Today’s News - Thursday, September 28, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, October 3. (Apologies for tardy posting - the technology gods were not on our side today.)
● ANN feature: We are pleased to be a media sponsor of Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise's "rise in the city," an art-filled auction of 100 artworks by architects and designers for the non-profit's inaugural project: expanding an overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.
● Vonier explains why attempts by state and federal agencies to roll back "common-sense" building codes, especially after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, "is ill-advised public policy," not only because they are "important to citizen health, safety and welfare, they make basic economic sense."
● Viglucci taps building experts, architects, and planners to lay out take-aways for Miami-Dade, post-Hurricane Irma, which"might have been but a dry run for the real thing."
● Three finalists now in the running to design Lithuania's Kaunas M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Centre in time for the city's European Capital of Culture 2022 celebrations.
● A good reason to be in Adelaide, Australia, next week: the Festival of Architecture and Design: Future Citieswill explore affordable housing, urban sprawl, and climate change that "are prompting us to re-examine conventional development models and challenge housing stereotypes."
Deadlines (lots to keep you busy!):
● Call for entries: Applications for 2018 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship, Richard L. Blinder Award, and Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellowship.
● Call for entries: 4th IE Spaces for Innovation Prize for young architects and designers.
● Call for entries: AIT Award: Best in Interior and Architecture 2018.
● Call for entries: "Dream of Venice in Black & White" photo submissions for the 3rd book in the "Dream of Venice" series.
● Call for entries: International open call for the Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
● Call for entries: Submissions for panel discussions or workshops at the 2018 AIBC Annual Conference: "Spaces Between" next May
● Hester cheers "Ex Libris," Wiseman's "joyful" and "riveting" documentary that is a "3-hour love letter to the New York Public Library" in "a series of thoughtful and charming odes to knowledge."
● A spotlight on 5 projects in Goldin and Lubell's "Never Built New York" at the Queens Museum: "Some projects were foiled by their architects' wily ambition, while others came tantalizingly close to creation, only to be struck down by politics."
● Sokol parses the five Miller Prize winners' installations in "Exhibit Columbus" that "seek to burnish the city's reputation precisely for the people who call it home. 'We wanted residents to be tourists in their own town.'"
● Showley delves into Archtoberfest, San Diego's Architecture and Design Month that kicks off today, with a lineup that takes on homelessness and flying saucers (we're looking forward to seeing what projects win the annual Orchids & Onions awards for good and bad design).
NYC's Archtober 2017 kicks off!
● Plitt picks 10 Archtober events not to be missed: "Come for the architecture trivia, stay for the pumpkin carving - all sorts of delightfully nerdy events" all over New York City.
● Howarth hails Archtober's "packed program."
● The Center for Architecture (Archtober's home base) features the Shigematsu-designed show "Scaffolding," opening Monday, that gives scaffolding a "thorough examination" as "a flexible architecture, a nuisance to some, an aesthetic choice to others."
Chicago Architecture Biennial:
● Hawthorne says "Make New History" is an "elegant and densely layered exhibition - cerebral, well-tailored and faintly ironic" (though sometimes loses momentum "as it pauses to chase its own tail").
● Zeiger thinks that, though the "Biennial tackles the broad and tempestuous topic of history," it "plays it too safe" - it's "an exhibition that is uniformly technically and aesthetically virtuous, but stuck in the shallows" (there are exceptions).
● Moore gives a conditional thumbs-up: "Fundamentally, this stuff is good - the cities of the world will be better places if these architects get more say in their design" (but, oh those "willfully opaque captions verge on the catastrophic").
● Mortice ponders whether "beige is the new black in architecture" as the biennial "makes a home for outcasts and weirdoes, often stigmatized in design because they just aren't weird enough."
● Shaw outlines "five fundamental problems" with the Biennial: "'Make New History' does not do that," but it does "offer a strong case study for what we can do better."
