Today’s News - Wednesday, April 12, 2017
• Wainwright weighs in on some of the proposed designs for Trump's border wall (with no small dose of sarcasm), "but they provide a fascinating window into the lurid anxieties of Middle America."
• Hurst x 2 re: the Garden Bridge: he cheers an MP's report about "a project born of shady deal-making and arrogance" - the "political Rottweiler "is right to call out the powerful people behind the bridge."
• He continues to cheer the "damning" Garden Bridge report - and Marks Barfield breaking "their silence about the tender process."
• Jolliffe sees the Garden Bridge as a student project: "glorious ideas that would be truly magnificent when built if only reality didn't have to be factored in."
• Hosey reports on a survey about "where architects stand on climate change": "if the survey reveals anything, it's that the profession's passion and information are out of sync."
• L.A. voters defeating Measure S that would have curtailed new construction is "a very clear statement that they're interested in a different Los Angeles," sayeth Hawthorne.
• King x 2: he reviews three new low-rise housing developments "packaged deftly by the architects," but "even the most nimble architect can do only so much."
• He queries Pelli about whether "he'd rather pursue a precise elegance than tackle huge projects"; the answer: "a straightforward comment, free of the rhetoric that most other architects use to wrap themselves in an artistic mystique" ("I love the complex projects").
• Florida x 2 most excellent excerpts from "The New Urban Crisis," the first tackling "winner-take-all urbanism."
• He then tackles "the growing cleavage between superstar cities and those left behind" (both worth spending time with).
• P+W transforms a 1980s suburban office building into Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth using "biophilic and other evidence-based design principles - based on a walk through the woods."
• Eyefuls of the 8 AIA/ALA 2017 Library Building Awards winners (great presentation).
• The RAIC 2017 Green Building Award goes to a LEED Platinum public library in suburban Montreal.
• Eyefuls of the 200+ (!) winners of the 2017 A+Awards.
• One we couldn't resist: Wall Street's "Charging Bull" sculptor sues "Fearless Girl" (never mind he installed his "bronze beast" in the dead of night without a permit - we'd like to use a less-polite term, but we'll just call it chutzpah - and hope he loses).
• Call for entries: 2018 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Architecture: $50,000 each to 3 young immigrant professionals + Imagine London as a National Park City International Ideas Competition.
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Oliver Wainwright: Watchtowers, drones and a toxic moat: the designs for Trump's border wall: Some proposals may look like spoofs, but they provide a fascinating window into the lurid anxieties of middle America: The parameters for proposals were as surreal as the idea for the wall itself...tinged with the characteristic Trump cocktail of bluster, confusion and backtracking. [images]- Guardian (UK)
Will Hurst: A project born of shady deal-making and arrogance: Margaret Hodge is right to call out the powerful people behind the Garden Bridge...investigation was driven by my anger over the brazenness and arrogance of that procurement exercise and the subsequent dismissal of those raising concerns. -- Heatherwick Studio; Marks Barfield; WilkinsonEyre- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Will Hurst: Cancel the Garden Bridge, says Hodge inquiry: ...and accept that £46 million of public money has been lost...in a damning report on the project’s procurement and value for money...Marks Barfield Architects have broken their silence about the tender process... -- Thomas Heatherwick/Heatherwick Studio; WilkinsonEyre- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Eleanor Jolliffe: The Garden Bridge is like a student project - good on paper but impossible to realise: With government cuts and increasing global tensions it’s not the time to waste money on a costly folly: ...glorious ideas that would be truly magnificent when built if only reality didn’t have to be factored in. -- Heatherwick Studio- BD/Building Design (UK)
Lance Hosey: Where Architects Stand on Climate Change: ...RECORD polled architects and designers to gauge their interest and knowledge about climate change and energy-efficient design. The results were eye opening...if the survey reveals anything, it’s that the profession’s passion and information are out of sync.- Architectural Record
"A Different Los Angeles": The City Moves to Alter Its Sprawling Image: After voters defeated a measure that would have curtailed construction, the city’s future looks much denser: ...the votes are “a very clear statement from the voters that they’re interested in a different Los Angeles,” said Christopher Hawthorne...- New York Times
John King: Full-block housing developments meet challenge of staying low-rise: Each tops off at six stories and is packaged deftly by the architects...includes enticing public space...also shows the strain of inserting ample new growth into a constrained setting...even the most nimble architect can do only so much. -- BAR Architects; David Baker Architects; Kava Massih Architects; CMG Landscape Architecture; Jeffrey Miller/Miller Company Landscape Architects [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
John King: Transformative towers in SF intriguing to top architect: ...when I asked Cesar Pelli...if he’d rather pursue a precise elegance than tackle huge projects...the 90-year-old designer didn’t even pause...“I love the complex projects, the ones that so many people are going to use"...It’s a straightforward comment, free of the rhetoric that most other architects use to wrap themselves in an artistic mystique. -- Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Richard Florida: Confronting the New Urban Crisis: how “winner-take-all urbanism” has deepened inequality, segregation, and poverty - and what cities can do about it. [excerpt from "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It"]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Richard Florida: The Roots of the New Urban Crisis: he warns of “the central crisis of our times” - the growing cleavage between superstar cities and those left behind. [excerpt from "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It"]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth: Previously a vacant 1980s suburban office building, the new facility transforms the space into a modern cancer care center...employed biophilic and other evidence-based design principles to improve healing...based on a “walk through the woods"... -- Perkins+Will [images]- Healthcare Design magazine
AIA and American Library Assocation Announce AIA/ALA 2017 Library Building Awards: ...eight projects - seven domestic and one international - for reflecting their local communities. -- William Rawn Associates; Jonathan Barnes Architects/JBAD; Gunnar Birkerts Architects and Gelzis-Smits/Arhetips; Andrew Berman Architect; Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Opsis Architecture; BCWH and Tappe Architects [images]- Architect Magazine
RAIC announces recipient of the 2017 Green Building Award: A public library...that combines high-performance standards with design quality and responsiveness to community needs...Bibliothèque du Boisé in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough...LEED Platinum certified... -- Cardinal Hardy | Labonté Marcil | Eric Pelletier architecte- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) / Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
The World’s Best Architecture: Announcing the Winners of the 2017 A+Awards: Over 200 total winners. This is what great architecture looks like today. [images]- Architizer
"Charging Bull" sculptor says New York's "Fearless Girl" statue violates his rights: Arturo Di Modica says ‘advertising trick’ placed in Wall Street before International Women’s Day infringed artistic copyright...by changing the creative dynamic to include the other bold presence. -- Kristen Visbal- Guardian (UK)
Call for entries: 2018 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Architecture: $50,000 each to 3 young immigrant professionals in fields related to the built environment (including Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Architecture Criticism); must be 38 or younger; deadline: May 31- Vilcek Foundation
Call for entries: Imagine London as a National Park City International Ideas Competition to inspire greener living, promote London as a Green World City, etc; deadline: May 19- London National Park City Foundation / Time Out London
Grafton Architects: University Campus UTEC, Lima, Peru: Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnologia...a "vertical campus," an "arena for learning," and a "man-made cliff"...stands boldly in the middle-class Barranco district...redefining the dramatic edge of the city... -- Shell Arquitectos [images]
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