Today’s News - Wednesday, October 11, 2017
● B. Pedersen considers Trump's executive order rolling back rules and restrictions for environmental reviews for infrastructure projects and federally funded projects in flood-prone areas to be "a short-sighted measure and a mistake."
● A Harvard survey finds that "only one-third of businesses have developed resiliency plans" - as cities commit to renewable energy and emissions reductions, "it will be important to keep local stakeholders - like large businesses - engaged and committed."
● Holder takes a deep dive into why "small, long-shot cities" are bidding on Amazon HQ2 when "making a competitive offer can be a major drain on resources" - though "making their cities more hospitable for Amazon might also translate into making them more hospitable, period."
● Barr parses Asian cities' race for super-tall buildings: towering skylines "send a message of economic confidence to the world - to be seen as a player on the global stage, it helps to have tall buildings."
● Agbo tries to understand "Africa's urban war on street vendors. No coherent reason has ever been given. It's long past time we realized that they are not the enemy. They are - in the realest and most profound sense - Us."
● Kamin says Chicago's new McCormick Place hotel and arena may not be "exceptional architecture," but they do "provide a bit of spark in a dull area" - though "it will take much more to make the area a place with a there there" (the first big test will be an upcoming Bob Dylan concert!).
● KTGY's Hope on Alvarado in L.A. is a transitional housing development for the city's homeless made of shipping containers, "hopefully creating an urban design model for affordable housing in densely-packed cities around the globe."
● Pogrebin reports that NYC's New Museum has tapped Koolhaas and Shigematsu to design OMA's first public project in the city: a new building adjacent to the SANAA-designed museum (no images - yet).
● Holl's friend and collaborator, the composer Mostel, waxes rhapsodic about Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts, "an architectural analogue of musical alchemy. How can this not be a transformative gathering place?"
● Garcia waxes poetic about the "unapologetic bravado" of the new extension to a 1910 building for the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden: "The old building façade, playful a century ago, cannot decide whether to frown or smile at its new partner. The tension is palpable and enjoyable" (and a touch Libeskind-ish?).
● New "jaw-dropping renderings" of Olson Kundig's Seattle Space Needle renovations that include a Tihany-designed "panoramic dining room supported by a rotating, all-glass floor" (not for the faint-of-heart!).
● The International Center of Photography is moving - again - this time, into a SHoP-designed building at Essex Crossing on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
● P+W turns Washington State University's 1921 dairy building into the new home of the Department of Chemistry and School of the Environment that preserves as much of the historic character of the original building as possible.
● A look at Berke's transformation of Richardson's 1880 insane asylum in Buffalo into the very chic Hotel Henry.
● A fascinating look at Austria's most famous (and huge!) asylum that "married architecture with medicine - doctors and designers saw themselves as working on parallel problems"; the "villa asylum" was "a new treatment model - tiny cities for the insane."
● Dorman makes a pilgrimage to Saarinen's Michigan, "his earliest architectural and design laboratory" that "will continue to be models for future architects."
● A look at five renovation projects that are "reinvigorating city centers."
● Our heartiest congrats to landscape architect Kate Orff and designer and urban planner Damon Rich, who are among 24 of this year's MacArthur Genius Grant winners (a.k.a. MacArthur Fellows).
● Design Week Mexico kicks off today "in a recovering Mexico City - running concurrently with Expo Design Week" and celebrating the city being named 2018 World Design Capital (the first in the Americas).
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Brian Pedersen: A short-sighted measure: At what point does regulation trump safety? ...Trump Administration issued an executive order that would roll back certain rules regarding environmental reviews for infrastructure projects and restrictions on federally funded projects in flood-prone areas...Rolling back common sense safeguards of taxpayer money, such as avoiding projects in flood plains, is a mistake...Whether we learn from disaster remains to be seen. -- Sarah Dodge/American Institute of Architects/AIA- Lehigh Valley Business/LVB (Pennsylvania)
Harvard survey: Only one-third of businesses have developed resiliency plans: ...businesses across the U.S. are interested in improving their energy efficiency and their resiliency in extreme weather events...As mayors and city leaders commit to renewable energy and pursue emissions reductions goals, it will be important to keep local stakeholders - like large businesses - engaged and committed.- Smart Cities Dive
Sarah Holder: The Underdogs Bidding on Amazon HQ2: Why are small, long-shot cities, who on the surface don’t seem to meet at least one of Amazon’s threshold criteria, putting their hats in the ring? ...making a competitive offer can be a major drain on resources...So what’s in it if they don’t win it? If nothing else, a bid means immediate, and sweeping, media coverage...Making their cities more hospitable for Amazon might also translate into making them more hospitable, period.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Jason M. Barr: Asia Dreams in Skyscrapers: The skylines of Chinese cities and many places in the East send a message of economic confidence to the world: ...to be seen as a player on the global stage, it helps to have tall buildings...An awe-inspiring skyline is a city’s announcement that it is open for business and confident in its future growth...research suggests that younger local officials build more skyscrapers and invest in more infrastructure to enhance their standing within the government...the race for the world’s tallest building will continue...- New York Times
Mathias Agbo, Jr.: Africa’s Urban War on Street Vendors and the Missed Opportunity for Social Unity: The recent police crackdowns don’t solve or address the real problem: Why are cities in Africa so intent on criminalizing street vendors? No coherent reason has ever been given...other than a warped obsession by authorities with creating an illusionary urban utopia, one that’s oblivious to the poor...It’s long past time we realized that they are not the enemy. They are - in the realest and most profound sense - Us.- Common Edge
