Today’s News - Tuesday, January 30, 2018
● The AIA "calls the growing number of states de-licensing professionals like architects a 'troubling trend'" (we hope everyone does!).
● Kolson Hurley makes a most excellent case for putting Amazon's HQ2 in the suburbs: "It could be the mother of all suburban retrofits" that could be "a model of an inclusive urban suburb."
● In the meantime, a parsing of what went into creating Amazon's giant spheres, by NBBJ, in Seattle that "resemble a glass-and-steel sculpture of a triple-scoop sundae" - and a 55-foot-tall tree nicknamed Rubi (management promises no one will hog the tree fort - lots of pix!).
● Anderson ponders "the perils of diagnosing Modernists" with a deep-dive rebuttal to Sussman and Chen's research suggesting Corbu suffered autism and PTSD plagued Gropius (fascinating read!).
● Brussat rebuts Anderson's "weak" rebuttal: "For all its erudition, his critique of Sussman and Chen's theory fails to pass a smell test that everyone can see."
● Mudede minces no words about why he thinks "there should be no tears for that Frank Lloyd Wright building destroyed in Whitefish, Montana - Wright was an awful human being" and "much worse than Robert Moses" (at least Moses had a Jane Jacobs).
● Sydney architect Toomey calls for an all-hands-on-deck in an effort to save Neville Gruzman's "Modernist masterpiece," the Gaden House, from a proposed makeover that would see most its modernist features demolished (that spiral staircase! sign the petition!).
● Hunn rounds up a handful of Modernist buildings by notable Australian architects "facing the prospect of demolition or significant alteration, as pressure mounts to redevelop inner-city areas for higher-density residential use."
● Booth explains why "the myth of the lone genius is on the wane," and why "the growing trend for employee-owned practices is to be welcomed."
● Chicago's exquisite Tribune Tower is going condo, by SCB, with an almost 1,400-foot-tall glass-and-steel skyscraper by AS + GG proposed next door (no renderings yet).
● Carter rounds up some "stunning architecture (almost) worth dying for - architecture related to death doesn't have to be morbid."
● Citing terrorism concerns, residents in Lower Manhattan go all NIMBY over plans for elevators to make a subway station fully accessible (obviously, none are elderly or disabled or pushing baby carriages).
● A round-up of "hot senior living architecture and design trends for 2018" (elevators most likely included).
● What senior living design trends should be left behind in 2018.
● Wainwright wonders if Adjaye's (and team) merits the Design Museum's Beazley Design of the Year Overall Winner for the National Museum of African American History and Culture: it "generally holds together but it sometimes feels like a case of too many cooks. Is it the best thing designed in 2017? Probably not."
● Heathcote has his own ideas about Adjaye and the museum: "he is now the architect of the building that defines the black experience like no other."
● Joan Blumenfeld, Contract mag's 2018 Legend Award winner, has been a steadfast champion for design excellence, social responsibility, sustainability, and women in leadership - she did not begin her career expecting to be a legend in her own right (full disclosure: profile penned by yours truly).
● Totzke profiles Toronto-based hospitality guru Alessandro Munge, Contract mag's 2018 Designer of the Year: "Genuine, warm, and gregarious, he is the very personification of hospitable.
● Gerfen profiles the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, winners of the AIA 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award.
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Katharine Keane: AIA: "Licensing Protects the Public": The American Institute of Architects calls the growing number of states delicensing professionals like architects a " troubling trend": ...approximately 25 states are in the process of shrinking licensure requirements through legislation or executive actions. The AIA fears that "such efforts can potentially endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the public."- Architect Magazine
Amanda Kolson Hurley: The Case for Putting Amazon's HQ2 in the Suburbs: If it’s built on the urban fringe, HQ2 doesn’t have to be an inward-looking campus marooned in sprawl. It could be the mother of all suburban retrofits: ...could turn a vast swath of suburbia into a walkable, transit-connected, mixed-use, and architecturally interesting satellite city...could help rewrite land-use patterns that are environmentally wasteful and experientially banal.- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Inside Amazon’s Giant Spheres, Where Workers Chill in a Mini Rainforest: Management will make sure no one hogs the tree fort: The trickiest part of the project was transporting a 55-foot-tall tree nicknamed Rubi...from a southern California farm to downtown Seattle...three connected spheres resemble a glass-and-steel sculpture of a triple-scoop sundae. The biggest sphere is 90 feet high and 130 feet wide. -- David Sadinsky/NBBJ [images]- Bloomberg News
Darran Anderson: The Perils of Diagnosing Modernists: Two researchers recently suggested that autism and post-traumatic stress disorder led to the minimalist stylings of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Their questions and tools are useful, but there’s danger in mistaking one piece of a puzzle for its entirety: Modernism, they imply, was a path emerging from neurosis and one that never should have been followed. At first glance, they might have a point...the evidence that modern architecture is founded on “disorders” is highly questionable. -- Ann Sussman; Katie Chen- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
David Brussat: Modern architecture is crazy: “The Perils of Diagnosing Modernism,” by Darran Anderson...is a powerful rebuttal of Ann Sussman [and Katie Chen]’s headline but a weak rebuttal of her theory, which does concede that mental illness is just one factor in the development of modern architecture...For all its erudition, [his] critique of Sussman’s theory fails to pass a smell test that everyone can see. -- Le Corbusier; Walter Gropius; Mies van der Rohe; Nikos Salingaros- Architecture Here and There
Charles Mudede: There Should Be No Tears for That Frank Lloyd Wright Building Destroyed in Whitefish, Montana; Wright Was an Awful Human Being: Wright was, indeed, much worse than Robert Moses...But Wright never had a Jane Jacobs, a voice that exposed him and his deeply regressive concepts...The destruction of a Wright building should be seen as an opportunity to recall the deleterious influence of his regressive, anti-density, pro-car, pro-white urban planning and thinking.- The Stranger (Seattle)
