Today’s News - Friday, December 8, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Because we missed posting on Tuesday, this is an unusual Friday news day. Monday will be a no-newsletter day - we'll be back Tuesday, December 12.
● ANN feature: Belogolovsky's Q&A with Zhang Hua re: why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry.
● An all-women team wins the Cambridge to Oxford Connection Ideas Competition with "VeloCity," chosen for its "person-centered scale."
● Menking marvels at the new ICA Miami by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, "an exemplary building" and "a triumph, inside and out."
● Meanwhile, Miami Beach's Bass Museum renovation by Gauld, Isozaki, and Caplan gives it 50% more space without having to build a new wing: "Out with the old and in with the new-ish."
● Curry considers the remaking of a one-time Nazi island resort: "Will the redevelopment whitewash its dark origins?" (critics say the developers are "ignoring or suppressing efforts to remember its dark past in order to sell apartments - Stuke sees it differently").
● In honor of "Learning from Las Vegas," a round-up of "the best architectural ducks of 2017 - projects that take the idea of the duck a few steps further."
● Call for entries: Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize for early-career architects to win $100,000 traveling fellowships.
● Call for presentations: 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in Philly next October.
● Call for entries: ETAR Museum Hotel Architectural Competition, part of the Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
● Call fore entries: Inaugural Bushman Dreyfus Architects/BDA Prize: Charlottesville: Identity & Design ideas competition.
● Call for entries: Antalis Interior Design Award international competition to spotlight a new generation of design talent.
● A stellar lineup for "In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day" symposium at NYC's Met Museum tomorrow - it will be live streamed (H/T to Marwa Al-Sabouni!).
● "Big Time" is an "elegant documentary" and "gorgeous film" that presents Ingels' "gift for storytelling with marker drawings and funny analogies" ("charm and intelligence" and "7 knots of westerly breeze" included).
● A rather different "Big Time" take on the profile of "wunderkind" Ingels: "Neither scholarly enough to fully satisfy architecture buffs nor distinctive enough as a biographical portrait, it falls somewhere in the bland middle," though it does "boast a stylishness befitting its subject."
● At London's Design Museum, "Support" features five young designers-in-residence who have been working on ways to make life better (robots, rainbows, and a chant included).
● Eyefuls of "Totem," totemic sculptures by London designers for International Peace Day that will be auctioned off for Amnesty International (very cool).
● Q&A with Ruggles re: "what surprised him, and how his findings might help other architects - and us" after writing "Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture: Timeless Patterns & Their Impact on Our Well-Being."
● Q&A with Berger & Kotkin re: "Infinite Suburbia" and the future of the suburbs - the analyses and provocations upend our notions of what the suburbs are and what they will become."
● Kotkin & Berger pen a hefty piece re: "Infinite Suburbia" and why "the urban revival is an urban myth, and the suburbs are surging" (don't buy into the "the supposed ascendency of dense urban cores" portrayed in "a gusher of books" - take that, Glaeser and Gallagher).
● Evans meanders Miami Beach in a (sort of) "holiday mind," taking in "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" and Bevan's "The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War" - a "fascinating" if "uncomfortable" read.
● Q&A with Sinclair re: "The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City": nothing escapes his "sharp wit" in his "final pilgrimage through the city" and its "strange, ambivalent soul" with "elements of darkness and light."
● Brussat cheers Adam's "Classic Columns": "Without the flapping of arms and gnashing of teeth," this "subtle and fecund thinker describes the most essential differences between modern architecture and traditional architecture."
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Vladimir Belogolovsky: One-on-One: "I Don't Have Any Competitors Because My Projects Are Unique": Interview with Zhang Hua: The Tianjin, China-based architect talks about why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, teaching, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
All-women team wins The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition: "VeloCity"...chosen for its ‘person-centred scale’ promising to retain the existing character of the area while delivering generously-sized common land at the heart of each development, integrated public transport connections with expanded pedestrian and cycle routes... -- Jennifer Ross/Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design; Sarah Featherstone/Featherstone Young; Kay Hughes/Khaa; Petra Marko/Marko and Placemakers; Annalie Riches/Mikhail Riches; Judith Sykes/Expedition Engineering; shortlist: Barton Willmore; Fletcher Priest Architects; Mae [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
William Menking: New ICA Miami opens a welcoming public space in the Design District: Institute of Contemporary Art Miami: ...handsome details to the two facades...is not what makes this project stand out in an a shopping district of bravura luxury brand commercial facades...ICA's openness to the street and the community that makes it such an exemplary building...a triumph, inside and out... -- Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos; Jonathan Caplan/Project-Space; Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
The Story Behind the Bass Museum's Renovation: Miami Beach's contemporary art museum has increased space by 50% - without a new wing: Out with the old and in with the new-ish.: ...a case of smart redesign rather than a ground-up project...This historic landmark building is most definitely facing the future. -- David Gauld Architect; Arata Isozaki; Jonathan Caplan/Project-Space [images]- Architectural Digest
Andrew Curry: Remaking a Onetime Nazi Resort: Will the complex's redevelopment [on the island of Rügen] whitewash its dark origins? Critics have argued that developers are using Prora’s historic status...as a tax dodge, and ignoring or suppressing efforts to remember its dark past in order to sell apartments...Stuke sees it differently...“Here we have a chance to make something good out of bad ideology” ...the complex’s Bauhaus inspirations are a key selling point for the renovated apartments...“inspired by the vision of Le Corbusier" -- Clemens Klotz (1936); Ulrich Stuke/Stuke Architekten; Drebing Ehmke Architekten [images]- Architect Magazine
