Today’s News - Tuesday, November 7, 2017
● Trump's tax plan puts the Historic Tax Credit program "under fire," which doesn't make much sense considering the HTC has "spruced up more than 40,000 total structures, corralling $117 billion in private investment for such redevelopment work."
● Scott Brown, Goldberger, Bergdoll, Riley, Merkel, and others weigh in on Snøhetta's plan to overhaul Johnson & Burgee's AT&T Building: it's "ham-handed," and "Trump-era architecture, and must be stopped."
● It's looking more and more like "YIMBYism the future of environmentalism" and no longer "a Trojan horse for developers" when it comes to housing.
● A round-up of 9 projects "set to transform Toronto - among the most ambitious: Canada's tallest building, an underground park and an entire new 'future city.'"
● Great profiles of 3 cities vying for Amazon HQ2: Detroit; Toronto (where the company could "attract talent from around the world without worrying about whether employees could earn and keep their visas"), and Austin. "But ... (of course there's a but)."
● Gehry's "elusive" Eisenhower Memorial (finally) breaks ground: "After 17 years of soap opera-like drama," it "has reached its happily-ever-after stage."
● Report #1 from Abu Dhabi: the British Museum ends loan deal with the Foster-designed Zayed National Museum "because work has not yet started - it is now unclear whether the museum is merely being further delayed or if its future is in doubt."
● Report #2 from Abu Dhabi: Authorities claim that the Zayed National Museum collaboration with British Museum is "successfully concluded," and "denied reports that a 10-year consultancy had been ended early."
● Freeman uses Yale's two new residential colleges ("a superblock of neo-Gothic fantasy") as a jumping-off point to explain that "with their new architecture, universities all too often abdicate leadership in promoting artistic innovation as they pander to plutocratic donors."
● Sacchetti offers a terrific round-up of independent groups who are "blending research, activism, and critical thought in architecture - issues that existing institutions simply can't address. They are young, shrewd, and versatile - or perhaps they are simply the kinds of practitioners our times need."
● Australia's ABC News is quite taken with Goldhagen's take on "how architecture shapes your identity and affects your brain. She says architects need to get better at explaining why design matters."
● Kellert parses "what is and is not biophilic design," and offers "a set of five conditions for the effective practice of biophilic design."
● Eyefuls of Hadid's desert laboratory in Riyadh that includes Saudi Arabia's "very first prayer space to be designed by a woman. Proof that she is still having a posthumous influence on design."
● Eyefuls of a "wowza" ski and yoga resort in the Caucasus Mountains made of shipping containers ("Is there anything shipping containers can't be recycled into?").
● KPF tapped to design a dual-tower condo, "the first residences and mixed-use building for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa, a 9 million-square-foot mega-development."
● "YAP-ee": the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalists announced.
● Eddy's new documentary "Starship Chicago: A Building on the Brink" puts the spotlight on Jahn's threatened Thompson Center - and you can view it free online through November 12.
● Bayley makes his pick of "20 designs that defined the modern world," though "the mis-use and abuse the word 'design' has been attenuated to a condition of near meaninglessness."
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Trump’s Tax Plan Might Do Away with the Program that Helps Renovate Historic Architecture: The Reagan Administration’s Historic Tax Credit program comes under fire: ...provides a 20% tax credit for the redevelopment of blighted buildings and renovation of notable architectural landmarks...no federal dollars are at risk if plans are scrapped...HTC has...spruced up more than 40,000 total structures, corralling $117 billion in private investment for such redevelopment work.- Architectural Digest
Po-No You Didn't! ...controversy erupts over AT&T Building: ...plans to renovate and overhaul the base of Philip Johnson’s iconic AT&T Building (now 550 Madison Avenue).The response to Snøhetta’s design proposal was immediately mixed, with many in the architectural community deriding the new design as anti-contextual and ham-handed. -- Denise Scott Brown; Paul Goldberger; Sean Griffiths/FAT; Barry Bergdoll; Terence Riley; Paul Gunther; Adam Nathaniel Furman; Jayne Merkel- The Architect's Newspaper
Nathanael Johnson: Enviros and Developers: A Love Story: Is the future of environmentalism build, build, build? ...when it comes to housing, new-school environmentalists...understand that it’s necessary to support things, too...YIMBYs...[are] part of a national trend, as millennial environmentalists embrace a different shade of green from their predecessors...Is YIMBYism the future of environmentalism?- Grist Magazine
Nine architecture and urbanism projects set to transform Toronto: ...some of the most ambitious, including Canada's tallest building, an underground park and an entire new "future city." -- Sidewalk Labs/Waterfront Toronto; 3XN; Hariri Pontarini Architects; Ken Greenberg/Marc Ryan/Adam Nicklin/Public Work; BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Henning Larsen Architects; Penda; Foster + Partners/Core Architects [images]- Dezeen
The great hunt for Amazon HQ2: 3 cities on our short list: The case for Detroit; Toronto: With the changing U.S. attitude toward immigration - a battle the technology sector has taken up - a Canadian headquarters would allow Amazon to attract talent from around the world without worrying about whether employees could earn and keep their visas...Austin = Austizon...But ... (of course there's a but).- Smart Cities Dive
With groundbreaking, elusive Eisenhower Memorial moves from dream to reality: After 17 years of soap opera-like drama - including villains, family squabbles and money problems - the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has reached its happily-ever-after stage. -- Frank Gehry [images]- Washington Post
