Today’s News - Tuesday, September 8, 2009
• ArcSpace brings us Holl's HEART in Herning, and a winery by Piano in Italy.
• Meanwhile, Glasgow School of Art [hearts] Holl, too.
• A look at guaranteeing LEED certification, "the unspoken elephant in the room": it might not be easy, but it's not impossible.
• Hawthorne warns that a growing spate of "protectionism" could lead to uninspired "provincialism" (one of the best analyses of what's gone on in London re: Prince Charles/Rogers/Nouvel, and San Francisco re: GSA and Foster).
• King x 2: new S.F. skyscrapers "a mixed blessing" and "a life-size reminder that skylines are like cities - they grow in fits and starts, and never according to plan"; and a new Berkeley supermarket is "a streamlined reminder that even when a building has a functional use, a job worth doing is worth doing well."
• Kamin observes "wild nature versus human order" in the "saga of the Station Fire and the Mt. Wilson observatory."
• Buffalo is getting serious about its plans to transform the Richardson-Olmsted Complex into "a cultural portal" for the city.
• As "Modernism at Risk" readies to open today in Gainesville, FL, curator Hylton offers a few reasons why 1920s Mediterranean revival buildings (as an example) tend to be restored, while mid-century moderns tend to be demolished: too often "champions of modernism" hail a "building's architectural significance above its social and cultural importance."
• BIG's big adventure in China (inspired by origami).
• Philly and Denver firms picked for Tullio Arena makeover in Erie, PA.
• The man behind some amazing low-income housing in a town in East Texas - made almost entirely out of salvaged materials (great slide show!).
• Q&A with Kuma, the "'sushi' architect striving for perfection."
• Bell on NYC's green future: "I think we'll see a car-less future" and a greater focus on public transportation (we hope so, too!).
• A new light to inspire designers: OLEDs "will change the quality of light in public and private spaces."
• Sinclair offers an eyeful of 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom winners (bonus link to today's speech to students by Obama).
• First-round finalists in cityLAB's WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture - Whoever Rules the Sewers Rules the City competition.
• A good reason to head to D.C.: 10th Annual DC Architecture Week starts Thursday.
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-- Steven Holl Architects: HEART, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
-- Renzo Piano Building Workshop: La Rocca winery, Gavorrano (Grosseto), Italy
Holl lands Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh competition: The firm, which will work alongside local practice JM Architects, saw off 150 entrants to land the prestigious project to design a £50 million building...opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous Garnethill landmark. [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Should Green Building Certification Be Guaranteed? ...guaranteeing LEED certification remains the unspoken elephant in the room...Facing government and industry mandates...architects, contractors, and sustainability consultants are...put in a position where they must guarantee their efforts. It is not easy, but also is not an impossible task.- Matter Network
Kicking up the dust of change: Recent efforts to ban architects for simplistic reasons can lead to a sort of provincialism by way of protectionism. By Christopher Hawthorne -- Prince Charles; Rogers Stirk Harbour; Jean Nouvel; Foster + Partners; Architectural Resources Group (ARG)- Los Angeles Times
Extra S.F. skyscrapers a mixed blessing: If all had gone according to plan, construction cranes still would hover above San Francisco...Instead...we'll be contemplating a much different scene: a life-size reminder that skylines are like cities...What we also see, unfortunately, is the challenge of architecture writ large... By John King -- Hargreaves Associates; Heller Manus Architects; Fort-Brescia/Arquitectonica; Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Handel Architects [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
New Berkeley Bowl dares to stand out: And in a world where most large retail boxes are designed to put you to sleep, that's quite an accomplishment...a streamlined reminder that even when a building has a functional use, a job worth doing is worth doing well. By John King -- Kava Massih Architects [image]- San Francisco Chronicle
Why the saga of the Station Fire and the Mt. Wilson observatory compels our glance: Wild nature versus human order. By Blair Kamin -- Daniel Burnham; Myron Hunt- Chicago Tribune
Plans for the Richardson-Olmsted Complex: Architectural masterwork's future taking shape as a cultural portal...with a new visitor's center, will be worthy both in placement and architectural stature of its role as an important gateway to our region for cultural tourists...the complex also will house a boutique hotel and conference center. -- H.H. Richardson/Frederick Law Olmsted/Calvert Vaux (1880); Chan Krieger Sieniewicz [link to video]- Buffalo News
Preserving our fathers' architecture: Why is it that 1920s Mediterranean revival buildings in Sarasota tend to be restored, while mid-century moderns tend to be demolished?..."Modernism at Risk" illustrates the issue. It celebrates modern architecture, while at the same time tolling bells for it... -- Morris Hylton; Lewis Mumford; Paul Rudolph; Dwight James Baum; Thomas Reed Martin; Marcel Breuer- Herald- Tribune (Florida)
"Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks," World Monuments Fund exhibition at University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning, Gainesville, Florida, September 8 - 24 -- Hannes Meyer (1930); Brenne Gesellschaft von Architekten; Edward Durell Stone (1938); Marcel Breuer; Warren Platner; etc. [images, links]- University of Florida
Origami inspires BIG's Chinese sustainable skyscraper: Danish architect is working with Arup, Transsolar to create folded-skin facade for energy firm's [Shenzhen Energy Company] new HQ - Bjarke Ingels Group [images]- Building (UK)
Architects Chosen for Tullio Arena Improvements: Philadelphia, Denver Firms to Collaborate on $42 million makeover. -- Friday Architects/Planners; Sink Combs Dethlefs Sports Architecture- Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania)
One Man’s Trash ... : To Dan Phillips, who constructs low-income housing in a town in East Texas, almost anything discarded and durable is potential building material. -- Phoenix Commotion [images]- New York Times
Kengo Kuma: The "sushi" architect striving for perfection: "For architects, perfection is necessary...It is my mission to use the kindness and delicateness that old architecture had." [images]- CNN Asia
Op-Ed: NYC 400: The Future: A greater, greener New York City: I don’t think cars will exist. I think we’ll see a car-less future of trains and bikes and light rail...Calatrava’s train station, to me, symbolizes the importance we are placing on public transportation again. By Rick Bell- New York Post
Panels of Light Fascinate Designers: A cousin of the still-evolving LED bulb is the organic light-emitting diode [OLED], which can give light from a sheet 0.07 inches thick...“It will change the quality of light in public and private spaces.” -- Ingo Maurer; Hannes Koch/rAndom International [images, links]- New York Times
Architects Go Back to School and Design the Classroom of the Future: 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom winners. By Cameron Sinclair/Architecture for Humanity -- Section Eight [design]; Arquitectura Justa; IDEO; Gifford; Perkins+Will [images, links]- Huffington Post
First-round finalists announced: WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture - Whoever Rules the Sewers Rules the City competition- cityLAB / UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design
10th Annual DC Architecture Week: Lectures, programs, tours, awards, competitions and more; September 10 - 21- Washington Chapter AIA (AIA|DC)
Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #3: Strategic Market Research - Preparing for the Rebound: ...now is the time to sketch out your blueprint of where you are and where you want to go. By Frances Gretes- ArchNewsNow
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