Today’s News - Tuesday, February 7, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us Tory-Henderson's take on Karakusevic Carson's low-rise housing estate in London that "stands as a beacon of hope in our bleak housing climate."
• Dittmar is (somewhat) cheered by a new housing white paper that "contains some welcome measures - but I had hoped it would go further."
• McKay eloquently opines about the need for a "new definition of architectural beauty - our narrow concept has forgotten Virtue and prevents us from appreciating any beauty that isn't visual."
• Glancey considers beauty and virtue in his list of "the 10 buildings you must visit before you die."
• Three architects call for Australians to build cities that "better reflect Indigenous ownership and heritage," instead of architecture that "can often lead to a feeling of dispossession."
• Hawthorne considers "the airport as public square and protest central," and how protestors have turned "architectural deficiencies to their political advantage."
• Budds says "healthy architecture may have gotten its most powerful ally yet" in Google's collaboration with HBN to develop a green materials database that "has the potential to transform how the entire building industry thinks" ("or is this another tech-will-save-us moment of blind optimism?" We sure hope not!).
• Perhaps the second try will be the charm in transforming a former car factory on an island in Paris into a cultural hub (Nouvel's original master plan bit the dust).
• CTBUH lays out its "Top 12 Tall Building Predictions for 2017": crowdfunding, tall woodscrapers, and "'extreme' skyscraper experiences" included.
• Move over, MAD's Marylyn Monroe towers (a.k.a. Absolute Towers), CORE has designed an "undulating" tower that will be the tallest in Mississauga.
• Meanwhile, Quadrangle Architects has re-imagined Toronto's CN Tower as a condo: it's "a pipe dream (or nightmare) for now," but illustrates "how the city can adapt and transform buildings."
• A round-up of four upcoming projects, in celebration of Black History Month (no, Frederick Douglas is not one of the architects).
• The Astrodome joins the Alamo as a state landmark, which means it cannot be touched without permission from the Texas Historical Commission, but Houston still has plans for modifications.
• This year's Times Square Valentine's Heart celebrates diversity and immigration in NYC: "given the current political climate, the conversation couldn't be more timely" (we hope this drizzly day doesn't dampen its opening today).
• Mark x 2: "A quarter of a century after the Pritzker Prize failed to recognize her," Scott Brown wins Jane Drew Prize 2017.
• She has a great Q&A with Scott Brown re: prizes, Postmodernism, and Drew: "I hold very different opinions from the ones she held. She might mind that I have been given the prize - but I don't."
• Whiteread takes home the 2017 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for her "significant contribution to architecture and the built environment."
• The Curry Stone Design Prize's Social Design Circle podcasts for February will explore the question: Is the Right to Housing Real?
• Call for entries: Mango Vinyl Hub architecture competition to transform an abandoned tin foil factory in Latvia.
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Karakusevic Carson Architects: Bacton Low Rise Estate, London, U.K.: We hear the same stories in cities everywhere - of public assets lost to developers, of families driven to the urban fringe by exorbitant rent, of long-lasting communities erased to give way to luxury apartments. Counteracting these global trends, [this] stands as a beacon of hope in our bleak housing climate. By Nina Tory-Henderson [images]
Hank Dittmar: What the government simply can’t grasp is that housebuilding is about creating communities, not just raising roofs: The housing white paper contains some welcome measures...remains woefully short-term: ...the biggest news...are provisions aimed at catalysing the build-to-rent sector, at providing housing for older people and at encouraging smaller builders...I am pleased by the shift in direction...but I had hoped it would go further in shaking up the housing market.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Graham McKay: It’s Time for a New Definition of Architectural Beauty: We tiptoe around the concept of Beauty without questioning why we even need such a concept. We have our cultural history to blame...Our narrow concept of Beauty has forgotten Virtue ever existed and actively prevents us from appreciating any beauty that isn’t visual...Our history of architecture is not a useful resource. It merely chronicles the pursuit of Beauty.- Common Edge
Jonathan Glancey: The 10 buildings you must visit before you die: Great buildings, ancient and modern, are history, written on an imposing scale...They are there for us to visit and gawp at...to be discussed, debated and even debunked...They shadow and measure our lives as they have done for generations... -- Ictinus and Callicrates; Isidorus and Anthemius; Elias de Dereham; John Vanbrugh; Nicholas Hawksmoor; Antoni Gaudí; Shreve, Lamb and Harmon; Jørn Utzon; Frank Gehry [images]- Telegraph (UK)
It’s time to rethink how we design our cities: The way Australians build cities needs to change to better reflect Indigenous ownership and heritage, three architects...claimed Western architecture can often lead to a feeling of dispossession. They urge builders to...adopt design principles that reflect Indigenous Australian identity. -- Albert Refiti; Daniel J. Glenn/7 Directions; Carroll Go-Sam- Domain (Australia)
