Today’s News - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
● Davidson reports from Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus: "its architecture offers a mixture of delight and disappointment - idiosyncratic, interlocking, and emphatically urban."
● Shaw ponders "what happened to speculation in architecture" - with "Never Built New York" about to open, "what might be in the Never Built exhibition of 2050?"
● Brussat ponders how a good modernist building can be distinguished from a bad one when it comes to the Carbuncle Cup and Pritzker Prize winner: "how would the average person be able to tell which is which?"
● The flat-pack Hex House, being "snapped together" in Minneapolis this week, is a "prototype of a rapidly deployable, quickly erected, durable home for distressed populations."
● King x 2: he parses the 10 impressive teams that made San Francisco's Resilient by Design competition shortlist: "the emphasis on practicality."
● He cheers three shortlisted teams that could lead to a makeover of Harvey Milk Plaza, "San Francisco's busy but barren plaza where few people linger."
● CityLab writers hit the road on the historic Lincoln Highway, visiting towns and cities including Ely, Nevada, "America's loneliest town looking for love," and Laramie, Wyoming, where "tactical urbanism comes to outlaw country."
● A great round-up of "designers of the future - from emerging stars to established talents still flying under the radar" who "are reshaping the way we live, think, and build."
● P+W's i3 Biotech Hub in San Diego is "raising the bar for corporate research parks everywhere" (i3 stands for "iconic," "innovative," and "inspired").
● A look at some of Mumbai's Art Deco buildings, but "Bombay Deco" is under threat: "Amid lax conservation laws and growing demand for land, conserving Mumbai's architectural heritage may seem like a futile enterprise."
● The U.S. Pavilion organizers announce 7 (fab) architects, designers, and landscape architects who will create work for "Dimensions of Citizenship."
● Q&A with GRAFT's Willemeit re: "Unbuilding Walls" at the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, and working with Stasi investigator Marianne Birthler.
● Kwun delves into "how Columbus, Indiana, became a Mecca for Modernist architecture."
● Indiana University's School of Art, Architecture + Design now offers a new M.Arch program in the Modernist Mecca of Columbus, Indiana, headed by T. Kelly Wilson.
● Hawthorne has a great Q&A with Woodbury University's Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter: "I'd love to see an architect in the White House" (wouldn't we all!).
● Q&A with Robert Hillier re: "the art, the craft and the business then and now," and Studio Hillier, "a new type of architectural firm."
● AIA President Vonier selected to lead International Union of Architects/UIA.
● Architects Foundation names Marci B. Reed as new executive director.
● One we couldn't resist: America's Sorriest Bus Stops 2017 (vote for the worst).
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Justin Davidson: The Views (Real and Virtual) From Cornell Tech: Roosevelt Island’s new campus...billion-dollar views...so ambitious that its architecture offers a mixture of delight and disappointment...campus quivers with visionary eagerness...the buildings are shiny casings for the intellectual processes unfolding inside...Don’t judge the software by the shape of the gizmo...[It] is...idiosyncratic, interlocking, and emphatically urban. -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Morphosis Architects; Weiss/Manfredi; Jmaes Corner Field Operations; Handel Architects [images]- New York Magazine
Matt Shaw: What happened to speculation in architecture? ...as was the ordinary in the 20th century, from Le Corbusier and the modernists to Archigram and the radical architects of the 1960s and 1970s? Sam Lubell will be opening the exhibition "Never Built New York"...we set out to find what might be in the Never Built exhibition of 2050. What is speculation today?- The Architect's Newspaper
David Brussat: Carbuncle Cup victor of 2017: On the basis of what set of defined principles can a good modernist building be distinguished from a bad one? Shown a photo of this year’s Carbuncle Cup and this year’s Pritzker Prize winner, how would the average person be able to tell which is which? -- PLP Architects; RCR Arquitectes- Architecture Here and There
Flat-pack Hex House by Minnesota architects is designed to help refugees: ...500-square-foot, six-sided structure being built in seven days...designed to come in a kit that can be shipped flat and snapped together like an Ikea bookshelf by unskilled do-it-yourselfers...prototype of a rapidly deployable, quickly erected, durable home for distressed populations. -- Architects for Society [images]- Minneapolis Star Tribune
[ 10 impressive teams make San Francisco's Resilient by Design competition shortlist ]
John King: 10 teams selected to map Bay Area’s response to rising sea levels: ...high-visibility competition could make it easier to attract large-scale grants and funding...Each team will receive $100,000 for research and $150,000 for the actual designs...the emphasis on practicality. -- AECOM/CMG Landscape Architecture/etc.; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group/Sherwood Design Engineers/One Architecture; Bionic Landscape/WXY/etc.; TLS Landscape Architecture/Michael Maltzan ArchitectureSitelab Urban Studio/etc.; James Corner Field Operations/Magnusson Klemencic Associates/Moffatt & Nichol; Hassell Studio/MVRDV/Civic Edge Consulting/Page & Turnbull; Mithun/Arup/etc.; BASE Landscape Architecture/Urban Permaculture Institute; SCAPE Landscape Architecture/Arcadis/etc.; Gensler/Arup/etc.
