Today’s News - Thursday, January 19, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days; we'll be back Tuesday, January 24 (and note the bunches of calls for entries today!).
• Bozikovic talks to some Canadian women architects who are "at the top of their game about opportunities for growth in the profession" - and the many challenges they still face.
• Phillips takes a broad view of "gender diversity in Canada's architecture profession": Canada may be "ahead of both the U.S. and the U.K. - but there are still significant problems."
• Darnstadt explains how her "Plan B" to "to become a social impact designer without going broke" resulted in the success of Latent Design.
• A great Q&A with Eskandari re: how she weaves her Islamic faith with her practice: she "views her practice as an extension of her faith - which means, basically, to make 'good architecture' for the 99%."
• The fascinating saga of how Shim-Sutcliffe's (beautiful!) Taoist temple near Toronto took the high road in dealing with "Markham's real religion: parking" and "ferocious NIMBYism."
• Speaking of sacred spaces, Crosbie parses the Oval Office: "while it lacks old age, it possesses the aura of a sacred spot" (at least until tomorrow...sigh).
• Sheridan parses the evolution of modern architecture, engineering, and design firms in dealing with challenges of technology, attracting talent, and succession-planning.
• An amusing "then vs. now" re: being an architect: "1. Drawing vs. Software; 4. A Lot of Old White Men vs. Slightly Less Old White Men"; etc.
• Lang offers a fascinating take on the history of London's council architects and their departments that "fostered an aspiration, ingenuity and innovation - and can do so again."
• Eyefuls of the 5 finalists vying to design the new Shepparton Art Museum (they couldn't be more different!).
• Call for entries (bunches and bunches!): Camboo Bamboo Landmark Design Challenge + University of Hawai'i' s "Make the Ala Wai Watershed Awesome" Student Design Challenge + 10th Dedalo Minosse International Prize honoring the client's role + World Habitat Awards 2017/18 + 2017 Radical Innovation Awards for inventive hospitality concepts + Applications for Be Original Americas' 7-week Summer Design Fellowship program.
• Weekend diversions:
• The documentary "Desert Maverick: The Singular Architecture of William F. Cody" beautifully illustrates his work as "unique among other modernist architects."
• Snarkitecture's giant 1.1 million ball pit "The Beach" now stars at the Sydney Festival.
• "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" road show lands at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, VA.
• "Nature and Cities" is "handsome and visually rich" with "big ideas and projects that showcase them. Sizable ambition certainly shines through."
• Brussat cheers Locktov for achieving "the most evocative stroll along the skinniest of tightropes" in putting together "Dream of Venice Architecture."
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Alex Bozikovic: Architecture is demanding for anyone, but women face added challenges. [He] asks designers at the top of their game about opportunities for growth in the profession: While Canadian architecture has some women among its leading lights...the profession remains overwhelmingly male. -- Vivian Manasc/Manasc Isaac; Patricia Patkau/Patkau Architects; Brigitte Shim/Shim-Sutcliffe; Heather Dubbeldam/Dubbeldam Architecture + Design; Megan Torza/DTAH; Camille Mitchell/KPMB [images]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Rhys Phillips: Because it’s 2017: Gender Diversity in Canada’s Architecture Profession: The state of diversity...has been under increasing scrutiny both inside and outside of Canada...[Data] suggests Canada is ahead of both the U.S. and the U.K., at least nationally. But there are still significant problems...There is a need for - and signs of - Despina Stratigakos’ third wave of architecture feminism...- Canadian Architect magazine
How to Become a Social Impact Designer Without Going (Permanently) Broke: This 34-year-old Chicago architect is building a new kind of firm: Katherine Darnstadt's story provides a fascinating window into the business of social impact design and how young architects are shaping not only the cities they work in, but also the profession as whole...Her fledgling firm was no longer a “plan B”... -- Latent Design- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Maryam Eskandari on Weaving Together Her Islamic Faith with Architecture Practice: Principal of MIIM Designs and Adviser in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University...[she] views her practice as an extension of her faith - which means, basically, to make "good architecture" for the 99%. [images]- Archinect
Practiced Poise: A Taoist temple [Wong Dai Sin Temple] on the edge of Toronto is delicately balanced atop two dramatically cantilevered platforms: ...organized religion had become a fly in the ointment of Markham’s real religion: parking...the silent practice of tai chi became the target of ferocious NIMBYism....(“ You’re not a religion, you’re a fitness club.” )...taking the high road, the Fung Loy Kok people refused to drop the project. -- Shim-Sutcliffe Architects [images]- Canadian Architect magazine
Michael J. Crosbie: Is The Oval Office America’s Most ‘Sacred’ Space? Thoughts about sacred space and finding it where one might least expect to occurred to me...when my family and I attended a “Departure Photo” event at the White House...My eyes fixed on little details...while it lacks old age, it possesses the aura of a sacred spot. A good part of this is due to its shape.- Huffington Post
