Today’s News - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of the Exners' (stunning) 1970 Islev Church in Copenhagen that "contributed to the creation of a new Nordic church typology" (oh! that brickwork!).
• Dublin-based Grafton Architects' Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell named curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; they plan to "expand on the social themes explored by" Aravena's 2016 Biennale.
• An open letter to Donald Trump, signed by more than 250 architects, addresses "climate change, a clean and competitive U.S. economy using renewable energy, and standing up against special interest money in politics" (good luck with that...).
• King, meanwhile, reconsiders Mayne's Federal Building in San Francisco: "Though Trump shows little inclination to move past the acrimonious campaign," the building "seeks to be inclusive" - and even with its own flaws, "the complex has a spirit of optimism."
• Speaking of government buildings, Bates Smart has designed a "light-filled" Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, replacing the building the firm designed in 1964.
• In Bean Town, there are "big, transit-oriented plans" to replace a gigantic and "much-maligned concrete garage."
• Budds explores green lessons learned from Africa's first LEED-certified hospital: "instead of imposing Western building practices and techniques, Perkins+Will looked for ways to design and build that were rooted in Accra, Ghana."
• Singapore-based architect Kuppusamy, who expertly navigates construction sites in his wheelchair, calls for Universal Design solutions that are not just "tacked on just as an afterthought."
• WAF's 2016 Building of the Year architect Konieczny talks about how he won the award by creating the National Museum and Dialogue Centre Przelomy "that doubles as a 'city-forming' public space for the people of Szczecin, Poland."
• A decidedly unwelcome post-occupancy report: Nouvel's Torre Agbar skyscraper in Barcelona "has been sold for the second time in just three years" - its "impracticality" is driving tenants out (ouch!).
• On a brighter note, Roche and Dinkeloo's Ambassador Grill disco-era interior is (finally!) an official NYC Landmark (coolio! 'er, groovy!).
• A look at how some Australian firms ("the canaries in the construction coalmine") are retooling to keep up with economic changes (on the dark side: "The golden goose is dead and everybody is dying in the ditch" - yikes!).
• Pedersen pens the history of "the rise and fall" of NYC's Municipal Art Society: "the group's proximity to power has, it seems to me, almost fatally compromised it."
• Willis lays out four steps that could make architecture awards matter to more than just architects: "Third: ensure that awards serve more than just old white men in dark-rimmed glasses."
• Eyefuls of the winning designs for 8 pop-up "glamping" cabins to "be built in three secret locations" around Wales.
• Eyefuls of the student teams' winning designs in Van Alen Institute/AECOM's Urban SOS: Fair Share competition.
• Students hailing from China, Russia, U.K., and Lebanon win the 2016 Fentress Global Challenge to envision "The Airport of the Future."
• Manaugh, meanwhile, gets a deep de-briefing re: LAX's new anti-terrorism intelligence unit - "other airports are watching."
• The Hyperloop One Global Challenge results in 35 finalists, with the goal to be "Amazon Prime on steroids."
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Inger and Johannes Exner: Islev Church (1970), Copenhagen, Denmark: [The Exner's] were prolific Danish architects throughout the second half of the 20th century...Islev church...is one of their most influential projects...contributed to the creation of a new Nordic church typology. By Benjamin Wells [images]
Grafton Architects' Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell will curate 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale: The duo - who have just claimed the inaugural RIBA International Prize for the UTEC University campus in Lima, Peru - will expand on the social themes explored by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena at the 2016 Biennale, focusing on how architecture can be used as a tool of civil society.- CLAD (Community of Leisure Architects & Designers)
Dear Mr. President: Over 250 architects sign open letter to Donald Trump: ...focuses on three specific actions addressing climate change, a clean and competitive U.S. economy using renewable energy, and standing up against special interest money in politics.- The Architect's Newspaper
John King: What brash Federal Building says about government’s larger role: Though Trump shows little inclination to move past the acrimonious campaign...the building...seeks to be inclusive...Does [it] have its own flaws? Absolutely...In a larger sense, though, the complex has a spirit of optimism. An emotion that should be at the core of America’s identity... -- Thom Mayne/Morphosis [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Bates Smart unveils light-filled replacement for its Australian Embassy in Washington, DC: ...replacing the building that the firm designed for the same purpose in 1964...the existing building's condition was deteriorating...The Australian government initially considered repairing the structure, but eventually ran a competition to design a replacement. -- KCCT [images]- Dezeen
