Today’s News - Thursday, February 9, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, February 14. We now officially declare this a snow day - we're off to make snow angels and build snow creatures...
• Budds delves into free architecture schools, and finds it may not be "as crazy as it sounds ": "Could the solution to changing architecture lie in changing how architects are made?" (more than 30,000 have signed up for Harvard GSD's free online course!)
• Berg x 2: a great 4-part series (in 2 parts) that explores a variety of strategies for "future-proofing your firm" ("Learning to Share" sounds good!).
• Moore parses the "flamboyant" Calatrava, his huge London project, and his "checkered history" that seems to indicate "if the shape conflicts with function, function tends to lose."
• Eyefuls of the 5 shortlisted designs for a (gigantic!) Wall of Answered Prayer planned for "a prominent, yet-to-be-confirmed location on a motorway outside London" (some concepts of "wall" are interesting).
• Some surprises among the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards winners.
• A fab presentation of the Fairy Tales 2017 Winners (some interesting tales, too).
• Call for entries: EOI for Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to re-imagine Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens + RFQ: Perth City Hall redevelopment (that's Perth, Scotland).
• Weekend diversions:
• A round-up of 16 films from this year's Sundance/Slamdance festivals "where architecture and design are featured characters."
• Q&A with BIG's Bjarke re: new Netflix docuseries "Abstract: The Art of Design" with a behind-the-scenes look at "this must-watch show."
• A feature film about the Farnsworth House is in the works that promises to portray "the trials and tribulations behind Mies's magnum opus dwelling" (Bridges and Gyllenhaal together again - sort of).
• The 2016 Venice Biennale's "The Architectural Imagination" brings the 12 proposed projects for Detroit back to their home city" (we wonder if the Detroit Resists folks will on hand).
• "Visions of Southern California: Mid-Century Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp" at the San Bernardino County Museum tells the story of how the duo overcame discrimination: "As corny as it sounds, [their story] is kind of the American dream."
• UCLA cityLAB celebrates its 10th anniversary at L.A.'s A+D Museum by "casting an eye toward how livable cities will be designed during the next 10 years."
• Belogolovsky's Q&A with Ambasz re: his "critical approach to architectural meaning and form-making which competes with many of architecture's more poetic practitioners" ("I detest writing theories. I prefer writing fables"); "Emilio Ambasz: Architecture Toward Nature" is on view at the Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Center.
• Stephens parses Florida's "The New Urban Crisis" as "either a tardy, richly ironic attempt to undo damage for which Florida himself deserves partial blame - or as a timely, if lamentable, analysis of unintended consequences accompanied by an appropriate mea culpa."
• Green cheers Beatley's "Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design" as and "excellent" book that "details the many ways cities can create room for nature."
• Glancey's "What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower?" offers "a fresh set of eyes" looking at famous, forgotten, and underrated architectural gems.
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Diana Budds: Free Architecture School? It's Not As Crazy As It Sounds: Some schools are changing architectural education by eliminating tuition. Could it help make the profession more relevant and diverse? Could the solution to changing architecture lie in changing how architects are made? -- Harvard Graduate School of Design/GSD; Peter Zellner/Free School of Architecture; Nelly Ben Hayoun/University of the Underground- Fast Company / Co.Design
Nate Berg: Future-Proofing Your Firm, Part 1-3: Picking and Preparing Your Successors; Surviving the Good and Bad Times; Learning to Share- Architect Magazine
Nate Berg: Future-Proofing Your Firm, Part 4: Where to Invest Your Firm’s Assets Today and Tomorrow- Architect Magazine
Rowan Moore: Santiago Calatrava, the man redesigning Greenwich peninsula: The flamboyant Spanish architect whose Peninsula Place will be the centrepiece of a new £1bn development has a chequered history that includes swelling budgets, leaking roofs and falling tiles: ...and if the shape conflicts with function, function tends to lose.- Observer (UK)
Revealed: Shortlisted designs for landmark Wall of Answered Prayer: ...five finalists in its contest for a ‘dramatic and inspirational’ roadside structure...structure is expected to equal the size of 62 semi-detached houses. -- Snug Architects; Stefano Baseggio; Quattro Design Architects; Mathias Bank Stigsen, Asbjørn Staunstrup Lund & Thomas Sigsgaard Jensen; Luke Macnab, Andrew Wardrope & Thu Nguyen-Phuoc (with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios support) [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Winners of the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: ...Alongside high-profile, perhaps even predictable winners...are more niche and surprise winners... -- Dominique Perrault Architecte; COBE; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Herzog & de Meuron; WORKac; Foster + Partners; ARCHSTUDIO; Supermachine Studio; Nicolás Campodonico; 3Arquitectura; LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Secondfloor Architects; MVRDV; spaceworkers [images]- ArchDaily