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rise Inaugurates "rise in the city" in New York City on October 25: The non-profit is hosting an art-filled fundraiser, auctioning 100 works of art by architects, designers, and artists for the organization's inaugural project: the expanding and upgrading of an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.- ArchNewsNow.com
Thomas Vonier: Code Red - The Unacceptable Dangers of Weaker Building Regulations: State and federal moves to roll back building codes are creating a less-resilient environment for housing and infrastructure. This is ill-advised public policy...It is a mistake to roll back common-sense programs that make people safer in order to save taxpayers money...the perception remains among some policymakers that good design is more expensive and not worth pursuing.- Brink
Andres Viglucci: Irma was a teachable moment for Miami-Dade. Have we learned its lessons? Hurricane Irma might have been but a dry run for the real thing...there are several lessons to be drawn...and some vulnerabilities to address - some of them obvious, some not.- Miami Herald
Finalists in the Kaunas M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Centre International Design Contest announced: ...to provide much-needed world-class performance venue for Lithuania...for the European Capital of Culture 2022... -- UAB Paleko Archstudija/UAB Baltic Engineers; Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; Adam Khan Architects [images]- Malcolm Reading Consultants / Kaunas City Municipality
Australia’s Quiet Housing Revolution on Show: Housing affordability, urban sprawl, climate change and evolving lifestyle are prompting us to re-examine conventional development models and challenge housing stereotypes...exploring these themes during the Festival of Architecture and Design: Future Cities, Adelaide, Australia, October 4-8 -- Australian Institute of Architects (formerly RAIA) [link to Festival details]- Adelaide Review
Call for entries: Applications for 2018 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship, Richard L. Blinder Award, and Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellowship; open to U.S citizens and legal residents; deadline: October 25- James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation
Call for entries: 4th IE Spaces for Innovation Prize for young architects and designers: six month paid professional internship in UNStudio, Studio O+A and Ingenhoven Architects + Admittance to IE Master´s in Strategic Design of Spaces + Scholarships worth €21,000; no fee; registration deadline: October 20 (submissions due November 3)- IE School of Architecture and Design (Madrid)
Call for entries: AIT Award: Best in Interior and Architecture 2018 (international); 10 (+2) categories; no fee; registration deadline: October 20 (submission deadline: November 3)- AIT-Dialog
Call for entries: "Dream of Venice in Black & White" Photo Submissions: third book in the "Dream of Venice" book series...to explore the city as a narrative in chiaroscuro; deadline: November 30- Bella Figura Publications
Call for entries: Open Call (international) to researchers and designers in the field of architecture for the Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, themed "Work, Body, leisure"; deadline: November 8- Het Nieuwe Instituut / Creative Industries Fund NL
Call for entries: Submissions for panel discussions or workshops at the 2018 AIBC Annual Conference: "Spaces Between"; Vancouver, May 7-9, 2018; deadline: October 25, 2017- Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
Jessica Leigh Hester: A 3-Hour Love Letter to the New York Public Library: Frederick Wiseman’s joyful new documentary celebrates the local branches as public space: "Ex Libris" turns out to be riveting, a monument to the collections and people clustered inside the NYPL’s 88 branches...makes a compelling case that the library system is a central thread in the fabric of the city...most of the film centers on the way people claim the branches as extensions of their neighborhoods...a series of thoughtful and charming odes to knowledge. [trailer]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
5 Architecture Projects Would Have Changed New York - but Were Never Built: ...unrealized structures are the subject of "Never Built New York" by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, as well as the title of an exhibition...at the Queens Museum...Some projects were foiled by their architects’ wily ambition, while others came tantalizingly close to creation, only to be struck down by politics. -- Frank Lloyd Wright; R. Buckminster Fuller; Rufus Henry Gilbert; Robert Moses/Othmar Ammann; Howe and Lescaze [images]- Artsy
David Sokol: Design Renaissance in Columbus, Indiana: "Exhibit Columbus" installations throughout the city - including those by this year's five Miller Prize winners - encourage a dialogue between past and present...seeks to burnish the city’s reputation precisely for the people who call it home. “We wanted residents to be tourists in their own town..." -- Richard McCoy; studio:indigenous; IKD; Aranda\Lasch; Oyler Wu Collaborative; Plan B Architecture & Urbanism [images]- Architectural Record
