Today’s News - Thursday, January 25, 2018
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, January 30.
● ANN feature: Lovell delves into how The Alliance Center in Denver, designed by Gensler for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, offers a model for how aging buildings can be transformed into thriving, sustainability-focused, collaborative workspaces.
● P. Bernstein rebuts Dickinson's recent take on architectural education: "Contrary to popular myth, the schools are leading the way into the future - the discussion would benefit from some facts on the ground, so here goes..."
● The shine seems to be wearing off architects' love of glass skyscrapers: "even with improved glass, some critics believe that glass buildings are bad for cities and people living in them" (some notable names weigh in).
● The Fine Arts Commission is not thrilled with BIG's new version of its master plan for the Smithsonian, so it's back to the drawing board - again ("It has nothing to do with preservation and it's not good design" - ouch!).
● If Heatherwick's Garden Bridge is now dead in the water, Anderson wonders "why won't the story go away? Taxpayers have been mugged over the fiasco and it's time we had some explanation."
● Gehry releases new - "and nearly final" - designs for his long-delayed Grand Avenue project in Los Angeles - he "has found ways to reconcile his vision with costs" (lots of pix!).
● Moore cheers Feilden Clegg Bradley's Hayward Gallery refurbishment, now "a brutal beauty" revealing "the true glories of the once-despised South Bank gallery" - all it needed "was a bit of tender loving care to bring out its good side" ("what took them so long?").
● A great round-up of "the most important new museums and expansions in 2018."
● Lutyens puts the "new generation of theater buildings" center stage: "an eclectic, characterful aesthetic is taking over from the neutral 'black-box' concept" (a great, in-depth, international round-up!).
● A look inside Babcock Ranch in Florida, America's first solar-powered town with more than 300,000 solar panels spread across 440 acres (and about 80% of the land turned it into a wildlife preserve - yay!).
● Call for entries: NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants (U.S.) for the design, purchase, construction, restoration or renovation of facilities and historic landscapes.
● Call for entries: LAGI 2018 Melbourne: Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful (international - no fee!).
● Call for entries: 2018 AIA National Photography Competition (open to architects registered in the U.S. - images from anywhere).
● Call for entries: 2018 Radical Innovation Awards: hospitality concepts that provide new meaningful travel experiences.
● Call for entries: 2018 SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (international).
Winners (and almost winners) all!
● An impressive international shortlist in the running for AR/AJ's Women in Architecture Awards 2018 and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Woman Architect of the Year.
● Five finalists in the running for the 2018 City of Dreams Pavilion for Governors Island this summer.
● Rovang takes home the 2017 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship and $50,000 to travel the world exploring "the public history of world industrial heritage."
● Eyefuls of the 14 winners of the 2017 AIA Architectural Photography Competition (some real stunners!).
● Winners of the Skyhive Skyscraper Challenge show "an ambition to rewrite the definition of the 21st-century skyscraper."
● Dovey dives into "Intertidal" in Miami Beach that "examines how the city can use infrastructure and ecology to adapt" to sea-level rise.
● "Drawings' Conclusions: The Ends of the Line" at a new pop-up gallery in NYC presents three decades of drawings by 13 architects "during the time of architecture's transition from hand drawing to digital representation."
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ANN feature: Ashley Lovell: From Warehouse to Wired Green Workspace: The Alliance Center in Denver, designed by Gensler for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, offers a model for how aging buildings can be transformed into thriving, sustainability-focused, collaborative workspaces. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
Phil Bernstein: Architectural Education is Changing: Let’s Hope the Profession Can Keep Up: Contrary to popular myth, the schools are leading the way into the future: ...Duo Dickinson conflates the American higher education system, Trump University, and current architectural education...suggesting that educators confuse art, branding, and hero worship with proper professional training...the discussion would benefit from some facts on the ground...so here goes:- Common Edge
Are architects turning their backs on glass skyscrapers? With cities like Dubai and Shenzhen continuing the trend at unrelenting speed, it seems as if our taste for glazed facades will stretch well into this century too. But a number of prominent architects and urban planners have been speaking out against the material's overuse...even with improved glass, some critics believe that glass buildings are bad for cities and people living in them. -- Ken Shuttleworth/Make Architects; Justin Davidson; Alan Ritchie/PJAR Architects/Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects [images]- CNN Style
‘It’s not good design:’ Fine Arts Commission critical of Smithsonian’s plan: Remember the renderings of the space-age sloping plaza...introduced three years ago...The Smithsonian wants you to forget about them...BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group presented a new version...a response to continued public outcry over the potential loss of the beloved Enid A. Haupt Garden...asked the designers to return with alternatives and more information...“Another take would be helpful"...“It has nothing to do with preservation and it’s not good design.” [images]- Washington Post
Dan Anderson/Fourth Street: The Garden Bridge is gone - so why won’t the story go away? Taxpayers have been mugged over the fiasco and it’s time we had some explanation from those responsible: Thomas Heatherwick takes every opportunity to remind us that he was ‘just the designer’. He has also walked away with nearly £3 million of fees.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Frank Gehry unveils designs for long-delayed Grand Avenue project: He has completed new - and nearly final - designs for the Grand, an open-air complex of apartments, condominiums, movie theaters, restaurants and shops that promises to enliven a city block that has been mostly dead for half a century...has found ways to reconcile his vision with costs... [images]- Los Angeles Times
Rowan Moore: The Hayward Gallery: a brutal beauty remade: Reopening after a two-year refurbishment, the true glories of the once-despised South Bank gallery are revealed
