Photo of the Day: Woh Hup
In Your Facebook: Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher lit into the judges of the Venice Architecture Biennial, accusing architecture of political correctness. "STOP political correctness in architecture," Shumacher wrote, in a status update on Facebook, one of several posts in a row. "But also: STOP confusing architecture and art." It's hard not to trace his posts to criticism that the firm has received both for working in Qatar, where hundreds of migrant workers have died already in the construction build-up surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup, or for the design of the World Cup Stadium itself, which men who appoint it to themselves to do so have deemed too yonic. Shrug off the haters, Schumacher. It's your wall. [Dezeen]
Re-Up in Michigan: The University of Michigan is planning to add a new $28 million addition to its Art and Architecture Building, five years after dropping a plan to renovate the 40-year-old building. Integrated Design Solutions and Preston Scott Cohen will design the building, the scope of which has doubled since it was first considered in 2007. Alfred Taubman, the architecture school's namesake, put up $12.5 million for the project. [M Live]
Quote of the Day: “There has never been a feedback loop for architecture until now, and that changes everything.” —Marc Kushner (as related via Twitter from his TED Talk).
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Number of the Day—50.7: That’s the Architecture Billings Index score for February. Find a full rundown of today’s ABI numbers here.
5 More Stories for Wednesday:
Peter Pennoyer’s condo tower on 151 East 78th Street now has a website. [Curbed]
“Has the Time Come for Floating Cities?” Sure, why the hell not. [The Guardian]
The Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright analyzes whether the English garden city, which he says “is rooted in the vision of a radical socialist,” can still work today. [The Guardian]
Step Up, Step Down:
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art named Peter W. Lyden as its president.
Lots of moves at Payette: Kevin B. Sullivan, FAIA, has been promoted to president; Andrea Love, AIA, has been promoted to director of building science; and Jeffrey Abramson, AIA, Milly Baker, AIA, Susan C. Blomquist, AIA, Bob Carroll, AIA, Wesley Schwartz, AIA, and Hal Spiers were all promoted to associate.
Molly McGowan, AIA, was promoted to partner at Ennead Architects. Joseph Fleischer, FAIA, a founding partner and management principal, retired.
Matthew Burns, Assoc. AIA, was named vice president of Las Vegas-based EV&A Architects.
Tim Smith was named environmental graphic design client leader at BHDP Architecture.
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*The top photo's credit has been updated.