Today’s News - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
● Another week starts with sad news: Swenarton pays heartfelt tribute Neave Brown: "What distinguished him as an architect of housing was that the technical ingenuity of his planning was matched by his passionate empathy for the people who would be living in the homes he designed."
● RIBA's Derbyshire leads tributes to Brown from a who's who + Braidwood's recent Q&A with the social housing pioneer.
● Wainwright thinks it's just fine Trump is skipping the ribbon-cutting for the "fabulous" U.S. Embassy in London: if the "shimmering cube seems decidedly Trumpian, it is far too sophisticated and thoughtful to have come from the property tycoon's administration."
● Trump may want to re-think targeting disaster mitigation funds: a new report by the National Institute of Building Sciences finds that every $1 spent saves $6: "Invest properly in mitigation, you're going to get your money back - regardless of what your beliefs in climate change are."
● Walker explains how Hamilton, Ontario (pop. 500,000) "became the envy of urban planners" with small urban interventions adding up to "an enviable list of accomplishments in just one year" - other cities "could take a few cues from the scrappy, low-cost initiatives."
● About 50 miles outside of Manila, the 346-acre Batulao Artscapes is taking shape as a prefab town of 6,000 homes designed by starchitects.
● Eyefuls of L.A.'s latest "ambitious" mixed-use development: the 5.5-acre 1111 Sunset Boulevard that teams SOM with Saitowitz and Corner - oh - and a boutique hotel by Kuma.
● Eyefuls of Bing Thom's last project, The Butterfly, a new icon set to soar over downtown Vancouver (Bing Thom Architects was rebranded Revery Architecture last month).
● Betsky makes a pilgrimage back to FLW's Fallingwater after many years, and sees it "as a masterpiece of weaving - knit into its landscape. Let's stop worrying about building and (re)learn how to weave."
● On a sadder note: FLW's building in Whitefish, Montana, just bit the dust; pix of backhoe is heartbreaking - no mention of any lovely details being salvaged (pix of red brick with FLW signature also heartbreaking - $1.7 million could've saved it!).
● Gunts, on a brighter note, reports that Ohio's famous but vacant (and bizarrely wonderful) "Big Basket" building has a new lease on life; whatever its new incarnation is, "it's going to continue to look like a basket."
● Bernstein kicks off a new series on American architects and designers born in other countries with fab profiles of Pei and Scott Brown (and he's looking for suggestions of other immigrant architects and designers for future profiles).
● A great presentation of the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards winners in architecture, interior architecture, and regional & urban design.
● Kwun is "chuffed to see more than a handful of civic projects" among the AIA winners, proving "how sophisticated public works design has become."
● Winners of the Construction Container Facelift competition show "creative reimaginings that combined a new aesthetic with functionality."
Deadlines (some loom!):
● Call for applications for I-Park Foundation's 2018 Architecture/Landscape Design Residencies in rural Connecticut: "work on commissions, competition proposals, dissertations, or theoretical investigations - or just take the time to build or plant something on the land" (deadline really looms!).
● Call for entries: 2018 James Beard Restaurant Design Awards (deadline also really looms!).
● Call for entries: Royal Academy of Arts 2018 Summer Exhibition (its 249th year) for the Architecture Room.
● Call for entries: 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space (no fee!).
● Call for entries: Kaira Looro International Architecture Competition: A Cultural Center in Senegal, Africa (+ internship with Kuma in Tokyo!).
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Obituary by Mark Swenarton: Neave Brown, 88: Architect whose street-based housing projects showed great empathy for people and won him the RIBA Royal Gold Medal: What distinguished Brown as an architect of housing was that the technical ingenuity of his planning was matched by his passionate empathy for the people who would be living in the homes he designed...He was in a now rather old-fashioned sense a “public intellectual”...- Guardian (UK)
Tributes paid to architecture ‘giant’ Neave Brown: Social housing pioneer and RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner...best known for three trailblazing post-war housing schemes in London. RIBA president Ben Derbyshire, himself a housing architect, led tributes + Brown’s 2017 interview with Ella Braidwood.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: The fabulous new U.S. embassy is best not tainted by a Trump visit: The president has cancelled his visit, blaming the Obama administration for a ‘bad deal’ - but actually the new building is a progressive beacon: Nine Elms was a shrewd choice...the U.S. could dictate the evolution of a masterplan that would put its shimmering cube at the centre of a fortified arc of paranoia...If the setup all seems decidedly Trumpian...[it] is far too sophisticated and thoughtful to have come from the property tycoon’s administration. -- Eero Saarinen (1960); KieranTimberlake- Guardian (UK)
Disaster Mitigation Targeted by Trump Saves $6 for Every $1 Spent: ...report...by the National Institute of Building Sciences found...higher than the 4-to-1 savings the institute last estimated in 2005..."Invest properly in mitigation, you’re going to get your money back - regardless of what your beliefs in climate change are"...revised figures demonstrate that federal spending on mitigation is "an even more powerful investment" than people knew.- Bloomberg News
Alissa Walker: How a mid-sized Canadian city became the envy of urban planners: Canada’s smartest city isn’t Sidewalk Toronto: As the head of the city planning department for Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, population 500,000, Jason Thorne managed to successfully design and deploy an enviable list of accomplishments in just one year - the types of seemingly small urban interventions which can add up to a happier and more livable city.- Curbed