Blair Kamin: McCormick Place hotel and arena not exceptional architecture, but provide a bit of spark in a dull area: ...new structures and improvements to the outdoor spaces around them bring the convention center...a few steps closer to the still-distant dream of achieving urban vitality...it will take much more...to make the area...walkable and an authentic part of Chicago - in short, a place with a there there. -- Site Design Group; Pelli Clarke Pelli; Moody Nolan; Gensler; Goettsch Partners; Anderson/Miller; Simeone Deary Design Group [images]- Chicago Tribune
Shipping-container development designed for Los Angeles’ homeless population: ...created for individuals transitioning out of homelessness...Hope on Alvarado project will repurpose several, locally-sourced shipping containers...hopefully creating an urban design model for affordable housing in densely-packed cities around the globe. -- KTGY Architecture + Planning [images]- Inhabitat
Robin Pogrebin: New Museum Selects Rem Koolhaas for Expansion on the Bowery: ...Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu...will design a new building on the adjacent property...the first public project in New York City for OMA...will connect to the museum’s SANAA-designed building [and] create an additional 50,000 square feet...- New York Times
Raphael Mostel: Steven Holl’s Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University: Composer, friend and collaborator of the architect, writes about the “transformative alchemy” of the arts complex: ...I see the ideas of Morton Feldman’s music everywhere...embodies the spirit of Feldman’s expansive and mystical late works...an architectural analogue of this musical alchemy...It is striking...how much subtle reassurance and stress-reduction is built into the architecture...How can this not be a transformative gathering place? [images]- Architectural Record
David A. Garcia: Unapologetic bravado: World Maritime University, Tornhuset: ...bold extension to the [university] in Malmö, Sweden, which “wraps and folds” around the existing 1910 building...one of the most interesting and provoking interventions in the city...facade...explodes with a much-needed bravado in an all too quiet and conforming city...The old building facade, playful a century ago, cannot decide whether to frown or smile at its new partner. The tension is palpable and enjoyable. -- Harald Boklund (1910); Terroir; Kim Utzon Architecture [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Olson Kundig unveils more new renderings for Seattle Space Needle renovations: ... jaw-dropping renderings...showcase the breath-taking vistas...including those from a panoramic dining room supported by a rotating, all-glass floor...Below the glass slab floors, the structure and the gear assemblies that keep the top spinning, will be visible, as well. -- Tihany Design; Front [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
International Center of Photography Relocating to Essex Crossing: ...plans to consolidate its museum and school into 40,000 square feet of space in the SHoP-designed building [242 Broome Street]...The Andy Warhol Museum was originally going to occupy that space, but it backed out of the project in 2015... -- Moso Studio [image]- Commercial Observer (NYC)
A 1920s cheese factory is now a university science building: Almost 15,000 sf of space was added to the original, four-story building: ...constructed in 1921, it was used as a dairy building that housed the Washington State University Creamery, Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, and chemistry classes...[now] home of the Department of Chemistry and School of the Environment...preserved as much of the historic character as possible. All four walls from the original 1920s façade and the terra cotta from the original entrance were deconstructed, restored, and relocated to the building’s new front door. -- Perkins+Will; Swift Company [images]- Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Deborah Berke Partners transforms historic insane asylum into boutique hotel: Hotel Henry [in Buffalo, New York] occupies a brick building completed by Henry Hobson Richardson in 1880, which operated as an insane asylum until the mid-1970s. -- Frederick Law Olmsted; Goody Clancy; Flynn Battaglia; Andropogon Associates [images]- Dezeen
Modernism, Heal Thyself: Austria’s most famous asylum...over more than 1,100 acres, Steinhof had enough space for 5,000 patients...represented a novel turn in thinking about both illness and physical space...married architecture with medicine, applying modernist design solutions to diseases believed to stem from modernity itself...doctors and designers saw themselves as working on parallel problems...meant as trial runs at constructing ideal communities...the villa asylum, a new treatment model...tiny cities for the insane... -- Otto Wagner [images]- PublicBooks.org
John L. Dorman: Eero Saarinen’s Michigan: The architect’s groundbreaking works gave him international prominence, but his earliest architectural and design laboratory was in Michigan: His works will continue to be models for future architects and designers. [He] gave the world visually-stunning works that influenced modern design and challenged conventional wisdom, a legacy that’s well worth exploring. -- Eliel Saarinen; Loja Saarinen; Kevin Roche [images]- New York Times
R is for Renovation: Reinvigorating city centres and building within the constraints left from the past are challenges that stimulate and highlight architects’ talents. Here are five renovation projects worth showcasing. -- Atelier d’Architecture Pierre Hebbelinck; Localarchitecture; OMA; Stanton Williams; Yoav Messer [images]- Mark magazine (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners: Meet the MacArthur Fellows: Celebrating and inspiring the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships. -- Kate Orff/SCAPE; Damon Rich/Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)/Hector- MacArthur Foundation
Healing arts: Design Week Mexico kicks off in a recovering Mexico City: ...will focus on the work of contemporary designers from all over Mexico, along with work from the Guest Country of Switzerland and the Guest State of Puebla...running concurrently with Expo Design Week...marks the designation of Mexico City as the 2018 World Design Capital...the first city in the Americas; October 11-15- The Architect's Newspaper
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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