Today’s News - Thursday, May 18, 2017
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● ANN feature: Belogolovsky's never-before published 2015 Q&A with the late Vito Acconci reveals his highly personal way of imagining his architecture.
● Betsky explains why "awards should not be bestowed on buildings that boast sustainable credentials but lack other design merits" (referring to the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards).
● Hosey's thoughtful rebuttal to Betsky: good and green design coming together is long overdue, but "which is more acceptable: to look good but perform poorly, or to perform well but look bad?"
● Ulam queries Diller and Renfro re: their "weather-bending (and politically charged)" 32-acre Zaryadye Park in Moscow, and its "broader political context."
● Meanwhile, Moscow must not have been pleased when "thousands turned out to protest" a proposal to raze 4,500 Soviet-era apartment buildings (and relocate 1.6 million residents!); The Constructivist Project hopes to "promote and save this radical architecture."
● Meantime, WMF launches Modern Century, an Instagram campaign to save Modern buildings.
● On a brighter note, the Srihatta-Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park by URBANA is set to open next year in a rural area of Bangladesh, about 150 miles from Dhaka (looks cool!).
● Call for entries: Adelaide Creative Community Hub international architecture competition.
● Glancey cheers "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City": Jane Jacobs' "message is surely as pertinent as it was half a century ago."
● Kolson Hurley hails the BBC's "real-estate porn" show "Grand Designs," that "smuggles serious architectural concepts into a deceptively pleasant package," now on Netflix.
● The NZ Architecture & Design Film Festival opens in Wellington, then travels to Dunedin and Christchurch, New Zealand (lots of trailers!).
● There's tons going on during NYCxDesign, including all-female shows: "I would prefer if we didn't need to have all-female shows, but I will be a part of them until we don't need to have them anymore," says Stout.
● A good reason to head to London: the 8th annual Clerkenwell Design Week is "jam-packed with creative businesses and architects" (we'll get there someday!).
● Way cheers "Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon," and work by "the godfather of Pacific Northwest modernism," on view at the Portland Art Museum.
● Cliff notes: "Your 1,200 word bluffer's guide" to "The New Urban Crisis," Florida's "lamentation and encyclopedia."
● Misra's Q&A with Hyra, who "lays out his findings" that "gentrification doesn't mean diversity" in "Race, Class, Politics in the Cappuccino City."
● Q&A with Stefan Al re: "The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream": "if you look past the crap tables and slot machines to the architecture, you can see the history of U.S. recreation and social change."
● Smith's "Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture" is a "comprehensive and meticulously detailed" portrait of a little-known architect who had a big impact on shaping his city.
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ANN feature: Vladimir Belogolovsky: One-on-One: "I wanted to be in the middle of things": Interview with Vito Acconci: In this never-before published Q&A from 2015, the late Acconci revealed his highly personal way of imagining his architecture as a pursuit of creating a total work of art that is at once poetry and architecture.- ArchNewsNow.com
Aaron Betsky: There should be no top 10 prizes for sustainable architecture: Awards should not be bestowed on buildings that boast sustainable credentials but lack other design merits: The AIA COTE Top Ten unfortunately seems to me to give the wrong message. [images]- Dezeen
Lance Hosey: Architecture’s Great Divide: It’s way past time that standards of “good design” and “green design” come together: ...which is more acceptable: to look good but perform poorly, or to perform well but look bad, at least in one critic’s eye? ...last year Betsky championed giving awards to socially experimental architecture that some might not find aesthetically appealing, and this year he condemns giving awards to environmentally experimental architecture that he doesn’t find aesthetically appealing.- Huffington Post
Alex Ulam: In Putin's Moscow, an Urban Wilderness Emerges: Liz Diller and Charles Renfro talk about their latest high-profile commission, a weather-bending (and politically charged)...32-acre Zaryadye Park...will be one of the most expensive city parks in the world...guiding design principle is “wild urbanism"...There’s a broader political context... -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Moscow’s Constructivist architecture under threat by government demolition plan: A proposal to raze Soviet era housing and relocate 1.6 million residents...thousands turned out to protest: ...Moscow published a list of 4,500 apartment buildings...One effort to catalogue, promote and save this radical architecture is the Constructivist Project site...- The Art Newspaper
