Today’s News - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
● ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Lundgaard & Tranberg's stunning new addition to the medieval city center of Ribe, Denmark, that "grows directly out of the local historical context."
● Hawthorne parses wHY's Scottish Rite Masonic Temple makeover: it has lost "some of its eccentric personality in the stylish redesign," with its "weirdness banished - I found myself wondering what might have been..."
● Kamin cheers Harboe's restoration of FLW's Unity Temple and "one of the most beautiful rooms in America" as "triumphant," dealing with "a host of practical issues without aesthetic sacrifice."
● Gauer parses Harboe's "ambitious restoration" of FLW's Unity Temple, after "a century of wear, exacerbated by seepage that took its toll both inside and out" (lots of FLW stuff next week!).
● Davidson takes to eloquent long-form in an engaging profile of Ingels ("one of the world's pre-eminent "Baby Rems"), and visits some of BIG's Danish projects: "The combination of his engine-revving personality and long view of progress makes his architecture at once practical and bold."
● Byrnes offers a lengthy Q&A with Piano, who "sees his work as a reflection of what's happening in the world, not as a force of change" - "If there's nothing to say, then there's nothing to build!" sayeth the master.
● McGuigan offers "an early look" at DS+R/Rockwell's "adventurous" The Shed, next to the High Line in Hudson Yards, "inspired by Cedric Price's Fun Palace - an unbuilt design for a vastly versatile building-as-machine."
● Gendall reports on The Shed's "first test drive - how unusual it was to visit a job site to test out the movement of a building."
● Levete's "fluid" and "glimmering" (and "massive") Bangkok Central Embassy "is unlike anything else in the city" (that's f'er sure!).
● Betsky is quite taken on a visit Scarpa's Brion Cemetery: "Scarpa can stand as a pre-eminent example of how to make great architecture that is small" (fab photos & video).
● A deep (and disturbing) dive into "how an icon of Venezuelan architecture" became a "hellish" prison: The Helicoide is "a symbol of what Venezuela could have been, and was not" (NYC's Center for Architecture has a great show, too!).
● Brandt and Katz report on 100 Resilient Cities report "Global Migration: Resilient Cities at the Forefront" that "makes clear, migration has become a major urban challenge" (perhaps an issue architects could/should be involved in).
● Ciampaglia reports on AIANY's "We Are All Neighbors: Refugees and the Architecture of Resettlement" panel that explored potential solutions to a global problem: "We're moving from thinking about camps as temporary places to thinking about city-scale projects" (architects included).
● A yearlong research study by HKS explored what the future of the workspace might be for Generation Z (born 1995 - 2010), soon replace Millennials, whose "reign is coming to an end."
● One possible workplace trend Generation Z might go for: "from al desko to al fresco," outdoor office spaces popping up all over (forget Gen Z - we want one!).
● Four fab shortlisted projects in the running for the $100,000 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize for Excellence in Architecture hail from Tokyo, Copenhagen, Melbourne, and Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia.
● Call for entries (registration deadline reminder): Rome Contemporary Chapel competition for students and young architects.
● Call for entries: Inaugural AJ Architecture Awards 2017 for projects in the U.K. (open to practices located anywhere).
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Lundgaard & Tranberg: Kannikegården, Ribe, Denmark: ...grows directly out of the local historical context...adds new, exciting features to the medieval city center: ...opposite the historically significant town cathedral...houses...the parish council and cathedral staff...a lecture theatre and an exhibition space...ruins integrated into the design...and made visible to the public... -- Schønherr Landscape Architects [images]
Christopher Hawthorne: Scottish Rite Masonic Temple loses some of its eccentric personality in stylish redesign for Marciano Art Foundation: ...weirdness had been banished in favor of...antiseptic, perfectly rational galleries...I found myself wondering what might have been...if they’d seen the eccentricity of Sheets’ temple - truly one of the oddest but also most emblematic buildings of 1960s Los Angeles... -- Millard Sheets (1961); Kulapat Yantrasast/wHY- Los Angeles Times
Blair Kamin: Delayed restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple is triumphant: [He] was never one to fret about meeting deadlines...So there is something fitting about the delayed...restoration of...the Oak Park landmark...home to one of the most beautiful rooms in America...the team of designers has addressed a host of practical issues without aesthetic sacrifice. -- Harboe Architects- Chicago Tribune
James Gauer: Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple Unveiled: The ambitious restoration effort led by Harboe Architects will be ready in time for the 150th anniversary of FLW's birth on June 8, 1867....a century of wear, exacerbated by seepage from an undersized internal drainage system - designed by Wright to avoid gutters on 16 separate flat roofs - took its toll both inside and out. [images]- Architectural Record
Justin Davidson: Bjarke Ingels Makes the Impossible Concrete: ...mapping out a new daring plan for the Smithsonian: ...an odd order in which to do things - design first, itemize goals later...BIG’s architects are busily un-designing their big idea, repackaging sensationalistic visions into a more neutral, broad-strokes plan...The combination of Ingels’ engine-revving personality and long view of progress makes his architecture at once practical and bold. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group [images]- Smithsonian magazine
