Today’s News - Thursday, January 12, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for late posting - the Internet gods seemed to have abandoned us so they could play outside on this oddly warm winter day. And please note: tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, January 17.
• Hawthorne weighs in on George Lucas selecting L.A. over S.F. for his museum and what it says about the city: "it's a city that builds first and asks questions later," and "has more to do with the shifting trajectory of development and investment than about L.A.'s hospitality to adventurous architecture."
• Things are not looking so rosy for Heatherwick's Garden Bridge as the "charity behind it admits it has no idea how much the final bill will be," and "admitted that it cannot be considered a going concern because there are too many risks associated with the scheme."
• Park outlines what needs to be done to win over the NIMBY's re: Green Belt developments: "Ministers should be instilling confidence that new garden towns and villages epitomize what well-designed, sustainable living environments should look like. Perhaps it's right to be a NIMBY until they do."
• It's back to the drawing board for Siza and Domingo Santos after public outcry and ICOMOS slams their winning design for a new entry and visitor center for the Alhambra it.
• On brighter notes: Giovannini cheers H&deM's Elbphilharmonie: it's "like a Fabergé Egg with a wondrous secret inside - a landscape in a box."
• Moore: celebrates the Pompidou Centre on eve of its 40th anniversary as Rogers and Piano "recall the sheer joy and bravado - and the struggle - of creating it."
• St Hill takes a deep dive into WilkinsonEyre's 20-year relationship the Dyson Campus and its latest expansion that includes mirrored walls that "makes the buildings seem smaller than they really are, as well as frustrating would-be prying eyes."
• Davidson digs WXY's transformation of NYC's Astor Place "with a combination of modesty and flair. This is distinguished, if self-effacing, public design."
• Green cheers a "smart" new streetscape for Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that is "as innovative as anything created by the techies who work along the street."
• Waite weighs in on what Schumacher's e-mail tells us about the future of Zaha Hadid Architects: the "leaks are doing nothing to assure those on the outside that there is unity and a steady hand on the tiller."
• Keskeys offers a great Q&A with Schumacher re: his most recent controversies and his use of social media: "I stand by what I've been saying," but "to avoid a similar PR disaster I will certainly have to be more circumspect in the future" - and what he's looking for as an A+Awards juror.
• Stead is quite taken with a New Yorker cartoon: "Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not 'properly' architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline."
• The Curry Stone Design Prizes announces the Social Design Circle of 100 winners for 2017, and the launch of Social Design Insights podcast series that begins with the question: Should Designers be Outlaws?
• Bird offers a thoughtful history of Winnipeg's Warming Huts competition, and finds this year's winners to be "jewels of invention, humor or drama" that "range from the humorous to the haunting" (a Kapoor included!).
• And Torontonians will soon be able to warm up in Winter Stations on their own beaches as lifeguard stations are transformed into "a take on Japanese hot springs, modern lighthouses and suspended trees" - and much more.
• Call for entries deadline reminder: 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: "Support."
• Weekend diversions:
• Donoff cheers "Loop," an installation lighting up Montreal's Place des Festivals with "13 giant zoetropes, or wheels, outfitted with 24 images to tell a different fairy tale" (very cool!).
• Crager gives two thumbs-ups to Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built New York": "an erudite, well researched trove of glorious failures, grandiose coulda-shouldas, and outrageous why-nots" - but "without those architects who have the vision and audacity to think big, where would we be?"
• Vidler says he has "yet to come across the equal to this investigation of the recent past and the potential future" as can be found in Berkel and Bos's "Knowledge Matters: Eleven Tools to Reorient and Expand the Architectural Profession."
• Hall Kaplan x 2: his pick of "some positive planning books for the tough Trump years ahead" + Cheers for Buckner's richly illustrated "The Lyman House and the Works of Frederick P. Lyman."
