Today’s News - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us Dibbs's take on Marina Tabassum's mosque in Dhaka (a winner of the 2016 Aga Khan Award) that uses "unadorned materials and vernacular construction techniques to immense effect."
• Zacks pens an open letter to the AIA's Robert Ivy: "Don't resign: engage, resist and confront" the "threats posed by the incoming administration."
• Hosey explains why, "if ever there were a time for architects to lead the fight against climate change, it's now" (sign COTE's petition to the Senate re: the DOE and EPA!).
• Korody explains why Trump (possibly) eliminating the NEA and NEH - and privatizing PBS - matters for architecture.
• Hawthorne has a grand time at Saturday's women's march to Grand Park in L.A.; "Metro and Pershing Square, not so much."
• King reports on San Francisco's Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge - a $5.8 million design competition for 10 projects "to lessen effects of sea level rise on SF Bay."
• McKay minces no words in considering when "context" became "a dirty word in architecture" - now, "the only context that matters is a building's contribution to the universal context of media churn - none of this requires the presence of actual buildings."
• Perhaps there will be some answers in Harvard GSD's upcoming - and free! - online architecture course, "The Architectural Imagination."
• Wainwright parses Grafton Architects' "modern-day Machu Picchu" in Peru - dubbed "the best new building in the world" by winning the RIBA International Prize; Farrell and McNamara "have equally big plans for Britain."
• Dalrymple has a very different take on Grafton's "modern Macchu Picchu: "it is unfortunately possible that it is 'the best new building in the world.' This, unfortunately, tells us more about the world than about the building."
• Moore cheers Womersley being rediscovered: He "was, quite simply, one of the best British architects of the 20th century," who combined "brutality and breezy optimism," and "brought a purist's beauty to small-town projects in the 60s and 70s."
• The 15th Driehaus Prize goes to Robert Adam; Ackerman is honored posthumously with the Henry Hope Reed Award; and CNU gets "a special award for contributions to the public realm."
• Brussat, not surprisingly, cheers Adam's Driehaus Prize, and parses his essay on skyscrapers that, "alone, deserves a Nobel."
• la Roi of Heatherwick Studio wins the competition to design a Belgian refugee monument in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.
• Tate Harmer's "big tent" wins the competition to design a museum and visitor center at the Scout Association's HQ in east London (now all it needs is some Heritage Lottery Funding).
• The Society of Architectural Historians' 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow is Nigerian architectural historian and photographer Adeyemi Akande, who will explore "the pinnacle of early Western religious architecture."
• A very longggg (and inspiring!) shortlist for the 2017 Knight Cities Challenge.
• Call for entries: Kaira Looro (Architecture for Peace) competition: Sacred Architecture in Tanaf, Senegal + RFQ: Nepean Point (Ottawa) Redevelopment International Design Competition + American Architecture Prize Firm of the Year 2017 Award.
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Jason Dibbs: Marina Tabassum Architects: Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque, Dhaka, Bangladesh: ...utilizes simple, unadorned materials and vernacular construction techniques to immense effect, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow, and creating a space for religious reverie and transcendence. [images]
Stephen Zacks: An Open Letter to AIA Executive Director Robert Ivy: Don't resign: engage, resist and confront: The demands could be limited to issues relevant to the AIA’s mission and still be enormously effective leverage in relation to threats posed by the incoming administration...Will architects build anything billionaires throw money at, or will they realize their collective power as agents of change?- Common Edge
Lance Hosey: The “Radical Hope” of Architects: A new political climate demands a newly aggressive approach to sustainable design: AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Advisory Group...created a petition to urge the Senate to be sure that the new directors of the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency will honor the science and consensus on climate change...could very well fall on deaf ears...If ever there were a time for architects to lead the fight against climate change, it’s now.- Huffington Post
Nicholas Korody: Trump may eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts [and National Endowment for the Humanities] - here's why that matters for architecture: What kind of projects are supported by the NEA? AIA conferences...design competitions; architecture exhibitions...community workshops for design projects; neighborhood planning activities...socially-oriented design initiatives...and much, much more.- Archinect
Christopher Hawthorne: In L.A. march, Grand Park performs well with huge crowds; Metro and Pershing Square, not so much: The Los Angeles edition of Saturday’s women’s march was in that sense another sign of the city’s continuing effort to redefine, or at least recalibrate, its public-ness. -- Ricardo Legorreta (1994); Agence Ter; SALT Landscape Architects- Los Angeles Times
