Today’s News - Wednesday, February 1, 2017
• Holl, Libeskind, and Snøhetta condemn Trump's travel restrictions.
• Kennicott ponders the possibility of the defunding of the NEA, NEH, and PBS: the "proposed budget cuts are part of a nascent but ominous larger movement to eliminate the last vestiges of a public realm free of the dictates of the market."
• Budds explains why "defunding the NEA would be incredibly stupid" - it "funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more."
• Though "research could still use an upgrade, everything we know about whether and how the arts improve lives should cheer any arts advocate."
• Betsky paints a rather bleak picture about our "pick-up truck nation" living in virtual and real bubbles that threaten to "tear us so far apart that nothing remains of human society."
• Darley says if Trump visits London, "let's harness the capital's most visible infrastructure [i.e. bridges] to show him exactly what we think" (Londoners did a great job doing just that on Jan. 21!).
• 20 years and $15 million later, Christo walks away from his "Over the River" project because of Trump: "I can't do a project that benefits this landlord."
• Jacobs takes a deep - and fascinating - dive into architects' pursuit of disaster relief housing: "the typical architectural response to disaster may be fundamentally misguided - there's a better response to the refugee crisis."
• Wainwright x 2: he explains why Ikea's flatpack refugee shelter won London's Design Museum Beazley Design of the Year: it "has already changed the lives of thousands of refugees around the world - but the project hasn't always had an easy ride."
• He digs into the dilemma of land-banking, with developers "hoarding" enough land to solve the U.K.'s housing crisis.
• Moore has a few good things to say about UNStudio's new London tower: it "aims to be a new blueprint for communal living" - but "the rhetoric of connection paradoxically increases disconnection."
• Kamin parses Smith + Gill and Jahn's proposals to replace Jahn's "boldly curving" Thompson Center that could be tallest tower in Chicago.
• Díaz offers high praise for Hariri Pontarini's Bahá'í Temple, "a stunning landmark" outside of Santiago, Chile, on a site that "appears to be the temple's rightful destiny."
• It's an impressive team of 11 firms planning and designing Phase 2 of the massive, $2 billion, 3.2-million-square-foot The Wharf in D.C.
• DesBrisay takes a look back at Kahn's Yale Art Gallery and "the lessons learned from restoring a modernist classic, as well as a look forward at the ongoing need for modernist preservation."
• Lubell lines up some "amazing things architects make when they aren't architecting" (fashion, food, and boat-building included).
• A new global survey reveals where architects get paid most: there are "huge salary disparities between North America and western Europe."
• One we couldn't resist: Wainwright named London's "hottest man" - he "attributes his victory" to his profile pictures in Lautner's Sheats Goldstein Residence (man bun included).
• Call for entries: ArchDaily's Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card 2017 + Vote for 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year.
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Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind and Snøhetta strongly condemn Trump's travel restrictions: ...statements from Holl and Libeskind, and our brief interview with Snøhetta... -- Steven Holl Architects; Studio Libeskind; Elaine Molinar; Craig Dykers- Dezeen
Philip Kennicott: A Trump attack on the arts would be more than just symbolic: Early reports suggest that not only the NEA, but also the NEH and PBS are on the chopping block: Will he really do it? ...proposed budget cuts are part of a nascent but ominous larger movement to eliminate the last vestiges of a public realm free of the dictates of the market.- Washington Post
Diana Budds: Defunding The NEA Would Be Incredibly Stupid - Here's Why: The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more...The cost per American for all this? A paltry $0.46 a year...A country that doesn't fund the arts is saying culture doesn't matter. It most definitely does.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Everything We Know About Whether and How the Arts Improve Lives: The research could still use an upgrade in many areas. But what we know so far should cheer any arts advocate.- Createquity
[virtual and real bubbles]
Aaron Betsky: Architecture that constructs a better world, not better bubbles, is the true task in this new year: ...the need for architecture that will bring America's isolated communities together, and not just benefit the world of pick-up-truck drivers. We live in a pick-up nation, and we have elected a president who represents that particular mobile bubble...It seems more likely to me that we will just build more and more resilient bubbles until total atomisation tears us so far apart that nothing remains of human society.- Dezeen
Gillian Darley: If Trump does visit London, our bridges could be very illuminating indeed: Before Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands starts work on its competition-winning scheme, let’s harness the capital’s most visible infrastructure to show the new US president exactly what we think. -- Illuminated River Foundation; Leo Villareal- BD/Building Design (UK)