Quacking Around: Here are the best architectural ducks of 2017: It has been 40 years since "Learning from Las Vegas" introduced the world to the idea of the architectural duck...Every year, a number of projects take the idea of the duck a few steps further. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Foster + Partners; Atelier Van Lieshout; Studio Gang Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Call for entries: Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize: International competition for early-career architects to win $100,000 traveling fellowships; deadline January 14, 2018- Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Wheelwright Prize
Call for entries: Call for Presentations: 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, October 19–22, 2018, Philadelphia, deadline: January 31, 2018- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Call for entries: ETAR Museum Hotel Architectural Competition for Reconstruction of the Strannopriemnitsa Hotel, part of Open Air Ethnographic Museum "Etar", Gabrovo, Bulgaria; cash prizes; deadline: January 15, 2018- Urbanistas / Municipality of Gabrovo / Bulgarian Chamber of Architects / Union of Architects, Bulgaria
Call fore entries: Inaugural Bushman Dreyfus Architects/BDA Prize: Charlottesville: Identity & Design ideas competition for the west end of Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall, designed by Lawrence Halprin in 1976; cash prizes; deadline: February 1, 2018- Bushman Dreyfus Architects
Call for entries: Antalis Interior Design Award international competition: to shine a light on multi-disciplinary portfolios and a new generation of burgeoning design talent; cash prizes; deadline: December 31- Wallpaper* / Antalis Group
Symposium: In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, December 9: ...devoted to the most exciting and critical spatial projects of 2017...international architects, artists, curators, theorists, and filmmakers...to present one new project...event will be live streamed on The Met's Facebook page. -- Wang Shu; David Adjaye/Adjaye Associates; Shih-Fu Peng/Heneghan Peng Architects; Mark Lee/Johnston Marklee; Beatrice Galilee; Marwa Al-Sabouni ; etc.- Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
The Dazzling Doc “Big Time” Finds an Architect Trying to Build Great Things in New York Today: ...elegant documentary...Ingels has a gift for storytelling, breaking down architectural concepts with marker drawings and funny analogies. Director Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s gorgeous film is informed by that same charm and intelligence the way a sailboat is informed by 7 knots of westerly breeze. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group- Village Voice (NYC)
"Big Time": Kaspar Astrup Schroder's documentary profiles...wunderkind Bjarke Ingels...occasionally gets bogged down in the sort of minutiae that would have been better left on the cutting room floor, but it also provides an insightful depiction of the personal and professional travails that inevitably accompany career success...Neither scholarly enough to fully satisfy architecture buffs nor distinctive enough as a biographical portrait, it falls somewhere in the bland middle....[it] does, however, boast a stylishness befitting its subject... -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group- Hollywood Reporter
In London, Designers Play With the Future: Robots, creating rainbows and sacred chants in pidgin are among the products of a residence program at the Design Museum: ...five young designers in residence have worked for the past seven months on ways to make life better...robots, rainbows, a chant and possibly even a new postal system...“Support"; thru March 31, 2018 -- Soomi Park; Chris Hildrey; Studio Ayaskan; Yinka Danmole/Studio Danmole- New York Times
"Totem": London designers create totemic sculptures for International Peace Day: ...commissioned to create a totemic sculpture for International Peace Day, which will then be auctioned off for Amnesty International...visual representations of the work that the charity supports...curated by...They Made This. at Amnesty International offices, Shoreditch thru December 12; Londonewcastle Gallery 46, Whitechapel, December 14 - 20 [images]- Dezeen
Your Brain on (Good) Design: "Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture: Timeless Patterns & Their Impact On Our Well-Being" by Denver architect Don Ruggles explores the scientific reasons why our brains are drawn to certain timeless patterns in design: Q&A re: his research in advance of the book’s release to learn more about what surprised him, and how his findings might help other architects - and us. -- Ruggles Mabe Studio- 5280 magazine (Denver)
What if everything you know about the suburbs is wrong? With 52 essays from 74 authors, "Infinite Suburbia" comprehensively analyze the suburbs...Q&A with editors, Alan M. Berger and Joel Kotkin, about the future of the suburbs. Many of their analyses and provocations upend our notions of what the suburbs are and what they will become.- The Architect's Newspaper
Joel Kotkin & Alan M. Berger: The Urban Revival Is an Urban Myth, and the Suburbs Are Surging: Despite the disdain of many planners, pundits and politicians, most people live in the suburbs - and most of the jobs are there, too: ...as we show in "Infinite Suburbia"...The challenge today remains making great suburbs to fulfill the potential of full urban life. The suburbs...deserve not the disdain of planners and politicians and pundits, but their full respect and attention. -- Edward Glaeser; Leigh Gallagher- The Daily Beast
Martyn Evans: When regeneration becomes annihilation: Despots intent on cultural genocide know the importance of destroying buildings. That should tell developers and planners everything they need to know...Robert Bevan’s "The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War" [and] "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" about Jane Jacobs...Bevan’s fascinating book has been uncomfortable reading...When places are in decline, an understanding of how their architecture helped create them in the first place shows us that the past has so much more to offer us than just nostalgia.- BD/Building Design (UK)
Iain Sinclair: Walking Is A Democracy: The author and filmmaker on his new book, London's changing culture, and why walking is a political act..."The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City"...his final pilgrimage through the city...The cultural significance of every detail does not escape Sinclair’s sharp wit...How would you describe the city’s soul? "I think it is a strange, ambivalent soul with has elements of darkness and light..."- Guernica Magazine
David Brussat: “Classic Columns” by Robert Adam...is the recent book that I would place highest on my list of books to give...[he] reveals himself as the most subtle and fecund thinker about tradition, as the proper basis for architecture, in our era...describes the most essential differences between modern architecture and traditional architecture. Without the flapping of arms and gnashing of teeth...describes the crossroads that humanity has reached in the style wars, which modernists try to ignore... -- ADAM Architecture- Architecture Here and There
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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