Roger Showley: Archtoberfest lineup takes in homelessness and flying saucers: San Diego’s Architecture and Design Month...AIA San Diego, in collaboration with 21 museums, architecture schools and design-minded organizations, plans to touch on hot issues in urban design and development...occurring during a building boom, when contractors, developers, financiers and architects are scrambling for experienced talent to handle an avalanche of projects.- San Diego Union-Tribune
Amy Plitt: 10 Archtober 2017 events you should not miss: Come for the architecture trivia, stay for the pumpkin carving: ...all sorts of delightfully nerdy events...now in its seventh year...the pet project of the Center for Architecture...But many of the events will also take participants to unheralded corners of the outer boroughs- Curbed New York
Dan Howarth: Archtober 2017 brings month-long architecture celebration to New York City: The Center for Architecture will put on a packed program...in collaboration with over 70 partners and affiliates...Events across the five boroughs include Building of the Day walking tours...Open House New York...Classic Harbor Line's daily architecture boat tours...an architectural pumpkin carving competition...Pumpkitecture awards the winner with the Pritzkerpumpkin...the Great Architectural Bake-off.- Dezeen
"Scaffolding" exhibit coming up at the Center for Architecture: ...scaffolding as a typology - with all its vernacular potential and industrial usage - is given a thorough examination...a flexible architecture, a nuisance to some, an aesthetic choice to others...temporary or permanent, modular ... the list goes on; thru January 18, 2018 -- Greg Barton; Shohei Shigematsu/OMA- The Architect's Newspaper
Christopher Hawthorne: 'Make New History,' the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, brings the focus back to square one: This elegant and densely layered exhibition...argues that architecture can (and should) find the motivation for new work...within its own stores of self-knowledge and tradition...cerebral, well-tailored and faintly ironic...reflecting widespread fatigue with an architecture of flamboyant pixelated solutions... At the same time, [it] occasionally piles up so many layers of self-referential material that it loses some valuable momentum as it pauses to chase its own tail. -- Sharon Johnston/Mark Lee/Johnston Marklee- Los Angeles Times
Mimi Zeiger: Architecture as intellectual inquiry needs to take more risks: The second Chicago Architecture Biennial tackles the broad and tempestuous topic of history, but plays it too safe: "Make New History"...title unwittingly captures an anxiety to reproduce novelty...exhibition reveals...the desire to surf the wave of history rather than to challenge it...an exhibition that is uniformly technically and aesthetically virtuous...but stuck in the shallows...exceptions exist. -- Sharon Johnston/Mark Lee/Johnston Marklee- Dezeen
Rowan Moore: Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017: how to improve on history: From the bar at the Folies Bergère to a pop art Renaissance chapel, architects...reimagine spaces of the past as ideas for the future: ...something of a coming-out party for this nebulous fraternity...What the architects on show don’t want to be is an original genius...it’s sometimes easier to say what these architects are not than what they are...Fundamentally, this stuff is good - the cities of the world will be better places if these architects get more say in their design. -- Sharon Johnston/Mark Lee/Johnston Marklee- Observer (UK)
Zach Mortice: Is Beige the New Black in Architecture? The Chicago Architecture Biennial reveals up-and-coming designers turning to the mundanities of everyday life for inspiration: This biennial makes a home for outcasts and weirdoes, often stigmatized in design because they just aren’t weird enough...“Make New History"...surreal riffs of abandoned big-box stores; re-examinations of the suburban McMansion; and a cosmic exploration of the banality that pervades all matter in the universe (really). -- Mark Lee/Sharon Johnston/Johnston Marklee [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
[ includes a great excerpt from a James Wines essay ]
Matt Shaw: Five fundamental problems with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial: “Make New History"...does not do that...What it does is offer is a strong case study for what we can do better...there is a real case to be made for abandoning the language of architectural history entirely and inventing something else. Some of the most interesting times for architecture occurred when we tried to move beyond something prior. -- Sharon Johnston/Mark Lee/ Johnston Marklee- The Architect's Newspaper
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