Today’s News - Thursday, June 29, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day, and you're getting today's news early because we're on our way to Ottawa to join in celebrating our northern cousins' 150th birthday (and come home with a glow-in-the-dark Canada 150 toonie)! And with America's 4th of July holiday landing on Tuesday, we may/may not be back Wednesday and/or Thursday, July 5 and/or 6 (July 11 f'er sure). Happy Canada Day! Happy Independence Day! Happy Days to everyone everywhere, if not now, then soon...
● ANN feature: Weinstein likes the grain in Hall's "Wood" that offers "a refined vision of how positively transformative wood designs" have been - and still are - in global architecture.
● Kamin is a bit more than concerned about the "lack of coordination" in plans for the Obama center and a Tiger Woods golf course that "threatens Jackson Park redesign - creating a great park is easier said than done."
● Nashville has never thought small - now it's thinking really big with the 15-acre, $1 billion Nashville Yards project, with housing, hotel, offices, retail, a park, and - of course - a "large music venue."
● We don't feature a lot of residential work, but this round-up of Australia's "most underrated architectural gems" is filled with dazzlers and doozies.
● Pickrel's unpublished Q&A with Taliesin fellow Rattenbury while doing research for "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York - The Plaza Years, 1954-1959."
● Meanwhile on Maui, Rattenbury "preserved the integrity and the look" of a never-built FLW house for Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller that is now "golf's Guggenheim" - the "awe-inspiring" King Kamehameha Clubhouse (stunning - and pink with portholes!).
● A good reason to head to Indianapolis in a couple of weeks: SMPS Build Business 2017 for marketing and business development leaders.
● Winners all! Zumthor is the first foreign architect to win Association of German Architects' "Großer BDA Preis" for his lifetime achievement.
● Rogers and H&deM share the Royal Academy of Art's top prize for a drawing of mechanical ductwork at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and a plan for the Geneva airport; Tanabe takes home the Arup Architecture Award for Emerging Talent.
● Eyefuls of the 11 winners of the AIA 2017 Small Project Awards (Lady Bird Loo included - very cool).
● RIBA National Awards 2017 go to 49 winners (great presentations).
● Eyefuls of the 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards winners.
● Kamin finds there really are "fresh things to say" about FLW, courtesy of MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150" that offers "provocative interpretations about the man and his work."
● "Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia" at NYC's Center for Architecture tells the "complicated story" of the Japanese-American architect, and "explores larger questions - what did it mean to be a midcentury Japanese-American architect?"
● A first look at Jenny Sabin Studio's immersive MoMA/PS1 installation: "Lumen," "a woven canopy that will subtly change color in the daytime, and will glow in the dark" (and opens today!).
● Fascinating footage of Studio Gang's "Hive" installation of paper tubes rising at the National Building Museum - tubular instruments included (opening on the 4th of July!).
● Filler ponders Kahn's "mystic monumentality" in Lesser's "You Say to Brick," and Williamson's "Kahn at Penn": "his legacy was quickly squandered by younger co-professionals."
● Chamberlain has a great conversation with Davidson re: "Magnet City: A Walking Companion to New York," how architecture criticism has changed, "why he's optimistic about the still evolving World Trade Center site," and much more.
● Forget typical guide books' "prosaic prose" that makes "a No Parking sign seem clever": McHugh and Bozikovic's "Toronto Architecture: A City Guide" is "a splendid exception" ("educated gossip" included).
● Gibberd and Hill's "Ornament is Crime: Modernist Architecture" celebrates the best of modern architecture with "a gorgeous collection of black-and-white photographs of homes" by the masters.
● Smith's "Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture" explores his too often overlooked architectural impact on the city.
● Arch Record's annual summer reading guide "for books to take to the beach or the mountains."
● Campbell-Dollaghan recommends tomes that will "upgrade your summer beach reading" that will help you "understand the future of design."
