Today’s News - Friday, October 18, 2019
EDITOR'S NOTE: We were in road-warrior mode yesterday and, as happens, those pesky technology gods were not pleased and wouldn't allow us to post. So, here's a rare Friday newsletter. Monday and Tuesday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Wednesday, October 23.
● ANN feature: Claire Hempel: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning: A look at the relevant trends incorporated into the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas.
● Hopkins hails Jencks, whose "provocation and ever-enquiring spirit has never been more important - postmodernism for him was always more a set of values than a particular aesthetic," and "found their most profound and lasting expression in the Maggie's Centres. Talking to him was always an amazing ride."
● Betsky remembers Urbach: "His untimely death deprives us of one of the discipline's most distinctive talents" who "helped to change our perception of space and place - we have lost an important life, a great spirit, and an agitator for experimental architecture."
● Kimmelman wishes Happy 60th to the Guggenheim, FLW's "control-freak version of urbanism" that "has gone through ham-fisted additions, hostile restorations, lousy paint jobs and too many bad imitations to count. But it endures everything."
● McKeough, meanwhile, looks at "the return of Golden Age design" in NYC, with "many developers and designers looking to the past for inspiration - betting that buyers will seek out homes that feel familiar and comforting," instead of "cutting-edge buildings by starchitects."
● Loiseau cheers Adjaye's Ruby City, "Texas's newest architectural jewel" in San Antonio, now "graced with its own contemporary-art Mecca - in a cabinet of wonders."
● Holmes hails Ruby City: "Despite the structure's towering outward appearance, the interior galleries manage to be both soaring and compact" and "presents a lot of opportunities to 're-see' the surrounding landscape."
● Adjaye offers his take on what projects "changed his mind and approach to work forever": "Making a building is such a big thing. It's very profound. You can't think enough about what the responsibility is - I know this way of thinking makes it overly torturous for myself - even my team think that."
● McKnight cheers the "exuberant" and colorful ("from tangerine to turquoise") appearance of Ronan's affordable housing/library combo in Chicago that sets "it apart from other social housing in the U.S."
● Tim Marlow is stepping down as artistic director at London's Royal Academy of Arts to be director and first CEO of the Design Museum after co-directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black depart.
● Wainwright weighs in on "Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World," an "epic exhibition" that "shines a welcome spotlight" on her "brazen, maverick, youthful spirit - a taste of the mischievous spirit runs through all four floors" of Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
● Moore considers the Perriand show "a mighty exhibition" that "takes over" the "rambling" Gehry building, but, "as in life, her generous, joy-filled work is partially obscured by that of her male contemporaries."
● Hahn hails McGuirk's "Moving to Mars" at London's Design Museum that "explores putting humans on the red planet as the final frontier for design -.and what working with its limited resources could teach us about designing more sustainably on Earth" (also one of the last exhibitions overseen by Sudjic and Black).
● Cohen cheers "Ai Weiwei: Bare Life" at the Kemper Museum in St. Louis: "Throughout his storied career, he has advocated freedom above all else," and "told me he has faith in artists and agitators."
● Keeling on how AIASF, the Center for Architecture + Design, and the Museum of Craft and Design worked together to bring the "bauhaus.photo" traveling Bauhaus exhibition to San Francisco in two locations.
● For East Coast fans, "Bauhaus: 100 Years Later" takes over two museums in Springfield, Massachusetts: "Even now, 100 years after the school's opening, the Bauhaus' legacy looms large."
● Wilson brings us "+ Pool Light," the "eerie light sculpture" that will broadcast the Hudson River's pollution levels until 2020 via a "50-feet-by-50-foot cross of LED lights that can be seen from miles around."
● In "FORMGIVING" at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, BIG takes "an architectural journey across time from Big Bang to Singularity," and "how they right now give form to your future."
● "Brooks + Scarpa | DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital," presenting "projects exploring urban development, cultural equity, and access to public space," opens tomorrow in Santa Monica, California.
● At the Flanders Architecture Institute in Antwerp, "Case Design: The Craft of Collaboration" presents the Indian design collective's most recent work that "makes one huge plea for greater collaboration and empathy in architecture."
● "GROUNDED: Christoph Hesse Architects, Korbach / Berlin" at the Aedes Architecture Forum "illustrates how building in the countryside can be down-to-earth and creatively individualized, participatory, and energetically forward-looking."
● "Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect, Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France" presents "his spectacularly detailed drawings" including "fantastic and speculative structures that were never intended to be constructed" - at Houston's Menil Drawing Institute before heading to NYC.
