Today’s News - Tuesday, January 10, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: We have an early-morning commitment tomorrow, but we'll be back Thursday, January 12.
• Lange considers what Late Modernism is and why we should care: with their "beefy bold shapes sticking their sharp corners in our faces," these buildings are "more refined than Brutalism, less picturesque than Postmodernism," and important to current and future design.
• Zeiger ponders the fate of L.A.'s Late Modernist landmarks: once "architectural harbingers of coming urban utopia now have to prove their relevance. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?"
• Campanella considers New Orleanians' rejection of Modernist architecture in the 1980s and 1990s: "For a city that for centuries had eagerly ingested the latest thinking in architecture, nostalgia-driven design was something new. Where did it come from?"
• Architects and urban planners weigh in on how Trump should spend $1 trillion on infrastructure: Let's not "spend $1 trillion as quickly as possible - but make sure the plan is thoughtful, regardless of party."
• Dickinson parses "a clearly defined separation between the Blue Academic Elite and Red Building Architects: "for good or for ill, there is an Architectural Electoral College that picks winners and losers."
• BNIM's Bona, 2017 President, AIA San Diego, explains why San Diegans "need to stop being NIMBYs and become YIMBYs," once TODs get a "makeover" and are no longer considered "toxic" - this "holistic approach is in fact an elegant solution to the complex problem."
• Krier minces no words when it comes to skyscrapers, whether "designed by world-class architects or hacks - they're destroying our cities" (as expected, comments are interesting, too).
• Sadik-Khan proposes turning Fifth Avenue from Central Park to the Empire State Building into a pedestrian-friendly stretch: "This isn't just a feel-good experiment in civics, nor is it a public transit boondoggle" - it could "be that sweet spot where urbanism, transportation engineering, democracy and politics can align."
• Kimmelman ventures to Detroit, and cheers the city lighting up with 65,000 new LED streetlights, "sending a message: It's O.K. to come out after dark - an example of how one smart urban-design decision can have ripple effects."
• Fairs reports on RIBA's assertion that "UK architects will still be able to pitch for public work in Europe after Brexit," but perhaps things "are not as straightforward as the RIBA suggests."
• Meanwhile, the U.K.'s former building regulations minister is heading up a working group to review Brexit's impact on the construction industry.
• Leonard offers a great chronicle of George Lucas trying to "give his $1.5 billion museum away," from the Presidio's Crissy Field and Chicago, to Round 3, "pitting San Francisco and Los Angeles against each other - his preference is probably San Francisco" (the illustrations are a hoot!).
• Lamster reviews the designs for the new Texas Rangers ballpark: hopefully, "a misplaced and overgrown Roman aqueduct" featured in the "woozy initial renderings" will disappear; it's also "a lot to pay for civic pride. But at least those who come to regret the cost will be able to do so in comfort."
• The inaugural Miller Prize names 5 winners to design "temporary installations at the site of five iconic architectural landmarks in Columbus, Indiana."
• More on the Schumacher / ZHA fracture: in a leaked, 560-word email (from his i-Phone!), he says the firm's disclaimer of his "incendiary comments" was unauthorized: "I am in good spirits trusting that my faux pas will be forgiven."
• NCARB signs an architectural licensing agreement with Australia and New Zealand, similar to those already set with Canada and Mexico.
• Lahey reports that the "trendy concept" of design thinking "is in high demand among educators," but it "seems likely to fail as an educational tool when communicated in terms of 'Five Simple Steps.'"
• A report on Open Architecture Collaborative setting new priorities in public interest design by developing mentorship and training programs.
• Call for entries: New York Affordable Housing Challenge International Architecture Competition.
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Alexandra Lange: What is Late Modernism? And why you should care: These buildings exhibit beefy bold shapes...sticking their sharp corners in our faces. More refined than Brutalism, less picturesque than Postmodernism...we would not have some of the city’s most anticipated buildings of 2016, 2017, and beyond without Late Modernism. -- Hugh Stubbins; Gio Ponti; I.M. Pei; Cesar Pelli; Anthony Lumsden; SOM; Philip Johnson; John Burgee; Gordon Bunshaft; Paul Kennon/Jay Bauer/Caudill Rowlett Scott; Massimo and Lella Vignelli; Der Scutt; Roche Dinkeloo; BIG - Bjarke InglesGroup; Herzog & de Meuron; Jean Nouvel; OMA; Rafael Vinoly [images]- Curbed
Mimi Zeiger: Can Preservationists Save L.A.'s Late Modernist Landmarks From the Wrecking Ball? Some buildings that once were architectural harbingers of coming urban utopia now have to prove their relevance or risk being erased completely...but should all midcentury buildings be preserved? Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love? -- William L. Pereira; Charles Luckman; Pereira & Luckman; Paul Revere Williams;Welton Becket; Richard Neutra; Eames Office; John Lautner; A.C. Martin & Associates; Johnson Fain; Alan Hess; Pierluigi Serraino; Minoru Yamasaki [images]- LA Weekly
Richard Campanella: New Orleans' historical revival architecture: A look to the past for inspiration? Or solace? The rise and fall of the Rivergate Exhibition Hall mirrored how local sentiment reversed on Modernism...New Orleanians in the 1980s and 1990s were...enthusiastically preferring revived historical "retro" styles...For a city that for centuries had eagerly ingested the latest thinking in architecture, nostalgia-driven design was something new. Where did it come from? -- Curtis and Davis Architects (1968); Charles Moore- The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
How Trump should spend $1 trillion on America's infrastructure, according to architects and urban planners: "We need a long-term plan that's not 'Let's spend $1 trillion as quickly as possible...but make sure the plan is thoughtful, regardless of party." -- Quilian Riano/DSGN AGNC; Kathryn J. Madden/Madden Planning Group; Damaris Hollingsworth/DLR Group; Jeffrey Roberts/SERA Architects; Margaret Castillo/NYC Department of Design and Construction; William J. Martin/WJM Architects Principal- Business Insider
