Today’s News - Thursday, February 2, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, February 7. Meanwhile, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, so six more weeks of winter - oh joy...
• Architecture schools and firms are rocked by Trump's travel ban - "schools felt the effects immediately."
• Lange takes a long and fascinating look at "the forgotten history of Japanese-American designers' World War II internment" (a fab read!).
• Wood profiles a "new wave of European architecture collectives" and "spatial activists who operate from the sidelines as facilitators to pursue a specific objective."
• A new AIA report "identifies five 'keystones' themes and recommends 11 concrete actions to "pave the way" for the profession to be more diverse and inclusive.
• Eyefuls of Calatrava's first project in the U.K. (£1 billion and really big!).
• Meanwhile, Paris-based AWP takes on the task of designing a creative hub in Liverpool (also big).
• de Forest: parses projects by Drexel University and UPenn that "have dramatically reconstructed" a Philly intersection that proves "inventive urban planning and close attention to what happens at street level can overcome a multitude of architectural sins."
• A report on a Parks Without Borders program re: how cities are embracing innovative park planning to "create a more seamless public realm."
• Kimmelman considers how Parks Without Borders' "populist rhetoric" is being used "to argue against opening up a gated part" of the American Museum of Natural History's public park.
• Heatherwick's Pier55 on the Hudson "may not appear quite like the stunning first renderings," which "raises questions about a design process that's shaped a major public space largely outside of the public eye."
• Kirk's great Q&A with Burkhalter re: the history of playgrounds, helicopter parenting, and the potential for a renaissance of more stimulating, liberating [i.e. "riskier"] play spaces."
• Mendes da Rocha takes home RIBA's Royal Gold Medal.
• Architectural historian Hillary Lewis is named chief curator at Philip Johnson's Glass House.
• Call for entries: LA+ Design Ideas Competition for a new island anywhere in the world + 2017 RAMSA Travel Fellowship.
• Weekend diversions:
• "Say It Loud: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA" at NYC's Center for Architecture "shines a light on the many achievements of black architects."
• "Architecture in the Public Realm" at the Center for Architecture Sarasota highlights the "importance of public architecture" that "must be all things to all users."
• "The Concrete Atlantis Revisited" at London's Museum of Architecture "takes Banham's 1986 book as a starting point to examine the influence of industrial architecture on the built environment."
• "Evolution" at Toronto's Design Exchange "examines how biomimicry has given new rise to design thinking."
• Harvard GSD's "Architectural Ethnography" showcases Atelier Bow-Wow's "unique perspective on the relationship between human interaction with architecture."
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Immigration Ban Rocks Architecture Community: Deans and firms respond to the mounting concerns about President Trump’s executive order, which jeopardizes the status of thousands of students and workers: The shockwaves are resonating throughout the architectural community...Architecture schools felt the effects immediately.- Architectural Record
Alexandra Lange: The forgotten history of Japanese-American designers’ World War II internment: Revisiting the link between detention and design history, 75 years after FDR’s executive order: Once you start to look at postwar American design through the lens of Japanese-American history, you realize that the two are inextricable. -- Minoru Yamasaki; Gyo Obata; Ray Komai; Larry Shinoda; Willie Ito; S. Neil Fujita; Tomoko Miho; George Nakashima; Kay Sekimachi; Ruth Asawa; Hideo Sasaki; Isamu Noguchi; Joseph Yamada; Hideo Sasaki; Satoru Nishita; Alan Oshima; Alan Taniguchi; etc. [images]- Curbed
Hannah Wood: Spatial Activism: Profiling a New Wave of European Architecture Collectives and Their Spatial Manifestos: These spatial activists operate from the sidelines as facilitators, utilising design not as an end in itself but as a means to pursue a specific objective. -- InBetween Economies; La Rivoluzione Delle Seppie; Keller Easterling; New South; Architecture00; Forensic Architecture; etc. [images]- Archinect
AIA Releases Diversity and Inclusion Recommendations: ...intended to pave the way to a more inclusive field...report identifies five “keystones” themes and recommends 11 concrete actions... -- Equity in Architecture Commission [link to report]- Architectural Record
Calatrava's £1 billion Greenwich scheme unveiled: The Peninsula Place scheme features three towers rising to 30 storeys in height, as well as an 80 ft high winter garden...part of Knight Dragon’s wider £8.4 billion Greenwich Peninsula development... -- Adamson Associates; Reardon Smith; Allies & Morrison [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Historic Liverpool docks to host creative hub: Paris-based architects AWP have unveiled plans for a new creative district next to the giant Tobacco Warehouse in Liverpool’s Stanley Dock...50 hectare scheme...for the Ten Streets district... [images]- Construction News (UK)
