Today’s News - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
• A particularly Trumpian way to start Inauguration week: "Design as Protest" Day on January 20 will include workshops around the country - a "national brainstorming session for creative, place-based interventions that drive social change."
• Hagberg Fisher offers "a primer on post-election design activism" to move "forward in an uneasy age."
• Kamin "deconstructs" Trump Tower in Chicago, and "muses" on what it portends for his presidency: "Don't try to tell him what to do. Don't count on him to follow through on his promises."
• Hawthorne explains why he's launching a weekly column on architecture: "Los Angeles is rediscovering its sense of civic ambition even as Trump seems ready to turn the country inward."
• Architects deconstruct Trump's $25 billion wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, and why it "would be nearly impossible to build - there are better alternatives than constructing a wall."
• Grabar parses Ben Carson's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill: he "revealed he's barely interested in the mission of the department he's about to run," even though his written remarks "were full of insight and expertise. But it turned out most of the text had been copied from newspaper articles and think-tank reports" (plagiarism runs in the family?).
• Perhaps Carson should look into Lyndon Goode Architects' infill housing development in south London: it demonstrates "how high-quality design and a successful planning outcome could be achieved on an affordable housing budget."
• Bernstein reports on new renderings of Gehry/AECOM's revised Eisenhower Memorial, now that supporters and critics have "reached a compromise."
• The AIA polled American adults about whether they consider public buildings to be "part of their community's infrastructure. Their answer was an emphatic 'yes.'"
• Baillieu explains why the architectural profession needs skilled communicators to help to "make itself heard"; the problem: "the conversation has turned inwards - architects talking to other architects - sometimes with disastrous results."
• LaValley lays out "13 reasons why an architect's voice is their most important tool."
• Mark's Q&A with Bowles and Bramwell of Mole Architects re: "playing second fiddle to someone else" as an executive architect - they found the up-side.
• Bozikovic x 2: He cheers RDHA'a new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre in Hamilton, Canada: it "brings together an elegant metaphor and accessibility with a sense of place" ("Plus you can find books here").
• He reports on Mayne's move to give Toronto another landmark with an expansion of OCAD University's "box on stilts" (by Alsop).
• "Move over London - Manchester is on the rise" with OMA's Factory, a "massive glass cube" that will transform "an underused area into a world-class center for arts and culture."
• A peek at Hadid's will that "will shed fresh light on her intentions about succession" - and what's to become of her £70 million fortune.
• CTBUH releases its 2016 Tall Building Year in Review: it was a big year for tall buildings.
• An international array of winners take home the 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards (great presentations).
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Architects Mark Inauguration With “Design as Protest” Day: As Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20...join...in turning online conversations about social justice and design into live, local actions...workshops in cities around the country...Envisioned as a sort of national brainstorming session for creative, place-based interventions that drive social change... -- Bryan Lee/Arts Council of New Orleans; Angela King/University of Illinois- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Eva Hagberg Fisher: Remaining Hopeful When Stormclouds Gather: A Primer on Post-Election Design Activism: Some strategies on moving forward in an uneasy age: ...I read Rebecca Solnit’s book "Hope in the Dark"...essays about how to have hope when times seem horrible...about the tiny changes that add to something bigger and greater than we could ever have imagined.- Common Edge
Blair Kamin: Trump Tower in Chicago, and What It Could Mean for the Donald's Presidency: With Donald Trump taking office Friday, your humble critic deconstructs the president-elect's tallest skyscraper...and muses on what it means for his upcoming presidency...Don't try to tell him what to do...He has a compulsive need to leave his mark...Don't count on him to follow through on his promises.- Chicago Tribune
Christopher Hawthorne: "Building Type": A Weekly Column on Architecture: Los Angeles is in the midst of its biggest construction boom in decades...has provoked a backlash that...looks a lot like an existential crisis...an expression of mourning for an L.A. that is already dead...Los Angeles is rediscovering its sense of civic ambition even as Trump seems ready to turn the country inward and exploit, if not provoke, tensions with foreign powers.- Los Angeles Times
Trump's $25 billion wall would be nearly impossible to build, according to architects: The cost will be huge...The wall challenges the ethics of architecture...would pose construction challenges...there are better alternatives than constructing a wall. -- Rosa Sheng/Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; William J. Martin; Estudio 3.14; Jones Studio- Business Insider
Advice For Ben Carson: How To Not Make America's Housing Crisis Worse: Architects and housing advocates have a few tips for the former neurosurgeon who's expected to take over the government's $47 billion housing agency: "My last piece of advice: Try not to get indicted." -- Vishaan Chakrabarti/PAU; Martin C. Pedersen/Common Edge; Peter Gluck/Gluck+; Claire Weisz/Adam Lubinsky/WXY architecture + urban design; Karen Kubey; James Timberlake/KieranTimberlake- Fast Company / Co.Design
