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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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”
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?
There was a lot of good articles around the construction law, construction consulting and building science blogosphere recently. Due to some inspections I had to attend in Imperial Valley, I wasn’t able to post all the articles. Without further ado, here are some of the links that didn’t make it to publication: Why should a … Continue reading Round-up Of Links From The Past Week (4 February 2011)
Frank Gehry is perhaps the darling of the architectural world, at least in terms of the general population. Past projects of his required custom software and incredibly tedious fabrication and installation on the part of contractors. While much of his … Continue reading ENR: Gehry’s Florida Project “Put All The Juice Inside”
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
The Pritzker Prize is not awarded for humility or moderation or being a chill dude. The Pritzker Prize, at least in theory, is awarded to architects who design impressive buildings, and by that standard Frank Gehry eminently deserved the Pritzker Priz… Continue reading Frank Talk: Gehry Explains Dropping The (Shiny, Maybe A Little Over The Top) Bomb On LEED