Quote of the Day: “For me, it’s like a paper clip. There’s no way to improve it.” —on LEGOs, Alex Vlack of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the firm designing exhibits for the Bjarke Ingels Group–designed Lego House. [The New York Times’ T Magazine]
Tweet of the Day:
One unit in this Mies development was listed and sold in one day.
Number of the Day—5.5: That’s how many inverted Burj Khalifa towers could fit between the surface of the Indian Ocean and the undersea depths at which the locator beacon of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have been detected. This infographic illustrates exactly what sort of challenge faces recovery officials: You could invert five Burj Khalifa skyscrapers end-on-end in the Indian Ocean and still not reach the depths at which this locator beacon (if that is indeed what officials are hearing) has descended. It’s frightening and nearly unfathomable. [The Washington Post]
Happy Birthday: 96 years ago, Danish architect Jørn Utzon was born. Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House, which turned 40 last summer. He passed away in 2008 at age 90. Check out our conversation with his son, Jan Utzon.
6 More Stories for Wednesday:
Seattle architect Robert Hull, a founding partner of The Miller Hull Partnership, passed away at age 69. [Puget Sound Business Journal]
Demand for Shigeru Ban–designed property has exploded since the architect won the Pritzker Prize. [The New York Times]
Two architects reshaped Denver, bringing to life abandoned, deteriorating buildings. [Denver Post]
Architecture critic Rowan Moore isn’t too impressed with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. [The Guardian]
San Francisco Chronicle critic John King on Moscone Center expansion by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Mark Cavagnero Associates. [SFGate]
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and architect Raymond Moriyama created a $100,000 award to rival the Pritzker and Stirling Prizes. [Dezeen]
Step Up, Step Down:
Professor Peter MacKeith has been named the new dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. McKeith currently teaches architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
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