Today’s News - Thursday, July 28, 2011
• We lose a master architect and revered professor.
• A new survey shows that sustainable design still not mainstream among design professions, pointing to "inertia" along with "denial and resistance" (though there are a few champions).
• Big-name foreign architects are redrawing Mumbai's skyline (with room for "smaller firms with international exposure").
• It's not just Mumbai, as an eyeful of Emporis Top 10 skyscrapers proves (a few surprises).
• Merrick can't wait to see the "true architectural dynamics" of Hadid's Olympic Aqua Center - right now, it's "a dull shell concealing something dazzling" that "won't be seen until this gubbins is stripped away" (though the interior "is pure, awesome theater").
• Finch comments re: Olympic architecture blasted by the Traditional Architecture Group (TAG).
• Brussat berates the Pritzker Prize jury for "chasing its tail" by selecting architects "nobody knows," and actually cheers Goldhagen and other critics who "are wondering about the direction of the judgment of the jury."
• King collects and comments on 10 buildings San Francisco should see: "buildings to be contemplated as pure works of architecture, and that let us see how this city constantly reinvents itself" (Brussat and TAG should approve of most).
• In Lexington, KY, people "seem almost euphoric over the new plans" for contentious CentrePointe by Studio Gang: "Hope is a fragile thing, but there is reason to hold on to it now."
• Crouching in a corner of a Shanghai campus is a Bauhaus treasure: "Gropius may have never imagined the influence was so profound."
• A boom in staycations could help restore the "past glory British pleasure piers": a sure sign will be "when more of them begin to bear the stamp of 21st-century design."
• A tribute to H.H. Richardson: "If architects were immortalized on Mount Rushmore" he'd be at the top of the list.
• The mayor of Florence wants to complete a Michelangelo basilica shelved almost 500 years ago; some consider it a "heroic idea," but others are dismissive.
• ASLA announces a stellar list of 2011 Honors.
• Call for entries: eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition: What is a skyscraper in the 21st century?
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Obituary: Leonard Parker, 88, architect and University of Minnesota professor: ...designed many well-known public buildings in Minnesota and other civic structures around the world...It was with Eero Saarinen that Parker learned the ethos he brought to architecture, said his son B. Aaron Parker, a fellow architect.- Pioneer Press (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)
Sustainable Design Still Not Mainstream Among Design Professions: ..2011 Green & Sustainable Design Survey [by] DesignIntelligence points to “intertia” along with “denial and resistance"...cites a few leaders in the green movement... -- William McDonough; Ed Mazria/Architecture 2030; Bob Berkebile; Ray Anderson; Amory Lovins; Arup; HOK; BNIM; Perkins+Will; KierenTimberlake- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Foreign design firms redraw Mumbai skyline: ...reflective of an emerging trend in the real estate circles — if it is a high-rise, it has to be a foreign architect...“Tall towers...demand cutting-edge technology and designs, which the local architecture firms are ill-equipped to deliver"..."leaving enough scope for smaller firms with international exposure" -- Atkins Design Studio; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Foster + Partners; HOK; Archgroup; Collage Design; ASL Architects- DNA/Daily News & Analysis (India)
Hotel Porta Fira wins 2010 Emporis Skyscraper Award - Top Ten List -- b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos/Toyo Ito; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Zaha Hadid; WOHA Architects; RMJM Dubai; Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz; Hamiltons Associates; NBBJ; Estudi Massip-Bosch Arquitectes; Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF); Pei Cobb Freed & Partners [links to images/info]- Emporis
The Aquatics Centre's beauty will only be revealed once its Olympic add-ons are gone: ...long heralded as the brand-mark building for the 2012 London Olympics, turns out to be something else entirely: stealth architecture, a dull shell concealing something dazzling...true architectural dynamics won't be seen until this gubbins is stripped away...Inside, though...is pure, awesome theatre. By Jay Merrick -- Zaha Hadid; Arup [images]- Independent (UK)
Traditional Architecture Group blast Cabe chair for style ‘prejudice’: Paul Finch’s comments on Olympics prompt complaint to culture secretary...“One of the good things about the London 2012 Olympics is the realisation that we have a set of buildings produced not by Quinlan Terry, Robert Adam, John Simpson but by Hopkins, Hadid, Populous, Make,Heneghan Peng et al. None of it endorsed by the Prince of Wales.”- BD/Building Design (UK)
The Pritzker Prize jury chases its tail: For the third year in a row...has bestowed the so-called "Nobel Prize of architecture" on somebody nobody knows...If Sarah Williams Goldhagen is bored, let me introduce her to Malcolm Millais...who wrote the brilliant "Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture"...It is good that critics are wondering about the direction of the judgment of the jury... By David Brussat -- Eduardo Souto de Moura; Kazuyo Sejima/Ryue Nishizawa; Peter Zumthor; Jean Nouvel; Richard Rogers; Paulo Mendes da Rocha; Thom Mayne [images]- Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
10 buildings your S.F. visitors should see: In a city known more for districts than individual designs, what jewels deserve attention? ...buildings to be contemplated as pure works of architecture, and buildings that let us see how this city constantly reinvents itself. By John King -- John Portman (1973); Trowbridge & Trowbridge (1909); Pelli Clarke Pelli (2002); Mario Botta (1994); Frank Lloyd Wright (1949); T. Patterson Ross/A.W. Burgen (1908); Arthur Brown (1915); Woollett & Woollett (1909) [slide show]- San Francisco Chronicle
CentrePointe design: Smaller projects most exciting aspect: After three years of anger and despair...people here seem almost euphoric over the new plans. For good reason. Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang...has delivered a concept that is thoughtful and considerate...an imaginative, exciting and quite possibly buildable project...Hope is a fragile thing, but there is reason to hold on to it now. [image]- Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky)
Campus contains spirit of Bauhaus: ...the Wenyuan Building crouching in a corner of Shanghai Tongji University...listed as a city-level excellent historical building...maestro Walter Gropius may have never imagined the influence was so profound that China would construct a building in the same style decades later which is still functional today. -- Ha Xiongwen; Huang Yulin (1954) [image]- Shanghai Daily
Not the end of the pier show: From fires to neglect, British pleasure piers have had a tough few years. But will a boom in UK tourism help restore their past glory? ...growing appreciation of the heritage value of Victorian "architecture of amusement"...The surest sign of a sustained pier revival will surely be when more of them begin to bear the stamp of 21st-century design. -- Eugenius Birch; National Piers Society [images]- Independent (UK)
Building for America: If architects were immortalized on Mount Rushmore, one of the portrait faces would represent Henry Hobson (H.H.) Richardson.- Obit magazine
Michelangelo's basilica may finally be completed: The mayor of Florence wants a referendum to decide if the city should embark on a major work...that was shelved...nearly 500 years ago...Paolo Portoghesi, Professor of architecture hailed [the] "heroic idea". But Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican museums, dismissed the Mayor's plans.- Independent (UK)
ASLA Announces 2011 Honors: ...represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. -- Laurie Olin; Michael Van Valkenburgh; George Curry; Tupper Thomas; S. Richard Fedrizzi; JJR- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Call for entries: eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition: What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? registration deadline: November 15- eVolo Magazine
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum": Bravura Example of an Architectural Documentary - Wright's Guggenheim Done Right: A look at great architecture as the product of the dance of the designer's intellect in an architectural film that doesn't miss a beat. By Norman Weinstein- ArchNewsNow
Coelacanth K&H Architects: Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan
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