Today’s News - Tuesday, March 21, 2017
• A very sad way to start the day: Dunlap poetically ponders the passing of Hugh Hardy, "who lent pizzazz" and "showmanship" to New York Landmarks; to us, he was an architect's architect, a journalist's dream interview: "In a profession that frequently takes itself too seriously, Hugh sparkled with wit," sayeth Stern.
• A round-up of some of Hardy's ("the beloved architect") most notable works.
• Trump just keeps on tromping: Budds bemoans that his budget proposal "is an assault on America's creative soul" by cutting the NEA and NEH. "It's petty, political, and dangerous."
• Menking says that cutting the NEA, NEH, PBS, etc. "will directly affect architects both in practice and academia" - and asks you to "share your stories on how these organizations helped architecture, art, and design."
• Also on board: the AIA "slams Trump budget" with massive cuts to the EPA and NEA, "which threaten efforts to address urban growth, community development, and sustainability."
• Schumacher is working on a new part-social, part-private housing prototype for a London council estate, and (gasp!) seemingly "quite happy working with the social component there."
• Foley offers a fascinating look at Detroit's planning department and Cox and Lewis, the "architects behind the city's next act - convincing longtime Detroiters to not only buy into the new map, but help draw it."
• Quirk has a great Q&A with the team behind "Footwork" at the Saint-Étienne design biennial in France that "highlights Detroit-based partnerships that have produced truly innovative projects."
• Dickinson's great take on how New Haven "is putting its money where its Modernism is," creating "a new branch of the Historic Preservation movement. The irony is that 'Modern' is deemed to be 'Historic.'"
• A new Niemeyer will sit atop a 19th-century factory in Leipzig - a (very cool!) concrete-and-glass sphere to house a restaurant and bar.
• Hénault cheers Patkau Architects' Audain Art Museum in Whistler, B.C., that also puts "its forested site on display" (and saved all but one tree): "one senses both the confidence of the firm's impressive body of work, but also a new dimension that has come from their recent experiments."
• HOK's high-rise "stands out eccentrically against Abu Dhabi's urban landscape - motivated by the attitude 'less is more'" - until it comes to height, where "perhaps 'more is more.'"
• Finch saw a bit too much chasing the money men at MIPIM, and "why you shouldn't always follow"; but "there were rays of light in Cannes to reverse the private sector race to the bottom."
• Kuma tells Hong Kong architects that working within constraints is "no excuse not to come up with creative and eye-catching designs. We are no free men. In the world of architectural design, freedom does not exist."
• Grimshaw's Middleton minces no words about open design competitions that "devalue the architectural profession. It's time to take a stand to hold our own work at a higher value. Only then will clients begin to do the same."
• Speaking of open competitions: bunches of international types entered for a chance to design a dining hall at the University of Cambridge; the winner and shortlist are all home-grown talents (lots of pix).
• Call for entries deadline reminders: 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge + Building Voices International Design Competition for prototypes for innovative built environments and systems-focused solutions in Hawai'i.
• Help Wanted: The J. Max Bond Architecture Center for a Just City is seeking a new Director.
