Today’s News - Tuesday, August 1, 2017
● An analysis of why the "Grenfell Tower tragedy highlights architects' marginalization" and "the profession's ever-diminishing role" - an independent group set up "to advise on the 'immediate' measures needed to ensure safety" includes no architects.
● A look at how neuroscientists are "helping shape the future of cities" by influencing the design and execution of buildings and streets or areas for the better.
● The "growing divide over the use of public spaces by the homeless, high land values, and the need for higher returns in cities are being played out publically in Sydney."
● Davidson parses a proposed zoning change to Midtown Manhattan, and ponders the cost of "another round of mutant towers" to the city's denizens.
● Misra parses a new Urban Institute report that ponders what Detroit might look like in 2040.
● Saffron is not at all sanguine about a "modern intruder" landing in Philadelphia's "most iconic landscape," even if it's for a Turrell: "The project has not gone down well."
● Wainwright considers the $1.7 billion sale of Viñoly's Walkie Talkie tower that stands on the skyline "like a broad-shouldered banker bursting out of a cheap pin-striped suit," and the condiment company that bought it as "a fitting arrival to the sky-high dinner party" (a gherkin, cheesegrater, and can of ham included).
● SO-IL and Laisne Roussel win a competition to design a development along the Seine that is "the triumph of non-'starchitecture' in Paris."
● wHY Architecture's team wins the competition to design the Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens with a design "that is really more like an energy field."
● The Getty Foundation's 2017 Keeping It Modern grants award $1.66 million for architectural conservation to12 significant 20th century buildings by masters such as FLW, Melnikov, Gropius, Corbu, and Bo Bardi.
● Stott comes to the defense of Attika Architekten's emoji building: it might not be a masterpiece, but the emojis "appear on a building which you'd never expect to have a sense of humor. It's this bait-and-switch that brings delight" (or does it indicate that architecture "doomed"?).
● Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the "avuncular" Gehry's online master class: "He has hidden his canny approach to architecture and fame behind an aw-shucks persona," but "the mask thankfully slips from time to time - revealing an architect who is an authentic intellectual, both curious and worldly."
● Lehmann parses "four distinctive phases in the work of Isozaki, spanning six decades - his work is due a timely reappraisal."
● According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, architecture leads the three top majors with the highest rates of employment, and architecture majors are the "most likely to have a job secured before they graduated from college."
● Jolliffe ponders why architects can't "make architecture intelligible to the general public," and why effective communication "is something that almost never comes up during architectural education, and rarely after it."
● The V&A appoints Christopher Turner as its "new keeper of design."
● Grima is heading to the Netherlands to take on the mantel of Creative Director at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
● One we couldn't resist: a sketch of the NYC skyline by Trump rakes in almost $30,000 (guess what building takes center stage).
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Analysis: Grenfell Tower tragedy highlights architects' marginalisation: The profession’s ever-diminishing role...was brought into focus by June’s horrific fire: ...government has set up an independent group...to advise on the ‘immediate’ measures needed to ensure the safety...But the group contains no architects... -- Russell Curtis/RCKa Architects; Alan Dunlop; Yasmin Shariff/Dennis Sharp Architects; Rab Bennetts/Bennetts Associates; Sam Webb- The Architects' Journal (UK)
The World’s Top Neuroscientists Are Helping Shape The Future Of Cities: Neuroscience is increasingly being used as a way of measuring how people react to buildings, streets or areas, and to influence their design and execution for the better. -- Itai Palti/Centric Lab; Conscious Cities; Scott Cain/Future Cities Catapult; Urban Thinkscape- Huffington Post
Homeless in Sydney: Who’s public space is it and whose rights will prevail? In response to pressure from property development...[the city] recently undertook a mass removal of homeless people and their belongings...The growing divide over the use of public spaces by rough sleepers, high land values and the need for higher returns in cities...are being played out publically in Sydney’ Martin Place and Woolloomooloo. [images]- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Justin Davidson: The Megatowers Are Coming to East Midtown: A proposed zoning change to the area near Grand Central is set to remake the neighborhood for decades. But at what cost? Take a good long look at the Chrysler Building...because that view is going away...The new deal simultaneously lubricates the passage of money through the universe and the passage of New Yorkers through their streets - in theory, at least.- New York Magazine