British Museum ends loan deal with Abu Dhabi: Construction delays to the Zayed National Museum are behind the move: Work on the building...has been at a standstill since 2011...terminated a co-operation deal, two years before the 10-year contract was due to end because work has not yet started on the building on Saadiyat Island...it is now unclear whether the ZNM is merely being further delayed or if its future is in doubt. -- Foster + Partners- The Art Newspaper (UK)
Zayed National Museum collaboration with British Museum 'successfully concluded': Culture and tourism authority speaks of successful conclusion to relationship with London and says development of Saadiyat museum will continue: ...authority denied reports...that a 10-year consultancy with the British Museum for the Saadiyat Island museum had been ended early...a revised timeline for the completion of the [ZNM] and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be announced when building tenders have been awarded. -- Norman Foster/Foster + Partners- The National (UAE)
Belmont Freeman: Tradition for Sale: Yale has just completed two new residential colleges...a superblock of neo-Gothic fantasy. This reversion to an archaic visual language exemplifies a troubling trend. With their new architecture, universities all too often abdicate leadership in promoting artistic innovation as they pander to plutocratic donors. -- Robert A. M. Stern Architects- Places Journal
Vera Sacchetti: These Independent Groups Are Blending Research, Activism, and Critical Thought in Architecture: There are some issues that existing institutions simply can’t address. Thankfully, researchers, nonprofits, and publications around the world are filling the gap: Their claims are bold and their goals ambitious...They are young, shrewd, and versatile - or perhaps they are simply the kinds of practitioners our times need. -- Tom Jacobs/Architects Advocate Action on Climate Change; Lauren Johnson/Ryan Day/QSPACE; Jason Hilgefort/Land+Civilization Compositions (L+CC)/Future+; Peter Zellner/Free School of Architecture; Nelly Ben Hayoun/University of the Underground (UoU); Justinien Tribillon/Catarina de Almeida Brito/Offshore Studio/Migrant journal; Leopold Lambert/Funambulist; uca Marullo/Eugenio Cosentino/Stefano Colombo/Parasite 2.0; David Martin/MADWorkshop; Miller Prize Competition- Metropolis Magazine
How architecture shapes your identity and affects your brain: Studies have shown that long-term episodic memories are processed in the same part of the brain that is used for spatial navigation and place recognition. And according to...Sarah Williams Goldhagen, this makes intuitive sense..."If the built environment isn't supporting you, then the chances are it's probably hurting you"...[She] says architects need to get better at explaining why design matters.- ABC News / Blueprint for Living (Australia)
Stephen R. Kellert: What Is and Is Not Biophilic Design? If design doesn’t focus on aspects of the natural world that contribute to human health and productivity in the age-old struggle to be fit and survive, it is not biophilic: ...distinctive characteristics yield a set of five conditions for the effective practice of biophilic design. Each underscores what is and IS NOT biophilic design...- Metropolis Magazine
Zaha Hadid Architects’ new energy research centre is fit for a king: ZHA has never subscribed to the cult of quiet functionalism...Perhaps that’s why Riyadh’s new King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KASPSARC) is such a dramatic and radical statement...a desert laboratory...Perhaps most notably...the country’s very first prayer space to be designed by a woman. Proof that Zaha Hadid is still having a posthumous influence on design. [images]- Wallpaper*
Shipping containers stack up into striking ski resort lodge: Wowza: Is there anything shipping containers can’t be recycled into? The answer continues to swing towards "no"...Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort, newly built in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia...entirely of repurposed containers clad in wooden panels... -- Sandro Ramishvili and Irakli Eristavi [images]- Curbed
Strategic Property Partners Unveils Plan for Tampa Towers: ...Kohn Pedersen Fox to design 815 Water St., a dual-tower building that will be one of the first new condo projects in Tampa within the last 10 years: ...the first residences and mixed-use building for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa, a 9 million-square-foot mega-development -- KPF; Cecconi Simone; Raymond Jungles [images]- Multi-Housing News
YAP-ee: Meet the finalists for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program: ...initial group of 30 is culled down to five firms... -- BairBalliet (Kristy Balliet; Kelly Bair/Central Standard Office of Design); FreelandBuck (David Freeland; Brennan Buck); Jennifer Newsom & Tom Carruthers/Dream The Combine; Jesse LeCavalier/LeCavalier R+D- The Architect's Newspaper
New documentary spotlights Helmut Jahn’s threatened Thompson Center: "Starship Chicago: A Building on the Brink" by Nathan Eddy...the first vocal step in beginning the conversation about saving the Thompson Center..."I wanted to make the first comedic architecture documentary"; one-week showing on the MAS Context website runs through November 12- The Architect's Newspaper
Stephen Bayley: 20 designs that defined the modern world: Great design is about more than good-looking products. It has the power to shape how we experience life: ...the very best designs change things forever. But what is it? Design may be important, but is also muddled...Through familiarity, mis-use and abuse the word has been attenuated to a condition of near meaninglessness...It is about making ordinary things more practical, but more beautiful too...[it] makes us feel good about ourselves and our world.- CNN
ANN feature: Jason A. Silva: From the Treetops #2: Sacramento Riverfront Development Brings New Life to an Overlooked Part of River City: There is a laundry-list of possibilities for creating those oh-so important physical and the more elusive perceived connections to our urban waterfront. Critical to the success of riverfront development: access, activation, and awareness.- ArchNewsNow.com
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