American architect Richard Best, winner of "The Hydra Executives," an "Apprentice"-style real-estate reality show that took place in the United Arab Emirates, is donating $100,000 of his share of the $1 million cash prize to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), which works to promote the use of Spirulina against severe malnutrition.
I love it when a thoughtful critic is in full-fledged fire-breathing mode, and one could almost feel the smoke coming off Nicolai Ouroussoff’s scathing commentary on the new design plans for the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. His outrage clearly wasn’t faked, but deeply felt, and reading his piece in yesterday’s New York Times was a rush.
According to published reports, Frank Gehry and developer Forest City Ratner have reached a "mutual agreement" to part ways on Atlantic Yards, a still-massive, but-significantly-scaled-back project which has yet to break ground in Brooklyn.
Richard Meier's Ara Pacis museum--whose white-on-white Modernist design has evoked the ire of Rome's right-wing mayor--was splashed with red and green paint by vandals, who also let their feelings for the project be known by leaving a toilet by the scene of their crime
Fans of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off will recognize the latest house to hit the market in Highland Park, Illinios as the home of Ferris's buddy Cameron Frye. Known as the Ben Rose Home, the 5300-square foot property was built in 1953 and includes two steel and glass buildings cantilvered over a ravine. Designed by