Today’s News - Thursday, June 22, 2017
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● ANN feature: Bloszies' Left Coast Reflections #2: "Architect" is Not a Verb, Ivanka: The profession has a problem, and the advice proffered in "Women Who Work" (or any other insipid milkshake) is no cure.
● Wainwright cheers Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion, "a shimmering African canopy spreads out over Kensington Gardens - it becomes more rewarding the longer you stay."
● Moore marvels at dRMM's Maggie's Centre in Oldham, "a balm for the senses" using "hyper-thoughtfulness, playful functionalism - that persistently looks beyond the standard solutions - otherworldly but not alien."
● Agbo explains "why mixed-income communities are essential for the future of African cities," where "social development has huge implications for the built environment," and, sometimes, "the supposed 'chaos' of mixed-class neighborhoods" is what makes them "so rewarding."
● Walker cheers Akron, Ohio's plan to turn a decommissioned freeway into a 35-acre urban park next summer - a "model for other cities that want to 'test' a freeway removal before implementing it."
● Kirk's great Q&A with Louv (of "nature-deficit disorder" fame), who wants us to focus on a more optimistic, green vision for the future.
● Call for entries - deadline reminder: Van Alen Institute/AECOM/100 Resilient Cities Urban SOS 2017: hOUR City international student competition.
● Call for entries: Museum of the Ancient Nile (MoAN) Egypt international architecture competition.
● Capps calls out Oakland's pop-up Museum of Capitalism: "Don't forget to visit the gift shop! Entry will only cost you your fragile bourgeois preconceptions" (signed copy of Trump's "The Art of the Deal" included - "capitalism is doomed!").
● San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with a psychedelic light show - and "scores of city structures and buildings will pay tribute to that patchouli-laced era" - groovy!
● Q&A with curator Widder re: "Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia" at NYC's Center for Architecture (opening tonight!), and "the realities of living in a midcentury modern 'utopia'" (she lives in one herself!).
● Betsky calls MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" the "ultimate" FLW "nerdfest" (we couldn't agree more!).
● Vanette finds out "how MoMA preserved the models FLW "loved to tinker with": "when the models failed to woo the clients, ever the showman, he recycled the objects."
● Russell has a few issues with Florida's "The New Urban Crisis": the "charts and the numbers are often startling and illuminating. But he misses the key point" - we can't blame "bike-riding young architects designing for social-impact investors while sipping artisanal Fair Trade coffee."
● Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Minton's "Big Capital: Who Is London For?": "This survey of the capital's pitiful housing situation makes familiar but essential reading," though it "would be stronger if she had talked more to the people she sees as enemies."
● Brussat gives two thumbs-ups to Langdon's "Within Walking Distance" that profiles "six walkable communities to show how they are made. The stories behind their success amount to an education in placemaking."
● Davidsen cheers de Monchaux's "Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design & the Nature of Cities" that "encourages us to read between the lines, or buildings, and see new opportunities in forgotten spaces."
● In "Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City," Hoffman "plumbs" the "often-buried" story of "three architects whose vision helped shaped the fabled city."
● Kuehn's "Architects' Gravesites: A Serendipitous Guide" considers "what people who dedicated their careers to design chose as their own final statements."
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ANN feature: Charles F. Bloszies: Left Coast Reflections #2: "Architect" is Not a Verb, Ivanka: The profession has a problem, and the advice proffered in "Women Who Work" (or any other insipid milkshake) is no cure.- ArchNewsNow.com
Oliver Wainwright: Serpentine pavilion 2017: a shimmering African canopy spreads out over Kensington Gardens: ...Francis Kéré has brought a piece of Burkina Faso to London: ...rare feat for a piece of contemporary architecture: it looks much better than the computer visualisations...pavilion becomes more rewarding the longer you stay... [images]- Guardian (UK)
Rowan Moore: Maggie’s cancer centre in Oldham: a balm for the senses: ...stays true to the group’s founding mission to create spaces of calm and light: ...hyper-thoughtfulness, playful functionalism and an attention to the matters in hand that persistently looks beyond the standard solutions...otherworldly but not alien. -- Maggie Keswick Jencks; dRMM [images]- Observer (UK)
Mathias Agbo, Jr.: Why Mixed-Income Communities Are Essential for the Future of African Cities: Today, in most African countries, there is a vast and troubling disconnect between the visions of the ruling elite and the expectations of the led. This social development has huge implications for the built environment...This is not a socially sustainable model...Sometimes, the supposed “chaos” of mixed-class neighborhoods is precisely what makes life in them so rewarding for its residents.- Common Edge
Alissa Walker: An Ohio city is turning a freeway into a forest: Akron plans to convert a decommissioned highway into a 35-acre park: Innerbelt National Forest...to populate the freeway with potted plants, public seating, and programming meant to reconnect the two communities severed by the freeway 40 years ago...offers the best model for other cities that want to “test” a freeway removal before implementing it. -- Hunter Franks [images]- Curbed
Mimi Kirk: Envisioning Nature-Rich Cities: Author Richard Louv invites us to imagine a future filled with urban parks, greenery, and gardens: ...images of the effects of climate change...may spur awareness...but they don’t encourage us to envisage a hopeful, green future. [He] wants us to focus on this more optimistic vision...coined the term “nature-deficit disorder"... -- Children & Nature Network- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Call for entries - deadline reminder: Urban SOS 2017: hOUR City international student competition: rethink housing, transportation, and economic development to strengthen connections between cities and their surrounding regions; no fee; cash prizes; deadline: July 17- Van Alen Institute / AECOM / 100 Resilient Cities
