Today’s News - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
● Schwab profiles Bryan C. Lee re: his initiatives "to fight racism he believes is embedded in the built environment - he didn't see a way for a young black man to be a part of the architectural profession. So he built his own path."
● Simpson reports on the Arts Council England's Creative People and Places program: "What do you do when your town isn't important or rich enough to helicopter a world-class arts hub into your down-at-heel centre? You take the art to the people."
● Hawthorne has a few issues with the $700-million USC Village, where "Disneyland meets Hogwarts. Despite its nostalgic trappings, this isn't an architecture that remembers. It's one that forgets - a fantasia of just-add-water heritage."
● Kamin's take on Yale's new residential colleges: "It all feels like Yale: Monumental scale in the sky, human scale at ground level, the former not overwhelming the latter" - but...
● Eyefuls of Saarinen's newly-renovated Hill College House at the University of Pennsylvania: being "the university's first women's-only dorm made for some interesting architectural choices that remain iconic to this day."
● St. Hill hails Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion: "it showcases his belief that architecture has the power to surprise, unite and inspire - it's showing up the ones that have gone before."
● Welton cheers LMN Architects and artist Berk's light rail transit station at the University of Washington that "might have been just an ordinary experience" - instead, "it's a magical means of traveling to and from a train."
● Jahn's 1900 Metro Plaza at Reston Station in Virginia gets new lighting, but is it "festive or garish?"
● Budds parses Allied Works' new HQ for Uniqlo in Tokyo that hopes to "help change Japan's hierarchical work culture. Time will tell if satisfaction declines once the novelty wears off."
● A fascinating look at the "religious origins of the modern office": "Monasteries, for example, introduced timekeeping that imposed strict discipline on monks' daily routines."
● Moore profiles Heatherwick, the "Pied Piper who has the very rich under his spell - a magical figure who offers art without pain, happy surrealism" best suited for "global clients for whom money is little object and the statement is almost everything."
● A profile of Eisenman in honor of his 85th birthday (Aug. 11): "his ideas have inspired generations of architects," but "the deconstructivist aspect of his work has not been without concrete - and costly - drawbacks."
● Road trip! A round-up of homes designed by Kahn: "within Kahn's short-lived yet illustrious career, he only designed nine residences - and all of them are located in the Philadelphia region."
● Talwar takes a deep dive into what AI means for the future of architecture: it could cost half of jobs, but "in a post-work society, humans will do more meaningful and more important work than ever" (though "the transition will be challenging for all concerned").
● Cheers to the five design leaders honored in the 2017 Women in Architecture Awards.
● Budds cheers the winner of the U.K.'s Architecture Foundation "Antepavilion" competition: a rooftop structure that "looks like a large exhaust vent. Don't worry, no one's living in it" (yet) - it's meant to "highlight the need for new policy that responds to the housing shortage."
● Vote now for your favorite flick in the AIA's "I Look Up" Film Challenge: "Blueprint for Better."
● One we couldn't resist: the cartoon site by an architect that "began as a way to bring humor and community to a field that was lacking in both - his most humorous takes aim at the absurdity of actually being an architect."
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Katharine Schwab: How One Designer Fights Racism With Architecture: Bryan C. Lee Jr. didn’t see a way for a young black man to be a part of the architectural profession. So he built his own path: Paper Monuments is one of the first initiatives of his design-firm-cum-nonprofit Colloqate Design...to fight the racism he believes is embedded in the built environment...runs a youth program called Project Pipeline that offers an affordable architecture camps for young people of color, something he wasn’t able to experience as a kid.- Fast Company / Co.Design
Veronica Simpson reports on a success story of the Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme: What do you do when your town isn’t important or rich enough to helicopter a world-class arts hub into your down-at-heel centre - or when there isn’t the cash to even convert an old church or factory into a cultural venue? You take the art to the people. Heart of Glass, based in St Helens, is one of the big success stories...launched in 2012...- FX Magazine / DesignCurial
Christopher Hawthorne: Disneyland meets Hogwarts at $700-million USC Village: It’s the Village’s misreading of the architectural history of the USC campus - and the cultural history of Los Angeles - that leaves it looking so undernourished and out of place. Despite its nostalgic trappings, this isn’t an architecture that remembers. It’s one that forgets...a fantasia of just-add-water heritage... -- Harley Ellis Devereaux [images]- Los Angeles Times
Blair Kamin: New Yale residential colleges: A strong sense of place, dimmed by excess: ...wavering between self-assured reinterpretation and over-the-top eclecticism....It all feels like Yale: Monumental scale in the sky, human scale at ground level, the former not overwhelming the latter...The new colleges perform admirably along those lines, but, inconveniently for traditionalists, their inconsistency and lapses into excess hold them back. -- James Gamble Rogers; Robert A.M. Stern Architects- Chicago Tribune
