Today’s News - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
● Davidson takes a deep (and great!) dive into "women rising to power in architecture": "The evidence is simultaneously infuriating and encouraging. The future looks better than the present - women who are starting out in architecture now have an abundance of role models" (and he talks to many!).
● A new series to definitely keep an eye on: "Overstretched cities" delves into "the impact of the rush to urbanization ("Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet" among the first eight).
● Penn State teams up with the UN for the Global Building Network, a sustainable buildings initiative that would include a global network of municipal Centers of Excellence to "share data and develop design and monitoring tools to continually improve building design and functionality."
● A look at the eight firms' building designs proposed for BIG's EuropaCity near Paris, a new "sprawling," 80-hectare leisure district ("fireflies, rooftop fields," and "a sleeping mythical animal" included).
● Saffron cheers on the "Stadium Stompers," a group of "N. Philly grandmothers who shut down Temple University's football stadium" - they have every right to be "so angry" - the project will not be, as claimed by stadium supporters, "a minor inconvenience to residents."
● Six notable firms are tapped to create an "ideas book of design ideas" for six blocks surrounding the Grenfell Tower.
● Seward parses Lake|Flato/Shepley Bulfinch's Austin Central Library: "The whole building has a dreamlike quality" - the "blending of institutional and residential, public and private, natural and man-made is intentionally counterintuitive. The building screams, 'Keep Austin Weird!'"
● The "New Orleans skyline is about to change" with Voorsanger's (huge) "Canopy of Peace" hovering over the World War II Museum - it "will surely become one of the visual icons of the city" (with promises that it will be hurricane safe).
● A fascinating look at "Jerusalem's downtown disaster," a 1978 Brutalist "icon and a commercial failure" - it's "an alien implant" that "appears forlorn, sad, and rather abandoned" (the architect blames "lack of cooperation from the planning agencies").
● A fascinating look at the work of eight(!) generations of the "legendary Lei family of architects who built China's world heritage sites" (who knew?!!?).
● A new RIBA survey finds British architecture "has been hit badly by Brexit" - two-thirds of architects surveyed "have had projects put on hold since EU referendum," and "60% of EU architects working in the UK have considered leaving."
● On a brighter note, Montreal-based Chevalier Morales Architectes takes home the RAIC 2018 Emerging Architectural Practice Award: per the jury: "This firm has become successful because of the opportunity to participate in competitions," and "their cultural projects have had a positive impact on their respective communities."
● Two winners of the Asia Young Designers Award 2017/18 are inspired by history, science - and more.
● "Concrete Chicago Map" showcases "how the building material shaped the city."
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Justin Davidson: What Would a World Designed by Women Look Like? As more women rise to power in architecture, we’re starting to find out: Like so many parts of the work world, architecture is belatedly grappling with a legacy of discrimination. The evidence is simultaneously infuriating and encouraging...The future looks better than the present...these days a talented young woman has more ways to develop, advance, lead, and become expert in areas that once hardly existed...women who are starting out in architecture now have an abundance of role models. -- Equity by Design; Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation; Kate Orff/Kate Hayes/SCAPE; Claire Weisz/Karina Gilbert/WXY; Amanda Levete/AL_A; Amale Andraos/WorkAC; Zaha Hadid; Jeanne Gang; Elizabeth Diller; Alison Brooks; Neri Oxman; Frida Escobedo; Deborah Berke; Arthi Krishnamoorthy- The Cut
Overstretched cities: A series examining the impact of the rush to urbanisation, which has seen cities around the world explode in size: The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers + Kim Stanley Robinson: Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet + Plight of Phoenix [Arizona]: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive? + Fred Pearce: Is the way we think about overpopulation racist? + The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control?- Guardian (UK)
Penn State to lead United Nations sustainable buildings initiative: ...the Global Building Network is a system of professional organizations and research institutions brought together through the UN. The Network’s goal is to document and propose frameworks for building standards that would be more sustainable for the environment and healthier for occupants...to establish municipal Centers of Excellence across the world...will share data and develop design and monitoring tools to continually improve building design and functionality.- The Daily Collegian
Eight buildings proposed for BIG's EuropaCity development near Paris: ...the sprawling new leisure district...planned for an 80-hectare site near Charles de Gaulle International Airport...themed around the concept of "rolling hills", set amidst a grassy parkland. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Clément Blanchet Architecture; Hérault Arnod Architectes; UNStudio; Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia; Atelier COS; AAVP Architecture; Franklin Azzi Architecture; Chabanne Architecte- Dezeen