Ann de Forest: Shaping A New Urban Crossroads At 33rd And Chestnut: Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania together have dramatically reconstructed the intersection with four contemporary, high-performing (though mixed quality) buildings and distinctive landscape... inventive urban planning and close attention to what happens at street level can overcome a multitude of architectural sins. -- Diamond Schmitt; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Digsau; Studio Bryan Hanes [images]- Hidden City Philadelphia
Parks Without Borders: Creating a Seamless Public Realm: How can innovative park planning create a more seamless public realm? "...parks are as necessary to cities as sewers, roads, and schools..." [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Michael Kimmelman: Fair Trade: A Museum Expansion for an Open Park: A New York story: a gated park, a museum seeking to expand, warring neighbors. Why the fight over a tiny patch of green matters: ...a now-closed quadrant of Theodore Roosevelt Park outside the American Museum of Natural History...Peter Wright [Friends of Roosevelt Park]...using Parks Without Borders’ populist rhetoric to argue against opening up a gated part of a public park. -- Liz Farrell Landscape Architecture- New York Times
Keeping Up Ap-Pier-Ances: Pier 55 may lose one-third of its signature sculptural underside: The newest waterfront park on the Hudson may not appear quite like the stunning first renderings...The changes raise questions about its final appearance, and about a design process that’s shaped a major public space largely outside of the public eye. -- Heatherwick Studio; Mathews Nielsen [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Mimi Kirk: Can We Bring Back Riskier Playgrounds? Until the 1980s, playgrounds were spaces of adventure and art: ...would likely horrify today’s American parents.....edited the book ...Q&A with Gabriela Burkhalter/"The Playground Project" re: the history of playgrounds in the U.S. and Europe, helicopter parenting, and the potential for a renaissance of more stimulating, liberating play spaces.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Brazilian architect picks up Royal Gold Medal: Paulo Mendes da Rocha is the second architect from the country to be handed the award after the late Oscar Niemeyer won it in 1998.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Hillary Lewis Named Chief Curator at Philip Johnson's Glass House: ...architectural historian...served as the site’s Philip Johnson Scholar in 2007.- Interior Design magazine
Call for entries: LA+ IMAGINATION Design Ideas Competition: design a new island anywhere in the world, program it any way you want, and give it any form and purpose; cash prizes; deadline: June 2- LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture (University of Pennsylvania)
Call for entries: 2017 RAMSA Travel Fellowship: $10,000 prize for travel and research; open to graduate students in their penultimate year of a professional or post-professional degree program at one of the 19 participating schools in the U.S. and Canada; deadline: April 14- Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Black architects, long underrepresented, are celebrated: “Say It Loud: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA" will shine a light on the many achievements of black architects...Q&A with curator, Pascale Sablan/FXFOWLE; at the Center for Architecture, NYC. -- Roberta Washington; Yolande Daniels/studioSUMO; Mark Gardner/Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects [images]- Curbed New York
The people's architecture: The importance of public architecture is the topic of "Architecture in the Public Realm" open through March 10 at the Center for Architecture Sarasota...public projects by local architects...The buildings must be all things to all users and do it with a style that reflects the aesthetic values of the community. [images]- Herald-Tribune (Florida)
"The Concrete Atlantis Revisited": takes Reyner Banham’s 1986 book as a starting point to examine the influence of industrial architecture on the built environment...at the Museum of Architecture's (MoA) temporary exhibition space in South Kensington, London, through February 28- Museum of Architecture (London, UK)
Design Exchange exhibition examines how design imitates nature’s models: "Evolution"...examines how biomimicry...has given new rise to design thinking...asks, what is the future responsibility of the designer...can human intelligence design better than nature? -- Sanam Samanian; Mahtab Oskuee; Brent Cordner; Philip Beesley; Iris van Herpen; Fugitive Glue; Robert Ouellette/Mesh Cities [images]- Canadian Architect
Harvard GSD Showcases Architectural Ethnography Exhibition: “Architectural Ethnography" explores Tokyo-based firm Atelier Bow-Wow’s work and its unique perspective on the relationship between human interaction with architecture. [images]- Architect Magazine
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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