Today’s News - Tuesday, February 6, 2018
● ANN feature: KTGY's Perkowitz thinks outside the big box: Gone are the days when the question was: What retailer can take this large space? The question now is: How can the box be reinvented to create experience and community?
● Lange explains why "our love-to-hate-it relationship with postmodernism may be more important to design progress than we think" - it was "supplanted by neo-modernism - our present state of sobriety and transparency and meh" (but "without things to hate, you'll never come up with something equally strong to love").
● Al-Sabouni considers architecture and "the lost heritage of the Middle East," a region struggling "to find its own identity - we must give up the retro approach of using the past as a quarry of fragments. Stereotyping burdens architecture with an imposed message that denies its inner vitality."
● Florida parses a new report that identifies "density's next frontier: the suburbs - the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis - and a potential solution."
● Grabar explains why everyone, including the president, is wrong in thinking that "struggling Americans should just move" to large urban centers like New York: "America is splitting into two separate countries - a wealthy metropolitan country, and everywhere else. It doesn't help that there are relatively few big ideas for revitalizing the left-behind places" - small cities offer "distinct perks of their own."
● Why "Australian cities are far from being meccas for walking and cycling": Have efforts to "extend pedestrian malls and cycling paths, restrict car traffic, remove street parking and install more lighting paid off? Yes and no."
● Kirk parses an Arup study that considers "how to design cities for children" - it's "an issue of growing concern globally - the well-being of children can have a way of uniting policymakers who disagree on most everything else" ("popsicle test" included).
● Jewell considers green walls and the firestorm ignited by the president of the Australian Institute of Architects "questioning their sustainability" - using them "just to conceal a car park is not a responsible use of how to make a city more green" (some informative info in comments section, too).
● Wilkinson considers the "turf war," and offers "13 reasons why you would install a green wall and 3 reasons why you might not."
● Eyefuls of Hubitus - the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens Hub for Urban Sustainability, a zero-energy "co-working space for environmental entrepreneurs, environmental artists and designers, urban planners, social activists, gardeners, and urban farmers" (very cool).
● Snøhetta and "one of Norway's most divisive artists" draw ire with plans for an "outlandish" UFO-like house near Edvard Munch's studio (lots of pix - we do like the woodland creatures).
● Selldorf tapped by Atlanta's High Museum to design its next makeover.
● Correction: Lots of reports last week about FEMA ending food and water distribution in Puerto Rico on January 31 were wrong - a spokesperson misspoke: "that date 'was mistakenly provided.'"
● A piece of good news (we hope): The plane that skidded off the runway in Trabzon, Turkey, may be given to the city to turn into a public library: "The 110-foot-long aircraft would make a small, albeit unique, library."
● The Vilcek Foundation honors immigrant architects with 2018 Vilcek Prizes: Guatemala-born Teddy Cruz of San Diego takes home $100,000; the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise winners include Iran-born Mona Ghandi, L.A.-based James Leng, born in China; and Brooklyn-based SO-IL co-founder Jing Liu, also from China.
● Amanda Levete awarded the 2018 AJ/AR Jane Drew Prize, and OMA co-founder and artist Madelon Vriesendorp wins the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize.
● Eyefuls of "Oculi," the 2018 City of Dreams Pavilion winner - deconstructed metal grain bins destined for NYC's Governors Island this summer "will be reused to create an experimental housing project."
● An impressive group of eight rising North American firms named 2018 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York.
● Eyefuls of the "Mosul Postwar Camp" competition winners, who hail from France, Berlin, and China.
● Eyefuls of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards finalists - vote now!