Mike Sheridan: The Evolution of Modern Architecture, Engineering, and Design Firms: They face common challenges managing technology, attracting talent - and making the transition to a new generation of leadership..."the demographic changes are helping to drive some of these changes, both on the client and on the design team side.”- Urban Land Magazine (ULI)
Being an Architect: Then Versus Now: Some changes are conscious...made as acts of disciplinary or professional progress; others changes are uncontrollable, arising from architecture's role in the wider world that is also changing. 1. Drawing vs. Software; 2. Lone Genius vs. Teamwork; 4. A Lot of Old White Men vs. Slightly Less Old White Men; etc.- ArchDaily
Ruth Lang: In-house: the council architect: Far from being the arm which extended the dead hand of bureaucracy, council architects’ departments fostered an aspiration, ingenuity and innovation which benefited UK architecture as a whole - and can do so again: And the way forward has the potential to be led from an unlikely corner, far from the limelight of the starchitects. -- John Bancroft; Bob Giles; Erich Mendelsohn; Arne Jacobsen; Colin Stansfield Smith; the Smithsons; Archigram; HKPA; Chloe Phelps [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Finalists’ designs revealed for new Shepparton Art Museum. -- Denton Corker Marshall; John Wardle; Kerstin Thompson Architects; Lyons; MvS Architects [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Call for entries: Camboo Bamboo Landmark Design Challenge: 7th Building Trust international design competition for an innovative pavilion made from bamboo to be the centre of a Bamboo Festival Building Trust are hosting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this March; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): January 22; final registration: March 3 (submissions due March 17)- Building Trust International (UK)
Call for entries: University of Hawai'i' s "Make the Ala Wai Awesome" Student Design Challenge: help advance the collective goals and action agenda of the Ala Wai Watershed Partnership (AWWP); cash prizes; registration deadline: January 31 (submissions due March 17)- University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program / Ala Wai Watershed Partnership
Call for entries: 10th Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building 2016/2017: honouring the Client's role in the design process; no fee; deadline: February 17- ALA - Assoarchitetti / Regione del Veneto
Call for entries: World Habitat Awards 2017/18: projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems; cash prizes; deadline: March 1- Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) / UN-Habitat
Call for entries: 2017 Radical Innovation Awards: Rethink. Reimagine. Redefine. (international): submit hospitality concepts that provide new meaningful travel experiences, and new revenue growth opportunities for owners, investors, etc.; open to professionals and students; cash prizes; deadline: April 22- The John Hardy Group / Global Allies / Sleeper magazine / Architizer
Call for entries: Applications for Be Original Americas’ 7-week Summer Design Fellowship program, June 12 - August 1; open to students who have completed at least 2 years of study; travel and accommodation expenses, and a grant; deadline: February 28- Be Original Americas
Documentary Film Highlights Overshadowed Architect: “Desert Maverick: The Singular Architecture of William F. Cody"...exemplifies that Cody’s work was unique among other modernist architects, as his designs did not fall solely under one style; this is a possible reason for his lack of recognition... -- George Smart/Triangle Modernist Archive/North Carolina Modernist Houses- Technician (N.C. State University)
Snarkitecture's giant beach-themed ball pit stars at Sydney Festival: have once again revived "The Beach," their popular installation involving an indoor seaside experience and an ocean of 1.1 million recyclable, antimicrobial plastic balls; at Barangaroo Reserve until 29 January... [images]- CLAD (Community of Leisure Architects & Designers)
"The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley": Explore the current state of more than two dozen works of one of the most influential modernist landscape architects of the 20th century; at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond, VA. -- The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)- The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design (Richmond, VA)
"Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative of Urban Planning" edited by Frederick Steiner, George Thompson, and Armando Carbonell: A collection of essays from both well-established and up-and-coming landscape architects with big ideas and projects that showcase them. The book is handsome and visually rich, and the essays are warmer than they are academic...Sizable ambition certainly shines through...Read the book.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
David Brussat: A dream book of Venice: In "Dream of Venice Architecture," each photo by Riccardo De Cal accompanies a brief essay...by a noted contemporary architect, designer, artist or historian...JoAnn Locktov has accomplished the most evocative stroll along the skinniest of tightropes. She has assembled a book of Venice that expresses reverence for a beauty that many of its authors fail, in very fundamental ways, to understand. [images]- Architecture Here and There
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]
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