Thom Mayne de-institutionalises the Ivy League campus with an irregular, unruly computing centre inspired by the craggy Ithaca landscape
In this issue Icon talks to Adrian Smith, chief architect of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Smith has been designing skyscrapers for 44 years and is working on an even taller tower in Saudi Arabia. Winy Maas of MVRDV tells us about his pixel towers project, and we take in the view from Renzo Piano’s Shard in London. Plus: the latest Scandinavian designs in this month’s design report.
New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward is being rebuilt by an army of famous architects recruited by Brad Pitt. While some question whether this is the rescue party the area needs, a neighbourhood rises that is unlike anywhere else on Earth.
Today, the space frame lurks quietly behind the skins of buildings by Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as regional shopping centres, but in the 1960s it was central to architects’ visions of utopian megastructures and a future of unlimited expansion.
The Barbican Art Gallery’s new show Pioneers of the Downtown Scene opened last week, looking at how Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark shaped the art scene in 1970s Manhattan. Here’s our 2009 conversation between Anderson and architect Thom Mayne.
Landing in Manhattan after a spate of self-obsessed shininess anddelicacy, Thom Mayne’s raw, audacious academic building for theAdvancement of Science and Art delivers a much needed punch in thecity’s architectural face.
LA architecture practice Morphosis has created an intimidating landmark on the edge of the city's business quarter.
"I see myself as an incomplete person," says Thom Mayne. This doesn’t sound good. Mayne has achieved almost everything that an architect can.
Marble dust crunches underfoot, frost is forming on your eyelashes and you can’t feel your thumbs. Ahead a structure looms like the wreck of an ice-breaker – magnificent and useless. But not abandoned. A crowd is circling and there are even people clambering up the sides. After all, this is not sculpture, this is architecture. This is Zaha Hadid’s latest… thing.