Today’s News - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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● ArcSpace offers Kiser's tour through Perrault's New Mechanics Hall - ME Building on the EPFL campus in Lausanne that "serves as a large-scale experimental playground and laboratory for research scientists."
● Atlee explains how architects, community developers, and others are "taking on finance and economics as a design challenge to support progressive design."
● ElDeeb talks to security experts Nadel and Bakheit re: how urban security can combat terrorism, and the "collaborative process" involved.
● Q&A with EDSA's Torti re: the challenge of giving Savannah a makeover while staying true to the city's historic roots: "it was an appropriate time to improve the public realm."
● Bozikovic hails the new African American museum in D.C.: there's "a lot of symbolism for concrete and aluminum to carry, but this museum succeeds" with "architecture that strives to invent a new language," and "also draws upon the language of the past."
● Denton Corker Marshall wins the Shepparton Art Museum competition with a "small and tall" design that "conceives the total building as an art container."
● Meanwhile in Melbourne, an appreciation of the city's "portfolio of works by of some of the architectural giants of their age," even if their "dominance is receding" on the growing skyline.
● Neutra's once "down-at-the-heels" (and facing demolition) Painted Desert Community Complex in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park is restored to the architect's original vision.
● Hawthorne has a hearty Q&A with 2 deans - UCLA's Abe and USC's Ma re: "the ugliness of L.A. architecture, 'Uberism' and more": "Arranging the conversation wasn't easy. There has sometimes been tension in their relationship."
● Meanwhile, Milton Curry will succeed Qingyun Ma as dean of the USC School of Architecture.
● St. Hill offers a fascinating profile of Hong Kong-based Rural Urban Framework, winner of RIBA's first International Emerging Architect: "It revels in working with low budgets and minimal resources."
● Hucal profiles Decq, the "punk rock architect" who "is used to hearing the word 'no.' Heeding it, however, is not her specialty."
● Frida Escobedo "plans to take the future of Mexican architecture into her own hands."
● One we couldn't resist: the Dutch city of Amersfoort now sports a building with "emoji cast in concrete as modern gargoyles - the architect says it's better than using 'heads of the king or whatever.'"
● A good reason to head to Sydney next week: Australian Institute of Architects National Conference: "Praxis: Process. Propositions. Production" (great roster of speakers - women included).
● Winners all: eyefuls of AIA Committee on the Environment 2017 COTE Top Ten Awards & Top Ten Plus + 2017 AIA Housing Awards (both great presentations!).
● Eyefuls of the WT SmartCity 2017 International Award for Urban and Architectural Design winners.
● Foster + Partners' designer Jennifer Ly wins the 2016/2017 Rotch Travelling Scholarship.
● Call for entries: Docomomo US Modern Mexico Study Grants (must be U.S. citizens).
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Kirsten Kiser: Dominique Perrault: New Mechanics Hall - ME Building, Lausanne, Switzerland: Science is the essence of the ME building...a new milestone in the history of the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) campus...serves as a large-scale experimental playground and laboratory for research scientists... -- Zweifel + Stricker + Associates (1970s) [images]
Jennifer Atlee: Embracing the Economy as a Design Challenge: How architects, community developers, and others are experimenting with new models to support progressive design: These examples show that our economic system is not cast in stone...By taking on finance and economics as a design challenge, we discover that many perceived barriers are not as immovable as we think. -- Maclay Architects; Holland & Foley Architecture; PUSH Buffalo; Groundswell- BuildingGreen.com
Leena ElDeeb: How Can Urban Security Combat Terrorism? Experts Explain: ...[it] is a collaborative process...From architects, engineers and planners...to security tech gurus...building owners, facility managers, law enforcement, military and intelligence agencies...each group has a unique role in contributing to public safety..."Semper Vigilo! Remain ever vigilant!" -- Barbara A. Nadel; Mohamed-Omer “Mo” Bakheit- Progrss
One of America's Most Historic Small Towns Is Getting a Redesign: Urban design firm EDSA takes on the challenge of remaking a city with a celebrated past: Q&A with John Torti...about the firm’s design plans, the obstacles they faced, and how they intend to stay true to Savannah’s historic roots..."it was an appropriate time to improve the public realm." [images]- Architectural Digest
Alex Bozikovic: A building that speaks to the black experience: African American culture, in all its upheavals and expressions, is captured with eloquence in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC: This is a lot of symbolism for concrete and aluminum to carry, but this museum succeeds...architecture that strives to invent a new language also draws upon the language of the past. -- David Adjaye/Adjaye Associates; Philip Freelon; Davis Brody Bond; SmithGroupJJR (Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR) [images]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Denton Corker Marshall’s ‘small and tall’ design wins Shepparton Art Museum competition: ...heralded as a “beacon in the landscape” by the jury..."the design conceives the total building as an art container"... [images]- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Melbourne skyline: Landmark buildings designed by internationally renowned architects: As the city’s skyline goes up, the prominence of buildings...is challenged and their dominance is receding...But that doesn’t lessen the fact that we have a portfolio of works by of some of the architectural giants of their age. -- I.M. Pei & Partners; Harry Seidler; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Kisho Kurokawa; Johnson/Burgee Architects; Denton Corker Marshall; Philippe Starck; Edwin Lutyens; Marion Mahoney; Walter Burley Griffin [images]- Domain (Australia)
