Welcome to Curbed's new weekly round-up of architecture and design on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and (god forbid) even LinkedIn. Collected from retweets, intra-office chats, and, well, anything that sent us into a 140-character tizzy, this is what Curbed editors actually read last week. Please be in touch if you have a recommendation for next week.
"We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build, but by those we have destroyed."—Ada Louise Huxtable pic.twitter.com/IzyhqG3iN2— Theodore Grunewald (@TedGrunewald) August 14, 2015
Well, the dreaded moment finally arrived. After much hand-wringing and anxiety about its fate, parts of the Orange County Government Building—designed by Paul Rudolph and built in 1967—met the wrecking ball last Friday. This quotation from spirit guide Ada Louise Huxtable, former New York Times architecture critic (the Grey Lady's first!), seems particularly apt. News of the demolition's beginning ricocheted across the Twittersphere last week, with Zaha Hadid, Michael Kimmelman (the Times's current critic), and more sounding their dismay.
Iwan Baan, acclaimed camera wizard and architectural photographer, turned his lens on one of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's faceted mirror installations in China, and we got a (very artful) glimpse of the man behind the curtain!
Dutchman Florian Idenburg, co-founder of the New York City firm du jour SO-IL, is on a rather fabulous-looking trip across Europe, landing in Munich and, notably, in Portugal, where the designer has snapped work by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza. We love Siza's monumental work for the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego museum and, apparently, so does Idenburg.
"Excuse me, sir, where is the 'Architect Parking' section?" pic.twitter.com/7VQCED9PN6— Ryan Quinlan (@ryanjamesq) August 12, 2015
This made us chuckle. We'll let it speak for itself.
Lately, the news cycle has been neither kind nor gentle with British Pritzker Prize winner and fan of capes Zaha Hadid. A rumor that "thousands" of immigrant workers have died on one of her Qatari projects (they haven't) won't seem to go away, and her $2B (b for billion) plan for Tokyo's 2022 Olympic Stadium has been shelved. But all is not bleak and loveless! Last week, Hadid's firm re-tweeted support from fellow Brit architect Richard Rogers, who, the Architects' Journal reports, argues that the Tokyo stadium Japan does get after dropping Hadid's scheme will be of poorer quality for it.
In case you've missed the first couple installments, we've been unleashing Monday Décor Rants on the Internet for the last two weeks and they've been met with fervor (to say the least). We love it and we, too, have (very) strong opinions on all things interiors! A highlight comment from our latest piece, about whether or not it's a wise design move to put a flat-screen television over a fireplace or mantel, sums up the leading opinion.
David Adjaye is on a boat. Adjaye's been on what looks like a dreamy Martha's Vineyard vacay, and sailing around the island at 8 knots (about 9 miles/hour for us land folk) in serious style. In his 'gram from deck, Adjaye praises the boat's black carbon-fiber sail: "Amazing black carbon fibre sails that power the boat. 100ft sheets without joints. One on the lightest and strongest textiles." That design mind is clearly always whirring.
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