“I’m going to get you you fucking giraffe”
we were having a totally drunk discussion with a starchitect –no names are gonna be reveiled…..backstabbing is a very sneaky game– last night and he brought to our attention a quite funny incident.
article on the story that our hounds dug up :
“It took police more than seven hours to shoot and capture the gunman who opened fire in the newly opened Peter B. Lewis Building for Case Western’s business school. It was ”almost a cat and mouse game,” said Cleveland Police Chief Edward Lohn. Why so long? “As the SWAT team entered the building, they were constantly under fire,” Lohn said. “They couldn’t return fire because of the design of the building. They didn’t have a clear shot.”
The design, of course, is by Frank Gehry, an architect whose work has never been described as “SWAT-team-friendly.” [Since when is "designed to give a clear shot" considered a desirable building feature?! -ed.] Gehry was brought in by Lewis, Cleveland’s biggest philanthropist (except when he’s cutting off all the cultural organizations in the city and calling for the replacement of CWRU’s entire board. Another story.), to work a little of that Bilbao magic, to create an instantly recognizable architectural signature, an icon, his (Gehry’s? or Lewis’s?) own Fallingwater. [Insert Falling Ice joke here.]
In a moment of Any Publicity is Good Publicity, perhaps, Cleveland’s mayor gloated of the city’s newest signature architecture: “This building now becomes a homicide site,” a backhanded reference to Bilbao, Spain, where Basque terroristsfailed to blow up Gehry’s Guggenheim building (with grenades in flower pots in Jeff Koons’ Puppy actually. Bilbao still wins on style. Another digression.)”
©Thomas Mayer and a link to the Gehry-folders-archive: LINK
posted on hotelchatter.com <<<
“We can’t imagine a hotel being built in six days unless we’re talking about one of those pop-up hotels but in Changsa, China The Ark Hotel was built in just SIX DAYS.
The 15-story sustainable hotel already had its foundation but using pre-fabricated columns and modules as well as modern construction techniques, construction workers took just 46 hours to finish the main structural components and another 90 hours to finish the building enclosure. While the workers didn’t work all through the night, they did work until 10pm each night, something you’d never see happening here.
Of course, we don’t know what the hotel is like on the inside (we can’t seem to find a website for it) and we hope that they put some nice furniture in there too. But wouldn’t it be cool if some hotels could be done this fast? Then again, what would we have to talk about? “