Resilient by Design- San Francisco Chronicle
John King: Teams selected in competition to remake Castro’s Harvey Milk Plaza: ...could lead to a makeover of San Francisco’s busy but barren plaza...a sunken space out of sight of Castro Street, a passageway where few people linger. -- Kuth | Ranieri Architects/RHAA Landscape Architects/Catherine Wagner; Perkins Eastman/Arup/Cybele Lyle; Groundworks Office/Jim Hodges [images; link to details]- San Francisco Chronicle
CityLab on the Road: We’re hopping on the historic Lincoln Highway, America’s first coast-to-coast thoroughfare: ...stopped at towns and cities whose distinct struggles with issues like economic development, housing affordability, and transportation planning might otherwise go unnoticed by a wider audience. But they shouldn’t...cities remain sites of human problem solving and innovation that have more in common with each other than one might think. [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Meet the Designers of the Future: From emerging stars to established talents still flying under the radar, these designers are reshaping the way we live, think, and build. Judging from them, the future is bright. -- Alexander Groves/Azusa Murakami/Studio Swine; George Venson/Voutsa; Kunlé Adeyemi/NLÉ; Richard Petit/Stephen Hunt/The Archers; Lara Zureikat landscape architect; Peter Bristol/Oculus VR; Eduardo Cadaval/Clara Solà-Morales/Cadaval & Solà-Morales [images]- Architectural Digest
LEED-seeking illumina i3 campus lets workers work anywhere: ...raising the bar for corporate research parks everywhere...Biotech Hub is the new home of leading genomics research and life sciences company [in San Diego]...comprises three trapezoidal, all-white concrete buildings punctuated with landscaped gathering spaces... -- Perkins+Will [images]- Inhabitat
Mumbai's Art Deco buildings survive against the odds: ...a unique architectural amalgamation known as "Bombay Deco"...widely believed to have the second largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world...But the city's Art Deco heritage is under threat...conservation efforts often overlook Bombay Deco in favor of Victorian-era buildings...Amid lax conservation laws and growing demand for land in India's most populous city, conserving Mumbai's architectural heritage may seem like a futile enterprise. [images]- CNN Style
U.S. Pavilion Organizers Announce Exhibitors and Associate Curator for the 2018 Venice Biennale: Seven architects, designers, and landscape architects will create work for "Dimensions of Citizenship": Each team will investigate a different “special condition of design and citizenship"... -- School of the Art Institute of Chicago; University of Chicago; Amanda Williams & Andres L. Hernandez; Design Earth; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman; Keller Easterling; SCAPE; Studio Gang- Architectural Record
How German architects plan to show the world walls can be overcome: The Berlin Wall fell 28 years ago. It stood for 28 years, and 28 years before it was built, the Nazis came to power. These parallels have inspired the curators of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale: ...GRAFT to partner with Marianne Birthler...tasked with investigating Stasi crimes in former East Germany from 2000-2011...digs into uncomfortable aspects of Germany's history..."Unbuilding Walls";
Q&A with GRAFT's Thomas Willemeit- Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Aileen Kwun: How Columbus, Indiana, Became a Mecca for Modernist Architecture: ...home to...a disproportionate number of iconic mid-century modern buildings...Saturday Evening Post...dubbed it “the Athens of the prairie” in 1964...city’s official visitor center recommends 75 notable architectural sites... -- Eliel Saarinen; Eero Saarinen; I.M. Pei; Richard Meier; Robert Venturi; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Alexander Girard; Dan Kiley; Exhibit Columbus; Cody Hoyt; Snarkitecture; Studio Formafantasma [images]- Artsy magazine
New M.Arch Program Opens in the Modernist Mecca of Columbus, Indiana: For the first time in its history, Indiana University’s School of Art, Architecture + Design will offer an M.Arch degree out of its Columbus campus...directed by artist and architect T. Kelly Wilson...curriculum promises to include travel as part of its coursework and will incorporate close collaboration with industry partners...- Architectural Record
Christopher Hawthorne: "The architecture degree will be the law degree of the 21st century": A conversation with Woodbury University's Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter: "this degree will open doors in the way that the law degree did last century...there are different ways to practice architecture and it doesn’t always have to be a mainstream way...that makes sense for this generation, which is perhaps more entrepreneurial...They’re willing to test out different paths."- Los Angeles Times
The Architecture of Entrepreneurship: One Designer’s Journey: Princeton Architect Robert Hillier Discusses the Art, the Craft and the Business Then and Now: In 2009, he established Studio Hillier, a new type of architectural firm based on land use strategy and execution where the firm both designs and develops projects for its own account...focuses on community need, neighborhood enhancement, and opportunities for architectural excellence while providing reasonable returns to investors. -- Hillier Architecture; RMJM [images]- Huffington Post
AIA President selected to lead International Union of Architects: Thomas Vonier...will lead the Paris-based organization that represents 1.6 million architects worldwide through more than 100 national member sections for a three-year term.- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Architects Foundation names New Executive Director: Marci B. Reed will lead organization’s expanded scholarship program and preservation efforts: ...will be responsible for all programs and activities related to the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects.- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
America’s Sorriest Bus Stops 2017: Nowhere in America is immune to the problem of shoddy, dangerous bus stops...Vote for the worst. [images]- Streetsblog
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