Today’s News - Thursday, November 9, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days, We'll be back Tuesday, November 14 (and just a heads-up that next week might be only a 2-newsletter week - we'll keep you posted).
● ANN Feature: Stormy Weather: Landscape Design Responses for a Changing Climate: Experts from Sherwood Design Engineers explain that, as designers and engineers move forward to adapt communities to changing weather patterns, providing flood protection while integrating social and ecological benefits will generate value and multi-functional infrastructure.
● Blander's Q&A with GSD's Keenan, co-editor of "Blue Dunes: Climate Change By Design," re: "the future of climate science in light of our current political situation": "Until local governments take and bear the burden of more responsible land use planning, there's not much that we can do" (how depressing).
● Kamin considers the corner of a veil of secrecy surrounding the Obama Library in Chicago that has finally been lifted - at least a bit: no new renderings, but new details offer "hints about where things have gone since we saw the initial plans" for what is "shaping up to be a precedent-shattering presidential center."
● Wainwright introduces us to Williams and Agrawal, a duo of architects-turned-planners "determined to lure architects back into working for the greater good" by "encouraging the best young designers to go into the public sector."
● McKnight walks us through Yale's 50th Jim Vlock First Year Building Project - a prefabricated two-apartment home for the homeless (lots of pix!).
● Schuetz, on a less cheerful note, parses a new study offering "more evidence that housing affordability is getting worse. If you aren't rich, don't move to California. Or maybe Florida either."
● A debate among architects about whether Queenstown, New Zealand has "an architectural character": it may be "missing 'local flavor,'" but it has "diversity" vs. "No amount of stone is going to make a crap design nice."
● Davidson explains that, while "we can't crazy-proof everything," the horrific truck attack on NYC's Hudson River Greenway was "eminently preventable" - there's a fairly simple solution, "yet that simple intervention somehow never seems urgent" (except in Las Vegas).
● The American Planning Association offers a suite of Autonomous Vehicle Resources "to assist communities in addressing the questions and challenges posed by this new technology."
● The National Trust for Historic Preservation has the U.S. Army's support to find a new use for the Mountain View Officers' Club in Arizona, "one of only two WWII-era African-American officers' clubs in the country."
● Call for Entries (deadline extended!): International Making Cities Livable Design Awards Competition.
● Call for Papers (deadline extended!): Proposals for the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference next May.
● Call for Entries: 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.
● Call for Entries: 2018 Coverings Installation & Design/CID Awards.
● A good reason to head to Berlin next week: World Architecture Festival 2017, the 10th "annual dose of architectural excellence to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired."
● A few days remain to catch - free online - Eddy's documentary "Starship Chicago: A Building on the Brink" that makes the case for saving the Thompson Center, Jahn's "polarizing postmodern icon" in Chicago.
● Minutillo offers her take on the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial: it is "a telling sign that the new generation is not afraid to look to the past. Based purely on the strength of the Biennial, the future of architecture is bright" ("dead architect du jour" included).
● "We Believe" is a "spectacular" light installation that will link two iconic Arne Jacobsen masterpieces in London and Denmark - controlled by the public.
● Lots to see in NYC: "SuperDesign" is a chance to "rediscover the controversial creations of Italy's most radical movement": "We had a thirst for rebellion. It's time to rediscover this attitude. Young people need to believe that the world can change," says Audrito (fab photos!).
● Mendelsohn delves deep into Matta-Clark as he takes center stage in "Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts: he "was less interested in reimagining the city's buildings than exploring its gritty underbelly and engaging the people and places that modernism had failed" (great read; fab photos!).
● "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd" at the Center for Architecture "brings both his built and never-realized works to the forefront - the first show to focus solely on his architecture."
● Lubell & Goldin parse "10 places that define New York City, reimagined" - see lots more at "Never Built New York" or just "roam the city, with these visions in the back of your mind."
