Today’s News - Tuesday, August 8, 2017
● O'Sullivan explains why "Paris doesn't need the 2024 Olympics, but, if it plays its cards right, it is better placed than many previous hosts to emerge from the event with dignity and financial health intact."
● Grabar cheers Los Angeles' "more radical Olympic idea" for 2028: "Build almost nothing" - the "nifty adjustments in urban management" for the 1984 Olympics "showed the kind of city L.A. could be and, to some extent, the city it has become."
● Davidson delves into NYC's "first experiment with a federal pilot program that involves a public-private partnership" - that just might work in turning around a woeful public housing system - "a vote of confidence in the unglamorous but sturdy architecture of the public-housing era."
● In Australia, "some fear our ability to deliver innovation is being restrained by regulatory environments which encourage risk-averse" planning and design, "encouraging a lowest common denominator approach" (whither architects in the regulatory process?).
● Lamster laments the loss of the modern and contemporary design gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art, and calls on the city's architectural and design community "to pressure the museum to rectify this situation."
● Breuer's only project in Australia, a 1976 factory building in Penrith, could become an arts and architecture hub.
● Sisson takes on experiential design "offering architects a new way to practice and new opportunities" (thanks to "the attention economy" and the average human attention span being shorter than a goldfish?).
● Betsky explains why, "in an age where the screen has replaced the pen and paper, sexy plans still matter."
● Young Lima, Peru-based architect Córdova Ramírez studied architecture "to help improve the conditions of my city and country. I quickly realized that humanity was far from the focus of my studies."
● Ford's Hip Hop Architecture Camps are turning "low-income youth of color" into "young urban planners remixing tracks and turning them into skylines. Perhaps some of the students' dreams could influence the planning boards."
● NOMA's Project Pipeline Architecture Camp program at IIT teaches underserved students that "they don't have to wait until tomorrow - today they can go out there and change their own neighborhoods."
● A team of educators and the Minnesota Construction Association partner in Construct*ium, aimed at "building solid communication skills in a changing construction industry" (talking face-to-face - what a concept!).
● LeBlanc cheers Tye Farrow's Living Bridges proposal that "would build a condo community atop the Bloor Viaduct" in Toronto: "the time to dream big has come again. Can we spike the water with 1960s Kool-Aid? Perhaps it's already happened."
● The World Monuments Fund partners with the Kumamoto Machinami Trust to restore historic Kumamoto buildings damaged by the 2016 earthquake in Japan.
● A great presentation of the 113 projects and individuals awarded 2017 Graham Foundation grants.
● A|N 5th annual Best of Design Awards.
● 32nd Annual Mockett Design Competition for furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware (royalties included).
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Feargus O'Sullivan: Paris Doesn't Need the Olympics: But, if it plays its cards right, [it] can use the 2024 Summer Games to speed redevelopment: ...it’s Paris’s excellent transit network that makes it singularly well placed to manage...visitors smoothly...there’s still much to build...which makes the claim that 95% of infrastructure is already in place seem a little over-optimistic...[it] is better placed than many previous hosts to emerge from the event with dignity and financial health intact.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Henry Grabar: A Bargain at $5.3 Billion: Los Angeles’ plan for an Olympics on the (relatively) cheap should change the games forever: ...has the more radical Olympic idea: Build almost nothing...there’s not much “project” in the L.A. Olympic budget...1984 Olympics...nifty adjustments in urban management showed the kind of city Los Angeles could be and, to some extent, the city it has become...- Slate
Justin Davidson: This New York City Housing Project Works. What’s Different About Ocean Bay? This complex in the Rockaways...is a rare turnaround in a public housing system that is mired in woe, and it blazes a narrow, uncertain path out of hopelessness...fuses politics, finance, social services, and design. Every pipe refitted, every tile re-cemented and door replaced, is a vote of confidence in the unglamorous but sturdy architecture of the public-housing era.- New York Magazine
Is Regulation Smothering Innovation in Architecture? ...some fear our ability to deliver innovation within the built environment is being restrained by regulatory environments which encourage risk-averse approaches to design, planning and project assessment...encouraging a lowest common denominator approach... -- Christ Johnson/Urban Taskforce; Vanessa Bird/Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter- Sourceable (Australia)