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ANN feature: Claire Hempel: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning: A look at the relevant trends that Design Workshop incorporated into the planning and design of the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas.- ArchNewsNow.com
Owen Hopkins: Charles Jencks' provocation and ever-enquiring spirit has never been more important: the critic who helped bring postmodernism into existence...With populism on the rise, the pluralism of the movement is needed now more than ever: ...postmodernism for Jencks was always more a set of values than a particular aesthetic...these values found their most profound and lasting expression in the Maggie's Centres...founded with his wife, Maggie Keswick...[they] are the archetypal postmodern hybrid...show the deeper, more metaphysical benefits that architecture can bring...[his] work rewards repeated reading...Talking to Jencks was always an amazing ride...- Dezeen
Aaron Betsky: In memoriam: Henry Urbach: He was a born curator...His untimely death...deprives us of one of the discipline’s most distinctive talents...assembled a stable of young designers and artists who extended the definitions of architecture...helped to change our perception of space and place...It is a tribute to his family and friends that they have felt it important to let us all know...about his disease...we have lost an important life, a great spirit, and an agitator for experimental architecture. -- LOT-EK; François Roche; An Te Liu; Lebbeus Woods; Jürgen Mayer H.- The Architect's Newspaper
Michael Kimmelman: With the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright Built a Soaring and Intimate Sanctuary for Art: ...[he] created a spiraling city square that elevates the work it houses: [It] is still a shock on 5th Avenue. The architecture declines to fade into the background or get old, never mind the building turns 60 this month. Happy birthday to one of modern architecture’s transcendent achievements! ...has gone through ham-fisted additions, hostile restorations, lousy paint jobs and too many bad imitations to count. But it endures everything...To an evangelist and egomaniac like Wright, the assignment seemed karmic...It’s his control-freak version of urbanism...a dowager disrupter.- New York Times
Tim McKeough: The Return of Golden Age Design: With so many glass towers vying for attention in New York City, some developers are looking to the past for inspiration. The result: new buildings with Art Deco and neo-Georgian flourishes: After watching cutting-edge contemporary residential buildings by starchitects...many developers and designers are now looking in the rearview mirror...betting that buyers will seek out homes that feel familiar and comforting...some of them still look shiny and new, even as they nod to the past. -- Rosario Candela; Studio Sofield; SHoP Architects; Loci Anima; Sébastien Seger; Adam Rolston/Incorporated Architecture and Design; Pelli Clark Pelli Architects; Champalimaud Design; CetraRuddy; CookFox Architects; Robert A.M. Stern- New York Times
Benoit Loiseau: Ruby City by David Adjaye is Texas’ newest architectural jewel: San Antonio...has just been graced with its own contemporary-art Mecca...home to the growing Linda Pace Foundation’s collection..."‘It was born from the inside out," Adjaye tells me...In the making for 12 years, the $16m project faced a number of complications...But its extended development period also allowed for a refinement that is rarely experienced in the fast-paced building industry...its human scale allows for its founder’s exuberant taste and personality to shine through like in a cabinet of wonders.- Wallpaper*
Helen Holmes: Ruby City Is a New Museum Designed by David Adjaye, Built by San Antonio Generosity: Despite the structure’s towering outward appearance, which is defined by...specially-made, vivid red concrete, the interior galleries manage to be both soaring and compact...presents a lot of opportunities to “re-see” the surrounding landscape and experience the circuitous route that the interior of the museum offers.- Observer.com (U.S.)
