Today’s News - Thursday, December 7, 2017
● Goldberger reflects oh-so-eloquently on Vincent Scully's legacy: "His subject was not buildings so much as it was the role buildings played in the making and the preservation of community. He had heroes, and villains."
● Betsky, no less eloquently, remembers Scully: "He talked about architecture in a manner that made me believe it was the most beautiful and important human act. He changed my world not just by what he said, but how he said it."
● Goldhagen is enraptured by Heatherwick's "stunning" Zeitz MoCAA in Cape Town: "This is one of the most important new public buildings anywhere - it tugs on your emotions, inspires a sense of delight."
● Wainwright considers the V&A's new venture in Shenzhen by Maki: it's "an oasis of calm in a jumble of kitsch," but also "so straightforward it verges on dull - giving more the feeling of a mall than a museum."
● Bernstein reports from Design Miami 2017, with "furniture by architects, design by artists," and Aranguren + Gallegos "might well have fumbled" the new ICA Miami - but didn't.
● KoningEizenberg, Snohetta, and TEN Arquitectos vie for the El Paso Children's Museum - now it's time for the public to weigh in.
● At night, Laurendeau's Cogeco Amphitheatre in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, "looks as if a glamorous premiere is underway - both a landmark and a symbol of the city's transformation," the "open-air venue celebrates all things theatrical."
● Lubrano Ciavarra's retro TWA Lounge on the 86th floor of 1WTC is "a stunning, red-hued dream space - a fantastic flashback to the 1960s world of aviation" (we were there - it is, indeed!).
● Hawthorne talks to Meier re: the Getty Center's 20th anniversary: "Anything you were unhappy with when it was finished? Anything you would do differently?" "If there was, I've forgotten about it."
● Meanwhile, Meier designed the Getty Center "to protect its treasures from flames" (as wildfires loom!).
● A look at Michael Graves's Clos Pegase Winery on its 30th birthday: the PoMo project "still holds a fascination. The marriage of pop culture and commerce is rarely so considered."
● Allies and Morrison win the competition to revive Surrey's Clandon Park and the 18th-century Palladian mansion gutted by fire in 2015 - with images from its glory days and its ruins today (wow!).
● A new mixed-use development is proposed for a parking lot adjacent to Denver's Coors Field that "has been a major gap in the urban fabric separating the vitality of the historic district from the stadium."
● Predock donates his home/studio and archives to the University of New Mexico for the Predock Center for Design and Research (funds needed for "improvements to make it available for regular activities").
● Berg and Cetra offer "end-of-year giving tips for architecture firms" to reduce their tax burden - though "not all giving has to be tax related."
● Alter reports on the National Civic Art Society's new Rebuild Penn Station campaign with "glorious new renderings - when you think that a little reconstructed and restored Leonardo da Vinci painting just sold for $430 million, then $3.5 billion to reconstruct Penn Station sounds positively cheap" (no mention of SOM's $1.6 billion redevelopment currently underway).
● A round-up of "the 12 best architecture controversies of 2017" ("whoops" included).
● The Twentieth Century Society declares London's Commonwealth Institute building was destroyed in its conversion to the Design Museum, but "it is not the fault of the museum or their architects."
● The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards is under fire (on social media, of course) for its "stale, male, pale" jury - and the organizer hits back, "accusing a female designer of highlighting the issue out of spite for not being shortlisted" (41 men and 4 women?!!? We're with her!).
● One we couldn't resist: the "Uncomfortable is a mind-bending, humorous project that redesigns everyday objects to make them more difficult to use" (chain-handled fork, anyone?).
