Today’s News - Thursday, January 11, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 16.
● ANN feature: Angelucci's Q&A with Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni re: mass housing, sustainability, the social role of architecture, and her award-winning "Tree Unit" affordable housing scheme: "Architects and planners have the responsibility to be engaged in the lives of those for whom they design - and offer solutions. We often lack this in our profession."
● After announcing it will put the parking garage underground, the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park has released revised renderings - the main building is taller, slimmer, and has a less-monolithic façade.
● Heatherwick unveils two towers with bubble-like windows (think Zeitz MOCAA) that will straddle the High Line; a RAMSA-designed "boxy, brick tower" is also part of the Hudson Residences project.
● Hume offers his wish list of "9 things Toronto needs to do for 2018 - but probably won't" (more thoughtful planning and hiring a city architect included).
● Eyefuls of the National Memorial Hall for Israel's Fallen, "an architectural gem built of 'stone, concrete and light'" (and in the running for the 2018 RIBA International Prize).
● Bevan has a great sit-down with dRMM's Sadie Morgan: "there can't be many people brought up in a socialist commune who now advise a Conservative Government - she prefers to be inside the establishment tent aiming out, making a difference" (and "we need to get some joy back in our lives" - amen!).
● Sun sits down with Central Saint Martin's Jeremy Till to talk about architectural education: "the strange thing about architectural education - students have become dependent on being brutalized."
● Call for entries: UN-Habitat International World Habitat Awards 2018 for outstanding housing projects.
● Call for entries: LAGI 2018: Melbourne: renewable energy can be beautiful: submit ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate carbon-neutral electricity for the city Down Under (no fee!).
● Call for Applications for Residency in Austria 2019: a studio apartment in Krems + stipend for 1-3 months.
● Early registration deadline (save money!) for the Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference in April.
● A round-up of architecture documentaries to watch in 2018 (some familiar, some welcome surprises!).
● Eyefuls of Architects of Air's stunning inflatable "luminarium" in Melbourne's Federation Square, inspired by "Gothic architecture, geometry and nature" (amazing!).
● Also in Melbourne, "Garden Wall" in the National Gallery of Victoria's Grollo Equiset Garden is "an ethereal installation" by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects.
● Five local architects create (cool!) temporary gallery spaces, including a mirror-clad pavilion and a seemingly "dilapidated shed" on the grounds of the Alvaro Siza-designed Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal.
● At the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, the (star-studded) "Cities Grow in Difference" spotlights urban villages and "their capacity to balance chaos and order through common sense, negotiation and improvisation" (great pix!).
● A spotlight on 3 of 20 rising young architects in Singapore being showcased in "20 Under 45: The Third Edition" at the Urban Redevelopment Authority Centre.
● An excerpt from Goodell's "The Water Will Come" questions whether the massive barrier known as MOSE (or Most Outrageous Squander Ever, per Locktov) can save Venice from drowning - its tangled tale of corruption and engineering problems "have led observers to wonder if it will ever work."
● Locktov, on a brighter note, talks about "Dream of Venice Architecture" that is "another perspective on a Venice, which is beautiful without being banal, true to herself and without prejudices, unique despite belonging to everybody."
● Newman parses Fisher and Harby's "Robert Venturi's Rome": "Vacillating between highlight reel and inside baseball," and "by design or otherwise, the publication feels timely and in keeping with a broader revivalist spirit currently underway. Still, it takes a unique kind of architectural navel gazer to appreciate the meta-narrative" based on Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction."
● Gómez cheers Standards Manual's series of "meticulously crafted facsimiles of design manuals. There are design nerds, and then there are design nerds" who can "transform abiding obsessions into illuminating, resonant art."
● Bozikovic gives a shout-out to the University of Toronto, which "may have the best architecture in the city" in an excerpt from his and McHugh's "Toronto Architecture: A City Guide."
