Today’s News - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
● Baillieu explains why "turning our cities into fortresses will stifle us, not the terrorists," and "stifle the very 'serendipity' that makes life in our cities so attractive and which we cherish."
● Wainwright revisits the "£725m gateway to Cambridge" 12 years on to find out why what was to be "a world-class arrival point" is now "a future slum. It is hard to believe how this handsome city's flagship scheme could have gone quite so wrong."
● Saffron, on a (mostly) brighter note, cheers Philly's "own mini-Pudong on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. But there is much more work to be done to make sure this emerging skyline really belongs in Philadelphia."
● A $3-billion plan for Queen's Wharf Brisbane is even bigger than Sydney's Barangaroo project.
● Litt x 2: the design for Cleveland's Playhouse Square apartment tower "is underwhelming" - but it "is still in its early stages, and could evolve."
● He gives two thumbs-ups to the newest stretch of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail: "it easily qualifies as one of the most impressive half-miles in the city."
● Hadid's train station in Naples, designed as an "urbanized public bridge" to connect neighborhoods, is (finally) ready for its close-up.
● Seattle's Space Needle is "going glass ga-ga" with $100 million makeover by Olson Kundig and Tihany.
● Q&A with developer Khurana and architect Gabellini re: working with "Ando-san" on 152 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan: "There was a courting process."
● Move over New Urbanism - Green digs New Ruralism, a "nascent movement" focused on helping "suffering rural communities - many using 'creative economy' approaches to revitalize themselves."
● A look at the cultural roots of Japan's "nature architecture. Buildings are built around trees, in trees and as trees."
● IKEA designers explore life on Mars by living in an actual Mars research station for insights into "space-saving solutions for tiny homes and extreme pack rats."
● Michael Ford's Hip Hop Architecture Camps "will teach black and brown children basic skills" and "pique their interest in a field where black and brown professionals are underrepresented."
● Middleton parses "the fine art of collaboration - it's not always a bed of roses. Beware of any sort of architectural 'shotgun weddings' - it will end in tears; not theirs but yours."
● Ingalls' critique of Harvard GSD's "The Architectural Imagination" online course and its "dense, off-putting jargon" gets her in trouble; the result: a Q&A with K. Michael Hays re: his pedagogy and the choice to use jargon and difficulty."
● Von Koenig x 2: a Q&A with the head of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's Stuart Graff re: "his forward-looking vision for the foundation and making FLW's philosophy available to a wider audience": "We're actually trying to make him more relevant than he was in the past."
● She delves into JustDesign.Us, the new certification system that "hopes to spotlight those architectural studios that are taking equitable labor practices seriously."
● Not such cheery news in Australia's National Salary Survey by the Association of Consulting Architects - among the results: "one in six architecture firms are underpaying their staff. The situation is worse still for both graduate students and women."
● Budds parses NCARB's new diversity survey: "The architecture profession - long known for being predominantly male and pale - is becoming more diverse," but "very slowly."
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Amanda Baillieu: Turning our cities into fortresses will stifle us, not the terrorists: Installing security barriers to protect us from terrorist attacks will have limited effect and risks stifling our enjoyment of street markets: ...more worryingly they threaten to stifle the very ‘serendipity’ that makes life in our cities so attractive and which we cherish.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: 'An embarrassment to the city': what went wrong with the £725m gateway to Cambridge? ...CB1 was to be a world-class arrival point, with park, piazza, heritage centre and affordable homes. Instead, it’s ‘a future slum’ plagued by antisocial behaviour: ...called “rubbish”, “unfit” and “soulless"...not to mention being accused of “designing in crime”...It is hard to believe how this handsome city’s flagship scheme...could have gone quite so wrong. -- Richard Rogers Partnership; Chetwoods; TP Bennett; Perkins & Will [images]- Guardian (UK)
Inga Saffron: Philadelphia has a new skyline and it's not in Center City: It’s hard to think of [the city] playing in the same league as upstart megacities...in just 15 years, we have produced our own mini-Pudong on the west bank of the Schuylkill with an assertive trio of glass skyscrapers, FMC, Evo, and Cira...But there is much more work to be done to make sure this emerging skyline really belongs in Philadelphia. -- Pelli Clarke Pelli; MVRDV; Erdy McHenry [images]- Philadelphia Inquirer
$3-billion Queen's Wharf Brisbane redevelopment to be the biggest in Queensland history: Bigger than Sydney’s Barangaroo project...a once-forgotten part of Brisbane is about to get a major makeover...massive urban renewal project is set across nearly 27 hectares of land...also include approximately one kilometre of Brisbane river frontage... -- Jerde Partnership; Cottee Parker Architects; ML Design; Grimshaw; Urbis; Cusp [images]- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Steven Litt: Playhouse Square apartment tower design is underwhelming: ...would be a large slab in blue-tinted glass that would appear at most times of day and in most kinds of weather to melt into the sky...An important caveat, however, is that the design is still in its early stages, and could evolve. -- Solomon Cordwell Buenz/SCB- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Steven Litt: Lake Link Trail in Flats has impressive views: The newest section of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail ...is a small part of a much bigger trail network...But it easily qualifies as one of the most impressive half-miles in the city...follows a long disused 19th-century rail spur... -- LAND Studio [images]- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Zaha Hadid-designed train station in Naples to begin service: After a series of delays, the first phase of the massive Napoli Afragola Station initially proposed in 2003...has been inaugurated...designed as an “urbanized public bridge” that connects neighborhoods on either side of the railway... [images]- Curbed
