Today’s News - Thursday, July 6, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: With the 4th of July falling on Tuesday, we considered not posting this week, but then we'd be swamped with "old news" by next week...so here's a smattering of catch-up after being away 6 days; more catch-up tomorrow.
● ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo's Criminal Courts for Oral Trials in Patzcuaro, Mexico, that reflects a series of constitutional reforms and represents "the ideals of the new system - 'transparency, equality, democracy, justice and dignity.'"
● Vietnamese architect Nghia has high hopes that his low-cost prefabricated "S House" will suit "people in slums, remote areas and refugee camps - one of several 'humanitarian' or 'social' architecture projects worldwide that highlight a rising social consciousness in the profession" (though "high-profile humanitarian architecture" is not without its critics).
● Kamin cheers the Elmhurst Art Museum's plans to restore the McCormick House, a "Mies gem" that "is about to have a coming-out party + His take on plans for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
● King cheers "a modest winner" of a new hotel near San Francisco's ballpark: "well-crafted buildings these days are too rare. Newcomers like Hotel Via deserve attention - if only to nudge other developers and architects to step up their game."
● Bozikovic serves up bravos for Toronto's Bentway under a busy expressway that "represents a new generation of public space" by "reusing tough scraps of the urban fabric."
● Mafi x 2: he brings us new images of Hadid's 600 Collins Street in Melbourne with "an intricate exterior design" that gives it "a delicate, almost whimsical and vase-like aesthetic."
● He also offers eyefuls of Kuma's idea for a luxury hotel on Paris's Left Bank "that appears completely different from all buildings in the area" (that's f'er sure - S.O.S. Paris and others will undoubtedly take this one on!).
● V Three Studios' design for the Navajo-owned radio station KTNN gives "the native people of the Four Corners region of the southwestern U.S." a voice.
● McMansion Hell's Wagner riffs on "the rise of the McModern" that offers the same "architecturally botched nature of the McMansion. To see something only for its superficial attributes or financial potential and execute it carelessly is perhaps the most 'Mc' thing anyone can do."
● Pedersen offers a soulful "requiem" for his old NYC nabe, "a thoroughly nondescript block on the Upper East Side. (For me, it's a clear sign that I need to get back either a lot more or a lot less often.)"
● Hosey's two-parter ponders whether Weese's Washington Metro should really be considered "'Brutalist.' To answer this, we'd need to define Brutalism clearly, and this is surprisingly elusive."
● FLW x 2: Wilson outlines the "bundle of contradictions" apparent in Wright's design for a never-built "Negro" school that "elucidates his views on both education and race."
● Blander showcases nine (out of "roughly 50") of Taliesin West's "most iconic student shelters."
● July's Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle honorees answer the question: Can We Design a Slum-Friendly City?
● Highlights from the A' Design Awards and Competition winners (and link to 130+ architecture projects among 1,958 winners from 98 countries in 97 categories).
● Winners of the L.A. Business Council's 47th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards.
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TALLER | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo: Criminal Courts for Oral Trials, Patzcuaro, Mexico: Mexico's judicial system has long been in crisis...In 2008, a series of constitutional reforms were passed...The main challenge was to represent the ideals of the new system - 'transparency, equality, democracy, justice and dignity', while complying with the strict security requirements... [images]
A Vietnamese Architect’s Easy-to-Erect Dwelling for the Destitute: Vo Trong Nghia has created low-cost prefabricated structures [to] house people in slums, remote areas and refugee camps.: ...“S House"...one of several “humanitarian” or “social” architecture projects worldwide that highlight a rising social consciousness in the profession...(The S stands for “strong, sustainable and steel.”) -- VTN Architects; Shigeru Ban; Alejandro Aravena; Better Shelter/IKEA- New York Times
Blair Kamin: McCormick House project aims to restore Mies gem: The other Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed house in Chicago's suburbs is about to have a coming-out party...the Elmhurst Art Museum...plans to make the house a freestanding gem + Chicago Architecture Biennial will follow the inaugural 2015 version by showcasing emerging talents..."Make New History"...will explore how the architectural past forms a foundation for current creativity. -- Barry Bergdoll; DeStefano + Partners (1997); Heritage Architecture Studio; Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston/Johnston Marklee- Chicago Tribune
John King: Hotel Via: a modest winner near the ballpark: The architecture is straightforward but satisfying...manages to enrich its surroundings while adding fresh twists...well-crafted buildings these days are also too rare. Newcomers like Hotel Via deserve attention - if only to nudge other developers and architects to step up their game. -- Stanton Architecture; Craige Walters [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Alex Bozikovic: Highway art: The Bentway defines the next wave of urban public spaces: Can people enjoy spending time under a busy expressway? ...one look at the space that is becoming Toronto’s newest public initiative will tell you that yes, they can: ...represents a new generation of public space...that serve the needs of an evolving city while reusing tough scraps of the urban fabric. -- Adam Nicklin/Marc Ryan/Public Work; Lisa Switkin/James Corner Field Operations [image]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Nick Mafi: Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils New Pictures for Melbourne Skyscraper: The 577-foot [600 Collins Street] will feature an intricate exterior design, giving the building a delicate, almost whimsical aesthetic: ...hit a few road bumps...54 story, mixed-use tower...comprised of four stacked blocks which gives the structure a vase-like aesthetic...covered with a white filigree facade... [images]- Architectural Digest
