Today’s News - Wednesday, April 5, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking off for a (much-needed) family gathering, returning Monday night. The newsletter will be back Tuesday, April 11 (with lots of catching up to do, no doubt!).
• A day for coalitions: Budds looks inside the $90 million, 3-year urban design initiative "to reverse urban inequality" in six U.S. cities.
• An alphabet soup of U.S. built environment and public health organizations has signed on to "A Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities."
• London architects sign on to Londonon, a forum to explore post-Brexit opportunities (what about the rest of the U.K.?).
• Budds revisits designers who voiced concern about Brexit a year ago: "There's still uncertainty, frustration, and anger - but also some reluctant optimism."
• Capps introduces us to a confederation of housing advocates that's closely monitoring the not-very-forthcoming (and no housing expert) HUD Secretary Ben Carson's every move (housing advocates everywhere should keep an eye on CarsonWatch.org, too!).
• Franklin Ross almost runs out of adjectives for Snøhetta's Lascaux IV Museum that "reminds us we are all part of a 20,000-year continuum - they created a whole new world worth every hour of your time and then some" (great pix, too!).
• One can never have too much happy panda news: BIG is designing a yin/yang panda habitat for the Copenhagen Zoo (we wanna go!).
• A report on the recently ended Design Shanghai 2017 that learned the right lessons from last year's edition (we want Mouse Lamps for our cats!).
• RAIC honors Hariri Pontarini with the Innovation in Architecture Award for its "luminous worship space" that is the Bahá'í Temple of South America (totally worthy!).
• Eyefuls of the winners of the New York Affordable Housing Challenge.
• Call for entries deadline reminder: The Driverless Future Challenge.
• Weekend diversions (a little early this week):
• Hawthorne heads to Palm Springs to explore Aitken's "Mirage," a "funhouse mirror" for selfies that is "as much an advertisement for the Desert Palisades development as a critique of it."
• Saffron has high hopes that Philly will soon have a neon sign museum; in the meantime, some of this "extraordinary collection" can be seen in "See the Light" in (fittingly) a former Firestone tire store.
• "The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945" at the Barbican explores Japan's "unique 'scrap and build' design culture" in "the land of the disposable building."
• Granberry cheers "Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture" at the master's masterpiece, the Kimbell Art Museum, "the first major retrospective of his work in two decades."
• In Pittsburgh, "Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio" is a "remarkable exhibit": "He's a love it or dislike it kind of architect, but that is his intention."
• "Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth" at Chicago's Graham Foundation "examines the recent proliferation of collage in architectural representation in relationship to scenography and theatrical set design" (lots of images!).
• Campbell Gallagher parses Settis's "If Venice Dies," a "brilliant polemic" that "argues that the enemies of historic cities are universally the same: greed and ignorance of history" (great review!).
• Flynn parses Flynn's "Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier's City Today," a "fascinating" book that tackles the good, the bad - and the sad.
• Hawthorne hails Podair's "City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles": it "makes an implicit argument that the fissures opened up by the fight to get the stadium built have yet to close."
• Koolhaas's film-maker fils talks about following his father around for four years: he "doesn't respond well to having a lens shoved in his face."
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Diana Budds: Inside The $90 Million Initiative To Reverse Urban Inequality: Bad urban design has disproportionately made cities inequitable. Can affirmative development flip the script? ...every development needs to be community driven and prioritize resiliency (both from an environmental and economic standpoint), health, and equity. -- Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC)- Fast Company / Co.Design
A Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities: ...leaders of the nation’s built environment and public health organizations pledged their support to promote greater collaboration to advance healthier, more walkable communities...Working together will create new momentum towards the common objective of creating and sustaining healthy buildings and spaces.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Architects launch forum to explore Brexit opportunities: Group aims to capture global business as UK leaves EU: ...Londonon – seeks to increase research and residency programmes for London-based architects in cities around the globe... [http://londonon.global/]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Diana Budds: Brexit Is Official. Here’s What That Means For Designers: Designers consider their role in the U.K.’s transition out of the EU: There’s still uncertainty, frustration, and anger - but also some reluctant optimism...Redesigns are sometimes stronger than the initial design. When it comes to rewriting policy, the same notion can hold true.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Kriston Capps: Who's Following Ben Carson? CarsonWatch.org, that’s who. The HUD secretary’s every move is being closely monitored online by a confederation of housing advocates: ...the brainchild of Public Advocates...- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Michael Franklin Ross: Lascaux IV Museum: Snøhetta masterfully creates a new museum setting for 17,000-year-old cave art: ...reminding us we are all part of a 20,000-year continuum...With imagination, innovation, and technology, they created a whole new world worth every hour of your time and then some. -- Duncan Lewis; Casson Mann [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group to Design Panda Habitat at Copenhagen Zoo: ... will mimic the hilly bamboo forests of western China, but with a symbolic twist. “The habitat is formed like a giant yin and yang symbol"...designed to feel like humans are the visitors in the pandas' home. [images]- Interior Design magazine
