Today’s News - Wednesday, July 26, 2017
● Dittmar considers London's Culture Mile proposal to be "a bloated distraction from what London really needs to focus on - retaining our talented people" ("a new symphony hall appears the perfect mixture of hubris with a solution looking for a problem").
● Fairs reports on a recent panel that offered business tips for architects: "Don't spend money you don't have" and "don't be afraid to be an asshole" (and "creative people are more rewarding to manage than non-creatives").
● Sydney's "Brutalist masterpiece," Gofer's Sirius apartment complex, is saved from demolition - for now, but the court's decision doesn't necessarily mean the iconic building is safe - the new heritage minister has two weeks to weigh in.
● Meanwhile, adaptive re-use in a Sydney suburb is an "unusual partnering of architectural styles" - Victorian and Bauhaus make a perfect match.
● While we're still Down Under: check out the just-approved $100m Tasmanian cliff-top resort, where most of the complex will be below ground and topped by a landscaped roof, while some parts "will protrude out of the cliff face."
● Hume hails developers "learning heritage buildings can be money-makers - Toronto's past may have a future after all."
● A look at how "lessons learned from military and embassy projects have made their way into planning for K-12 schools - using design to protect students from the unexpected."
● Eyefuls of Rogers' newly-restored Wimbledon House, now home to Harvard GSD's Richard Rogers Fellowship - it is "a style before its time" (with fab photos by Iwan Baan - in the spotlight below).
● The "humble beach hut gets a 21st-century makeover" in Eastbourne, U.K., with the competition-winning "quirky shelter" called "What Unearthed?" - other (also rather quirky) shortlisted designs will follow.
● Chamberlain talks to Meyer and Bolstad about "landscape architecture in the age of climate change, the difference between sustainability and resilience, how to apply community organizing principles to billionaire developers," and much more.
● Robathan catches up with Gang in Berlin to find out why "she will only take on projects with the potential to act as a force for good. It doesn't take long in her company to realize that these aren't just empty words."
● Bozikovic catches up with Baan during the photographer's day trip to Toronto: he "insists on presenting a relatively honest view of what he sees. Ideas - and pictures - can, perhaps, change the world."
● Simitch, herself a Cornellian through and through, is named new chair of Cornell University's architecture department.
● Schachter recalls what made him a fan of the "sublime and brutal architecture" by "the gravelly, gruff guru" Acconci, and their adventure designing a conceptual exhibition space.
● Furniture designed by Boyd for his own Melbourne home in 1958 are being recreated - the "challenge was to respect the integrity of the originals and make the pieces affordable" (and for a good cause).
● One we couldn't resist: Michael Graves' first commission (1971) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is for sale - a beauty - and a steal at $265,000!
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Hank Dittmar: Should we be building icons or retaining our talented people? The City of London’s Culture Mile proposal is a bloated distraction from what London really needs to focus on: The desire for a new symphony hall...appears the perfect mixture of hubris with a solution looking for a problem...Perhaps the race that needs to be won is not the symbolic one of having the newest and shiniest icon...needs to look to preserve its place in the creative economy by ensuring that young people can stay here...- BD/Building Design (UK)
Marcus Fairs: Business tips for architects: "Don't spend money you don't have" and "don't be afraid to be an asshole,": Getting paid on time, finding time to have children and dealing with long-hours culture were among topics discussed...Architecture businesses have to be more prepared for the unexpected than most other types of firms. -- Sheela Maini Søgaard/BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Dara Huang/Design Haus Liberty; Caroline Roberts/Zaha Hadid Architects- Dezeen
Brutalist Masterpiece Sirius Saved From Demolition: ...judgment passed down yesterday...overturned [heritage minister’s] decision last July not to list the Sirius Building on the Heritage Register...Tao Gofers...who designed the building in 1978 had previously vowed to fight the ruling until the cause was won. [images]- The Urban Developer (Australia)
An unusual partnering of architectural styles at Cleveland and Co: ...39-apartment development in the Sydney suburb of Redfern - is a product of disjointed influences...adaptive re-use of two adjacent heritage-listed industrial buildings, spanning two centuries... -- R. Kunstman (1889); J. Aubrey Kerr (1938); SJB Architects; BKH/Burley Katon Halliday; Black Beetle Landscape Architecture [images]- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Christopher Hume: Developers learning heritage buildings can be money-makers: The Great Hall ...was a mess until someone recognized its architectural, cultural, social and economic value: Toronto's past may have a future after all...More than ever, a little enlightenment goes a long way. -- Bernard Watts Architects- Toronto Star