Space Needle to get its biggest renovation ever: glass floor, opened views, more elevators: “We are going glass ga-ga"...It will cost its private owners more than $100 million...Gary Noble Curtis, one of the original structural engineers...now 80, was brought on as an adviser for the current renovation. -- Olson Kundig; Adam D. Tihany/Tihany Design [images]- Seattle Times
Interview: Amit Khurana & Michael Gabellini on designing in NYC with architect Tadao Ando [152 Elizabeth Street]: "There was a courting process"..."For Ando-san and myself, the...whole mantra outside in and inside out was based on three principles: simplicity, utility, and comfort." -- Sumaida + Khurana; Gabellini Sheppard Associates [images]- 6sqft (New York City)
Jared Green: New Ruralism: Solutions for Struggling Small Towns: ...Small towns now part of this nascent movement seek to define themselves on their own terms...can help suffering rural communities...many using “creative economy” approaches to revitalize themselves.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Japan's 'nature architecture' has deep cultural roots: ...Japan's culture of resilience is built into its architectural practice...In Japanese thinking there is no built or natural environment - just nature. -- Sou Fujimoto; Toyo Ito; Tadao Ando [images]- CNN World
IKEA designers are training with NASA’s space architect to come up with ideas for compact storage: Their mission: Explore space-saving solutions for tiny homes and extreme pack rats - by living in an actual Mars research station...hoping to translate insights...into innovative furniture solutions for dense urban environments. -- Constance Adams; Michael Nikolic- Quartz
Hip Hop Architecture Camp brings music and design together: Michael Ford’s new camps will teach black and brown children basic skills in the field: ...[he] is looking forward to teaching young minds about the intersections of hip-hop and architecture while attempting to pique their interest in a field where black and brown professionals are underrepresented.- The Undefeated
Mark Middleton/Grimshaw: The fine art of collaboration: Working with other architects is increasingly common. But it’s not always a bed of roses: There are four situations where architectural practices may need to consider collaboration....Beware of any sort of architectural “shotgun weddings”...It sets up an imbalanced relationship from the start...it will end in tears; not theirs but yours.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Julia Ingalls: Discussing the role of jargon and difficulty with Harvard GSD's K. Michael Hays + Lisa Haber-Thomson: Why are introductory architecture courses often packed with dense, off-putting jargon? This discussion was prompted by Hays’ online architectural history course, "The Architectural Imagination...Q&A re: his pedagogy, the choice to use jargon and difficulty, and the newly accessible format of the course itself...- Archinect
Gretchen Von Koenig: A Wright for Our Time: The head of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation argues that the famous architect's built legacy and concepts are surprisingly in step with today's world: Stuart Graff talks about his forward-looking vision for the foundation, making Wright’s philosophy available to a wider audience, and the milestone birthday celebrations: ..."we’re actually trying to make him more relevant than he was in the past." [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Gretchen Von Koenig: How Well Does Your Architecture Firm Treat You? JustDesign.Us, a new certification system powered by an employee questionnaire, hopes to spotlight those architectural studios that are taking equitable labor practices seriously: Nominations are now open [throughJuly 15] -- The Architecture Lobby; Equality in Design; Women in Design; ArchiteXX; SEED Network.- Metropolis Magazine
National Salary Survey reveals one in six architecture firms are underpaying their staff: ...17% of architecture firms surveyed are paying award rates less than those specified in the 2010 Architects Award...The situation is worse still for both graduate students and women...report of underpayment comes at a time when there is growing concern about employee wellbeing within the architecture industry. -- Association of Consulting Architects (ACA)- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Diana Budds: Architecture Is Becoming More Diverse - Very Slowly: The profession made improvements in gender, racial, and ethnic diversity last year: The numbers are in. The architecture profession - long known for being predominantly male and pale - is becoming more diverse, according to a new report from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)...“By the Numbers”...- Fast Company / Co.Design
ANN feature: Taliesin East: "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959" by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel (Book Excerpt): A Plaza home and office had much to offer the architect, including prestige, prospect, and refuge - an elegant perch from which to survey the city he loved to hate.- ArchNewsNow.com
Jennifer McMaster: Toyo Ito & Associates: Gifu Media Cosmos, Gifu, Japan: ...an inventive and imaginative example of the potentials inherent in timber construction...a community center and library...a surprising interior...a sprawling, latticed timber roof, and a series of 'globes,' which hover over the interior space...[They] play off each other beautifully..., with the hard, woven lines of the timber ceiling contrasting the soft, ethereal globes. [images]
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