Today’s News - Tuesday, March 27, 2018
● D'Aprile offers "some advice on how men should respond to architecture's #MeToo moment," and takes issue with Cramer's implication "that testosterone and an 'imperfect nature' are often to blame for men's discriminatory treatment of women. He's wrong" - it's about power, not sex.
● Chan challenges "the traditional canon of urban planning" - it's time to give credit where credit is due: Women "remain absent from or peripheral to the 'Urbanism Hall of Fame.' If we expanded the definition of planning, we might include women leaders who are not 'real' (i.e. professionally trained and certified) planners, but they have shaped their cities."
● AIANY rescinds 2018 Design Awards to Richard Meier and Peter Marino, citing "allegations of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior" as reason for the decision (we wonder how many more such decisions will be made, and feel sorry for the firms' teams who do most of the work).
● On a brighter note, take a look at BIG Oakland, a co-working space near San Francisco "geared specifically for architecture, engineering, and construction businesses" - right down to "a fully-stocked design library maintained by a professional librarian."
● Arup, Grimshaw, and Wilkinson Eyre are tapped to work on elements of the U.K.'s HS2 network, "a new high speed railway linking several major cities" - and a project "not without controversy, from concerns around social and environmental impacts as well as cost overrun concerns."
● The owner of the Apple Store in Chicago wants to sell, but with cracks in the glass façade, icicles "dangling dangerously," and birds "plunging to their deaths," Foster + Partners may have taken the glass thing a bit too far" (the owner hopes to get $170 million for the "less than the perfect building. Good luck with that").
● Somers Cocks disagrees with Settis's premise that "the commercial rape of Venice is the result of a moral failing in the Italians - if we truly do not want it to die, the solutions will be technical and organizational, not a miraculous improvement in the morality of the nation."
● Settis, meanwhile, sermonizes "on the moral revival that could save Italy's sinking city" in a podcast.
● Dorman on how to savor Albert Kahn's architectural legacy in Detroit and environs: "scores of his architectural beacons continue to captivate the public - his buildings not only seem modern - they're timeless" (great read, with fab photos).
● Fazzare's Q&A with Mark Lee re: his plans for Harvard GSD - and the future of architecture: He's "extremely optimistic about the future of architecture," but "for architecture to regain its foothold as a substantive medium, the general quality of the built environment needs to be raised to a much higher level."
● Weder's Q&A with Martha Thorne: What is our most urgent need right now in architecture and urban design? "Making connections between the built environment and other disciplines - silos just don't make sense today. Always think about interdependence and interconnectivity" ("the Bilbao effect is a myth").
Resiliency! Sustainability! Guidelines! Toolsets! (and a fabulous, oh-so-green Public House in Japan - pub included!)
● Beske & Dixon offer a fascinating take on the "perfect storm of challenges" that "has broken apart a 70-year-old suburban growth model. But as this model falls apart, another far more resilient model is taking shape."
● Flynn delves into how architects are "moving beyond LEED" by "spearheading leadership - looking beyond generic 'green design' and embracing new opportunities - and in some cases, stricter requirements."
● Could two new projects in Cape Town make the Living Building Challenge "a reality for South Africa?" (A good chance now SA has its first LBC ambassador).
● Paletta parses the nationally applicable version of The Waterfront Alliance's Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines, and a ULI New York report that showcases "both the many promising aspects of WEDG and the potential for ambiguities as well as obstacles to widespread adoption and applicability."
● A new study by the USDA Forest Service "found urban trees can save cities plenty of money: $18 billion in pollution removal, $5 billion in energy efficiency, $5 billion in carbon sequestration, and almost $3 billion in avoided emissions - the report should serve as a warning to cities to think carefully about how they can use natural space."
● The Rocky Mountain Institute issues a report and software "encompassing tested and proven best practices" to help guide property owners overcome "energy optimization initiatives" that can be "challenging to evaluate and costly to access - and reap savings."
● Your eye candy for the day (and oh so green!): A mountain village in Japan that "has already achieved an 80% recycling rate" now boasts Nakamura's Kamikatz Public House that "takes sustainability to a new level" as "a symbol of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Respect.'"
