Today’s News - Thursday, March 16, 2017
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• ANN feature: Q&A with "The Gargoyle Hunters" author John Freeman Gill: NYC is as essential to the story as any of the human characters, and he brings them all to life with eloquence and affection.
• Gill parses how terra-cotta gargoyles severed from the Woolworth Building's crown 35 years ago inspired his first novel.
• Medina meanders through H&deM's Elbphilharmonie, and ponders whether it could be Hamburg's Guggenheim: "it certainly looks the part of a winner" and "feels as though it belongs."
• Many in Melbourne are not feeling merry about plans for a $1.2 billion five-tower development on the city's waterfront.
• UK architect Waugh weighs in on "his affinity for CLT, its limitations and capabilities": "The main limitations are perceptions."
• Morgan cheers Sasaki's "temple of sweat" at Bryant University: "it is one of the most handsome new educational structures in Rhode Island, elegant and logical" (neutered bulldogs included).
• Brown and Stevens pen a poignant (and amusing) obituary for the 49-year-old Fogarty Building in Providence, Rhode Island, that "passed away on Monday, after a protracted and debilitating illness" - a funeral is planned for tomorrow ending "with pints and good cheer" (as good wakes do).
• De la Fuente tells the tale of "Brutalism, a campus love story - or how I learned to love concrete."
• Byrnes' great Q&A with Lizabeth Cohen re: Ed Logue: "Lurking in the background of today's Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses stories is a man who had a little bit of both in his soul."
• Capps recaps the "latest twist" in the RFQ for Trump's border wall: the deadline may have been extended, but "political maneuvers may be raising the cost of participating in the bidding process higher than any firm can bear" (and maybe it won't be a wall after all).
• Weekend diversions:
• Moore marvels at "Imagine Moscow" at London's Design Museum: Soviet architects' plans "were fanciful, monumental and strangely moving - brave and creative, sometimes brilliant" (with a bit of "piled-up wonkiness" thrown in).
• Bennett parses "Imagine Moscow" - "an audacious display of 'blue sky' thinking" - and a number of other shows celebrating the centenary of the Russian Revolution + A fabulous round-up of images of the "unbuilt Moscow."
• Spike cheers "It's All Happening So Fast" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture: "an accessible and compelling interpretation of modern Canadian environmental history."
• The Serpentine's "Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation" lands in Hong Kong.
• Eyefuls of the Chicago Architecture Club's 2016 Chicago Prize winners and shortlisted submissions to the "On the Edge" competition on view at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
• Zyscovich's "Plan Z for Miami: From Infrastructure to Open Space" at the Coral Gables Museum presents a "bold proposal for new bike bridge connecting Miami to Key Biscayne."
• Ellard's "Places of the Heart" offers readers "a deeper appreciation of how architectural and environmental design can affect human well-being."
• In "Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice," the "contributors deliberately engage questions of identity - all of the authors are female."
• Crain's "The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910" chronicles "the roots of the city's role as an international cultural center."
• Kolson Hurley finds Krumwiede's "Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction" to be a mix of "satire, sci-fi, and the sublime in his plans for utopian villages built out of suburban mega-homes."
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ANN feature: Endangered Species: Q&A with "The Gargoyle Hunters" author John Freeman Gill: The novel "is informed by both my emotional connection to the lost city, and by everything I learned about architectural history and historic preservation as a journalist."- ArchNewsNow
John Freeman Gill: Flight of the Gargoyles: How terra-cotta gargoyles severed from the Woolworth Building’s crown 35 years ago inspired our columnist’s acclaimed new novel.- Avenue magazine
Samuel Medina: Will Elbphilharmonie Be Hamburg’s Guggenheim? After overcoming all manner of delays and controversy regarding its immense cost, [it] excels on nearly every level: It’s too soon to pass judgment on Hamburg’s experiment, but it certainly looks the part of a winner...the place could feel a bit more, well, public..Luckily, there are attempts to ameliorate that...it feels as though it belongs. -- Herzog & de Meuron [images]- Metropolis Magazine
‘Forest of towers’ approved for Melbourne’s Docklands: ...approved a $1.2 billion five-tower development...despite being advised by the City of Melbourne to reject the proposal...plan supersedes a 2010 masterplan...which has received a number of awards. -- Jackson Clements Burrows Architects; Aspect Oculus; Studio Nield; Lend Lease Design [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
"Architects need to wake up and re-engage with construction": UK architect Andrew Waugh on CLT and rethinking architecture expression: ...his affinity for CLT [cross-laminated timber], its limitations and capabilities, and whether it could foster an entirely new style of architecture..."The main limitations...are perceptions"... -- Waugh Thistleton [images]- Architecture & Design (Australia)
William Morgan: Bryant’s temple of sweat is a triumph: The Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center at Bryant University does not carry the catchiest name, yet it is one of the most handsome new educational structures in Rhode Island...a straightforward modern design. The beauty of the building is its very simplicity...elegant and logical... -- Sasaki & Associates- Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
