Today’s News - Thursday, September 14, 2017
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● A good reason to land in London on Saturday: London Design Festival 2017 includes Decorex International 2017; 100% Design 2017; Designjunction, and more!
● A good reason to head to Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday: VERGE conference, "where technology meets sustainability."
It's Chicago Architecture Biennial time!
● Wainwright parses the original Chicago Tribune tower competition, Tigerman & Cohen's 1980 reprise, and today's current crop, but "will the relaunch of the call-out by the Biennial produce such seismic results?"
● Messner & Shaw say "Make New History," the Biennial theme, "raises some serious questions. Is there a more underwhelming word in architecture? What is the real goal of this year's biennial?"
● Kamin x 2: the Biennial "casts the biggest shadow," but "get ready for an explosion of provocative exhibits and new buildings that are the byproduct of Chicago's construction boom."
● He cheers "Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute": despite "some frustrating gaps," its narrative is "freshly and intelligently told."
● Welton also cheers "Past Forward": "those who live in the city of the broad shoulders - and those who visit - are in for an education, and a treat."
● The Graham Foundation adds to the Biennial fun with "David Hartt: in the forest" that revisits Moshe Safdie's unfinished 1968 Puerto Rico Habitat project.
● Not to be outdone, the Chicago Athletic Association explores concepts of "otherness," normalcy, and taboo with "Unsolicited Sideshow" offering "comment on contemporary culture and politics, and their relationship to contemporary architecture."
● Expo Chicago at the Navy Pier closes Sunday - "here's what not to miss" (we're drooling!).
● Here's everything you need to know about this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Elsewhere in the world:
● Green lights up over Cai Guo-Qiang's "Fireflies" that, starting today, will light up Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway with 27 lantern-laden pedicabs (and rides are free!).
● "Detroit Design 139" presents 38 "thoughtful" projects that "honor the city's design legacy while pushing the city towards becoming a leader in world-class design excellence."
● "Exhibit Columbus" brings "a new perspective to Modern icons with architectural installations by emerging designers."
● "5×5: Participatory Provocations" has architects tackling "thorny political issues" in an "imaginative, sometimes humorous exhibition" at NYC's Center for Architecture.
● "Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing" at Columbia University "explores race, gender, class, and more."
● Eliasson's "Multiple Shadow House" is his first solo exhibition in Canada featuring a selection of his previous highly interactive installations.
● Hebel and Block's "MycoTree," that "shows how mushroom roots could be used to create buildings," has planted its roots at the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
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London Design Festival 2017: Now in its 15th year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city. Events include: Decorex International 2017; 100% Design 2017; Designjunction; etc.; September 16-24- London Design Festival
VERGE: Where technology meets sustainability, creating a unique ecosystem focused on opportunities for business, the environment and society; September 19 - 21, Santa Clara, California- GreenBiz Group
Oliver Wainwright: Rocket ships, eagles and wedding cakes: the Chicago contest that led to a skyscraper explosion: In 1922, the Chicago Tribune’s owner launched a contest to design a towering new HQ...and changed high-rises for ever. Will the relaunch of the call-out by the Chicago Architecture Biennial produce such seismic results? By limiting the selection to just 15 architects, all sampled from a similar-ish school of thought, it is unlikely to give the full picture. -- Mark Lee/Sharon Johnston/Johnston Marklee [images]- Guardian (UK)
Matthew Messner & Matt Shaw: What’s up with the Chicago Architecture Biennial? “Make New History"...raises some serious questions. Why are we still talking about “history” in architecture? ...isn’t there a new language for today’s context? What do we even mean by “history”? Is there a more underwhelming word in architecture? What is the real goal of this year’s biennial? September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018- The Architect's Newspaper
Blair Kamin: Biennial casts the biggest shadow, but there's also the Apple store: ...get ready for an explosion of provocative exhibits and new buildings that are the byproduct of Chicago's construction boom. The main event, the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, carries the aspirational title "Make New History"...Such is the biennial's drawing power that other Chicago architecture institutions will unveil new exhibitions of their own at the same time. -- Sharon Johnston/Mark Lee/Johnston Marklee; Pelli Clarke Pelli; Gensler; Goettsch Partners; Foster + Partners; Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; HNTB; Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture- Chicago Tribune
Blair Kamin: Ideas connect in Art Institute of Chicago's "Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute": There are old favorites [and] unexpected gems...But the objects alone aren't what makes the show worth seeing. Rather, it's the skill with which the pieces are framed within a larger narrative of how architecture and design have shaped - and continue to shape - how we live...for the most part, freshly and intelligently told. -- Zoe Ryan; Julia Di Castri [images]- Chicago Tribune