Duo Dickinson: Is Architecture as Fractured as Our Politics? Despite signs of an emerging pluralism, there is still a clearly defined separation between the Blue Academic Elite and Red Building Architects...for a growing number of younger professionals and media, the “Style Question” has lost its intensity in a time of professional, political and ecological anxiety...except in the mags, awards or schools. -- MASS Design Group; Lake/Flato Architects; Alejandro Aravena; Denise Scott Brown; Robert Venturi- Common Edge
Philip J. Bona: To tackle development issues, San Diego must become city of 'Great Villages': “Transit-Oriented Development” needs a makeover. The term has become toxic and evokes fear in neighborhoods where well-meaning planners seek to implement the concept. But TOD’s holistic approach is in fact an elegant solution to the complex problem facing our region...San Diegans need to stop being NIMBYs and become YIMBYs.- San Diego Union-Tribune
Leon Krier: It doesn't matter if skyscrapers are designed by world-class architects or hacks - they're destroying our cities: I keep wondering how many otherwise intelligent persons can continue to negate the blatant evidence and instead do everything in their power to participate in the folly, to aggravate the situation...The idea that 400+ new high-rises will improve London is plain dumb and, in the long term, criminally so.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Janette Sadik-Khan: A Plea for Fifth Avenue: Traffic around Trump Tower is a mess, but there’s a fix: Turn the street into a pedestrian plaza: ...from Central Park to the Empire State Building...This isn’t just a feel-good experiment in civics, nor is it a public transit boondoggle...this transformation...may be that sweet spot where urbanism, transportation engineering, democracy and politics can align.- New York Times
Michael Kimmelman: The Lights Are On in Detroit: With 65,000 new streetlights, the city is sending a message: It’s O.K. to come out after dark. Restaurants feel the glow, as do schoolchildren...an example of how one smart urban-design decision can have ripple effects...Like the streetlights, buses restore the fabric of the streets and re-establish a base line of normalcy.- New York Times
Marcus Fairs: UK architects will still be able to pitch for public work in Europe after Brexit, RIBA says: "Brexit should have no impact on UK architects in terms of winning work via OJEU"...may make it harder for continental firms to win work in the UK...Malcolm Reading...warned that this might mean that things are not as straightforward as the RIBA suggests.- Dezeen
Lib Dem peer to lead review into Brexit’s impact on construction: Ex-building regulations minister Lord Stunell appointed to head up working group...said the construction sector needed to seize the chance to influence negotiations while it could.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Devin Leonard: George Lucas Can’t Give His $1.5 Billion Museum Away: What does the creator of "Star Wars" have to do to get a little gratitude? ...he’s mounted a legacy project that’s grand even by the standards of someone who thinks on a galactic scale...has offered to build his museum in a major American city for free...In Round 3, he is pitting San Francisco and Los Angeles against each other...[his] preference is probably San Francisco... --Ma Yansong/MAD Architects [images]- Bloomberg/BusinessWeek
Mark Lamster: [His] take on designs for the new Texas Rangers ballpark: The defining feature of the...woozy initial renderings is a monumental arcade - imagine a misplaced and overgrown Roman aqueduct...Hopefully this feature will disappear...though a "retro" design seems inevitable...For Arlington, it's a lot to pay for civic pride. But at least those who come to regret the cost will be able to do so in comfort. -- HKS [images]- Dallas Morning News
5 Miller Prize architectural winners picked: ...to design and build temporary installations at the site of five iconic architectural landmarks in Columbus, Indiana...part of a new, annual exploration of architecture, art, design and community known as Exhibit Columbus. -- Studio:indigenous; IKD; Oyler Wu Collaborative; Plan B Architecture & Urbanism; Aranda\Lasch [images]- The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)
LEAKED: Extraordinary Schumacher email reveals ZHA fracture: An open letter from Zaha Hadid Architects distancing itself from incendiary comments made by Patrik Schumacher on social housing was immediately challenged...[he] told staff the letter was unauthorised...[in a] 560-word email..."I am in good spirits trusting that my faux pas will be forgiven...Hey, shit happens ... and lessons are learned!"- The Architects' Journal (UK)
NCARB Announces Architectural Licensing Agreement with Australia and New Zealand: The new Mutual Recognition Arrangement will enable NCARB members to earn reciprocal licensing in the two nations. -- Architects Accreditation Council of Australia; New Zealand Registered Architects Board- Architect Magazine
Jessica Lahey: What Kids Can Learn From Urban Planning: The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague: "I think I missed something. I still don’t understand what design thinking is. Do you?" ...design thinking seems likely to fail as an educational tool when communicated in terms of “Five Simple Steps.”- The Atlantic
Open Architecture Collaborative's New Priorities in Public Interest Design: The non-profit group looks to develop mentorship and training programs as the path forward for local design advocacy...formerly Architecture for Humanity...“It’s a pretty big culture shift"... -- Garrett Jacobs; Anne-Maria Lubenau- Architect Magazine
Call for entries: New York Affordable Housing Challenge International Architecture Competition: concepts that can be easily rolled out and are minimal in use of land and materials; cash prizes + New York Build exhibition in March; early bird registration deadline (save money!): January 18 (submissions due February 23)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
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