World Monuments Fund launches Instagram campaign to save Modern buildings: The initiative comes days after three key structures in India were demolished: list will be sent to an advisory council formed of architects...designers and critics, who will advise the WMF on the next phase of the Modern Century programme. -- Raj Rewal (1972); Joshua David/WMF- The Art Newspaper
Samdani Art Foundation Unveils Plans for First Permanent Space: Srihatta–Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park...located in Sylhet, a rural area in Northern Bangladesh, about 150 miles from Dhaka...set to open in late 2018... -- Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA [images]- ARTnews
Call for entries: Adelaide Creative Community Hub international architecture competition: Design a community hub to make Adelaide, Australia, a more vibrant and innovative place to live; cash prizes; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): June 2 (submissions due September 14)- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter
Jonathan Glancey: The woman who saved old New York: A massive freeway would have destroyed Greenwich Village...if not for one woman’s efforts. Jane Jacobs can teach us about what makes cities feel alive: ...message is surely as pertinent as it was half a century ago. This is certainly the message that comes across in..."Citizen Jane: Battle for the City"...her battle is far from over. -- Robert Moses- BBC
Amanda Kolson Hurley: The Show That Fuses Architectural Critique With Real-Estate Porn: Smarter than HGTV and livelier than PBS, the British program "Grand Designs" celebrates architectural problem-solving: ...two seasons...are now available on Netflix, finally plugging a hole in American TV programming for smart, watchable shows about architecture...smuggles serious architectural concepts into a deceptively pleasant package. -- Kevin McCloud- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
NZ Architecture & Design Film Festival set to open in Wellington: Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival...19-strong line-up includes: "Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future"; "Having a Cigarette with Alvaro Siza"; "Roger D'Astous"; "Where Architects Live"; to June 4; Dunedin June 8-18; Christchurch June 29 - July 12 [trailers]- The Southland Times (New Zealand)
NYCxDesign: Why all-female shows are popping up all over New York: "I would prefer if we didn't need to have all-female shows, but I will be a part of them until we don't need to have them anymore" - Katie Stout...All is not well in the state of current American politics, and New York's creative community is standing up to support underrepresented voices in art and design.- CNN Style
Preview: Clerkenwell Design Week: Jam-packed with creative businesses and architects, London’s Clerkenwell once again plays host from 23–25 May to its annual extravaganza of design.- Icon magazine (UK)
James Way: Works by John Yeon, the godfather of Pacific Northwest modernism, go on view at the Portland Art Museum: "Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon"...While the work of the self-taught architect was not nearly as extensive as many other architects of the period...his impact resonates in the region. -- Randy Gragg, guest curator [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
"The New Urban Crisis": Cliff Notes version: Your 1,200 word bluffer’s guide to Richard Florida’s new book: ...a lamentation and encyclopedia.- City Observatory
Tanvi Misra: Gentrification Doesn't Mean Diversity: A historically black D.C. neighborhood markets its diversity to lure Millennials. But what happens when the new arrivals never interact with the longtime residents? In "Race, Class, Politics in the Cappuccino City," Derek Hyra lays out his findings.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
The history of the Las Vegas Strip is the history of how we vacation: ...according to architect Stefan Al, if you look past the crap tables and slot machines to the architecture...you can see the history of U.S. recreation and social change. Q&A re: "The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream."- Marketplace.org (public radio)
Historian honors Detroit architect: ...his name is hardly known outside of architectural circles, and no one had bothered to write a book about the man. That’s what struck Michael G. Smith...led him to write...“Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture"...comprehensive and meticulously detailed...- Great Lakes Echo.org (Michigan State University)
5 Things We Learned About the Upper West Side From An Architecture Critic's New Book: "Politically engaged, culturally aware, and slightly sanctimonious." That's how...Upper West Sider Justin Davidson describes the ethos of his neighborhood in..."Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York." [images]- DNAinfo New York
"Hiroshi Sambuichi: Moving Materials": ...an example of how the poetic concept of taking water, air and light, and turning that into architecture, can go beyond just being a romantic idea. [He] demonstrates the value of data and empirical evidence to inform his spatial forms. Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, thru June 25 -- Sambuichi Architects [images]
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