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Astragal: Mies van der Rohe, now there's a dude

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The dude abides. Jeff Bridges, best known by many for his role in the Cohen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski, is set to play the part of Modernist master Mies van der Rohe.

According to entertainment website Showbiz411.com, the film concerns the construction of Mies’s Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, near Chicago.

Bridges’ Crazy Heart co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal is apparently lined up to play Edith Farnsworth, who commissioned the house, now listed on the US National Register of Historic Homes.

It isn’t Bridges’ first foray into depicting the design profession. In 1993’s Fearless, he played  an architect whose attitude to life is transformed after surviving a plane crash. 

A rumour that Bridges will make it a hat-trick by depicting Will Alsop in a film about Barnsley’s aborted plan to remodel itself along the lines of a Tuscan village is understood to be wide of the mark. 

The replacement

The replacement

Meanwhile we learn of BBC1’s forthcoming drama, The Replacement. Writer Joe Ahearne’s psychological thriller, involves a woman who goes on maternity leave, only for her exciting work project to be taken over by a mysterious newcomer.  And in what area of work might such shenanigans take place? Clearly Ahearne saw the ‘diseased profession’ of architecture as the natural fit.

That sinking feeling

Garden bridge graphic new

Garden bridge graphic new

As the AJ revealed last week, only the Garden Bridge’s backers are being granted access to the London mayor’s team, with critics of the £185 million scheme effectively shut out.

And it is not only Sadiq Khan who would rather not be dealing with the intense controversy that continues to swirl around the Heatherwick-designed project.

Former government chief construction adviser Paul Morrell was recently contacted by a member of the AJ’s news team seeking his views on procurement methods and their design outcomes.

Morrell is now deputy chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, and is perhaps growing weary of the AJ’s long-running investigation into his beloved scheme.

‘Sorry – too busy dealing with the extra work created by the AJ’s obsessive campaign about the Garden Bridge,’ he replied.

 

Everyone loves an architect

Cute architect

Cute architect

Are you the 5ft 10in red shoe-wearing architect from St Albans sought by romantic commuter Emma?

According to The Sun, the enterprising Emma has stuck notices around St Albans station in the hope of re-meeting the 30 (ish)-year-old ‘hunk’ who chatted her up.

The ‘petite brunette with big green eyes’ told the tabloid: ‘This is so out of character for me, I have never done anything like this before.

‘I just think you can sometimes meet people randomly and everything can change. I’m not saying he is the love of my life, but you never know.’

To contact the clearly very keen Emma email: randomness.on.the.train@gmail.com

From cradle to peninsula

Calatrava looky likey 2

Calatrava looky likey 2

Astragal’s comparison of Calatrava’s North Greenwich project and HOK’s Flame Towers (AJ 09.02.17) may not prompt any plagiarism suits, but it does mark the return of the trend for visually compelling clusters of curving towers placed around the edge of an urban site to create an open interior. 

The typology was first spotted in 2012 in the form of Zaha Hadid’s curvaceous Galaxy SOHO complex combining office, retail and entertainment in Beijing. At the time, the concept made headlines around the world because a near identical, and possibly pirated version was simultaneously being constructed in Chongqing. 

And Calatrava’s scheme (above right) also has a rival in China – in the shape of Tonkin Liu’s 434,000m² Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou, won in competition one year ago and seen here for the first time (left). 

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