Today’s News - Wednesday, October 4, 2017
● Gendall talks to Puerto Rican architect Cruz Garcia re: "the vulnerabilities of disadvantaged populations" and rebuilding the island, post- Hurricane Maria: "We shouldn't even be thinking about putting things back the way they were. More than 'rebuilding,' we need to be talking about the construction of a better society."
● Shey, a Houstonian, talks about her city in a post-Harvey world: "The cost for Harvey could approach $200 billion. A fraction of that money could have been spent on [infrastructure] improvements before disaster struck."
● Cities across the country contributed to designing legislation to support smart cities projects, but "lack of bipartisan support could mean that this bill is dead on arrival."
● Architects across the globe are "using 'parasite architecture' in increasingly creative and practical ways" to "come up with a solution to the lack of space" in big cities.
● Moore x 2: "disdain for 'gentrification' is misguided - regeneration can be done with respect for existing communities. It all depends on how you do it."
● His take on the Tate St. Ives extension in Cornwall: it "is not any old exhibition space but one that contains intelligence, strength of mind, and sensitivity as it is possible to put into a single plain rectangle. It is only a room - but what a room."
● Wainwright says the Tate St. Ives is "a stunning new gallery," but it was "bullied into hiding" by local resistance "cramped its style - seen from the beach, "it's clear that the whole thing is the wrong way round."
● Heathcote hails some of London's "daring" concrete architecture from the 1960s and '70s compared to what's being built today: has the city's "once-bold architecture lost its nerve" and "its radical edge? Are we now too cynical for the avant garde?"
● Hume heaps high praise on Canada's new National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, "a powerful addition to the landscape of the capital" that "speaks the language of pain, fear and isolation - an experience not easily forgotten. Libeskind has acquitted himself brilliantly" (but, oh those "intrusive" murals).
● Saffron is not quite so kind to the new Children's Hospital of Philadelphia campus: its "vision is far too suburban for its Center City location - there are some truly enjoyable moments," but "you are always aware of being in a sterile, hyper-managed hospital complex."
● New renderings of Viñoly's "latest Manhattan cloudbuster": it may not be as tall as 432 Park Avenue, but at 88 stories, it "is still plenty stringy" (with rather "superyacht" interiors).
● 3XN's new HQ for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne "is a dynamic form that evokes the movement of an athlete," and "will be a one of the world's most energy efficient glass buildings."
● Betsky considers the arrest of an unlicensed architect as "a victory for licensure," but "what worries me more is bad architects who commit crimes against our landscapes and lives on a daily basis. Those are the ones that should really go to jail."
● A good reason to be in Toronto next week: NXT City Symposium - Future:Proof: "meet the top players pushing the limits of public space around the world."
● A good reason to head to L.A. in a few weeks: "Common Ground," the ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting will explore "how landscape architects design common areas, creating and celebrating community."
● Call for entries (deadline looms!): 2018 WoodWorks Wood Design Awards for excellence and innovation in the non-residential and multi-family wood buildings (no fee!).
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John Gendall: A Puerto Rican Architect Explains How Rebuilding the Country Will Take More Than Brick and Mortar: “This is an opportunity to rethink our role as architects," says Cruz Garcia of WAI Think Tank: Extreme climate events tend to reveal socioeconomic disparities...Hurricane Maria did just that, laying bare, in tragic ways, the vulnerabilities of disadvantaged populations...“I don’t even want to say ‘rebuild,’ because we shouldn’t even be thinking about putting things back the way they were...More than ‘rebuilding,’ we need to be talking about the construction of a better society.”- Architectural Digest
Brittanie Shey: Houston after Harvey: The country’s largest city without zoning laws is at a development crossroads: For years, Houston has been able to make do and mend with its current flood-control system after each major storm...will soon reach a point where the infrastructure can’t keep up with the city’s growth - if it hasn't already...The cost for Harvey is not yet calculated, but it could approach $200 billion. A fraction of that money could have been spent on improvements before disaster struck.- Curbed
Bicameral legislation would authorize $1.1B over 5 years for smart cities projects: Three Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to support smart cities projects around the nation, but a lack of bipartisan support could spell trouble: ...city officials across the country contributed to designing the legislation...conflicting signals from the White House [and] lack of bipartisan support could mean that this bill is dead on arrival.- Smart Cities Dive
Why are designers creating parasite architecture? Fernando Abellanas thinks he just might have come up with a solution to the lack of space in many big cities....created a workspace that literally hangs off a highway in Valencia, Spain...From Paris to Thailand, creative minds are using "parasite architecture" in increasingly creative and practical ways to help us reconsider urban space. -- James Furzer; Rachaporn Choochuey/All(Zone); Stephane Malka Architecture; Project Orange; Mark Reigelman/Jenny Chapman; Panos Dragonas/Varvara Christopoulou [images]- CNN World
