridge opened in 1866 and was a dry run of sorts for the Brooklyn Bridge, which Roebling designed but would not live to see completed. … continue reading The Ascent by Studio Daniel Libeskind: Living in the Clouds