Today’s News - Thursday, February 16, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: A bit of "He who tooteth not his own horn, his horn shall not be tooteth-ed": February 18th marks the 15th(!) ANNiversary of launching ArchNewsNow (we hardly feel a day over 99!). To celebrate, we won't be posting tomorrow or Monday, but will be back Tuesday, February 21.
• ANN feature: Millard takes us on a deep dive into Humes's "Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation" that offers a fascinating, in-depth look at transportation systems - and the supporting infrastructure that is "breaking the world."
• Brook digs deep into the soggy, sad saga of Mexico's plan to build a $13 billion airport on a sinking lakebed in a nature preserve - and "preposterously" seeking LEED Platinum (with reference to the "tin-pot banana-Republican" in the White House).
• Farago offers breathtaking - and heartbreaking - images in Getty's digital exhibition of 18th- and 19th-century Palmyra, now being leveled by ISIS: "To understand what's being lost, spend some time looking at "The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra."
• Wainwright cheers local authorities "becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis" - and showcases "six of the best new council-led housing projects" (one is "the UK's largest ever Passivhaus development").
• Eyefuls of Meier's "revolutionary" Teachers Village in Newark, where the "façades offer a delicate interplay between the architect's signature all-white aesthetic and, herein lies a major departure, brick" ("We basically had to learn how to do a brick building").
• BIG's bid wins the competition to design San Pellegrino's factory and HQ in Northern Italy (lots of archways! and "Experience Lab" included).
• Some in Parliament are raising questions about the "completely unsuited" site for the UK Holocaust Memorial + Rykwert's own (eloquent) objections.
• Murray ponders why women leave architecture: "Because it's a diseased profession" - but there is hope: "The future of the profession depends on you not falling silent again."
• NCARB launches a new program that will allow architects without a degree from an accredited program to pursue NCARB certification.
• After years in storage (in pieces) on Long Island, Frey's (formerly) much maligned 1931 Aluminaire House finds a new in Palm Springs.
• Speaking of which - Palm Springs' Modernism Week launches today!
• Call for entries: Building Voices International Design Competition for innovative built environments and systems-focused solutions in Hawai'i.
• Weekend diversions:
• Walker has some issues with Netflix's "Abstract: The Art of Design" series: those profiled "are unquestionably stylish visionaries, but the focus on spectacular, dazzling achievements makes design feel like an Olympian feat, rather than something that touches the everyday."
• Farrelly weighs in on DS+R's "Exit" show in Sydney: "So, does it work? It's not clear. It is interesting, like a news segment designed for people with no capacity for abstraction."
• Welton cheers the Venice Biennale's "The Architectural Imagination" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: "the exhibition is nothing if not optimistic."
• There's still time to catch Mark Garcia's "Up Close: The Models of Zaha Hadid" at Cornell (until Feb. 25).
• "The Architect's Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio" takes the spotlight at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.
• Belogolovsky traveling "Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture" lands in Shanghai.
• Lamb Hart offers a most thoughtful excerpt from his tome "A New Look at Humanism in Architecture, Landscapes, and Urban Design" that explores the different "dimensions" of beauty.
• How could we resist more luscious images from Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built Los Angeles."
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ANN Feature: Bill Millard: Book Review: "Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation" by Edward Humes: The systems that bring materials and goods from their far-flung sources to end-consumers' doorsteps, as this Pulitzer-winning author shows, are astonishing. The infrastructure supporting them is "breaking the world."- ArchNewsNow.com
Daniel Brook: History of the Present: Mexico City: An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again? ...a $13 billion airport on a sinking lakebed...Preposterously, for a project built in a nature preserve, the architects hope to attain LEED Platinum certification. -- Alejandro Prieto Posadas/José María Gutiérrez Trujillo (1960); Fernando Romero EnterprisE/FR-EE; Foster + Partners [images]- Places Journal
Jason Farago: The Ancient Syrian City ISIS Is Destroying, Preserved Online: A digital exhibition features 18th-century etchings and 19th-century photographs of Palmyra and classical antiquities being leveled by ISIS militants...To understand what’s being lost, spend some time looking at “The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra" -- Getty Research Institute [images]- New York Times
Oliver Wainwright: Out of the box: councils try innovative projects to provide social housing: Constrained by government and with a lack of funding, local authorities are becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis: ...an “unapologetically commercial approach, but with a social purpose”... -- David Chipperfield; Paul Karakusevic/Karakusevic Carson Architects; Bell Phillips architects; Mikhail Riches; Peter Barber Architects; vPPR architects; Mae Architects [images]- Guardian (UK)
Richard Meier’s Revolutionary New Project Aims to Give Newark a Boost: ...Teachers Village development is the first stage in a large plan to redevelop Manhattan's New Jersey neighbor: ...façades offer a delicate interplay between the architect’s signature all-white aesthetic and, herein lies a major departure, brick...Teachers...have first dibs...set to receive LEED Neighborhood Development [LEED ND] certification... [images]- Architectural Digest
