Today’s News - Thursday, August 24, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's News is longer (and took longer) than usual because we're taking an end-of-summer break until after Labor Day. We'll be back (with a lotta catching up to do!) on Tuesday, September 5.
● We're trying to wrap our heads around Sussman & Chen's theory that mental disorders, such as PTSD and ASD, "shaped 20th-century architecture and design" by the likes of Mies, Corbu, and Gropius.
● Hurst dives into what can be learned from "the sinking of the Garden Bridge" with "answers to four key questions about its demise" (it "did not go peacefully").
● Grumblings in Scotland re: third-place Mecanoo being tapped to transform the 1914 Perth City Hall into a visual arts center, "even though judges did not give the firm the highest score" ("It kind of leaves a bit of a nasty taste in your mouth").
● On a brighter note, formerly condemned Liverpool terraces transformed into new homes now "stand as a shining example of creative reuse against a state bent on demolition."
● Hawthorne's first take on H&deM's plans for the Berggruen Institute campus: "It has the feel of a last-of-its-kind design - it reflects the limits that come with both severe distrust of new development and a rising ecological anxiety."
● Bernstein talks to Herzog re: the Berggruen Institute: he "says the proposal marks the first time his firm has employed spherical elements, which he called 'both pure and stupid.'"
● Watling, who once lived in Phnom Penh, bemoans "Cambodia's disappearing modernist architecture" amidst "rampant development" - perhaps the Vann Molyvann Project will help "raise awareness of New Khmer Architecture outside a design-conscious minority" (check out the pix!)
● Six shortlisted international teams reveal their concepts for the "restoration, reimagining and rebuilding of Clandon Park" (great presentation).
● A good reason to plan to head to Seoul: the UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress: "Soul of City"; starting September 3.
● Q&A with Hahn Jong-ruhl, president, UIA Seoul Organizing Committee: "It's not about boasting what kind of extravagant buildings the host country has, but sharing how the host country's architecture developed, sharing our achievements and mistakes."
● One we couldn't resist (because it really ticks us off!): seniors have five days to buy a lifetime pass to federal lands for $10 - as of Monday, it'll cost $80.
● Loos cheers "Exhibit Columbus" as the "'Athens on the prairie' steps into the future" and "renews its big design legacy."
● An interesting backstory about how "Exhibit Columbus" came about.
● Paletta praises the Met Breuer's "Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical": his "brave experimentation" shows that "he formed fashions rather than followed them" (great pix!).
● In Atlanta, this weekend only: the "Big Huge Tiny House Event" could "pique the interest of tiny house enthusiasts - or wonks who really dig urban planning and sustainable, city living" (or to "test the limits of their claustrophobia").
● New Orleans celebrates Ledner's legacy on view and on screen: "His sense of humor - and his audacity to try wholly new and clever approaches to design - are his hallmarks. At 93, he's still exploring new ideas" (fab photos!).
● On the outskirts of Marseille, "Utopie Plastic" presents "futuristic plastic homes that paid the price of the oil crisis" (could there be a "plastic comeback"?).
● In London, "Transient Space" is a "fascinating" show with "a terrific variety of artworks" by "artists in search of the fleeting urban moment, from car parks to parkour."
● The continuing saga of Magid's Barragán-as-diamond project continues in Mexico with "A letter always arrives at its destination," an "extensive exhibition that completes the circle without any conclusive resolution."
● Walker parses four books by men "mansplaining the city" with "gentrification advice": "the absence of women from the conversation has directly fed their wealth disparity and urban displacement" + "Must-read books about cities by women."
● Kinniburgh also parses a handful of books "that seek to deepen our understanding" of gentrification - and how to stop it: "It is not really a cultural phenomenon. It is about profit and power, racism, and violence on a massive scale."
● Wetherell considers "The New Urban Crisis" as Florida's "mea culpa": "His diagnosis of the crisis he partly caused offers no new insights."
● Grabar takes a long walk through the "passionate, sprawling, and often frustrating" tome "Vanishing New York: How a City Lost Its Soul" by Moss, "the cranky, tireless scribe of New York's evolution" (bêtes noires include bike lanes, stroller moms, and pedestrian plazas).
● Kensinger tools around the East Village with Moss "searching for New York City's lost soul": "It's not just the story of a death; it's the story of a murder" (great pix!).
● Spiegel ponders both Moss's "Vanishing New York" and Shopsin's "Arbitrary Stupid Goal" that "look at what gentrification means for the city - and who's to blame."