Inga Saffron: Why the N. Philly grandmothers who shut down Temple University's football stadium meeting are so angry: ...the project’s supporters have asserted that the damage to the...neighborhood would be slight. Embedded in this claim is the assumption that there is hardly any neighborhood left to damage...Temple treats its proposed closure of a two-block stretch of...a vital piece of the city grid, as a minor inconvenience to residents...“Stadium Stompers”...formed alliances with sympathetic Temple students and faculty.- Philadelphia Inquirer
Adjaye Associates and Cullinan Studio among architects working on ideas for Grenfell Tower estate: ...six architecture firms working to generate ideas for the refurbishment of London's Lancaster West Estate...work does not include Grenfell Tower...Each of the architects is looking in detail at one or several of the estate's other blocks and will create an "ideas book of design ideas, resident feedback and proposals for early projects" for each...the site of the burnt-out Grenfell Tower...is expected to be turned into a memorial to the people killed in the disaster. -- Levitt Bernstein;, Maccreanor Lavington; Murray John Architects; Penoyre Prasad; Andy Sturgeon Design; Twinn Sustainability Innovation- Dezeen
Aaron Seward: Austin Central Library by Lake|Flato and Shepley Bulfinch: “It’s the largest lake house we’ve ever done"...Whether or not this well-exercised residential vernacular survives the increase in scale to a major civic project...is very much a matter of opinion...[the] library is, well, small...for a major city’s central library...The atrium, the whole building in fact, has a dreamlike quality...well-diffused daylight has an almost material presence...This blending of institutional and residential, public and private, natural and man-made is intentionally counterintuitive, aggressively weird...The building screams, “Keep Austin Weird!.” [images]- Texas Architect magazine (Texas Society of Architects)
Will the World War II Museum's huge canopy be hurricane safe? Designers say yes: The New Orleans skyline is about to change...At 1-1/2 football fields long and 40-yards wide...the lighted structure will surely become one of the visual icons of the city...canopy will be covered with translucent Teflon-coated fiberglass panels...can be lit with thousands of programmable LED lights...Dubbed the "Bollinger Canopy of Peace"... -- Bart Voorsanger/Voorsanger Architects; Weidlinger Associate; Mathes Brierre Architects [images]- The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Jerusalem's downtown disaster: The Clal Center is a brutal architectural icon, and a commercial failure, which is alienated from its surroundings: Since it was built in 1978, no one has had anything good to say about it. It is an alien implant...Its internal space is unpleasant...it appears forlorn, sad, and rather abandoned...When I ask Dan Eytan [now 87] to explain the fact that the building he designed amounts to a failure, he attributes it to lack of cooperation from the planning agencies... -- Itzhak Yashar; Zvi Elhyani/Israel Architecture Archive- Globes (Israel)
The legendary Lei family of architects who built China’s world heritage sites: We take a look at the work of eight generations of the family who built lavish buildings: ...presided over the design of imperial buildings for 200 years up to the end of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Today, these imperial palaces, gardens and mausoleums are known in Chinese as Yangshi Lei, meaning “Lei style” architecture. [images]- South China Morning Post
British architecture projects under threat from Brexit: Two-thirds of architects in RIBA survey have had projects put on hold since EU referendum: Architecture has been hit badly by Brexit...concern that if there were no mutual recognition of professional qualifications across borders [firms] would lose valued EU staff....60% of EU architects working in the UK have considered leaving...threat of a hard Brexit was impacting confidence in the industry...The UK’s architecture sector contributes £4.8bn to the British economy every year, but RIBA is concerned that Brexit combined with new immigration policies for EU citizens will thwart the industry’s growth potential.- Guardian (UK)
RAIC announces recipient of the 2018 Emerging Architectural Practice Award: Chevalier Morales Architectes, a Montreal-based architectural firm...has created a series of impressive works...“This firm has become successful because of the opportunity to participate in competitions”...Their cultural projects have been highly successful and have had a positive impact on their respective communities. [images]- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
History, science inspire these architects: For [University of Malaya] master’s in architecture student Ng Wai How, his design is inspired by the appreciation of history and sacrifices witnessed by the country. Ng was awarded the Gold Award in the Architecture category in the Asia Young Designers Award 2017/18”...Taylor’s University Malaysia Bachelor of Arts interior architecture graduate Shahmeena Labeeb...who bagged the Interior Design category, said she was always interested in Science.- The Malaysian Reserve
Chicago’s concrete architecture showcased in new map: "Concrete Chicago Map" shows how the building material shaped the city: In highlighting significant concrete architecture, map editor and Chicago-based architect Iker Gil hopes to help preserve the city’s history. -- Blue Crow Media [images]- Curbed Chicago
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