Good morning, architects. Your friendly neighborhood ARCHITECT staffers have returned from the ARCHITECT 50 Leadership Lab. Daniel Libeskind, FAIA, delivered a keynote address in which he explained, case by case, what goes into his buildings. Eldorado's Dan Maginn, FAIA, and SHoP's Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, were among some of the speakers who delivered presentations or served on panels. Erinn McGurn, AIA, who wrote about the Clinton Global Initiative's design-focused annual meeting for this magazine, closed out proceedings with a talk that stepped back from market predictions and design principles to talk about why she does this job.
GANGING UP ON GANG. Kelly Chan of Artinfo says that Chicagoans are not happy with Studio Gang's design (pictured above) for a ballroom to top the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. At first glance, the hotel bears a passing resemblance of the Mies Van der Rohe–designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. That building's a sore spot for D.C. architecture fiends, who have watched as urbanists and architects have proposed pricey restorations that aren't in keeping with the original. I'd much rather see a totally contrary building, like the lotus flower Studio Gang has proposed for the Chicago marriott, then this close-but-no-cigar addition to the MLK proposed by the Freelon Group.
BIG TENT. BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller catches the Romney/Ryan campaign stretching the truth by stretching the size of a tent where the campaign hosted a rally. By cloning parts of the tent (and crowd) through Photoshop, the campaign made a rally appear to be much larger than it was in real life. This is almost, almost architecture news.
PRIZE FIGHTER. The Wall Street Journal names Wang Shu one of its Innovators of the Year for 2012. "The culture of building in China is radically different from that of the United States, and Wang is steeped in it," Ian Volner writes. "His work has been described as China's 'new regional style.' That could be one name for what Wang Shu is doing. More broadly, Amateur's catalog of projects may be nothing less than a prospectus for a new national architecture for China."
...AND REMAINDERS. Buyers of a Frank Lloyd Wright home pretend not to know who Frank Lloyd Wright is... Tom McClellan thinks about the ABI... A Saarinen project treasured by the architect turns 50... Toronto Forever doesn't quite have the right ring to it, but here goes.