Today’s News - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
• ArcSpace brings us Grafton Architects' University Campus UTEC in Lima, Peru - a "man-made cliff" that is "redefining the dramatic edge of the city."
• A lovely tribute to Howard Elkus, and how "he left a particular visual legacy in Greater Boston."
• Gendall speaks with "brave" Syrian architect al-Sabouni about "the role of architecture in mending a country ravaged by war."
• Denhardt profiles three architects in Lebanon, where the "ongoing conflict has crippled the progression of architecture" - and how the "festering bias among competitions has tarnished the profession and what it means to call oneself an architect."
• Hawthorne parses Zumthor's latest designs for LACMA: "Goodbye, black flower. Hello, Inca temple": it's losing its "oozing oil-slick quality" for "a less fluid, harder-edged and more muscular form in sand-colored concrete."
• Giovannini x 2 (from Paris!): He takes in the sight - and sound - of Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal: the concert hall is "more than just a beautiful space" - it is an "understated work of a master confident of what he's doing, knowing just how much to say before stopping."
• He parses Perrault's "bold plan" to remake the Île de la Cité that "unobtrusively grafts a glass city of crystal barnacles onto the stone city, leaving the stone architecture dominant."
• Another D.C. memorial flying under the radar "without a design competition or invitation process" is "already getting the beginnings of pushback from the public."
• Hosey takes issue with Rybczynski's take on "what if" architecture: "Dwelling narrowly on the legacy of designers gives the impression that architectural history concerns great men, not great places."
• Kimmelman visits China's Pearl River Delta, where "breakneck development is colliding with the effects of climate change," but planners and environmentalists see "a chance to rebrand the province as a global leader in green, cutting-edge industrial technology and urbanism."
• Lind cheers cities that, "without waiting for federal approval or funding, are devising their own solutions to inequality and social segregation" by investing in social infrastructure.
• Jaramillo observes an "icebreaker" exercise with very diverse neighbors to re-imagine Philly's Mifflin Square through memories and Damon Rich's cardboard model.
• Now there's an online green infrastructure guidebook that "works as a one-stop hub for city planners, engineers, and community leaders" - architects, too (very cool!).
• Q&A with Handel Architects' Middleton re: how the firm approached designing the world's tallest Passive House building for Cornell Tech on NYC's Roosevelt Island.
• Pilloton's Project H has evolved to include Studio H "to educate and empower young girls to follow their passion into construction," and "demolish stereotypes of what the construction industry should look like."
• Kirk cheers the Chicago Architecture Foundation's graphic novel "No Small Plans" that "aims to empower the city's youth through stories about their neighborhoods" (a Kickstarter campaign is underway).
• Pawson and Senju take home the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award.
• Eyefuls of the 2017 Skyscraper Competition winners and honorable mentions (some way-out-there stuff!).
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Obituary: Howard Elkus, 78; architect transformed parts of Boston: ...[he] designed buildings and mixed-use projects from New York City to West Palm Beach to Abu Dhabi, but he left a particular visual legacy in Greater Boston...“He didn’t have employees, he didn’t have clients, he had friends...and to him, it was this great symphony of life.” -- David Manfredi; Elkus Manfredi Architects- Boston Globe
John Gendall: A Young Syrian Architect's Vision for Rebuilding Her Country: AD speaks with a brave local architect on the role of architecture in mending a country ravaged by war: ...Marwa al-Sabouni, has dealt with the ravages of conflict by thinking ahead to the postwar rebuilding process. ("The Battle for Home") [images]- Architectural Digest
Thomas Denhardt: Architects amidst conflict: Lebanon is a nation of only 4.5 million people, yet it hosts over 1.1 million refugees, including about 600,000 children...What is the architect’s role during war and conflict? ...festering bias among competitions has tarnished the profession and what it means to call oneself an architect...[these] stories exemplify the vast challenges and changes faced by designers who conduct professional services in a divergent context. -- Omar Samir Harb/Omar Harb Architects; Steven Townsend/SOMA; Michel Abboud; Riccardo Luca Conti/Joana Dabaj/CatalyticAction- ArchitectureNow (Architecture New Zealand)
Christopher Hawthorne: Here are the latest designs for LACMA's $600-million makeover: Goodbye, black flower. Hello, Inca temple...has become a less fluid, harder-edged and more muscular form in sand-colored concrete. It has moved away from an oozing oil-slick quality...the newest version...suggests that the grid will have the last laugh. Or at least the final say. -- Peter Zumthor; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Robert Irwin; Olin [images]- Los Angeles Times