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ANN feature: Simon Perkowitz, AIA: INSIGHT: Thinking Outside the Big Box: Gone are the days when the question was: What retailer can take this large space? The question now is: How can the box be reinvented to create experience and community?- ArchNewsNow.com
Alexandra Lange: Why postmodernism is the palate cleanser we need: Our love-to-hate-it relationship with postmodernism may be more important to design progress than we think: What feels timely is the restlessness of mind that produced postmodernism...wanted to wake you up, not calm you down. I don’t even like the AT&T Building, and I shudder to think what its progeny might be...Modernism was replaced by postmodernism...supplanted by neo-modernism, or Modernist Revival - our present state of sobriety and transparency and meh...Every -ism will eventually be overthrown. Without things to hate, you’ll never come up with something equally strong to love. -- Philip Johnson; John Burgee; Snøhetta; Venturi, Scott Brown; WORKac; John Portman; SANAA; Terry Farrell- Curbed
Marwa Al-Sabouni: Architecture with Identity Crisis: The Lost Heritage of the Middle East: ...a region...that struggles to find its own identity on many levels - especially that of the built environment...I analyze what has defined the architecture of the past in order to shed light on the kind of error committed in choosing the way forward...we must give up the retro approach of using the past as a quarry of fragments. Stereotyping burdens architecture with an imposed message that denies its inner vitality.- International Journal of Biourbanism
Richard Florida: Density's Next Frontier: The Suburbs: According to a new study, the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis - and a potential solution: ...restrictive land-use policies and NIMBYism appear to be more a problem of the old crabgrass suburbs than of the inner city...Relaxing zoning rules in these neighborhoods would spread population growth more equitably and sustainably across a metro... -- Issi Romem/Buildzoom- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Henry Grabar: In Defense of the Small City: Everyone, including the president, thinks struggling Americans should just move to places like New York. They’re wrong: The underlying idea is that America has just too many cities, and Americans have to fix that problem by moving to the prosperous ones...America is splitting into two separate countries - a wealthy metropolitan country, and everywhere else...It doesn’t help that there are relatively few big ideas for revitalizing the left-behind places, be they rural communities, small cities, or struggling neighborhoods...Vibrant small cities not only offer a hedge against the health of our big ones but distinct perks of their own.- Slate
Australian cities are far from being meccas for walking and cycling: ...plans and projects are being developed to extend pedestrian malls and cycling paths, restrict car traffic, remove street parking and install more lighting. Have these efforts paid off? Yes and no...substantive changes can occur only through a combination of high-quality infrastructure, pricing policies and education programs. In Australia, as elsewhere, myriad barriers conspire against such an integrated approach.- The Conversation (Australia)
Mimi Kirk: How to Design Cities for Children: A billion kids are now growing up in urban areas. But not all cities are planned with their needs in mind: ...an issue of growing concern globally...planning for children...means simultaneously planning for other vulnerable groups, such as the disabled and the elderly. And the well-being of children can have a way of uniting policymakers who disagree on most everything else. But the fate of urban kids - and their role in shaping city life - can be a fraught topic. -- KaBOOM!; Arup- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Cameron Jewell: Green walls come under attack: Green wall advocates have hit back at an attack from a leading architect on the value of green walls, citing energy savings and biodiversity benefits: ...under fire with the national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, Richard Kirk, questioning their sustainability...they may become eyesores in the future...placed...just to conceal a car park, it’s not a responsible use of how to make a city more green..."consuming resources like labour, money and fuel at a rate that is astoundingly high."- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Sara Wilkinson: Turf wars: 13 reasons why you would install a green wall and 3 reasons why you might not: Following our controversial article covering a recent attack on green walls, UTS associate professor Wilkinson looks at the good and bad of the technology: "RICS Best Practice Guidance Note on Green Roofs and Green Walls"...[a] global guidance note...-- School of the Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney- The Fifth Estate (Australia)
