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03/29/2008

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03/10/2007

Adrian’s Thrilla

A rendering of Burj Dubai, “Tower Dubai”,
designed by Adrian Smith.

Adrian is on my radio show, Hello Beautiful! this week.

In the comments, ‘spyguy’, said…

“If you’re still taking requests, when will Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill’s website launch and do they have any developers courting them for new projects in Chicago?” 1:53 PM

Here’s a sneak preview, spyguy,

They do have Chicago developers courting them, one for a project near Bertrand Goldberg’s River City, it would bring the river into the courtyards of the building and create new marinas with public access! It’d be a very “green” project with wind turbines and the like.

Another possible project in Chicago would also be a tower on the river. And they’re designing a tower near their inspired Burj Dubai tower. About 70 stories. Low for them! Burj Dubai of course will be about 160 stories.

Their website Smithgill.com will launch within weeks.

And there’s a great new book

The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future

It’s thick, comprehensive and includes his thoughts on the processes of winning commissions, designing and building. Plus his thoughts on sustainability, contextualism and much more.

And get this, in the interview he convinces me that there’s much to look forward to in his rising, rising ever rising Trump Tower Chicago! But even Adrian says he wishes the glass were slightly different, and that he had specified better glass. Trump saved about $2 million and Adrian and the rest of us have to settle for what we get.

I very much enjoyed my talk with Adrian Smith. And looking through the new book, you wonder from where comes such prodigious talent for sensitive design.

-E

03/10/2007

Adrian’s Thrilla

A rendering of Burj Dubai, “Tower Dubai”,
designed by Adrian Smith.

Adrian is on my radio show, Hello Beautiful! this week.

In the comments, ‘spyguy’, said…

“If you’re still taking requests, when will Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill’s website launch and do they have any developers courting them for new projects in Chicago?” 1:53 PM

Here’s a sneak preview, spyguy,

They do have Chicago developers courting them, one for a project near Bertrand Goldberg’s River City, it would bring the river into the courtyards of the building and create new marinas with public access! It’d be a very “green” project with wind turbines and the like.

Another possible project in Chicago would also be a tower on the river. And they’re designing a tower near their inspired Burj Dubai tower. About 70 stories. Low for them! Burj Dubai of course will be about 160 stories.

Their website Smithgill.com will launch within weeks.

And there’s a great new book

The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future

It’s thick, comprehensive and includes his thoughts on the processes of winning commissions, designing and building. Plus his thoughts on sustainability, contextualism and much more.

And get this, in the interview he convinces me that there’s much to look forward to in his rising, rising ever rising Trump Tower Chicago! But even Adrian says he wishes the glass were slightly different, and that he had specified better glass. Trump saved about $2 million and Adrian and the rest of us have to settle for what we get.

I very much enjoyed my talk with Adrian Smith. And looking through the new book, you wonder from where comes such prodigious talent for sensitive design.

-E

01/12/2007

Adrian talks, Myron displayed

Adrian Smith in Metropolis magazine on leaving Skidmore, setting up his own shop, and what he wants to do with it,

“Gordon (Gill) and I want to do research that we can apply to buildings, and we want to collaborate with the local Chicago universities, but we also want to work with organizations like Boeing, NASA, and others that can help advance the technology of energy-producing mechanisms. For example, there are a couple of usable wind-turbine devices for buildings, but they really aren’t ­optimum. Who else better than the airplane industry to help us develop a turbine?

And on what he learned from Skidmore greats,

“With Walter Netsch, I learned what not to do. (Laughs.) There was a strong rigor that Walter had that I think boxed me in to solutions that were not necessarily solutions that solved clients’ problems. I learned from Bruce how one can be innovative and yet responsive to a client. And I also learned some aspects of what not to do. He was very condescending to his clients at times. Myron Goldsmith was a man of few words, but when he said something, it really meant something. He had a huge influence on my character.

If you’re in Chicago between Febrary and April 13 see “Memories of Myron Goldsmith” at The Arts Club of Chicago – which you ought to see anyway. The exhibition will feature large-scale photographs of works by Goldsmith, ranging from the Cook County Administration Building (facing Chicago’s Picasso statue) to



the Republic newspaper building in Columbus, Indiana.