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Christopher Hawthorne: What does building George Lucas' museum at Exposition Park say about L.A.? ...choosing that site over a competing one on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, the balance in [the park] has tipped once more from open space toward architecture, from protecting to building...it’s a city...that builds first and asks questions later...has more to do with the shifting trajectory of development and investment than about L.A.’s hospitality to adventurous architecture. -- Ma Yansong/MAD Architects [images]- Los Angeles Times
Garden Bridge to ask for public’s help to plug funding gap ... as charity behind it admits it has no idea how much the final bill will be: ...has already risen £10 million in cost to £185 million...admitted that the charity cannot be considered a going concern because there are too many risks associated with the scheme...price for the project was originally estimated at £60 million...[and] expected to be completed this spring. -- Thomas Heatherwick- BD/Building Design (UK)
The Green Belt: We need to be convinced that the end will justify the means: ...Julia Park/Levitt Bernstein sets out what new developments need to win over the Nimby’s: Ministers should be instilling confidence and insisting that these new garden towns and villages epitomise what well-designed, sustainable living environments should look like...Perhaps it’s right to be a Nimby until they do.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Dust-Up in Granada, Spain, Over Building Plans for the Alhambra: ...a new entry and visitor center...competition-winning design by Álvaro Siza and Juan Domingo Santos will be completely revised after receiving a negative report from the International Council on Monuments and Sites...slams the addition as overscaled...public outcry compelled the project's administrators to cooperate with a full ICOMOS review...[the architects] have been asked to remain as designers...- Architectural Record
Joseph Giovannini: The Elbphilharmonie, Like a Fabergé Egg With a Wondrous Secret Inside: Hamburg’s new concert hall, wrapped by a hotel and condominium complex, heightens the sense of a roiling interior prize: ...its shell holds an unexpected world inside, a landscape in a box... -- Herzog & de Meuron- New York Times
Rowan Moore: Pompidou Centre: a 70s French radical that’s never gone out of fashion: ...designed in the 1970s by two young unknowns - Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. On the eve of its 40th birthday, they recall the sheer joy and bravado - and the struggle - of creating it: "Putting this spaceship in the middle of Paris was a bit mad...was brave but also a bit impolite"...remains successful...It’s partly the energy, joy and bravado palpable in its construction...At the same time, it’s a building with flaws and contradictions... [images]- Observer (UK)
Cate St Hill: Dyson Campus by WilkinsonEyre: Building on a 20-year relationship...[the firm] has completed a £250m expansion of the campus...which it first designed in 1996. The centrepiece is a mirrored glass box designed to conceal the brand’s most top-secret innovations...make the buildings seem smaller than they really are, as well as frustrating would-be prying eyes. [images]- DesignCurial / Blueprint Magazine (UK)
Justin Davidson: Behold the Next New Astor Place: It survived riots and punks. How about low-key plazas and cute NYU kids? Few open areas of the city have changed identity as regularly...In this amnesiac corner of a nostalgic city, memory is preserved in architectural artifacts...with a combination of modesty and flair...This is distinguished, if self-effacing, public design. -- WXY architecture + urban design; Fumihiko Maki; Charles Gwathmey; Thom Mayne; Piet Oudolf [images]- New York Magazine
Jared Green: A Smart Streetscape for a High-Tech Corridor: Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the center of technological innovation on the East Coast. But you would have never known it walking the broken-down, dated, 1980s-era brick streets...an inventive solution [with standard materials]...coming up with something entirely new. The results are as innovative as anything created by the techies who work along the street. -- Klopfer Martin Design Group; HDR [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Richard Waite: "Shit happens": what Patrik Schumacher’s email tells us about Zaha Hadid Architects: ...[he] claimed: "I am as much an author of the works of the practice as she is"...If before he had confined himself to parametricism and design theory...now he was airing polemics...email leaks are doing nothing to assure those on the outside that there is unity...and a steady hand on the tiller. It is unknown...whether Hadid herself had drawn up a clear succession plan.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Paul Keskeys: Fighting Talk: Patrik Schumacher on Fierce Debates, Facebook...Q&A re: his most recent debates with the profession and the public at large, his use of social media as a vehicle for architectural discourse and the future vision for Zaha Hadid Architects: "I stand by what I’ve been saying, but I won’t say it again for now...to avoid a similar PR disaster I will certainly have to be more circumspect in the future."- Architizer