Henry Grabar: The Anything-but-Housing Secretary: On Capitol Hill, Ben Carson revealed he’s barely interested in the mission of the department he’s about to run: ...what stood out...was how fundamentally uninterested [he] seemed to be in the role that housing...plays and has played in American life...His official, written remarks...were full of insight and expertise. But it turned out most of the text had been copied from newspaper articles and think-tank reports.- Slate
Lyndon Goode Architects gets go-ahead for new Peabody homes: ...secures second infill housing development for affordable provider...new buildings will occupy the now-cleared sites of former garages but keep the leafy, low-density character of the estate...[demonstrates] how high-quality design and a successful planning outcome could be achieved on an affordable housing budget. [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Fred A. Bernstein: New Renderings Released of Frank Gehry and AECOM’s Revised Eisenhower Memorial: Last fall, supporters and critics...reached a compromise...The memorial’s key element, a 440-foot-long woven-metal tapestry, remains. But the subject...is now an aerial view of Normandy...other changes include relocating a statue of young Ike... [images]- Architectural Record
Are public buildings considered infrastructure? A survey...by The Harris Poll on behalf of AIA, asked 2,108 U.S. adults if they considered public buildings part of their community’s infrastructure: Their answer was an emphatic “yes.” 83% percent...consider public buildings "infrastructure"...82% agree that public buildings are as important as transportation in defining community infrastructure.- Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Amanda Baillieu: Wanted: skilled communicators to help the architectural profession make itself heard: [It] has some catching up to do: Technical or practical flair is still the most prized possession. But the effect of this is that architecture struggles to produce charismatic communicators...Instead, the conversation has turned inwards - architects talking to other architects - sometimes with disastrous results.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Michael LaValley: 13 Reasons Why an Architect’s Voice Is Their Most Important Tool: Architects have the opportunity to tell their story through their design and through the ways they choose to interact with the world...It’s not the T square or the pencil, the drafting table or even the computer.- Architizer
"Executive architects are seen as playing second fiddle to someone else": Laura Mark speaks to Meredith Bowles and Ian Bramwell of Mole Architects about being executive architects on some of the UK’s most anticipated schemes, including Peter Salters’ Walmer Yard and Peter Zumthor’s project for Living Architecture. -- Alain de Botton; Winy Maas/MVRDV; Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Alex Bozikovic: Open books: The new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre in Hamilton is proof that libraries are the locus of creative building design in Canada: ...brings together an elegant metaphor and accessibility with a sense of place - and shows how excellent art can emerge from constraints. Plus you can find books here...There’s no question that the building is both comfortable and beautiful. -- RDHA [images]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Alex Bozikovic: Toronto’s OCAD University may boast another city landmark: Thom Mayne will be involved in the expansion, which could redefine the university’s relationship with Toronto: a decade ago, OCAD University changed Toronto’s streetscape with a box on stilts. Now, the school may be about to do it again. -- Will Alsop (2004); Morphosis; Teeple Architects- Globe and Mail (Canada)
OMA gets green light for their first major public building in the UK: Move over London - Manchester is on the rise as an arts and culture capital in the north of England: ...the massive glass cube construction will transform the underused area - the site of the former Granada Studios - into a world-class center for arts and culture. -- Rem Koolhaas/Ellen van Loon/Office for Metropolitan Architecture [images]- Inhabitat
Zaha Hadid leaves £70 million fortune: ...business partner Patrik Schumacher is the only non-family beneficiary named in her will...the contents of the will shed fresh light on her intentions about succession at the global firm that bears her name...documents show that Hadid...had at the time of her death more than £3 million in debt, meaning the estate’s net value is £67,249,458.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings: ...the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that 2016 saw the completion of a record 128 buildings 200 meters or higher...surpasses the previous record of 114 completions set in 2015. Eighteen became the tallest in their city, country, or region, and 10 earned the designation of supertall, at 300 meters and above.- ArchDaily
2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards recognize excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and regional & urban design: ... 23 recipients throughout the world... -- Shigeru Ban Architects/CCY Architects; nARCHITECTS; Iu + Bibliowicz Architects; Antenora Architects; SANAA/Handel Architects; Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects/Holabird & Root; Marvel Architects; Brooks + Scarpa; ZGF Architects; Toshiko Mori Architect; Knight Architecture; Gabellini Sheppard Associates/Montroy Andersen DeMarco; SmithGroupJJR; Payette/ Ayers Saint Gross; Aidlin Darling Design; IwamotoScott Architecture/Brereton Architects; designLAB architects/Austin Architects; Studio Gang; LMN Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Sasaki Associates; Landing Studio [images]- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
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