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ANN Feature: Stormy Weather: Landscape Design Responses for a Changing Climate: As designers and engineers move forward to adapt communities to changing weather patterns, providing flood protection while integrating social and ecological benefits will generate value and multi-functional infrastructure. By Steve Albert, PE, CFM, Josiah Cain, ASLA, Prentiss Darden, MLA, and Jim Remlin, PE, LEED AP/Sherwood Design Engineers- ArchNewsNow.com
Akiva Blander: The Bold Plan to Help Save the Mid-Atlantic Coast from Storm Surges: [Q&A with] Harvard GSD Professor Jesse M. Keenan on "Blue Dunes: Climate Change By Design"...co-edited with Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture: ...talks about the future of climate science in light of our current political situation...."Until local governments take and bear the burden of more responsible land use planning, there’s not much that we can do."- Metropolis Magazine
Blair Kamin: After months of secrecy, a glimpse of Obama Center's evolving design: ...a crack finally opened...no new renderings...Yet there were details that offered hints about where things have gone since we saw the initial plans...None of this sounds like a traditional presidential library...The Obamas have a very different vision - a thriving civic hub that is part of both local and global networks...It probably will take...until December or even early next year before we learn the final shape of what is quietly (and too secretly) shaping up to be a precedent-shattering presidential center. -- Frederick Law Olmsted; Calvert Vaux; Tod Williams Billie Tsien- Chicago Tribune
Oliver Wainwright: Spectacular buildings for everyone: how to stop ugly housing and fix urban planning for good: Meet the duo determined to lure architects back into working for the greater good: ...architects-turned-planners Finn Williams and Pooja Agrawal have set up Public Practice, a social enterprise backed by the Mayor of London, aimed at encouraging the best young designers to go into the public sector - and forge a bold new generation of proactive planners embedded in local government.- Guardian (UK)
Jenna McKnight: Yale architecture students create dwelling in Connecticut for the homeless: ...a prefabricated building in New Haven...designed by students in the Jim Vlock First Year Building Project...This year's house marks the 50th project completed...prefabricated elements...were made in a warehouse on Yale's West Campus. [images]- Dezeen
Jenny Schuetz: Yet more evidence that housing affordability is getting worse: ...an analysis by Freddie Mac...Affordability is worst for the poor, but middle-income families are also getting squeezed...If you aren’t rich, don’t move to California. Or maybe Florida either.- Brookings Institution
Does Queenstown have an architectural character? ...architect Michael Wyatt...acknowledged the resort was missing "local flavour" but said it also had diversity...Architect Jackie Gillies...says the resort's style is linked to its goldmining heritage. "Queenstown is never going to be a pretty little village in the mountains..."No amount of stone is going to make a crap design nice but you do hope for quality architecture"..."What people hate now is what they like in 25 years."- Stuff (New Zealand)
Justin Davidson: How New York City Could Have Protected Those Cyclists and Pedestrians: We can’t crazy-proof everything, but the city could do a far more thorough job of safeguarding against vehicle attacks: The horror on the Hudson River Greenway was...eminently preventable...The solution is a thin steel bollard, strategically placed and quickly unscrewed if necessary...the roll call of mass murder by vehicle keeps getting longer, yet that simple intervention somehow never seems urgent.- New York Magazine
APA Releases Suite of Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Resources: As technology and automotive companies continue to explore how to bring autonomous and connected vehicles into our daily lives, the planning profession is researching how the technology will impact communities from a land use, transportation planning, social equity and economic standpoint...materials to assist communities in addressing the questions and challenges posed by this new technology.- American Planning Association (APA)
U.S. Army Supports Reuse Plan! New Public-Private Coalition gets Conditional Approval of Revitalization Option for the Mountain View Officers’ Club: U.S. Army Garrison Fort Huachuca and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced a breakthrough partnership to find a new use for the MVOC [in Arizona] - one of only two WWII-era African-American officers’ clubs in the country. [images]- National Trust for Historic Preservation/NTHP
Call for Entries - DEADLINE EXTENDED: International Making Cities Livable Design Awards Competition: Designing Healthy 10-Minute Neighborhoods: projects that emphasize Community, Health, Sustainability, and Equity; deadline: November 30- International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
