Today’s News - Wednesday, September 30, 2020
● Good news/disappointing news from across the Big Pond: Adjaye wins 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal!
● This year's Stirling Prize cancelled because of Covid-19 - "RIBA says judges not able to get out and judge 226 shortlisted schemes in person."
● Deane Madsen cheers Mecanoo's "reconfigurations and recalibrations" of Mies's 1972 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library that "once again has a dignity befitting the Washington, DC library system's centerpiece building - more Miesian than it was."
● Ravenscroft offers eyefuls VenhoevenCS and Ateliers 2/3/4/'s (oh-so-green) timber aquatic center for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, "the only permanent venue built for the games" that will reopen as a public facility when the games end.
● Sam Lubell makes a plea to NYC re: the planned "deep cut" to the "already deeply under-funded" Parks Department at a time when we need them most - parks "are not frivolous places that look pretty. They are vital resources."
● Landscape architect Dr. Joshua Zeunert from UNSW Sydney says "the time is ripe for bringing food production back into urban life" with things like "aesthetic foodscapes - edible landscape designs in public spaces - landscape architects and urban designers have a big role to play. 'We actually have some great agricultural land in Australian cities.'"
● Harrouk highlights "11 Steps to Achieve Quality Public Spaces at a Neighborhood Level: UN-Habitat's Guideline" offering "innovative approaches in the urban design field" with "a series of activities and tools - creating a logical transition from needs to design."
● The 50-aqcre Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and part of the city's "green necklace" by Frederick Law Olmsted, "is getting a facelift" by Weston & Sampson.
● Kate Wagner: Perhaps Paul Rudolph is "the unluckiest architect in the history of American modernism" who "lived long enough to see the wrecking ball" tear "through his portfolio. The latest victim in this saga of devastation" is his Burroughs Wellcome HQ in North Carolina.
● Add to that: "Robin Boyd's first home heritage status challenged," arguing that he "had in fact designed an earlier house" (there will be a hearing early next year).
● On a brighter note: "9 of the best Frank Lloyd Wright sites to visit in the U.S." - all but one were designated a UNESCO World Heritage property in 2019.
● Guimapang profiles architectural designer Melissa Daniel, host of the "Architecture Is Political" podcast (one "you shouldn't miss") - "one woman is sparking opportunities for Black and Brown voices and opinions to be heard" + links to other notable podcasts focusing on BIPOC women.
● Eyefuls of the Australian Institute of Architects' 2020 National Architecture Awards shortlist - "the jury was struck by the creativity, passion and accomplishment of established and emerging architects alike."
● One we couldn't resist: "What American Landmarks Looked like Under Construction."
● ICYMI: ANN feature: Daniela Gusman puts out a call for architects and suppliers to sign up for "rise in the city 2020": Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs in the southern African nation Lesotho via a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.
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David Adjaye wins 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal: British-Ghanaian architect has been awarded...one of architecture's highest accolades...approved by the Queen, the [Medal] recognises those who have dedicated their lives to the "advancement of architecture"...knighted in 2017 for his services to architecture...- Dezeen
Stirling Prize off as covid forces cancellation of this year’s event: RIBA says judges not able to get out and judge 226 shortlisted schemes in person: Prize is the latest ceremony to fall victim to the covid-19 pandemic...- BD/Building Design (UK)
Deane Madsen: Mecanoo Respectfully Revises Mies van der Rohe’s MLK Library: Rethinking the original Modernist design brings an aging D.C. icon into the present with an eye toward the future: ...the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library once again has a dignity befitting the Washington, D.C. library system’s centerpiece building. The thoughtful reconfigurations and recalibrations...hew to Modernist principles...while gently layering in a softer, more humanistic touch...[1972 library] gradually became a...shell of its former self, losing its status as the system’s crown jewel...“made it more Miesian than it was.” -- OTJ Architects; Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Francine Houben- Architectural Record
Tom Ravenscroft: Dutch studio VenhoevenCS and French practice Ateliers 2/3/4/ reveal timber aquatic centre for Paris 2024 Summer Olympics: ... the only permanent venue built for the [Games]...will host...opening and closing ceremonies...the only major facility built for the [Games]...Paris is aiming to be the most sustainable games in history...timber roof will be topped with solar panels to make the "largest urban photovoltaic farm in France"...pool will be reopened as a public facility...- Dezeen