Christopher Hawthorne: Building Type: The airport as public square and protest central: ...what was new about the airport demonstrations was the way they used urban space - specifically, how they used...architectural deficiencies and turned them to their political advantage...The airport is a hospitable host for protest precisely because of how poorly it works in terms of civic design on an average day.- Los Angeles Times
Diana Budds: Google's Plan To Make Our Buildings Less Poisonous: ...the movement for healthy architecture may have gotten its most powerful ally yet: Healthy Building Network/HBN partnered with Google to develop Portico, a green materials database and decision-making tool that...has the potential to transform how the entire building industry thinks...Google's biggest contribution to healthy architecture might simply be that it's Google.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Will the latest plans for Île Seguin finally turn it into a key Paris culture destination? New project proposed...includes an art centre and art hotel...on an island in the western suburbs of Paris that once housed the Renault car factory...new development called S17 & S18... -- RCR Arquitectes; Baumschlager Eberle Architectes [images]- The Art Newspaper (UK)
CTBUH’s Top 12 Tall Building Predictions for 2017: Crowdfunding emerges as a viable development option...Trend towards tall woodscrapers sees dividends...automobile industry continues to expand into the skyscraper business...a continued shift towards active “extreme” skyscraper experiences... [images]- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
Design unveiled for Mississauga’s tallest building designed by CORE Architects: Soaring 60 storeys...M City’s flagship tower...The first of 10 towers in a $1.5 billion, master-planned community...undulating geometry results from a unique application of seven floor plates that twist the building as it rises.- Canadian Architect
What the CN Tower would look like as a condo: When it made its debut in 1976, [it] was the world's tallest freestanding building...Quadrangle Architects has re-imagined the tower...added modular units made out of cross laminated timber (CLT)...Obviously, this proposal is a pipe dream (or nightmare) for now, but it indicates how the city can adapt and transform buildings as Toronto's needs continue to grow and change.- blogTO (Toronto)
4 upcoming projects will celebrate African-American history: Phil Freelon and Zena Howard of Perkins+Will’s North Carolina practice are at the helm: ...set to focus on African-American contributions to U.S. culture. -- Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup; Hamilton Anderson Associates; Gallagher & Associates [images]- Curbed
Astrodome joins Alamo as historical state landmark: ...new designation means that the property cannot be removed, altered, damaged, salvaged or excavated without permission from the [Texas Historical Commission]. But the new status does not throw off the county's plans to modify...- Houston Chronicle
Times Square Valentine’s Heart celebrates diversity and immigration in NYC: “We Were Strangers Once Too,” the winning design...by The Office for Creative Research...to open a dialogue about the value of immigrants in making the city what it is today, and given the current political climate, the conversation couldn’t be more timely. [images]- Inhabitat
Laura Mark: Denise Scott Brown wins Jane Drew Prize 2017: A quarter of a century after the Pritzker Prize failed to recognise [her] alongside her partner Robert Venturi...Those filling out the The Architects’ Journal/Architectural Review’s annual Women in Architecture survey overwhelmingly voted for her to be recognised...- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Denise Scott Brown: "People have learnt from Las Vegas, but they haven’t learnt the half of it yet": As [she] is recognised with the 2017 Jane Drew Prize, Laura Mark talks to [her] about the Pritzker Prize, recognition and Postmodernism: "There is an irony in it because I knew Jane Drew. I hold very different opinions from the ones she held...She might mind that I have been given the prize – but I don’t."- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Artist Rachel Whiteread wins 2017 Ada Huxtable Prize: The prize recognises women working in the wider industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment...the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993, was the standout nomination for the honour which is voted for by respondents to the Women in Architecture survey.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Curry Stone Design Prize announces February's Social Design Circle podcasts: Social Design Insights is addressing the question: Is The Right To Housing Real? -- Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR); David Baker; Breaking Ground; Jonathan Kirschenfeld; Lacaton & Vassal; Kraftwerk1; L'Oeuf Architects- Curry Stone Design Prize
Call for entries: Mango Vinyl Hub architecture competition (international): seeking visions for a multipurpose building in an abandoned tin foil factory in Cesis, Latvia; cash prizes; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): March 1; final registration: April 19 (submissions due May 10)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Cesis Municipality / Mango Vinyl
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