Today’s News - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
● Prevost delves into the details of an Elkus Manfredi-master-planned smart city not far from Boston's "booming technology hub" where "smart technology is embedded into water, light, energy and transportation systems" (while "setting boundaries on data collection and use").
● While Paris is "not a place you'd expect to find chickens, beehives, and planted cabbages - urban farming is flourishing" with a project that "aims to cover the city's rooftops and walls with 100 hectares (247 acres) of vegetation by 2020."
● Vande Panne parses how Dayton, Ohio, is making its public library branches "must-visit destinations": "With recording studios, dazzling art installations, and rooms equipped for virtual reality, the city is future-proofing an oft-neglected urban amenity" (meanwhile, "the federal government seems committed to keeping libraries trapped in the dusty, distant past" - sad).
● Safdie's "modernistic" Medal of Honor Museum design "was sent back to the drawing board, with little hope the town would ever approve it without some big changes": "If they wanted the support of our community, they should have included us, as well."
● The Italian far right wants to turn Terragni's 1936 Fascist HQ in Como into a mega-museum of Modern art, architecture and design, though its "manifesto does not include details of what would actually go on display there."
● The team of Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry is tapped to design The Arbour at George Brown College - it "would be Ontario's first tall wood institutional building" on Toronto's waterfront (looks cool!).
● Wisconsin-based Kubala Washatko wins its second school project in China, the 1-million-square-foot Xiang Lake Academy campus in Hangzhou; the shape of the buildings "mimic a Chinese dragon" that will curve along a river bank.
● AIANY posts its position re: the proposed demolition of SOM's 270 Park Avenue/Union Carbide building: "Without a better understanding of how it will be dismantled and what is going to replace it, demolishing such a recently renovated green building would represent a shift away from the values of sustainability and responsibility in building design."
● Bernstein talks to Eva Franch i Gilabert, the first woman to be elected director of the AA: "First she will have to manage the AA's budget shortfalls": "It is in moments of crisis that opportunities for redefinition emerge," sayeth she.
● Snarkitecture will make its second showing at the National Building Museum's 2018 Summer Block Party with "Fun House," where rooms will convey its 10-year story "while underlining the studio's peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment."
● A good reason to head to Hawaii (today!): AIA Honolulu launches its 12th Annual Architecture Month, themed "Community: Design Matters," tonight, followed by "free and low-cost activities for the public during the month of April" (staring at snow, rain, and fog - we're ready to go!).
● One we couldn't resist: Elon Musk's Boring Company will (soon?) offer "LEGO-like interlocking bricks made from tunneling rock" that "will be rated to withstand California's earthquakes" - launch date is unknown because "there is not enough upturned rock to begin making these bricks yet."
● AIA grants $100,000 to four Upjohn Research Initiative projects - biophilic architecture and 3D concrete printing included.
● Eyefuls of the projects by women-led teams that have won Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the 2018 Global LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction + inaugural Ideas Prize winners.
● Brussels-based architect Aude-Line Dulière wins Harvard GSD's 2018 Wheelwright Prize - $100,000 traveling fellowship to fund her research in "construction methods and supply systems in the global film industry - film-set construction is the ideal incubator for testing innovative practices of material reuse."
● RAIC honors Toronto-based Luc Bouliane with the 2018 Young Architect Award: "He's on a different trajectory for a young office. He has pursued larger public work from the very beginning, which is unusual," sayeth the jury.
● Hopkirk & Ijeh talk to the eight firms in the running for BD's Young Architect of the Year 2018, who muse "about the challenges, aspirations, and the difficulties facing young architects today" ("No one said becoming an architect is easy").
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Lisa Prevost: Building a Connected City From the Ground Up: A developer of planned communities is joining with General Electric to build a smart city near Boston with driverless cars and heated sidewalks: Union Point...a place where smart technology is embedded into water, light, energy and transportation systems...setting boundaries on data collection and use. -- Elkus Manfredi Architects; Sidewalk Lab/Quayside, Toronto [images]- New York Times
Paris to turn a third of its green space into urban farms: ...not a place you'd expect to find chickens, beehives and rows of neatly planted cabbages - but urban farming is flourishing...Parisculteurs, a project which aims to cover the city's rooftops and walls with 100 hectares (247 acres) of vegetation by 2020...Since [it] launched in 2016, 75 projects have been approved...will create more than 500 tons of produce...there are plenty of projects in the works. [images]- CNN Style
Valerie Vande Panne: Dayton, Ohio, Is Making the Library a Must-Visit Destination: With recording studios, dazzling art installations, and rooms equipped for virtual reality, the city is future-proofing an oft-neglected urban amenity: ...a holistic process...Architects and library administrators listened to residents at heavily attended forums to learn...what their priorities were for the library branches serving them...While Dayton sits on the forefront of bringing libraries...into the future, the federal government seems committed to keeping them trapped in the dusty, distant past. -- David Schnee/Group 4 [images]- Next City (formerly Next American City)
Medal of Honor Museum design fails to impress Mount Pleasant council committee: The controversial design...was sent back to the drawing board, with little hope the town would ever approve it without some big changes...foundation spent $3.5 million on Moshe Safdie’s modernistic concept...Committee members said they hope the foundation will withdraw the plan for the $100 million project and submit a more modest one for consideration....“If they wanted the support of our community, they should have included us, as well.” [via Post & Courier, Charleston, South Carolina]- Architectural Record
