Today’s News - Wednesday, June 1, 2011
• Gisolfi examines the often misunderstood aspects (and difference between) collaboration and compromise in the design process.
• Echanove and Srivastava bemoan the well-intentioned but misguided $300 house competition that could "do the urban poor more harm than good"; it's the "kind of mistake all too common in the trendy field of social entrepreneurship."
• Kamin on Chicago's "surprising last-minute move" to put Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital on the agenda (tomorrow!) to consider it for temporary protected status.
• Two young architects and a biologist in Mexico City have a grand vision of "transformational infrastructure" that would "refresh their dusty megalopolis with a ring of water and parks."
• Saffron cheers a "bumper crop of new parks sprouting in Philadelphia" despite "the keepers of the public treasury" pleading poverty.
• Bolivia expected to pass the world's first "Law of Mother Earth" giving nature 11 new rights (may we have some of those, too, please?!!?).
• Lui examines South Korea's "bold new building strategy" that has large and small (and even local) firms capitalizing on the opportunities.
• Klahr calls the critics on their praise for Gehry's Manhattan tower: its "shimmering skin...is indeed lovely," but "it's still a box...that terminates with a dull, boring, horizontal thud."
• Iovine x 2: Mori's Poe Park Visitor Center in The Bronx proves that "it's the carefully conceived small projects that have the real impact on everyday lives."
• She finds the Miller House "a High Modern icon" that "all aspiring titans should examine before building big themselves."
• Architect and school design consultant Nair talks to about the importance of designing 21st century schools instead of buildings that "resemble an Industrial Age factory production line."
• Leaders of the world's top architecture schools are heading to Madrid to debate the future of architectural education (Mayne will be one of the main attractions).
• Winners of the Good Design is Good Business Awards "demonstrate how thoughtful architecture, cohesive collaborations, and sustainable resource management benefit a client's bottom line, productivity levels, and preparedness for the future" (great presentation!).
• The winner of Craftitecture competition will design a pavilion for the Electric Picnic for Ireland's Year of Craft, 2011.
• Plan to spend some time with animated walkthroughs of Solar Decathlon 2011 entries.
• Call for entries: Helsinki's South Harbour Open International Ideas Competition + Treehouses in Paradise Competition 2011 (both have big ash prizes; one includes travel).
• We couldn't resist: "Plan Of The City" is an animated film about NYC's skyline blasting off to Mars - great music - and a goldfish included - the best 13 minutes we've spent in a long time - guaranteed to make your day!!!
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INSIGHT: Collaboration and Compromise: A Misunderstood Aspect of the Design Process: True collaboration is a symbiosis between the architect's design ideas, a project's setting, and the intentions of its users. By Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP- ArchNewsNow
Op-Ed: Hands Off Our Houses: A $300 solution will do the urban poor more harm than good...will fail as a social initiative because the dynamic needs, interests and aspirations of the millions of people who live in places like Dharavi have been overlooked. This kind of mistake is all too common in the trendy field of social entrepreneurship. By Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava/Institute of Urbanology- New York Times
City puts old Prentice Women's Hospital on agenda [tomorrow], will consider it for temporary protected status; neighborhood group opposes landmark: ...by no means guarantees that the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will grant temporary protected status...Yet it at least ensures that there will be a public discussion about the future of the 36-year-old building... By Blair Kamin -- Bertrand Goldberg- Chicago Tribune
A Vision of an Oasis Beneath the Sprawl: Young planners in Mexico City are urging a radical concept to refresh their dusty megalopolis with a ring of water and parks around the city center..."transformational infrastructure"...would restore at least three rivers...“It’s urban surgery. It’s not acupuncture.” And yet, what if the patient is too sick for the scalpel? -- Taller 13 Regenerative Architecture [images]- New York Times
A bumper crop of new parks sprouting in Philadelphia: How is it possible that so many new and improved public spaces are in the pipeline when the keepers of the public treasury...are pleading poverty? For better or worse, outside interests have become the lead player in planning and maintaining an entire generation of what we still like to call public parks. By Inga Saffron -- Studio Bryan Hanes; Digsau; Michael Van Valkenburgh; Simone Collins; Lager Raabe Skafte [slide show]- Philadelphia Inquirer
