Today’s News - Tuesday, May 9, 2017
● ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of ARM's Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, "an early Australian picturesque of the beautiful ruin" that "recalls the great civic gestures of the 19th century."
● A scary sign of the times: an AJ survey finds one in six firms has been affected by cyber attacks: "architects will need to become more aware of online security issues - in the buildings they design as well as those they work in."
● Capps explains why the Obama library being sited in Chicago's Jackson Park "misses an opportunity - and sets a bad precedent."
● Hume explains why a plan for West Village on a former Imperial Oil site on Mississauga's waterfront "needs a rethink": "In its effort to provide the best of both urban and suburban worlds, it could well end up with the worst."
● Moore, on a brighter note, cheers Chester Storyhouse, a repurposed art deco cinema transformed "into an exciting new communal space - brave and intriguing."
● Brooks brings us bunches of luscious pix of Gaudí's Casa Vicens in Barcelona that is "now an Incredible museum: It's no Sagrada Família, but it is gorgeous" (that's putting it mildly!).
● Chicago's about-to-open American Writers Museum could have been "a dry, uninviting place," like a dusty novel - instead, it "is more like something hot off the presses and eager to be read."
● Chipperfield "sees off stars to win £45m Scottish Chamber Orchestra venue in Edinburgh" - alas, no images (yet) of the "intriguing" and "well-expressed" design.
● Dror and Gensler's master plan for Istanbul's Galataport along the Bosphorus includes an ingenious hydraulic boardwalk with an underground gangway for cruise ships that frees up the now mainly inaccessible-to-the-public waterfront.
● Hawthorne parses Harvard's first online architecture course: it seems "to keep up an elaborate charade that the field is somehow independent of" urbanism, the politics of housing, etc. that could "warp architects' view of their place in the culture from the start" (sounds like archi-babble at its finest to us).
● Budds finds out from Helfand why, if we want "strong solutions to our world's increasingly sophisticated problems, we need to change how designers are designed."
● Chamberlain has a great conversation with Florida re: his new book, spatial inequality - "and the daunting task of solving these problems in the age of Trump" in Common Edge's inaugural podcast.
● May's Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle honorees answer the question: Can We Design Social Engagement?
● Korody's Q&A with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects re: how and why they "strive to make buildings that bring attention towards, rather than away from, the landscape."
● A most impressive presentation of the Cooper Hewitt 2017 National Design Awards winners - our heartiest congrats to all!
● The AIA College of Fellows awards the $100,000 2017 Latrobe Prize to Northeastern University researchers for "Future-Use Architecture" (beware archi-babble - in our book, anyway).
● Toronto-based Batay-Csorba Architects takes home the RAIC 2017 Young Architect Award.
● A sad sign of the times: The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald are shedding their arts coverage, giving pink slips to more than 100 critics and writers (sigh).
● Call for entries: RFQ: Citroën Cultural Centre in Brussels (partnering with the Pompidou Centre).
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ARM Architecture (Ashton Raggatt McDougall): Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Geelong, Australia: ...an early Australian picturesque of the beautiful ruin...recalls the great civic gestures of the 19th century, a sign when the dome was symbolic of democracy, enlightenment and civil society. -- Taylor Cullity Lethlean [images]
AJ survey: one in six practices affected by cyber attacks: ...anonymous responses to the survey show a number of firms complaining about ransomware and phishing attacks...architects will need to become more aware of online security issues - in the buildings they design as well as those they work in.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Kriston Capps: One Big Problem With Obama's Presidential Library: Carving out space in Olmsted-designed Jackson Park...misses an opportunity - and sets a bad precedent: ...contributing to a troubling trend...Parks don’t stand a chance if cities treat them like free parking. -- Tod Williams Billie Tsien; Dina Griffin/Interactive Design Architects (IDEA); Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Christopher Hume: Mississauga waterfront proposal needs a rethink: Though there’s much to admire, the designers have overlooked the most fundamental element of successful cities - the street: Renderings of West Village show a community that is halfway between urban and suburban. But in its effort to provide the best of both worlds, it could well end up with the worst. [image]- Toronto Star
Rowan Moore: Chester Storyhouse: how a repurposed art deco cinema could revitalise the city: Cinema, theatre, library ... what was once the Chester Odeon has been turned into an exciting new communal space: ...brave and intriguing...spaces have a human scale, with ‘flashes of epic’ when you encounter a piece from the past. -- Bennetts Associates; Charcoalblue [images]- Observer (UK)
