Today’s News - Tuesday, April 4, 2017
• Such a sad way to start the day: we've lost Howard Elkus, who "uniquely brought joy to every endeavor, and made everyone he met feel special" (we couldn't agree more!).
• Bernstein talks to a number of architects re: Trump's border wall, which is dividing the profession: "Where some architects see opportunity, others feel outrage."
• McGuigan parses Detroit's "remix": while "Motown thrums with new architecture and construction" and the "the mood is upbeat - will the investment trickle down to the city's forgotten neighborhoods?"
• A look at NYC's "Renaissance" in public architecture that proves "good design can help overcome public aversion to some of the least beloved urban infrastructure - and the world is taking note" (starchitects included).
• D.C.'s Georgetown has high hopes for its under-appreciated C&O Canal park by bringing in a High Line star.
• Schwab talks to 5 Chief Resilience Officers from around the world re: how each is "preparing for the next 50 years": "one of the greatest challenges is to explain why resilience is important - which depends on who's asking."
• Is Cairo's "burgeoning bureaucracy" ready to tackle smart building systems to improve the city's sustainability?
• Hosey x 2: he offers "five steps architects can take on the road to redemption - to atone for the built environment's impact" on climate change.
• He parses a new report from AIA's COTE re: "the best practices of leading design firms: What's their secret?"
• Yesterday's Google Doodle honored Fazlur Rahman Khan, whose "radical rethinking of how skyscrapers were structured proved a game-changer - the sky was quite literally the limit."
• Sharon Sutton talks about the "dual fronts of gender and ethnicity," and her book "When Ivory Towers Were Black."
• Kolson Hurley makes the case for why Weese's masterful Washington, D.C., stations should not be painted white.
• RIBA North is set to open on Liverpool's waterfront in June (yay!).
• Philly's 1908 Metropolitan Opera House renovation plan clears the latest hurdle - 1930s-era LED signs included.
• Phoenix and AIA Arizona plan to launch a $100,000 sustainable home competition in May (we'll keep an eye out for the call for entries!).
• Eyefuls of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards winners.
• One we couldn't resist: Bjarke's Instagram burns up the Interweb - followed by BIG's CEO Sheela Maini Søgaard defense of "the firm's gender balance and equal opportunity culture."
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Obituary: Howard Elkus, Co-Founding Principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, 78: "His visionary role and contributions as a planner and architect are evident in cities around the world. He uniquely brought joy to every endeavor, made everyone he met feel special..." [images]- Interior Design magazine
Fred A. Bernstein: Border Wall Divides Profession: Where some architects see opportunity, others feel outrage: “There’s a lot of money involved. It’s hard to say no to that.” -- Brian Johnson/Collaborative Design Architects; Larry Strain/Siegel & Strain Architects; Architecture Lobby; William Huchting/makeArchitecture; Nicholas Gillock/Mertzel & Gillock Architects; John Sanford; Wyly Brown/Leupold Brown Goldbach Architects- Architectural Record
Cathleen McGuigan: Detroit: The Remix: Motown thrums with new architecture and construction - but will the investment trickle down to the city’s forgotten neighborhoods? ...the mood is upbeat...initiatives range from the hugely ambitious...to the smallest interventions... -- Lorcan O’Herlihy; SHoP Architects; Hamilton Anderson Associates; HOK; Mies van der Rohe; Merge; Studio Dwell; Christian Hurttienne; Edwin Chan/EC3; Maurice Cox; SOM; Michel de Vigne; Design Workshop; Gensler; Walter Hood; McIntosh Poris [images]- Architectural Record
Public Architecture Is Having a Renaissance: Starchitects are changing the municipal landscape of New York City - and the world is taking note: ...good design can help overcome public aversion to some of the least beloved urban infrastructure. -- Rafael Viñoly; Annabelle Selldorf; Steven Holl; Studio Gang; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/ SOM; Dattner Architects; WXY Architecture and Urban Design; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group [images]- Architectural Digest
