Photo of the Day—Classical Skyscraper:
Someone didn't get the memo that the Chicago Spire may yet be built. This project, designed by John Houser and Parke MacDowell, would replace the twisting cylinder with a stack of columns. It earned an honorable mention in Evolo's 2014 Skyscraper Competition.
Horace Havemeyer III, RIP: The longtime publisher of Metropolis died last week from complications brought on by a chronic neurological disorder. "He loved design," writes Metropolis publisher and editor Susan S. Szenasy, in a remembrance. "He respected architecture. He was an avid reader with a phenomenal memory. He was fascinated by the creative mind. He read broadly, including a lot of history. He was an opera fan, and an expert sailor. He was the first reader of all Metropolis articles, and I looked forward to his honest, critical reaction to them. He was rarely wrong." [Metropolis]
J. Mayer H.'s Autostadt: Opened late in 2013, the MobiVersum is a sculptural installation for the Autostadt showroom and museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, designed by Jürgen Mayer H. ARCHITECT crisscrossed the nation of Georgia to survey the architect's sculptural architecture back in December. See how J. Mayer H. translates at the scale of a Volkswagen showroom in Germany. [Gizmag]
Quote of the Day: "Cubicles are the worst — like chicken farming. They are humiliating, disenfranchising and isolating." Google offices designer Clive Wilkinson [Dezeen via The Verge]
Tweet of the Day:
Number of the Day—26: Alexis Madrigal's 26-story history of San Francisco is a must-read. [The Atlantic]
5 More Monday Stories:
A profile on Kulapat Yantrasast, protégé of Tadao Ando. [W Magazine]
Here's a March Madness bracket from the nation's capital for DMV monuments. [The Washington Post]
In related news, the Washington Monument is supposed to open in May. [The Associated Press/ABC7]
Yinz architectural history in one mural. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
The Design Issue includes an interview with Snøhetta's Craig Dykers, AIA (who “makes buildings people want to have sex on”), a studio visit with inflatable-giant-rubber-duck-guy Florentijn Hofman, appearances by Gordon Gill, FAIA, Adrian Smith, FAIA, and Elizabeth Diller, and more. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
Step Up, Step Down:
Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop has been named the executive director of the AIA Foundation (AIAF), the philanthropic arm of the AIA. Erica Rioux Gees, AIA, will serve as the AIAF Director of the Octagon.
Joseph A. Sinnett, AIA, and Ethan Skeels, AIA, have joined Kahler Slater as architects. Jeff Kopecky has joined as a senior interior designer
AECOM named one of the world's most ethical companies.
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