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ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Book Review: Reading the Grain: "Wood" by William Hall: Designer Hall's photographic essay of wood architecture spanning a 1,000 years broadens thinking about a trendy material so it appears as an ever-changing, perennial, and crucial one.- ArchNewsNow.com
Blair Kamin: Lack of coordination on Obama center, Tiger Woods golf course threatens Jackson Park redesign: ...took on new layers of complexity with the unveiling of a design for a $30 million Tiger Woods golf course...almost surely would have given Olmsted pause...creating a great park is easier said than done, especially when visions clash...the reality is that parks are battlegrounds as much as playgrounds... -- TGR Design; Michael Van Valkenburgh; SmithGroupJJR [images]- Chicago Tribune
Large music venue, movie theater part of planned $1B Nashville Yards project: 250 multifamily units, Hyatt Regency hotel, creative offices, retail space and urban park also planned as part of 15-acre project. -- Gresham Smith and Partners; Hawkins Partners; HKS Architects [images]- The Tennessean
Not the usual suspects: Australia’s most underrated architectural gems: ...a firsthand look at the following underrated industry favourites. -- Cassandra Fahey; Alex Jelinek; Harry and Penelope Seidler; Esmond Dorney; Guilford Bell [images]- Domain (Australia)
Debra Pickrel: When Frank Lloyd Wright Lived at the Plaza Hotel: John Rattenbury, a Taliesin fellow in the 1950s, recounts Wright's meeting with Marilyn Monroe and reminisces about crashing Wright's suite. -- Taliesin Associated Architects- Metropolis Magazine
Golf's Guggenheim: When Frank Lloyd Wright Met Marilyn Monroe: He wasn't a golfer, but he is responsible for what is perhaps the most awe-inspiring clubhouse in the country today...originally intended to be a house for Marilyn Monroe...The plans sat in a vault in Scottsdale for the next three decades...John Rattenbury preserved the integrity and the look of the original Wright design... [images, from November 2008]- Golf Digest
SMPS Build Business 2017: ...connect you with marketing and business development leaders who create business opportunities for today’s leading design and building companies, Indianapolis, IN, July 12–14- Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor wins German architecture prize: ...the first foreign architect to be honored by the Association of German Architects....receiving a German accolade, the "Großer BDA Preis" for his lifetime achievement.- Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Richard Rogers and Herzog & de Meuron share top prize at Royal Academy of Art : ...have shared the £10,000 award between a drawing of mechanical ductwork at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg [and] plan for Geneva airport...£5,000 Arup Architecture Award for Emerging Talent went to Japanese architect Yuji Tanabe..."It’s good to see that in a world flooded with the dead-hand of CGI representation, architects’ obsession with the fine line of beauty still holds good" - Rob Wilson -- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
AIA selects 11 recipients for the 2017 Small Project Awards: ...to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope. -- Warren Techentin Architecture; University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning, Colorado Building Workshop; Tomecek Studio Architecture; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Architecture Building Culture; MW Works; Max Levy Architect; Anmahian Winton Architects; Szostak Design; Mell Lawrence Architects; Gluckman Tang Architects- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
RIBA National Award winners 2017: Here are all 49 winners...with judges’ citations and project data [and] introductions by Rob Wilson and Jon Astbury. -- Herzog & de Meuron; van Heyningen & Haward Architects; Caruso St John Architects; Glenn Howells Architects; Flanagan Lawrence; Acanthus Clews Architects; Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Richard Griffiths Architects; FaulknerBrowns Architects; Reiach and Hall Architects/Michael Laird Architects; Wright & Wright Architects; Architype; Foster + Partners; Karakusevic Carson Architects/Maccreanor Lavington; etc.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Eyes on the prize as winners of the 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards are announced: ...highlight the contribution that architects make to society for everyone’s benefit. -- Heneghan Peng; PAC Studio Architects; OPW Architectural Services; McCullough Mulvin Architects; Paul Dillon Architects; Stephen Foley Architects; DTA Architects; O’Donnell + Tuomey; Denis Byrne Architects/TTT; McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects; etc. [images]- Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
