Architecture After Las Vegas

This week, an international array of critics, architects and historians will convene at the Yale School of Architecture for Architecture After Las Vegas, a four-day symposium beginning January 21st. The event features lectures and panel discussions designed to consider the long-term impact of Las Vegas – as famously celebrated by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown – on design, urbanism and the architectural discourse. Continue reading “Architecture After Las Vegas”

What, You Don’t See it?

At left, Frank’s sketch for the Ruzo Alzhemier Institute in Las Vegas. At right, the more um…embellished portion of the building. For something a little different, here’s a list of words used to describe the recently unveiled design:

  • topsy-turvy
  • playfully stacked
  • tumble
  • “the mouse that roared”

and then there’s this:

  • cradling
  • comforting

You get the idea, right?

In the man’s own words, “Gehry, you’ve done it again!”

Las Vegas is the New Houston

Late last week, Las Vegas based Bigelow Aerospace recieved approval from the U.S. government to launch their new “inflatable space module.” Let me say that again so it can sink in: inflatable. space. module. Bigelow, an independent entrepreneurial firm, hopes that the modules will support made-in-microgravity product development, as well as accomodate the first wave of space-tourists. The test module will be launched next November, and will be one third the scale of the final satellite, to be dubbed “The Nautilus.” Eat your heart out Captain Nemo.

Not to be outdone by the “X-Prize,” Bigelow also announced a competition of their own: “America’s Space Prize.” The contest will award $50,000,000 (thats 50 million dollars) to the firm capable of producing a crew-carrying spacecraft able to dock with Bigelow’s space module.