Today’s News - Tuesday, June 6, 2017
● ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Cadaval & Solà-Morales's Córdoba ReUrbano in Mexico City that "exemplifies the objectives of Mexico's Urban Recycling start-up initiative."
● Sisson says that architects and planners "can lead the climate change fight" in the U.S.'s post-Paris Accord world.
● Braidwood parses what architecture associations and organizations around the world are doing to "rally against Trump's Paris pullout."
● Peters parses the We Are Still In group of hundreds of U.S. governors, mayors, and businesses who have "a post-Paris plan to save the climate - Trump or no Trump."
● With America's National Parks in the cross-hairs, Schwab offers Rothstein's "7 ominous posters" that "reimagine classic WPA posters for a world wracked by drought, flooding, fires, and pollution" (bummer alert).
● Hall Kaplan, on a brighter note, recalls "the Jane I knew": the "citizen saint" on the page and the streets, and now in an "unfortunately flawed and superficial" - but recommended film.
● Knight considers the "radical change to how we see LACMA's permanent collection, considering the curators "have pretty much been left out of the planning. Apparently, their input was deemed less than necessary" because Zumthor "is designing atmospheric spaces."
● More on MoMA's $400 million renovation and expansion by DS+R: with "flashy elements eliminated, subtlety wins out" - in 2019, "we'll see if the understated design matches the museum's ambitious goals."
● Kendall's Q&A with Grimshaw's Chang, Hoenigschmid-Grossich, and Tung re: their Frost Museum of Science in Miami: "visitors have greater opportunities to draw connections between natural processes, the built world and everyday behavior."
● For MASS MoCA's Building 6, Bruner/Cott treated the massive space "as a landscape," which "promises to be an intriguing precedent for future museums" (and "a great place to get your steps in walking the almost four miles of galleries").
● Eyefuls of a new museum in China that "looks like a cross between Soviet ruin and Bond villain lair. Or the lost collaboration of Antoni Gaudí and M.C. Escher" (so much for the "decree against weird buildings).
● REX tapped by Brown University to design its new performing arts center (a bit thick on superlatives, and, alas, no pix - yet).
● McMillian's great Q&A with Pendergrast, author of "City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America's Urban Future," re: the BeltLine and "why a 22-mile path around the famously sprawling city could be a game changer."
● Birnbaum calls for a "broader vision for visionary postwar developments" like NYC's Battery Park City and Washington, DC's Pershing Park: both are "examples of ambitious, civic-minded urban planning," and both are under threat.
● Green cheers the Brooklyn Army Terminal's makeover: "There couldn't be a more appealing locale for the rebirth of American urban manufacturing" (Elvis sighting included).
● One we couldn't resist: Why Italy is "giving away" 100 historic buildings for free (we want one!).
● Call for entries: RFQ: Gangnam Intermodal Transit Center International Competition for a new, £821 million transport hub in Seoul.
● Call for entries: Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture.
● Call for entries: AIA 3rd annual I Look Up Film Challenge: "Blueprint for Better."
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Cadaval & Solà-Morales: Córdoba ReUrbano, Mexico City: ...exemplifies the objectives of Mexico's Urban Recycling start-up initiative by re-imagining and re-programming a significant heritage building... to include medium-density housing and...generating streetscape vitality... [images]
Patrick Sisson: Architects can lead climate change fight as U.S. pulls out of Paris Accord: ...architects, as well as planners, now have an important duty as professionals to push for building codes that favor more sustainable and energy-efficient solutions. -- Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change; Architecture 2030; 2050 Imperative; AIA 2030 Commitment; China Accord; Living Future Institute; 100 Resilient Cities- Curbed
Ella Braidwood: Architects across the world rally against Trump's Paris pullout: Organisations representing the world’s architects, including the RIBA, have signed a letter opposing Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement. -- American Institute of Architects/AIA; International Union of Architects/UIA; Africa Union of Architects/AUA; Architects Council of Europe/ACE; Federación de Colegios de Arquitectos de la República Mexicana/FCARM; Japan Institute of Architects/JIA; Royal Architectural Institute of Canada/RAIC- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Adele Peters: Trump Or No Trump, America’s Mayors And Governors Have A Post-Paris Plan To Save The Climate: ...We Are Still In, a group of 125 mayors, nine governors, 183 university presidents, and 902 businesses...said that they continued to support climate action..."America is not stepping away from this"...- Fast Company / Co.Design
Katharine Schwab: How Climate Change Could Ravage America’s National Parks, In 7 Ominous Posters: The artist Hannah Rothstein reimagines classic WPA posters for a world wracked by drought, flooding, fires, and pollution. [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Sam Hall Kaplan: The Citizen Saint: Jane Jacobs on the Screen, the Page, and the Streets: "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City"...by Matt Tyrnauer is unfortunately flawed and superficial. But it is also recommended...regardless of flaws, it does raise public consciousness about urban design and an appreciation for the potential of grass roots advocacy. -- Michael Harrington; W.H. (Holly) Whyte; Douglas Haskell/Architectural Forum; Robert Moses- Los Angeles Review of Books