Nick Mafi: Kengo Kuma Looks to Reimagine Luxury Hotels in Paris: ...within la Rive Gauche (Left Bank)...plans to create a space that blurs the shape of its exterior...to create a structure that appears completely different from all buildings in the area...exterior will feature a combination of overflowing greenery and wooden panels arranged inconsistently and at different angles...dubbed 1hotel Paris... [images]- Architectural Digest
KTNN Educates and Entertains the Navajo Nation: There are many things that define a nation: language, customs, traditions. It takes patience, perseverance and a strong voice to retain an ancient language and culture in the modern world. For the native people of the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States, that voice is KTNN, “The Voice of the Navajo Nation"... -- V Three Studios- Radio magazine
Kate Wagner: The rise of the McModern: The creator of McMansion Hell on a new strain of modern houses for the masses: We are witnessing the birth and the proliferation of modernist McMansions: McModerns...it is the indulgent, inefficient, and architecturally botched nature of the McMansion that lies beneath the sleek surface...To see something only for its superficial attributes or financial potential and execute it carelessly is perhaps the most “Mc” thing anyone can do.- Curbed
Martin C. Pedersen: Requiem for a Thoroughly Nondescript Block on the Upper East Side: ...one of the last remaining pieces of old Yorkville, a row of grimy, nondescript, architecturally-undistinguished, utterly charming, four-story brownstones: ground-floor retail...old school urbanism in the very best sense of the word...The entire block is in the process of clearing out. Every New Yorker knows what this means. (For me, it’s a clear sign that I need to get back either a lot more or a lot less often.)- Common Edge
Lance Hosey: Is the Washington Metro “Brutalist”? (Part 1 & 2): The label may be limiting how we see the design of the capital subway stations: Painting the Metro, claim the objectors, is...a “crime against Brutalism.” Yet...I can find no public record of anyone asking...Is the Metro really “Brutalist”? To answer this, we’d need to define Brutalism clearly, and this is surprisingly elusive. -- Harry Weese- Huffington Post
Mabel O. Wilson: Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Negro” School: A Bundle of Contradictions? An analysis of his little-known design for the Rosenwald School elucidates his views on both education and race: ...a practice teaching school for African-American students in coastal Virginia...Wright believed he had captured the spirit of African-American culture...yet old stereotypes of racial difference persisted. (adapted from an essay in "Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive"...for MoMA's Wright exhibition) [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Akiva Blander: Nine of Taliesin West’s Most Iconic Student Shelters: The student-designed desert shelters, which began in 1938 with John Lautner's lean-to and continue today, provide a window into architecture's evolving relationship with the natural environment: Today, roughly 50 (25 of which are habitable shelters) dot the 600 acres...surrounding the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. -- Kamal Amin; Victor Sidy; Fatma Elmalipinar/Fabian Mantel/Prana Naik; Lindal Architects Collaborative; Christian Butler and Michael DesBarres; Simon de Aguero; David Frazee; Jaime Inostroza [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Curry Stone Design Prize announces July's Social Design Circle honorees who answer the question: Can We Design A Slum-Friendly City? -- Urban Think Tank; Goonj; Himanshu Parikh; URBZ- Curry Stone Design Prize
A' Design Awards and Competition announces 2017 winners: cantilevered holiday cabins in Norway, a faceted coastal sauna in Finland and a peculiar black house are among the winners... -- Snorre Stinessen; Avanto Architects; Perathoner Architects; Kydo; Joe Chan; Keng-Yu Design; Atelier E Limited; Wanna One; Coordination Asia; Shunmyo Masuno; Aedas; Pone Architecture; etc. [images]- Dezeen
Winners of the 47th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards: LEED Platinum Downtown L.A. Courthouse Wins Grand Prize; LAX and Metro’s Expo Line Honored for Reimagining Mobility. -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Corgan/Gensler; RAW International; Paul Murdoch Architects; Nelson Byrd Woltz ; Herzog & de Meuron; John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects/Link Landscape Architecture; Michael Maltzan Architecture; Handel Architects; Patrick Tighe Architecture; Rios Clementi Hale Studios; PWP Landscape Architecture; etc. [images]- Los Angeles Business Council
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Book Review: Reading the Grain: "Wood" by William Hall: Designer Hall's photographic essay of wood architecture spanning a 1,000 years broadens thinking about a trendy material so it appears as an ever-changing, perennial, and crucial one.- ArchNewsNow.com
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