A remarkable growth for the recently ended Design Shanghai 2017: This year's edition not only followed on seamlessly from its success in 2016, but significantly improved in many areas. [images]- Design Wanted
RAIC names recipient of the Innovation in Architecture Award: A luminous worship space designed and built with the creative use of computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, and custom glass...The Bahá’í Temple of South America, by Hariri Pontarini Architects... [images]- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
Winners of the New York Affordable Housing Challenge selected -- Lap Chi Kwong/Alison Von Glinow (USA); Peter Wong/Christopher Jarrett/Nazinin Modaresahmadi/Robert Stubbs (USA); Liyang Chen/ao Zheng (China); Antonio Gonzalez Viegas/Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla in Spain; Ryan Ball [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert)
Call for entries deadline reminder: The Driverless Future Challenge (international): proposals to shape New York City's response to driverless technology; more than $60k worth of resources to help finalists; deadline: May 19- Blank Space / NYC Mayor's Office / New Lab / AIANY / Fast Company
Christopher Hawthorne: Doug Aitken's "Mirage": a funhouse mirror for the age of social media: ...one of 16 artworks scattered around the Coachella Valley as part of the inaugural Desert X...The house...is especially well designed for selfies...Once you see it in person, it becomes clear that it’s as much an advertisement for the Desert Palisades development as a critique of it. -- Studio AR&D Architects- Los Angeles Times
Inga Saffron: Philadelphia collector inches closer to establishing neon sign museum: ...[it] wouldn’t have to be fancy; in fact, the grittier the better, Len Davidson believes...extraordinary collection has been out of public view...experience a sampling at Drexel University, where Davidson has just installed 29 neon signs in the former Firestone tire store..."See the Light" -- ISA - Interface Studio Architects; Groundswell Design- Philadelphia Inquirer
Understanding Japan's unique 'scrap and build' design culture: Rather than renovate, remodel or re-use, [they] have long favored simply knocking down and starting again. It is the land of the disposable building, where a 20-year-old home is considered old..."The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945" at the Barbican Art Gallery...looks at extraordinary residential architecture... -- Sarah Ichioka; Florence Ostende [images]- CNN Style
Michael Granberry: Kimbell Art Museum focuses on the extraordinary career of Louis Kahn, 'My Architect': "Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture" is the first major retrospective of his work in two decades. -- Nathaniel Kahn; Wendy Lesser, "You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn" [images, audio]- Dallas Morning News
5 decades of design highlighted in "Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio" (Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art): Strident in appearance, his buildings represent physical forces that can be described in action words..."He's a love it or dislike it kind of architect, but that is his intention"... remarkable exhibit... -- Charles L. Rosenblum [images]- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth" at the Graham Foundation, Chicago: ...examines the recent proliferation of collage in architectural representation in relationship to scenography and theatrical set design. -- Ruth Estévez; Wonne Ickx; LIGA, Space for Architecture [images]- Graham Foundation (Chicago)
Mary Campbell Gallagher: La Serenissima no more?: "If Venice Dies" by Salvatore Settis: In this brilliant polemic, he argues that...the enemies of historic cities are universally the same: greed and ignorance of history...Venice is the archetype of all of our historic cities...they are dying an agonizing death...dwindling...into theme parks and movie sets...this book should be required reading for every citizen of a historic city. [via Save Paris]- The New Criterion
Jared Green: Chandigarh: Where Modernism Met India: ..."Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier’s City Today," a fascinating new book by photographer and designer Shaun Flynn...the city today has one of the happiest and wealthiest populations in all of India, and the city itself is one of the cleanest...But the state of ruin of many of the buildings can also be seen as a commentary on the lack of progress towards Nehru’s vision...- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Christopher Hawthorne: Just in time for opening day, a new book on the (complicated) history of Dodger Stadium: “City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles,” by Jerald Podair...makes an implicit argument that the fissures opened up by the fight to get the stadium built have yet to close. -- Emil Praeger (1962)- Los Angeles Times
Rem Koolhaas "doesn’t respond well to having a lens shoved in his face" says his movie-maker son: Tomas Koolhaas...spent four years following his father around the world to make the film called "REM"..."Rem is a fast walker...I was...running behind him, filming him from behind...this is an incredible angle, because you're seeing what he's seeing."- Dezeen
Michael Maltzan Architecture: Moody Centre for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, Texas: Billed as a "transdisciplinary" building...soaring, open, and daylit. What sets it apart from its contemporaries, however, is its uniquely flexible spaces...serves dual roles as a learning space and artist incubator. [images]
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