Today’s News - Thursday, February 8, 2018
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● ANN feature: Weinstein on architectural education and why future architects need to think like curious clients (a follow-up in response to responses he got from Dickinson and Bernstein re: his Feb. 1 feature - at bottom of today's newsletter).
● Acaroglu offers her "Manifesto for Design-Led Systems Change - a unifying code to move forward with intention, direction, and inspiration."
● Brussat reports on "a fascinating panel" with Imber and Dickinson (their discussion about beauty "had me wringing my hands with despair"), and D'Aprile's take on talking about buildings (see Yesterday's News): "Architecture today has no canonical design language with which to discuss architecture. Architects are just part of the problem."
● Anderton et al. launch Bridges and Walls series with a discussion about Trump's border wall: Rael "traces the history of the wall and offers some humorous and poignant counter proposals" in his book "Borderwall as Architecture," and Cantú, author of "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From The Border," shares his experience as a Border Patrol agent.
● Moore finds Fobert's redesign of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge a "suitably understated" transformation into "a miraculous place, a bubble of humanity and enlightenment" (even if a bit "too "accommodating" to outside pressures).
● Wainwright x 2: He sees Kettle's Yard's rebirth as "a magical sequence of spaces worth the 14-year wait" with an extension that "is both exceptional and modest."
● He talks to Asif Khan about his Winter Olympics pavilion in South Korea, "the darkest building on Earth - an angular black hole waiting to suck you in - it looks like a portal to a parallel universe."
● Hawthorne considers "the shifting politics of NFL stadium design" and questions using Hollywood Park for a stadium just because the 298-acre site will include new townhouses and apartments that in no way deals with the housing crisis: solving it won't "require turning ourselves into some over-packed version of Hong Kong or Manhattan."
● Gehry tapped to design Facebook's new King's Cross HQ in London? (Rumor has it, anyway).
● Cuningham Group's Alpensia Resort takes center stage as the Winter Olympic Village in South Korea.
● Eyefuls of architectural photographer Brittain's "Revisited: Habitat 67" series "offering a glimpse of day-to-day life in the famous Brutalist complex - he observed that Safdie's ideas were still successful" (also on view at Jonathan Tuckey Design in London this weekend).
● Meier funds an architecture chair at Cornell University and, along with his daughter Ana, has also funded a scholarship for women in the M.Arch program.
● Itsuko Hasegawa takes home the Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2018 for "her inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture + An international shortlist for the inaugural RA Dorfman Award.
● Eyefuls of ArchDaily's 2018 Building of the Year Awards (some "previously unsung heroes" among the usual suspects).
● Nechvatal cheers "Jean Prouvé: Architect for Better Days" at the LUMA Foundation in Arles featuring 12 buildings that are "erudite, compelling, and conceptually relevant - an encouraging blueprint for responding to the current crisis of migrants in need of help today" (lots of fab photos!).
● In Chicago, "Félix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for México and Chicago" is a "testament to the architect's innovative use of hyperbolic paraboloid geometry" (more fab photos!).
● Hilburg cheers "Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts: the "sprawling, playfully curated" show - the "look back at the city's troubled past is startlingly relevant."
● THIS X THAT's new Store Pop-Up at L.A.'s Geffen Contemporary showcases objects by emerging designers in "Trusses on Trucks" (Wabi-sabi-looking) displays (garden gnomes included).
● "Rendered Cities" in NYC "addresses the problematic impact of architectural renderings on contemporary architecture."
● In London, "Timber Rising: Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow" puts the spotlight "on the most significant mass timber solutions to date - showing what is possible today, and what will be possible for the cities of tomorrow."
● Lutyens cheers the V&A's "Ocean Liners: Speed and Style" that examines "how ocean liners shaped modern design" (who knew Corbu "saw the liner as a model for high-density housing" - minus the Art Deco interiors).
● Baird hails Rykwert's "Remembering Places: A Memoir": "The nonagenarian has now given us a Holocaust escape thriller and an architectural/intellectual bildungsroman in one. It is quite a tale" (and hopes for a Volume 2).
● Shapiro cheers Moss's "Vanishing New York," though she wishes his "lamentation" offered "a longer historical view and making the force of national politics part of the account," considering NYC of 1918 and 2018 have much in common as we "see a reprise of political values that celebrate the rich and say to the poor that their suffering is their own fault."