Katherine Brooks: The First House Antoni Gaudí Ever Designed Is Now An Incredible Museum: It’s no Sagrada Família, but it is gorgeous: Casa Vicens...in Barcelona...will be transformed into a museum dedicated to Gaudí this fall. -- Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez (1925); José Antonio Martínez Lapeña/Elías Torres/Martínez Lapeña–Torres Arquitectes; David García/Daw Office [images]- Huffington Post
American Writers Museum sneak peek: far-reaching, dramatic: ...could be a dry, uninviting place, like a novel left so long on the shelf that its cover is dusty, its pages brittle. The new Chicago institution...is more like something hot off the presses and eager to be read. -- Amaze Design- Chicago Tribune
David Chipperfield Architects sees off stars to win £45m Scottish Chamber Orchestra venue in Edinburgh: ...beating David Adjaye Associate, Richard Murphy Architects, KPMB Architects, Barozzi Veiga and Allies and Morrison...judges described scheme as "intriguing" and "well-expressed."- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Dror and Gensler propose underground cruise operation for Istanbul's Galataport masterplan: Using a hydraulic boardwalk that deploys a rising gangway...only takes up 3.5 meters...to free up the now mainly inaccessible-to-the-public 1.2 kilometer Bosphorus abutting boardwalk while still servicing cruise ships...they invented this underground system... -- BEA; Norm Architects [images]- Archinect
Christopher Hawthorne: Harvard's first online architecture course: Does it make the grade? “The Architectural Imagination"... K. Michael Hays...approach doesn’t simply treat architecture as a discipline...with its own passwords and protocols. It guards that separation with its life...succeeded in crowding out of the conversation at most architecture schools: urbanism, the politics of housing, race, gender, [etc.]...to keep up an elaborate charade that the field is somehow independent of them is to warp architects’ view of their place in the culture from the start.- Los Angeles Times
Diana Budds: The Case For Reverse-Engineering Design Briefs: “Designers are as much problem seekers as problem solvers,” Jessica Helfand says: If we want phones that won’t shatter, tech that’s not instantly obsolete, and strong solutions to our world’s increasingly sophisticated problems, we need to change how designers are designed.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Lisa Chamberlain: Richard Florida and The New Urban Crisis: The urbanist talks about his new book, spatial inequality, urban sorting, and the daunting task of solving these problems in the age of Trump.- Common Edge
Curry Stone Design Prize announces May's Social Design Circle honorees who answer the question: Can We Design Social Engagement? -- buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (BCWorkshop); Fallen Fruit; Farm Cultural Park; Institute of Play; Project Row House; Public Works; Theaster Gates/Rebuild Foundation; Rural Studio; Sergio Palleroni/Center for Public Interest Design- Curry Stone Design Prize
Nicholas Korody: Designing For and With the Landscape: an Interview with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: ...strives to make buildings that bring attention towards, rather than away from, the landscape...On the occasion of the release of a new monograph...[they] discuss their influences, practice, and philosophy. "The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: Economy as Ethic" by Robert McCarter- Archinect
Cooper Hewitt 2017 National Design Awards Winners: ...celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world... -- Hartmut Esslinger/frog design; Susan S. Szenasy/Metropolis Magazine; Craig L. Wilkins; Design Trust for Public Space; MASS Design Group; Deborah Berke Partners; Jennifer Morla/Morla Design; Stamen Design; Surfacedesign; Joe Doucet- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
AIA College of Fellows awards 2017 Latrobe Prize to Northeastern University Researchers for ‘Future-Use Architecture’: Award [$100,000] will help fund the investigation and documentation of the tectonic and performative attributes that facilitate long-term use and persistent change of buildings. -- Peter Wiederspahn/Wiederspahn Architecture; Michelle Laboy/FieLDworkshop; David Fannon- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Toronto couple to receive RAIC 2017 Young Architect Award: ...Andrew Batay-Csorba, and Jodi Batay-Csorba...established Batay-Csorba Architects...in 2012...award recognizes architects 40 years old or younger...intended to inspire other young architects...Special Mention to Ken O. Lum, 40, an Associate at Adamson Associates- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
Australian artists, writers and actors call on Fairfax Media not to cut arts coverage: ...to shed 125 jobs, prompting a week-long strike by its journalists. Guardian Australia understands that positions being abolished will include all dedicated arts, film and books writers at the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald...[Monday's SMH] ran without an arts page.- Guardian (UK)
Call for entries: Request for Qualifications/RFQ: Citroën Cultural Centre, Brussels: two-stage international competition: transform an Art Deco Citroën garage into a contemporary art and architecture museum; deadline: June 6- Urban Development Corporation (SAU-MSI) of the Brussels-Capital Region
ANN feature: Shane O'Toole: Preface to "One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture": It is a truism to say that journalism is the first draft of history. Historians always place great weight on contemporary accounts...a work of architecture is not complete until it has been written about.- ArchNewsNow.com
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