Today’s News - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of AL_A's shimmering MAAT Museum in Lisbon that "embodies the desire to open up an international dialogue towards the city's creative scene."
• Kennicott minces no words about what he thinks of Trump's proposed budget cuts: "It's not an attack on the arts, it's an attack on communities - perfectly calculated for a new era of rancor and resentment" that "will primarily affect people on the losing end of the American Dream."
• Mock on Hip Hop Architecture, and how Ford is "building a movement to reclaim urban design from the failures of the 1970s," and "creating a new language for how traditional architects should approach urban livelihoods."
• The Jamaican Institute of Architects College of Fellows pens an open letter to the prime minister re: an MOU with a Chinese construction company for a new Parliamentary complex that is "an insult to local professionals in the building industry."
• About 12 hours later, the PM responds to local professionals, saying that "purposeful efforts will be made to include Jamaicans in the design and execution" of the new Parliamentary project.
• Milman parses how Atlantic City and Miami Beach are dealing with rising sea levels: in both cities, "there's an equity issue at play. What links these places is the reluctance to abandon them."
• Rogers Partners proposes a multi-purpose storm surge protection system for Houston and Galveston "that would serve as an icon for the region."
• Wainwright rounds up projects in China's smaller cities that are going "wild for starchitecture, spawning a new generation of delirious plans" (one is "a lumpen collision of colossal cruise-liners"; another has a canopy-covered lake where "visitors can enjoy projected blue skies despite the smog").
• Green takes a look at an American-style senior living facility in China, where "it's taboo to put your parents in a home - the idea seems to be if it doesn't seem typically Chinese, perhaps the stigma will be avoided."
• Hurst & Waite offer a MIPIM round-up: "Brexit schmexit - it was good to witness the UK government shouting about architecture as a key area for export growth" (though a plethora of "dude fests set a jarring note," along with some bad-dude behavior).
• The Osmania University Arts College in Hyderabad, India, is an "architectural marvel" to sooth the classicist soul.
• A new survey by NCARB and AIA shows that professionals and the budding practitioners they oversee have very different opinions about getting a license.
• Call for entries: Croydon Council/AJ Croydon iStreet open international competition to enhance Croydon's public realm + A New Larkin Building, Buffalo, NY.
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Amanda Levete/AL_A Architects: MAAT Museum, Lisbon, Portugal: Along the Tagus River edge...sits the serpentine structure...Coinciding with a tourist boom that is lapping the shores of Lisbon, the 38,000m2 campus embodies the desire to open up an international dialogue towards Lisbon's creative scene. -- Aires Mateus e Associados; Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture
Philip Kennicott: It’s not an attack on the arts, it’s an attack on communities: Trump’s new budget...perfectly calculated for a new era of rancor and resentment amplified by social media, is to focus people not on what will be lost, but who will lose...These cuts will primarily affect marginalized or minority communities, people on the losing end of the American Dream. -- National Endowment for the Arts/NEA; National Endowment for the Humanities/NEH; Corporation for Public Broadcasting/PBS- Washington Post
Brentin Mock: The Future of 'Hip Hop Architecture': Michael Ford explains how he’s building a movement to reclaim urban design from the failures of the 1970s: Robert Moses got Le Corbusier wrong...The hip-hop culture that emerged in the 1970s was a response to that failed urban design...Ford is currently helping lead a design justice movement...creating a new language for how traditional architects should approach urban livelihoods.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Aren't we good enough, PM? ...an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness from the College of Fellows of the Jamaican Institute of Architects...a memorandum of understanding with China Construction Company for...design consultancy services for the proposed new Parliament building and government offices can be regarded as an insult to local professionals in the building industry...- The Gleaner (Jamaica)
PM assures local input in plans for new Parliamentary complex: ...responding to concerns from local professionals, the prime minister said that purposeful efforts will be made to include Jamaicans in the design and execution of [a new Parliamentary complex].- Jamaica Observer
Oliver Milman: Tackling Rising Waters in Atlantic City and Miami Beach: Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem: ...as in Atlantic City there’s an equity issue at play...What links these places is the reluctance to abandon them.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Protection and Place: ...a storm surge protection system for Houston and Galveston that would serve as an icon for the region...What is proposed would not be just a public protection system, but also a new place that would expand the outdoor offerings...rather than just a risk-mitigation drain on funds...viability comes from finding multiple purposes... -- Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers- Texas Architect magazine (Texas Society of Architects)
Oliver Wainwright: Put us on the map, please: China's smaller cities go wild for starchitecture: ...second (and third) tier cities are hiring big-name architects to get them noticed...spawning a new generation of delirious plans... -- Ma Yansong/MAD architects; Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Arata Isozaki; MVRDV; Bernard Tschumi; Arup; SOM; Will Alsop; Stefano Boeri; Steven Holl; SANAA; David Adjaye [images]- Guardian (UK)
Jared Green: American-style Senior Living Comes to China: It’s taboo to put your parents in a home...China Senior Care...launched a Western-style senior residential care facility [Cypress Gardens]. The idea seems to be if a facility doesn’t seem typically Chinese, perhaps the stigma associated with placing an elder in a home will be avoided. -- -- Jane Rohde/JSR Associates; Jerry Smith/SMITH | GreenHealth Consulting; POD Design [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Will Hurst & Richard Waite: MIPIM round-up: British tenacity overcomes Brexit gloom: ...could not stifle the determined entrepreneurialism: Brexit schmexit...the sheer number of events featuring all-male panels, or ‘dude fests’, set a jarring note...it was good to witness the [UK] government shouting about architecture as a key area for export growth.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Architectural marvel in classic mould: As Osmania University prepares to celebrate its centenary, age sits lightly on the Arts College [in Hyderabad]...The best example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, its pillars, ornamentations and carvings represent a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. -- Nawab Zain Yar Jung; Syed Ali Raza; Earnest Jasper (1939) [image]- Telangana Today (India)
Trends in Licensure Support at Architecture Firms: Architects who supervise emerging professionals - and those budding practitioners they oversee - have very different opinions about getting a license, according to a new national survey.- NCARB / National Council of Architectural Registration Boards & AIA / American Institute of Architects
Call for entries: Croydon Council/AJ Croydon iStreet open international competition seeks technology-led concepts to promote physical interaction with the street, enhance the public realm; no fee; cash prizes; deadline: May 26- The Architects' Journal / Croydon Council (UK)
Call for entries: A New Larkin Building, Buffalo, New York (international): to redeem a great loss and to celebrate a great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright; registration deadline: May 1 (submissions due June 8)- ICARCH (International Competitions in Architecture)
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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