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ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Educating Future Architects to Think Like Curious Clients: Expanding architectural education to include more about client consciousness is a key to enriching the profession.- ArchNewsNow.com
Leyla Acaroglu: A Manifesto for Design-Led Systems Change: It’s frustrating to know that everyone has the capacity to positively influence the world around them, but the missing ingredients are often a sense of agency along with the cognitive tools to understand, connect, and build change...I’ve created a manifesto...a unifying code to move forward with intention, direction, and inspiration.- Medium / Disruptive Design
David Brussat: Talk the talk on buildings: A fascinating panel...with architects Michael Imber and Duo Dickinson...The segment where they discuss beauty had me wringing my hands with despair...Marianela D’Aprile's thinking is strangely divided against itself. Neither she...nor Dickinson nor perhaps even Imber...seem to realize that they do not discuss architecture because they cannot discuss architecture. Architecture today has no canonical design language with which to discuss architecture...Architects are just part of the problem.- Architecture Here and There
DnA/Frances Anderton: Bridges and Walls: The Border Wall: There is a whole lot of wall-building going on right now, both physical and metaphorical: Ronald Rael, architecture professor at UC Berkeley, talks about how one side of the border affects the other. In his book “Borderwall as Architecture” he traces the history of the wall and offers some humorous and poignant counter proposals for the wall. Francisco Cantú, author of “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From The Border,” shares his impressions of working as a Border Patrol agent.- KCRW
Rowan Moore: Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge - a bubble of humanity: This home from home for British modern art has been given a suitably understated Jamie Fobert redesign that is, if anything, too accommodating: The name makes you think of tea. But it is also a miraculous place, a bubble of humanity and enlightenment. It is subtly subversive, behind walls so inscrutable that you would hardly know it’s there...What stops the additions being great is that they are too accommodating of those multiple pressures. -- Jim Ede; Andrew Nairne; Leslie Martin/David Owers (1970) [images]- Observer (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Kettle’s Yard's rebirth: 'A magical sequence of spaces worth the 14-year wait': The groundbreaking home-turned-gallery’s £11m extension is both exceptional and modest - perfectly in keeping with the ethos of its visionary creator: “Jim Ede thought art should be part of your life"...“It was important not to make our work the new slick cousin, but to keep it crude...It’s actually really hard"...you might be hard-pressed to spot...what were Ede’s, Martin’s and now Fobert’s contributions to this richly layered place. Which is precisely the architect’s impressive achievement. -- Leslie Martin (1970); Jamie Fobert [images]- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: The darkest building on Earth: 'An angular black hole waiting to suck you in': Sprayed with Vantablack Vbx2, a pavilion at the Winter Olympics in South Korea absorbs 99% of light. We talk to its British architect Asif Khan, who also invented the ‘selfie-building’: ... it looks like a portal to a parallel universe...features thousands of pinpricks of light on the end of rods...set at different depths, creating an illusion of floating in space...Inside, the mesmerising blackness gives way to a bright white interior, where water droplets dart around in little channels milled into white acrylic tables... [images]- Guardian (UK)
Cuningham Group Architecture-Designed Alpensia Resort is Winter Olympic Village: Master-Planned Resort - With Residences, Hotels, Entertainment – Hosts Olympic Village and Major Sports Venues for 2018 Pyeonchang Games in South Korea: A charming Alps-inspired village - the focal point of the resort - will now become Olympic Village.- PRISM
Christopher Hawthorne: From Minneapolis to Inglewood, the shifting politics of NFL stadium design:
... the relationship between football and the future is looking shaky these days...to defend the use of the Hollywood Park for a football stadium because some fraction of the site will hold new townhouses and apartments is to overlook...the roots of the housing crisis...Any large-scale project...should be analyzed...using a version of the "highest and best use"...It's a myth that we don't have enough land in Los Angeles to solve the housing crisis, or that solving it will require turning ourselves into some over-packed version of Hong Kong or Manhattan. -- HKS Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) [via Los Angeles Times]- The Fresno Bee (California)
Frank Gehry lined up to design Facebook’s new King’s Cross base: According to sources, [he] has been approached to mastermind the fit out of two adjoining buildings, designated T2 and T3 in the masterplan...designed by Bennetts Associates.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Photographs capture cats, laundry and everyday life in Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67: Architectural photographer James Brittain has explored the hidden nooks and apartments...offering a glimpse of day-to-day life in the famous brutalist complex in Montreal over 50 years after it was completed..."Revisited: Habitat 67" series documents how building is today...he observed that Safdie's ideas were still successful... [images]- Dezeen
$chool $pirit: Richard Meier funds architecture chair at Cornell: Andrea Simitch, associate professor and chair of architecture department...will be the first to work under the title...Along with his wife Ana, Meier has also funded a scholarship for women in the M.Arch program. -- Richard Meier & Partners- The Architect's Newspaper
Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2018: Itsuko Hasegawa [Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier]...honouring her inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture. Described by the judging panel as “one of Japan’s most important architects”, she has largely been under-recognised despite her significant contribution to modern architecture + The shortlist for the first RA Dorfman Award -- Anne Holtrop/Studio Anne Holtrop; Rahel Shawl/RAAS Architects; Arquitectura Expandida; Alireza Taghaboni/nextoffice; Go Hasegawa/Go Hasegawa and Associates [images]- Royal Academy of Arts (U.K.)
Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards: ... showcase a wide spectrum of different types of building, giving an insight into how diverse the profession has become in recent decades...High-profile practices [and] previously unsung heroes. -- Vázquez Consuegra; Foster + Partners; Heatherwick Studio; Rosenbaum + Aleph Zero; El Equipo de Mazzanti; Farming Architects; Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP; MAD Architects; Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos; WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll + STUDIOS Architecture; Ellen van Loon/OMA; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; ARCHSTUDIO; Emergency Architecture & Human Rights; Atelier Li Xinggang [images]- ArchDaily
Joseph Nechvatal: The Elegant and Affordable Prefab Architecture of Jean Prouvé: "Jean Prouvé: Architect for Better Days" at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France, features 12 of the socially-minded architect's buildings made from easily assembled prefabricated parts: I found the show erudite, compelling, and conceptually relevant to today’s cultural necessities...offers an encouraging blueprint for responding to the current crisis of migrants in need of help today...aesthetically communicates a charming calm and sunny sophistication. thru May 1 [images]- Hyperallergic
Félix Candela’s Concrete Shells Through Photographs, Architectural Models and Plans: A recent collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) has culminated in an exhibition at Chicago's Gallery 400 titled "Félix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for México and Chicago"...a testament to the architect's innovative use of hyperbolic paraboloid geometry, creating new textures and atmospheres in the social and communal spaces they shelter. thru March 3 -- Juan Ignacio del Cueto; Alexander Eisenschmidt- ArchDaily
Jonathan Hilburg: Subterranean Homesick Alien: Gordon Matta-Clark’s legacy comes home to roost in the Bronx: "Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect" is sprawling, playfully curated, free to enter, and well suited for display in the borough that inspired so much of the artist’s work...Anarchitect’s look back at the city’s troubled past is startlingly relevant. Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, thru April 8 [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
Young designers pop up at L.A.’s Geffen Contemporary: THIS X THAT has unveiled their new Store Pop-Up, a temporary installation of design objects created by a collection of emerging designers...The diverse collection of objects includes decorative lamps, paperweights, and even garden gnomes...Wabi-sabi look of the display...dubbed “Trusses on Trucks”... thru March 19 -- Besler & Sons; Bureau Spectacular; Welcome Companions; New Affiliates; Architecture Office [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
A new exhibition asks: Are we living in digitally-rendered cities? "Rendered Cities," at Apexart in Tribeca, addresses the problematic impact of architectural renderings on contemporary architecture...asserts that flashy renderings make cityscapes “real before reality,” with newly constructed buildings mimicking digitally rendered drawings...organized by London’s ANGL Collective... thru March 17 -- Felicity Hammond; Lawrence Lek; Laura Yuile [images]- The Architect's Newspaper
"Timber Rising: Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow": ..puts timber developments into historical context, as well as addressing issues of safety and urban health...focuses on the most significant mass timber solutions to date...showing what is possible today, and what will be possible...for the cities of tomorrow. Roca London Gallery, thru May 19 -- RLP Rüdiger Lainer + Partner; LEVER; dRMM; Hermann Kamte & Associates; White Arkitekter; PLP Architecture; ARTEC AS; Waugh Thistleton Architects; MGA | Michael Green Architecture [images]- e-architect (UK)
Dominic Lutyens: How ocean liners shaped modern design: As "Ocean Liners: Speed and Style" at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum highlights, ocean liners were once a passport to a new, forward-looking world of luxury and romantic adventure..."its influence on modernist architects such as Le Corbusier, who saw the liner as a model for high-density housing"...dubbing them “a liberation from the cursed enslavement of the past"...the inspiration for radically functionalist architecture. thru June 10 -- Raúl Reichard; Robert V Derrah; Gio Ponti; Bates Smart; Tonkin Liu; Eric Mendelsohn & Serge Chermayeff; Tom Dixon; Paul Archer Design; Kenneth Dalgleish & Roger K. Pullen [images]- BBC
George Baird: "Remembering Places: A Memoir" by Joseph Rykwert: The prestigious historian looks back on his role in the development of architecture: The nonagenarian has now given us a Holocaust escape thriller and an architectural/intellectual bildungsroman in one. It is quite a tale...- Architectural Record
Anna Shapiro: "Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul" by Jeremiah Moss: ...delves into the disappearance of New York's iconic institutions and neighborhoods: Moss’s book will tell you that this affects residents as “root shock,” a form of traumatic stress brought on when your world vanishes...Two elements absent from Moss’s lamentation are a longer historical view and making the force of national politics part of the account. The New York of 2018 is much like the New York of 1918...It is not entirely surprising that we would see a reprise of political values that celebrate the rich and say to the poor that their suffering is their own fault.- Architectural Record
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
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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