Today’s News - Wednesday, May 3, 2017
● A sad way to start the day: we've lost Diane Lewis, "one of the most beloved and influential voices of our community," says Tehrani (it was always a treat to bump into her at NYC's Center for Architecture- we always laughed, I always learned - kr).
● Horne and Adamson parse the importance of the New Urban Agenda: "It recognizes the growth energized by cities but also their spatial, social, cultural and economic inequalities. Action is urgently called for."
● Plan to spend some time with a round-up of Citiscope's "ongoing coverage of how nations, regions and cities are implementing the New Urban Agenda."
● Dittmar explains why new urbanism, "the ground-up movement which helped defeat urban decay in the 1980s, is just as relevant now our cities face the opposite problem."
● James Corner talks about why "landscape architects are the unsung heroes shaping our public realm."
● ASLA seeks signatures for its letter to the EPA's Pruitt urging him to reconsider recent actions that will endanger our planet."
● Green, Buday, and Baranowski delve into "the science and psychology behind buildings": "Persuasive buildings aren't built today. When arcane theory replaced narrative, buildings lost their persuasive power and the public lost interest in architecture."
● Braidwood considers why "very few practices are skilled up on how design can benefit sufferers" of dementia - and gets input from a few who do.
● Youde considers why "architects are often unaware of how their buildings can affect deaf people" - and gets input from a few who are.
● King x 2: Why allowing hotels on San Francisco's Embarcadero might not be "such a bad idea after all."
● He cheers Napa's new "living river" that "combines old-school engineering with a far-sighted focus on environmental needs. But here's the crucial detail. It works."
● Hume bemoans "how Toronto's condo boom gives chain stores and fast food franchises the upper hand. One street now looks like any other street - it's an onslaught on everything that makes the city lively and engaging."
● Calgary, on the other hand, may not be "a Dubai, NYC, London or Singapore - but when it comes to being on the world map [architecturally speaking], we've come a long way in the past 20 years" ("a nifty walking tour").
● Kimmelman cheers Gluck+'s tennis & learning center in the Bronx as "money well spent" for underserved children.
● Michael Ford is taking his Hip-Hop Architecture Camp, free, weeklong summer camps, to Detroit, Atlanta, Austin, New York and Milwaukee.
● Lubell parses the emoji façade in Vathorst: "most discussion has focused on the emojis, not its fairly pedestrian design," but he admires the architect's attitude.
● Bozikovic cheers RAIC for honoring the late John Bentley Mays with the President's Medal for Media in Architecture.
● Nka Foundation names the winners of 2017 Land Art Competition, who hail from Japan, China, and the U.S.
● Call for entries: A House for Maya Deren, avant-garde film maker + A(other) Red & Blue Chair.
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Obituary: New York architect and professor Diane Lewis: ...recipient of...the 2008 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award...first woman architect appointed to the full-time faculty at the Cooper Union...Nader Tehrani, dean: "we lost one of the most beloved and influential voices of our community...She had a voice, she used it, and she led with it."- The Architect's Newspaper
Ralph Horne and David Adamson: What can the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals do for cities? ...will aim for city sustainability, shaping our liveability, homes and neighbourhoods...It recognises the growth energised by cities but also their spatial, social, cultural and economic inequalities...The shift to cities hasn’t reduced inequality. Instead, it has shifted poverty to cities and deepened inequality in the process.- The Conversation (Australia)
The New Urban Agenda: ...a document intended to guide national and local policies on the growth and development of cities through 2036. Nearly 170 countries adopted [it] in October 2016 at the U.N.’s Habitat III summit on cities in Quito, Ecuador...Citiscope’s ongoing coverage of how nations, regions and cities are implementing the New Urban Agenda.- Citiscope.org
Hank Dittmar: Why new urbanism is the answer all over again: The ground-up movement which helped defeat urban decay in the 1980s is just as relevant now our cities face the opposite problem. -- Peter Calthorpe; Richard Florida- BD/Building Design (UK)
Interview: James Corner: Landscape architects are the unsung heroes shaping our public realm, says the High Line designer: What unifies his work? “We design places that are beautiful...They’re adding value for the ecology, environment, people and economic development. They’re also provoking the imagination." -- James Corner Field Operations- CLAD (Community of Leisure Architects & Designers)
Stand Up for Our Environment: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests public comment on recent executive orders to eliminate federal programs and policies...Sign onto ASLA’s letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to reconsider recent actions that will endanger our planet.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Melanie Green, Richard Buday, Tom Baranowski: Understanding the Science and Psychology Behind Buildings: For architecture, knowledge is good, but storytelling is even better: Early architects embedded story in their buildings...Persuasive buildings aren’t built today...a missed opportunity...When arcane theory replaced narrative, buildings lost their persuasive power and the public lost interest in architecture.- Common Edge
