Randex

Wednesday 25 February 2015
John Harlow, The Times (London)

Zuckerberg is the latest Silicon valley tycoon to attempt a 21st-century take on the Victorian-era towns built by Lever Brothers for their workers at Port Sunlight on Merseyside or by the Cadbury family at Bournville near Birmingham. Their inspiration is the anti-government writer Ayn Rand, whose capitalist heroes in best-selling novels such as Atlas Shrugged, from 1957, and 1943’s The Fountainhead, left mainstream society to build their own independent utopias.

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and a Rand enthusiast, is designing artificial islands for hi-tech workers. Google is considering barges and Jeff Bezos, of Amazon, is building rockets to colonise space.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Feb 2015
Saturday 21 February 2015
Shobita Dhar, Times of India

Kapoor, a graduate from the London School of Economics, insists his design sensibility is post-modern with emphasis on functionality. He points out that his first collection was influenced by the character of Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. “His idea of modern, minimal, functional architecture inspired me to use geometrical shapes that don’t cling to the body … creating fluidity in structure,” says Kapoor.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Feb 2015
Jeffrey Head, Los Angeles Times

“Raúl always had an interest in architecture,” says his widow, Barbara Jean Trembley. “After reading the ‘Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand on the plane and identifying with its uncompromising lead character, he wanted to become an architect.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 21 Feb 2015
Friday 20 February 2015
Elizabeth Barrett, Gothenburg Times (NE)

To get into the class, students must be seniors, have to have taken 11th-grade college-prep English and received A’s and B’s and have a teacher recommendation.

The reading list for the class is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Giver, The Fountainhead, Anthem, Rappaccini’s Daughter and The Snow Hunters.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 20 Feb 2015
Thursday 19 February 2015
Zachary Frank, The Flat Hat (College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA)

Buffeted on all sides by imitation colonial brick and mortar, it’s hard not to remember what Howard Roark said about tradition-worshiping architecture (though we should, admittedly, probably forget a great deal of what Howard Roark said): It’s a copy of a copy of a copy. Where’s the variation?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 20 Feb 2015
Patricia Arcilla, Arch Daily

Speaking of the public image of the architect, Stephanie Garlock laments that it is often akin to “Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark— arrogant, individualistic, and committed to the genius of artistic vision above all.” In a feature piece for the March/April edition of Harvard Magazine, Garlock explores the potential for architects to affect wider social change and move “[b]eyond ‘Design for Design’s Sake’.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Feb 2015
Dichtbij

Architectuur Informatiecentrum Alkmaar (AIA) houdt in samenwerking met CineBergen een serie filmmiddagen over architectuur. Zondag 22 februari om 15.30 uur is de film The Fountainhead te zien.

The Fountainhead van King Vidor uit 1949 is gebaseerd op de gelijknamige bestseller van de Amerikaanse schrijfster Ayn Rand. Daarin staat niet alleen de architectuur centraal, het is ook een ideeënroman.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Feb 2015
Wednesday 18 February 2015
Susan Carpenter, Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)

Who knew a 2015 vehicle that hails from one of the dewier parts of the planet had so much in common with decades-old iconic desert dwellings from Donald Wexler and Albert Frey? Or, for that matter, Ayn Rand and her unflinchingly self-assured protagonist Howard Roark?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Feb 2015
Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian (London)

For Van Hove, the resonance is deeply personal: one of the members of Toneelgroep was aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine in summer 2014. One week his colleague was DJing at a party to celebrate the company’s adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. The next he was “just laying somewhere in a field … for over a week, in summer, in sun, rotting.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Feb 2015
Tuesday 17 February 2015
Stephanie Garlock, Harvard Magazine

…the cultural touchstone for an architect has at times been far closer to Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark—arrogant, individualistic, and committed to the genius of artistic vision above all.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Feb 2015
Anna Mae Ludlum, Arizona Daily Wildcat (U of AZ, Tucson)

McCloud’s nod to Ayn Rand’s philosophical novel “The Fountainhead” is found in more ways than the page quantity. “The Sculptor” emphasizes why famed graphic novelist Frank Miller has called McCloud “the premier comics theorist.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Feb 2015
Altaf Patel, Mumbai Mirror

Books I read in my teens, Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy and Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, served to fuel the thought that to be successful at anything you had to work harder than the competition.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Feb 2015