Today’s News - Thursday, March 30, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 4. And just a heads-up that next week will be a two-newsletter week (travel for family business).
• Viladas pens a personal (and loving) tribute to Jeffrey Osborne, gone much too soon (we have our own fond memories of his talents, enthusiasm, and humor - from the '90s to recent Publicolor celebrations).
• Schwab profiles two Strongest Town competition winners that "illustrate what citizen-backed resilience looks like on a smaller scale - a rebuttal to Trump's sweepingly negative stereotypes of small-town America."
• Wainwright takes us inside AHMM's new Scotland Yard HQ: "Goodbye fortresses, hello bijou policing" (great views and very cool loos!).
• A good day for classicists: Stamp scolds Glasgow for seemingly forgetting "its greatest architect" (no, not Charles Rennie Mackintosh): the city "prides itself on once having been European Capital of Culture. The continuing neglect of Alexander "Greek" Thomson's legacy suggests that its culture does not go very deep."
• Neville queries Quinlan Terry re: how "he had to be steadfast in the face of modernist 'dogma'" (Scruton cheers; Stamp, not so much).
• Brussat cheers "Classic Columns," Adam's book on classical language that "addresses a topic at far greater depth of perception" than many others.
• Moving on to the more modern: Gehry's "vast archive" from 1954 to 1988 goes to the Getty ("things that I never thought anyone would be interested in," sayeth Gehry).
• Kéré wins the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, and Gates (as in Theaster), Goldberger, Hood, and Ronan receive Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture.
• Call for entries: Sunbrella: The Future of Shade 2017 competition.
• Weekend diversions:
• Eyefuls of what's on view in Shigeru Ban's first Australian exhibition in Sydney that includes both his commercial work and his temporary architecture in natural disaster zones.
• Budds parses Szot's "Mass Market Alternatives" at Boston's Pinkcomma gallery that posits how "algorithmic design could transform suburbia" into healthier communities.
• Betsky finds "affection and dread" in Marshall's show in L.A. depicting mostly long-lost housing projects as " memorials to a lost Arcadia that was also a place of terror, containment, and isolation."
• "Hélène Binet - John Hejduk Works" at Cooper Union includes her stunning photos inside, and his "Jan Palach Memorial" outside.
• A Hong Kong-based artist and an architect build a replica of "2001: A Space Odyssey" set in an L.A. warehouse (far out!).
• In Brisbane, "Material #01: Concrete" explores "the diversity and potential of concrete," from architecture to jewelry.
• The sound of silence can be heard - five visitors at a time - at the Guggenheim in Wheeler's immersive "PSAD Synthetic Desert III" (sounds cool!).
• Budds considers "Who Builds Your Architecture" to be "a wake-up call" and guide to "what being an 'ethically engaged architect' means today."
• Moreira considers Short's "The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture" to be a "fascinating exploration of the history of environmental design practice," where "the role of architects is shown as central."
• Moore cheers Glancey "tweaking the tails of a few sacred cows" in " What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower?"
• Westfall ponders Settis's new tome: "if Venice dies, we will be left with nothing but the dozens of cities and suburbs with Venice in their name and Disney-like replicas."
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Obituary: Remembering design industry veteran Jeffrey Osborne, 72: He thought just as much about how people live in a space as how the space looked, and as far as I can tell, he was never wrong. By Pilar Viladas- The Architect's Newspaper
Katharine Schwab: Small Towns Can Be Resilient, Too: A postindustrial town in Pennsylvania and a tourist town in Michigan show that small town America is more complex than politicians make it out to be...and making a name for themselves in the process...Carlisle, PA, and Traverse City, MI, are winners of the Strongest Town competition...illustrate what citizen-backed resilience looks like on a smaller scale.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Oliver Wainwright: Inside New Scotland Yard: a neoclassical riverside pile with en suite liveried loos: Goodbye fortresses, hello bijou policing. The Met’s new £58m HQ has an art deco facade, a reflecting pool - and toilets patterned in squad car livery: ...has downsized and returned to its handsome 1930s home...a symbol of the new-look lean policing. -- William Curtis Green (1935); Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) [images]- Guardian (UK)
Gavin Stamp: Glasgow must not forget its greatest architect: In his bicentenary year, the Scottish architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson should be getting more attention: He was at once a successful commercial practitioner and a dreamer, almost a mystic, , who designed extraordinary buildings...Glasgow prides itself on once having been European Capital of Culture. The continuing neglect of [his] legacy suggests that its culture does not go very deep. [images]- Apollo Magazine (UK)
Flora Neville: Quinlan Terry’s back to Classics march: He had to be steadfast in the face of modernist ‘dogma’ in order to safeguard the finest traditions of classical design: While Roger Scruton calls us to hail "our greatest living architect," the architectural critic Gavin Stamp brands Terry "pedantic and unimaginative ... a victim of that perennial curse of English Architecture: Palladianism." -- Raymond Erith- Spear’s (UK)
David Brussat: Robert Adam on classical language: ...his book "Classic Columns" addresses a topic many have addressed, but at far greater depth of perception. Few can fail to perceive that classical architecture is a language and that it evolves slowly just as the English language does, and that it has been doing so for many centuries.- Architecture Here and There