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Ann Sussman & Katie Chen: The Mental Disorders that Gave Us Modern Architecture: How Autism Spectrum Disorder and PTSD following World War I shaped 20th century architecture and design: ...the information reframes our understanding of how modern architecture came to be...relationally-compromised people with atypical “fixations” and emotional regulation came up with the architectural approach...[they] can’t come up with an architecture that promotes relationships. -- Le Corbusier; Walter Gropius; Mies van der Rohe- Common Edge
Will Hurst: What is the legacy of the Garden Bridge? What can be learnt from its bitterly contested collapse? When it finally died a death, [it] did not go peacefully. The £200 million Heatherwick-designed and Boris Johnson-backed scheme...left behind it a bill to the taxpayer of almost £50 million and a bitter war of words...answers [to] four key questions about its demise.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Councillors back third-placed Mecanoo for £20m Perth City Hall: ...even though judges did not give the firm the highest score...organiser...RIAS hit out at Perth and Kinross Council’s plans to ignore the rankings..."it seems to be a competition for who has produced the cheapest scheme...It kind of leaves a bit of a nasty taste in your mouth"...Delft-based practice will transform the abandoned 1914 landmark into a visual arts centre... -- Austin-Smith:Lord/MVRDV; Hoskins Architects; LDN; Richard Murphy Architects [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Work to create new homes from condemned Liverpool terraces completes: Project hailed ‘triumphant vindication’ of long fight against state bent on demolition: "It smashes the myth that this type of housing was beyond its sell by date"...the renovated Welsh Streets will stand as a shining example of creative reuse against the cult of comprehensive redevelopment and the miseries of managed decline. -- PlaceFirst; Modern City Architecture & Urbanism; BDP; Henrietta Billings/Save Britain’s Heritage [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Christopher Hawthorne: Herzog & de Meuron reveal plans for Berggruen Institute site north of the Getty Center: It has the feel of a last-of-its-kind design, suggesting a Los Angeles that has just about disappeared...it reflects the limits that come with both severe distrust of new development...and a rising ecological anxiety...sets the project dramatically apart from a city...that now spends a good deal more time and architectural energy rebuilding than building from scratch. -- Gensler; Michel Desvigne; Inessa Hansch- Los Angeles Times
Fred A. Bernstein: Berggruen Institute Reveals New Campus Designed by Herzog & de Meuron: ...on a 447-acre parcel, over 90% of which will be preserved as open space. Parts of the Institute will burrow into the ground; other parts will float above it...Herzog says the proposal marks the first time his firm has employed spherical elements...which he called “both pure and stupid.” [images]- Architectural Record
Eve Watling: Cambodia’s disappearing modernist architecture: Rampant development in Phnom Penh threatens to destroy important buildings - and with them, all traces of the past: ...the egalitarian vision and vernacular architecture of the 1960s are a distant memory amid the scrabble to develop increasingly valuable land...The Vann Molyvann Project...aims to raise awareness of New Khmer Architecture...his buildings are old enough to be in need of repair, but too young to be valued outside a design-conscious minority. [images]- The Economist / 1843 (UK)
Design concepts on display at Clandon Park: ...six architect-led teams have now produced concepts...for the restoration, reimagining and rebuilding of Clandon Park...on display on the lawn, in front of the grand house that has informed their vision; thru October 1 -- AL_A/Giles Quarme & Associates/Arup/GROSS.MAX; Allies and Morrison/Feilden + Mawson/Price & Myers/Max Fordham/Tom Stuart-Smith/Nissen Richards Studio; Donald Insall Associates/Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Price & Myers/Max Fordham/Tom Stuart- Smith/Barker Langham; Purcell/Sam Jacob Studio/Arup/QODA/Churchman Landscape Architects/Brendan Cormier; Selldorf Architects/Martin Ashley Architects/Cowie Montgomery Architects/Arup/Vogt Landscape/Jorge Otero-Pailos; Sergison Bates Architects/AOC Architecture/Philip Hughes Associates/Price & Myers/Ritchie + Daffin/Tom Stuart-Smith/Graphic Thought Facility [images, videos]- Malcolm Reading Consultants / National Trust
UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress: “Soul of City"; September 3 - 10: includes Architecture Fair to offer the latest product developments, technological innovations, and services, and Student & Young Architects Platform- International Union of Architects (UIA)
Korean architecture prepares for its time to shine: Upcoming convention in Seoul will focus on future of cities, design: Q&A with Hahn Jong-ruhl, president, UIA 2017 Congress Seoul Organizing Committee: “It’s not about boasting what kind of extravagant buildings the host country has, but sharing how the host country’s architecture developed, sharing our achievements and mistakes.”- Korea JoongAng Daily
Seniors, buy a lifetime federal lands pass now. The price will jump from $10 to $80 in five days: It’s a good deal too...seniors get free visits to more than 2,000 sites managed by the National Park Service [and other agencies]- Los Angeles Times
Ted Loos: Columbus, Ind., Renews Its Big Design Legacy: Let’s put on a show: The “Athens on the prairie” steps into the future with “Exhibit Columbus": ...18 projects by designers from as far as Copenhagen. All are within walking distance of the others, and all sit adjacent to notable buildings of the past; through November 26 -- Eero Saarinen; Eliel Saarinen; Robert Venturi; I.M. Pei; Richard Meier; Robert A.M. Stern; Snarkitecture; Pettersen & Hein; studio:indigenous; Aranda\Lasch [images]- New York Times