A Better Bean Town: A five-acre redevelopment of Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle will replace a much-maligned concrete garage: ...big, transit-oriented plans for the site. De-emphasizing the automobile, the $1.5 billion “Bulfinch Crossing” master plan involves the creation of a new public square and pedestrian promenade... -- CBT Architects; Pelli Clarke Pelli [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Diana Budds: Lessons In Green Building From Africa's First LEED-Certified Hospital: "We’re able to prove that sustainability doesn’t take high-tech solutions," says architect Pat Bosch: ...instead of imposing Western building practices and techniques...Perkins+Will looked for ways to design and build that were rooted in Accra [Ghana]...the real lesson...is more about what the West can learn. [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Universal design should leave nobody out, says disabled architect: Richard Kuppusamy cuts an unusual sight in busy construction sites when he navigates expertly...in his wheelchair...while he noted that Singapore has made big strides in improving accessibility, he urged for more to be done...and for solutions not to be tacked on just as an afterthought. -- WOHA Architects- TODAYonline (Singapore)
Building of the Year architect talks about form, function and why public space is vital: Robert Konieczny...of Polish architecture studio KWK Promes, has described how he won the World Architecture Festival’s 2016 Building of the Year prize by creating a museum [National Museum and Dialogue Centre Przelomy] that doubles as a “city-forming” public space for the people of Szczecin, Poland. [images]- CLAD (Community of Leisure Architects & Designers)
Impracticality drives tenants out of Jean Nouvel's Barcelona skyscraper: [His] Torre Agbar skyscraper has been sold for the second time in just three years, as it struggles to hold onto tenants...both of its past occupants have described the building as impractical.- Dezeen
UN Plaza Hotel’s postmodern Ambassador Grill interiors become a NYC landmark: The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to preserve the disco-era rooms...will become New York City’s 118th interior landmark. -- Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates (1975, 1983) [images]- Curbed New York
Design firms retool to keep up as economies change in Australia, overseas: After a buoyant few years that have seen firms rebuild staffing numbers, the changing market...is forcing design companies - the canaries in the construction coalmine - to retool as they adjust to clients' changing expectations.- Australian Financial Review
Martin C. Pedersen: The Rise and Fall of New York’s Municipal Art Society: How a once great civic organization was co-opted by the very forces it was supposed to watch: ...the group’s proximity to power has, it seems to me, almost fatally compromised it. -- Gina Pollara; Elizabeth Goldstein- Common Edge
Ben Willis: Do architecture awards matter? ...here’s how they could: ...could they do something to matter more? What could we do? First...Second...Third: ensure that awards serve more than just old white men in dark-rimmed glasses...it’s worth asking whether prizes affect our relevancy with the those working outside the world of design...what’s the role of our awards to the public? -- Union Studio Architecture & Community Design- Common Edge
Australians design pop-up glamping cabin in Wales: 8 cabins will be built in three secret locations throughout the country...Epic Retreats...part of the Welsh government’s “Year of Legends 2017” tourism campaign...designs inspired by Wales’s history and folklore. -- George & Tomos Architects; TRIAS; Miller Kendrick Architects; Timber Design Wales; Barton Willmore; Waind Gohil & Potter Architects; Francis & Arnett; Rural Office for Architecture; How About Studios [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Urban SOS: Fair Share Competition Winners: ...challenged multidisciplinary student teams around the world to explore the nexus of the sharing economy and urban infrastructure to solve our cities’ most urgent issues. “First Class Meal,” Los Angeles; En Comúna, Quito, Ecuador; WELP, Durban, South Africa; The Living City, Athens, Greece. [images]- Van Alen Institute /AECOM / 100 Resilient Cities
Winners Announced for 2016 Fentress Global Challenge: Annual competition recognizes innovation in airport design around the world: ...challenge was to envision “The Airport of the Future"...drew students from over 50 countries...three winning proposals reflect bold conceptual thinking... [images]- Fentress Architects
Geoff Manaugh: Inside LAX's New Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Unit: If the airport’s experimental team succeeds, every critical infrastructure site in the world might soon have its own in-house intel operation: ...the LAX model...working with classified intelligence material, has already become an objective elsewhere. Other airports are watching. -- Anthony McGinty; Michelle Sosa- The Atlantic
Hyperloop One Wants to Be "Amazon Prime on Steroids," but Where? Just think of it as "broadband for transportation": ...35 teams from regions all over the world were announced...as finalists in the “Hyperloop One Global Challenge"...The open competition...attracted 2,600 teams of engineers and urban planners who pitched their region as the ideal spot...- Inverse
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