Christopher Knight: The new LACMA: Plans call for radical change to how we see the permanent collection...Curators have grumbled that they’ve pretty much been left out of the planning. Apparently, their input was deemed less than necessary...An art public falls in love with works of art first, then...the museum...LACMA’s new scheme asks us to turn things around - to love the museum first, and only then to be excited to see what it does with art.- Los Angeles Times
MoMA Unveils Completed Renovation and Detailed Plans for Expansion: ...Phase I renovation opens...in time to mount the "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" exhibition [June 12]...Phase II...Flashy elements eliminated, subtlety wins out...2019...It’s only then - 80 years after MoMA’s first building opened its doors - that we’ll see if the understated design matches the museum’s ambitious goals. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Gensler [images]- Architectural Record
Jonathan Kendall: Building As Exhibit: Situated beside the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Pérez Art Museum in downtown Miami...Frost Museum of Science also has an award-winning design firm behind it: Q&A with Grimshaw Architects' Vincent Chang, Christian Hoenigschmid-Grossich and Christina Tung..."visitors have greater opportunities...to draw connections between natural processes, the built world and everyday behavior." [images]- Cultured Magazine
James Turrell rooms, a 15-ton Louise Bourgeois sculpture, and many site-specific works feature in MASS MoCA expansion: ...boasts almost an acre per floor plate...design team decided to treat the space as a landscape...Where most museums are washed in white...Building 6 is well-worn...It is unmistakably an old mill...promises to be an intriguing precedent for future museums and...a great place to get your steps in walking the almost four miles of galleries. -- Bruner/Cott & Associates [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
This museum looks like a cross between Soviet ruin and Bond villain lair: Or the lost collaboration of Antoni Gaudí and M.C. Escher: ...the recently completed Dong Zhuang Museum of Western Regions is definitely on the stranger side...a new building that feels old and somehow otherworldly. -- Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute [images]- Curbed
N.Y. architectural firm to design Brown University’s performing arts center: REX...will plan the new facility, slated to open in fall 2020...will enhance the role the recently established Brown Arts Initiative will play in the university - and in the broader community.- Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
John McMillian: The Atlanta BeltLine Has a Long Way to Go: Author Mark Pendergrast on why a 22-mile path around the famously sprawling city could be a game changer: "City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future"...the BeltLine also reflects the city’s troubled history of racial conflict and its modern efforts at reconciliation...A grassroots effort to support a brilliantly conceived project can really jumpstart innovative urban efforts. -- Ryan Gravel- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Charles A. Birnbaum: We Need a Broader Vision for Visionary Postwar Developments: New York’s Battery Park City and Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue...examples of ambitious, civic-minded urban planning...they are significant works of modern and postmodern landscape design...both have sites that are under threat. -- -- The Cultural Landscape Foundation/TCLF; Dan Kiley; Hideo Sasaki; M. Paul Friedberg/Pershing Park; Robert Venturi; Denise Scott Brown; George Patton; Carol Johnson; Wolfgang Oehme/James van Sweden/Oehme van Sweden [images]- Huffington Post
Jared Green: South Brooklyn Waterfront: A Model for Urban Manufacturing: There couldn’t be a more appealing locale for the rebirth of American urban manufacturing than the Brooklyn Army Terminal...In some 4-million-square feet spread over two buildings - each the size of the Empire State building if it was laid flat on the ground - there are 110 businesses, employing 3,500... -- Cass Gilbert (1919); AECOM [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Chilean Architect Samuel Bravo Wins Harvard GSD’s 2017 Wheelwright Prize: $100,000 traveling fellowship to fund Bravo’s research proposal "Projectless: Architecture of Informal Settlements"- Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Wheelwright Prize
Why Italy is 'giving away' 100 historic buildings for free: ...including castles, houses, and towers - in a bid to boost 'slow tourism'...Old houses, inns, farmhouses, monasteries and ancient castles are all up for grabs...The only catch is that those who take up the offer will have to commit to restoring and transforming the sites into tourist facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, or spas.- The Local (Italy)
Call for entries: Request for Qualifications/RFQ: Gangnam Intermodal Transit Center International Design Competition for a new £821 million transport hub in Seoul, South Korea; deadline: June 21- Seoul Metropolitan Government (via The Architects’ Journal)
Call for entries: Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture; deadline: June 30- Faith & Form Magazine / Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA)
Call for entries: AIA 3rd annual I Look Up Film Challenge: “Blueprint for Better”: shine a light on the powerful social impact of architects and their work; open to U.S.-based architects and filmmakers; no fee; registration deadline: June 26 (submissions due August 13)- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
ANN feature: Peter Piven: Nuts + Bolts #13: Safe Harbors: A Case Study on End-game Strategies: A new way of dealing with ownership transition that can benefit some principals who face difficulties in achieving successful exits.- ArchNewsNow.com
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