Bolivia Expected to Protect Rights of Nature: ...the world’s first...“Law of Mother Earth”...Nature would get 11 new rights, including the “right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted"...protected from being “affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.”- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Nation Building: ...how South Korea aims to impress the world not only with its tall towers but its large-scale sustainable planning...From big corporate firms...to young, internationally-trained Koreans, architects are capitalizing on opportunities... By Ann Lok Lui -- Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF); HOK; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); LOT-EK; Joel Sanders; Haeahn Architecture; SO-IL; Counterdesign; Francisco Sanin [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
It's Still a Box in Search of a Crown: 8 Spruce Street / New York by Gehry: ...its shimmering skin of stainless steel panels...is indeed lovely and...truly an enlivening presence within the skyline of Manhattan...fails to provide a suitable crown...a skyscraper that terminates with a dull, boring, horizontal thud. By Douglas Klahr- e-architect (UK)
A Visitor Center Where Poe Heard a Knocking: The Bronx's Poe Park Visitor Center is rugged yet poetic, without overwhelming the nearby cottage that was Edgar Allen Poe's last New York home...Splashy new architecture attracts a blaze of attention, but it's the carefully conceived small projects that have the real impact on everyday lives. By Julie V. Iovine -- Toshiko Mori [image]- Wall Street Journal
The Miller House, Reborn: Designed by three men of exceptional talent, each at the height of his own powers, the Miller House in the heart of Indiana is a High Modern icon and the apogee of the American Century...a house all aspiring titans should examine before building big themselves. By Julie V. Iovine -- Eero Saarinen; Dan Kiley; Alexander Girard- Wall Street Journal
Building futures: Architect and school design consultant Prakash Nair talks to about the importance of designing ‘21st century schools'..."Most of our school buildings resemble an Industrial Age factory production line"...In an age that celebrates the individual, this ‘standardisation' is hardly in step with the needs of students and also teachers who aim hard at preventing children from becoming another brick in the wall. -- Fielding Nair International- The Hindu (India)
Future of architectural education up for debate in Madrid: The deans and directors of the world’s top architecture schools including the AA, Bartlett and UCLA to meet at the International Architectural Education Summit on June 24-26...hosted by Spain’s IE School of Architecture -- Thom Mayne/Morphosis- BD/Building Design (UK)
13th Good Design is Good Business Awards (formerly BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards): ...demonstrate how thoughtful architecture, cohesive collaborations, and sustainable resource management benefit a client’s bottom line, productivity levels, and preparedness for the future. -- Roth + Sheppard Architects; Earl Everett Ferguson Architect; Pickard Chilton; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); THA Architecture; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Cannon Design; OAB – Office of Architecture in Barcelona; Barkow Leibinger Architects [slide shows]- Architectural Record
Winners of Craftitecture, Crafts Council of Ireland, (CCoI)/Irish Architecture Foundation competition to design a pavilion for the Electric Picnic for the Year of Craft, 2011 -- Bucholz McEvoy Architects + Jim Horgan/Galway School of Boat Building; Simply Architecture and Horizon Furniture [images]- Irish Architecture Foundation
Solar Decathlon 2011 Teams' Computer-Animated Walkthroughs- U.S. Department of Energy
Call for entries: South Harbour / Kirjava Satama Open International Ideas Competition for Helsinki's South Harbour; cash prizes; free registration; deadline: September 30- City of Helsinki
Call for entries: Treehouses In Paradise Competition 2011: sites are near the beaches of Fiji, Vietnam, China and Maui; cash prizes (and trips); deadline: August 29- Treehouses In Paradise
"Plan Of The City": ...a new animated film by Joshua Frankel, about the architecture of New York City blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars...audio is composer Judd Greenstein's "Change," performed by NOW Ensemble [video]- Vimeo via Joshua Frankel
Book Review: Wake-up Calls for Color-Challenged Architects: Two recent books point the way to advanced imaginings of color: "Light Color Sound: Sensory Effects in Contemporary Architecture" by Alejandro Bahamon and Ana Maria Alvarez, and "Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay" edited by Matilda McQuaid and Susan Brown. By Norman Weinstein- ArchNewsNow
-- Expansion: Snøhetta: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
-- The Camera: Duccio Malagamba: Brasilia -- Lucio Costa; Oscar Niemeyer
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