Today’s News - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE - Day 2: Just a reminder that we're trying something new. You can now link to articles directly from the Intro note. In the e-mailed version, the underlined bullets are the links. On the newsletter's web page, the entire sentence is hyperlinked. As always, the actual headlines with notable names called out still follow the Intro.
● Happy 100th Birthday, I.M. Pei! Wiseman waxes poetic (with humor): "he has consistently gone against the received wisdom - and he has been proved right in almost every case."
● Just because: fabulous slide show of I.M. Pei and his projects.
● Anderton hails Pei; cheers Neutra's VDL Studio in Silver Lake being landmarked; a tour of Mayne's home (any Bradbury ghost sightings?); and Paul Revere Williams' AIA Gold Medal.
● Bentley explores whether architects should step into the political ring: the Trump administration's "proposed budget cuts to environmental programs and research have many designers wondering if they need to take a stand in politics."
● Gould and Hosey revisit "Women in Green" 10 years later to parse what impact gender equity has had on activism to combat climate change: "A lot, it turns out."
● Hillam ponders the impact and cost of the profession's "exploitative" and "dangerous culture of working late" (as chair of the Australian Institute of Architects' National Committee for Gender Equity, she would know).
● Florida is leading the way in showing what the next generation of retail centers will look like with "street-mall hybrids on a scale that has not been seen before."
● A walk-about shows "why design buffs must visit" Tokyo, where buildings that last about 26 years "go up and down like yo-yos" in a city that "never fails to surprise."
● Sydney's "Silicon harbor" plans to redevelop a disused power station loses power because Google walks away: "the failure to provide public transport upgrades was cited as a reason."
● Adelaide and Manchester team up for the EU World Cities program: "the link between the two 'advanced digital cities' would have economic and environmental benefits" (the Internet of Things included)
● The best sister city pairing yet: Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland (we kid you not): "the sisters may soon be triplets. In Australia, there's a nice little shire called Bland."
● Betsky ponders augmented and virtual reality: "past and future will soon merge, with nostalgia and proposal" using "the past to inform the future - just as architecture has always done."
● A new reality for Betsky: the FLW School of Architecture is renamed School of Architecture at Taliesin; he becomes president, Lasch will be dean, and Pentagram designs its new logo (we picked the story that actually shows the logo).
● A look at what the proposed tariff on Canadian lumber will mean for the construction industry (some groaner puns, and links to detailed reports).
● RAIC and The National Trust for Canada bestow Ontario Place Cinesphere and Pods and CN Tower with the 2017 Prix du XXe siècle "for their enduring excellence and national significance to Canada's architectural legacy."
● Plan to spend some time with the Berkeley Prize 2017 Essay Competition and Travel Fellowship Competition winners.
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): 10 to 10 Infrastructure to recognize resilience-building infrastructure (10 globally and 10 in U.S.) + A' Design Award and Competitions (international).
● In your spare time, tool around the 1,958 winners of the latest A' Design Awards.