Christo Walks Away from “Over the River” Battle: After over 20 years of trying to realize the installation over a Midwest river, the artist has abandoned one of his most prolific projects due to his disapproval of President Donald Trump: "I can’t do a project that benefits this landlord"...he will now focus on “The Mastaba” in the United Arab Emirates... [images]- Architect Magazine
Karrie Jacobs: Rethinking the Refugee Camp: Architects have long been celebrated for their innovative designs for disaster relief housing. But there's a better response to the refugee crisis: ...the typical architectural response to disaster may be fundamentally misguided....“Architects and designers frequently overlook for whom they are designing"... -- Shigeru Ban; Sean Anderson/MoMA; Tyin Tegnestue Architects; Forensic Architecture; Brett Moore; Ikea Foundation; Johan Karlsson/Better Shelter; Tommy Sandløkk; Kilian Kleinschmidt/Switxboard; Don Weinreich/Eliza Montgomery/Ennead [images]- Architect Magazine
Oliver Wainwright: Why Ikea's flatpack refugee shelter won design of the year: ...solar-powered Better Shelter lasts six times longer than a typical emergency tent and has already changed the lives of thousands of refugees around the world...but the project hasn’t always had an easy ride..."It offers a chance for basic, dignified living.” -- London's Design Museum Beazley Design of the Year- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Britain has enough land to solve the housing crisis - it's just being hoarded: Developers are sitting on land without building anything, then selling it for profit - a vicious cycle that can make it impossible to create affordable homes. What can be done to stop this speculative feeding frenzy? ...land banking is a symptom, not a cause, of our dysfunctional housing market...- Guardian (UK)
Rowan Moore: Canaletto - a utopia with its head in the clouds: With its private bar, cinema and pool, London’s latest skyscraper aims to be a new blueprint for communal living. But why does it act as if its neighbours aren’t there? At both a large and a small scale the rhetoric of connection paradoxically increases disconnection. -- Ben van Berkel/UNStudio [images]- Observer (UK)
Blair Kamin: Plan calls for replacing Thompson Center with new tower that would be tallest in Chicago: ...if one of two competing designs for redeveloping...Helmut Jahn's boldly curving but decaying state office building...comes to fruition. -- Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture [images]- Chicago Tribune
Francisco Díaz: In the Heights: South America's first Bahá’í Temple is a stunning landmark in the foothills of the Andes mountains - and a feat of architectural detailing and materials technology: Its most impressive feature, of course, is its floral shape, composed of nine ascending “petals”...While warm and welcoming Peñalolén [Santiago, Chile] in retrospect appears to be the temple’s rightful destiny... -- Hariri Pontarini Architects; Juan Grimm [images]- Canadian Architect
The Wharf’s phase two design team, revealed: 11 architects will plan the office, residential, and retail spaces for one of the largest projects in the nation’s capital: ...a $2 billion, 3.2-million-square-foot project... -- Perkins Eastman; SHoP Architects; WDG Architecture; ODA; Rafael Viñoly; Morris Adjmi Architects; Hollwich Kushner/HWKN; S9 Architects; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Wolf | Josey- Curbed DC (Washington, DC)
Lloyd DesBrisay: How the Restoration of Louis Kahn’s Yale Art Gallery Helped Kickstart Modern Preservation: ...a look back at the lessons learned from restoring a modernist classic, as well as a look forward at the ongoing need for modernist preservation. -- DesBrisay & Smith Architects; James Stewart Polshek/Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects); James S. Russell; Meredith Bzdak/Docomomo- Common Edge
Sam Lubell: Amazing Things Architects Make When They Aren’t Architecting: Designing a building takes ages, and actually building it longer still. That can frustrate architects, who have an almost compulsive need to design and create. -- Pilar Proffitt/Poesis; Zaha Hadid; Jenny Wu/Oyler Wu Collaborative; Factory 15; Jose Sanchez; Debi van Zyl; Debi van Zyl; Julia Körner; Claus Voigtmann; Natasha Case/Freya Estreller; Anonymous Architects; Bureau V; Greg Lynn; Elena Manferdini/Atelier Manferdini; ArandaLasch- Wired
Global survey reveals where architects get paid most: The 2017 Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry Salary Report has revealed huge salary disparities between North America and western Europe for architects and construction professionals- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Guardian design critic named London's hottest man: Oliver Wainwright is "flattered speechless" after being named London's most eligible bachelor by a dating app...attributes his victory to the architectural icon in his profile pictures - the John Lautner-designed Sheats Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles... [images]- Dezeen
Call for entries: Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card 2017; deadline: February 11- ArchDaily
2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists: ...vote for your favorite projects until February 6...80 projects in 16 categories and 5 finalists per category.- ArchDaily
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]
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