Today’s News - Tuesday, March 14, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us McMaster's take on Sambuichi Architects' "astonishing piece of architecture" on a remote Japanese island that is part of the starchitect-studded Benesse Art Site.
• Stephens (as in Josh) ponders kings, despots, and dictators, and why democracies are "so incapable today of creating great urban places."
• Finch wonders what will happen to architecture "in an age of populism" (and "whether Trump's preferred building style, a combination of bombastic Postmodernism and gold leaf, might be the emerging architectural style").
• Pampuro parses Denver's battles with "fugly" new housing that has so many locals "increasingly frustrated with the architecture" - just slapping some brick on the outside doesn't make it "of Denver."
• An architect who has collaborated with Pritzker winner RCR Arquitectes offers a personal introduction to the studio's work.
• Kimmelman parses what a difference parks and public spaces can make "to drive social and economic progress - it requires "more than just a fresh lick of paint or sod."
• Walker weighs in on two grande dames of landscape architecture: Oberlander and Pattison are still "forging a path for women in this discipline," and have "ushered in a critical a new role for designers: the architects who protect our cities."
• Chaban cheers H&deM's plans for Brooklyn's Batcave (a.k.a. Bat Cave), a 1904, graffiti-encrusted power station that will soon be "a haven for two of the Gowanus Canal's most endangered species: artists and manufacturers."
• Quebec-based Lemay wins a competition to redesign five kilometers of Morocco's Casablanca coast that will offer "a plethora of new and complementary uses."
• Moore spends some time with Levete, "the woman whose steely vision has earned her reverence and suspicion" - her "battles weren't fought on a whim. She has lived life in the open."
• Stephens' (as in Suzanne) Q&A with Schwarting & Campani re: the Aluminaire House, and its journey to its new home in Palm Springs ("For now, it's a big pile of bolts and parts").
• Eyefuls of the winners of the Kip Island Auditorium competition to reconsider the sprawling multi-block Riga International Convention Centre.
• Cheers to the winners of ICAA's 2017 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition.
• Glancey x 2 excerpts from "What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower?": He "accuses leading architects" of making London's skyline "a disgrace, a wretched, spikey, loud and ill-mannered thing, shouting "money'" with "blingy new buildings" + the "charismatic" Empire State Building.
• Slessor says "film has not been kind to architects," but perhaps a new flick about Mies's Farnsworth House will add "unexpected luster to the meager roll call of architects in movies."
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Jennifer McMaster: Sambuichi Architects: Naoshima Hall, Naoshima Island, Japan: ...a beautifully nuanced building in Honmura, an old castle town...It is at once a work of art, an astonishing piece of architecture...as a part of the Benesse Art Site...It is rare to find a building as meticulously crafted, and thoughtfully configured... [images]
Josh Stephens: Kings, Despots, Dictators, Cities and the End of History: Why are democracies so incapable today of creating great urban places? ...the continuing process of democratization, and the process of its undoing, has deep implications for actual architecture...While a great many planners, architects, and public officials heed higher callings, cities as a whole seek little more than to be places for “live, work, play,” to quote a ubiquitous but deathly uninspiring slogan.- Common Edge
Paul Finch: What happens to architecture in an age of populism? Votes for Trump and Brexit suggest a new era of populism, but how will this filter down into the design of the built environment? ...International Style...is well and truly over, though it is not clear what will replace it...I wondered whether Trump’s preferred building style, a combination of bombastic Postmodernism and gold leaf, might be the emerging architectural style... -- Robert Adam- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Amanda Pampuro: Denver Battles With its 'Fugly' New Housing: In the midst of its “Green Rush,” locals are increasingly frustrated with the architecture behind so many recent developments: "New buildings say, ‘well brick used to be important to the Denver area, so let’s just slap some of that on the outside.'" [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
An Introduction to RCR Arquitectes: Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, are the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates. For many people, though, RCR is a mystery. Jaume Prat, who has collaborated with the Catalan architects, provided us with an introduction to the studio's work.- World-Architects.com
Michael Kimmelman: In Chicago and Philadelphia, the Difference a Park Makes: ...other American cities are also banking on parks and public spaces to drive social and economic progress...evolving demands by residents on parks and libraries to be complex community hubs require that these places receive more than just a fresh lick of paint or sod. They need extensive rethinking. [images]- New York Times
Alissa Walker: Landscape architecture icons to know now: Cornelia Oberlander, 95, and Harriet Pattison, 88, began their careers when there were few women in design: ...urban landscapes have become the most important way to measure a city’s quality of life...forging a path for women in this discipline has also ushered in a critical a new role for designers: the architects who protect our cities. -- The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF); Walter Gropius; Christopher Tunnard; Louis Kahn; Dan Kiley; H. Peter Oberlander; Arthur Erickson; George Patton [images]- Curbed
Matt A.V. Chaban: The Batcave, a Graffiti Landmark in Brooklyn, Grows Up: A former Brooklyn Rapid Transit power station built in 1904, it was decommissioned in the 1950s and became a punk squat decades later...will provide a haven for two of the canal’s most endangered species: artists and manufacturers... -- Herzog & de Meuron [images]- New York Times
Lemay wins international competition to redesign the corniches of Morocco’s Casablanca coast: ...include the new seaside promenade of the Hassan II Mosque and the Ain Diab corniche...five-kilometre coast will offer...a plethora of new and complementary uses... -- Geodata [images]- Canadian Architect
Rowan Moore: Amanda Levete: ‘We have a responsibility to be radical and sensitive’: On the eve of her company’s new V&A gallery, the woman whose steely vision has earned her reverence and suspicion talks about her passion for public spaces: She may like a challenge but these battles weren’t fought on a whim...She has lived life in the open. -- AL_A; Future Systems; Jan Kaplický [images]- Observer (UK)
Suzanne Stephens: Interview: Michael Schwarting & Frances Campani on the Aluminaire House: ...plan to reassemble it in Palm Springs, California...parts and pieces were trucked across country, just in time for the city’s annual Modernism Week...For now, it’s a big pile of bolts and parts. -- Lawrence Kocher; Albert Frey [images]- Architectural Record
Winners of Kip Island Auditorium architecture competition: winning entries from the U.S., the Netherlands and Spain...a well considered alternative to sprawling multi-block Riga International Convention Centre. -- Space4Architecture; Technical University Delft; etc. [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Riga International Convention Centre
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) announces the winners of the 2017 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. -- Peter Pennoyer Architects; Thomas Gordon Smith; John Saladino; Kevin Lippert/Princeton Architectural Press; Carl Laubin; Norman Davenport Askins; Stephen Byrns- Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)
Jonathan Glancey: How business park architecture has traduced London's skyline: ...he accuses leading architects of souring world-class views with a grubby provincialism: Today, the City skyline is a disgrace, a wretched, spikey, loud and ill-mannered thing, shouting “money”, its blingy new buildings barging their way into the smallest court... [from "What’s so great about the Eiffel Tower?"]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Jonathan Glancey: It's the most famous skyscraper in the world – but who designed it? ...the charismatic Empire State has certainly led a dramatic life through momentous times, remarkably few people can name its architect. [excerpt from "What’s So Great About the Eiffel Tower? 70 Questions that will Change the Way You Think about Architecture"] -- Shreve, Lamb and Harmon- iNews (U.K.)
Catherine Slessor: From "Towering Inferno" to "High Rise," film has not been kind to architects: The news that Jeff Bridges is to play Mies van der Rohe in a film about the Farnsworth House adds unexpected lustre to the meagre roll call of architects in movies.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
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