Today’s News - Thursday, April 5, 2018
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● ANN feature: Belogolovsky's very interesting Q&A with Fumihiko Maki, who talks about why he avoids using exposed concrete outside of Japan, why the Metabolist movement didn't quite catch on, and Yoshio Taniguchi's buildings: "He is our Mies van der Rohe."
● Sad news x 2: We lose Hank Dittmar much, much too soon - sometimes we agreed with him, sometimes not - either way, we will miss his always thoughtful, informative, and engaging prose.
● Finch reflects on the life and times of Peter Davey, whose "passing marks the end of a way of life - it is difficult to overestimate the contribution he made both to architectural journalism and the profession itself" (he also "enjoyed being an anachronism").
● C. Moore rounds up a selection of architects who are "employing a new concept that uses parasitic dwellings attached to existing buildings as a potential measure to ease homelessness. It's a controversial and drastic step towards attacking the crises."
● Flynn considers open source architecture and its cheerleaders who "say it could solve the global housing crisis. The reality is a little more complicated" - while concepts are being developed around the world, "the supply chain technology available has yet to catch up."
● Imber ponders whether architecture is still art by considering "the effects of digital renderings and algorithms against traditional methods" like hand-drawing. "As we give ourselves over to the machines, can we really understand humanity through building?"
● Salone del Mobile issues its latest manifesto calling for Milan and the design industry "to promote innovation and sustainability, encourage sharing of ideas, and champion the work of young designers - the event has faced some criticism in recent years that the new manifesto targets."
● Miletic rounds up the "Top 10 architectural disasters of all time - architects being human don't always get it right."
● Call for entries: ARCHITECT's 12th Annual R+D Awards (early bird deadline (save money!) is April 13!).
● Wainwright x 2: He cheers "Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18" at London's Design Museum: it's "a broad and provocative mix contrasting the slick output of commissioned campaigns with homemade memes and protesters' hastily daubed placards that fizz with visceral anger" (other museums are acquiring such ephemera).
● He also cheers "Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture" at the Cartier Foundation in Paris: The Japanese architect is a "structural alchemist and defier of physics," and his show "is a tranquillizer dart of pure poetry - the simplicity with which he explains his projects belies the fiendish complexity behind the façade" (so does his book).
● "No dust goggles or potable water supply required" to see "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC: "Inside the 1859 building, the pieces take on an almost Rococo vibe, adding their trippy, futuristic detail to the grandiosity of the space" (fab photos - especially those showing desert then museum installations!).
● In "Naoya Hatakeyama: Excavating the Future City" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (and in the book), the Japanese photographer considers urban landscapes, and reflects that "taking a photograph of architecture by using a camera is tantamount to placing a small architecture against another large architecture and having the small one swallow the larger one."
● "Lived Space: Humans and Architecture" explores "our psychological and physical attachments to the spaces we build and inhabit," at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
● Betsky parses "Handbook of Tyranny," in which Deutinger superbly "draws the ways we kill, harm, and exclude - with beauty - it is amazing how creative designers can be when they are trying to harm, contain, or keep out people."
● Zepp Jamieson hails Cohen's "The Sustainable City," which "clearly defines the direction in which we need to move - for anyone looking for a cleaner and most sustainable urban lifestyle, it is required reading."
● Cohen "fleshes his argument out" in "The Sustainable City", in a podcast that offers "a glimpse of the urban systems of the future."
● Seward sees Lerup's findings in "The Continuous City" to be "as revelatory as they are perturbing. If humankind is to survive the era of global warming, there remains much more work to be done."
● AN editors round up their favorite climate change books of 2018 (a great round-up!).
● Grabar cheers Freeman's "Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World," an "immersive, trivia-packed history, in part a story of factory tourists," that explains why "the symbols of technology and modernity" now "symbolize something very different - the final product is the space itself."
● Hill hails Gil's "Concrete Chicago Map" - it's "ideal for travelers less versed in its architectural wonders. But surprises there are" (great pix!).