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Marianela D'Aprile: Architecture’s #MeToo Moment is About Power Imbalances, Not Sex: Some advice on how men should respond to this unique cultural opportunity: ...the response...is not about empathy. It’s about solidarity...Ned Cramer...implies that testosterone and an “imperfect nature” are often to blame for men’s discriminatory treatment of women. He’s wrong...It’s about people taking advantage of those with less power then them...If you’re a man in architecture and nervous about how to get involved in this movement, just show up in earnest...Ask questions...Start conversations...- Common Edge
Deland Chan: What Counts as 'Real' City Planning? The traditional canon of urban planning excludes people and practices that could greatly benefit it - and society. That needs to change: ...the work of female designers is often not directly credited or celebrated. They remain absent from or peripheral to the “Urbanism Hall of Fame"...We can break down the increasingly limited box of what even counts as planning...If we expanded the definition of planning, we might include...women leaders [who] are not “real” (i.e. professionally trained and certified) planners, but they have shaped their cities... -- Alison Isenberg/"Downtown America"; Marion Mahony Griffin/Frank Lloyd Wright; Charlotte Perriand/Le Corbusier; Lily Reich/Mies van der Rohe; Anne Tyng/Louis Kahn; Clare Cooper-Marcus/Carolyn Francis/"People Places"; Majora Carter; Antionette Carroll/Creative Reaction Lab- CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities)
Miriam Sitz: AIA New York Rescinds 2018 Design Awards to Richard Meier and Peter Marino: Executive director Benjamin Prosky issued a statement citing “allegations of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior” as reason for the organization’s decision: ...AIANY board’s efforts aren’t retroactive. “At this moment, there is not a movement to go back and reassess previous honors...“Our decision does not speak to the design quality of the projects or the contributions from the respective firms’ design teams."- Architectural Record
Take a look inside Oakland's co-working space for the building industry: BIG Oakland, a co-working space geared specifically for architecture, engineering and construction businesses...includes...extra-large drawing review tables, large format printers and a model making space...a fully-stocked design library maintained by a professional librarian. -- Jean Bjork/Bjork Construction; Kyle Rawlins/Designing Justice + Designing Spaces; Jocelynn Cambier/Linea Lab Architects [images]- San Francisco Business Times
Arup and Grimshaw Architects to design revamp of London's Euston Station: ...for the anticipated 2026 opening of the HS2 network...a new high speed railway linking several major cities...Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects...to take part in the design and development of the interchange near Birmingham...the HS2 project has not been without controversy, from concerns around social and environmental impacts as well as cost overrun concerns...- Consultancy.uk / Consultancy.org
Flaws in design of Apple Store in Chicago might make it tough to sell: The new Apple outpost...initially was widely praised for being a flashy piece of architecture. But the mostly-glass structure was quickly revealed to be something less than the perfect building...Foster + Partners...may have taken the glass thing a bit too far...has created more of a headache than obviously was the intended goal...Reports say the private equity firm hopes to get $170 million for the building. Good luck with that.- Chicago Business Journal
Anna Somers Cocks: The commercial rape of Venice is the result of a moral failing in the Italians: This is the view of a former Getty chief, who says the problems of the Serenissima are a paradigm for other historic cities: Venice is doomed, says Salvatore Settis, unless there is a moral revival in Italy..."If Venice Dies" is a painful book to read...a lament for the day by day destruction of great beauty...we must have action if we truly do not want it to die...The solutions...will be technical and organisational in nature, not a miraculous improvement in the morality of the nation.- The Art Newspaper (UK)
Podcast: The death of Venice? Salvatore Settis on the moral revival that could save Italy's sinking city.- The Art Newspaper (UK)
John L. Dorman: In Energized Detroit, Savoring an Architectural Legacy: From the Fisher Building to Belle Isle (and beyond), the works of Albert Kahn endure. Here’s how to see them: ...frequently referred to as “the architect of Detroit"...scores of his architectural beacons...continue to captivate the public, generations after they opened...his buildings not only seem modern - they’re timeless. -- Michael H. Hodges/“Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit"; Claire Zimmerman; Alan Cobb/Albert Kahn Associates [images]- New York Times
