Today’s News - Thursday, December 14, 2017
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● ANN feature: Weinstein is jazzed about "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s," a monumental catalogue of a great exhibition, now at The Cleveland Museum of Art, that architects need more than they may know.
● ANN feature: Bernstein parses Arthur Cotton Moore's new book, "Our Nation's Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas": Some of the ideas seem impractical, some ruinously expensive, while others ought to be considered, or at least admired for their audacity.
● Kotkin & Gattis explain what the pundits pontificating about Houston get wrong, and why the city "has the right approach to urban development - finger-wagging about zoning does not address the real issue: boosting resilience."
● Rybczynski offers a post-occupancy report three years after KieranTimberlake's experiment in its own studio without air conditioning: "their cooling experiment had failed"; now, with air-conditioning, the studio is "a happier place."
● A stroll through the Louvre Abu Dhabi with Nouvel, who shows his "undisguised glee" that the four struts supporting the gigantic dome are largely invisible. "Can you find them?"
● Betsky takes on the Miami Design District, where façadism is "taken to a new level" with "eye-catching architecture" by numerous notable names: "There is little in the way of expensive building materials or structural derring-do, but there is a lot to dazzle the eye."
● Bernstein's second installment re: Design Miami 2017, H&deM's Jade Signature: it has "flourishes, but it's still a very big condo building on the beach"; Isozaki and Gauld's Bass Museum that is now "more useful, and more beautiful"; and " Richard Meier and Frank Stella: Space and Form" at the Meier Gallery.
● Bozikovic welcomes back the ROM's revamped 1933 entrance: the entry sequence through Libeskind's Crystal "is mazy and unfriendly - he proved himself a clumsy choreographer"; the fix is what the museum calls the Welcome Project.
● Great presentations of Arch Record's Design Vanguard 2017: "each has a personal, crafted, and nuanced approach to architecture that has come to define their generation."
● Call for entries: Arch Record's 2018 Design Vanguard: looking for the best emerging architecture firms from around the world (and no fee!).
● A very impressive shortlist in the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition.
● A good reason to head to Shenzhen, China: the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: "Cities, Grow in Difference."
● Six big flops from more than 100 "epic fails" at the "Museum of Failure" pop-up, now at L.A.'s A+D Museum, along with a "failure confession booth" (Trump, the Game "failed because it's a lousy game").
● Anderton visits the Museum of Failure: "We love a good success story, but we love an epic fail even more," and talks to Syd Mead and Craig Hodgetts about their new book and creating a "plausible reality."
● A fab(!) 360 video that explores Lubell and Goldin's "Never Built New York" at the Queens Museum.
● "Aesthetics of Change: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna" at the MAK "delves into the cosmos of an Austrian cultural university that is at once one of the richest in tradition and among the most visionary."
● "New Architecture New York,' with an introduction by Lange and beautiful photography by Bendov, shows the city as "a playground for architects who wish to innovate."
● Wallace 's "Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919" will make you exclaim, "Nothing's changed!": "Though beautifully organized, and written with grace and humor, the author does not build stories so much as compile compendious chronologies."
● Moore's best architecture books of 2017 include tomes by Martin, Rykwert, de Graaf, and Kolbitz that are "weepingly funny"; "wry and engaging"; "not always encouraging"; and "just lovely stuff."
● Green's Best Books of 2017 is a selection of the best on the environment, cities, and landscape.
● Hodges picks "books no Detroit enthusiast should be without."
● Stephens': 2017 architecture monograph roundup proves the genre lives on.
● The Frankfurt Book Fair folks pick the 10 best architecture books of 2017 to receive the DAM Architectural Book Award.
