Today’s News - Tuesday, January 3, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: And so a new year begins...we wish everyone happiness, good health, prosperity - and peace.
• von Kaenel considers what the Trump Administration could mean for green buildings: it may not bode well on the federal level, but most policies re: green building are set at the local level - "whoever's in federal office doesn't affect the industry that much."
• Lamster pens an open letter to Ben Carson re: the need for a HUD makeover, and hopes he "will turn to those professionals who have pragmatic experience in the [affordable housing] field, and not to think-tank ideologues who don't."
• King cheers Saitowitz's "boxy collage" that is Garden Village housing with a farm on top - it's "like nothing that you've seen. Done right, infill development can transcend the current norm. It can add a nudge of surprise to familiar terrain."
• Moore finds the Estonian National Museum to be "touching and revealing" - it is "a contrasting combination of national and international, folkloric and modern, charged and cool"; it "could be both triumphalist and sentimental, but it is neither."
• Gallagher cheers O'Herlihy making his mark on Detroit with several projects - the "most intriguing work" being the African Bead Museum.
• Dickinson sees a ray of hope for Breuer's Pirelli Tire Building in New Haven, CT, "long assumed to be the target of its owner IKEA's demolition-by-neglect strategy," it now "has new shoots of interest in its adaptive reuse - and IKEA is listening."
• Davidson has no problem imagining a future with wooden skylines as CLT and glulam give "architects and builders a chance to think in fresh ways - the future is not far away."
• Lubinsky and Lipson explain how their new electric car-sharing program for two Manhattan buildings could be a model for other municipalities - for both luxury apartment buildings and new affordable housing projects.
• Sanders eloquently reflects on his longtime collaboration with Balmori: "Once in a lifetime, fortune puts us in contact with an individual who changes how we see the world."
• Wainwright, along with architects, activists, and writers from everywhere, reflect on "how their cities should change in the next year."
• Kamin lays out his list of "architecture to watch for in early 2017."
• Springer lays out her pick for 2017's most anticipated buildings: "In 2016, we watched a number of ambitious buildings transform skylines. 2017 is just as promising."
• King takes a second look at San Francisco buildings he reviewed in 2016: "The initial reviews contemplated the object. This piece looks at the aftermath."
• Grabar lays out his list of "the best things America built in 2016," each "an original work of architecture that doesn't look quite like anything else we've got (+ a Turkey Award to a project with the name Trump attached).
• Eyefuls of the "22 most beautiful buildings in the world," according to 22 architects "who build them for a living."
• One we couldn't resist: "10 New Year's resolutions for architects" (our fave: #6: Design with humor).
• Call for entries deadline reminder: Record Houses 2017 (deadline looms!).
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Camille von Kaenel: What the New Administration Could Mean for Green Buildings: Federal buildings have been seen as leaders in energy-efficient retrofits and new green construction - but that could change...The vast majority of policies that could affect green building...is set at the local level..."whoever’s in federal office doesn’t affect the industry that much. There’s tremendous innovation going on..."- Architectural Record
Mark Lamster: An open letter to Ben Carson: It's time to remake HUD - or at least give it a new name: ...the challenges of the American housing system. Perhaps you are thinking, well, at least it's not brain surgery - something at which you are expert - and in that I would agree. It is far, far more difficult...I hope you will turn to those professionals who have pragmatic experience in the field, and not to think-tank ideologues who don't.- Dallas Morning News
John King: Berkeley sprouts creative housing, topped by a working farm: ...the boxy collage of Garden Village is like nothing that you’ve seen...Cozy turns captivating as you ascend...topped by...one-third of an acre of “land”...available for farming...Done right, infill development can transcend the current norm of standardized product. It can add a nudge of surprise to familiar terrain... -- Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects; Nautilus Group [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Rowan Moore: Estonian National Museum - touching and revealing: Situated on a former Soviet airfield and created by a multinational team in the middle of nowhere, [it] is an unlikely success: ...what the site lacks in accessibility it makes up for in significance...took more than a decade...to be realised...The outcome is a contrasting combination of national and international, folkloric and modern, charged and cool...[it] could be both triumphalist and sentimental, but it is neither...displays are touching and revealing rather than heroic. -- Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects/DGT [images]- Observer (UK)
