Today’s News - Thursday, November 6, 2008
• Holl wins Copenhagen Harbor competition.
• Rogers bags second Manhattan tower (we think).
• Foster loses out to "more hotel-orientated" Conran.
• Perrault's cupola for Mariinsky Theatre axed because "an expert has revealed 400 errors in it."
• Istanbul to host Europe's highest skyscraper.
• University of Sydney park proposal called a land grab, and "a "'pedantic' and 'spurious' definition of what constituted open space."
• An environmental psychologist studying architecture's impact on academic life calls for his field to be included in more architecture curriculums.
• Two new NYC gardens "demonstrate how sustainable technologies can be incorporated into landscapes that are varied enough to fill many needs."
• 12 Seattle firms are breaking out of the "Northwest regionalism mold."
• An in-depth look at MAD's Mongolian Private Meadow Club.
• A temporary reprieve for Neutra's cyclorama.
• Five shortlisted in the RIBA competition to design a flood-proof house.
• 10 Questions for Stuart Howitt: Is there a "Czech style" of architecture?
• Daniell on Kazunari Sakamoto.
• Calls for entries: Amelia Street Public Realm Design Competition for Elephant and Castle; and the 2009 Dulux Colour Awards for Australian-based projects.
• 2008 WFX Solomon Awards winners for church design (alas, not many architects credited).
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Steven Holl Architects to Design Bold New Harbor Entrance to Copenhagen: Windpower will generate all the electricity for public areas...Dubbed the LM Project, the development is intended to be an iconic waterfront landmark... [images]- Interior Design magazine
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has won a competition to design a 42-storey skyscraper in Manhattan: ...saw off strong competitors in the shape of Pelli Clarke Pelli and KPF...located above the northern wing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal...The winner will be officially announced next week. [image]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Foster + Partners has been replaced by Conran & Partners on the Royal Pier Hotel scheme in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset..."Conran is more hotel-orientated so that is why we changed."- The Architects' Journal (UK)
French Cupola Does Not Suit Mariinsky Theatre: Minister of Culture...and Mariinsky Theatre’s Art Director...have officially declined to build the second stage...“there is not going to be any “Perrault cupola”, because an expert has revealed 400 errors in it”- Russia-InfoCenter
Istanbul to host Europe's highest skyscraper: Istanbul Sapphire, the 261-meter high skyscraper...will become the symbol of the city similar to the Empire State Building... -- Tabanlioglu Mimarlik- Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
Callan Park ‘really stupid’ says architect: ...University of Sydney proposal for a sprawling extension of its campus through the park. Much more than it being a simple “land grab”, as it was touted by some opponents...proposal involved a “pedantic” and “spurious” definition of what constituted open space -- Rod Simpson/Simpson Wilson Architects; Sydney City Farm- Architecture & Design (Austrailia)
Better by design: putting learning spaces to work: ...environmental psychologist studying architecture's impact on academic life. Edward Edgerton finds it deeply ironic that universities...know so little about the impact their own buildings have on staff and students...Many architects are baffled by the idea that they might talk to a psychologist when drawing up designs.- Times Higher Education (UK)
Healthy Spaces, for People and the Earth: Two newly completed gardens demonstrate how sustainable technologies can be incorporated into landscapes that are varied enough to fill many needs. -- Bette Midler/New York Restoration Project; Walter Hood; Sean Conway [images]- New York Times
Local architects break out of the box: A dozen firms are using innovative modeling, unique project delivery and cutting-edge design to wean Seattle off the Northwest regionalism mold. -- HyBrid Architecture; Workshop for Architecture|Design; Chadbourne + Doss; Pique Architecture; Hutchison and Maul; Graham Baba; Pb Elemental; Build LLC; BLA; Heliotrope; Zero Plus Architects; Lead Pencil Studio- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Mongolian Private Meadow Club: For a 500,000-m2 site surrounded by extensive grassland in the Ulanbutong district of Inner Mongolia...MAD designed eight holiday houses, the first of which has just been finished. By Bert de Muynck -- Ma Yansong/MAD [images, links]- MovingCities.org
Temporary reprieve for Gettysburg cyclorama building: "It gives preservationists an opportunity to slow the decision-making process." -- Richard Neutra (1961); Recent Past Preservation Network- Philadelphia Inquirer
Five shortlisted in the RIBA competition to design a flood-proof house. -- Moxon Architects; Pohkit Goh; Hopper Howe Sadler; Nissen Adams; Eleena Jamil Architects- BD/Building Design (UK)
10 Questions with Stuart Howitt about expanding at a time when the markets are less than accommodating to new business...Is there a “Czech style” of architecture? -- SHArchitects; Douglas Wallace Howitt Architects- The Prague Post
On Kazunari Sakamoto: Currently a Professor Emeritus at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT)...part of an important postwar lineage of architecture professors at that same institution. By Thomas Daniell- Artscape (Japan)
Call for entries: Amelia Street Public Realm Design Competition to transform the public realm in Elephant and Castle; deadline: December 12- The Architecture Foundation/First Base (UK)
Call for entries: 2009 Dulux Colour Awards for Australian-based projects; deadline: February 20, 2009- Dulux
2008 WFX Solomon Awards Winners: Growing and Tech-Savvy Churches are Recognized for Excellence -- BGW Services; Studio RED Architects [images]- WFX
WORDS THAT BUILD: Initiate Conversations about Design that Engage Your Clients: Tip #8: Write dialogues engaging materials and processes with clients. By Norman Weinstein- ArchNewsNow
Field Notes from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part 2: The Giardini: "Experimental Architectures" offers a glimpse of 30 countries' current architectural debates and experiments. By Terri Peters [images]- ArchNewsNow
Gehry Partners: Sønderborg Harbor Masterplan, Sønderborg, Denmark: ...proposes to transform the former industrial waterfront into a vibrant urban development... [images]
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