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ANN feature: Q&A: Marwa Al-Sabouni on mass housing, sustainability, and the social role of architecture: "Architects and planners have the responsibility to be engaged in the lives of those for whom they design - and offer solutions. We often lack this in our profession." By Clotilde Angelucci- ArchNewsNow.com
Obama Foundation takes the wraps off revised - and taller - design for Obama Presidential Center: Other changes include tweaks to better fit in with its Jackson Park surroundings: ...revisions...come just days after the center’s controversial above-ground-parking structure...was scrapped in favor of an entirely underground garage. -- Frederick Law Olmsted; Calvin Vaux; Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates [images]- Curbed Chicago
Bubble Boxes: Thomas Heatherwick unveils High Line towers with bulging window facades: The two 18th street towers will straddle the High Line while remaining a single, connected building under the elevated rail park...Much less is known about the second project on West 22nd Street. The boxy, brick tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects... SLCE Architects [images, video]- The Architect's Newspaper
Christopher Hume: 9 Things Toronto Needs To Do For 2018 - But Probably Won’t: Our city of Toronto wishlist for 2018? How about more thoughtful planning, better consideration of our heritage buildings, and a bigger push towards the Downtown Relief Line. Plus, wouldn’t Toronto benefit by having its own city architect?- Toronto Storeys
Mount Herzl memorial to fallen, an architectural gem, up for top design prize: Built of 'stone, concrete and light,' [National Memorial Hall for Israel's Fallen] meant to give space for grief and educating public, reflecting a shift in commemoration from the collective to the personal: “This place has a way of saying strong things - but quietly"...contending for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects' 2018 RIBA International Prize. -- Etan Kimmel/Kimmel Eshkolot Architects [images]- Times of Israel
Robert Bevan: Stirling Prize-winning architect Sadie Morgan on how design can provide solutions to social problems: [talks] about how we need to get some joy back in our lives: ...there can’t be many people brought up in a socialist commune who now advise a Conservative Government...she’s busy promoting the value of design in problem-solving. It’s about process and strategic thinking, not a particular style or aesthetic...she prefers to be inside the establishment tent aiming out, making a difference. -- de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects/dRMM- Evening Standard (UK)
Central Saint Martin’s Jeremy Till on being ‘brutalized’ by architectural education: “The culture of architecture school is preparing students for the exploitative culture of the workplace": Amanda Sun...sat down with Till...to discuss his hard-earned knowledge about the nature of architectural education and why some problematic habits have become entrenched in our pedagogical tradition..."the strange thing about architectural education; students have become dependent on being brutalized.”- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Call for entries: UN-Habitat International World Habitat Awards 2018 for outstanding housing projects; two winners receive £10,000 and international peer exchange; deadline: March 31- UN-Habitat
Call for entries: LAGI 2018: Melbourne, renewable energy can be beautiful (international): submit ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate carbon-neutral electricity for Melbourne, Australia; no fee; cash prizes; deadline: May 6- Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) / Victoria State Government
Call for entries: Applications for Residency in Austria 2019: a studio apartment in Krems + stipend for 1-3 months; open to architects, space planners, landscape designers, designers, theoreticians, curators and artists; deadline: May 31- ORTE Architekturnetzwerk Niederösterreich (ORTE Lower Austrian Architecture Network)
Early registration deadline (save money!): Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference, April 18–22, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture of the Twin Cities; early registration: February 20- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Architecture Documentaries to Watch in 2018: ...we get the chance to learn about the daily routines of Bjarke Ingels and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, projects by Tadao Ando and Glenn Murcutt, and the troubles of urbanization and gentrification.- ArchDaily
Inflatable ‘luminarium’ appears in Fed Square: A massive, inflatable structure inspired by trees and Gothic architecture has been installed in Melbourne’s Federation Square: Fully wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned, the structures are lit internally only by natural light passing through the plastic skin..."Arboria"...thru January 28...is scheduled to appear...in Adelaide in March. -- Alan Parkinson/Architects of Air [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