Fairy Tales 2017 Winners Announced: ...4th annual competition...award-winning entries [+ 10 Hhonorable mentions] explore current events and the creative process through wonderfully crafted short stories and artwork. -- Mykhailo Ponomarenko; Terrence Hector; Ariane Merle d’Aubigné & Jean Maleyrat; Maria Syed & Adriana Davis [images]- Blank Space / National Building Museum / American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Call for entries: Expression of Interest/EOI: Ross Pavilion International Design Competition: Reimagining Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site; deadline: March 13- Ross Development Trust / City of Edinburgh Council / Malcolm Reading Consultants
Call for entries: Request for Qualifications/RFQ: Perth City Hall redevelopment (international): transform 1915 building into a world-class visitor experience; deadline: March 13- Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland / RIAS
Keeping it Reel: The best architectural films from this year’s Sundance/Slamdance: ...a rundown of 16 films where architecture and design are featured characters.- The Architect's Newspaper
Inside the New Netflix Docuseries "Abstract: The Art of Design": Bjarke Ingels and executive producer Morgan Neville take AD behind the scenes of this must-watch show (Q&A) --BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Paula Scher; Cristoph Niemann; Platon; Tinker Hatfield; Ralph Gilles; Ilse Crawford/Studioilse; Es Devlin [video]- Architectural Digest
Jeff Bridges, Obviously: Feature film on Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in the works: ...a film about the trials and tribulations behind Mies’s magnum opus dwelling...Edith Farnsworth...will be played by Maggie Gyllenhaal...- The Architect's Newspaper
2016 Venice Biennale U.S. Pavilion to go on display in Detroit: "The Architectural Imagination"...at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit...will bring the 12 proposed projects for Detroit back to their home city. -- Cynthia Davidson; Monica Ponce de Leon; A(n) Office; BairBalliet; Greg Lynn FORM; Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects; Marshall Brown Projects; MOS Architects; Pita & Bloom; Present Future; Preston Scott Cohen; SAA/Stan Allen Architect; T+E+A+M; Zago Architecture [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
How the design duo behind 3,000 SoCal buildings overcame discrimination: “Visions of Southern California: Mid-Century Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp" tells the story of that working relationship..."As corny as it sounds, [their story] is kind of the American dream"; at the San Bernardino County Museum- KPCC / Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)
UCLA cityLAB to headline Architecture and Design Museum exhibition: "cityLAb, times 10" marks 10 years of influential research from UCLA’s urban planning and architecture think tank...casting an eye toward how livable cities will be designed during the next 10 years. -- Dana Cuff- UCLA Newsroom
Vladimir Belogolovsky: Q&A with Emilio Ambasz: “I Detest Writing Theories, I Prefer Writing Fables”: His concept of “green over gray” has been pushing the debate around sustainability forwards since the 1970s...[and] a critical approach to architectural meaning and form-making which competes with many of architecture's more poetic practitioners.- ArchDaily
Josh Stephens: Richard Florida's Reckoning: "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It"...will be viewed as either a tardy, richly ironic attempt to undo damage for which Florida himself deserves partial blame - or as a timely, if lamentable, analysis of unintended consequences and plausible solutions accompanied by an appropriate mea culpa.- California Planning & Development Report
Jared Green: Harnessing the Power of Nature to Improve Our Cities: In his latest excellent book, "Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design," Timothy Beatley brings together all the established science, important case studies, innovative code and design practices from around the world...details the many ways cities can create room for nature. [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
"What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower? 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think about Architecture" by Jonathan Glancey: ...looks at the famous so-called masterpieces of architecture...with a fresh set of eyes. He also showcases some forgotten and underrated architectural gems. [images]- Design Week (UK)
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]
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