Can the C&O Canal make Georgetown hip again? New York’s High Line architects are going to try: For all its rustic beauty, the slender park is mainly used as a pass-through...that’s what Georgetown boosters are hoping to change...building an education center and a replica of a historic boat that will travel the canal for tours. -- James Corner Field Operations- Washington Post
Katharine Schwab: How 5 Chief Resilience Officers Are Preparing For The Next 50 Years: From Oakland, California, to Semarang, Indonesia, these CROs are fighting to make their cities stronger: ...one of the greatest challenges...is to explain why resilience is important - which depends on who’s asking. -- Rockefeller Foundation; 100 Resilient Cities- Fast Company / Co.Design
Introducing Sustainability to Cairo’s Bureaucracy: Can smart building systems improve the sustainability of [its] burgeoning bureaucracy? “Unfortunately, green architecture has a reputation of being another way of tricking people into paying a lot of money in vain"...Egypt Green Building Council...Tarsheed rating system was established in 2016. -- Ahmed Abou Zeid; Sarah ElBattouty/ECOnsult- Progrss
Lance Hosey: Architects' Original Sin: To atone for the built environment’s impact on the climate, the profession must demonstrate leadership.: By far the biggest challenges with climate change are in the built environment... Here are five steps we can take on the road to redemption.- Architectural Record
Lance Hosey: On the Habits of High-Performance Firms: A new report from the AIA Committee on the Environment [COTE] reveals the best practices of leading design firms: What’s their secret? What practices do they cultivate, and what can other firms learn from their success?- Architect Magazine
Fazlur Rahman Khan: Why is this skyscraper architect so important? ...known as “the Einstein of structural engineering"...Khan’s radical rethinking of how skyscrapers were structured proved a game-changer...the sky was quite literally the limit... -- Bruce Graham; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)- Independent (UK)
"When Ivory Towers Were Black": Sharon Sutton on the Dual Fronts of Gender and Ethnicity: GSAPP Conversations #3: ...her new book...tells the story of how an unparalleled cohort of ethnic minority students earned degrees from Columbia University’s School of Architecture during a time of fierce struggles to open the ivory tower to ethnic minority students.- ArchDaily
Amanda Kolson Hurley: Why Painting the Union Station Metro Cheapens an Architectural Masterpiece: The moody atmosphere of the stations is their strength, not a flaw. -- Harry Weese- Washington City Paper (Washington, DC )
RIBA’s New National Architecture Centre Will Celebrate Liverpool’s Architectural History: Occupying a part of the Mann Island Buildings designed by Broadway Malyan in 2013...on Liverpool’s waterfront, RIBA North is set to open on June 17th... [images]- ArchDaily
Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House renovation plans clear latest hurdle: ...approved plans to install multiple 1930s-era LED signs...There are a lot of moving parts with this particular project...all attention will be focused on the theater, which these days goes largely unnoticed by passersby. -- William H. McElfatrick (1908); AOS Architects [images]- Curbed Philadelphia
Phoenix To Launch $100,000 Sustainable Home Competition: ...they hope the winning design will lead to at least ten homes being built right away.- KJZZ Phoenix
Winners of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards Announced: ...a wealth of international projects, ranging from a ‘dematerialising’ office to an ecclesiastical library. -- Tabanlioglu Architects; Allies & Morrison; Studio Pei-Zhu; Rafael Vinoly Architects; REX Architecture; Wright and Wright Architects; Utopia Arkitekter; Steven Christensen Architecture; AndArchitects; Tan'ck Architect; PES-Architects; GAD Architecture [images]- Architectural Review (UK)
Bjarke Ingels’s Instagram post draws attention to architecture’s gender gap: Update: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group CEO Sheela Maini Søgaard has defended the firm’s gender balance and equal opportunity culture following the social media backlash [to "BIG BOYS&GIRL"]- Curbed
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