Downtown sports stadiums are a mixed bag. While they can attract tourism dollars and spur development, they aren’t always good neighbors aesthetically. Many rise abruptly, big and opaque, looking like downed spaceships.
Paris-based architects Hiroko Kusunoki and Nicolas Moreau founded their eponymous husband-and-wife firm in 2011 and seemed to come out of nowhere when their design won the Helsinki Guggenheim competition last year.
When lighting designer Hervé Descottes began work on Jean Nouvel’s concert hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, the project was well under construction, and the architect even had another designer’s lighting scheme in hand.
Last month, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released the results of its 2015 Diversity in the Profession of Architecture survey and the numbers tell a grim—and unsurprising—story: the profession doesn’t look at all like the society it serves.