Call for entries - DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for papers: International Making Cities Livable: proposals for the 55th IMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods, Ottawa, Canada, May 14-18, 2018; deadline: November 30- International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
Call for Entries: 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Awards for outstanding application of architectural copper alloys; projects must be located in the U.S. or Canada; deadline: January 31, 2018- Copper Development Association/Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association
Call for entries: 2018 Coverings Installation & Design/CID Awards (international): ...for design and/or installation excellence in residential and commercial projects, giving special recognition to stunning stone & tile; cash prizes; deadline: January 15, 2018- Coverings
World Architecture Festival 2017, Berlin, November 15-17: Your annual dose of architectural excellence to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired.- World Architecture Festival (WAF) / INSIDE World Festival of Interiors
New documentary makes the case for saving Chicago’s threatened Thompson Center: After appearances at several film festivals, "Starship Chicago: A Building on the Brink" is now available to view online [thru November 12]: A polarizing postmodern icon [it] has been embroiled in controversy ever since opening 1985...Nathan Eddy explores the importance of the block-sized civic structure via interviews with building designer Helmut Jahn...Stanley Tigerman...Blair Kamin...Lynn Becker, and former Illinois Governor James “Big Jim” Thompson.- Curbed Chicago
Josephine Minutillo: The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial in Review: ...spotlights the next generation of architects by looking back: "Make New History"...is a telling sign that the new generation...is not afraid to look to the past...the exhibition is not just meant to remind us of the architecture that has come before us and to anticipate what’s next; it is also meant to entertain, inspire, and provoke...Based purely on the strength of the Biennial, the future of architecture is bright. thru January 7, 2018 -- Sharon Johnston/Mark Lee/Johnston Marklee [images]- Architectural Record
Spectacular light installation to link two architectural masterpieces in London and Denmark to celebrate European Capital of Culture 2017: ...one of Denmark’s leading female artists, Tine Bech, will connect two iconic Arne Jacobsen buildings, The Embassy of Denmark in London and Aarhus City Hall Tower in Denmark..."We Believe"...the public will be able to activate the controls which will illuminate the architecture of the two buildings; November 10-19- European Capital of Culture, Aarhus 2017
How to Start a Design Revolution: Rediscover the controversial creations of Italy’s most radical movement: New York’s R & Co. gallery will unveil “SuperDesign,” the first major U.S. survey...since MoMA’s landmark 1972 exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape”...“We had a thirst for rebellion,” says Franco Audrito..."It’s time to rediscover this attitude. Young people need to believe that the world can change.” thru January 4, 2018 [images]- Architectural Digest
Meredith Mendelsohn: How Gordon Matta-Clark Turned the Ruins of 1970s New York into Art: ...he was less interested in reimagining the city’s buildings than exploring its gritty underbelly and engaging the people and places that modernism had failed...known as a maverick of ’70s New York, not only for his inventive, hands-on engagement with the city, but for the diversity of his work...“Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts...the most significant showcase of the artist’s work in New York since his Whitney retrospective 10 years ago; thru April 8, 2018 [images]- Artsy magazine
Donald Judd’s built and unrealized architectural works star in new exhibit: Opening Tuesday, November 14 at the Center for Architecture, "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd" brings both [his] built and never-realized works...to the forefront...As this is the first show to focus solely on Judd’s architecture, curators hope that the exhibition will bring wider public recognition to his lesser-known body of work; thru March 5, 2018. -- Claude Armstrong; Donna Cohen [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Sam Lubell & Greg Goldin: 10 Places That Define New York City, Reimagined: ...many of its must-see places each came shockingly close to becoming something completely different, some for better, some for worse...see dozens of unbuilt plans at the new Queens Museum exhibition, and in the book “Never Built New York”...Or roam the city, with these visions in the back of your mind. [images]- New York Times
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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