Architecture, as a profession, bears quite a few similarities to the consulting profession. Chief among those commonalities is the "feast or famine" cycle — there always seems to be either too much work to handle, or nothing but the sound of crickets. The same paradigm applies to that exalted class of designers known as "starchitects." … Continue reading Did a starchitect just “phone in” their design for a commission in LA?
Construction Dive's Kim Slowey reports that stachitect Bjarke Ingels' firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has made quite the strategic move: BIG is nothing if not innovative, so there's no doubt the architecture firm will be able to amp up its edgy creations with the addition of an in-house engineering unit. BIG said the new division … Continue reading Bjarke Ingels Group removes obstacles to design innovation with new in-house capabilities
Oftentimes when evaluating issues behind building failures, claims or disputes, those of us working on the forensic side of things find that a major driver of various concerns is something we call a "story problem." In other words, the story behind the evolution of the building's design and construction is just as relevant as the observable physical … Continue reading Every building tells a story. Here’s the story behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings
Some incredibly sad news from New York Daily News: A dizzy spell may have caused the death of a New Jersey architect who fell off a midtown skyscraper, officials said Friday. Bruno Travalja, 52, of Ridgewood, N.J., was wearing a safety harness but it wasn’t tied to anything when he plummeted from a deck on … Continue reading Improperly secured safety equipment likely responsible for architect’s fall
In the New York Times Magazine recently, Alexandra Lange asked several of the world's most famous architects to defend the architectural designs of some of the most hated buildings to blight the skyline of world class cities. Completed in 1973, the Tour Montparnasse stands at a defiant 758 ft above the city of Paris. The … Continue reading Buildings so ugly, only an architect could love them