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His Dorm Design Is Likened
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His Dorm Design Is Likened to 'Psychological Experiment'

Billionaire Charlie Munger is paying for a largely windowless dorm on California coast at UCSB

(Newser) - It's good to be the king. Or if you have enough money, it might even be good to be the architect. However, one billionaire's foray into the field is generating all kinds of controversy in California. The unusual tale:
  • The billionaire: Charlie Munger, the 97-year-old right-hand man to

Architect Who 'Aspired for the Sky' Dies at 92
Architect Who 'Aspired
for the Sky' Dies at 92

Architect Who 'Aspired for the Sky' Dies at 92

(Newser) - Architect César Pelli, renowned for designing some of the world's tallest buildings, has died, his firm said. He was 92. Pelli, an Argentine-American whose work ranged from skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut,...

I.M. Pei, Modernist Architect of Cultural Landmarks, Dies

Iconic designs include the glass pyramid at the Louvre

(Newser) - He designed the glass pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre in Paris, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, and the Bank of China tower in Hong Kong. They're all iconic buildings, but there isn't any one achievement that made I.M. Pei...

Influential 'Queen of Curves' Architect Is Dead

Zaha Hadid dead from sudden heart attack at the age of 65

(Newser) - Zaha Hadid, the literally and metaphorically groundbreaking architect who reshaped the design landscape with what the New York Times describes as "buildings of extravagant sculptural invention, spectacles of curving, swooping, unprecedented forms," died at the age of 65 in Miami on Thursday. Hadid had been taken to a...

Gehry Gambles Big in Las Vegas

Swirling, crumpled new clinic building is certainly unique

(Newser) - Designing a building that outdoes the already delirious Las Vegas skyline is no easy trick, but Frank Gehry is the man for it. Gehry tells the AP he wanted the nearly complete swirling stainless steel structure he built for the Cleveland Clinic's brain center to stand out from what he...

Dubai Preps for Opening of World's Tallest Building

160-story Dubai Burj stands 2,683 feet tall

(Newser) - Six years in the making, the Burj Dubai skyscraper opens Monday with the United Arab Emirates' fortunes in flux and the boom times that launched the world's tallest building a distant memory. Designed by American Adrian Smith, the Burj Dubai—the name means simply "Dubai Tower"—is 2,...

Modernist Architect Gwathmey Dies at 71
 Modernist Architect 
 Gwathmey Dies at 71 

Modernist Architect Gwathmey Dies at 71

(Newser) - Charles Gwathmey, who died of esophageal cancer at 71 this week, began his architectural career as a steely, pared-down Modernist and never wavered from his style over decades of work, writes the New York Times. His larger buildings, such as an extension to Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Guggenheim Museum, were...

Architects Compete for Massive Mecca Makeover

Vast complex to be tripled in capacity to fit Hajj pilgrims

(Newser) - Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid are among the 18 architects reportedly in the running for the daunting job of remaking Mecca: designing a mosque complex to accommodate the 3 million pilgrims making the yearly Hajj. The "new architectural vision" would more than triple the complex's capacity and make...

Architect: Crunch Will Topple 'Wow Factor' Buildings

Architect believes financial meltdown will cause building 'mood shift'

(Newser) - Attention-seeking skyscraper projects are likely to be early victims of the financial crisis, architect David Chipperfield predicts in a Bloomberg interview. "Wow-factor" buildings like London's "Shard of Glass" have proliferated during years when there's been plenty of money around, but a shift in mood is likely to...

Forget Retirement—Old Architects Make Masterpieces
Forget Retirement—Old Architects Make Masterpieces

Forget Retirement—Old Architects Make Masterpieces

(Newser) - Thinking of early retirement? Not if you're an architect, writes Witold Rybczynski in Slate. Few architects achieve greatness before middle age and many do after, such as Frank Gehry, Louis Kahn, and Le Corbusier, who all designed masterpieces in their sixties. "I want to spend whatever time I have...

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