Anna Fixsen was a staff writer and editor for Architectural Record from 2013 to 2017, during which time she covered topics ranging from new projects to human rights, and edited Firms to Watch—a special section devoted to emerging architecture firms.
When news that Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center would be swapped in favor of a more eccentric scheme by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), speculation as to the reasons stacked up as high as the glazed volumes in the elected design.
Today, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) showed off its new design for 2 World Trade Center—a gleaming, 1,340-foot-tall stack of seven glazed volumes—that will replace an earlier scheme by Foster + Partners.
The latest iteration of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s traveling work “The Collectivity Project” has opened to the public at the High Line in Manhattan: an imaginary LEGO cityscape that viewers are free to alter as they wish.
On May 16, thousands of delegates of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) filed into a hall in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta to vote on a series of 15 resolutions set forth for approval.
Punk rock architecture and why starchitects aren't enough. Cirque du Soleil Executive Creative Director Welby Altidor's keynote speech. After the hype generated by tight crowds, high security, and a bomb sniffing dog in anticipation of Bill Clinton’s keynote address Thursday, today’s presentations at the American Institute of Architects’ national convention in Atlanta had a decidedly more laidback, TED-like feel. The first speaker, Welby Altidor, executive creative director for Cirque du Soleil (he also self-identifies as a “status quo Chief Challenger” on Twitter) encouraged the crowd to take a more unorthodox approach to their work. “I see in all of
The Former President challenges architects to take on pressing global issues and "low-hanging fruit." Bill Clinton gives the opening keynote at the 2015 AIA convention in Atlanta. Former President Bill Clinton delivered a keynote address Thursday to kick off the American Institute of Architects’ annual national convention. The 42nd president of the United States—who after introductions bounced spryly onto the stage—addressed a crowd of approximately 7,000 architecture professionals in the Georgia World Expo Center in downtown Atlanta, touching on a number of daunting global issues including terrorism, inequality, and global warming. But, he said, with the challenges come opportunities.“There is
Shigeru Ban first built paper emergency shelters in 1994 for Rwandan refugees. Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban has announced plans to contribute to emergency relief efforts in Nepal after the April 25 earthquake reduced cities to rubble, killed more than 7,000, and left thousands homeless. In the short term, Ban’s firm and his relief organization Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) will distribute simple tents—supplemented with plastic sheets donated by contractors to serve as wall partitions—and assemble them onsite as temporary shelter and medical aid stations.As conditions in the country begin to stabilize, VAN says it will team up with local universities,