"Exhibit Columbus" about to unleash city’s architectural revival: ... another opportunity for Columbus to build on its reputation as a national leader in Modernist buildings...part of the city’s architectural revival that is making old things new again; thru November 26- The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)
Anthony Paletta: The design radical loved by Bowie: From bookcases to houses, the career of Ettore Sottsass was marked by brave experimentation: “Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical” shows that he formed fashions rather than followed them; Met Breuer, NYC, thru October 8 [images]- The Economist / 1843 (UK)
Tiny house mania to invade Ponce City Market with tours, ‘Sustainable Village’: Second-annual (and free) “Big Huge Tiny House Event”: ...could pique the interest of tiny house enthusiasts - or wonks who really dig urban planning and sustainable, city living...to experience eco-friendly, pint-sized living. Or to test the limits of their claustrophobia; August 26 - 27- Curbed Atlanta
Albert Ledner's legacy: New Orleans architect peppered the country with modernist marvels: His sense of humor - and his audacity to try wholly new and clever approaches to design - are his hallmarks. At 93, he's still exploring new ideas...the subject of a new documentary and an exhibit.: "Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner," Architecture & Design Film Festival, and "The Organic Modernism of Albert C. Ledner" at the Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University thru June 8, 2018. [images]- The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
The futuristic plastic homes that paid the price of the oil crisis: Why aren't synthetic chalets more popular than wooden beach shacks and concrete pools? Eric Touchaleaume believes he has the answer: he blames OPEC..."Utopie Plastic" brings together a handful of small, plastic holiday dwellings manufactured in the late 1960s and early 1970s; Frich de l'Escalette sculpture and architecture park thru October 1 -- Georges Candilis; Jean Maneval Matti Suuronen [images]- CNN Style
"Transient Space" - tales of the city, Parafin, London: Taking its cue from Baudelaire, a fascinating show features artists in search of the fleeting urban moment, from car parks to parkour: ...fascinating show...a terrific variety of artworks that brush against and through the British city. [images]- Observer (UK)
The Continuing Saga of the Architect Made into a Diamond: The power games of Jill Magid’s project concerning the archives of Luis Barragán continue in an extensive exhibition that completes the circle without any conclusive resolution: "A letter always arrives at its destination"...she has...ruffled feathers in a place where Barragán is a revered as a hero...the exhibition is a beast bigger than the artist...in a messy multinational drama; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo/MUAC, thru October 8- Hyperallergic
Alissa Walker: Mansplaining the city: Why are men driving the conversation about the future of our neighborhoods? ...the movement of self-aware gentrifiers into neighborhoods...has created a market for gentrification advice. Guides have been published on how to “properly” gentrify places...Not only are these four books by men, they’re largely about men...the absence of women from the conversation...has directly fed their wealth disparity and urban displacement + Must-Read Books About Cities by Women- Curbed
Colin Kinniburgh: How to Stop Gentrification: Individuals moving to newly-hip neighborhoods admit they are part of the problem. What can they do? It is not really a cultural phenomenon...It is about profit and power, racism and violence on a massive scale...several new books that seek to deepen our understanding of this widely used but little understood term and the upheaval it describes. -- "How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood" by Peter Moskowitz; "Gentrifier" by John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch, and Marc Lamont Hill; "Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make It in New York City" by Brandon Harris- The New Republic
Sam Wetherell: Richard Florida Is Sorry: For years, he preached the gospel of the creative class. "The New Urban Crisis" is a mea culpa: ...one of the most influential thinkers about cities...wants you to know that he got almost everything about cities wrong...His diagnosis of the crisis he partly caused offers no new insights...[He] was right when he said that the “creative economy” is the new way of the world. But its development didn’t happen how he imagined.- Jacobin magazine
Henry Grabar: Outraged Romantic: What is Jeremiah Moss really pining for when he decries the loss of Old New York? ...his passionate, sprawling, and often frustrating..."Vanishing New York: How a City Lost Its Soul"...He’s an unhappy spectator at an endless parade of bêtes noires that includes bike lanes...stroller moms...pedestrian plazas...Sometimes I wonder if he loves the local, the exotic, and the irreverent or just the old.- Slate
Nathan Kensinger: Searching for New York City’s lost soul: A walk through the East Village with "Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul"’s Jeremiah Moss: He likes to think of the city as a crime scene...where greed, hyper-gentrification and government policies have conspired to kill off the unique character of dozens of neighborhoods..."It’s not just the story of a death; it’s the story of a murder." [images]- Curbed New York
Amy Rose Spiegel: Who Killed New York City? Jeremiah Moss's "Vanishing New York: How A Great City Lost Its Soul" and Tamara Shopsin's "Arbitrary Stupid Goal" look at what gentrification means for the city - and who's to blame: ...these authors know that to preserve the more vivid and humane New York they describe, comradeship is everything...now it’s easy to long for New York even when you’re in it...- The New Republic
ANN feature: Casey Malmquist: CLT: A More Efficient, Cost-effective Design Partner for Sustainable Buildings: Using cross-laminated timber in place of the old standards like steel and concrete is one way to reduce the environmental impact of a structure without compromising on the advances we've made in modern structural integrity.- ArchNewsNow.com
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