Peek preview of Hubitus urban sustainability hub in Israel: Hubitus - the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens Hub for Urban Sustainability will be a zero-energy hub with smart water and solar collection systems, built from recycled containers: ...a unique co-working space for environmental entrepreneurs, environmental artists and designers, urban planners, social activists, gardeners and urban farmers... -- Lior Gottesman; Adi Bar-Yoseph; Noam Austerlitz/Austerlitz Architecture; Shlomo Aronson Architects [images]- ISRAEL21c
Controversial artist seeks to build a UFO-like house near Edvard Munch’s studio: ...an outlandish modern building - dubbed “A House to Die In”...with the help of...Snøhetta...Bjarne Melgaard is one of Norway’s most divisive artists...plan to build...on what is considered a sacred site has caused waves of controversy in the art and architecture world...perhaps it is the actual design...that is sparking the biggest flames behind the debate. The bold asymmetrical form...supported by several low-lying columns sculpted in the form of woodland creatures...“I believe this talk about the legacy of Munch is ridiculous.” [images]- Inhabitat
High Museum picks design firm for 'major reinstallation': ...has picked an architect for its next makeover...Selldorf Architects to help develop plans...the first comprehensive revision of the collection galleries since the High’s transformative expansion was completed in 2005. -- Annabelle Selldorf- Atlanta Business Chronicle
CORRECTION: In Reversal, FEMA Says It Won't End Puerto Rico Food And Water Distribution on January 31: that date "was mistakenly provided."- NPR / National Public Radio
Commercial plane that skidded off the runway may become Turkey’s newest public library: Trabzon Mayor Orhan Fevzi Gümrükçüoglu has requested Pegasus Airlines...give the plane to the municipality...The 110-foot-long aircraft would make a small, albeit unique, library for the Turkish city.- Building Design & Construction (BD+C)
The Vilcek Foundation Honors Immigrant Architects with 2018 Vilcek Prizes: Guatemala-born designer Teddy Cruz of San Diego–based Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman won the top prize of $100,000: ...for his work and research in border communities...the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise winners, who will receive $50,000 each, are Iran-born Mona Ghandi, an assistant professors of architecture at Washington State University; Los Angeles-based, independent practitioner James Leng, who was born in China; and Brooklyn, N.Y.-based SO-IL co-founder Jing Liu, who is also from China.- Architect Magazine
Amanda Levete awarded 2018 AJ/AR Jane Drew Prize: OMA co-founder and artist Madelon Vriesendorp has won the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize. -- Future System/Jan Kaplický; AL_A- The Architects' Journal (UK)
2018 City of Dreams Pavilion Winner Announced: "Oculi" features a series of elevated circular structures made of deconstructed metal grain bins: ...will be built on Governors Island in New York...at the end of the season, the bins will be reused to create an experimental housing project...titled House-in-a-Can. -- FIGMENT/ENYA/AIANY/SEAoNY; Austin+Mergold; Maria Park; Chris Earls; Scott Hughes [images]- Architect Magazine
2018 Emerging Voices Award Winners Announced: The annual awards, organized by the Architectural League of New York, lauds [eight] rising North American firms and invites them to New York to deliver lectures. -- Ersela Kripa/Stephen Mueller/AGENCY (El Paso); Fernanda Canales (Mexico City); Jesica Amescua/Mariana Ordóñez Grajales/Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura (Mexico City); Stephanie Davidson/Georg Rafailidis/Davidson Rafailidis (Buffalo); Luis Aldrete/Estudio de Arquitectura (Guadalajara); David Seiter/Future Green Studio (Brooklyn); Helen Leung/Elizabeth Timme/LA-Más (Los Angeles); Chris Baribeau/Josh Siebert/Jason Wright/modus studio (Fayetteville) [images]- Metropolis Magazine
Archstorming, Competition, Iran: Winner of “Mosul Postwar Camp” competition: “Impulse”...to think of the project as a whole process, including the participation of the community...“Scaffolding City”...the camp itself would undertake the task of cleaning and rearranging the ruined parts of the city...“Al ways Growing”... -- Alexandre Houdet/Valentine Aguiar/Antonin Belot/Hans Fritsch (France); Quang Le (Berlin); Zhao Yifan, Han Shuo (China) [images]- A As Architecture
2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists: ...these are the most inspiring building, according to readers. Vote now! [images]- ArchDaily
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Architectural Education at the Crossroads? Educators Duo Dickinson and Phil Bernstein look in opposite directions when assessing architecture school quality - but the next architecture school transformation may emerge from where no one is looking.- ArchNewsNow.com
ANN feature: Lance Jay Brown: "Five Artists + Architecture" at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York: The variety of works by the five fine artists/teachers illustrates the breadth of opportunity available to students to integrate a range of visual arts studies into their studio design education and design research work.- ArchNewsNow.com
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