Today’s News - Tuesday, October 10, 2017
● A sad news day: we lose Marks of Marks Barfield much too soon; Rose pens an eloquent tribute to the "idealistic, potentially reckless, but ultimately very successful" architect who "inspired a growing movement of self-initiating, community-minded designers."
● DS+R (finally) lands a win in the U.K. (they've been shortlisted a lot), tapped, along with Sheppard Robson et al, to design London's £250m Centre for Music next to the Barbican.
● Meanwhile, the U.K.'s Chipperfield is tapped to Venice's longest building on Piazza San Marco, "which will see the palace opened to the public for the first time in 500 years."
● Heathcote isn't "against an architecture of fun," but he questions "a sub-architectural typology that is emerging in otherwise serious cities and making them silly" (with Heatherwick "as its master").
● Marshall desperately seeks urbanism in Shanghai's Pudong District: it "looks so glorious from a distance," and has "all the components of urbanism" - but "without any actual urbanism. It appears that traditional urbanism can be preserved, renovated or enhanced, but not built anew."
● Sisson delves deep into Atlanta's Beltline, "a transformative urban redevelopment that struggles with affordability and displacement - twin specters" that make it "an important case study for the nation."
● Davidson has high hopes for PAU's revised plans for NYC's Domino Sugar Complex, but worries that "there are still opportunities to dilute a good idea and ruin a very fine ruin."
● Bozikovic, on the other hand, thinks Foster's 85-story The One is "a building that swaggers on the skyline and brandishes its brawn - it is poised to be the best tall building Toronto has seen since the 1960s" (facadechtomies included, and lots of pix!).
● Holder parses how far an "Extreme Amazon Bidder" will go to win Amazon HQ2 ("wacky" and "ominous" included), but cynics argue that Amazon probably already has its own wish list of locations, and the competition is only "to increase the company's own bargaining power."
● Amtrak postpones its RFQ for a 30th Street Station District Plan developer until it sees how Philly fares "amid Amazon HQ2 pursuit."
● Meanwhile, Seattle need not fear for its own "Amazonia" - the company is taking 722,000 square feet (all the office space) in NBBJ's forthcoming 58-story Rainier Square skyscraper (lots of pix!).
● Wainwright talks to 2018 Royal Gold Medalist Neave Brown re: "bagging an award for the building that killed his career": "I'm in a state of tiswas about it" (but "he fizzes with anger at the current state of UK housing").
● Hurst explains why we need "an army of Neave Browns": he is "a role model for our times. He was consistently saying the right thing but his voice was drowned out in a rush for more bombastic and often cheaper design fixes" (will the Gold Medal's "sprinkle of royal stardust" help?).
● Mairs' great Q&A with Brown, who thinks "high-rise buildings should only be used to house the very rich - tower blocks like Grenfell should never have been built because they ostracize the underprivileged into special places for the poor."
● Chamberlain talks to MASS Design Group's Murphy and author John Cary, "two leaders in the social justice design movement," re: "the structural barriers that the profession puts in the path of young architects who want to practice social justice design - and what to do about it."
● Capps parses MASS's "unprecedented memorial" to the victims of lynchings taking shape in Montgomery, Alabama, where "a visitor can feel history pressing in from every side."
● The Chicago Architecture Club - with the Chicago Architecture Biennial - announces the 2017 Burnham Prize Competition: Under the Dome winners - on display in Chicago, but only until October 14.
● William McDonough and LINC Housing Group take home 2017 Hanley Awards (and healthy purses) for "their work advocating sustainability in the built environment."
● The restoration of Aalto's 1970 Harald Herlin Learning Centre, which "boldly introduces innovative ideas that simultaneously challenge and respect the original space, wins the 2017 Finlandia Prize for Architecture."
● Eyefuls of the winners of the Adelaide Creative Community Hub competition, who hail from France, Denmark, Australia, and Chile.