Painted Desert Community Complex's Return To Its Modernist Roots: ...represents [1960s] just as much as the stretch of Route 66 that crosses the park...In 1993, the down-at-the-heels facility was even slated for demolition...today, a determined park superintendent...and the National Trust have undertaken restoration...giving visitors a new chance to experience Neutra’s original vision... -- Richard Neutra; Robert Alexander; John Rollow; Historic Resources Group [images]- Preservation Magazine/National Trust for Historic Preservation
Christopher Hawthorne: UCLA's Hitoshi Abe and USC's Qingyun Ma on the ugliness of L.A. architecture, 'Uberism' and more: ...a kind of exit interview about the decade they’ve spent running the two departments. Arranging the conversation wasn’t easy. There has sometimes been tension in their relationship...- Los Angeles Times
Milton Curry named dean at USC School of Architecture: ...to succeed Qingyun Ma, who served two five-year terms as dean and will remain on the faculty...He was chosen for...his expertise “at the forefront of disciplinary areas on race, architecture and urbanism that engages cultural theory and humanities research." -- CriticalProductive Journal; Appendix Journal- Los Angeles Times
Cate St Hill: Meet: Rural Urban Framework: Hong Kong-based [RUF] has won the RIBA’s first International Emerging Architect prize for its work on new models of rural development in China: It revels in working with low budgets and minimal resources... -- John Lin; Joshua Bolchover [images]- DesignCurial / Blueprint Magazine (UK)
Sarah Hucal: Odile Decq: Punk rock architect: The French designer on gender and the future of the field: [She] is used to hearing the word “no.” Heeding it, however, is not her specialty...one of the most successful women in the field...a role model to many others...she has no aim to become a “starchitect.” -- Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture; Benoît Cornette; ODBC [images]- Curbed
The Future of Mexican Architecture with One of Its Leading Young Architects: Frida Escobedo's practice elevates Mexican design in a way that's beneficial to a swath of socio-economic classes: Nothing is off-limits...Prioritizing community needs, cultural identity, and sustainability...[she] plans to take the future of Mexican architecture into her own hands.- Architectural Digest
This building uses emoji cast in concrete as modern gargoyles: The architect responsible says it’s better than using “heads of the king or whatever”: ...cast 22 of them in concrete and use them as decoration for a building in the Dutch city of Amersfoort. -- Changiz Tehrani/Attika Architekten [images]- The Verge
Australian Institute of Architects National Conference: "Praxis: Process. Propositions. Production"; Sydney, May 4 - 6: explore processes of thought, engagement and action; an international roster of speakers includes Glenn Murcutt; Emma Williamson/CODA; John Wardle; Neil Durbach/Durbach Block Jaggers Architects; Rachel Nolan/Patrick Kennedy; Rodney Eggleston/March Studio; Megan Baynes/Room 11; Penny Collins/Hu Turner- Australian Institute of Architects (formerly RAIA)
AIA Committee on the Environment 2017 COTE Top Ten Awards + Top Ten Plus: ...celebrating sustainable design excellence. -- Sasaki; SmithGroupJJR; Mithun; VMDO Architects; Dattner Architects/WXY architecture + urban design; Payette/Ayers Saint Gross; HOK, USA; CPG, Singapore; Studio 505, Australia; HOK/Ferraro Choi & WSP; Bruner/Cott & Associates; ZGF Architects [images]- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2017 AIA Housing Awards: ...now in its 17th year...to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life. -- Paulett Taggart Architects; ISA - Interface Studio Architects; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group/SLCE Architects; Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture; William Rawn Associates, Architects/Tao + Lee Associates; Brooks + Scarpa; etc. [images]- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
WT SmartCity 2017 International Award for Urban and Architectural Design winners and honorable mentions: ...visionary and sustainable ideas and projects to transform the urban landscape... -- aMDL; Lissoni Architettura; Studioata; AM Project, Joseph Di Pasquale Architects; Progetto CMR; Richard’s Architecture + Design; OXO Architectes + Laisne Roussel; LABSCAPE Design and Architecture; Urbanplunger; SIARQ Advanced Solar Design [images]- Well-Tech / Municipality of Milan
Jennifer Ly wins 2016/2017 Rotch Travelling Scholarship: ...a designer at Foster + Partners...won the jury's favor with “New Common”. Based in Silicon Valley, Ly...will receive $38,500 to fund at least six months of travel...runner-up project was “Reflecting the past” by Austin Ward, who gets an automatic pass into next year’s final competition. [images]
Call for entries: Docomomo US Modern Mexico Study Grants: related to subjects of exploration during the Modern Mexico City travel tour October 14-22; open to full-time graduate and doctoral students, emerging professionals, artists, etc.; must be U.S. citizens; deadline: June 1- DOCOMOMO US
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