Today’s News - Wednesday, June 28, 2017
● Dittmar sees the Grenfell Tower tragedy as "what truly could be a watershed moment" in figuring out "how to fix the UK's housing mess."
● Gendall has a fascinating conversation with WMF's Ackerman re: whether historic sites destroyed by terrorism should be rebuilt: "Heritage sites can be repaired - what is harder to determine is what 'fixing' means."
● Hogan has some serious issues with OMA's proposal for Buffalo's Albright-Knox museum that "undoes Bunshaft's spectacular midcentury addition in favor of a bloated, ill-defined, glass-walled lobby," a gallery, and a loading dock.
● Bernstein says Levete's $70 million addition to the V&A's entrance "is so striking, visitors may mistake it for a temporary exhibition."
● A lovely video tour of Levete's "stunning" V&A revamp.
● Ando tapped to transform Paris's 19th-century stock exchange into an art museum for billionaire Pinault: "Ando promised it would blast away the political malaise of the moment and soothe the wounds of Brexit" (a tall order!).
● Adjaye tapped to design the new library and events center in Winter Park, Florida: He "will need all his persuasive powers to prevail over a city where street performers are too much spontaneity, contemporary design is suspect, and choosing the color of a sign can take hours of debate at City Hall."
● Kolson Hurley delves into the Pentagon's "war on sprawl" and its Healthy Base Initiative that takes "a cue from the active design movement" to make more walkable bases to battle obesity and improve fitness - "they're good places to trial environmental fixes."
● Hume has high praise for Toronto's new Trillium Park, "a delightful new space" and "a sign of hope in a sea of dreck."
● Green cheers NYC's Community Parks Initiative to increase park equity by rebuilding or improving parks "that have not seen any capital investment in 25 years - setting a new model for other cities to follow."
● Wainwright parses the Tottenham Hotspur and Atlanta Falcons' new stadiums, and what "the future hold for sports arenas - the promise of a pie, a pint and a good singsong in the stands just is not enough" anymore.
● Photographer and writer Camilo José Vergara proposes "The Other Shinola: A Proposal" for Detroit: "I propose that African American visual culture become the inspiration for quality designs for sale through a Shinola of the ghetto."
● The 83-year-old Outram is "overjoyed" that his "Temple of Storms" post-modern pumping station is listed: Even Prince Charles praised it as "witty and amusing" (with pix to prove it!).
● Hosey considers the "cinematic portrayals of Washington, DC," and how "movies often 'unhinge' the city by separating its most recognizable buildings from their larger setting" - it could be "what gives these movies their 'Washington-ness.'"
● Call for entries: What are Your Top 5 Favorite Works of Sacred Architecture and Art? (for Faith & Form magazine's 50th Anniversary issue).
● Call for entries: 2017 Burnham Prize Competition: Under the Dome: re-charge the significance and relevance of the dome of Chicago's long-abandoned St. Stephen's Church.
● Call for entries: Applications for Art as Labour : Build & Design Summer School at Nikola-Lenivets Art Park in Russia.
● Call for entries: The House of Chaos - A House for Luigi Pirandello.
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Hank Dittmar: How to fix the UK's housing mess: We need to admit our mistakes and set about making radical changes to the whole system: I was reluctant to add to the pile of words...in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy...I keep coming back to [it], though, because it seems vital to secure what truly could be a watershed moment.- BD/Building Design (UK)
John Gendall: Do We Need to Rebuild Historic Sites Ruined by Terrorism? Some argue for leaving the buildings in rubble as a reminder of the destruction..."Heritage sites...can be repaired...what is harder to determine is what ‘fixing’ means"...For the World Monuments Fund...[it's] not just a question of architecture...it is about...the loss of “buildings and sites of daily life, in combination with the named historic sites.” -- Lisa Ackerman/WMF Executive Vice President- Architectural Digest
Mark Hogan: OMA's Albright-Knox proposal undoes the work of Buffalo's most famous architect: It’s a mistake to do away with Gordon Bunshaft’s addition to the New York museum: The basic premise...is to demolish the galleries and courtyard of Bunshaft’s spectacular midcentury addition in favor of a bloated, ill-defined, glass-walled lobby...[his] addition does not need to be sacrificed for a new loading dock and a marginally quicker route to Delaware Park. -- OpenScope Studio; E.B. Green (1905); Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/SOM (1962); Shohei Shigematsu- Curbed
Fred A. Bernstein: Victoria and Albert Museum Unveils a Cutting-Edge Expansion: The $70 million addition to its entrance is so striking, visitors may mistake it for a temporary exhibition: With the addition to the V&A [Exhibition Road Quarter], Levete hopes to prove that bold and contextual can coexist. -- Amanda Levete/AL_A [images]- Architectural Digest
Inside London's stunning $70M museum revamp: ...the Exhibition Road Quarter designed by Amanda Levete/AL_A, opens today at the Victoria and Albert Museum...Intended as a meeting point, public square and, of course, museum entrance, the pristine surfaces and crisp lines...sit in direct conversation with the ornate, 19th-century architecture of the original V&A building. [images, video]- CNN Style