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ANN feature: Vladimir Belogolovsky: One-on-One: Architecture is an Endless Process for Learning: Interview with Fumihiko Maki: The multi-award-winning architect talks about why he avoids using exposed concrete outside of Japan, why the Metabolist movement didn't quite catch on, and Yoshio Taniguchi's buildings: "He is our Mies van der Rohe." [images]- ArchNewsNow.com
Obituary by Kate Youde: Former Prince’s Foundation chief Hank Dittmar, 62: Tributes have been paid to leading urbanist: During his time in charge between 2005 and 2013, he oversaw the development of its urban projects and education qualifications in areas including sustainability and heritage crafts...He was chairman of the Congress for the New Urbanism [CNU] between 2003 and 2008, and founding president and chief executive of Reconnecting America...-- Ben Bolgar/Prince’s Foundation; Peter Murray/New London Architecture; Robert Adam/Adam Architecture; Lynn Richards/CNU- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Obituary by Paul Finch: Peter Davey’s passing marks the end of a way of life: Finch reflects on the life and times of [the] former editor of The Architectural Review and one-time AJ features editor, who died, aged 78: Recollections of life with Peter at the old Architectural Press were a sharp reminder about how working practices in the world of journalism have changed...it is difficult to overestimate the contribution he made both to architectural journalism and the profession itself...he enjoyed being an anachronism...Peter was fundamentally decent: it was a life well-lived.- The Architects' Journal (UK)
Clayton Moore: Architects around the globe are exploring “vertical land” to solve homelessness: ...employing a new concept described as "vertical space" that uses parasitic dwellings attached to existing buildings as a potential measure to ease homelessness: It’s a controversial and drastic step towards attacking the homeless crises... -- Andreas Tjeldflaat/Framlab/“Homed"; Panoramic Interests/“Micropad"; James Furzer/Spatial Design Architects; James Law Cybertecture/OPod Tube Housing [images]- Digital Trends
Katherine Flynn: Open Source for Everyone? Proponents of open source architecture say it could solve the global housing crisis. The reality is a little more complicated: The WikiHouse concepts are being developed by more than 30 teams worldwide...But the supply chain technology available...has yet to catch up. -- Alejandro Aravena/Elemental; Matthew Claudel/Carlo Ratti/"Open Source Architecture"; Alastair Parvin/Nick Ierodiaconou/WikiHouse; John Bentley Mays- Architect Magazine
Michael G. Imber: Is Architecture Still Considered an Art? Imber considers the effects of digital renderings and algorithms against the time-honored traditional methods architects have employed for centuries: ...by drawing our environment we came to understand our world through an empirical process - through observation and experience...As we give ourselves over to the machines, can we continue to understand nature? Can we know history and culture, and can we really understand humanity through building? Is architecture still art?- Architectural Digest
Salone del Mobile launches manifesto calling on Milan to "up its game": ...calling for the city and the design industry to promote innovation and sustainability...encourage sharing of ideas, and champion the work of young designers...the event has faced some criticism in recent years, over both its organisation and its content...new manifesto targets these issues and more... Salone del Mobile, Milano, April 17-22- Dezeen
Branko Miletic: Top 10 architectural disasters of all time: Like any other profession, architects being human don’t always get it right. Over the centuries and throughout the world, there are a number of examples of designs that didn’t quite ‘make the cut’ as it were. [images]- Architecture & Design (Australia)
Call for entries: ARCHITECT's 12th Annual R+D Awards (international): honors the research and technologies that have advanced the profession at every scale; early bird deadline (save money!): April 13; regular deadline: April 20- Architect Magazine
Oliver Wainwright: From Trump to Brexit: how bad graphics triumphed over slick design: Forget flash campaigns. Political battles are now won with knocked-up placards, beermats, hats and memes. And museums are scrambling to scoop them up: "Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18" takes in an illuminating sample from the tidal wave of graphic ephemera...contrasting the slick output of commissioned campaigns with homemade memes and protesters’ hastily daubed placards that fizz with visceral anger. It’s a broad and provocative mix. Design Museum, London, thru August 12 [images]- Guardian (UK)
Oliver Wainwright: Junya Ishigami: 'I want to make the sky': The Japanese architect designs buildings that float or are almost invisible - but now his fairytale visions are becoming a reality: ...his poetic visions have often seemed too radical to be realised...So it comes as a surprise to learn that this structural alchemist and defier of physics is now erecting substantial structures around the world...as "Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture" at the Cartier Foundation in Paris [thru June 10] shows, they are buildings but not as we know them...the simplicity with which he explains his projects...belies the fiendish complexity behind the facade...[show] is a tranquilliser dart of pure poetry. [images]- Guardian (UK)