Tanvi Misra: What Will Detroit Look Like in 2040? On the 50th anniversary of Detroit’s civil unrest, a forecast for the challenges and opportunities the Motor City will face in the next few decades: Motor City has been rebounding...The question now is: what direction are the city and its surrounding areas headed in now? A new Urban Institute report takes a stab at the answer.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Inga Saffron: A modern intruder lands in Philadelphia's most iconic landscape. Is that such a bad thing? The Philadelphia Museum of Art has just been given permission to install a permanent, modern pavilion with an interactive light show by James Turrell...The project has not gone down well...denounced...as an alien “spaceship"...I never imagined I would write this, but the Historical Commission was not wrong. -- KSK Architects [images]- Philadelphia Inquirer
Oliver Wainwright: Walkie Talkie tower: stark reminder of forces that rule the City: Rafael Viñoly’s controversial tower is news again, this time due to its record-breaking £1.3bn sale price - 167% profit on development cost: The Lee Kum Kee condiment company is a fitting arrival to the Square Mile’s sky-high dinner party, where the Gherkin and Cheesegrater await the arrival of the squat Can of Ham.- Guardian (UK)
SO-IL and the triumph of non-“starchitecture” in Paris: Not only did the team...decide against making a flashy building, they didn’t even max out the site financially, which they described as a “risk,” but one that paid off as they won the competition...“L’Atelier de l’Arsenal"...part of the Reinventer La Seine, a long-term urban design transformation of the river. -- Laisne Roussel [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Revealed: winner of Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion contest: A team led by U.S. practice wHY Architecture has won the international contest to design a £25 million visitor centre and performance space in West Princes Street Gardens: ...a landscape scheme that is really more like an energy field... -- GRAS; Groves-Raines Architects; Arup; Studio Yann Kersalé; O Street; Stuco; Creative Concern; Noel Kingsbury; Atelier Ten; Lawrence Barth [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Getty Foundation Keeping It Modern grants conservation efforts for 12 major works of 20th century architecture. -- Basil Spence (1962); Kallmann, McKinnell, & Knowles (1968); Jean-François Zevaco (1958); Kenzo Tange (1964); Altug and Behruz Çinici (1963); Lina Bo Bardi (1968); Andy MacMillan/Isi Metzstein/Gillespie, Kidd & Coia (1966); Le Corbusier (1968); Frank Lloyd Wright (1956); Konstantin Melnikov (1929); Walter Gropius, 1925); Pier Luigi Nervi, 1960)- Archinect
Rory Stott: In Defense of the Emoji Building and Architecture Being Fun, Sometimes: ...you won’t find anyone who considers this design to be a masterpiece, but...by my estimation it is the design’s very ordinariness which makes the emojis work. They appear...on a building which you’d never expect to have a sense of humor. It’s this bait-and-switch that brings delight. -- Attika Architekten [images]- ArchDaily
Christopher Hawthorne: An avuncular Frank Gehry takes to the Web in new online master class: ...a wholly accessible and nonthreatening introduction to a major figure...a few nuggets he offered up in the course were new to me...You have to sort through a fair number of platitudes...The mask thankfully slips from time to time...revealing an architect who is an authentic intellectual, both curious and worldly.- Los Angeles Times
Steffen Lehmann: Arata Isozaki: Six decades of visionary work: With more than 100 built works and an oeuvre that is unusually diverse and original, [his] work is due a timely reappraisal. [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Want a job when you graduate? Choose these majors: Architecture, physical or environmental sciences, and communications majors all had the highest rates of employment at 96%, 95%, and 93%, respectively. Architecture majors were also the most likely to have a job secured before they graduated from college.- USA Today
Eleanor Jolliffe: Why can’t we make architecture intelligible to the general public? A 1948 book encourages the lay observer to believe they can engage with architecture. Why are we still struggling with an elitist image nearly 70 years later: "Pillar to Post" by...Osbert Lancaster...Why the ability to effectively communicate an idea to a non-architect is something that almost never comes up during architectural education, and rarely after it, I am not sure.- BD/Building Design (UK)
V&A appoints new keeper of design: The Victoria and Albert Museum has appointed Christopher Turner as its new keeper of design, architecture and digital: ...director of the London Design Biennale and deputy director of the London Design Festival...department is spearheading the V&A’s collaboration with La Biennale di Venezia for the Pavilion of Applied Arts project as part of the Architecture Biennale in Venice.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Joseph Grima Replaces Thomas Widdershoven as Design Academy Eindhoven's Creative Director: He was co-artistic director with Sarah Herda for the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, and formerly worked as editor of Domus and the director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture. He's also a co-founder of Space Caviar...- Architect Magazine
Deal of the Art: Trump’s NYC Sketch Pulls in Nearly $30,000: ...depicts the Manhattan skyline, complete with Trump Tower prominently featured in the center...drawing was initially priced at a minimum bid of $9,000. [image]- FOX40 / CNN Wire
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