Today’s News - Thursday, January 4, 2018
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● Glancey pays tribute to his friend and colleague, the architectural historian Gavin Stamp: "An architect might disagree with him, but he knew his stuff. And how happily he shared this treasure trove."
● Waite & Hurst round up eloquent (and twitter) tributes to the "elegant and opinionated" Gavin Stamp.
● Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz and Trump have very different ideas about how to save dying towns: "Trump's obsession with muscle jobs is shortsighted. There remains a disconnect between where job seekers are sitting and where the help-wanted signs are out."
● Cartwright offers an inspiring profile of New Orleans-based Bryan C. Lee, who is working "to help communities claim back sovereignty over public space and confront injustice in the urban landscape."
● Franta digs into archives and discovers that in 1959(!), nuclear physicist Edward Teller "warned the oil industry about global warming" and the industry's "civilization-destroying potential. There are lessons to be learned, and there is justice to be served."
● Meanwhile, as "mega-disasters devastated America this year, they're going to get worse. We see them on the horizon. And we need to start preparing now."
● Mairs reports on Melburnians' "outrage" over plans for a Foster-designed Apple store in Melbourne's publicly owned Federation Square - approved without public consultation.
● Bucknell takes a deep (and totally fascinating!) dive into "the complicated and contradictory legacy of Arcosanti - a fever dream suspended between a present past and a future imperfect."
● Kramer delves into "the second life of FLW's monster house," particularly onscreen: "his striking tile-clad Ennis House is a dramatic, not particularly inhabitable example of how far he would go in his experiments" (and may be Wright's darkest project").
● Speaking of FLW: if you happen to have $3.2 million lying around, the "curvaceous" Norman Lykes home in Phoenix, the last house Wright ever designed, is up for sale (fab photos - time to buy a lottery ticket?).
● Novakovi looks back on 50 years of the Canadian Architect Awards and "five decades of architectural hopes, triumphs and signs of our times," and highlights winning projects "that encapsulate the architectural and social values of their decade."
Wither goest the landscape?
● Birnbaum says, "If you're looking for a good example of poorly integrated site planning, look at what Chicago is and isn't doing" in historic Jackson Park, where 20 acres have already been "lopped off" for the Obama Presidential Center.
● Budds ponders "the fraught future of monuments," and some of the designers who "are hard at work reckoning with what should be memorialized - exciting local endeavors hint at a more inclusive and honest path forward" to reckon with the past.
● Cohen cheers a grassroots group of architects, planners, artists, engineers, and community members in Seattle: why fill in a traffic tunnel when it could be Seattle's version of the LowLine?
● Green cheers Quennell Rothschild & Partners' plan for a "fog garden" to replace a derelict 10-acre reflecting pool in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY (we can't wait to play in it!).
"Best-of-2017" pundits' picks are so last year (see December 21 Newsletter). Now, the pundits weigh in on what to keep an eye on in 2018:
● Budds outlines "7 trends that augur the future of urban design" ("boutique urbanism is fading" (yay); multi-generational housing goes mainstream; etc.).
● Glancey highlights some of the "beautiful architecture coming to a city near you" (a lot of familiar names - not a lot of familiar projects!).
● Wainwright weighs in on "wet docks, giant ducks and the zero-waste city: the best architecture and design" of the new year.
● Moore zeros in on Kuma's V&A Dundee: "Its gestation hasn't been easy. This year we'll find out if the museum has been worth the effort" (and the wait).
● Hume sees 2018 as "a year of major transition for Toronto. The change will begin Jan. 6 with the opening of the skating track at the Bentway, the very 21st-century civic amenity that runs beneath the Gardiner Expressway."
● CNN's preview of the "world's most anticipated buildings completing in 2018" (mostly the usual suspects).
● One look back: Azure looks at the best architecture and design moments of 2017, and why the editors like them (refreshingly, most are not the usual suspects!).
