Today’s News - Wednesday, September 6, 2017
● Buday on "the art of architectural storytelling," with hypothetical presentations (in archi-babble and in English) - "eye-glazing headaches ensue. Jabbering follows."
● Betsky explores why "style is critical to how architects make the world better - a good architect should have great style."
● Wainwright x 2: Trump's White House makeover is "as drab as a down-market hotel - a boring carpet, greige wallpaper and two giant eagles won't make the White House great again."
● His take on the Carbuncle Cup 2017 "worthy" winner: it "embodies overblown 'crystalline' lumps in vogue on drawing boards a decade ago," resulting in a "mangled red mountain" of "mangled gobbledygook."
● Finch, on the other hand, thinks "it's time to put the Carbuncle Cup out of its misery" - the "wretched 'trophy' is the product of mental idleness rather than genuine thought about how architecture absorbs and reflects culture."
● Byrnes delves into the sad fate of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center, "an architectural rescue" gone terribly wrong: "What exists now in Goshen is a civic building that says, 'At least it's something.'"
● Anderton talks to Herzog and Berggruen about the Berggruen Institute: "What is the Institute, and will it please the neighbors?" (some "are already expressing concerns").
● Hall Kaplan expects the Berggruen Institute campus "will be a most pleasant and desirable environment. But there are questions."
● King cheers the "sexy, slinky" Lumina Towers that work to make San Francisco's Rincon Hill "a neighborhood": "the ground-level moves aren't nearly as seductive," but are "likely to get better with age."
● Magdaleno cheers San Antonio's Mexican-American preservationists and the city's "pioneering a preservation approach that values people as much as buildings" (the newly-anointed UNESCO World Heritage site is hosting the Living Heritage Symposium, today through Friday).
● Litt lauds the new Irishtown Bend plan to transform "the swampy, unbuildable hillside opposite Cleveland's downtown skyline that could become one of the most spectacular urban parks in the industrial Great Lakes."
● Brussat cheers a new plan for Providence, Rhode Island's Kennedy Plaza, but "some substantial changes would improve this idea further."
● The newly-announced commissioners and curators for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will tackle "Dimensions of Citizenship."
● The team heading Australia's pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale plan "Repair," an "immersive, multi-sensory" grassland to "create a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant communities."
● Grillo grinds down on "the endless rules" of the "psychedelic, safety-third debauch" that is Burning Man: "If you love bureaucracy, Black Rock City is the alternative desert utopia for you."
● Meanwhile, you can "gorge yourself" on images from Burning Man's "weird and wonderful architecture," courtesy of "scantily clad, goggle-wearing Instagrammers."
● Eyefuls of the 38 winners of the 2017 ASLA Professional Awards (fab presentation!).
● Eyefuls of the 28 winners of the 2017 ASLA Student Awards (another fab presentation!).
● An impressive shortlist of four teams vies for One Sydney Park, and new development that "will incorporate world-class architecture, thought-provoking public art, curated ground level retail, and an abundance of green spaces and common areas."
● The Architectural Council of Moscow names 20 finalists in the Renovation of Residential Quarters in Moscow competition (shortlist starts about half-way down the page).
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Richard Buday: The Art of Architectural Storytelling, or How to Present a Building: There’s more to effective presentations than compelling visuals: Architects are famous for loquacious babble meant to impress...Presentations used to be convincing show-and-tells. For the past 150 years, they’ve been boring show-and-sells...Archispeak is self-admission that architecture is confused. Architects compensate by camouflaging their uncertainty through obfuscation. -- Witold Rybczynski; Christopher Hawthorne; Norman Weinstein- Common Edge
Aaron Betsky: Why Architecture Needs to be Stylish: ...style is critical to how architects make the world better: Style is freedom. It is poise. It is critical. A good architect should have great style.- Architect Magazine
Oliver Wainwright: Trump's $3m White House redesign? It's as drab as a downmarket hotel: The president ‘wanted to bring back the lustre’ to his residence. But a boring carpet, greige wallpaper and two giant eagles won’t make the White House great again. Bring back Nancy Reagan’s peachy florals! [images]- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: 'A bright red preening cockerel': Nova building crowned UK's ugliest: Worthy winner of Carbuncle Cup, £380m complex outside Victoria station embodies overblown ‘crystalline’ lumps in vogue on drawing boards a decade ago: It was supposed to be...a beacon...Emerging from Victoria station, visitors are now greeted with a sheer cliff face of blood red glass plunging down 18 storeys...The origins of this mangled red mountain can be found in the tortured planning history...the result is the mangled gobbledygook... -- PLP Architecture- Guardian (UK)
Paul Finch: It’s time to put the Carbuncle Cup out of its misery: This wretched ‘trophy’ is the product of mental idleness rather than genuine thought about how architecture absorbs and reflects culture.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Mark Byrnes: An Architectural Rescue Gone Wrong: A Brutalist complex meant to represent progressive government through ambitious design is no longer. What happened to Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center? How did such an important American building get such a bad makeover? What exists now in Goshen is a civic building that says, “At least it’s something.” -- designLAB; Clark Patterson Lee; Gene Kaufman/Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
