Today’s News - Thursday, April 18, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow we're going into packing/moving mode - with luck, the newsletter will return Tuesday, April 30 (if not, definitely May 1). News is a bit longer than usual - we couldn't resist including more thoughtful (and unusual) takes on Notre Dame, and had to include some looming deadlines.
● ANN feature: Andrew Pressman: "Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone": Three vignettes excerpted from his recently published book, which focuses on how design thinking is applied to real-life challenges.
Plus de larmes pour Notre Dame, troisième partie:
● Davidson: "Efforts to keep the church intact often caused new wounds, part of a centuries-long dance of healing and damage. The challenge now is not whether to rebuild but how."
● Merrick: "What is it about some ancient churches and cathedrals that resonates in us - and, in passing, humiliates our gurning, pouting, selfied reactions to so-called contemporary iconic architecture?"
● Kennicott: "Most cathedrals exemplify the idea of continual evolution and renewal; they are sturdy, vulnerable, fragile and resilient. No tourist will forswear Notre Dame because it has a new roof."
● Kamin, on Chicago's PBS station: Rebuilding Notre Dame is a "national project" for France.
● Saffron: "Most of our cultural losses occur too slowly to provoke the emotional response we felt watching Paris burn. Philadelphia isn't burning, but we need to treat it as if it were. And people all over the world were watching."
● Dickinson was touring St. Peter's in Rome when he heard the news: "An architect's notes on building, belief, and the power of architecture: We will rebuild the great cathedral - because we can."
● Viennot offers a totally different view: "Notre Dame is - was - splendid, and we mourn it. I feel suddenly alone in the desert in thinking: Let's not rebuild Notre Dame - make of it a memento mori of the 21st century - why not?"
In other news:
● Fairs takes a deep dive into how "China is fast becoming the world's creative superpower. And it is moving fast. There is a hunger for architecture and design knowledge - China's new generation of design talents are prepared to put in the hours required to succeed."
● Davidson's eloquent take on Weiss/Manfredi's U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien/Davis Brody Bond's in Mexico City: "The challenge of designing a large building to spread goodwill and beat back violence has defeated plenty of architects," but these two "hold out hope."
● A "set of artful renderings" of Gehry's office complex for Warner Bros. Burbank, California - "a pair of cool, iceberg-like mid-rise office towers articulated in Gehry's signature fluted and twisted forms."
● Pelli Clarke Pelli's Salesforce Tower in San Francisco named CTBUH's "Best Tall Building Worldwide" for being a "building that gives back" - with mention of some of the other category winners.
● Goldberg's Q&A with Ten to One Architectural Design Studio re: how the team of four manages "to fold pro bono work" into its business model - and makes it work."
● Rafson reports on a gathering of architecture educators that "highlighted the myriad ways architecture schools can help their nearby underserved communities" by helping students get involved.
● Whiting is leaving Rice University to succeed Mostafavi as Dean of Harvard GSD - her "work focuses on the connection between architecture and politics, economics, and society."
● Gang is on a roll: following her O'Hare Airport expansion win last month (with Studio ORD), she's landed on the TIME 100: The Most Influential People of 2019 list (in the "Titans" category).
● One we couldn't resist: A website was fined $29,800 after a Feng Shui expert wrote that Hadid's Wangjing Soho towers in Beijing "had brought bad luck to its tenants" (towers resembled "pigs kidneys").
● Call For Entries (deadline extended; fee reduced; no fee for students!): Radical Innovation Awards: The Power to Shift the Hospitality Industry.
● Call for entries (deadline reminder): 11th Edition of Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning Building 2018/2019 (no fee!).
● Call for entries: CTBUH Research Seed Funding, Student Research Competition (over $60,000 for researchers and students).
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): Nominations for CTBUH "50 Forward | 50 Back: The Recent History and Essential Future of Sustainable Cities."
● Call for entries: NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Competition, Round 1 for very low or zero carbon emitting multifamily buildings - up to $1,000,000 in direct funding.
● Call for entries: Interior Scholarship 2019/2020 - The AIT Scholarship by Sto Foundation (students must be enrolled at a European university).
● Betsky cheers "Craig Hodgetts: Swimming to Suburbia and Other Essays": He was "part of the gang of designers who brought their tinkering, hot-rod-loving, improvisational approach to architecture" - the book "should give license to a whole new group of designers to follow that path."
● Bergdoll cheers Geiser's "Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture": It "demands that we take a longer look at the historian himself," and "weaves together cultural influences that go far beyond any previous analyses of Giedion's involvement with American intellectual life."
● Bernstein cheers Goldberger's "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City" that "traces the connection between the national pastime and its architectural expressions."
● Okamoto says that in "PoroCity: Opening Up Solidity," MVRDV "advocates for porous forms that tackle the stifling effects of urban density - the forms presented swing fantastical and are, characteristically, manically iterative."
