Today’s News - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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● Hawthorne gives long overdue "credit where it's due" to Gin Wong, who died Sept. 1 at 94: his "career was a study in complexity - the brutal ironies that attached themselves to the work of non-white L.A. architects in the postwar decades" (his many "memorable" mid-century architectural gestures are rarely credited to him).
● Moneo takes home the Japan Art Association's 2017 Praemium Imperiale prize for architecture (cheers to Baryshnikov, too! [we're fans]).
● Olin is named the 17th Laureate of Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum.
● Amazon "continues world domination" by unveiling "HQ2 Request for Proposal" for cities to vie for its 2nd $5 billion HQ; deadline: October 19 (coastal cities need not apply).
● Bernstein, the only foreign journalist at the opening of DS+R's 32-acre Zaryadye Park in Moscow, pens a most thoughtful review: "in its way it is far more exciting" than the High Line - "the public will love it" - a tundra, steppe, forest, and marsh included! (lots of pix!).
● Dovey x 2: Vancouver (with Gehl's help) "wants to make over its public spaces downtown - and it wants residents' help."
● Chicago's mayor proposes "a new measure that would force developers in the city's most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods to build more affordable housing" (but is it "a joke and a handout to developers"?).
● London's mayor "toughens" his affordable housing stance "by refusing amended plans for a former Metropolitan Police HQ site.
● Moore has (mostly) high hopes for North West Cambridge as "a model for affordable urban housing," with Cambridge University turning 150 hectares "into a billion-pound urban district - the architectural style is bricky, rectangular, austere with a few outbreaks of playfulness."
● Peters praises a startup working with Studio Bark to "build cheap pop-up housing inside vacant buildings" (very cool!).
● Architects work with homeless Vermonters to envision homes "conceived by those without one and designed by the architects" (underground bunkers and porches included).
● Kamin x 2: he parses Chicago's (mostly bland and banal) crop of post-recession architecture in the city's "Super Loop": "So much building, so little architecture" (there are exceptions, of course).
● He cheers the Chicago Architecture Foundation getting a new and larger home - a "riverfront office building that soars above the dock for its tour boats" (in a 1970 Mies building, no less!).
● Slattery cheers "architecture's embrace of neuroscience" and the "the emerging school of 'livability design.'"
● RAMSA x 2: A new judicial complex "will soon soar above downtown Atlanta."
● Richmond, Virginia's architecture review panel praises RAMSA's proposed "modern classical" design for a new General Assembly Building that "will preserve the 105-year-old façade on the oldest part of the building soon to be demolished."
● Kroloff highlights "a bumper crop" of a new "generation of architects who are hitting their stride, adding new depth to architecture."
● The U.S. Department of State shortlists 26 firms to build embassies worldwide: an impressive, "geographically diverse" group that "includes a healthy mix of small-to-medium-sized firms."
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Obituary: Christopher Hawthorne: Credit where it's due: Why Gin Wong never quite became one of L.A. architecture's household names: ...often pared down the buildings he worked on to a single memorable gesture. There’s the swooping roofline of the Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills...the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco...they matched the spirit of the age in California...a visual shorthand for the future...[his] career was a study in complexity...the brutal ironies that attached themselves to the work of non-white L.A. architects in the postwar decades. -- Pereira & Luckman; Pereira & Associates- Los Angeles Times
Rafael Moneo awarded 2017 Praemium Imperiale prize for architecture: ...prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Moneo is one of five winners...each receives ¥15 million, which is approximately £103,000 or $136,000. [images]- Dezeen
Laurie Olin Announced as the 17th Laureate of Vincent Scully Prize: The Philadelphia-based professor, author, and landscape architect will be recognized for his profound spaces and scholarship. -- National Building Museum; Olin Studio- Architect Magazine
Amazon Continues World Domination, Announces Future Plans For Second $5 Billion Headquarters: Around the world, architects are updating their portfolios, mayors are devising PowerPoints, and billionaire Jeff Bezos’s cell phone is blowing up. In an unusual move, Amazon...has unveiled its “HQ2 Request for Proposal” from which local and state government leaders can launch their charm offensive. [deadline: October 19]- Forbes
Fred A. Bernstein: Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Zaryadye Park Opens in Moscow: ...pie-in-the-sky proposals tend to entice juries - sometimes leaving competition winners wishing they hadn’t made so many promises. That doesn’t seem to have happened here...The park isn’t as coherent an architectural statement as the High Line...[its] complex program and multiple authors made that level of consistency impossible. And yet ...There’s one thing it surely has in common with the High Line: The public will love it. -- Mary Margaret Jones/Hargreaves Associates; TPO Reserve/Yasuhisa Toyota [images]- Architectural Record