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Obituary by Jonathan Glancey: Gavin Stamp: ‘Outspoken, even savagely indignant, yet never personally unkind’: [His] fierceness in argument was founded on an ever-deepening arsenal of knowledge. An architect might disagree with him, but he knew his stuff. And how happily he shared this treasure trove.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Richard Waite & Will Hurst: Tributes pour in for ‘elegant and opinionated’ Gavin Stamp + Twitter tributes -- Charles Jencks; Rory Olcayto; Alan Dunlop; Elain Harwood/Historic England; Catherine Croft/Twentieth Century Society; Cathy Slessor- The Architects' Journal (UK)
America’s forgotten towns: Can they be saved or should people just leave? Conventional wisdom says people in dying towns should move. But Trump and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz have different ideas...Stiglitz says Trump's obsession with muscle jobs is shortsighted...advocating for totally transforming what these towns are known for, taking them from blue collar to green collar - or even high-tech hoodie...There remains a disconnect between where job seekers are sitting and where the help-wanted signs are out.- Washington Post
James Cartwright: Architecture for the People: Bryan C. Lee is Taking Trust Back into Public Spaces: In its first year of operation, Colloqate Design has spearheaded a number of projects [in New Orleans] to help communities claim back sovereignty over public space and confront injustice in the urban landscape...work hinges on fostering stronger relationships between communities and developers...countering public scepticism through education, finding new ways to teach communities about architecture’s potential to counter social injustice.- Design Observer
Benjamin Franta: On its 100th birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming: ...new documents reveal that American oil writ large was warned of global warming: Over 300 government officials, economists, historians, scientists, and industry executives were present for the "Energy and Man" symposium...American oil was warned of its civilization-destroying potential. Talk about a buzzkill...It is now too late to stop a great deal of change to our planet’s climate...But we can fight to halt climate change...and we can uncover the history of how we got here. There are lessons to be learned, and there is justice to be served.- Guardian (UK)
Megadisasters devastated America this year. They’re going to get worse: Storms, fires, floods, and heat caused unprecedented destruction in 2017. Why? ...we must see 2017 as an average year, if not a baseline...because scientists expect even this “new normal” to get worse...What 2017 taught us about climate and extreme weather...larger hurricanes are coming. More wildfires will ignite. Longer heat waves will sear. And other climate disasters are likely grow bigger, more intense, more expensive, and more frequent. We see them on the horizon. And we need to start preparing now.- Vox.com
Jessica Mairs: Outrage over plans for Apple store in Melbourne's publicly owned Federation Square: ...criticising the Victorian government for pushing through the commercial development without consultation...plans were made exempt from public consultation...due to the "wide-ranging social and economic benefits for Victoria." -- Foster + Partners; Planning Institute Australia; Australian Institute of Landscape Architects; Australian Institute of Architects [images]- Dezeen
Alice Bucknell: The Complicated and Contradictory Legacy of Arcosanti: In the aftermath of Paolo Soleri’s alleged sexual abuse, the relevance of the famed desert “utopia” necessitates a hard second look: Arcosanti is like a fever dream suspended between a present past and a future imperfect...Could applying [its] vision in 2017 dislodge Soleri’s experiment from the nostalgia that’s eclipsed its original agenda? [It] must leave behind the nostalgic purity of its origin story...to confront who we were, and the abuses of power we permitted when we thought nobody was looking. [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Josh Kramer: The Second Life of Frank Lloyd Wright's Monster House: 150 years after the architect was born, his striking tile-clad Ennis House is a testament to his continued influence - particularly onscreen: ...it’s a dramatic, not particularly inhabitable example of how far he would go in his experiments...as a paean to striking grandeur, it has had a beguiling effect on its viewers...Ennis may be Wright’s darkest project. -- "Blade Runner"; "House on Haunted Hill"; "Twin Peaks"; "Game of Thrones"; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" [images]- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
The last house Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed up for sale in Phoenix: $3.2M: Norman Lykes home...the almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house...circle structure is reminiscent of New York’s Guggenheim Museum...He started designing the home in 1959, just before his death...His apprentice John Rattenbury finished the design, and the house was built in 1967...Rattenbury updated the home’s interior design in 1994...all changes to the home were approved by Taliesin West. [images]- Arizona Republic
Stefan Novakovi: They’re 50: Looking back on five decades of architectural hopes, triumphs and signs of our times: ...1967...launched the inaugural Canadian Architect Yearbook Awards...came into being amidst a Canadian architectural awakening...From the winners, a handful of design have been highlighted...works that encapsulate the architectural and social values of their decade. -- PGL Architectes (formerly Papineau/Gerin Lajoie/Le Blanc/Edwards - 1973); Raymond Moriyama (1979); Patkau Architects (1989); Dereck Revington (1999); Chevalier Morales Architectes (2014) [images]- Canadian Architect
