The Glasgow School of Art, one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished design schools, has launched an international competition to select a team for a new studio and classroom building opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1898 masterpiece, itself a competition winner.
Amanda Levete Correction appended March 31, 2009 Amanda Levete, the former wife and business partner of the late Czech architect Jan Kaplicky, has announced the formation of a new firm that will carry on the exploratory spirit of their celebrated Future Systems office. Kaplicky, 71, died of a heart attack on January 14. Amanda Levete Architects, based in London, has 35 employees, nearly all from Future Systems, and commissions ranging from a bridge in Dublin to the new London headquarters for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and a mammoth luxury hotel and shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. The March 12 announcement
Architect Jan Kaplicky. Jan Kaplicky, the dour but visionary Czech architect, died January 14 in Prague of a heart attack, within hours of the birth of his daughter. He was 71 and had been dividing his time between London and the Czech Republic, where he had several major commissions. After emigrating to England in 1968, Kaplicky worked with some of Europe’s best architects, including Denys Lasdun, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Renzo Piano, the last two on the breakthrough Centre Pompidou in the mid-70s. He spent several years in Foster’s office before founding his own firm, Future Systems, in 1979.
Project Specs FUEL Caf' at Chesapeake Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Elliott Associates Architects << Return to article the People Architect Elliott Associates Architects Rand Elliott, FAIA, principal Bill Yen, AIA, Miho Kolliopoulos, AIA General contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction Structural engineer: Mark Eudaley Engineers M/E/P: Determan Scheirman Lighting consultant: Smith Lighting the Products Terrazzo floor: EnviroGlass Products Laminated glass panels: Craftsman Glass
Twenty years ago, Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum announced a major expansion, and promptly got stuffed by critics, architects, and the public. “Hands off Louis Kahn’s masterpiece” was the outraged response, and the Kimbell quickly abandoned the idea. Now it is back with a new $70 million scheme that is more respectful of the Kahn building and, it hopes, less politically toxic.
In 1855, a band of French socialists, many of them artists and craftsmen, established a utopian community called La Reunion in Dallas, just west of downtown. They were inspired by the writings of philosopher Charles Fourier, who had nothing helpful to say about Texas weather, Texas soil, or Texans generally. Within four years the community failed and its members scattered. Images courtesy La Reunion TX Bang Dang, of Dallas-based Cunningham Architects, won first place in the La Reunion TX competition. The design combines an old rail trestle (top) with additional walkways to link a series of artist studios and apartments
Correction appended August 31, 2007 For all the official secrecy surrounding the process, yesterday’s announcement that Robert A.M. Stern Architects has been selected to design the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University (SMU), in Dallas, proved to be a no-brainer: a high-profile historicist for an institution that wants only collegiate Georgian architecture. Neo Trad for Neo-Cons. Where’s the surprise? According to a statement from the Bush Library Foundation, Stern got the job following an August 23 meeting with the president at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. “I guess he wanted to look me over and I suppose