Sam Lubell: Op-ed: NYC, don’t give up on parks when we need them most: ...the city’s parks have provided a vital, and relatively safe, respite from our stressful, often isolating lives in quarantine...So it’s troubling that New York is cutting its Department of Parks & Recreation budget by more than $84 million, or 14%...this deep a cut to an already deeply underfunded agency will hurt New Yorkers at a time when we all - especially those of fewer means - need it most...intangible jolts come with the decline of our parks...the city needs to more aggressively explore alternative ways to keep its parks intact...[Parks] are not frivolous places that look pretty. They are vital resources...- The Architect's Newspaper
Food for thought: edible public spaces: The time is ripe for bringing food production back into urban life through our use of public space: Dr. Joshua Zeunert from UNSW Built Environment says many people have an ‘urban disconnect’ from our food system...The landscape architect says that we need to reconnect with our food...One possible solution is ‘aesthetic foodscapes’ - edible landscape designs...in streets and other public areas...landscape architects and urban designers have a big role to play..."we actually have some great agricultural land in Australian cities.”- UNSW Sydney Newsroom (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Christele Harrouk: 11 Steps to Achieve Quality Public Spaces at a Neighborhood Level: UN-Habitat's Guideline: ...innovative approaches in the urban design field, centered on the active participation of the community...a series of activities and tools that help understand the quality of the selected area and plan future design and planning solutions on the site through participatory approaches...creating a logical transition from needs to design.- ArchDaily
A dog park, a redesigned Frog Pond pavilion, and other proposals inside the Boston Common master plan: America’s oldest public park is getting a facelift...improvements to the existing amenities of the 50-acre park. -- Cheri Ruane/Weston & Sampson- Boston Globe
Kate Wagner: This Brutal World: Public opinion has softened its views on Brutalism. That isn’t enough to stay the wrecking ball: With the exception of Minoru Yamasaki...Paul Rudolph is perhaps the unluckiest architect in the history of American modernism...[he] lived long enough to see the tide turn against modern architecture...The wrecking ball soon tore through his portfolio...The latest victim in this saga of devastation is his Burroughs Wellcome Co. Headquarters...in Durham, North Carolina...preservation community is facing a hard truth: Their battle is...against an economic system that reduces architecture to an asset that sits upon an even more valuable asset - land. -- Ralph Twitchell- The Architect's Newspaper
Robin Boyd’s first home heritage status challenged: ...one of the earliest known modernist houses constructed in Victoria (1946–47)...a hearing to be held in early 2021 to decide its fate...[house] added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 1991. An application to have it struck off the register was submitted to the Heritage Council of Victoria in 2019...argue that...Boyd had in fact designed an earlier house, built in September 1943...- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
9 Best Frank Lloyd Wright Sites To Visit In The U.S.: Over a seven-decade career, he designed hundreds of properties, including some of the most iconic buildings in the world...With the exception of Wright’s first home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois, everything on this list was designated a UNESCO World Heritage property in July of 2019.- TravelAwaits
Katherine Guimapang: Melissa Daniel, host of Architecture Is Political podcast, creates a new voice for architectural discourse: As Black and minority voices continue to impact the industry's progress towards equity and inclusivity, one woman is sparking opportunities for Black and Brown voices and opinions to be heard...a podcast series you shouldn't miss. Her guest list ranges from architects to designers, writers, and even filmmakers- Archinect
Creativity and passion on display in the 2020 National Architecture Awards shortlist: The Australian Institute of Architects has revealed the shortlist...76 [projects] in 14 categories...winners will be announced in a live broadcast from 7 pm on Thursday 5 November. For the first time in the awards’ 40-year history, the event will be accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
What American Landmarks Looked like Under Construction: While some monuments and landmarks offer a conflicted or divisive look back at the American past, others speak to fundamental American values like community, perseverance, innovation, and a common call to create a more perfect union...- Newsweek
ANN feature: Daniela Gusman: RISE IN THE CITY 2020 Launches: Building Africa's Future Through Enterprise: Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs, with "rise in the city," a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.- ArchNewsNow.com
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