"Part landscape, part building": $100m Tasmanian cliff-top resort approved: ...most of the complex will be set below ground level and covered with a landscaped roof that blends the structure into the rural setting...hotel rooms and other spaces will protrude out of the cliff face. -- Silvester Fuller; Aspect Studios [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Using design to protect students from the unexpected: ...the concept of active shooters...is changing how schools are designed...lessons learned from military and embassy projects have made their way into planning for K-12 schools...the challenge is to make students feel like they're still in a school setting rather than a prison or military installation. -- Russell Davidson/KG&D Architects; Felicia Dunham/Mark Cavagnero Associates; Kelly Yamasaki/OZ Architecture; Kathleen Langan/McKissack & McKissack- Construction Dive
Harvard Reveals Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House Restoration: Originally designed for the British architect's parents in the 1960s, the property is now home to Harvard Graduate School of Design's Richard Rogers Fellowship: A style before its time, it was designed as a "kit of parts" of sorts, and became a prototype for industrialized modernist housing. -- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Gumuchdjian Architects; Todd Longstaffe-Gowan [images]- Architect Magazine
A new tide of architecture! The humble beach hut gets a 21st-century makeover in design competition: A quirky shelter titled 'What Unearthed?' has cropped up on the seafront in Eastbourne...other shortlisted designs in the Huts Eastbourne competition are set to go up over the coming months. -- Stephen Foley Architects/Kevin Hoy/Cutting Edge; Jak Studio; George King Architects; Calderpeel Architects [images]- Daily Mail (UK)
Lisa Chamberlain: Landscape Architecture in the Age of Climate Change: Walter Meyer and Jennifer Bolstad of Local Office Landscape Architecture talk about the relationship between science and design; how to apply community organizing principles to billionaire developers; the difference between sustainability and resilience; and how the firm became an advisor to the Obama Administration. [images, podcast]- Common Edge
Interview: Jeanne Gang: Design should be used to make a social difference, the...architect behind the American Museum of Natural History’s new wing tells Magali Robathan: It doesn’t take long in her company to realise that these aren’t just empty words....she will only take on projects with the potential to act as a force for good. -- Studio Gang- CLAD (Community of Leisure Architects & Designers)
Alex Bozikovic: The master of the bigger picture: ...the fresh eye that photographer Iwan Baan has brought to architecture: Often paid to capture the work of ambitious designers, Baan insists on presenting a relatively honest view of what he sees. He leaves in the chaos at the edge of the frame...Ideas - and pictures - can, perhaps, change the world. [images]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Edward Gunts: Andrea Simitch named new chair of Cornell University’s architecture department: Highly respected by students and colleagues...[she] was appointed department chair following an international search.- The Architect's Newspaper
Kenny Schachter: The sublime and brutal architecture of Vito Acconci: He was a concrete poet that segued from words, actions, and output in various media, to literal concrete...Few so seamlessly and radically changed gears in such a far-reaching fashion, yet always from one form of radicalism to another. The pace was unrelenting and unmatched...bulldozed his way into history... [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Stephen Todd: Robin Boyd designed his own furniture for his Melbourne home in 1958. ...these fine pieces are being recreated according to his original specifications: ...the challenge was to respect the integrity of the originals and make the pieces affordable...Iconic design, beautifully crafted in Australia...all proceeds from sales going to a not-for-profit cultural institution. That's furniture that really feels good. -- Robin Boyd Foundation; KFive [images]- Australian Financial Review
Michael Graves' First Commission Hits the Market: Designed before the late architect made a name for himself as a postmodern master, the Hanselmann House [in Fort Wayne, Indiana] is listed for $265,000. [images]- Architect Magazine
ANN feature: Jason A. Silva: From the Treetops #1: Sacramento: Unheralded City of the Future? Sacramento is on the cusp of something big, building the city's economy around innovation and creativity. But innovation is only worthwhile if put to use. -- Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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