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ANN feature: Andrew Pressman: Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone: Three vignettes excerpted from Pressman's recently published book, which focuses on how design thinking is applied to real-life challenges.- ArchNewsNow.com
Justin Davidson: On the Once and Future Notre-Dame de Paris: Should we leave it a ruin? Put it back as it was in the 19th century? The 13th? Yesterday? Or reimagine it anew? ...took centuries to complete and began falling apart even before it was finished. Efforts to keep the church intact often caused new wounds, part of a centuries-long dance of healing and damage...The challenge now is not whether to rebuild but how. -- Eugène Viollet-le-Duc- New York Magazine
Jay Merrick: Notre Dame cathedral fire: Blaze is proof that truly great architecture holds hallucinatory power: Our shock is to do with the gaping loss of something we assumed was permanent: What is it about some ancient churches and cathedrals that resonates in us...and, in passing, humiliates our gurning, pouting, selfied reactions to so-called contemporary iconic architecture? The only constant is the effect of these remarkable buildings on our perceptions and imaginations.- Independent (UK)
Philip Kennicott: Great cathedrals burn, collapse and crack. Notre Dame can survive this: ...the shock of the fire is still extraordinary...most cathedrals exemplify the idea of continual evolution and renewal; they are sturdy, vulnerable, fragile and resilient, and it is social architecture that keeps them standing, not piers, arches or buttresses...the authentic Notre Dame, isn’t an option, because it never existed...No tourist will forswear Notre Dame because it has a new roof...None of this is to minimize the losses- Washington Post
Blair Kamin: Rebuilding Notre Dame a ‘National Project’ for France: Joining us to talk about the rebuilding of Notre Dame is the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic. [video]- WTTW Chicago / PBS
Inga Saffron: What would we do if we were watching Philadelphia’s great buildings burn in real time? The fire Monday at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral reminds us how easy it is to lose the great accomplishments of our civilization: ...[it] is the most important building in France...and among the greatest works of architecture the world has produced...Most of our cultural losses occur too slowly to provoke the emotional response we felt watching Paris burn...Philadelphia isn’t burning, but we need to treat it as if it were. And people all over the world were watching. -- Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus; Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc- Philadelphia Inquirer
Duo Dickinson: Notre Dame: An Architect’s Notes on Building, Belief and the Power of Architecture: We will rebuild the great cathedral - because we can: I am touring St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome when word arrives about the fire...we learn that...Paris’ greatest sacred building is as fragile as any of its makers...Thousands of humans built Notre-Dame. One of them may have doomed it.- Common Edge
Bérengère Viennot: Let’s Not Rebuild Notre Dame: What’s unbearable is the disappearance, before our helpless eyes, of the certainty that we are immortal: ...I’ve heard the unanimous cry everywhere: Let’s rebuild! Notre Dame...[it] is - was - splendid, and we mourn it. But is it dead, or is it a giant burn victim who will live on? Faced with...this common prayer of resurrection, I feel suddenly alone in the desert in thinking: Let’s not rebuild Notre Dame...make of it a memento mori of the 21st century - why not? [translated by Henry Grabar and Margaret Grabar Sage]- slate
Marcus Fairs: China is fast becoming the world's creative superpower: No longer an emerging nation that needs to learn from the west...in many ways already ahead of the rest of the world. And it is moving fast...also has the potential to take global leadership on technologies to mitigate climate change...There is a hunger for architecture and design knowledge...China's new generation of design talents...are prepared to put in the hours required to succeed... -- MAD; Neri&Hu- Dezeen
Justin Davidson: A Pair of New U.S. Embassies, Arriving at an Undiplomatic Moment: Reimagining the American compounds in New Delhi and Mexico City: The challenge of designing a large building to spread goodwill and beat back violence has defeated plenty of architects...some new designs...hold out hope...Weiss/Manfredi...will sprinkle Edward Durell Stone’s modernist fairy dust over a two-block campus...Tod Williams Billie Tsien...with Davis Brody Bond...reads today as a quiet rebuke of a president who has sprayed Mexico with vitriol... -- Berger Devine Yaeger; Kieran Timberlake; Gwathmey Siegel; Page Southerland Page- New York Magazine
Gehry to design new office headquarters for Warner Bros. in Los Angeles: Gehry Partners has unveiled a set of artful renderings for their new 800,000-square-foot office complex in Burbank, California...“Second Century Project”...a pair of cool, iceberg-like mid-rise office towers articulated in Frank Gehry’s signature fluted and twisted forms. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
CTBUH names San Francisco's Salesforce Tower world's "best tall building": Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects...has won the top prize at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's annual awards ..."Best Tall Building Worldwide"...a "building that gives back"...20 projects were awarded in total, representing 20 countries and 33 cities... -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Kohn Pederson Fox/KPF; David Chipperfield; Rafael Viñoly; WOHA; Arc Studio; Moshe Tzur Architects and Town Planners; Zaha Hadid Architects/ZHA; Chris Kroese; Heller Manus Architects.- Dezeen
Mackenzie Goldberg: Garrick Jones of Ten to One Architectural Design Studio on How to Fold Pro Bono Work Into Your Business Model: In only six years, [the studio] has [worked on 91 projects], many of which are offered up as pro bono services...motivated by a commitment to public architecture, and bringing design equity to underserved communities...can be tough, especially for a small firm, the benefits are worthwhile...Q&A re: how he and his team of four manage to make it work.- Archinect