David Adjaye: Love, death and memory&hellip it’s all in a building’s DNA: ...the commissions that changed his mind and approach to work forever: Making a building is such a big thing...It’s very profound. You can’t think enough about what the responsibility is. And, yes, I know this way of thinking makes it overly torturous for myself - even my team think that...I’m attracted to the new or emerging institutions that in 50 or 100 years will be formed, but the architecture that frames these 21st-century institutions is an opportunity to help shape and be part of that language...I prefer building for communities - with individuals it’s hit and miss.- Observer (UK)
Jenna McKnight: John Ronan creates affordable housing in Chicago with colourful balconies and a library: Punctuating the exterior are different-sized windows and balconies painted a rainbow of colours, from tangerine to turquoise...balconies do not follow a perfect grid, further enhancing the building's exuberant appearance and setting it apart from other social housing in the U.S...Independence Library and Apartments...part of a city initiative that aims to co-locate housing and libraries...other apartment-library buildings are by Perkins+Will and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill [SOM].- Dezeen
Tim Marlow appointed director and first CEO of the Design Museum: ...after co-directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black announced their departure...Marlow is leaving his current position as artistic director at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). Until now the museum has not had a chief executive..- Dezeen
Oliver Wainwright: Charlotte Perriand: the design visionary who survived Le Corbusier's putdowns: ...her bold creations caused a sensation. But [he] took the credit for some of her finest work. Now Perriand is finally getting her due: 20 years after her death, [her] brazen, maverick, youthful spirit is once again thrilling Paris, as an epic exhibition...shows her world to be as bright as a rainbow and alive with ideas...shines a welcome spotlight...to show her as a pioneering creator of the modern world in her own right...a taste of the mischievous spirit that runs through all four floors of the exhibition..."Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World." Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, thru February 24, 2020- Guardian (UK)
Rowan Moore: Charlotte Perriand: happiness by design, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris: [She] is celebrated...although, as in life, her generous, joy-filled work is partially obscured by that of her male contemporaries: ...a mighty exhibition...takes over, across four floors [in the] rambling Frank Gehry building...furniture, drawings and photographs, reconstructions of lost interiors and installations, and realisations for the first time of projects that were never built...Big though the exhibition is, and magnificent though it mostly is, it is light on some wonderful Perriand creations... thru February 24, 2020 -- Le Corbusier; Fernand Léger; Isamu Noguchi; Pierre Jeanneret- Observer (UK)
Jennifer Hahn: "Surviving on Mars could teach us how to live more sustainably on earth", says Design Museum's "Moving to Mars" curator [Justin McGuirk]: ...explores putting humans on the red planet as the final frontier for design [and] themes including the role that design plays in keeping astronauts safe during the voyage...and what working with its limited resources could teach us about designing more sustainably on Earth...will be one of the last exhibitions overseen by the Design Museum's current co-directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black. thru February 23, 2020 -- Konstantin Grcic; Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.; Raymond Loewy; Galina Balashova; Anna Talvi; Foster + Partners; Hassell; Franziska Steingen- Dezeen
Alina Cohen: Ai Weiwei Reminds Us That Freedom Is a Struggle in Major Museum Show: Throughout his storied career, [he] has advocated freedom above all else...“Ai Weiwei: Bare Life"...features around 40 of Ai’s works from the past three decades...demonstrates the range of his concerns, from warfare to historical preservation, migration to memory...No matter how fraught the political climate becomes, Ai told me he has faith in artists and agitators... Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, thru January 5, 2020- Artsy
Brock Keeling: Celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus at these two new exhibits: No, not the gloomy English rock band: AIA San Francisco, the Center for Architecture + Design, and the Museum of Craft and Design worked together to bring "bauhaus.photo" traveling Bauhaus exhibition to San Francisco...free to all visitors at MCD and AIA locations. thru November 8- Curbed San Francisco
Bauhaus centennial focus of Springfield Museums exhibit: “Bauhaus: 100 Years Later” in the Starr Gallery of the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts...even now, 100 years after the school’s opening, the Bauhaus' legacy looms large. thru February 16, 2020- MassLive.com (Massachusetts)
Mark Wilson: This eerie light sculpture will float in the Hudson River until 2020: It broadcasts the pollution levels in the waters of the river, as part of the nearly decade-old project to build a floating pool off of Manhattan: + Pool Light, designed by Playlab and Family New York, turns water quality readings into a simple sculpture that glows safe or unsafe in real time...a floating 50-feet-by-50-feet cross of LED lights that can be seen from miles around. thru January 3, 2020- Fast Company
BIG presents "FORMGIVING": Join BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group on an architectural journey across time from Big Bang to Singularity...With 70+ projects around the globe you’ll experience BIG’s borderless creativity and how they right now give form to your future. Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, thru January 12, 2020- Danish Architecture Centre (Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Brooks + Scarpa | DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital": ...projects exploring urban development, cultural equity, and access to public space. thru December 14- 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, California)
"Case Design: The Craft of Collaboration": ...an extended exhibition of their most recent work. The Indian design collective makes one huge plea for greater collaboration and empathy in architecture. Flanders Architecture Institute, Antwerp, Belgium, thru January 19, 2020- Flanders Architecture Institute / deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp)
"GROUNDED: Christoph Hesse Architects, Korbach / Berlin": The architecture of Christoph Hesse and his team, illustrate how building in the countryside can be down-to-earth and creatively individualized, participatory, and energetically forward-looking - a collaboration with the local residents: grounded. Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, thru November 21- Aedes Architecture Forum/Aedes Architekturforum (Berlin)
"Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect, Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France": His spectacularly detailed drawings range from proposals submitted to government entities to fantastic and speculative structures that were never intended to be constructed...civic infrastructure along with curious oddities such as a towering stable in the shape of a cow. Menil Drawing Institute, Houston, Texas, thru January 5, 2020- Menil Drawing Institute
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