ArchDaily’s list of the 9 worst architectural lawsuits and disputes

Thomas Musca, writing for ArchDaily, compiled a list of nine examples of the worst architectural claims, disputes and lawsuits:

What did Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry get when he designed the Stata Center, an exuberantly whimsical academic complex for MIT? A very large check, plus a major lawsuit, alleging negligence and breach of contract due to rampant leaks, mold, cracks, drainage problems and sliding ice. Sometimes the most inspired designs can go awry. And when they do, some clients lawyer up. Here are 9 fascinating examples.

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3D Models of world’s greatest architecture available for free download

Free download usually means some sort of malware or identity theft scam, but in this case, it is actually something really wonderful.

Getting started in 3D modeling, learning how to manipulate viewing angles, scale, etc., has intimidated many veterans of the design and construction industry. My friends and colleagues who are truly experts in this space almost universally recommend the same point of entry, however, when it comes to getting started in 3D: SketchUp. Continue reading “3D Models of world’s greatest architecture available for free download”

Did a starchitect just “phone in” their design for a commission in LA?

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?

Bashing Architects With Lawsuit, as MIT Did, Kills Innovation | Bloomberg

Frank Gehry, FAIA, is a celebrated architect noted for employing innovative materials applied in ways that defy convention. One project, the $300M Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been criticized on multiple fronts. While the design aesthetics have been called into question, numerous design and construction defects were alleged and the resulting case was recently settled under undisclosed terms. James Russell of Bloomberg addresses some these issues suggesting that risk aversion is stifling progress in the built environment: Continue reading Bashing Architects With Lawsuit, as MIT Did, Kills Innovation | Bloomberg