Today’s News - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Lewerentz's 1966 Church of St. Peter in Klippan, Sweden, that is "a strange and particular architecture that feels strikingly contemporary yet primitive, exceptional yet vernacular."
• Kimmelman kicks off a new series on climate change and cities by visiting "parched" and "sinking" Mexico City: "This city is full of brilliant people with good ideas," but "lacks the political will" (a timely companion to Brook's soggy, sad saga about the city's plan to build an airport on a sinking lakebed - click "Yesterday's News" if you missed it).
• Politically speaking: AIA issues a statement on immigration and travel restrictions and its effect on the design and construction industry.
• Jacobs ponders "public space in the Trump era" that is "putting new stress on the old fault lines that exist wherever public overlaps with private."
• Bentley parses the building industry's anxiety about the environment in the era of Trump: "I'm feeling pretty pessimistic these days," says Crispino.
• Hagberg Fisher calls for "leaders in architecture and design to join the resistance. We do not need to collaborate. We need to NOT collaborate."
• Giovannini closes the political punditry with an amusingly serious (or is it seriously amusing) ode to "our new decorator in chief" (his e-mail to us: "I only published it once I was sure I had insurance protection against the litigation that is now threatening to suppress press freedom").
• Emory University to replace a "remarkable" Portman building with a new campus center: "where does a school draw a line between saving a semi-dysfunctional building or demolishing it?"
• Big plans to transform Calgary's Victoria Park into a downtown "cultural and entertainment district," designed by Civitas and Gibbs Gage Architects.
• Sydney is "blindsided" by the deputy lord mayor's call for bike registration that would require a compulsory test, a license, and insurance (a bad idea - not only in our biking book).
• Karaim gives us an update on filmmaker Miner's Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative to construct FLW's unbuilt and demolished buildings - a "simple idea, equal parts audacious and quixotic" that "has already made notable progress" ( though not without skeptics).
• Wisconsin honors FLW's 150th birthday with a self-guided tour through nine counties to "nine of Wright's most iconic built structures."
• Welton brings us the little-known tale of the early 19th-century African-American architect Abele's drawings - few "carry his name or signature," but he "was the mastermind behind the planning and design" of two Duke University campuses - "he worked on them in relative anonymity."
• Gehry takes on an online class: "He may be 87, but the starchitect continues to prove that he is anything but old school."
• A day of winners: Kéré tapped to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion with a "tree-themed structure" and a "spectacular" waterfall effect.
• Melbourne to get a kool haas designed by Koolhaas and Gianotten, tapped to design the 2017 MPavilion (alas, no images yet).
• As the 2017 Young Architects Program winner, Jenny Sabin Studio's "Lumen" will light up MoMA PS1's courtyard with "a canopy of recycled, photo-luminescent textiles" (it looks to be stunning!).
• Six from around the world win Harvard GSD's inaugural Richard Rogers Fellowship.
• Winn wins the $15,000 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant with her proposal "Public Architecture for Public Good."
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Sigurd Lewerentz: Church of St Peter (1966), Klippan, Sweden: ...embodies a holistic and obsessive architectural vision...manifesting a range of spatial references...all interpreted through the use of brick. The result is a strange and particular architecture that feels strikingly contemporary yet primitive, exceptional yet vernacular...managed to subvert constructional norms, redefine religious spatiality... [images]
Michael Kimmelman: Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis: Climate change is threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point...There’s much more at stake than this city’s well being...This city is full of brilliant people with good ideas...“We have the resources, but lack the political will.” -- Loreta Castro Reguera [images]- New York Times
Where we stand: AIA statement on immigration and travel restrictions: AIA publishes seven principles on immigration: ...statistics further support concern about the impact any newly imposed immigration or travel restrictions will have on the broader design and construction industry.- American Institute of Architects
Karrie Jacobs: Public Space in the Trump Era: The new administration has complicated the already hazy distinction between public and private space: Generally, we only notice the difference if we try to exercise our First Amendment rights...The amount of privately owned and operated “public” space appears destined to increase dramatically. -- Jerold Kayden [images]- Architect Magazine
Chris Bentley: Designers Anxious About the Environment in the Trump Era: The building industry hopes that the president's business background will lend some pragmatism to decisions related to energy efficiency and infrastructure: "I’m feeling pretty pessimistic these days..." -- James Crispino/Francis Cauffman; Elizabeth Beardsley/U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)- Architect Magazine
