Today’s News - Thursday, January 5, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days...we'll be back Tuesday, January 10.
• It's now Sir David (Adjaye) and Sir Ricky (Burdett) to us peasants.
• LaValley ponders "architecture and ego": "Who is architecture for - the architect - the user - the world? Does it matter? It's not an easy question to answer."
• Dittmar cheers the U.K. "putting the idea of new settlements on the table again," but it needs to "be more explicit in requiring and providing the resources for master planning and design guidance" (reading Ebenezer Howard's "Garden Cities of Tomorrow" wouldn't hurt, either).
• A new plan by a new team looks to transform Hobart's Macquarie Point into "a cultural precinct celebrating Tasmania's Aboriginal history"; needless to say the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre folks are more than disappointed that they weren't consulted.
• WXY and Body Lawson have big plans to transform the "infamous" (and that's putting mildly) Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the Bronx into an idyllic affordable housing mixed-use development.
• Plensa to plant one of his always-striking sculptures on a plaza overlooking the Pacific for the KPF-designed Pacific Gate development in San Diego.
• A fascinating look at how the ancients recycled buildings and building elements for any number of reasons - including propaganda (our new word for the day: "spolia").
• Eyefuls of the latest round in the Fairy Tale Architecture series, this time by Snøhetta, Ultramoderne, Smiljan Radic, and Bernheimer Architecture (a frog included).
• Spend some time tooling around "10 Digital Archives Worth Staying Inside For" (+ a few more to keep you really busy!).
• Sitz's Q&A with Cesal re: why the Curry Stone Design Prize decided to celebrate its 10th anniversary with Social Design Circle of 100 projects and firms, and a year-long podcast series (launching today - it sounds terrific!).
• Call for entries: eVolo 2017 Skyscraper Competition + Bandirma Park (Turkey) International Design Competition for a new genre of urban park + Call for Presentations for 2017 Healthcare Design Conference & Expo.
• Weekend diversions:
• Wainwright parses "Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings" at the Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London that offers "unparalleled insight into the creative process of her early years" - but "are cracks appearing in Hadid's legacy?"
• Lange cheers the "rugged vision" of the Lawrence Halprin show at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, that celebrates his legacy, and hopes to help "in its recognition and protection."
• Iovine finds much to like in the Pierre Chareau show at the Jewish Museum in NYC: "a kaleidoscopic exhibition" of "a master of contrast" showcasing "the intersection of luxury, patronage, and avant-garde art."
• Davidson digs Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built New York": "sure, the vast majority of these projects were better off dead. But even so, it will keep right on provoking gasps at the sheer, lunatic audacity emblazoned on every page."
• MoMA's Stierli revisits Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" that "fundamentally changed how we look at, think and talk about architecture."
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David Adjaye knighthood tops 2017 honours list: ...Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)...Ricky Burdett & Paul Cheshire/London School of Economics (LSE) received a CBE [Commander of the Order of the British Empire] for services to urban planning and design...Anthony Wilson/AECOM received Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE); etc.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Michael LaValley: Architecture and Ego: The Architect’s Unique Struggle With “Good” Design: Who Is Architecture For? Is it for the architect? Is it for the user? Is it for the world? Does it matter? It’s not an easy question to answer.- Architizer
Hank Dittmar: Garden towns need some garden city thinking to succeed: Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities were carefully planned with strict design codes and infrastructure...The same principles should be applied to the new garden villages and towns: The Government is to be commended for putting the idea of new settlements on the table again. But...policy should be more explicit in requiring and providing the resources for master planning and design guidance...It wouldn’t hurt to require all the winning proposers to read Howard’s "Garden Cities of Tomorrow," either.- BD/Building Design (UK)
