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Posts Tagged ‘Gehry’

BREAKING: SF’s Hottie Mayor Making His Way to Dwell Conference

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You heard it here first, Gavin Newsom is scheduled to make a surprise appearance at the Dwell on Design conference momentarily…we hear he’s quite the Dwell fan, too.

UPDATE: He’s here! Giant posse trails into the room, Newsom shakes hands with Dwell editor Sam Grawe.

Design and sustainability minded San Francisco residents, apparently all you have to do is ask your mayor to do something green, and he’ll do it. And he’s very proud that he does whatever he wants and doesn’t have to ask permission from Arnold, Congress or Air Force One.

According to a raspy-voiced Newsom, San Francisco is the greenest large city in the US, had an alternative fuel taxi fleet before anyone else did, and has more solar projects than other places in the nation. They also have a 69.1% recycling rate, one of the highest in nation, and even though it pisses off Newsom’s “good friends” at grocery chains, they’re still saying no to plastic bags. In the works: Capturing the natural energy of SF Bay’s tidal flow by building underwater wind farms, and an ambitious green building program to get more architects and developers to achieve higher LEED certifications.

Now, the architecture bonus round: Not bad! He ticks off building after building, architect after architect, LEED certification after LEED certification, even namechecks Frank Gehry. Newsom claims Gehry said he would never ever do a building in SF, and now they’re trying to get him to consider it. Because you’re not a world-class city unless you get Gehry.

Triple word score: He’s a subscriber. “Politicians usually lie about that stuff,” says Newsom. “But I actually am a subscriber.” We think we’re in love.

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In Which Philip Nobel Becomes the Architect, and Circle of Criticism Is Complete

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It is with much sadness that we mark the end of an era in architectural criticism. There will exist, as proof of this era, a trifecta of articles–a manifesto, if you will–heretoforth dubbed the “New Abrasiveness.” So contagious, so revolutionary, so written by a design writer astuter than we. He bashed Boston. He fucked Gehry. And this time around for Philip Nobel, it’s personal.

In this month’s Metropolis, Nobel builds a treehouse, exposing himself and his not-quite-right angles for criticism by Winterhouse award-winner Thomas de Monchaux, a nameless architect who was “appalled,” and others. The reviews, you could say, were not good:

Soon a crowd came by for a cookout. Everyone kept referring to my unique architectural response to space and place as a “lifeguard stand” (has nothing else ever been made out of white-painted 4x4s?), and some, several beers in, went so far as to swing on the delicate yet boldly cantilevered trellis, a gracious statement about infinity and the pitfalls of building with wet wood that in no way can be mistaken for monkey bars (except for the fact that I used grip-width dowels and spaced them just the right distance apart). Keen-eyed Karrie Jacobs, my beloved column colleague, came, observed, and had no comment.

Farewell, o abrasive Nobel. We’ll play in your treehouse any day.

UnBeige Looks Back: A 2006 Musical Review

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Sung to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne”

Well, Ze got cool and Yves more hot,
Bierut was on our mind.
How could old Gehry be forgot,
UnBeige loves all design!

Pasadena to Aspen, far and near,
Austin was the best time,
Through the Midwest, HOW and Y we jet,
We travel for design!

In soccer, hockey and basketball,
Ugly” vs. “Pretty” online,
Even by Prince Charles and Scarlett,
You can’t escape design!

And spec’s bad for design, as feared,
Or not, or maybe it’s fine,
Except for these guys, you all should get
Paid more when you design!

Does gender matter? Are women stars?
Did Laura Bush miss the NDA 5?
We loved when Nussbaum threw a fit,
Who says it’s quiet in design?

Vanity Fair got design this year,
Newsweek and Food+Wine,
We’ll take the press but don’t forget
To credit who did design.

Brad Pitt became our poster child,
Adnan Hajj‘s clones got denied,
Sexy Heller‘s millionth book was writ,
What a year for old design!

So thanks for tips and linkage, dears,
You helped us make this rhyme,
We’ll see you in the new year with
More ways to waste your time!