Sarah Rafson: Good Neighbors: How Architecture Schools Are Rethinking Their Relationship to Rust Belt Cities: A recent national gathering of architecture educators in Pittsburgh highlighted the myriad ways architecture schools can help their nearby underserved communities: How can schools help students engage with local communities? ...some of the key takeaways...Forge Meaningful Partnerships with Other Disciplines; Work with Immigrants to Rethink Resettlement- Metropolis Magazine
Sarah Whiting Named Next Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design: ...dean of architecture at Rice University in Texas...will succeed Mohsen Mostafavi...An expert in architectural theory and urbanism, Whiting’s work focuses on the connection between architecture and politics, economics, and society.- The Harvard Crimson
Jeanne Gang makes TIME 100: The Most Influential People of 2019 list: Studio Gang founder and 2011 MacArthur Fellow...was the only architect to be included. “Jeanne Gang has the WOW factor,” wrote actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, who nominated Gang to the list...named in the “Titans” category...magazine is recognizing one architect every year; in 2018 it was Elizabeth Diller, David Adjaye in 2017, and Bjarke Ingels before that.- The Architect's Newspaper
Website fined for saying Zaha Hadid-designed building had bad Feng Shui: ...ordered to pay 200,000 yuan (£22,900) in compensation to SOHO China...for a piece that...said it had brought bad luck to its tenants...The writer, an expert in Feng Shui, said the design of the three undulating towers resembled "pigs kidneys"...- Dezeen
Call for entries (deadline extended): Radical Innovation Awards: A challenge to designers, architects, hoteliers and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality. New in 2019, the competition will distinguish between built and unbuilt projects, and honoring an individual with the Innovator Award; no entry fee for students; cash prizes; fee reduced; no fee for students; new deadline: April 30John Hardy Group / Dezeen- John Hardy Group / Dezeen
Call for entries: 11th Edition of Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building 2018/2019: ...honouring the Client's role in the design process along with the architects; no fee; deadline: May 25- ALA - Assoarchitetti / Regione del Veneto
Call for entries: CTBUH Research Seed Funding, Student Research Competition (May 31) & Student Design Competition (July 22): Offering over $60,000 in funding and prizes for researchers and students- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
Call for entries: Nominations for CTBUH "50 Forward | 50 Back: The Recent History and Essential Future of Sustainable Cities" - seminal buildings and urban interventions from the past 50 years that influenced the way we inhabit cities today, and predictions for innovations over the next 50 years; deadline: April 30- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
Call for entries: NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Competition: aims to accelerate the design, development, construction and operation of very low or zero carbon emitting multifamily buildings that can be replicated at scale. Selected projects are eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 in direct funding; Round 1 deadline: June 4- NYSERDA New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Call for entries: Interior Scholarship 2019/2020 - The AIT Scholarship by Sto Foundation: up to four students of interior architecture, interior design, etc. enrolled at a European university will receive a monthly grant for one year, totalling 24,120 EUR; deadline: June 21- AIT-Dialog / Sto Foundation / Sto Stiftung (Germany)
Aaron Betsky: The Pragmatic Outlaw Swims Back into View: Craig Hodgetts’ writings remind us how to make architecture for today and tomorrow: "Craig Hodgetts: Swimming to Suburbia and Other Essays" [Todd Gannon, editor]...[he] has kept arguing for an approach to architecture that is both pragmatic and narrative...part of the gang of designers...who brought their tinkering, hot-rod-loving, improvisational approach to what soon came to be known as the LA School of architecture...[book] should give license to a whole new group of designers to follow that path. -- Robert Mangurian/Studio Works; Hsinming Fung/Hodgetts + Fung Architects; Thom Mayne; Michael Rotondi; Eric Owen Moss; Coy Howard- Architect Magazine
Barry Bergdoll: Sigfried Giedion gets a fresh look in new book: Reto Geiser’s "Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture" demands that we take a longer look at the historian himself...both an homage to [his] mastery of integrating images and text and a subtle reflection on the important role that America...played in the formation of one of the most influential intellectual projects in 20th-century architectural history...weaves together cultural influences that go far beyond any previous analyses of Giedion’s involvement with American intellectual life...- The Architect's Newspaper
Fred A. Bernstein: An Architectural Analysis of America’s Baseball Stadiums: Pulitzer-Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger examines four parks in the context of their urban environments: "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City"...traces the connection between the national pastime and its architectural expressions. He describes three generations of stadiums... [images]- The National magazine / Amtrak
Katie Okamoto: MVRDV Ponders Cities of the Future in "PoroCity: Opening Up Solidity": ...advocates for porous forms that tackle the stifling effects of urban density, offering social, environmental, and economic value: Flip through The Why Factory’s [book]...and see echoes of some of MVRDV’s built work...Except the forms presented here...swing fantastical and are, characteristically, manically iterative... -- Winy Maas; Delft University of Technology [images]- Metropolis Magazine
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