John Gallagher: New to Detroit, Lorcan O'Herlihy Makes His Mark: ...has garnered several important commissions...Perhaps [his] most intriguing work will be at the African Bead Museum...His first big project has been the design for the four corner buildings in Dan Gilbert’s ambitious Brush Park mixed-use development... -- LOHA- Detroit Free Press
Duo Dickinson: After A Dozen Years, Interest In Adaptive Reuse Of Pirelli Building: ...a zombie building, long assumed by preservationists to be the target of its owner IKEA's demolition-by-neglect strategy, has new shoots of interest in its adaptive reuse - and IKEA is listening. -- Marcel Breuer (1969) [image]- Hartford Courant (Connecticut)
Justin Davidson: Imagining a Wooden Skyline: New structural systems come along rarely, and when they do, they usually wind up transforming cities...mass timber [CLT and glulam] could have a...radical impact, because it gives architects and builders a chance to think in fresh ways - “the first new way to put up tall buildings in 100 years"...the future is not far away... -- Team V Architecture; Michael Green; SHoP Architects; Anders Berensson Architects [images]- New York Magazine
Adam Lubinsky and Paul Lipson: New car-sharing program could put charge into NYC's electric-vehicle use: Residents of two Manhattan buildings have a fleet of BMWs to share...other municipalities might consider incentivizing developers...This model isn’t just for luxury apartment buildings or dense urban areas. We also see the potential for EV car sharing in new affordable housing projects by incentivizing developers with density bonuses. -- WXY architecture + urban design; Barretto Bay Strategies- Crain's New York Business
Joel Sanders: Her longtime collaborator reflects on Diana Balmori’s contributions: Once in a lifetime, fortune puts us in contact with an individual who changes how we see the world. -- Balmori Associates- Architectural Record
Oliver Wainwright et al: 'Walking buses' and council housing: a wishlist for world cities in 2017: From post-Olympics Rio de Janeiro to unaffordable London, we hear from architects, activists and writers on how their cities should change in the next year. -- Aditi Mittal; Saskia Sassen; Kengo Kuma; Pedro Rivera/Rua Arquitetos; Victoria Okoye/African Urbanism; Rob Lake/Access Sydney Community Transport- Guardian (UK)
Blair Kamin: From Obama Library plans to a riverfront eye-grabber: Architecture to watch for in early 2017: ...Frank Lloyd Wright will re-enter the spotlight... -- Tod Williams Billie Tsien; Goettsch Partners; Harboe Architects; KPMB Architects; Dan Kiley; Stantec- Chicago Tribune
Kate Springer: New year, new buildings: 2017's most anticipated openings: A lot can happen in a year, especially in the ever-evolving world of architecture. In 2016, we watched a number of ambitious buildings transform skylines...2017 is just as promising. -- -- Zaha Hadid Architects; Jean Nouvel; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Heatherwick Studio; MAD Architects; COBE; Büro Ole Scheeren; Studio KO; Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Met Studio Design; Haim Dotan [images]- CNN Style
John King: Second look at SF’s top buildings of 2016: This is the time of year when critics roll out the best-of lists...Buildings deserve something more: fresh scrutiny...I’m wrapping up 2016 by revisiting significant buildings that I critiqued this year...The initial reviews contemplated the object. This piece looks at the aftermath... -- Thomas Phifer and Partners; Snøhetta; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; EHDD; Foster + Partners; Pelli Clarke Pelli [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Henry Grabar: The Best Things America Built in 2016: A museum. A medical school. A synagogue: Each one is an original work of architecture...that doesn’t look quite like anything else we’ve got...signposts by which we’ll know the places we live. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Philip Johnson (1972)/William Rawn Associates; Rafael Viñoly; Gary Cunningham; David Adjaye; Laura Viklund/Gunnstock Timber Frames; Rem Koolhaas/Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA); Min | Day [images]- Slate
The 22 most beautiful buildings in the world, according to architects: We asked architects to tell us the one building that's a game-changer for building design, inspired them to become architects, or that they simply find stunning....according to people who build them for a living. [images]- Business Insider
10 New Year’s Resolutions for Architects: You wake up with a glint in your eye and hope in your heart...Then, you remember ... you’re still an architect. Well, there’s nothing like a good new year’s resolution...#1: Sketch more; #6: Design with humor- Architizer
Call for entries (deadline reminder!): Record Houses 2017 (international); deadline: February 15- Architectural Record
Zaha Hadid Architects: Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon: ...melds local traditions with innovative geometries, creating an architectural manifestation of the Institute's ideals of opportunity, pluralism, creativity and tolerance. By Jason Dibbs [images]
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