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Obituary: David Marks, 64: Architect who both designed and made a reality of the London Eye and the British Airways i360 tower on Brighton seafront: ...was passionate about the potential of architecture to improve people’s lives...[His] skill as a designer and innovator was complemented by a socially conscious entrepreneurialism - idealistic, potentially reckless, but ultimately very successful...He inspired a growing movement of self-initiating, community-minded designers... By Steve Rose -- Julia Barfield/Marks Barfield Architects [images]- Guardian (UK)
Winner revealed in contest to design £250m London concert hall: New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro has landed one of most significant new commissions in the UK...[Centre for Music] on the Museum of London site next to the Barbican: ...saw off Amanda Levete, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Snøhetta and Renzo Piano...US practice has narrowly missed out on a string of high-profile schemes in the UK... -- Sheppard Robson; Nagata Acoustics; Charcoalblue; BuroHappold; AECOM- The Architects' Journal (UK)
David Chipperfield to restore historic palace on Venice's Piazza San Marco: ...the Procuratie Vecchie on Piazza San Marco, which will see the palace opened to the public for the first time in 500 years...also a hub for the Human Safety Net, a non-profit organisation funded by the Generali Group that supports initiatives including backing refugee-owned start-ups...will also include opening a hidden passageway between Piazza San Marco and the Royal Gardens. [images]- Dezeen
Edwin Heathcote: fairground fun should be fleeting: Cities are seduced by Ferris wheels and helter-skelters but there is no reason to make them permanent: ...cities have somehow misunderstood the difference between an architecture of temporariness and spectacle and an architecture of the real city...This is not an argument against an architecture of fun...Rather, I’d want to question a sub-architectural typology that is emerging in otherwise serious cities and making them silly. Thomas Heatherwick has emerged as its master... -- Douglas Murphy/"Nincompoopolis"; Heatherwick Studio; Anish Kapoor- Financial Times (UK)
Alex Marshall: Looking Desperately for Urbanism in Shanghai’s Pudong District: Why one of the most intense neighborhoods in the world feels so alien and anti-urban: ...[it] looks so glorious from a distance...no street-level retail, no coffee shops or odd store or service...all the components of urbanism - density, mass transit, deemphasized parking - without any actual urbanism being produced...It appears...that traditional urbanism can be preserved, renovated or enhanced, but not built anew.- Common Edge
Patrick Sisson: Atlanta’s Beltline, a transformative urban redevelopment, struggles with affordability: Can the city’s revolutionary rails-to-trails project work for everyone? Even opponents...admit that it’s been an engine for economic growth. But within that success lie the twin specters of decreased affordability and displacement, which have made the Beltline an important case study for...the nation...How can we develop an equitable city for everyone, and both draw development while preserving and even expanding affordability? -- Ryan Gravel- Curbed
Justin Davidson: New Plans for the Domino Sugar Complex: ...a protected ruin today...the hollowed-out refinery will enclose an office building at the heart of a multiuse complex...The question is: What kind of new architecture deserves to inhabit that imperial ruin? ...an entire new building...slipped inside an old one, with space and weather in between...there are still opportunities to dilute a good idea and ruin a very fine ruin...I hope that as the design develops, it...produces a building brawny and convincingly detailed... -- Beyer Blinder Belle; Vishaan Chakrabarti/Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU); SHoP Architects; James Corner Field Operations- New York Magazine
Alex Bozikovic: The One: An ambitious, 85-storey tower that will transform Toronto's skyline: The 85-storey tower...will look like no other in the city: ...a building that swaggers on the skyline and brandishes its brawn...Ambitiously conceived and thoughtfully designed, it is poised to be the best tall building Toronto has seen since the 1960s...structural bravado...76-storey One Bloor East...and its curvy glass will have some steely company across the street. -- Foster & Partners; Core Architects; Hariri Pontarini Architects [images]- Globe and Mail (Canada)
Sarah Holder: How Far Will Cities Go to Win Amazon HQ2? In a bidding war this contentious, economic incentive packages could get extreme: Details have emerged about some of the more wacky stunts cities are pursuing...Here’s what it could look like, starting with the most ominous...Extreme Amazon Bidder might soon exit the realm of the hypothetical....What Amazon is doing to cities is tantamount to “blackmail"...cynics...have argued that Amazon probably already has its own ranking of wish list locations. The competition was opened simply to increase the company’s own bargaining power.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Amtrak postpones search for 30th Street developer amid Amazon HQ pursuit: The postponement, coming less than three weeks before Amazon’s deadline for headquarters proposals, shows that Amtrak is taking seriously Philadelphia’s odds of snagging the Seattle company’s new campus...expects Amazon to have decided whether Philadelphia will have made its short list by early 2018...when [Amtrak] plans to resume its 30th Street Station District Plan developer search.- Philadelphia Inquirer
