Philadelphia buildings and architects don't get featured very often in Architectural Record these days. So we'll have to take some small pleasure in seeing Stephen Starr's New York outpost of Morimoto, exquisitely designed by Tadao Ando, lead the September issue, which focuses on interiors. (You saw it first in Changing Skyline in March. ) Another designer with local connections, Penn architecture prof Winka Dubbeldam, also makes an appearance in the issue, with a New York loft apartment. Dubbeldam's firm, Archi-Tectonics, is designing the American Loft condos in Northern Liberties for CREI, now under construction. Herfirm was also supposed to design another small tower, the Northern Life , but that appears to be one of the projects on permanent hold.
Meanwhile, another Penn prof, the incredibly prolific Witold Rybczynski, who is Slate's architecture critic, as well as the author of books on everything from domestic life to Frederick Law Olmstead to Palladio, is this year's winner of the National Building Museum's Vincent Scully Prize, named after the incredibly prolific Yale professor and architecture historian.
I don't mean to be so Penn-centric, but if you are interested in what information is being stuffed into the heads of architecture students these days, see Geoff Manaugh's wide-ranging interview with Detlef Mertins, chairman of the school's architecture department, on Archinet.
And finally, one more thing from Penn. The university's School of Design has just released this year's speaker schedule. Here are ones to watch for:
-Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the ICA: Peter Eisenman and Laurie Olin discuss their joint installation, Fertilizers. (See tomorrow's Changing Skyline for my review.)
-Sept. 21, 5 p.m. Meyerson: Kenneth Frampton discusses Antonin and Noemi Raymond, whose work is now on view in Meyerson's ground floor gallery.
-Oct. 16-17, Houston Hall: A symposium on green cities featuring planner Alexander Garvin, Nobel Prize Winner Wangari Maathai and Philadelphia artist Lily Yeh.
-Nov. 2, 7 p.m. Meyerson: Architect Toyo Ito
-Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. Meyerson: Winka Dubbeldam
-Nov. 10, 7 p.m. Meyerson: Filmmaker John Waters
-Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Meyerson: Nur Akin discusses historic preservation in Turkey