Today’s News - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
● The 2017 Global Cities Report comparing flexible workspaces in major cities around the world show some astonishing statistics re: the demand for and growth of co-working space.
● Willis takes on InfoWars' "propaganda-style" video "Why Modern Architecture Sucks," and makes the case for "why dragging architectural styles" (that have "neither an inherent morality nor political agenda") into partisan territory is a bad idea."
● Florida parses a new World Resources Institute study that "lays out how cities are making the global housing crisis worse," and three key strategies for addressing the issue.
● O'Sullivan reports that Bloomberg Philanthropies' first European outposts are four (for now) French cities and regions with a "focus on local rather than national governments - showing the way the wind has been blowing for a while."
● Grdadolnik explains "why Canada needs a public architecture policy," and offers some "principles that would foster architectural excellence in public buildings" as a starting point.
● Jain takes on "perception vs. reality" in urban planning today, and how "smarter use of technologies and tools already at our disposal can help" create "better planning delivery mechanisms."
● Lubenau profiles the five 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence medalists that "provide powerful examples of the ability of the public sector to lead, inspire, and invest in places."
● Hume hails a new public library in Toronto that, "when architecture seems little more than a desperate search for novelty - proves, at its best, architecture can still contribute to urbanity - with aplomb."
● Frearson talks to 90-year-old Indian architect Doshi re: India's design schools not "teaching students to respect local heritage," which is "why many of the country's notable historic buildings are being demolished without concern."
● REX's Perth+ tower complex gets the green light to "become a centerpiece of Elizabeth Quay and transform Perth's waterfront."
● Caples Jefferson's Louis Armstrong House Museum Education Center "across the street from the landmarked house of the legendary jazz musician" in Queens breaks ground.
● Two reports from ReSITE 2017's "The In/Visible City" Conference, which "brought forth the invisible features that give shape to the visible city."
● Monocle Radio's great discussions with a number of Resite 2017 presenters.
● Pickrel adds to her archive of unpublished interviews: Rattenbury, Roy, and Jacobs Lockhart, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, "recall his days living in New York City at the Plaza Hotel" (fab images, too!).
● Moneo receives the inaugural Soane Medal for contribution to architecture.
● Farrell wins the Royal Town Planning Institute's Gold Medal, "making him one of the few architects to have ever received the award."
One we couldn't resist:
● Challa reports on "the drama once again reignited" re: Kapoor's "artsy monopoly" on the material Vantablack using his "clout, savvy, and the Nietzschean impulse to monopolize the closest incarnation of a black hole."
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Global Flexible-Workspace Market Grows 18% In 12 Months: ...2017 Global Cities Report...comparing flexible workspaces in major cities...enquiries for flexible workspace in Australia have tripled in just two years...Around 37% of space in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco was described as co-working...each grew more than 15% in the past year...- The Urban Developer (Australia)
Ben Willis: Why Dragging Architectural Styles into Partisan Territory is a Bad Idea: InfoWars...propaganda-style video “Why Modern Architecture Sucks”...attempted to link specific architectural styles to particular political agendas...Amanda Kolson Hurley...and Christopher Hawthorne...have ably discussed some of the implications of the rhetoric, but little has been said about the co-opting of a legitimate design approach (traditionalism) by an extremist political movement. -- Union Studio Architecture & Community Design- Common Edge
Richard Florida: How Cities Are Making the Global Housing Crisis Worse: Cities are falling back into some bad housing policy habits. We’ve learned this lesson before: ...World Resources Institute [study] lays out how...affirms that slums cannot be successfully upgraded without the community’s participation...outlines three key strategies for addressing the global housing crisis and upgrading global slums.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Feargus O'Sullivan: An American Blueprint for Smarter Cities Arrives in France: Bloomberg Philanthropies teams up with French cities trying to break out of the national mold: ...teamed up with French urban lab 27e Région to extend the [Innovation Team] program to its first European outposts...focus on local rather than national governments...shows the way the wind has been blowing for a while.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Helena Grdadolnik/Workshop Architecture: Why Canada Needs a Public Architecture Policy: [It] would benefit from implementing quality-based guidelines for commissioning architects and building architecture: ...governments should be promoting innovation and design excellence...by providing a clear set of guidelines...some thoughts on principles that would foster architectural excellence in public buildings. These are intended as a starting point...- Canadian Architect
