Today’s News - Thursday, September 17, 2009
• Menking takes on Ouroussoff's recent dissing of New York design talent: "using a discussion of the New York Five to argue that the city has closed itself off to innovative architecture is simply wrong-headed."
• Goldberger chimes in on new Atlantic Yards arena design: "Maybe it's as good as Gehry's building...But then again, so what? The rest of Atlantic Yards still remains - too big, and too indifferent."
• Woodman takes on Scottish architects bemoaning being overlooked in their homeland: it's their own fault (and Dunlop et al. respond).
• Hawthorne's fall preview: "will we look back at this year as the time when architecture sputtered to a halt or merely paused to catch its breath?"
• Glancey goes totally gaga for Calatrava's "glorious new station in Belgium&hellip a masterpiece of logistics, urban planning, design, construction, detailing - and chutzpah."
• King gives two thumbs-ups to two very different Pfau Long projects: "What they share is a deceptively casual sense of restraint, using resources in ways that are sparing and right."
• Morphosis design for new nature and science museum, unveiled today, is "the boldest piece of modern architecture to hit Dallas" (great video fly-through).
• British Museum Mark II, take 2: Rogers goes underground (but some would still have preferred a new architect).
• Barton Myers' Orlando Performing Arts Center finally moving ahead - in phases this time (so it might actually happen).
• An interesting mix on the shortlist to design Basque port.
• Balfour Beatty buys Parsons Brinckerhoff to gain "a leading position in American civil infrastructure" (a.k.a. U.S. Recovery and Reinvestment Act).
• Appelbaum and NYC Parks Commissioner take an amusing stroll through "some of the most inspiring parks the city has started building on some formerly industrial or otherwise unlikely sites."
• Lower Manhattan's newest hot-spot: an art park on loan from developers who won't be building on empty site any time soon.
• Brussat finds grist for his mill in an online conversation with architects re: modern vs. traditional.
• A university team develops a new computer algorithm that can reconstruct an entire city in about a day.
• MIT Senseable City Lab launches project that tracks garbage that "will help give people a concrete sense of their impact on the environment."
• Winners all (too many to list): 2009 International Architecture Awards: 97 projects in 30 nations; and 2009 Europe 40 Under 40 hail from 19 European nations.
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Editorial: California Dreamin': Times critic Ouroussoff is simply wrongheaded when he declares that Southern California has superseded New York as the nation's center of architectural energy. By William Menking- The Architect's Newspaper
Frank Gehry's Replacement: The results are good enough to take the architectural argument against the project off the table. Maybe it’s as good as Gehry’s building...certainly seems to try less hard; it’s more relaxed...But then again, so what? The rest of Atlantic Yards still remains—too big, and too indifferent to the fabric of residential Brooklyn... By Paul Goldberger -- Ellerbe Becket; SHoP- New Yorker
Search for the Scottish spirit: Scottish architects can’t bemoan being overlooked in their homeland if they don’t offer anything distinct...In such a climate, no one should be too surprised if the big jobs keep going to the big (and foreign) names. By Ellis Woodman -- Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Alan Dunlop; Steven Holl; JM Architects; Sutherland Hussey; Graeme Massie; Richard Murphy; Nord- BD/Building Design (UK)
Fall architecture preview: In recession's shadow: Each of these debuts, though, will be shadowed by the knowledge that the...recession...has at least for the time entirely sucked the air out of the profession. By Christopher Hawthorne -- DMJM (now AECOM); MAK Center; Frederick Fisher and Partners; Gensler; John May; HKS; Ramus/REX; Koolhaas/OMA; Foster + Partners; Michel Desvigne; Libeskind; Helmut Jahn; Rafael Vinoly [slide show]- Los Angeles Times
Liège-Guillemins train station: a ticket to tomorrow: It is majestic, daring – and a destination in itself. This glorious new station in Belgium is the future of train travel...dreamlike and visionary...a masterpiece of logistics, urban planning, design, construction, detailing – and chutzpah. By Jonathan Glancey -- Santiago Calatrava- Guardian (UK)
Past and present strike a balance: The San Francisco Friends School and the SPUR Urban Center look nothing alike...What they share is a deceptively casual sense of restraint, using resources in ways that are sparing and right. By John King -- Pfau Long Architecture [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Plans for Perot Museum of Nature & Science at Victory Park to be unveiled today: ...the boldest piece of modern architecture to hit Dallas...loudly proclaims the $185 million museum's double focus on science and nature..."Dinosaurs to DNA, we do it all" -- Mayne/Morphosis; Talley Associates [video]- Dallas Morning News
Rogers goes underground with British Museum Mark II...after its original proposal was unexpectedly refused in July...20 per cent of the new central London facility will be submerged..."I would have been much happier if they had gone to a new architect." -- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Arts-center backers aim for 2 halls by 2013: ...now plan to build it in phases, breaking ground on the largest and smallest of the three planned halls...of the Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center... -- Barton Myers [image]- Orlando Sentinel (Florida)
Hadid and S333 make Basque port shortlist in northern Spain: Also on the list for the work at Pasaia, near San Sebastian, are Dutch firms West 8 and KCAP and Spanish practice Ezquiaga.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Balfour Beatty buys US engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff for £380m: ...purchase would help the firm establish a worldwide professional services business and gain a leading position in American civil infrastructure.- Building (UK)
“Any place can become a park” – thoughts from NYC Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Adrian Benepe...a look at some of the most inspiring parks the city has started building on some formerly industrial or otherwise unlikely sites. By Alec Appelbaum [images]- Urban Omnibus
An Art Park Sprouts (for Now) Where New Buildings Were to Grow: A new 37,000-square-foot outdoor exhibition and performance space will open in Lower Manhattan...on loan for about three years from developers who had hoped to build there by now...LentSpace... a meticulously designed, if rough-hewn, outdoor museum. -- Interboro Partners; Thumb [slide show]- New York Times
Architects mix and match online: "modernism, it seems to me, is about the rejection of language altogether"...Conversation among the TradArch listers provides much grist for this reporter's mill. By David Brussat- Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
Rome can be rebuilt in a day – digitally: University of Washington has developed a new computer algorithm that uses hundreds of thousands of tourist photos to automatically reconstruct an entire city in about a day...might be used in architecture for digital preservation of cities, or integrated with online 3-D maps... [video]- Gizmag (Australia)
Following Trash and Recyclables on Their Journey: A project that tracks garbage through the waste disposal system over the next three months will help give people a concrete sense of their impact on the environment. -- Architectural League of New York; M.I.T. Senseable City Laboratory- New York Times
2009 International Architecture Awards: 97 projects in 30 nations- Chicago Athenaeum/European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies
2009 Europe 40 Under 40: this year’s most promising and emerging European design talent hail from across 19 European nations- Chicago Athenaeum/European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies
INSIGHT: Sustainability -- The Great Divide: Do we nationalize and centralize sustainable policies or do we individualize and decentralize them? By Richard Carson- ArchNewsNow
-- Competition winner: BIG: National Library, Astana, Kazakhstan
-- Book: "Le Corbusier in His Own Words" - An introduction for children by Antoine Vigne
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