Mark Lamster: Why should Dallas care about design if its leading art museum doesn't? If you've been searching for the modern and contemporary design gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art, you can stop. It no longer exists...the real issue was and remains one of institutional priority, or lack thereof...The city's architectural and design community...owe it to themselves and to the city to pressure the museum to rectify this situation.- Dallas Morning News
Could Marcel Breuer’s Australian factory building become an arts and architecture hub? The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has hinted that it may be interested in purchasing the former Torin factory building in Penrith...Completed in 1976, the factory was designed in collaboration with Harry Seidler...and Bruce Rickard as landscape architect. [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Patrick Sisson: Architecture’s increasing role in branding and advertising: Experiential design firms need cool spaces to sell brands. Architects make it happen: ...the discipline is offering architects a new way to practice and new opportunities...the field has changed significantly in the last decade...the world of architecture is changing, too. -- Jeff Straesser/Eight Inc.; David Schwarz/Hush; Marc Kushner/Hollwich Kushner Architects/HWKN; Robert Cohen/Gensler [images]- Curbed
Aaron Betsky: Make No Bad Plans: In an age where the screen has replaced the pen and paper, sexy plans still matter: ...the making of...beautiful plans seems to be less of a concern to designers today....In the work of architects who delight in the freedom that computational innovation delivers, the shaping of space happens in three dimensions to such a complex degree that it is almost impossible to represent in plan... [images]- Architect Magazine
Miguel Córdova Ramírez: Is Architecture What They’re Really Teaching Us? I decided to study architecture to help improve the conditions of my city and country...I quickly realized that humanity was far from the focus of my studies...A considered amount of Peruvian architects think they don’t need science...their work is an art validated by “heavenly inspiration.” They strive to project a form that looks “original,” “new,” “extraordinary,” “modern,” “weird.”- Metropolis Magazine
The Beats And Rhymes Of Hip-Hop Are Changing How We Design Our Cities: Young urban planners are remixing tracks and turning them into skylines: ...what if the low-income youth of color who live in the ghettos and housing projects...had the technical know-how to redesign their hometowns and create buildings that serve their communities? That’s the goal of Michael Ford...founder of the Hip Hop Architecture Camp...Perhaps some of the students’ dreams could influence the planning boards.- GOOD Magazine
Kids show off dream city models at Project Pipeline Architecture Camp: The Illinois chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects [NOMA] runs the camp...provides underserved students the chance to work with architects and other professionals in the building industry..."It teaches them that they don't have to wait until tomorrow - today they can go out there and change their own neighborhoods"- WGN-TV (Chicago)
Building solid communication skills in a changing construction industry: During a time of transformation in the industry, a team of educators help construction management leaders to connect more effectively in today's faster world: Construct*ium is aimed at giving future project managers an opportunity to hone a variety of skills in a nonacademic setting surrounded by potential mentors, employees and colleagues.- Minneapolis Star Tribune
Dave LeBlanc: A neighbourhood, out of thin air: Tye Farrow's Living Bridges concept would build a condo community atop the Bloor Viaduct: ...the time to dream big has come again...Can we spike the water with 1960s Kool-Aid? Perhaps it’s already happened: ...rather than being laughed out of the room, he is entertaining multiple offers to speak about Living Bridges...I just hope we build it first. -- Farrow Partners [images]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
World Monuments Fund announces partnership to restore historic Kumamoto buildings damaged by 2016 Japan earthquake: WMF initially joined ICOMOS Japan...to understand priorities and conservation needs, and will now assist Kumamoto Machinami Trust in their restoration efforts.- World Monuments Fund/WMF
In 2017, the Graham Foundation awarded $413,300 to 41 projects by organizations and $568,500 to 72 projects by individuals.- Graham Foundation
Call for entries: A|N 2017 Best Of Design Awards: open to U.S. and international firms, but projects submitted must be located within the U.S.; 42 categories; deadline: September 29- The Architect's Newspaper
Call for entries: 32nd Annual Mockett Design Competition (international): furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware; cash prizes, royalties; deadline: September 5- Doug Mockett & Company
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