Today’s News - Tuesday, January 31, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Vo Trong Nghia Architects' great bamboo pavilions in Ho Chi Minh City: "The elephant in the room is that there is no community to inhabit this 'Community Centre.'" - yet; they could end up as only "aestheticized pavilions in the landscape."
• Gore and others organize a climate change and health summit to replace the one canceled by CDC.
• Kamin cheers architects taking a "stand on Trump, climate change": "Kudos for showing that architects can have a moral compass and an ethical backbone," but "should they go further?"
• Szenasy's great Q&A with McDonough re: why he says "there needs to be a new language on carbon" - it's "not the enemy we face," but "an innocent bystander."
• Blitz considers how "FDR's dedication to infrastructure saved America once. Could a new dedication to infrastructure do it again" [under Trump]?
• Mexican designers have a few "polite suggestions for Trump," offering "a number of user-centered solutions that would make up for that big expense of a wall."
• Budds cheers Brooks +Scarpa's housing project for homeless vets in L.A., designed with the belief that "good design is a basic civil right" (though new HUD policies "could jeopardize future low-income developments" like this).
• Arieff parses "a housing crisis" for middle-class seniors: "Well-designed living arrangements for older adults aren't keeping pace with the growing need" (unless you're really rich or really poor).
• Hawthorne has (mostly) good things to say about Maltzan's plans to expand the Hammer Museum: "An institution that was originally designed to ignore the outside world now seems determined [to be] an urban museum for the first time."
• Anderton and Artsy have a lively conversation with Ingels re: his big idea for L.A.'s Arts District, "what makes an architect different from a politician (clue: it's about how each deals with conflict)," and his "outsized ability at persuading people to embrace his ideas."
• King x 2: He explains why he prefers to review new buildings once they're inhabited: "Only when there's activity at street level can we gauge if the newcomer connects with its surroundings - or if it wants to."
• He wanders Mission Bay and finds it (mostly) "on a winning track," though it's "apparent how careful planning doesn't always transfer to good architecture or lively streets" - sometimes "reality falls short of well-laid plans."
• Brussat parses the "elusive 'why' of preservation: preservation must rethink its raison d'être. Don't hold your breath."
• Kamin cheers NYC's Van Valkenburgh and a Chicago team selected to design the landscape surrounding the Obama Presidential Center, a project that presents "a significant and potentially controversial design challenge."
• Eyefuls of the 40 shortlisted projects vying for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award (click on each image!).
• The stellar shortlist was announced last November - now we have images of the 10 designs for the U.K.'s National Holocaust Memorial in London.
• Meanwhile, 5 are in the running to top the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square that include a recreation of a sculpture destroyed by ISIS, and "a swirl of vanilla ice cream" topped with a cherry, a fly, and a drone.
• Taking a cue from Trafalgar Sq., the inaugural High Line Plinth will be topped by one of 12 shortlisted proposals (we're trying to grok how a brass elephant suspended upside down reflects "the future growth of cities and our relationship with the natural world" - huh?).
• One we couldn't resist: a round-up of AN's coverage of Trump, beginning with the "Pay Your Architect" sign at the NYC Women's March (then on to more serious stuff).
• Call for entries: 2017 AZ Awards + Stone Barn Meditation Camp in Latvia + A' International Design Awards.
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Vo Trong Nghia Architects: Diamond Island Community Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: ...VTN seeks to expand the use of bamboo..."the green steel of the 21st century"...The elephant in the room is that there is no community to inhabit this 'Community Centre'...while the high-rise apartments are yet to be complete...structures may result as only aestheticised pavilions in the landscape. [images]
Al Gore and others will hold climate change summit canceled by CDC, February 16th in Atlanta: ...will hold the summit on climate change and health that was canceled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. -- American Public Health Association; The Climate Reality Project; Harvard Global Health Institute; University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment; Howard Frumkin- The Verge
Blair Kamin: Architects take stand on Trump, climate change - but should they go further? ...it is heartening to see four architects...leading a national drive...Kudos...for showing that architects can have a moral compass and an ethical backbone...Should they play ball...even though he's undercutting U.S. efforts on climate change...A wiser idea...judge [his] infrastructure projects on a case-by-case basis before signing on to help design them. -- Krueck + Sexton; Architects Advocate- Chicago Tribune
Susan Szenasy: Why Architects Must Rethink Carbon (It's Not the Enemy We Face): Q&A with William McDonough: How did you come up with this idea, that there needs to be a new language on carbon? "Carbon, an otherwise lovely material, could be a problem in the wrong dose, duration, and place. Don't attack carbon. That’s the part that upsets me in the language."- Metropolis Magazine
Matt Blitz: When America's Infrastructure Saved Democracy: FDR's dedication to infrastructure saved America once. Could a new dedication to infrastructure do it again? ...it's worth looking back..."Roosevelt had a comprehensive moral vision to improve the United States..." -- Gray Brechin/The Living New Deal; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Public Works Administration (PWA); Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)- Popular Mechanics
Luis Arnal and Roberto Holguin/ INSITUM: Mexican Designers Have Some Polite Suggestions For Trump: Innovation tips for a president who's woefully lacking in imagination: ...we have a number of user-centered solutions that would make up for that big expense of a wall.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Diana Budds: "Good Design Is A Basic Civil Right:" A Housing Project For Homeless Vets: ...The Six offers housing and support services to one of the city's most vulnerable populations...The problem is complex and nuanced, but...a new, 52-unit supportive housing project...aims to chip away at the epidemic...The Trump Administration's policies pertaining to HUD could jeopardize future low-income developments like the Six. -- Brooks +Scarpa- Fast Company / Co.Design