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Paul Goldberger Reflects on Vincent Scully’s Legacy: ...[he] did not see teaching as a burden to be fit in between media appearances. It was the heart and soul of what he did...His subject was not buildings so much as it was the role buildings played in the making and the preservation of community...He had heroes, and villains...Not the least of his gifts as a teacher was his ability to admit...that he might not have been right...Ultimately he would come to think of urbanism as equally important to form-making...- Architectural Record
Aaron Betsky: The Man Who Taught Architecture: A Memory of Vincent Scully: Betsky explains how he has been trying, for most of his life, to live up to the challenge issued by our greatest of architecture teachers: ...he talked about architecture in a manner that made me believe it was the most beautiful and important human act. He changed my world not just by what he said, but how he said it...For Scully, architecture was a way to experience our dreams and our fears, both individually and as a society. [images & videos]- Architect Magazine
Sarah Williams Goldhagen: Zeitz MoCAA by Heatherwick Studio, Cape Town, South Africa: Inside, outside, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is stunning. Beauty is its own reward, but there’s more. This is one of the most important new public buildings anywhere...design for the main interiors embodies theatricality in the best sense of the word: it tugs on your emotions, inspires a sense of delight. -- Arup; Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects; Rick Brown Associates; Jacobs Parker [images]- Architectural Record
Oliver Wainwright: The V&A's new Chinese outpost: an oasis of calm in a jumble of kitsch: Wedged between a landlocked cruise liner and gothic apartment blocks, the V&A’s first international foothold in Shenzhen...is more luxury mall than magical museum: ...so straightforward it verges on dull...provides a blank foil to the mad Las Vegas jumble of Sea World next door...It is a strange hybrid institution...giving more the feeling of a mall than a museum...there is a danger that the mall could ultimately swallow the museum. -- Fumihiko Maki; Sam Jacob [images]- Guardian (UK)
Fred A. Bernstein: Design Miami 2017: Furniture by Architects, Design by Artists, and an Early Look at the ICA Miami: ...contemporary art in brand new buildings can seem flimsy. That was the challenge facing the architects, and they might well have fumbled...Luckily, [they] created three floors of really good galleries... -- Aranguren + Gallegos [images]- Architectural Record
El Pasoans to vote on design for El Paso Children’s Museum: ...narrowed down to three, and the public could decide which one will be selected...until midnight Dec. 15, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite design... -- KoningEizenberg; Snohetta; TEN Arquitectos [images]- KFOX El Paso (Texas)
Atelier Paul Laurendeau’s Cogeco Amphitheatre is a Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Waterfront Landmark
The best view [is] from across the St. Lawrence River...At night it looks as if a glamorous premiere is underway...Like many post-industrial cities, Trois-Rivières has put its faith in culture and entertainment to revive its waterfront...both a landmark and a symbol of the city’s transformation...The open-air venue celebrates all things theatrical. -- Bureau Principal; Peter Soland/Civiliti [images]- Azure magazine (Canada)
Step back to the 1960s in New York's retro TWA Lounge: New York's JFK International Airport is restoring its celebrated TWA center...into a cool retro hotel...won't open its doors until 2019 - but in the meantime, the TWA Lounge, on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center, offers a sneak preview of what's to come...a stunning, red-hued dream space - a fantastic flashback to the 1960s world of aviation. -- Eero Saarinen (1962); Lubrano Ciavarra Architects [images]- CNN Travel
Christopher Hawthorne: Richard Meier on the Getty Center as it turns 20: Anything you were unhappy with when it was finished? Anything you would do differently? "If there was, I’ve forgotten about it."- Los Angeles Times
LA's Getty Center built to protect its treasures from flames: ...like those just across a freeway Wednesday, from its landscaping to a space for helicopters to land...fire protection was designed into the facility by architect Richard Meier... (AP) [images]- San Francisco Chronicle
Pomo erectus: a perfectly aged temple to wine and architecture: Napa Valley’s Clos Pegase Winery celebrates its 30th birthday this year, just as a new biography of its architect, the late American postmodernist Michael Graves, is released...[It] still holds a fascination...the stylistic and academic nuances of the era have been blurred by distance and skewed by knowledge of Graves’ commercial acumen and sense of fun...The marriage of pop culture and commerce is rarely so considered.