Italian far right wants to turn Fascist HQ into mega-museum: The Lega party - which may soon be in power - believes that Italy, through its culture, can lead the world: ...wants to turn [Casa del Fascio/Palazzo Terragni] in Como...into northern Italy’s biggest museum of Modern art, architecture and design...manifesto does not include details of what would actually go on display there. -- Giuseppe Terragni (1936) [image]- The Art Newspaper (UK)
George Brown College selects Moriyama/Acton design team for tall wood build: ...Moriyama & Teshima Architects and its partner Acton Ostry Architects to design...The Arbour, would be Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building [on Toronto’s waterfront]...will host Canada’s first Tall Wood Research Institute...the college’s School of Computer Technology and a new child care facility... [image]- Daily Commercial News (Canada)
The Kubala Washatko Architects wins second large Chinese school project: ...building a name for itself as the country considers reforms to its educational systems...recently hired for the approximately 1-million-square-foot Xiang Lake Academy school and housing campus in Hangzhou...shape of the long, narrow school buildings mimic a Chinese dragon...to curve along the bank of a river that arcs around the 148-acre property. -- Guoli Liang/Bridge3 Architectural Planning Group; China Architecture Design & Research Group/CADREG [images]- Milwaukee Business Journal
AIA New York Expresses Concerns Regarding Proposed Demolition of 270 Park Avenue: AIANY’s chief concern is the precedent this may set for sustainable design...The Union Carbide building was recently retrofitted in 2012, achieving LEED Platinum...Without a better understanding of how it will be dismantled and what is going to replace it, demolishing such a recently renovated green building, particularly one as prominent...implies that sustainable design is a low priority...would represent a shift away from the values of sustainability and responsibility in building design... -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)- AIA New York
Fred A. Bernstein: Interview with Eva Franch i Gilabert, director-elect of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London: [She] received 67% of the votes cast, far more than the other finalists...the first woman to be elected director of the AA...First she will have to manage the AA’s budget shortfalls...In a “vision statement”...she listed reasons to believe that architecture is in crisis...“Yet it is in moments of crisis that opportunities for redefinition emerge.” -- Storefront for Art and Architecture- Architectural Record
After bringing "The BEACH" to Washington, D.C., Snarkitecture returns to National Building Museum's 2018 Summer Block Party: ...Brooklyn-based collaborative practice...will be setting up..."Fun House"...rooms convey the 10-year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment. [opening July 4]- Archinect
2018 Architecture Month in April: AIA Honolulu is celebrating its 12th Annual Architecture Month [themed] “Community: Design Matters"...to offer free and low-cost activities for the public during the month of April....Opens tonight with "Free PechaKucha: Night of Design Presentations" at the Center for Architecture, Honolulu.- AIA Honolulu
Boring Company to start selling LEGO-like interlocking bricks made from tunneling rock: ...that [Elon Musk's] tunneling machines excavate from the earth...bricks will be sold in "kits" and will be rated to withstand California's earthquakes. The date of availability or cost...is unknown. While his company has only started digging shorter tunnels there is not enough upturned rock to begin making these bricks yet.- Archinect
AIA grants $100,000 to four Upjohn Research Initiative projects: ...the grant, now in its 11th year, is to provide base funds for applied research projects that will advance the design profession’s knowledge and practice. -- James Determan/Hord Coplan Macht & Mary Anne Akers/Morgan State University; Kyoung-Hee Kim/University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Keith Van de Riet/University of Kansas; Tsz Yan Ng/Wesley McGee/University of Michigan- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Women-led teams win 2018 Global LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction + inaugural Ideas Prize winners announced: Gold: Hydropuncture - Publicly accessible water retention and treatment complex in Mexico City, by Loreta Castro Reguera/Taller Capital & Manuel Perló Cohen/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Silver: Legacy Restored - Religious and secular complex in Dandaji, Niger, by Mariam Kamara/atelier masomi & Yasaman Esmaili/studio chahar; Bronze: Grassroots Microgrid – Bottom-up neighborhood planning in Detroit, USA, by Constance C. Bodurow, studio[Ci] [images]- Archinect
Belgian Architect Aude-Line Dulière wins Harvard GSD’s 2018 Wheelwright Prize: $100,000 traveling fellowship to fund her research proposal "Crafted Images: Material Flows, Techniques, and Uses in Set Design Construction": ...aims to examine construction methods and supply systems in the global film industry...film-set construction, through its cyclical and fast-paced nature, is the ideal incubator for testing innovative practices of material reuse.- e-flux
RAIC announces 2018 Young Architect Award recipient: Luc Bouliane, MRAIC, a Toronto architect whose designs are inspired by the geology of Northern Ontario...“He’s on a different trajectory for a young office. He has pursued larger public work from the very beginning, including commercial work, which is unusual"...Award recognizes architects 40 years or younger for excellence in design, leadership, and service to the profession. -- Architects Luc Bouliane [images]- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
Elizabeth Hopkirk & Ike Ijeh: Young Architect of the Year 2018: Our shortlisted firms profiled: No one said becoming an architect is easy. BD talks to the practices...about the challenges and aspirations and the difficulties facing young architects today. -- Patrick Michell/Platform 5 Architects; Emily Burnett/Rhys Cannon/Gruff Limited; Richard Bell/Richard Bell Architecture; Paul Ruff/Ruff Architects; Samuel Kapasa/Cian Glasheen/Group Ginger; Ben Ridley/Amrit Marway/Architecture for London; Andrew Clancy/Colm Moore/Clancy Moore Architects; Mark Marshall/James Daykin/Daykin Marshall Studio- BD/Building Design (UK)
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