Thousands Rally to Save Gaden House, Neville Gruzman’s Modernist Masterpiece in Sydney’s Double Bay: “It’s like someone has bought an Aston Martin and doesn’t know it’s an Aston Martin”: Sydney architect Rory Toomey has launched an online petition to save the building...Under the proposal most modernist features will be demolished...Toomey suggests the developer sit down with architects “who appreciate what’s great about Gaden House as it is” to devise a new plan that balances preservation with the developer’s commercial interests. -- DStudio Architects [images]- Broadsheet Sydney (Australia)
Patrick Hunn: Modernism under fire: 20th-century buildings face demolition: A number of buildings by notable Australian modernist architects are facing the prospect of demolition or significant alteration, as pressure mounts to redevelop inner-city areas for higher-density residential use. -- Neville Gruzman; Geoffrey Pie/Hall Phillips and Wilson Architects (now Phillips Smith Conwell Architects); Burling Brown Architects [images]- ArchitectureAU (Australia)
Emily Booth: The myth of the lone genius is on the wane: Most architecture is collaborative, so the growing trend for employee-owned practices is to be welcomed: The benefits of increased power to the people can mean better buy-in to a company ethos, stronger staff retention, and, ultimately, the egalitarian sense that strong ideas can come from anywhere and flourish.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Tribune Tower to go condo, supertall skyscraper planned for next door: The height of the new skyscraper could rival nearby Trump International Hotel and Tower: ...plan to convert the iconic 1923 Gothic Revival style building to 165 condo units [and] glass and steel skyscraper next door...rise 1,388 feet...sky-high addition would contain 220 hotel rooms, 158 condo units, and hundreds of parking spaces...no renderings or elevation drawings have been made available. -- Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture/AS + GG- Curbed Chicago
Trudie Carter: Stunning architecture (almost) worth dying for: Architecture related to death doesn't have to be morbid, as shown by a recent spate of contemporary crematoriums, mausoleums and memorials. -- Salas Architecture + Design; Furumori Koichi; RCR Arquitectes; Coussée & Goris Architecten; CN10 Architett; Borheh; NFO [images]- CNN Style / Dezeen
Residents fight elevators for subway station, citing terrorism concerns: Only 24% of New York’s 472 subway stations are accessible overall; a fact not lost on disability advocates...Residents cited terrorism concerns, specifically a fear that the glass elevator booths would turn into shrapnel if a bomb went off...But disability activists have called the fear a thin veil for NIMBY-ism. -- Urbahn Architects- The Architect's Newspaper
Hot Senior Living Architecture and Design Trends for 2018: ...putting a premium on better spaces for staff, both as a way to attract and retain talent...breaking down the silos between care levels, building adjacent to retail and figuring out smart designs for urban and dense suburban locations. -- Eppstein Uhen Architects; Eppstein Uhen Architects; The Highland Group; Perkins Eastman; D2 Architecture; KTGY Architecture + Planning; THW Design; studioSIX5- Senior Housing News
Senior Living Design Trends to Leave Behind in 2018: Stale trends include: Simulated reality in memory care such as fake porches, painted ceiling skies, pretend storefronts..."Bistros. Of COURSE you have a bistro!" -- Eppstein Uhen Architects; Eppstein Uhen Architects; The Highland Group; Perkins Eastman; D2 Architecture; KTGY Architecture + Planning; THW Design- Senior Housing News
Oliver Wainwright: 'Already iconic': David Adjaye's black history museum wins design of the year: The British architect and four practices triumph for their bold addition to the Washington DC Mall...Is it a worthy winner?: [Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture] generally holds together but...it sometimes feels like a case of too many cooks...Is it the best thing designed in 2017? Probably not. The inclusion of architecture in the Beazley Designs of the Year is questionable in the first place... -- Design Museum; Adjaye Associates; The Freelon Group; Davis Brody Bond; SmithGroupJJR; Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup [images]- Guardian (UK)
Edwin Heathcote: Why David Adjaye's Black History Museum won Design Of The Year: Kicking off his career in boom-time Nineties London, David Adjaye's buildings became a kind of cult: discreetly cool clubs, mysterious interiors and impossibly photogenic celebrity pads. But with the award-winning Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture he is now the architect of the building that defines the black experience like no other + Adjaye in seven buildings. -- Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup [images]- GQ UK
Kristen Richards: 2018 Legend Award winner: Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, FIIDA: A proponent for design excellence, and a champion for social responsibility, sustainability, and women in leadership, [she] did not begin her career expecting to be a legend in her own right...“It’s always such a thrill when you imagine something, then draw it - and then actually walk into it...That’s why we all get out of bed in the morning.” -- Perkins+Will; ; Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF); Center for Active Design [images]- Contract magazine
Michael Totzke: 2018 Designer of the Year: Alessandro Munge: Genuine, warm, and gregarious, [he] is the very personification of hospitable...Bringing people together in style, awakening their senses, and giving them a memorable experience: That is his life’s work. -- Studio Munge [images]- Contract magazine
Katie Gerfen: The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and Klyde Warren Park Win the AIA 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award: The affordable housing forum and Dallas park design by OJB Landscape Architecture were recognized for their lasting impact on the profession and their communities. -- Runberg Architecture Group; Katie Swenson/Enterprise Community Partners; Lawrence Scarpa/Brooks + Scarpa; Maurice Cox [images]- Architect Magazine
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
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