Today’s News - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
● Hume minces no words about what he thinks went wrong in Toronto, post- amalgamation, and its "relationship with mediocrity": "historically an agent of change," the city "now tries to avoid it" - it "has forgotten the difference between expenditure and investment, cost and value."
● Katz & Andes parse a new Brookings report that explains "why the future looks like Pittsburgh" - it "embodies a new growth model" for "a global innovation city that reflects decades of investment in emerging technology" (add "new localism" to your lexicon).
● Kamin is queried in great Q&A re: Chicago's "Super Loop" construction boom, the city's first new elevated L station in 20 years, the Obama Library, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.
● Florida and Doctoroff x 2: Q&A Part 1 re: rebuilding New York after 9/11, presiding "over the fine-grain rezoning of 40% of the city," and behind-the-scenes policy discussions about mega-projects, and more.
● Florida and Doctoroff Q&A Part 2 re: "his thoughts on zoning, transportation, technology, and President Trump" (both great Q&As).
● A look at how better design is making public buildings safer while not making it look too obvious.
● O'Sullivan offers some tips on "how to be a good 'Night Mayor'" for NYC's first (and first in the U.S.), gleaned from some European counterparts: "Learn to value the night" (and so much more).
● Zaha Hadid Architects shows off plans for the firm's second tower in Melbourne (some of the "fluid" elements remind us of some ZHA's other curvilinear designs).
● The "latest iteration of a continually-changing" and "massive" L.A. City Center project: three towers have morphed into two with a design that has "grown significantly more conservative."
● Chipperfield waxes poetic and practical re: restoring Mies's New National Gallery in Berlin that is "Miesian in its attention to detail and German in its underpublicized ambition."
● King has high hopes for wHY's SF Asian Art Museum expansion, now that the "design wrinkles have been smoothed out."
● Adjaye returns to Harlem with a design for a totally new building for the Studio Museum Harlem.
● In Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park, a "rare public commission" by landscape architect Bye is "the latest work of modern landscape architecture in NYC to be threatened with removal."
● America's national parks are struggling with too much love from too many visitors - "both visitors and nature are suffering" (shuttle buses "filled like sweaty subway cars" and selfie-takers clogging paths sure doesn't sound like much fun - and pix to prove it).
● Von Koenig: queries 5 deans of architecture schools to get the skinny on how NCARB's Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure is changing architectural education.
● The McGill School of Architecture in Montreal is now the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, thanks to the Chinese alum's pledge of $12 million for fellowships, scholarships, and research opportunities.
● One we couldn't resist: "5 Repurposed Mines and Quarries That Will Blow Your Mind" (truly!).
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Christopher Hume: How amalgamation eliminated Toronto's ambition: Toronto has grown so suspicious of its own urbanity that it can’t build a six-storey condo or install a bike lane without the sky falling in: The city, historically an agent of change...now tries to avoid it...few seem bothered about [its] march toward self-induced irrelevance...Toronto’s relationship with mediocrity has been internalized...The city that prides itself on civic parsimony has forgotten the difference between expenditure and investment, cost and value.- Toronto Star
Bruce Katz & Scott Andes: Why the Future Looks Like Pittsburgh: The city’s rise as a global innovation city reflects decades of investment in emerging technology, a new Brookings report says: The course of this economic transition puts [it] on the vanguard of what we’re calling “new localism"...embodies a new growth model.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Exploring Construction Boom in Chicago’s ‘Super Loop’: Q&A with Blair Kamin: CTA has rebuilt its first new elevated L station in 20 years...Did the Obama Library designs change... And the Chicago Shakespeare Theater lifts the curtain on its much anticipated Yard performace space on Navy Pier.- WTTW Chicago / PBS
Richard Florida [Q&A Part 1]: Dan Doctoroff on Rebuilding New York After 9/11: As deputy mayor of economic development...he presided over the fine-grain rezoning of 40% of the City, as well as the mega-projects that have come to define 21st century New York. In his new memoir, "Greater Than Ever," Doctoroff describes the behind the scenes policy discussions that led to projects like the High Line, Hudson Yards, the World Trade Center Complex, and Barclays Center.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Richard Florida: Where New York City Is Going Next [Q&A Part 2]: Dan Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and current CEO of Sidewalk Labs [and author of "Greater Than Ever"] shares his thoughts on zoning, transportation, technology, and President Trump.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