Rowan Moore: Automatic disdain for ‘gentrification’ is misguided if local lives are improved: ...regeneration...can be done with respect for existing communities: Social cleansing is a metastasis of gentrification, the phenomenon...which by accident and design has been elevated to the status of public policy...Speak to people caught up in... “estate renewal” and they will often be pleased by the proposed changes...Happy so long as...they still have a home after the work is done. Which is the rub...It all depends...on how you do it.- Observer (UK)
Rowan Moore: Tate St Ives extension: repose and spaciousness: The new gallery in Cornwall is far more than just another white space - though to appreciate it fully you’ll need to pop out for a swim: It looks at first sight like an awful lot of trouble for a room...the new gallery is not any old exhibition space but one that contains about as much intelligence, strength of mind and sensitivity as it is possible to put into a single plain rectangle. It is only a room...but what a room. -- Eldred Evans/David Shalev/Evans & Shalev Architects (1993); Jamie Fobert Architects [images]- Observer (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Tate St Ives: a stunning new gallery, bullied into hiding: A clever underground extension makes the most of St Ives’ magical light...It could have been truly great - if local resistance hadn’t cramped its style: From the inside, the new gallery is a stunning space...Looking up...from the beach, it’s clear that the whole thing is the wrong way round. -- Jamie Fobert Architects; Max Fordham; Evans & Shalev Architects [images]- Guardian (UK)
Edwin Heathcote: Concrete examples: has London’s once-bold architecture lost its nerve? The buildings of the 1960s and 1970s showed a daring lacking today: A cursory glance at London’s contemporary skyline shows a city falling over itself to build - more and taller. But compared with these buildings of the 1960s and 1970s, what will we leave behind? Has London architecture lost its radical edge? Are we now too cynical for the avant garde? ...the private sector will never take that kind of risk. -- Richard Rogers; Renzo Piano; Archigram; Erno Goldfinger; Alison and Peter Smithson
Zaha Hadid; Herzog & de Meuron [images]- Financial Times (UK)
Christopher Hume: Canada’s new National Holocaust Monument is ‘about you’: Its enclosed spaces, precariously angled walls and raw concrete surfaces speak the language of pain, fear and isolation. There is nothing heroic here...only the offer of an experience not easily forgotten...Daniel Libeskind has acquitted himself brilliantly...a series of black-and-white murals...are unnecessary, intrusive...This fear of leaving anything unsaid is at odds with a structure that is strong enough to speak for itself... -- Edward Burtynsky; Claude Cormier; Doris Bergen; Lord Cultural Resources [images]- Toronto Star
Inga Saffron: New Children's Hospital of Philadelphia campus yearns for the big city, but can't leave the office park behind: ...[its] vision is far too suburban for its Center City location...height and density don’t automatically translate into urbanity. Though the outdoor areas are all accessible to the public, and there are some truly enjoyable moments, you are always aware of being in a sterile, hypermanaged hospital complex...moatlike array of plazas, planters, and landscaped berms...buffer the building from the surrounding neighborhood, rather than connect it. -- Pelli Clarke Pelli; Cooper Robertson; Ground Reconsidered [images]- Philadelphia Inquirer
New renderings revealed for Rafael Viñoly’s latest Manhattan cloudbuster: 125 Greenwich Street isn’t as tall as 432 Park Avenue...FiDi skyscraper is still plenty stringy: Rising 88 stories...just south of the World Trade Center will house luxury condos with interiors by March & White, a British firm that built its reputation designing superyachts. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Construction of 3XN's Olympic House in Lausanne underway: ...new home of the International Olympic Committee...staircase echoes the form of the famous olympic rings...transparent double glass façade...is a dynamic form that evokes the movement of an athlete...will be a one of the world’s most energy efficient glass buildings... [images]- designboom
Aaron Betsky: "Architect" Goes to Jail, World Shrugs: Does the arrest of an unlicensed architect make the profession better? In a victory for licensure everywhere, Paul Newman...was convicted and sentenced...His ability to practice for so long with impunity threatens the whole system by which we judge whether somebody can call themselves an architect...what worries me more...is bad architects who...(and without the AIA or anybody else able to do anything about it), commit crimes against our landscapes and lives on a daily basis. Those are the ones that should really go to jail. -- Cohesion Studios- Architect Magazine
NXT City Symposium - Future:Proof: meet the top players pushing the limits of public space around the world; Toronto, October 13-14- NXT City
"Common Ground": ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO: reflects how landscape architects design common areas - including streets, parks, markets and gardens - where people meet and interact, creating and celebrating community; Los Angeles, October 20-23- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Call for entries: 2018 WoodWorks Wood Design Awards: Celebrates Excellence and Innovation in the Design of Non-Residential and Multi-Family Wood Buildings; open to projects and firms located in the U.S.; no fee; deadline: October 13- WoodWorks
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: expanding and upgrading of an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.- ArchNewsNow.com
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