Issue No.347 // 16 August 2011
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Channel 4: The Secret Life of Buildings

Dismay for British architecture as Foster defends London Icon: "Gherkin was not a disaster..."

UK architecture came under fire on UK TV this week when Norman Foster was asked by Channel 4 presenter, Tom Dyckhoff to explain why the innovative ideas he had pioneered in the Willis Building (Ipswich 1975) seemed to have been lost in London’s Gherkin some thirty years on. If a picture can paint a thousand words, Lord Foster's expression on being asked this question in front of the TV cameras seemed to generate at least a thousand expletives. It was a perfect twist in the long running saga of the ownership battle for......more

The Wright stuff
Last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel restored to former glory in Mason City: In the early 1900s, two young daughters of prosperous Iowa businessman J. E. E. Markley took an education at Hillside School, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed institution......more

Acoustical challenges in NY
Better located and ‘hipper’ quarters for a popular music studio: After ten years of operating out of one of its owner’s basements, SubCat Studios, a small yet successful recording studio in Skaneateles, New York that draws big name talents to its ranks, is......more

Municipal masterpiece
Monochromatic low-energy class 1 admin building in Viborg nears completion: These stunning images of the nearly completed Viborg Town Hall by Henning Larsen Architects (HLA) were captured by architectural photographer Martin Schubert on a recent......more

Modern-day blitz hits London
Buildings ablaze as riots grip capital: As the sun rose this morning in England’s capital its rays illuminated the effects of what has been termed by Prime Minister David Cameron as 'criminality, pure and simple'. Over the last three days London has been......more

The Pink Panther strikes again...
Classic cartoon inspires dynamic subway entrance by Bilbao-based practice: One of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations, the sleepy city of San Sebastian in the Bay of Biscay is home to scores of traditionally elaborate buildings which......more

Other-worldly pods illuminated by AIA
Gernot Riether's translucent plastic pavilion series launched by AIA New Orleans: The project was selected for realisation at an annual AIA call of entries that asked for interventions to bring to life the historic city of New Orleans. Gernot Riether’s project......more

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