Call for entries: Museum of the Ancient Nile (MoAN) Egypt international architecture competition; cash prizes; earlybird registration (save money!): June 30; registration deadline: September 22 (submissions due October 6)- Arquideas (Spain)
Kriston Capps: Oakland Gets a Marxist Pop-Up: the 'Museum of Capitalism': Don’t forget to visit the gift shop! Admission is free: Entry will only cost you your fragile bourgeois preconceptions...If it were planned as a permanent institution, it might live long enough to be displaced by the very forces it surveys...When a specialty museum opens on a subject - that’s the tell. Capitalism is doomed; thru August 20 -- Andrea Steves/Timothy Furstnau/FICTILIS- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Conservatory of Flowers will be illuminated psychedelic colors for Summer of Love anniversary: As San Francisco gears up to celebrate the golden anniversary...in 1967, an estimated 100,000 youths, sporting flowers in their hair and LSD on their brains, converged in the Haight-Ashbury sparking the hippie social movement - scores of city structures and buildings will pay tribute to that patchouli-laced era; thru October 21 [image]- Curbed San Francisco
The Protégé’s Turn: Unearthing the Work of a Frank Lloyd Wright Student Who Helped Design Usonia: "Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia" celebrates Taliesin Fellow Domoto, a Japanese-American architect and landscape designer who designed five Usonia homes...Q&A with curator Lynnette Widder re: the realities of living in a midcentury modern “utopia,” and this unique window into Wright’s legacy; at the Center for Architecture, NYC thru August 26 -- Studio Joseph [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Aaron Betsky: The Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright Nerdfest: "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive"...Whatever they depict, these images are artifacts that exhibit both Wright’s and his office’s design inventiveness...there are also some serious social messages to be found......[He] was a good artist, but he was ultimately - and proudly - an architect. -- Marion Mahony Griffin; Ling Po [images]- Architect Magazine
Dora Vanette: How MoMA Preserved the Models Frank Lloyd Wright Loved to Tinker With: For "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive," the curators have subtly preserved the models in order to reveal Wright’s thought process and the evolution of his ideas...when the models failed to woo the clients...ever the showman, [he] recycled the objects... [images]- Metropolis Magazine
James S. Russell: "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It" by Richard Florida: ...can you blame every urban ill on bikeriding young architects designing for social-impact investors...charts and the numbers are often startling and illuminating. But...he misses the key point that today’s dilemmas are not a “new urban crisis” but the result of broader unaddressed problems.- Architectural Record
Rowan Moore: "Big Capital: Who Is London For?" by Anna Minton: This survey of the capital’s pitiful housing situation makes familiar but essential reading: ...as it shows little sign of improving in the near future, the facts of this human catastrophe can’t be stated too much or too strongly. The first achievement of Minton’s book is to do just that...would be stronger if she had talked more to the people she sees as enemies, and...talked more to people who are happy to have moved...- Observer (UK)
David Brussat: "Within Walking Distance": Philip Langdon’s new book uses six examples of walkable communities to show how they are made...The stories behind their success amount to an education in placemaking...[he] tells those tales with a gentle eye toward the extraordinarily people who made it happen.- Architecture Here and There
Dana Davidsen: Finding Opportunity in Leftover Urban Spaces: "Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design & the Nature of Cities" by Nicholas de Monchaux pushes us to assign new value to forgotten pieces of our urban fabric...encourages us to read between the lines, or buildings, and see new opportunities in forgotten spaces. -- Gordon Matta-Clark; Jane Jacobs; Howard Fisher [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Adina Hoffman plumbs story of architects of a new Jerusalem: Three added to eclectic flavor of Jerusalem’s cultural mix: “Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City” explores that often-buried history...of three architects whose vision helped shaped the fabled city during British colonial rule from 1918 until the establishment of the State of Israel. -- Spyro Houris; Erich Mendelsohn; Austen St. Barbe Harrison- New Jersey Jewish News
A Guide to Architects’ Mundane and Monumental Graves: The architects of our great landmarks are often buried beneath the humblest of tombstones, or have no marker at all: ...over 200 architects whose posthumous fates are featured in Henry H. Kuehn’s "Architects’ Gravesites: A Serendipitous Guide"...considering what people who dedicated their careers to design chose as their own final statements. [images]- Hyperallergic
ANN feature: Michael J. Crosbie: Sitting Down with Kevin Roche: "I learned everything I know about architecture from Eero": "The most important thing one can achieve in any building is to get people to communicate with each other. That's really essential to our lives. We are not just individuals, we are part of a community."- ArchNewsNow.com
Finn MacLeod: Brooks + Scarpa: The Six, Los Angeles: ...embodies a new approach to the design of public housing...stands out on the MacArthur Park landscape...designed to house and meet the needs of disabled veterans...It's a building with a heartbeat...inherently optimistic yet deeply functional, and serves as a reminder that affordable housing can exemplify design excellence, even under the most challenging circumstances. [images]
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