Today’s News - Thursday, August 20, 2009
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• A test area in Korea is proving that architecture and urban development using crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is seeing major drops in crime rates.
• The success of a Flint, MI, neighborhood polishing up its faded Victorians "is both unexpected and inspiring."
• Chicago area residents surprise officials by cheering denser communities and better public transit.
• How psychology can encourage environmentally friendly behavior.
• A new (free) report highlights the importance of measuring and managing emissions to help prepare for future carbon emissions trading and reduce costs.
• It might be required reading for AIA members now required to bone up on sustainable design advances annually.
• A U.K. zoo hopes to feed its denizens via on-site vertical farming.
• Russell has a pleasant conversation with Calatrava re: his WTC transit hub - "It was a challenge to make a building that is secure yet very generous," but he thinks "it will be a very beautiful experience."
• If Holl "truly prizes controversy," he's scored big in Norway.
• The "twisting, shimmering, and unpredictable universe" of Ron Arad signals "a bright spot for Israeli architecture."
• Unexpected controversy swirls around Philadelphia's President's House memorial design, including charges of secrecy and historic inaccuracy.
• Koolhaas and CCTV architecture porn (we couldn't resist, but beware: for mature audiences only).
• Call for entries: The ZEROprize and Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award.
• Winners all: AIA Educational Facility Design Awards.
• Reburbia Design Competition winners tackle McMansions, big box stores, strip malls, parking lots; etc.; Brussat has his fun with the competition.
• AJ's competition to design "state-owned, temptation-free" housing for MPs includes some very "curious" proposals.
• Weekend diversions: Heathcote finds the sounds Byrne's "Playing the Building" haunting (and fun).
• "Compass and Rule" at Oxford has something for everybody, bringing together the histories of architecture and of science.
• "Drawings & Objects by Architects" in L.A. includes elegant, eloquent (and pre-CAD) handiwork by a handful of masters (great images).
• Publishers said only architects would be interested in reading 3 novels by an architect; "Maybe they're right. So here, free of charge&hellip"
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Safety by design: Urban planners are increasingly turning to environmental design strategies to keep their citizens safe...theory known as crime prevention through environmental design...The idea behind CPTED is that architecture, design and urban development can contribute to reducing the crime rate...In Korea, the test area in Bucheon saw its breaking and entering rate drop by 38% and robbery by 57%...- JoongAng Daily (Korea)
Faded Glory: Polishing Flint, Michigan’s Jewels: In a city that is synonymous with faded American industrial and automotive power, Carriage Town’s success is both unexpected and inspiring...neighborhood is on the upswing, with renovations of Victorian-era houses... [slide show]- New York Times
Residents weighing in on transit plans for 2040: Commutes, denser communities favored by many who have responded...The current system works for people traveling to Chicago. But there is no public transportation available to take people from one suburb to another..."things we obviously didn't anticipate 30 years ago. We need to have been thinking about this all along."- Chicago Tribune
How psychology can help the planet stay cool: Deep down, most of us want to fit in with the crowd, and psychologists are exploiting this urge to conform to encourage environmentally friendly behaviour.- New Scientist
NSF International & Trucost Release New Carbon Emissions Report: "Carbon Emissions – Measuring the Risks" Highlights the Importance of Measuring and Managing Emissions to Help Prepare for Future Carbon Emissions Trading and Reduce Costs [link to free report]- NSF International
Architects Return to Class as Green Design Advances: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is requiring all members to take four hours of courses in sustainable design every year..."responding to this growing demand for our members to assume greater leadership in addressing the challenges facing our planet.”- New York Times
U.K. Zoo Explores Vertical Farming for a New Angle on Animal Feed- GreenerBuildings.com
Calatrava’s $3.2 Billion Hub to Brighten Ground Zero: ..."this is the most complex I have done...It was a challenge to make a building that is secure yet very generous...I think it will be a very beautiful experience...” By James S. Russell- Bloomberg News
Steven Holl Embraces Controversy in Norway: If the New York–based architect truly prizes controversy, he scored big with the Knut Hamsun Centre. [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Design Without Borders: The twisting, shimmering, and unpredictable universe of Ron Arad: ...four of the nine projects represented with dioramas at MoMA's "No Discipline" are in Arad’s native country...signal a bright spot for Israeli architecture. [slide show]- Tablet Magazine
President's House memorial design criticized: As construction is poised to begin, sharp criticisms have been leveled at the architectural design, catching officials by surprise and focusing attention on purportedly historically inaccurate elements of the project. -- Kelly/Maiello Inc. Architects [image]- Philadelphia Inquirer
Rem Koolhaas and CCTV architecture porn: The Structural Similarity of the CCTV Headquarters and Hindquarters [images, links]- Danwei (China)
Call for entries: The ZEROprize (building will be required to have a net zero footprint for one year); deadline: ongoing; and Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award; deadline: January 10, 2010- Zerofootprint
Head of the Class: AIA Educational Facility Design Awards winners -- Antoine Predock; KieranTimberlake; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Lake|Flato; RSP Architects; Daly Genik; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB); The S|L|A|M Collaborative; OWP|P; Anderson Anderson Architecture; Pugh + Scarpa- The Architect's Newspaper
Winners announced: Reburbia Design Competition to Rethink the Design of the Suburbs...Proposals tackled McMansions, big box stores, strip malls, parking lots and more... -- Calvin Chiu; Urban Nature/F&S Design Studio/Silverlion Design; Forrest Fulton; Galina Tahchieva [images]- Inhabitat.com / Dwell
Dwell editors reveal their true stripes: Leave aside that "Repair Kit" was by far the least ridiculous entry and won the People's Choice vote anyway. Second place went to an entry that was the second-least ridiculous. By David Brussat- Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
AJ solves political crisis: MPs' second home design competition winners: From a luxury cruise liner to a nuclear bunker...competition to design ‘state-owned, temptation-free’ housing for MPs attracted a large number of curious proposals -- Collective Architecture; Sarah Siena Edwards; Neil McGuire [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Design Scorecard: Who's Winning and Losing the Recession? The economic upheaval has wreaked havoc on the world of design. Which brands are thriving despite the financial woes and which have been decimated, perhaps forever? By Michael Cannell- Fast Company
Sound structure for steam-punk: The sounds that the building makes are haunting..."Playing the Building" is as post-industrial as the cycling, writing, arty David Byrne is post-punk. By Edwin Heathcote- Financial Times
Architects of our past: "Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500-1750" at Oxford University’s Museum of the History of Science has something for everybody...bringing together two disciplines — the histories of architecture and of science.- The Oxford Times (UK)
"Drawings & Objects by Architects": Projects by Frank Gehry, Richard Neutra, Lebbeus Woods, Frank Lloyd Wright and others through October 10 in Los Angeles [images]- Edward Cella Art + Architecture
Three Novels by Charles Belfoure: Dying By Design; Creative Differences; The Righteous Architect: Publishers say that only architects would be interested in reading them. Maybe they're right. So here, free of charge...- architecturalfiction.com
Steven Holl Architects: Knut Hamsun Center, Hamaröy, Norway
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