Joseph Giovannini: Inside Frank Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal: No Gehry project makes his underlying humanism more explicit than the...683-seat concert hall...More than just a beautiful space...Surprising for a Gehry building is the visual tranquility...understated work of a master confident of what he’s doing, knowing just how much to say before stopping. -- HG Merz; Yasuhisa Toyota/Nagata Acoustics [images]- Architect Magazine
Joseph Giovannini: A Bold Plan to Remake the Historic Heart of Paris: Dominique Perrault and the Center for National Monuments have unveiled a glass-and-steel re-imagining of the Île de la Cité: ...plan is both a daring act of urban renewal and a new paradigm for renewing historic urban cores...unobtrusively grafts a glass city of crystal barnacles onto the stone city, leaving the stone architecture dominant. [images]- Architect Magazine
Desert Storm Memorial Flies Under the Radar (But is Already Law): According to a joint resolution, the memorial will be constructed in Area I, which surrounds the National Mall in Washington, D.C.: ...renderings were published in 2013 without a design competition or invitation process...already getting the beginnings of pushback from the public... -- CSO Architects; Context Design [images]- Architect Magazine
Lance Hosey: Architecture and What Not: “What If” histories are fascinating but misleading: Which is a better measure of a building’s success - its influence on other architects or its contribution to the community? Dwelling narrowly on the legacy of designers gives the impression that architectural history concerns great men, not great places. -- Witold Rybczynski; Peter Eisenman; Zaha Hadid; Eliel Saarinen; Raymond Hood; Mies van der Rohe- Huffington Post
Michael Kimmelman: Rising Waters Threaten China’s New Megacities: In the Pearl River Delta, breakneck development is colliding with the effects of climate change..."there’s reluctance to address the issue. What’s the business model?” That’s a trillion-dollar question...Planners and environmentalists here talk about a chance to rebrand Guangdong Province as a global leader in green, cutting-edge industrial technology and urbanism. [images]- New York Times
Diana Lind: Civic Lesson: New Social Infrastructure: Cities are finding new ways to invest in social infrastructure, helping to bridge gaps among diverse socioeconomic groups and foster a greater sense of community: Without waiting for federal approval or funding, cities are devising their own solutions to inequality and social segregation. -- Carol Coletta; Theaster Gates; Maurice Cox; Studio Gang; OMA; OLIN- Architectural Record
Catalina Jaramillo: Imagining a better Mifflin Square through memories and a cardboard model: The exercise served as an icebreaker for a group that mixed refugees, new immigrants, and long-time residents who’ve never spoken to each other...organizations...have worked hard to make everyone feel included. -- Damon Rich/Hector; Alexa Bosse/Community Design Collaborative; Marc Norman/Ideas and Action; V. Lamar Wilson Associates- PlanPhilly (Philadelphia)
Krutika Pathi: A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners: This new online resource showcases how communities...have successfully mitigated the effects of extreme weather by relying on green infrastructure: "Naturally Resilient Communities"...works as a one-stop hub for city planners, engineers, and community leaders. -- Nature Conservancy; American Planning Association (APA); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); etc.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Jason Sayer: Cornell Tech: AN speaks to one of the architects behind the world’s tallest Passive House building: ...going up on Roosevelt Island in New York...26-story residential tower that will house roughly 350 units for students and save 882 tons of CO2 per year...Blake Middleton of Handel Architects...discusses how the firm approached the project. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Emily Pilloton Is Building an Inspirational Path for Young Girls: This remarkable entrepreneur builds with her students and demolishes stereotypes of what the construction industry should look like: With Project H...through design and building to solve social problems...evolved to include Studio H, which is an in-school designing and building education program for high school students.- Education and Career News
Mimi Kirk: Drawing Up an Urban Planning Manual for Chicago Teens: The graphic novel "No Small Plans" aims to empower the city’s youth through stories about their neighborhoods...Like Wacker’s Manual [a 1911 textbook fashioned from Daniel Burnham’s 1909 plan], it will also be taught in the city’s public schools...strategy to get teens involved in urban planning and civic life. -- Gabrielle Lyon/Chicago Architecture Foundation- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
2017 Isamu Noguchi Award bestowed to John Pawson and Hiroshi Senju: ...London-based architect and Japanese-born painter...individuals whose work embodies the collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural qualities of influential landscape architect and artist...- Bustler
2017 Skyscraper Competition Winners: 3 winners and 22 honorable mentions from 444 projects received. -- Pawel Lipinski/Mateusz Frankowski (Poland); Tianshu Liu/Lingshen Xie (U.S.); Javier López-Menchero Ortiz de Salazar (Spain); etc. [images]- eVolo Magazine
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