Guess who's moving into Seattle's new Rainier Square skyscraper: If you were worried that Amazon didn't have enough of a presence downtown, fear not: they're getting new, high-profile digs soon...all of the 722,000 square feet of office space in the 58-story building. -- NBBJ [images]- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Oliver Wainwright: 'I'm dumbfounded!' ... Neave Brown on bagging an award for the building that killed his career: It was late, over-budget and ended his career. But 40 years on, Brown has just won British architecture’s top award for the Alexandra Road estate and similar masterpieces of social housing: ...subtle thinking about the details of everyday living...was at the core of his ground-breaking designs for high-density, low-rise social housing...It is the kind of approach that sorely needs to be revived...he fizzes with anger at the current state of UK housing. [images]- Guardian (UK)
Will Hurst: We all dream of an army of Neave Browns: The people need to know about the people’s architect: ...at the age of 88...a role model for our times as a champion of high-quality social housing and community engagement...[He] was consistently saying the right thing but his voice was drowned out in a rush for more bombastic and often cheaper and lower-quality design fixes...The question is whether anyone outside of architecture is actually listening. Despite the medal’s sprinkle of royal stardust...- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Jessica Mairs: Q&A with 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown: High-rise buildings should only be used to house the very rich: Tower blocks like Grenfell "should never have been built because they ostracise the underprivileged into special places for the poor...they have become centres of social decline, and we all predicted that"...sub-standard social housing is "probably England's most massive major social problem." [images]- Dezeen
Lisa Chamberlain: Michael Murphy and John Cary: A talk with two leaders in the social justice design movement: In addition to discussing ground breaking projects...both talk about the structural barriers that the profession puts in the path of young architects who want to practice social justice design - and what to do about it. -- MASS Design Group; "Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone"- Common Edge Podcast
Kriston Capps: Hanged, Burned, Shot, Drowned, Beaten: In a region where symbols of the Confederacy are ubiquitous, an unprecedented memorial takes shape.: ...in Montgomery, Alabama, a visitor can feel history pressing in from every side...just a stone’s throw from the Rosa Parks Museum, the Memorial to Peace and Justice will serve as a national monument to the victims of lynchings...will be the first such memorial in the U.S. -- MASS Design Group [images]- The Atlantic
Chicago Architecture Club - in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial - announces awarded entries in the 2017 Burnham Prize Competition: Under the Dome: ...on display at the Chicago Cultural Center until October 14. -- "New Waters" by Sonja Cheng, Jennifer Ly, and Max Obata; "Dualism" by John David Todd, Kevin Lamyuktseung, and James Martin [images]- Chicago Architecture Club
2017 Hanley Award Winners Announced: William McDonough and LINC Housing Group to be honored for their work advocating sustainability in the built environment:...founding principal of William McDonough + Partners and co-creator of...Cradle to Cradle Design Framework...8th recipient of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability. LINC Housing...4th annual Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability...$50,000 prize and $25,000 grant [respectively].- Builder magazine
Renovated Alvar Aalto Learning Center wins the 2017 Finlandia Prize for Architecture: Aalto University Harald Herlin Learning Centre, recently renovated by JKMM and Arkkitehdit NRT Oy...originally designed by father of Finnish modernism, in 1970 as a complement to the Otaniemi campus...boldly introduces innovative ideas that simultaneously challenge and respect the original space. -- Finnish Association of Architecture [images]- Archinect
Adelaide Creative Community Hub competition winners: ...an urban catalyst with the option of designing either a temporary pavilion or fixed landmark within the recently-redeveloped Victoria Square, a well-used public park. -- Lucas Monnereau/Thomas Leblond (France); Judith Busson/François Cattoni (France); Kathrine Vand/Emil Trabjerg Jensen/Sebastian Appel (Denmark); Sandbox Studio (Australia); Banny Fabian/Sandoval Salinas/Universidad Austral de Chile [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter
ANN feature: Richard N. Swett, FAIA: Memo to: The Next Generation of Architects. Re: What would I have done differently if I had known then what I know now? Leaders with the skills and sensibilities of an architect are needed now more than ever. I call it Leadership by Design.- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: 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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