Former Paris stock exchange to be reborn as major new art museum: François Pinault, the billionaire luxury brand owner, will convert the 19th century Bourse de commerce into art museum with architect Tadao Ando: The project...is so ambitious that Ando promised it would blast away the political malaise of the moment and soothe the wounds of Brexit...any new additions and changes must be reversible.- Guardian (UK)
David Adjaye is tapped to design the new Winter Park library and events center: Architecture must indeed come to the rescue here, if the new library-cum-civic center is to succeed...[He] will need all his persuasive powers to prevail over a city where street performers are too much spontaneity, contemporary design is suspect, and choosing the color of a sign can take hours of debate at City Hall.- Orlando Weekly (Florida)
Amanda Kolson Hurley: The Military Declares War on Sprawl: The Pentagon thinks better designed, more walkable bases can help curb obesity and improve troops’ fitness: Taking a cue from the active design movement, it is also scrutinizing the layouts of its bases...“Our installations were built for the automobile. They weren’t built for walking, for biking"...they’re good places to trial environmental fixes. -- Healthy Base Initiative; Arrowstreet [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Christopher Hume: New Toronto park at Ontario Place is a sign of hope in a sea of dreck: Trillium Park, a delightful new space...makes obvious the stinginess of the surrounding waterfront: The fact it sits on what was once a parking lot makes its appearance that much sweeter...shows off nature but doesn't pretend to be nature...As this small but happily radical space makes clear, Toronto could be more than the sum of its parts. -- Walter Kehm/Patrick Morello/LANDinc [images]- Toronto Star
Jared Green: NYC Is Building a Fairer Park System: ...Community Parks Initiative (CPI) - which rebuilds or significantly improves parks that have not seen any capital investment in 25 years - is one of the central efforts...the city’s already improving park equity - and setting a new model for other cities to follow...“Parks need to be considered part of new infrastructure.”- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Oliver Wainwright: Stadiums of the future: a revolution for the fan experience in sport: Tottenham’s new stadium will have its own microbrewery, while the Atlanta Falcons’ new home will feature the world’s first 360-degree video wall - what else does the future hold for sports arenas? The promise of a pie, a pint and a good singsong in the stands just is not enough. -- Populous; HOK; Herzog & de Meuron [images]- Guardian (UK)
Camilo José Vergara: The Other Shinola: A Proposal: [The] photographer and writer...has trained his lens on is Detroit, the subject of his latest book ["Detroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age?"] and the impetus for [this proposal]: I propose that African American visual culture become the inspiration for quality designs...for sale through "The Other Shinola"...a Shinola of the ghetto would celebrate the ephemeral. [images]- World-Architects.com
John Outram overjoyed at 'Temple of Storms' listing: Even Prince Charles praised pumping station as ‘witty and amusing’: Architect...welcomed the listing of his post-modern pumping station on the Isle of Dogs as a “happy birthday present” for his 83rd birthday...The Storm Water Pumping Station [1986-88] was built...as part of the redevelopment of east London’s Docklands. [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Lance Hosey: The Dislocated City: Cinematic portrayals of Washington, DC, reveal much about the image of the capital: Ironically, disconnecting the District from itself might be exactly what gives these movies their “Washington-ness"...Washingtonian movies often...“unhinge” the city by separating its most recognizable buildings from their larger setting...This divorces architecture from urbanism and reduces the capital to its icons only. Objects absent a place.- Huffington Post
Call for entries: What are Your Top 5 Favorite Works of Sacred Architecture and Art? Results will be published in Faith & Form magazine's 50th Anniversary issue this Fall.- Faith & Form Magazine
Call for entries: 2017 Burnham Prize Competition: Under the Dome (international): proposals to re-charge the significance and relevance of the dome of St. Stephen’s Church (1917) in Chicago, abandoned for the last 20 years; cash prizes; deadline: August 18- Chicago Architectural Club / Chicago Architecture Biennial
Call for entries: Applications for Art as Labour : Build & Design Summer School, July 31 - August 12: open to young architects, artists and students to take part in Global Practice Unit international summer school, organised this summer at Nikola-Lenivets Art Park in Russia; deadline: July 23- Global Practice Unit / Nikola-Lenivets
Call for entries: The House of Chaos - A House for Luigi Pirandello (international): registration deadline: August 7 (submissions due August 10)- ICARCH (International Competitions in Architecture) via Bustler
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
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