Inside University of Pennsylvania’s $80M renovation of Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House: ...the only Philadelphia-based project of noted Finnish-American architect...is ready for its close-up - again...built in 1960, it was the university’s first women’s-only dorm, which made for some interesting architectural choices...that remain iconic to this day. -- Dan Kiley (1960); Mills + Schnoering Architects; OLIN [images]- Curbed Philadelphia
Cate St Hill: Architecture in blue: Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion: ...he has brought his empowering, socially engaged architecture to London...it showcases his belief that architecture has the power to surprise, unite and inspire...an open platform for gathering, hope and debate...it’s showing up the ones that have gone before. [images]- DesignCurial / Blueprint Magazine (UK)
J. Michael Welton: Art and Architecture for a Transit Station: A 100-foot descent into a light rail transit station at the University of Washington might have been just an ordinary experience. But thanks to a collaboration between Seattle’s LMN Architects and artist Leo Saul Berk, it’s a magical means of traveling to and from a train: It’s a matter of enriching the public realm with civic work once dominated by engineers... [images]- Huffington Post
New Lighting on Helmut Jahn Building at Reston Station Part of Architect’s Signature Design: Festive? Or garish? Depending on your point of view, new lighting at the 1900 Metro Plaza building...may have caught your eye for a different reason...Jahn’s design...was “intended to focus on creating a strong, recognizable sign visible at high speeds.” [image]- Reston Now (Virginia)
Diana Budds: Uniqlo Is Rethinking Japanese Work Culture - Through Office Design: Allied Works Architecture and Fast Retailing think Western work spaces could be big in Japan. Can design help change the nation’s hierarchical work culture? While it bears the hallmarks of what we expect creative offices to look like in the West, it’s actually a first for corporate Japan...Time will tell if satisfaction declines once the novelty wears off. [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
The religious origins of the modern office: Witold Rybczynski argues that the 17th century represented a turning point...Lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris...Work was shaped by social and cultural expectations even before the modern office existed. Monasteries, for example, introduced timekeeping that imposed strict discipline on monks' daily routines.- New Zealand Herald
Rowan Moore: Thomas Heatherwick: Pied Piper who has the very rich under his spell: Despite the collapse of his plan to build a garden bridge across the Thames, the ambitious designer still has projects aplenty: ...a magical figure...he’s “up there with Willie Wonka and the Wizard of Oz”...He offers the “big idea”...art without pain, happy surrealism. Quite often, the difficulty...returns to bite his clients on the backside...suits best those global clients for whom money is little object and the statement is almost everything...- Observer (UK)
Berlin Holocaust Memorial architect Peter Eisenman: ...a respected writer and teacher...his ideas have inspired generations of architects...Mark Wigley said, "Peter symbolized the capacity to change the game...His mission in life is not to be liked, but to educate"...The deconstructivist aspect of his work has not been without concrete - and costly - drawbacks. [images]- Deutsche Welle (Germany)
9 homes Louis Kahn designed in and around Philly: At the ongoing “Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture” exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, one learns that within Kahn’s short-lived yet illustrious career, he only designed nine residences - and all of them are located in the Philadelphia region. [images]- Curbed Philadelphia
Rohit Talwar: What does AI mean for the future of architecture? As Artificial Intelligence removes as many as half of jobs in the future, architecture’s role and the use of space will change fundamentally: As advances in the cognitive sciences accelerate, there is also a growing fascination with the idea of neuro-architecture as a control mechanism in a post-work society...humans will do more meaningful and more important work than ever...However, the transition will be challenging for all concerned.- DesignCurial / Blueprint Magazine (UK)
2017 Women in Architecture Awards Honor Pioneering Professionals: These five design leaders have each helped to highlight the impact that women make on the profession. -- Marion Weiss/WEISS/MANFREDI; Elizabeth Whittaker/Merge Architects; Billie Faircloth/KieranTimberlake; Sarah Whiting/Rice University School of Architecture/WW Architecture; Deanna Van Buren/Designing Justice + Designing Spaces- Architectural Record
Diana Budds: The Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Architects Are Hiding Apartments In Air Ducts: Don’t worry, no one’s living in it. ...installation highlights the need for new policy that responds to the housing shortage: H-VAC is a simple wood-framed structure clad in gray shingles...looks like a large exhaust vent...to highlight how the regulatory system...could potentially be reformed to allow proper micro apartments. -- PUP Architects [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Public voting now open for American Institute of Architects/AIA’s "I Look Up" Film Challenge: "Blueprint for Better": ...watch compelling films that shine a light on the powerful social impact of architects and their work, and cast your vote by October 6.- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Why This Insta-Famous Cartoon Site Is a Must-Follow for Architects: ...the Leewardists site offers a lighthearted look at the state of architecture today...Founded by Anuj Kale, a Pune, India-based architect...began as a way to bring humor and community to a field that was lacking in both respects...his most humorous take aim at the absurdity of actually being an architect. [images]- Architectural Digest
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