Rachel Dovey: Vancouver to Train Citizens to Map Public Space: ...the city wants to make over its public spaces downtown - and it wants residents’ help...hopes to gain insight into how residents move around and spend time downtown... -- Jan Gehl- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Rachel Dovey: Chicago Mayor Has New Plan for Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Rahm Emanuel will present a new measure that would force developers in Chicago’s most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods to build more affordable housing...developers in several neighborhoods would no longer be allowed to pay that “in-lieu fee” instead of building the units.- Next City (formerly Next American City)
London mayor refuses Squire towers change as affordable housing stance toughens: Sadiq Khan has continued his tough stance on ‘unacceptable’ affordable housing levels by refusing amended plans by Squire & Partners for a former Metropolitan Police HQ- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Rowan Moore: North West Cambridge: a model for affordable urban housing? Cambridge University has completed the first stage of its ambitious £1bn development of homes, shops and schools on the city’s outlying farmland: ...turning 150 hectares of what was flat, inaccessible and somewhat featureless farmland...into a billion-pound urban district...The architectural style is bricky, rectangular, austere with a few outbreaks of playfulness. -- AECOM; Townshend Landscape Architects; Alison Brooks; Witherford Watson Mann; Wilkinson Eyre; Stanton Williams; Marks Barfield; Mecanoo; Muma [images]- Observer (UK)
Adele Peters: This Startup Builds Cheap Pop-Up Housing Inside Vacant Buildings: As landlords keep buildings empty in the hope of turning them into luxury condos, huge amounts of potential space for housing is being lost. Lowe Guardians uses that space to create a temporary housing solution: The Shed...kit takes a day to build...guardians can construct the unit themselves. -- Studio Bark [images]- Fast Company
Architects and Homeless Vermonters Envision Houses: "Imagining Home": ...images of home conceived by those without one and designed...by the architects...seven people affected by homelessness [paired with] with seven architects...homes range from underground bunkers in the woods to a 434-square-foot house with a porch... -- John McLeod and Steve Kredell/McLeod Kredell Architects; Rolf Kielman/TruexCullins [images]- Seven Days (Vermont)
Blair Kamin: The growth of Chicago's Super Loop: So much building, so little architecture: ...the architectural fare consists of bland apartment high rises...To be sure, there are exceptions...there are still too many typical buildings that are banal...Consider, though, the bright side of the building boom...these are, in many ways, the best of times..."It's the re-urbanization of America"...The new wave of towers isn't ugly, but is it inspiring and innovative? Hardly. -- Jeanne Gang/Studio Gang; John Lahey/Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Loewenberg Architects; bKL Architecture; Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture; Boeri Studio; Studio Libeskind- Chicago Tribune
Blair Kamin: Chicago Architecture Foundation gets a new home: ...plans to move to new and larger quarters next year - a riverfront office building that soars above the dock for its tour boats...Chicago Architecture Center...will include such features as a two-story "Skyscape Gallery"...the foundation still will have a home with a distinguished architectural pedigree. Completed in 1970, 111 E. Wacker was designed by the Office of Mies van der Rohe...will have five times more exhibition space than the CAF's current home. -- Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Local Projects- Chicago Tribune
Luke Slattery: Architecture's next big thing: buildings that make us feel better: Forget style, functionality and aesthetics: architecture’s hot topic is how to design buildings that improve our health, both mental and physical...Green architecture has grown up. Its guiding metaphor is no longer the plant; it's the person...the livability principle in a nutshell. -- BVN; Gensler; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Cox Rayner Architects; Bates Smart [images]- Sydney Morning Herald
A new judicial complex will soon soar above downtown Atlanta: ...could wind up being the costliest building in state history...Plans include a towering four-story atrium with giant windows overlooking the Capitol. Designers hope to eventually build a park over nearby roads to link the complex to the Gold Dome, but there is no funding yet to do so. -- Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Stevens & Wilkinson [image]- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Architecture review panel praises General Assembly Building design: ...planned next to Capitol Square...a new 15-story building that will preserve the 105-year-old facade on the oldest part of the building soon to be demolished...proposed “modern classical” design... -- Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Glave & Holmes Architecture [image]- Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)
Reed Kroloff: A Generation of Architects Making Its Mark at Dizzying Speed: There’s a bumper crop of designers around the globe who are hitting their stride, adding new depth to architecture. -- Sharon Johnston/Mark Lee/Johnston Marklee; Maria Claudia Clemente/Francesco Isidori,/Labics; Gong Dong/Vector Architects; Rojkind Arquitectos; Katsuhiro Yamazaki/Manon Asselin/Atelier TAG; Nader Tehrani/NADAAA; Jürgen Mayer H; Jenny Wu/Dwayne OylerOyler Wu Collaborative; SHoP Architects; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group [images]- New York Times
Building Diplomacy: U.S. Department of State shortlists 26 firms to build embassies worldwide: ...a shortlist that’s geographically diverse and includes a healthy mix of small-to-medium–sized firms (Marlon Blackwell, 1100 Architect, Lake|Flato) plus giants like Gensler and HOK.- The Architect's Newspaper
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