MONA [ Museum of Old and New Art] calls on old friend for Hobart’s Macquarie Point Development redesign: ...different to one designed by John Wardle Architects, 1+2 Architecture, Leigh Woolley Architecture & Urban Design, Inspiring Place, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Village Well and Navire...new plans would see the industrial site transformed into a cultural precinct celebrating Tasmania's Aboriginal history...consultation...didn’t include consultation with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre... -- Fender Katsalidis; Rush Wright Associates [images]- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Prison Break: A notorious former Bronx prison site to become affordable housing: ...to transform the infamous Spofford Juvenile Detention Center into the Peninsula, a $300 million project that will create 740 units of 100 percent affordable housing...[will bring] retail, community, and green space [and] light industrial space to the Hunts Point neighborhood. -- WXY architecture + urban design; Body Lawson Associates [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Art for the 1%: Public art component added to San Diego’s “Super Prime” Pacific Gate development by KPF: ...installation by Jaume Plensa...to adorn a plaza at the foot of the Pacific Gate development in San Diego...made with stylized characters from [many] alphabets...takes the shape of a seated individual looking out over the Pacific Ocean. -- Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects; Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA); Chris Dikeakos Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Candace Richards/Nicholson Museum: Reinventing heritage buildings isn’t new at all - the ancients did it too: Ancient architectural recycling falls into two broad categories: adaptive reuse of immovable structures...and reuse of architectural elements...The Arch of Constantine, where recycling even serves the purpose of propaganda. [images]- The Conversation (Australia)
Fairy Tale Architecture. Curated by Kate Bernheimer and Andrew Bernheimer...exploring the intimate relationship between the domestic structures of fairy tales and the imaginative realm of architecture: "Tiddalik the Frog" by Snøhetta; "Flatland" by Ultramoderne; "Gripho" by Smiljan Radic; "The Seven Ravens" by Bernheimer Architecture [images]- Places Journal
10 Digital Archives Worth Staying Inside For: From museum collections to digitized notebooks to material libraries, these archives are sure to please any curious mind. And you don’t even need to leave your couch to access them.- Metropolis Magazine
Miriam Sitz: Interview with the Curry Stone Design Prize's Eric Cesal: This year, the organization will launch a podcast and name 100 projects and firms to the Social Design Circle: "...we now live in a time when social designers are earning Pritzker prizes. We wanted...to validate the progress that has been made in the field"...weekly podcast, launching January 5, called Social Design Insights.- Architectural Record
Call for entries: eVolo 2017 Skyscraper Competition (international); cash prizes; cash prizes; registration deadline: January 24 (submissions due February 7)- eVolo Magazine
Call for entries: Bandirma Park (Turkey) International Design Competition: a new genre of park creating a recreational center at the regional scale; (big!) cash prizes; registration deadline: February 3 (submissions due February 24)- Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey
Call for entries: Call for Presentations: 2017 Healthcare Design Conference & Expo, November 11-14; Kissimmee, Florida; deadline: February 1- Center for Health Design
Oliver Wainwright: Zaha Hadid: from flaming sketchbooks to global phenomenon: Her gravity-defying buildings took her signature whoosh around the world. But as her early explosive paintings go on show and one of her final creations opens, are cracks appearing in Hadid’s legacy? "Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings" at the [Hadid-designed] Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London- Guardian (UK)
Alexandra Lange: Celebrating a Rugged Vision of Landscape Architecture: “The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin" at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC...The role of this exhibition is not only to celebrate Halprin’s legacy, but also to aid in its recognition and protection. -- The Cultural Landscape Foundation [images]- New York Times
Julie V. Iovine: "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design": An Alchemist of Materials:
Largely forgotten by the time of his death in 1950, [he] was a master of contrast...a kaleidoscopic exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York...The intersection of luxury, patronage and avant-garde art is also a theme of the exhibition. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro [images]- Wall Street Journal
Justin Davidson: As the Second Avenue Subway Opens, a Look at Things That Didn’t: ...if you want to see what real vision looks like, crack open "Never Built New York" by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, a fine chronicle of the counterfactual city...for fans of fantasy urbanism...sure, the vast majority of these projects were better off dead. But even so...[it] will keep right on provoking gasps at the sheer, lunatic audacity emblazoned on every page.- New York Magazine
Martino Stierli/MoMA: 50 years of Complexity and Contradiction: Robert Venturi’s book has enduring significance in a complex and contradictory age: Not many architecture books have defined a specific historical moment in the way Robert Venturi’s "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture"...[it] fundamentally changed how we look at, think and talk about architecture.- Architectural Review (UK)
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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