Allies and Morrison win competition to revive 18th century mansion gutted by fire: ...will reimagine and rebuild Surrey’s Clandon Park, a historic Palladian mansion gutted by a fire in 2015...in an unusual move, one of the other shortlisted practices, Purcell, has joined the winning ticket as conservation architect. -- Malcolm Reading Consultants; National Trust; Giacomo Leoni (18th c.) [images]- CLAD (Community of Leisure Architects & Designers)
Colorado Rockies Mixed-Use: A major new mixed-use development has been proposed...for the full-block surface parking lot adjacent to Coors Field in Lower Downtown Denver...could include hotel, office, residential, retail, and restaurant uses...a significant public space...and a Colorado Rockies Hall of Fame...block...has been a major gap in the urban fabric separating the vitality of the historic district from the stadium. This project will close that gap and significantly energize the connection between Coors Field and LoDo. -- Stantec (formerly RNL) [images]- DenverInfill.com
Antoine Predock donates property, archives to University of New Mexico: ...longtime Albuquerque dweller recently donated the Downtown property where he once lived and practiced...The UNM will turn [his] former home and studio into the Predock Center for Design and Research...fundraising has begun to cover the building improvements needed to make it available for regular activities.- Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
Nate Berg: End-of-Year Giving Tips for Architecture Firms: Plus, John Cetra of CetraRuddy weighs in on ways to give back other than just donating money: While year-end giving can be a gesture of goodwill, it can also be a crucial part of reducing the tax burden associated with running a business. Here are some considerations for design practitioners to best direct their charitable intentions...Not all giving has to be tax related.- Architect Magazine
Lloyd Alter: New campaign launched to rebuild Penn Station: New building technologies might make it cheaper and faster, too: National Civic Art Society...doing a major push with [Rebuild Penn Station], and have released glorious new renderings by Jeff Stikeman...when you think that a little reconstructed and restored Leonardo da Vinci painting just sold for $430 million, then $3.5 billion to reconstruct and restore the entire Penn Station sounds positively cheap. -- McKim Mead & White [images]- TreeHugger
The 12 best architecture controversies of 2017: As 2017 fades away, we look back at some of the controversies and debates that stirred up the waters. Here are our most memorable, outrageous topics of the year. -- Thomas Heatherwick/Heatherwick Studio; Kate Wagner/McMansion Hell; Paul J. Newman/Cohesion Studios; Trump’s border wall; tax plan guts Historic Tax Credit; Handel Architects; Santiago Calatrava; Manica Architecture; Peter Zumthor; Zaha Hadid Architects; Philip Johnson & John Burgee; Snøhetta [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Commonwealth Institute building destroyed in Design Museum conversion, says heritage body: The transformation...into a new home for the Design Museum has resulted in the loss of a "magnificent post-war masterpiece", according to the Twentieth Century Society...to its growing Lost Modern list, a "hall of shame"...pointed the finger at the local council and at Historic England..."This is not the fault of the Design Museum or their architects"... -- OMA; John Pawson; Allies and Morrison- Dezeen
Restaurant and Bar Design Awards organiser defends "stale, male, pale" jury: ...has hit out at critics of its overwhelmingly male jury, accusing a female designer of highlighting the issue out of spite for not being shortlisted...[defended] the organisation's choice to employ 41 men and just four women on its jury...not the only industry event to come under fire for its representation of women.- Dezeen
9 Examples of Great Design Gone Wrong: The Uncomfortable is a mind-bending, humorous project that redesigns everyday objects to make them more difficult to use: The pieces, which range from a concrete umbrella to a chain-handled fork, offer an inventive and often humorous take on objects whose utility we’ve come to take for granted. -- Katerina Kamprani [images]- Architectural Digest
ANN feature: "rise in the city" UPDATE #2: Online Benefit Auction Continues! Just in time for the holidays (and only until December 15!), a cornucopia of creativity - there's something for everyone (including that difficult-to-shop-for friend, colleague, and relative - or yourself!). [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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