And I love to link to the Art Institute’s oral histories,
here’s Myron Goldsmith’s.
I find them invaluable, and lively reading!

best,
-E


Top photo from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

01/12/2007

Adrian talks, Myron displayed

Adrian Smith in Metropolis magazine on leaving Skidmore, setting up his own shop, and what he wants to do with it,

“Gordon (Gill) and I want to do research that we can apply to buildings, and we want to collaborate with the local Chicago universities, but we also want to work with organizations like Boeing, NASA, and others that can help advance the technology of energy-producing mechanisms. For example, there are a couple of usable wind-turbine devices for buildings, but they really aren’t ­optimum. Who else better than the airplane industry to help us develop a turbine?

And on what he learned from Skidmore greats,

“With Walter Netsch, I learned what not to do. (Laughs.) There was a strong rigor that Walter had that I think boxed me in to solutions that were not necessarily solutions that solved clients’ problems. I learned from Bruce how one can be innovative and yet responsive to a client. And I also learned some aspects of what not to do. He was very condescending to his clients at times. Myron Goldsmith was a man of few words, but when he said something, it really meant something. He had a huge influence on my character.

If you’re in Chicago between Febrary and April 13 see “Memories of Myron Goldsmith” at The Arts Club of Chicago – which you ought to see anyway. The exhibition will feature large-scale photographs of works by Goldsmith, ranging from the Cook County Administration Building (facing Chicago’s Picasso statue) to



the Republic newspaper building in Columbus, Indiana.

And I love to link to the Art Institute’s oral histories,
here’s Myron Goldsmith’s.
I find them invaluable, and lively reading!

best,
-E


Top photo from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

01/12/2007

Adrian talks, Myron displayed

Adrian Smith in Metropolis magazine on leaving Skidmore, setting up his own shop, and what he wants to do with it,

“Gordon (Gill) and I want to do research that we can apply to buildings, and we want to collaborate with the local Chicago universities, but we also want to work with organizations like Boeing, NASA, and others that can help advance the technology of energy-producing mechanisms. For example, there are a couple of usable wind-turbine devices for buildings, but they really aren’t ­optimum. Who else better than the airplane industry to help us develop a turbine?

And on what he learned from Skidmore greats,

“With Walter Netsch, I learned what not to do. (Laughs.) There was a strong rigor that Walter had that I think boxed me in to solutions that were not necessarily solutions that solved clients’ problems. I learned from Bruce how one can be innovative and yet responsive to a client. And I also learned some aspects of what not to do. He was very condescending to his clients at times. Myron Goldsmith was a man of few words, but when he said something, it really meant something. He had a huge influence on my character.

If you’re in Chicago between Febrary and April 13 see “Memories of Myron Goldsmith” at The Arts Club of Chicago – which you ought to see anyway. The exhibition will feature large-scale photographs of works by Goldsmith, ranging from the Cook County Administration Building (facing Chicago’s Picasso statue) to



the Republic newspaper building in Columbus, Indiana.

And I love to link to the Art Institute’s oral histories,
here’s Myron Goldsmith’s.
I find them invaluable, and lively reading!

best,
-E


Top photo from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

12/15/2006

Calatrava Watch
Ire at the Spire

I used to give this thing about a
chance of being built,
but now I think it’s more

The leading civic organization in Streeterville slammed the revisions to architect Santiago Calatrava’s 2,000-foot-tall lakefront building Wednesday, adding political obstacles to the project’s immense economic challenges.” 12-14-06

Mr. C. has no luck in Chicago. Remember a few years back he was to design two pedestrian bridges over Lake Shore Drive between Buckingham Fountain and the lake? Those were squashed by the mayor.

And I’ve been wondering what Cala’s inspiration for this twisting tower might be, even though, everybody’s doin’ the dreaming and scheming. Zaha, SOM Ross Wimer, Ken, Y & S candies, and in Toronto, Moscow, and Bosnia, among other twists.

But I remember, in Calatrava’s homeland Spain, in many a cloister, seeing memorable

twisting columns, such as this one, at Burgos.

Of course my favorite is not in Spain, and not

in St. Peter’s, but rather, this beauty


in St. Severin in Paris.

-Edoardo

12/15/2006

Calatrava Watch
Ire at the Spire

I used to give this thing about a
chance of being built,
but now I think it’s more

The leading civic organization in Streeterville slammed the revisions to architect Santiago Calatrava’s 2,000-foot-tall lakefront building Wednesday, adding political obstacles to the project’s immense economic challenges.” 12-14-06

Mr. C. has no luck in Chicago. Remember a few years back he was to design two pedestrian bridges over Lake Shore Drive between Buckingham Fountain and the lake? Those were squashed by the mayor.