Naomi Stead: Within and Without Architecture: The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life: Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not “properly” architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline...The object at hand is a cartoon.- Places Journal
Curry Stone Design Prizes Announces the Social Design Circle: 100 Winners for 2017: ...has also launched a new podcast [airs every Thursday]: Social Design Insights will feature conversations with Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman, Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas), Arquitectura Expandida, Mark Lakeman (City Repair Project), in January, reflecting on the question: Should Designers be Outlaws?- Curry Stone Design Prize
Lawrence Bird/Ager Little Architects: Winnipeg Warmth: ...shelters transform Winnipeg's rivertop skating trail into an ever-growing treasure trove of contemporary art: Warming Huts...shelters along the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, each one a jewel of invention, humour or drama....2017 winners range from the humorous to the haunting. -- The Forks; Peter Hargraves/Sputnik Architecture; Team 888: site design group/SMP Group Design Associates; Lisa Tondino/Alexandra Bolen/Mathew Rodrigues/Drew Klassen; Joyce de Grauw/Paul van den Berg/Atelier ARI; Anish Kapoor; Sean Kohli [images]- Canadian Architect
Winter Stations 2017 design winners announced: You'll soon be able to warm up on Toronto's beaches with lifeguard stations being transformed into public art installations...include a take on Japanese hot springs, modern lighthouses and suspended trees...Five winning designs...from all over the world. Three more...from students at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Humber College. -- Asuka Kono/Rachel Salmela; studio PERCH; Mario García/Andrea Govi; Dionisios Vriniotis/Rob Shostak/Dakota Wares-Tani;Julie Forand; Joao Araujo Sousa/Joanna Correia Silva [images]- CBC news (Canada)
Call for entries deadline reminder: 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: "Support": today’s architecture demands a reconsideration of support. What does support stand for? What props up architecture today? open to full-time residents, who need not be citizens, of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; cash prizes; deadline: February 13- Architectural League of New York
Elizabeth Donoff: "Loop" Installation Lights up Montreal’s Place des Festivals: ...part of Luminothérapie winter celebrations...in the...Quartier des Spectacles...each of the 13 giant zoetropes, or wheels, is outfitted with 24 images to tell a different fairy tale...on view through January 29. -- Oliver Girouard; Jonathan Villeneuve; Ottoblix [images]- Architectural Lighting magazine
Jack Crager: "Never Built New York": Grand Architectural Visions, Dashed Dreams, and Good, Old-Fashioned Hubris: ...[by] Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin...an erudite, well researched trove of glorious failures, grandiose coulda-shouldas, and outrageous why-nots...also reveals how failed ideas beget improved ideas - and without those architects who have the vision and audacity to think big, where would we be? [images]- Common Edge
Anthony Vidler: "Knowledge Matters: Eleven Tools to Reorient and Expand the Architectural Profession": UNStudio founders Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos explore the architect's changing role...a primer for any office concerned with controlling the parametric with acuity and architectural force...I have yet to come across the equal to this investigation of the recent past and the potential future...- Architectural Record
Sam Hall Kaplan: Some Positive Planning Books for the Tough Trump Years Ahead: ...employing a host of innovative planning and development programs...remind us of their inherent good will. Kevin Lynch’s "The Image of the City"; William H. Whyte’s "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces"; Jan Gehl’s “Life Between the Buildings"; Alexander Garvin’s “What Makes a Great City"; etc.- City Observed
Sam Hall Kaplan: Frederic Lyman’s Malibu Masterpiece: ...architect Cory Buckner's richly illustrated book...“The Lyman House and the Works of Frederick P. Lyman” is an estimable testament to a talented but relatively unheralded architect...he was never what you might call today, a star architect, a big name with a big ego...the bastardized house mercifully was destroyed in the Las Flores fire of 1993. Perhaps there is such a thing as architectural karma.- City Observed
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