The Art Of Burning Man Looks Amazing Inside the Smithsonian: ...no dust goggles or potable water supply required..."No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man"...a collection of medium- and large-scale sculptures, rescued from the desert...Inside the 1859 building, the pieces take on an almost Rococo vibe, adding their trippy, futuristic detail to the grandiosity of the space. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, thru January 21, 2019- Fast Company / Co.Design
Naoya Hatakeyama: The Photographer and Architecture: Photography is a ship carrying light and space and heading toward the future: ...taking a photograph of architecture by using a camera is tantamount to placing a small architecture against another large architecture and having the small one swallow the larger one. (from "Naoya Hatakeyama: Excavating the Future City," book and exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art thru July 22) [images]- Places Journal
"Lived Space: Humans and Architecture": photographs, paintings, and drawings that explore our psychological and physical attachments to the spaces we build and inhabit, at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, thru September 30 [images]- deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Aaron Betsky: The Pond as a Deadly Device and Other Architectural Terrors: Theo Deutinger draws the ways we kill, harm, and exclude - with beauty: "Handbook of Tyranny"...shows just how ingenious we have become at harming others through both architecture and its adjuncts...it is amazing how creative designers can be when they are trying to harm, contain, or keep out people. And Deutinger’s graphic sensibility in presenting all of this is superb...Let’s confront ourselves with [his] drawings, and then let’s make sure...that what he draws becomes a historical record. [images]- Architect Magazine
Bryan Zepp Jamieson: In "The Sustainable City," Steven Cohen, eminently qualified to discuss such matters, clearly defines the direction in which we need to move...he ranges widely, searching for projects that have been successful in the past, explaining why they’ve worked, or sometimes, why they’ve failed...for anyone looking for a cleaner and most sustainable urban lifestyle, it is required reading.- The Electric Review
Think About Living In "The Sustainable City": Cities are where most of the people live, and they will have to pave the way...in demonstrating that people can live in harmony with the planet, putting back what we take from it. That's the view of Steven Cohen, who runs the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He fleshes his argument out in [his book], a glimpse of the urban systems of the future. Join us for a journey to a world not quite here yet. [podcast]- Jefferson Public Radio / Southern Oregon University / NPR / National Public Radio
Aaron Seward: City, City Everywhere: Lars Lerup's “The Continuous City” presents the Swedish-American designer and writer’s latest thoughts on architecture, cities, and the people who inhabit them by way of 14 disparate but interconnected essays....His findings are as revelatory as they are perturbing. If humankind is to survive the era of global warming (the Anthropocene’s most threatening result), there remains much more work to be done.- Texas Architect magazine (Texas Society of Architects)
The Climes They Are A' Changin': AN rounds up our favorite climate change books of 2018: "Toward an Urban Ecology" by Kate Orff; "Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design" by Jesse Keenan & Claire Weisz; "Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change" by Ashley Dawson; "Adaptive Ecologies/Correlated Systems of Living" by Theodore Spyropoulos, John Frazer & Patrik Schumacher; "Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary" by James Graham, Caitlin Blachfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver & Jacob Moore (The Avery Review); " BIG, HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation" by Bjarke Ingels; "New York 2140" by Kim Stanley Robinson- The Architect's Newspaper
Henry Grabar: Why Factories Aren’t Tourist Attractions Anymore: For a long time, American factories were symbols of technology and modernity. They symbolize something very different now: Joshua Freeman’s "Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World" is in part a story of factory tourists...and the displays that lured them...This relationship was predicated on a shared assumption that great factories represented the cutting edge of both technology and social relations...Freeman’s immersive, trivia-packed history explains what happened...The factory no longer stands for modernity...The final product is the space itself.- Slate
John Hill: "Concrete Chicago Map" edited by Iker Gil: ...ideal for travelers less versed in its architectural wonders. But surprises there are...extends well beyond the academic bastions of concrete and those notable examples in around the Loop, and it shows how some great architecture is right around the corner from where we live or work - we just have to know where to look. [images]- A Daily Dose of Architecture
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