And I’ve been wondering what Cala’s inspiration for this twisting tower might be, even though, everybody’s doin’ the dreaming and scheming. Zaha, SOM Ross Wimer, Ken, Y & S candies, and in Toronto, Moscow, and Bosnia, among other twists.

But I remember, in Calatrava’s homeland Spain, in many a cloister, seeing memorable

twisting columns, such as this one, at Burgos.

Of course my favorite is not in Spain, and not

in St. Peter’s, but rather, this beauty


in St. Severin in Paris.

-Edoardo

11/08/2006


The Magazine of the Moment

Architect magazine

Didn’t I say, just last month, keep your eyes on Ross Wimer?

Now you can. Yesterday I went to visit Ross, to see what new work he’s up to. On my way there, on the newstand I spot the magazine above!

Daily Dose notwithstanding, this is the magazine of the moment.

The premiere edition of Architect magazine.

And on the cover, Ross.

Well the new work he showed me is even better looking….

Including a great LED street lamp, of twisted steel. Very elegant.
Mayor Daley, while you’re talking to Ross about the Olympics, you ought to ask him about the streetlight he’s got that would make our town look instantly more chic. Both because of the pole itself (better than those standard issue highway lights we’ve got all over town) and because they’d cast a whiter, less yellow light.

Ross also showed great buildings SOM is designing. But I’m not allowed to divulge yet…

Til soon then, and pick up Architecture magazine. It’s edited by the former curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, our friend, Ned Cramer. Here’s his new blog, which includes this explainer:

“ARCHITECT will celebrate the people—famous and otherwise—who get buildings built. Moreover, because the profession of architecture doesn’t exist in a vacuum, ARCHITECT will introduce its readers not just to other architects, but to those strange creatures who labor on the periphery, such as contractors, real estate developers, and building-product manufacturers.”

The article featuring Ross is well-written, by a friend, the wonderful Cindy Coleman. Click here to read it.

Big Congrats to all involved. But I’m sure it’s not as hard as starting a blog! (smile. Ned’s been working for months on this premiere issue.)

– Tell ’em Edward sent you.

UPDATE: Another blog on the site of Architect says,

“The first issue even has a steamy profile picture of SOM partner Ross Wimer. To the best of my knowledge the ambition is for this publication to finally rupture the periodical gates and compete with likes of Vanity Fair, Stuff and USWeekly. We’ll see if it pays off.”

-Sheesh

11/08/2006


The Magazine of the Moment

Architect magazine

Didn’t I say, just last month, keep your eyes on Ross Wimer?

Now you can. Yesterday I went to visit Ross, to see what new work he’s up to. On my way there, on the newstand I spot the magazine above!

Daily Dose notwithstanding, this is the magazine of the moment.

The premiere edition of Architect magazine.

And on the cover, Ross.

Well the new work he showed me is even better looking….

Including a great LED street lamp, of twisted steel. Very elegant.
Mayor Daley, while you’re talking to Ross about the Olympics, you ought to ask him about the streetlight he’s got that would make our town look instantly more chic. Both because of the pole itself (better than those standard issue highway lights we’ve got all over town) and because they’d cast a whiter, less yellow light.

Ross also showed great buildings SOM is designing. But I’m not allowed to divulge yet…

Til soon then, and pick up Architecture magazine. It’s edited by the former curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, our friend, Ned Cramer. Here’s his new blog, which includes this explainer:

“ARCHITECT will celebrate the people—famous and otherwise—who get buildings built. Moreover, because the profession of architecture doesn’t exist in a vacuum, ARCHITECT will introduce its readers not just to other architects, but to those strange creatures who labor on the periphery, such as contractors, real estate developers, and building-product manufacturers.”

The article featuring Ross is well-written, by a friend, the wonderful Cindy Coleman. Click here to read it.

Big Congrats to all involved. But I’m sure it’s not as hard as starting a blog! (smile. Ned’s been working for months on this premiere issue.)

– Tell ’em Edward sent you.

UPDATE: Another blog on the site of Architect says,

“The first issue even has a steamy profile picture of SOM partner Ross Wimer. To the best of my knowledge the ambition is for this publication to finally rupture the periodical gates and compete with likes of Vanity Fair, Stuff and USWeekly. We’ll see if it pays off.”

-Sheesh