Ella Braidwood: Are architects doing enough to tackle dementia? ...very few practices are skilled up on how design can benefit sufferers: "The best thing to do is to enable people with dementia to engage with architects"...it is clients that are driving the growing awareness of the issue + Top tips for dementia-friendly design + The Netherlands’ radical approach to dementia. -- Níall McLaughlin; Yeoryia Manolopoulou/AY Architects; Glancy Nicholls Architects; Bill Halsall; Robert MacDonald; Clare Cameron/PRP; Richard Murphy; Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen architecten- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Kate Youde: Put design for the deaf on the agenda: ...architects are often unaware of how their buildings can affect deaf people: Hall McKnight is working closely with [Gallaudet University in Washington DC]...the first time DeafSpace Design Guidelines have been applied to the public realm + Top tips for designing for deaf people. -- Richard Dougherty; David Morley Architects; Steve Wallis/dRMM- The Architects' Journal (UK)
John King: Hotels on the Embarcadero - not such a bad idea after all? ...aged piers are so integral to San Francisco’s self-image...the smart approach is to treat them as works in progress...that might benefit by being used in ways that have been shunned in the past...there’s interest in perhaps loosening things - a little bit - if the payoff is preservation of the remaining century-old piers.- San Francisco Chronicle
John King: ‘Living river’ rejuvenates Napa, brings needed flood control: It combines old-school engineering with a far-sighted focus on environmental needs. But here’s the crucial detail. It works...in ways no traditional solution could have achieved...the projects that deliver the most benefits often are the ones that dare to imagine a future different than the past. [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Christopher Hume: How Toronto's condo boom gives chain stores the upper hand: ...there's little evidence of the diversity the city motto says is our strength...One corner now could be any corner. One street now looks like any other street...From the civic perspective...it's an onslaught on everything that makes the city lively and engaging.- Toronto Star
Calgary's global architecture, a nifty walking tour: Sure, we aren't a Dubai, New York City, London or Singapore - but when it comes to being on the world map, we've come a long way in the past 20 years. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Snohetta; Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture; Norman Foster/Foster + Partners; Jaume Plensa; Arney Fender Katsalidis; MMC International Architects; Pickard Chilton; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Jeremy Sturgess/Sturgess Architecture; Gibbs Gage Architects; Santiago Calatrava; Stantec; RFR; Halsall Associates; Civitas; W Architecture- CBC (Canada)
Michael Kimmelman: Tennis, for Anyone? In the Bronx, the Answer Is Yes: At Crotona Park, a stylish new clubhouse is about more than topspin. It’s the home of a tennis and tutoring program for underserved children...Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning is money well spent. -- Peter Gluck/Gluck+- New York Times
This Architect Has Created A 'Hip-Hop Architecture Camp' To Expose Black Kids To Design: Historically, the field of architecture has been dominated by white males. Michael Ford says it's time for a change: ...[he] has brought together a group of like-minded colleagues...in organizing free, weeklong summer camps...this year in Detroit, Atlanta, Austin, New York and Milwaukee...- Blavity.com
Sam Lubell: Architects Discover Emoji, and Guess What - They Aren’t All Happy About It: Changiz Tehrani...incorporating emoji into...an apartment building in Vathorst...They didn’t set out to prompt a debate, they just wanted to bring a little levity to a field notorious for taking itself just a bit too seriously. “Architecture is not a religion for us,...You also have to have fun.” Whatever your views on the building, you have to admire that attitude.- Wired
Alex Bozikovic: Late critic John Bentley Mays honoured for explaining art of architecture: The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) announced...Mays, who died in September, has been awarded the President’s Medal for Media in Architecture...also honoured...Annmarie Adams for an article on hospital architecture in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Nka Foundation Announces the Winners of 2017 Land Art Competition: ...ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations based on site in rural Ghana [Abetenim Arts Village]. -- Yusuke Suzuki Design Office (Japan); Urban Active Space Research (China); Sara Arfaian/Junko Yamamoto/Jenny Zhan (USA)- Nka Foundation
Call for entries (2): A House for Maya Deren, avant-garde film maker + A(other) Red & Blue Chair, inspired by the De Stijl art movement that also inspired Gerrit Rietveld; registration deadline: July 1 (submissions due July 15)- ICARCH (International Competitions in Architecture)
ANN feature: 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award Winners: An Interview with Bill Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects: "Our track record of pushing to make a difference shows that a small firm can make a difference." - Marsha Maytum [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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