Allison Arieff: A Housing Crisis for Seniors: Well-designed living arrangements for older adults aren’t keeping pace with the growing need: Better housing...exists at the lowest and the highest ends of the economic spectrum...Really good options are limited, particularly for the middle class. -- David Baker; Anne Fougeron; Perkins Eastman- New York Times
Christopher Hawthorne: Hammer Museum finally cues up a big expansion. Here's an early look: ...after years of effective but piecemeal upgrades...expansion is a surgical rather than a virtuosic or expressionistic one...An institution that was originally designed to ignore the outside world now seems determined...[to be] an urban museum for the first time. -- Edward Larrabee Barnes (1990); Michael Maltzan [images]- Los Angeles Times
DNA/Frances Anderton and Avishay Artsy: Bjarke Ingels brings a BIG idea to L.A.’s Arts District Architecture: Will the anti-gentrification forces embrace [670 Mesquit] that brings architectural ambition - and massive change - to the area? Q&A re: what makes an architect different from a politician (clue: it’s about how each deals with conflict.)...[he] possesses an outsize ability at persuading people to embrace his ideas... -- BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group [images, audio]- KCRW (Los Angeles)
John King: New buildings must be inhabited to come alive: When is a building fully complete and...ready for its close-up? Not as soon as you might think...Only when there’s activity at street level can we gauge if the newcomer connects with its surroundings - or if it wants to... [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
John King: Mission Bay, Warriors’ next home, on winning track with buildings: ...it becomes apparent how the newest set of buildings and spaces improve on what came before - and how careful planning doesn’t always transfer to good architecture or lively streets...Four buildings frame the [Mission Bay Kids’ Park], all but one trying hard to look more interesting than they are...reality falls short of well-laid plans. -- MVE + Partners; HKS Architects; Kennerly Architecture; Mithun [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
David Brussat: Elusive ‘why’ of preservation: The Hotel Pennsylvania, in Manhattan, is again at risk of demolition and replacement...Preservation organizations have not rallied to its defense...preservation must rethink its raison d’être. Don’t hold your breath.- Architecture Here and There
Blair Kamin: Landscape designers named for the Obama Presidential Center: ...to be led by the designer of Chicago's 606 trail and Maggie Daley Park. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates...will head the team...Landscape design issues represent a significant and potentially controversial design challenge for the center, which will be built in the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Jackson Park. -- Ernie Wong/Site Design Group; Living Habitats/Heidi Natura; Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects- Chicago Tribune
40 Shortlisted Projects Announced for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award: ...highlights the opportunities and the trends of today’s European territory: cities, housing, heritage, and memory. [click images for details]- European Commission / Mies van der Rohe Foundation
Shortlist Gallery: 10 concept designs for the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. -- Adjaye Associates/Ron Arad Architects/Gustafson Porter + Bowman/Plan A/DHA Designs/etc; Allied Works/Robert Montgomery/The Olin Studio/Ralph Appelbaum Associates/Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture; Anish Kapoor/Zaha Hadid Architects/Sophie Walker Studio/etc; Caruso St John Architects/Marcus Taylor/Rachel Whiteread/Vogt Landscape Architects/etc; Diamond Schmitt Architects/Ralph Appelbaum Associates/Martha Schwartz Partners/Arup; Foster + Partners/Michal Rovner/Tillotson Design Associates/etc; heneghan peng/Gustafson Porter + Bowman/Bruce Mau Design/etc; John McAslan + Partners/MASS Design Group/Lily Jencks Studio/Local Projects/etc; Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects/David Morley Architects/Ralph Appelbaum Associates/Hemgård Landscape Design/etc; Studio Libeskind/Martha Schwartz Partners/Haptic Architects/etc [images, videos]- Malcolm Reading Consultants / UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation
Fourth Plinth Finalists Unveiled, With Subjects Ranging From Ice Cream to ISIS: ...for the Fourth Plinth, in Trafalgar Square...proposed sculptures range...from a...recreation of a sculpture destroyed by ISIS...[to] a swirl of vanilla ice cream, topped by a cherry, which has attracted a fly and a drone...on display at the National Gallery until March 26. [images]- artnet News
High Line Plinth: A new landmark destination for contemporary art: 12 shortlisted artists announced...inspired by the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square...exhibition of...proposed artworks will be exhibited from February 9 to April 30 on the High Line at West 14th Street. [images]- High Line
Sign of the Times: “Pay Your Architect” says sign at the NYC Women’s March: The Architecture Lobby spotted this poster... + Sign designating honorary “Trump Plaza” in Chicago removed + Trump proposes eliminating The National Endowment for the Arts + Trump puts NYC developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth in charge of infrastructure plan; etc.- The Architect's Newspaper
Call for entries: 2017 AZ Awards (international): honors the best architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design projects, products, concepts, and student work; earlybird submissions (save money!): February 1 (final submissions deadline: February 21)- Azure magazine (Canada)
Call for entries: Stone Barn Meditation Camp: a venue for wellness tourism...will serve as a guesthouse in a repurposed stone barn in Vidzeme, Latvia; cash prizes; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): February 22; final registration: April 12 (submissions due May 3)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
Call for entries: A' International Design Award & Competition to recognize the best design works in all countries and in all creative disciplines; deadline: February 28- A' Design Award & Competition
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