Mark Byrnes: How Renzo Piano Builds Cities: ...discusses how openness in architecture makes for safer, happier places: ...[he] doesn’t struggle to find meaning in each new project...sees his work as a reflection of what’s happening in the world, not as a force of change..."If there’s nothing to say, then there’s nothing to build!"...The truth is that buildings need time - a long time - to tell their story. [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Cathleen McGuigan: An Early Look at New York’s Adventurous New Arts Facility, The Shed: ...200,000 square foot structure...next to the High Line, in the new Hudson Yards development...translucent shell...can be rolled out over the adjacent plaza to form an enormous space...inspired by Cedric Price’s Fun Palace - an unbuilt design for a vastly versatile building-as-machine. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Rockwell Group [images]- Architectural Record
John Gendall: Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Moving Shed at Hudson Yards Will Amaze You: AD goes inside as the building’s starchitects take it for its first test drive: ...how unusual it was to visit a job site to test out the movement of a building...[it] moves without perceptible sound...wedged between the High Line and Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel... -- Rockwell Group [images]- Architectural Digest
Rendering to Reality: Amanda Levete/AL_A Completes Glimmering Bangkok Central Embassy: ...the first British architect to ever complete a tower in Thailand...a massive 1.5-million-square-foot mixed-use project...a new architectural landmark for the country’s capital city...The fluid shape...is unlike anything else in the city. [images]- Architizer
Aaron Betsky: Tattoos and Tombs: Carlo Scarpa’s Great Small Architecture: After having visited Scarpa's work in Venice for years, he ventures north to finally experience the architect's famous Brion Cemetery: Scarpa can stand as a pre-eminent example of how to make great architecture that is small. [images]- Architect Magazine
Mirelis Morales Tovar: How an Icon of Venezuelan Architecture Became a Prison: The Helicoide was going to be the world’s first drive-through mall...former inmates describe as hellish: There was a time when everyone heaped praise on the Helicoide...topped by a geodesic dome by Buckminster Fuller...“It’s a symbol of what Venezuela could have been, and was not.” -- Celeste Olalquiaga; Romero Gutiérrez/Dirk Bornhorst/Pedro Neuberger/Arquitectura y Urbanismo C.A.; Julio Coll; Jorge Castillo [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Jessica Brandt and Bruce Katz: Resilient cities plan for urban migration: By incorporating migration into broader city planning, local policymakers can pre-empt tensions between newcomers and long-time residents while creating stronger, more resilient cities...100 Resilient Cities report "Global Migration: Resilient Cities at the Forefront" makes clear, migration has become a major urban challenge.- Brookings Institution
Dante A. Ciampaglia: AIANY's “We Are All Neighbors: Refugees and the Architecture of Resettlement" Explores the Implications of Resettlement and Relocation: "We're moving from thinking about camps as temporary places...to thinking about city-scale projects"...potential solutions they presented offer a glimpse into a more humane - and hopeful - future for the world’s displaced people. -- Saskia Blume; Brandon Fuller; Esin Pekta; Sean Anderson- Architectural Record
Will Generation Z alter the design of the workplace? HKS conducted a yearlong research study to find out the future of the workspace: We have all heard of Millennials...their reign is coming to an end...their replacements...Very young...soon they will be joining an office near you! ...study suggests that Gen Z-ers have very strong views on how their future workplace should operate.- DesignCurial (UK)
The outdoor office spaces where workers commune with nature: From al desko to al fresco. Outdoor office spaces are popping up around the globe - but would you regularly take your business outside? ...with more research emerging about how bad open-plan offices are for workers, employers are increasingly exploring new ways to keep employees engaged, happy and healthy. -- Tate Harmer; TREExOFFICE; Outbox; Manifold Coworking and Event Space [images]- BBC
2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize for Excellence in Architecture [$100,000 CAD] announces four shortlisted projects: ...located in Tokyo, Japan; Copenhagen, Denmark; Melbourne, Australia; and the village of Upper Kingsburg in Nova Scotia, Canada. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Tezuka Architects; John Wardle Architects/NADAAA; MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects [images]- RAIC / Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Call for entries registration reminder: Rome Contemporary Chapel: rethink spaces of worship as a place of introversion in the city with no association to any religion; open to students and young architects; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): June 12 (submissions due August 14)- ArchMedium
Call for entries: AJ Architecture Awards 2017: inaugural awards programme open to practices located anywhere in the world as long as the project is based in the UK; ury will visit all shortlisted projects and architecture teams; earlybird deadline (save money!): June 30 (submissions due July 14)- The Architects' Journal (UK)
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Book Review: "The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple: Economy as Ethic": Transforming the local and commonplace into the global and rare: Robert McCarter (with a little help from his friends) crafts a majestic survey long overdue.- ArchNewsNow.com
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