With Feilden Clegg Bradley’s renewal...it’s like getting a new art gallery...Its interiors breathe...[skyights] have been reconstructed as better versions of themselves...The only question is: what took them so long? Well, now it has been discovered that it’s OK to like brutalism. It’s also been discovered that what the Hayward needed, all these years, was a bit of tender loving care, to bring out its good side. [images]- Observer (UK)
Our guide to the most important new museums and expansions in 2018: From striking new spaces in France and the US to major revamps of old favourites in London and Los Angeles. -- David Chipperfield; Frederick Fisher and Partners; FCBStudios/Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; Frederick Fisher and Partners; Rem Koolhaas/OMA; Jamie Fobert Architects; Steven Holl Architects; Jean Nouvel; Assemble; Kengo Kuma- The Art Newspaper (UK)
Dominic Lutyens: A brave new world of theatre design: A new generation of theatre buildings with an eclectic, characterful aesthetic is taking over from the neutral ‘black-box’ concept: “There’s a reaction against the black box’s neutrality"..."a postmodern rejection of modern theatre as an abstract space divorced from its social context"...The flamboyant exteriors of many of today’s theatres highlight the fact that they contain performance spaces... -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Rockwell Group; Charcoalblue; Howarth Tompkins Architects; Jeff Day/Min | Day; Jonathan Tuckey Design; Bennetts Associates; Heatherwick Studio/Foster + Partners; Jestico + Whiles; REX; Marvel Architects [images]- BBC Designed
Babcock Ranch: Inside America's first solar-powered town: ...about half an hour northeast of Fort Myers, Florida, is supposed to produce more energy than it consumes once it's finished...more than 300,000 solar panels spread across 440 acres...In developer Syd Kitson's city of the future, people leave their car in the garage and take rides in self-driving shuttle buses...About 80% of the land...sold to the state of Florida, which turned it into a wildlife preserve. --Kimley-Horn- CBS News
Call for entries: NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants (U.S.): ...provide ccapital expenditures such as the design, purchase, construction, restoration or renovation of facilities and historic landscapes; deadnline: March 15- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Call for entries: LAGI 2018 Melbourne: Renewable Energy Can be Beautiful (international): superimpose energy and art onto an emerging master plan for urban regeneration in south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne; no fee; cash prices; deadline: May 6- Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) / State of Victoria, Australia
Call for entries: 2018 AIA National Photography Competition; open to architects actively registered in the U.S. (images from anywhere); cash prizes; deadline: April 1- AIA St. Louis
Call for entries: 2018 Radical Innovation Awards: Rethink. Reimagine. Redefine. (international): submit hospitality concepts that provide new meaningful travel experiences, and new revenue growth opportunities for owners, investors, etc.; open to professionals and students; cash prizes; deadline: April 1- The John Hardy Group / Global Allies / Sleeper
Call for entries: 2018 SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (international); open to members and non-members; earlybird entry deadline (save money!): March 2; final submission deadline: March 23- Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
Women in Architecture Awards 2018 shortlists revealed: ...four finalists...along with those in the running for the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Woman Architect of the Year. -- Biba Dow/Dow Jones Architects; Stephanie Macdonald/6a Architect; Ángela García de Paredes/Paredes Pedrosa; Sandra Barclay/Barclay & Crousse Architecture; Ilze Wolff/Wolff Architects; Gloria Cabral/Gabinete de Arquitectura; Anna Puigjnaner/Maria Charneco/MAIO; Sook-hee Chun/Wise Architecture [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Five Finalists Announced for the 2018 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition: The winning project will be announced by the end of this month and the pavilion will be displayed from June to August on Governors Island in New York. -- FIGMENT/ENYA/AIANY/SEAoNY [images]- Architect Magazine
Sarah Rovang Named 2017 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow: $50,000 fellowship award allows an emerging scholar to travel the world for one year to experience architecture and landscapes firsthand...[she] will travel to sites in the United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, Japan and Chile to explore the public history of world industrial heritage.- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
The Best Architecture Photographs of 2017: The 14 winners of the 2017 AIA Architectural Photography Competition highlight structures in New York, California, Oregon, and Iceland, among others. [images]- Architect Magazine
Skyhive Skyscraper Challenge winners announced: Each shows an ambition to rewrite the definition of the 21st-century skyscraper. -- Suraksha Acharya (India); Alex Sullivan-Brown & Sindre Johnsen (New Zealand); Jon Carag (U.S.) [images]- Bee Breeders (formerly HMMD/Homemade Dessert) / Manipal Executive Education
Rachel Dovey: Miami Art Project Looks at Infrastructure Under Water: “Intertidal" at the ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach imagines one potential future, with city streets dry at low-tide and flooded at high-tide, and examines how the city can use infrastructure and ecology to adapt...methodical in its projections, diving deep into details like how much sea-level rise the area can expect...and how the city can use land-use principals to its advantage. Thru April 2 -- Alliance of the Southern Triangle (A.S.T.) [images]- Next City (formerly Next American City)
"Drawings’ Conclusions: The Ends of the Line" in a new pop-up gallery in NYC: 60 drawings by 13 architects that engage in the conceptual, technical, and sometimes personal potential of drawing during the time of architecture’s transition from hand drawing to digital representation from the late 1980s to early 2000s; first shown at the SCI-Arc Gallery in Los Angeles; Anyspace, NYC, thru March 2 -- Stan Allen; Andrew Atwood & Anna Neimark; Preston Scott Cohen; Greg Lynn; Ben Nicholson; Philip Parker; Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto; Bahram Shirdel; Stephen Turk; Michael Young; Andrew Zago- Anyone Corporation
ANN feature: Charles F. Bloszies: Left Coast Reflections #4: Iceberg Architecture: A London cabbie asked if we had heard of the "iceberg houses." We should keep our pencils above grade most of the time. And we should support theories that preserve real icebergs before they trickle away completely. [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
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