Elizabeth Fazzare: Mark Lee on His Plans at Harvard Graduate School of Design - and the Future of Architecture: The cofounding partner of Johnston Marklee (and Harvard GSD alumnus) will head the school's architecture department come July...[he] discuss his new appointment and the future of his field: "I am extremely optimistic about the future of architecture as it embraces the intrinsic desire for things that are slower, more tangible, more substantial, and affect our lives in a deeper way...For architecture to regain its foothold as a substantive medium the general quality of the built environment needs to be raised to a much higher level."- Architectural Digest
Adele Weder: City Builders: Martha Thorne: American architectural scholar, curator, editor, author and urbanist, is currently the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and Dean in at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid: As a society, what is our most urgent need right now in architecture and urban design? "Making connections between the built environment and other disciplines...silos just don’t make sense today...Always think about interdependence and interconnectivity."- Canadian Architect
Jason Beske & David Dixon: Suburban Remix: The Next Generation of Urban Places: A perfect storm of challenges has broken apart a 70-year-old suburban growth model shaped around car-focused, relatively affluent, and dispersed development. But as this model falls apart, another far more resilient model is taking shape: walkable, dense, diverse, compact - and urban...even without transit as a catalyst. [excerpt from "Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places"]- Urban Land Magazine (Urban Land Institute/ULI))
Katherine Flynn: How architects are creating the next generation of green design: The profession is moving beyond LEED: ...architects are spearheading leadership...looking beyond generic “green design” and embracing new opportunities - and in some cases, stricter requirements...Azaroff stresses the importance of leveraging what architects already know to help them become more successful in designing sustainable buildings...there are always more opportunities to incorporate sustainability practices into their work. -- Illya Azaroff/+LAB Architect; FORTIFIED Home program; AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook; Living Building Challenge; Lake|Flato Architects; OnePlus program- AIArchitect / American Institute of Architects
Living Building Challenge - a reality for South Africa? The Living Building Challenge is possibly the most rigorous green building certification programme and sustainable design framework in the world....two residential projects in Cape Town that are registered to be Full Living Buildings under the Challenge...Reinink signed up to become South Africa’s first ambassador for the LBC. -- International Living Future Institute/ILFI; Marloes Reinink/Solid Green Consulting; Darren Petrucci/Anthony Svelto/A-I-R, Inc./Architecture - Infrastructure - Research, Inc.- Africanism.net
Anthony Paletta: Building on New York’s Case for More Sustainable Waterfronts: The Waterfront Alliance...developed the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines...launched the nationally applicable version of the rating system this March...ULI New York [released] a report of its conclusions...showcasing both the many promising aspects of WEDG and the potential for ambiguities as well as obstacles to widespread adoption and applicability...guidelines seemed to be excellent [for] the community, but were not yet of clear appeal to “the person cashing the check.”- Urban Land Magazine (Urban Land Institute/ULI))
USDA Forest Service: More urban forests needed as cities grow: ...[study] found urban trees can save cities plenty of money: $18 billion in pollution removal, $5 billion in energy efficiency, $5 billion in carbon sequestration, and almost $3 billion in avoided emissions. But...urban planners have been less than careful about protecting trees and green space...As the building boom continues, the report should serve as a warning to cities to think carefully about how they can use natural space to save residents money and protect against pollution and climate change.- Smart Cities Dive
Report and Software Meet ‘Distinct Needs of Property Owners’: The diverse nature of commercial buildings, combined with a proliferation of emerging technology and consequent performance and financial uncertainty, make simple energy optimization initiatives...challenging to evaluate and costly to access. But by using a new toolset encompassing tested and proven best practices, portfolio owners can overcome these challenges and reap savings, Rocky Mountain Institute/RMI says in a new report. ["RMI Capturing Value through Portfolio Energy Optimization"]- Environmental Leader
The Design Of Kamikatz Public House In A Trashless Town In Japan Takes Sustainability To A New Level: Kamikatsu in the Tokushima prefecture aims to become a zero-waste...The mountain village...has already achieved an 80% recycling rate..."we decided to bring the principles of the community, the wisdom and ways of the people towards waste, to life through architecture"...a symbol of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Respect." -- Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP [images]- Forbes
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