Eva Hagberg Fisher: It’s Time for Leaders in Architecture and Design to Step Up and Join the Resistance: We do not need to collaborate. We need to NOT collaborate...I’m talking to people who are in positions to speak up...who are established in their careers...who can afford to turn down an assignment or seven or ten...If you, right now, feel like you’re safe enough to make a stand, please make one.- Common Edge
Joseph Giovannini: The President Who Mistook his Wife for a Drape: He hung gold drapes behind his desk in the Oval Office...Hail to our new decorator in chief! That’s his expertise: decoration. Surfaces. Terrific shiny things...only boring critics who aren’t rich anyway and write fake news for failing publications notice the cheap, stress-warped glass facades. Morons. Sad.- Los Angeles Review of Books
Emory University to replace a remarkable John Portman building with a new campus center: The new Campus Life Center, designed by Duda Paine Architects, addresses the DUC’s shortcomings...where does a school draw a line between saving a semi-dysfunctional building or demolishing it...By choice or necessity, universities are essential custodians of modern architecture, but they also play to the market. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
New master plan coming for Victoria Park: ...now planning...what it’s calling a “cultural and entertainment district” in downtown Calgary’s east end..."About $150 million will go to infrastructure and placemaking initiatives"... -- Mark Johnson/Civitas; Stephen Mahler/Gibbs Gage Architects- Calgary Herald (Canada)
Sydney deputy lord mayor blindsides council with bike registration call: ...would require cyclists to sit a compulsory test, carry a licence and have insurance...“Anything that discourages the use of active transport is a bad idea"...- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Reed Karaim: Re-Creating Wright's Lost Projects: The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative has an ambitious and potentially fraught goal: to construct the architect's unbuilt and demolished buildings...simple idea, equal parts audacious and quixotic...hoping to rebuild a park pavilion in Banff, Canada...designed in 1911...demolished in 1939...it has already made notable progress. -- Eric Lloyd Wright [images]- Architect Magazine
The Wright Way: Wisconsin establishes its own Frank Lloyd Wright Trail: In honor of FLW’s 150th birthday on June 8th, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism has mapped a self-guided tour through nine of Wright’s most iconic built structures. Winding through nine counties... [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
J. Michael Welton: African-American architect Julian Abele’s drawings tell the story of Duke University: ...in 1902 became the first African-American to earn an architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Few of these drawings carry his name or signature, but two facts are certain: Abele was the mastermind behind the planning and design of two campuses on Duke’s grounds - and he worked on them in relative anonymity. [images]- Architectural Digest
Frank Gehry to Teach His First-Ever Online Class: Hosted by the website MasterClass, the $90 course will begin this spring: He may be 87, but the starchitect continues to prove that he is anything but old school...there is homework...the course is aimed at amateurs—or Gehry fanatics who simply want more insight into his genius.- Architectural Record
Serpentine picks Diébédo Francis Kéré for 2017 pavilion: African-born architect unveils tree-themed structure for summer festivities...the structure’s oculus would funnel rainwater from the roof to create a “spectacular” waterfall effect, before it was collected to irrigate the surrounding park. -- Kéré Architecture [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Rem Koolhaas to design 2017 Melbourne MPavilion: ...the first Australian project for...Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)...will work with managing partner, David Gianotten who established a branch office in Australia in 2016...also working with Hassell on the design and development of the New Museum in Perth.- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Jenny Sabin Studio Wins 2017 Young Architects Program Competition: ...high-tech canopy will grace MoMA PS1’s courtyard this summer...recycled, photo-luminescent textiles..."Lumen"...highly responsive fabric, initially developed by Sabin for Nike, absorbs, collects, and releases sunlight, causing it to glow; it also holds the shape of passersby’s shadows. [images]- Architectural Record
2017 Richard Rogers Fellowship Winners: Harvard GSD inaugurates residency program for architectural and urban research...fellows...hail from Austria, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United States...hosted at the Wimbledon House [London], the landmarked residence designed by Rogers for his parents in the late 1960s. -- Namik Mackic; Maik Novotny; Jose Castillo; Saidee Springall; Shantel Blakely; Dirk van den Heuvel- Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Richard Rogers Fellowship
2016 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant: Tya Winn, NOMA, LEED GA, SEED, awarded $15,000 for her proposal, “Public Architecture for Public Good"...to create a global sample of current public housing projects and their effects on residents and the greater public.- AIANY/Center for Architecture Newsletter (formerly e-Oculus)
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
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