"A landscape on an object": NGV’s 2017 Architecture Commission: Retallack Thompson and Other Architects have transformed the National Gallery of Victoria’s Grollo Equiset Garden into a series of enclosed courtyards and corridors with an ethereal installation..."Garden Wall"...part of the inaugural NVG Triennial, Melbourne; thru April 15 [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Porto architects create five temporary gallery spaces for travelling art exhibition: A mirror-clad pavilion camouflaged in woodland and another resembling a dilapidated shed are among five temporary structures on show in the grounds of the Alvaro Siza-designed Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal...part of a show titled "Live Uncertainty: An Exhibition After the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo"; thru February 18 -- Fala Atelier; studio depA; Fahr 021.3; Ottotto architects; Diogo Aguiar Studio [images]- Dezeen
Reinventing Shenzhen’s identity and urban villages at the 2017 Bi-City Biennale: ...together with its neighbour Hong Kong - hosts the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture..."Cities Grow in Difference"...UABB puts urban villages - and their analogues in other countries - in the limelight as unique hybrids of tradition and innovation. Their capacity to balance chaos and order through common sense, negotiation and improvisation can hold valuable insights for the future evolution of our cities. thru March 15 [images]- Wallpaper*
Three emerging young architects to watch: ...being showcased by the URA [Urban Redevelopment Authority Centre]: ...display a strong sense of environmental and social consciousness..."20 Under 45: The Third Edition"...showcases the works of 20 of the best architects registered in Singapore who are under the age of 45. thru January 31 -- Seah Chee Huang/DP Architects; Lawrence Ler/RSP Architects; Ong Ker Shing/Joshua Comaroff/Lekker Architects- The Straits Times (Singapore)
Jeff Goodell: Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning? A retractable barrier designed to protect Venice from sea level rise and storm surges is set to be operational in 2018. But the project’s engineering limitations and cost overruns are raising questions about the mega-projects that many coastal cities are hoping can save them: The MOSE barrier has been tangled in corruption and victim to engineering problems that have led observers to wonder if it will ever work. [adapted from "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World"]- Yale Environment 360
Venice, Legend of the Present: "Dream of Venice Architecture" is a journey through the Venetian urban landscape, in search of those features that make it a city unique in the world: ...get out of your head the picture-perfect Venice you can find on postcards as well as clichés...[the book] is...another - different - perspective on a Venice, which is beautiful without being banal, true to herself and without prejudices, unique despite belonging to everybody. -- JoAnn Locktov/Bella Figura Publications; Riccardo De Cal [images]- Ytali magazine
Brian Newman: Seeing Rome through the eyes of Robert Venturi: Vacillating between highlight reel and inside baseball...By design or otherwise, the publication of "Robert Venturi’s Rome" by Frederick Fisher and Stephen Harby feels timely and in keeping with a broader revivalist spirit currently underway...Still, it takes a unique kind of architectural navel gazer to appreciate the meta-narrative of a book about a book ["Complexity and Contradiction"] by an architect designing buildings about architecture. [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Edward M. Gómez: An Illuminating History of Modern Graphic Design: ...Standards Manual has produced a series of meticulously crafted facsimiles of design manuals, from the New York City Subway to NASA: There are design nerds, and then there are design nerds whose handling of the subjects they’re passionate about manages to transform abiding obsessions into illuminating, resonant art. Such is the touch brought by the graphic designers-turned-publishers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth- Hyperallergic
Alex Bozikovic: University of Toronto may have the best architecture in the city [excerpt from "Toronto Architecture: A City Guide" by Patricia McHugh and Alex Bozikovic] -- Ronald Thom; Diamond Schmitt Architects; KPMB/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg; Zeidler Partnership; Barton Myers Associates; Patkau Architects; MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects; Ron Thom/Thompson Berwick Pratt- Globe and Mail (Canada)
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