Out of the box: Philippines' prefab village designed by starchitects: ...about 50 miles outside...Manila, construction is underway on a completely new 346-acre town...most of the 6,000 homes in the development, called Batulao Artscapes, will be prefabricated...comprises 12 different styles of home set across four "villages"...A 'livable art park' Marcel Wanders; Christian de Portzamparc; Jean Nouvel; Revolution Precrafte; Kenneth Cobonpue; Budji+Royal; Marmol Radziner; Lenny Kravitz/Kravitz Design; David Salle [images]- CNN Style
Towering Mixed-Complex Planned at 1111 Sunset Boulevard: New development would rise at the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District: The ambitious development...calls for a mix of residential, retail and creative office uses, in addition to open space and a boutique hotel designed by Kengo Kuma. -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects; James Corner Field Operations [images]- Urbanize LA (Los Angeles, California)
New icon soars in downtown Vancouver: Bing Thom’s last project, The Butterfly...has been a dozen years in the making and involves the complex restoration and expansion of the historic First Baptist Church, as well as the construction of an iconic condominium. [images]- The Business Times (Singapore)
Aaron Betsky: Mind Your Knitting: On his first trip back to Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed house in years, Betsky sees Fallingwater as a masterpiece of weaving: ...knit into its landscape...It weaves its own cantilevers and walls...the fluid weaving of space, material, form, and the life in and around the structure...Let’s stop worrying about building and (re)learn how to weave. [images]- Architect Magazine
Developer demolishes Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish, Montana: ...owner had set a Jan. 10 deadline for preservation groups to raise $1.7 million in cash to buy the building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but negotiations...failed. [images]- Great Falls Tribune (Montana)
Edward Gunts: Basket Case Closed: Ohio’s famous basket building finally sold: A developer who specializes in historic restoration is planning to breathe life into Ohio’s famous but vacant “Big Basket"...former Longaberger Basket Building has been vacant since...2016...“It’s going to continue to look like a basket"...new owner is exploring a variety of redevelopment options. -- NBBJ (1997); Coon Restoration and Sealants; Peter Ketter/Stanvick Architects [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Fred A. Bernstein: Immigrant Stories: The Woman Who Taught the Design World to Take Las Vegas Seriously: Denise Scott Brown came to the U.S. to study and then trained her sharp vision on the built environment of her adopted homeland + How an International Background Laid the Ground for I.M. Pei's Global Influence: For much of the late 20th century, Pei was the architect of choice for institutions like the Louvre and the National Gallery of Art, which used his buildings to convey sophistication, power and refinement. [images]- Architectural Digest
2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards recognize excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and regional & urban design: 17 recipients located throughout the world... -- Patkau Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Gensler; Ross Barney Architects; Robert Hull/University of Washington, Department of Architecture; Dattner Architects/WXY architecture + urban design; Miller Hull Partnership; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Marlon Blackwell Architects; Graham Baba Architects; Desai Chia Architecture; Dake Wells Architecture; LMN Architects; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Brooks + Scarpa/Florida Atlantic University/University of Southern California; University of Arkansas Community Design Center [images]- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Aileen Kwun: Are We In A Renaissance Of Great Public Architecture? This year’s AIA Honor Awards illustrate how sophisticated public works design has become: ...the range of projects...may signal a renaissance for great new public works...16 honored projects...we’re chuffed to see more than a handful of civic projects in the main architecture category alone... -- American Institute of Architects; Ross Barney Architects/Sasaki; Dattner Architects/WXY architecture + urban design [images]- Fast Company / Co.Design
Construction Container Facelift competition winners announced: ...creative reimaginings that combined a new aesthetic with functionality. -- Katarzyna Formela/Saule Technologies (Poland); Aram Piligian/Jeff Simmons/Devin Cressman/Martin Dion/Cuhaci & Peterson i(U.S.); Ludovic Marx (Austria) [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / VUDIS
Call for entries: Applications for I-Park Foundation 2018 Architecture/Landscape Design Residencies (international): 44 fully funded residencies within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut; work on commissions, competition proposals, dissertations, model building or theoretical investigations - or just take the time to build or plant something on the land; deadline: January 22- I-Park Foundation
Call for entries: 2018 James Beard Restaurant Design Awards: any restaurant project that was completed or redone in North America since January 2015; deadline: January 26- James Beard Foundation
Call for entries: Royal Academy of Arts 2018 Summer Exhibition (international); Piers Gough/CZWG heads the Hanging Committee for the Architecture Room; cash prizes; deadline: February 14- Royal Academy of Arts (U.K.)
Call for entries: 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space: recognises the best projects for creating and recovering public space in European cities in 2016 and 2017; no fee; deadline: February 21- Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Call for entries: Kaira Looro International Architecture Competition: A Cultural Center in Senegal, Africa; cash prizes + internship at the Kengo Kuma in Tokyo Office in Tokyo; earlybird registration deadline (save money!): February 13; final registration deadline: April 4 (submission due April 25)- Associazione Balouo Salo
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
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