Thursday, September 14, 2006

Locally Connected


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

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There you go again. You just can't help yourself. Do you own a car, a scooter, a Segway maybe? If you would bother to drive around the sites of these condo projects you talk about, saying they're either "dead," "on-hold," or "stalled," you might salvage an ounce of your fledgling credibility. American Loft is currently under construction, the foundation is done, and they're even erecting the ground floor as we speak! NORTHERN LIFE is the project on hold. Rather than taking the advice of your gal-pal Laurie Phillips, who definitely would love to see Brown Hill's competitors take a hike, you might want to see the reality on the ground for yourself. Just a thought.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing as well. I don't write for a major newspaper or am even greatly informed about projects in general, yet I could tell you American Life is a go. Northern Life is in the process of a redesign.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reply to above:
So what's with the angry tone? There is a talk back function to this blog and helping out with corrections or additions is appreciated. You made the correction and it's now posted. And really who cares if another condo (good or bad) is going up.

Thanks Inga.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? Well I thought you did. If you care about Philadelphia as much as you claim, one would think that you would not spend so much time plugging your friends projects and spreading nasty rumors about other ones. I will tell you who does care...the people who have spent their hard earned money buying these condos do not need the anxiety of hearing false information about their investments...that benefits noone.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Stephen Lauf said...

Oh dear, "angry tones" on the first anniversary of Skyline Online. I'll have to look that up in the Encyclopedia of Augury.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, to the "Who cares?" poster - I think you mistakenly thought you were replying to a post by Inga, when you were actually replying to another anon poster. You misread "Thanks Inga," as "Thanks, Inga."

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um..can we get back to the subject instead of lambasting each other on a weblog?

11:14 PM  

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