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Selected to Design San Pellegrino Factory and Headquarters in Northern Italy: ...will collaborate closely with San Pellegrino and local architects Studio Verticale over the next four years... [images]- ArchDaily
Questions raised in Parliament over ‘completely unsuited’ UK Holocaust Memorial site: ...the plot in Victoria Gardens is too small, prone to flooding, and the scheme would set a ’dangerous precedent’ for parks in London + Joseph Rykwert’s objections to the Holocaust Memorial site. -- Adjaye Associates; Allied Works; Caruso St John; Diamond Schmitt Architects; Foster + Partners; Heneghan Peng Architects; John McAslan + Partners; Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects; Studio Libeskind; Zaha Hadid Architects [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Christine Murray: Why do women leave architecture? Because it’s a diseased profession: Unequal pay, the glass ceiling, bullying, sexism and long hours are leading to women quitting...Good news: you can change this: The future of the profession depends on you not falling silent again.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
NCARB opens up official certification to much wider field of architecture students: Architects without a degree from an accredited program can pursue NCARB certification through a new path.- Archinect
This Iconic House Launched a Movement Before Settling in Palm Springs; Following years of neglect in New York, the first metal prefab home is welcomed at Modernism Week with open arms...Just in time for Modernism Week...the iconic 1931 Aluminaire House has arrived in town...will soon be assembled and sited in a new downtown park, directly across from the Palm Springs Art Museum. -- Albert Frey; A. Lawrence Kocher [images]- Architectural Digest
Modernism Week, Palm Springs, CA: Be part of a cultural phenomenon: Highlights include architectural tours, talks, and parties in significant buildings rarely open to the public; February 16 - 26- Modernism Week
Call for entries: Building Voices International Design Competition: ideas for potential prototypes for innovative built environments and systems-focused solutions in Hawai‘i; cash prizes + exhibition; deadline: April 5- University of Hawai'i at Manoa School of Architecture
Rob Walker: Celebrating Design Without Contending with It: The subjects profiled in the Netflix documentary series “Abstract: The Art of Design” are unquestionably stylish visionaries, but is that all there is to design? What is “design,” anyway? Design is totally cool and, apparently, pretty chic and glamorous...show’s focus on spectacular, dazzling achievements...makes design feel like an Olympian feat, rather than something that touches the everyday. -- Paula Scher/Pentagram; Ralph Gilles; Es Devlin; Tinker Hatfield; Christoph Niemann; Platon; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Ilse Crawford- New Yorker
Elizabeth Farrelly: Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s "Exit": decoding the data [in Sydney]: ...explores how human displacement is impacted by political, economic and environmental factors...So, does it work? It’s not clear, it’s not poetic and it turns no new stones...It is interesting, like a news segment designed for people with no capacity for abstraction. It’s also aurally cute.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
J. Michael Welton: Detroit Welcomes the Venice Architecture Biennale: ...the timing could not be better...“The Architectural Imagination” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit...the exhibition is nothing if not optimistic. -- Cynthia Davidson; Monica Ponce de Leon [images]- Huffington Post
"Up Close: The Models of Zaha Hadid": Using a macro lens to achieve a forensic quality, Mark Garcia's cropped and up close shots were intended to highlight details and different aspects of craft...first public exhibition at Cornell's John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome.- Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
"The Architect’s Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio": Louisiana Museum of Modern Art [Humlebæk, Denmark] introduces a new series of monographic architecture exhibitions... -- Lu Wenyu [images]- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
"Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture": traveling exhibition tracing the work of Australia’s most prominent architectof the 20th century...examines his distinctive place...within and beyond modernist design methodology; at the HKU/Shanghai Study Centre, Shanghai -- Vladimir Belogolovsky- HKU/Shanghai Study Centre
Robert Lamb Hart: What We’re Feeling and Thinking When We Say: ”Beautiful!”: how biology and psychology shape our perceptions: ...when a place satisfies a search or stirs impulses that we enjoy..we experience the “delight” that’s inherent in the art of architecture. We feel, in a sense, a “beauty for its own sake.” In return, we attribute human qualities to the places we build. (excerpt from "A New Look at Humanism in Architecture, Landscapes, and Urban Design")- Common Edge
Unbuilt Los Angeles: the city that might have been: From the offshore Santa Monica freeway to a mini Las Vegas with pyramids and the Parthenon, Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell look at the LA that never happened; "Never Built Los Angeles" [images]- Guardian (UK)
Kirsten Kiser: Snøhetta: Lillehammer Art Museum & Cinema, Norway: 22 years after completing the first expansion...[the firm] has again expanded the project, creating a holistic expression for both the art museum and the adjacent cinema...The concept...came from the idea of art hovering above a transparent base. -- Erling Viksjø (1964) [images]
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