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ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Time for Jazzing Up Architectural Imagination? A monumental catalogue of a great exhibition architects need more than they may know - hurry to Cleveland if you missed it in Manhattan. Explore "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s."- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Fred A. Bernstein: Arthur Cotton Moore: Bold Citizen-Architect: Some of the ideas seem impractical. Others would be ruinously expensive. Still others are sensible and ought to be considered, or at least admired for their audacity. A sampling from Moore's new book, "Our Nation's Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas." [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
Joel Kotkin & Tory Gattis: Doing Houston Wrong: Contrary to the sneers of elitist planners, Houston has the right approach to urban development: Higher density and zoning don’t guarantee a resilient infrastructure...Hysteria about climate change and finger-wagging about zoning do not address the real issue: boosting resilience...Much of what critics think they know about Houston is simply untrue...Nor is the city the paved-over disaster so often evoked in the media...the most important issue is not zoning but flood control, which requires resilient systems. -- Michael Kimmelman- City Journal/The Manhattan Institute
Witold Rybczynski: KieranTimberlake's Cool Experiment: This Philadelphia-based firm designed its studio without air conditioning. Three years later, here's how it's worked: ...office is in a renovated mid-20th-century industrial building...Measuring temperature and humidity is only half of the thermal comfort equation; the other half is finding out how people actually feel...their cooling experiment had failed. The solution was obvious...Air-conditioning commenced in July 2016...the studio was a happier place...“We tried, we failed, and we learned.” [images]- Architect Magazine
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s architect on what inspired its revolutionary design: Jean Nouvel created the ‘universal’ museum’s unique perforated dome and 21st century take on Arabic architecture. He explains how he sought to ‘translate and define the local culture': He is especially pleased that the four struts supporting the 180-metre-diameter, 7,500-tonne dome are largely invisible. “Can you find them?” he asks with undisguised glee as we walked along one of the narrow paths between the art buildings leading onto a vast plaza. [images]- South China Morning Post
Aaron Betsky: All the Pretty Faces: Miami Design District shows façadism taken to a new level: What has saved the Design District from being banal...is eye-catching architecture...The easy criticism is that this is all façadism, but that seems to be the point...There is little in the way of expensive building materials or structural derring-do, but there is a lot of pattern and image to dazzle the eye...So how long will this last? -- Craig Robins; Duany Plater-Zyberk; Aranda/Lasch; Javier Carvajal; and Johanna Grawunder; Charlap Hyman & Herrero; Daniel Toole Works; Johnston Marklee; Tolila + Gilliland; Aranguren + Gallegos; Jürgen Mayer H. [images]- Architect Magazine
Fred A. Bernstein: Design Miami 2017: Art Meets Architecture at the Jade Signature, the Bass Museum, and "Space and Form": ...a glimpse at the new Herzog & de Meuron project, David Gauld's renovation and expansion of an Arata Isozaki museum, and a show highlighting the friendship of Richard Meier and Frank Stella: There are many [H&deM] flourishes...but it’s still a very big condo building on the beach...the Bass Museum returned to Isozaki and his protégé...David Gauld, to plan a second renovation. The results...have made the museum more useful, and more beautiful...- Architectural Record
Alex Bozikovic: Welcome back to the Royal Ontario Museum: The building's 1933 entrance has been revamped and reopened in a modest but symbolic architectural move: A decade after the museum tried to turn itself into a icon...by Daniel Libeskind...It's tempting to read this as a cautionary tale...the entry sequence through the Crystal is mazy and unfriendly...[he] talked about his role as "a choreographer of experiences...In this case, he proved himself a clumsy choreographer. The museum now aims to fix this...what the ROM calls the Welcome Project... -- Chapman and Oxley (1933); Darling and Pearson (1914); Hariri Pontarini Architects [images]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Design Vanguard 2017: ...promising practitioners who have led their own firms for 10 years or less...each has a personal, crafted, and nuanced approach to architecture that has come to define their generation. -- Ambrosi Etchegaray; LEVER Architecture; David Kohn Architects; LAND Arquitectos; stpmj Architecture; Uufie; FreelandBuck; Max Núñez Arquitectos; Bruther; Alan Tse Design [images]- Architectural Record
Call for entries: 2018 Design Vanguard: looking for the best emerging architecture firms from around the world; no fee; deadline: February 15, 2018- Architectural Record
Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition Shorlist Announced: ...will combine a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place. -- Adjaye Associates/BVN; BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group/JPE Design Studio; David Chipperfield Architects/SJB Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Woods Bagot; HASSELL/SO-IL; Khai Liew/Office of Ryue Nishizawa/Durbach Block Jaggers- Malcolm Reading Consultants / Government of South Australia
Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: "Cities, Grow in Difference" in Shenzhen, China: 7th edition of UABB...to explore issues of urbanization and architectural development within China and around the world; December 15, 2017 - March 17, 2018- Shenzhen Biennale
Coca-Cola BlaK? Apple's Newton? Six big flops at the "Museum of Failure" pop-up, now in L.A.: ...a traveling pop-culture show presenting commercial products and services that rank as epic fails - beef lasagna frozen dinner from toothpaste maker Colgate, anyone? - has opened at [the] A+D Architecture and Design Museum...Trump, the Game "failed because it's a lousy game." thru February 4, 2018 [images]- Los Angeles Times
DnA/Frances Anderton: Wedding cake, Museum of Failure, Syd Mead: We love a good success story, but we love an epic fail even more. DnA visits the Museum of Failure. We also talk to "visual futurist" Syd Mead and Craig Hodgetts/Hodgetts + Fung about creating a "plausible reality." And we hear about the art of cake-making from a West Hollywood baker. -- 'The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist"- KCRW
See the New York City That Never Was: Visit the New York City that could have been in this 360 video and explore the exhibition at the Queens Museum called “Never Built New York,” showcasing hundreds of projects that could have dramatically changed the look of the city. -- Sam Lubell; Greg Goldin- New York Times
"Aesthetics of Change: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna": On the 150th anniversary of the University, this major exhibition delves into the cosmos of an Austrian cultural university that is at once one of the richest in tradition and among the most visionary; at MAK, Vienna, thru April 15, 2018- MAK (Vienna)
The 21st century buildings that transformed New York's skyline: The best of these are compiled in "New Architecture New York" ...printed homage to the new buildings in the city, architecture fans will find a list of soon-to-be architectural symbols...accompanied with beautiful photography of more than 50 projects...Today, New York is experimenting with scale, form and texture...that reflect a desire to push engineering abilities, but a playground for architects who wish to innovate...introduction by Alexandra Lange; Pavel Bendov, photographer- CNN Style
Anna Shapiro: "Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919" by Mike Wallace: This book, about the radical transformation of New York in the early 20th century, makes you exclaim of the result, “Nothing’s changed!”...a sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898"...Though beautifully organized, and written with grace and humor, the author does not build stories so much as compile compendious chronologies.- Architectural Record
Rowan Moore’s best architecture books of 2017:This year’s picks take in absurdist humour, a deeply humane memoir and some stunning Italian hallways: "Epic Space" by Ian Martin...As well as being weepingly funny, it has a moral core..."Remembering Places" by Joseph Rykwert...wry and engaging; "Four Walls and a Roof" by Reinier de Graaf/OMA...sharp, revealing, funny, drily passionate and not always encouraging..."Entryways of Milan" by Karl Kolbitz...just lovely stuff.- Observer (UK)
Jared Green: Best Books of 2017: our picks for the best on the environment, cities, and landscape: "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" by Paul Hawken; "Be Seated" by Laurie Olin; "Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change" by Ashley Dawson; "Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design" by Tim Beatley; "Movement and Meaning: The Landscapes of Hoerr Schaudt"; "Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State" by Gareth Doherty; etc.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Michael H. Hodges: Books no Detroit enthusiast should be without: "Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture" by Michael G. Smith...handsome, exhaustively researched; "Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity" by John Gallagher; "Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit" by Andy, Emily and Rob Linn...if you just want to have a rip-roaring good time "Things People Say About Detroit, A Collection of Quotes As Told to the Nain Roug" by Dave Krieger...Dan Austin’s handsome "Greetings From Detroit: Historic Postcards From the Motor City"- Detroit News
Suzanne Stephens: 2017 Architecture Monograph Roundup: Some of us think architectural monographs are vestiges of days gone by: now potential clients - perhaps the most important readers - along with students and colleagues, can just go to a website. Yet the monograph lives on...a glimpse of selected monographs that arrived during the banner year of 2017.- Architectural Record
10 best architecture books of 2017 revealed at Frankfurt Book Fair: The books...were given the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) were given the DAM Architectural Book Award: "What's so great about the Eiffel Tower? 70 questions that will change the way you think about architecture" by Jonathan Glancey; "The City between Freedom and Security. Contested Public Spaces in the 21st Century" by Deane Simpson, Vibeke Jensen and Anders Rubing; "Hybrid Modernism. Movie Theatres in South India" by Haubitz + Zoche, Rohan Shivkumar & S V Srinivas; "Fifty English Steeples. The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England" by Julian Honer and Julian Flannery; etc.- Dezeen
Vladimir Belogolovsky: One-on-One: "I Don't Have Any Competitors Because My Projects Are Unique": Interview with Zhang Hua: The Tianjin, China-based architect talks about why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, teaching, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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