How better design can make public buildings safer: Some buildings are designed to take a hit...the design of community-oriented spaces like airports, schools and religious spaces is reflecting the need for security, too. The challenge...is to not make it look too obvious...Can beautiful buildings be strong? The U.S. embassy in London and the new Sandy Hook Elementary School reflect..."transparent security"...concepts like security, accessibility and openness needn't be at odds. -- KieranTimberlake; Svigals + Partners; Barbara Nadel Architect; Leo A Daly [images]- Smart Cities Dive
Feargus O'Sullivan: How to Be a Good 'Night Mayor': New York is the first major American city to create an official body to oversee nightlife. Here’s what it can learn from the European cities: Without special guidance, city administrations almost invariably fail...Too often, the default attitude is to treat nightlife solely as a problem...some European cities have turned this dynamic on its head...the underlying idea is the same: give nightlife a clear, respected voice in city hall...key points...Learn to Value the Night; Look at the Bigger Picture; etc.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for second Melbourne tower: ...19-storey tower named The Mayfair...will house 158 residences as well a communal roof terrace with two swimming pools overlooking a nearby lake. At street level there will a cafe and restaurant. -- Elenberg Fraser [images]- Dezeen
Los Angeles approves massive two-tower City Center development: ...a slew of design changes for...$700 million L.A. City Center project...the latest iteration of a continually-changing project that has morphed from a three-tower complex into one containing only two spires...Both towers have grown significantly more conservative...plaza space appears to have been enlarged and deepened, with less LED screen coverage than previously designed. -- Steinberg Architects; Gensler; AHBE Landscape Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
When a Star Architect Wants You Not to See His Work: In restoring Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery in Berlin, David Chipperfield is aiming to meet modern standards while making himself invisible: ...halfway through a five-year restoration project, Miesian in its attention to detail and German in its underpublicized ambition...will work better than it did, but look and feel utterly untouched...Chipperfield’s rigor seems to be leaving its mark on the way Berlin’s museums operate.- New York Times
John King: SF Asian Art Museum’s expansion project could begin in 6 months: The design wrinkles have been smoothed out...The addition would have a much different look than the design by Kulapat Yantrasast that was presented to the city in 2016...has since been revised extensively, with a more open scheme... -- wHY architects [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Studio Museum Harlem Unveils Adjaye Associates’ Design for New Building: ...will more than double the space for exhibition and the museum’s Artist-in-Residence program...outdoor space, with a planned roof terrace...five-story structure includes an education center at the heart of the building. -- Cooper Robertson [images]- Architectural Record
Future uncertain for rare public landscape by A.E. Bye in Brooklyn: ...opponents contend the renovation would erase significant historic fabric [in Fort Greene Park], including a rare public commission by the late modern landscape architect Arthur Edwin (A.E.) Bye, Jr...proposed changes would align with an unrealized design by McKim, Mead & White...the latest work of modern landscape architecture in New York City to be threatened with removal. -- Frederick Law Olmsted; Calvert Vaux; Berman, Roberts & Scofidio [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
National Parks Struggle With a Mounting Crisis: Too Many Visitors: Overcrowding has put a strain on a park system already grappling with climate change and funding problems, leading to proposals to limit access: Shuttle buses at Zion National Park...filled like sweaty subway cars. Selfie-takers clogged the slender path...“We don’t have a choice"..both visitors and nature are suffering. [images]- New York Times
Gretchen Von Koenig: Get Licensed While in Architecture School? Deans Weigh in: NCARB's Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) aims to shorten the road to licensure. Five school heads discuss how it's changing architectural education. -- Mitra Kanaani/NewSchool of Architecture San Diego; Mahesh Daas/University of Kansas; Marc J. Neveu/Woodbury University; Karen Nelson/Boston Architectural College; Christian Sottile/Savannah College of Art & Design- Metropolis Magazine
Chinese alumnus pledges $12 million to McGill School of Architecture: To thank him for his donation, McGill University will rename the school the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture: ...to create a range of fellowships, scholarships and research opportunities, including an exchange agreement with Tongji University in Shanghai. -- K.F. Stone Design International- Montreal Gazette
5 Repurposed Mines And Quarries That Will Blow Your Mind: Across the globe, limestone and salt mines and rock quarries that long outlived their original intentions are being repurposed into tourist attractions, data centers, nature parks and hotels. [images]- Bisnow.com
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