Arun Jain: Decision Support Tools that Counter Uncertainty and Risk in Urban Settings: Urban Planning Today: Perception vs. Reality: Today, both planning advocacy and public participation form the backbone of most planning efforts...it’s evident we need better planning delivery mechanisms...smarter use of technologies and tools already at our disposal can help us do so.- Meeting of the Minds
Anne-Marie Lubenau: Visionary Urban Planning Requires Ambitious Public Sector: The five 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence medalists provide powerful examples of the ability of the public sector to lead, inspire, and invest in places. -- SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus/WRT; Chicago Riverwalk/Ross Barney Architects/Sasaki; La Kretz Innovation Campus and Arts District Park/John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects; Iberville Offsite Rehabs/Kronberg Wall Architects; Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building/Mecanoo/Sasaki [links to details]- Metropolis Magazine
Christopher Hume: Etobicoke's Albion Public Library embraces changing urban landscape: In a time when architectural failures abound in Toronto, this new building was designed to put residents first: ...the appearance of a building such as [this] offers reason for hope...as the library proves, at its best, architecture can still contribute to urbanity even when that means its task is not simply to ignore the context, but to critique it...the library does this - with aplomb. -- Perkins+Will [images]- Toronto Star
Amy Frearson: India's young architects must be taught to appreciate their design heritage, says Balkrishna Doshi: ...the country's design schools aren't teaching students to respect local heritage and traditions, [says] the Indian architect, who turns 90 this year...This is the reason...why many of the country's notable historic buildings are being demolished without concern..."Education is at the base of all these mistakes; we are not making students conscious of the value of things"... [images]- Dezeen
REX Architecture’s Perth tower gets nod from council: ...Perth+, which would become a centrepiece of Elizabeth Quay and transform Perth’s waterfront...feature two towers...19 and 54 storeys...one of a number of privately developed sites...masterplanned by ARM Architecture... -- Cottee Parker Architects; Hassell; Kerry Hill Architects [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Music to Our Ears: Louis Armstrong House Museum’s new Education Center breaks ground: ...in Corona, Queens...located across the street from the landmarked house of the legendary jazz musician...will allow the museum to offer expanded programming...research collections...will move into an Archival Center...There will also be a Jazz Room for musicians to rehearse and perform... -- Caples Jefferson Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
ReSITE 2017’s “The In/Visible City” Conference Unveils the Infrastructural Heart of Urbanism: ...brought forth the invisible features that give shape to the visible city demonstrating that cultural vitality, social fabric and citizen participation are infrastructural as well. Kazuyo Sejima and Winy Maa; Leni Schwendinger; David Bravo/European Prize for Urban Public Space; Matthias Einhoff/ZK/U/Center for Art and Urbanistics; Teddy Cruz- ArchDaily
The Urbanist: Resite 2017: Leni Schwendinger, urban lighting design...the impact lighting can have in our cities + architects David Bravo/Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona/European Prize for Urban Public Space; Ivan Kucina/Belgrade International Architecture Week; Marlena Happach/Warsaw City Architect; etc. [audio]- Monocle Radio
Debra Pickrel: When Frank Lloyd Wright Lived at the Plaza Hotel: Three experts who worked with Wright recall his days living in New York City at the Plaza Hotel - from Wright's secret meeting with Marilyn Monroe to his epic Easter celebrations. -- John Rattenbury; Arnold Roy; Susan Jacobs Lockhart (never-before-published interviews by co-author of "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York - The Plaza Years, 1954-1959") [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Rafael Moneo to receive the first Soane Medal for contribution to architecture: The inaugural Soane Annual Lecture will be delivered by the distinguished Spanish architect, who has devoted his career to teaching, writing and practice.- ArtDaily.org
Terry Farrell handed prestigious RTPI award: ...Royal Town Planning Institute’s Gold Medal, making him one of the few architects to have ever received the award: ...recognises his achievements as one of the world’s "most influential architects, planners and urban designers."- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Janaki Challa: Artsy Monopoly: Why everybody’s mad at Anish Kapoor: Enter Vantablack: the blackest synthetic material on Earth...He bought an exclusive license to use the material...caused a visceral irritation in the art world...#Sharetheblack became a trending topic...Did Kapoor play his cards this way on purpose as a piece of performance art? ...last week, the drama once again reignited...- The Architect's Newspaper
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