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Carter Wiseman: Happy 100th Birthday, I.M. Pei: The legendary architect celebrates a century of life on April 26: No one would describe Pei as a revolutionary. But he has consistently gone against the received wisdom - and he has been proved right in almost every case.- Architectural Record
I.M. Pei turns 100! Happy birthday to one of the world's most famous ad prolific architects...born on April 26, 1917, in Guangzhou, China. [29 images!]- USA Today
DNA/Frances Anderton: Richard Neutra landmark, Thom Mayne's home, I.M. Pei turns 100: Pioneering architect's VDL Studio in Silver Lake home added to the list of national historic landmarks...Mayne's new house in Cheviot Hills replaces the former home of writer Ray Bradbury, and the neighbors like it! Paul Revere Williams posthumously gets AIA Gold Medal, and I.M. Pei turns 100.- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Chris Bentley: Should Architects Step Into the Political Ring? Concerns about the Trump administration's agenda and proposed budget cuts to environmental programs and research have many designers wondering if they need to take a stand in politics. -- Duane Carter/Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Philip Black/Simonton Swaika Black Architects; David Lake/Lake|Flato- Architect Magazine
Kira Gould and Lance Hosey: "Women in Green": A Decade Later: What impact does gender equity have on activism to combat climate change? A lot, it turns out: ...design companies who frequently win COTE Top Ten Awards have far greater gender parity than the industry at large...Gender-balanced companies...are 15%t more likely to outperform their competitors.- Architect Magazine
Lee Hillam/Dunn Hillam Architects: Long hours: Go hard or go home! What impact is this dangerous culture of working late having on the profession, and what is the real cost of this exploitative practice?- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
The old mall is dead and Florida’s largest retail developments are showing what comes next: New retailers and new customer expectations are being formalized as street-mall hybrids on a scale that has not been seen before...shoppers may soon be more likely to run into dapper flaneurs than escalator-riding mall rats. -- Victor Gruen; Cooper Robertson; Local Office Landscape Architecture; Elkus Manfredi Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Why design buffs must visit Tokyo, ‘an architectural riddle of a city’: ...its architectural landscape is as chaotically eclectic as its society is efficient...buildings go up and down like yo-yos...“The average lifespan of a Tokyo building is just 26 years"... a city that excels at balancing the eclectic with the peaceful - and never fails to surprise. -- Darryl Jingwen Wee; Kengo Kuma; Mario Botta; Takamitsu Azuma; Jun Aoki; Herzog & de Meuron; Tadao Ando- Telegraph (UK)
Setback for Sydney’s Bays Precinct ‘Silicon harbour’ redevelopment as tech giant Google walks: ...technology company walked away from negotiations to move...to the currently disused White Bay Power Station in Rozelle....“the failure to provide public transport upgrades...was cited as a reason"...- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Adelaide teams up with Manchester for EU World Cities program: ...pairs leading smart and sustainable cities together in order to share experiences and best practice on urban innovation, green development and start-up policy...the link between the two “advanced digital cities” would have economic and environmental benefits.- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Most Clever Sister Cities Pairing Ever? Boring, Oregon, meets Dull, Scotland: The Boring story is anything but dull...it’s also a good reminder of the power of sister cities to cross-pollinate economic investment, foster tourism and serve as a relatively cheap marketing strategy...the sisters may soon be triplets. In Australia, there’s a nice little shire called Bland.- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Aaron Betsky: Breaking Down the Barriers of Time with Virtual Reality: Alternate facts are coming to architecture...helping to bring fantasies and alternate realities to life: ...past and future will soon merge, with nostalgia and proposal fusing into spaces that improve on historical sites and use the past to inform the future - just as architecture has always done...- Architect Magazine
Frank Lloyd Wright School changing name as it splits from namesake foundation: ...will now be called the School of Architecture at Taliesin...follows up on the school's reaccreditation process that called for the school to separate from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation...Aaron Betsky will become president...Chris Lasch...will take over as dean. -- Michael Bierut/Pentagram- Milwaukee Business Journal
Wood Yew Beleaf It? U.S. to tax Canadian lumber - what could this mean for the construction industry? ...a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that a tariff of 15% could raise new home prices by around 4%...- The Architect's Newspaper
Ontario Place Cinesphere and Pods and CN Tower receive 2017 Prix du XXe siècle: ...recognized for their enduring excellence and national significance to Canada’s architectural legacy...The Prix will be presented at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture taking place May 24 - 27 in Ottawa. -- Eberhard Zeidler (1971); Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Architects/John Andrews Architects (1976)- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) / The National Trust for Canada
19th Annual Berkeley Prize 2017 Essay Competition and Travel Fellowship Competition winners: "Architecture Reveals Communities"- Berkeley Prize / Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Call for entries: 10 to 10 Infrastructure: Projects That Could Change Cities: to recognize resilience-building infrastructure - 10 projects globally that are either underway or completed, and 10 shovel-ready projects in the U.S.; no fee; deadline: May 5- 100 Resilient Cities / Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) / AECOM
Call for entries: A' Design Award and Competitions (international); earlybird registration (save money!): June 30- A' Design Award & Competition
Results Announced: 2016 - 2017 A' International Design Award & Competition: 1,958 Winners from 98 countries in 97 different design disciplines- A' Design Award & Competition
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]
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