Charles A. Birnbaum: Is Chicago about to ruin Jackson Park? If you’re looking for a good example of poorly integrated site planning, look at what Chicago is and isn’t doing...The city has already lopped off more than 20 acres of the park for the Obama Presidential Center...This isn’t just any public open space; this is historic parkland...And now the OPC’s proponents want more public parkland, up to five acres of the neighboring Midway Plaisance, for an above-ground parking garage. -- Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr./Calvert Vaux/Olmsted and Vaux [images]- Huffington Post
Diana Budds: The Fraught Future Of Monuments: From Arlington, Virginia, to Seattle, Washington, designers are hard at work reckoning with what should be memorialized: Debates about public space typically remain between design professionals and politicians...exciting local endeavors hint at a more inclusive and honest path forward...leading the way for communities that are reckoning with the past. -- Kenneth Robert Lum/Paul Farber/Monument Lab; Walter Hood; K. Wyking Garrett; Sara Zewde/Gustafson Guthrie Nichol [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Josh Cohen: 120,000 Square Feet in the Heart of Seattle Is Set to Disappear: Currently cast in the shadow of the elevated highway, Seattle’s waterfront will be transformed into a linear park and promenade when the viaduct comes down...Recharge the Battery, a grassroots group of architects, planners, artists, engineers and community members, sees another opportunity to transform infrastructure...into a subterranean park... [images]- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Jared Green: Fog That Doesn’t Obscure: What can be done with a derelict 10-acre reflecting pool in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York? Instead of restoring it at great expense...Quennell Rothschild & Partners had an ingenious idea. Break it up and make part of it a “fog garden"...with just a fraction of a gallon water per hour...Fog Garden at the Fountain of the Fairs... [images]- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Diana Budds: 7 Trends That Augur The Future Of Urban Design: From autonomous vehicles to algorithmic design, the new forces shaping urban design are poised to forever change our cities and suburbs: Multi-Generational Housing Will Go More Mainstream; Boutique Urbanism Is Fading; Water Will Shape The Future of Cities; etc. -- MIT; Topos; Austin Maynard Architects; Thomas Heatherwick- Fast Company / Co.Design
Jonathan Glancey: The exciting and innovative buildings opening in 2018: ...beautiful architecture coming to a city near you. -- Heneghan Peng; JKMM; Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS+GG); Kengo Kuma; Donald Insall; Weston Williamson; John McAslan; Hawkins Brown; Aedas; Wilkinson Eyre; Grimshaw Architects; Foster + Partners; Rem Koolhaas/OMA [images]- BBC Designed
Oliver Wainwright: Wet docks, giant ducks and the zero-waste city: the best architecture and design of 2018: Windermere catches a wave, the V&A unveils the city of tomorrow, and "Hope to Nope: : Politics and Graphics 2008-2018" harnesses the explosive power of graphic design. -- Jamie Fobert; Design Museum; Carmody Groarke; David Chipperfield; "The Future Starts Here"- Guardian (UK)
Rowan Moore: 18 for ’18: the talent and trends tipped for the top in 2018: If Abu Dhabi can have a Louvre, why shouldn’t Dundee have a Victoria and Albert Museum? Its gestation hasn’t been easy...Its intended opening date of 2014 proved optimistic. This year we’ll find out if the museum, one of the most ambitious cultural projects in recent times, has been worth the effort. -- Kengo Kuma- Observer (UK)
Christopher Hume: 2018 will be a year of major transition for Toronto: By this time next year, Toronto will see legal marijuana, a new skating trail, a clearer fate for NAFTA...to name a few of the ways the city will be transformed: The change will begin...Jan. 6, with the opening of the skating track at the Bentway, the very 21st-century civic amenity that runs beneath the Gardiner Expressway...The addition of three new city councillors - all from downtown...could...change a civic culture that has become increasingly polarized along suburban/urban lines. -- Ken Greenberg and Public Works- Toronto Star
The world's most anticipated buildings completing in 2018: ...2017 produced its fair share of eye-catching architecture. And 2018 is already shaping up to do the same...some emerging trends are set to continue into 2018...the continued drive for low-energy buildings and a growing focus on renovation and preservation. -- Thomas Heatherwick; Kengo Kuma; Zaha Hadid Architects; Lever Architecture; Kohn Pedersen Fox/KPF; Renzo Piano; SHoP Architects; Grimshaw Architects; RMJM; GORPROJECT; Kettle Collective; Heneghan Peng Architects [images]- CNN Style
The Best Architecture and Design Moments of 2017: ...explore our favourite buildings, residential projects, interiors, product designs and ideas of the year...and why we like them. -- Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Foster + Partners; Labics; C.F. Møller; Antonini + Darmon; Atelier tepán; Ramón Coz/Marco Polidura/Benjamín Ortiz/Sebastián Alvare; MJMA/Acton Ostry Architects; Archstudio; KPMB Architects/Architecture49 [images]- Azure magazine (Canada)
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