John King: Lab explores projects to lessen effects of sea level rise on SF Bay: ...the aim of a $5.8 million design competition being announced this week that will select 10 multidisciplinary teams and assign each a different bayside setting...Dubbed Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge.. -- Rockefeller Foundation; Rebuild by Design; 100 Resilient Cities- San Francisco Chronicle
Graham McKay: When Did “Context” Become a Dirty Word in Architecture? Playing well with your architectural neighbors was once an honorable tradition: Architects’ abilities to satisfy local populations with loosely associative imagery were admired and rewarded...[now] the only context that matters...is a building’s contribution to the universal context of media churn and its place in the architect’s oeuvre...none of this requires the presence of actual buildings. -- Charles Moore; Perez Architects.; Asnago & Vendor (1958); Gio Ponti; Giovanni Muzio & Pier Fausto Berelli (1922); Foster + Partners; Jialiang Gao [images]- Common Edge
Harvard GSD to offer (free) online architecture course, starting February 28: “The Architectural Imagination" will examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations. -- K. Michael Hays ; Erika Naginski; Antoine Picon- Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)
Oliver Wainwright: Inside Peru's modern-day Machu Picchu - is this the best new building in the world? The soaring buttresses and hanging walkways of UTEC [Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología] in Lima have earned it the RIBA International Prize. And Grafton Architects, the Irish team behind it, have equally big plans for Britain. -- Yvonne Farrell; Shelley McNamara [image]- Guardian (UK)
Theodore Dalrymple: A Modern Machu Picchu: As the awarding body was the RIBA, it was only to be expected that the building was a complete aesthetic mess, an eyesore...does not look half as bad as it will look after a few years...it is unfortunately possible that it is ‘the best new building in the world.’ This, unfortunately, tells us more about the world than about the building. -- Yvonne Farrell/Shelley McNamara/Grafton Architects- Salisbury Review (UK)
Rowan Moore: Peter Womersley: from Bauhaus to boiler house: Combining brutality and breezy optimism...[he] brought a purist’s beauty to small-town projects in the 60s and 70s. Now his virtuosic talents are being rediscovered...[He] was, quite simply, one of the best British architects of the 20th century...His buildings are adventurous but poised; lucid, brave in conception and considered in their detail...but mostly they are creations of his own personal universe. [images]- Observer (UK)
Robert Adam named 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate: James S. Ackerman posthumously presented the Henry Hope Reed Award: ...jury named Congress for the New Urbanism/CNU recipient of a special award for contributions to the public realm.- University of Notre Dame News (Indiana)
David Brussat: Driehaus Prize to Robert Adam: The prize earns its recipient...$200,000, twice the amount of the Pritzker Prize, which only goes to modernist architects...The 18th century Robert Adam probably could not quite have matched the later Adam’s erudition...for his essay on skyscrapers alone, he deserves a Nobel. -- Léon Krier; ADAM Architecture- Architecture Here and There
Heatherwick Studio architect wins Belgian refugee monument contest [in Amersfoort, The Netherlands]: Matthijs la Roi was chosen from a seven-strong shortlist..."Museum of Hospitality" concept will be constructed next to an existing First World War monument... [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Tate Harmer's 'big tent' wins scouting museum contest: ...to design a museum and visitor centre at the Scout Association’s (TSA) headquarters [in east London]: ...Scout Adventure Centre...scheme is dependent on the Scout Association winning Heritage Lottery Funding... [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Society of Architectural Historians Announces the 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow: ...architectural historian and photographer Adeyemi Akande...plans to focus his travels on areas that exhibit the pinnacle of early Western religious architecture...has taught architectural history at University of Lagos in Nigeria for three years...he has never seen many of the buildings he lectures on.- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
144 finalists advance in 2017 Knight Cities Challenge: There is at least one finalist in each of the 26 Knight communities, along with several projects that would be put to work in multiple cities. [images]- Knight Foundation
Call for entries: Kaira Looro (Architecture for Peace) international architectural competition: Sacred Architecture in Tanaf, Senegal; cash prizes; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): February 13 (submissions due April 23)- Associazione Balouo Salo
Call for entries: Request for Qualification/RFQ: Nepean Point Redevelopment International Design Competition: innovative and inspiring proposals to redevelop a spectacular lookout in Ottawa; teams must be led by a landscape architect...licensed to work in Ontario, Canada; Stage 1/RFQ deadline: March 31- Nepean Point Redevelopment (Ottawa, Canada)
Call for entries: AAP Firm of the Year 2017 Award (international): American Architecture Prize honors the total body of work of small, medium, and large companies in their own categories based on firm size and area of expertise; earlybird deadline (save money!): February 28 (submissions due April 30)- American Architecture Prize (AAP)
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