Marisa Angell Brown and Caroline Stevens: An obituary for the Fogarty Building: ...passed away on Monday, March 13, after a protracted and debilitating illness. It was 49 years old and was the beloved child of the Rhode Island architecture firm Castellucci, Galli & Planka Associates...As a young building, it was part of an enthusiastic family of Brutalist government buildings...A funeral for the Fogarty Building will be held on Friday, March 17...- Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
Eduardo de la Fuente: Brutalism, a campus love story - or how I learned to love concrete: Brutalist campuses were renowned for their progressiveness, vibrancy...new architecture and the new campuses can make [them] look even more dated...improbable that universities will be able to magically climb the international rankings simply by shedding their dowdy 1960s and ’70s concrete skins. -- James Birrell; Frank Gehry; David Don Turner; Bruce Mackenzie- The Conversation (Australia)
Mark Byrnes: Don't Forget About Ed Logue: Lurking in the background of today’s Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses stories is a man who had a little bit of both in his soul: ...he held on to his belief in the responsibility of government to make better cities and happier people...Q&A with Lizabeth Cohen, author of "Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age," re: Logue’s career and why he matters today.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Kriston Capps: Trump's Border Wall Won't Be a Wall: The latest twist in the Homeland Security solicitation...It doesn’t need to be a wall: Now asking for two designs: one for a wall, and one for not-a-wall...political maneuvers may be raising the cost of participating in the bidding process higher than any firm can bear...When the RFP for a border whatever finally does go live, the firms who choose to pursue it may be stepping into a war zone...- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Rowan Moore: “Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution” - revolutionary visions that were never built: Design Museum, London: Soviet architects’ plans for the new capital were fanciful, monumental and strangely moving...It was brave and creative, sometimes brilliant. It carried the idea...that architecture could change the world for the better. -- El Lissitzky; Ivan Leonidov; Nikolai Sokolov; Nikolai Ladovsky; Alexei Shchusev; Konstantin Melnikov [images]- Observer (UK)
Oliver Bennett: Soviet architecture: a revolution within the Revolution: ...commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Bennett looks at the radical architecture that emerged at the time: A serious interest in revolutionary architecture has come out of the shadows. "Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution"...an audacious display of “blue sky” thinking - with flying cities, you name it. -- Jonathan Charley; Will Strong/Calvert 22 Foundation [images]- Independent (UK)
Unbuilt Moscow: the 'new Soviet' city that never was - in pictures: As the centenary of the Russian revolution approaches, the designs of top Soviet architects for the capital’s future reveal their visionary aspirations. "Imagine Moscow" is at the Design Museum, London, until 4 June- Guardian (UK)
Sara Spike: "It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment": ...at the Canadian Centre for Architecture examines the conflicted relationship between our nation's ideal of nature - and the realities of our constructed environment...an accessible and compelling interpretation of modern Canadian environmental history. -- Kuehn Malvezzi [images]- Canadian Architect
"Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation": The Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design bring their critically acclaimed exhibition of early paintings and drawings to ArtisTree, Hong Kong...with additional archival material. [images]- Serpentine Galleries (UK)
Chicago Architecture Club 2016 Chicago Prize winners: “On the Edge” called for visionary proposals for Chicago’s Lakefrontwinning entries along with a selection of shortlisted submission on display at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. -- Kwong Von Glinow Design Office; Loren Johnson; Tullio Polisi & Michael Graceffa [images]- Chicago Architecture Club
Ramping Up: Bold proposal for new bike bridge connecting Miami to Key Biscayne on display at Coral Gables Museum: ...plan also imagines a 20-acre waterfront park and beach..."Plan Z for Miami: From Infrastructure to Open Space" -- Bernard Zyscovich [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
"Places of the Heart" by Colin Ellard: ...makes a powerful argument for the paramount importance of our daily surroundings...explores how environments can be fashioned that are more stimulating and joyful for people...offers readers a deeper appreciation of how architectural and environmental design can affect human well-being.- Canadian Architect
"Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice," edited by Martha Bohm, Joyce Hwang, Gabrielle Printz: Examining a range of applied examples in professional practice, the architect as initiator...The architect as detective...And the architect as advocate...contributors deliberately engage questions of identity...all of the authors are female.- Canadian Architect
The Lost Cultural Hubs of New York’s Gilded Age: Esther Crain’s "The Gilded Age in New York, 1870–1910" chronicles...the roots of its role as an international cultural center...Everything from the formation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, to the building of the Brooklyn Bridge...happened over the course of these four decades. [images]- Hyperallergic
Amanda Kolson Hurley: What If McMansions Ruled the World? In "Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction," architect Keith Krumwiede mixes satire, sci-fi, and the sublime in his plans for utopian villages built out of suburban mega-homes...an opening “discourse” in flowery 18th-century language. Q&A with Krumwiede about his singular, impossible-to-categorize project.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
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]
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