Today’s News - Thursday, March 9, 2017
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• Rao talks to a handful of Chicago's women architects re: mentorship, firm culture, and how "career pinch points demonstrate markers that signal a decline in female practitioners."
• Google presents BIG and Heatherwick's latest designs for its new California HQ, which had to be completely reworked - "as yet there has been no mention of robot construction" (no more transparent canopy-roof, either).
• Google "didn't face an ounce of pushback" from Mountain View City Council or residents: "This is a project that other cities would die for."
• Angelinos "resoundingly defeated" Measure S, "dealing a death-blow to the region's nascent NIMBY movement," and approved Measure H to fund transitional and supportive housing.
• The Dubai Frame may be "a totem of Dubai's ambitions," but "it may also be counterfeit" - the architect who won the competition to design it is suing over copyright infringement (good luck with that).
• Budds begs us to stop calling buildings "The Death Star": It "has become a crutch to describe modern spaces we don't like" (and most bear no resemblance).
• With being named BD's Architect of the Year, Reiach and Hall is in the midst of "something of a purple patch" + Young Architect of the Year Award: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt (and a lot more winners).
• Call for entries: EOI: National Trust Clandon Park International Design Competition to revive a fire-ravaged, 18th-century Palladian house in south-east England + Brexit passport international design competition (this sounds fun!).
• Weekend diversions:
• Freeman considers the uncertain future of U.S.-Cuba relations as seen in "¡Cuba!" at the American Museum of Natural History: "This feel-good exhibition serves to reinforce the stark disconnect between popular U.S. perception and contemporary Cuban reality" (might Trump be dreaming of "Make Cuba Ours Again"?).
• Wainwright cheers "Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square" at RIBA, London: "When No 1 Poultry finally opened in 1998, it seemed even more ridiculous than Mies's 1960s slab had done in the 80s" ("colorful glee" included).
• Self parses Mies's plans: was it "the best building London never had?"
• Ciampaglia parses Mecanoo's "A Legacy of Mies and King," a documentary about its efforts to modernize D.C.'s central library, but "more interesting is the insight into Houben's investigation and interrogation of the dual legacies bound up in the building."
• Schittich takes us on a tour of "The Architect's Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio" at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which "proves to be the ideal place for a presentation of this very sensual architect" (but with barely a mention of his partner Lu Wenyu - tsk tsk).
• Gendall has a great time tooling around "Mirage," Aitken's "mind-bending" ranch house clad entirely in mirrors in Palm Springs (open 'til midnight when there's a full moon!).
• "Visual chaos" in Manhattan is putting it mildly: "Toilet Paper Paradise" is "as eccentric as it sounds" (dubbed "Mad Men on acid" - with pix to prove it!).
• Garner cheers Lesser's "You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn": while it's not the first Kahn biography, "it is notable for its warm, engaged, literate tone and its psychological acuity."
• Campbell-Dollaghan gives thumbs-up to Ponzini and Nastasi's "Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities": the "hero shot can be pretty boring. And a little misleading. Dirt, puppies, traffic, bad weather, and imperfect people are the architecture."
• Budds brings us "Brutalist Paris," a new map of of the city's iconic Brutalist buildings that "charts the city's uneasy relationship with the style."
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Anjulie Rao: The Pinch-Back: Chicago women architects talk mentorship and firm culture: Career pinch points demonstrate markers that signal a decline in female practitioners: ...a handful of Chicago’s women architects [talk about] how they’ve navigated their own career pinches. -- Ann Lui/Future Firm; Carol Ross Barney/Ross Barney Architects; Nootan Bharani/UChicago PlaceLab; Claire Cahan/Studio Gang- Curbed Chicago
Google reveals latest designs by BIG and Heatherwick for new California HQ: This site is significantly smaller, so the design team had to completely rework their design. The latest offering is much more compact...and as yet there has been no mention of robot construction. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Heatherwick Studio [images]- Dezeen
Mountain View approves huge Google canopied campus in North Bayshore: Called Charleston East, the 595,000-square-foot project...didn’t face an ounce of pushback...Instead, residents showed up to praise the company’s community contributions...Council members were impressed by how much the company plans to open the new campus up to residents and visitors.- Silicon Valley Business Journal (California)
Measure S Dies: Los Angeles rejects anti-development measure: ...voters resoundingly defeated a proposed initiative that would have strictly limited new construction...dealing a death-blow to the region’s nascent Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) movement...also approved Measure H...to fund the development of new units of transitional and supportive housing...- The Architect's Newspaper
Peter S. Goodman: As Dubai’s Skyline Adds a Trophy, the Architect Calls It Stolen: The designer of a new landmark building is suing over copyright infringement, describing an entrenched system where power can trump sanctity of law: The Dubai Frame is a totem of Dubai’s ambitions. It may also be counterfeit. -- Fernando Donis [images]- New York Times
