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Because It Isn’t Enough Just to Change the Person Who Lives In There; Let’s Redesign the White House!


If Decision ’08 has already got you down, why not work out your angst by affecting political change on a very different level…architecturally. That’s right, register your very own presidential hopeful by redesigning the White House! White House Redux is a new competition announced by the Storefront for Art & Architecture and Control Group. And according to the Call for Ideas, this job might be a bit bigger than you think:

Few people realize the extent of the White House, since much of it is below ground or otherwise concealed by landscaping. The White House includes: Six stories and 55,000 square feet of floor space, 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, twenty-eight fireplaces, eight staircases, three elevators, five full-time chefs, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a jogging track, a swimming pool, and a putting green. It receives about 5,000 visitors a day.

Entries will be judged by Beatriz Colomina, Stefano Boeri, Liz Diller, John Maeda, Geoff Manaugh, Mark Wigley, and Laetitia Wolff. The best ideas (that includes designs, descriptions, images, and videos–we want to see some videos!) will be featured in a month-long exhibition at the Storefront in July and will get a spread in Surface. Three winners will be flown to New York for a proper showering of awards, and will stay at–wait for it–The White House Hotel on the Bowery. Deadline is April 20–a date that may or may not have been chosen at random–all details here.

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Geoff Manaugh Takes a Walk With Christopher Hawthorne


Architectural futurist and BLDG blogger Geoff Manaugh has abandoned us here in the fair City of Angels for the green design pastures of Dwell. But from time to time, we still get his Los Angeles reflections–like this amazing essay from just a few weeks back–and this weekend’s walk and talk with Christopher Hawthorne (which was actually conducted before he left, but apparently these things take time). Although the story’s short on any “sights and sounds of Culver City” besides a Starbucks and the Sony lot, there are three things we learn about Manaugh:

1. He wanted to be poet (makes sense) and toured with Allen Ginsburg as his opening act (wow).

2. He loves “really dumb things” like the La Brea Tar Pits.

3. His hair used to be bleached blond.

Final Hockenberry Question in the Sustainability Lightning Round


Hockenberry at Dwell on Design: What percent of this conversation about sustainability will be permanent vs. fad in 10 years?

Geoff Manaugh: We won’t need to talk about sustainability issues because they’ll be the norm. 89%.
Frank Harmon: We’re losing the battle, houses are treated like a box of cereal. 5%
Lorcan O’Herlihy: There’s a way to go. 50%.
Gwynne Pugh: There’s been a fundamental paradigm shift. 30-40%
Reed Kroloff: It depends on the people in the press, to change public opinion. 30%. It also depends on the government to create a tax incentive and energy costs have to keep rising so Americans keep paying attention. And, it depends on you.

That’s a good way to end this episode of Dwell on Design, and also, by starting to think about the next one: June 6,7 & 8, 2008 in…Los Angeles (woohoo!).

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Coverage from Life Without Buildings, PrairieMod [Day 1] [Day 2], BLDG BLOG, Inhabitat [Day 1] [Day 2]

Wrapping Up With Regionalism


So they’ve mushed together the final speakers at Dwell on Design, making for a kind of “greatest hits” panel on regionalism. Michelle Kauffman is not here, but we do have Reed Kroloff, Gwynne Pugh, Lorcan O’Herlihy, Frank Harmon and Geoff Manaugh, whose BLDG BLOG gets major Hockenberry praise. (PS: The noise from the exhibition space surrounding the conference area just got deafening as we’re over time and it opened to the public at noon.)

After Frank Harmon’s fascinating slide show of his North Carolina projects, Reed Kroloff (former dean at Tulane) gives a report from New Orleans on the challenges of defining a new and appropriate regional architecture for the city. Look for the Sundance Channel show Architecture School that chronicles the school’s projects. Now for the Q&A.

Hockenberry plugs BLDG BLOG again with a question tacked on the end but Manaugh kind of skirts it, saying he’s most interested in regionalism due to the fact that the weather’s changing–regionalism is essentially climate-appropriate architecture and it will need to adjust. He talks about a map of Europe published in the Guardian based on potential climate zones in 2071: London will have the weather of Lisbon. Now to LOH, who sees regionalism as connectivity to the area–and responsibility to take private outdoor spaces and make them public in the right way.

Then Hockenberry asks Pugh to guess which city has the highest foreclosure rate and he guesses Irvine (dude, Pugh, what do you have against Irvine?), but the answer is Las Vegas, making it the multi-faceted epitome of a non-sustainable community. LA planning director Gail Goldberg gets namechecked for her “city of villages” concepts for San Diego as a good example of a sustainable community.

There’s major blog love for BLDG BLOG again from Hockenberry but by now we think it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t read it. He asks Manaugh if he writes the blog to help people get information about how to transform their communities but Manaugh says that’s not really the intention, it’s more conceptual. Like, hello? BLDG BLOG? That’s one of them smart blogs.

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Hot Tub Party at Dwell on Design


See what happens when you bring a hot tub to a design conference? Mayor Gavin Newsom jumped in after this woman led the way out to the post-programming party after his surprise speech. Blue skies and warm breezes draped over Dwell’s outdoor showroom–a refurbished parking lot with all traces of asphalt expertly converted into prefab lots and patio furnishing vignettes. There were strappy chaise lounges, shiny glass shards that crunched underfoot like shattered bottles, squares of penny tile over the bars (fabulous idea), and a DWR Airstream (designed by none other than Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam‘s hubby Chris Deam).

We commiserated with the Chronicle Books squad (and UnBeige readers!) Jodi Warshaw, Christina Amini, and Alan Rapp (who we wrangled into snapping these photos for us, merci). LA editor Frances Anderton introduced is to more of the Dwell crew, including pres and publisher Michela O’Connor Abrams, and editors Amber Bravo, Aaron Britt (who used to work for word god William Safire!) and new hire Geoff Manaugh, who’s adjusting to San Fran life quite nicely. He’s got the intellectual take on the conference over at BLDG BLOG. We’re also reading Emily Pilloton‘s coverage on Inhabitat but haven’t found her curled up in a Fatboy yet.

The orange human crock pot above, by the way, is by our friends at Dutchtub, comes in six colors, and yes, that’s a little skillet to sear your grass-fed bison steaks while you prune up appropriately.


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What Anakin Can Teach Us About Architecture


We adore the excellent BLDGBLOG and so does the Wall Street Journal–BLDGBLOG, Inhabitat and Archinect were three architecture sites singled out in the paper last week. But the reason we love it is because editor Geoff Manaugh stays plenty busy, not only filling the darn thing with BLDGNEWS, but by also organizing creative events, forums and seminars. Like this upcoming event on May 8 in LA, which he describes as “an evening full of talks and presentations about film, science fiction, space, landscape, and architecture”:

I have said many times before on this blog that contemporary architecture could learn quite a lot from the spatial and material imaginations on display in both film and science fiction–so perhaps this event will be a good opportunity to explore what that really means.

Read on for illustrations from the artists and designers who will be featured that night along with some nice commentary.