Frank Gehry’s Vast Archive Joins the Getty’s Collection: The Getty Research Institute has acquired hundreds of thousands of items...from 1954 to 1988...covers his nascent career...through his winning competition entry for Disney Hall...“things that I never thought anyone would be interested in” have found a home...GRI plans to work with [him] to record oral histories of his projects.- New York Times
Diébédo Francis Kéré announced as Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture winner by American Academy of Arts and Letters: ...given [for] a significant contribution to architecture as art...four Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture...Theaster Gates; Paul Goldberger; Walter Hood; and John Ronan- Archinect
Call for entries: Sunbrella The Future of Shade 2017: explore the integral role of fabric in shade and building design; cash prizes; registration deadline: April 30 (submissions due May 14)- Sunbrella / Architizer
Support act: Shigeru Ban’s impermanent designs leave a lasting impression in Sydney: ...Ban’s first Australian exhibition at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation...While "The inventive work of Shigeru Ban" links elements of his commercial work...it primarily focuses upon his temporary architecture in natural disaster zones over the past 20 years. [images]- Wallpaper*
Diana Budds: The Unlikely Way Algorithmic Design Could Transform Suburbia: Diverse architecture begets healthier communities, argues architect John Szot: His proposal...is on view in "Mass Market Alternatives"...at the Boston gallery Pinkcomma. [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Aaron Betsky: The Affection and Dread in Kerry James Marshall's Depiction of Housing Projects: A traveling exhibition...at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles: Almost all of the housing projects that [he] depicts are gone now...[his] paintings are, in the tradition of landscape paintings, memorials to a lost Arcadia that was also a place of terror, containment, and isolation. [images]- Architect Magazine
Inside & Out: John Hejduk’s work portrayed in new light at Cooper Union exhibition: "Hélène Binet - John Hejduk Works"...will be on display, both inside and out...43 photographs by [his] photographer of record, can be seen inside...and his "Jan Palach Memorial" will be exhibited outside... [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Otherworldy: Artist builds replica of “2001: A Space Odyssey” set in L.A. warehouse: Hong Kong–based artist Simon Birch collaborated with architect Paul Kember of Hong Kong–based firm KplusK to create the space as part of his project The 14th Factory...14 spaces that weave together across the three acres of the warehouse... [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
"Material #01: Concrete": From architecture and design to art, craft and jewellery, a new exhibition at Artisan, Queensland’s centre for craft and design [in Brisbane], explores the diversity and potential of concrete.- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Doug Wheeler Installs Immersive "PSAD Synthetic Desert III" at NYC’s Guggenheim Museum: ...evokes an illusory experience of vast infinite space shrouded in absolute silence...based on a series of his drawings from 1960s...designed to manipulate noise, light, and space in a “semi-anechoic chamber” that suppresses all but the lowest levels of ambient sound. -- Arup; Basotect (BASF) [images]- Contract magazine
Diana Budds: Do You Know Who Builds Your Design? Here’s Why You Should: "Who Builds Your Architecture: A Critical Field Guide"...what being an “ethically engaged architect” means today: WBYA is a collective of architects, activists, and scholars...Their fundamental question: What’s the ethical responsibility of the architecture profession toward the people who physically build their work?- Fast Company / Co.Design
Ricardo Moreira/XCO2: Ancient remedies: Natural climate control is no new idea, says C. Alan Short...we can reclaim it from the air-con age: "The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture - Air, Comfort and Climate"...his fascinating exploration of the history of environmental design practice...The role of architects is shown as central...- RIBA Journal (UK)
Rowan Moore: " What’s So Great About the Eiffel Tower? 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture" by Jonathan Glancey: These engaging essays...tweak the tails of a few sacred cows. It shows what an impure and sometimes mucky affair architecture can be...It’s not a bad introduction to a discipline that sometimes suffers from self-importance...- Observer (UK)
Carroll William Westfall: Blind Venetians: "If Venice Dies": A Renaissance capital imperiled by modernity: In this insightful, at times lyrical, book, Salvatore Settis...offers medicine for the disease that has a global reach...He would have a code of ethics direct architects to resist complicity in modernity's ravages and reinstitute the traditional way of building.- The Weekly Standard
ANN feature: Passive House is not so Passive Anymore: Q&A with Zack Semke, NK Architects: Passive House architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. That is a potential game changer for buildings' role in the clean energy transition.- ArchNewsNow
In-Between Economies: Have we reached LiveabilityMAX? Nothing has given more fuel to the pace of urban regeneration than the quest for liveability...We need the cultural essence of co-operative housing models, first pioneered in rural Denmark, the financial and legislative designs of community land trusts from the U.S., and the technological innovation of a project like Wiki-house...
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