Diana Budds: Please Stop Calling Buildings "The Death Star": Why do we depend on the same tired metaphor to describe ominous, foreboding, dysfunctional design? [It] has become a crutch to describe modern spaces we don't like. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Thomas Heatherwick; Antoine Predock; Herzog & de Meuron; Morphosis; OMA; Diller Scofidio + Renfro [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Reiach and Hall named Architect of the Year/Schueco Gold Award: The firm is enjoying something of a purple patch... + Young Architect of the Year Award: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt + Full list of winners- BD/Building Design (UK)
Call for entries: Expressions of Interest/EOI: National Trust Clandon Park International Design Competition: bring new life to the National Trust’s Grade I listed, 18th-century Palladian house (by Giacomo Leoni) in south-east England, following a major fire; deadline: April 21- Malcolm Reading Consultants / National Trust
Call for entries: Brexit passport design competition (international): What should the UK passport look like after Brexit? no entry fee; cash prizes; winning designs to be exhibited at the Design Museum, London; deadline: March 24- Dezeen
Belmont Freeman: Cuban Futures: ...the future of U.S.-Cuba relations is more uncertain than ever: "¡Cuba!" at the American Museum of Natural History...The jumble of natural history, cultural stereotype, and contemporary art suggests the persistence of a colonialist mentality...seems condescending at best...This feel-good exhibition serves to reinforce the stark disconnect between popular U.S. perception and contemporary Cuban reality. [images]- PLANetizen
Oliver Wainwright: Mies van der Rohe + James Stirling - a war of bronze v Battenberg: Mies was set to bring a minimalist skyscraper to the UK - but tortuous planning wrangles saw the project swing towards Stirling’s bonkers barge. "Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square" at RIBA, London, charts this case study in architectural fads...When No 1 Poultry finally opened in 1998...it seemed even more ridiculous than Mies’s 1960s slab had done in the 80s. [images]- Guardian (UK)
Jack Self: Mies’s Mansion House Square: the best building London never had? His plans for an office tower...scuppered by Prince Charles’ criticism and Margaret Thatcher’s fear of new public space - yet this tale has as much to do with shifts in public opinion against modernist architecture...our propensity to damage or demolish modernist gems has been matched only by our determination to deny their designers planning permission in the first place. -- Peter Palumbo; James Stirling- Guardian (UK)
Dante A. Ciampaglia: "A Legacy of Mies and King" by Mecanoo: A new documentary tracks the work and preparation done to modernize Washington, D.C.’s central library...documents Martin Luther King Memorial Library's evolution...more interesting is the insight into Francine Houben’s investigation and interrogation of the dual legacies bound up in the building. -- Mies van der Rohe (1972); Martinez+Johnson Architecture- Architectural Record
Christian Schittich: Inside "The Architect's Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio": ...at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art north of Copenhagen...proves to be the ideal place for a presentation of this very sensual architect...hardly conveys any information about...his partner Lu Wenyu...an equal co-owner but is only mentioned marginally...the aesthetically pleasing exhibition is definitely worth a visit. [images]- World-Architects.com
John Gendall: This Reflective House in the California Desert Is Mind-Bending: ...overlooking Palm Springs...an impossible-to-miss suburban ranch house clad entirely in mirror, better known as artist Doug Aitken’s latest installation..."Mirage"... [images]- Architectural Digest
Visual chaos descends on a gallery in Manhattan: The Gallery at Cadillac House...is hosting "Toilet Paper Paradise"...is as eccentric as it sounds...invites audiences to touch, play, move, sit, recline, and position themselves in the visual antics of artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrai...a kaleidoscopic spaghetti world...dubbed “Mad Men on acid.” [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Dwight Garner: The Dramas and Intrigues of Louis Kahn, Monumental Architect: “You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn" by Wendy Lesser...distributes critical essays on his best-known structures...as if they were load-bearing walls...biography is not the first...but it is notable for its warm, engaged, literate tone and its psychological acuity...prologue is almost too tasty, an intellectual fanfare.- New York Times
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan: Is The Cult Of Starchitecture Dead? "Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities" by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi: ...the hero shot can be pretty boring. And a little misleading...Dirt, puppies, traffic, bad weather, and imperfect people...are the architecture...photos are visual evidence of how our understanding of starchitecture has evolved from the heroic to the realistic...- Fast Company / Co.Design
Diana Budds: Brutalism's Rise And Fall, As Told Through The Architecture Of Paris: A new map of Paris's iconic Brutalist buildings charts the city's uneasy relationship with the style: Though designers and historians might marvel at the ambition of these Brutalist structures and the new cities for which they were built, there were social failures..."Brutalist Paris"...- Fast Company / Co.Design
Leila Araghian: Tabi'at Bridge ["Nature" Bridge], Tehran, Iran: ...redefining the pedestrian bridge for a 21st century Iran...crosses the busy Modares Expressway...providing myriad opportunities for community events and recreational activities...has not been without controversy... [images]
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