J. Michael Welton: "Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute": Art Institute of Chicago visitors are in for an all-encompassing experience in modern design...slated, properly enough, for Renzo Piano’s light-drenched Modern Wing...from 1900 to the present, Zoe Ryan and her staff were delving into the Art Institutes’ collections...those who live in the city of the broad shoulders - and those who visit - are in for an education, and a treat. [images]- Architects and Artisans
"David Hartt: in the forest": ...multi-part installation revisits Moshe Safdie’s unfinished 1968 Puerto Rico Habitat project, transforming the Graham Foundation’s turn-of-the-century Madlener House galleries with a film, a suite of photographs, and a series of sculptures; thru January 6, 2018 [images]- Graham Foundation
Architectural “sideshow” to run alongside the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Just a few blocks away from the Biennial’s hub at the Chicago Cultural Center, the "Unsolicited Sideshow" will take over the lobby and mezzanine of the Chicago Athletic Association...will explore concepts of “otherness,” normalcy, and taboo...10 contributors...produce work to comment on contemporary culture and politics, and their relationship to contemporary architecture.- The Architect's Newspaper
Expo Chicago Highlights Crème de la Crème Design Dealers: Cutting-edge contemporary design and examples from decades ago share the spotlight: Here's what not to miss; Navy Pier thru September 17 [images]- Architectural Digest
Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017: 2nd Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing...Make New History"...Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world. September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018- Chicago Architecture Biennial
Jared Green: Cai Guo-Qiang’s "Fireflies" Will Light up Philadelphia: ...will bring 27 custom-built, lantern-laden pedicabs up and down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in a choreographed pattern. People will be able to jump on and off for rides...in contrast to Cai’s famous exploding art works, this piece has a lightheartedness; thru October 8 [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
"Detroit Design 139": 38 projects...throughout Detroit’s 139 square miles...illustrate the future of Detroit – an urban environment populated with thoughtful projects that simultaneously honor Detroit’s design legacy while pushing the city towards becoming a leader in world-class design excellence; thru September 30 -- SmithGroupJJR; Hamilton Anderson Associates; Assembly Design; Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA); VolumeOne Design; McIntosh Poris Associates; Merge Architects; Studio Dwell; Hamilton Anderson Associates; Studio Detroit; EC3 (Edwin Chan); VolumeOne Design; bioLINIA; Neumann/Smith Architecture; inFORM studio; Kraemer Design Group; Laavu; M1/DTW; PLY Architecture- Detroit Design 139
"Exhibit Columbus" Brings a New Perspective to Modern Icons: ...the inaugural festival reconsiders the famed Indiana city with architectural installations by emerging designers: Columbus, Indiana...is arguably the most important center of architectural patronage in the U.S...three-month-long event...to promote public interest in the city’s history; thru November 26 -- studio:indigenous; IKD; Aranda\Lasch; PRODUCTORA; Snarkitecture; Plan B Architecture & Urbanism [images]- Metropolis Magazine
“5×5: Participatory Provocations” Proves Architects Can Still Tackle Thorny Political Issues: The show, currently at the x in New York, uses architecture to explore themes beyond it: It’s easy to caricature architecture as groveling valet, dutifully carrying out the wishes of the powerful without demure..."5×5" ironically exaggerates, and so undermines, this trope...the small exhibit shows just how fun it can be to shake up industry conventions...imaginative, sometimes humorous exhibition; Center for Architecture, NYC, thru October 31 -- Kyle May; Julia van den Hout; Kevin Erickson; Studio Cadena; PRO; Ultramoderne; Path + Price; Michael Abrahamson; Snarkitecture; Anthony Titus Studio- Metropolis Magazine
"Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing" Explores Race, Gender, Class, and More: ...explores the parallel evolution of Wright's and Harlem's built and unbuilt housing: ...highlight tensions common to Wright’s work and designs for Harlem: private versus public ownership and funding, racial segregation versus integration, top-down versus bottom-up planning; Columbia University Lenfest Center for the Arts thru December 17 [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Olafur Eliasson: "Multiple Shadow House": Artist's first solo exhibition in Canada: ...features a selection of the artist’s previous works...[he] uses water and light as the primary elements...Each of these highly interactive installations invites visitors to walk into the artworks, engage, and experience each piece; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal thru October 9 [images]- Architectural Lighting magazine
Tree-shaped structure shows how mushroom roots could be used to create buildings: While some architects have been experimenting with mushroom mycelium as a cladding material, architect Dirk Hebel and engineer Philippe Block have gone one step further - by using fungi to build self-supporting structures...[they] are presenting the idea as part of the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism..."MycoTree"; thru November 5 [images]- Dezeen
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