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Obituary: Hugh Hardy, 84, Architect Who Lent Pizazz to New York Landmarks: With showmanship and affection for the past, he breathed new life into storied theaters like Radio City Music Hall...affection not just for the past but also for showmanship...Robert A.M. Stern: “In a profession that frequently takes itself too seriously, Hugh sparkled with wit.” By David W. Dunlap -- Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer; Pfeiffer, Holzman Moss Bottiino; H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture [images]- New York Times
Hugh Hardy, 84, prolific New York City architect: Even if you weren’t familiar with Hardy by name, it’s all but guaranteed that you know his work...Over the course of half a century, he did more than just design buildings...take a look at some of the beloved architect’s most notable works... -- Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer; Pfeiffer, Holzman Moss Bottiino; H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture [images]- Curbed New York
Diana Budds: Trump’s Budget Is An Assault On America’s Creative Soul: It’s petty, political, and dangerous: ...what really stings is the elimination of arts and science programs. Gutting the National Endowment of the Arts and National Endowment of the Humanities...is not a cost-saving measure...This is federal money that actually makes more money...there are actions all of us can take...- Fast Company / Co.Design
William Menking: Chopping Block: NEA and NEH to be eliminated - share your stories on how these organizations helped architecture, art, and design...cuts will directly affect architects both in practice and academia. -- National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS); Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars- The Architect's Newspaper
Deep Cuts: AIA slams Trump budget: At the forefront of...concerns are massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) which threaten efforts to address urban growth, community development, and sustainability.- The Architect's Newspaper
Patrik Schumacher to test council estate prototype: Zaha Hadid Architects is drawing up plans for...part-social, part-private housing scheme that would add new homes to an existing London council estate...came under fire...when he [said] housing should be scrapped...[now] he and the practice...working within the framework and were "quite happy working with the social component there."- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Aaron Foley: Meet the Architects Behind Detroit’s Next Act: Maurice Cox and R. Steven Lewis are designing a new way forward for the Motor City: Now the city’s planning department must make sure all Detroiters are included in this current revival...convincing longtime [residents] to not only buy into the new map, but help draw it.- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Vanessa Quirk: Could Detroit Show Us the Way to a New Future of Work? "Footwork" at the Saint-Étienne design biennial [in France] highlights Detroit-based partnerships that have produced truly innovative projects: Q&A with Nina Bianchi and Libby Cole of the Public Design Trust and The Work Department. [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Duo Dickinson: New Haven is putting its money where its Modernism is: These Modernist renovations are venerational, meaning they show extreme deference to the original design...a new branch of the Historic Preservation movement. The irony is that “Modern” is deemed to be “Historic.” -- Louis Kahn; George Knight/Knight Architects; Paul Rudolph; Charles Gwathmey; Ennaed Architects; Eero Saarinen; KieranTimberlake; Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo; Gordon Bunshaft/SOM; John Johansen; Marcel Breuer; Robert A.M. Stern; James Gamble Rogers- New Haven Register (Connecticut)
Germany Will Get a New Oscar Niemeyer Structure, Designed Before His Death: ...it will sit atop an industrial building from the 19th century: ...a concrete-and-glass sphere that will sit atop the factory of Kirow Werk in Leipzig, and contain a restaurant and bar. [images]- artnet News
Odile Hénault: From Sea to Sky: A masterfully designed museum in scenic Whistler showcases B.C. art - while also putting its forested site on display: With the Audain Art Museum...Patkau Architects demonstrates a remarkable level of maturity...one senses both the confidence of the Patkau’s impressive body of work, but also a new dimension that has come from their recent experiments. [images]- Canadian Architect
HOK’s high-rise tower stands out eccentrically against the urban landscape: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company tower in the United Arab Emirates capital is motivated by the attitude "less is more"...Many of the city’s modern buildings are twisted and amorphic in form but not this one...When it comes to height, however, perhaps ‘more is more’, with the tower’s soaring 75 storeys... [images]- Mark magazine (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Paul Finch: MIPIM, and why you shouldn’t always follow the money men: For architects the client is, ultimately, far more than the person you invoice...there are other considerations to be taken into account...there were rays of light in Cannes...to reverse the private sector race to the bottom.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
'Constraint is the mother of art’: Tokyo 2020 stadium designer Kengo Kuma tells Hong Kong architects to make most of concrete jungle: ...architecture is the “art of working with constraints"...HK architects have no excuse not to come up with creative and eye-catching designs despite size, cost and time limitations...“We are no free men. In the world of architectural design, freedom does not exist.”- South China Morning Post
Mark Middleton/Grimshaw: Open design competitions devalue the architectural profession: Architects flock to open design competitions despite a lack of fees and tiny odds of winning a real job. It’s time for architects to take a stand...to hold our own work at a higher value. Only then will clients begin to do the same.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Winner of Homerton College dining hall scheme: Emerging practice Feilden Fowles has won [an international] competition...to design a £7 million dining hall for Homerton College, University of Cambridge...saw off a shortlist that included dRMM; Caruso St John; Hall McKnight; and Walters & Cohen. [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Call for entries deadline reminder: 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge (international): $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a design solution that addresses complex global problems; deadline: March 31- Buckminster Fuller Institute
Call for entries deadline reminder: Building Voices International Design Competition: ideas for potential prototypes for innovative built environments and systems-focused solutions in Hawai'i; no fee; cash prizes + exhibition; deadline: April 5- University of Hawai'i at Manoa School of Architecture
Help Wanted: The J. Max Bond Architecture Center for a Just City at The City College of New York Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture is seeking a new Director at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. Application deadline: April 16- City Uiversity of New York / CUNY
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
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