Blair Kamin: A new window into Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright is a brand, an industry...Can there really be anything new to say about this protean architectural genius...who lived an operatic life...it turns out there are fresh things to say...courtesy of an often-illuminating but difficult-to-grasp exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive"...with provocative interpretations about the man and his work.- Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Fazzare: The Complicated Story Behind the Only Japanese-American Architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia: ...from the internment in Colorado that disrupted his architectural education to his, at times, tumultuous relationship with Wright...also explores larger questions...what did it mean to be a midcentury Japanese-American architect? "Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia" at the Center for Architecture, NYC thru August 26 -- Lynnette Widder- Architectural Digest
Matt Shaw: First look at Jenny Sabin Studio’s immersive MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program installation: "Lumen" features a woven canopy that will subtly change color in the daytime, and will glow in the dark and be illuminated at night...the project also points to the continued evolution of advanced fabrication; thru September 4 [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Watch Studio Gang’s “Hive” installation rise at the National Building Museum: Built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes...three interconnected, domed chambers reach 60 feet in height and mimic insect hives...smaller chambers also feature tubular instruments. July 4 - September 4- The Architect's Newspaper
Martin Filler: A Mystic Monumentality: ...Louis Kahn’s messy personal history has threatened to overshadow his immense professional accomplishments, yet his aura has grown steadily...his legacy was quickly squandered by younger coprofessionals...they have careened from one extreme, short-lived stylistic fad to the next...and lost sight of the profound values Kahn wanted to convey: timelessness, solidity, nobility, and repose. "You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn" by Wendy Lesser; "Kahn at Penn: Transformative Teacher of Architecture" by James F. Williamson- New York Review of Books
Lisa Chamberlain: Justin Davidson and the Ever Evolving City: ...we discuss his new book, "Magnet City: A Walking Companion to New York"...what might happen to those skinny condo towers hovering over Central Park; how architecture criticism has changed; the best building along the High Line; and why he’s optimistic about the still evolving World Trade Center site. [podcast]- Common Edge
A reminder of the evolving, 'restrained rapture' of Toronto architecture: By...tired tradition, guide books are humdrum compendiums of prosaic prose...a No Parking sign seems clever..."Toronto Architecture: A City Guide" turns out to be a splendid exception...Where Patricia McHugh’s style was restrained and sophisticated, Alex Bozikovic offers sharp opinions and educated gossip....as in the 23 walking tours it suggests, you can feel a sense of purpose.- National Post (Canada)
"Ornament is Crime: Modernist Architecture" by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill celebrates the best of modern architecture: A gorgeous collection of black-and-white photographs of homes by modern masters and contemporary architects: Interspersed...are quotations from architects, thinkers, and other leading figures of the modernist movement. [images, excerpts]- Curbed
Wirt Rowland’s architectural impact explored in "Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture" by architectural historian Michael G. Smith: ...influence can be traced into his early work with Albert Kahn...Rowland explored new design methods, color, and symmetry that are highly recognizable today. [images]- Curbed Detroit
2017 Summer Reading: Our annual guide for books to take to the beach or the mountains: reviews of books by Jonathan Glancey, Gijs Van Hensbergen, Thomas Fisher, James Crawford, Justin Davidson, Denise Hoffman Brandt, Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Leslie Earl Robertson, and Jason M. Barr.- Architectural Record
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan: Want To Understand The Future Of Design? Read These Books: Upgrade your summer beach reading with these tomes about the future of cities, AI, big data, and more. -- Cathy O’Neil; Richard Florida; Joi Ito/Jeff Howe/MIT Media Lab; Ian Bogost; Bruce Schneier- Fast Company / Co.Design
ANN feature: Charles F. Bloszies: Left Coast Reflections #2: "Architect" is Not a Verb, Ivanka: The profession has a problem, and the advice proffered in "Women Who Work" (or any other insipid milkshake) is no cure.- ArchNewsNow.com
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