DnA/Frances Anderton: Jacques Herzog explains the spheres in his design for the Berggruen Institute: Billionaire philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen has likened his planned research center in the Santa Monica Mountains to a secular monastery...Herzog & de Meuron is designing it. What is the Berggruen Institute, and will the building please the neighbors?- KCRW (Los Angeles)
Sam Hall Kaplan: L.A. Mountaintop Home for Berggruen Institute: It looks like Los Angeles is going to get another architectural icon...for the heretofore-indistinct Institute...I expect the campus...will be a most pleasant and desirable environment. But there are questions... -- Herzog & de Meuron; Gensler; Michel Desvigne Paysagiste; IHA Inessa Hansch Architecte- City Observed
John King: Lumina Towers’ sexy, slinky condos work to make Rincon Hill a neighborhood: If you have a fetish for voluptuous towers...two smooth shafts with plenty of curves, slinky and taut, in skin-tight wraps of cobalt blue...the ground-level moves aren’t nearly as seductive...But they’re a strong addition to their surroundings, and likely to get better with age. -- Bernardo Fort-Brescia/Arquitectonica; Heller Manus ArchitectsPerkins+Will; Pamela Burton & Company [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Johnny Magdaleno: Mexican-American Preservationists Are Saving San Antonio’s Urban Fabric: Newly crowned with a UNESCO World Heritage designation, the city is pioneering a preservation approach that values people as much as buildings: ...local officials started to recognize that...preservation had to go beyond buildings. [images]- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Steven Litt: New Irishtown Bend plan blends active and quiet areas to serve city, region: ...the swampy, unbuildable hillside opposite the downtown skyline that threatens to slide into the Cuyahoga River, could become one of the most spectacular urban parks in the industrial Great Lakes...[and] energize the redevelopment of Ohio City and much of Cleveland's West Side. -- CMG Landscape Architecture; LAND studio [images]- Cleveland Plain Dealer
David Brussat: A new Kennedy Plaza plan: A reduced use of the plaza as a bus hub should enable the removal of the cold, barren modules that turn their backs on the city’s history...However, some substantial changes would improve this idea further...would create a much more verdant and robust version of what our planners have modeled after Bryant Park [in NYC]. -- Union Studio [images]- Architecture Here and There
The Next Commissioners of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago are producing "Dimensions of Citizenship" about the connection between architecture and citizenship at the 2018 festival: curated by Niall Atkinson/UChi; Ann Lui/SAIC/Future Firm; and Mimi Zeiger, a Los Angeles–based editor, critic, educator, and curator..."Don’t expect to walk into the pavilion and read a bunch of text.”- Architect Magazine
‘Immersive, multi-sensory’ grassland to be exhibited in Australia’s pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale: "Repair" will comprise thousands of temperate grassland species, which will be cultivated and nurtured in the pavilion...will create a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant communities. -- Australian Institute of Architects; Baracco+Wright Architects; Linda Tegg; Paul Memmott; Chris Sawyer; Tim O’Loan; Catherine Murphy- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Christine Grillo: The Endless Rules of Burning Man: If you love bureaucracy, Black Rock City is the alternative desert utopia for you: ...for a psychedelic, safety-third debauch, [it] has an awful lot of rules...Your gated community’s homeowner’s association has nothing on Burning Man when it comes to bylaws...But it’s also a miraculous display of the human capacity for self-organization in the face of challenging conditions... [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Gorge yourself on Burning Man’s annual exhibition of weird and wonderful architecture: It’s that time of year again. The time when scantily clad, goggle-wearing Instagrammers take to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada...This year’s theme was “Radical Ritual.” [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
38 Top Landscape Architecture Projects Earn 2017 ASLA Professional Awards: Award of Excellence
to: OJB Landscape Architecture; Studio Outside; Benjamin George/Digital Library of Landscape Architecture History (DiLiLAH); Kathleen John-Alder/Rutgers University/Tromsø Academy; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; OLIN [images]- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
28 Landscape Architecture Student Projects Win 2017 ASLA Student Awards: Award of Excellence to: Bridget Ayers Looby/University of Minnesota; Undergraduate Team/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Graduate Team/University of Tennessee; Amy Taylor/Ohio State University; Nahal Sohbati/Academy of Art University [images]- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Design Competition Under Way for One Sydney Park: ...four architecture teams including landscape designers...will incorporate world-class architecture, thought-provoking public art, curated ground level retail, and an abundance of green spaces and common areas. -- Architectus/Turf Design Studio; Make Architects/ASPECT Studios; Woods Bagot/McGregor Coxall; MHNDUnion + Silverster Fuller/Sue Barnsley Design- The Urban Developer (Australia)
20 finalists of the Renovation of Residential Quarters in Moscow competition will develop concepts for 5 experimental pilot sites of the housing stock.- Architectural Council of Moscow / Archcouncil of Moscow
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